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 March 11, 2009

100 More Congressmen Proposed
Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile yesterday filed a bill to increase the membership of the House of Representatives from 250 to 350 in order to "ensure proper representation of our people in the legislature" as he noted the growing population of several...
Alleged 'Love Affair' Does Not Excuse Rape - SC
“A love affair does not justify rape...and as wisely ruled in previous cases, a man does not have the unbridled license to subject his beloved to his carnal desires.”With the ruling, the Supreme Court (SC) – a decision...
All's Well That Ends Well for JC De Vera
All’s well that ends well for 22-year-old matinee idol JC de Vera as he celebrated his birthday last March 9 at Barrakz, Tomas Morato, QC, with the good news that with his contract’s automatic renewal clause, he’ll be...
Anti-Mining Organizations Score Approval of Large-Scale Mining Project in Nueva Ecija
Anti-mining organizations yesterday slammed the approval of another large-scale mining project in the province of Nueva Vizcaya.In a statement, the Alyansa Tigil Mina hit the approval of the fourth Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA)...
Army Intelligence Operatives Suspected of Raping and Killing NPA Commander's Daughter Placed under Military Custody
Two Army intelligence operatives suspected of raping and killing the daughter of a New People’s Army (NPA) commander in Davao del Norte last week have been placed under military custody pending a military investigation of the case.In a phone...
Arroyo Signs Baselines Bill into Law
President Arroyo has signed the baselines bill into law to reaffirm the Philippines' territory and establish a basis for its economic and jurisdictional claims over nearby areas like the Spratly Islands, as provided by the United Nations Convention...
ASEAN Girds For
THE ASEAN Summit, hosted by Thailand, which was postponed from December, finally got underway February 26th to April 1st, but not in Bangkok, where supporters of the exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra were still demonstrating. For security's...
Barin Rejects Calls for Her Resignation
Although hurting from allegations of mismanagement and bribery besetting the agency she heads, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chairperson Fe Barin asserted yesterday that she will not resign from office and will continue to do her best as...
Bill Seeking Increase in Number of House Seats Filed
A bill seeking to increase the number of seats in the House of Representatives has been filed in the Senate.Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile formally filed the bill yesterday which seeks to increase the membership at the Lower House from 250 to 350...
Business Option
Studies and actual experience both here and the US show that a huge 90% of SMEs cannot sustain their operations during their first 5 years after launch.Major reasons include lack of study as to the "need aspect" of the business, lack of management...
Cebu, Makati Deep in Debt; Solon Files Bill Prohibiting LGUs from Using Uncollected IRA as Loan Security
The cities of Makati and Cebu, together with other local government units that have been boasting of their wealth were actually among the localities which have been neck-deep in debt and have “mortgaged” future earnings.This reality...
China Protests Baselines Law
The Chinese government protested Wednesday the newly signed Baselines Law that includes contested Huangyan Island and some islands and reefs of Nansha Islands as Philippine territory, saying that such claim is "illegal and invalid."  China...
CHR Forensics Expert Finds "Irregular Entries" in QCPD Autopsy of QC Carnap Suspects
A forensic expert who acts as consultant for the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has found “irregular entries” in the autopsy conducted by Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Crime Laboratory on the bodies of suspects killed in...
Church Leaders, Farmers to Hold Dialogue with Senators on CARPER
Church leaders, non-government organizations (NGOS) and farmers are set to hold a dialogue with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and other senators on Monday (March 16) with regards to the proposed CARP Extension with Reforms or CARPER law.According...
Coal Mine Industry in Visayas Booming
Cebu City – Despite the global financial crisis, the coal mine industry remains vibrant in the Visayas as more investors expressed interest in opening up a coal mine in the region, said the Department of Energy (DOE).Records at the DOE, the...
Construction of Public Crematorium in Quezon City Proposed
Councilor Dorothy “Doray’’ Delarmente of the first district of Quezon City urged the Quezon City Council to immediately approve her proposal to allocate P 25 million for the construction of a public crematorium to cater...
DFA Offers Help to Filipino Couple, Daughter in Japan
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has pledged to extend "humanitarian assistance" to a Filipino couple forced to leave Japan if they decide to be flown back home, a diplomatic source said yesterday.The Japanese government is planning to deport...
