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 July 3, 2009

2 of 3 Robbery Suspects Slain in Las Piñas Police Shootout
Two of three robbery suspects were killed when they engaged in a shootout with the operatives of the Las Piñas police shortly before noon Thursday.The two unidentified suspects were both rushed to the Las Piñas Doctors Hospital...
$450-M Coal-Fired Facility in Sarangani on Schedule
With demand anticipated growing conservatively at 3.0 percent, project sponsor Conal Holdings Corporation (CHC) resolved moving ahead with its original schedule on the planned $450-million coal-fired power facility in Sarangani province in Mindanao.The...
86 Die from Dengue
Nearly 9,000 patients have become afflicted with dengue during the first half of the year, the Department of Health (DoH) reported adding that 86 Filipinos have perished from this mosquito-borne disease in its latest surveillance update on the disease.A...
A Grand Kapuso Fans Day in Cebu
Cebu City – It was another grand event that GMA Network presented to Kapuso fans in this city last weekend. Many of the Kapuso stars (among them Dingdong Dantes, Dennis Trillo, German Moreno, Jennylyn Mercado, Yasmien Kurdi, Nadine Samonte,...
Agriculture in Lanao del Norte
Lanao del Norte is rich in agricultural and fisheries resources. The problem is that although the province is very peaceful, there is that persistent perception by outsiders that the province is war-torn like some other places in southern Mindanao.This...
AirAsia Starts KL-Taipei Direct Service
AirAsia has started direct service from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei with five flights a week.The airline said that the new Kuala Lumpur-Taipei route operated by AirAsia’s low-cost long-haul affiliate AirAsia X, received a remarkable response from...
ARMM Steps Up Halal Development
Efforts in protecting the Muslim consumers from fraudulent halal products while promoting the halal trade program received a shot in the arm as the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) steps up measures through a proposed legal process called...
Asian Markets Mixed after Grim US Jobs Data
HONG KONG, July 3, 2009 (AFP) - Asia's markets were mixed Friday as investor confidence took a blow from worse-than-expected jobs figures out of the United States that suggest a global recovery may not be as close as hoped.Job losses in the world's...
Asian Markets Struggle for Direction Ahead of US Data
HONG KONG, July 2, 2009 (AFP) - Asian markets were mixed Thursday as investors sought firm signals ahead of key US jobs data, while another strong performance in Shanghai raised fears its rally will run out of steam.Wall Street earlier began the new...
A Welfare Service Veteran
Secretary Esperanza A. Icasas-Cabral of the Department of Social Welfare and Development was direct and spontaneous when she declared she had no ambition of running for senator in the 2010 elections.Cabral, a doctor of medicine from the University...
Bangladeshi Man Arrested for Beating Tiger to Death
DHAKA, July 2, 2009 (AFP) - Police in southeastern Bangladesh arrested a man Thursday for beating an endangered Bengal tiger to death after it strayed into a village, a forest official said.The tiger had entered the village in Satkhira, which is close...
Bank Opens Business Center in Cebu
CEBU CITY – In a vote of confidence for Cebu's local banking sector, China Bank opened on Friday its first business center here which is expected to further boost its customer base in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.“Opening our...
Climate Change Shrinks Wild Sheep, Scientists Say
PARIS, July 2, 2009 (AFP) - Climate change has caused a flock of wild sheep on a remote northern Scottish island to become smaller, according to an unusual investigation published on Thursday.The study explains a mystery that has bedevilled scientists...
Cory Restores Old and New Freedom
(Editor's note: President Cory’s graceful manners and honesty had effectively prevented the entry of bearers of duplicity to the Palace as noted by the author.)In any country, the party, faction, column or group that won a revolution could...
Cruising Goes 'High at 10!'
Cruising Magazine, the motor travel magazine of the Manila Bulletin, took motoring adventure to higher ground for its 10th Cross Country anniversary issue with a road series featuring some of the country’s highest and most famous peaks. The...
Davao Council OKs P60-M Calamity Aid for 2 Villages
DAVAO CITY – Members of the city council here approved a total of P60 million in financial assistance to two villages that were declared under a state of calamity following the flash floods that hit the city last Monday night.The villages...
Designers Struggle to Stay Relevant on Planet Paris
Paris—Outside the Rick Owens show, at a large arena here, three young street toughs—a girl and two boys who appeared to be 12 or 13—were jeering at the fashionistas. The girl was especially bold; she would run up to boys...
