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 27, 2006

7 NPA Rebels, 2 Militiamen Killed in ComVal Encounter
Byline: MIKE U. CRISMUNDO CAMP EDILBERTO EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City -- Seven guerrilla fighters of the New People's Army (NPA) and two militiamen were killed, and several other rebels were reported seriously wounded when a fierce gunbattle...
Angeli Remembers Chat Silayan
Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ For someone who managed to keep her illness confined within knowledge of friends and family, Chat Silayan to her death taught the high profile industry the value of privacy. Few people knew she had colon cancer which is why...
Angel Thoughts
"When people seek your help, don't complain. Its more blessed to be able to help than be the one needing help. Count your blessings and share them. Your kindness will live long after you've gone." -- Alice Avancena, Quezon City ...
Annual 'Parangal' for Anti-Jueteng Advocates Cancelled
Byline: LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO Krusadang Bayan Laban sa Jueteng (KBLJ) Chairman Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz yesterday announced that the annual KBLJ event "Parangal para sa Mararangal" will not be held this year due to Malacanang's introduction...
Around the Nation
2.1 M Grade 1 entrants take SRA exam this May Some 2.1 million Grade 1 entrants will take the school readiness assessment (SRA) test next month. DepEd Officer-inCharge Dr. Fe Hidalgo said the examination will determine the Grade 1 entrants' learning...
Attracting the Chinese Tourism Market
Byline: Beth D Romulo IT was only two years ago when Tourism Secretary Ace Durano turned his attention to the huge, increasingly affluent Chinese tourism market. In a little over a year, the Philippines attracted more tourists from China than from...
'Battle of Mactan' Marked Today; President at Rites
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. MACTAN, Cebu - President Arroyo is expected to witness today the reenactment of the historic "Battle of Mactan," the first organized Filipino resistance against foreign invaders on April 27, 1521, at the shores of this...
Bayron's Lead Cut to 1 Shot
BAGUIO CITY -- Jay Bayron failed to sustain a fine start and scrambled for a three-over par 64 yesterday, that saw his two-shot lead reduced to one halfway through the Samsung Amateur Golf Tour at the Baguio Country Club course here. Bayron, whose...
BIR Has Lowered the Morale of Show Biz People - Regine
Byline: JOJO PANALIGAN Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez says that the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) may be raising public awareness about tax obligations by going after celebrities but at the cost of lowering the morale of actors and singers....
CA Seeks P109 M for Satellite Courts
Byline: REY G. PANALIGAN & DEXTER A. SEE BAGUIO CITY -- Court of Appeals (CA) Presiding Justice Ruben T. Reyes expressed optimism here yesterday that the appellate court's request for an additional R109 million budget would be approved by Congress...
Central Azucarera De Tarlac to Start Ethanol Production
Byline: EDGARD HILARIO The Central Azucarera de Tarlac (CAT) yesterday became the first group to answer the call for "national teamwork" by President Arroyo as it decided to go into full-blast ethanol or biofuel production to help avert an economic...
Closest Governance Unit
Byline: Jesus P Estanislao BEYOND the family, the school, and the business enterprise, there is another institution that is directly charged with the task of taking care of our community affairs. And the one closest to us is the barangay: This has...
Comelec Hears Liberal Party Leadership Case
Byline: E. T. SUAREZ The Commission on Elections (Comelec) tackles at 10 a.m. today the Liberal Party (LP) leadership contest between the party officers headed by Senate President Franklin M. Drilon and those headed by Manila Mayor Jose "Lito" G....
Comments on US Spy Case
Byline: Cerge M. Remonde FORMER President Joseph Estrada, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, and Former Speaker Noli Fuentebella have been mentioned in a United States spy case. Assistant US Attorney Karl Buch for the first time publicly named the three top...
Corruption and the Body
Byline: Breakfast Table: Adrian Cristobal IT'S bad enough when corruption rots the body politic; it's worse when it strikes the bodies of Filipinos. Yesterday's International Herald Tribune carried a story by Seth Mydans (datelined Manila) about...
