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 12, 2007

3 Senate Bets Clash Today in 1st Episode of Debate
The much-awaited debate among senatorial candidates of the LakasChristian Muslim Democrats Team Unity, Genuine Opposition (GO), other parties and those running as independent in the May 14 elections starts today in the "Comelec Hour" to be hosted by...
76ers Turn Back Slumping Pacers
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Andre Iguodala scored 25 points, and the Philadelphia 76ers won their seventh straight Saturday night with a 100-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers, who have lost eight in a row. Danny Granger and Troy Murphy each scored 18...
A Hawaiian Luau
Byline: Ethel Timbol It was a special day indeed when Mayor Florencio "Jun" Bernabe of Paranaque City, celebrated his 59th birthday with a Hawaiian luau. The party was held at the Sunset Pavilion of Sofitel Philippine Plaza and all the guests...
American Investors Seek Further Reduction in RP Electricity Rates
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO While they cheered the initial cut in electricity rates recently implemented by state-owned National Power Corporation (NPC), the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (AmCham) are banking on President Arroyo to...
Applause for Bedan Achievers
True to its theme, aCelebrating Bedan Achievement,a the annual Red and White Ball held recently by the San Beda College Alumni Association (SBCAA) honored its outstanding men and women. Top in the roster of Bedan awardees is the late Benigno "Ninoy"...
Araneta Starts Big Dev't in Cubao
Byline: EDU H. LOPEZ The first of the 20 retail and residential towers under construction at the Araneta Center has already been sold out in less than six months amid the increasing demand for condominium units in the Cubao area in Quezon City....
Arroyo Lauds Exporters for 27.3% Growth in January
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN President Arroyo has lauded Filipino exporters for the reported 27.3 percent surge in Philippine exports in January, its highest increase in seven years, and assured economic policies to make Filipino exporters more competitive...
Beltran 'Freed' Today to File List of Anakpawis Nominees
Byline: BEN R. ROSARIO After almost a year in detention, Anakpawis party-list Rep. Crispin Beltran will finally get to savor fresh air outside the hospital and prison walls when he visits the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Manila to file the...
Bianca Gonzalez Just Wanted to Do TV Production Work or Host
Byline: Crispina Belen Before she gained fame and popularity (with a dash of notoriety along the way) via ABS-CBN's reality show "Pinoy Big Brother," Bianca Gonzalez just had a simple dream: To do production work for television or host a show. ...
Brazil, US to Promote Ethanol; to Set Common Standard for Trading Product
Byline: REESE EWING SAO PAULO, Mar. 11 (Reuters) -- Brazil and the United States signed a broad agreement on Friday to work together to advance biofuels technology, help spread ethanol production in other countries and set common standards for ethanol...
BSP Lowers Capital Requirements; Trust License for Thrift Banks Eased
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN The required capital for thrift banks applying for trust functions will be reduced from P625 million to P325 million. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. told thrift bankers that a circular implementing...
Bulacan Swimmer Wins 13 Golds
VIGAN, Ilocos Sur -- Baguio City won the overall championship as expected, but Bulacan's Jessie King Lacuna steals the show with 13 gold medals at the close of the Central-Northern Luzon Qualifying Games of the second Philippine Olympic Festival yesterday...
Business and Society; Global Economic Trends
Byline: Bernardo M. Villegas While residing in Europe, I am getting a closer look at the way the European Union is recovering its economic lustre as the leading countries like Germany, France, and Spain are growing faster and generating more employment...
Business Beat; Debate Focus: Economy
Byline: Melito Salazar Jr. THE electorate will be well served if the administration and the opposition agree to participate in a debate. There are still points of disagreement. The opposition would like to have the site in Plaza Miranda while the...
Canas, Nadal Stamp Class
INDIAN WELLS, California (AFP) -- Guillermo Canas is back making waves again after being persona non grata on the ATP Tour for 15 months while serving a drugs suspension. The 29-year-old Argentinian, who last month won his first tournament in three...
Candidates Warned vs Premature Campaigning
BUTUAN CITY -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here yesterday warned all candidates for local posts that it will not hesitate to disqualify bets who will conduct premature campaigning. The Comelec-Caragan issued the warning following reports...
