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 July 9, 2009

$1-M Coal Ash Deal Sealed
Cebu City – The Cebu Provincial Government has sealed a $1 million coal ash dumping deal with Korean Electric Corp. (Kepco) SPC Power Corp. that would allow Kepco to dump its coal ash into the government-owned 25-hectare Balili Resort in...
3 'Pool Players' Busted in Visa Scam
The Japanese Embassy in the Philippines foiled an attempt by three Filipino women who applied for visas saying they were professional billiards players.The Games and Amusement Board (GAB) learned of the attempt from the Japanese embassy who called...
4th Suspect in Priest Slay Falls
Talisay City, Cebu – Police Thursday arrested in a Cebu island the fourth and last suspect in the robbery-slay of a Catholic priest here, successfully ending two days of pursuit operations to bring all the suspects behind bars.Elements of...
A Blueprint for Nation-Building
(Speech delivered at the induction ceremonies of the United Architects of the Philippines, June 29, 2009.)I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to the newly-inducted officers of the United Architects of the Philippines. Let me also thank...
ABS-CBN Airs UAAP on High-Definition
Philippine sports finally enter the digital era as ABS-CBN begins its high-definition (HD) test broadcast of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines’ (UAAP) basketball games this Saturday and the National Collegiate Athletic...
American Football: McNair Killed by 'Out of Control' Mistress, Police
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 8, 2009 (AFP) - Former American gridiron star Steve McNair was asleep on the sofa when he was shot dead by his young mistress in a murder-suicide last weekend.Nashville police confirmed Wednesday that Sahel Kazemi, 20, killed...
Annabelle Spills the Beans on Ruffa-John Lloyd
Actors John Lloyd Cruz and Ruffa Gutierrez have constantly denied that there is romance between them.But leave it to Annabelle Rama, Ruffa’s mother, to unwittingly disclaim their statements.“Payo ko lang kay John Lloyd, 'Dong, napakatapang...
Another School in Baguio Suspends Classes Due to Rise in A (H1N1) Cases
Baguio City — The continuing increase in the number of students manifesting flu-like symptoms prompted the administration of the Baguio City National High School (BCNHS) to suspend regular classes in its main campus until July 15, 2009.The...
Antipolo Employees Urged to Work Hard
Antipolo, Rizal — Antipolo City Mayor Nilo Leyble showed that he was not about to tolerate indolence or apathy in public service as he exhorted City Hall employees to work hard and live up to the public trust by serving the residents to the...
Armstrong: Can He Still Climb?
PERPIGNAN, France (AP) — In less than 48 hours, Lance Armstrong will have answered the last unresolved question about his capacity to win an eighth Tour de France: Can he still climb?The 37-year-old American is second overall, but about to...
Artest and Ariza Trade Teams, Wallace off to Boston
LOS ANGELES, July 9, 2009 (AFP) - Volatile forward Ron Artest and rising star Trevor Ariza traded teams Wednesday and Shannon Brown signed on for another year with the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.The Lakers officially welcomed Artest from Houston...
Bananas
To say that you are going bananas means that you are getting crazy. And a banana republic is one in which the people have no say. But bananas are a cure for many illnesses including insanity and bananas may be the savior of this country. We cannot...
Battle of Personalities
FEARLESS forecast:From a field of l9 aspirants, the race for the presidency will narrow down to four candidates, to wit, Manny Villar, Noli de Castro, Mar Roxas, and Loren Legarda.A battle of personalities, not political parties.***Lakas-Kampi is thinking...
Bombers Battle EAC for Lead
Games Today (The Arena, San Juan)10 a.m. — Angeles vs Mapua (Jrs)11:45 a.m. — EAC vs JRU (Jrs)2 p.m. — Angeles vs Mapua (Srs)4 p.m. — EAC vs JRU (Srs)Jose Rizal University, last year’s runner-up, guns...
Brazil Legend Pele Says Nigeria Can Reach World Cup Final
LAGOS, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Brazil football icon Pele said that Nigeria's Super Eagles can surpass the 1990 and 2002 feats of Cameroun and Senegal and go all the way to the finals of the 1st FIFA World Cup to be staged in Africa.  ...
Britain's Prince Charles Warns of Evironmental Doom
LONDON, July 8, 2009 (AFP) - Britain's Prince Charles warned Wednesday of environmental catastrophe, saying the world must "urgently confront" pressing green issues to avoid destroying "our children's future."Charles, the heir to the throne, warned...
BSP Issues Currency Notes with Overprints of 60-Year Central Banking
Central banking is a function directly linked with the development of our economy and our nation. It is appropriate therefore that we commemorate this milestone. Central banking started in 1949 when the Central Bank of the Philippines (CBP) started...
