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 January 10, 2006

10 Accused in Dacer-Corbito Kidnap-Slay Plead A[euro]not guiltya[euro][TM]
The 10 accused in the kidnapping and killing of public relations practitioner Salvador aBubbya Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito, in 2000 entered a plea of not guilty yesterday before a Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC). Seven others remain...
1986 Con-Com Chief Cecilia MuA[+ or -]Oz Palma Laid to Rest Today
The late Supreme Court Justice Cecilia MuA[+ or -]oz Palma, also President of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, will be laid to rest at 1 p.m. today, Jan. 10, at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City after a requiem mass at the Shrine of Our...
3-Year-Old Boy Held Hostage, Slashed in Neck by Own Uncle
A three-year-old boy was slashed in the neck with a broken beer bottle and held hostage by his own uncle last Sunday in Navotas. The hostage taker, Christopher Berba, 25, was eventually arrested by police. The boy, Darwin Culanan, was freed after...
a[euro]Belittlinga[euro][TM] the New Heroes
NO politician would be so politically incorrect as to belittle the contribution of OFWs to the economy but MalacaA[+ or -]ang had the temerity to claim that Sen. Manuel Roxas did just that when he dismissed as meaningless its "headline (economic) statistics"...
a[euro]Blue Moona[euro][TM] Was Best Picture; a[euro]Kutoba[euro][TM] Pulled an Upset at the 31st MMFF Awards Night
Just a few minutes before the mid-night of January 6, Teresa received what was probably the most meaningful text message in her journey as a mother who had an unconditional belief in her son, long before his talent was recognized by fans and studio...
Angel Thoughts
"Before praying, forgive. Before speaking, listen. Before spending, earn. Before criticising, wait. Before quitting, try. Before complaining, appreciate. This is the way of live life." From Quezon City Memorial Circle director Charito...
A Peek into Pupil
By this time it is more obvious than daylight that the band scene is in for a long upswing. So hereas the deal for new groups breaking into the foray: Swim or sink. But then there are special cases. Like in the case of Pupil. Attention automatic...
Asian Currencies at Multi-Month Highs
SINGAPORE, Jan. 9 (Reuters) a" The Indonesian rupiah led a list of Asian currencies to multi-month highs on Monday as they benefitted from the US dollaras broad weakness, but suspected intervention by regional authorities capped gains. The US dollar...
Average 182-Day T-Bill Rate Falls to 6.435% from 6.807%
The average 182-day rate fell to 6.435 percent from 6.807 percent previously, with tenders reaching P9.01 billion. But bids for the 91-day T-bill were rejected by the auction committee due to the high rates submitted. The auction committee rejected...
Bill of Rights Edited; (Editora[euro][TM]s Note: The National Press Club Has Taken a Strong Stand against Editing of the Free Speech Clause by the Con-Com as Noted by the Author.)
WHENEVER documents like the Con-Comas draft proposal are not discussed in one full publication, thereas always a great risk that one clearly unacceptable part may harm the whole. Distortion of historical facts Last Thursday, NPC President Tony...
Binay Accuses BF of Using SC Ruling to Wage War on Mayors
Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay accused Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani Fernando yesterday of using the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding MMDAas police power to wage a turf war with mayors of Metro Manila. "It...
Business Leaders to Meet on No-El Proposal
Business leaders are expected to meet soonest to come up with a common position on the controversial proposal by the Consultative Commission (ConCom) on Constitutional changes to cancel the scheduled 2007 elections for elective officials with expiring...
Business Options; BoC+FPI=192B
Acting Commissioner Napoleon Morales of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) recently announced his action plan to collect P192 billion in revenues this year. While this may be an ambitious target at 92 percent higher than previous years, local manufacturers,...
Church cana[euro][TM]t Be Blind and Deaf to RP Ills A[euro]" Archibishop Cruz
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz said as evangelizers, they cannot remain blind and deaf to the injustices and immorality that prevail in the society as this will be going against the Churchas mission. "If the Church plays blind, deaf and...
Cop Guns Down Man, Wounds Two Others
One was killed while two others, one of them a five-year-old girl, were reported in critical condition when shot by a policeman late Sunday afternoon in Pasay City. Sr. Supt. Rosendo Franco, Pasay police chief, identified the fatality as Joselito...
Cops Mull Lie Test to Ferret out Truth on P1-M Rob Case; Burglary in starleta[euro][TM]s House Puzzles Binangonan Probers
BINANGONAN, Rizal a" Police are recommending that polygraph test be conducted on the relatives of starlet Anna Luna who was reported to have lost P1 million worth of assorted pieces of jewelry and cash earlier this week. This came about as the mother...
