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Thursday, June 4, 2009

June 5, 2009 Major News Stories

A(H1N1) cases in RP jump to 29

Seven new cases of swine flu confirmed Thursday brought to 29 the number of people sickened with the virus in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

Filipina from States is latest H1N1 case

A(H1N1) cases now 29, including ADB staff 

The number of confirmed A(H1N1) cases in the Philippines rose to 29 after seven more people were confirmed to have contracted the disease, including a staff of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and another De La Salle - Manila student, the Department of Health said Thursday.

RP cautions WHO on pandemic declaration

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III urged the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday to be "most careful and prudent" before declaring a pandemic alert in view of the spread of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus to 66 countries, including the Philippines.

Officials, church set precautions vs. virus

Check 3,000 foreign students for flu virus

The Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) has ordered officials of all the 1,726 universities and colleges in the country to meet with their foreign students to see if they have symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus.

CHED all set for opening of classes in higher levels

3 city schools are fire hazards

Cellphone bawal kumpiskahin ng guro

How Filipino nurses can work in Japan

The details of how Filipino nurses and caregivers who graduated from Philippine schools can work in Japan will be the subject of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that the Philippines and Japan are scheduled to sign tomorrow, June 5.

Layoffs down, rehiring up — DoLE

American nabbed for keeping 6 kids 

An American national was arrested on Thursday for keeping six minors inside his house on Bantayan Island.

6 bata gi-rescue gikan sa kano

'Charter change could spark People Power'

A "People Power" revolution could be the only recourse left lawmakers succeed in convening a constituent assembly to rewrite the 1987 Constitution, one of those who drafted the Charter, Fr. Joaquin Bernas, said.

Bernas: Con-ass is mere 'trash'

A noted 1987 Constitutionalist has branded the recent passage of House Resolution 1109, which formed the House of Representatives as a constituent assembly (con-ass), as mere "trash.

People power nagbabadya sa con-ass 

Detained general calls on AFP v. con-ass

Former Scout Ranger chief Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim called on the military to "do what is right" against what he called as a "brazen" attempt to extend President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's term beyond 2010.

Palace belittles anti-Charter change rallies

Malacañang on Thursday shrugged off the threat by civil society and militant groups to mount street protests against the House of Representatives' approval of a resolution convening a constituent assembly to amend the Constitution.

Vidal favors Con-Con; Tom- waste of time

Senate won't touch Charter change yet

Senators have agreed not to take action on a Charter change resolution which was passed by the House of Representatives, saying there was no need yet to question it before the Supreme Court.

Senators wary of Lozano's Con-ass petition 

The Senate has chosen not to intervene in a fresh petition filed by lawyer Oscar Lozano asking the Supreme Court to nullify the House's resolution for a Senate-less constituent assembly (Con-ass).

Palace gets back at 'Boy Bawang'

Malacañang on Thursday fired back at Senator Mar Roxas for criticizing the administration over the House of Representatives' constituent assembly resolution, sardonically calling him "Boy Bawang."

UNO spokesman quits, joins Villar party

The spokesman of the United Opposition (UNO), Atty. Adel Tamano, has bolted the coalition and joined the Nacionalista Party (NP) as he threw his support for NP President Manuel Villar's presidential bid in 2010.

Comelec awards automation next week

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will likely award the P11.3 billion poll automation contract next week after it received the bid committee recommendation Wednesday, an official said.

Mancao eyed to testify on Kuratong, too

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez on Thursday said they are studying the possibility of asking former police officer Senior Superintendent Cezar Mancao II to testify in other controversial cases including the alleged "rubout" of Kuratong Baleleng gang members in 1995.

DoJ chief admits new offer from Arroyo

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez confirmed that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo offered him another position which is less stressful than his current assignment.

Unexplained killings in RP down 70%

The number of unexplained killings in the country has been reduced by 70 percent, according to a follow-up report by a UN envoy presented at the 11th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

Navy whistleblower eyes criminal raps

A Navy lieutenant is considering pursuing criminal charges against her superiors who allegedly misused over P40 million in funds intended for the 2007 Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder) joint exercises between Filipino and American soldiers.

Right of Reply might be used for 2010 

Missing boat found, all passengers rescued 

The Philippine Navy today rescued 19 passengers of a motorized boat that went missing two days ago off the eastern Philippine province of Catanduanes.

LPA may trigger flash floods, landslides 

State weather forecasters on Thursday warned that a low pressure area (LPA) spotted in Luzon is expected to bring rains that may trigger landslides and flashfloods in the country.

Magna Carta for homeowners, associations

Obama calls for new beginning 

President Barack Obama called for a "new beginning between the United States and Muslims" Thursday and said together, they could confront violent extremism across the globe and advance the timeless search for peace in the Middle East.

Brazil recovers first Air France debris

Banal in Mayweather-Marquez undercard

Filipino boxing fans will not only anticipate the much-awaited return of Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Jr. to the ring when he faces off with Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez on July 18 in Las Vegas but they are also expected to root for their countryman AJ Banal, who is featured in the "Numero Uno/Number One" undercard.

Boom Boom on the mend, vows return

Arum says no deal yet on Pacquiao-Mosley 

Sugar Shane Mosley was quick to pounce on Manny Pacquiao"s public expression of interest in taking up his challenge, announcing through a press release that negotiations for their megafight are already underway. But Pacquiao"s promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank was as fast in pulling the plug on the Mosley missive, saying nothing"s final yet on Pacquiao next foe.

Pacquiao makes it to Forbes" Celebrity 100 

How does Manny Pacquiao stack up against powerful actors, models, athletes, authors and musicians? He's the 57th most powerful, according to the Forbes Celebrity 100 list, which was topped this year by popular and influential actress Angelina Jolie.

Kho's ex-pal denies uploading sex videos

The businessman who allegedly uploaded the videos of Dr. Hayden Kho Jr. having sex with different women went to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters Thursday to deny the accusations against him.

'Vicki has master copy of sex videos'

Charice leaves Italians breathless

International singing sensation Charice has guested in one of Italy's top rating shows, belting out at least five songs that left the audience breathless.

Giselle Sanchez welcomes baby boy

Actress-comedienne Giselle Sanchez gave birth to a healthy baby boy Thursday.

Jonas Brothers' mother's virgin prayers

The Jonas Brothers' mother "prays" they stay virgins until they're married. Denise Jonas - whose singing sons Nick, Joe and Kevin wear chastity rings - hopes her boys won't succumb to temptations of the flesh, but vows she "won't hate them" if they do.

David Carradine found dead in Bangkok

Husband arranged wife's rape online

A man used the online advertising service Craigslist to enlist another man to rape his wife in the couple's home, police said Wednesday.

Solar halo: Good or bad omen?

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