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 14, 2008

3 Children Perish in GenSan Fire; Reports on Death of 3 Kids Have Yet to Be Verified, DSWD Says
Byline: BONG REBLANDO GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- Three children died in a fire that destroyed 188 houses and rendered 364 families homeless yesterday morning in a suburban neighborhood here, authorities said. Julie Omalay, driver and fire victim,...
4 Schools Jockey for PCU's NCAA Slot
Byline: WAYLON GALVEZ Although it's improbable for Philippine Christian University (PCU) to leave the NCAA following a decision by the league's Policy Board, some schools have expressed intention to join the country's oldest collegiate league if...
7-Eleven Offers Five Important Tips on Finding Franchise Success
The 7-Eleven's local licensor, Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC), the steadily growing number of 7-Eleven franchisees now offers five important tips that may guide fellow entrepreneurs to a successful entry into the world of business. Tip #1: Research....
Accord with RP, Vietnam Conducive to Peace - China
Byline: CHARISSA M. LUCI The Chinese government stood firm yesterday that the tripartite cooperation agreement it forged with the Philippines and Vietnam is "conducive" to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea. Peng Xiubin, Chinese...
A Multitude of Roles for Women Judges; (Opening Remarks Delivered during the 2008 Convention and Seminar of the Philippine Women Judges Association at the Historic Landmark Manila Hotel, March 7, 2008)
Byline: Justice MINITA V. CHICO-NAZARIO HON. Alfredo S. Lim, City Mayor of Manila; our illustrious keynote speaker Hon. Leonardo A. Quisumbing, Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court; my distinguished colleagues in the High Court, Justice...
Analysis; Sex Scandal: Timeless Theme in US Politics
Byline: LUIS TORRES DE LA LLOSA Agence France-Presse NEW YORK - The escapade with a prostitute that brought down New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is but the most recent in a long list of sex scandals in US politics, where politicians' private lives...
Around the Nation
Police tracing origin of hoax text message Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Avelino I. Razon Jr. said police are now tracing the origin of a hoax text message warning that a syndicate is engaged in the harvesting of vital...
"Baler, Aurora" Book Launched
The book entitled "Baler, Aurora" was launched recently at the Manila Polo Club, Makati. The pages of the book come alive with detailed narratives of great history, great tragedy, and the lives of the great men of Baler, Aurora. The book takes...
Batangas IBP Hits Reports Discrediting Judge and Justice
The Batangas chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has passed a resolution "expressing indignation on the apparent malicious imputations aimed at Hon. Maria Cecilia I. Austria, presiding judge, Regional Trial Court, Branch 2, Batangas...
Bayawan City Puts on a Fiesta; Tawo-Tawo Festival
Byline: Vic Abornoz Lactaoen It was mesmerizing, the way indigenous materials were put together, the way shadows of the earth colors brown and green with shades of orange contrasted with yellow and blue buntings fluttering above the huge quadrangle...
BMW Cars Show off Form in Extreme Driving
Byline: Aris Ilagan With the growing market for premium sedans and sports recreation vehicles in the country, competition among their distributors and manufacturers has become more intense that test drive events have even become daring. Gone...
BSP Scraps Longer-Dated SDA Tenors to Untie Funds for Lending
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has scrapped the longer-dated special deposit account (SDA) tenors to release some funds into the system for bank lending. The BSP closed the two, three- and six-month SDA windows...
Business Genda Report; Population & Poverty
Byline: Jorge Osit The National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB), perhaps without meaning to, put a damper on the much-vaunted economic gains posted in the last quarter of 2007 when it recently made public its survey showing 27.6 million Filipinos,...
Cement Makers Help Build Copra Dryers
PARANG, Maguindanao -- Coconut farmers in at least nine towns in Mindanao and the Visayas are assured of higher income with the use of more efficient drying facilities built with the assistance of the cement industry, it was reported. In a move...
Chequered Flag; A Mexican Hat-Trick for Loeb
Byline: edited by Anjo Perez The final day of the 2008 World Rally Championship saw Sebastien Loeb, Daniel Elena and Citroen collect their third consecutive Rally Mexico win. Their hat-trick in the land of sombreros takes them to within a single...
