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Thursday, February 19, 2009

February 20, 2009 Major News Stories

Palace: February 23 a school holiday

Malacanang on Thursday announced that February 23 will be a special holiday in all schools nationwide in observance of the 23rd anniversary of the First EDSA revolution.

LTFRB to decide on fare cut tomorrow

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board is expected to come out with the decision on the fare reduction for public utility jeepneys and buses by tomorrow.

Oil near $35 amid grim US economic news

Oil prices rose slightly to above $35 a barrel Thursday in Asia despite grim US economic news that pointed to a deep recession and weaker crude demand.

ERC allows Napocor to increase fees

CHED denies tuition hike of 258 schools

Higher Education Chairman Emmanuel Angeles on Thursday denied reports that 258 universities and colleges have filed petitions for tuition increase in the this coming school year.

19 schools in region push for tuition hike

RP buys 85,000T of corn from US, Thailand

The Philippines bought a total 85,000 tons of corn from the United States and Thailand for delivery in March, industry sources said on Thursday.

Recto to SSS, GSIS: Hike members benefits 

Labor warns v. job crisis in Asia-Pacific

The world is suffering from a global job crisis, and Asia-Pacific economies, which are highly dependent on exports, will find themselves in deep trouble this year with a high unemployment rate, labor officials said at a meeting being held in Manila.

5 Pinays sold as sex slaves - Migrante

Five Filipinas who are victims of white slavery in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, are in need of urgent help from the Philippine government, a migrant group said on Thursday.

Filipino waiter in HK seeks compensation 

A 20-year-old Filipino waiter in Hong Kong who suffered second degree burns in different parts of his body due to a work-related incident is seeking compensation, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said on Wednesday.

118 Pinoys in CNMI tagged "overstayers"

Over 40 percent or 118 of the 293 "overstayers" in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are Filipinos, according to the latest list released by the CNMI Department of Labor.

US ambassador visits Cebu today

Abducted ICRC workers call colleagues

One month after they were abducted in southern Philippines, three workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross contacted their colleagues in Manila to inform them they are still together and unharmed.

JDV may name solons bribed by Palace

Former House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. on Thursday threatened to identify the congressmen allegedly bribed to endorse a "sham and bogus" impeachment complaint against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2007.

Pimentel to ADB:  Name 44 erring firms

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. asked Thursday the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to disclose the names of 41 firms and 38 individuals it had sanctioned for corruption involving bank-financed activities.

Pimentel asks DFA: Cancel Bedol passport

Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr on Thursday asked the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to cancel the passport of former Maguindanao election supervisor Lintang Bedol.

Lacson: Bedol "enjoys" admin's protection

Controversial and missing Maguindanao poll supervisor Lintang Bedol seems to enjoy the protection of none other than Malacañang, opposition senator Panfilo Lacson said.

World War II veterans dumagsa sa PVAO

Ferry carrying 60 capsizes in Bangladesh

A small ferry packed with more than 60 people capsized on a river in southern Bangladesh early Thursday after it was rammed by a sand-laden trawler, killing at least three people, police said.

Arum sees match between Pacquiao, Cotto

Osmeña wants settlement to "Mess Cebu"

Velvet Channel brings Oscar Awards to RP

While only a few winks away from the Academy Awards, everyone goes gungho as Velvet Channel brings the most sought-after event of the year to Filipino Hollywood followers today, Feb. 20.

Boy marries dog to ward off tiger attacks

An infant boy was married off to his neighbors' dog in eastern India by villagers, who said it will stop the groom from being killed by wild animals, officials and witnesses said on Wednesday.

Woman impregnated with wrong egg 

A Japanese woman was likely impregnated with the fertilized egg of another woman by accident during an in vitro procedure last year, hospital officials said Thursday.

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