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Thursday, March 5, 2009

March 6, 2009 Major News Stories

Bakers slash prices, shift to bigger breads

Bread prices were slashed on Thursday, following the downward trend in global flour and liquefied petroleum gas prices.

4 more pizza stores w/out sanitary permits

Public school teachers to get 10 % increase 

After the long wait, elementary and high school public teachers nationwide will finally get their 10 percent salary hike.

Simpler requirements for senior citizens 

8,800 OFWs at risk in Taiwan lay-offs

Migrants rights advocates warned thatTaiwan's Council of Labor Affairs is considering to reduce the number of of foreign workers in the manufacturing sector by a further 30,000 this year.

120,000 work visas in Qatar for Filipinos 

Qatar will be making available as many as 120,000 work visas for Filipinos in 2009, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Doha said on Wednesday.

Solon probed over Legacy 'consultancy'

A lawmaker at the House of Representatives might be implicated in the controversy facing the Legacy Group of Companies, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez said Thursday.

Aussie's wife has original husband

3 charged for French woman's murder

The police have filed murder charges against a couple and a suspected hired killer who were linked to the Tuesday slaying of a French woman in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

Comendador can stay but has to do better

Foreign ship destroys corals 

DoJ mulls Mancao as state witness

The Department of Justice (DoJ) is considering making former police officer Cesar Mancao a state witness in the Dacer-Corbito double murder case.

Biometric registration gets House nod

The House of Representatives approved on second reading a bill that mandates the biometric registration of those who have not been registered biometrically for them to be able to vote in 2010.

TOR for automation to be approved Friday

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will approve Friday the terms of reference (TOR) for the upcoming bidding process in connection with next year's automated elections.

Lacson: Can govt afford automated polls?

With the country's budget deficit pegged at P177.2 billion, a senator asked the government where it would source the P11.3 billion needed for the automation of next year's elections.

'Inhibit from Gutierrez impeachment'

A congressman urged colleagues with pending cases at the Office of the Ombudsman to inhibit themselves from the impeachment proceedings against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.

Cory vs GMA

House clarifies status of Right of Reply bill

Solon:  Probe DFA passport machine

An investigation into the awarding by the Department of Foreign Affairs of its P859-million machine readable passport and visa project to a French company, is being sought by a lawmaker at the House of Representatives.

Arroyo urged: Sign Magna Carta of Women 

Senator Ma. Ana Consuelo "Jamby" Madrigal on Thursday urged President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to sign into law the newly-ratified Magna Carta of Women in time for the celebration of the International Women's Day on March 8.

Arroyo could veto P50B realigned budget

President Arroyo could veto Congress' realignment of P50 billion from debt servicing to the economic stimulus package in the 2009 budget, Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr. said.

13 of 25 NPA fronts in Visayas dismantled

The Philippine Army has dismantled 13 of the 25 guerrilla fronts of the New People's Army (NPA) in the Visayas to meet the 2010 deadline set by President Macapagal Arroyo for crushing the communist insurgency, Lieutenant General Victor Ibrado, chief of the service branch, claimed.

Philippines drops pursuit of rebel leaders 

Trillanes moves closer to joining sessions

The Senate has begun exploring ways to allow detained Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV to participate in the chamber's proceedings through video conferencing.

14 missing fishers in Indonesian waters

The remaining crew of the ill-fated FB Citra 33 from General Santos City had been located inside Indonesian territory on Wednesday, the Sarangani town police chief said Thursday.

Palace issues new protocol plates

Taliban blow up Pakistan music shops 

Taliban militants blew up 16 shops selling music and DVDs in northwest Pakistan overnight.

Obama starts big push for health care 

Floyd Sr: Hatton will beat Pacquiao 

Celebrated trainer Floyd Mayweather, Sr. has this stern warning to Manny Pacquiao: Get ready for some beating.

Arum claims Hatton remains very heavy

While Ricky the Hitman Hatton may be in better shape than he was prior to his previous fights, he still does not look anywhere near as sharp as Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao.

JuanMa's forward style good for Peñalosa

World bantamweight champion and now super bantamweight challenger Gerry Penalosa said Juan Manuel JuanMa Marquez's forward fighting style will suit him just fine.

Sta. Lucia keeps champ TNT winless

Sta. Lucia survived Talk "N Text"s big fourth quarter comeback to hack out a 103-100 win, its first in the Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City Thursday night.

Cavs first team to clinch NBA playoff spot

LeBron James scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Cleveland past Milwaukee 91-73, making the Cavaliers the first team to claim a National Basketball Association playoff spot.

Celtics rip Nets to secure playoff berth

Paul Pierce scored 31 points to lead the Boston Celtics past New Jersey 115-111, sealing a playoff berth for the reigning National Basketball Association champions.

JVJ: Most Valuable Filipino in Media 

Charice's showbiz crush is Sam Milby

International young diva Charice was caught by surprise when her showbiz crush Sam Milby talked to her via phone during her guesting on morning show Ruffa & Ai.

Eraserheads concert will be last, Ely says

Michael Jackson on the comeback trail

Michael Jackson claimed the spotlight again Thursday even before an expected announcement that he is to stage his first concerts since his infamous child abuse trial four years ago.

Actor del Toro meets Venezuela's Chavez

Socialist President Hugo Chavez met with a 21st-century incarnation of one of the world's biggest revolutionary icons Wednesday: actor Benicio del Toro, who stars in the new film chronicling the life of Ernesto "Che" Guevara.

Belo sued for 'botched' facial treatment

A 50-year-old woman who has accused cosmetic surgeon Dr. Victoria "Vicki" Belo and another doctor for allegedly botching a facial procedure submitted a complaint-affidavit to the Makati City prosecutor's office on Thursday.

Pinay on probation 4 fake marriage in CNMI

The Superior Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas has imposed a probation sentence on a Filipina found to have entered into a fake marriage.

De Niro, Pacino sue for unauthorized ad

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are teaming up in a lawsuit against a movie distributor and a watch company they say used their likenesses without permission.

Barbara Bush has heart surgery

Barbara Bush, the wife of former US president George H.W. Bush, underwent successful heart surgery in Texas, her surgeon said Wednesday.

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