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 27, 2008

30-Man RP Medical Team off to Myanmar
She expressed hopes the Asian nation would soon recover from the disater. Mrs. Arroyo said the Philippine contingent, composed of government doctors, nurses, sanitary engineers, and paramedics, will bring along P13-million worth of relief goods...
Around the Nation
Bank robbery suspects killed in rubout -- CHR Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chairman Leila de Lima said yesterday that investigation conducted on those killed in Tanauan City, Batangas in connection with the bank robbery and killings in Laguna...
Arrest of Ex-Veep Removes Rival to Congo's President
Bemba, a former rebel warlord who was defeated by Kabila in the Democratic Republic of Congo's 2006 election, was detained in Brussels on Saturday by Belgian authorities executing an International Criminal Court warrant for his arrest for war crimes...
ASEAN Finally Convinced Myanmar to Accept Aid
This was not always so. At one time China was as closed and suspicious as the former Burma about letting outsiders know what was going on inside its borders. With French and US navy ships loaded with relief supplies standing by, and UN aid material...
ASEAN Senior Transport Officials Meet Today in Cebu
Secretary Leandro Mendoza of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DoTC) said, "It is an honor and privilege to host this very important meeting of the senior transport officials of the ASEAN member-countries bonded by common interests,...
Awards Bodies Start Screening Films
The Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP), headed by Leo Martinez, is now screening 25 movies which were shown last year. Many of the movies are in digital format produced by so-called "independent" producers or "indies." Presentation of the FAP Awards,...
Ben Barnes Seeks the Throne in 'Prince Caspian'
Barnes was no stranger to the C.S. Lewis literary series. "I was a massive Narnia fan as a kid," Barnes exclaims with the exuberance of an eightyear-old boy delving into the novels for the first time. "I definitely remember the books being a big part...
Carnapping, Petty Crimes Decreased, Says Nationwide Survey
However, burglaries are on the rise, along with the number of victims of physical violence, the SWS said. A nationwide survey conducted last March 28-31 among 1,200 respondents showed that 9.1 percent of families who reported being victimized by...
Castro Lives Up to MVP Award
Castro did most of the damage in the first three quarters before letting teammates Beau Belga and Jonathan Fernandez, who combined for 15 points, to complete the job that gave the Batang Pier a commanding 2-1 lead in their best-of-five title series....
Castro Nips Norwood for MVP Award
The 5-foot-9 Castro beat out former RP teammate and Hapee Toothpaste Fil-Am Gabe Norwood on the strength of media and player votes to become the league's second three-time MVP awardee, matching the feat set by Tanduay's Erick Menk in the late 90s....
Environment Ministers Make Little Gain vs. Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Ministers from the Group of Eight held three days of talks here in a bid to set the tone for a summit involving the G8 leaders, which opens July 7 in the northern Japanese resort of Toyako and is expected to focus on climate change. The ministers...
Firm Given Mining Permit Even without Village Okay
The proposed mining exploration drew an overwhelming rejection by the villagers in a referendum held last December. A two-year permit was granted by MGB to Royalco Philippines Inc., formerly Oxiana Philippines Inc., to explore a 986-hectare area...
Food for the Body, Music for the Soul at Traders
Bravo! Traders Hotel general manager Andrea Mastellone, soprano Rachelle Gerodias, and Maestro Ruggero Barbieri. Traders Hotel honored its important corporate clients and partner travel agencies with an "enchanting evening of harmony and...
Gabby's Honor
The handsome actor declared he would honor his contract with GMA Films where he first signed a contract. "The question is what project will that be. I just hope they give us the script soon...it should also be a movie to be shot abroad since that...
GSIS, Meralco Showdown Seen at Stockholders Meeting Today
A tussle between the parties is expected as GSIS is tugging its way into taking the utility firm's helm after GSIS chairman Winston Garcia expressed disdain over the current management, linking his lament to expensive electricity rates in the country....
Hundredfold Reward
Peter began to say to [Jesus], "We have given up everything and followed You." Jesus said, "Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for My sake and for the sake of the...
Irrigation & Logging
Heaven's gift Most irrigation canals are now flowing, but rice farmers get water from "heaven" -- the true hulog ng langit. Countless irrigation projects abandoned by contractors are not listed and taxpayers don't know their total cost and the...
JBIC Readies $ 200-M RP Infra Loan
Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. said the JBIC loan proposal will be submitted to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) soon for evaluation and review. "JBIC has more infrastructure loans (in the process) but they want to see what...
Local Peace Initiatives Welcomed
"The command welcomes this development in the effort to achieve peace, development and progress in this part of the country," said Maj. Rodrigo O. Sosmena, chief information officer of the AFPs Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMincom). Major Sosmena...
Matteo Guidicelli's Career Goesfull Throttle
This time around though it's not around a race track but in show business as he becomes passionate about his new love -- acting. Is Matteo saying goodbye to kart racing for showbiz? "Okay naman because I got what I wanted for two years already,...
Meralco Ordered to Pay P500,000 to Firm in Pasig
In a decision written by Associate Justice Japar B. Dimaampao, the CA affirmed with modification the ruling handed down by the Pasig City Regional Trial Court (RTC) which ordered Meralco to refund Permanent Lights Manufacturing Enterprises P1.1 million....
Misamis Beats Zamboanga in Liga Game
The Meteors of Gov. Oscar Moreno and coach Jun Noel were well in control for majority of the game until veteran Ronald Saracho single-handedly carried the Amores back into contention by unloading 12 markers in the fourth quarter. The Amores flubbed...
