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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

December 11, 2008 Major Newscast

2 more shut doors


Soc midupa sa isyung overpricing

Gipanghimakak ni Mayor Socrates Fernandez ang mga pasangil nga may overpricing nga nahitabo sa mga gipamalit nga mga uniporme ug ekipo para sa usa ka departamento sa City Hall.

Whistleblower refuses to meet Soc


DOJ:  Reconsider John-John case


Mike Management Team hulma na

Gihulma na ni Cebu City Acting Mayor Michael Rama ang iyang kaugalingon nga MMT kon Mike's Management Team sugod niadtong Lunes.

Bulacao bag-o na'g kapitan

Nanumpa na kagahapon sa pagka-kapitan ang numero unong konsehal sa barangay Bulacao sa dakbayan sa Sugbu nga si Jose Gabiana nga maoy nihulip sa namatay nga si kapitan Romeo Alit.  Si Alit giatake sa sakit sa kasing-kasing niadtong miaging adlaw ug wala na matabang sa mga mananambal paghidangat sa tambalanan.

Ban on masks during strikes is illegal


20 ka piniriso ipada sa Munti

Laing mga insular prisoners sa Cebu City Jail ang gitakdang ipadala sugod niining semanaha ngadto sa New Bilibid Prisons sa Muntinlupa.

Hepe sa San Francisco gisuspenso

Walay madawat nga suholan sulod sa lima ka adlaw ang hepe sa kapolisan sa San Francisco, Camotes, Sr.

PDEA agent napusilan tabangan

Abagahon sa Dakbayan sa Sugbu ang bayranan sa tambalanan sa confidential agent sa Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-7) nga napusilan atol sa gipahigayong pagpangronda sa Ermita.

Council okays hike in amelioration tax


WV workers get P15 min. wage hike

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has approved a P15 hike in the daily salary of minimum wage earners in Western Visayas as it issued Wage Order Number 17.

PAGIBIG: Contribute more, save more


3,000 OFWs still leaving daily

Despite the global financial crisis, an average of 3,000 Filipinos still leave the country every day, Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said.

91 Pinoy seafarers still held by pirates

A total of 17 Filipino seafarers who have been held by Somali pirates for 78 days were finally released on Monday.  Less than a hundred Filipino seafarers remain in the hands of Somali pirates.  Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Esteban Conejos Jr. said there are 91 Filipino seafarers on board six ships still with Somali pirates.

Consul says ban harms RP, Lebanon

Two years after the Philippine government stopped sending workers to Lebanon, a diplomat on Wednesday said that the ban has done nothing but harm to both countries.

80 Pinoy nurses sa Saudi nagwelga


RP needs to up protection for OFWs

Although the United Nations (UN) was generally satisfied with the Philippine government"s human rights report, the international organization raised concern over the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Wala nang rollback!


House sets CARP sessions next week

The House of Representatives will decide next week whether or not to extend the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP). In a caucus called by House Speaker Prospero Nograles Wednesday they agreed to hold secret balloting on December 8, 2 p.m. on a proposed bill that seeks to extend the 20-year CARP law for another five years.

Senate defers 2009 budget approval

The Senate adjourned its session on Wednesday without approving the proposed P1.4 trillion national budget for 2009.

Senate almost unanimous vs Con-Ass


8,000 people attend anti Chacha rally

Over 8, 000 people from various sectors are expected to attend Friday"s inter-faith and anti-Charter change (Chacha) rally in Makati, organizers said Wednesday.

CBCP, CEAP support anti-Chacha


'Christmasy' rally vs Charter change

The Friday rally in Makati City against Charter change will be "very fun and festive," complete with Christmas décor, lights and even carols, one of the protest organizers said on Wednesday.

Don't allow Arroyo allies in SC


Senate panel sues Bolante

The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee made good its threat to sue former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn Jocjoc  Bolante for false testimony and disobedience to summons before setting him free.

Bolante's pull with DA, DBM:  Lacson

Not only did former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn "Joc-Joc" Bolante have much leeway in choosing the proponents in a P728-million fertilizer scam, but he also had enough pull to have the funds released without the required work and financial plans.

Changes to laundering law sought


Aytona blames lawyer for absence

After citing her high blood pressure for failure to attend the earlier Senate hearings on the P728-million fertilizer fund scam, Maritess Aytona is now blaming her lawyer's health problems for her absence from Wednesday's Senate hearing.

