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 29, 2007

6 Customs Officials Suspended
Byline: ANGIE CHUI Customs Commissioner Napoleon Morales has ordered the preventive suspension of six Customs officials as the bureau finalizes its investigation on the reported case of underdeclaration of eight Gasoil shipments from Taiwan and...
ABN Amro Management Now Faces Shareholder Suit, Hostile RBS Bid
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- ABN Amro's management faced attacks on two fronts Friday, as a Royal Bank of Scotland-led takeover attempt turned hostile and a shareholders' rights group sued to block a board-approved acquisition by Barclays. The...
All Winners at SPMJ Golf Cup
Byline: Jesus Erle B. Sebastian WE'D LIKE to seek our readers' and our editors' kind permission to digress a bit from our usual fare of motorsports news and commentaries to golf. Specifically, the results of the 3rd Annual SPMJ Golf Cup held...
A Meltdown of Morality
is perhaps most evident on the campaign trail. And we're not even talking about the political killings and the vile things the candidates hurl at one another. Indeed, in my personal experience, although I am neither a candidate nor an active supporter...
Angara Pushes for Delineation of 200-Mile Eco Zone
Reelectionist Sen. Edgardo J. Angara said yesterday that the Philippines must delineate its 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) before 2008 or Philippine waters would be open to foreign fishers. Angara, Team Unity senatorial candidate,...
Animax's 'Blood+' Will Set Your Pulse Racing!
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI It may be violent in nature but Animax's latest addition to its roster of exciting TV shows is the mature animA[c] series entitled "Blood+" and it is something to look forward to every week. Produced by Production I.G and...
A Road Safety Program
WHILE the vast majority of the motoring public demonstrate responsible behavior on the roads, there are some motorists who appear to disregard road rules. Motorists who choose to demonstrate irresponsible behavior on the roads present a high risk to...
Around the Nation
Erap party PMP backs Melendres bid in Pasig Dr. Fernando A. Melendres, a noted University of the Philippines (UP) thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon, has upset the congressional race in Pasig City by joining the contest and getting adopted by the...
Campbell Slay Suspect Surrenders
Byline: DEXTER A. SEE CAMP BADO DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet -- Police believe that they have attained a major breakthrough in the brutal killing of United States Peace Corps volunteer Julia Campbell in Barangay Battad, Banaue, Ifugao recently after...
China-Japan Warming: Implications; (Second of Two Parts)
Byline: Fidel V. Ramos "When two elephants fight, the ants on the ground must be careful to avoid being crushed; but they must beware even more when the elephants make love." - Ancient Proverb IN last Sunday's column, I wrote that the exchange...
China's IPR Piracy Rises despite Enforcement; AmCham Appeals to Beijing for Tougher Action
BEIJING (AP) -- The flood of pirated movies and other goods from China is growing despite increased enforcement, two US business groups said, appealing to Beijing for tougher action. Beijing's anti-piracy activity "is either not enough or not of...
Consortium to Plan Expansion of DMIA
Byline: FIL C. SIONIL Clark International Aviation Corporation (CIAC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Clark Development Corporation (CDC), entered into an agreement with a consortium, which would undertake a series of feasibility studies aimed that...
Donsol; beyond the Shore
Byline: JASER A. MARASIGAN DONSOL, Sorsogon -- This place at the southern tip of Luzon recently made a huge break in the country's tourism when hundreds of whale sharks were spotted in its muddy but plankton-rich waters. Whale shark spotting...
Duties Paid, Importers Say
Two independent oil importers have denied charges that they did not pay proper duties and taxes for eight shipments of the Gasoil products that Customs investigators claimed were undervalued by up to R37 million. Based on a press statement by Andan...
Establishment of Seaweeds Gene Bank Here Proposed
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA A seaweed gene bank will be put up by the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) to complement its biotechnology facility that will aid in boosting the country's production of seaweeds which earns $ 70 million...
