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January 26, 2009 Major News Stories

Malacañanag has ordered Cabinet officials to draw up plans to assist the thousands of Filipino workers expected to lose their jobs due to the worldwide downturn, including finding new opportunities overseas and using state funds to create livelihood programs.

Cebu City expands livelihood programs 

WITH retrenchments in some companies and a possible shortage of job opportunities, the Cebu City Government is expanding its livelihood training programs to help the public cope with the crisis.

Arroyo OKs programs on food output

PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the immediate implementation of backyard food production programs in urban areas as the government moves to help poor Filipinos cope with the effects of the global economic slowdown.

10-M trabaho bubuksan sa Iraq

Dahil sa 10 milyong job opportunities na na katakda umanong buk san sa Iraq, ikinokonsi dera ngayon ni Pangu long Arroyo ang panu kalang tanggalin na ang ipinapatupad na deployment ban ng mga mang gagawang Pinoy sa nasabing bansa.

Gov't's search for more overseas jobs

The government is looking for more job opportunities abroad for OFWs amid expectations of more job losses as a result of the global financial crisis, Malacañang said on Sunday.

Obama may bring hope for OFWs

The Philippines is banking that new immigration and labor policies the administration of American President Barack Obama may set will give Filipinos a chance to work in the US, the head of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said here.

House probes rural bank owner

The House wants Celso delos Angeles, the man allegedly behind the Legacy financial scam, to personally explain the collapse of his rural banks and preneed insurance company.

5 Cebu fiscals 'accept bribe'

WITH Congress investigating the alleged bribery of state prosecutors after the arrest of the so-called "Alabang Boys," Rep. Antonio Cuenco (Cebu City, south district) yesterday said he also received reports that at least five fiscals in Cebu are on the take.

Solon wants tax probe on Resado

A member of the House of Representatives wants State Prosecutor John Resado investigated for possible tax evasion.

Palparan worst person - Nene

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo should drop her plan to get retired Gen. Jovito Palparan into the government's anti-drug campaign and instead have him investigated for the human rights violations he allegedly committed while in the Army.

Palparan welcome in PDEA--Santiago

Although he has not been asked to join the war on drugs, retired major general Jovito Palparan has been briefed on the workings of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) by no less than agency chief Dionisio Santiago, himself a retired general.

Drug tests on students to start

THE random drug testing for public school students is set to start next month.  But Rep. Antonio Cuenco (Cebu City, south district) said the government or the school cannot compel those who refuse to go through the process.

CHR to launch rights database

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will launch on Monday a computer-based management information system to help it monitor and investigate human rights violations.

Israeli held in Cebu over bomb joke

Authorities arrested an Israeli national over a bomb joke in Mactan Cebu International Airport Sunday.  Airport police nabbed Israeli national Eliav Gaoli for joking that he has a bomb hidden in his shoes.

Vidal: Please pray for archdiocese

CEBU Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal yesterday called on Cebuanos to pray for the archdiocese as it celebrates its 75th founding anniversary this year.

Beware of "shady" donations 

Pope Benedict VI's top lieutenant on charitable activities urged the country's bishops not to accept donations from questionable sources, according to an article which appeared on the website of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Sandigan affirms conviction against ex-DepEd regional execs

The anti-graft court has affirmed the conviction against six former officials of the Department of Education-Region XI office and a trader in connection with falsified purchase of construction materials for an elementary school building in Davao City in 1991.  The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division thumbed down separate motions for reconsideration filed by defendants Venancio Nava, former DECS (Department of Education, Culture and Sports – DepEd predecessor) Region XI regional director; assistant regional director Susana Cabahug; administrative officer Aquilina Granada; finance officer Carlos Bautista; administrative officer Edilberto Madria; supply officer Felipe Pancho; and private defendant Jesusa dela Cruz, president of supply firm Giomiche Inc.

State of calamity in Northern Samar

Due to the floods and landslides early this month, Northern Samar has been placed under a state of calamity.

Salmonella downs hogs in Samar

Department of Agriculture (DA) Regional Executive Director for Eastern Visayas, has confirmed that laboratory tests have shown that the cause of death of hogs in Sta. Rita town in Samar province was not due to hog cholera but from Salmonella infection.

NP picks Villar as its standard-bearer

THE NACIONALISTA PARTY (NP) has bared its lineup of candidates for the 2010 national elections, with former Senate President Manuel B. Villar, Jr. at the top of the list.  Candidates picked for NP's 12-man senatorial slate includes Gilbert Remulla, reelectionist Senator Pilar Juliana S. Cayetano, Bukindnon Rep. Teofisto L. Guingona III (2nd district), Iloilo Vice-Governor Rolex T. Suplico, former Senator Agapito A. Aquino, Parañaque City Rep. Eduardo C. Zialcita (1stdistrict), and San Juan Rep. Ronaldo B. Zamora.  

Cory:  Work for a better Philippines

Former president Corazon Cory Aquino celebrated her 76th birthday Sunday with a mass held in a chapel of the Missionaries of the Child Jesus in Makati City. During the mass, Aquino not only shared how she had learned how to handle her sufferings but also expressed her birthday wish for all to work together for a better Philippines.