Coconut Oil Exports Seen to Reverse Decline with 13% Growth
Byline: ROSEMARIE FRANCISCO The Philippines expects coconut oil exports to reverse last year's decline and grow nearly 13 percent in 2008 as most plantations recover from typhoon damage, the head of the country's main coconut agency said on Thursday....
Congress Urged to Help Push E-Jeepneys as Safe and Cheap Alternative to Diesel-Fired
Byline: Chesca de la Cruz Electric jeepneys, taunted as the clean and safe alternative to diesel-fired and pollutive jeepneys, are being grounded on their track by the inaction of the Department of Transportation and Communication and its attached...
DBP Acquires NDC Maritime Leasing Corp
Byline: EMMIE V. ABADILLA The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has acquired the NDC Maritime Leasing Corporation (NMLC) so it can buy modern vessels for lease-purchase to operators serving missionary routes, DBP President and CEO Reynaldo...
Domestic Bond Yields Fall on SDA Move
Philippine bond yields fell yesterday as the market expected the central bank would either reduce rates on its high-yielding special deposit accounts (SDAs) or stop offering longer maturities on SDAs, dealers said. During the meeting yesterday,...
Feast of the Dedication
John 10:31-42 THE Jews... picked up rocks to stone [Jesus]. Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from My Father. For which of these are you trying to stone Me?" The Jews answered him, "We are not stoning you for a good work but...
Follow Rule of Law, Due Process, Erap Advises Rallyists
Byline: BRENDA P. TUAZON Former President Joseph Estrada yesterday reminded public rally participants not to set aside the rule of law but instead allow due process to take its course and hasten the repair of constitutional violations committed...
Former Officials Declare Loss of Confidence in GMA
Byline: ANNA LIZA T. VILLAS A group of former senior government officials yesterday declared that its members have lost confidence in President Arroyo and her capability to govern but stopped short of asking her to resign. Instead, the FSGO,...
Harbour Makes It 5
Byline: Rey C. Lachica Just like in their previous encounters, the showdown between long-time rivals Harbour Centre and Toyota Otis was emotional and physical. But just like the last time they met, it was Harbour Centre which prevailed -- thanks...
Hudson, McConaughey Dive for Fitness
Warner Bros.' new romantic adventure film, "Fool's Gold" once again pairs Matthew McConaughey with Kate Hudson, whose chemistry together last lit up the screen in the hit romantic comedy "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days." In the film, McConaughey plays...
Human Resource Mgmt and Organization Dev't Post-Baccalaureate Program Offered
Byline: Vicente B. Foz The De La Salle College of Saint Benilde School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPaCE), in consortium with Ancilla Enterprise Development Corporation (AEDC), is currently offering post-baccalaureate diploma programs...
Italian Producer Taps Filipino Actors
Byline: Crispina Martinez-Belen Chances for a box-office hit these days are more in horror movies. This we were made to understand by Italian producer Gianni Paolucci who has just finished shooting his latest movie shot entirely in Metro Manila...
JGS Petrochem Trims Loss in 2007
JG Summit Petrochemical Corp., a subsidiary of Gokongwei-controlled JG Summit Holdings Inc. (JGSHI), trimmed down its net loss for the fiscal year ended-September 2007 to P722.44 million from losses of around P3.36 billion in the previous fiscal year,...
Judicial Independence in the Philippines; (Speech Delivered as Guest of Honor and Keynote Speaker of the Fraternal Order of Utopia on Its 2nd National Convention at Hotel Elizabeth, Baguio City, 8 March 2008)
Byline: Retired Supreme Court Justice JOSUE N. BELLOSILLO GENTLEMEN of the Fraternal Order of Utopia You tell me you are proud of Justice Rene Corona - the Utopian Hall of Famer, exemplar jurist, your model and inspiration; mine too. I am also...
Korean Stint Lifts Rowers' Confidence
Byline: KRISTEL SATUMBAGA The Philippine rowing team is now looking at a possible Beijing Games stint after a successful campaign in the Asian Indoor Rowing Championships in Gwacheon, South Korea recently. The four-man squad managed one silver...
La Trinidad, Benguet, Holds the Strawberry Festival
LA Trinidad is the capital of Benguet. It is located in the northern part of Luzon in the Cordillera Administrative Region. The valley was discovered by the Spanish explorer, Don Q.M. Quirante in 1624. The place was named after the wife of Don Guillermo...
