Manila Bulletin

Published by the Manila Bulletin, the Manila Bulletin is a daily newspaper. Dr. Cris J. Icban, Jr. is the editor-in chief, Hermogenes P. Pobre is the publisher and Diego C. Cagahastian is the news editor.

Articles from July 20, 2010

2 Customs Men Face Pilferage Charges
An official of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and his close aide are facing administrative charges after they were found liable for the alleged pilferage of seized high-end electronic gadgets last February. Lawyer Simplicio...
ABAP to Bid for 2011 Asian Tilt
Inspired by the success of the just-concluded MVP International Boxing Friendship Cup, the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines plans to bid for the hosting of the 2011 Asian Boxing Championship. "We're inclined to try to bring the Asian...
AFP Bares Second Wave of Top-Level Revamp
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced Tuesday its second wave of top-level revamp with Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Reynaldo Mapagu taking the second top post in the organization and nine other generals named to key military posts...
AIDS Breakthrough: Gel Helps Prevent Infection
(AP) For the first time, a vaginal gel has proved capable of blocking the AIDS virus: It cut in half a woman's chances of getting HIV from an infected partner in a study in South Africa. Scientists called it a breakthrough in the long quest for a tool...
Asian Air Travel Demand Boosts Boeing, Airbus at Farnborough
FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 20, 2010 (AFP) - Aircraft manufacturers awaited more orders Tuesday at the Farnborough Airshow, a day after it took off with rivals Boeing and Airbus netting 23 billion dollars in new contracts.A rush of orders for...
Ayala Land Reports Brisk Residential Sales, May Top Year's Target
Real estate giant Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) may exceed its target of selling 9,000 residential units this year as it has already sold 6,000 units as of the end of June, 2010. In an interview, ALI president Antonino Aquino said "we feel quite good about...
Binay Takes Oath as Head of HUDCC
Vice President Jejomar Binay Tuesday took his oath as new Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) and later attended a cabinet meeting in Malacanang. President Aquino administered the oath to Binay as the country's...
'Cat's Eye' Studs on QC Road Cut Traffic Accidents - MMDA
The metal road studs known as "cat's eye" installed on the lane dividers along Elliptical Road around the Quezon Memorial Circle (QMC) in Quezon City have decreased the number of vehicular accidents in the area, the Metropolitan Manila Development...
Charice Gets Botox for 'Glee' Debut
MANILA, Philippines (AP) - Baby-faced teen singer Charice says she prepared for her debut on the hit Fox TV show "Glee" by getting Botox and an anti-aging procedure "to look fresh on camera," but her publicist said the Botox was for muscle pain, not...
Crucial Semis Opener Wednesday
Games Wednesday (Araneta Coliseum) 5 p.m. - B-Meg Derby Ace vs San Miguel7:30 p.m. - Talk N' Text vs Alaska B-Meg Derby Ace coach Ryan Gregorio hopes to duplicate their magical win last conference when they collide against a well-rested San Miguel...
De Lima Suspends 19 BI Employees at DMIA
Department of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima has placed 19 Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) on a 90-day preventive suspension. De Lima also recommended the filing of administrative charges...
DFA Confirms Death of 2 OFWs in Kuwait
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Tuesday the death of two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in separate gruesome incidents in Kuwait. The DFA said the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait reported that Astria Samad Abdul, a Maguindanao native,...
Dollar in Doldrums amid US Economic Concerns
TOKYO, July 20, 2010 (AFP) - The dollar was in the doldrums in Asia on Tuesday although it resisted further falls after losing ground overnight on concerns about the US economic recovery.The dollar was quoted at 86.76 yen in Tokyo morning trade, slightly...
Dollar Lower on US Recovery Jitters
NEW YORK, July 19, 2010 (AFP) - The US dollar traded lower against the euro Monday but held steady against other key currencies as investors remained jittery about the pace of American economic recovery.The euro fetched 1.2943 dollars in New York at...
Drilon Not a 'Dark Horse' in Senate Race
"I am dark but not a horse.'' This is how Sen. Franklin M. Drilon reacted to reports that he was the "dark horse'' in the race for Senate President which has front-runners Senators Manuel Villar and Francis Pangilinan in a stalemate, unable to garner...
East Asian Recovery Firmly on Track, Allows Stimulus Withdrawal - ADB
MANILA, July 20 (Reuters) - East Asia's economic upturn is firmly on track and extraordinary fiscal and monetary stimulus should be gradually withdrawn, including by allowing currencies to strengthen, the Asian Development Bank said on Tuesday. ...
Eating Fish Weekly May Lower Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Older adults who eat fatty fish at least once a week may have a lower risk of serious vision loss from age-related macular degeneration, according to a U.S. study. The study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University...
Ebdane Opens Zambales to Trade and Tourism
IBA, Zambales - The province of Zambales will soon be linked by two superhighways to speed up the delivery of goods and services here, as well as facilitate the entry of investments into this emerging growth center. Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr....
