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 March 30, 2005

4-Day Workweek
BEGINNING April 4, to last for two months, Malacanang is implementing a new labor economy of 10-hours, 4-day work week as a way of coping with surging oil prices. But the Confederation for Unity, Recognition, and Advancement of Government Employees...
A Dangerous Precedent?
Byline: MICHAEL STEEN Reuters BISHKEK A sudden power grab by Kyrgyzstans opposition has boosted morale among struggling opposition parties in other ex-Soviet states in Central Asia, but its violence may have set a dangerous precedent. The five...
A New Attraction in the PBL
THE call I had been waiting for all day Sunday finally came through Monday morning, but not before Alaska team manager and governor Joaqui Trilo had broken the news to me. "Official announcement from the school: After a series of meetings involving...
Around the Nation
Abu Sayyaf speedboat seized ZAMBOANGA CITY Philippine troops have raided a stronghold of al Qaeda-linked Muslim guerrillas and seized a speedboat used in crossborder kidnapping raids, the military said yesterday. The speedboat was owned by Abu...
Asia Now Better Prepared
BANGKOK (dpa) Within hours of a massive 8.7 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia late Monday night, tens of thousands of coastal denizens along the Indian Ocean were fleeing their homes and hotels in fear of another killer tsunami. Thankfully,...
Christ Already Saved Us; Now Let's Save Ourselves
EASTER is a feast of our redemption brought about by Christs sufferings, death, and resurrection. But the fact is He already saved us. What we did in the past days was to commemorate that great event. Whats needed now is our personal response or doing...
Congress Starts Special Session; Drilon Hopeful on Passage of Expanded VAT Bill
Byline: MARIO B. CASAYURAN Both Houses to muster quorum Congress starts today its threeday special session called by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to enable the Senate to rush the approval of two revenue generating measures, one on increasing...
Dandan Leads Winners
Byline: willie B. caballes KYLE JOSHUA Dandan romped past compatriot Christian Canlas, 6-2, 6-0, yesterday to lead six other locals into the second round of the 16th Mitsubishi Lancer International Juniors Tennis Championships at the Rizal Memorial...
DoF Mulls Tax on Water Consumption
The Department of Finance is considering a proposal to tax water consumption as another means of raising revenue. DoF Undersecretary Emmanuel Bonoan said the plan is something worth looking into, a water conservation measure that is gaining acceptance...
HK in HK (HolyKasyon in HongKong)
If you take a break out of town or out of the country during the Holy Week, some would accuse you of "escaping" from its observance, meaning your spiritual commitment. Or youd be charged by "being noisy" in a supposedly, "period of silence." Or...
Int'l Tourism Obtains Its Best Results in 20 Years
Byline: NINAH KINAVANOD BANGKOK, Thailand After three years of stagnant growth, international tourism experienced a spectacular rebound in 2004. According to the World Tourism Organizations World Tourism Barometer, presented to the media at a news...
Jodi Sta. Maria Is Now Mrs. Lacson
The confirmation of the news about Jodi Sta. Marias wedding to her long-time non-showbiz boyfriend Pampi Lacson (son of Senator Panfilo Lacson) has swept the local showbiz industry over the weekend, and whats interesting to note was that it was also...
Just Leave It Alone
TO save some P100 million in electricity costs, government has decided that the majority of its agencies will run on a four-day week in the next two months of summer and is now urging the private sector to do the same. What the government does with...
'Kuh Presents: Nyoy and Rebekah' at Captain's Bar
This April, Kuh Ledesma will be leaving for the United States for a series of shows with Zsa Zsa Padilla, and for her own US tour. But her departure will not mean that there will no longer be the "Kuh Ledesma Presents" series at the Captains Bar. ...
More Than 1,000 People Killed In
MEDAN, Indonesia (Reuters) More than 1,000 people perished in a massive earthquake that hit a small island off western Indonesia overnight, but panic across Asia that it would trigger another devastating tsunami soon receded. The epicentre of the...
Nestea Beach Volleyball Tourney Lures 72 Teams
A TOTAL of 72 teams from 44 colleges and universities nationwide are set to compete for beach volleyball supremacy when the elimination rounds of the 9th Nestea Beach Volley gets underway at La Salle Greenhills. The schedule for the Luzon elimination...
NEWS IN BRIEF; P/$ Rate Closes at P54.65 to $1
The peso rate closed lower at P54.65 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P54.48 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P54.634 from P54.393. Total volume...
No Conflict in PNB Shares Sale - Purisima
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima yesterday affirmed that there will be no conflict or controversies in the sale of Philippine National Bank despite his new Undersecretary Gabriel "Jay" Singson Jr. in-charge of privati-zation...
Oil Deregulation Law Repeal Sought
The business community has strongly supported a repeal of the Oil Deregulation Law with the intent of restoring the Oil Price Stabilization Fund (OPSF) to provide stability in oil price as against the almost weekly oil price adjustments. Philippine...
