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 November 12, 2008

2 More RP Netters Ousted
The woes of Filipino netters in the singles event continued as wild card entries Bambi Zoleta and Michelle Pang were overpowered by their respective rivals at the start of the Holcim-ITF Women's Circuit Week 1 at the Rizal Memorial Tennis courts. ...
A Change of Heart
THE historic election of Senator Barack Obama as the first African-American President of the United States gives a new dimension to the worst financial crisis ever to hit America since the great Depression in the late 20's of the last century. That...
Ambassador Kristie Kenney -- a True Friend
ON the recent US presidential election, many were again highly impressed by the speedy count of votes. There's a joke that when a US president met the former President Ferdinand Marcos, he bragged how fast votes were counted in the USA. "A few hours...
Analysis
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's leader said he expects US President-elect Barack Obama to re-evaluate the need for US military strikes on al-Qaeda and Taliban targets on Pakistan's side of the Afghan border. In an interview with The Associated...
Analysis
WASHINGTON -- No matter how people remember President George W. Bush's time in office, let there be no doubt about how he wants to end it: Gracefully. Never mind that Democrat Barack Obama spent all that time during the presidential campaign deriding...
Analysis
WASHINGTON -- Stem cell advocates and researchers are eagerly awaiting the moment next year when president-elect Barack Obama rescinds a directive that limits federal funding of human embryonic stemcell research. The directive was one of President...
Anne Hathaway Uncovers Terrifying Truth in 'Passengers'
First caught the public's imagination when she starred opposite Julie Andrews in "The Princess Diaries" and recently seen in "Get Smart" with Steve Carell of "Little Miss Sunshine" fame, Anne Hathaway returns to the big screen via a horror-thriller...
Around the Nation
Rains continue in Luzon Most parts of Luzon will continue to experience heavy rains today due to tropical depression "Quinta" and an active low pressure area (ALPA), which was expected to develop into a tropical cyclone last night. Philippine...
ASEAN to Tap Savings for Infra Projects
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 11 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian countries plan to set up an infrastructure finance mechanism, the latest move to extend regional cooperation in the face of the global financial storm, Malaysia's deputy prime minister said. Najib...
Binay Declares Bid for Presidency but Says He Will Defer to Erap
Declaring that he is eyeing the next presidential election, United Opposition (UNO) President and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay yesterday said he is willing to lead the rescue of an "orphaned" republic after President Arroyo steps down in 2010. Former...
Bohol Featured in Jiangxi Magazine
The festive parade and street dancing during the First Bohol-Jiangxi Friendship Day celebration last May 8, as well as top tourist draw the Chocolate Hills were featured in the July-August 2008 issue of the Jiangxi Pictorial, a full color magazine...
BPO Firm Expands, to Hire 10,000
Philippine-based Aegis PeopleSupport, now owned by a leading global BPO firm under India's conglomerate Essar Group, is shifting gear as it put emphasis on tapping the growing domestic market to beef up its largely American clientele base and hiring...
Breathing Space
NOTHING lifts the spirit of a harried motorist and eases the burden of a busy housewife than the decreasing consumer prices of everyday fuel products. For sure, the downward trend of basic energy items provides the needed breathing space for everyone,...
CA: Open 4 Camps to Kin Looking for Missing Persons
The Court of Appeals (CA) has reiterated its order to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to open four of their camps in Luzon for inspection by the families of two missing persons suspected to be members...
Daring, Sizzling 'Walang Kawala' Is 'Breaking All Boundaries'
If you saw "Daybreak" and "Ang Lalaki Sa Parola," these movies were described as "wholesome" or "tame" compared to "Walang Kawala," which is said to be "breaking boundaries" for which it's bound to be the year's most-talked about film. The three movies...
Deadline for Local Dumpsites
Secretary Jose Atienza Jr. of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) yesterday said he will file the necessary charges against local government units (LGUs) that refuse to close down dumpsites this month. Last May, Atienza gave...
De la Hoya Trainer Rates Fight as Even
Nacho Beristain believes Oscar De La Hoya doesn't have a big edge over Manny Pacquiao despite the Golden Boy's height and reach advantage over the Filipino southpaw. "Pacquiao is awkward, a difficult fighter to fight and there's no advantage for...
Designers to Help Market Cebu as 'Creative City'
CEBU CITY -- Local designers are banking on the creativity of Cebuanos to actively push the province's creative economy, following the British Council's proclamation of Cebu as the "Creative City" of the Philippines. Jewelry designer Butch Carungay...
Dimasalang Folks Want Probe on Illegal Private Seaport
DIMASALANG, Masbate - Concerned citizens here urged the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to conduct a full-dress probe on the existence of an alleged illegal private wharf here that served as homeport of...
First Gas Obtains $ 544 M in Debt Refinancing Facility
In the face of lingering global credit squeeze, leading independent power producer First Gas Power Corporation managed to close a $ 544-million re-financing facility with nine foreign banks to repay maturing debts. The banks which extended the loan...