Misunderstanding Koreans
If you do, you are probably correct, but the general perception is wrong. While there are always the educated, urbane and cosmopolitan Koreans as there are the country bumpkins, farm boys, lowly clerks, waiters and waitresses, students, and itinerant...
NCC Wants Mandate Returned to NG
This developed after a survey funded by the International Finance Corp. on Doing Business in the Philippines 2008 showed that the ease of doing business varies among the country's highly urbanized 21 cities. The report addresses how cities can improve...
New President Symbol of Unity in Divided Lebanon
As president, his main challenge will be trying to reconcile feuding politicians who agreed that he should lead a nation paralysed by their power struggle. "It is essential ... to work on fortifying our country and our co-existence through dialogue...
No Tuition Increase in Gov't Schools; Appeal Made to Private Schools
The President also directed the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to urge private universities to reconsider any plans to raise their tuition to ease the burden of parents and reduce the drop-out rates among students. Mrs. Arroyo issued the...
Pacquiao Training on Track - Roach
"I like where he is right now," said Roach yesterday (Sunday night in the US) when asked to assess the progress of Pacquiao's training for his bout against World Boxing Council lightweight king David Diaz on June 28 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. ...
PASA Nixes High-Tech Swimwear
PASA president Mark Joseph said yesterday national team members have always performed well in any swimwear brand they are using whether in competition or training. The Filipino Olympians will use swimsuits designed by Arena, a major company based...
PCCI to Meet Napocor Officials on P20-B Meralco Debt Settlement
PCCI chairman Donald Dee has confirmed that a meeting with Napocor is set on May 28 at the PCCI headquarters in Makati City with Philexport and Employers Confederation of the Philippines Sergio R. Ortiz-Luis, Jr., Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber...
P/$ Rate Closes at P43.58/$ 1
NPC seeks P.4047/kWh rate cut State-run National Power Corporation (NC) is seeking the approval of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for R0.4047 per kilowatt hour (kWh) reduction on its charges to Luzon customers representing cost movements...
Prepaid Electricity Being Studied for Cebu
"We want to come up with a prepaid system that will be a good value proposition to our customers. We want it to be a better alternative, which they will find more convenient," said Juan Antonio Bernad, AP executive vice president for strategy and regulatory...
President to Inaugurate Poro Point Tourism Complex
The President is expected to arrive at the Poro Point Freeport Zone in the morning and will be accompanied by members of her official family, notably Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano, and Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Favila. On hand to...
Resolution on Government's Massive Planting of Biofuel Feedstock Sought
The ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) meeting being held in Cagayan de Oro has a thrust to push for more abundant production of major crop rice which is the staple in Asia. However, the planting of biofuel crop is also critical now that...
RP, Swaziland Sign 2 Accords
President Arroyo and King Mswati III of the Kingdom of Swaziland witnessed the signing of the historic bilateral accords after a bilateral meeting in Malacanang. Mrs. Arroyo welcomed the King of Swaziland on his first visit to the Philippines, and...
SC Junks CA Ruling on Foreclosure of 5 Mortgaged Properties
In a decision written by Justice Ma. Alicia Austria Martinez, the SC said that the Regional Trial Court (RTC) and the CA committed an error in stopping the foreclosure of the properties mortgaged by Ta Fa Industries Inc., J & H Industries Inc.,...
Secrets of 'Crystal Skull'
How to write a review without revealing anything of the theme, the plot, the characters, the production design, the directorial style, etc.? So I will just stick to a bit of information that may not have been so easily accessible to Indy's fans,...
Shakey's V-League
Both teams enter an unfamiliar territory as the Lady Eagles and the Lady Falcons step into the championship round for the first time when they collide at 4 p.m., shortly after the battle for third place between San Sabastian and Lyceum at 2 p.m. ...
Solar Likely PBA TV Coveror
"It's 99.9 percent sure," said a PBA board insider who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to divulge details of the deal. "There are some issues being threshed out. But if you look at it, the offer made by Solar Sports is acceptable...
Some Provisions of Muslim Code Are Called 'Non-Islamic'
The respondents said the code bears some provisions which are "non-Islamic." The survey covered the National Capital Region and 10 Mindanao cities and one municipality. The survey considered a Muslim as "influential" if he or she has the natural...
Star-Studded Field Join NCA World Derby
The winner of this championship will receive the Speaker's Cup from Speaker Prospero Nograles Jr. The NCA prides itself to be the foremost and premiere organization in cockfighting, where no less than the who's who in the Philippine gamefowl scene...
Surgeons Laud RP for Banning Kidney Transplants
Transplantation Society, the international organization of transplant surgeons, wrote President Arroyo a letter expressing its appreciation and commendation for the ban. Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza I. Cabral was furnished...
Tarlac Province Marks 135th Year Tomorrow
The activities for the province's anniversary celebration include the search for the "Mutya ng Lalawigang Tarlac" with 16 of the 18 municipalities and city in the province fielding their candidates, the Lola Lakambini ng Tarlac pageant, agri-trade...
The Message of Our Flag
And it defines the nation's sovereignty. Tomorrow, when the nation celebrates the National Flag Day, all this will be elucidated through various forms of commemorations to bring home the point that the flag is the people's national personification....
Villar Proposes No-Fault Insurance for Overseas Workers
The no-fault insurance is traditionally associated with motor vehicles. "In my analysis, the same program can be applied where an illegally recruited OFW can receive direct payment or reimbursed by the insurer regardless of their fault in the incident,...
Winning 'Em Over
In the light of Jason Castro's conscription by the Singapore Slingers for the Australian National Basketball League, it seems several other entities are casting a moist eye on the abundant talent available in the land where basketball has long been...