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 May 2, 2008

8,580 New Teachers Pass Licensure Examinations
The successful examinees who garnered the 10 highest places are the following: Elementary level 1. Genevive Karen Belarde Dumayas, University of the Philippines-Diliman, 90.60; 2. Benjelita Laguidong Batao, University of Mindanao-Davao City,...
Adamson Guns for Sweep of V-League Elims
Both teams, which earlier secured outright semifinal seats after finishing 1-2, slug it out in the main game at 4 p.m. College of St. Benilde bids for its first win against Lyceum in the opener at 2 p.m. The Lady Lady Falcons, carrying an unbeaten...
After 17 Years, Gabby Concepcion Returns to 'Maalaala Mo Kaya'
The episode entitled "Manibela" has Gabby playing the role of a family driver named Bert who loves his work for the sake of his beloved wife (played by Anna Capri), who is a maid in the story, and their child. Bert is so faithful to his boss (played...
Agrarian Reform
It has a nice sounding title which recalls successes in other countries like Taiwan. But ours has been a failure. Where are the good results? Someone suggested it would have done more good if the trillions spent in implementing this program were directly...
Around the Nation
Gov't to receive report on BNPP reopening The government will receive an initial assessment report from the Austria-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the possibility of reopening of the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP)...
Austria's Incest Case Stirs Debate over Europe's Sentence Leniency
Yet, for an atrocity that has stunned the world, he may wind up serving just 15 years in prison if charged, tried and convicted. Practically speaking, that may translate into a life sentence for Fritzl, 73. But his case has revived a debate over...
Basic Energy Gets SEC Nod to Sell 537 M Shares
Based on a prospectus filed by Basic Energy, the shares, which will be sold based on the prevailing market price at the time of the sale, are held by existing shareholders, which include Unicapital, Inc., TPG Corporation, SR Capital Holdings, Inc.,...
Biogas Emission Reduction Project Inaugurated in QC
Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza Jr. joined Mayor Feliciano Belmonte Sr. at the inauguration of the project, which has been registered with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as the country's...
Burger King Wins Crucial Game
Diminutive Khiel Misa did just that yesterday, completing his steal off Sean Co in the last 17 seconds as Burger King beat Pharex for the second straight time, 69-65, and clinch an extra bonus on Labor Day in the PBL Lipovitan Amino Sports Cup at the...
Business Agenda Report
Take, for instance, the transformation of Singapore from a backwater island-state to a First World economy made largely possible by its welleducated citizens. Such a transformation is rendered even more dramatic by the fact that Singapore, so unlike...
Cebu, Negros Occ Surpassed 2 Million Population as of '07
Cebu, excluding its three highly urbanized cities -- Cebu City, Lapu-lapu City, and Mandaue City, now has a population of about 2.44 million. Negros Occidental, excluding Bacolod City, account for a population of about 2.37 million. Cebu and...
Continuing the Fight against Graft and Corruption
Graft and corruption are threats to the sustained growth and development of the country. Corruption does not only distort access to services for the poor, thereby affecting the public's perception of government's performance. The problem in itself...
De Los Reyes, Pioneer Labor Leader, Honored
The rites coincided with the opening of this year's six-day Viva Vigan Binatbatan Festival of the Arts which is celebrated every first week of May. Vigan City Mayor Eva Marie Singson Medina led local officials in the floral offering at the historical...
Dona Maria Premium Rice: An Emerging Filipino Brand
Considered one of the best in the market today, Dona Maria Premium Rice offers three variants developed naturally through proven rice technology and practices pioneered by SL Agritech to give the public new ways to enjoy hybrid grains that are not...
Dona Mary Celebrates 103rd Birthday Today
"The family has accepted the hard and painful realities of human mortality, and I am more than grateful to God for having given my mother the divine gift to reach her 103rd birthday and my being at her bedside as a free man at last," Estrada said on...
Dryland Research Institute to Be Put Up to Tap 3 M Hectares for Production
An executive order creating the PDRI has been drafted by the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA-BAR) to push for the development of drylands through effective means such as watershed management and production of drought-resistant...
