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Sunday, March 15, 2009

March 16, 2009 Major News Stories



'Help workers of 4 US drug firms'

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) called on the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) on Sunday to help medical representatives and production workers facing retrenchment as a result of the merger of four multinational pharmaceutical companies.

Dengue takes life of girl


Drivers to rally vs. traffic fines


Lakas bares list of presidential candidates

THE LAKAS-CHRISTIAN-MUSLIM-DEMOCRATS will announce in June its presidential bet for the 2010 elections.  Initially chosen were Senators Manuel B. Villar, Jr. of the Nacionalista Party, Loren B. Legarda of the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) and Richard J. Gordon (independent), Vice-President Manuel "Noli" L. de Castro, Jr. (independent) and Defense Secretary Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr. (NPC), considered a "dark horse" because of his clean track record.

Bong shelves VP plan on dad's advice


Edu, Willie can win in 2010 polls

Television host-actor Edu Manzano and Wowowee host Willie Revillame could win seats in the Senate if elections were held today, according to the latest opinion poll of Pulse Asia.

CBCP wary of 100 more congressmen

The head of the influential Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is not too keen on having the House of Representatives have 100 more members as proposed by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.

GMA's son to get new House district


RP taking China ship in Spratlys 'seriously'

China's dispatch of a state-of-the-art patrol ship in the South China Sea does not necessarily smack of gunboat diplomacy, but Malacanang has admitted it was taking this action seriously.  China has dispatched its most modern patrol ship to the South China Sea, state press said yesterday, after an incident with a US naval vessel and a fresh claim by the Philippines to a disputed territory.  China has deployed a large fisheries patrol boat to a group of disputed islands in the South China Sea.

VFA opponents hit Obama-Glo phone talk

Opponents of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States criticized and belittled the phone conversation between President Arroyo and US President Barack Obama and said the campaign to abrogate the agreement will continue.

Arroyo, Obama didn't discuss Smith--DFA

United States President Barack Obama and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in their telephone conversation on Saturday night, did not speak specifically about the fate of American soldier and rape convict Daniel Smith, a Department of Foreign Affairs official said on Sunday.

Glo, giddy with Obama, disappoints solons


Rebels warn of peace 'spoilers'

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has warned of elements that could "spoil" the Mindanao peace process consultations and may derail the decision of stakeholders in addressing the struggle of Moros for self-determination in Mindanao.

DND, DILG directed to solve abductions 

PRESIDENT Gloria Arroyo has ordered the Defense and Interior departments to investigate the kidnapping of three government schoolteachers in Zamboanga Sibugay province on Friday.

MILF to search for kidnapped teachers

A top Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) official has promised to assist the government to locate and recover three public school teachers recently kidnapped in Zamboanga Peninsula.

Govt approach vs kidnappings 'weak'

President Arroyo"s security adviser on Sunday admitted that the government"s approach in dealing with the spate of kidnappings in southern Philippines is "weak."  "We create task forces or panels to negotiate for the release. In the long run it would be damaging to the communities. We should be more forceful in combating kidnapping. We should reassess and possibly change our policy," said National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales.

2 rebels killed, soldier wounded in Samar 

Two New People's Army (NPA) rebels were killed and a government soldier was wounded following two simultaneous clashes in the eastern Philippines, the military said on Sunday.

Let ax fall on people behind Dacer-Corbito 

Malacañang vowed to let the ax of justice fall on anyone who would be proved to have been involved in the killing of publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer and his driver, Emmanuel Corbito, in 2000 regardless of political stature.

Utos ni Ping - Mancao


Filipinos among kidnapped off Cameroon

Gunmen attacked an oil supply vessel contracted to Royal Dutch Shell off Cameroon near the border with Nigeria on Saturday, kidnapping one Ukrainian and three Filipino crew.

