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 December 7, 2008

16 Persons Killed in Paranaque Holdup Shootout
Sixteen persons - including a seven-year-old girl - were killed while at least eight others were seriously wounded when a team of police and military elements engaged a group of heavily armed robbery suspects in a firefight in Paranaque City Friday...
5,000 Filipinos Join 3 M Pilgrims in Arafat Rites Today
About 5,000 Filipinos join today, Sunday, about three million pilgrims in the plains of Arafat, Saudi Arabia, for the "Uqof" (Standing in Arafat), the paramount ritual of the pilgrimage during which they will seek Allah's mercy, forgiveness, and the...
A Class Misses Christmas Gift-Giving
IN a large private school, one theology class began preparation for their annual Christmas party. One student suggested that they could do something more worthwhile by adopting a needy family - buying them clothes, food, whatever they needed - and...
AIG's Collapse Equals Global Bank Run
GOING through materials that I obtained I am writing about the said topic to give my readers a better view of what's going on with the world's economy. I claim no complete credit for this article which I extracted from that written by Porter Stansberry....
Analysis
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - On a trip that was probably her last firefighter's dash into the world's flare-ups, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's emergency diplomacy in South Asia ended without concrete accomplishments. Rice returned to Washington...
ARMM Gets P9.79-B 2009 Budget
Top officials of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have something to be proud about as its P79 billion 2009 budget has been approved. This developed after the Senate in a plenary session approved ARMM's proposed budget for next year....
Around the Nation
Senate approves P1 B for medicine importation The Senate has approved a P1-billion budget for the Department of Health (DoH) for the parallel importation of cheap medicines, an advocacy of Liberal Party (LP) president Sen. Manuel A. Roxas II that...
A Taste of the North
Every day, people hear about the fluctuating prices of vegetables in the local market attributed to several factors--transportation concerns, frost or cold spells, market demand, and seasonality, among others. Indeed, before these greens land in dry...
Big Dubai, China Firms Investing in RP
Two contracting giants in Dubai and China - the Emaar Project Properties PJSC and the China Metallurgical Group Corp. are investing in the Philippines and may prop up mining investments here beyond government's $ 10 to $ 13 billion target by 2010....
Bolante Arrest Order Stays, despite Petition -- Gordon
The Senate's arrest order against former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn Bolante remains fully enforced despite his petition for a writ of habeas corpus before the Supreme Court (SC), the chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee yesterday said....
BPA/P to Scale Down Target If Growth Falls below 30 Percent
The Business Process Outsourcing Association of the Philippines (BPA/P) would be forced to scale down targets if growth this year falls below 30 percent. BPA/P President Oscar Sanez said that growth as of mid this year was placed between 30-35 percent...
Catholics Prepare Themselves for Day of Jesus' Nativity
The Catholic Church observes with great anticipation and hope the Second Sunday of Advent today, 18 days before the celebration of the Nativity of Christ. Priests in purple vestments will focus their readings and reflections on the Gospel of Mark...
Christmas Road Rage
HOW many people will you kill this Christmas? Maybe none. But the coolest of drivers will, sooner or later, snap in the war zone of our city streets. If you drive, and if looks could kill, we could run out of body bags. The major cities, at this...
Coping with the Crisis
THE Congress is now deliberating on the national budget for 2009, in the midst of the greatest economic challenge of our due time. Every week, 80,000 jobs on the average are lost worldwide to the economic crunch. During the month of November job...
Crop Producer Introduces New Flower Variety
Top hybrid crop producer East West Seed has introduced Philippines first commercial tropical hybrid flower varieties targeted at growing markets of landscape contractors, nurseries, and real estate developments. East West Seed Co. Inc. (EWSC) launched...
Crossing the Rainbow Bridge to Odaiba and Entering the Huge Gaping Jaws of the Cold Autumn Weather
If you're a happy camper looking to spend a nice exhilirating day in the freezing cold, then I highly recommend taking a trip to the island park of Odaiba in the Bay of Tokyo. The best time to go would be in the tail end of autumn. That's when Mr....
De la Hoya's Edge
There was a time when basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain seriously considered fighting Muhammad Ali. This was in 1971 when Ali was on the comeback trail after a three-year suspension of his license for draft evasion. The talks went as far as a personal...
Eagles, Archers Set Finals Date
UAAP champion Ateneo de Manila and De La Salle University pulled off similar escape acts yesterday to arrange a championship duel in Fil-Oil Flying V Champions League at The Arena in San Juan City. The Blue Eagles scraped past Letran, 61-60, while...
EEI Wins $ 12-M Project for Qatar Firm
EEI Corporation has acquired a $ 12-million Qatargas 3 & 4 Onshore Project for GAMA Qatar Company under the Chiyoda-Technip Joint Venture for the pipe erection works of inlet facilities. The firm disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE)...
Esperon Says Gov't Forming New Peace Negotiation Panel
TUBOD, Lanao del Norte - The composition of a new government peace panel that will negotiate with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will likely be known by the middle of this month, said Presidential Adviser Hermogenes C. Experon Jr. Esperon...
Global Festival Spawns New Hope for Peace in Mindanao Region
Amidst the ceaseless struggle between the government and the radical terrorist groups in Mindanao, a new hope for peace is dawning in this "Promised Land," as it is often called. This developed after the Global Peace Festival (GPF) was successfully...
He Doesn't Scare Me
LAS VEGAS -- The atmosphere was lively at the 61st floor suite of Manny Pacquiao early Friday night just hours after the Filipino southpaw declared himself fit and ready to take on the challenge of Oscar De La Hoya 24 hours later at the MGM Grand....
