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 August 20, 2009

1,680 Pass Physicians Examination
The Professional Regulation Commission on Thursday announced that 1,680 out of 2,357 examinees passed the Physician Licensure Examination given by the Board of Medicine in the cities of Manila, Cebu and Davao this August, 2009.The successful examinees...
1971 Plaza Miranda Bombing 'A Reminder to Fight for Freedom'
Even as he recalled the travails of the victims of the Plaza Miranda bombing in 1971, survivor and former Manila Mayor Mel Lopez warned power-hungry politicians that Filipinos will not stand for the wanton trampling of democracy and freedom. In his...
Adoption Experts Sign Pact vs Child Trafficking
The Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) has signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation with seven government agencies to stop child trafficking.The memorandum likewise enables the adoption board to investigate and file cases against “child...
AirAsia Starts Direct Flights between Colombo and KL
AirAsia has started its daily direct flights between the two capital cities of Colombo and Kuala Lumpur.Colombo which is AirAsia’s third destination in South Asia will complement the airline's aggressive growth in that market besides feeding...
An Interview with the Best Lennon Impersonator
One of the most unforgettable scenes in the memorable “Forrest Gump” movie was that one featuring the late John Lennon with wife Yoko Ono. Most viewers may have thought that was all camera trick, having both the awkward-but-highly...
Araw Ng Dilaw: 26th Anniversary of the Death of Senator Benigno 'Ninoy' S. Aquino Jr
Eight years before his untimely death, Benigno “Ninoy’’ S. Aquino Jr. wrote a poem in his cell in Laur, Nueva Ecija. The poem starts “I am burning the candle of my life/In the dark with no one to benefit/From...
A Tribute to Ninoy
(Privilege speech of Congressman ANTONIO V. CUENCO, South District, Cebu City, August 18, 2009, in memory of Benigno S. Aquino, Jr.)Mr. Speaker–We mark on Friday the 26th death anniversary of Benigno S. Aquino, Jr.His assassination–on...
Australia Trumpets Record US$41-B Gas Supply Agreement with Chinatwo
SYDNEY, Aug. 20 (AFP) – Australia celebrated the biggest trade deal in its history on Wednesday and said it proved vital ties with China had survived a series of bruising rows.Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said ExxonMobil's US$41.3-billion liquefied...
Authorities Set to Launch Campaign against Loose Firearms in Region 6
Iloilo City (PNA) – The 6th Regional Maritime Office (6 RMO), a support unit under the Philippine National Police (PNP), is set to go full swing with its campaign against loose firearms in Western Visayas.The campaign is in connection with...
Barangays Told to Help BIR Collect Taxes
Fiscal authorities have gone down to the grassroots level in its tax collection drive to help the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) raise more funds and reduce the government’s huge budget deficit.Finance Secretary Margarito Teves urged barangay...
Benpres Sells Stakes in Rockwell Land, Digitel
Benpres Holdings Corporation has raised some P2.16 billion from the sale of its stake in Rockwell Land Corporation and Digital Telecommunications Philippines Inc. (Digitel) as part of its ongoing program to reduce debt by selling non-core assets.In...
Bolt on Verge of History as High-Jump Stars Square Up
BERLIN, August 19, 2009 (AFP) - Sprint king Usain Bolt will launch an assault on his own 200m world record on Thursday as he bids to write himself into the record books while high-jump queen Blanka Vlasic will lock horns with Ariane Friedrich.Bolt,...
Bongbong Tells US: Stop Meddling
The lawmaker-son of the late former Ferdinand Marcos told the United States on Thursday not to interfere in Philippine politics and government, saying the elections are entirely a Philippine affair.Ilocos Norte Rep. Ferdinand “Bongbong”...
Brocade Eyes Local Data Center Market, Bats for Battle-Proof Network Infrastructure
“You do not renovate your data center everyday.”“A network (referring to data center, too) should be battle-proof.”These two mouthful statements were made by Gerald Peñaflor, Brocade regional director...