DFA to Extend "Humanitarian Assistance" to Pinoy Couple, Daughter in Japan Immigration Row
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has committed to extend "humanitarian assistance" to a Filipino couple who were asked to leave Japan due to illegal staying, a diplomatic source said."The DFA officials expressed readiness to send humanitarian...
DoJ Can't Probe SEC Exec Based on Senate Inquiry
The Department of Justice (DoJ) cannot conduct a preliminary investigation on the allegations against one of the commissioners of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) being dragged into the controversial Legacy investment scam unless a formal...
DoJ Expects Dumlao Extradition by Next Week
The Department of Justice (DoJ) is expecting the extradition of former police Sr. Supt. Glen Dumlao by next week, and just awaiting advice from US authorities, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez said yesterday.  “When we receive the...
DPWH Official Wounded in Slay Attempt
A Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) official was seriously wounded while his two companions were slightly injured when gunmen fired at them while on board a Toyota Fortuner at Bonifacio Drive in Port Area, Manila yesterday afternoon.DPWH...
ECCP Urges RP Gov't to Lift Restrictions in Negative List
Instead of promoting the buy Filipino movement, which is a protectionist policy, European businessmen yesterday strongly urged the government to further liberalize the market by lifting restrictions on the foreign negative list that bans full foreign...
Eraserheads Final Set: Highs and Lows
With the way Eraserheads performed last Saturday night at the MOA concert grounds, the group must have really felt it may be the last time they could ever be together on stage again. The four lads gave their all and the best they could offer as a live...
Fil-Am Netters Open to SEA Games Stint
Fil-Americans Cecil Mamiit and Treat Huey said they are willing to play for the Philippine team in the Laos SEA Games if the Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) will ask them to do so.Mamiit and Huey said that after being assured by Philippine Sports...
Fil-Ams Are Assets to RP Teams
Davis Cuppers Cecil Mamiit and Treat Huey said the inclusion of Fil-foreign athletes in any Philippine team is a smart way to strengthen the team and also as an opportunity for RP-based athletes to improve their skill as they learn from the experiences...
Forgotten Women Fishers
MOST of us do not even know that in Southeast Asia, women artisan fishers are among the poorest and most socially, politically, and economically disadvantaged (or challenged, euphemistically speaking). Currently, 20 to 35 million make a livelihood...
Gordon Claims Poll Automations Law Sufficient against Cheating
Senator Richard Gordon allayed fears that the poll automations law would be susceptible to cheating, saying the measure has enough safeguards to ensure that the computerized elections would be fool-proof to any means of manipulation.Gordon, author...
Happy Earth Hour!
ON Saturday, March 28, when the Philippines joins the world in the observance of Earth Hour for the second time, it is hoped there would be more awareness among the people of the environment that we have often taken for granted in our everyday life.And...
HK Offers Perks to Filipino Fair Exhibitors
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council is extending special packages to first time Filipino exhibitors and buyers to their fairs this year as a way to encourage local firms to promote their products to the world.HKTDC assistant executive director...
In Reality, Unique
HOW we strike a balance between all the facets of our life would make us a unique individual; completely like us, there can be no one else.In the first place, our natural endowments as a person are uniquely ours. Both our spiritual and bodily components...
Int'l Organization Headed by Pinoy Scientist Receives Positive Assessment
An international organization based in India currently headed by a Filipino scientist has received positive assessment on external program and management from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).The International Crops...
Japan Pledges P26 B in New Development Assistance to RP
The Japanese government has committed to provide P26.12 billion to finance three major projects in forestry, agribusiness and logistics under the yen loan assistance program. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said these projects...
Kirin Eyes SMC's Int'l Beer Business
TOKYO (Dow Jones) – Kirin Holdings Co. may launch a bid for San Miguel Corp.’s Asian beer production and sales operations from the later half of this year, after its ¥127-billion acquisition of a 49% stake in San Miguel...
Lapus Tells Dental Colleges to Focus on Oral/dental Health of Public School Children
DENTAL colleges across the country have been urged to give special focus on public school children’s oral/dental health to improve their general health and learning abilities.“Our colleges and universities offering dental courses...
Malacanang Rejects Calls for Resignation of SEC Commissioner
Malacañang on Wednesday rejected calls for the resignation of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chair Fe Barin and other commissioners for alleged incompetence in averting the collapse of a pre-need company but asked investigators...