Cuba to the Rescue
Byline: Gemma C Araneta THE world has probably forgotten that Haiti, now one of the most politically precarious countries in the Caribbean, was once upon a time the first republic ever to be proclaimed in that region. St. Domingue, as it was called...
Discover and Take Refuge on SUMILON ISLAND
It took about four years to develop Sumilon island into a beautiful resort where it remains as one of Cebu's best kept secrets. Sumilon means to take refuge. The island was leased by the government to Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort, a member of...
DoLE Warns 'PBB' Teen Edition to Follow Rules on Employing Minors
If you're wondering why ABS-CBN adjusted its primetime schedule to air the "Pinoy Big Brother" Teen Edition earlier, right after "TV Patrol," it's because the network was said to have received a warning from the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE)...
Drilon, Lacson Hit Probe of Female Heckler in Cavite
Byline: MARIO B. CASAYURAN Senate President Franklin M. Drilon and opposition Sen. Panfilo Lacson said yesterday they are saddened by the decision of Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Raul Gonzalez to investigate and prosecute a heckler of President...
Earth Vaporized in 5 Billion Years?
Byline: Romeo V Pefianco (Editor's note: Book publishers, editors, and translators need attractive books to sell as noted by the author.) SOME five years ago the syndicated columnist and humorist Art Buchwald was told by friends that his book...
Filipinos Earn Raves from Singapore Hotels & Restos
The reputation of Filipinos as among the world's finest chefs has attracted Singapore's hospitality industry with favorable consideration for their employment in some of the island-state's top hotels and restaurants. Marinella Cinco and Reagan Dy,...
Freakish Humor, Squirmish Horror
HORROR FLICKS have a big market in the U.S. so we're not surprised that Hollywood continues making them. The latest horror flick to be released locally is "Slither," which is actually a fusion of the alien invasion, horror and comedy genres. Set in...
Freedom Day of South Africa
SOUTH Africa celebrates its Freedom Day today. On this day in 1994, the first democratic election was held in South Africa. It was also on this day in 1997 when the new constitution of South Africa took effect. The land now known as South Africa...
Gov't Opts to Cut Oil Import Tariff
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo yesterday opted to use a tariff cut to stave off the adverse effects on consumers and the economy of rising world oil prices. At the same time, Arroyo's Cabinet rejected a proposed suspension of the 12 percent value-added...
Gov't to Sell 55% of Amanah Bank in June
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN The government will auction off 55 percent of Al Amanah Islamic Investment Bank's un-issued shares amounting to R550 million by June, an official said. Global consulting firm Isla Lipana & Co/PriceWaterhouseCoopers...
Gudani, Balutan Ask AFP-JAGO to Dismiss Their Case
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN Two senior military officers accused of insubordination when they testified before a Senate investigation into the alleged election fraud without their superior's approval yesterday asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines...
I Can Beat Pacquiao -- Larios
Byline: nick giongco AS OSCAR Larios was scanning the view from the 42nd floor of the Discovery Suites in Pasig yesterday afternoon, he could have realized the similarities between the place where he is at and his lofty goals. "I did not come...
Japanese Business Sentiment Improves
Byline: EDU H. LOPEZ The business sentiment of Japanese companies operating in the Asean region and Northeast Asia has improved a bit in April this year. A survey by Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) showed, however, that business sentiment...
Loose Change
Byline: Julie Y. Daza IN her own Imeldific way, the former first lady admits that she's worth more than the national debt (R3.9 trillion). And yet PCGG is willing to start negotiations at P220 billion in Commissioner Ric Abcede's highly touted plan...
Malacanang Warns Labor Day Demonstrators
Malacanang warned yesterday those who intend to use street rallies to foment chaos and disorder that the police will not hesitate to "move forcefully in case of a clear and present danger to the Republic." Press Secretary and Presidential Spokesman...