Escudero Hails PSC's Austerity Measures
But Escudero, the youthful senator who counts shooting among his favorite sports, also called on sports leaders to look for ways to maintain a strong pool of young talents who would succeed today's champions through the help of the private sector....
Filipino Software Companies Eye Japan as Market for IT Outsourcing
The Japanese IT market is considered the second largest market in IT services industry. Japan's IT market is expected to turn in 2.3 trillion yen in revenues this year, which would grow to 5.5 trillion yen or $48 billion by 2010. The market has been...
Geneva Mulls over Leaving Show Biz
It was also a year when she discovered what she wanted to do next in her showbiz career -- a tribute album for her great grandfather Tirso Cruz Sr. and her family. Geneva revealed that this album could even be her last. "I believe that when you...
Ginebra 'Giant' Debuts Today against Hotdogs
The Gin Kings, the only winless team in this season-ending conference with a 0-5 card, meet the Giants (2-3) at 7:20 p.m. Clashing in the curtain raiser at 4:50 p.m. are Air21 and the import-less Alaska, which will play sans the suspended Randy Holcomb....
Group Asks NFA to Buy More Locally Produced Rice
Rafael Mariano, KMP chairman and president of the Anakpawis partylist, said there are millions of farmers nationwide who disagree with the policy of the National Food Authority (NFA) of giving priority to rice importation over local procurement, if...
Hike in Prices of Basic Goods Inevitable -- DTI
This was reported by Region 6 Department of Trade and Industry (DTI 6) Director Dominic Abad who also warned traders against taking advantage of the price increases. "We urged the traders not to take advantage of the consumers by selling goods at...
Internet Tutoring Connections Increase between Asians, US
"According to my mom, I don't really care about school," said the 11-yearold. And he admits that he wouldn't make it without tutoring. "I need it, and it is much more efficient than studying by myself." So, a few times a week, he discusses his...
Jobert Sucaldito Sues Gabby, Manager for Breach of Contract
Tri-media personality Jobert Sucaldito who has a radio program and entertainment column aside from being a co-host of ABS-CBN's toprating Sunday show "The Buzz," filed a complaint for breach of contract at the Regional Trial Court in Quezon City last...
Lack of Direct Flight from Vienna Hinders RP Tourism - Diplomat
Dr. Walter Hoefle, Austrian economic counselor to the Philippines, said there would be more Austrian tourists visiting the Philippines if only there were direct flights from Austria to the country. "The problem is that if you come to the Philippines,...
Latest Polls Show Democratic Nomination Battle Is Narrowing
Obama's rival Hillary Clinton meanwhile weighed in on the latest furor over the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's rhetoric, branding his comments offensive, as she drove towards the May 6 primaries in Indiana and North Carolina. A CBS/New York Times poll...
Leyte Mediators Club Honors Former Solon
This achievement of "Matin," as she is fondly known, when she was still a congresswoman made possible the formation of the mediation group in Leyte Province in August 2005. The group's work has aided significantly in declogging the court dockets...
Mekong Rice Cartel a Wake-Up Call for RP, Says Solon
Mitra said that while the Philippines has no veto power over the plan hatched by Thailand to band with Vietnam, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Cambodia, and Laos in forming a rice-fixing cartel, it has "control over our agricultural policy, and that is...
More BPOs Eyeing Mindanao Cities for Expansion
Davao and Cagayan de Oro have emerged as the BPO hubs of the South, offering a wide range of services, but still with a lot of room for regional expansion. Current estimates of the total number of call centers in the Philippines range from 90 to...
No Commitment to Settle Land Claims of Ibaloi Folk
This developed as executives of the National Power Corp. (Napocor) could not give any firm commitment to the displaced families with regard to their claim for proper compensation. It was recalled that they were forcibly evicted from their land by...
Pacquiao Back in Gym
His followers have become worried, if not anxious, about their idol's relaxed attitude leading to his coming fight with David Diaz where Diaz's World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight (135 lbs) crown will be at stake. The Filipino boxing star yesterday...
Peasants, Civic Leaders Seek Ouster of Sulu Governor
Provincial Board Member Musimar Alih, who is one of the proponents of the election recall petition, said their move is based on the "loss of trust and confidence" in the governor. Alih said farmers and fishers have lamented what they described as...