Mandatory Aftercare Treatment for Drug Victims Pushed
CEBU CITY – The Dangerous Drug Board (DDB) in collaboration with different concerned government agencies in Central Visayas is pushing for the mandatory aftercare treatment of recovering drug dependents (RDD), as aftercare service in the...
Master Rapper Francis M. Laid to Rest
The nation said goodbye to Master Rapper Francis Durango Magalona, 44, yesterday as he was laid to rest at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City. His immediate family, "Eat Bulaga!" family and home network executives, as well as other friends and...
Media Groups Urge PNP to Strictly Enforce 'Police-Line' Policy
Several media groups urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to strictly enforce the “police-line” policy in areas where a crime situation and other emergencies are in progress so as to prevent their ranks and other civilians...
Metrobank Net Profit Dips 37% to P4.4 B
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company reported a 37 percent drop in net income attributable to common shareholders to P4.4 billion last year from the P7.04 billion earned in the same period in 2007.However, Metrobank president Arthur Ty said in a statement...
Nation Says Goodbye to Francis M. Today
Master Rapper Francis D. Magalona will be laid to rest today, six days after succumbing to cancer of the blood at the Medical City last March 6. His remains will be cremated early this morning, then will be brought back to the Christ the King Parish...
NRCP 76th General Membership Assembly
The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) is holding its 76th General Membership Assembly today at the historic landmark Manila Hotel. The theme of this year's assembly is "Science Beyond Science: Bringing Social Dimensions to Basic Research."The...
Ombudsman Urged to Act on SEC Complaints
Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez, with only seven months in office, should moto propio act on the accountability of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) commissioners involved in the bungled handling of the pre-need and investment businesses...
Over 100,000 Pinoy Workers Affected by Global Financial Crisis since October 2008 - DoLE
As the global financial crisis continues to take its toll on the country’s companies, the number of affected Filipino workers reached 104,284 from October 2008 to February this year, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE)...
Over 16,000 Pinoys Register for Overseas Absentee Voting - DFA
A total of 16,555 Filipinos abroad have registered for overseas absentee voting (OAV) for the 2010 presidential elections, majority of whom are staying in the United States, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary...
Peace and Order, Finances Top Mayor Osmena's First Day
CEBU CITY – Mayor Tomas Osmeña spent his first day back in the office yesterday by asking for a briefing on the peace and order situation in the city and the update on the city’s coffers and his pet project, the South...
P/$ Rate Closes at P48.44/$1
The peso exchange rate closed lower at P48.44 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P48.35 the previous day. The weighted average rate appreciated to P48.245 from P48.415. Total volume amounted to $1,116.5...
President Sets Up Bounty System to Hasten Arrest of Media Killers
President Arroyo on Wednesday ordered the police to create "tracker teams" to hunt down wanted suspects behind the spate of media killings and set up a bounty system to hasten their arrest. The President also contributed P2 million to the...
President Signs Baselines Bill into Law
President Arroyo has signed the baselines bill into law to reaffirm the territory of the Philippines and establish a basis for its economic and jurisdictional claims over nearby areas like the Spratly Islands, provided for by the United Nations Convention...
President Signs Baselines Bill into Law (Update)
President Arroyo has signed the baselines bill into law to reaffirm the Philippines' territory and establish a basis for its economic and jurisdictional claims over nearby areas like the Spratly Islands, as provided by the United Nations Convention...
PSC Chief Dismisses POC Threat
Philippine Sports Commission chairman Harry Angping practically dismissed the Philippine Olympic Committee’s threat to severe its ties with the PSC saying the POC can’t go it alone without help from the government agency.In one...
Puerto Rico Advances While Canada, Africans Exit Classic
Toronto (AFP) — Puerto Rico edged upstart Netherlands 3-1 to reach the second round of the World Baseball Classic, a 16-team tournament that nearly has become a humiliation for teams full of Major League Baseball talent.The Dutch beat powerful...
Rehabilitation of the Immediate Vicinity of NAIA Aimed at Attracting Investors
BELIEVING that business generally abhors filthy surroundings, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that the repair, beautification and rehabilitation of the immediate vicinity of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport...
