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Monday, January 5, 2009

January 6, 2008 Major News Summary

More oil price rollbacks seen January

Local oil firms are expected to cut fuel prices this month, according to the Department of Energy.

Oil slips as global worries re-emerge

Bank holiday gideklarar sa RBS

Unemployment numbers disputed

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque scoffed at the projection of economist and former Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno that the global financial crisis would render 11 million Filipinos jobless.

KMU renews fight for p125-wage hike

Senate to hike in SSS, GSIS benefits

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr on Monday urged colleagues to expedite action on a pending bill seeking to increase the pension benefits for Social Security System (SSS) and Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) members.

OFW deploy widens rich-poor gap

'Love' keeps Filipinos in Gaza

As the number of Filipinos who agreed to leave Gaza continued to go down from 70 to 66 to 13, and as of last briefing to six, most of those who have decided to stay in the war-torn strip, have done so because of love and family.

6 Filipinos' trip out of Gaza cancelled

The ongoing Israeli attack in Gaza Strip prevented the evacuation of the six Filipino nationals there, An official of the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.

Roadblock bars Pinoys from leaving 

Oil as weapon in Gaza snubbed

MalacaƱang defends Pangandaman

MalacaƱang continued its defense of Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman regarding his involvement in an altercation at a golf course, saying that it is still too early to talk about suspension as called for by the official's accuser.

Pangandaman apologizes anew 

DENR chief reshuffles directors

Environment secretary Lito Atienza on Monday started reorganizing his department by effectively removing six regional directors and reshuffling seven others. Three other regional directors were retained to their current positions.  In his order, Atienza assigned/reassigned the following DENR directors to: 

* Antonio Principe – Region 3 
* Jose Andres Diaz – National Capital Region 
* Regidor De Leon – Region 8 
* Maximo Dichoso – Region 9 
* Ernesto Adobo Jr – Region 10 
* Jim Sampulna – Region 11 
* Raquil-Ali Lucman – Region 12 
* Nilo Tamoria – Region 4-A (retain) 
* Marcial Amaro – Region 4-B (retain) 
* Joselin Marcus Fragada – Region 5 (retain)

Arroyo holds 1st Cabinet meet in 2009

Set aside time for sessions, not 2010 

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on Monday urged his colleagues who are planning to run for higher posts in the 2010 elections to continue attending sessions and fulfilling their duties rather than making rounds in provinces to campaign.

Teodoro tatakbo ba sa 2010?

5 houses razed in Tudela

Fire guts office of Glo spokesperson

A small fire broke out in a Malacanang building Monday burning the office of the deputy presidential adviser on Central Luzon and concurrent deputy presidential spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo.

Sultan Kudarat town vice mayor dead

SULTAN KUDARAT, Philippines - Unidentified suspects on Monday evening shot dead the vice mayor of President Quirino town in this southern Philippine province.

MILF accuses AFP of 'food blockage'

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) today accused the Army's 68th Infantry Battalion of imposing a "food blockade" on supply routes to a known community of MILF supporters in Alamada, North Cotabato.

Math teacher raped 12-yr-old pupil

A math teacher from Mandaluyong City is facing rape charges for allegedly raping his 12-year-old pupil whom he allegedly enticed by giving her a mobile phone and iPod.

RP imports 3,000 goats, sheep 

The Philippines is set to import some 3,000 goats and sheep from Australia as part of the heightened agricultural trade between the two countries, according to Australian Ambassador to RP Rod Smith.

House probes envoy to Australia

An investigation is being sought into the country's ambassador to Australia who has been allegedly neglecting his duties because he was studying full-time at the expense of the Philippine government.

PNP, US join Balikatan exercises

Elite members of the Special Action Force (SAF) of the Philippine National Police (PNP) will participate in the Balikatan exercises between the troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and United States.

Peso surges on first trading day

Customs lowers targets for tax cuts

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) will seek approval to reduce its revenue targets this year since lower oil costs and duty-free imports may cut its collections.

Obama picks Panetta to head CIA

Pacquiao faces more physical Hatton

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao's conditioning guru Alex Ariza predicts Pacquiao will face a more physical fight with Ricky The Hitman Hatton than he did with Oscar de la Hoya at the MGM Grand last December 6.

Morales puts money on Hatton

DepEd, NCCA endorse Baler

Fate of 'Ploning' known on Jan 22

Come January 22, the whole world will know whether or not the film will be included in the list of five Oscar nominees that will be read during the awards night in February.

Arroyo takes time out with dolphins

SINACABAN, Misamis Occidental—Meet Liberty and Prosperity, two dolphins that are seen to symbolize two pillars of what the Arroyo administration seeks to achieve as its legacy.

Joey Marquez cleared of estafa, graft 

The Sandiganbayan has junked criminal charges against former Paranaque City Mayor Joey Marquez and two of his co-defendants concerning the alleged anomaly in the P6.41 million textbook supply contract entered under his term in 1998.

Church feels economic crunch

Travolta 'furious' about autism report 

John Travolta was "furious" over reports that his 16-year-old son, Jett, who died recently, was suffering from autism.

Cruise: Church helped beat dyslexia

US actor Tom Cruise said Scientology teachings helped him overcome childhood dyslexia, a Spanish magazine reported.

Eddie Izzard  - "I grew up in Europe, where the history comes from."

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