P/$ Rate Stands at P42.265/$ 1
NG defers OFW bond issue The National Government, which was earlier planning to issue about $ 100 million of 2.5-year tax-free domestic bonds exclusive to overseas Filipinos, has decided to defer the plan in view of the volatile foreign exchange....
Probing Fatigue
If truth be told, the general public is suffering from utter boredom and investigation fatigue from the Senate in aid of publicity. The fact is that there is nothing earthshaking to report on the ZTE-NBN kickback scandal since there have been no...
Proposed Federal Gov't Goes to a People's Referendum
Translation: The successor to GMA will be a president or prime minister and this will happen in 2010. *** 16 senators led by Nene Pimentel are supporting the resolution, more than two-thirds of the Senate membership. It could become an overwhelming...
Puerto Princesa Holiday
Imagine my surprise when my Uncle Nestor and Aunt Glofe told me they were sending me and some relatives off to Puerto Princesa as a graduation gift. As a serious student, I never really had the time to travel for some R&R. After the long wait and...
Resources of Banking System Grew 5.5% to P5 Trillion in 2007
BSP said the industry as a whole posted a net income after tax of P62.9 billion last year, 9.5 percent higher compared to P57.4 billion in 2006. Total net operating income was P60.5 billion, up 9.3 percent from 2006. Based on the BSP's report on...
Rock Goes to CCP
No less than Juan Dela Cruz Band, acknowledged by many as the flagship band of Pinoy rock, heads the list of performers paying homage to Original Pilipino Music as promoted by local group acts then and now. A power trio comprising of Pepe Smith, Mike...
RP Jr Cagers Face Malaysia in Opener
"Our one goal is to win the gold. Our players trained hard for this and we are ready to take the challenge," coach Franz Pumaren said prior to the team's departure for this Malaysian Capital last Monday. The team, mostly made up of collegiate dribblers...
Scientific Arguments vs Abortion and Divorce
I described the various debates among the members of the Constitutional Commission created by then President Corazon Aquino to draft the Philippine Constitution that was ratified by the Philippine electorate in 1987. I especially focused on the provisions...
Senate Committees Find Technical Lapses in Hanjin's Condominium Project at Subic
Sen. Pia Cayetano, who heads the Senate committee on environment and natural resources, led the committee hearing held at the Formosa Hall in the Subic Gateway Park here. The committee members had earlier inspected the condominium project together...
So Extends Chess Lead
The 14-year-old So outsteadied Villamayor in 50 moves of the Queen's Gambit. The win - his fifth against three draws - enabled the incoming third high school student at St. Francis College to pull away in the standings with 6.5 points. He next faces...
Solon Warns on Non-Inclusion of Tawi-Tawi, Sulu in Automation
Speaking on a question of personal and collective privilege on Wednesday, Tawi-Tawi Rep. Nur Jaafar aired strong misgivings over the failure of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to exclude Sulu and his province from the experimental implementation...
Soul Cleansing in Asipulo
"We'll go with the SSS Photographers' Club to Ifugao, April 5-7." I looked at my old Nikon and Canon guiltily. Twenty years in government service made me unfaithful to a once consuming passion. We only had chat - no photography - sessions that almost...
Substitutes & Affordable Medicines
Try the art of creative eating. Or rice halo-halo, anyone? *** Mrs. Arroyo endorses "saksak," white rice cooked with chopped sweet potato, a common alternative staple in Cebu province which she tasted with media men. Tastes good but some people...
The Disciples' Joy
Jesus said to His disciples, "Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given...
Tiger's Just Fine
As it happens, I had just gotten an email from Tiger Woods. Well, it wasn't exactly a "Dear Ed" email, but a newsletter he writes for subscribers to his tigerwoods.com website. In that letter, uhnewsletter pala, he explained what has gone on since...
Wage Boards Nationwide Meet
Ciriaco Lagunzad, executive director of the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), said the President attended the labor sector consultations at the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) in Quezon City and in Pampanga. Lagunzad...
World News with a Human Touch
Instead, it should receive them in stride, in a calm disposition. In fact, it would do us more good than harm if we just treat them as "one of those things," and not to press the panic button. Those raging issues, notwithstanding their foreboding...