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Sunday, February 15, 2009

February 16, 2009 Major News Stories

A Kuwaiti oil official says crude oil prices are unlikely to rise above $40 per barrel, even if OPEC decides to enact a production cut of as much as 2 million barrels per day at its meeting next month.

Palace: Review of Oil Deregulation Law

Malacanang on Sunday said it is seriously considering the review of the Oil Deregulation Law in light of the recent shortage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and the unstable oil prices.

PNOC to plant jatropha in Leyte

The Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) is planning to plant around 100 hectares of land in Leyte to jatropha, a source of alternative fuel.

Govt approves package from excess VAT

Teachers to file suit vs GSIS deductions

A group of activist teachers has launched a campaign to scrap what it considers illegal automatic deductions from the salaries of those with arrears with the Government Service Insurance System.

NARS won't help nurses much--recruiters

A group of recruiters has called on the government to reconsider a program under which nurses will be sent to the provinces to gain experience aimed at hastening their deployment overseas.

133 OFWs barred from Middle East, Japan

Immigration officials at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Angeles, Pampanga prevented another 133 Filipino Workers to board an aircraft bound for the Middle East and Japan without proper travel documents.

Sunog, kandila ang hinungdan?

Roderos adto na sa Crame

Ambushed Masbate vice mayor dies 

A police official on Sunday said that the vice mayor of Milagros town who was wounded in an ambush last February 3 in Masbate province has died Saturday evening in a Makati hospital.

Nothing solid vs Mr. Arroyo in WB letter

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago said on Sunday she had received a letter from a World Bank official saying the bank had no hard evidence First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo and Filipino contractors connived to corner multimillion-dollar contracts for road improvement projects.

Admin senators seek VFA abrogation

Two administration allies sought the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) over the refusal of the US to immediately hand over convicted rapist Daniel Smith despite the Supreme Court ruling that he should be returned to Philippine custody.

Santiago: VFA scrapped with Palace nod

Administration Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santigao said today the US-RP Visiting Forces Agreement could be abrogated only with Malacañang consensus.

More perks for WW II vets possible--DND

The approval of the $198-million payment to Filipino World War II veterans who fought with American soldiers more than 60 years ago has opened the door to more perks for them in the future, Defense Undersecretary for Veterans Affairs Ernesto Carolina said on Sunday.

US funds for RP war vets a pittance

Senator Joker Arroyo said the one-time $198-million compensation the United States government granted the Filipino veterans of World War II was "too little, too late."

Gordon seeks special prayers 

The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) asked Red Cross chapters nationwide Sunday to offer special prayers for three abducted International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) workers, one month after their abduction in Sulu.

Manero joins MNLF for 'peace'

Freed convicted priest killer Norberto Manero confirmed Sunday he has joined the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), which he believes will bring peace to Mindanao.

Palparan now an NPA target in Mindanao

JDV III: Erap wooing him for 2010 elections

Jose "Joey" de Venecia III, the whistleblower in the allegedly anomalous broadband deal between the government and ZTE Corp., on Sunday disclosed that he is being wooed by former President Joseph Estrada to run under the opposition banner in next year"s national elections.

Pacquiao warned vs Hatton's 'dirty tactics'

Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao was warned against Ricky The Hitman Hatton's dirty tactics when they meet in their Las Vegas showdown on May 2.

Bollozos bakakon: Dr. Burden

Actor Berting Labra laid to rest

Veteran actor Berting Labra (Roberto Labra in real life) was laid to rest Sunday.

Pops: I'm obsessed with my lips

Singer Pops Fernandez has confessed that she had her lips plumped to make it look like the sexy lips of idol Angelina Jolie.

Super Lotto pot reaches P206M, no winner

Obama plans concert for Stevie Wonder

The White House is planning a concert this month to honor Stevie Wonder, whose music provided part of President Barack Obama's campaign soundtrack.

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