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 February 10, 2009

6 Oil Firms Hike Gas Prices, Lower Diesel & Kerosene
Owing it to global price movements, local oil companies raised gasoline prices anew by P0.50 per liter starting 12:01 a.m. today but slashed the cost of socially-sensitive diesel products by P0.50 per liter and kerosene prices lowered by P1.00 per...
80 Policemen Fail Drug Test, Are Dismissed
At least 80 uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were dismissed from the service last year after they were found positive of using drugs during random drug tests conducted on some 25,000 policemen, officials said yesterday. ...
A 'Black' Man in the 'White' House
Barrack Hussein Obama, the new 44th president of the United States of America, is the first colored African American president of the greatest nation on earth. Sixty years ago, his colored father would not have been served food in an American restaurant...
AmCham Urges Passage of 10 Bills
American businessmen are urging Congress to pass some pending bills and for the executive branch to issue the implementing rules and regulations on some laws, which they believe are crucial to the improvement of the country's competitiveness. In...
Analysis
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama showed he is willing to cast aside talk of bipartisanship and flex Democratic muscle to push opposition Republicans out of the way in the battle over a US economic stimulus. Obama began his presidency declaring...
Around the Nation
Feast of St. Scholastica Several educational institutions in the country such as the St. Scholastica's College in Manila will hold commemorative rites today such as triduum masses, novenas, and other religious rites in observance of the feast day...
Australian Fire Zone a Crime Scene; Death Toll Now 171
WHITTLESEA, Australia (AP, Reuters) -- Suspicions that the worst wildfires ever to strike Australia were deliberately set led police to declare crime scenes Monday in towns incinerated by blazes, while investigators moving into the charred landscape...
BFP Seeks Congress Help to Save 8,145 Firemen Jobs
To prevent more than 8,000 seasoned fire fighters from losing their jobs, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is seeking the immediate passage of measures in Congress amending Republic Act 9263, otherwise known as the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)...
BPO Sector Sees 30% Growth Rate in 2009
After failing to hit its 35 percent growth target last year, the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector expects to recover this year with a growth projection of a high of 30 percent to reach $8 billion in export revenues and creating additional...
CA Nullifies P435-M Ruling for Claimants of Commonwealth Road Right of Way
The Court of Appeals (CA) has nullified a Quezon city court's order compelling the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to pay claimants of a 29-hectare property allegedly taken over to be used as road right of way for Commonwealth Avenue...
CEB Hikes Market Share of 45.6%
Low-fare carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) retained its position as the country's leading domestic airline with a 45.6 percent market share in 2008, up by 2.6 percentage points from the previous year's 42.9 percent, according to the combined Civil Aeronautics...
CEB Hikes Market Share to 45.6%
Low-fare carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) retained its position as the country's leading domestic airline with a 45.6 percent market share in 2008, up by 2.6 percentage points from the previous year's 42.9 percent, according to the combined Civil Aeronautics...
Clearing of 2 Flooded Towns Ordered
SANTANDER, Cebu - Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia formed a composite team that is tasked to ensure the immediate clearing of coastal towns in southern Cebu that were devastated by "flash floods" last Saturday. The team, composed of representatives of...
Congress Leaders Agree on RP's Baseline Territory
The proposed baselines bill defining the country's territory has been unanimously approved by the Congress bicameral conference committee, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said yesterday. Members of the committee from the Senate and the House...
Court Drops Kidnapping Case Due to Technicality
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- The Regional Trial Court's (RTC) Branch 62 here dismissed for mere technicality a case for kidnap for ransom with homicide filed against eight individuals in connection with the kidnapping and killing of a businessman who was...
DENR Pushes Non-Contentious Approach
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has recommended a non-contentious approach to Philippines claiming the fishery and oil and gas-rich Kalayaan islands by excluding the notorious islands from its baselines. This without necessarily...
DENR Seizes P2.6-M Illegally Cut Logs in Cebu
CEBU CITY - A special team of the Region 7 office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR 7), in collaboration with its provincial and district offices, apprehended yesterday a shipment of illegal logs from Butuan City on board...
FG Should Talk - Palace Spokeswoman
Deputy Presidential Spokeswoman Lorelei Fajardo said yesterday First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo "should talk" and defend himself from allegations that he was involved in the cartel practices discovered by the World Bank in the bidding for WB-funded...
Giant Dubai Port Operator Keeps Adding Pieces to Empire
DORALEH, Djibouti (AP) - The hulking, modern cargo port unveiled here over the weekend with song and dance honoring Djibouti's Somali and Afar heritage looks out of place in such a hardscrabble landscape. Camels and goats graze on surrounding scrubland....