Caticlan Airport Only for Small Planes
Cebu Pacific has suspended all of its direct flights to the island of Boracay after the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) shortened the landing capacity of the Godofredo P. Ramos Airport in Caticlan, Aklan.Following the landing accidents...
CBCP to Elect New Set of Officers
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will elect its officers on Saturday, July 11, and on Sunday, July12.Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, CBCP public affairs head, said the new CBCP president, as well as the head of three...
Celebrating as a Barca Fan
As a former resident of the beautiful city of Barcelona, I am still euphoric about the historic treble that the football club FC Barcelona achieved during the 2008-2009 Season. No other Spanish team, not even the great Real Madrid, has ever won the...
Chiz Fears Humanitarian Crisis in Mindanao
A lawmaker urged the government Thursday to divert shipments of imported rice to Central Mindanao to augment food relief operations after the United Nations’ World Food Program halted its operations in Mindanao due to the series of bombings...
Coming Persecutions
Matthew 10:16-23Jesus said to the Twelve, “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. But beware of people, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues,...
Cory Recovers
Former President Corazon Aquino is slowly recovering and starting to eat solid food, a congressman and a family relative revealed Thursday.Although the Aquino and Cojuangco clans remained mum on the condition of the former president who is confined...
Davis Cup Tennis: Spanish Go for the Kill against Germany
PARIS, July 9, 2009 (AFP) - Title-holders Spain are going for the kill as they tackle old foes Germany in their Davis Cup quarterfinal tie in the cauldron of a Marbella bullring starting on Friday.The Spaniards will be without star player Rafael Nadal...
DENR Orders Confiscation of Silver Jewelry Cleaners
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered the confiscation of silver jewelry cleaners containing cyanide, noting the “extremely high risk” it poses to public health.The move is in line with the enforcement...
Different Kinds of Learning Styles Defined
It is said that learning styles are the characteristic, cognitive, affective, and psychological behaviors that serve as relatively stable indicators of how learners perceive, interact with, and respond to the learning environment.With this in view,...
DOJ Junks Gutierrez's Libel Case vs. PEP
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed the libel suit filed by actor Richard Gutierrez against entertainment website Philippine Entertainment Portal (PEP) for lack of probable cause.The DOJ’s resolution was handed down the morning...
DTI Directed to Go Full-Blast on Trade Liberalization Pledges
Malacañang has directed the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to go "full steam ahead" in the country's trade liberalization commitments saying that delaying trade liberalization would only penalize local consumers and manufacturers.Jose...
Evergreen Marine to Decommission 31 Ships from Fleet
TAIPEI (Dow Jones) – Evergreen Marine Corp. will decommission 31 ships through 2013 by scrapping vessels and returning chartered ships to their owners, Evergreen Group public relations official Katherine Ko said Wednesday."We hope to mitigate...
FDCP Represented the Country at 12th Shanghai Film Festival
The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) represented the country at the recent 12th Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) which gave focus to the French new wave cinema, Chinese classic films after liberation and honored the films...
Finally, IBM Issues Full Statement against GSIS
At the height of its dispute with GSIS and even when it decided to file a P200-mllion libel case against the pension firm, IBM Philippines has been tight-lipped in making public statements as regards its disagreements with GSIS. But this week, the...
Ford's CBU Exports Fall 8% Due to Slump
Exports of completely built-up (CBU) packs of Ford Group Philippines, the country’s lone volume CBU exporter, has declined 7.9 percent in the first five months this year as the global financial crisis has adversely affected the automotive...
Formula One: Button Promises to Bounce Back
NURBURGRING, Germany, July 9, 2009 (AFP) - Drivers world championship leader Briton Jenson Button is confident he can bounce back to top form in this weekend's German Grand Prix.After a disappointing outing in his home race at Silverstone last month,...
Globe Data Center Achieves Two ISO Certifications
Globe Data Center has achieved an ISO 27001:2005 certification for having met the Information Security Management System (ISMS) standard and it also recently received an ISO 9001:2008 certification upgrade for meeting the Quality Management System...
Good Health and 'Full Alert'
Doctor says Pres. GMA is “in the pink of health” but military and police declare “full alert” vs terrorists and bombers.The President is in good shape...but we are still in trouble!***Asian Hospital and Medical...
Google Aims at Microsoft's Heart with PC Operating System
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Google's personal computer operating system will fire a shot at the heart of rival Microsoft and move their escalating battle further onto Internet turf, analysts said Wednesday.Google says it will launch "Chrome OS" by the middle...
