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 26, 2006

1,357 Pass Electrical Engineers' Exam
The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced yesterday that 1,357 out of 3,131 passed the Electrical Engineer Licensure Examination given by the Board of Electrical Engineering in Manila, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, and Legazpi cities this...
173 Congressmen Propose Overhaul of the Constitution
Byline: BEN R. ROSARIO A total of 173 congressmen filed yesterday House Resolution No. 1230 proposing a major overhaul of the 1987 Constitution, with seven major changes sought to be approved. Rep. Constantino Jaraula, chairman of the House Committee...
30 Killed, 150 Hurt in Bomb Attack on Egyptian Town
At least 30 people were killed and 150 injured after a series of devastating blasts tore through the Egyptian resort town of Dahab on Monday night. The three explosions, which happened at around 7:15 p.m. local time, left the streets of the town littered...
All-Star Weekend in Misamis; PBA Makes Another First
A FIRST ever for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), a historic one for Mindanao. In essence, that's what the 2006 Hope Cigarette PBA All-Star weekend is all about as Misamis Oriental plays host to the midseason spectacle starting tomorrow...
Around the Nation
Puno at Masonic opening rites today The Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines will hold its 90th Annual Communication on April 26-29, at the SM Trade Hall in Cebu City, with MW Grand Master Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. presiding...
Ayala Malls: Beyond Shopping & Entertainment
There are malls. Then there are the Ayala Malls. Through their unique offerings and specialized establishments, the Ayala Malls is dedicated to providing lifestyle-enhancing and innovative products that have become part of Filipino lives. The...
Bayron Breaks Par, Leads
BAGUIO CITY -- Jay Bayron birdied the 18th hole for a two-under-par 59 yesterday and a two-shot lead over SEA Games teammate Mike Bibat after yesterday's opening round of the Samsung Amateur Golf Tour's kickoff leg at the Baguio Country Club course...
Brazilian Government Offers Assistance in Ethanol Production
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA The Brazilian government has offered to extend oil-wanting countries including the Philippines an assistance for an investment partnership in ethanol production in Brazil or a technical assistance in production of the renewable...
Chat Silayan - the Beauty Queen Who Wanted to Be First Lady!
"I want to be First Lady!" This was Chat Silayan's bold statement when asked about her ambition during the interview portion of the Miss Universe beauty pageant held in Seoul, Korea in l980 where she emerged second runner-up. Bob Parker, who co-emceed...
Club Cebu
Byline: Nelia garcia Neri The Marco Polo Plaza (formerly Cebu Plaza Hotel) is once again the "King" of Nivel hills. Desolate for some years, it has been rehabilitated, remodelled, refurbished and revitalized. And yes, it is all set to reclaim...
'CPR' Unconstitutional - SC; but Upholds No Permit-No Rally Policy
Byline: REY G. PANALIGAN & DEXTER A. SEE High Court also favors maximum tolerance BAGUIO CITY -- The Supreme Court nullified here yesterday the Arroyo administration's "calibrated preemptive response" (CPR) policy but declared constitutional...
Diabetes Mellitus
Byline: Gary S Sy, MD A LACK as well as an excess of blood sugar (glucose) can be devastating. For this reason, the body strives to maintain blood sugar levels within a narrow range through the coordinated effort of several glands and their hormones....
Discourse with Nicodemus; John 3:16-21
GOD so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever...
DoE, DoF for Oil Tariff Cut, Not VAT Freeze
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The Department of Energy and the Department of Finance favor the imposition of cuts in oil import duties rather than suspending expanded value added tax (VAT) collection from petroleum products. This has been anchored...
Due to Hunger, NPA Rebels Step Up Extort Activities, AFP Says
Byline: DEXTER A. SEE CAMP HENRY T. ALLEN, Baguio City - The Armed Forces of the Philippines-Civil Relations Service (AFP-CRS) here confirmed reports by local officials that New People's Army (NPA) rebels belonging to the Ilocos-Cordillera regional...
Estrada Denies Conspiring in US Spy Plot
Byline: JIM GOMEZ MANILA (AP) -- Ousted Philippine President Joseph Estrada on Wednesday denied allegations by U.S. federal prosecutors that he conspired with a former FBI analyst to steal classified information that could be used to oust the current...
Eurotel Makes a Mark in Las Pinas
Byline: ANNALYN S. JUSAY LAS PIAAS today is one of the fastest-growing areas in Metro Manila and in fact has rivalled some cities in terms of achievements and progress. It has come a long way from being known as the original site of the world-famous...
Ex-President Erap Denies Using Youth Foundation to Launder Gambling Money
Byline: OLIVER TEVES MANILA (AP) - Ousted President Joseph Estrada, testifying at his five-year-old plunder trial Wednesday, denied allegations that he established his Muslim Youth Foundation to launder proceeds from illegal gambling. Estrada,...
