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Sunday, November 30, 2008

December 1, 2008 Major Newscast

Big cooking gas price cut in Dec.

Big 3 oil firms open to BIR auditing

The "Big Three" oil firms have agreed to open their books of accounts for the scrutiny of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the House of Representatives said.

Transport groups ready to cut jeepney fares by 50 centavos

Bongga nga X'mas party gidili-DepEd

Gwen nahiubos sa taga City hall

Santiago asks Glo: Suspend Cha-cha

Push Cha-cha and you'll see people dancing on the streets--in protest, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago warned President Arroyo.

Two bishops continue anti-Glo tirade

Bonifacio Day with anti-Chacha rallies

Militant groups marked Bonifacio Day with demonstrations in the different parts of the Metropolis to protest moves to amend the Constitution.

Estrada: Only change in leadership can address poverty, hunger in RP

Deposed President Joseph Estrada said the only remedy to poverty and hunger in the country is to replace the present administration.

Inequalities deprive RP kids of education - UNESCO

Hundreds of OFWs in Macau laid off

More overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were laid off from their jobs due the global economic crisis.  About 12,000 OFWs could be laid off.

UK adopts points-based visa system

Tax take stays flat, making RP's spending hike difficult

Tax collections for the past three years remained flat, making it difficult for the Philippines to increase spending to further stimulate the economy.

Arroyo to leave for HK Monday

Following her week-long trip to Peru, President Arroyo is set to leave Monday night for Hong Kong to attend the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting in Hong Kong.

MILF protects marijuana farms--Sotto

Dangerous Drugs Board chair Vicente Sotto III has accused Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels operating in the Lanao provinces and in Bukidnon of engaging in "narco-terrorism."

Peacekeepers leave Mindanao
The remaining Malaysian peacekeepers, who had been ensuring the success of the ceasefire between government troops and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, left Mindanao on Sunday, as talks for the extension of the International Monitoring Team's tour of duty will start in December yet.

3 suspected Kato followers arrested

Funds for Thai repatriation
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the release of an initial $15,000 on Sunday to cover the emergency repatriation of some 500 Filipinos stranded in Thailand's main international airport.

Long way home for Pinoy in Thailand

Stranded for days now due to the ongoing seige of two Bangkok airports by Thai protesters, more than 500 Filipinos are finally coming home Monday night, but it will be a long trip back home.

51 protesters wounded in Bangkok explosions

BANGKOK (AP) – At least 51 anti-government protesters were wounded in several explosions early today, raising fears of widening confrontations in a standoff that has strangled Thailand's economy and shut down its airports.

Thai crisis heightens with new rallies

ASEAN Solon favors delaying summit

With only about two weeks to go before the scheduled 14th ASEAN Summit in Thailand and with that country still in the midst of political unrest, ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuwan has said he is in favor of postponing the gathering.  Thailand's foreign minister said Sunday the kingdom may have to postpone a regional summit until March as anti-government protesters continue their occupation of Bangkok's two airports.

Officials quit over India attacks

Obama to nominate Clinton Monday

Democratic officials say President-elect Barack Obama will nominate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to be his secretary of state tomorrow.

Lee Kuan Yew recovers after surgery

SINGAPORE (AP) - Former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was recovering in a hospital today after surgery to implant a cardiac pacemaker to remedy an irregular heart rhythm.

Gwen commends three towns for hosting Provincial Meet

Pacquiao weighs in before fight

LOS ANGELES—BY the end of his penultimate sparring session on Saturday, Manny Pacquiao weighed at 148lbs, just well within the welterweight range (147lbs) prescribed for his Dream Match with Oscar de la Hoya.

Pacman in final training week, focuses on 'mental conditioning'

Politics will be Pacman"s next match after De La Hoya

Despite his electoral knockout in 2007, Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao is not ruling out a return to the political ring.

Pinoy boxer loses to Mexican champ

Filipino light flyweight Juanito Rubillar lost his world title attempt against unbeaten WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa.  Rubillar was stopped by Sosa at 2:54 of the 7th round in Mexico.

PSC chair Ramirez, 7 others sued

The Office of the Ombudsman has found evidence to charge at least eight Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) officials, including chairman William Ramirez, for a P2.2-million bicycle mess.

Hand of God did it, says Peping

Texters play smart versus Beermen

Knicks set records in win

NEW YORK - Chris Duhon had a franchise-record 22 assists, David Lee had career highs of 37 points and 21 rebounds, and the New York Knicks rang up a record-setting 82 points in the first half in a 138-125 victory over Golden State.

Gary V. detained at Dubai airport

Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano was detained by authorities at the Dubai airport for four hours after the pop sensation lost his passport, his wife confirmed.

Boyet: Johnny 'tough,' will recover

Veteran actor Johnny Delgado is suffering from a serious ailment, reportedly colon cancer—the same affliction that his wife, acclaimed actress-director Laurice Guillen overcame years back.

Juday's mom hurt by write-ups comparing daughter to beggar

Patrick Garcia to end hiatus once allowed to see son

Controversial actor Patrick Garcia said he would only go back to showbiz once his estranged girlfriend Jennylyn Mercado allows him to see their son Jazz.

Woman dies as world's oldest person

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – Edna Parker, who became the world's oldest person more than a year ago, has died at age 115.

Mae West  - "I like restraint, if it doesn't go too far."

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