Chemrez Inks Deal with NY Company for Carbon Trading
Local biodiesel producer firm Chemrez Technologies Inc. has inked a forward contract with New York-headquartered Natsource Asset Management Corporation for the sale and purchase of carbon emission reduction (CER) credits generated from the former's...
Chrysler Bares Massive Recall after Reported Fires
Byline: KEVIN KROLICKI DETROIT, Mar. 11 (Reuters) -- Chrysler Group said on Friday it would recall almost half a million vehicles, including recent models of the Jeep Liberty and Dodge Durango after reported fires and its new Dodge Avenger sedan...
CITEM to Focus Promo in EU, US, ME
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT The Center for International Trade, Expositions and Mission (CITEM) is not participating in any trade fair events in Hong Kong or China, the world's biggest market, as it focuses promotion of the country's export...
Dividends Due the Government
MANY saw it as a jolting decision of the Supreme Court that made the government coffers richer by P25.2 billion. The amount was the value of the 111,415 shares held for more than 20 years by Tonyboy Cojuangco in the Philippine Telecommunications...
DoE Works on Amendments to EPIRA Rules
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The Department of Energy (DoE) is due to wind up consultations with the stakeholders in the power industry in a bid to amend specific provisions in the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Electric Power Industry...
DoF Acts to Optimize ODA Utilization
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN The Department of Finance is reviewing government's official development assistance (ODA) contracts to determine their impact on local government units (LGUs) and to establish oversight agencies to monitor ODA utilization....
DoST Conducts Study on 'Revisiting' Possible Use of Nuclear Power
Byline: MADEL SABATER With the need to use technologies that would help reduce the adverse effects of global warming, the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) is looking at "revisiting" the possible use of nuclear power in the future. ...
Dr. Ester Albano Garcia: The 11th President of the University of the East
THE University of the East (UE) traces its beginnings to a review class for 110 students in Certified Public Accountant (CPA) which met in a rented room on Dasmarinas St. in Manila in September, 1946, barely two months after the Philippines acquired...
EU Agrees on Ambitious Plan vs Global Warming
Byline: RAF CASERT BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Seizing the initiative on global warming, European Union leaders agreed to fight climate change with more windmills, solar panels and efficient light bulbs, pledging that a fifth of the bloc's energy...
Europe-Based Ventures Seek to Revolutionize Way We Watch TV
Byline: COLLEEN BARRY MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Free television from anywhere, streamed to your computer. That is the vision of two new Europe-based ventures: Joost, developed by the Scandinavian co-founders of the Internet telephone service Skype,...
Exiled CPP Leader Denies Murder Charges
MANILA (AFP) - The exiled leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines laughed off murder charges filed against him by the government, calling them ''patently false.'' The charges ''amount to nothing but propaganda rubbish'' from the government...
Fire Guts Comelec Building; Abalos Says Blaze Won't Affect Preparations for May Polls; Fire Destroys Records of Elections on May 10, 2004
Byline: E. T. SUAREZ Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Benjamin S. Abalos Sr. said yesterday the fire that razed the old building of the Comelec on Postigo St. beside the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila, did not cause a major setback...
GMA Artist Center Talents Shine in 'Bata. Bata. Sa Iyo, Ano Ang Ginawa?'
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI If he were an entertainment writer, Fernando C. Josef, vice president and artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, his column or article would be tinseltown's most read piece. Why? Because for almost...
GSIS Unending Story
Byline: Adrian E. Cristobal THIS is getting tiresome but one can't just let go of the continuing vexation of GSIS pensioner Atty. Delfin Ocampo. After two letters of explanation from GSIS, Ocampo, 80, finally got his eCard last 26 February without...
It's Go for Pacquiao; Boxing Hero Eyes Congress, Holds Talks with Local Leaders
Byline: Nick Giongco GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Manny Pacquiao held meetings with barangay leaders Sunday, a strong indication that the charismatic boxing champion is not turning his back on his political ambitions. "Desidido na ako," said Pacquiao...