Fresh Approach on Charter Change
Byline: Dr. Florangel R Braid A MOST pleasant piece of news that was hailed by all except perhaps those close to Malacanang, is the Supreme Court's decision on Executive Order 464. We understand that there was a spirited debate on this controversial...
Gov't Net Foreign Borrowings Seen to Drastically Fall in 2007
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN The country's net foreign borrowings is expected to decline 60 percent to P39.4 billion in 2007 from P96.7 billion this year, the Department of Finance said. A net redemption by 2008 to 2010 is seen, as principal amortization...
Gulf Air Introduces New Mascot to Entertain Kids
Continuing its tradition of innovation, Gulf Air has launched Gulfy, a new "icon" to entertain and enthrall children. Initially launched in Bahrain and Oman, the life-size cartoon character will enhance the airline's "sky nanny" service, which has...
Higher Costs Trim Alaska Milk Net Income by 51% to P300 M
Alaska Milk Corporation reported a 51 percent drop in profits to P300.9 million last year from P612.1 million in 2004 due to higher operating expenses and lower sales volume. In a disclosure to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Alaska...
Imports Grow 4.6% Year-on-Year; $ 88-M Trade Surplus Posted in Feb
The Philippines posted an US$88-million surplus in the balance of trade in goods, with merchandise imports surging by 4.6 percent in February. "This is a turnaround from the US$211 million deficit registered in the same period a year ago," says...
'Iran Nuclear Crisis'
Byline: Francis N. Tolentino ONLY a few days back, oil prices surged up to as high as $75.17 per barrel. This means another tough month for all of us consumers, as this increase in oil prices will surely bring with it an upscale in the prices of...
JdV Seeks Spanish Leaders' Support for Debt Program
MADRID, Spain - Speaker Jose de Venecia has appealed to Spain's major political parties - the ruling Socialist Party and the Partido Popular - to support his debt-for-equity program that could involve the conversion of $150 million of Philippine debts...
Judge in Shabu-Lab Case Backed by Fellow Judges; in the Wake of a Motion for Inhibition against Her
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY -- Regional Trial Court (RTC) judges here strongly supported a fellow RTC judge who is handling the controversial case against the alleged shabu laboratory financier and his cohorts in the wake of the filing...
Kill Billboard (or Kill TV)
Exactly one month from today is the tenth year anniversary of my show "Wow Maling-Mali" on ABC-5. A not-so-big show from a not-so-big station lasting for ten years in television is a rare and exceptional achievement. WMM has been aired on three different...
Lawyers Say Green Tags on Magdalo Soldiers Demeaning
Byline: HANNAH L. TORREGOZA Lawyers of the Magdalo group yesterday asked the Makati court to direct custodians of their clients to remove the green tags pinned every time they attend court hearings. The green security tags, explained defense...
Lyceum, Adamson Tossers Dispute Early V-League Lead
Lyceum and Adamson collide today in an early clash of the leaders as topnotch women's volleyball action resumes in the second conference of the V-League presented by Shakey's at the Blue Eagle gym. The Lady Pirates needed an extra set to hold off...
Malacanang Supports PCGG Compromise Deals with Cojuangco, Marcoses
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN Malacanang yesterday expressed support for a reported plan of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to pursue compromise deals with businessman Eduardo Cojuangco and the Marcoses on their assets. Press...
Meralco Cuts Loss to P748 M in Q1
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO Manila Electric Co. reported yesterday a lower net loss R748 million in the first quarter of this year, compared to P1.24 billion in the same period of 2005. However, without the provision for probable losses pending...
METRO CORNER; Petrol Prices and Nat'l ID
Byline: Erik Espina According to a Fox News Channel program, it quoted a Kuwaiti Oil Minister stating that current world prices per barrel is bloated by US$10; while a Saudi Arabian Spokesman mentioned in said show there is no actual shortage of...
Morales Willing to 'Die' to Avenge Loss
Byline: dennis principe THE camp of World Boxing Council (WBC) superfeatherweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera believes that Mexican idol Erik Morales is hell bent in getting his third fight with Filipino boxing marvel Manny Pacquiao, even if...
National Day United Republic of Tanzania
THE United Republic of Tanzania celebrates its National Day today. This country is located in southeastern Africa, bounded on the north by Kenya and Uganda, on the east by the Indian Ocean, on the south by Mozambique, Malawi, and Zambia, and on the...
NEDA Goes Full Steam to Implement ID System
Byline: EDU H. LOPEZ The implementation of the unified multi-purpose identification system (UMID) is now in full steam following the ruling of the Supreme Court that Executive Order 420 is constitutional. The National Economic and Development...
