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 June 14, 2006

2 Tectonic Earthquakes Hit Mindanao
Byline: MADEL R. SABATER While some active volcanoes in Luzon and the Visayas are showing restiveness, two earthquakes of tectonic origin yesterday struck Mindanao, the third and fourth earthquakes on the island this month. The Philippine Institute...
Around the Nation
RP observes World Blood Donor Day The nation joins some 192 countries, 181 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 50 national voluntary blood donor organizations and blood transfusion specialists from across the globe in today's commemoration...
Basketball Kicks off Olympic Festival Today
BASKETBALL KICKS off the staging of the first Philippine Olympic Festival, the Philippine Olympic Committee's own version of the national games, today with four teams, two each from the UAAP and the NCAA, clashing today at the Tinga Stadium in Taguig...
Benitez Pockets Jr. ROK Title
JAVI BENITEZ captured the Junior ROK crown of the recent 2006 Asian Karting Open Championships by besting a slew of veteran foreigners at the Carmona Circuit Philippines. It was the biggest victory in two years of racing for the young Benitez, who...
Bishops Vow to Be Vocal on Moral Issues in Politics
Byline: LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO and BEN ROSARIO The Church will always interfere in matters that involve moral issues. Thus declared Monsignor Pedro Quitorio, Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) spokesperson, who said in a recent...
Bomb Attack Hits Metro Anew; Group Claims Responsibility
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN and EDMER F. PANESA Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Arturo C. Lomibao, yesterday ordered the PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM) to conduct a deeper probe into the series...
Cardinal Vidal Gives Thanks
Byline: Fr. Bel R San Luis, S V D THIS 2006 is a felicitous year for His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal. Last February 6, he celebrated his 75th birthday, last March 17, his 50th Sacerdotal Anniversary, on August 26, his 25th Year of Presence...
Club Cebu
Byline: Nelia Garcia Neri The setting sun was the perfect backdrop for the ceremony declaring the lighthouse in Liloan a National Historical Landmark. It was a joint undertaking of the National Historical Institute, the municipality of Liloan and...
Del Rosario Quits as RP Ambassador to Washington
Byline: CHARISSA M. LUCI Philippine Ambassador to Washington Alberto del Rosario will formally leave his diplomatic post on July 8 to return to the private sector, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Malacanang announced yesterday. Foreign...
Democracy Much Alive: Same Tired Issues, Platitudes
Byline: Fred M. Lobo IT'S time for the country to choose economic progress over divisive politics. President GMA has stressed at the 108th Independence Day rites. Translation: Think of what to eat, not whom to hit! *** "Our forefathers...
DENR Approves Lafayette's Test Run for 30 Days
Byline: ELLALYN B. DE VERA The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has given Australian mining firm Lafayette Philippines, Inc. (LPI) 30 days to conduct a test run to prove that renewing its mining operations in Rapu-Rapu, Albay,...
Diesel Prices Cut; Singapore Oil Falls below $70 a Barrel
Major oil companies were set to slash the prices of diesel fuel by 50 centavos per liter at 12:01 a.m. today as a result of the government's oil tariff reduction scheme. President Arroyo yesterday broke the good news about the oil price rollback...
Economic Federalism
Byline: Dr. Florangel R Braid AT a planning workshop held recently, former Health Undersecretary Mario Taguiwalo, said that "economic federalism" may be the answer to our present crisis. Mario, as many in government and nongovernment circles know,...
E Pluribus Unum
Byline: Breakfast Table: Adrian Cristobal PRESIDENT Arroyo's Independence Day statement that while democracy could be lively, it shouldn't be divisive, was a take-off from the US government's motto, "E Pluribus Unum." It's commonly interpreted...
Filipino Sweep of Zhuhai AF3 Seen
ANOTHER FILIPINO sweep in the next three rounds of the Asian Formula Three Series? You can bet on it. "I expect them (Filipino riders) to dominate the coming races," a confident AF3 chairman Ed Pena stressed in yesterday's PSA Forum at the main...
