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 January 26, 2007

2-Year Stalemate Ends
Byline: By FRED LOBO THE Senate and House of Representatives bi-cameral conference committee finally agreed on the proposed 2007 R1.126-trillion national budget, after a two-year stalemate. Money matters. Better late than never! * * * The...
5 Fencers Named for Elite Training
Byline: KRISTEL SATUMBAGA THE PHILIPPINE Fencing Federation has nominated five athletes to be included in the Olympic training program this year aimed to strengthen the country's campaign in the 2007 Southeast Asian Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics....
6-Month Transition Eyed for CME Bio-Diesel Blend
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The government is eyeing to enforce up to six months transition period for the introduction of coco methyl ester (CME) as blend to diesel products sold at the pumps. Under the newly-signed Republic Act 9367 or the Biofuels...
AFP Hopeful on Drive vs Other Sayyaf Leaders; Targets Are Now Trapped in Sulu Jungles, General Says
Byline: GERTRUDE SIENES and NONOY LACSON ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) expressed optimism that following the killing of Abu Sayyaf overall chieftain Khadaffy Janjalani, at least five other "high-value targets" among...
Around the Nation
New Dagupan road cited United States-based residents of Dagupan City are optimistic on the expansion of real estate by 30 percent brought about by the R200-million Dawel-Pantal-Lacao Road in the city which opened recently. The road traverses...
Bishops' Assembly Begins Today; Prelates Mulling Election Guidelines for the Faithful
Byline: LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO The 94th Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) starts today at the Pope Pius XII Center on United Nations Ave., Paco, Manila, wherein the bishops are expected to discuss and take...
Brilliant Sleuthing Leads to Arrest of Briton
CABANATUAN CITY -- Brilliant detective work played a big role in serving justice to parties involved in a case that spanned two continents (Europe and Asia). Kriss McCord, 50, an Englishman who is a fugitive from justice for having been convicted...
BSP Keeps Overnight Rates Unchanged
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas kept overnight rates steady yesterday, as expected, saying it wants to monitor the impact of a tiered interest rate system before further policy moves. The bank also said high liquidity in the economy made a "prudent...
Bush Congratulates GMA on Campaign against Abu Sayyaf
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN United States President George W. Bush has conveyed his congratulations to President Arroyo for the military's string of successes in the campaign against the Abu Sayyaf. Visiting US State Department Undersecretary Karen...
Cebu's Talisay City Gets First Trial Courts
TALISAY CITY, Cebu - This city will soon have its first three trial court branches. This, after both the House and the Senate passed on third and final reading a bill creating one municipal trial court (MTC) and two regional trial court (RTC) branches...
Crisis May End in March -- Vargas
Byline: TITO TALAO and WAYLON GALVEZ The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas plans to meet with top officials of the international basketball federation (FIBA) in March during which they hope to present all the documents and papers required for the...
Debt for Equity in MDG Projects; A Philippine Proposal for Converting 50 Percent of the Debt Owed by the 100 Highly Indebted Countries to Equity Investments in the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations
Byline: JOSE DE VENECIA Speaker, House of Representatives Congress of the Republic of the Philippines Presented to the Boards and Senior Officials of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the G-8 Nations, the Paris...
Deeper into the Quagmire; a[euro]Iraq Is a Country That Has Been Occupied, Brutalized, and Persecuted for Centuries: By Mongols, by the Turks, by Persians and by the British.a[euro] - Janine Di Giovanni
Byline: By HECTOR RR. VILLANUEVA WITH President George W. Bush announcing that he will be sending additional 21,000 American troops to Iraq, American deaths can only multiply with neither peace nor democracy in Iraq discernible in the near horizon....
ERC Okays NPC-Meralco Supply Deal
The five-year transition supply contract (TSC) that binds utility firm Manila Electric Company (Meraclo) and National Power Corporation (NPC) was already given provisional approval by the Energy Regulatory Commission. The supply agreement commenced...
FEU, UST Spikers Still Unbeaten
FAR EASTERN University and University of Santo Tomas continued to barrel their way up front in UAAP Season 69 volleyball during the week. FEU booked its ninth straight win in men's volleyball as it shellacked University of the East, 25-18, 25-20,...
GMA Arrives in Switzerland, to Push Fair Trade
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING DAVOS, Switzerland (via PLDT) -- President Arroyo is expected to push for free and fair global trade as well as energy security at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) here today. The President arrived...
Henkel, Pera Padala Barge into Quarters
Byline: REY C. LACHICA HENKEL-SISTA and Cebuana Lhuillier Pera Padala drew monster games from their big men yesterday to beat separate rivals and complete the quarterfinal cast in the 2007 PBL Silver Cup at the Emilio Aguinaldo College gym in Manila....
Lakas Ranks Strengthened by 12 More Governors
Byline: BEN R. ROSARIO Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. revealed yesterday that a huge influx of local government executives as new members of Lakas-CMD has further strengthened the ruling party, adding to expectations of victory for administration-backed...
Learning from the Masters
Byline: Ed Picson Beaujing Acot is a young man who is totally obsessed with sports, mainly basketball. He was Pido Jarencio's assistant when they won the UAAP championship last year for UST. He is also the sports director at Benedictine International...