GMA Calls for Intensified Effort to Place More Workers Overseas
As thousands of Filipino workers face the grim prospect of being laid off due to the global financial crisis, President Gloria Arroyo has called for an intensified effort to place more workers overseas. The Philippines is already one of the world's...
Iceland Firm Ups Equity in Steam Project
Iceland-based firm Geysir Green Energy is poised to hike its equity stake on local renewable energy firm Envent Holdings Philippines to 80-percent from 50-percent it currently holds. Geysir chief technology officer Thor Gislason said the recent...
Kuh Ledesma's Valentine Show 'The Voice and the Violin'
When Kuh Ledesma decides to mount a Valentine's Day show, she puts a lot of effort into making it intimate, meaningful and above all, romantic. That's why Kuh's performances during the month of love have gone down in local concert history as some of...
Laoag City Celebrates Its 44th Charter Anniversary and the 13th Pamulinawen Festival February 10, 2009
TODAY, the City of Laoag observes its 44th Charter anniversary and the 13th Pamulinawen Festival in honor of Saint William, the Hermit, the city's patron saint. It carries the theme "Laoag City: Radiating Rays of Endless Possibilities.'' Laoag was...
Luzon Newsbits
3 killed, 3 injured in La Union accident BAUANG, La Union -- At least three persons were killed and three others were injured in a vehicular accident on the national highway in Barangay Baccuit Norte, this town last Sunday morning. The accident...
Market and Investments
Local shares close higher Local share prices closed 0.5 percent higher Monday as the market continued its rally from last week, dealers said. The composite index rose 8.98 points to 1,951.46 points while the all-shares index gained 0.2 percent...
Mayor Binay's Life Story Now on Film
The colorful life story of Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay has been translated into film and will soon hit the local screens, courtesy of 7101 Islands Entertainment Productions, headed by director-producer Cyril Lorenzana. Entitled "Walang Iwanan, Walang...
Mindanaoans Hail, Push MEDCo's Empowerment, Institutionalization
DAVAO CITY - Mindanaoans such as Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo) Undersecretary Virgilio Leyretana and Attorney Mary Ann Arnado, secretary general of the Mindanao People's Caucus (MPC), yesterday welcomed and hailed the effort to empower...
Mindanao Newsbits
Aussie aid pours in despite kidnappings in Mindanao Officials of the Australian government yesterday assured that the spate of kidnappings in some areas of Mindanao involving Abu Sayyaf bandits and other criminal elements will not affect the implementation...
MSU Officials Seek Funding for Various Livelihood Projects
SURALLAH, South Cotabato - Officials of the Mindanao State University (MSU) urged Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap to fund various agriculture and fishery livelihood projects of the institution worth R315-million in support of Pres. Arroyo's food production...
New Leadership at UNESCO
UNESCO, the United Nations educational, scientific, and cultural organization, was established, by the UN in 1945 "to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science and culture, in order to further...
Nissan to Cut 20,000 Jobs, Sees Annual Loss
TOKYO (AP) - Nissan is slashing 20,000 jobs, or 8.5 percent of its global work force, to cope with what Japan's third-largest automaker expects will be its first annual loss in nine years. "The global auto industry is in turmoil, and Nissan is no...
No Need to Panic, Says DA on Rice Price Hike
Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap yesterday assured consumers that there is no need to panic as rice prices began to rise. Yap, who visited the Mutya ng Pasig market yesterday morning to check on the prices of rice and other basic goods, said the...
Palace Okays Probes of Alleged Cartel Issue
MALACANANG's announced willingness to cooperate in the Senate investigation of alleged cartel practices in the bidding of multi-billion peso World Bank-funded Philippine projects brings new focus to the much-talked about venalities in the high places...
Palafox Projects 72,000 Jobs
After architect of world renown Jun Palafox gave up a US$ 1 million fee late last year, he broke the news to his staff that their 2008 Christmas bonus would of necessity suffer a substantial cut. News last month came as another shock. The Emir of...
PDIC Starts Payout to Legacy Rural Banks
Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC), not waiting for the central bank action on a proposed P14-billion loan, said it will start servicing the deposit insurance claims of the 12 Legacy Group-affiliated banks this week. PDIC announced yesterday...
Peel Slowly and See
Lo-fi has never been this in depth as Prank Sinatra strips down with his newest album The "Peel" Sessions. Who the heck is Prank Sinatra? He is one of the country's best songwriters today. He is our very own purveyor of lo-fi psychedelia in the...
Petilla Goes to Far Villages to Distribute Counterpart Funds
TACLOBAN CITY - The provincial government of Leyte has released P700,000 in counterpart funds for projects of the villages of San Isidro town for implementation under the auspices of the government's Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and...
