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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

March 5, 2009 Major News Stories

A transport group said today that it will be amenable to another fare reduction if the diesel price nationwide will be retailed at P17 per liter.

Big cut in LPG prices seen 

Oil steady above $41 as investors 

Oil prices were steady above $41 a barrel Wednesday in Asia as investors looked to a US crude inventory report later in the day for signs of demand amid the worst recession in decades.

P125 umento giit ng KMU

Teachers score discriminatory wage bill

Militant teachers scored Wednesday a proposed public sector wage hike bill in the House of Representatives, which it said favors military and uniformed personnel over civilians.

Arroyo signs '09 budget later this month

CH to study health care for employees

RP to help 7 jailed OFWs in Maldives

The Philippine Embassy in Bangladesh has assured the seven Filipino workers who are currently languishing in a jail in the Maldives Republic that it will do everything in its power to help them.

Hold departure order vs Legacy owner

The justice department has issued a hold departure order (HDO) for the owner of the failed banking and pre-need group Legacy, Celso de los Angeles, and eleven others.

Tudela files mandamus vs. Land Bank

Pizza store closes branch after poisoning

Mancao names Dacer-Corbito slay 'brains'

A former police official tagged in the murders of a publicist and his driver has signed an affidavit identifying the mastermind, the lawyer for one of the victims disclosed Wednesday.

Mancao ready to tell all in Dacer-Corbito 

The wife of former police Senior Superintendent Cezar Mancao II has informed the government of her husband's willingness to cooperate in the investigation on the Dacer-Corbito double murder case as early as last year, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez said Wednesday.

Lacson: Mancao under 'pressure'

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday accused Malacañang of alleged efforts to implicate him to the 2000 murder of publicist Salvador "Bubby" Dacer and his driver by putting "pressure" on former police senior superintendent Cesar Mancao.

Ombudsman's accusers a 'nuisance'

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's spokesman said the called a "nuisance" the complainants in the impeachment case against Ombudsman Mercedias Gutierrez, saying they were the same people responsible for failed attempts to impeach the President.

SC orders Paule to explain habeas plea

The Supreme Court has ordered businessman Jaime Paule, the alleged "fixer" in the P728-million fertilizer fund scam to explain why his petition for habeas corpus should not be dismissed.

Senate approves poll automation budget

Opposition to field Osmeña: Estrada

JDV seeks dismissal of ethics case 

The man who led the House of Representatives for five terms implored a House committee on Wednesday not to dismiss him from the chamber.

Orly might get new diplomatic post

President Arroyo might give former senator and defense secretary Orlando Mercado a new diplomatic post, after his appointment as ambassador to China was withdrawn, Malacañang said.

4 hurt in Cotabato City blast; MILF blamed

Four women were injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off outside a Bingo gaming center along a busy street in Cotabato City at around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, the military said.

Informal talks with Reds resume this month 

The government"s stalled informal negotiations with the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDF) for the resumption of formal peace talks is set to resume this month in the Netherlands, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said Wednesday.

House passage of libel bill put on hold

Speaker Prospero Nograles put on hold the approval on third reading of a bill amending the libel law because it "veered away from the position of the House," which is to decriminalize the offense.

Missing broadcaster's kin still in dark

The family of environmental activist and radio broadcaster Joey Estriber remain in the dark three years after four armed men, believed to be soldiers, abducted him in Baler, Aurora, in 2006.

RP acquires South Korean military aircraft 

The Philippine military authority has received 15 units of T-41-B planes from South Korea, which will be used to train Filipino pilots on better territorial defense, the air force said.

Teodoro magpapalipad ng trainer plane

1,623 pass fire, penology officer exams

A total of 1,126 examinees passed the Fire Officer examination (FOE), while 497 others passed the Penology Officer examination (POE), the Civil Service Commission (CSC) announced on Tuesday.

Gov't. may lose P60B on higher taxes

'Golden Boy' sees Hatton win 

Oscar De La Hoya, the Golden Boy of boxing who was shamed by Manny Pacquiao in their "Dream Match last year," sees the fall of his Filipino conqueror to Ricky Hatton on May 2.

No way Pacquiao will face Floyd Jr

Palace nixes POC oust-Angping move

Pops mum on break-up with Jomari

Pops Fernandez on Wednesday remained mum on boyfriend Jomari Yllana's announcement that they have broken up.

Pops 'hurting but healing'

Freedom of Ninoy convicts angers Kris

Oasis on cancelled China concert

Oasis says China has blocked what would have been the British band's debut in the country in April because lead singer Noel Gallagher took part in a free Tibet concert in 1997.

Indonesian robbers steal condoms, cash

Indonesian police are scratching their heads after six armed men stole thousands of condoms and birth control pills from a women's reproductive health office.

Turn off your lights, for just one hour

One million Filipinos who switched off their lights for one hour in last year's Earth Hour campaign were able to save at least 54 megawatts of energy, equivalent to the output of one power plant, Earth Hour organizers said Wednesday.

Joe DiMaggio  - "Pair up in threes."

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