Manila Rally Today Secured, Lim Assures
Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim assured the public yesterday that participants in a big youth rally scheduled today at the Liwasang Bonifacio will be given protection. The participants in the rally are expected to be mostly students from various universities...
Mayor Cites Benefits of Agriculture Exhibit
URDANETA CITY -- Mayor Amadeo R. Perez Jr. has expressed support for the Farmers Agricultural Exposition 2008 initiated by Abono party-list. The agriculture fair, which is being held in Rosales, Pangasinan, opened last Wednesday and will end on...
Oil Prices Hover near US$ 110 as Dollar Plunges to Record Low
SINGAPORE, Mar. 13 (AFP) -- Oil prices bubbled near US$ 110 in Asian trade Thursday within striking distance of a fresh record, buoyed by the falling US currency, dealers said. The dollar hit a record low against the euro and a 12-year low against...
Oil & the Row over the Spratlys
Byline: Floro M. Mercene LAKAS and Kampi will merge to form a political colossus. Nograles for president. His first name means prosperity. *** How Speaker Nograles will perform in his new role as Speaker and president of Lakas remains a...
P200 B OKd for Education; to Provide More Classrooms, Books, Teachers GMA Bares Education Plans for This Year
Byline: GENALYN D. KABILING President Arroyo yesterday announced that the government will spend more than R200 billion to upgrade the country's education system, particularly the provision of more classrooms, books, and teachers this year. Addressing...
Pacquiao Rocks, Performs Magic
Byline: NICK GIONGCO LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao appears bored with the long wait and the never-ending Q&As with the media for Saturday night's rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao put on a show for the assembled media during Wednesday's...
PNP Mounts Holy Week Security Plan
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN The Philippine National Police (PNP) will implement a nationwide security and public safety plan to ensure the peaceful observance of the Holy Week and the rest of the summer vacation from April to May. PNP chief Director...
Poverty Is Worsening in Cordillera -- NSCB; 28% of Total Number of Families in Region Are Considered Poor
Byline: DEXTER A. SEE BAGUIO CITY -- The country's 7.3 percent growth rate last year and the implementation of poverty-alleviation projects have not helped improve the poverty situation in the Cordillera in the past three years. This assessment...
P/$ Rate Closes at P41.45/$ 1
The peso exchange rate closed lower at P41.45 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P41.35 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P41.417 from P41.168. Total volume amounted to $ 508.62...
RP Netters Deep in Training
Byline: KRISTEL SATUMBAGA The Philippine Davis Cup team is looking at the next few weeks as a crucial phase in its preparation for the Asia Oceania Group I relegation tie against Uzbekistan on April 11 to 13 at the Philippine Columbian Association....
San Miguel Brewery Sets P23-B IPO
Byline: ANA MARIE MACUJA San Miguel Brewery, Inc., the spin-off unit of food and beverage conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC), is all set to conduct an initial public offering (IPO) next month. The company's proposed public offering was approved...
Sexy Model, 3 Other Persons Found Dead in Olongapo City
Byline: JONAS REYES & MAR SUPNAD OLONGAPO CITY -- A sexy model and three other persons were found dead early yesterday morning in a rented apartment at 52-B Acacia St., Gordon Heights, this city. Authorities of the fire bureau discovered...
Singapore Continues to Roar
Byline: Lucci C. Coral, Photos courtesy Singapore Tourism Board The lion city revs up for 2008. Fueled with energy and continuously vibrant in its efforts to promote the Lion City, the Singapore Tourism Board-Philippines (STB-P) conducted an...
The Ecumenical Approach
Byline: Fr. Emeterio Barcelon, SJ CONVERSION is the mark of success in bringing others to God. The meaning of conversion or its emphasis, however, has changed. The important conversion is conversion to God. It is not so much conversion of identity...
The Family Is the Key to Peace
Byline: Bernardo M. Villegas EVERY year Filipinos celebrate New Year's Day on two separate occasions. With most of countries all over the world, we celebrate January 1 as the first day of the New Year. Increasingly, however, we also celebrate with...
