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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

August 26, 2009 Major News Stories

Gwen didn't know Bolo drafted MOA

Mikey asks oil firms to keep prices down

Pampanga Representative Juan Miguel Arroyo said on Tuesday that oil companies should wait until their 30-day inventory acquired at old prices had been used up before making adjustment in their pump prices.

Dengue takes lives of two more kids

A sophomore student of the Cebu City National Science High School is one of two latest deaths of the dreaded dengue fever in Cebu City.

Tom open to P130M budget for CCMC

Contrary to the speculation of the opposition and critics, Mayor Tomas Osmeña is amenable to an increase in appropriation for the Cebu City Medical Center.

Prepare for possible 2nd H1NI wave

Government health workers have been told to prepare for a possible second wave of the Influenza A(H1N1) flu virus pandemic.

25% pay hike of CH workers in 2010

Good news to all City Hall and casual employees of Cebu City.

Salcon workers hold strike vote

MEMBERS of the Salcon Power Independent Union (SPIU) will conduct a strike vote today, after efforts of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) to resolve its labor dispute with the SPC Power.

Former mayor in Bohol shot

Former Panglao Mayor Doloreich Dumaluan was shot at the back of his left shoulder on Tuesday afternoon.

Local radio Station dyTR reported that the former mayor was shot during an altercation near the Dumaluan Beach Resort, which was owned by the mayor's family, at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Dumaluan's bodyguards returned fire hitting the suspected gunman identified as Teodulfo Macalandag who was hit in the right hand, according to the radio report.

Both were rushed to the Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital in Tagbilaran City for treatment.

However, Dumaluan was transferred to a hospital in Cebu later in the afternoon.

Transpo leader shot dead in N. Cotabato

A transport leader was shot dead in his home by an unidentified gunman in Makilala, North Cotabato around midnight Monday, police said.

Despite Le Cirque, Glo set to fly again

No work, no pork to boost attendance

No work, no pork. Nueva Ecija Representative Eduardo Nonato Joson has proposed this policy to ensure that there would always be a quorum during sessions at the House of Representatives.

Namfrel hits back at Bongbong Marcos

The National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) hit Ilocos Norte Representative Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. over his statement calling for the abolition of the election watchdog.

Smartmatic officer's ties to NCC bared

Wife sure of Villar's victory in 2010

Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar has expressed confidence that her husband Senator Manuel Villar would win in the 2010 presidential election even if the opposition failed to unite.

Estrada sure of running for president

Eight years after he was ousted over corruption scandals, former president Joseph Estrada said on Tuesday he was "99.9 percent" sure of running for president in the 2010 elections.

Basilan clash won't kill talks with MILF

The deadly clash between government troops, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan, which left 23 soldiers dead, would not hamper the talks between the government and the MILF, Presidential Adviser for Mindanao Jesus Dureza said.

Palace: No malice in Senate probe snub

Citing time constraints and security considerations, Malacañang said Tuesday there was "no malice" in the refusal of defense officials to attend Monday's Senate inquiry into the August 13 clash between soldiers and Islamic extremists that killed 23 soldiers.

Senators: Diplomatic answer to EO 464

Senators have agreed to "diplomatically" resolve the issue on the controversial EO 464 instead of bringing it again before the Supreme Court.

AI bares cases of torture, slays of Muslims

The human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday it has received reports of civilians who fled from the fighting in Mindanao ending up being tortured, executed or missing.  The AI said the torture, forced disappearances and extrajudicial executions were allegedly carried out by the military from 2008 to 2009.

Mindanao's displaced gets rice from Japan

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday said it will start providing thousands of displaced people in Mindanao with rice rations from the Japanese government tomorrow, August 26.

CIDG hails denial of bail for Isnajis

The police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group on Tuesday welcomed a court ruling denying Indanan Mayor Alvarez Isnaji and his son Haider to post bail on the kidnapping charges filed against them by a television anchor and her crew.

29 cops off to Darfur as UN peacekeepers

Twenty-nine police officers from the Philippines were deployed to the South Darfur city of Nyala Sunday as part of the build up of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (Unamid) in the strife-torn Sudanese region.

One last hearing on NBN-ZTE mess

A Senate panel will conduct early next week another hearing on the botched $329.48-million National Broadband Network (NBN) project "to answer gaps" on the issue before releasing the long-awaited result of the probe.

SC stops conferment of National Artists

The Supreme Court has issued a status quo order preventing Malacañang from conferring the rank and title of national artist on those named by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as this year's recipients of the state honor, a court spokesman told a press conference Tuesday.

'Caparas respects SC decision'

SC wants explanation on bay inaction

The Supreme Court ordered six Cabinet officials and four other government officials to explain why they should not be cited in contempt for failing to comply with the high court's order to rehabilitate Manila Bay.

Students protest high school career exams

More than 20 militant high school students entered the Department of Education central office compound to protest the National Career Assessment Examinations (NCAE).  LFS explained that the NCAE was an "unnecessary waste of time and resources because high school students do not need the DepEd to choose their career for them."

Sex between men seen in HIV-AIDS surge

The Department of Health has monitored more cases of HIV-AIDS transmission through sex between men in recent years, prompting the DOH to undertake a nationwide survey to determine the extent of the problem.

US guidelines could hurt soft drink firms

Tañamor leads RP world amateur bid

After a confidence-building stint in Cuba, five Filipino boxers will fly to Italy and represent the national team in the World Amateur Boxing Championship.

RP wins 102 medals in Singapore math tilt

Sneak peek at the new Bahay ni Kuya

'Basterds' takes box office top spot

"Inglourious Basterds," the latest stylized action flick from director Quentin Tarantino, took the top spot at the North American box office over the weekend, industry figures showed Monday.

Jackson's death homicide - AP source

The Los Angeles County coroner's finding that the death of Michael Jackson was a homicide could mean criminal charges for his doctor, who told investigators that he administered a mix of powerful drugs to treat the pop star's insomnia hours before his death.

Jonathan Swift  - "May you live every day of your life."

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