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 February 7, 2008

10th-Generation Corolla Hits Town
Byline: Anjo Perez (text and photos) Toyota Motors Philippines unveiled the all-new Corolla Altis last Monday during its annual Media Thanksgiving party held at the Sofitel Hotel in Manila. The 10th generation Corolla comes with all-new specifications...
A Break from Fame?
Byline: HERN P. ZENAROSA AS if taking a break from fame, Jose de Venecia the other day stepped down from the temple of his high office to nominate Prospero Nograles to succeed him as Speaker of the House, the position he held for an unprecedented...
America's Evil Trucks; Ford F150 Lightning and Dodge Ram SRT10
Byline: Inigo S. Roces There seems to be a lot of buzz about pickups lately. Perhaps it's got something to do with spring cleaning and the need to clear out old things, to make way for the new or what's to come. As with all chores, there are...
Around the Nation
Annular solar eclipse today The first of four eclipse events for the year 2008 will occur today, Thursday, Feb. 7, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). An eclipse is an astronomical...
Asian Stock Markets Suffer New Carnage
TOKYO, Feb. 6 (AFP) -- Asian stocks suffered fresh carnage Wednesday, with leading bourses plunging by up to five percent as growing fears of a US recession swept across global markets, dealers said. They said that a surprise contraction in the...
A Sober World Economic Forum
Byline: Beth Day Romulo AS the 2,500 leaders from governments, industry and civil society, including 25 heads of state, began arriving for the annual World Economic Forum held at Davos, Switzerland, two weeks ago, the promised theme of "Collaboration"...
Ateneo Tossers near Semis
Byline: Francis Santiago Ateneo assured itself of a semifinal playoff berth by swamping University of the Philippines in straight sets, 25-19, 25-21, 27-25, in the UAAP women's volleyball tournament yesterday at the Blue Eagle Gym. Top MVP contender...
Building Police Organization into a Fortress to Protect Human Rights; (Speech Delivered at the 17th PNP Anniversary Celebration, Camp Crame, Quezon City, February 6, 2008.)
Byline: Police Director General AVELINO I. RAZON JR. Chief, Philippine National Police HER Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the Honorable Vice President Noli de Castro, members of the Cabinet, the Senate and House of Representatives,...
Business and Society; Bucking the Trend
Byline: Bernardo Villegas In the last global economic crisis that started in East Asia in 1997, the Philippine economy was the least adversely affected in Southeast Asia. Whereas some of our neighbors like Thailand (where the crisis started),...
Business Options; America on the Road to Recession?
Byline: Zoilo P. Dejaresco, III When the United States economy sneezes, the whole world still catches colds? Count not Uncle Sam yet, the US economy still accounts for 22.5% of the world's economy and American consumers spend US$ 9.5 trillion...
Catholics Reminded of Need for Prayer, Charity, and Fasting
Byline: CHRISTINA I. HERMOSO The Catholic faithful who came in droves to attend the hourly masses to have their foreheads marked with ashes in the shape of a cross in observance of Ash Wednesday yesterday were reminded of the important need for...
Charter Flights Should Carry Tourists, Not OFWs - Group
CLARK FREEPORT -- Charter services as spelled out under the government's liberalization policy would accelerate growth at the Clark economic zone, site of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), a travel group said. The group said it...
Chequered Flag; Honda Struts New F1 Car
Honda Racing F1 Team unveiled their 2008 challenger at their headquarters in Brackley, UK last Tuesday. Both drivers, Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button graced the launching ceremony which was headed by new team principal Ross Brawn. Test driver...
Chinese New Year of the Rat: A Year for Hard Work, Activity, and Renewal
AS in the celebration of the Western New Year, the Chinese New Year is a time when one makes fresh resolutions for the coming year with full determination and will. Beginning in mid-December, families all over China start preparing for the New Year,...
Chot Wants Taulava Back in TNT Lineup
Byline: REY BANCOD Newly-appointed Talk 'N Text coach Chot Reyes yesterday said he would like to have Asi Taulava back in his team. "It was a mistake to let go of Asi," Reyes said as he rues the team's lack of legitimate big man. "As it is...
'Clean' Coal Technology Perks Eyed
Byline: MYRNA M. VELASCO Project sponsors are being enticed to employ "clean coal technologies" on their power projects, with the set of incentives being offered by the legislative branch. At the Energy Summit, Senate committee on energy chairman...
