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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

August 19, 2009 Major News Stories

Petition for P1 hike in jeepney fare filed

The Cebu Integrated Transport Service Multipurpose Cooperative formally filed a petition proposing for a P1 fare increase in jeepney minimum fare making it P7.50 from the current P6.50.

Consumer group favors oil regulation

Consumer and Oil Price Watch plans to ask Congress for legislation that would return the country to a regulated oil industry to ensure lower prices of petroleum products.

Reyes slams Recto in oil prices hearing

Swine flu vaccine orders pass one billion

Con-con during May polls confusing

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is not keen on holding the balloting for delegates of a constitutional convention simultaneous with the May 2010 presidential polls, saying this would confuse voters.

Ramos snub shows Lakas merger is illegal

Former president Fidel Ramos' rejection of a post in the merged Lakas-Kampi-Christian Muslim Democrats has boosted the contention that the merger was illegal and should be nullified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Pangasinan Representative Jose de Venecia said Tuesday.

Palace stunned by Ramos rebuff

Malacañang was stunned by former president Fidel V. Ramos' announcement that he was rejecting a titular post in the merged Lakas Kampi CMD, but remained confident he would stick it out with the administration coalition.

FVR hits Glo plan to purchase P1.2-B jet

Former President Fidel Ramos has criticized President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's aborted plan of acquiring a P1.2-billion jet to ensure her safety during travels.

Pag-Ibig spent P500M on Noli housing ads

The Pag-Ibig Fund spent almost P500 million since 2007 in infomercials featuring Vice President Noli de Castro, a lawyer seeking a stop to public funds use in advertisements told the Manila City Regional Trial Court.

Duque ordered to explain ads ban violation

The Manila City Regional Trial Court gave Health Secretary Francisco Duque five days to explain why he violated the court's to temporarily stop infomercials.

Palace defends govt "infomercials"

A Malacañang official on Tuesday defended Cabinet members who have infomercials on television and radio, saying these is part of their mandate to inform the public about the programs of their departments.

Lacson mulls vice presidential bid

After withdrawing his presidential bid, Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson is now considering to run for vice president.

Mutiny suspect Lim launches Senate bid

Detained Brigadier General Danilo Lim announced Tuesday his intention to join the 2010 senatorial race after he registered as a voter with the local office of the Commission on Elections in his home province of Nueva Ecija.

Panlilio wants Comelec to stop recount

Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio has demanded the suspension of the recount of the gubernatorial race at the Commission on Elections and the replacement of all personnel involved in the revision, charging his rival, Lilia Pineda, of indirect bribery.

Arroyo to visit Pampanga... again

President Gloria Arroyo will visit her home province of Pampanga Wednesday, this time for a road concreting project in Santa Rita town. It will be her 23rd visit to the province in six months.

Proof of PGMA's costly travels presented

Palace spent for 3 solons in US trip

Malacañang on Tuesday said it shouldered the expenses of Senators Miriam Santiago and Lito Lapid, and House Speaker Prospero Nograles when they joined President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's recent working visit to the United States.

DoJ admits using govt funds in US trip

Acting Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera admitted that the airfare she used for the trip to the United States with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo came from the Department of Justice's fund.

Receipt for $15K dinner in DC shown

Probe pork overspending, Speaker told

Spending for the controversial pork barrel or Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) in 2008 exceeded the budget by almost P2 billion, while that of the calamity fund was above the budget by about P1.3 billion.

No Ramadan 'break' for Abu Sayyaf

There will be no Ramadan break in the government's offensive against the Abu Sayyaf.

Aid workers train vs kidnap for ransom

Amid the spate of abductions of development workers in Mindanao, particularly in Zamboanga, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi, the British government funded a training program in Zamboanga to address their specific security needs.

FilAm war vets' equity checks delayed

The passage in February of the "equity compensation" legislation brought so much hope and rejoicing for thousands of Filipino World War II veterans who, for decades, had lobbied for recognition for their war-time services to the United States.

OFWs storm RP consulate to seek help

More than a hundred "distressed" overseas Filipino workers (OFW) forced their way into the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah to seek help in returning to the Philippines.

2 China-bound OFWs, 11 Africans fall

The Dangerous Drugs Board welcomed the arrest of two overseas Filipino workers and 11 West Africans who allegedly served as drug mules and were part of an international drug syndicate.

Police retrieves 94 stolen cars

A total of 94 stolen vehicles have been recovered across the country in the first half of the year by the police in its intensified effort against car theft.

1 killed in Bacolod fireworks factory blast

A man was killedduring an explosion at a suspected illegal fireworks factory in Bacolod City early Tuesday morning, police said.

P5-M lost in Negros fire

An estimated P5 million worth of properties was destroyed in a fire that raged a school in Negros Oriental province early Monday morning, police said on Tuesday.

More Filipinos buying mobile phones

Despite the economic downturn, more Filipinos now own cellular phones, mostly the low-end and mid-tier varieties that do not have Internet connectivity, according to a market study.

Customs shortfall hits P27-B

Obama hot on healthcare reform

US President Barack Obama's top domestic priority is reforming the nation's health care system by October, and his success or failure could define his presidency.

End of the world no time for a snack

US President Barack Obama, taking aim at costly military programs of questionable value, said Monday he really did not need a new presidential helicopter with an Armageddon-proof kitchen.

Ex-South Korean president Kim dies

SEOUL – Former South Korean president Kim Dae-Jung died Tuesday at the age of 83.

20 dead, 138 hurt in Russia truck bomb

A truck packed with explosives rammed through the gates of a police compound in southern Russia on Monday and exploded in a suicide attack that killed at least 20 people and wounded around 130.

Youth want climate change action

Donaire: Bring on Arce or Montiel

Newly crowned World Boxing Association champ Nonito Donaire Jr. has his eyes set on fighting marquee names in the land of the super flyweights.  Donaire said his promoter Bob Arum has spoken about Mexico's Jorge Arce as next on his list this December.  "But I'm looking forward in fighting Fernando Montiel because we have an unfinished business."

Darchinyan seeks fight with Donaire

Jackson to be buried on 51st birthday

Michael Jackson's body will be laid to rest on August 29, the day the King of Pop would have turned 51, his father told AFP.

Son hired hitmen to murder mom

South Korean police have arrested a man accused of hiring two hitmen to murder his adoptive mother.

"Rat-eating" plant found in Palawan

Found deep in the jungles of Palawan is a most unusual rat trap designed by nature and only recently discovered by man.  The rat-eating shrub dissolves its prey with acid-like enzymes inside its pitcher-shaped leaves. The pitchers measure 30 x 16 cm, double the size of usual pitcher plants found in the area.

Tornadoes common in typhoon-prone RP

Expect more tornadoes in the country as tropical cyclones are frequent visitors to the country.

According to Pagasa Deputy Administrator for Operations and Services Nathaniel Cruz, dark clouds, or cumulonimbus clouds, usually formed during thunderstorms, are breeding grounds of tornadoes.

"Our country is quite susceptible because we have a lot of thunderstorms. Our location near the equator means we are affected by the intertropical convergence zones (ITCZs)," he said. The ITCZ is an area near the equator where winds from the northern and southern hemisphere meet, forming a string of tropical cyclones.

Cruz explained that reports of tornadoes in the country have increased because of "advances" in communication like the mobile cellular phones equipped with photo and video cameras.

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