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 19, 2012

22 Cardinals Join Succession Group
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday brought 22 Catholic churchmen into the elite club of cardinals who will elect his successor, cementing the Italian majority in a future conclave but also giving New York's garrulous archbishop a position...
Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines 25th NationalConference and Silver Anniversary at the Historic Landmark Manila Hotel
MANILA, Philippines - The Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc., composed of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and some local government colleges, is marking twin milestones - its 25th Annual...
A Day-to-Day Log
MANILA, Philippines - January 16 - The trial opens with the defense insisting that the Chief Justice Renato Corona is not guilty of the allegations presented by the prosecution. Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, sitting as the presiding judge of...
Air21 Finally Ends Losing Streak
Game Thursday (Al-Shabab Sports Club Dubai, UAE ) 8 p.m. - Barako Bull vs Rain or Shine Game Friday (Dubai, UAE ) 8 p.m. - Rain or Shine vs Ginebra ANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines - Air21 finally snapped a 14-game losing run by clobbering sister-team...
Amarille Appointed to Peace Body
MANILA, Philippines - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has designated Army Brig. Gen. Roland C. Amarille, who was at the forefront of the disaster response and relief operations, following the devastation wrought by storm "Sendong" in Iligan...
Appeal for Power
BUTUAN CITY, Philippines - An appeal was aired Sunday by the Mindanao business community and the island's 33 electric cooperatives for President Benigno S. Aquino III to look into the power shortage that has resulted in regular and massive brownouts...
Aquino Gov't Sets P5-Trillion Investments Target in 6 Years
MANILA, Philippines - The Aquino administration has set P5.15 trillion investments target within its six-year (2011-2016) term with the government's 13 investment promotion agencies (IPAs) enhancing their marketing programs to attract more foreign...
Arguments for Solar Energy Now
MANILA, Philippines - There are rather very powerful arguments against investing in solar power now. The most immediate need in the electricity industry is to bring the cost of power as soon as possible. The high cost of electricity is usually one...
Asia's Power Grid Talks Start
MANILA, Philippines - A technical committee working group will be discussing the facets of smart grid ambitions of power markets in the region, primarily East Asia and Western Pacific jurisdiction. The National Transmission Corporation (TransCo)...
Avoid Being Hooked by 'Phising'
MANILA, Philippines - Have you ever received an e-mail from your bank or credit card company that looks like the "real thing"? The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas warns the public of circulating e-mails that "phish" from unsuspecting consumers: you...
Aztec Award
MANILA, Philippines - Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario has conferred the Philippine Legion of Honor Award on the surviving members of Mexico's Expeditionary Air Force Unit called "Aztec Eagles" or "Squadron 201," that saw action with Allied...
Bodyguards and Businesses Secure Peaceful Climate in Western Afghan City
HERAT, Afghanistan, (AFP) - Afghan businessman Seros Alaaf paid a $300,000 ransom to free his uncle from the clutches of the mafia who once stalked Herat. Now he takes no chances, with five bodyguards at his side. Recalling the most troubled days...
BSP Closely Monitors Bank Rates
MANILA, Philippines - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has intensified its monitoring of unsafe and unsound banking operations by identifying locations or areas especially outside of Metro Manila where banks seem to be relying on "excessively"...
BSP Mulls New Banknotes Printer
MANILA, Philippines - The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is planning to purchase a second brand new banknotes printer with a budget of P2 billion to P3 billion to replace the 35-year-old printing machines at its Quezon City security plant. BSP...
Canlubang Scores Dramatic PAL Win
DAVAO CITY, Philippines - Canlubang captured its sixth Philippine Airlines (PAL) Interclub seniors golf championship in dramatic fashion Sunday, rallying from 12 points down to win by three at the Apo Golf and Country Club. Tommy Manotoc, the 62-year-old...
Caraga Peace Council Development Agenda
BUTUAN CITY, Philippines - The new leadership of the powerful Regional Peace and Order Council in the Caraga Region (RPOC-Caraga Region) has laid down several programs that will address peace and development in the region. Cooperation, compassion,...
D.A.R. On-Line
TACLOBAN CITY (PNA) - The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) sees faster resolution of agrarian-related cases once its online Legal Case Monitoring System (LCMS) becomes operational. Under this project, Undersecretary Anthony Parungao explained...
Declining Agri Yield Worrisome - Philfoodex
MANILA, Philippines - The yield and export of the world's famous Manila mango has been dwindling over the years in tandem with other Philippines agricultural products and lagging behind other ASEAN countries, a situation that has alarmed leaders in...
