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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

January 21, 2009

House probes LPG 'shortage'

A House of Representatives panel is set to summon major oil firms as well as new oil players to explain the reported shortage in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supply.

Diesel, LPG, gasoline overpriced

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan, New Patriotic Alliance) on Monday said the country's petroleum products remain "hugely overpriced as oil firms refused to implement substantial rollbacks in domestic pump prices" even as global crude oil prices continue to soften.

Oil falls below $34 

Oil prices fell below $34 a barrel Tuesday in Asia as traders sold the expiring front-month Nymex contract due to a lack of space at a key US storage facility.

Tainted peanut butter not in RP 

Contaminated peanut butter products that sickened close to 400 people and killed at least six in the United States have not been found in the Philippine market, the Bureau of Food and Drugs said.

2 more cases filed vs. Sulpicio Lines


Landslides, floods kill 30--NDCC

The total death toll from the flashfloods and landslides that struck the Visayas and Mindanao in the past weeks has reached 30, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said on Tuesday.

Capitol's bid for SRP remains alive


SSS share to package questioned

House committee on economic affairs chairman Cebu Rep. Ramon Durano on Tuesday ordered Social Security System (SSS) President Romulo Neri to attend the January 28 House hearing on the impact of the global financial crisis to explain the P12.5 billion contribution of the SSS to the government's economic stimulus package.

Noggi: No misuse of stimulus package


P25M, 4 years for random drug tests

The government needs P25 million for the nationwide random drug testing in schools scheduled to start next month, a Department of Education official said Tuesday.

DOJ chief unfazed by suspension bid

Department of Justice (DOJ) Sec. Raul Gonzalez on Tuesday said he is unfazed over the Integrated Bar of the Philippines" (IBP) reported bid to suspend him as a lawyer.

Spare SCJ Puno from politics - FVR

Former President Fidel Ramos on Tuesday said it would be prudent for Supreme Court Chief Justice Reynato Puno to reject growing calls for him to run as president in the 2010 elections.

Lakas Jan 29 meet picks 2010 bearer

Members of the ruling political party Lakas-Christian and Muslim Democrat (Lakas-CMD) will hold a caucus next week to pick the party's standard bearer in the 2010 presidential elections, former President Fidel Ramos disclosed Tuesday.

Lawyers say Erap can still run in 2010 


Senate cuts Comelec, COA, CHR kitty

The final Senate version of the 2009 General Appropriations Act (GAA) slashed the budget allocations of the Commission on Audit (COA), Commission on Elections (Comelec), and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) by a total P140 million.  The COA and the Comelec took major slashes of P100 million and P39 million, respectively. The CHR's proposed budget of P253 million was also slashed by P1 million.  House deputy minority leader and Bayan Muna Rep.Satur Ocampo, a member of the budget bicameral committee, warned that the budget cuts could "hamper the operations of some of the few bright spots in the bureaucracy."

Comelec bidding of poll machines

The Commission on Elections said it is now finalizing the terms of reference for the bidding of the optical mark reader (OMR) machines that will be used for the automation of the 2010 polls.

US offers help in ICRC abduction 

The United States said Tuesday it was prepared to help in the search for three International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) staff kidnapped in the southern Philippines.

CBCP pleads for ICRC staff's release

The head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) made a plea Tuesday for the release of three abducted International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) representatives.

CA grants habeas bid of Ces suspects 

The Court of Appeals has ordered the Philippine National Police to bring before it a mayor in southern Philippines and his son who were arrested for the kidnapping of a television news crew and a university professor last year.

More OFWs in Macau might lose jobs 

More overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Macau might just end up jobless if the localization of workers continues in Asia"s gaming capital, a non-profit organization said on Tuesday.

Recruiters see rise of OFWs to Taiwan

Despite recent layoffs, recruiters have expressed optimism that there will be an increase in the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to Taiwan in the second quarter of 2009.

33 Pinays arrive at Egypt border

Only 33 of the 37 Filipinos and Palestinians who were earlier reported to be moving out of the Gaza Strip have crossed the border at Egypt as two Palestinian spouses opted to stay behind.

Philippine peso slips to P47.50 vs $1


Yuchengcos sell Pacific Plans: P250M

The Yuchengcos have sold their troubled pre-need unit Pacific Plans Inc. (PPI) to a group led by investment banker and Asian Spirit Airlines founder Noel OƱate.

Joyous crowds witness US history


Pacman backs boxing quest for gold

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao vows to support Philippine amateur boxing in its quest to win the country's first Olympic gold medal.

Arum: It's 52-48 or no Pacquiao-Hatton 

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is playing his last card; a 52-48 percent split of revenues in favor of Manny Pacquiao in his May 2 showdown with Britain's Ricky The Hitman Hatton.

Pacquiao reveals decision on Friday

The planned May 2 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton would push through after all, this was according to a spokesman for Top Rank big boss Bob Arum.

Manny firm on split, rejects new offer


Miss Cebu runner-up quits 


Lapid returns as Pampanga voter

Senator Manuel "Lito" Lapid transferred his voter's registration to his hometown of Porac in Pampanga on Tuesday, bolstering reports about his possible gubernatorial bid in 2010.

Belo not reconciling with Hayden Kho

After keeping mum for almost a month, Dr. Vicki Belo has finally broken her silence over her controversial breakup with ex-boyfriend Dr. Hayden Kho.

Cuban designer dresses Michelle O


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