Ex-soldiers in Cabinet nothing to fear

Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile does not share his fellow senators' concern over the so-called militarization of the Cabinet of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Rookie cop to receive bravery medal

When heavily armed communist rebels raided a police station in Negros Oriental two months ago, Police Officer 1 Carl Marc Jopillo engaged them in a gunfight, killing two of the attackers.

Teachers: Release 3 abducted tutors

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) called on the Arroyo administration on Sunday to ensure the safe release of three public school teachers kidnapped by unidentified armed men in Mindanao last Friday.

ICRC, Chinese kidnap victims together

Three kidnapped workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross team and a Chinese national who was abducted earlier have been brought together by their captors in Sulu.

Muslim scholars' summit on peace 

The Mindanao peace process, along with poverty alleviation and good governance in the autonomous Muslim region, will take center stage during the largest gathering of ulama, or Muslim scholars, and religious leaders in Manila on Monday. Participating ulama will also discuss human rights, particularly the rights of Muslim women in the three-day Second National Summit of Ulama in the Philippines, which will be held at the Bayview Park Hotel in Manila.

Razon: I"m fit for peace adviser post

Incoming presidential peace adviser Avelino Razon Jr. on Sunday said his decades-long stint at the Philippine National Police (PNP) makes him competent for his upcoming post.

Vietnam ferry accident kills 40 

A small ferry overloaded with holiday shoppers sank in central Vietnam on Sunday, killing at least 40 people ahead of the traditional Lunar New Year. Most of the dead were women and children.

Pope wishes Asians New Year 'joy'

Pope Benedict XVI wished "joy" to hundreds of millions of Asians on Sunday as they prepared to usher in the Lunar New Year.

Hamas continues arming militants

A senior Hamas official said on Sunday the Palestinian Islamist movement will continue to arm its militants in the war-battered Gaza Strip as well as on the West Bank.

Afghan Bomber kills 1, wounds 8 

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a market in eastern Afghanistan, killing a civilian and wounding eight others, an official said Sunday.

Texters, Aces forge Finals showdown

The Tropang Texters blew a 17-point lead but played their heart out in overtime to pound out a 116-115 Game 6 victory over San Miguel's hard-fighting Beermen that lifted Talk 'N Text to the PBA-KFC Philippine Cup title series against Alaska.  The Alaska Aces clinched the other finals slot by nosing out the Sta. Lucia Realtors, 87-83, in the second game.

Pacquiao inspired with return of wife 

The world's top pound-for-pound boxer, Manny Pacquiao, is more inspired to train for his May 2 bout with Britain's Ricky Hatton now that his wife Jinkee and newborn fourth child, Queen Elizabeth, have come home from the US.

Mayweather won't return for Pacman

Even in retirement, Floyd Mayweather Jr. thinks that he's the reigning pound-for-pound champion. And not Manny Pacquiao.  "I take my hat off and congratulations to Manny Pacquiao if that's what they (public) feel. But… he's been knocked out before, and three or four years ago he got out-boxed by a washed out Erik Morales," Mayweather said.

Mosley stuns Margarito to win crown

American challenger Shane Mosley claimed the WBA welterweight title with a stunning ninth round stoppage of Mexican Antonio Margarito at the Staples Center on Saturday.

Palileo to join RP boxing pool

ABAP secretary-general Patrick Gregorio said yesterday 16-year-old discovery Robin Laraza Palileo, who migrated to Australia when he was two, will be offered a contract to join the national boxing pool with the goal of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics.

Angel hospitalized due to dengue

Actress Angel Locsin has been confined to a hospital in Quezon City last Thursday due to dengue.  Locsin's manager, Becky Aguila, said the actress was officially diagnosed by her doctor at St. Luke's Medical Center with dengue infection two days ago.

Almost 70 percent of Cory cancer gone 

Almost 70 percent of the cancer has gone away.  Kris Aquino, daughter of former president Corazon Aquino, who is battling colon cancer, said.

Ruffa Gutierrez to write book about life 

Ruffa Gutierrez is set write a book about her life and experiences as Mrs. Yilmaz Bektas, her estranged Turkish husband.

Battle for Belo wealth reaches SC

Still reeling from her recent split with her boyfriend Hayden Kho, popular cosmetic surgeon Vicky Belo faces another battle, this time at the Supreme Court.  Belo's former live-in partner Jose Santos is running after a directorship in the firm, having supposedly acquired 25 percent in the shares of stock in the company while he and Belo were living together as "husband and wife."

Floods fail to dampen Dinagyang

Iloilo's Dinagyang festival drew hundreds of thousands of guests and spectators despite austerity measures prompted by the devastation of the floods that submerged most of the city last year.

Vatican launches YouTube channel

Pope Benedict XVI expressed hope Sunday that the launch of a Vatican channel on YouTube would be a source of spiritual enrichment, as interest in the channel appeared to be picking up.

Obama sparks debate on YouTube

US President Barack Obama, as promised, put his first weekly address from the White House on YouTube, sparking a raucous debate in the comments section of the video-sharing site.

'Slumdog Millionaire' bags PGA plum

Rags-to-riches drama "Slumdog Millionaire" enhanced its status as frontrunner for next month's Oscars here Saturday, scooping top prize at the Producers Guild of America Awards.

Magnitude-5 quake in GenSan, Davao 

A magnitude-5 quake rocked parts of Mindanao early Sunday but no casualty or damage was initially reported.

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