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July 20, 2009 Major News Stories

4 oil firms to cut pump prices

Pilipinas Shell, Petron Corp., Chevron, and Seaoil announced that they would roll back pump prices effective Monday.

At 12:01 a.m., Shell, Chevron, and Seaoil will cut gasoline prices by 25 centavos per liter and diesel and kerosene prices by 50 centavos per liter to "reflect the decline in international product prices," the firms said in separate announcements on Sunday.

Petron will also implement the same price adjustments at 6 a.m. Monday, said company spokesperson Virginia Ruivivar.

Drug companies submit price cuts

Multinational drug companies beat Malacañang's deadline on Saturday and submitted proposals to slash the prices of not only the 21 commonly prescribed drugs, but other drugs as well.  The list of drugs and price reductions, however, would still be validated between Saturday and Monday by the Department of Health. After this, an advisory council will go over these.

Flu 'outbreak' hits city's jail

ABOUT a third of more than 600 inmates of the Mandaue City Jail have suffered from flu-like symptoms since last week, and a health official warned the ailments could spread faster in such congested quarters.

BJMP opens jail facilities to public anew

The Jail Management and Penology-7 will launch its "Jail Bisita na Program" today as one of the highlights of its 18th anniversary this month.

CCMC's free blood tests to dengue, H1N1

FREE blood tests at the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) will no longer be limited to those suspected of having dengue fever, but will now be given to any patient who has fever and those suspected to have A(H1N1), the hospital chief said.

Tomas to sue officials of DILG for 'misuse'

IF the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) officials force the Cebu City Government to accept patients who are not residents of the city, Mayor Tomas Osmeña will sue them for encouraging city officials to commit malversation of public funds.

Dengue deaths in WV double to 24

Health officials in the Western Visayas region have heightened their campaign against cases of dengue fever amid an increase in the number of peope falling ill and dying of the disease in 2009.

British Airways turning back H1N1 victims

British airlines have put in place measures to turn back passengers showing swine flu symptoms, the carrier said Sunday.

4,000 A(H1N1) flu cases in Japan

The number of swine flu cases in Japan topped 4,000, the health ministry said Sunday, marking a rise of roughly 1,000 cases in the past four days.

Prepaid cellphone loads get longer life

 Simula po ngayong araw, pinalawig na ang bisa ng bawat prepaid load na ikakarga sa inyong cellphones! Itoy batay na rin sa kautusan ng National Telecommunications Commission.

De Castro orders hunt for 'recruiter'

Vice President Noli de Castro ordered a massive hunt for a recruiter who went into hiding after victimizing more than 700 applicants for what turned out to be nonexistent jobs in London.

5 kidnapped RP medics freed in Yemen

Five Filipino health workers who were abducted with 21 other hospital personnel in Saada, Yemen, on June 11 have been released, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

Pinay escapes prostitution ring in Kuwait

PNP: Bank blasts in north Metro not related

There is not enough evidence to conclude that the explosions that rocked three banks in Valenzuela and Caloocan cities last week were connected to each other or to similar previous incidents in Metro Manila, an official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

Police don't have much in Cotabato blast

Police are relying on a lone sketch by a National Bureau of Investigation artist in hunting down an unnamed bomber linked to the July 5 deadly blast here that killed six people and wounded 53 others.

FilAm activist to return to RP Monday

The Filipino American activist, Melissa Roxas, who has accused the military of abducting her a couple of months ago is set to arrive in the Philippines on Monday evening to pursue her case here, the Commission on Human Rights said Sunday.

Italy welcomes Vagni home

Military: Abu Sayyaf crushed by year-end

The military vowed on Sunday to crush the al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf by the end of 2009, saying that infighting could help bring the group down.

Talks won't affect NPA pursuit

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's standing order to crush the communist insurgency by 2010 will not run counter to the scheduled resumption of formal peace negotiations with the communist political arm, the National Democratic Front, next month, her peace adviser said.