Fashion Accessories in Clay
Byline: MA. GLAIZA LEE Designers should think aout-of-the-boxa to be able to come up with interesting pieces. Take it from accessory designer Angeli Sobrepena whose clay accessories are sought-after by fashion-savvy locals. According to Angeli,...
For Inno Sotto, the Sky's the Limit
Byline: CANDY M. VENERACION Elusive fashion designer Inno Sotto rarely goes on the ramp. But when he does, expect to be swept away. At a fashion show preceded by cocktails and social hob-knobbing, the designer surprised everyone with an unusual...
Great Minds That Were Ahead of Their Time; Part I
Byline: Ricardo M. Lantican National Scientist, Academician, NAST, and Professor Emeritus, UP Los Banos THE significance of the original discoveries of these great minds was not readily grasped and appreciated because the underlying concepts were...
Halitosis; a[euro]If Her Breath Were as Terrible as Her Terminations, There Was No Living near Her; She Would Infect to the North Star.a[euro] - William Shakespeare (1564-1616) English Dramatist and Poet a[euro]Much Ado about Nothinga[euro] Act 2, Sc. 1
Byline: Dr. Jose Pujalte Jr. BAD breath is not a problem if you are a hermit living in some remote island. But it becomes anyone's problem if he or she is in a working or living environment that requires social contact. Let's examine this all...
Harbour Centre Sinks Magnolia, 79-72
Byline: REY C. LACHICA AFTER TWO hard wins, Harbour Centre finally scored an easy one. Looking every bit the champions of the past two conferences, the Batang Pier clobbered San Miguel-Magnolia, 79-72, for their third straight win in the PBL Unity...
Hard Grind Ahead for Boom Boom
Byline: NICK GIONGCO THERE'S a heavy burden on Rey 'Boom Boom' Bautista's shoulders this Saturday night (Sunday morning, May 6 in the Philippines) when he faces fellow unbeaten Sergio Medina of Argentina underneath the explosive Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd...
Hating First Ladies
Byline: Adrian E. Cristobal COLUMNIST Richard Reeves hate first ladies, not personally he wrote, but the idea of first ladyship. "And I will hate the first, first gentleman, too," he added. Reeves' sentiment was set off by former New York mayor...
Honasan Courts Bicolano Votes for His Senate Bid
Byline: MARIO B. CASAYURAN With 16 days to go before the May 14 mid-term elections, former Senator Gregorio Honasan is maximizing the remaining days of his campaign by swinging through the Bicol region. Honasan said Bicolanos have historically...
'Iba'diba?'; A 'Unique' Inspiration
Byline: SHERYL G. LAUDATO aPutting up a retail store requires some creativity and patience to come up with products of unique designs.a This is what 42-year-old businesswoman Pamela Reyes believed in when she put up "iba'diba?," a collectible...
Immigration Solutions; Bush Pushes Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Byline: Robert L. Reeves Reeves & Associates has been closely following the proposed comprehensive immigration reform legislation and has been meeting and conferring with key congressional representatives to express our concerns regarding various...
Impact of New Measures to Limit Liquidity Growth to below 20%
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Diwa C. Guinigundo said new measures to siphon off excess money supply in the system will bring down liquidity growth to below 20 percent. As to how much liquidity will...
Inflation Expected to Accelerate in Q3
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas expects inflation rate to "accelerate" in the third quarter after bottoming out in the first half of the year. During Friday's quarterly media briefing on inflation outlook, BSP Deputy...
James Bond of the Bible
Byline: Nelly Favis Villafuerte SOMETIMES I wonder if Ian Fleming (creator of the popular British superspy James Bond 007) got the idea for his Bond films from a man in the Bible who was so "Bondlike" in his ways. Like James Bond, this man in the...
Loi Wary of Official's Statements on Expected Erap Conviction
Byline: BRENDA PIQUERO TUAZON Sen. Luisa "Loi" Ejercito Estrada yesterday expressed her family's fears over government statements on certain conviction of her husband, detained former President Joseph Estrada, after the May elections on unproven...
