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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

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Following the lead of the independent players, major oil firms Petron Corp., Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. and Total (Philippines) Corp. announced they will slash prices of their liquefied petroleum gas by P4 a kilogram at midnight Tuesday.

Total follows suit, cuts LPG by P4/kg

Matching the move of bigger oil firms, independent player Total Philippines Corp. on Tuesday afternoon announced it will reduce its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) prices by P4 per kilogram.

Jeepney, bus fares cut next week

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulation Board (LTFB) will implement a fare rollback in public utility vehicles such as jeepneys and passenger buses amid the continued decrease of oil prices in the global market.  TFRB Chairman Thomson Lantion said the fare rollback will take place on December 8 at the earliest.  Jeepney fares will be back to P7.50 for the first four kilometers from P8.  Metro buses, meanwhile, will charge P8.50 for the first four kilometers instead of the current P9.

Commuters group to insist on P7 minimum jeepney, bus fare

The National Council for Commuters Protection (NCCP) will press  for a reduction of minimum jeepney and ordinary bus fare from P8 to P7 for the first five kilometers all over the country at the resumption of the hearing at the Land Transportation, Franchising and Regulatory  Board (LTFRB).

Oil slips 4% to 3-½ year low

Oil slid to a 3-½ year low under $48 on Tuesday, extending the previous day's sharp drop as signs grew the global economy is in worse shape than thought and after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) opted to delay talks on further output cuts.

Faulty computers mar registration

CH nods FLI's P25-B proposal; officials still mum on Capitol's bid

Caminero: Argao sakto og income

Metrobank, BPI to open branches during holidays

Business organizations and the banking community have raised some concerns about the impact to the public of having 8 continuous days where over-the-counter bank deposits and/or withdrawals could not be serviced.

Peso loses 54 centavos

Gov't sets programs for OFWs displaced by financial crisis

The government has set in place skills training and microfinance programs in light of possible overseas job losses next year because of the global economic crisis.

House junks Arroyo impeach bid

Groups gear up for interfaith prayer rally vs Cha-cha

Cause-oriented groups, religious organizations, and the opposition are preparing to launch activities to express opposition to  moves to amend the 1987 Constitution next week in Makati City.

Palace unfazed by another rally

OFWs in HK protest Glo"s presence

Filipino activists in Hong Kong came to life on Tuesday with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo"s visit as they raised various issues against her, including policies that are allegedly disadvantageous to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Solons seek probe on impeach payoff

Saying "serious doubts" on the integrity of lawmakers have been put in question following an alleged bribery attempt in one of the hotels in Pasig City last week, two lawmakers have filed a resolution to investigate the incident.

Irregularities in spending of P728M

Officials of the Commission on Audit (CoA) and Department of Budget Management (DBM) noted several irregularities in the disbursement of a controversial P728-million fertilizer fund by former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn "Jocjoc" Bolante.

Ex-DBM chief questions diversion of fertilizer funds

The former chief of the Department of Budget and Management on Tuesday questioned former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn Bolante's realignment of the P728 million Ginintuang Masaganang Ani funds to project proponents not included in the original list of beneficiaries.

House panel to ask for PNP help to arrest Bolante 'runner'

The House committee on Agriculture ordered the arrest of Maritess Aytona, the alleged "runner" of former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn "Joc-Joc" Bolante, after she failed anew to attend the panel's hearing on the P728-million fertilizer fund scandal.

Senate fertilizer probe 'disappointing'

Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo said he was "disappointed" by what he called the seeming inability of the Senate investigation into the so-called P728-million fertilizer fund scam to establish the truth behind the alleged fund diversion.

They want Dureza, Ermita to testify

Soldiers being tried for occupying the posh Oakwood serviced apartments in Makati City in 2003 have asked the court to order two senior Palace officials to testify at their rebellion trial.

Bid to restart talks with NDF fails

Efforts to resume to formal peace negotiations between the government and communist rebels bogged down during an informal meeting in Norway last week, with the National Democratic Front (NDF) accusing the government of being "not at all interested in peace negotiations."

Talks with MILF could resume Dec.

Peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which has been stalled since August, are likely to resume before Christmas, President Arroyo's peace adviser said.

7 abducted in Basilan

Seven laborers were abducted in Basilan Monday afternoon, although authorities were unsure whether the kidnappers belonged to MILF or Abu Sayyaf.

Troops launch offensive vs. Abu

Government troops on Tuesday mounted fresh operations to flush out Abu Sayyaf militants, blamed for the spate of kidnappings-for-ransom in Basilan island in the southern Philippines.

JI bomb expert arrested in Maguindanao

An alleged bomb expert of the regional terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah was arrested by combined police and military elements in Maguindanao.

Peace week ends with TAPS

UK glad British pedophile deported

The United Kingdom embassy here praised the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday for the arrest and eventual deportation of a convicted British pedophile.

Thailand postpones ASEAN summit

The Thai government has postponed the ASEAN regional summit until March because of ongoing political turmoil that has shut down the capital's two airports.

Thai protesters agree to clear airport

Anti-government demonstrators agreed Tuesday to allow flights to resume from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi international airport after a week-long blockade.

RP to fetch 4th batch of stranded Pinoys in Thailand - DFA

A fourth batch of stranded Filipino workers in Thailand is expected to be fetched home by the Philippine government tomorrow.  

Court brings down Thai government

A court dissolved Thailand's top three ruling parties for electoral fraud Tuesday and temporarily banned the prime minister from politics, bringing down a government that has faced months of strident protests seeking its ouster.

Thai premier steps down

Thailand's Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat says he has accepted a court ruling to step down because of electoral fraud committed by his political party.

'Chemical Ali' sentenced to death

A special Iraqi court has sentenced Saddam Hussein's cousin, known as "Chemical Ali," to death for his role in the 1991 suppression of a Shiite uprising.

China ups death toll from tainted milk

China's Health Ministry said six babies may have died after consuming tainted milk powder, up from a previous official toll of three, and announced a six-fold increase in its tally of infants sickened in the scandal to nearly 300,000.

Nigerian death toll rises in tainted formula case

De la Hoya, Pacquiao head for Vegas

Oscar de la Hoya saw a statue of his likeness unveiled in front of Staples Center arena while Manny Pacquiao kept a relatively low profile as both boxers prepared to head to Las Vegas for their "Dream Match" megafight.  For a change, Manny Pacquiao arrived here in Vegas wearing the underdog tag.

Roach: Body shots will beat Oscar

Knicks exiles Marbury

Estranged New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury was told to stay away from the team after talks on a possible buyout of his $21 million contract failed to produce a settlement.

Martinez welcomes case vs Geisler

Celebrity couple William Martinez and Ma. Rosario "Yayo" Aguila heaved a sigh Tuesday after the Justice department sided with their daughter's complaint and recommended the filing of charges against actor Baron Geisler.

Laurice: Johnny has 'lymphoma'

Clinton admires Glo's youthful looks

Classmates Bill Clinton and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo were all praises for each other when they met at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) forum in Hong Kong.

Rice plays piano at Buckingham

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gave a piano recital for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

Nixon tapes, records made public

The US government is opening another window into Richard Nixon's shattered presidency.

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