Different Styles for Different Learners
Pigs are misunderstood animals. Many think of them as portly and stupid, but pigs are naturally lean (unless overfed by humans) and are smarter than any other domestic animal. They are considered by animal experts to be more trainable than dogs or...
Divorce before Wedding
We've been had. The wedding of the millennium, for which we have been waiting for many years, is about to end in divorce – even before the bride and bridegroom can say “I do.”Trouble is, they already said they would. Trouble...
Dollar Gains as US Jobs Report Rattles Markets
NEW YORK, July 2, 2009 (AFP) - The dollar found fresh momentum Thursday after a disappointing US unemployment report sent shockwaves through financial markets, pushing investors to safe havens.The euro was changing hands at 1.3997 dollars at 2100 GMT...
Dominance of 3 Major Iron Ore Producers Harms Shipping Industry
Cosco said the global dominance of the three major iron ore producers “could be very harmful to the industry.”One of Cosco’s senior executives detailed his concerns about the growing shipping power of Vale, BHP Billiton,...
Donovan Blasts Galaxy Teammate Beckham
LOS ANGELES, July 2, 2009 (AFP) - Landon Donovan has issued the Los Angeles Galaxy an ultimatum -- compel English superstar David Beckham to clean up his act or risk alienating Donovan, the club's all-time top active scorer."Let's say he does stay...
DPWH Stops C-5 Work
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Friday it will temporarily put on hold its C-5 road widening project in Old Balara, Quezon City to comply with a status quo order issued by the Supreme Court (SC).In an interview, DPWH-NCR...
Dressed for the Long Road
It is impossible to miss the Isuzu Crosswind. Isuzu’s AUV equipped with SUV amenities is everywhere – in the parking lots of schools, churches, malls and corporate headquarters. Frequent road travelers even see the Crosswind on...
DST Refunds on Stock Trades from Mar. 20
Stock market investors will soon get a refund for documentary stamp taxes paid for their stock trades from March 20, 2009 with the signing of the DST Law by President Gloria Arroyo last June 30.The DST law (Republic Act No. 9648), which exempts the...
DSWD Seeks Increased Budget
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will be seeking an additional P25.7 billion for its 2010 budget to increase its budget allotment for the poor, disadvantaged groups, and distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).The proposed...
Eurozone Unemployment Hits 10-Year High of 9.5 Pct
BRUSSELS, July 2, 2009 (AFP) - The unemployment rate in the 16 euro countries climbed to a 10-year high of 9.5 percent in May as companies cut jobs to survive Europe's worst post-war recession, according to EU data on Thursday.Some 273,000 jobs were...
Facing Serena like Facing Roddick, Says Dementieva
LONDON, July 2, 2009 (AFP) - Beaten Wimbledon semifinalist Elena Dementieva on Thursday compared the brutal serving power of Serena Williams to facing Andy Roddick, the fastest server in the men's game.The Russian fourth seed lost an epic semifinal,...
Finding Time
Dear Ms. Dawn,It was on January 18, 2009 that for the first time I came across your column “It Figures” in the Moms&Babies Section of MB Lifestyle. Your column “Squabble Solutions” caught my attention. I...
Gory Photos to Encourage Helmet Use
Can gory pictures of the aftermath of accidents involving motorcycle riders without helmets persuade others to begin wearing theirs?We’ll find out soon after the Philippine Orthopedic Association and the Land Transportation Office begin a...
Guangzhou to Start Chartered Flights to Cebu Next Week
CEBU CITY – The Department of Tourism (DoT) has confirmed that the much-awaited twice-weekly chartered flights from Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong in China, to Cebu will finally start on July 9, further boosting the vibrant tourism industry...
Guiao Sees Big Potential for Aguilar
Burger King and RP team coach Joseller “Yeng” Guiao said that if Japeth Aguilar could further polish his craft and maximize it well, he could become the most explosive big man in the pro league in the years to come.Guiao is already...
High Stakes
Are you a parent who asks a lot from your child? Perhaps, wanting him or her to always have superlative grades, win academic and athletic competitions, lead the class, be the star of the show, and be the perfect, well-behaved son or daughter? You’re...
Homeless but Not Aimless
For homeless people who worry primarily about finding their next meal for the day, hopping on a plane to travel to another country is certainly asking for too much.But if you are good at playing football, this is not an impossibility.With divine intervention,...
How to Become a Recording Artist
So you have your own songs, your good singing voice and your dreams of stardom. What’s the next step?Put out your album by getting a recording deal or a distribution deal.It’s easier said than done. The music industry is in its...