Magazine Cites SMIC Governance Record
HONG KONG -- SM Investments Corporation has been named as one of the best companies in the Philippines, in terms of Corporate Governance in The Asset Magazine's annual Corporate Governance Rankings 2007. The results are featured in detail in the April...
Mitsubishi Motors Returns to Profitability after 4 Years
Byline: YURI KAGEYAMA TOKYO (AP) -- For the first time in four years, scandal-tainted Mitsubishi Motors turned a profit for the fiscal year through March, helped by improved sales and a relatively weak yen. Mitsubishi Motors Corp., which did...
Montano Proposes 'Tree-Planting before Cutting' Policy
Byline: MARVYN N. BENANING CEBU CITY -- Team Unity senatorial candidate Cesar Montano has proposed to compel all logging companies to "plant first before cutting anything" to preserve the country's dwindling forests and sustain the country's wood...
Mother Lily Has a New Loveteam, Senate President Manny Villar!
Yes, Mother Lily has a new loveteam (with the permission of her husband, Leonardo "Remy" Monteverde, of course) and he is no other than Senate President Manny Villar who's seeking re-election under the GO Opposition Team. In the past, Mother Lily,...
National Dance Week
ANTONIO De Pigafetta, chronicler of the Magellan Expedition (1519-1522), recorded that in the many places they visited in the Philippines, they were entertained by young girls who danced gracefully and beautifully. The various native dictionaries prepared...
NCR Athletes Affirm Palaro Supremacy
Byline: CLYDE MARIANO KORONADAL City - Powerhouse National Capital Region again reaffirmed its superiority by retaining both the secondary and elementary overall titles of the Palarong Pambansa Saturday amid a colorful closing ceremony at the 8,000-sitting...
NESTEA BEACH 2007: Hotter and Tougher
Byline: MITCH M. ARCEO You will never know what the word afuna means if you haven't been to Boracay. Because of its crystalline waters and white sand, Bora not only attracts tourists but is a favorite venue for events. Last April 18, celebrities,...
NFA Sets Bidding for Another Duty-Free Import of 80,000 MT of Corn in May
Byline: MELODY M. AGUIBA The National Food Authority (NFA) has set another bidding for the duty-free importation of 80,000 metric tons (MT) of corn which should help ease pressure on the livestock sector to pass on high feed input rates to consumers....
NIA to Improve 9 Bohol Irrigation Projects This Year
Byline: JUNE S. BLANCO The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) will improve nine communal irrigation systems in Bohol worth R25 million this year. Gov. Erico Aumentado who Thursday personally submitted the programs of work (POWs) to the...
North Battles South in All-Star Game
Byline: WAYLON GALVEZ BAGUIO CITY -- A confident Asi Taulava assured a victory for his team. No doubt, period. Not bad to give prediction but Taulava's statement ignited a fire which guarantees a ferocious battle between the North and the South...
PBB Evictee Opens Resto
Byline: JOJO P. PANALIGAN Pinoy Big Brother (Season 2) evictee Kian Kazemi has opened his own restaurant in Makati called Persian Grill proving that life goes on outside the famed ABS-CBN reality television show. A degree holder of Hotel and...
PNOC Sets $ 245-M Investment for Bukidnon Hydro Project
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO State-run Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) is getting notches ahead on its plan to develop the proposed 150-megawatt Bulanog-Batang hydropower project in Bukidnon which will command an investment of at least $ 245...
Prices of NPC Coal Contracts Higher by $ 5-$ 15 Compared to Other IPPs
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The long-term coal contracts secured by state-run National Power Corporation (NPC) with foreign suppliers were found to be $5.0 to $15 per metric ton higher as compared to those secured by independent power producers. ...
