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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

December 4, 2008 Major Newscast

The Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) on Wednesday ordered public utility jeeps and passenger buses to implement a P0.50 provisionary rollback on their minimum fare starting December 15.

P10 add-on sa taxi giwagtang na

LTFRB calls for cut in tricycle fares

The Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has called on local government units (LGU) to immediately implement a fare rollback on tricycles.

Plite sa tricycle sa Talisay P6 na sab

OPEC to cut oil supply

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will cut oil output at its next meeting on Dec. 17 in Algeria, Qatar's oil minister said Wednesday.

Soft drinks tax could up prices by P3

DOJ sends team to probe radioman's slay in Northern Samar

Justice Undersecretary Ricardo Blancaflor on Wednesday expressed outrage over the killing of radio commentator Leo Mila in Northern Samar.

Joc-Joc Bolante arrested again

Senate fertilizer probe to include Esperat slay

Senate Blue Ribbon committee chairman Richard Gordon said Wednesday the inquiry into the P728 million fertilizer fund scam will be expanded to include the murder of anti-graft crusader Marlene Esperat, who had filed numerous cases of corruption involving agricultural funds.

Erap vows to lead people vs Cha-cha

Former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada on Wednesday threatened to lead the people to the streets if the pro-Charter change lawmakers would insist on amending the 1987 Constitution.

Enrile vows to oppose term extension

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile vowed to block any attempt to extend President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's term in office or to "dispense with or postpone" the 2010 elections.

Arroyo camp urges Velarde to withdraw demo threat

President Gloria Arroyo's spokeswoman sought on Wednesday to dissuade El Shaddai leader Mike Velarde from carrying out a reported threat to lead an anti-government march.

Arroyo warned of 'people's wrath' vs cha-cha

Former Senate President Jovito Salonga has warned the Arroyo administration that it will face the people's wrath if it insists on staying in power through charter change. Brother Eddie Villanueva of the Jesus is Lord movement and Brother Mike Velarde of El Shaddai told ABS-CBN News they would join protest actions if President Arroyo does not stop the charter change initiative in the House of Representatives.

Duterte assails Cha-Cha

JBC wraps up public grilling of SC aspirants

The Judicial and Bar Council on Wednesday wrapped up the public interrogation of 14 contenders vying for a slot in the Supreme Court (SC) to be vacated in January 2009.

Escudero to set up website for transparent JBC proceedings

Senator Francis Escudero on Wednesday vowed to make public the names of all the applicants and nominees in judicial appointments through a website his office will set up to get the public involved in the process.

Bukidnon farmers march for CARP

Arroyo firm opposes CARP on land

A company of which First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo is a trustee has filed a petition protesting the transfer of the family-owned 157-hectare Hacienda Bacan in Negros Occidental to farmer-beneficiaries under the Comrepehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Arroyo heads for Mindanao

SC asked to reverse CA ruling vs GSIS takeover of CTPL business

The government has asked the Supreme Court to stop the Court of Appeals from implementing an order preventing the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) from taking over the compulsory insurance business for motor vehicle owners.

LTO installs videocams to curb fixing

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) will use centrally controlled TV screens in branch offices nationwide in an effort to promote customer service and curb fixing.

No 'Merry Christmas' but smile: BI

No "Merry Christmas, just smile," Immigration Chief Marcelino Libanan told his officers assigned to different airports nationwide.

Five soldiers killed in Surigao del Sur

Five soldiers were killed and four wounded in a communist guerrilla ambush in Surigao del Sur after a fresh attempt to restart peace talks collapsed, authorities said Wednesday.

Gordon refuses to apologize to Thai

Senator Richard Gordon on Wednesday refused to apologize to Thailand's ambassador to the Philippines, saying his statement on Thailand's political unrest was "merely blown out of proportion."

Golez: No need to apologize to Thais

Deputy Presidential Spokeman Anthony Golez on Wednesday turned down Thailand's request for an apology after his allegedly disrespectful comments on the takeover of Bangkok's major airports by Thai protesters last week.

Thailand siege tapos na

Natapos na rin kaha pon ang karahasan sa Thailand matapos umatras ang pu wersa ng anti-government troops sa kinub kob na Bangkok International Airport kasunod ng pagbaba sa puwesto ng kanilang Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat.

ASEAN regret summit postponement

Philippine peso bounces back

Obama names Richardson

Bettors advised: 'Pacquiao will make you a nice Christmas gift'

A DAY before facing the press one last time, Manny Pacquiao and Oscar de la Hoya's promoters emphasized the magnitude of The Dream Match.

Palace predicts win for Pacquiao

Malacañang sees a win by Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao over Oscar dela Hoya, when the two square off in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday here).

Ginebra survives Red Bull comeback

Ronald Tubid and Junthy Valenzuela buried key baskets down the stretch to lead Ginebra to an 83-76 win over Red Bull in the KFC PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Rain or Shine slips past Sta. Lucia

Jet Li: China ready for volunteerism

Jet Li said China is ready for an explosion of volunteerism amid its growing prosperity as he put aside his acting duties to discuss charitable efforts Wednesday at former President Bill Clinton's donor conference in Hong Kong.

Rare gorilla twins born in Uganda

Rare mountain gorilla twins have been born in Uganda's Bwindi Forest, home to around half the world's population of the endangered primates, a wildlife official said Wednesday.

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