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 May 6, 2006

4 NPA Rebels Killed, Gov't Soldier Hurt in Encounter
Byline: MIKE U. CRISMUNDO BUTUAN CITY - Four New People's Army (NPA) rebels were killed and a government soldier was wounded when a gunbattle erupted between combat troops and undetermined number of communist dissidents in Barangay Los Angeles,...
Adamson, UP Clouters Rap Rivals
Byline: eddie alinea Adamson-Air 21 and University of the Philippines-Air Force collected two more victories each to continue their march to disputing the women's division pennant yesterday in the 2006 National Open Softball Championships at the...
A Dystopian Holiday
The skies have turned black. The wind is howling. It picks up your skin's scent. Raindrops the size of bowling balls bombard your little nipa shelter. Everyone fears that a tsunami is coming. It's only four o' clock in the afternoon at the beach but...
Angara Calls for Palace-Senate Unity Dialogue
Byline: MARIO CASAYURAN Sen. Edgardo J. Angara yesterday suggested that President Arroyo initiate a Malacanang-Senate dialogue and that her former ally turned arch critic Senate President Franklin M. Drilon should respond to a proposed collaborative...
Angel Thoughts
'It is in rugged crises, in unweariable endurance and in aims which put sympathy out of question that the angel is shown." - Ralph Waldo Emerson *** The city of Cebu is agog over the ASEAN Summit to be held there on December. Already...
Around the Nation
CIDA exec hails ARMM mayor An official of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) assigned with its Local Governance Support Program (LGSP) hailed the outstanding performance of Mayor Aminullah "Mino" Arimao of Masiu, Lanao del Sur....
A Third Victory for People's Rights
Byline: Dr. Florangel R Braid LAST May 3, the Supreme Court came out with its third monumental ruling -- declaring as illegal, acts that have been perpetrated under Presidential Proclamation 1017 -- warantless arrests, raids and all forms of intimidation...
Bata, Manalo Triumph
HO CHI MINH CITY -- A breeze for Efren aBataa Reyes. A thriller for Marlon Manalo. Reyes and Manalo opened the Philippines' campaign on a high note by scoring contrasting wins at the start of the first leg of the San Miguel Asian 9-Ball Tour at...
BoC Collects P58.83 B from January to April; 6.7% More Than Collection Target of R55.2 B
Byline: BENG ANSULA The Bureau of Customs (BoC) reported yesterday that it surpassed its target in the first four months of the year by more than P3.6 billion. In a press statement, Customs Commissioner Napoleon Morales disclosed that the bureau...
BSP, BoJ Sign $6-B Forex Swap Deal
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and Bank of Japan have agreed to swap currencies worth $6 billion under a bilateral arrangement of the Chiang Mai Initiative. This is also the first time that Japan is undertaking a two-way...
Capitol Spikers Close in on Crown
Byline: willie b. caballes BORACAY BEACH -- Orpheus Cubillas and Jose Carlos Cagadas sent Capitol University to within two wins of completing a Cinderella finish in the men's division Friday while defending champions Janley Patrona and Rael Pio...
Concrete Grounds Boosting Nation-Building
Byline: Jesus P Estanislao FURTHER building our nation" has been repeated as the basic goal that all responsible citizens should unite to try and achieve within the foreseeable future. Building a nation has to be done on concrete grounds. These...
Dying Trees and Plants
Byline: Romeo V Pefianco (Editor's note: What government agencies should share the blame if people in crowded cities and towns get sick or die in large number from air and water pollution?) YEARS ago, the national government planted trees and...
Estrada Back in Detention at Tanay Resthouse
Byline: BRENDA P. TUAZON & ANNA LIZA T. VILLAS Former president Joseph Estrada has returned to detention at his Tanay, Rizal resthouse after being confined at a hospital in San Juan due to gastroenteritis that forced the cancellation of his...
German-Jewish Ties, a New Landmark
Byline: MIKE MCCARTHY Deutsche Presse-Agentur WASHINGTON -- Chancellor Angela Merkel became the first German leader to speak at the annual gala of one of the largest US Jewish groups, in what was seen as a symbolically important event. Merkel's...
Giants Subdue San Miguel
Byline: noli cruz PUREFOODS Chunkee Giants coach Ryan Gregorio admitted on national television they're afraid of the San Miguel Beermen. The diminutive champion coach made the revelation moments after conquering their fears and the Beermen, 82-75,...
