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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

January 1, 2009 News Summary

A 74-year-old man died while his six-year-old grandchild went missing when a flashflood triggered by a heavy downpour swept their house in Clarin, Bohol on Wednesday morning.  The fatalities were identified as Ebaristo "Titing" Ramos, 74, and his grandson Harold Ramos.

Engine trouble hits SuperFerry 12

A passenger ferry from Cebu carrying 783 passengers and crew arrived safely at the Manila port at around noon Wednesday after experiencing engine trouble off Batangas.

Fast craft runs aground off Bohol

An Ocean Jet fast craft carrying 67 passengers and 11 crewmembers ran aground shortly after it departed from Tagbilaran City in Bohol for Cebu City Wednesday morning.

9 domestic flights sa NAIA kinansela


Iloilo fire kills boy, razes 22 houses


Danao has highest number of crimes


Teachers 'unpaid' for SK registration

HUNDREDS of public school teachers who served for at least four days during the 2007 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) voters registration complained that they have not yet received their honoraria of P1,200

DOJ upholds USAID grant to DepEd

The Department of Justice has upheld the validity of an $86.7-million assistance deal entered into by the Department of Education with the US Agency for International Development.

RP fight vs malaria gets P144M aid 

In 2009, Philippine efforts to fight malaria will get a needed shot in the arm with a P144-million aid from the Australian government.

Filipino compassion, spirit to help RP 

Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales on Wednesday expressed confidence that the Filipino's compassion and spirit of sharing will help the country surpass the impending economic crisis which is being experienced by some countries.

Arroyo mum on 2010, wishes stability

President Arroyo on Wednesday refused to talk about her plans once her term expires in 2010 amid moves to amend the charter supposedly meant to extend her stay in power.

Militants see more protests vs Arroyo 

Leftist groups on Wednesday predicted that 2009, the Year of the Ox, would see heightened protests against the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Pimentel's message to Arroyo: Resign

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. has one wish this coming year, and that is for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to have a graceful exit.

Search for alternatives for 2010 begins


RP's strong contender in 7Wonders 

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan province has remained No.1 on the list of nominees worldwide that are vying to be included on the New7Wonders of Nature as the end of the first stage of voting approaches.  As of December 30, Tubbataha is on the No.3 spot; Chocolate Hills, No. 5; Mayon Volcano, No. 12; Hundred Islands, No. 22; Mount Pinatubo, No. 23; and Taal Volcano, No. 86.

Bitay sa 27 OFWs pipigilan ng DFA


Remittance firm's more fraud charges

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Wednesday said it has filed another case of syndicated estafa (fraud) against the officials of a remittance company that failed to remit the money of an overseas Filipino worker (OFWs) based in the United Kingdom (UK).

Taxi fare hikes over receipts unlikely 


Oil falls below $38 on New Year's Eve 

Resurgent economic jitters sent oil prices below $38 a barrel Wednesday, as investors focused on the global slowdown that has dragged crude markets down some 60 percent this year.

Israel rejects truce call, attacks Gaza

Israel rejected international pressure to suspend its air offensive against Palestinian militants whose rocket barrages are striking close to the Israeli heartland, sending warplanes Wednesday to demolish smuggling tunnels that are the lifeline of Gaza's Islamic Hamas rulers.

Israelis detail sorties over Gaza


Pacman gets same pot in Hatton fight

Manny Pacquiao stands to receive the same amount of purse he collected in his fight with Oscar De La Hoya when he faces Ricky Hatton next middle of 2009.

Pacman-Hatton May 2 bout final- Arum


Ann shares victory with Echo and Ipe

Actress Anne Curtis, Best Actress of the 34th Metro Manila Film Festival, said that it was her big-screen leading-man actor Jericho Rosales who really pushed her to give all her best in acting for their award-winning movie Baler.

"Queen Elizabeth" is crowning glory 

The birth of his fourth child with wife Jinkee capped what turned out to be a banner year for Manny Pacquiao.

RP's Jukebox Queen shines in Vegas

The country's Jukebox Queen singer Imelda Papin once again proved her singing prowess as she performed before a sold-out crowd at the Orleans Showroom in Las Vegas.

Barkley arrested on suspicion of DUI

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