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Monday, December 15, 2008

December 16, 2008 Major Newscast


Jetti to roll back fuel prices Tuesday

Independent player Jetti Supply Distribution Inc. on Monday announced it will reduce its diesel prices by P1 per liter and gasoline prices by P2 per liter.

Oil near $49 as OPEC prepares slash

Oil prices were steady near $49 a barrel in Asia as investors anticipated OPEC will announce a large production cut at its meeting this week.

Claims release 'may take long'


'Tidal wave' miigo sa tuburan


Sea mishap claims 28 lives, 22 missing 

Twenty-eight people died, including a one-year-old boy, while 22 others remain missing after a wooden-hulled ferry capsized off Cagayan province last Monday.

No Luzon hogs in Cebu, City vet says


Military recommends SOMO

The AFP has recommended to President Arroyo a suspension of offensive military operations (SOMO) against the New People's Army (NPA) for the holidays.

UN wants child evacuees schooled

A senior United Nations official has expressed concern about the situation of child evacuees from conflict areas in Mindanao.

Senators agree to extend CARP

Senate committee on agrarian reform chair Senator Gregorio Honasan, in a privilege speech on Monday, announced that senators have agreed to extend the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) without its Land Acquisition and Distribution (LAD) component.

House CARP debates deferred


Obispo nasa hunger strike


Bolante witness scared to testify


Senate approves P1.4-T '09 budget

The Senate approved on third and final reading the P1.4-trillion budget for 2009, via a roll-call vote of 13-2.

Remittances up 3.3% in October

Remittances from overseas Filipino workers rose 3.3 percent in October to $1.4 billion, sharply lower than the 16.9-percent growth seen in September data, the Philippine central bank said.

OFWs lauded by employers in Qatar

Filipino workers in Qatar are getting excellent grades for reliability, skill, industry and professionalism, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was told Saturday (Doha time).

Arroyo returning from Qatar


Iraqis protest for release of journalist

Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets Monday to demand the release of a reporter who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush, as Arabs across the Middle East hailed the journalist as a hero and praised his insult as a proper send-off to the unpopular US president.

Family: Shoe thrower hates US, Iran


Thai opposition leader elected new PM

Thai opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva was elected as the nation's third prime minister in four months, triggering protests from supporters of the old government who tried to block parliament.

New PM wants ASEAN summit in Feb

Newly elected Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Monday he wants a postponed summit of Southeast Asian nations to take place in February.

Madoff fraud has worldwide exposure


Tañamor bags gold in Moscow Cup


'Best fight for Pacman is Mayweather'

FREDDIE ROACH admitted that Manny Pacquiao's "biggest challenge" is Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Beat Mayweather by strength, speed


P1-M double b-day bash for Pacquiao

Local officials, fans and residents here excitedly await what may be the most spectacular birthday bash for boxing icon Manny Pacquiao which will be held at two venues here Wednesday night.

Donaire joins Pacquiao celebration

Reigning world flyweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr. arrived in the country Monday noon to join in celebrating Manny Pacquiao's 30th birthday on December 17.

Pacquiao Google newsmaker in 2008

Charice Pempengco and Arnel Pineda were the most search local celebrities in Google. But when it comes to newsmakers, boxing legend Manny Pacquiao is the undisputed champ.

Pacquiao confirms plan to run for Sarangani, not QC


Maddona settles divorce for $76M


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