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 30, 2008

14 Killed, 20 Injured in N. Cotabato Accident; Fully Loaded Jeep, 10-Wheel Truck Collide on National Highway
Byline: MALU CADELINA MANAR KIDAPAWAN CITY -- Fourteen people, including four children, died and 20 others were injured when a fully loaded passenger Lawin jeepney collided with a 10-wheel truck on the Cotabato-Bukidnon Highway in Barangay General...
2008 Honda Accord Bags Awards for Safety
The 2008 Honda Accord's safety performance has received 5-star frontal crash safety rating from the National Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) for both driver and front passenger. NHTSA is a U.S. government agency, part of the Department of Transportation,...
ADB Allots $ 700-M New Loans for RP, Most for Energy Projects
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is allotting $ 700 million loan portfolio for the Philippines, a significant portion of it will be for the privatized assets of the National Power Corporation. In an interview with reporters...
A Feast for the Senses, Food for the Soul; Pasinaya Festival Opens National Arts Month at CCP
Pasinaya, for those unfamiliar with the term, means aformal opening, program premiere, inauguration of an event, festival or cultural celebration.a It is both a teaser and overview, providing a glimpse of what's ahead, of a larger cultural program...
'Alarming' Bible Survey
Byline: Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD THE Episcopal Commission on Bible Apostolate (ECBA) under the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has been diligently promoting the Word of God, especially during the Bible week. However, much...
Analysis; for Hillary or Obama, Magic Number Is 2,025
Byline: GUARDIAN STAFF Guardian News Service (USPANEL) THE magic number is 2,025: Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton need this number of delegates to win the Democratic nomination. It represents a majority of the 4,049 delegates to the Democratic...
Analysis; Worry May Be Good for Your Heart - Study
Byline: ANNE HARDING Reuters Health NEW YORK - Moderately happy people are wealthier - and maybe healthier - than extremely happy individuals, according to a psychologist who has researched happiness for more than two decades and his associates....
ARMM Governor Orders Probe on Lack of Coordination
Byline: ALI G. MACABALANG COTABATO CITY -- Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan has ordered an investigation into complaints about lack of coordination between telecommunications and power companies and the local government...
Around the Nation
Razon reiterates order against illegal gambling Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Avelino I. Razon Jr. reiterated yesterday his directive to all field unit commanders to strengthen and intensify their campaign and operations...
A Royal Retreat
Byline: Jamie Alarcon Legend has it that Marco Polo explored Philippine waters in the late 1200s, en route to Persia where he and other envoys were to escort a princess from the court of Kublai Khan. Princess Kokachin was betrothed to the Persian...
A Secret Garden South of Manila
Byline: Lucci Coral Breathing the fresh air of Tagaytay City can immediately transport one to a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Even if Tagaytay is more than an hour away from the bustling city, those who go back to it often experience a...
Bacolod City Bucks IRA Reduction
Byline: EDITH B. COLMO BACOLOD CITY -- No less than Mayor Evelio "Bing" Leonardia is spearheading the campaign against the reduction in Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) due to the conversion of 16 municipalities into cities. Leonardia said the...
BottomLine; the $ 20-Million Difference
Byline: Michael Alan Hamlin Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates announced last week during the World Economic Forum that the $ 37.6 billion Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made a $ 19.9 million grant to the Philippine-based International...
Boxing Coach Blames Lack of Funding
Byline: WILLIE B. CABALLES BANGKOK -- Lack of money is the main culprit why the Filipino amateur boxers have suffered losses on a wide scale in the international arena. This was the assessment of RP head coach Pat Gaspi who watched in dismay...
BSP Tells NG to Cut Foreign Borrowings
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. said the National Government has room to further adjust its borrowing program this year in favor of more domestic borrowing. This is even after the NG...
'Buhay Pinoy' Is Back, Has a New Home
Byline: Robert R. Requintina The award-winning telemagazine show "Buhay Pinoy" has finally found a new home. After three long years of "making a difference in the lives" of the viewers, "Buhay Pinoy" has transferred to its new home on ABC 5....