Chiz Scores Palace on Debts, Says Gov't Pays P1.67-Billion Daily
Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero on Thursday debunked Malacanang’s claim that the Arroyo administration did not rack up debts totaling P2.4 trillion from 2001 to 2005.Escudero said the government is actually paying its...
Culture of Life Heroine
A 35-year-old Filipino nurse, married and a mother of a year-old baby, is waging a battle against the culture of death that has been given a boost by the Obama administration in the United States. In a verified complaint filed with the United States...
DBP Posts P2.47-B Net Income in First 7 Months
Maintaining its strong financial position, Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) increased its net earnings to P2.47 billion in the first seven months of this year from P1.88 billion in the same period last year.“It’s running...
Death Toll in Balabac Firefight Rises to 10
The death toll in the firefight between government forces and Moro separatists on Palawan’s Balabac Island has increased to 10, with the leader of the rogue Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) band among those killed, the military said...
De la Hoya Pays Tribute to Pacquiao
Oscar De La Hoya lists Manny Pacquiao not only as one of the greatest fighters he has fought but the guy with the fastest hands.The Golden Boy, in his weekly blog in on-line edition of The Ring magazine, rattled off the names of Julio Cesar Chavez...
Disruptive El Nino Climate Pattern to Last into 2010
GENEVA, August 19, 2009 (AFP) - The World Meteorological Organization said on Wednesday that an El Nino current now in the Pacific Ocean would probably last into 2010, promising unpredictable disruption to weather around the globe.In June and July,...
DJ Lange Live in Manila!
The makers of the hottest parties, Driven Manila and World Wide Womb spearheaded by Domini Primero and Stephen Ku respectively, proudly present “DJ Lange live in Manila!”From euphoric trance leader to underground dance hero, Lange...
DTI Proposes 3-Yr Gift Check Validity
Retailers and gift check issuers are given until Monday next week to comment on a proposal for a three-year validity period on gift checks purchased by consumers, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Undersecretary Zenaida C. Maglaya said.According...
Federer, Murray, Nadal Advance While Roddick Ousted
CINCINNATI, Ohio, August 19, 2009 (AFP) - World number one Roger Federer, No. 2 Andy Murray and No. 3 Rafael Nadal advanced on Wednesday to the third round of the ATP Cincinnati Masters hardcourt tournament while Andy Roddick was ousted.Federer moved...
First Gen Posts $74-M Consolidated Net Income in First Half, Down 18%
The consolidated net income for First Gen Corporation dropped 17.7-percent, or lower by $16 million during the first half to $74.4 million from $90.4 million in the same period last year.This was on account of lower revenues from electricity sales...
Flour Millers Rule out Further Price Reduction
Flour millers Thursday said that further price reduction in flour prices is remote stressing that wheat prices in the international market have been stable.Ric Pinca, executive director of the Philippine Association of Flour Millers (PAFMIL) said the...
Foreign Shippers Seek to Operate in Local Routes
The Philippine shipping industry is in grave peril because of a hidden danger that lurks in the guise of fair trade and enlightened consumerism.Robert Lim Joseph, chairman emeritus of the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (NAITAS),...
FPHC Posts P896-M Net Income in H1
First Philippine Holdings Corporation reported a strong recover in the first half of the year with an unaudited net income attributable to equity holders of the parent of P896 million compared to the P230-million restated net loss it posted for the...
GDP Growth Shrinks Further in Q2
The Philippine economy continued to limp in the second quarter, hobbled by sluggish growth in the agriculture and services sectors and a likely contraction in the industry, the latest forecast of the National Economic and Development Authority showed...
GMA Gives P273,900 Aid to 186 Families in Lanao
Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Lanao del Norte – President Arroyo recently distributed a total of P273,900 to 186 beneficiaries of the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” or 4Ps in this town.The 4Ps is a poverty alleviation program...