Former Moffats Duo Returns Favor to Asian Fans with New Album
Byline: JOJO P. PANALIGAN International pop duo Same Same comprised of Bob and Clinton Moffat are not keen on releasing their album "The Meaning of Happy" in the U.S. despite enjoying tremendous success there in the 90's as part of boy band The...
Ginebra, Red Bull Shoot for Semis
Byline: NOLI CRUZ ERIC MENK'S return to his MVP form makes Barangay Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen confident of making another trip to the semifinals. "Eric (Menk) was simply awesome out there. Everything generated from him," said Tanquingcen...
Going the Extra Mile
Since 89 percent of Oakwood Ayala Premier Center's guests are expatriates, the serviced apartment's staff is used to going the extra mile to serve the needs of their foreign clients. Although Oakwood's expat list is made up of different nationalities,...
Gov't All Set to Lift Ban on Abaca
Byline: EDU H. LOPEZ The total ban in harvesting and selling of abaca is expected to be lifted by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo any time now. The promise was made by Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis,...
I Am No Ryan Seacrest - Ryan Agoncillo
Byline: YUGEL LOSORATA Philippine Idol host Ryan Agoncillo is fully aware that people will start comparing him to Ryan Seacrest of the "American Idol" fame. That is why he has a ready answer to what might be a nagging question from the time his...
IFC Bares $5-B Package for Investment in RP
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL International Finance Corporation (IFC), the investment arm of the World Bank in private sector projects, is willing to increase its exposure in the country from $1.2 billion in 2005 and up to as much as $5 billion in "coming...
Iloilo Ousts Iligan in NBC
ILIGAN CITY -- The Iloilo Warriors produced the biggest shocker so far in the 2006 Guerrero Brandy-NBC national basketball championship Monday by knocking out the Firefly Lightings-backed Iligan Crusaders, 81-74, before a stunned crowd at the MSU-IIT...
JdV: Filipino Heroes Envisioned Unicameral Gov't
Speaker Jose de Venecia said yesterday the momentous Malolos Congress envisioned a unicameral legislature for the country 108 years ago in the Filipinos' first taste of independence, as he reiterated calls for Charter reform to shift the country to...
Lukewarm Heat in Need of Big Home Improvement
MIAMI (AP) -- Outside Bongo's Cuban CafA[c], workers in golf carts whizzed around the home of the Miami Heat preparing for the first NBA finals game in South Florida. Roughed up on their road trip to Texas, the Heat are in familiar surroundings...
Magdalo Lawyers Find Inconsistencies in DoJ Witness Statement
Byline: HANNAH L. TORREGOZA Defense lawyers of the junior officers implicated in the failed July 2003 Oakwood mutiny in Makati City yesterday pointed out inconsistencies in the testimony of the government's 20th witness. Theodore Te, counsel...
Major Church Group Upholds Death Penalty
Byline: LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO Bishop Efraim Tendero, head of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), yesterday aired his group's support for President Arroyo but cited their regrets on her stand abolishing the death penalty. The...
My Lolo Mundo
If you think puro lang kalokohan ang TVJ, then it seems that our "kalokohan" is our key to our staying power. Maybe... or maybe not. It's not for us to say. But the truth is that, since we started in the early seventies, we've been "scholars"--indulging...
NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closes at P53.33 to $1
The peso rate closed lower at P53.33 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P53.17 last Friday. The weighted average rate depreciated to P53.309 from P53.198. Total volume amounted...
P1.87 Trillion Needed for Infra Projects
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT A total investment requirement of P1.872 trillion would be needed for the priority infrastructure projects being identified by the government for implementation for the years 2006-2010, the third draft of priority...
PALAWAN's Baragatan Festival
FOR the first time since the Palawan Provincial Government launched the Baragatan Festival six years ago, a more localized street dancing competition unfolded recently along the main thoroughfare in the city of Puerto Princesa and at the Capitol Park...
PBC-Boysen International Open Championships; Thai Wrests Men's Singles Lead
THAILAND'S SURASAK Munawong shot lines of 246,246,262 and 238 for a total of 992 pinfalls yesterday to lead the men's singles Class O division in the 35th PBC-Boysen International Open Championships at the Green Valley Country Club lanes. Yannaphon...
