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 20, 2009

Actress Dies after Ski Fall
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — Award-winning actress Natasha Richardson, a member of Britain's Redgrave acting dynasty, died on Wednesday at age 45 after a suffering a severe brain injury in a skiing accident in Canada earlier this week.Richardson...
AFP Repositions Troops in Sulu
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has started repositioning its troops manning the cordon against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Sulu, in compliance with what has been agreed upon by top security officials in exchange for the release of one...
AFP Seizes Armed Cache after S. Mindanao Gun Battles
CAMP PANACAN, Davao City – Combat maneuvering battalions of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) seized war materials during a series of gun battles in the past two days in Southern Mindanao, said Public Affairs Office chief of 10th...
AIG CEO Asks Employees to Repay Some Bonus Money
Washington, March 19 (Reuters) – The head of AIG said he was trying to prevent the company from collapsing when he allowed the payment of $165 million in bonuses that have stoked outrage stretching from the White House to Main Street.Edward...
Arum Says Solar Owns TV Rights
Top Rank chief Bob Arum said yesterday that Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao has seen the light and will honor his contract with Solar Sports, a development the Hall of Fame promoter said would bring tranquility and order back into his training...
Bagasse-Fired Power Plant Approved
The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) granted a Certificate of Compliance (COC) to the San Carlos Bioenergy Inc. (SCBI) for its bagasse-fired cogeneration power plant.A COC is required before any generation company can commence commercial operations....
Case Challenges Constitutionality of EO 418
The Supreme Court (SC) has allowed a used vehicle importer and trader to intervene in a case challenging the constitutionality of Executive Order No. 418 that imposes an additional specific tax on the importation of used vehicles.With the ruling, Northeast...
Christian-Muslim Solidarity in Aid of Development through Social Justice
(A speech by Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno at the University of Asia and the Pacific on 19 March 2009)Ambassador Jose V. Romero,Atty. Jose Malvar Villegas, Jr., Friends:Let me clear the deck by thanking Ambassador Romero and Atty. Villegas...
Coscolluela, Peping in Equestrian Showdown
Rep. Carrissa Coscolluela will challenge incumbent Philippine Equestrian Federation president Jose 'Peping' Cojuangco Jr. when the national sport association holds its election on March 31. Although the date of election is being disputed by...
DBP Extends P5.75-Billion Loans to Socialized and Low-Cost Housing
The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) has provided a total of P5.75 billion in loans to socialized and low-cost housing while continuing to explore ways of addressing the housing backlog in the country, particularly in partnership with various...
Exclusive Wards for Senior Citizens in QC Public Hospitals Pushed
An ordinance has been proposed to require public hospitals in Quezon City to provide ward sections for the exclusive use of the senior citizens.With an estimated half a million registered elderly in the city, councilor Janet “Babes’’...
Female Cadet Tops 2009 PNPA Graduates
A daughter of a police colonel topped this year’s 304 graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA), the first female cadet to graduate as valedictorian since the schooling for future police officials became a four-year course...
Fighting the "War among the People"
(A speech by Gen. Alexander B. Yano, Chief of Staff, AFP, at the PHILCONSA Membership Meeting on 17 March 2009)Minister Estrella, Justice Lazaro... the numerous leading lights of this prestigious association, including the Director General of the Philippine...
God Forgives; Sin No More
According to a Jewish legend, when God was about to create man, he consulted the angels that stood about his throne."Create him not," said the angel of Justice. "For he will commit all kinds of wickedness against his fellowman; he will be hard and...
Going to Court Is Last Resort - Solar
Filing a case against Manny Pacquiao is Solar Sports’ last resort.“We just want the best for Manny Pacquiao,” said Solar Sports Chief Operating Officer Peter Chan Liong, a few hours before he flew to Los Angeles to meet...
Health Officials Monitoring the Effects of Cheaper Medicines Law
Health officials announced that they are monitoring the effects of the cheaper medicines law on the prices of insulin and drugs for cancer, diabetes, asthma, common infections, and hypertension; saying that the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) scheme may...
Is There a New Day for Us?
(Editor's note: Most of us, especially taxpayers, deserve a break from life’s darker side as noted by the author.)In less than three months – January, February, and March, 2009 – most of us were forced to witness the darker,...
Japan Business Mood Hits Record Low
Tokyo, March 19 (Reuters) – Japanese manufacturer sentiment hit a record low and looks set to stay low, a Reuters poll showed, as the spreading pain of the global economic malaise reinforces fears of a long and deep recession in the world’s...
Lacson Ready to Defend Self
Saying he is ready to defend himself, Senator Panfilo Lacson reiterated he had no motive at all to have publicist Salvador “Bubby" Dacer killed and insisted the supposed affidavit of former Senior Superintendent Cezar Mancao II could be part...
Marines Clash with Armed Kidnappers; 1 Dead, 5 Wounded
Marine commandos clashed with a group of armed men holding a lending employee hostage in Sumisip, Basilan, resulting in the death of a soldier and wounding of five others, a military spokesperson said. First Lieutenant Steffani Cacho, spokesperson...
Medal of Valor Awardee Found Dead in Landfill
The Philippine National Police (PNP) confirmed that the cadaver discovered in a landfill in Rodriguez, Rizal last Monday, March 16, belongs to Police Officer 2 Jamaron Sandag, a police medal of valor awardee who earned the moniker “Liberator...
'Moving On'
“We have to move on,” said Romeo Jalosjos, former congressman convicted of statutory rape, on the day he was set free, just as the furor over Nicole/Smith the previous day kicked in.We? Mr. Jalosjos and Nicole? Mr. Jalosjos and...
Municipality Calls for Province-Wide Campaign against Destructive Fishing Practices
The relentless drive of the municipal government of San Francisco, Quezon against destructive fishing practices may be showcased in other parts of the province to start a province-wide campaign against illegal fishing."We must inform the entire province...