Immigration Solutions
On December 1, 2008, President Elect Obama announced his nomination for the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which is responsible for setting, administering and enforcing the United States' immigration policies. Janet Napolitano,...
International Civil Aviation Day
IN a global celebration meant to generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation in the social and economic development of nations and to promote the safety, efficiency, and regulation of international air...
Lapu-Lapu Gov't Extends City's Firecracker Zone
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu - The City Council here has recently approved an ordinance extending the firecracker zone of the city to give way to local manufacturers over the distributors of imported pyrotechnic products. The Council declared that starting...
Luzon Newsbits
Young Bulacan musicians shine at national contest MALOLOS CITY -- Young musicians of Bulacan brought pride to the province when they won various awards in the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) held recently at the Cultural Center...
Mindanao Newsbits
DENR, mining firm to deploy forest rangers BAYUGAN III, Rosario, Agusan del Sur - A mining firm that pledged to continue helping the government in its environment preservation and forest protection has poured another financial assistance by deputizing...
NG Deposits Boost GIR by $ 210 M in November
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP)'s dollar reserves were up by $ 210 million in November to $ 36.16 billion. The amount was deposited by the National Government from its facility from the Asian Development Bank's $ 250-million development policy...
No One to Blame If De la Hoya Loses
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Oscar De La Hoya might have beaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. had he stayed with his jab and found a way to land a left hook or two. He would have beaten Felix Trinidad if he hadn't decided to run instead of fight in the last few rounds,...
No to Con-Ass, Say Philconsa, Erap, LP, CBCP, JIL
The Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) headed by Conrado F. Estrella and Manuel "Lolong" M. Lazaro, chairman and president, respectively, expressed support yesterday for Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile's stance against term extensions...
Pacquiao Eyes History Today
LAS VEGAS - Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao has nothing to lose but everything to gain when he faces the great Oscar De la Hoya Saturday night (noontime Sunday in Manila) at the MGM Grand here. Although De La Hoya has nothing to gain in taking...
Patriarch Alexy II, Head of Russian Orthodox Church, Dies
MOSCOW (AP) - In his nearly two decades at the head of the world's largest Orthodox church, Patriarch Alexy II oversaw a religious revival in Russia and healed a major church rift, but his death leaves a long-running dispute with the Vatican unresolved....
P/$ Rate Stands at P49.08 /$ 1
The peso exchange rate closed at P49.08 to the US dollar last Friday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp., (PDEx). The weighted average rate stands at P49.194. SM Megamall bridgeway opens SM Prime Holdings, Inc. opened the SM Megamall...
Rain or Shine Spanks Purefoods
Rain or Shine overpowered Purefoods, 82-76 at the Astrodome yesterday to extend its winning streak to three and further boost its bid for an automatic semifinals berth in the KFC-PBA Philippine Cup. Rookie playmaker Sol Mercado scattered 19 points...
Revilla Urges Mangroves Rehab
KAWIT, Cavite -- In a bid to create more jobs through eco-tourism, Senator Bong Revilla has urged the protection and rehabilitation of mangroves nationwide. In a message during a program that highlighted the signing of the memorandum of agreement...
RP, ASEAN Urged to Ensure Defensive Measures on Services
A top official of the Universal Access to Competitiveness and Trade (UACT) has urged the Philippines and other ASEAN countries to ensure that defensive interests of their selected services sectors are reflected in their existing offers and commitments...
Second Sunday of Advent: Prepare the Way of the Lord, Make His Paths Straight
ONE of the most important personages of the Advent season is John, the Baptist, the immediate forerunner to Christ. A fierce man with an uncompromising message, John preached repentance to the people in order to prepare the way of the Lord: "...and...
Silence, Please
IN silence there is creativity. No less than the first few words of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, demonstrates the power in silence. As we read the first few verses of the Genesis account, our imagination is unfettered to roam the vast expanse...
Tagaytay's Gains in Bid to Improve Quality of Life Bared at China Forum
TAGAYTAY CITY -- Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino has arrived from a trip in Hangzhou, China where he presented the achievements of his administration in the efforts to promote and improve the quality of life of his constituents. The...
The Greatest 'If'
SOMEONE once said that "the attempt to reconstruct the past on the basis of "ifs" is only a historian's game. Yes, historians and scholars of history love to speculate and to predict what would have been the outturn or consequence if some historical...
The Preaching of John the Baptist
THE beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: Behold, I am sending My messenger ahead of you; He will prepare your way. A voice of one crying out in the desert: 'Prepare the way of the Lord,...
Trade Fair to Form Business Linkages
Young Bulacan musicians shine at national contest DANAO CITY, Cebu - Micro, small and medium enterprises in Cebu's fifth district will now have an opportunity to match their products and skills with local exporters and large companies. Through...
TransCo Concessionaire Readies $ 1.0-B Upfront Fee for Turnover
The consortium-members of the winning concessionaire of the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo) are reportedly finalizing talks with lenders for their $ 1.0-billion financial closing to serve as upfront payment for the turnover of the assets'...
Unsinkable Guam: Key to US Forward Defense
VERY quietly, with little fanfare, the US is building up Guam as the key to its "forward defense" strategy to project American military power in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. Considered an "unsinkable aircraft carrier" as the Subic Naval Base...
Valero Says Pacman Will Stop De la Hoya
LAS VEGAS -- Venezuelan knockout king Edwin Valero, who spent some time sparring with Oscar De La Hoya in Big Bear, said Manny Pacquiao is going to stop the Golden Boy in their scheduled 12-round welterweight war at the MGM Grand. Several weeks...
Visayas Newsbits
Bohol police seeks PDEA accreditation TAGBILARAN CITY - The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) chaired by Gov. Erico Aumentado has sought accreditation of the Bohol Police Provincial Office (BPPO) by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency...