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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

August 27, 2009 Major News Stories

Was law violated in MOA signing?

DepEd owes P4.5-B, says Philhealth exec

The Department of Education (DepEd) has the biggest unpaid obligations to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp (Philhealth) at around P4.5 billion, a top official of the healthcare provider said.

Of the total P6.1 billion unpaid obligations of the national agencies, P4.5 billion was incurred by DepEd, P690 million by the Philippine National Police; P414 million by the Philippine Army; P233 million by the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and P222 million by the Department of Health. 

Unpaid obligations for "uniformed personnel" at P1.5 billion, state universities and colleges at P458 million, the judiciary at P239 million, the executive offices at P524 million, and the legislative offices at P50 million.

SSS suffers 50% drop in H1 profits

Typhoid hits Southern Leyte village

A rash of typhoid cases was reported in a village in Macrohon town, Southern Leyte, as six persons, including a four-year-old child, tested positive while 29 others have shown symptoms starting Monday.

DTI checks sudden hike in pork prices

Admitting they did not expect it so soon, trade officials have started checking reports of a sudden increase in the prices of pork by as much as P10 per kilo, a radio report said Wednesday.

Consumers brace for LPG, power hikes

Consumers should soon brace for a double whammy after cooking gas retailers announced a price hike and the government warned of higher electricity costs.

House probe on higher prices in Cebu

CONCERNED over the reported high prices of oil products in Cebu, a House committee will look into the pricing of the three oil companies and ask why Cebuanos are paying P5 to P8 more for oil products.

Management assures stable power supply

Majority of the members of the SPC Independent Union are in favor of the plan to stage a strike, as revealed by the results of the union's strike voting yesterday.

ERC to augment Visayas power supply

Comelec gets P1.59-B biometrics bid

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) bids and awards committee (BAC) recommended on Wednesday a P1.59 billion bid for a biometrics project aimed at cleansing the poll body's computerized voters list (CVL).

Smartmatic, NCC deny ties

12 senators to choose acting President

Glo sends P1.54-Tr final budget to House

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo transmitted to the House of Representatives the proposed P1.54 trillion budget for 2010, which she described as her administration's "final budget" and one that would complete projects that she could leave as "legacy" to her successor.

Arroyo to return to NY; no more Le Cirque?

Palace says yes to Cory Aquino Day

Malacañang has no objection to the declaration of a "Cory Aquino Day'' to commemorate the late icon of democracy, but President Macapagal-Arroyo's allies suggested that it be made a "working holiday."

Lacson got orders from Palace

The former Philippine National Police chief allegedly sought the liquidation of the publicist who was said to have threatened to expose former president Joseph Estrada's involvement in insider trading and that he was "directly getting orders from Malacañang," Ex-Police Superintendent Cesar Mancao told a local court Wednesday.

Office of Ombudsman 'inutile', 'prostituted'

Party-list lawmakers on Wednesday described the Office of the Ombudsman as "inutile" and "prostituted" with Merceditas Gutierrez at its helm, insisting she should be impeached.

Rule wisely on Ombudsman impeach rap

Former Senator Jovito Salonga reminded the House committee on justice to judiciously decide on the impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez.

Subpoena execs who snub hearings

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Wednesday warned that the Senate might use its coercive powers against executive officials who refuse to attend congressional inquiries.

US troops join combat—ex-RP Navy exec

The US military forces stationed in Mindanao had joined the Philippine military in combat operations, the whistleblower on the Balikatan fund mess said on Wednesday.

Police hunt Abu Sayyaf, MILF bandits

The Philippine National Police will continue its pursuit of Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan and Sulu, according to Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno.

Gov't open to releasing only 4 NDF men

The government urged communist rebels to abandon their demand for the unconditional release of political prisoners if only to put the peace process back on track.

Remove 6 Magdalos from wanted list

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) wants six Navy personnel implicated in the July 2003 Oakwood Mutiny to be removed from the Philippine National Police"s wanted list due to the absence of formal charges against them.

Ex-Palace exec named NTC chief

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has appointed former Malacañang official, lawyer Gamaliel Cordoba, to the top post of the National Telecommunications Commission, replacing resigned Commissioner Ruel Canobas.

RP digital marketing council created

A newly formed digital marketing council aims to establish rules on advertising campaigns in non-traditional platforms such as mobile phones.

US Senator Kennedy dies at 77—family

US Senator Ted Kennedy, a lion of the American left and the last of the brothers who dominated US politics for years, has died of brain cancer, his family said Wednesday. He was 77.

Thaksin protesters vow to defy protest ban

No winner of P114-M SuperLotto jackpot

No one won the P114-million jackpot in the 6/49 SuperLotto draw Tuesday night, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office said Wednesday.

Prank call halts university exams

Classes were suspended and midterm examinations halted at the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos in Bacolod after an unidentified caller phoned twice saying a bomb was set to explode Tuesday afternoon.

Amalia blames husband for son's case

Nagpalipas ng magdamag sa kulungan ang anak ng beteranang aktres na si Amalia Fuentes. Mismong ang ama raw ng akusado ang umano'y may pakana ng kasong libelo.

Arroyo firm on National Artist choices

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is sticking with her choices for this year's National Artists, a Malacañang official said Wednesday.

Bayani got money from MMFF earnings

Umamin si MMDA chair Bayani Fernando na niregaluhan siya ng mahigit P1.5 milyon mula sa kinita ng Metro Manila Film Festival. Kaya tingi ni Senadora Miriam Santiago, puwedeng makasuhan ang chairman ng MMDA.

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Magnitude 4.9 tremor in Visayas

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