Ezra Band Vocalist Admits She Is a Lesbian
Confirming what everyone assumed all along, Ezra Band's vocalist Karen Jade "Kaye" Cal has admitted that she is a lesbian. The revelation happened during the launch of an album released by Star Records which features the group along with other "Pilipinas...
Facebook Could Be Social Pariah in Asia
SHANGHAI/SEOUL, July 20 (Reuters) - As Facebook gears up for a major push in Asia, the social networking giant may learn that good friends are hard to find as it faces privacy concerns in Japan and Korea and heavy-handed censors in China. Mark Zuckerberg,...
Fan Boys, and Girls, Gear Up for Comic Con
North Carolina (Reuters) - When the giant Comic Con begins previewing this year's show in San Diego this coming Wednesday, Hollywood will be there in force hyping new movies and television series.In recent years, Comic Con has helped launched films...
Foreign Business Chambers Draft Roadmap to Boost RP Economy
CEBU CITY - Foreign business chambers in the country have consolidated their goals to help the Philippines maximize its economic potentials in the soonest time possible. These consolidated goals are contained in a 300-page roadmap which the group will...
Given the Chance, URC Wants to Buy Whole of San Miguel Pure Foods
Universal Robina Corp. (URC), the food manufacturing arm of JG Summit Holdings Inc. (JGS), has offered to acquire a substantial stake in San Miguel Corp.'s food unit, a source familiar with the transaction said Tuesday. Universal Robina is a subsidiary...
'Hating Kapatid' Premiere: Not Once, but Twice
As if to presage its success at the box-office when it opens on July 21 in theaters across the country, the two "Hating Kapatid" premieres held on July 19 at Glorietta 4 in Ayala Makati and at SM Megamall Cinema 10 were well-received by fans, some...
IMO Cites Manila Conference as Key Event in 'Year of the Seafarer' Asian
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has cited the recent Manila Conference a key event of 2010's "Year of the Seafarer" representing the pinnacle of efforts to improve the regulatory regime for seafarers. The conference adopted major revisions...
'Inception' Locks in on American Box Office Dream
LOS ANGELES, July 19, 2010 (AFP) - The dream-warped Leonardo DiCaprio thriller "Inception" captivated North American audiences this weekend, landing it at the top of the box office charts, final industry figures showed Monday.The summer blockbuster...
Influenza
Influenza, usually called flu, is a viral infection that spreads from one person to another in the spray from coughs and sneezes and more commonly from hand-to-hand contact such as hand shaking. There are several strains of influenza virus; the most...
JC De Vera Has No Problems with Luis Manzano
JC de Vera maintained there is no rivalry, much less bad blood, between him and his "Hating Kapatid" co-star Luis Manzano. "Okay naman kaming dalawa, although hindi nga kami masyadong nagkasama, siguro bilang na bilang, three times lang siguro kaming...
July Is Nutrition Month
The consequences of malnutrition during the most crucial years of a child persist throughout life. Stunting is seldom reversed in later childhood and adolescence, and malnutrition can impact not only on the individual but also on the country as a whole....
Kissing Judge Sentenced to Six Years in Prison
A former Caloocan City judge was slapped with a fine and a six-year jail sentence for forcibly kissing three female court and city mayor office employees, and licking the ear of one of them, some 14 years ago. In a 28-page decision, the Sandiganbayan's...
Lindsay Lohan a 'Fidgety Mess' Hours before Jail
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Troubled Hollywood starlet Lindsay Lohan was a "fidgety mess," a magazine said just hours before she was due to be locked up Tuesday for 90 days for parole violations in her 2007 drunk driving conviction. Lohan, 24, broke down...
Manhunt Starts vs Yusoph Kidnappers
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered a massive manhunt for the abductors of a son of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Elias Yusoph who was freed on Monday in Cagayan de Oro City. Director General Jesus Verzosa, PNP chief,...
May PAGASA Ba?
Scam mail hacked President P-Noy's mobile phone. Two safety rules: Rule No. 1: Do not text while driving. Rule No. 2: Do not text while President-ing. * * * Centro Escolar University swept eight of the top 10 places in the Board of Optometry...
Mayweather Should Fight Pacquiao
LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr. lives in what he calls his Big Boy house, a $9.5 million golf course mansion he likes to show off whenever HBO trots out its "24/7" show to promote his fights. If you've ever spent $59.95 for one of those fights,...
MILF Suspends Official for Unauthorized Trip
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front through its Central Committee (MILF-CC) chaired by Al-Hajji Murad Ebrahim has suspended, Dr. Safrullah Dipatuan, chairman of the Bangsamoro Development Agency's Board of Directors (BDA-BoD) for four months starting...
Mindanao May Dry Up by 2050 - Experts
BUTUAN CITY - Members of the Regional Development Council (RDC) and the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) warned that Mindanao would dry up by 2050 with the current disturbancs in weather patterns. If not given "deep and serious concern"...
More Oil Firms Increase Prices
Other oil companies joined the latest round of fuel price hikes Tuesday morning, adding P0.75 a liter to their prices of gasoline, diesel, and kerosene. Seaoil Philippines, an independent player, imposed its price increase at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday....
