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 9, 2007

1 Dead, 5,000 Homeless in Fire
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. MANDAUE CITY, Cebu -- One person died and four others were injured while at least 5,000 individuals were left homeless when a three-hour fire hit and nearly wiped out Barangay Mantuyong here last Wednesday afternoon....
3-Policy Agenda Pushed for Mindanao Dev't
BUTUAN CITY -- To accelerate socio-economic development on the southern island, the Mindanao working group is pushing for a three-policy agenda to support President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's peace and development agenda in Southern Philippines, a top...
ABAP Head Lauds AFP
Byline: NICK GIONGCO AMATEUR BOXING Association of the Philippines Manny Lopez yesterday lauded the Armed Forces of the Philippines for approving the early release of 192 national athletes who are serving in the militaty. "This is not for anything...
ALI, Raffles in P7.5-B Hotel Venture
Byline: JAMES A. LOYOLA Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) signed an agreement with Kingdom Hotel Investments (through a wholly-owned subsidiary) to jointly develop a luxury hotel complex in Makati at a cost of about P7.5 billion. The project will be developed...
Another Chance at Boxing Glory
Byline: Ed Picson WITH THE controversial defeat of Z Gorres a fortnight ago in his bid to win a world title for the Philippines, many have been left disillusioned. It seemed outside of Manny Pacquiao we really don't have much of a chance to snare...
Around the Nation
Not a signatory -- lawyer Atty. Maisara Dandamun, a Chevening scholar at the University of Manchester in Manchester, United Kingdom, and of the Muslim Youth Students Association, said yesterday that he is not a signatory to the joint press statement...
Barefoot Lass Lifts Pangasinan to the Top
VIGAN, Ilocos Sur -- Pangasinan, behind the fourth gold medal effort of barefoot runner Lany Cardona, raced to the overall lead of the Central-Northern Luzon Qualifying Games of the 2nd Philippine Olympic Festival at the President Quirino Stadium's...
Champions
Byline: Fr. Emeterio Barcelon, SJ THERE is need for champions, and perhaps organization and a challenge. In a recent visit of Usec. Mariano Salazar of DoE, he aptly described a frequent situation where there is money for projects but those who have...
Chiz Escudero Asks Tax Relief for Local Movie Industry
Genuine Opposition (GO) senatorial candidate Francis "Chiz" Escudero has assured the local movie leaders that he will work for the granting of tax holidays for the movie industry, the most heavily taxed industry in the Philippines! Escudero made...
Comelec Ready for the Elections; Abalos Assured by Various Gov't Agencies Concerned Board of Election Inspectors Members Undergo Training
Byline: E.T. SUAREZ The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday assured the public that measures are in place to make the May 14, 2007 elections peaceful, honest, orderly and credible. Comelec Chairman Benjamin S. Abalos Sr. said that all...
DENR Crafts Master Plan on Integrated River Basin Dev't
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is coming up with a master plan on Integrated River Basin Management and Development which envisions a sustainable water resource for domestic supply, irrigation,...
Developer Allots P5 B for Housing
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT Camella Homes & Communities, the country's largest developer that is concentrating on providing low-end housing projects, is on an expansion binge with P5-billion investment this year for land development and...
Drive vs Overloading on NLEX Pushed; Weigh Bridge in Gapan City Proposed
SAN FERNANDO CITY, Pampanga -- A new and permanent weigh bridge may be built in Gapan City in a bid to further strengthen the government's campaign against overloading. This was proposed during a recent dialogue-workshop on the anti-overloading...
Election Big Ticket Issues; "The Task of a Leader Is to Get His People from Where They Are to Where They Have Not Been." - Henry Kissinger
Byline: HECTOR R.R. VILLANUEVA VOTERS beware with self-serving surveys and polls that are intended to prepare the minds of the public, or alter their preferences, or perception towards certain controversial issues, or candidates for high office....
Empress Schuck, the Latest 'Royalty' in Showbiz
For 14-year-old Empress Schuck, things are looking a bit of "royalty" in her budding showbiz career. After making a name for herself as the superheroine Ava Avanico in the now defunct fantasy-action-series "Super Inggo,' her follow-up is a show of...
Environmental Woes Peril Asian Growth
Byline: AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE BANGKOK - Asia's stellar economic growth could come to a grinding halt unless governments tackle environmental problems arising from the region's rapid industrial development, the UN and the OECD said Thursday. The...
Estrada Camp Expects His Acquittal by Sandiganbayan
Byline: EDMER F. PANESA The camp of former President Joseph Estrada is now expecting his acquittal following the decision of the Sandiganbayan Special Division to accept almost all the pieces of documentary evidence offered by his lawyers during...
Exonerate Villarosa, OSG Asks CA
Byline: REY G. PANALIGAN The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has asked the Court of Appeals (CA) to exonerate former Occidental Mindoro Rep. Jose T. Villarosa and three other accused who were convicted by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court...
GMA Announces P15-B Additional IRA for LGUs
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. MANDAUE CITY, Cebu -- President Arroyo yesterday announced an additional R15 billion for the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of local government units (LGUs) as she stressed that the country now has a stable fiscal...
