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Thursday, September 10, 2009

September 11, 2009 Major News Stories



Coast Guard eyes 1-month probe of SuperFerry tragedy

The Philippine Coast Guard expects to spend at least one month in the probe of the sinking of SuperFerry 9 off Zamboanga Peninsula in southern Philippines last Sunday.

Marina starts inspecting Aboitiz ships

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has started its inspection of the passenger cargo fleet owned by Aboitiz Transport System Corp. in light of the sinking of the SuperFerry 9 last Sunday.

'Let seaworthy vessels sail'

A BUSINESS chamber in Cebu asked the transportation department to lift the "wholesale suspension" of Superferry vessels that have passed seaworthiness tests, a move that will save the local economy from "untold losses."


2 sea marshals cited for SuperFerry rescue

Two sea marshals were given commendations for their contributions to the rescue of passengers from SuperFerry 9, which sank off the coast of the Zamboanga Peninsula over the weekend.

'Maring' leaves 11 dead, missing: NDCC

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA - At least five people were killed while another six remain missing as  floods and landslides brought on by tropical depression "Maring" affected thousands of Filipinos, the National Disaster Coordinating Council said Thursday.

Proposed SMS tax 'anti-poor' - telcos

Major telecommunications firms are denouncing a new proposal seeking taxes on short messaging services (SMS) warning that the additional cost would be passed on to consumers, particularly those in the lower income bracket.

Consumer should not shoulder tax on text

Malacañang would support the proposed tax on text messages if lawmakers would place a provision in the bill that it would not be passed on to consumers, officials said on Thursday.

No assurance of correct text taxes under metering

The Philippine government will still be unable to assess correct taxes on text messages even if it acquires devices that will monitor short message services (SMS).

2 Guam senators offer 20,000 jobs for OFWs

A top level Guam Senate team visited the country last week to finalize details on the hiring of 20,000 Filipino skilled workers for the construction of military headquarters in Guam beginning July 2010, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said in a statement Thursday.

Subic eyed for training of Pinoys to be deployed at US base in Guam

Visiting lawmakers from Guam said Subic Bay would make an ideal training center for the thousands of Filipino skilled workers needed in the US territory, where " the largest US military buildup since the end of World War II" will be made.


Fight for full benefits for Filvets not over yet, says US lawmaker

Rep. Steve Austria of Ohio, the only first generation Filipino-American congressman in the United States Congress, says he will continue the fight for "full benefits" of Filipino World War II veterans.

Agrarian reform in peril due to lack of fund

Agrarian Reform Secretary Nasser Pangandaman on Thursday warned that the implementation of the newly-signed agrarian reform law could be in peril because of the meager budget appropriated to the department for 2010.

House moves to fast-track debates on RH bill

The House of Representatives will hold plenary debates on the reproductive health bill in a bid to fast track discussions of the controversial measure lounging in the chamber for months now.

PRC: 292 new licensed chemists

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA - The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced Thursday that 292 out of 544 passed the Chemist Licensure Examination given by the Board of Chemistry in Manila this September 2009.  The successful examinees who garnered the ten (10) highest places are the following:

RANK / NAME / SCHOOL / RATING(%)
1 MARC RHYAN ANTHONY JIMENEZ PUNO / DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-MANILA / 90.00
2 WILLIAM JR WANG MANALASTAS / DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY-MANILA / 89.75
3 AMSTER FEI PUA BAQUIRAN / UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN / 89.00
4 MELYSSA ANTOINETTE ELIZAGA SANTIAGO / UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- DILIMAN / 88.75
5 JHON RALPH DE LA PEÑA ENTERINA / XAVIER UNIVERSITY / 88.00
MARIO III TINGOSIA ROSETE / UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA / 88.00
6 SHYNE DE VERA GALAPON / UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN / 87.50
JON PHILIPPE NG GO / UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS / 87.50
7 REECE JOREIM DE GUZMAN HUGO / UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN / 87.25
KIALL FRANCIS GANDILAN SUAZO / UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- DILIMAN / 87.25
8 ARLOU KRISTINA JIONGCO ANGELES / UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-MANILA / 86.75
9 ANGEL VII TUGADE BAUTISTA / UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES- DILIMAN / 86.50
10 SAMUEL ANTHON PRUDENTE BELLO / UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MINDANAO-KABACAN / 85.75

