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 19, 2009

Allied Bank Security Chief Insists Top Management Banned Tan Brother from Entering Family Owned Building
It was the top management of Lucio Tan’s bank in Makati City that has officially banned his younger brother from entering the family-owned corporation since January.This is what Allied Banking Corporation’s security chief Christopher...
Ambushed DPWH Usec Dies (Update)
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)  Undersecretary Ramon P. Aquino died this afternoon, Thursday, March 19, the Manila Police District (MPD) said. Aquino had previously survived an ambush by unidentified armed men on March 11 and...
ASG Threatens to Behead Red Cross Hostages
The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has threatened to behead one of the Red Cross staff they have been kidnapped if the Marine commandos will attack them again, prompting the military to reconsider proposal to reposition its troops manning the cordon...
Atienza Aborts IP Uprising in Caraga
 Tribal leaders in Caraga Region representing the Amamanwa and Manabo tribes in the provinces of Surigao and Agusan hailed Wednesday Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Lito Atienza for acting swiftly...
Cebu Animators Seen to Profit from US Crisis
CEBU CITY — A group of animators in Cebu believe the financial crisis that continue to hit the United States will benefit local talents as film industries in the world strongly consider outsourcing some of their operations to cut costs.Cebu...
Channel 7 Disappointed by Pacquiao's KO Punch
GMA Network has expressed its disappointment over the reported decision of Manny Pacquiao to transfer from Solar Sports to ABS-CBN the rights to broadcast his fight with Ricky Hatton on May 2 and his other fights. In a statement yesterday,...
Consumer Group to Protest Proposed Additional Tax on Text Messages
To protest the proposed additional P 0.10 tax on text messages, a consumer group is planning to barrage concerned lawmakers’ mobile phones with “Tax Me Not” text messages to pressure them not to support such bills pending...
Cost Escalation Indices Now Required in Coal Contracts
With the unprecedented swing in coal prices in recent years, most of coal suppliers are reportedly requiring cost escalation indices when they enter into contracts with clients.After a drastic spike to roughly $190 per ton in 2008, coal prices have...
Customs to Employ Non-Traditional Methods, Exert Extra Effort to Meet Reduced 2009 Target
Customs Commissioner Napoleon Morales Thursday rallied district collectors to rise up to the challenge of meeting the bureau's reduced target for 2009, expressing confidence that with the more manageable revenue goal, the bureau will be able to duplicate...
DA to Reform System for Fund Disbursement to Avoid Scams
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has vowed to reform its fund disbursement program and reduce, if not totally eliminate, corruption and waste of people's money.One reform measure the DA has set in place is the creation of national and regional monitoring...
Ex-NBA Player May Join RP Team
The search for a big man to reinforce the Smart-Gilas Pilipinas national team could end this week following the arrival of Chris Taft, a six-foot-10 American who played for the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Taft,...
Financial Meltdown
Two questions we hear are: How will the global meltdown affect the Philippines and how long will it last? For the present, there is minimal effect on this country, because we do not have a large enough industrial sector or a non-agricultural export...
Half a Million Peso Bounty for Info on NPA Commander Daughter's Killers
CAMP PANACAN, Davao City – The City government of Davao headed by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is offering half a million pesos to anyone who could give information that would lead to the arrest of 20-year old Rebelyn Pitao’s killers.The...
It's Official: Jalosjos Is Free
Former Zamboanga del Norte congressman Romeo Jalosjos was “officially” released from New Bilibid Prison (NBP) in Muntinlupa City Thursday, Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Director Oscar Calderon said.“This morning I was...
Lanao Folk Hail P125-M Dike Project
Marawi City — Residents and officials of Lanao del Sur led by Gov. Mamintal Al. Adiong Jr. on Wednesday hailed President Arroyo for approving and ordering the release of a P125 million fund for the construction of a dike that would end decades...
Land Bank Files Plunder Charges against DAR, Meralco Officials
The Land Bank of the Philippines Wednesday filed plunder charges against certain officials of the Department of Agrarian Reform and of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco) for alleged cancellation of the bank’s shares of stock in the electric...
Legacy Head Willing to Plead Guilty to Protect Others
Justice Secretary Raul M. Gonzalez said Wednesday Legacy Group owner Celso de los Angeles Jr. expressed willingness to plead guilty provided members of his family and the firm’s officers are spared from several syndicated estafa charges filed...