Ousted Employees Take over Leyte Water Agency; Tacloban SWAT Cops Surround LMWD Building
Byline: JACK C. GADAINGAN TACLOBAN CITY Tension rose here yesterday as a result of a stand-off that came about after some dismissed employees of the Leyte Metropolitan Water District (LMWD) stormed and took over the water utilitys main office at...
Palace Okays Pension Fund for Ex-Boxing Champs
President Arroyo yesterday approved the proposal of boxer Manny Pacquiao to establish a retirement fund for former Filipino boxing champions. Pacquiao raised the suggestion to the President during a meeting in Malacanang nearly a week after he lost...
Party-List Solon on Hunger Strike
A lawmaker representing a party-list group will stage a hunger strike for an indefinite period of time to protest the killings of leaders and members of progressive organizations. Representative Rafael Mariano of Anakpawis will launch today the...
PBL to Honor Pacquiao
THE PHILIPPINE Basketball League (PBL), in its own little way, will be doing its share in bestowing honor to Filipino ring idol Manny Pacquiao. Citing Pacquiaos gallant stand against Mexican warrior Eric Morales in their blockbuster superfeatherweight...
PCCI Warns vs 'Watered Down' VAT
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) yesterday warned against the possibility of Congress passing a "watered down" expanded value-added tax (VAT) bill saying this will only defeat the governments...
Pinoy Driver May Steal AF3 Thunder
IF FOREIGN drivers dont watch out, a homegrown kid may just steal the show in the opening two legs of the 2005 Asian Formula 3 Grand Prix on April 9-10 at the Batangas Racing Circuit. AF3 Corp. chairman Ed Pena, guesting in yesterdays PSA Forum...
Private Sector Not Covered by 4-Day Work Week Order
Byline: RAUL GONZALES Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas yesterday said that the countrys private sector is not covered by the Presidents order mandating a four-day work week for all government departments, bureaus, agencies,...
Probe on Las Vegas Splurge Welcomed
Byline: BEN R. ROSARIO Majority Leader Prospero Nograles of the House of Representatives yesterday welcomed a House Committee on Ethics probe on a congressmans alleged $20,000 per day hotel accommodation splurge during the Manny Pacquiao-Erik Morales...
Pursuing College Education
Byline: Francis N. Tolentino SCHOOL Year 2004-2005 closes with an estimated 1.2 million graduates from both public and private high schools. This means 1.2 million young spirits gleaming with pride and looked upon by their parents as symbols of...
Quedancor to Issue P1-B Worth of Bonds
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA State-owned Quedan and Rural Credit Guarantee Corp. (QRCGC) is set to issue on April 9 a R1-billion bond of which P500 million has already been effectively subscribed with investors intensified interest in financing agriculture...
Region 4 Transport Groups Plan to Go on Strike Tomorrow
Byline: JC BELLO RUIZ The Pinag-Isang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) continued their noise barrage yesterday morning, this time at the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City, along with various transport groups, as Southern...
Roundup
Luzon TB outbreak kills 3 inmates CAINTA, Rizal Three inmates died and another is seriously ill due to the outbreak of tuberculosis in the jail in this town. The inmates who died in the first three months of this year were identified as Fernando...
Russian Tourists to Philippines Double in First 2 Months of 2005
The number of tourists visiting the Philippines from Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU) doubled in January and February 2005, compared to the same period last year, the Philippine Embassy in Moscow said recently. "The Embassy...
Sandiganbayan Dismisses Case against Mrs. Marcos
Byline: EDMER F. PANESA Citing the governments inaction, the Sandiganbayan Third Division dismissed an 18-year-old ill-gotten wealth case against former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos and Cesar Zalamea, former chairman of the stateowned Development...
Save Philippine Education
Byline: Loren L. Legarda ITS graduation time again and many hopeful graduates will join the ranks of those seeking jobs commensurate to their qualifications. But what kind of graduates do we actually produce? What quality of education do we really...
Security Measures in Place for IPU General Assembly
Byline: JUDE C. GALFORD III Senate President Franklin Drilon yesterday expressed optimism that the forthcoming 112th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly slated on April 3 to 8 will be a meaningful and peaceful event. "The fact that...
Supreme Court Dismisses FPJ Election Protest
Byline: REY G. PANALIGAN The Supreme Court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), dismissed yesterday the election protest filed by the late Fernando Poe Jr. against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on account of the actors death on...
Tanning: Less Is Better
OVEREXPOSURE to the sun is now the leading cause of skin cancer, so protecting yourself is more important than ever. Sunlight exposes skin to two types of ultraviolet rays: UVA and UVB. Ultraviolet B rays are highintensity rays absorbed by the surface...
The Appearance on the Road to Emmaus; Luke 24:13-35
TWO of the disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus ... And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus Himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him....
The Parable of the Dead Dog
THE dog was a much-loved family pet of 15years. It was acquired on the birth of the eldest son. All showered on the pet such affection like a true member of the family. The dog ate with them and slept on the same bed as the youngest daughter. Whenever...