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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

September 2, 2009 Major News Stories

CHR asked to probe 13 NDF 'desaparecidos'

The National Democratic Front has asked the Commission on Human Rights to investigate the disappearance of 13 rebel consultants as a confidence-building measure.

Tempers flare at Senate broadband deal probe

(UPDATE 2) Tempers flared between a senator and a businessman at the resumption of the Senate investigation into the botched $329-million national broadband network (NBN) Tuesday.

Tell all on NBN, opposition group tells Neri

Makati Mayor and United Opposition president Jejomar Binay has advised Social Security System Administrator Romulo Neri to tell all about the involvement of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her husband, Jose Miguel Arroyo, in the scuttled $329-million National Broadband Network contract with ZTE Corp.

ZTE mess: Gordon wants Lozada, JDV III charged

Sen. Richard Gordon wants Rodolfo Noel Lozada, Jose "Joey" de Venecia III and his father, former Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr., charged in connection with the scuttled National Broadband Network project.

Mikey Arroyo says wealth came from wedding, poll donors

Pampanga Rep. and presidential son Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo said Tuesday that a huge portion of his wealth came from generous wedding and campaign donors.

Solons seek review of SALN system

The recent controversy over the Statement of Assets Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's sons have prompted three partylist lawmakers to call for a review of the system of reporting of the net worth of officials to ensure that they remain transparent to the public.

House adjourns early for Manalo

The House of Representatives adjourned early Tuesday following the death of Iglesia ni Cristo leader Erano "Ka Erdy"Manalo.

Senate resolution honors Bro. EraƱo Manalo

A resolution honoring Iglesia Ni Cristo leader Erano Manalo for his "steadfast commitment" and "unwavering dedication to spreading the message of God" has been filed at the Senate.

Comelec urged to extend voters registration

Youth leaders led by Kabataan party-list Representative Raymond Palatino trooped to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday seeking to extend the voter's registration until December, but this was quickly rejected by the poll body.

PPCRV at a loss on how to guard 2010 polls

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) is still at a loss on how to monitor the 2010 elections, the first automated polls in the country, according to Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz.

Roxas throws support for Aquino in 2010

(UPDATE 2) Senator Manuel "Mar" Roxas is no longer running for president in 2010 and has thrown his support behind the candidacy of Senator Benigno Aquino "Noynoy" Aquino III if he would decide to run for the highest post in the land.

Noynoy expected to announce presidential bid on Wednesday

Senator Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III is expected to announce his bid for the presidency on Wednesday after Sen. Manuel "Mar" Roxas II gave way to the only son of the late President Corazon Aquino to seek the highest post in the 2010 elections.

Erap won't do a Mar, says Maceda

MANILA - Don't expect former President Joseph Estrada to follow the example of Senator Manuel 'Mar' Roxas, who gave up his presidential bid on Tuesday in a bid to unify the opposition.

Arroyo urged to announce political plans for 2010

by By Carmela Fonbuena,
MANILA - Political and legal heavyweights in the Philippines joined forces to call on President Arroyo to issue a definitive statement about her political plans for 2010.

Villar tops new survey

Senator Manuel Villar Jr. has again topped the list of presidential aspirants for the 2010 elections, according to the Pulso ng Pilipino third quarter survey.

Ethics raps vs Nograles OK in form

The House ethics committee has set in motion the two separate cases filed against Speaker Prospero Nograles and Negros Occidental Representative Jocelyn Limkaichong.

No fixed date for RP-MILF peace talks start

The resumption of the peace negotiations between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) still has no definite schedule, an official from the group said Tuesday.

CPP founder bats for Oslo meet before Manila

Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison declared on Tuesday that an immediate meeting between government and rebel peace panels in Oslo should be held before the proposed legal discussion in Manila.

Abu Sayyaf suspect in death of 7 cops nabbed

The key suspect in the ambush staged by suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf group in Basilan province that led to the death of seven policemen was arrested by police in an operation last week, Philippine National Police Director General Jesus Verzosa said on Tuesday.

Pinay with lung problem dies of H1N1 in Bahrain

A runaway Filipina overseas worker with a pre-existing health condition was the first person reported to have died from A(H1N1) virus in Bahrain.

OFW dies after tooth extraction in Kuwait

A Filipino overseas worker employed as a mechanic died after a tooth extraction procedure performed by another Pinoy in Kuwait.

RP lifts Germany, Japan poultry imports ban

The Department of Agriculture has lifted the ban on all bird and poultry imports from Germany and Japan as farms in those two countries have been proven free of avian flu.

VAT revenues to grow 5.2% in 2010

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MANILA - The government expects to generate more revenues from the value-added tax (VAT) next year due mainly to the projected increase in oil imports.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to boost house security

YANGON, Myanmar - Detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi plans to repair her dilapidated two-story home to improve security, after an American's high-profile intrusion led to her house arrest being extended, lawyers said Tuesday.

Marquez reaches training peak

MANILA – Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez revealed that he has approached his peak in training while preparing for his Sept. 19 bout against Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Jr.

Rockets' Yao could be back this season

HOUSTON - Chinese star center Yao Ming might be able to recover from surgery on his broken left foot and play for the Houston Rockets in the 2009-2010 National Basketball Association season.

Cab driver claims P150M lotto jackpot

A 44-year-old taxi driver on Tuesday claimed the P150.9-million jackpot he won in Sunday's 6/49 SuperLotto draw, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes office said.

Imelda Marcos dreams of return to power

Twenty years after the death of her controversial husband, former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos still dreams of a return to power but this time with her son as president.

World's oldest dog dies

MANILA - Chanel, the world's oldest dog, died on August 28 in New York, according to various reports. It was 21, or 147 years old in dog years.

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