Business Sector Seeks Cheaper Power
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT The business community, led by exports sector, yesterday called for an accelerated liberalization in the power sector by allowing the open access scheme to encourage competition and effect lower power rates. This...
Cebu City Identifies 7 Satellite Stations for Dengue Screening
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY -- The Cebu City government has intensified its campaign against dengue and identified seven satellite health centers where the public can avail of free dengue screening. Cebu City Health Officer Fe Cabugao...
Chequered Flag; Al Fardan, Vervisch Share Honors in Philippine AF3 Grand Prix
Byline: edited by Anjo Perez Bahrain's Hamad Al Fardan and Belgium's Frederic Vervisch split the four races that were up for grabs during the recent Castrol Philippine Asian Formula 3 Grand Prix held at the Batangas Racing Circuit in Rosario, Batangas....
Clark Stages Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta
Byline: Fred M. Roxas Twenty-one colorful hot-air balloons from 14 countries will liven up the Clark skies at the 12th Philippine International Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF) on Feb. 7-10 in Pampanga. The much-awaited annual event to be held...
Critic-in-a-Hurry; Romance and Carnage in Manhattan
Byline: Diego Rosales "27 Dresses"; Directed by Anne Fletcher; Rating: 6/10 "Cloverfield"; Directed by Matt Reeves; Rating: 6/10 "John Rambo"; Directed by Sylvester Stallone; Rating: 5/10 One is about a Manhattan woman who's been a bridesmaid...
Darchinyan Predicts KO Win over Z
CEBU CITY -- Former world flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan knows it's not the proper way to repay the hospitality of his host, but said, he has a job to do. "The Filipino people are very warm, very friendly. But I'm very sorry, I'm going to knock...
Davao Tribal Farmers to Plant Saba Bananas in Big Scale for Export
Byline: AURELIO PEAA PAQUIBATO, Davao -- Tribal chieftains in this mountainous district within the city boundary of Davao have started gathering their flocks of mountain tribal farmers to talk about turning thousands of hectares of idle lands into...
Eat to Be Lucky
Steeped in traditions and rituals, the Chinese New Year is the most important Chinese holiday, similar to Christmas in the west. Also known as Spring Festival, this 15-day celebration is observed with much fanfare as most of the Chinese population...
Escort Racket at Airport Pruned to Bare Minimum
Byline: JUN RAMIREZ A total of 629 travelers were barred from leaving the country by immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) from June to December last year as a result of immigration bureau's intensified campaign against...
Esperon Schedules Transition Meetings with Yano at AFP
Byline: RIO ROSE RIBAYA An arrangement that will allow Army chief and incoming Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Lt. Gen. Alexander Yano to meet with the military's hierarchy has been set to ensure a "smooth transition" in the...
Extort Gang Behind Blasting of Power Towers
Byline: MIKE U. CRISMUNDO CAMP EDILBERTO EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City -- A dreaded extortion gang, called "Al Khobar," is behind the series of bombings of power transmission tower in the Lanao and Misamis provinces, the military and the police...
Fan Acceptance Is Not an Issue for Side A Newbie
Byline: Yugel Losorata Filling up the shoe of noted Side A member Joey Benin must have been a big challenge for new guy Ned Esguerra who officially replaced the band's former bass player last July. Fortunately for him, Ned has a positive way...
Father Reuter Receives Jorge Barlin Golden Cross Award from CBCP
Byline: LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO Due to his outstanding service to the Church, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has conferred on Fr. James Reuter, SJ, the "Jorge Barlin Golden Cross Award." The CBCP, led by its president,...
Former Mayor Shot Dead at Manila City Hall; by RIZAL S. OBANIL and NATALIE JANE MALAYO
A gunman shot and killed Reynaldo Yap, a former mayor of Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental, who was about to attend a hearing before a regional trial court at the Manila City Hall yesterday morning, police said. The gunman wounded two others, Yap's...
From the Backseat; Clean and Green Tricycles
Byline: Jesus Erle Sebastian, SPMJ We've been to Puerto Princesa, the pride of Mayor Edward Hagedon, recently and enjoyed the visit. It's a clean, orderly, and pretty city. The people are friendly. The vendors were not pushy. Doing the backpack...