Gordon: Rival Candidates Campaigning 'Scandalously'
Independent Sen. Richard J. Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, charged on Thursday that his potential presidential rivals in the 2010 presidential election are prematurely campaigning, ‘’scandalously’’...
Grooming: Age Management 101
Men are fast becoming attuned to the necessity of age management skin regimens as they grow more concerned about their facial features as well. But where to buy, and what anti-aging products to use? Only a handful of brands saw this lucrative market,...
Gun Amnesty in October
President Arroyo has designated the entire month of October this year as the period of the final gun amnesty of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the last opportunity for gun owners to register their firearms before a nationwide crackdown on unlicensed...
Helterbrand Injured, Kings Lose
It was both a day to remember and a day to forget for Barangay Ginebra point guard Jayjay Helterbrand last Wednesday.Helterbrand was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2008-09 season, but a left hamstring injury forced him out of play during the...
HP Simplifies Server Virtualization Deployments
“Suddenly, the technology is there!”That is how Deane Hornsby, regional product marketing manager for LeftHand Storage Solutions, HP Asia Pacific and Japan, summed up HP’s new shared storage solution within a virtualized...
'Ice Age 3' Dawns at P36.5 M in Just 3 Days
The iciest event of the year “Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” caved in at a thrilling P36.5 million nationwide in its first three days of release since it opened last July 3 (Friday) in Philippine theaters.With its three-day-weekend...
IMF Projects Stronger 2010 Recovery from Global Recession
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday raised its outlook for the global economy in 2010, but said recovery from the worst recession since World War II would be sluggish.The IMF boosted its 2010 global growth forecast to 2.5...
In Jackson Finale, Seeds of Rehabilitation
LOS ANGELES, July 8, 2009 (AFP) - The global send-off for Michael Jackson was not just a goodbye. The lavish tributes may have also planted the seeds for the next goal in the King of Pop's career: rehabilitating his image for posterity.The Jackson...
In the Shoes of Dyan Castillejo
She sits beside and banters with Manny Pacquiao and other superstar athletes as if they’re family. She goes kayaking and mountain climbing as regularly as social butterflies go to the salon.She is almost always there where important events...
Jackson Did Not Deny His Black Heritage: Doctor
LOS ANGELES, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Michael Jackson's dermatologist denied on Wednesday that the entertainer was undergoing skin lightening out of a desire to deny his black heritage, according to local media reports.The doctor also said he never gave...
Jackson Doctor Denies Drug Link after Tributes
LOS ANGELES, July 8, 2009 (AFP) - A dermatologist linked to the investigation into Michael Jackson's death denied giving the star dangerous drugs on Wednesday as mystery shrouded the King of Pop's final resting place.As the dust settled on an emotion-filled...
Jackson Skin Doctor Denies Giving Star Drugs
LOS ANGELES, July 8, 2009 (AFP) - A dermatologist linked to the probe into Michael Jackson's death on Wednesday denied giving the star illegal drug prescriptions and said he was not the father of the singer's children.Arnold Klein told ABC television's...
Japan's Ishikawa in Awe of British Open
TOKYO, July 8, 2009 (AFP) - Japanese teenage star and high school pupil Ryo Ishikawa said on Wednesday he feels the weight of history as he heads to "the birthplace of golf" for his British Open debut next week.The 17-year-old, who missed the cut at...
La Salle Rookies May Play Big Role for Team
With JV Casio and Rico Maierhofer having graduated already, some new names will try to shine for La Salle in the coming UAAP tournament.Who will rise to the occasion will be known on Saturday when the Archers face the University of the East Warriors...
LPGA Players Hope Strife Doesn't Distract from Open
BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania, July 8, 2009 (AFP) - American Cristie Kerr doesn't believe the possible strife between LPGA players and embattled commissioner Carolyn Bivens will be a distraction at this week's US Women's Open."Let's talk about the Open this...
Making the Illiterate Adult Feel like a Winner
One of the greatest challenges English teachers and tutors have when starting to teach illiterate mature students and adults - who lack self esteem and confidence because of their limited literacy and language skills - is to convince them that they...
Meralco Sees Solid P15-B Net Profit Rebound This Year
Utility giant Manila Electric Company (Meralco) will be in for a dramatic rebound with forecast income of P13 billion to P15 billion this year, a prospective financial feat that will re-position it again as the power industry’s ‘crown...
Michael Jackson Butter Statue Churns Debate in Iowa
WASHINGTON, July 8, 2009 (AFP) - When officials announced that a butter sculpture of Michael Jackson would feature at next month's Iowa state fair, they churned up such a fierce debate that they're now trying to, well, moonwalk their way out of it."We've...
