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Thursday, February 5, 2009

February 6, 2009 Major News Stories

The leftwing Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan, New Patriotic Alliance) said on Thursday it supported the bid of small liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) marketers for industry regulation, since the government declared itself as "helpless in curbing abuses" in the sector.

Oil hovers near $40 on inventories data


NGO to Arroyo: Keep off OWWA funds

A migrants' advocacy group on Thursday questioned President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's authority to source a P1-billion livelihood fund for overseas Filipino workers' (OFWs) who lose their jobs because of the world financial crisis from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

RP may lift ban on OFWs in Iraq

The Philippine government is to send a delegation to Iraq next week to evaluate whether to lift a ban on Filipinos working there.

NGOs look after Filipinos in Taiwan


DFA: Not true green passports until 2009

The Department of Foreign Affairs announced that green passports are valid until their expiration date.

Identification of "Frank" victims continues


Pamilyang Osorio wala matagbaw sa CCPO


Dog pound sa Talisay gipahunong ni Soc


PDIC to pay rural bank depositors

The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) said it would start paying out claims on insured deposits of closed rural banks in Bohol on February 13.

BSP barred P7-B infusion in Legacy 

Investors were ready to infuse up to P7 billion in the Legacy Group in early 2008, but were prevented from doing so by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Celso de los Angeles, Legacy group owner, said.

Palace to get copy of WB report on FG

MalacaƱang will ask for a copy of the World Bank report that implicated First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo to the alleged irregularities surrounding the Bank-funded road project in the country.

Lacson: Resume WB road mess probe 

Senator Panfilo Lacson urged Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago to resume the investigation of the alleged corruption in World Bank-funded projects so she can order the Office of the Ombudsman to release a copy of a report that allegedly implicates First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo.

Pichay dares Lacson to show proof

Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) chairman Prospero Pichay dared Senator Panfilo Lacson to make public evidence supposedly linking him, First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo and former Negros Oriental representative Jacinto Paras to corruption in World Bank-funded projects.

Lozada on Mike Arroyo: 'Only 5%?'

First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo's alleged involvement in the alleged corruption surrounding World Bank-funded road construction projects did not come as a surprise to Rodolfo Noel "Jun" Lozada Jr.

First Lakas-Kampi meet a success--Pichay

The two main parties in administration coalition have begun formal unification talks, initially agreeing "in principle" to a merger and to refrain from looking for a presidential candidate until the process is completed.

Nograles sees hope for Charter change

Speaker Prospero Nograles said he is upbeat the Senate might agree to his proposal to amend the 1987 Constitution after Senator Juan Ponce Enrile said he was keeping an open mind so long as changes to the Charter are confined to its economic provisions.

Palace: Arroyo still for Charter change

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo continues to "advocate" Charter change but is leaving it to lawmakers to decide how and when it should be done, a MalacaƱang official said Thursday.

Cleric to negotiate ICRC staff release

A Muslim cleric has been asked to mediate in talks to free three Red Cross workers being held in the southern Philippine province of Sulu by Moro extremists, an official said Thursday.

Abducted RC workers appeal for help 


NPA attack vs Davao Sur mayor foiled

KIBLAWAN, Davao del Sur -- Suspected communist rebels stormed the residential compound of Mayor Jaime Caminero of this town but were unable to get past the guardhouse as soldiers inside the sprawling property fought them off.

NPA wounded in North Cotabato clash


'Be on your toes for drug tests'

Policemen have been warned to be on their toes for random drug tests expected to begin "soon," Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Chief Superintendent Nicanor Bartolome said.

Drug testing every three years — DepEd


Suicide bomber kills 12 in Iraq's north

Iraqi officials say 12 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in a Kurdish city near the Iranian border where tensions have been high since last weekend's elections.

18 Pinoy hostages in Somalia cry for help


Somali pirates make off with $3.2 million


Roach denies beating up Pacquiao"s pal

Manny Pacquiao"s trainer Freddie Roach has denied laying a hand on Gregg Asuncion, an associate of the Filipino boxing star, saying that any damages being claimed by Asuncion could have been instigated by "third parties."

Hatton 'brutal' foe for Manny


Inmates sa City Jail magpakasal


'Mommy Seiko' passes away

Aurora Tan, one of the pillars of Seiko Films and mother of the film studio's producer Robbie Tan, succumbed to pneumonia on Thursday.

Jolie asks Thailand to help Burmese 

Angelina Jolie has called on Thailand's government to give more freedom to tens of thousands of Burmese refugees it has kept locked inside camps for up to 20 years.

SKorean has failed written exam 771 times

A woman in South Korea who has taken the written exam required for a driver's license nearly every day since 2005 has failed again - but is hoping attempt No. 772 will be the charm.

Mystery man gives away cash in New York

He won't say his name, hides his face, and hands cash to anyone who asks in the middle of New York. The mystery benefactor known only as Bailout Bill sat Wednesday behind a counter in the heart of Times Square giving money to hundreds of people waiting in temperatures well below freezing.

Video for 'world's best job' stars bin Laden

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