Freeze Order vs 3 Investment Firms Issued
The Court of Appeals (CA) has granted the petition of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) as it issued a freeze order on the bank accounts and property of three investment firms and their incorporators. In a resolution written by Associate...
GMA Meets with Pinoys in Chicago
CHICAGO, Illinois -- President Arroyo is scheduled to speak before members of the Filipino American community at a dinner reception "to thank them for their continued contributions" to the Philippine economy on Tuesday night (Wednesday, Manila time)...
GM So Leads RP's Olympic Campaign
Grandmaster Wesley So will be the country's main man as the Philippines starts its campaign in the 38th World Chess Olympiad which comes off the wraps today at the Freiberger Arena in Dresden, Gemany. The 15-year-old So, the country's highest-rated...
Harbour Struggles Past Toyota
Newcomer Mark Barroca and Fil-Am standout Nick Stephens stepped up big in the final quarter as five-time defending champion Harbour Centre escaped past Toyota Otis, 98-93, in the 2009 PBL PG Flex Linoleum Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City....
Highway to Heaven
Every generation of Zambalenos has its own version of what driving from Manila to their home province was like. This writer's late grandfather, a native of San Marcelino in Zambales, usually drove through the old MacArthur Highway. (Photo by Pranz...
House Approves P1.415-Trillion Nat'l Gov't Budget for 2009
The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading last night the proposed 2009 General Appropriations Act granting government a P1.415 trillion budget. The House leadership described the national budget as a "flexible, reform-oriented...
House Panel Starts Probe on Fertilizer Fund Case
The House of Representatives' Committee on Agriculture and Food will begin its own investigation today on the alleged misuse and diversion of P728 million in fertilizer funds to President Arroyo's election campaign in 2004. Committee chairman Rep....
Is BF's Victory in Celebrity Duets Finals a Sign of Better, Bigger Things to Come?
As the song "Corner of the Sky" goes, "Everything has its season, Everything has its time." And last Saturday, Nov. 8, it was definitely MMDA Chairman Bayani "BF" Fernando's season and time when he was adjudged "Celebrity Duets Season 2" winner....
Jinggoy Estrada Pays Tribute to Daboy in 'Magkaibigan'
The Senator's entry to this year's Metro Manila Film Festival is very close to home simply because he has decided to immortalize the beautiful friendship he enjoyed with his brother-like ally, Rudy Fernandez in the movie "Magkaibigan."Sen. Jinggoy...
Major Oil Firms Cut LPG Prices by P6 a Kilo
The country's major oil companies yesterday announced a big rollback of P6 a kilo in the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) products, or P66 for the 11-kilo tank effective 12:01 a.m. today. Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. initiated the big reduction...
Megaworld Income Up 25% at P2.9 B
Megaworld Corporation remains on track for another record year as its net income for the first three quarters of 2008 rose 25 percent to P2.86 billion from P2.29 billion in the same period last year. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange,...
Napolcom Must Exercise Its Power
IT appears that National Police Commission, created by the 1987 Constitution is perceived by some to have become subservient to PNP authorities. Which should not be, as a ground report in Creative Commons (Oct. 17, 2008) states the purpose of its establishment...
NFA Strengthens Buying Palay from Zamboanga Local Farmers
ZAMBOANGA CITY (PNA) -- The National Food Authority (NFA) is strengthening the information campaign to encourage rice farmers to sell their produce to the government's grains agency in line with President Arroyo's continuing program on food security...
Obama & Local Politics
OIL companies announce another P1 per kilogram price rollback in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Thanks but no thanks! Energy Department says it should be P15 to P16 per kilogram! * * * Pres. GMA says earlier the price cut should be more based...
Officials Seek Annual Tobacco Tripartite Meet
VIGAN CITY - Ilocos Sur officials seek the holding of an annual tripartite conference with the National Tobacco Administration (NTA), traders, cigarette manufacturers and tobacco farmers to provide a timely solution to issues and concerns of the industry...
Oscar Blamed Me for Loss to Mayweather -- Roach
Freddie Roach said he got the accusing finger from Oscar De La Hoya himself after the Golden Boy failed to get past Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their money-spinning showdown in May last year. "You know he's always blaming somebody so he can blame me...
P27-M Biotech Lab Up in Mindanao
The Department of Science and Technology (DoST) is establishing a biotechnology laboratory in Mindanao through a P27 million project with the University of the Philippines (UP) in an aim to enhance human resource capacity building in the region - the...
Philippine Collegiate Championship
Letran survived University of Cebu to eke out an 86-76 win and move within a victory of joining the Sweet 16 in the 2008 Philippine Collegiate Championship Visayas interzonal phase Monday at the jampacked Ormoc City Superdome. The Knights started...
