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Sunday, January 11, 2009

January 12, 2009 Major News Stories

25 injured in plane accident in Aklan

A turboprop plane landed short of the runway then struck a concrete wall at the Caticlan Airport in Aklan, a central Philippine province, on Sunday, injuring 25 crew members and passengers, including foreign tourists, officials said. The accident led to a five-hour closure of the airport and forced the diversion or cancellation of several flights, airport officials said. An initial landing attempt by the twin-engine plane operated by budget carrier Zest Air failed "due to unfavorable wind conditions," Civil Aviation Authority Director General Ruben Ciron said. The accident injured 22 crew members and passengers, including two Germans, two Australians and a South Korean bound for the popular Boracay beach in Aklan, about 300 kilometers south of Manila, airport official Ma. Mecine Torres told The Associated Press by telephone. Two airport guards and a utility man on the ground were injured by flying debris, said Rachel Hilada, a doctor at the Aklan Baptist Hospital, where the injured were treated mostly for fractures and abrasions. The 56-seater aircraft sustained damages, Ciron said, adding that an investigation was under way. 

Flood destroys 20 houses in Mis. Or. 

651 familes flee from Gingoog flood

PDEA chief happy over Arroyo's order 

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief, Director General Dionisio Santiago, is happy over President Arroyo's order on Sunday to make Justice officials and prosecutors in the "Alabang Boys" drug-bribery mess to go on leave.

Masbate Gov. survives ambush try 

Masbate Gov. Elisa Olga Kho on Sunday survived an ambush attempt.  The governor and one of her security escorts were slightly wounded after they were ambushed by alleged New People's Army (NPA) rebels before noon Sunday.

NPA:  Masbate gov not target, sorry

NPA orders offensives vs Balikatan

The Communist Party of the Philippines has ordered its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA), to conduct tactical offensives in Bicol to "mock" the upcoming RP-US Balikatan joint exercises there.

6 soldiers killed, MILF says 

Moro rebels killed six government soldiers and destroyed an armored personnel carrier in fierce fighting Sunday in Maguindanao.

SC insider tips, questions vs Puno

An anonymous letter from "a concerned employee" of the Supreme Court and a copy of the un-promulgated decision reversing the proclamation of Negros Representative Jocelyn Limkaichong prompted one of the petitioners against her to question the integrity of Chief Justice Reynato Puno.

Malacañang behind oust-Puno bid

Opposition Senator Panfilo Lacson said the reported moves to impeach Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Reynato Puno smack of politics which he hinted could be spearheaded by Malacañang.

Drilon: Palace behind Puno ouster bid

Malacañang could be behind moves to oust Supreme Court Justice Reynato Puno, as part of a "grand scheme" to remove all roadblocks to its push for charter change, former Senate President Franklin Drilon said Sunday.

Palace nixes role in Puno ouster try

Glo to veto bill reviving death penalty

Unless she can be swayed by new arguments, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is likely to veto a bill filed by an administration senator to revive the death penalty, Malacañang hinted Sunday.

Sandigan bars gov't witness vs Tan

The Sandiganbayan has barred the testimony of a witness against businessman Lucio Tan, blocking further attempts by the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) and the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) to challenge Tan's acquisition of General Bank and Trust Co.

Paz expelled, DAR chief suspended

The board of directors of the Valley Golf and Country Club in Antipolo City has expelled businessman Delfin dela Paz, suspended Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman Sr. for two years and banned their children from the golf course in connection with a brawl last month.

OFWs hit DOLE's direct hiring ban

The largest alliance of Overseas Filipino Workers' groups worldwide are up in arms over the recent order by the Labor Department banning direct-hiring of Hong Kong-bound Filipino household service workers.

18 of 250 rescued from Indon ferry

An Indonesian passenger ferry sank in a storm Sunday with about 250 passengers and 17 crew onboard after being battered by 2-meter waves.

8 dead in Siberian helicopter crash

Russian emergency officials say that a missing helicopter owned by the state gas giant Gazprom crashed in the mountains of Western Siberia, killing eight aboard.

Death toll at 16 from Costa Rica quake

Searchers found more bodies Saturday in a restaurant buried under fallen earth, bringing the death toll to 16 as helicopters ferried residents and tourists out of a quake-stricken region in Costa Rica.

Bus crashes into Peru ravine, 33 dead

A bus ran off a slick mountain road into a ravine in northern Peru Saturday, killing at least 33 people.

Israel pounds Gaza, death toll hits 850

Tanks and warplanes pounded Gaza City before dawn on Sunday, hours after Israel warned it would escalate its war on Hamas targets, as the death toll in the 16-day-old conflict passed 850.

Israeli PM:  Gaza campaign to go on

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says the military has made impressive gains in its campaign against Gaza militants. But it must fight on, he says, to achieve the goal of halting rocket attacks on southern Israel.

6 troops, 40 militants slain in Pakistan

Hundreds of foreign militants attacked Pakistani forces near the border with Afghanistan, sparking clashes that left six soldiers and 40 militants dead.

Obama Plan creates up to 4.1M jobs

President-elect Barack Obama countered critics with an analysis Saturday by his economic team showing that a program of tax cuts and spending like he's proposed would create up to 4.1 million jobs, far more than the 3 million he has insisted are needed to lift the country from recession.

Obama: How bailout money is spent 

Sub-par sparring culprit in Oscar loss 

THERE'S no mystery behind Oscar dela Hoya"s devastating loss to Manny Pacquiao. Dela Hoya had inferior sparmates, his conditioning coach Robert Garcia admitted.

Pacquiao picked over Hatton

Bowling scribes honor Nepomuceno

Filipino bowling legend Paeng Nepomuceno has been awarded the 2009 World Bowling Writers Mort Luby Jr. Distinguished Service Award.

SMB beats Gin, meets TNT in semis

Dondon Hontiveros scored 34 points and keyed a furious third-quarter rally to lift San Miguel to a 98-93 over Barangay Ginebra and advance in the KFC PBA Philippine Cup on Sunday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

Champion Adamson routs La Salle

Adamson defeated De La Salle 18-10 to start defense of its baseball championship on opening day of the UAAP Sunday.

Geneva Cruz denies separation 

Singer Geneva Cruz has belied persistent rumors about her alleged suicide attempt and the supposed failure of her marriage.

Beth Tamayo's family problems 

Vocalist succumbs to brain aneurysm

A female band vocalist succumbed to brain aneurysm Saturday.  Annabel Bosch, lead singer of such bands as Tropical Depression, Elektrikcoolaid, Spy and Analog, passed away 10 days after she was rushed to the Makati Medical Center. On New Year's Eve, Bosch complained of a severe headache and was vomiting before she was brought to the Makati hospital.

Dolphy's apo yields unlicensed pistol

Jolie thinking about brief return to film

Angelina Jolie, who has been lying low since the birth of her 5-month-old twins, is thinking about a brief return to film, but very brief.

Pogue on Saving Money with Tech

Times tech columnist David Pogue suggests that while buying gadgetry willy-nilly certainly isn't a great use of money right now, wise use of technology—internet streaming over cable, pay-as-you-go over cell plans, refurbished computers over new-smell models—can save you a good deal of cash. Check out his list of options, providers, and savings.

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