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Monday, December 8, 2008

December 9, 2008 Major Newscast

Pacquiao spends birthday in RP, Christmas in the US

Boxing champ Manny Pacman Pacquiao is set to return to the country on Wednesday where he will celebrate his 30th birthday on December 17.  However, Pacquiao will be revisiting the United States with his children Jimuel, Mike, and Princess on the 23rd. Pacquiao's family will be spending Christmas in the US to return to his wife Jinkee, who is set to give birth to their fourth child by the end of the year.

Pacquiao surprised de la Hoya gave up

Just before the ninth round started, Manny Pacquiao saw Oscar de la Hoya walk across from his corner toward him. Pacquiao got up on his feet and was ready to begin the next round when what transpired after stunned him.

Pacman savors place in history

The guy on the other line was David Diaz, whose WBC lightweight championship Manny Pacquiao authoritatively snatched away IN early June.  "Sabi niya sa akin [He told me], 'Who are you, you're unbelievable, you're too fast,'" Pacquiao said, recounting their conversation. "Sabi niya pa [He added], 'Are you human?'"

De la Hoya calls Pacquiao 'the best fighter in the world'

GenSan readies welcome for Pacman

With the latest conquest of their favorite son, residents of General Santos City have started preparations for a grand welcome for Filipino boxing champ Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao.

Solon: Pacquiao eyes QC House seat

Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is giving politics another shot in 2010, but this time it will reportedly for the congressional seat of Quezon City's second district, incumbent Representative Mary Ann Susano said Monday.

Pacquiao gagawing peace envoy

LTFRB guidelines on fare rollback

Hotel construction halted after cave-in

Power situation in Cebu critical

Bill to reclassify Bantayan towns

Floods displace thousands in Samar

Heavy rains during the weekend caused flooding in several towns in Eastern and Northern Samar, killing one resident and displacing thousands of families.

Lacson: Palace may have availed of P131B from AFMA

Peace talks with MILF likely to resume 

The stalled peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is likely to resume before Christmas if the GRP panel is officially completed on or before December 15, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Hermogenes Esperon Jr said Monday.

MILF ceasefire negotiator slain

A member of the ceasefire committee of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was among those killed in an encounter with government forces in the southern Philippine province of Basilan.

Basilan mayor:  7 kidnapped freed

Misuari allowed to leave for Saudi

Former Moro National Liberation Front chair Nur Misuari was allowed by the Makati Regional Trial Court to go on a month's leave for Saudi Arabia to visit the king and attend a family reunion.

Arroyo to leave for Qatar Dec 13

President Arroyo will leave for Qatar on Dec. 13 and is expected to be back on Dec. 15.  The President would fly to Middle East to meet the leaders of Qatar to ask for their support in case the world suffers from another fuel crisis.

Killings down, harassment raps up

As the world prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on December 10, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Leila De Lima on Monday said they have noticed a new trend in the attacks on people critical of the government.

Kids ask Arroyo to free parents

Children of political prisoners on Monday marked Political Prisoners" Day and called on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to order the release of their parents in time for the Christmas holidays.

JBC disqualifies 3 bets, SolGen

Citing various reasons, the Judicial and Bar Council on Monday disqualified three candidates for a Supreme Court (SC) post to be vacated in January 2009.  Supreme Court spokesperson Jose Midas Marquez said Solicitor Agnes Devanadera and former Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Jose Mario Buñag were excluded from the JBC's shortlist because they have pending cases. Lawyer Rodolfo Robles was disqualified because he exceeded the age limit of 65.

Bill on 'psychological incapacity'

A bill seeking to better define psychological incapacity so that it would not be used as a convenient excuse for marital breakups in annulment cases has been filed at the House of Representatives.  Under his bill, Rep. Narciso Santiago III said incapacity "must be identified as a psychological illness to be proven medically or clinically."  "Its indicators include, among others, excessive and promiscuous sexual hunger, refusal to dwell with the other spouse, manifestations of socio-pathic anomalies like sadism or repeated infliction of physical violence, and laziness. In case of doubt, the bill mandates the court to resolve the case in favor of the existence of the marriage," he said.

8,000 Canada visas issued to Filipinos

9.4M Filipinos think they're poor--SWS

Around 9.4 million Filipinos, or 52 percent consider themselves poor in the third quarter of this year, down seven percentage points from 59 percent in the previous quarter.

GSIS offers more than 1,000 homes for members, non-members

House starts late for lack of quorum

Peso strengthens to 48.60

Petron expects at least P1.5-B losses

Petron Corp., the country's largest oil refiner and retailer expects a full year net loss ranging between P1.5 and P2 billion as the drastic drop in international crude oil prices hit its bottomline.

San Miguel buys Petron, gets telco

San Miguel Corp., Southeast Asia"s largest food and beverage company, went on a buying spree on Monday, acquiring a substantial stake in Petron Corp. and announcing a telecommunications venture with a Qatari company.

MegaLotto, SuperLotto prizes not won

Shaina talks about sister Vina

Young actress Shaina Magdayao finally broke her silence and shared the real status of her affair with actor John Prats.  In an interview, Magdayao said that she's exclusively dating Prats. She said that she prefers not to say anything about her affair with Prats for the simple reason that she's not rushing things and she's just being careful.

Book on Rudy Fernandez launched

Marie Fernandez has written a book in memory of his brother, the late actor Rudy Daboy Fernandez, so that the young generation will learn the importance of a life worth living.

LT denies exploiting Daboy's legacy

Lorna Tolentino dismissed rumors that she is using the name of her husband, Rudy Fernandez, to promote various projects such as a photo exhibit, movie, album and many others.

DOJ absolves Nida Blanca aide

The Justice Department has absolved Elena dela Paz of involvement in the Nida Blanca murder.

Kamikazee guitarist arrested in Dubai

Led Zeppelin Tuyay, the guitarist of Pinoy rock band, Kamikazee, was arrested in Dubai International Airport after authorities found suspected residue of marijuana in his luggage shortly after the band's arrival in Dubai Friday, December 5.

Gary V in Qatar concert sans passport

Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano is back in the country and clarified reports that he was arrested in Qatar airport last Friday, November 28.  The singer said that his faith-stretching experience started when he entered the plane in Dubai for Qatar.  He said that because he was really tired from his concert in Dubai he fell asleep. And while asleep, he dropped his passport.

Osang plays Piolo's ma in 'Manila'

Former sexy star Rosanna Roces is making a comeback of sorts in the new independent movie Manila, which is a tribute to Ishamel Bernal's Manila By Night and Lino Brocka's Jaguar.  In the movie, Roces will be playing the mother of Piolo Pascual. Also included in the movie are stars Jon Avila, John Lapus Marissa Delgado, William Martinez, Iza Calzado and Angelica Panganiban.

Echo, Tin-Tin gear up for big reunion

Fresh from the success of their latest Maalaala Mo Kaya project, former onscreen couple Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales are set to ignite TV screens once again as they reunite for another reunion project in 2009.

Streisand, President Bush kiss

Singer Barbra Streisand got an awkward kiss on the cheek from the president, and yes, she gave him a smooch back.  The singer and actress was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors, along with actor Morgan Freeman, country singer George Jones, dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp and musicians Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who.  The hug and kiss between Bush and Babs — who has previously said Bush's election wins in 2000 and 2004 were stolen — was replayed later on video at a Kennedy Center gala. The crowd couldn't help but laugh.

Madonna wedding photos 'private'

Zsa Zsa Gabor  - "A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished."

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