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Sunday, March 22, 2009

March 23, 2009 Major News Stories

No drop in LPG prices due to volatile mart

COOKING GAS prices may not register immediate cuts next month as world contract rates are not moving downwards despite a slowdown in Asian demand, an independent retailer group said.

Workers' "solidarity protest" at Keppel

Various workers from different companies who are affiliated with militant peasant group Anakpawis will stage a protest today in solidarity with the workers of Keppel Cebu Shipyard Inc.

Salcon can't grant union's demand

THE SPC Power Corp. said it cannot grant the demand of the Salcon Power Employees Union (SPIU) for "equal pay for equal work" because that will constitute unfair labor practice.

OFWs ban pa rin sa 5 bansa

Nananatiling bawal ang pagpapadala ng mga OFWs sa mga bansang Iraq, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Jordan at Lebanon.

Opportunities seen in lifting of deploy ban

RECRUITERS AND the Lebanese consulate last Friday said several opportunities await Filipino workers with the looming lifting of a deployment ban to the Middle Eastern country.

Tech-voc grads mas madaling trabaho

Mas madaling maka pasok ng trabaho ang isang kabataang nag-aral sa simpleng vocational school kaysa ang nagta pos sa kolehiyo na hindi naman magagamit ang kinuhang kurso.

Studes urged to enrol in agri, fisheries

Sen. Loren Legarda is urging incoming college students to enroll in agriculture and fishery related courses and asked Filipino parents to extend full support to their children who opt to choose careers in the said courses.

City starts processing claims of seniors

The City of Cebu will start accepting applications of senior citizens for the processing of their Christmas and birthday gifts.

Waiter's wife files 43rd case vs. SLI 

A waiter's wife who was working in Saudi has filed the 43rd civil charge against Sulpicio Lines Inc. last Friday in connection with the sinking of the M/V Princess of the Stars on June 21, 2008.

Charges filed vs. recruitment agency

The proprietor and two staff of a recruitment agency have been charged with Syndicated Illegal Recruitment before the Regional Trial Court after allegedly duping and failing to deploy two nurses whom they promised jobs as caregivers in the UK four years ago.  Complainants Elaine Lapera and Ophelia Abangan have filed charges against proprietor Leonila Wilson, manager Sergio Vicera and cashier Minerva Vicera of Europa International, a land based agency whose license was suspended by the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency last January 3, 2007.

16 more bridges to be built in region

At least 16 bridges from three provinces in Central Visayas have been endorsed by the Regional Development Council to the Department of Public Works and Highways-Region VII for inclusion under the Bridges for Prosperity Acceleration Program (BPAP).

BI brass, Castro to swap charges

Charges are expected to be swapped by officials of the Bureau of Immigration here and controversial Cebu City Asst. Prosecutor Mary Ann Castro.  Charges of extortion, harassment and grave threats are expected to be filed today against Castro by the dismayed immigration officials of the Bureau of Immigration-Cebu District Office.

BI acting regional director Casimiro Madarang III told The FREEMAN that they will expose the "kind of woman" Castro is as he already wrote a letter to President Gloria Arroyo, BI Commisioner Marcelino Libanan and Justice secretary Raul Gonzales.

Castro on the other hand will likewise file a case of two counts of abuse of authority and libel against Madarang.

She also said that she will file a case against Fernando San Ramon, the immigration supervisor assigned at the Mactan Cebu International Airport for estafa, graft and corruption and libel.

DAR-7 director fears for his life

While saying that death threats are not new to anyone working at the Department of Agrarian Reform, DAR-7 director Rodolfo Inson admitted that he now fears for his own life following the killing of a DAR chief legal officer Eleazer Casipong last January.

CCPO identifies suspect in Osorio slay

TASK Force Osorio has identified one of two motorcycle-riding men who shot and killed Assistant Cebu City Prosecutor Patrick Brian Osorio, which a police official described as a "breakthrough."

PRO-7 chief orders cops to wear helmets

Police Regional Office-7 director Chief Supt. Federico Terte has ordered all provincial and city directors in Central Visayas to strictly enforce the wearing of helmets by all PNP personnel driving motorcycles, after a policeman on Field Training Program was killed in a vehicular accident.

Banned soon: Cell phone use while driving

Motorists will soon be prohibited from using their cellular phones while driving. The House committee on transportation has decided to consolidate and endorse two bills seeking a ban on the use of mobile phones by motorists while on the road.