Philippine Ship, 23 Crew Seized near Somalia
Suspected Somali pirates have seized a Philippine-flagged chemical tanker with 23 Filipino crewmembers in the Gulf of Aden, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers' Affairs Esteban...
Politics Charged in Bataan Case
Bataan Rep. Albert Garcia yesterday took the cudgels for his father, Gov. Enrique "Tet" Garcia in a privileged speech in the House of Representatives, in which he accused the Office of the Ombudsman of playing politics when it ordered the preventive...
P/$ Rate Closes at P48.85/$ 1
The peso exchange rate closed lower at P48.85 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P48.46 the previous day. The weighted average rate depreciated to P48.804 from P48.492. Total volume amounted to $ 684.26...
Proposed Insurance Cover for P1-M Deposit
Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) president Jose C. Nograles said they fully support Malacanang's proposal to raise the maximum deposit insurance coverage (MDIC) to P1 million per depositor for three years, from the current P250,000, however...
PSC Chief Boosts Mindanao Boxing
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William Ramirez is not wasting any time to begin the revitalization of boxing in Mindanao. Less than a month after he was elected director of Region 11 in Mindanao, Ramirez convened a meeting of boxing...
Puno Acts on 2 Officials' Suspension
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ronaldo Puno ordered yesterday the immediate implementation of the preventive suspension orders slapped by the Office of the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan against Bataan Gov. Enrique Garcia...
RP, Countries with Huge Populations Can Survive Global Financial Crisis
CEBU CITY -- A country with a large population such as the Philippines can tap its human resources to survive a global crisis, an economist said. When a country's export sector is not performing well due to the economic slowdown in another country,...
Sad Day as Laos Scraps Basketball
Laos organizers yesterday officially dropped basketball from the list of events in next year's Southeast Asian Games, ignoring the frantic efforts of the RP delegation to have the game played and dealing a blow to the country's medal campaign. The...
San Miguel Tries to Keep Its Momentum
Its controversial win over Air21 resolved, San Miguel Beer eyes another big win when it plays Coca-Cola today as it intensifies its bid for an outright semis bid in the KFC-PBA Philippine Cup today at the Astrodome in Pasay City. The Beermen, half-a-game...
Senate Orders Dela Paz Arrest
The Senate yesterday issued an arrest order for retired Philippine National Police (PNP) Director Eliseo dela Paz in connection with its probe on the so-called "euro generals" controversy. Senate President Manuel Villar Jr. signed the order minutes...
Shakey's V-League
Streaking Adamson leaned on Janet Serafica's brilliant set plays to down Lyceum, 26-24, 25-16, 25-16, and clinch the second semifinal berth in the the Shakey's V-League second conference at The Arena in San Juan City yesterday. Serafica kept the...
SM Prime Posts P4.7-B Profit in First Nine Months, Up by 9%
SM Prime Holdings, Inc., the country's largest shopping mall developer and operator, posted a 9 percent growth in consolidated net income to P4.7 billion in January to September 2008 over that of last year. The firm disclosed to the Philippine Stock...
Subic Freeport Generates 15,000 New Job Positions
SUBIC BAY FREEPORT - Some 15,330 new jobs were created inside this premier Freeport during the first nine months of the year after the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) approved some 141 new investments projected to pour in more than P11.7 billion...
Taiwan's Former President Arrested on Graft Charges
TAIPEI (AFP/Reuters) -- Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian was arrested on Tuesday as prosecutors sought to detain him in connection with a long-running corruption probe, officials said. Chen, a 58-year-old career lawyer and president from...
The Cleansing of Ten Lepers
Luke 17:11-19 AS Jesus continued His journey to Jerusalem, He traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As He was entering a village, ten lepers met [Him]. They stood at a distance from Him and raised their voice, saying, "Jesus, Master! Have pity on...
Triple Treat
When you say Tagaytay, you think of a great weekend experience just one or two hours away from the bustling metro. (photo by Pinggot Zulueta)Three things also come to mind: year-round cool and breezy temperature, a panoramic view of Taal lake and...
Understanding Diabetes & Its Complications
DIABETES Mellitus is a disease in which blood sugar (glucose) levels are abnormally high because the body does not produce enough of the hormone insulin or the body fails to respond to insulin. When sugar from food is absorbed into the bloodstream,...
US Overwhelmed by Int'l Support for Obama - Kenney
The US government is "overwhelmed" by the worldwide support to Democrat President- elect Barack Obama, US Ambassador Kristie Kenney yesterday said even as she noted that the new leader's failure to take President Arroyo's congratulatory call last week...
Villar Cup 9-Ball Tilt under Way
BACOLOD CITY -- Dennis Orcollo tries to reaffirm his status as the world No.1 cue artist today as he competes in the First Senate President Manny Villar Cup Bacolod Leg, which unfurls tomorrow at the Garden Royal Function Hall of Goldenfields Commercial...