Larrañaga's transfer "in danger" of SC overrule

There is still chance to stop the impending transfer of rape-slay convict Juan Francisco "Paco" Larrañaga to Spain, and that is if the Supreme Court would overrule the decision of the justice department, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said on Wednesday.

Soldier who shot sergeant posts bail

The military officer who reportedly shot dead his senior official was able to post bail yesterday afternoon after the Cebu City Prosecutor's Office downgraded to homicide the complaint for murder that was earlier filed against him.

LGUs fail to implement mining laws

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Central Visayas dares local government units to revert the MGB devolved functions back to the bureau if they are not ready to take responsibility in the enforcement of small scale mining laws.


Despite Assurance By Power Firm: Korean group warns Cebuanos on Kepco

Capitol must think twice and study further the environmental impact of a coal-fired power plant before allowing the Korean Electric Company (Kepco) operate in Cebu, Korean environmentalists warned yesterday.

Kepco: We'll stick to Capitol deal

KOREAN environmentalists yesterday warned the Cebu Provincial Government against sealing a deal with Kepco-SPC Power Corp. (KSPC), saying Cebu should learn from the environmental situation in South Korea.

Garcia mum on advice for Bolo to resign

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has opted not to say anything more regarding embattled Provincial Board member Juan Bolo following the call from 1st district Rep. Eduardo Gullas for him to resign as provincial legislator.

'Wait for results'

GANGWON, Korea—Two Cebu Provincial Board (PB) members don't see a need for their colleague, PB Member Juan Bolo, to resign amid a controversy on the Balili lot purchase.

FLI pays city P11.5M in advance taxes

Filinvest Land Inc. yesterday handed over to Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña a check for P11.5 million as the firm's advance tax payment to the city.

Court junks TRO petition in case vs. towing firms

To avoid "pre-judgment," the Regional Trial Court denied the application for a Temporary Restraining Order filed by 10 motorists whose vehicles were towed by the private towing companies contracted by the city to enforce an illegal parking ordinance.

Nerez: Bayarcal and Pilapil should have observed respect

If Police Regional Office Director Lani-o Nerez were to assess the situation, a certain "level of respect" could have avoided the untoward incident involving Provincial Police Office Traffic Section chief Andres Bayarcal and former provincial legal officer Danilo Pilapil last Monday.

City gives buses to 14 barangays

Mayor Tomas Osmeña yesterday announced that each of the 14 mountain barangays of the city's south district will be given one bus that could be used by their constituents because South district Rep. Antonio Cuenco failed to provide them with such assistance.

Some bry. chiefs cool on Mike

SOME barangay captains are still not sold on Vice Mayor Michael Rama's candidacy, but they are also not sure about supporting the mayor's sister Georgia Osmeña.

City to have mini-market for cheap meat and poultry

The Cebu City government will establish a mini-market for meat and poultry products where the public can purchase food in much cheaper prices compared to the regular markets.

COA raises red flag on CPA cash position

The Commission on Audit has found out that the officials of the Cebu Port Authority are not good in fiscal management and they are afraid that CPA could no longer meet its demandable obligations someday.

CCPO, resort owner eye charges vs. PDEA, 2 other police groups

Some officers of the city police office and owners of a resort in Pinamungajan town are eyeing charges against members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, provincial police, and Pinamungajan police who allegedly harassed them last Saturday.

DDB seeks heighteneddrive vs.marijuana

- An official of Dangerous Drugs Board has urged the Department of Education, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police to strengthen information drive on marijuana abuse among high school students.