Lacson readies exposé vs Arroyo gov't

Mancao to Lacson: 'Sleep soundly, sir'

More than eight years have passed but the Dacer-Corbito murder story never seems to run out of twists.  Sen. Panfilo Lacson claimed that former Senior Supt. Cezar Mancao II—the man who had linked him to the double murders—had told him as far back as last year that he (Mancao) would recant whatever statements he would make against the senator, thus boosting his presidential bid in 2010.

Dacer-Corbito: Lacson madidiin kay Oxi

Namemeligrong madiin si Senador Panfilo Lacson sa kaso ni Reynaldo Lopez Oximoso alyas Oxi, ang sinasabing driver ng kotseng sinakyan niya at ng iba niyang dating tauhan sa Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Task Force habang pinag-uusapan umano ang planong pagpaslang sa publicist na si Salvador"Bubby" Dacer at sa driver nitong si Emmanuel Corbito.

Military handling of kidnapping irks Gordon

Is it a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth?  Sen. Richard Gordon Sunday said that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should be held accountable if any of the three kidnapped workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is killed.

Gordon, chair of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), issued a statement strongly critical of the military handling of the 2-month-old hostage crisis amid fading hopes that the Abu Sayyaf kidnappers will keep a promise to him to free at least one hostage.

Misuari OK'd to negotiate for hostages

FORMER MORO National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari has been allowed to negotiate for the safe release of three International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) workers still being held by Abu Sayyaf rebels.

At least 7 hurt in Kidapawan blast

At least seven people were injured when an improvised explosive device went off near an overpass bridge along Quezon Boulevard in Kidapawan City at around 6:40 p.m. Sunday.

Moro rebellion tops Arroyo-Blair meet

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will meeting former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Malacañang on Monday to discuss a number of issues, particularly seeking the latter"s assistance in pursuing peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

BIR falls 31% short of 2008 VAT goal

The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) failed to meet its value-added tax (VAT) collection goal last year of P204.789 billion, latest data from the tax agency showed.

SC asked: Clarify coco group's members

TWO FORMER senators and coconut farmer groups have asked the Supreme Court (SC) to determine the membership base of the Philippine Coconut Producers Federation, Inc. (Cocofed), which has claimed ownership of San Miguel Corp. (SMC) shares in the form of coconut levy funds, which it is also planning to sell.

Obama adviser confident of US recovery 

Christina Romer, head of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said on Sunday she was "incredibly confident" that the ailing US economy will recover within one year.

Pope decries African wars at huge Mass 

ABS-CBN lets Pacquiao go

Backing down from threats of a courtroom brawl, ABS-CBN said on Sunday it "will not stand in the way" of Filipino ring superstar Manny Pacquiao's renewing his ties with Solar Sports.

Roach: Pacquiao hits Hatton's fragile chin

Manny Pacquiao will give it to Ricky Hatton flush on the chin.

Barako Bull stuns Talk 'N Text

About the only ones who still thought they had a shot at winning were the Barako Bull Energy Boosters.  Down by 24 with just under eight minutes left Sunday night, Barako Bull rallied like crazy and nipped Talk 'N Text, 135-133, to snap the Tropang Texters' two-game win run while climbing out of the Motolite PBA Fiesta Cup cellar at the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.  In the first game, Sta. Lucia Realty held Alaska scoreless in the final 3:24 to pull off a 100-90 win and get back on track.

Athletics sees 10 golds in Laos SEAG

A harvest of seven to 10 gold medals is what Filipino track and field athletes will be targeting in the coming 25th Southeast Asian Games this December in Laos.

Vi: No plans for national position in 2010

Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos is not running for any national position in 2010 elections.

Alma Moreno has tied the knot Saturday

Actress-turned-politician Alma Moreno has already tied the knot in a Muslim rite on Saturday.

What's Karylle's b-day wish?

Obviously fully recovered from her painful breakup with Dingdong Dantes, Karylle turned 28 yesterday and her fond wish is, contrary to what you may be thinking, not to find a new (better-than-Dingdong) boyfriend but for her estranged parents, Zsa Zsa Padilla and Dr. Modesto Tatlonghari, to have a closure (read: legal and official) in their separation.

Willis ties knot with underwear model

Film star Bruce Willis, 54, of "Die Hard" fame, has tied the knot with model Emma Heming, in a Caribbean island ceremony attended by his ex-wife Demi Moore and their three daughters, his spokesman said Sunday.

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