Germany Wins as New Zealand Takes A1GP Title Lead
F1 Team Germany's Christian Vietoris secured his first A1GP race win at the Taupo Motorsport Park last Sunday while New Zealand's points haul put the home team at the top of the championship standings. Germany was joined on the podium by Canada's...
Goings on; New Seasons for Studio 23's Shows
Studio 23 serves another top-caliber drama in its roster of Fresh from the US Episode (FUSE) campaign with the premiere of "Brothers and Sisters" last Monday. The show stars Calista Flockhard, Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths, Matthew Rhys, and Ron...
Hanjin Co. Gets Notice of Violation from SBMA
Byline: JONAS REYES SUBIC BAY FREEPORT -- Hanjin Heavy Industries Co.-Philippines, Inc. (HHIC-Phil) has received a notice of violation from the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) in connection with the accident that killed two workers and injured...
Hypoglycemia
Byline: Dr. Gary S. Sy HYPOGLYCEMIA is a low level of glucose in the blood. When this occurs, the muscles and cell in your body are deprived of energy providing glucose. The condition occurs almost exclusively in people with diabetes mellitus, especially...
Iloilo Aims to Be Top Rice Producer This Year
Byline: DANNY FAJARDO ILOILO CITY -- The province of Iloilo aims to become the country's top rice producer this year. Iloilo Provincial Agriculture Office (IPAO) head Ildefonso Toledo said that Nueva Ecija is presently the number one rice producer...
Isuzu Sales Up 20% in 2007
In 2007, Isuzu Philippines Corp. continued to be a strong force in the commercial vehicles (CV) segment, as it improved its sales tally in 2007 by 20 percent from the previous year, according to official sales figures released by the Chamber of Automotive...
Its the Year of the Reef
Byline: Randolph E. Schimd WASHINGTON (AP) -- Even coral reefs thought to be pristine are facing challenges, researchers said recently as it launched the International Year of the Reef. The year of the reef is a "campaign to highlight the importance...
Jaguar XF Wins Citations
Jaguar's new XF has claimed a top prize -- the highly respected "Car of the Year" award -- at the 2008 What Car? Awards in London. The XF also took top place in the "Best Executive Car" category, ahead of the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes CLS. ...
JICA Official Commends Ifugao; for Achieving Zero Maternal, Child Death
Byline: DEXTER A. SEE MAYOYAO, Ifugao -- Recognizing the role of the community in saving the lives of women and children, the Japan International Cooperation Agency-Maternal and Child Health (JICA-MCH) has commended the provincial and municipal...
Josh Hartnett & Kirsten Dunst Dating?
Byline: compiled by Teresa G. Martinez Actors Josh Hartnett and Kirsten Dunst have fueled speculation they're romantically involved after the couple was spotted kissing at the Sundance Film Festival. The stars were watching a performance by supergroup...
Juvic Unchanged by Fame, Fortune, Says Pa
Byline: Rey C. Lachica Fame and fortune have not changed Juvic Pagunsan, his father swears. "Di pa rin nagbabago ang batang yan, kung ano siya noon, ganun pa rin siya ngayon," said Juanito Pagunsan as he watched his son receive the P1.3-million...
'Kubrador' Well-Received in New York
Byline: Crispina Martinez-Belen "Kubrador," a movie about a jueteng bet collector and for which Gina Pareno has earned several Best Actress awards, continues its winning streak. In New York City where it was screened recently at the Museum of...
LP Atienza Wing Wants Changes in Case
The larger faction of the Liberal Party (LP) allied with Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Jose "Lito" L. Atienza Jr. has asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for permission to file amendments to its case against Sen. Manuel "Mar"...
LP Roxas Marks 62nd Year Today
The Liberal Party (LP) commemorates the 62nd anniversary of the party with a community meeting, a medical-dental mission, and a job fair in Barangay Commonwealth, Quezon City, today, Sen. Mar Roxas, party president, announced yesterday. Senator...