Need to Upgrade Our Law Schools
Byline: Jesus M Elbinias THE survey of our country's legal system conducted by the Social Weather Station last year showed that 49 percent of 440 lawyers in Metro Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Davao cities said they knew of judges in their localities...
NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closes at P51.90 to $1
The peso rate closed lower at P51.90 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P51.635 the previous day. The weighted averaged rate depreciated to P51.807 from P51.666. Total volume...
Nikki Gil Admits Breakup with Gabriel Valenciano
Byline: JOJO PANALIGAN After weeks of silence amid growing rumors, singer Nikki Gil finally admits to Manila Bulletin in an exclusive interview that her romantic relationship with Gabriel Valenciano is no more. "We tried to work it out but I...
No Freedom without Order
Byline: JUSTICE VICENTE V. MENDOZA (Speech delivered by former Supreme Court Justice Vicente V. Mendoza at the graduation ceremonies of the UP College of Law in Diliman, Quezon City, on April 25, 2006.) DEAR Carlota, my colleagues in the faculty,...
Oil and Water Turning into Headline Grabbers
Byline: Fred M. Lobo AS the oil price hike triggers chain reactions, water shortage develops and draws concern. Oil and water don't mix but this time they do - as headline grabbers. *** Malacanang has expressed concern over the recent oil...
Painters Overcome Jewels in Overtime
Byline: rey c. lachica MARVIN ORTIGUERRA has indeed blossomed into a clutch shooter. The beefy 6-foot-5 forward provided the spark while Erwin Sta. Maria supplied the needed firepower as Rain or Shine outsteadied Montana Pawnshop in a gripping...
Palace Told to Uphold Right to Protest on May 1; Erap Supporters Mark EDSA 3 with Rallies
Byline: JUDE C. GALFORD III and EDMER F. PANESA Legislators called on the government to respect the right of the people to stage street protests on May 1, Labor Day amid Palace claims that the affair may be used as a launching pad for renewed power...
Party-List Solons Move to Strike out Rebellion Raps
Byline: HANNAH L. TORREGOZA The six party-list congressmen and two others accused of rebellion by the Department of Justice (DoJ) yesterday filed a motion seeking to strike out the amended information filed by the prosecution panel before the Makati...
Powerhouse Panel to Judge Aliwan Fiesta '06
aAliwan Fiesta 2006a brings a new meaning to festivals as some of the most respected figures in Philippine arts and culture deliberate on a record number of 28 dance groups, 20 floats and 21 local beauties. This year's "Aliwan Fiesta" is slated...
Red Bull Aims to Trigger Another Winning Streak
Byline: noli cruz How about another win? For sure the Bulls (4-6) will try to cluster victories again when they face the struggling Sta. Lucia Realtors (2-7) today in the Gran Matador Brandy 2006 PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. "Mas...
RP Scrambles to Deal with Record High Crude Prices
Byline: Mynardo Macaraig MANILA (AFP) - Government officials are scrambling to come up with measures to alleviate the effects of record high crude prices but economists are warning that the cure may be worse than the disease. One proposal that...
Senator Assures Cabinet Officials of Fair Treatment
Byline: JUDE C. GALFORD III A senator yesterday assured Cabinet officials of fair treatment during Senate hearings after the Supreme Court declared as invalid certain provisions of Executive Order 464 that restricted government executives, soldiers...
Shipbuilding, Rail Transport to Gain from ASEAN-Korea Free Trade Accord
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT The Philippines' shipbuilding and rail transport sectors are two activities that would benefit greatly from the implementation of the agreements on trade in goods and dispute settlement mechanism under the ASEAN-Korea...
SM Group Denies Making Bid for EPCIB Block Held by GSIS
Byline: JAMES A. LOYOLA The SM Group stressed that it has not tendered any formal offer to buy a block of stocks of Equitable PCI Bank (EPCIB) owned by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). The legal counsel for the SM Group Florentino...
Sweat Test Exam May Help Sports Performance
TOP local and foreign health specialists have teamed up to help athletes and other people with active lifestyles dish out their optimum performances through the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. GSSI head and senior scientist Dr. Xiaocai Shi and...
Tamil Tigers One of World's Deadliest Militant Groups
COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers, blamed for a suicide attack against a top military official that threatens to pitch the island back into civil war, is one of the world's deadliest guerrilla groups. For Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam...
Urgent Measures
Byline: Breakfast Table: Adrian Cristobal LEGISLATORS will have to interrupt their "summer vacation" for a special session to suspend the VAT on petroleum-based products as recommended by Malacanang. They probably won't have a long debate about...
Yahoo! Eyes Setting Up Manila Office
Byline: EDU LOPEZ Yahoo! Inc., a leading global Internet company, plans to set up a representative office in Manila and eyes expanding its services to take advantage of the growing Internet penetration in the Philippines. However, it would depend...