47M Filipinos expected to vote—Comelec

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) expects about 46 to 47 million Filipinos will register for next year's polls, its spokesman said Friday.

SC votes in favor of P7.2-B poll automation contract

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the legality of the government's P7.2-billion contract for the automation of next year's national elections - a ruling that was leaked earlier this week.

Melo denies leaking SC ruling on automation

Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Jose Melo denied allegations that he had leaked the unpromulgated decision of the Supreme Court that upheld the automation of the elections in May 2010.

Local Comelec sees 2 hitches

A HOUSE bill that will allow absentee voting for members of the media is up for floor deliberation, after surviving the committee on suffrage and electoral reforms.


Drilon sees Aquino-Roxas tandem

Former Senate President Franklin Drilon said Thursday he believed that the Liberal Party will have a team-up between Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and Senator Mar Roxas in the 2010 presidential and vice presidential elections.

Estrada turned off by Noynoy's "elitist" friends

Former President Joseph Estrada, known for his appeal to the masses, is not keen on supporting the candidacy of Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, whom he said is surrounded by "elitists."

Lakas-Kampi sees Noli vs Gibo showdown

Nakikitang magiging mahigpit ang laban sa pagitan nina Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. at Vice President Noli de Castro, sakali mang magdeisyon siyang tumakbo, para maging kandidato ng Malacañang bilang pangulo! Inaasahan naman ng campaign strategist ng Lakas-Kampi na may mga babalimbing kaya, tingin niya, dapat mag-loyalty check sa partido.


Arroyo's 81 foreign trips more frequent than that of US presidents

If foreign travel is a measure of success, the 14th president of the Philippines can be considered a very accomplished leader. Globetrotting Gloria Macapagal Arroyo spent almost a year of her almost nine-year presidency out of the country, rivaling that of US presidents.

Graft rap filed vs Mikey Arroyo

Militant government workers have filed with the Ombudsman a graft complaint against Pampanga Representative Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo for not declaring his P63.7-million property in California in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN).

Gov't won't rest case vs Lucio Tan

Despite an order from the Sandiganbayan to rest its case against business tycoon Lucio Tan, the government Wednesday said it could not do so just yet and asked the court for another 30 days to file its formal offer of evidence.

No politics in honoring Imelda Marcos—CCP

There's "no politics involved" in Friday night's gala show at the Cultural Center of the Philippines honoring former First Lady Imelda Romualdez-Marcos, a CCP official said on Thursday.

CCP warned against honoring Imelda Marcos

The Cultural Center of the Philippines' grand tribute to former first lady Imelda Marcos will diminish the gravity of the dark days of Martial Law and will rehabilitate the Marcoses' image despite their lack of remorse for the past, according to Bayan Muna Representative Satur Ocampo.

Police on alert for 9/11 anniversary

The Philippine National Police has alerted its 125,000-strong security force nationwide ahead of the 8th year commemoration of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

Peace talks with communist rebels dim—Razon

The resumption of peace talks with the communist National Democratic Front of the Philippines under the Arroyo administration has become bleaker with the latter engaging in "double talk" and the elections moving closer, said Presidential Peace Adviser Avelino Razon Jr. on Thursday.

Two persons injured in Samar shooting

One soldier and an unidentified civilian were injured after armed men believed to be members of the New People's Army open fired at a construction site in Samar, a military spokesman said Thursday.

Suspected NPA rebels raid government farm

Suspected New People's Army rebels raided a government livelihood farm in Monkayo, Compostela Valley, disarmed its guards and carted away communication equipment, the police said Wednesday.

Four NPA rebels surrender in Davao

Four members of the New People's Army voluntarily surrendered to authorities in Tagum City, Davao del Norte Wednesday afternoon, a police spokesman said on Thursday.

5 suspected bombers nabbed in South Cotabato

Special police units in South Cotabato arrested on Wednesday morning five suspected bombers believed to be behind the series of bomb attacks in South-Central Mindanao, including the latest explosion in Kidapawan City, authorities said Thursday.

