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Sunday, March 8, 2009

March 9, 2009 Major News Stories


How Legacy Group's schemes work

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas knew that businessman-turned-politician Celso de los Angeles is behind the capital-deficient Legacy-linked rural banks, but couldn't pin him down for years since de los Angeles's name does not appear on any corporate document.

BSP files 2nd fraud rap vs. Legacy owner

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has filed its second case of syndicated estafa against Celso delos Angeles Jr., owner of the Legacy Group, and other officials of the holding firm and officials of a rural bank operating under its umbrella.

Church confident in CARP extension

Catholic Church leaders are confident that the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPer) would be passed by Congress after President Arroyo expressed her support for the bill.

Pag-ban sa Endosulfan gihangop


Solons warn Comelec of impeachment

Lawmakers from both the administration and opposition blocs said on Sunday that officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) could be impeached should they fail to carry out the full automation of the 2010 elections.

Support Cutie, del Mar asks


Misuari fails anew to free ICRC workers

Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari said he failed anew to negotiate for the release of three kidnapped workers of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Advocates push for resumption of talks

Peace advocates in Mindanao will gather on March 18 to push anew for the resumption of peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

NPA leader vows to continue fighting

A New People's Army (NPA) commander, whose daughter was killed by alleged military intelligence operatives last week, vowed to press on with his cause.

'Probe slay of NPA leader's daughter'


Bumaril sa brodkaster kakasuhan


Garcia's wife to fight extradition from US

The wife of a detained former Armed Forces's comptroller will fight the extradition request to the US government for her to face plunder charges filed in an anti-graft court in the Philippines.

Arroyo orders hunt of Ninoy's escort in '83

President Arroyo has ordered Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez to search for the reported "missing link" in the Aquino-Galman double murder case, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said.

Lacson 'overreacting' to Mancao affidavit 

Premature reactions on the controversial affidavit of former police Superintendent Cezar Mancao II could only further implicate those reacting to it, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said Sunday.

Don't deport Filipino couple from Japan

An international human rights group has called on the Japanese government to halt the deportation of an illegally staying Filipino couple and allow them to remain with their 13-year-old daughter.

28 killed, 58 hurt in Baghdad blast

A suicide bomber on a bicycle blew himself up killing at least 28 people and wounding 58 more outside a police academy in the Iraqi capital on Sunday in the bloodiest attack in weeks.

Iraq: US to pull out 12,000 troops by Sept


Israeli aircraft strike Gaza as rockets fall

Hamas security officials say Israeli aircraft targeted a Gaza City warehouse in a nighttime airstrike.

1,500 Thaksin supporters stage rally

Up to 1,500 supporters of ousted Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra gathered in his northeastern stronghold on Sunday as part of a protest campaign to topple the government.

Sudan's pres. warns foreigners in Darfur


Freeman powers SMB to 2nd straight win

Gabe Freeman shook the effects of jetlag and exploded for 40 points in his debut game on Philippine soil, powering San Miguel to a 114-105 win over Burger King Sunday night in the Motolite-PBA Fiesta Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

Chan sparkles in Barako Bull's win


Pacman aches on first day of training


Melligen KOs Mexican foe in Colorado

Filipino prospect Mark Jason Melligen knocked out Mexican Gerardo Cesar Prieto in five rounds of their 8-round lightwelterweight fight in "The Mile High Throwdown III" in Commerce City, Colorado.

POC vows to raise own funds


Francis M. to receive presidential medal


Pia a pillar of strength

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