Concert, Fashion Show at PSA Awards
An entertainment spectacle featuring a rock and dance concert, plus a fashion show will highlight the San Miguel CorporationPhilippine Sportswriters Association Annual Awards (SMC-PSA) rites on Feb. 16 at the SM Mall of Asia. The PSA has chosen...
Davis Cup Draw Today; Singles Matches Friday
Byline: WILLIE B. CABALLES The final phase of the country's ambitious bid to join the elite nations in Davis Cup competitions starts today when the draw for the Philippines-Japan first round rubbers in the Asia-Oceania Zone Group I contest is held...
DoJ Says Rizal Town Cannot Collect Fees from Garbage Haulers
Byline: DANNY JUNCO RODRIGUEZ, Rizal -- The municipal government here cannot collect trucking fees from haulers who are dumping garbage at the 19-hectare sanitary landfill of the Rizal provincial government, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez said....
DoST Bares Plan to Cash in on $ 600-B Halal Market; Official Cites Need to Form Certifying Body and Develop Industry
Byline: BONG REBLANDO GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Philippines is eyeing to make significant entry in the $600-billion "halal" market composed of the two billion Muslim consumers, mostly in the Middle East, a top regional government official said....
DOT: Embassies Crucial in Attracting Tourists to RP
Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano recently applauded the Philippine embassies in helping the Department of Tourism encourage tourists and businessmen to visit the country, highlighting their crucial role in building the economy. The statement...
DOT: We Need Upgrade This Year, PTAA: Tourism Gains under Threat
Byline: Rachel C. Barawid The travel sector led by Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano recently appealed to the ATO to immediately resolve the FAA downgrade within the year to avoid adverse effects on the industry. "Definitely, we must get...
DPWH, DoTC Are Still at Odds over Kennon Road; Which of 2 Agencies Has Authority to Supervise Operation of Road?
Byline: DEXTER A. SEE LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The Cordillera offices of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DoTC) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are engaged in a brewing controversy over which of the two agencies...
EU-ASEAN Free Trade Talks Advance
Byline: BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT The proposed EU-ASEAN free trade agreement is slowly gaining momentum as ministers have clarified some issues and mapped out their work as they head for the start of trade negotiations. A statement by the EU Delegation...
From the Backseat: Manual versus Automatic
Byline: Jesus Erle Sebastian In interviews following the announcement of the results of the Petron Xtra Mile Challenge Champions Edition, Pocholo Ramirez, one of the drivers in the competition to see who gets farthest on a full tank of gasoline,...
FVR Announces Merger of Lakas and Kampi
Byline: KRIS BAYOS Former President Fidel V. Ramos yesterday announced the merger of the Lakas-CMD and Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (Kampi) parties and said ousted House speaker Jose de Venecia would remain with the party that voted him out of...
GAB Recognizes New Managers, Players Group
The Games and Amusements Board (GAB) has recognized the newly-formed Billiards Managers and Players Association of the Philippines (BMPAP) paving the way for the government's direct supervision on the popular sport. In accepting the BMPAP as the...
Getting Away from It All; Sumilon Bluewater Was Once Seafarers' Shelter
Our country's thousands of magnificent islands can grant a traveler's wish to bask in the serenity of a divine destination. In the middle of God's different versions of paradise is a resort on an island gifted with rich marine life, picturesque...
Goings on; "There Will Be Blood" Premieres
Oscar Best Picture nominee "There Will Be Blood" will have an invitational premiere at the Gateway Cineplex 10 on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis who has so far won the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, New York Film Critics...
Hillary, Obama Battle to a Draw; She Takes 8 States, Including California & NY; Barack Wins in 13 States McCain Leads Republican Nominating Battle
WASHINGTON (Reuters, AP) -- Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton battled to a draw on ''Super Tuesday'' and John McCain took charge of the Republican race in coast-to-coast presidential nominating battles in 24 US states. In their hard-fought...
House Body Probes VAS Providers
The House Committee on information and communications technology has directed Smart Communications, Zed Philippines and Globe Telecom to submit position papers on whether firms selling ringtones and other services through telcos are considered content...
House OKs 5 Major Nat'l Bills on Final Reading
Byline: BEN R. ROSARIO and MARIO B. CASAYURAN The House of Representatives passed on third and final reading five bills of national significance on the first day of change in the chamber's leadership. Now headed by Speaker Prospero C. Nograles,...