Council of State
PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is set to convene the Council of State on January 24. The Council of State is composed of the President, Vice President, the Cabinet, Senate President, Senate Minority Leader, Speaker of the House, the House Minority...
Cubaa[euro][TM]s Billions
CUBA being what it is a" direly totalitarian according to its powerful northern neighbor a" and pitifully poor due to a 40-year embargo (imposed by the USA), you wonder why they bother making a budget and publicizing it during a press conference, at...
Deadline for Conversion of AUVs Extended to Feb. 6
The 4,700 public utility vehicles whose franchises or permits to operate were cancelled last Friday have been given a new lease on life as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) extended yesterday the deadline of the compliance...
DENR Slaps P10.4-M Fine on Mining Firm
The government has imposed a P10.4-million fine on the Rapu Rapu gold operation and has required Australia-based Lafayette Phils. Inc. to obtain an ISO 14001 certification so as to assure that a cyanide spill in Bicol regionas forest and marine resources...
Domestic Industries Put Pressure on TRM; Program on MFN Tariffs Sought
Domestic industries are putting pressures on the Tariff and Related Matters (TRM) committee to come up with the new comprehensive tariff program on most favored nation (MFN) tariffs saying they cannot move on with their plans unless government has...
DoT Partners with Coca-Cola
The Department of Tourism (DoT) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc. in the goal of further boosting domestic tourism through specially designed Coca-Cola bottles to be distributed in all regions of the...
Farewell to the First Woman Supreme Court Justice and President of the 1986 Philippine Constitutional Commission, Justice Cecilia MuA[+ or -]Oz Palma
BORN on November 22, 1913, the late Supreme Court Justice Cecilia MuA[+ or -]oz Palma achieved much in her lifetime. After obtaining a law degree from the University of the Philippines (UP), she topped the Bar examinations in 1937 with a rating of...
Foreign Direct Investments to Hit $940 Million A[euro]" BSP
The countryas foreign direct investments by nonresidents are expected to reach $940-million this year. For 2005, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor Diwa C. Guinigundo said preliminary figures show that the net FDIs will amount to $896 million,...
GMA Bares 3-Pt Plan for New Year at Vin da[euro][TM]Honneur
President Arroyo yesterday laid down a three-point "realistic, focused, and achievable" government agenda for the New Year to make the Philippines peaceful, progressive, and competitive among nations in the world. Addressing the traditional Vin...
Gold Price Soars to $542, Highest Level since 1981
SINGAPORE, Jan. 9 (Reuters) a" Gold rose on Monday to its highest level in almost 25 years, gaining 1 percent on the day as fund managers poured money into the market driven by expectations US interest rates have almost peaked. "We are very much...
Hawaii Governor, Singson Pay Tribute to 1st Ilocano Migrants
CABUGAO, Ilocos Sur a" Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle and Ilocos Sur Governor Luis Chavit Singson unveiled formally the historical monument of Sakada at Port Salomague here last Sunday. The 200a"member Hawaiian delegation and hundreds of Ilocos residents...
Improbable Alliance; "All Power Is a Trust." A[euro]" Benjamin Disraeli
THE ultimate poser is not the probable bonding of three surviving former Presidents of the Republic, but the plausibility of the three celebrities forging an "unholy alliance" among them against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo which is not only improbable...
Judy Ann Santos Reveals Celebrity Secrets
what is the secret to Judy Ann Santosa enduring popularity? The young actress, whose acting prowess remains unmatched by her peers, believes confidence is the key. "You just have to be confident with who you are and believe in everything you...
Makati Gears Up for Caracol Fest
The city government of Makati, through its Museum and Cultural Affairs Office (MCAO), is set to celebrate Caracol Festival 2006 on January 15. The Caracol, which is considered as the cityas unique version of the Mardi Gras, will be staged at the...
MiA[+ or -]Oza to Tee Up in Pakistan Open
KARACHI, Pakistan a" Filipino legend Frankie MiA[+ or -]oza will renew old ties with the Pakistan Open when he tees up at Karachi Golf Club next week. The 46-year-old MiA[+ or -]oza, a multiple winner across Asia, won in Pakistan some 17 years ago...
MisOr Hit
NOPE. NOT a typo. MisOr happens to be a contraction of Misamis Oriental, one of the most beautiful provinces in our country. And the hit? Well, it was a whirlwind trip to that lush Northern Mindanao province last week-end to join the celebration of...