Gov't Sees P48.5 B from Donors
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN The government is expecting P48.5-billion worth of donor financing from Japan Bank for International Cooperation, World Bank and the Asian Development Bank in 2007. Documents from the Department of Budget and Management...
GSIS Responds
Byline: Adrian E. Cristobal GSIS Senior Vice President Josefina L. Valera responded to my column (1 February) in which I cited Mrs. Belle B. Alonso's complaint entitled "Robbery in Broad Daylight." But before I summarize Ms. Valera's response,...
Harbour Gets MVP Castro
IT'S NOT really a perfect combination, but allowing MVP Jason Castro to play together with Silver Cup Finals MVP Chico Lanete will certainly give Harbour Centre a big push in its bid for a historic "3peat." And add the prolific JC Intal at the front,...
Hotel Roundup
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Joker Hits Rivals on Planning to Again Impeach GMA
Byline: BEN R. ROSARIO TARLAC CITY -- Reelectionist Sen. Joker Arroyo yesterday chided the Genuine Opposition (GO) for admitting that impeaching President Arroyo will be its topmost priority in the event the political opposition wins majority of...
MNLF Leaders Laud Peace Mission of OIC; El-Masry's Visit Shows Determination to Help Resolve Conflict
Byline: EDD K. USMAN Leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) lauded yesterday the peace mission of Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanuglo's special envoy, Ambassador Sayyed Kassem El-Masry, in...
Now Active: Movers & Shakers, Leg-Pullers
Byline: Floro M. Mercene SOLDIERS are deployed in 26 barangays in Metro Manila. They are there to maintain peace and order. Please stop pulling our legs, general. We know better. *** The soldiers' real mission is to deter voters from supporting...
P/$ Rate Closes at P48.53/$ 1
The peso rate closed higher at P48.53 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P48.735 the previous day. The weighted average rate appreciated to P48.622 from P48.729. Total volume...
President Jose P. Laurel, Sr. 116th Birth Anniversary
FAITH in God, an indomitable spirit, love of family, and unrelenting concern for the country's well-being are hallmarks of the Laurel family of Tanauan, Batangas. It is impossible to write the history of Batangas province without the Laurel family....
Que, Minoza, Lascuna in the Hunt in Singapore
ANGELO QUE strung up nine birdies en route to a six-under-par 66 and a share of fourth spot after 18 holes of the Singapore Masters. The 29-year-old Que, runner-up in the Philippine Open and winner of the Razon Invitational Cup last month, trailed...
Recto Firm on Gubernatorial Bid; Mayor Vi Still Undecided on Her Poll Plan
Byline: BENJIE J. MURILLO BATANGAS CITY -- Batangas Vice Gov. Richard "Ricky" Recto is firm on his decision to run for governor in the May polls even as his sister-in-law Lipa City Mayor Vilma Santos-Recto, popularly known as Mayor Vi, said she...
Red Bull, Coca-Cola Seek 2nd Victories
Byline: WAYLON GALVEZ DEFENDING CHAMPION Red Bull and Coca-Cola shoot for their second straight wins when they take on separate opponents in the Talk 'N TextPBA Fiesta Cup today at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. The Tigers tackle the Purefoods...
R & R; Serendra: All Set for 2007
Byline: Bel. S. Castro The best part of visiting Serendra at Bonifacio Global City (the Fort), is that parking is still free. Although, judging from the growing number of visitors to the new development, I suspect that won't last for long. The...
Satur, Other Leaders Condemn Issuance of Arrest Warrant
House Deputy Minority Leader Satur C. Ocampo and lawyer Romeo T. Capulong yesterday condemned as a clear miscarriage of justice the issuance of a warrant of arrest against Ocampo of Bayan Muna in connection with purported communist purge in Leyte....
Sharon Cuneta's Confident with Husband, Draws Strength from God
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI It certainly is a case of de javu for the country's megastar, Sharon Cuneta as his husband Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan is running once again for senator. Like in 2001 when he first ran for the Senate and won, 2007...
Sound the Drum Roll!
Technology has done it again! Luckily for women today, the vanity industry is intent on making them feel young and look even younger. And scrap all talk about the elusive fountain of youth because scientists et al through lotions, creams, serums...
The Defense of Life, Family in the West
Byline: Bernardo M. Villegas RESIDING in a European country, the most economically dynamic today, has given me a front view of the mores and culture of the so-called Western world. What I am seeing is less dark than what the usual media paints as...
The High Cost of Campaigning
Byline: Fred M. Lobo POLITICAL parties and candidates have started to complain the high cost of campaigning. Politics is synonymous with expenses. Grin and bear it or gin and beer it! *** Both the Team Unity and the Genuine Opposition have...
The Parable of the Tenants
Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46 JESUS said to the chief priests and the elders of the people,] "Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants...
The Pinoy Traveler: Unsung, Unheralded, Unbowed
Byline: MAG CRUZ HATOL Frequent traveling could mean any or all of the following: frequently creased clothes; constantly being in a state of time warp; enormous mobile phone bills; actually looking forward to airline food; fantastic mileage but...
UN Vows Support for Government Efforts on Women Concerns
Byline: CHARISSA M. LUCI Marking the International Women's Day celebration, the United Nations yesterday pledged anew to support the Philippine government's efforts at addressing all forms of violence against women. Dr. Nicholas Alipui, United...