Recto, Pichay, Sotto and Oreta Urge CARP Law Review
Byline: BEN R. ROSARIO KAWIT, Cavite -- Four Team Unity candidates yesterday favored a re-examination of the gains and disadvantages of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) which will end next year. In a press conference, Senator...
Recto Reminds DepEd on Hiring of Teachers
Faced by time constraints in recruiting 16,390 new teachers, the Department of Education (DepEd) was asked yesterday not to sacrifice quality over quantity when it makes an attempt to deploy the required number of teachers when classes open a month...
Regine Sought GMA Permission for Star Cinema Movie
Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ Regine Velasquez crossing over ABS-CBN, Piolo Pascual promoting on GMA7. Impossible? Think again. How about "Paano Kita Iibigin," the new Star Cinema and Viva-produced romantic drama that will allow both network stars to...
Respect for People's Right to Vote Urged
Genuine Opposition senatorial candidate Sorsogon Rep. Francis "Chiz" Escudero yesterday asked the party in power to uphold the sanctity of the ballot and respect the right of the people to elect their representatives to the legislative body Senate....
RP Firm Plans to Expand Car Rental Overseas, Put Up More Service Outlets
Diamond IGB, one of the country's top providers of car servicing, is planning to tap the global automotive market as it is all set for expansion. According to Diamond IGB business development manager, Quincy Buenaflor, Diamond is targetting Guam...
Shell Solar, DoE Distribute PV Systems for WB-Funded Program
Shell Solar Philippines Corporation (Shell Solar), in partnership with the Department of Energy (DoE) and seven micro-financing institutions (MFi), initiated the commercial distribution of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the country through the...
Sony's 'Father of PlayStation' to Step Down
TOKYO, Apr. 27 (AFP) -- Sony Computer Entertainment said that the "Father of the PlayStation," Ken Kutaragi, is stepping down as chief executive of the video game giant as it battles fierce competition from its rivals. Kutaragi, 56, will become...
St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of Unity
TODAY, we remember the life, and works of St. Catherine of Siena. St. Catherine was born on March 25, 1347, in Siena, Italy. Baptized as Caterina Benincasa, she was the youngest of the 25 children of Giacomo di Benincasa, a dyer, and Lapa, the daughter...
Talented Filmmakers Dominate 'On the Lot'
Byline: YUGEL LOSORATA Though it is expected that good filmmakers from all over the world would try to compete to get a magic slot for the upcoming show "On The Lot," the heavy turnout of truly brilliant movie enthusiasts still surprised authorities...
The Empty Chair
Byline: Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD A MAN'S daughter had asked the local priest to come and pray with her father. When the priest arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up by two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed....
The Good Shepherd
John 10:27-30 JESUS said, "My sheep hear My voice; I know them, and they follow Me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one...
The Tropical Life in Camarines Norte
Byline: THERESE J. CAMET It's not a popular travel destination. Most of its tourist spots are underdeveloped. Yet the province of Camarines Norte is worth paying a visit to. So says Joaquin Palencia, a true-blooded Bicolano born and raised in...
Treasurers' Reshuffle Set in NCR; Soldiers Start Casting Their Ballots in Advance Voting Reshuffle of Metro Manila Treasurers Okayed by DoF
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN The Department of Finance (DoF) has approved the recommendation of the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) and the Philippine Election Forum (PEF) to reshuffle all the city and municipal treasurers in Metro Manila...
Wanton Killings with Impunity
Byline: Rene Espina THE dictionary defines wanton as senseless, unprovoked, unjustifiably, or deliberately malicious (wanton cruelty). Recklessly or arrogantly ignoring justice, decency, morality, etc. (wanton disregard of human rights). Impunity...
Why Rock Da Vote Clicks, According to Jon Santos
Byline: WALDEN SADIRI Aside from it being timely because of the nearing national and local elections, the success of "Rock Da Vote: Night at the Museum" can be attributed to the innate geniuses of its cast: stand-up comics Tessie Tomas, Candy Pangilinan,...