Senate to fast-track budget passage

Anticipating the early campaigning of many senators for the 2010 elections, the Senate would fast-track its scrutiny and approval of the proposed 2011 national budget, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said on Sunday.

4 Senators skipping Arroyo's last Sona

Not wanting to waste their time or simply trying to dodge attempts of their counterparts in the House of Representatives to pursue Charter change, at least four senators said they were skipping President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's last State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 27.  They are Kiko Pangilinan, Mar Roxas, Ping Lacson and Nene Pimentel.  And with a week to go before the Sona, Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said Speaker Prospero Nograles assured him that congressmen would not pull a fast one on senators by convening the constituent assembly after Arroyo's annual report to the nation.

'No constituent assembly during Sona'

Leaders of the House of Representatives assured the public they would not pull a fast one during their joint session with the Senate on July 27 and call for a constituent assembly to amend the Constitution, after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's State of the Nation Address (Sona).

'Zero Remittance Day' vs Con-Ass

Media to get copies of poll returns in 2010

For the first time in Philippine election history, media groups will be getting official copies of election returns (ERs) hot off the precinct voting and counting machines in next year's election.

P2.8-B advance to bidders slammed

The Commission on Elections has to pay P2.875 billion to Smartmatic-Total Information Management up front, even before the consortium gets to deliver even one counting machine, according to a citizens' group opposed to the P7.2-billion poll automation contract.

Panlilio's foe insists on recount

Former Pampanga board member Lilia Pineda said on Sunday she was pursuing her electoral protest against Governor Eddie Panlilio on her own and would not pull strings to rush the recount of votes cast in 2007.

Manila masses for Aquino's recovery

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim launched on Sunday a week-long series of mass celebrations to pray for the "speedy and ultimate" recovery of former President Corazon Aquino from colon cancer.

Jakarta suicide bombers of JI

Suicide bombers who targeted two Jakarta hotels last week were members of Al-Qaeda-linked regional terror outfit Jemaah Islamiyah, Indonesian police said Sunday.

Duterte urged: Denounce vigilante killings

House Speaker Prospero Nograles on Sunday called on Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte to denounce the extra-judicial killings reportedly prevalent in his jurisdiction.

Honduras rivals mull plan to settle crisis

Rival parties in the Honduran political crisis on Sunday were to debate a proposal that would return ousted leader Manuel Zelaya as head of an interim "reconciliation" government.

Pope celebrates mass with wrist in plaster

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated mass Saturday with his broken wrist in plaster but bemoaned an inability to clasp his hands together in prayer, his closest officials said.

SKorea ex-president Kim off respirator

Former president and Nobel laureate Kim Dae-Jung was taken off a respirator Sunday and able to breathe on his own as he continued to recover from pneumonia, his aide said.

Turkey imposes smoking ban

Turkey went smoke-free Sunday as the government introduced a ban in bars, cafes and restaurants -- despite business owners' protests -- in a bid to break the national addiction to nicotine.

Mosley to Pacquiao: Let's fight at 140

Promoter calls on Hatton to retire

Filipino 'mathletes' bag 27 medals

Filipino numbers aces won 27 medals in the 10th World Youth Invitational Mathematics Intercities Competition held recently in Durban, South Africa.

Kris left shows temporarily to be with mom

 Pansamantalang nagpaalam at humingi ng pang-unawa si Kris Aquino sa publiko sa kanyang programang "The Buzz" kanina.

Daughter admits Cory Aquino is in pain

Walter Cronkite: America's most trusted

2 storms brewing, but less rains seen

The state weather bureau spotted two low pressure areas, but said these would not bring as much rain that storm "Isang" (international codename: Molave) dumped in the country last week.

Mayon activity baffles scientists

Mayon Volcano is not showing signs of increased or decreased activity, baffling scientists who have warned last week that an eruption was forthcoming.

AFP seeks truce with NPA due to Mayon

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