Mamiit Likes RP Chances vs Japan
TOP FIL-AM netter Cecil Mamiit likes the Philippine Davis Cup team's chances against Japan in its Asia Oceania Group 1 tie on February 8-10 at the Rizal Memorial Tennis Center. The 30-year-old Mamiit, ranked 520 in the world Today, admits the Japanese...
McLaren Signs Hamilton for Another 5 Years
In recognition for an extraordinary performance as a neophyte driver in last season's Formula 1 series, Vodafone McLaren extended the contract of Lewis Hamilton to another five years, this was announced by the team recently. The new agreement, which...
NDF Condemns Arrest of Echanis
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF) has condemned the the "illegal arrest" of Randall Echanis, member of the NDFP Reciprocal Working Committee (RWC) on Social and Economic Reforms (SER), by police agents yesterday in Negros Occidental....
New Ideas and Solutions Needed for Oil Problem; (Opening Remarks at the 2008 Philippine Energy Summit, SMX Convention Center, 29 January 2008.)
Byline: Secretary ANGELO T. REYES Department of Energy FELLOW stakeholders in energy concerns, good morning. I welcome you to the 2008 Philippine Energy Summit - in behalf of not just the Department of Energy and its attached agencies but also...
No Third Party Involved in Rachelle-Christian Split-Up
Byline: Kaye Villagomez Rachelle Ann Go and Christian Bautista prove former lovers can still make beautiful music together even after the end of the affair. One of the reasons why the two maintain a good working relationship is because neither...
No Time for a Vacation? Take a Virtual Trip with Your Webcam
See Manila's bustling metropolis. Bask in Puerto Galera's quaint charm. Ride the waves. Race down the slopes. Visit Times Square. Take a virtual vacation that requires no money, no vacation days, and no planning. Webcams, short for web cameras,...
Office on Muslim Affairs Marks 21st Year Today
Byline: EDD K. USMAN Officials and rank-and- file personnel of the Office on Muslim Affairs (OMA) headed by Executive Director Datu Ali B. Sangki will celebrate today, Jan. 30, the 21st year milestone of OMA, an agency created by then President...
Our Country Has No Name
Byline: Joey de Leon Exactly one week from now, the lions and dragons will start dancing and fireworks will again usher in the Chinese New Year. But do you know that a sector of Eastern horoscope believers agree that one's animal sign and the...
POEA Reports Cut in Unskilled Workers Abroad
Byline: RAYMUND F. ANTONIO The overseas deployment of Filipino unskilled workers such as domestic helpers decreased last year, and the slump may continue in 2008, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) yesterday. ...
P/$ Rate Closes at P40.65/$ 1
The peso exchange rate closed higher at P40.65 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P40.90 the previous day. The weighted average rate appreciated to P40.698 from P40.919. Total volume amounted to $...
Red Bull, SLR Seek Equalizer
Byline: WAYLON GALVEZ PUREFOODS AND Alaska coasted to easy wins over their rivals in their respective Final Four series openers. But don't expect them to enjoy a similar stress-free stroll to a second straight victory. By this time, Red Bull...
Responsible Mining
Byline: Elinando B. Cinco TO the public at large, it was seen as a heartless wrecker of natural resources, above ground and under ground, its residues streaming down into rivers and seas devastating marine life. In the recent past, undoubtedly,...
SBMA Official Hit for Allowing Entry of Cement Imports
A consumer advocate critcized yesterday a top official of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) who was accused of violation of regulations on product standards. As a result of the alleged violation, the advocate said, the safety of consumers...
SC Nullifies Writs of Sequestration on Lucio Tan Stocks
Byline: REY G. PANALIGAN The Supreme Court (SC) declared final yesterday its Dec. 7, 2007 decision that nullified the writs of sequestration issued by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) over the shares of stocks of businessman...
Scribes Jailed for Libel May Seek Fine -- SC
The Supreme Court (SC) said yesterday that journalists who are convicted of libel may still avail themselves of the new rule on preference for the imposition of fines instead of imprisonment in libel cases. Lawyer Jose Midas Marquez, chief of the...