Chato files bill seeking to merge BIR, BOC


OPEC keeps current oil production level


Myanmar PM visits Indonesia, Singapore 

Myanmar Prime Minister General Thein Sein left Nay Pyi Taw Sunday afternoon to pay official visits to Indonesia and Singapore, member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Ellis delivers Aces to breakthrough win

There's nothing like having good old, reliable Rosell Ellis around. The ageing but graceful import returned for another tour of duty for Alaska and finished with a double-double in his first game back as the Aces humbled the Purefoods Giants, 94-84, and handed out Tim Cone his 602nd win - the most in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) history.

Pacquiao ditching TV partner?


Mosley eyes fight with Pacquiao

Shane Mosley is keen on fighting the winner of the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton showdown for the International Boxing Organization welterweight crown on May 2 in Las Vegas.

What's next for ALA Boys?


Visayan pugs show wares in ABAP meet

Aspiring boxers from the Visayas get to show their wares when compete in the 1st Smart/ABAP Area Boxing Tournament on March 22-27 in Ormoc City and Kananga town in Leyte.

Khan beats Barrera via technical decision

Seven-time world boxing champion Marco Antonio Barrera was outclassed by up and coming boxer Amir Khan Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the Manchester MEN Arena in England.

Sanchez is RP"s 11th Grandmaster

Add the name of 39-year-old Cebuano wood pusher Joseph Sanchez to the growing roster of Filipino chess Grandmasters.

Rains fail to dampen Soli-Soli Festival


Kristine reacts to Diether's "wedding"

Actress Kristine Hermosa admitted being affected by the rumor that Diether Ocampo is to tie the knot with his new love interest.  The wedding rumor circulated after Ocampo introduced his new love interest to the public, Rima Ostwani.

No competition with John Lloyd - Piolo

Heartthrob Piolo Pascual had set the record straight regarding the alleged rivalry with another Kapamilya actor John Lloyd Cruz.

Nur's son wants to marry Queenie 

Sinabi ni Robin Padilla na hiningi na ng anak ni Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari ang kamay ng kanyang panganay na si Queenie.

California court issues warrant for Lindsay 

An arrest warrant has been issued for actress Lindsay Lohan, possibly in connection with a 2007 drunken driving arrest after she crashed her Mercedes-Benz into a tree, police said Saturday.

Light quake jolts Mindanao

An earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale jolted Mindanao Sunday afternoon, the United States Geological Service reported.


  
    1 2 3 4 Total
Indiana 2624 1918 87 Final 
Toronto 2429 3720 110  
IND: T. Murphy 16 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast 
TOR: A. Bargnani 27 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast 
Box Score - Recap
 
   1 2 3 4 Total
Boston 2516 2214 77 Final 
Milwaukee 2219 2421 86  
BOS: K. Perkins 26 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast 
MIL: C. Villanueva 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast 
Box Score - Recap
   1 2 3 4 Total
Portland 1821 2219 80 Final 
Atlanta 2121 3026 98  
POR: B. Roy 29 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast 
ATL: J. Johnson 35 Pts, 7 Reb, 6 Ast 
Box Score - Recap
 
   1 2 3 4 Total
Miami 2221 259 77 Final 
Philadelphia 2917 1524 85  
MIA: J. O'Neal 20 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast 
PHI: A. Iguodala 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 5 Ast 
Box Score - Recap
   1 2 3 4 Total
Memphis 2631 1616 89 Final 
Detroit 2020 2618 84  
MEM: D. Milicic 12 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast 
DET: A. McDyess 19 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Ast 
Box Score - Recap
 
   1 2 3 4 Total
Dallas 2826 4  58 10:45 
LA Lakers 3729 2  68 3rd 
DAL: D. Nowitzki16 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast 
LAL: P. Gasol 20 Pts, 5 Reb, 0 Ast 
TV: ABC
Box Score Live: GameChannel

Synopsis:
Tail-end of a cold front affecting Luzon. Easterly wave affecting Eastern Visayas, Mindanao and Palawan. 

Forecast:
Luzon will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered light rains, while Eastern Visayas, Mindanao and Palawan will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening. 

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Northern and Eastern Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the east and northeast with slight to moderate seas except during thunderstorms. 

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