Lovi Poe Marks Debut Via Concert
Not having the first dance with his father, the late Fernando Poe Jr., is the reason rising pop star and actress Lovi is not having a debut party. Painful for any debutante not to have a father on their coming-out party, she instead will celebrate...
Melissa Ricks Will Never Go Sexy
Byline: KAYE VILLAGOMEZ Young actress Melissa Ricks vowed never to go sexy and trail the footsteps of her contemporary Roxanne Guinoo who posed in a two-piece red-hot bikini for whisky billboard along EDSA in Quezon City. This, the ABS-CBN star...
More Relatives
Byline: Floro M. Mercene OUR leaders continue to insult our intelligence by foisting their relatives to become part of the ruling establishment. The latest flap was committed by the opposition which is recruiting has-beens and nobrainers to form...
National Day of Australia
AUSTRALIA celebrates its National Day today. Australia-Philippines relations have always been friendly and mutually beneficial, especially because of their common membership in and contributions to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Trade,...
Nene's Son Koko Defends Senate Bid
Lawyer Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel yesterday defended his inclusion in the 12-man senatorial ticket of the United Opposition (UNO) as he disputed criticisms that a Pimentel political dynasty is forming. In the first place, he said that the political...
New Year's Eve 2006
in my end of the metropolis was relatively quiet. There was very minimal fireworks before the stroke of midnight except in areas where people's watches/ clocks were running minutes in advance. The hotels were packed full and I meant "packed" because...
Now That the Gov't Owns Those Shares
Byline: Elinando Cinco WHEN the Supreme Court very recently ruled that the P25.4 billion worth of PTIC shares in the PLDT are owned by the government, their enormous value has become an attraction for detractors from all sectors to howl absurd speculations....
OFW Investments
Byline: Fr. Emeterio Barcelon, SJ FOR the country, OFW remittances are equivalent to positive export trade balance. The multiplier effect of this is as great as if we had exported goods. Some of our neighbors boosted their economies by focusing...
Ombudsman Forms Team to Probe Incident in Iloilo
Byline: JUN RAMIREZ Ombudsman Ma. Merceditas N. Gutierrez yesterday ordered the creation of a task force that will investigate the manner by which her order dismissing Iloilo Gov. Niel D. Tupas Sr. was carried out. The People's Graftwatch Movement...
Poll Automation Bill Signed
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN President Arroyo has signed into law the poll automation bill that would automate the election process in the country, including the May 2007 midterm elections. Republic Act (RA) 9369 was signed last Tuesday and authorizes...
P/$ Rate Closes at P48.95 to $ 1
The peso rate closed lower at P48.95 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing System of the Bankers Association of the Philippines from P48.84 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P48.885 from P48.848. Total volume...
Republic of India Celebration
INDIA's history is shrouded in antiquity. The country is known as a nation of philosophers with a well-developed and even idyllic society. One of the oldest Scriptures in the world is the four-volume Vedas that many regard as the repository of concepts...
Revelers Warned vs Staining Faces, Wearing Short Shorts
Byline: DANNY G. FAJARDO ILOILO CITY -- No bringing of bottles, backpacks, barbeque sticks, and similar items. No carrying of firearms or any deadly weapon like knives or bolos. These are just some of the prohibitions the Iloilo City Police will...
SC Dismisses Case Filed vs DavideThe Supreme Court (SC) Has Dismissed for A[euro]utter Lack of Merita[euro] the Disbarment Case Filed against Retired Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide Jr. by Lawyer Elly Velez Pamatong, a Candidate Who Lost in the 2004 Presidential
The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed for "utter lack of merit" the disbarment case filed against retired Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide Jr. by lawyer Elly Velez Pamatong, a candidate who lost in the 2004 presidential election. In a unanimous full...
SM Mall of Asia Offered as Site of PBA Stadium
Byline: TITO TALAO TAIPAN HENRY Sy, owner of mall chain SM department stores, has thrown his hat into the bidding ring for the planned PBA Coliseum by offering a vast vacant lot in the reclaimed area beside the sprawling SM Mall of Asia along Roxas...
Sun Can Still Shine in the West
Byline: Bernardo Villegas IT was going to be a very long flight from Singapore to Barcelona. There was enough time for a good night's sleep as well as a movie. I chose the "Comedy" category and saw the title of a new release, an indie film called...
The Mission of the Seventy-Two
Luke 10:1-9 or Mark 4:26-34 THE Lord appointed seventy[-two] others whom He sent ahead of Him in pairs to every town and place He intended to visit. He said to them, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest...
TNT, Red Bull Seek Equalizer
Byline: WAYLON GALVEZ BARANGAY GINEBRA and San Miguel Beer showed no rust to win the series opener despite coming off a month-long layoff. Now, it's Talk 'N Text's and Red Bull's turn to prove that it could bounce back from a loss. The Phone...
'Troika,' Approved without Cuts
Yes, this much talked-about sexy movie, "Troika," which is the maiden offering of Daven Productions International, has been approved without cuts by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). This is according to the director,...
Unremorseful Plea; We Must Never Forget That If the War in Vietnam Is Lost.The Right of Free Speech Will Be Extinguished throughout the World. -- Richard M. Nixon
Byline: Adrian E. Cristobal IN his State-of-the-Union Address before a Democratic Congress, President George W. Bush appealed to Democrats and his fellow Republicans to support his strategy for the war in Iraq which was neither new nor strategic....