The Final Day of the 2008 World Rally Championship
Defending National Hill Climb Champion Carlos Anton threw down the proverbial gauntlet when he set the best time of the day and took victory in the premier Group 4 category in the first round of the 2008 Hill Climb Series held at the picturesque Pico...
The Jonas Brothers
Byline: Sean Daly St. Petersburg Times Have you ever dated a fan? Do you date internationally? What do you look for in a date? Would you mind marrying me someday? Two minutes into talking with the Jonas Brothers, a shaggy trio of teen rockers...
Thinking of the Country; "The Night Is Far Spent, the Day Is at Hand: Let Us Therefore Cast off the Works of Darkness, and Let Us Put on the Armour of Light." - the Epistle of Paul to the Romans X11.9
Byline: HECTOR R.R. VILLANUEVA MANY Filipinos from all walks of life have been speculating or second-guessing on the position of former President Fidel V. Ramos on the controversies and convoluted issues besetting the nation today. Abangan. We...
Third Fight Possible If Pacquiao Gets Beaten
Byline: NICK GIONGCO LAS VEGAS -- There is a clause in the contract that Manny Pacquiao signed with Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) that guarantees him of a crack at Juan Manuel Marquez in a rubber match in the event he loses Saturday night's...
Top Korean Tire Brand Nexen Rolls into Philippine Market
Macro Auto Corporation is rolling into the Philippine market Nexen Tire, a leading South Korean tire brand for passenger cars, SUVs, light trucks, and vans. "Our mission is to provide the Filipino motorists quality and practical options when it...
Tough Job for the Price Coordinating Council
Byline: Elinando B. Cinco PLAIN housewives who do their usual weekend marketing last Friday were at their wit's end when prices of items they need every day at home carried new price tags. There was no previous warning nor a hint that adjusted prices...
Trains, Boats, and Planes All Expected to Be Affected by Climate Change
Byline: Randolph E. Schmid (AP) Washington (AP) - Flooded roads and subways, deformed railroad tracks, and weakened bridges may be the wave of the future with continuing global warming, a new U.S. study says. Climate change will affect every...
Travel Buzz
United Nations visits PBSP in the Visayas UN Resident Coordinator Nileema Noble recently visited the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) program in the Visayas and witnessed the inauguration of a vermi-culture project in San Miguel, Bohol,...
UN Official Cites Sarangani Town; for Serving as Model for World Food Program
MAITUM, Sarangani - United Nations (UN) World Food Program (WFP) Country Director Guarnieri Valerie has commended the municipal government and community here for their joint efforts in the implementation of the food-for-work program. During a site...
Vice Governor Cries Harassment by Broadcasters
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY - The vice governor of Cebu said here members of the broadcast media had harassed him through what he described was a pooled broadcast that had denounced him for filing libel charges against two radio announcers....
Villar: Senate Has Passed 23 Bills of Nat'l Significance
Senate President Manuel Villar yesterday announced that since the opening of the First Regular Session, the Senate has passed 23 bills of national significance, "an achievement that proves that the Senate is not remiss (in) its duty to legislate."...
Water Rates in NCR, Cavite, & Rizal Reduced
Byline: DAVID CAGAHASTIAN Water rates will be reduced in April for households in Metro Manila (National Capital Region) and some parts of Cavite and Rizal because of the sustained strength of the peso, Malacanang announced yesterday. Malacanang...
Welcoat Hires Glass-Breaker
Byline: WAYLON GALVEZ Welcoat Paints has acquired the services of a player who made a reputation by shattering a backboard a few years back while playing in the United States NCAA. Jason Keep, a 6-foot-10 center who once shattered the backboard...
Where Will You Be Sunday?
Byline: Ed Picson For some brief moments the past week, I found myself wondering whether people still cared about the coming Manny Pacquiao fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. The attention that the ZTE Broadband brouhaha got was so pervasive that...
Wooly Bully
Byline: Tom Long Detroit News Film Critic Shockingly derivative and dumb, "10,000 B.C." is not a film for the ages. You don't see that many movies set in prehistoric times. Watch "10,000 B.C." and you'll understand why. More accurately...
WRX: Youth at First Gas!
Byline: Pinky Concha Colmenares What more can I say about that one great car the young call "The WRX" and which the older ones who pay for them, "The Subaru Impreza"? In a car that rolls on the pedigree of the Subaru heritage, there is hardly...