Village chief, peace volunteer hurt in fight

A village chief and a civilian peace volunteer were injured after figuring in a fight in Agusan del Norte province Wednesday morning, police said on Thursday.

193 pardoned inmates freed

A total of 193 pardoned inmates were released Thursday from the national penitentiary New Bilibid Prisons.

Atlas Mining unit completes 9th copper shipment to China

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA - Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corp. said its subsidiary has successfully loaded its ninth shipment of copper concentrates from the Toledo mine in Cebu.

Pinoys less pessimistic about spending - survey

Filipinos are now less pessimistic about spending, indicating that a growing number believe that now is the best time to purchase consumer electronics products, appliances, cars, and houses.

Bicam approves pre-need code

LAWMAKERS have finally approved a bill tightening regulation of pre-need companies, transferring supervision of the sector to the Insurance Commission (IC) from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), among other changes.

PLDT rolls out newest Web-based TV service

MACTAN Island, Cebu—Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) announced at the 5th Asian Carriers Conference (ACC) here the rollout of its latest multimedia application aimed at merging Web television with several other interactive services.

Obama urges quick action on healthcare reform

President Barack Obama told Congress on Wednesday "the time for bickering is over" and called for quick action on a broad healthcare overhaul that would dramatically transform the US health system and insurance market.

US lawmaker to Obama: 'You lie!'

US President Barack Obama's high-stakes health care speech Wednesday seemed to fuel rather than douse an overheated political debate, with one lawmaker even angrily shouting: "You lie!"

Obama heckler says outburst 'spontaneous'

WASHINGTON - Republican lawmaker Joe Wilson, who won instant notoriety for shouting "you lie!" at US President Barack Obama, said Thursday the outburst was spontaneous and he apologized at the request of party leaders.

Bolivian priest hijacks Mexican plane

MEXICO CITY – (UPDATE 2) A Bolivian priest who said he was acting on a divine revelation hijacked a Mexican plane mid-air Wednesday with 104 people on board triggering a brief airport drama, officials said.

32 dead in Turkey's 'disaster of the century' floods

by Agence France-Presse
ISTANBUL - Floods that tore through Istanbul and the surrounding region swept away cars and bridges and killed at least 32 people, according to a new toll released Thursday which was expected to rise.

221 missing after Sierra Leone boat capsizes

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - More than 200 people including many schoolchildren returning from holidays remained missing Thursday, a day after a wooden boat capsized at sea and left at least eight dead, police said.

Mayol ready for Calderon rematch

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA – Filipino fighter Rodel Mayol is aiming to get even with WBO junior flyweight champion Ivan Calderon when they clash on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in Puerto Rico.

After Cannes triumph, Mendoza eyes Venice

Filmmaker Brillante Mendoza's latest digital movie "Lola" is the second "surprise" entry in the Main Competition of the ongoing 66th Venice International Film Festival.

Toni wishes to be Robin's next leading lady

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA - Actress Toni Gonzaga is also excited to work with Robin Padilla.

Willie's daughter dissuades him from joining politics

by By Reyma Buan-Deveza, abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA - Actress Meryll Soriano is trying to convince her father, "Wowowee" host Willie Revillame, not to run in next year's elections.

'E-Live' girls to temporarily replace Kris

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA - Toni Gonzaga and Bianca Gonzales will fill in for Kris Aquino while she takes a 10-day vacation abroad with her husband, cager James Yap, and two children, Joshua and James Yap Jr.

Gabriela: Why does Chavit have PSG men?

Kinukwestiyon ng grupong Gabriela kung bakit nagka-bodyguard si deputy national security adviser Chavit Singson na miyembro ng Presidential Security Group!


Chinese graduates get maps to find jobs: state media

BEIJING - University graduates looking for work in a city in eastern China will be given "job-hunting maps" showing which companies are hiring and how to find them, state media reported Tuesday.


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