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Monday, December 1, 2008

December 2, 2008 Major Newscast

Liquigaz, LPGMA cut prices by P1-P2

As world oil prices continue to go down, bulk liquefied petroleum gas supplier Liquigaz Philippines Corp. and the LPG Marketers Association announced cutting prices of their products at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

Fare rate slash up in talks tomorrow

Oil tumbles below $50

Energy chief calls oil firms anew

More oil seen from Galoc field in Palawan by 2010

Bread cheaper starting next week

Following the decrease in prices of bread ingredients, bakers will roll back prices by as much as P1 starting next week.

Tariff cut to lower flour prices in Feb.

WV workers seek P50 wage hike

CEAP to students: Oppose Cha-Cha

The Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) on Monday urged the Filipino youth to seriously discern the call of some Catholic prelates to reject the moves to amend the 1987 Constitution.

Bishop to Arroyo: Sign manifesto that you will step down on 2010

A senior Catholic bishop on Monday dared President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to make a "sincere" move to convince the public that she would step down after her term on 2010.

Vidal: Cha-Cha from the people

Gov't security forces placed on alert

Tightened security around Palace not related to Chacha protests - Ermita

Malacañang has put up additional security measures around the Palace compound but said it is "standard operating procedure" during the holidays and is not related to the anti-Charter change (Chacha) protests.

LP to file bills calling for Con-Con

To counter the Charter change initiative by administration allies, the Liberal Party will file separate bills in the Senate and the House of Representatives calling for a constitutional convention, party president and Senator Mar Roxas said.

Palace allies: No to term extension

Arroyo: Check up 'very unexciting'

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said she was given a clean bill of health, following an executive check-up whose results her doctors said were "very unexciting."

Senate summons "Palace link" to fertilizer fund case

427 Pinoys arrive at Chiang Mai

After a roughly ten-hour drive, the 427 Filipinos who were stranded for almost a week in Bangkok finally arrived in Chiang Mai provincial airport in Thailand where a special flight awaits them to finally bring them home.

Over 400 Filipinos finally home

Senator Madrigal in crisis-hit Thailand

Senator Maria Ana Consuelo Madrigal is in politically turbulent Thailand but aides were not sure whether she was stranded there like thousands of foreigners following the shutdown of two major airports in Bangkok, which have been seized by anti-government protesters.

240,000 tourists stranded in Thailand

Thailand's Tourism Minister Weerasak Kowsurat said the number of stranded tourists have risen to 240,000.

Sinibak na 103 OFW darating

2 spray planes crash in Davao Norte

TAGUM CITY—Two spray planes crashed anew in separate accidents in Davao del Norte.

Marines battle Abu Sayyaf in Basilan

Marines have been battling fighters of the Abu Sayyaf group in Tipo-tipo Central, Basilan since Sunday.

MILF confirms deaths of 3 members

Malacañang appeals to NPA for safe release of captive AFP officer

Malacañang on Monday appealed to the communist New People's Army to release Lt. Vicente Cammayo in the spirit of Christmas.

Yano: AFP winning war vs. NPAs

Agusan Sur now has two districts

Father nabbed for selling baby

Social welfare officials and policemen from Solano town in Nueva Vizcaya province have apprehended a forty eight-year-old father in an entrapment operation for allegedly selling his 23-days old baby girl for P10,000.

Passport schedule for holidays

With eight public holidays this December, the Department of Foreign Affairs on Monday released a schedule for application and release of passports.  Like most government offices, the DFA will be closed on the following days:

• December 1 (Bonifacio Day)
• December 2 (Araw ng Pasay)
• December 25 (Christmas Day)
• December 26 (as per Proclamation No. 1463)
• December 29 (also as per Proclamation No. 1463)
• December 30 (Rizal Day)
• December 31 (Last Day of the Year) 
• January 1 (New Year's Day)

However, the DFA said applicants whose new passports are due for release on December 2, Tuesday, may claim and receive such on that day.  Also, for passport applicants with confirmed appointments for passport processing on December 6, Saturday, they will be provided service as scheduled.

BIR misses Jan.-Oct. target by P26.5B

India demands action from Pakistan

Obama adviser Susan Rice to UN

Pacquiao advises friends to 'relax'

TO show just how composed he is for the most important fight in the history of Philippine boxing, Manny Pacquiao played down the hype, telling everyone concerned to take it easy.

Pacquiao to look out for Oscar's left

Oscar de la Hoya's left hand will be Manny Pacquiao's main concern once they meet inside the ring on December 6.

Pacquiao happily loses P3.6M

Manny Pacquiao lost at least $74,000 (approximately P3.6 million) in a little over two hours at his Palazzo residence in the La Brea area.

Pimentel on CA ban vs Erap bioflick: Censorship

An opposition senator on Monday said the decision of the Court of Appeals to ban the public showing of a documentary film on former President Joseph Estrada "smacks of undue censorship."

'Cory, The Musical' draws big crowd

The first musical play about the Philippines' former President Corazon Aquino, dubbed "Cory, The Musical" drew a huge crowd on its first and second night, November 29 and 30, at the Meralco Theatre in Quezon City.

KC attends Clinton Global Initiative

Mark Twain  - "It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech."

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