P/$ Rate Closes at P47.00/$ 1
The peso exchange rate closed higher at P47.00 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P47.195 last Friday. The weighted average rate appreciated to P47.068 from P47.234. Total volume amounted to $ 848.47...
P/$ Rate Closes at P47.00/$1
The peso exchange rate closed higher at P47.00 to the US dollar yesterday at the Philippine Dealing & Exchange Corp. (PDEx) from P47.195 last Friday. The weighted average rate appreciated to P47.068 from P47.234. Total volume amounted to $848.47...
PSA to Honor Donaire
THERE is more to Philippine boxing than just Manny Pacquiao. Nonito Donaire is one of them. Although out of action for almost a year, Donaire still managed to retain his International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight title with a sixth round...
RDC Readies Plan for OFWs Displaced by Economic Crisis
SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union -- The Region 1 Development Council (RDC) chaired by Ilocos Sur Gov. Deogracias Victor B. Savellano is preparing a contingency plan to cushion the impact of the global economic crisis on displaced workers. It was feared...
Revilla Warns MWSS of Public Ire on Water Hike
Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr., head of the Senate committee on public works and services, warned yesterday the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) of the public's outrage over its decision to increase water rates. Revilla said...
RP Sincere in Peace Talks -- Gonzales
DAVAO CITY - National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales, speaking in a consultative forum here on Sunday, confidently assured over 100 Muslim religious leaders of the Philippine government's sincerity in the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation...
Seven Schools
ON 4 February, the City of Manila under the leadership of Mayor Alfredo S. Lim commemorated the 110th anniversary of the tragic Filipino-American War. In that context, it is worth mentioning that on 1 September 1898, less than a month after the mock...
SMC Unit Offers JV for Laiban Project
San Miguel Bulk Water Company Inc. (SMBWCI), a wholly owned subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation, has submitted to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) an Unsolicited Proposal for the $1-billion Laiban Dam Project. In a disclosure...
St. Scholastica
ST. Scholastica, the twin sister of Benedict, was born in 480 in Nursia, Italy. Even at a very young age, she devoted her time to Jesus. When her brother, Benedict, went to Monte Cassino where he established his monastery, St. Scholastica, ruling...
Taguig's Transformation Began with a Personal Sacrifice
ANGEL THOUGHTS " Laws of Lifetime Personal Growth 1. Always make your future bigger than your past. 2. Always make your contribution bigger than your reward 3. Always make your performance greater than your applause 4. Always make your...
Tax Breaks Urged to Promote Job Security
Participants attending a day-long summit in Malacanang reached yesterday a national consensus on measures to support government efforts in promoting job security and helping Filipino workers cope with the global economic crisis. In a Joint Communique,...
The Tradition of the Elders
NOW when the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus, they observed that some of His disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. (For the Pharisees and, in fact, all Jews, do not eat without...
The Young's Role in Nat'l Welfare
IT is really admirable how our young entrepreneurs today have gone beyond just earning money; they have started joining the multitude who selflessly serve humanity. For us in government, they make our work much easier and more enjoyable. I was privileged...
Trash Talker Will Be Punished -Barrios
PBA Commissioner Sonny Barrios yesterday said he will not allow trash talk and taunting to ruin what he described as a beautiful title series between Alaska and Talk 'N Text in the KFC-PBA Philippine Cup. Reacting to Alaska coach Tim Cone's post-game...
Unsolved Crimes in Small Towns
SAN JOSE, Antique - Urban centers can't best small towns as hotbed of violent and drug-related crimes, committed with extreme cruelty. Violent cases According to a local judge, five violent-crime cases in this capital town remained unsolved or...
US Looking for "Greener Ways to Do Business" in RP
Great richness of natural resources comes with great responsibility.With this mantra, the United States government yesterday offered a $73 million in grant funds to support programs on promoting clean environment and renewable energy in the Philippines...
Visayas Newsbits
Aklan's potentials for medical tourism cited BORACAY ISLAND, Malay, Aklan - Aklan Gov. Carlito Marquez has cited the potentials of the province in the promising global medical tourism to attract more international tourists. "Over a five-year-period,...
We Can Play in PBA - Toroman
Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman yesterday said the Smart-Gilas national development team showed that it can play in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). "We didn't expect that we could be competitive. But we were competitive," Toroman said....
Will History Repeat Itself?
HISTORY, to paraphrase Santayana, will repeat itself as in the 1997 Asian financial crisis if Congress and the Executive Department cannot get their act together in view of the worsening global economic recession never been experienced since the 1930s....
Yusoph Still in Limbo over Appointment
Almost one month after he was appointed by President Arroyo on Jan. 12, 2008, Commissioner Elias M. Yusoph remains in a dilemma over assuming his post in the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Yusoph's appointment was issued when Congress was still...