DENR Allocates P2.7-B for Forests
MANILA, Philippines - The government has allocated P2.7 billion for the 2012 National Greening Program (NGP) which will fund community-based forest management (CBFM) contracts aimed at providing livelihood to "kaingineros" or the slash and burn-kind...
Diet Soda Tied to Heart Attack, Stroke Risks: Study
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diet soda may benefit the waistline, but a new study suggests that people who drink it every day have a heightened risk of heart attack and stroke. The study, which followed almost 2,600 older adults for a decade, found...
Don't Cry for Me, Argentina
MANILA, Philippines - P-Noy concerned over loss of privacy of Grace Lee's mom - News item. The last person you want to upset is your mom-in-law. Make up your mind: Am I a wimp or a dictator? - President Benigno Simeon Aquino III. "Bewitched,...
Education Center
MANILA, Philippines - Thousands of foreign students are enrolled today in Philippine institutions of learning. The more than 2,100 private and state-run institutions nationwide offering a wide array of English-language courses, an immigration policy...
ESPN Apologizes for 'Offensive' Headline
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - US sports network giant ESPN has apologized for an "offensive" headline that appeared on one of its web pages after Jeremy Lin's New York Knicks suffered a loss after winning seven straight. ESPN was forced to apologize Saturday...
Forfeiture of Chief Justice's Assets 'Premature'
MANILA, Philippines - Defense lawyers described Sunday as "premature" a proposal aired by a legislator to initiate forfeiture proceedings on the alleged unexplained properties and assets of embattled Chief Justice Renato C. Corona. The lawyers reacted...
Francisco Baltazar 150th Death Anniversary
MANILA, Philippines - Today, we remember the life and works of Francisco (Balagtas) Baltazar, Father of Modern Tagalog Poetry. Francisco Balagtas was born on April 2, 1788, in Panginay, Bigaa, which was renamed Balagtas in his honor, in the province...
Friendship Games
GENERAL SANTOS CITY (PNA) - The tourism industry here is expected to grow this year with the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) deciding to let the city host the 7th BIMP-EAGA Friendship Games. This city has...
GMA Expands in Middle East
MANILA, Philippines - Broadcast giant GMA Network, Inc. has launched its third international channel GMA News TV International in the Middle East through its official carrier Etisalat - Middle East's leading Telecom Operator and TV provider. GMA...
Ingram Apologizes to Twitter Followers, Airs Side over Missed Interview
MANILA, Philippines - "Just Once" hitmaker James Ingram apologized for missing Twitter responses and an interview with Boy Abunda supposed to air over "Bandila" on Feb. 15. The international act, in Manila for a concert, gave out tickets following...
Iza Rejects High Profile Date
MANILA, Philippines - Heard that the beautiful Iza Calzado received an invitation from the country's most eligible bachelor for a date but she, in all her wisdom and propriety, politely declined. The invitation, according to our source, was coursed...
Jesus Heals Boy with Demon
MARK 9:14-29 When [Jesus, Peter, James, and John] came to the [other] disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them. Immediately on seeing [Jesus], the whole crowd was utterly amazed. They ran up to Him and greeted...
Kennon Global Marathon April 15
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines - The Kennon Global Marathon an epic race flags off on April 15 along the historic Kennon Road in Baguio City; the country's premier Summer Capital. The race is the toughest yet most scenic of all running events in the country...
Manila's 1645 Most Vicious Earthquake
MANILA, Philippines - Like Japan, the Philippines lies along the Pacific Ring of Fire, stretching 40,000 kilometers (25,000 mi), forming a horseshoe shape arch, starting from New Zealand, northward through the Philippines and Japan, arching along Alaska,...
Mining to Lose Tax Perks
MANILA, Philippines - The government is studying the exclusion of mining operations from the income tax holiday incentives enjoyed by projects listed under the Investment Priorities Program (IPP) as a way of increasing revenue generation from this...
Montano Turns Down OMB Post, Hires New Manager
MANILA, Philippines - JUST A THOUGHT: Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. - H. Jackson Brown Jr. * * * MONTANO TURNS DOWN OMB: "Hitman" actor-director Cesar Montano has politely turned down an appointment by President Noynoy Aquino naming...
NEDA Sees Robust Manufacturing Growth
MANILA, Philippines - Socio-economic Planning Sec. Cayetano W. Paderama Jr. is expecting a significant growth for the manufacturing, food and electronic sectors in the second half of 2012 as election spending starts providing an impetus up to the 2013...