GMA Is No. 44 in List of Powerful Women
President Arroyo has placed 44th in the list of the 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes Magazine.The President, in the last year of her term, dropped from 41st in the magazine’s 2008 ranking of the women who continue to scale heights...
HK Expariates Are Asis's Wealthiest - Survey
HONG KONG (dpa) – Expatriates in Hong Kong are the wealthiest in Asia with more than one in four earning over 250,000 US dollars a year, according to a survey published Thursday.Thirty-nine percent of expatriates in the city of 7 million...
Holidays as Human Right
MILAN, ITALY — Milan is the title and the location of the reel-life love story of Piolo Pascual and Claudine Barreto. This city boasts one of the largest concentration of OFWs. Our consulate general services over 120,000, and counting.* *...
Hunger
On the sidewalk of the street that runs beside Quiapo Church parallel to Quezon Blvd., in the weeks before the February 1945 liberation, there were half a dozen men who lay dying of starvation. They were bloated because of starvation. An exemplary...
In the Future, KKB
Congressmen who traveled with GMA to the US last month will be made to pay P300,000 each for airfare and hotel expenses.Speaker Nograles made this decision to calm the growing public outrage at the expenses.* * *The congressmen have agreed to pay the...
Joyce Bernal Goes Funny in 'Kimmy Dora'
Filmmaker Joyce Bernal can describe the launching movie of Eugene Domingo in a simple Filipino phrase – “buwis-buhay!”In English, “buwis-buhay” can be loosely translated as giving one’s life...
Killing Not the Answer
“War is the greatest plague that can afflict humanity, it destroys religion, it destroys states, it destroys families. — Martin LutherInsurgency in the Philippines, whether it be Muslim separatism, or plain brigandage, or Marxist-inspired...
Lazy Employees to Lose Jobs - Fernando
Subic Bay Freeport — At a speech delivered the other day at the “Liga ng mga Barangay” conference in this premier Freeport, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani Fernando said that if elected...
Lovi Poe on Jolo Revilla: 'We Talk -and There's Nothing to Breakup!'
Young actress Lovi Poe still communicates with actor Jolo Revilla even after reports of their breakup came out.  Lovi told Manila Bulletin Online that she refuses to use the term “breakup” in referring to her seemingly...
Malaysian Firm Reopens Samal Resort
Davao City – Due to the favorable business environment in Mindanao, a Malaysian conglomerate, Ekran Berhad Sdn that owns a chain of big hotels, is set to reopen the Samal Casino Resort in the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos) this year.This...
MECO Steps Up Tourism Drive for Prime Destinations in RP
The Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taipei offers value for money tour packages in partnership with Taiwanese travel and tourism players to propel a tourism industry which has been battered by global financial crisis and the swine flu...
Media, Showbiz Partylist Pushed
An alliance of workers’ organizations in the country’s media and showbiz sectors is pushing for party-list accreditation with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in a bid for a congressional seat in next year’s elections.Disclosing...
More Minors Involved in Crimes, Police Says
The Northern Police District (NPD) on Thursday expressed alarm over the rise of minors being used by suspected criminal syndicates in their nefarious activities like illegal drugs and carnapping activities.This, despite the continuous efforts by the...
MySpace Buying Online Music Sensation iLike
SAN FRANCISCO, August 19, 2009 (AFP) - MySpace on Wednesday announced it is buying online music discovery hotspot iLike and plans to expand the service to other forms of entertainment such as games and films.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed,...
Nation Honors 'Ninoy' on Friday
Even if it’s a red letter day, people from all walks of life will paint the town yellow on Friday as they pay tribute to the late former Sen. Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., who was assassinated 26 years ago while fighting...
NBI Agents Nab Former NPA Hitman
Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have arrested a former member of the New People’s Army (NPA) hit squad in an operation in Makati City, NBI Director Nestor M. Mantaring said on Thursday.Mantaring identified the suspect...