GMA off for Saudi State Visit; Trip Will Focus on Energy Cooperation
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN Will attend wedding rites at Macau stop-over President Arroyo will leave at 8:30 a.m. today for a state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with a brief stop-over in Macau. Malacanang said Mrs. Arroyo's state visit...
Good Shepherd Sunday We Need More Religious Vocations
Byline: Fr. Bel R San Luis, S V D THIS Sunday is "Good Shepherd Sunday." It is day in the Catholic church worldwide to focus attention on vocations to the religious life (priests, nuns, and brothers) and to pray for more vocations. The need for...
High Oil Prices May Trim Asian Economic Growth - ADB
Byline: JAY SHANKAR HYDERABAD, India, May 5 (AFP) -- High oil prices may shave off at least 0.6 percentage points from Asia's overall economic growth, the chief economist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) told AFP. "There are two aspects to...
Inflation Eases to 7.1% in April
Byline: EDU H. LOPEZ Prices of commodities have decelerated as the country's year-on-year inflation rate slowed down to 7.1 percent in April from 7.6 percent in March this year. The inflation a year ago was 8.5 percent. The National Statistics...
Is Bianca Now Avoiding Zanjoe?
After going out the "Pinoy Big Brother" house where she ended up in the Big Four in the Celebrity Edition, Bianca Gonzales now hosts the "PBB" Teen Edition "Uplate," which airs after midnight from Mondays to Fridays. On weekends, she is also seen hosting...
JVC Open Badminton Kicks off 6th Season
THE 6TH edition of the JVC Open Badminton Championships comes off the wraps on July 2-9 at the Glorietta Activity Center with the country's sports officials hoping to bring the popular sport to greater heights. Philippine Olympic Committee (POC)...
Labor of Love
Byline: Julie Y. Daza LABOR Day falls on May 1, when workers celebrate their solidarity and, predictably, press government for higher wages and better working conditions. There's another labor day. Labor day in small letters happens every nine...
Lara Quigaman Faces Promising Showbiz Career
Now that her reign as Bb. Pilipinas and Miss International are over, Precious Lara Quigaman has all the time to pursue her career in showbiz, and commercial modeling. In fact this early Lara already has a number of movies lined up for her including...
Local Shares Surge 4.2% in Biggest 1-Day Gain in 5 Years
Local shares made their strongest one-day gain in more than five years yesterday, as foreign funds helped extend a rally to a fourth straight day on the country's positive economic and fiscal outlook, traders said. The benchmark 30-company Philippine...
Mayol Eyes World Title
Byline: NICK GIONGCO TOKYO -- Filipino puncher Rodel Mayol is convinced nothing can stand in his way to stardom as he guns for the world title Saturday night at the Korakuen Hall even if the guy in front looks as though he was culled from the fragments...
Mayor Lito Atienza Warns Bureau of Customs on Raids
Manila Mayor Lito Atienza yesterday issued a stern warning to the Bureau of Customs (BoC) to stop conducting "Gestapo-type" raids in the city's commercial areas. The warning was issued after the BoC, together with the Criminal Investigation and...
MGB Gets 272 Applications for Mining in Cordillera
Byline: DEXTER A. SEE BAGUIO CITY - The office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in the Cordillera has received a total of 272 mining applications covering a total land area of 1,270,343.8649 hectares in the Cordillera region and its neighboring...
Mighty Machine
Byline: Breakfast Table: Adrian Cristobal THE people at the Department of Public Works and Highways obviously don't subscribe to the economist Henry George's dictum that society is an organism, not a machine. Despite the objections of Mayor Yaranon...
Napocor Project Cushions Oil-Price Increases in Visayas
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY - Maximizing the use of the Leyte-Cebu Interconnection Uprating Project (LCIUP) has helped cushion the impact of oil price increases in the Visayas. Dr. Alan Ortiz, chief executive officer of the project,...
NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closes at P51.61 to $1
The peso rate closed lower at P51.61 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P51.53 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P51.517 from P51.46. Total volume...
Noli Bats for Reforms in Government Service
Byline: JUN RAMIREZ Vice President Noli de Castro batted yesterday for reforms in the government service as a step towards eradicating graft and corruption in the bureaucracy. De Castro issued the call in his speech before officials and employees...