Muslims Mark Eida[euro][TM]l Adha; GMA Joins Observance, Urges Unity & Sacrifice Feast of Sacrifice Celebrated in ARMM Areas
Muslim and Christian leaders cited yesterday the importance of the celebration today of Eidal Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice, one of Islamas most holiest holidays as it commemorates the willingness of Prophet Abraham to sacrifice his son Ismael in...
New Oil Players Market Share Widens to 14%
The share of the new players in the oil industry has been levered up to 14.2 percent in 2005; with the aggressive marketing strategy they have been employing, especially in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) business. This was divulged by Fernando...
Panganiban: No Politics in Judiciary Appointments
Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban steered the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) yesterday into adopting measures that would hasten the appointments in the judiciary as he acknowledged that partisan politics somehow deters the "best and the brightest"...
P/$ Rate Closes at P52.480 to $1
The peso rate closed higher at P52.480 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P52.52 last Friday. The weighted average rate appreciated to P52.421 from P52.646. Total volume amounted...
Proud to Be ManileA[+ or -]O!
Theyare young but they dream big! The future definitely looks bright for buddies Jowee Alviar and Raymund Punzalan a" the artistic brains behind Team Manila, a multi-disciplinary graphic design studio that has been making waves in print and broadcast...
PSC to Step Up Asiad Preparations; RP Contingents off to Train Abroad in March
THE first batch of athletes that will train overseas for the Asian Games in Qatar may be sent off as early as March, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) said yesterday. PSC Chairman William Ramirez said the agency will hold consultancy meetings...
Ramos Reiterates A[euro]conditional supporta[euro][TM] for Arroyo gova[euro][TM]t
Despite clandestine meetings with several political leaders, former President Fidel V. Ramos yesterday remained "consistent" in supporting President Arroyo, whom he urged to immediately convene the Council of State to once and for all bring national...
Revamp Napocor, OsmeA[+ or -]a Says
Revamp Napocor. Opposition Sen. Sergio OsmeA[+ or -]a III said this yesterday as he stressed that it is high time for a top-to-bottom revamp of the state-owned, financially-handicapped National Power Corporation (Napocor) because its $11 billion...
San Carlos City Is Raring to Become A[euro]mango countrya[euro][TM]; 20-Year Program to Achieve Goal Set
SAN CARLOS CITY a" This premier city in Negros Occidental is set to become "mango country" in a decade. Now in place to enable San Carlos City to realize its goal is a 10-year mango development program (MDP). The program forms part of the 20-year...
SEA Games Coaches to Get Cash Awards Today
Although a few weeks late, Philippine team coaches whose athletes won medals in the recent Southeast Asian Games will finally get their cash incentives beginning today at the Philippine Sports Commission office. PSC Chairman William Ramirez said...
Senators Oppose Peoplea[euro][TM]s Initiative Pushed by LGUs
While support for a Peopleas Initiative to adopt major changes in the Constitution is gaining ground among local government leagues, some solons are dismissing this move as another political propaganda. The option for Charter change (Cha-cha) via...
SM Investments to Spend P10 Billion to P12 Billion in Capital Expenditures This Year
Publicly-traded SM Investments Corp. (SMIC), will spend P10 to P12 billion in capital expenditures this year, an official from the company said. SMIC Executive Vice President Jose Sio said capex for the year will involve construction of a convention...
Take Care, Carers
CAREGIVER appears in the dictionary, but carer does not, not yet. In deference to the need to shorten words (and lots of other things) as the world needs to do more things in less time, the word carer has been in use since a" well, since caregiver...
The Cure of a Demoniac
Mark 1:21-28 [Jesus and His disciples] came to Capernaum, and on the sabbath [Jesus] entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue...
There Were Some Positives Last Year
ITaS a clichA[c] that media thrives on bad news and good news is a Pollyanic bore. It doesnat get your adrenalin going like gory tales of crimes and deaths from disaster and coup attempts. But there are many ways to slant a story. The headlines about...
Throng of Devotees Attend Black Nazarene Procession to Highlight Fiesta Observance in Quiapo, Manila
Devotees of the Black Nazarene yesterday took time off from their busy schedules to join the feast day of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila. The accident-prone procession attended by close to a million Catholic devotees claimed the life of a...
UAAP Baseball Tournament; UST, UP Squads Win
REIGNING champion University of Santo Tomas and last seasonas runner-up University of the Philippines scored contrasting victories to start hostilities in the UAAP baseball competition Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The Tigers clobbered the...