I Won't Contest Aquino Votes, Oreta Says
Byline: CHARISSA M. LUCI TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol--Former Senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta will not contest at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) the stand-alone- Aquino vote, saying that she is willing to give it up to his nephew, Benigno "Noynoy"...
Jamby Calls Anti-Terror Law 'Most Dangerous Piece of Legislation'
Sen. Jamby Madrigal said yesterday that the anti-terrorism law, which President Arroyo is now using, is "the most scheming and dangerous piece of legislation passed by Congress." "It disregards with impunity constitutional guarantees. This is martial...
Klitschko Stops Austin to Keep Title
MANNHEIM, Germany (AP) -- Wladimir Klitschko needed only a couple swings to stop Ray Austin. Now, the real heavyweight fight begins. Klitschko earned a second-round technical knockout to defend his IBF title Saturday, and then his camp spent most...
Leyte Mining Exploration Incentives Sought
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA While certain local governments are trying to suppress mining activities in their jurisdiction, incentives in mining exploration are eyed as a foundation of economic development in Leyte which may be richlyendowed with copper...
Local 'Idols' Name American Idol Bets
Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ For "Philippine Idol's" Mau Marcelo, Jan Nieto and Gian Magdangal, they have awarded their "American Idol" nods to Lakisha Jones and Melinda Doolittle, who are currently slugging each other off for the best singer race in...
Market Range-Bound, Awaits 10-Year Auction
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine debt yields have been locked in a narrow trading range of five to 10 basis points over the past week as players waited for more guidance after conflicting signals on interest rates from the central bank. A 10-year Treasury...
NestlA[c] Sees Increase in Milk Prices
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT NestlA[c] Philippines Inc. (NPI), the country's leading producer of milk and dairy products, sees further upward adjustments in prices of milk products due to a drought that hit Australia's dairy farm, its major source...
New TransCo Chief to Tap Network to Speed Up Sale
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The 40-year experience and cordial relationship established with the business sector was the formula being counted on by newly-appointed Jose C. Ibazeta that he can draw upon as a weapon to fasttrack the privatization of...
Oil Prices Tumble Just over $ 60/bbl
NEW YORK, Mar. 11 (Reuters) -- Oil prices fell over 2 percent on Friday as easing US supply concerns spurred a bout of profit taking. US crude settled at $ 60.05 a barrel, down $ 1.59 or 2.6 percent, after trading as low as $ 59.99. London Brent...
Osmena Raises Questions over Fire at Comelec
Byline: HANNAH TORREGOZA The fire that struck the main building of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Intramuros, Manila is raising suspicions that the poll body is "hiding something fishy," Genuine Opposition (GO) senatorial candidate John...
Oyster (Lakas) Diet for Walrus (Kampi)
WHILE the Genuine Opposition seems to be disorganized, particularly with regard to its Senate campaign, the administration has its share of problems, the main one being tied to two parties. An example of in-fighting would be former President Fidel...
P10-B Power Projects Set; Plants to Solve Davao Region Brownout Problem
Byline: MIKE U. CRISMUNDO BUTUAN CITY -- The power problem that has plagued Mindanao will soon to be a thing of the past when the construction of two hydroelectric power plants worth at least P10 billion is completed in Mindanao, this was learned...
Pacman Looks Unimpressed with New Foe
GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- All it took for Manny Pacquiao to size up his Mexican opponent Jorge Solis was a mere one-and-a-half rounds. Several days ago, Pacquiao asked his training assistants Nonoy Neri and Buboy Fernandez to join him in assessing...
Parts and Component Exports Gain in 2006
Exports of auto parts and components last year improved by 9 percent while the motorcycles substantially increased by 325 percent or four times than 2005 figure but exports of completely built-up units (CBU) declined by a hefty 46.37 percent. Motor...
Political Butterflies. What's That?
Byline: Floro L. Mercene NOEL "Toti" Carino, the congressman who got the raw end of the stick when he was proclaimed as the rightful congressman of Pasig only when the term was about to expire during the last days of the l2th Congress, is joining...
P/$ Rate at P48.545/$ 1
The peso rate closed at P48.545 to the US dollar last Friday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines. The weighted average rate stands at P48.510. P46/$ 1 forecast by yearend The peso will likely end the...