Microfinance Risk Factors Shift - Survey
NEW YORK, July 9 (Reuters) – The global financial crisis that developed in rich nations is leaving practically no corner of the financial world unscathed, including microfinance, the small-scale financial services offered to the world's poor,...
MJ Farewell Sends Worldwide TV Viewing to a Halt
The paradox of death is that sometimes it is more celebrated than life.If the overwhelming display of love and admiration for Michael Jackson during his funeral early Wednesday (Manila time) translated into tangible changes, then the King of Pop may...
MMDA Plans Use of Concrete Barriers for Bus Lanes
Observing that bus drivers still get out of the yellow lanes, which is one of the main causes of traffic breakdowns on EDSA, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) plans to install concrete dividers along the entire stretch of the Metro...
MNTC Installs Weigh-in-Motion at NLEX
To boost its anti-overloading drive, the Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC) has acquired Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) system, a state-of-the-art device that measures truck weight without stopping the vehicle.MNTC, the builder and concessionaire of North...
' My Friend Toto'
About two years ago, Filipino academicians especially in UP Diliman became excited about an outstanding State University alumnus being named “Scientist of the Year’’ by no less than Harvard University. This was indeed...
MYMP Performs at Manila Ocean Park's the Bandstand
MYMP (Make Your Momma Proud) is the special guest performer of The Bandstand (Manila Ocean Park Band Showdown) today (July 10) at 7 p.m. Bannered by Juris Fernandez and Chin Alcantara, MYMP will surely draw the crowd as they perform songs from their...
Natural Luster and Elegance
It is definitely fitting that our country is called the “Pearl of the Orient Seas.”  We are known worldwide for our pearls, more so the golden variety of these exquisite, natural gems.  For nearly 30 years, Jewelmer,...
No Quick Ending in Honduran Crisis
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Honduras' ousted leader says he's not here to negotiate but to arrange his return to power. Coup leaders insist his reinstatement is not negotiable.And even the host of Thursday's talks sought to dampen expectations...
Ochoa Aims to Reclaim Dominance
BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania (Reuters) — World number one Lorena Ochoa preaches patience but the Mexican said on Wednesday she was eager to resume her accustomed dominance of the LPGA Tour.Ochoa, who has ruled the women’s tour the last...
PAFMIL Signals P20/bag Price Hike
Flour millers said prices of locally milled flour will have to increase by as much P20 per bag due to the imposition of the three percent import duty by the Bureau of Customs.Philippine Association of Flour Millers (PAFMIL) executive director Ric Pinca...
Phelps Headed for Rome after Two Trials Victories
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, July 8, 2009 (AFP) - Michael Phelps booked two World Championship berths Wednesday, but his victories in the 200m freestyle and 200m butterfly at the US trials left the Olympic swim star hungry for more.Phelps, who won both events...
Philtrust Bank Inaugurates Las Piñas Branch
Philtrust Bank, also known as Philippine Trust Company, will inaugurate and bless on July 10, 2009, its Las Piñas Branch located at Philtrust Building, Alabang-Zapote Road, Almanza I, Las Piñas City.Reverend Father Eric Salazar,...
Pinoy Scientist Factory
The government’s effort to develop a critical pool of scientists has become more aggressive with the establishment of more science schools across the country.Apart from the nine campuses of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) nationwide,...
Poll Contract Inked Today
Only a temporary restraining order from the Supreme Court (SC) can stop Friday’s scheduled signing of the poll automation contract between the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and winning bidder Smartmatic Corporation/ Total Information...
RP Cuppers Get a Crucial Break
The Philippines’ Davis Cup campaign received a boost Friday following the withdrawal of Pakistan No. 1 Aisam Qureshi in their Asia Oceania Zone Group II tie starting today at the Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) indoor courts in Paco,...
Ryan Eigenmann Is 'Bente's' Mr. 110%
Mel Chionglo’s “Bente” may provide a snippet of the socio-political scenario of the country today with regards to graft and corruption, extra-judicial killings and activists, and more but what the film boasts of, interestingly...
Sacada among TOSP Winners
Bacolod City — A sacada has proven that poverty is not a hindrance to success.Carlos R. Gerogalin, Jr., who supported himself through college after his father passed away three years ago, has been named one of the Ten Outstanding Students...
Satur Hopes Talks Will Solve Rights Problems
The decision of both the Philippine government and the communist rebels to return to the negotiating table came as welcome news to left-leaning members of Congress.Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo, head of the eight-member “progressive bloc”...