I Can Run 9.5 Says 'Lightning' Bolt
LONDON, July 2, 2009 (AFP) - Usain Bolt, the fastest man in history, insisted on Thursday he can run the 100 metres in 9.5 seconds -- if he can get back into his gold medal-winning Beijing Olympics form.The Jamaican, 22, also said he had no fear of...
Itochu Aims to Double Grains Handling after 2011
TOKYO, July 3 (Reuters) – Itochu Corp., Japan's fourth-biggest trading firm, aims to double the volume of grains it handles globally when a terminal in the US Pacific Northwest starts operating in 2011, a senior official said on Wednesday.Last...
Japan to Compensate More Victims of 1950s Mercury Disaster
TOKYO, July 2, 2009 (AFP) - Tens of thousands more victims of Japan's 1950s Minamata mercury poisoning disaster may soon qualify for financial compensation under a bill that was being prepared in parliament Thursday.The ruling bloc and opposition parties...
Judicial Integrity and the Rule of Law
(Keynote address during the First Cascading of the Strengthening of the Integrity of the Judiciary (SIJ) Project, Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City, June 25, 2009.)Maayong buntag sa inyong tanan. Mr. Scott Ciment, ACA Midas Marquez, ACA Thelma Bahia,...
LTFRB Reports Low Compliance among Taxi Drivers on Receipt Issuance
The chief of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) admits that there is low compliance rate with the agency’s requirement for cabbies to issue receipts.“Mababa nga eh (compliance). Kaya panay ang pahuli...
Marines Redeploy to Mindanao and Palawan
The Philippine Navy takes its stance in the quest to end insurgency and crush lawlessness violence in southern Philippines with the deployment of a battalion of well-equipped marines, a patrol ship, and three multi-purpose attack crafts (MPACs) to...
Microsoft Adds Selected "Tweets" to Bing
WASHINGTON, July 2, 2009 (AFP) - Microsoft is integrating messages from prominent users of Twitter, the hot micro-blogging service, into the results generated by its new Internet search engine Bing.Microsoft said that it did not plan to index all of...
No. 1
Carlos Philippe Winsett Palanca wants to be the best golfer in the world.Well, at eight years old, he got what he wished for.Philippe is currently the No. 1 golfer in the world in his age category. He won in the recent 2009 Kids Golf European Championships...
No End in Sight to 'Imperialist' Real's Spending Spree
MADRID, July 2, 2009 (AFP) - In one month, Real Madrid has shelled out more than 200 million euros for Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul Albiol and Karim Benzema -- and everything indicates the spending spree is far from over.The splurge, amid an economic...
No Social Acceptability Yet of Baguio Landfill Project
BAGUIO CITY — The struggle of the city government to solve permanently the worsening garbage crisis continues as the proposed sanitary landfill sites in Barangay Sto. Tomas Apugan in this city and in Aringay, La Union have no social acceptability...
Oil Falls in Asian Trade on US Economic Concerns
SINGAPORE, July 3, 2009 (AFP) - Oil fell further during Asian trade Friday as investors continued to fret about the state of the US economy where the jobless rate has surged to a 26-year high, analysts said.New York's main contract, light sweet crude...
Palace Confirms Biopsy
While rejecting reports that President Arroyo underwent removal and replacement of breast silicone implants, Malacañang admitted on Friday she had biopsy to check on the lumps in her breast and groin, which were found to be“benign.”Press...
Pimentel Wants DAR Chief to Clarify Cash Doleouts
 Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr. has called for an inquiry into Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman's distribution of Toyota Hi-Lux pickups for mayors of the second district of Lanao del Sur last June 30 and the donation of an initial...
Police to Get More High-Tech Gadgets
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) announced Friday that the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) has agreed to provide the organization with the communication backbone for their newly acquired BlackBerry mobile phones which...
Poll Automation
The Comelec Advisory Council has spoken – poll automation, and for Comelec to take over from Total Information Management Corp. as the local counterpart of Smartmatic. Yes, Comelec must sue TIM for damages but this can be postponed as it...
Pray for Cory - Bishops
The leadership of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Friday urged the faithful to pray for the health of cancer-stricken former President Corazon Aquino.“Let us pray for our former president Mrs. Cory Aquino. As...
Prophet Rejected
There was once a professor in theology. On his first day, he asked the students to write down what their idea of Jesus was.While going over the papers later, the professor was amused by the many curious answers.* * *There was one that particularly...
Proposed Parking Fees Opposed
A proposed ordinance allowing the Quezon City government to impose parking fees in locations designated as ‘places of special interest’’ in the city drew stiff opposition Friday from businessmen.Edwin Rodriguez, adviser...