Paragua to Play Top Board; Estimo, Caturla Named RP Captains
GRANDMASTER MARK Paragua, the country's acknowledged best player, will make his first start on the top board in the World Chess Olympiad set May 19-June 5 in Turin, Italy. The 22-year-old is overwhelmed. "Malaking karangalan ito para sa akin....
PARI Announces Winners in Awit Technical Categories
Byline: JOJO P. PANALIGAN To keep the pace of the 19th Awit Awards night presentation on June 15 at Casino Filipino Paranaque tighter, the Philippine Association of Record Industries (PARI) already unveiled the winners in nine Awit technical categories...
PNP Assures Action on Killings of Journalists
Byline: ED MAHILUM Philippine National Police Director General Arturo Lomibao yesterday strongly denied the police are not doing enough to resolve cases of journalists killed in the country since 1986. Lomibao was reacting to reports that branded...
Producers Defend 'Da Vinci Code'
Byline: YUGEL LOSORATA Producers of the film adaptation of the controversial Dan Brown novel, "The Da Vinci Code," defended the film by saying its sole intention was to entertain moviegoers. They issued this statement in reaction to reports that...
Public Schools Need 50,000 Good Teachers for 18-M Students
Byline: SHIANEE MAMANGLU Despite government efforts to make up for the shortage of teachers to achieve quality education, public elementary and high schools across the country still need some 50,000 quality teachers to serve about 18 million students...
Reyes Proposes at Least 1 Sanitary Landfill per District
Byline: ELLALYN B. DE VERA Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Angelo Reyes yesterday recommended to members of the House of Representatives the establishment of at least one sanitary landfill in their respective districts to help solve...
San Miguel: 'Pastillas Country'
Byline: RACHEL C. BARAWID For many years, the town of San Miguel in Bulacan, has served as a stopover for locals and travelers craving for the much sought-after pasalubong of all time -- the "Pastillas de Leche," and other famous sweets as take-home...
SC Asks Ombudsman to Report on Comelec Automation Case
Byline: REY G. PANALIGAN The Supreme Court (SC) has decided to hold the Office of the Ombudsman in contempt if it fails to submit by June 30 its report on the outcome of its investigation into the criminal liability of public officials and private...
Sharon Kicks off Provincial Tour, Promotes Her New Acoustic Album
The country's one and only megastar Ms. Sharon Cuneta gets busier this summer as she kicks off the much-awaited Philippine mega tour starting on May 20 at Lucena City and releases the latest single from her new album from Sony BMG Music International....
Society at a Halt?
IF they have their way, the President's enemies would want her to resign now, otherwise they would just do whatever is necessary to paralyze her ability to govern and bring society to a halt. That may be the reason every time the courts decide to...
State Visit of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
THE Republic of the Philippines and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have long had close diplomatic and people-to-people relations. Aside from the Kingdom being a major destination of our Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), it is the Philippines' 12th largest...
Suns Set Up Death Match; Put to Waste Kobe's 50-Point Effort in Thrilling Overtime Win
LOS ANGELES (AFP) -- Steve Nash scored 32 points and Tim Thomas hit a 3-pointer to force over-time, lifting Phoenix over the Los Angeles Lakers 126-118 Thursday to level their National Basketball Association playoff series. Seconds from elimination,...
Sy, Pena Raise RP Hopes in AF3
ROSARIO, Batangas -- Tyson Sy and Dado Pena continued to show the way in practice runs Friday, raising hopes a Filipino driver would score a big victory in the opening round of the 2006 Asian Formula Three series Saturday at the Batangas Racing Circuit...
The Best 'Mission' So Far
PEOPLE WERE TURNED OFF when Tom Cruise jumped up and down on Oprah Winfrey's couch while professing his love for Katie Holmes and later unabashedly plugged Scientology while declaring his hatred for prescription drugs (slighting Brooke Shields in the...
The Many Colors of 'Win-Win'
Byline: Willie N Ng PRESS Secretary Ignacio Bunye's reaction to the Supreme Court ruling criticizing police abuses under Proclamation 1017, the raid on the Daily Tribune, the openly insolent surveillance of media organizations disliked by the Administration,...
The Words of Eternal Life; John 6:60-69
MANY of [Jesus'] disciples who were listening said, "This saying is hard; who can accept it?" Since Jesus knew that His disciples were murmuring about this, He said to them, "Does this shock you? What if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to...