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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

January 8, 2009 Major News Stories

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday reiterated that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) displaced by the global economic crisis can avail of livelihood assistance or find another job locally or abroad under its contingency plan.

2,500 OFWs lose Taiwan jobs

At least 2,500 Filipino workers have lost their jobs in Taiwan amid a global economic slowdown, and more are expected to be sent home in the coming months, an official said Wednesday.

Pinoys bewail NZ's new hiring rules

Because of New Zealand"s new rules for hiring overseas-trained nurses, former Filipino dentist Ruby Lat is now stuck as a health care assistant at a hospital, earning 16 NZ dollars or more than P440 an hour despite being a nurse who could be earning NZ$25 or almost P700 an hour.

RP vulnerable to fall in remittances

The Philippines is vulnerable to a financial shock if cash remittances by masses of Filipinos working abroad dry up due to the global crisis, investment analyst group Moody's warned on Wednesday.

NFA rice purchase highest since '79


Roxas blames Arroyo for justice blues

An opposition senator on Wednesday blamed President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for a "screwed-up justice system that strongly favors the rich and the powerful."

Arroyo gets "F" grade as Edsa 2 nears


Gordon slams AMLC, OSG on Bolante 

Officials of the Anti-Money Laundering Council and the Office of the Solicitor General have a lot of explaining to do for allowing to lapse the freeze order on 32 back accounts linked to former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn Jocjoc Bolante, Sen. Richard Gordon said.

PNP to clear 'Euro Generals' 


DND reviews troops in other agencies

Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. said on Wednesday there is a need to review the policy allowing military personnel to be deployed to civilian agencies in the wake of the involvement of a Marine officer in the drug bribery scandal surrounding the "Alabang Boys" case.

Marcelino 'principled,' 'incorruptible'

The Marine officer who blew the whistle on the alleged bribery attempt in the "Alabang Boys" case is a silent and committed worker, a principled man, and one of the few incorruptible officers in the military, superiors and a classmate from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) said.

Cammayo returns to army HQ

A new set of uniform was all that First Lieutenant Vicente Cammayo asked for upon his return to the army headquarters at Fort Bonifacio Tuesday night after being held in captivity by communist guerillas for almost two months.

Blast rocks INC compound in Minda

Suspected Muslim separatist rebels tossed a hand grenade into a church compound in the southern Philippines Wednesday, causing damage but no injuries.

Cotabato hit by 2nd grenade attack

A hand grenade exploded in Kabacan, North Cotabato Wednesday afternoon, the second such attack in two days, the town police chief said.

Land behind MILF attacks in Kudarat

A land dispute triggered the "invasion" by about 100 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels of two villages in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat earlier this week, the military said Wednesday.

Pinay in drug ring nabbed in Malaysia

Thirteen people, including a Filipino woman, were arrested in Malaysia for their alleged involvement in an international narcotics syndicate that smuggled heroin from Pakistan.

Thailand's ASEAN summit venue

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said that the venue for a regional summit next month had been moved from Bangkok to a seaside town, Hua Hin, partly due to possible anti-government protests.

Israel to halt Gaza ops to allow aid

The Israeli military says it will briefly halt its operations in Gaza during the day to allow in humanitarian aid and fuel.

Russia stops all gas supply to Europe 


Ireland probes Catholic sex abuse


Sta. Lucia crushes Rain or Shine

JOSEPH YEO scored 26 points and Sta. Lucia played near-flawless basketball from start to finish to beat Gabe Norwood (in photo) and Rain or Shine, 101-84, and take Game One of the quarterfinals in the KFC PBA Philippine Cup on Wednesday.

Nadal, Federer reach quarterfinals


Assunta denies break up with Jules

Actress Assunta de Rossi denied that she had broken up with husband former Negros Occidental Rep. Jules Ledesma, adding that they just celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary last month.

Edu not bowing out of the 'Game'

Edu Manzano couldn't be more emphatic in denying the rumor that he resigned from the ABS-CBN show "Pilipinas, Game KNB?" over the holidays.

Piolo, Angel paired on big screen


MMFF best actors did not expect win

Anne Curtis was sure the Best Actress Award in the recent 34th Metro Manila Film Festival would go to Dawn Zulueta. Or Maricel Laxa. Or Ai-Ai de las Alas. Anyone but herself.

HK to restore Bruce Lee's old home

The Hong Kong government has agreed to preserve a former home of late martial arts legend Bruce Lee and turn it into a tourist attraction.

Daughter honors mom with rap song

The teenage daughter of slain Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto has found an unusual way to honor her late mother - by placing a rap song on the video Web site YouTube.

DiCaprio, Eastwood are film winners

The world economy is in dire straits, but you sure wouldn't know it from the red carpet at the 20th-annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala. The actresses were dripping with jewels, actors donned high fashion, and logos of jeweler Cartier and automaker Mercedes-Benz loomed large behind all as they posed for photographers.

Douglas William Jerrold  - "The only athletic sport I ever mastered was backgammon."

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