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Monday, December 29, 2008

December 30, 2008 Major Newscast

The Labor department will conduct surveys and meetings with companies in export zones next month to gain a full picture of how the global credit squeeze affects them and to craft a plan to help their workers.

RP says export sector jobs at risk

Jobs in the Philippines' export sector will be at risk next year as the global financial crisis worsens, Labor Secretary Marianito Roque warned Monday.

Revise budget for debt servicing

Abducted seamen return to RP

The 18 seamen, all  crew members of the Greek owned cargo vessel MV Centauri, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport [NAIA] at about 2 p.m. today on board Malaysian Airlines flight MH-704 from Port of Mombasa, Kenya via Kuala Lumpur.

Firecracker injuries rise to 115

The Department of Health (DOH) reiterated today its call for the public to refrain from using firecrackers in welcoming 2009 as the number of firecracker-related injuries  rises to 115.

Red Cross boosts blood collection 

The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) has started working double time to collect more blood in preparation to the anticipated rise in firecracker-related injuries during the New Year celebration.

9 of 10 Filipinos see hope in New Year 

An overwhelming majority of Filipinos are still welcoming the New Year filled with hope, according to the results of a recent survey.

Arroyo to present acomplishments 

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will present on Tuesday her administration's "accomplishment report" for the last seven years

LTO offices closed for holidays

Drivers who wish to renew their licenses this week will have to wait until next year as the Land Transportation Office is closed for the remainder of the holidays, its chief Alberto Suansing said.

GMA mangunguna sa Araw ni Rizal

Rizal Day may be moved to June 19

Squeezed between Christmas and New Year holidays, the annual December 30 Rizal Day celebration does not get the spotlight that historians would want national hero Jose Rizal to have.

World's tallest Rizal statue in Vizcaya

40 years and counting: CPP 

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) spokesman said the insurgents are on the verge of entering a new stage of our revolutionary struggle and have fully recovered from our debacle in the mid-80s.

5 hurt in landmine blast in Masbate City 

2008 tragic for press freedom in RP 

Pangandaman: Stop defending sons

To avoid any suspicion of a whitewash, Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman should refrain from defending his sons accused of beating a businessman and his son at a golf club in Antipolo, Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan said on Monday.

Senado makikialam sa murder

'Marijuana trade up by 242% in 2008'

Senate to review Anti-Hazing Law

The Senate is set to review the implementation of the 13-year-old Anti-Hazing Law as reports on fraternity-related violence in universities, colleges and academic institutions persist.

House eyes online translations of bills

In what it claimed to be a bid to encourage wider public discussions on pending bills, the House of Representatives plans to post online translations of bills nearing approval.

OFWs in HK dance vs Charter change

About 100 Filipino women staged a dance-protest in downtown Hong Kong Sunday afternoon to show their opposition to moves to amend the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

Senate to exempt Pag-Ibig from taxes

DOE to probe on LPG shortage

The Department of Energy (DOE) will inspect depots of the country's four largest suppliers of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to look into the alleged "hoarding" of cooking gas products.

Oil nears $40 on Middle East violence

Oil prices rose nearly 6% towards $40 a barrel after weekend violence between Israel and Hamas served as a reminder of political tensions that could threaten crude supplies from the Middle East.

Asian asks Israel to halt Gaza raids

Governments across Asia called for an immediate halt to Israeli airstrikes in Gaza that have killed nearly 300 Palestinians, with some accusing the country of crimes against humanity.

Israel hits Hamas in new airstrikes

10 dead after Indonesia boat capsizes

At least 10 people, including women and children, were killed in Indonesia on Monday after a strong wave capsized a boat in the Java Sea, a report said.

Roach, Fernandez perfect for Pacman

Yap makes peace with Banal 

Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio said star player James Yap and defensive coach Koy Banal has already patched things up following a throwing incident between the two at the sidelines in the midst of the TJ Giants" knockout game against the Air21 Express Sunday night during the KFC PBA Philippine Cup wildcard stage.

Guiao firm about leaving Red Bull 

Yeng Guiao doesn't see himself returning to coach Red Bull even if team officials have pleaded him to do so.

Gary V approves of Rachelle Ann

Total Performer Gary Valenciano is fully supportive of his son Gabriel's relationship with fellow singer Rachelle Ann Go.

Katrina finally admits Hayden 'romance' 

Arroyo goes spelunking in Sagada

Playing her role as tourist and tourism marketer to the hilt, President Arroyo, First Gentleman Mike Arroyo and the entire First Family, along with congressmen-friends, visited three caves in Sagada, Ifugao province, Monday morning.

Arroyo tours solons in Sagada

Stars, tech titans fund Obama's party

Stars of Hollywood including Halle Berry and Steven Spielberg and bosses of high-tech giants like Google and Microsoft are opening their wallets to help fund Barack Obama's inauguration party.

Oldest man in the US dies at 112

Samuel Goldwyn  - "Include me out."

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