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 April 18, 2006

11,500 'Hot' Logs Seized; (Editora[euro][TM]s Note: Illegal Logging Is Evidenced by a Mountain of Logs - 11,500 Pieces - Found on a mayora[euro][TM]s Property as Noted by the Author.)
DENR has a big problem: How to dispose of or sell thousands of illegally harvested timber confiscated from illegal loggers nationwide that can be converted into tens of thousands of board feet worth millions. We are referring to rare species and...
3 Suspected Members of Rob, Cattle-Rustling Gang Slain in Firefight
Byline: NONOY A. SINFUEGO TIGAON, Camarines Sur - Three suspected members of a robbery-holdup and cattle-rustling gang were killed during a 15-minute encounter with elements of 505th Police Mobile Group and San Jose policemen over the weekend. ...
AFP wona[euro][TM]t Release Mayuga Report in Full - Spokesman
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) stood firm on its decision not to release the entire controversial "Mayuga Report," saying it contains confidential information which can put the countryas security at risk if made...
A Lenten Murder
ELPIDIO de la Victoria Jr., director of the Cebu City Bantay Dagat Commission, was shot at least three times by a still unidentified gunman in front of his house in Talisay, Cebu, late in the afternoon of last Holy Tuesday. Jojo, as the 46-year-old...
Amendment by Interpretation?
AS the campaign for Charter change shifts to high gear after the holidays, the church through Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales warned of what it called haste in going about it. The people must be properly informed and educated first...
ANGEL THOUGHTS; "Son, Do What Your Father Tells You and Never Forget What Your Mother Taught You. Keep Their Words with You Always, Locked in Your Heart." A[euro]" Proverbs 6: 20
Happy Easter! Today, let me share with you my eldest sonas (Ramon III or Junie) loving reflections on his Dad and he meant to him. I asked his permission to print them here because I think it can touch the hearts of both parents and their children...
Around the Nation
TMG hires ex-champ for taekwondo training The Philippine National Police-Traffic Management Group (PNP-TMG) has tapped the expertise of a former martial arts champion for the training of PNP-TMG personnel on unarmed combat and selfdefense. Showbiz...
Asia Society Spreads Its Wings
WHEN the Rockefeller family founded Asia Society in 1956, it was a two-fold venture: Permanent museum space for the Rockefelleras personal collection of Asian art and an effort to familiarize Americans with Asia. Since then, small centers or offices...
Banking Sector Welcomes Easing of Regulations on Tier Capital Access
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL The banking industry welcomes the easing-up of regulation that allows additional access to capital through the issuance of various types of debt instruments that qualifies either as hybrid Tier 1 or Tier 2 capital. In an...
Convento Intrigue
DURING the Holy Week, it is customary for city dwellers to trek to their home provinces and nurture their cultural roots while participating in religious rituals. As I am Manila-born, friends have often invited me to their towns for the "visita iglesia,"...
Court to Decide Release of Misuari, Says Palace
Byline: FERDIE J. MAGLALANG MalacaA[+ or -]ang said yesterday that the court will decide the release from detention of former Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari who is facing sedition and rebellion charges filed by the government....
DoF Asked to Rein in Grant of Perks
Byline: BERNIE CAHILESa"MAGKILAT Industrialist and consumer advocate Raul T. Concepcion has called for an active participation of the Department of Finance (DoF) in the formulation of the Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) to be able to rein in the...
Drilon Appeals to Local Comelec Men to Obey Law
Byline: JUDE GALFORD III Senate President Franklin Drilon through lawyer Antonio Gallardo yesterday appealed to provincial and regional election officers of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to resist orders coming from Commissioner Romeo Brawner...
Erap Reveals 3 Wishes on 69th Birth Anniversary
Byline: BRENDA PIQUERO TUAZON Detained former President Joseph Estrada, in a statement released by Sen. Luisa "Loi" Ejercito Estrada, yesterday said national reconciliation, family vindication on allegations of plunder, and liberation of poor Filipinos...
Fil-American Beauty with a Big Heart
Sheena Joy may now be enjoying summer in sunny Hawaii but she is still basking in the after-glow of her recent unforgettable vacation here in the Philippines. In one weekas time, Sheena was able to do a lot of things. She had fun combing the beautiful...
GMA Allocates P581 M for DepEd Training
Byline: SHIANEE MAMANGLU TEACHERS CAMP, Baguio City a" President Arroyo yesterday inaugurated the newly renovated National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) building during the soft launch of the Department of Educationas summer training...
Hundreds of Thousands Beat Tax Deadline
Byline: JUN RAMIREZ Hundreds of thousands of taxpayers from all over the country yesterday beat the deadline for the filing of income tax returns for 2005. Commissioner Jose Mario BuA[+ or -]ag of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) described...
Jett Pangan Lends Voice to a[euro]Voltes Va[euro][TM] Villain
Byline: YUGEL LOSORATA One of the countryas most respected band vocalists Jett Pangan never thought that liking a villainous cartoon character was a sign that both of them would one day become one. Well, it really amazes Jett to find himself voicea"dubbing...