Media-Business Group Sets Up Boracay-Based Travel Outfit
BORACAY ISLAND - A group of veteran leisure and travel journalists and enterprising businessmen from Aklan and Manila have laid the groundwork for promoting the Philippines' tourist destinations, beginning with the world-famous Boracay island. The...
Metro Bus Groups to File Fare Hike Petitions Next Week
Byline: JC BELLO RUIZ Metro Manila bus operators said yesterday they will file fare hike petitions next week even as Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) Secretary Leandro Mendoza said the DoTC is now preparing measures to cushion...
Monique Goes to Singapore before Heading for London
The New Voice Company, fresh from the recent successes if its productions - "Frozen," "The Blue Moon" and the smash hit musical "Cabaret" - is bringing to Singapore "Aspects of Love" where it will be staged at the Drama Centre from April 28 to May...
Nachura: No Need to Appeal SC Ruling; Notes High Court Upheld Batas Pambansa 880
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN & CHARISSA M. LUCI Gov't lawyer says CPR means maximum tolerance Solicitor General Eduardo Nachura yesterday said there is no need to appeal the Supreme Court's decision declaring the government's calibrated...
NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closes at P51.925 to $1
The peso rate closed lower at P51.925 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P51.90 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P51.889 from P51.807. Total volume...
On Married Co-Workers
Byline: Hern P Zenarosa THERE was at once a sense of ambiguity on reading about a private company's employment policy prohibiting marriage between co-employees or risk of being forced to resign their jobs. It seems curious that such policy exists...
Painters, Sparks Hope to Keep PBL Top Spot
BOUYED BY its victory over erstwhile solo leader Montana Pawnshop, Rain or Shine tries to score another big one over Hapee-PCU even as Toyota Otis shoots for its third straight win today in the 2006 PBL Unity Cup at the Olivarez Sports Center in Paranaque....
'Pancit' Downs 86 Workers of 2 Cagayan De Oro Malls
Byline: GERRY L. GORIT CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - At least 86 workers of two shopping malls owned by the Gaisanos and located at the corner of CM Recto and Corrales streets here were rushed to the hospital yesterday due to food poisoning. The workers...
Pilipinas Shell to Start Selling Ethanol Pre-Blended Gasoline Soon
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation will jump in ahead of competitors in selling ethanol pre-blended gasoline or E10 at its stations in support of the government alternative fuels program, the Department of Energy (DoE)...
PSC Insists: No Accounting, No Money
Byline: kristel satumbaga The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will not bow down to the demand of any association seeking preferential treatment in the matter of funding, either for sponsorship of events or for sending athletes abroad. This...
Red Bull Awins but Says It's Not out of Slump, Yet
Byline: noli cruz FOR COACH Yeng Guiao, two wins are not enough to get them out of the slump. aMaybe another win and we'll be out of it (slump),a said Guiao after guiding Red Bull to a 115-104 win over Sta. Lucia last night in the Gran Matador...
Rising Remittances Seen Supporting Economic Growth
Byline: ROSEMARIE FRANCISCO Rising remittances from workers overseas will support consumption and growth of the Philippine economy this year, but weak net exports and investment spending will limit expansion, a Reuters quarterly poll shows. A...
SC to Comelec: Rehear Poll Case vs Cotabato City Mayor
Byline: YVONNE CHUA Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism COTABATO CITY -- The Supreme Court has ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to rehear the proclamation protest filed by Cotabato City mayoralty candidate Estrelita Juliano...
Teves, BIR Officials in Crucial Meet Today
Byline: JUN RAMIREZ Finance Secretary Margarito Teves will meet top officials of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), including its 19 regional directors, today to discuss strategies that will enable it to achieve its R675-billion collection target...
Twenty-Five Years of the Manila Cathedral's Elevation to a Minor Basilica
THE Manila Cathedral, also known as the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, is the only cathedral in the world that was built and renovated six times. It was the seat of the Archbishop of Manila during the Spanish Colonial Period in the Philippines,...