Security Is Ermita's Sole Turf
Malacañang Thursday said Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita will be the point man authorized to speak on the security situation of country as it activated its Anti-Terrorism Task Force to address and look into the spate of bombings in troubled...
Senate Honors Firemen
The Senate has passed a resolution giving commendation to the officers and personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) District 3, San Dionisio Fire and Rescue Group as well as various civilian fire volunteers in recognition to their quick response...
Sen. Enrile's E-Load 'Stolen'
“Hell hath no fury like an Ilocano conned!”A fortnight ago, the No. 3 highest official of the land was seething in anger. And the object of his fury were mobile (wireless) phone companies. Business writers call them “Telcos.”Senate...
Software Firm Seeks Bigger Local Mind Share for Its IT Mgmt Tool
Although its clients include some of the largest corporations in the Philippines, US-based software maker Compuware is looking at increasing its “mind share” here in the country in a bid to compete with the likes of tech giants...
Spanish-Italian Consortium Bags Panama Canal Project
PANAMA CITY, July 9 (Reuters) - A consortium led by Spanish company Sacyr Vallehermoso and Impregilo of Italy submitted the best bid on a contract for the largest chunk of a project to expand the Panama Canal, the Canal Authority said on Wednesday.The...
Swimming: Peirsol Breaks 100m Backstroke World Record
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, July 8, 2009 (AFP) - Olympic champion Aaron Peirsol reclaimed the 100m backstroke world record Wednesday with a time of 51.94 seconds, re-establishing himself as the man to beat at the World Championships this month.Peirsol,...
The Superstars Whose Passing Mobilized the Masses
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - After Elvis Presley, Princess Diana and Egyptian diva Oum Kalsoum, the sudden demise of pop icon Michael Jackson is the latest tragedy to prompt an outpouring of mass mourning.As Los Angeles prepares for the funeral of Jackson shortly...
The Trip to Egypt
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo accepted the invitation of Egypt President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak to the 15th Non-Aligned Meeting (NAM). She will bring home the bacon… or whatever is halal.* * *The summit venue, Sharm el Sheikh, is the...
Tour De France: Cancellara in Yellow, Victory for Voeckler
PERPIGNAN, France, July 8, 2009 (AFP) - Thomas Voeckler handed the hosts their first reason to celebrate on this year's Tour de France when he claimed his maiden victory from the race's fifth stage here on Wednesday.Saxo Bank's Fabian Cancellara retained...
Tour De France: 'Cav' Misses out, but Tightens Green Jersey Grip
PERPIGNAN, France, July 8, 2009 (AFP) - Britain's Mark Cavendish tightened his grip on the Tour de France green jersey on Wednesday despite losing out on the chance to claim a third stage victory on this year's race.Cavendish, who stylishly won stages...
Tour De France: I've Nothing to Hide from Testers, Says Armstrong
PERPIGNAN, July 8, 2009 (AFP) - Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong insisted he has nothing to hide after being routinely drugs tested immediately after finishing Wednesday's fifth stage here.Cancer-survivor Armstrong was whisked away...
Tour De France: Rogers Patient, Silence Await 'Attacking' Evans
PERPIGNAN, France, July 9, 2009 (AFP) - Australian Michael Rogers will head into the sixth stage of the Tour de France on Thursday fully expecting the battle for the yellow jersey to soon move up a gear.But while Columbia's second-in-command has for...
Tributes Leave New Mystery over Jackson's Final Resting Place
LOS ANGELES, July 8, 2009 (AFP) - After tearful final tributes to Michael Jackson from his children and friends, fans of the King of the Pop faced a new mystery Wednesday over where his final resting place would be.The death certificate released by...
Unioil Eyes Regions for Lube Expansion
Unioil Petroleum Philippines Inc. is bringing its lubricants expansion program further into the regions, primarily targeting Southern Tagalog, Bicol, Northern Luzon, Western Visayas and Mindanao areas.The company admitted its lubes expansion program...
'What We Need Are Believers'
If you think men’s fashion is all about rehashing past trends or tweaking conservative styles, then you haven’t seen modern menswear by new and upcoming designers like Jerome Lorico. At the recently concluded Philippine Fashion...
WHO Lauds RP Handling of Flu
The World Health Organization (WHO) commended the Department of Health (DoH) for its efficient detection and management of the Influenza A (H1N1) and cited the satisfactory laboratory performance of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM),...
Will Automation Stop Electoral Fraud?
One of the two major electoral worries expressed by Filipinos appeared to be answered.Last Friday, feuding partners Smartmatics Consortium and the Total Information Management Corporation (TIM) buried their differences and will implement a fully automated...