ILO Warns of Rising Global Unemployment
GENEVA, Feb. 2 (Reuters) -- More people will be out of work in 2008 as a result of global economic cooling, and any major slowdown could cause disruption and further hike unemployment, the International Labor Organization (ILO) said. In a report...
'Joaquin Bordado' Is Awesome; Robin's Daughter Is GMA's Best Kept Secret
Byline: Crispina Martinez-Belen It was a very exciting presentation that launched last Monday night GMA 7's latest action-fantasy series "Joaquin Bordado" with Robin Padilla in the title role and Iza Calzado as the female lead star. The entertainment...
Korean Golfer Paces South Golfest
Back-to-back champion Crystal Shin scored 56 points under the Molave scoring system to open a two-point lead over Del Monte teammate Eva Minoza at the start of the 45th Southern Ladies golf tournament at the Bacolod Golf and Country Club in Binitin,...
Loeb Wins 5th Rallye Monte Carlo
Sebastien Loeb clinched a record fifth Rallye Monte Carlo win aboard a Citroen last Sunday with the Frenchman finishing two minutes and 34.4 seconds ahead of BP Ford's Mikko Hirvonen. The final podium place went to Subaru's Chris Atkinson who had...
Lozada's Wife Petitions SC for Writ of Habeas Corpus
Byline: REY G. PANALIGAN The Supreme Court (SC) was asked yesterday by the wife of Engineer Rodolfo Noel Lozada Jr., a witness in the Senate investigation of the scrapped National Broadband Network (NBN) project, to compel the military and the police...
Merrymaking Marks Chinese New Year Today
Byline: BRENDA PIQUERO TUAZON With incense glowing in Buddhist temples and houses, and bursts of fireworks illuminating the midnight sky, millions hailed the arrival of the Chinese New Year of the Earth Rat in China and Chinatowns the world over....
'Missing' CHED Chief Neri Appears
Byline: SHIANEE R. MAMANGLU Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman Romulo Neri appeared in public yesterday for the first time since last week when an arrest warrant was issued against him by the Senate for allegedly ignoring several summons,...
Mission in the Governance Charter
Byline: JESUS P. ESTANISLAO FIRST, we should be very clear in our mind and heart what we should be about. Then, we should go about trying to make a decisive difference, within the niche we have carved out for ourselves, for the common good of all....
Moving Heaven and Earth for Upgrade
Byline: Rachel C. Barawid "I'm still here..." "... We are now undertaking the necessary measures to rectify deficiencies identified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in its International Aviation Safety Assessment," said Daniel...
MVP Urges Revamp of Boxing Program
A week after the debacle of the RP Smart-PLDT Boxing Team in the first AIBA Asian Boxing Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, sports godfather Manny V. Pangilinan is calling for a thorough revamp of the country's boxing program. Pangilinan,...
Neri's Daring Dodge; (Editor's Note: A Sobbing Wife's Appeal on National Radio, "Ibalik Nyo Ang Asawa Ko," Was More Effective Than an Arrest Warrant as Noted by the Author.)
Byline: Romeo V. Pefianco THIS week the Supreme Court has granted temporary relief to Romulo Neri - a kind of rest from hounding by the Senate squad and counter spies from undisclosed sources. The Court's order is called "status quo ante." Neri's...
Nograles: No Charter Change before 2010
Byline: BEN R. ROSARIO Newly elected House Speaker Prospero Nograles declared yesterday that he will block any move to amend the 1987 Constitution before 2010, saying this should serve as proof that he is not a Malacanang lackey as critics have...
Of Dangling Modifiers & Principles
Byline: GEMMA CRUZ ARANETA AND I wanted to add-- misplaced prepositions, third cousins and cabalens -- but had to keep the title short. During that fateful congressional session on 4 February, while representatives explained why they were in favor...
On Sovereign Ratings; Falling Dollar to Have Minor Impact
Byline: LEE C. CHIPONGIAN Moody's Investors Service said yesterday the depreciating US dollar would have minor effects on both developed countries' and emerging economies' sovereign ratings, provided that its depreciation is gradual. "Looking...
Opposition to Balikatan in Lanao Mounts
COTABATO CITY -- A Maranao lawmaker and the regional legislature of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have expressed objection to the plan to conduct the Balikatan 2008 war exercise in Lanao del Sur, warning that the presence of armed...
Phil. Seven Renews 7-11 Franchise Deal
Seven Eleven Incorporated (SEI), the global organization that oversees the operations of the 7-Eleven stores worldwide, recently renewed the Area License Agreement (ALA) of Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC), extending the company's control over the...