Malaysia to Provide Education to Kids of Detained Pinoys - JdV
Byline: ANJO PEREZ & LOUIE PEREZ NINOY AQUINO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - The Malaysian government has agreed in principle to provide education to hundreds of children of detained illegal Filipinos in camps in Sabah, Malaysia, House Speaker Jose...
Mary Magdalene
AT last Sundayas Easter mass, the priest intrigued not a few members of his congregation when he asked them, "Why did Mary Magdalene leave her house so early in the morning, when it was still dark, to go to Jesusa tomb?" He intrigued them even more...
Modernizing the Postal System; "There Can Be No Successful Economy Where There Is No Efficiency." A[euro]" Benjamin Disraeli
IF the Nautical Highway Project of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo links and transforms the major islands of the archipelago into a "contiguous landmass," so to speak, to enhance commerce and cut costs, the computerization of the Philippine postal...
Morales Camp Eyes Weight Expert for Pacquiao Fight
Byline: Nick Giongco THE CAMP of Erik Morales is trying to enlist the help of a weight-control expert to make sure that the rubbermatch against Manny Pacquiao is not derailed by a technicality over weight limit. Bob Arum of Top Rank who is promoting...
Noli Calls for Strengthening of Justice System
Vice President Noli de Castro yesterday called for the strengthening of the justice system a" law enforcement, effective judiciary, and efficient prison system a" to support any decision to commute the sentences of death convicts. De Castro made...
Oil Firms Hike Pump Prices Anew but Lower LPG Costs by P1/kg
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO While Filipino consumers were transfixed at Easter Sunday celebrations, the oil companies took the chance to increase by P0.50 per liter their pump prices for gasoline, diesel and kerosene products. Dominant player Petron...
P1 M Offered for Info on Slay of Cebu Official
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY - Mayor Tomas OsmeA[+ or -]a offered yesterday a R1-million cash reward to people who could provide information that would lead to the identification and arrest of the mastermind in the murder of City Market...
PBL Leaders in Acid Test
TOYOTA OTIS tries to resume its winning drive when it battles dangerous Magnolia Ice Cream while MontaA[+ or -]a Pawnshop hopes to get back on the winning track today in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the San Andres Gym in Malate. The Sparks and Jewels...
Pimentel Urges Fast-Tracking of Bill on Death Penalty
Byline: MARIO B. CASAYURAN Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr., a pro-life advocate, yesterday welcomed the decision of President Arroyo to commute the death sentence of prisoners at the National Penitentiary in Muntinlupa City to life...
'Pinoy Abroada[euro][TM] Celebrates 1st Anniversary
April 19, 2005 a" two Overseas Filipino Workers were reported dead in Iraq. Both were casualties of war and they represent the more than seven million Filipinos who are willing and ready to risk their lives just to be able to provide for their families...
POC Delays OK of RP Team to Doha
Byline: Kristel Satumbaga THE PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee has again delayed the approval of the list naming the members of the RP team to the Asian Games saying it needed more time to study the qualifications of the nominees and to thresh out certain...
P/$ Rate Closes at P51.34 to $1
The peso rate closed slightly lower at P51.34 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P51.33 last Wednesday. The weighted average rate depreciated to P51.281 from P51.257. Total...
SC Starts Baguio Sessions; Ruling Expected on 3 Constitutional Issues 6 Congressmen Facing Rebellion Petition High Court
Byline: REY G. PANALIGAN BAGUIO CITY a" The Supreme Court (SC) started yesterday its traditional summer sessions in this city with high expectations to resolve three pending constitutional issues whose preliminary proceedings had earlier been terminated...
Subic Is All Ready for a[euro][TM]06 Presidenta[euro][TM]s Cup Regatta
Preparation is well under way for the return of the Presidentas Cup Regatta to Subic Bay this week. An added attraction to watch the race will be the participation of a Russian team from Vladivostok; this is the first time that the regatta has entrants...
Swimming Is Life
ONE OF the biggest ironies in this country is that for an archipelago, we have so many among us who cannot swim. One only has to conduct an informal survey among relatives and friends to find out that a big percentage would not be able to keep their...
Targets under Perspective of Values
THE measures that have been specified for each of the two strategic objectives under the perspective of values need to be brought to operational use. They need to be sharpened as a tool that would help bring out concrete, specific actions and initiatives....
Tax Relief Bill for Minimum Earners OKd on 2nd Reading
Byline: BEN R. ROSARIO Minimum wage earners will be exempt from paying income tax, and there will be a zero percent income tax rate for the initial R55,000 or lower net taxable income bracket in a readjustment of tax brackets approved in House Bill...
The Death Penalty
GMAas commutation of the death penalty to life imprisonment for 1,200 convicts cannot just be dismissed as a political move to win over the church and other to the administrationas campaign for Charter change. The commutation is meritorious in itself,...
Treasury Bill Rates Plunge; 91-Day Yield Dips to 4.6% from 4.993%
Treasury bill rates fell across-the-board at yesterdayas auction by the Bureau of Treasury, prompting the government to make full awards on all three tenors. Total tenders reached P17.31 billion, more than five times the governmentas weekly offering...