New Test Spots Uterine Disorder without Surgery
PARIS, August 20, 2009 (AFP) - A quick, accurate test has been developed to spot a common condition of the uterus linked to infertility that up to now could only be detected through surgery, a new study has reported.Endometriosis is a chronic gynaecological...
NG Incurs P4.3-B Primary Deficit in First 7 Months
The national government incurred a primary deficit of P4.3 billion in the first seven months of the year on low revenues, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) said.Primary deficit, a set of data monitored by credit rating agencies as they also closely...
NHA Cites Modest Gain in Housing Production
Housing production among the lowest 30 percent of the Filipino urban population increased to 48,280 units, which accounts to 88 percent of the total number of target units in 2008, according to the National Housing Authority (NHA).NHA General Manager...
No Ban to Erap in 2010?
There is never a doubt that legal opinions advanced by both pro and con factions on the contentious issue of whether former President Joseph Estrada can legally run again for president in the 2010 elections are anchored on solid grounds.However, last...
NP Spokesmen Handsome Enough to Be Movie Stars
Senator Manny Villar recently introduced to his friends in the entertainment press the six spokesmen of the Nacionalista Party of which he is the standard bearer. During lunch at the Laurel Mansion along Shaw Blvd. in Mandaluyong City, the former Senate...
Obama Plans to Cut US Deficit to $1.58 Trillion
WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House plans to announce the federal deficit will be about $262 billion less than officials predicted earlier this year, but it still will total a massive $1.58 trillion and pose a tremendous obstacle for a president...
Oh, Matteo!. from Karting Prince to Charming TV Host
In a world where gorgeous hunks are dime-a-dozen, it takes a great deal of substance underneath that pretty face for a guy to transcend modeling and make it in the fleeting world of show business.This is especially true for 19-year-old karting champ...
Oil Firms Cut Prices of Gasoline, Diesel
As debates heat up over calls to scrutinize their books and financial records, the country’s oil companies trimmed down prices by P1.50 per liter for gasoline and P1 per liter for diesel and kerosene beginning at sundown Thursday.The round...
P20-M Marketing Plan Seen to Boost Cebu Export Trade
Cebu City –Cebu exporters will have an added boost soon, with the release of funds starting January, 2010 from the P20-million Sector Export Marketing Plan (SEMP) put together by the Confederation of Philippine Exporter in Cebu (PhilExport-Cebu).The...
Pacquiao as Peace Negotiator
Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao is willing to act as peace negotiator in Mindanao.The pound for pound world champion said he will heed Senator Nene Pimentel’s request for him to head the peace negotiations in Mindanao when the offer is made official.The...
Palace Allays Fears of Philhealth Bust
Malacañang on Thursday assured the public as well as concerned government agencies and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. that there is no cause for worry that Philhealth could go bankrupt in seven years due to government arrears of nearly...
Philhealth Assures It Is Financially Stable
The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) assured on Thursday its members of its financial stability despite the P19.2-billion arrears owed by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).Dr. Rey B. Aquino, president and CEO of Philippine...
PMPC to Hold 1st Star Awards for Music
The Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) will salute the best talents in the  local music industry through the first ever Star Awards for Music to be held on Oct. 29 at the Skydome of SM City North Edsa in Quezon City.The PMPC members, who annually...
Pnb Not Keen on Selling Cebu Resort
Cebu City – Tourism Secretary Ace Durano believes the Philippine National Bank (PNB) will opt to develop the bank-owned Coral Reef Resort, a premier resort facility in Mactan, Cebu, instead of selling it to potential investors.“I...
Police Seize Abortion Pills in Quiapo
The Manila Police District (MPD) said on Thursday they arrested a trader of banned abortion pills during an entrapment operation in Quiapo, Manila last Wednesday afternoon and seized from him more than P200,000 worth of the illicit products.Arresting...