NBI needs Paule's middle name

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) admitted it is having a hard time locating Jimmy Paule, Malacañang's alleged link to the so-called P728-million fertilizer fund scam.

Samar casualties, damage rise


Glo tags NPA, MILF as rights violators

President Arroyo on Wednesday accused the New People's Army (NPA) and the rogue leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as the chief human rights violators in the country.

Arroyo wants 'defense fund' for kids

President Arroyo signed an order for all government agencies to strengthen their efforts to uphold human rights and, at the same time, ordered the social welfare department to set up a "defense fund" for children.

Senator slams PNP chief for "collateral damage" remark

Senator Francis Pangilinan criticized national police chief Director General Jesus Verzosa for describing the "civilians" killed in last weekend"s shootout in Parañaque as "collateral damage."

Batas ni Miriam pinuri ng Napolcom


MILF rejects Pacquiao as peace envoy

Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) vice chair Ghazali Jaafar on Wednesday laughed off suggestions to include boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao as member of the government peace panel in its negotiations with the Moro rebel group.

Soldier,2 others hurt in Cotabato blast

An Army enlisted personnel and two civilians were wounded following a grenade blast in the southern Philippines province of Cotabato.

Kato's men attack Army intel agent


US court extradites Dacer-Corbito cop

Former Philippine police officer Glenn Dumlao was ordered extradited to the Philippines by Judge Kathleen Tomlinson of the United District Court of Eastern New York in Long Island, New York.

Canadian Pinoy Wins $8,000 Suit

Filipino-Canadian Cecilio M. Rous was finally awarded $8,000 in damages by the Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission in a decision handed down last November but released only on Dec. 9, after he was discriminated against by his neighbors.

JPEPA takes effect Thursday

The controversial Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA) takes effect Thursday, December 11, with simple ceremonies in Tokyo.

Frog downs family of 7 in Bukidnon

Seven members of a family in the southern province of Bukidnon were taken to a hospital Tuesday night after they complained of head and stomach pains caused by eating a frog.

Pilgrims' annual trek to Mecca

On foot and on the roofs of overflowing buses, Muslims poured into the holy city of Mecca for a final day Wednesday, many of them saying they felt reborn and cleansed of sin as they completed the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Cholera death toll in Zimbabwe:  775

The death toll from Zimbabwe's cholera outbreak has risen sharply, the United Nations said, reporting 775 deaths and 16,141 cases of the waterborne disease in the southern African nation.

Death toll in India bus mishap now 63

The death toll after a speeding bus carrying Hindu pilgrims caught fire and crashed in northern India has risen to 63.

Thaksin daughter buys house in HK

The youngest daughter of fugitive ex-Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has bought a luxury home in Hong Kong, according to public records, in the latest sign the family is expanding its base in the city to monitor the political situation in Thailand.

Pacquiao got 'KO' message


Red Bull dumps Alaska, 100-80

Red Bull finally snapped out of its month-long skid as the Barakos coasted to a 100-80 win over league-leading Alaska in the KFC PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Talk "N Text def. Rain or Shine, 92-83


She 'Didith' her way

I like to remember Didith Reyes when she was at her prime, meaning in the mid-'70s when she was The Voice That Matters, and not, I shudder to visualize, the way she might have looked when she was found dead yesterday morning by a friend in a Laguna town in whose house Didith had sought shelter with bruises all over caused, according to Didith, by a jeepney that sideswiped her.

JC de Vera denies affair with Roxanne

Actor JC de Vera dismissed speculations that he and actress ABS-CBN contract star Roxanne Guinoo are secret lovers.

Jinggoy invites LT, Daboy's kids

Senator-actor Jinggoy Estrada said he will try to convince the wife and sons of his best friend, the late actor Rudy Fernandez, to spend the Christmas with his family.

King Pacman awaits 'Queen'


MJ's famous jeweled glove for sale

Michael Jackson's famous jeweled glove is going on the auction block. Julien's Auctions says Jackson is also unloading the grandiose gates that once led to his Neverland Ranch, along with more than 2,000 other personal items, during a five-day auction next year.

Franklin P. Jones  - "All women should know how to take care of children. Most of them will have a husband some day."

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