Lim to Institutionalize Meetings with Brgy. Officials to Address Constituents' Concerns
Elated by the positive feedback from his previous meetings with barangay chairmen of Districts 3, 4 and 5, Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim said he plans to institutionalize such meetings where the barangay officials can bring their issues and concerns...
Lopez Firm Fights Hostile Takeover of Extelcom
Lopez-controlled Marifil Holdings Corporation, owner of over 46 percent of Express Telecommunications Company, Inc. (Extelcom), intends to continue fighting the hostile take-over of Extelcom, all the way to the Supreme Court.Marifil stated it would...
LRTA Says It Can Meet New Dec. 2009 Deadline for LRT 1-MRT 3 Loop Project
The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) says it can meet the new December 2009 deadline imposed by the government for the completion of the LRT Monumento-Baclaran system (Line 1) and Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) loop project which is five months...
Movie Industry Grateful to Lawmakers
Excessive taxes have always been the problem of the movie industry for a long time now. It’s a fact that among the filmmaking countries of the world, it’s the Philippine film industry that’s been saddled with heavy taxes,...
NPA Burns 8,000 Broilers in Surigao
CAMP RAFAEL C. RODRIGUEZ, Butuan City – At least 8,000 heads of chicken broiler were burned by unidentified men believed to be communist-New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Baranagay Maputi, Tagbina, Surigao del Sur province, a sketchy...
NZ Beckons
“This happy breed of men, this little world, this precious stone set in the silver sea.” — William ShakespeareGreetings: “Kia Ora” is the Maori term for “Welcome.” The Maoris call...
Officials of Gov't Agencies on Pulse Asia's 'Most Corrupt' List React
Officials of government agencies who made it to the  dreaded list of corrupt offices based on the latest Pulse Asia survey results aired varying reactions to the public perception analysis Wednesday.Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., who heads...
Ombudsman Orders Filing of Plunder, Other Criminal Charges vs. Current, Former DoF Officials, Others
The Office of the Ombudsman ordered Thursday the filing of plunder and other criminal charges against 23 former and present officials of the Department of Finance (DoF) and private individuals for allegedly defrauding the government of more than P73...
P368-M Worth of Calbayog Infra Projects Get Funding
CALBAYOG CITY — Some P368 million worth of economic infrastructure projects will be implemented soon in this city as an offshoot of an investment forum held at Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila last week.The biggest finance taker during...
Pandacan Oil Depots Back?
Tension rises in the South China Sea with the Philippines claiming sovereignty over the Spratlys and the Kalayaan Islands.China and Vietnam have lodged protests against the action of the Philippines. If you have any complaints, get a ruling from the...
PDIC Attends to Claims of Rural Bank of Paranaque Depositors
Following receipt of an advisory from the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC), Parañaque City Mayor Florencio M. Bernabe, Jr. has instructed all barangay captains in the city to inform their constituents that claim forms will...
PNP Says Program Will Help Improve Its Image
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday its Integrated Transformation Program (ITP) will be of big help in alleviating the negative perceptions of the police organization as it brushed off the recent survey of the Pulse Asia showing that...
Power Crisis in Cavite Averted
AMADEO, Cavite — The fire that destroyed last Thursday one of the two 300-MVA transformer units at the Dasmariñas power station of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) could have plunged entire Cavite into widespread...
Prices of Vegetables Drop Sharply Due to Oversupply
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Farmers here are grumbling over the continuous oversupply of highland vegetables that causes prices to drop sharply.The oversupply is very much evident at the trading post here where truckloads and truckloads of vegetables...
Proserfina Struggles for Truth and Freedom
Proserfina, the country’s most talked about female character on television today, will keep the viewers’ tears falling as she struggles for truth, freedom and family in GMA-7’s riveting drama titled Carlo J. Caparas’...
Prospective Bidders for 2010 Poll Automation Obtaining Bid Requirements from Comelec
Prospective bidders for the automation of the May 10, 2010 National and Local Elections have started turning up at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office to obtain the necessary bid documents containing the poll body’s detailed...
RP to Ask Proponents of European Parliament Resolution for Explanation
The Philippines will ask for an explanation from proponents of a European Parliament (EP) resolution which urged the government to solve "hundreds of cases of unexplained killings" during the Arroyo administration.Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita...
Salary Loans of Up to P 15,000 for Those Who Lose Jobs Available through SSS
The Social Security System (SSS) will make available P 500 million for salary loans of up to P 15,000 for SSS members who lost their jobs starting January 1, 2009.SSS president Romulo Neri said the P 500 million will come from the Department of Labor...
San Miguel Rolls into 5th Straight Win
Dondon Hontiveros buried a crucial three-pointer down the stretch to help San Miguel Beer beat Sta. Lucia, 98-92, for its fifth straight win in the Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup last night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. With the score...
Senate Wants Its Version of CARP Extension Approved by Bicameral Committee
The Senate will see to it that its own version of the measure extending the 20-year-old Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) will be approved in the bicameral conference committee.Senator Gregorio Honasan, former chair of the Senate Committee...
Spotlight on Text Messaging: Can a Tax Help the Gov't?
A senior opposition congressman Thursday urged the House of Representatives to drop plans to revive a bill seeking to impose new tax on text messaging, saying that Congress should instead train its sights on telecommunications firms cheating the government...
The Legacy Mess
Like Zeus throwing a thunderbolt from Mount Olympus, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile zeroed in on Commissioner Jesus Martinez of the Securities and Exchange Commission. "You're lying here," Enrile told Martinez pointblank Monday last week. "We'll...
Thrill Killers of Valedictorian Caught in Navotas
Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested four members of the notorious “Sputnik Sigue-Sigue” Gang responsible for Sunday’s thrill-killing of a valedictorian student and the wounding of his friend in...
Titans Slaughter Bulls
Burger King coach Yeng Guiao got an advanced present on the eve of his birthday as the Titans snapped a two-game skid with a 123-110 slaughter of his former team, Barako Bull, in the Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup Wednesday night at the Araneta Coliseum.Arwind...
Training Future Leaders
There is a healthy increase of interest in helping high school and university students develop leadership competencies. Youth leadership programs are being sponsored not only by the traditional civic organizations like the Jaycees and Rotary Clubs,...
Transport Strike Protesting LTO's 'New' Fees and Penalties Cripples Davao City
A selected route transport strike staged by transport groups protesting the “excessive” new fees and charges of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) crippled the public transportation system in Davao City.As of noon Thursday, members...
'Tulay Ng Pangulo' Program Boosts Economy of Agusan
Patin-Ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur — The “Tulay ng Pangulo” program in this land-lock province of Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga Region) has contributed much in the full economic development of the area.The “Tulay...
Two Down, 11 to Go in 'American Idol'
Puerto Rican crooner Jorge Nuñez grooved to Michael Jackson's “Never Can Say Goodbye” during the recent performance night of “American Idol” Season 8, which airs on Q Channel 11 on Wednesdays and Thursdays...
Unchecked Drug Problem
Pres. GMA berates anti-drug enforcement agencies anew for failure to trap and arrest suspected drug lords.Bless us, Lord or those drug lords will continue to ruin our lives and country!***The President is mad over law enforcers’ failure to...
Unemployment Data for 2009 an "Underestimation"- IBON
The unemployment data based on the January 2009 Labor Force Survey is likely an “underestimation” of joblessness in the country, which may have already reached at least 4.3 million unemployed Filipinos, think-tank Ibon Foundation...
Villar Bats for More Active Apprenticeship Programs in Public and Private Sectors
To cushion the impact of the global financial crisis, Senator Manny Villar cited the importance of both the public and private sectors to initiate plans to help people get and keep jobs amid massive layoffs.“In this period of economic slowdown...
We Have Live Contract - Solar
Solar Sports is not going to hand Manny Pacquiao to ABS-CBN on a silver platter, for now.Solar Sports Chief Operating Officer Peter Chan Liong said the company will exert everything legally possible to "impose our rights" over Pacquiao, who went on...
Would-Be Holduppers of Taxi Driver Allegedly from Wealthy Families
Four college students including two from Ateneo de Manila University were arrested before dawn Thursday after they attempted to rob the taxi they were riding in inside the University of the Philippines (UP) campus in Diliman, Quezon City.Superintendent...