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Thursday, January 22, 2009

January 23, 2009 Major News Stories

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said up to 60,000 jobs could be lost in the Philippines' key electronics sector due to the global economic crisis.

Giardini workers file strike notice

Need for OFWs in Australia is down

The demand for Filipino workers in Australia remains but will slow down due to the continuing global financial crunch, Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Rod Smith said.

Malaysia has right not to hire Pinoys 

Malaysia"s decision to stop hiring foreign workers, including Filipinos, is just fair for an economy struggling to survive the global economic crisis, the Philippine envoy in Kuala Lumpur said.

Govt exploring markets for OFWs

US crude up, sending oil prices to $41

PDIC chooses auditing firm 

Auditing company KPMG Manabat Sanagustin & Co. was chosen to assist government in examining deposit accounts in a dozen failed banks, helping depositors obtain their claims faster.

Corruption may worsen during crisis

The government should brace not only for an economy likely to be hurt by the global recession but also for the worsened corruption the crunch might bring, a Hong Kong-based anti-corruption consultant warned.

More 'pork', less for debt service

Groups protest against CARP

Capitol yields to city ruling

Politicians part of drugs trade: official

A senior official today accused politicians across the country of dipping their hands into the multibillion dollar illicit drugs trade, possibly to raise money for next year's elections.  "There is narco-politics all over the country," Dionisio Santiago, head of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, said while painting a bleak picture of efforts to rid the Southeast Asian nation of illegal drugs.  He said "politicians at all levels" were involved as either financiers or protectors of drug traffickers.

Gonzalez: Resado account checked

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez has asked the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to look into the bank accounts of State Prosecutor John Resado and his wife.

Ombuds faulted for Bolante inaction 

Senate Blue Ribbon chair Richard Gordon on Thursday accused the Ombudsman of "dereliction of duty" in dealing with former government officials implicated in the P728-million fertilizer fund scam.

18 recommended to SC 

Bantay Korte Suprema (BKS, Supreme Court Watch) has released the names of 18 possible replacements for Supreme Court Justice Adolf Azcuna, who is retiring on February 16.  Included in the list released by the office of BKS co-founder Senator Francis Pangilinan are Solicitor General Agnes Devanadera and Sandiganbayan anti-graft court Justices Francisco Villacruz and Edliberto Sandoval. 

The 15 others are: 

1. Roberto Abad, dean of the University of Sto. Tomas Faculty of Civil Law. 
2. Court of Tax Appeals Presiding Justice Ernesto Acosta 
3. Court of Appeals Justice Hakim Abdulwahid 
4. Court of Appeals Justice Lucas Bersamin 
5. Court of Appeals Justice Amelita de Guzman Tolentino 
6. Court of Appeals Justice Japar Dimaampao 
7. Court of Appeals Justice Juan Enriquez 
8. Court of Appeals Justice Remedios Fernando 
9. Court of Appeals Justice Remedios Fernando 
10. Court of Appeals Justice Portia Alino Hormachuelos 
11. Court of Appeals Justice Andres Reyes 
12. Cesar Villanueva, dean of the Ateneo law school
13. Lawyer Pablito Sanidad Sr.
14. Lawyer Jose Mario Bunag 
15. Rodolfo Robles, chairman of the board and president of Landphil Management Development Corp.

Enrile: Increase House membership 

Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile is pushing for the passage of a law to increase the number of legislative districts and, therefore, the membership of the House of Representatives, as well as correct the representation of partylists, to comply with the Constitution.

Comelec delists vote no-shows

Mistaken identity costs radioman's life

A blocktime radio broadcaster at here was shot dead by unidentified gunmen around around 9 p.m. Wednesday in what police said Thursday could have been a case of "mistaken identity."  Badrodin Abas, 38, of radio dxCM was driving his multi-cab when the gunmen, who were riding on tandem on a motorbike, blocked his way and immediately fired on him.

Alleged NPA rebels raid Bukidnon jail

Suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) raided the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in the province of Bukidnon on Wednesday, police and military officials said.

No military operations in Sulu--gov

Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan said no military operation has been launched in the province to rescue three kidnapped workers of the of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Moro rebels not ready to resume talks

Palestinian husbands seek RP docs 

The Palestinian husbands of Filipinas extracted from war-torn Gaza have appealed to the Philippine government to give them Philippine passports, saying the country is their "second home."

Filipinos help raise funds for Gaza 

Filipinos in the western Saudi city of Jeddah have been cited for helped a group Arabs raise funds for the victims of Israeli attacks in Gaza.

Peso gains 18 centavos 

Recruiters press for P55-to-$1 rate

High schools to learn financial literacy

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) have teamed up to integrate financial literacy and investment consciousness studies in public high school.

GSIS sees P40-billion profit this year

Arroyo takes role of climate czar

After taking the role of an anti-drug czar, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has also named herself the country's climate change czar. She said this was part of the reorganization of the Presidential Task Force on Climate Change, which was previously headed by Heherson Alvarez Jr.

Obama orders closure of Guantanamo 

Obama recovery plan in the House 

Obama retakes oath after stumble

In a highly unusual move, President Barack Obama retook the oath of office after Chief Justice John Roberts led him into a stumble when he originally swore-in to become the 44th US president.

Caroline Kennedy ends senatorial bid

Caroline Kennedy has ended her quest for the US Senate seat vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, halting a campaign that began with popular support but withered quickly over criticism about her experience and her reluctance to answer questions about her finances.

Asean leaders attend Thailand summit 

All leaders of the ASEAN countries have officially confirmed to attend the 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Thailand, Virasakdi Futrakul, Minister of Foreign Affairs' Permanent Secretary, was quoted by Thai language-newspaper Matichon as saying today.

2 deaths given in China milk scandal

A Chinese court condemned two men to death Thursday and handed a life term to a former dairy boss in the first sentences for those involved in the country's contaminated milk scandal.

Pacquiao-Hatton super fight is off

A planned May 2 showdown between Britain's Ricky Hatton and Philippine star Manny Pacquiao has been called off after the two fighters' camps could not agree on how to split the purse.

Mayweather in touch with Pacquiao 

No Puerto Rico fight for Concepcion

The man in-charge of charting the ring career of boxing prospect Bernabe Concepcion won"t accept fighting reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Steven Luevano if the title bout will be held in Puerto Rico.

PSC chair to stay until replaced

Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez is not leaving his post from the government sports agency until a possible replacement is named.

Panel given 15 days for its inquiry

Hundreds feast on largest batchoy 

Ilonggos on Thursday feasted on the largest-ever bowl of La Paz batchoy in a bid for a world record.  Around 1,000 residents and guests flocked to the La Paz District plaza where a giant stainless steel bowl was set up to cook the savory noodle dish.  The bowl, measuring two meters in width and one meter in height and custom-made in Cebu City for P180,000, had a capacity of 3,500 liters. The broth alone reached 1,700 liters.

Philip apologizes for "outburst" in row

Saying his actions were merely a result of an "emotional outburst," actor Philip Salvador on Thursday apologized for hitting a bus driver during a road altercation along EDSA in Mandaluyong City on Wednesday morning.

Reckless driving rap vs Nino dropped

A reckless imprudence charge against actor Niño Muhlach over a traffic altercation in 2008 has been ordered dismissed by a local prosecutor.

Button leads Oscars:  13 nominations

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