NAIA Officials Directed to Participate in Paranaque in River Cleanup
As the country observes the World Water Day on Sunday, Presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change Secretary Heherson Alvarez directed the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) officials to fully participate in the cleanup of the...
NCRPO to Construct Housing for Policemen in Taguig
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) announced yesterday that it will start the eviction of illegal settlers on the parcel of land it owns in Taguig City next month to give way to the construction of housing units that will benefit at...
Northern Mindanao PNP Needs 125 New Policemen
Camp Alagar, Cagayan de Oro City – The regional command of the Northern Mindanao Police Regional Office 10 announced that the various provincial and city commands spread all over the region needed new 125 policemen.  PRO...
Overstaying Police Chiefs May Be Retained upon Mayor's Request - NPD Director
A police chief who has served more than two years in a city may be retained to his position upon request of the mayor, Chief Superintendent Eric Q. Javier, Northern Police District (NPD) director, said Thursday."It can be, there is nothing impossible...
PAGC to File Administrative Charges vs. Prosecutors Who Dismissed "Alabang Boys" Cases
President Arroyo ordered the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) Friday to file administrative charges against the prosecutors who dismissed the drug cases against the so-called "Alabang Boys" allegedly after receiving bribes, upon the recommendation...
Pakistan Wants Neutral Site for Davis Cup Tie
The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) has protested the decision of the International Tennis Federation to move its Asia-Oceania Zone Group II tie against the Philippines for same reason why the event was moved from Lahore to Manila – security...
Peace Negotiations with MILF to Resume Soon
Peace negotiations between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the government will resume soon, with the Philippine panel vowing to negotiate “within the legal and constitutional parameters” this time. In a recent...
Project Aims to Make Kawit, Cavite Next Ecotourism Site
The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD) is funding a research project which aims to make Kawit, Cavite the newest ecotourism site nearest to Metro Manila.PCARRD is one of the five sectoral...
Provision for Compulsory Acquisition of Private Lands Restored to CARP
Congressmen and senators agreed yesterday to restore the compulsory acquisition of private agriculture lands as a component of the proposed five-year extension for the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. Albay Rep....
Quarrelsome Speculations
Speculations that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is maneuvering to keep herself in power beyond 2010 persist amid Malacañang’s patent ambiguity in its denials.And that’s the problem because while her spokespersons...
Rabies Cases in RP Decreasing
Rabies incidence in the Philippines is decreasing but it is still ranked the sixth among the countries with the highest number of rabies cases in the world, the Department of Health (DoH) disclosed Friday.Health officials announced that the top five...
RP Holds China's Words
For a nation that has no jet fighters, there's no choice but to take China's word for it that the forays of patrol boats in the disputed Spratly Islands are "not belligerent."Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said Friday the Philippines holds on to China's...
RP May Not Meet 8-Point Millenium Dev't Goals in 2015 - JICA
Izumi Murakami, chief advisor of JICA’s Maternal and Child Heath Project in Biliran and Ifugao, said the lack of effective and sustainable implementation of health programs on the grassroots level, particularly in poor rural areas in the...
SC Asked to Re-Freeze Bolante Accounts
The Supreme Court (SC) has been asked to stop the implementation of a Court of Appeals (CA) ruling that denied an extension to the freeze order on the 24 bank accounts of former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante.In...
Sense of Ownership
A center for governance and leadership should spread a sense of ownership to every one within the governance unit.We all should make the strategy map our very own. The board or the council may have formulated and formally adopted it. It may have been...
Shabu Raid Yields P200M Worth of Illegal Drugs
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) of Taiwan have intensified the relentless drive against transnational crimes with the discovery of shabu warehouse that led to the arrest of three foreign...
Slain DPWH Undersecretary's Projects to Continue
Even as they mourn the death of their ambushed colleague, officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) were compelled Friday to gather for an emergency Management Committee (MANCOM) meeting to ensure that the projects being supervised...
South Korea to Increase Labor Quota for Pinoy Workers under EPS
South Korea will increase its labor quota for Filipino workers with the renewal of the Employment Permit System (EPS),  a government-to-government hiring scheme between the two countries, a labor official said  Friday.Labor Assistant...
Story Behind Nicole's Recantation
Senator Francis Pangilinan who filed a resolution which seeks to abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement says that he cannot blame Nicole for abandoning her search for justice. It is the justice system that failed us. Many Filipinos, like Nicole had...
Survey Firms "(Promote) Culture of Negativism and Cynicism" - Conti
Survey firms in the Philippines are “promoting (a) culture of negativism and cynicism instead of spreading (a) message of hope,” a former official of the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) and the Presidential Commission...
Suspected Pirate Boat Intercepted off the Shores of Sultan Kudarat
Operatives of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) arrested a boat captain and his seven crew members after intercepting Thursday their watercraft off the shores of Sultan Kudarat, which led to the confiscation of a firearm and ammunitions.  ...
Teves Pushes Sale of PNOC-EC Stake, FTI
Finance Secretary Margarito B. Teves said Thursday it was crucial that government asset sale amounting to P21 billion will be transacted by the end of June to finance more funding requirements and to plug the budget gap.“We’ll try...
Titans Maul Tigers
In a fiery display of offensive might, save for one light moment in the third quarter last night, Burger King waylaid Coca-Cola, 127-109, at the Araneta Coliseum to cement its hold on third spot in the Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup. Gary Davis led...
US Federal Reserve Bolsters Its Arsenal in Economic Struggle
Washington, March 19 (AFP) – The Federal Reserve, unwilling to bet that an economic recovery is taking hold, has dramatically boosted its arsenal against the crisis with a pledge to pump another $1.15 trillion into the financial system.This...