Protecting Data Holistically - Rain or Shine
Whatever the economic climate, recent years have seen explosive data growth from business expansions, mergers and acquisitions, raising the challenge of data protection. In fact, IT analyst firm, IDC, estimates that the amount of digital information...
Russian Team to Train Young Pinay Ice Skater
Philippine ice skating princess Issai Villafuerte is inching closer to her dream of earning the country’s first stint in the Winter Olympics after she was accepted to train with the Russian national Olympic team under the tutelage of Olympic...
Serena, Clijsters, Sharapova Advance While Safina Falls
TORONTO, August 19, 2009 (AFP) - World number one Diana Safina was eliminated while Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Kim Clijsters advanced to the third round of a $2-million WTA hardcourt tournament here Wednesday.France's Aravane Rezai rallied...
Sexy Is Just a Proper Fit Away
Charlene Gonzalez is the first to acknowledge that not everyone has an “hourglass” figure. That’s why the statuesque former beauty queen was more than pleased to be selected as the newest image endorser of ForMe women’s...
Solon Wants P40-B BSP Capitalization Included in Bill on Charter Amendments
Legislators have proposed putting in the P40-billion balance in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) capitalization in the BSP charter, currently being reviewed for amendments in Congress.The proposal will make it possible for the National Government...
Stags Go for 11th Straight
Games on Friday (The Arena)10 a.m. — San Beda vs Mapua (Jrs)11:45 a.m. — Perpetual vs San Sebastian (Jrs)2 p.m. — San Beda vs Mapua (Srs)4 p.m. — Perpetual vs San Sebastian (Srs)San Sebastian College tries to...
Struggling Garcia Not Worrying about US PGA Playoff Chase
GREENSBORO, North Carolina, August 19, 2009 (AFP) - Sergio Garcia has more important things to worry about than the points race for the US PGA Tour playoffs, like figuring out what is wrong with his game.The Spanish star enters this week's Wyndham...
Swiss Agree to Reveal UBS Accounts to Settle US Tax Battle
BERNE/WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (Reuters) – Switzerland has agreed to reveal the names of about 4,450 wealthy American clients of UBS AG to US authorities in a tax dispute settlement that pierces Swiss banking secrecy and now threatens to spill...
Symantec 3-Step Storage Reduction Program Moves Deduplication to Information Source
With deduplication, a popular form of data reduction, generating interest these days among IT decision makers, data storage vendors and customers, expect veteran player Symantec Corporation to be with the lead pack.Take it from its declaration this...
The Greatest Commandment
MATTHEW 22:34-40When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them a scholar of the law tested Him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said...
The Work Doesn't Stop for Jazz Artist Esperanza Spalding
New jazz singer-bass player Esperanza Spalding, who wowed local concertgoers with her radiant singing voice and commanding presence at Sofitel Philippine Plaza last Aug. 15, grew up surrounded by music courtesy of her musician-mother."She used to sing...
Tribomanila Band Hosts a Non-Musical TV Program
Although TV5 has tapped Tribomanila, a five-piece band that fuses electronic dance music and live instruments, to host “Urban Tribe,” it is not a music-oriented show.'Urban Tribe’ follows a magazine format that tries to...
TV5 Aims to Develop Its Own Stars
After proving its worth as an emerging competitor to the two network giants with primetime top-raters like “Talentadong Pinoy” and “Who Wants to be a Millionare,” TV5 gears up to developing its own stars.“Eventually...
Wie Set for Debut as Host US Favored in Solheim Cup
SUGAR GROVE, Illinois, August 19, 2009 (AFP) - Michelle Wie makes her debut for the United States when the 11th Solheim Cup starts Friday with the host holders entering as heavy favorites over Europe in the women's golf showdown.The Americans lead...
Wikipedia Launches iPhone Application
SAN FRANCISCO, August 19, 2009 (AFP) - Wikipedia said Wednesday it has released an iPhone application as part of a drive to open the pages of its revered online encyclopedia to the booming ranks of smart phone users.Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit...