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Sunday, August 30, 2009

August 31, 2009 Major News Stories

OFWs may lose jobs in Guam to Americans

The 15,000 up to 20,000 job openings in Guam being eyed by the Philippine government for overseas Filipinos workers are imperiled by a United States legislator who wants most of the jobs given to US citizens, according to a consultant for overseas job recruitment.

Congress to settle P19.2B debt to PhilHealth

Congress is prepared to settle the national government's estimated P19.2-billion in arrears to the state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth), Cebu Representative Eduardo Gullas said in a statement e-mailed to media outfits Sunday.

More distressed OFWs brought home this year

The number of distressed overseas Filipino workers sent home by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) in the first seven months of 2009 reached over 5,000, a 23-percent jump from the recorded number of repatriated Filipinos during the same period in 2008.

Filipino runaway maids swell during Ramadan

The number of Filipino maids who run away from their Muslim employers swell during the Ramadan, when they are also required to fast, an alliance of overseas Filipino workers' organizations in the Middle East said Sunday.

Office of the President: Cortes guilty of dereliction

The Office of the President has found Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes guilty of dereliction of duty over his refusal to implement a validly enacted ordinance, but was cleared in five other complaints filed by six incumbent councilors of that city.

Palace reprimands Cortes

MALACAÑANG reprimanded Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes for dereliction of duty "for refusing to implement" a P668-million appropriation ordinance the City Council approved on Dec. 27, 2007.

KBP to go to Supreme Court if right of reply bills pass

Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas national president Herman Basbano yesterday said the largest organization of broadcast operators and stations in the country will go to the Supreme Court if Congress passes the right of reply bills now pending there.

Alcover reacts to hint to ban radio blocktimers during elections

ANAD Partylist Representative Pastor "Jun" Alcover expressed his dismay over the recent pronouncements of some officials of the Commission on Elections officials to ban radio block timers during elections.

Tony mulls Running for mayor

Cebu City South District Rep. Antonio Cuenco said he is now seriously considering the possibility of running for mayor.

Tom ready to resign?

CEBU City officials plan to complete several projects in time for Mayor Tomas Osmeña's planned resignation as mayor by November, if he files his certificate of candidacy (COC) for congressman in the south district.

Groups to offer wreath for Romano

THE Sanlakas, Human Rights Defenders-Cebu and other organizations will offer a wreath at the marker where Fr. Rudy Romano was abducted on Katipunan St. in Barangay Tisa, Cebu City at 10:30 a.m.

Arroyo urged to free Neri from vow of silence

Businesman Jose "Joey" de Venecia III, a witness in the $329-million National Broadband Network deal with ZTE Corp. of China.

FG urged to attend Senate hearing on NBN deal

MANILA – Whistleblower Jose "Joey" de Venecia III assured that he will be present Tuesday when the Senate conducts its final hearing on the National Broadband Network (NBN) controversy.

Mike Arroyo to skip Senate probe on ZTE-NBN mess - lawyer

First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo will not attend next week"s Senate hearing on the botched and allegedly anomalous $329.4-million national broadband network deal with Chinese firm ZTE Corp., his lawyer said on Sunday.

Only 5 execs with Arroyo in Libya trip—DFA

After the brickbats she earned for her recent trip to the United States that included a number of congressmen, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is set to leave for Tripoli, Libya early Monday morning with only five government executives joining her.

Mikey, Dato bought US properties while in Congress

Ibinunyag ng independent online news organization na Vera Files ang pagbili umano ng mga bahay sa Amerika ng magkapatid na Pampanga Congressman Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo at Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado Ignacio "Dato" Arroyo matapos silang manalo bilang mga mambabatas. 

Meet with Mar went well - Noynoy

Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III disclosed on Sunday that his initial talks with Sen. Manuel "Mar" Roxas II and Liberal Party (LP) leaders are going well. 

SC's Puno to launch Moral Force Movement Monday

After almost a five-month delay, Chief Justice Reynato Puno will formally launch on Monday his "Moral Force Movement," which aims to usher in "the moral transformation" of the country.

Gordon eyes telcos tycoon Pangilinan as his VP

Senator Richard Gordon is eyeing telecommunications tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan to be his running mate or even the presidential candidate of the senator"s political party in the May 2010 polls.

Sandigan: $35-M Arelma deposits belong to govt not Marcoses

MANILA - The Sandiganbayan Special Division on Friday junked with finality the claim of the Marcos family over the $35 million Arelma deposits now held by Merill Lynch Asset Management in New York, USA.  

Renegotiate or junk VFA, says Santiago

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Sunday said she has decided to ask her colleagues to seek for a renegotiation of the Philippines-United States Visiting Forces Agreement and if rejected by the US, seek for the scrapping of the pact all together.

2 soldiers wounded in blast near Jolo airport

Two soldiers were wounded when an improvised bomb exploded along a road near the Jolo Airport in Sulu on Sunday night, police said.

Military admits no rebel wipeout by 2010

With barely a year left before President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's 2010 deadline to crush the communist insurgency, the top official of the Armed Forces Southern Luzon Command admitted that the military could not totally wipe out the New People's Army rebels but only reduce it to a minimal force.

March to Mendiola mark day of disappeared

Some 150 militants, led by families of the desaparecidos (disappeared), marched to Chino Roces (Mendiola) bridge Sunday morning after gathering at Plaza Bustillos in Manila to commemorate the international day of the disappeared.

Manila's living costs, wages among the lowest

Manila is among the world's cheapest cities, but is also one of those that pay the lowest hourly wages, according to a study comparing the purchasing power of 73 cities around the globe.

BSP, PDIC to set up a P5B rescue fund for ailing banks

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp. will set up a P5-billion rescue fund for distressed rural banks.

Japan's defeated PM to resign as party chief

TOKYO – Japan's defeated Prime Minister Taro Aso said Sunday he would resign as head of the Liberal Democratic Party after it was trounced in general elections, according to exit polls.

Israeli ex-PM Olmert indicted for graft

JERUSALEM – Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been indicted on three counts of corruption, becoming the first ex-premier to face criminal charges, the attorney general's office said on Sunday.

Suicide attack in Pakistan kills 10 cops

PESHAWAR, Pakistan—A suicide attack in Pakistan's northwestern valley of Swat on Sunday left at least 10 policemen dead, officials said.

Viloria defends title via unanimous decision

(UPDATE) Brian Viloria won via unanimous decision over Mexico's Jesus Iribe to retain his IBF light flyweight crown, according to radio reports.

Banal beats Mexican foe by unanimous decision

There was no knockout this time but Filipino KO artist AJ "Bazooka" Banal piled up enough points despite a point-deduction for low blow to beat Mexican Jose Angel Beranza in their 10-round junior featherweight non-title bout Saturday night in Honolulu, Hawaii (Sunday in Manila).

Laurente opens "Island Assault" with UD win over Zavaleta

Dennis Laurente won via unanimous decision over Mexican Zaid Zavaleta in their scheduled 10-round non-title bout in one of the undercard events in the Brian Viloria-Jesus Iribe title bout dubbed "Island Assault" Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawai.

Luzon bettor wins P150-M Super Lotto jackpot

A lone bettor from Luzon won the more than P150-million jackpot in Sunday's 6/49 Super Lotto draw, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office said.

Ruffa: Yilmaz made me cry

MANILA – Actress Ruffa Gutierrez on Sunday divulged that it was her estranged husband, Turkish businessman Yilmaz Bektaş, who made her cry last week.

Kris in the dark over Noynoy's 2010 decision

MANILA – Actress Kris Aquino is clueless when it comes to the political plans of his brother, Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, who is being urged to run for president in 2010 elections.

Willie buying a jet, says Kris

MANILA – "The Buzz" host Kris Aquino revealed on Sunday that controversial "Wowowee" host Willie Revillame is buying a jet plane.

Joan Crawford  - "I, Joan Crawford, I believe in the dollar. Everything I earn, I spend."

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