Reintegration Center for OFWs Opens Today
Byline: RAYMUND F. ANTONIO President Arroyo, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Director General Brunson McKinley, and Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) officials lead the inauguration today of the National Reintegration Center...
RHI Ventures into Housing in Mindanao
Byline: JAMES A. LOYOLA Robinsons Homes Inc. (RHI), the housing and land development division of Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC), continues to invest in the Northern Mindanao property market and plans to launch two new projects in Cagayan de Oro...
Round the Biz
'The Prestige' now on DVD Is there a secret you would kill to know? In this electrifying, suspense-packed thriller from director Christopher Nolan, Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale play magicians whose cut-throat attemps to best each other plunge...
RP Ecumenical Group in US to Present Report on Extra-Judicial Killings
An ecumenical human rights delegation formed by the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), composed of nine church and multi-sectoral groups, is now in Washington, DC, to present a report on the unabated extrajudicial killings in the...
Rural Banks Allowed to Provide ATM Services
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL The general public, particularly those in the countryside, will soon enjoy the comfort and convenience of technology advancement in the banking system. This arises from the extraordinary move of the Monetary Board, the policy-making...
SBMA Adopts Filipino Invention for Oil Recovery to Protect Marine Area
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- To ensure environmental protection and safety of the vast marine resources, the patented works of a Filipino inventor on oil recovery system would be adopted here as part of its emergency response program on sea tragedies. ...
Second Thoughts; Education as Social Vaccine
Byline: Edilberto C. De Jesus SIEM Reap-UNAIDS estimated that 40.3 million adults and children carried the HIV/AIDS in 2005. About 5 million people caught the disease in that year, and the infection continues to spread. Africa has suffered most...
Speaking out; Partisanship & the Economy
Byline: Ignacio R. Bunye THE midterm elections are being treated by the opposition as a referendum of sorts on the Macapagal-Arroyo administration and, unfortunately, in their quest to advance their own agenda, they have lost sight of the greater...
Stock Investors Seen to Keep Cautious Stance
Byline: EDU H. LOPEZ Stock investors are likely to remain cautious following a rebound on Friday after a recent wave of massive sell-off. "We expect investors to remain cautious. Wariness over another steep decline may forestall run-ups to the...
Supreme Court Affirms NLRC and CA Decisions on Manila Hotel Illegal Strike in 2000; 138 Lose Their Employment
Byline: REY G. PANALIGAN The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the rulings of both the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) and the Court of Appeals (CA) that declared illegal the strike staged by 138 officers and members of the Manila Hotel...
The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth
Luke 4:24-30 JESUS said to the people in the synagogue at Nazareth, "Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place. Indeed, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah when the sky was closed for three...
Top 10 RP Beach Destinations
Byline: JASER MARASIGAN With 7,107 islands strung like pearls across the Pacific Ocean and South China Sea, the Philippines is home to literally thousands of palm fringed beaches and hundreds of idyllic resorts. We probably have more world-class...
Ugly Images Continue to Haunt Beautiful Sulu
JOLO, Sulu -- The word "Sulu" evokes images of armed conflicts or perhaps, makeshift evacuation centers packed with children and their families who have fled their communities because of intermittent clashes between various groups and the Armed Forces...
Villanueva Likely to Replace Hatfield
THE REPLACEMENT of Ginebra's do-it-all Rudy Hatfield will be known today when the Philippine team holds its first practice day at the Moro Lorenzo Gym inside the sprawling Ateneo campus in Katipunan. But there are strong indications that Hatfield's...
We Are Humbled
Byline: Jesus P. Estanislao OUR national pride has been wounded, and it seems as though there is very little that can be attached now to the "good name" of the Philippines. We score low in various indexes measuring quality of life, educational achievement,...
Welcoat Shocks Sta. Lucia Five
Byline: Waylon Galvez THE TANDEM of Charles C. Clark and rookie wingman Jireh Ibanez appear to be harmless but take a look again. Last night, the two proved they're more than just defensive stoppers as they powered newcomer Welcoat Paints to...