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Thursday, March 12, 2009

March 13, 2009 Major News Stories

Arroyo: Keep graduation rites simple

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered the Department of Education (DepEd) to require public schools to keep graduation rites simple.

RP has enough rice - NFA 

Keppel workers hold off strike

MECO rapped for asking OFWs' pay cuts

Migrant groups on Thursday slammed the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taiwan for advising overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) there to accept lower wages to avoid being retrenched by companies suffering from the global economic downturn.

POEA asked: Revoke agency license 

The government was asked to revoke the license of Sea Cap Shipping Inc., the agency that deployed 23 Filipino seafarers still being held hostage by Somali pirates.

Militant head files petition for habeas data

President Arroyo in Cebu to meet Tomas

PDIC: P6-B of Legacy deposits doubtful

Over P6 billion worth of deposit accounts from the 12 closed Legacy banks may not be eligible for insurance payment, the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. (PDIC) said.  As of March 10, the deposit insurer has paid P138.5 million in insurance claims for regular savings accounts with balances of P100,000 and below.

PDIC nails Celso with private island 

A white sand island with tree fringed shore of waving palms and lush beach foliage in Leyte helped the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) nail Legacy Group owner Celso de los Angeles in their syndicated estafa case filed at the justice department and perjury case at the Ombudsman's office.

Celso has yet to present waiver 

Senator Manuel Roxas II on Thursday said Albay town mayor Celso de los Angeles Jr, owner of Legacy Consolidated Plans, Inc., has yet to issue the waiver on the confidentiality of his private bank accounts as he promised at the Senate hearing last Monday.

SEC still waiting for Martinez's explanation 

Commissioner Jesus Enrique Martinez of the SEC has yet to submit his explanation to the regulator about allegations that his son received a house and lot from the Legacy Group.

4.8 quake hits Samar

A 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck off Samar island at around 5 p.m. Thursday, the USGS said.

Comelec approves specs on 2010 polls 

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has approved the terms of reference (TOR) and the request for proposal (RFP) for the automation of the May 2010 polls.

51% see 'trouble' if 2010 polls thwarted

Slightly more than half of Filipinos expect "much trouble" in the country if the May 2010 polls are postponed or canceled, according to a survey by pollster Pulse Asia.

Monsod warns of high-tech cheating 

Teodoro wife hopes for Arroyo nod 

Tarlac Representative Monica Prieto-Teodoro is hoping her husband, Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr., gets President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's endorsement to run for president in 2010 so she can pursue her children's welfare advocacy as first lady.

Bayani Fernando nilaglag na ng Lakas

Palace favors additional House members

Malacañang is in favor of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile's proposal to increase the number of congressmen from 250 to 350.

3 kidnapped workers together, says ICRC

The International Committee of the Red Cross said its three kidnapped workers were being held together in Sulu, contrary to reports by that they had been separated by their captors.

AFP: Free 1 ICRC worker to show sincerity

The kidnappers of three workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) should free one of the hostages to prove they are sincere in wanting to negotiate.

Abu Sayyaf denies P50-M ransom demand 

The Abu Sayyaf on Thursday belied a published report that it was demanding a P50-million ransom in exchange for the freedom of the three International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) workers abducted in Sulu.

Alleged bomb prank causes panic in Zambo 

Erap not worried about Mancao affidavit 

Former President Joseph Estrada is not worried with the possible revelations of former police Senior Superintendent Cezar Mancao II with regards to the Dacer-Corbito case, his son said.

Ping: Palace hand in Berroya testimony

Opposition Senator Panfilo Lacson sees Malacañang's hand in the looming testimony of former Land Transportation Office head Reynaldo Berroya on the Dacer-Corbito slay case.

Gonzalez reconvenes Dacer-Corbito body

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez has reconvened the panel investigating the 2000 murders of publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer and his driver Emmanuel Corbito after former police general Reynado Berroya expressed his intention to testify on what he knew of the crime.

RP debt swells to P4.221 trillion in 2008

Thailand moves ASEAN summit venue

A summit of Asian leaders scheduled for April 10-12 will be held in the Thai coastal town of Pattaya, a last-minute switch of venue due to lack of available hotel rooms on the popular resort island of Phuket, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Ousted Thai leader is short on money

Exiled former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra says he's short on money after the government froze most of his vast fortune.

Madoff pleads guilty and goes to jail 

Bush shoe-thrower jailed for 3 years

An Iraqi court on Thursday jailed for three years the journalist who shot to fame in the Arab world for throwing his shoes at former US president George W. Bush.

World population 9 billion by 2050: UN 

World population is projected to reach 7 billion early in 2012, up from the current 6.8 billion, and surpass 9 billion people by 2050, an official UN population report said here yesterday.

Arum likens Pacquiao's popularity to Ali's

Hall of fame boxing promoter Bob Arum described Manny Pacquiao as the most unique fighter he has ever promoted, even comparing the Filipino superstar to boxing great Muhammad Ali.

Gorres, Leyva promise war

Bone analysis shows 20% lied about age

X-ray bone analysis of 15,000 young Chinese athletes shows about 20 percent have lied about their ages, provincial sports authorities said.

Bimbo feels sorry for Burden family

PNP wants say in how movies portray cops

The Philippine National Police (PNP) wants to be consulted in the writing of scripts and production of shows that include policemen in a bid to enhance the image of the service from the usual depiction of "bad eggs" in movies and television.

2 Pinoy pasok sa World's Billionaire

Ang 84-anyos na si Henry Sy ay halos umaabot sa $2.7 bilyon ang angking kayamanan. Si Sy ang founder at kasalu kuyang may-ari ng SM department stores, Banco de Oro, China Bank at ilang shares sa San Miguel Corporation.

Ang 74-anyos namang si Lucio Tan, ay tinatayang may kayamanang umaabot sa $1.4 bilyon. Si Tan ang nagmamay-ari ng Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, Allied Bank, Phiilippine National Bank at nakilala rin ito bilang tobacco magnate sa bansa.

Filipino girls outdo boys in int'l math test

Mandy M. weds Ryan Adams in Georgia

Mandy Moore is a married woman, her publicist confirms.

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