No Regrets for Dustin Hoffman
LOS ANGELES - An HBO Original Series brought us to this City recently. Among them is "Luck," topbilled by Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman alongside Nick Nolte and Dennis Farina. "Luck" premieres Monday, Feb. 20, in Asia. Most of the roundtable interviews...
North Harbor Gets P570-M Facelift
MANILA, Philippines - Manila North Harbor Port Inc. (MNHPI), a joint venture of businessman Reghis Romero II's Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc. and Petron Corp., is investing P570 million for the modernization of north harbor, the first concession...
Nothing Wrong to Speak against Corona - Aquino
MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno S. Aquino III said Sunday that there is nothing wrong in expressing his opinion on impeached Chief Justice Renato C. Corona amid calls from senator-judges for the two of them to end their word war. "I think...
Pangasinan Athletes
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan - The province's athletes have started to prepare for the much- awaited Palarong Pambansa 2012 where the province will host the biggest sports event by showing their physical prowess and competence in sports in the 6th Pangasinan...
Philippine Primary?
MANILA, Philippines - Here in the USA, the Republican primary battle is heating up with Mitt Romney ahead in the race, garnering the biggest number of delegates by virtue of his wins over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania Senator...
Philippines A 'Strong Performer' in Environmental Policies
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippines ranked 42nd among 132 countries as a "strong performer" in environmental policies, outranking Australia, United States, Singapore, and Bulgaria, in the latest biennial Environmental Performance Index (EPI) conducted...
Progressive Cebu
MANILA, Philippines - This week I visited Cebu to attend to some personal business. As I moved around in the Metro area, I noticed how Cebu was full of people, how the streets were congested with traffic, and how progressive it had become. First...
PTI Urges Synchronized Investment Policy
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Tobacco Institute (PTI) is urging cabinet members to align their economic efforts with the policy of President Benigno Aquino III to encourage more investments particularly in agriculture rather than impose new...
Ravishing Homage to Filmmaking Art Weaves Magic Spell about Life Inside A 1930s Train Station
MANILA, Philippines - Wouldn't you shed a tear (or two) should you hear about a boy who's been left in a train station and now lives there, awaiting the uncle who abandoned him? Never mind that the terminal stands as one of western Europe's most magnificent...
Reorganization of BoI, PEZA Pushed
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Finance (DoF) said yesterday that it wants to rationalize the government's two incentive granting bodies to eradicate their "built in conflict." Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima said in an interview with...
Saipan-Based OFW to Get Benefits
MANILA, Philippines - The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said Sunday that a Filipino migrant bartender in Saipan who was found dead after she was reported missing for two days is entitled to all benefits accorded to her as an active...
Scottish Firm to Launch 2nd-Generation Tidal Power Technology Here
MANILA, Philippines - Scotland-based firm Nautricity will be introducing in the Philippines its second generation technology which will harness tidal resource for the generation of electricity. The company will be joining a delegation from the United...
Short Supply
MANILA, Philippines - Common housewives, everyday workers, and even plain students were expectedly disturbed by the terse announcement a fortnight ago. What was it? Canned sardine manufacturers had made it known that they were increasing the price...
Spurs Stop Clippers in Overtime
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gary Neal went from butterfingers to brilliant in a span of 3.8 seconds, hitting a tying 3-pointer late in regulation and a go-ahead 3 in overtime. Neal and Tony Parker helped the San Antonio Spurs hold off the Los Angeles Clippers,...
Stars Sing, Fans Grieve for Whitney
NEWARK, New Jersey (NYT) - The guest list and the parade of limousines with celebrities emerging from them seemed more suited to a red carpet event in Hollywood than to a gritty stretch of Sussex Avenue near the James M. Baxter Terrace public housing...
Tawi-Tawi Pushes Socio-Economic Plan
BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi - The provincial government of Tawi-Tawi has intensified its socio-economic agenda and infrastructure support programs aimed at attaining the much-needed development for the province, and to set free its constituents from the bandage...
Valenzuela City Opens New P13.6-M Shelter for Abandoned Street Children
MANILA, Philippines - Abused and abandoned children in Valenzuela City are given better living conditions in the "Bahay Kalinga ng Valenzuela" which is replacing the old center occupied by the city's street children. City Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian...
Vintage Enrile at Impeachment Trial
MANILA, Philippines - He can stare down his colleagues and make pronouncements on various issues without batting an eyelash. At 88, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, the presiding officer in the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato C. Corona,...
World Day of Social Justice
MANILA, Philippines - To encourage support for international efforts in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment, gender equality, and justice for all, World Day of Justice is observed on February 20 each year. Initiated by the United...