PBL Honors Pro-Bound Rain or Shine
IT ALL started in a small basketball court in Makati, then the fun and camaraderie blossomed into one of enduring basketball dynasties in the country's premier amateur basketball league. And after 10 years in the Philippine Basketball League (PBL),...
PCCI Backs Creation of BOT Authority
The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) has supported the proposed creation of the Build-Operate- Transfer Authority (BOT Authority) to facilitate the development and simplify the process in implementing BOT projects. "Anything that...
PLDT Sees 2006 Earnings at R32 B
Byline: EMMIE V. ABADILLA The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) will have a new wave of technology investments which will require capital expenditures of around $1 billion over the next three to four years, Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan...
Politics Rattles Model Slovakia
Byline: ANDREW MCCATHIE Deutsche Presse-Agentur BRATISLAVA -- More than 13 years after its velvet divorce from the Czech Republic, Slovakia has emerged as a model of post-communist economic transformation and a flat-tax trailblazer in Central and...
RJ and Maegan in 'The Greatest and the Latest' at Mandarin
Why is RJ hotter than ever? Why do people continue to flock to his shows and listen to his radio station? RJ is, of course, Ramon Jacinto, the rock and roll idol and headman of RJ and the Riots whose star has not only remained undiminished in...
RP Asiad Team Starts Growing
Byline: eddie alinea THREE NATIONAL sports associations have withdrawn nine athletes from the original list that was earlier approved, but the addition of 54 more raised the country's campaigners to the coming Asian Games to 172. Diving, which...
Slicing Land Reform to Ease Food Issue
Byline: Willie N Ng LABOR and business leaders may squabble over the minimum wage, but both sides agree that high food prices are the reason for the inadequacy of the minimum wage. In the last generation, scarcity of food, led by the main staple,...
Soldiers Foil NPA Attempts to Bomb C. Mindanao Cities; 2 Rebels Captured, Explosives Seized in Kudarat Raid
Byline: BONG REBLANDO COLUMBIO, Sultan Kudarat - Army troopers foiled attempts by the New People's Army (NPA) to carry out terrorist attacks in urban centers in Central Mindanao following the arrest of two rebels in possession of explosives. ...
Sustaining LGU Colleges
Byline: Francis N. Tolentino CLASSES for college students began yesterday in most of the tertiary institutions in the country. While some college freshmen begin their four or five years journey, and others in their graduating year strive even harder...
T-Bill Offers Rejected Due to High Rates
The Bureau of Treasury rejected all bids for Treasury bills yesterday, refusing to meet investor calls for higher rates as a one-month pause in domestic debt auctions failed to quench the demand for bigger yields. "You will not find any issuer in...
Teaching about the Law; Matthew 5:17-19
JESUS said to His disciples, "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter...
Team Pacman Members Smoke the Peace Pipe
Byline: NICK GIONGCO LOS ANGELES -- When Manny Pacquiao's advisers, lawyer Franklin Gacal and confidant Wakee Salud, head back to Manila late Tuesday night (Wednesday afternoon in the Philippines), they expect the lawsuit filed against them by Pacquiao's...
Toyota Otis on Verge of 1st Title
Byline: REY C. LACHICA IF BOYET Bautista is Toyota Otis' super sidekick, Jayvee Casio is asuper sub.a The wily guard from La Salle strung up three straight three-point shots in the third and added another one in a meat-grinder payoff period yesterday...
Varicose Vein
Byline: Gary S Sy, MD VARICOSE veins are veins under the skin that have become stretched and swollen. This disfiguring and sometimes painful condition usually occurs in the legs as a result of the strain imposed on the valves in the leg veins by...
Vigilante Slays in Cebu City Continue; 165th Victim Is Maker of Tombstones
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY - A tombstone maker was shot dead at his stall just outside the Carreta cemetery here yesterday morning, making him the 165th victim of the notorious vigilante group that has been conducting fatal attacks on...