Sense of Mission
Byline: Manny B. Villar ANY success story revolves around its principal characters who are deeply imbued with a sense of mission. This seems to be validated in the case of individuals, organizations and countries noted for their achievements....
Slower GDP Expansion Seen in 2008
The country's gross domestic product is expected to grow lower this year to 6.2 percent on concerns of a weakening US economy, appreciation of the peso and higher prices of crude oil, the three clouds of the Philippine economy, a local think tank said....
S&T for Development
Byline: Florangel Rosario Braid OUR development planners recognize science and technology (S&T) as the harbinger of global competitiveness. In fact the 1987 Constitution mandates the State to provide the largest budgetary appropriation to education...
Strip Teacher
Byline: Joey de Leon Breaking (into laughter) news : (Again, it happened in Eat Bulaga's Q&A portion of Itaktak Mo O Tatakbo last Thursday, Jan. 17) Host: Anong "P"ang Tagalog para sa "floor" o "storey" ng isang building? Contestant: (Thinking)...
Suzuki Alto: Your First Car
Every car owner should have a good memory of his first car whether it's bought with hard-earned money or given as a gift. The search for "the one" can be exhausting as it is exciting. If you're now in the process of choosing your first car, consider...
The Internal Revenue Squabble
Byline: Francis N. Tolentino FLAGS flew at half mast during last Monday's flag ceremony in all cities nationwide. Public officials and constituents mourn the death of their Internal Revenue Allotment with the conversion of 16 municipalities into...
The Parable of the Sower
Mark 4:1-20 ON another occasion [Jesus] began to teach by the sea .... "Hear this! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil....
There's Life after 'American Idol'; Fil-Am Renaldo Lapuz Shows the World It Pays to Dream Big
Byline: Maan Ciara B. Alombro Take the case of William Hung, the most popular reject of American Idol Season 3. Hung is hugely popular. Even if Fil-Am Renaldo Lapuz failed to impress the show's judges, whole world watched him and was inspired...
The Svelte City Slicker; Chevrolet Optra Turbo Diesel AWD
Byline: Inigo S. Roces In the office, we have a little book called The World's Worst Cars. In it are the stories behind such phenomenal failures such as the DeLorean DMC 12 and the Edsel. There's also a small section that pokes fun at some brands'...
'Thriller's' 25th Anniversary CD Seen to Resuscitate Michael Jackson's Career
Byline: Yugel Losorata Projects like these are usually called "greatest hits CD." But since the singer is the King of Pop Michael Jackson and the song is the legendary "Thriller" then it is not much to say that the anniversary record is expected...
Tipon's Thai Rival Confident
Byline: WILLIE B. CABALLES BANGKOK -- Three days before his big fight against the top Philippine bet, Worapoj Petchkoom of Thailand is oozing with confidence and is looking forward to be the abesta in the first AIBA Asia Boxing Olympic Qualifying...
Two Gun-for-Hire Suspects Nabbed for Slay of Laoag Lawyer
Byline: FREDDIE G. LAZARO LAOAG CITY -- Ilocos Region police director Chief Supt. Leopoldo N. Bataoil presented to media suspected members of a gun-for-hire syndicate who, he said, were responsible for the killing of lawyer Jose Antonio "Pepoc"...
Villar Urges: Fight Poverty, Not the Press
Senate President Manny Villar urged the Arroyo administration yesterday to repair its relations with the media and "focus its energies in fighting poverty, not the press." "Malacanang doesn't need this kind of distraction. If you are fighting on...
Viva Widens Price Range of Its IPO
Byline: ANA MARIE MACUJA Movie and entertainment giant Viva Communications Inc. has widened the price range of its initial public offering (IPO). The company, in an amended prospectus filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), said...
Zsa Zsa Shares Secrets to Looking Great at 43
Byline: Leah C. Salterio Singer Zsa Zsa Padilla certainly knows how to maintain her looks. This is something she brings importance to as she is constantly in the limelight and under the glare of klieg lights. Some say it's Zsa Zsa's enduring...