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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

January 7, 2009 Major News Stories

Oil firms say P8 rollback impossible

While there may still be some room for pump price reductions this month, oil firms say an P8-a-liter across-the-board rollback is impossible.

Oil companies automatic price change

Oil majors are expected to start soon their "automatic" oil price adjustments which will make pricing of pump products more transparent.

Oil below $48 on profit-taking

Oil slipped below $48 on Tuesday on mild profit-taking, after rising 5.0 percent overnight on fears that Israel's deepening incursion into Gaza and a spat between Russia and Ukraine over gas prices could spark severe supply disruptions.

Senator pressures oil firms 

Senator Loren Legarda on Tuesday urged the Departments of Energy (DoE) and Trade and Industry (DTI) to pressure oil firms, particularly the major players, to lower their prices nationwide and not just in areas where small players are also operating.

Operators supak sa taxi meter receipt

2 kids die, 86 sick of Ormoc diarrhea 

At least two children died while 86 others fell ill due to diarrhea in a village in Ormoc City.  A dirty open spring was suspected to be the cause of the diarrhea outbreak.  The two boys, aged nine and six, who died due to diarrhea, were not named.  But the situation in sitio Visoria, Barangay Manlilinao is now under control.

Siargao a calamity area due to floods

Siargao Island in southern Philippines has been placed under a state of calamity due to flash floods, the Department of Social Welfare and Development said Tuesday.

Baquerfo says no to dialogue

'Friends' trying to settle golf brawl

Common friends acting as intermediaries have begun reaching out to Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman Sr. for a possible out-of-court settlement of his sons' golf brawl with the Dela Paz family.

Nograles meddling in libel convict hit

Lawyer and professor Harry Roque on Tuesday expressed dismay over the circumstances behind the release of former radio broadcaster Alexander Adonis from a Davao prison, saying press freedom is still under attack.

Carreta cap allows "tigbakay"

Politicians advised not to use Sinulog

Russia returns euros to De la Paz 

The thousands of euros intercepted last October by Russian customs officials from retired police comptroller Eliseo de la Paz were already returned to his camp.

Budget for 2010 poll automation ready

Estrada likely to back Legarda in 2010

Former president Joseph Estrada has yet to choose whom to endorse for the 2010 presidential elections but said he was likely to endorse Senator Loren Legarda -- if she would top the surveys.

Erap snubs teamup with Velarde 

Nograles files new rent control law

With the global financial crisis threatening to drive up the prices of everything, House Speaker Prospero Nograles has filed a bill for a new rent control law lasting three years to replace the one that lapsed December 31, 2008.

Arroyo OKs 1 million emergency jobs

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has approved the generation of one million emergency jobs in the first half of 2009 as part of government's efforts to cushion the impact of the global economic crisis on the country.

Kuwait needs 12,000 OFWs 

As the ongoing financial crisis continues to take its toll on jobs in many parts of the world, oil-rich Kuwait is going to need 12,000 overseas Filipino workers, Philippine labor attaché to the Middle East country Josephus Jimenez said.

Transparency sought in OWWA fund 

An international alliance of migrant groups on Tuesday urged for transparency regarding the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) fund contribution of Filipino migrant workers.

Danding blocks revival of coco levy 

Businessman Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco Jr on Tuesday asked the Sandiganbayan to junk the government's appeal to revive Civil Case No. 0033-C, one of eight coconut levy cases, after it was dismissed by the anti-graft court last November 14.

Filipinos to buy fewer cellphones 

Filipinos may buy fewer mobile phones this year as users are expected "prioritize" their expenses and as higher prices eat into their incomes, a research company said.

Atlas ships first copper to China

The Philippines' second largest miner, Atlas Consolidated, has shipped its first copper concentrate to China at a whopping $7,600 per ton, or more than double current prices

3 grenades seized on Iligan bus

Air strikes launched vs rogue MILF

The military says it has launched air strikes against rogue Moro rebels who harassed a military base in the coastal barangay (villages) of Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat.

12 rebels killed in military airstrikes 

Twelve renegade rebels were killed yesterday in military airstrikes aimed at flushing them out of two villages in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat, which they plundered and occupied for two weeks.

Talks with MILF without preconditions

The new head of the government peace panel on Tuesday said the government is preparing to "move forward" with the peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Arroyo offers 'formula' for peace 

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo revealed what she called the government's "formula" to attain peace in Mindanao. She called it the "Two Ps" for "Peace Talks for all, and Projects for Peace."

Communist rebels free Army officer

After almost two months in captivity, a Special Forces Army officer was finally released by the New People's Army before noon Tuesday, a police official said.

Arroyo lauds Mayor Duterte 

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo congratulated Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte over the release of an Army lieutenant who was held captive by communist rebels for close to two months

Israeli bombs hits UN school

Israeli forces edged closer to Gaza's major population centers on Tuesday and attacked new targets, including a U.N. school, taking more civilian lives after ignoring mounting international calls for an immediate cease-fire. A Palestinian rocket attack wounded an Israeli infant.

Israelis, Palestinians must start talks

Pope Benedict XVI says he wants to encourage efforts to get Israelis and Palestinians to sit down together in peace talks over the Gaza conflict.

Arab leader meets Bush on Gaza

League of Arab States Secretary General Amre Moussa is planning to see United States President George W. Bush Tuesday (Washington time) to convince him to help stop the violence in Gaza.

Sarkozy to Syria:  Pressure Hamas

Thaksin allies to block ASEAN summit

Supporters of Thailand's exiled former premier Thaksin Shinawatra said Tuesday they would hold rallies to block a summit of Southeast Asian nations, but the government brushed off the threat.

Children vulnerable in economic crisis

The deepening global economic crisis could raise infant mortality and malnutrition rates by up to 10 percent, a UN official said, urging Asian governments to protect millions of vulnerable children.

Pacquiao, Hatton electrifying match

Mo says Hayden kept sex videos

Tinanong si Mo Twister kung meron ba talagang sex video ang kaibigan niyang si Dr. Hayden Kho. Sumagot siya ng "Yes" at "Truth" ang naging resulta sa lie detector.

Willie's 'shining moment' in Wowowee

Krista Ranillo is photo club's model 

Woo takes Chinese epic to the West

John Woo is preparing to introduce his first Chinese-language film in 16 years to foreign audiences after the historical epic proved a massive success in Asia.

Travoltas back to US w/ son's remains

Wife burned hubby's genitals, charged 

An Australian woman accused of setting her husband's genitals on fire because she thought he was having an affair has been charged with murder.

Militants ridicule death of Bush cat

Timothy Leary  - "Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."

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