SC Affirms CA Decision regarding Land Occupied by School in Malabon
The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed a 1999 Court of Appeals (CA) decision that upheld the 1986  and 1988 rulings of the regional trial court (RTC) cancelling the titles over the land occupied by the Gregorio Araneta University Foundation (GAUF)...
SC Hands Down Ruling on Property Transfer Dispute
Is there a valid transfer of ownership over three pieces of land to a Filipino by an Austrian who bought them for his Filipina girlfriend in whose sole name the properties were registered?Yes, said the Supreme Court (SC) as it upheld a trial court’s...
SEC Commissioner Says She Will Not Resign
Although she is hurting from allegations of mismanagement and bribery besetting the agency, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chair Fe Barin yesterday asserted she would not resign from office and will continue to do her best as long as she...
Taguig Police Refute PDEA Claim of 'Sleeping on the Job'
Taguig police cried foul over the allegations made by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency that they were inconsistent in dealing with the drug threat in the city, especially shabu, which is openly sold in a sari-sari store packed inside cigarettes.The...
'Taken' Really Gets Its Job Done
Liam Neeson’s “Taken” hit the number one spot in the box office charts when it opened in the US a few weeks ago and has now surpassed the $100 million mark. It’s easy to see why viewers flocked to it. They haven’t...
Talk 'N Text Arrests Skid
Talk ’N Text finally got its offensive game going last night and the Tropang Texters barged into the win column of the Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup with a 133-111 rout of Coca-Cola at the Astrodome.Protecting a two-point lead entering the fourth...
Texting Rates May Fall to 5 Centavos per Message
Cost of text messaging will drop to P0.05 per transmission soon as a result of stiff rivalry among major players of the telecommunications industry, a veteran lawmaker predicted yesterday. Despite this piece of good news coming from Catanduanes...
The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus
JESUS said to the Pharisees, "There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps...
There's No Place like Home - Sheryl Cruz
I’ll never say something that will somehow criticize the father of my daughter,” Sheryl Cruz said during the launching of her album, “There’s No Place Like Home.” “I do not like my daughter...
Transparency Urged in Takeover of Caloocan Mall
Caloocan City Rep. Oscar Malapitan yesterday said the city government is not capable of running the Ever-Gotesco Grand Central; thus, it must allow the shopping mall to be run by retail industry giants after conducting a public bidding for the purpose. Malapitan...
Tune-Up Games to Test Mettle of RP Cagers
Purefoods superstar James Yap is thrilled over the FIBA Asia-bound Philippine team’s forthcoming tune-up games with import-reinforced PBA selections during the All-Star Weekend next month."Magandang konsepto yon," said Yap during a break...
Vegetable Program to Benefit 500,000 Poor Filipinos
About half-a-million Filipinos stand to benefit from a multisectoral initiative spearheaded by the Department of Agriculture (DA), in coordination with Gawad Kalinga (GK), that aims to help end hunger in the country’s poorest and hungriest...
Why People Lose Faith
(Editor's note: Swindling, stealing and cheating are cousins. Investors and depositors cannot hope to recover much as noted by the author.)ALL the headlines, TV/radio report and commentary, and the legion of opinion writers and editorials, without...
Wilma to Annabelle: 'I Don't Hate You'
As of press time, it seems that the friendship of Wilma Galvante, GMA Network’s SVP for Entertainment and Television and Annabelle Rama, talent manager and mother of Richard Gutierrez, one of Kapuso Network’s premium stars, is “beyond...
Women's Month
MARCH is Women's Month and I believe we have good reasons to celebrate this special occasion considering the great strides we have made and have been making in championing the cause of our women who compose about half of the Philippine population.For...
Won't Allow Delays in Legacy Probe, Says DOJ Panel Chief
The chief of the justice panel in charge of investigating the criminal complaints filed against the owners and executives of the Legacy group of companies vowed yesterday to ward off possible efforts by any of the parties to the cases to delay their...
World Glaucoma Day
TO raise awareness of glaucoma and the importance of regular eye exams for early detection to help preserve vision, World Glaucoma Day is celebrated on March 12 each year.Worldwide, glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. As many as...
World Kidney Day
THE observance of World Kidney Day on March 12, 2009, focuses on the importance of reducing the frequency of and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. The theme for this year’s event, "Keep The Pressure Down,"...