PNP Cites Gains in 17th Year Rites
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN and GENALYN D. KABILING The much-improved image of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to the communities brought about by the effective implementation of the "Mamang Pulis" campaign has resulted to a significant drop in...
Police Issues Alert on Missing Vehicles
Byline: Aris R. Ilagan The Philippine National Police (PNP)-Traffic Management Group (TMG) yesterday warned prospective buyers of luxury second-hand vehicles to thoroughly check the registration papers of the vehicles they are buying. The warning...
P/$ Rate Closes at P40.70/$ 1
The peso exchange rate closed lower at P40.70 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P40.52 the previous day. The weighted average rate appreciated to P40.687 from P40.706. Total volume amounted to $ 718.96...
Puno Pushes BFP Upgrade Bills
Byline: ELENA L. ABEN Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo V. Puno has asked President Arroyo to certify as priority measures two House bills and two Senate bills that seek to modernize the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). In a memorandum...
Rapid Bus System for Cebu Eyed; P100-M Cost Is Nothing Compared to Benefits to Be Derived - Mayor Osmena
Byline: MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. CEBU CITY - The Cebu City Government plans to start the selected implementation of the bus rapid transit system aimed at easing the traffic congestion in major areas of the city. Mayor Tomas Osmena, who recently attended...
Razon: Lozada Placed under PNP Protective Custody
Byline: ARIS R. ILAGAN Director General Avelino I. Razon Jr., chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), yesterday said that Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada - who is an alleged witness to the controversial NBN broadband deal - has been placed under the...
Singapore Firm to Run 2 SMIC Hotels
Byline: JAMES A. LOYOLA SM Investments Corporation has entered into a management agreement with Singapore-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide -- Asia Pacific for the operation and management of two hotels worth P2.4 billion. In a disclosure to the...
Sta. Lucia, Purefoods Race to 3-2 Leads
Byline: Waylon Galvez AS THE 'word war' between Sta. Lucia Realty mentor Boyet Fernandez and veteran Alaska coach Tim Cone ended, the Realtors moved closer from easing out the Aces in their best-of-seven semifinal series as the Realtors hacked out...
Subaru Club Holds 1st Owners' Meet
The Subaru Club Philippines (SCP) held its first grand eyeball event highlighted with a parade of their Subarus right in the middle of Ayala Center last Friday during the peak of the shopping and rush hours. Various generations of the Impreza WRX,...
The Conditions of Discipleship
Luke 9:22-25 JESUS said to His disciples, "The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised." Then He said to all, "If anyone wishes to come after...
Tokens of Luck
Just as we deck our homes with trees, wreaths, and ornaments to spread Christmas cheer, those celebrating Chinese New Year similarly decorate their homes. Here are some exciting ways to greet the Year of the Rat: Lanterns and candles -- Glowing...
Torres to Train in Los Angeles
Byline: Nick Giongco Just like long jumper Henry Dagmil, Marestella Torres is also going to the United States to train extensively in preparation for the Beijing Olympics where she likely would be the country's female entry in track and field. ...
UN Population Fund Monitors E. Samar Program
Byline: JACK C. GADAINGAN BORONGAN, Eastern Samar - An official of the United Nations Population Fund Assistance (UNPFA) personally visited this Pacific Coast province, three towns of which are recipient of its 6th Country Program. Suneeta Mukherjee,...
Weather, Crowd Worry Japan Netters
Byline: KRISTEL SATUMBAGA The Japanese Davis Cup team is more worried about the hot, humid weather than their Filipino rivals when they play the first round of the Asia-Oceania Zone Group I Davis Cup competitions starting tomorrow at the Rizal Memorial...
We Will Leave This Nation Stronger and More Secure; (Speech Delivered at the 17th Anniversary Celebration of the Philippine National Police (PNP), February 6, 2008, at the Multi-Purpose Hall, Camp Crame, Quezon City.)
Byline: President GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO FORMER President Ramos, not only former president of the Philippines but also former Chief of the Philippine Constabulary; General Razon and the other officers and men and women of the Philippine National...
'XXV' Is Martin's Generous Serving of Music and Talk
Byline: Leah C. Salterio, Shirley M. Pizarro Not every entertainer gets a chance to mark the 25th anniversary of an illustrious career in music. Lasting that long, especially in the local entertainment scene, is really cause for a big celebration....