Religious Group Cries Foul over GMA Broadcast
“Unfair!” This is how members and sympathizers of religious group Ang Dating Daan reacted to a recent episode of late-night public affairs program, “Case Unclosed” aired on GMA-7.The episode titled, “Brother...
Revilla, Moro Leaders Meet to Ease Tension
Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. sat down with Cavite-based Moro leaders in the senator’s office in Pasay City in a bid to ease the tension that gripped Imus, Cavite in the wake of the June 21 gunfight that killed six...
Rossi Takes 100th Win in Assen
Valentino Rossi wrote another chapter in his extraordinary career in Holland last Sunday by becoming only the second rider in history to reach 100 Grand Prix wins. Thirteen years after his very first victory in 125cc, the Italian took the hat-trick...
RP, 5 Others Form Asean Cage League
The Philippines will take part in the 1st Asean Basketball League — a home-and-away tournament to be launched in October with at least six nations participating each putting up a professional basketball team.The Philippine participation will...
RP Doubles Team Enters Quarterfinal
Kelvin Panganiban and Gabriel Villanueva won twice over two Filipino teams to advance to the quarterfinals of the doubles competition in the Bingo Bonanza Philippine Grand Prix Gold Thursday at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.Panganiban and Villanueva...
Sandugo Awarding Rites Set
CEBU CITY – The Philippine Blood Center will honor and recognize local chief executives in the Visayas who have been consistent in facilitating PBC programs.Dr. Winifredo Pernia of the PBC, who was recently here to announce the Sandugo awarding...
Serve
To be able to put all that knowledge to practical use, as professionals we do need to observe a great deal of personal discipline. We need, above all, a high degree of self-control. We may have our idiosyncrasies and preferences, our tendency to give...
Shaq Seeking to Add 5th Ring with LeBron
CLEVELAND, Ohio (AFP) — Shaquille O'Neal says he wants to play another three years in the National Basketball Association and use that time to help Cleveland win a championship and end the city's title drought.“Win a ring for The...
Standard & Poor's Affirms Stable Credit Rating for RP
HONG KONG, July 3 (Reuters) – Standard & Poor's affirmed the Philippines' foreign and local currency ratings while maintaining a ''stable'' outlook on Friday, citing as factors the resilience of its external position and the strength...
Stars, Politicians Sighted in Tacloban's Fiesta
We had a literal colorful weekend when we attended last Sunday (and Monday) the fiesta celebration of Tacloban City upon the invitation of Mayor Alfred Romualdez and his wife, Councilor Cristina Gonzales Romualdez, thru their kababayan and close friend...
Stars Who Overcame Scandals
After her much ballyhooed sex video, actress Katrina Halili is set to return to TV via the GMA-7 teleserye, “Rosalinda.”Will Katrina be as well-received by the public as she was before the video scandal? Time will tell.The Manila...
Tenacity in Spite of Turmoil
In 1983 Toyota decided to diversify their products, but not simply by adding more products, but by creating a whole new brand to address the luxury segment. Lexus was started in 1989 and its goal was to build “a luxury car to challenge the...
The Question about Fasting
The disciples of John approached [Jesus] and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast [much], but Your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The...
Tiger Answers Kim's Record Challenge to Open PGA National
BETHESDA, Maryland, July 2, 2009 (AFP) - Tiger Woods fired his lowest round in nearly two years, a sizzling six-under par 64, to answer a course-record 62 from defending champion Anthony Kim on Thursday at the PGA National.Korean-American standout...
Troubled Wall Street Faces Critical Earnings Season
NEW YORK, July 2, 2009 (AFP) - Wall Street's hopes for a rapid recovery from recession, muddled by disappointing US labor market data, faces a new test in the coming week with the looming corporate earnings season.The market was hammered by news of...
What Makes a Big Star?
In Philippine television, more often than not, the influx of reality-TV shows in the past that aimed to discovering potential stars has produced winners and a bunch of talents that unfortunately until now never met people’s expectations!It...
What We Should Know about Drug Interactions
Nowadays, many people are talking about prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs that do not need doctors’ prescriptions, and drug interactions.One may ask: what is drug interaction? Contrary to the common belief that drug interaction is...
Wimbledon at Mercy of Williams Sisters
LONDON, July 3, 2009 (AFP) - Venus and Serena Williams clash in a fourth all-sister Wimbledon final on Saturday determined to prove that their domination of the event is not a backward step for the sport's future welfare.Despite 128 players starting...