Muslim, Christian Clerics Join Hands for Peace, Unity
Top-ranking religious leaders - archbishops, pastors, priests and ulama -- from leaders and believers of Christianity and Islam in Region 9 have banded together in an effort to promote peace and unity, particularly in resolving the series of killings...
National Day of Belgium
Belgium celebrates its National Day today (Wednesday). It commemorates the day Leopold I took the constitutional oath as the first King of Belgium on July 21, 1831. During National Day, Brussels' streets are filled with black, yellow, and red flags,...
Net Earnings of Listed Firms Double in Q1
The combined net earnings of listed firms during the first quarter of 2010 grew by a remarkable 113.9 percent to P137.08 billion in the first quarter from P64.08 billion in the same quarter of 2009, the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) said in a study....
NUSP Urges Licuanan to Address Tuition Increase
The National Union of Students of the Philippines (NUSP) urged newly assumed Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) chairperson Dr. Patricia Licuanan to immediately attend to the increase of tuition and other school fees in various higher education...
Oil Firms Raise Prices One after Another
Oil companies joined the current wave of fuel price hikes on July 20, 2010, adding P0.75 a liter on the prices of gasoline, diesel and kerosene. Seaoil Philippines, an independent player, imposed their price increase at 12:01 a.m. Implementing...
P3.5-Billion Budget for Poor Seniors Pressed
The 15th Congress which starts Monday should pass a supplemental budget of P3.5 billion for the monthly pension of more than one million indigent senior citizens from July to December this year under the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 (Republic...
Pampanga Approves P9.5 Million Fund for Bamboo Livelihood
SAN FERNANDO- The Pampanga provincial government has approved the P9.5 million fund for bamboo livelihood and development projects in the province. Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda, Vice-Governor Joseller Guiao, and representatives of various business...
PCCI Seeks Investment-Focused Agenda
The business community has proposed to President Simeon Benigno Aquino III to develop an investment-focused agenda in the first 100 days of his administration as part of the measures that could help improve the image of the country as an investment...
QC Treasury Vows to Go after 'Carinderias' Operating as Nightclubs
Amid complaints against the city's tax collection scheme, the Quezon City Treasurer's Office vowed to continue running after tax cheats while declaring an all-out war against delinquent taxpayers to boost the city's revenues in the coming years. ...
Real-Life Sleeper Spies Add Storm to Action-Thriller 'Salt'
Columbia Pictures' new, contemporary spy thriller "Salt," starring Angelina Jolie, began life with an offhand comment Jolie made a few years ago. "I was meeting with (Sony Pictures Co-Chairman) Amy Pascal when it came up in conversation that she...
RLC Expanding Mall in Bacolod
Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) is expanding its Robinsons Place Bacolod, the first full-service mall in Bacolod 14 years ago, to add the first park-like lifestyle center in Negros. "Robinsons Place Bacolod remains as one of the most lucrative...
Seven Constitutions
We, the Sovereign Filipino People, by Rene V. Sarmiento, puts together in one book all seven Constitutions of the country. As I said earlier, a comparative study would give us a better understanding of the forces in history that influenced the evolution...
Solons Seek Price Control for Bottled Water
As Metro Manila residents brace for a water crisis, lawmakers sought the revival of a bill that would impose price control for bottled water. Reps. Elpidio Barzaga (Lakas-Kampi-CMD, Cavite), Janette Garin (Lakas-Kampi-CMD,Iloilo) and Irwin Tieng...
SoNA to Discuss Power Crisis
Solutions to the power crisis in Mindanao will be discussed in President Aquino's first State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Monday, the Chief Executive said. Aquino in an interview Monday said all questions on the Mindanao' power crisis will be...
Strauss Expects Ponting to Fire in Ashes
LONDON, July 20, 2010 (AFP) - Australia captain Ricky Ponting may have scored just one Test century in the past 12 months but England counterpart Andrew Strauss believes there's plenty of devil still left in the Tasmanian.Ponting, one of the outstanding...
Take Two: 'No Wang-Wang'
"There is nothing like example" -- Jose Rizal The term "wang-wang" is a street lingo for blaring sirens commonly used by official emergency services e.g. police, ambulance, fire trucks, to include even abusive politicians, foreign diplomats and...
The Parable of the Sower
MATTHEW 13:1-9 On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore. And He spoke to them at length in parables, saying:...
Timing Is Everything
Six days before the 90-day constitutional ban on appointments leading up to national elections, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed a nine-member board to oversee the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB), including its chairman,...
Typhoon Basyang a Wake-Up Call
There was joke that the recent typhoon Basyang would be very weak because she's already old, referring to Lola Basyang, a character in a serial story. But it stunned everyone standing along its path when it turned out to be a destructive cyclone. ...
WTA Tour: SWilliams Questionable for US Open
July 20 (AP) - Serena Williams is questionable for the U.S. Open because of her recent foot injury, according to the WTA Tour.Williams cut her right foot on broken glass at a restaurant shortly after winning Wimbledon. The tour said last week she needed...