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Monday, November 30, 2009

December 1, 2009 Major News Stories

Dubai crisis threatens OFW market

A brewing debt crisis in Dubai has raised a specter of gloom on the Philippines, where many households have been relying on petrodollars sent home by a large pool of overseas workers in the Middle East.

Dubai debt crisis likely to affect peso

MANILA - The peso is expected to face further downward pressure this week as sentiment is likely to remain volatile, while investors continue to assess the possibility of another global systemic crisis arising from the debt problems in Dubai, traders and analysts said.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi markets plunge on debt woes

DUBAI – Stock markets in Dubai and neighboring Abu Dhabi closed sharply lower on Monday, shedding 7.3 percent and 8.3 percent respectively, hit by a lack of buyers after Dubai World's shock proposal to suspend debt payments.

12 stranded Filipino seafarers in Greece helpless

The 12 Filipino seafarers stranded in Greece since July this year have not been paid their agreed salary, and live on dole-outs and the minimal allowance of food and water given to them by their employer.

16 Pinoys among crew of seized Saudi oil tanker

(Updated 5:30 p.m.) NAIROBI, Kenya - Somali pirates seized a tanker carrying crude oil from Saudi Arabia to the United States in the increasingly dangers waters off East Africa, an official said Monday, an attack that could pose a huge environmental or security threat to the region.

Millions of barrels of oil to be drilled in Sulu Sea

Matapos madiskubre ang langis sa Palawan, tinatayang milyun-milyong bariles ng langis sa Karagatan ng Sulu ang hinahanap ngayon ng pinakamalaking oil company sa mundo. 

ExxonMobil, the largest publicly listed oil company in the world, will invest about $100 million to drill another well under Service Contract No. 56 in the South Sulu Sea.

DTI assists DA in probe of alleged sugar price manipulation

MANILA - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will assist the Department of Agriculture (DA) in monitoring the price and supply of sugar amid allegations of manipulation, according to DTI Secretary Peter Favila.

3 witnesses place Ampatuan at crime scene

Three witnesses claimed they saw Datu Unsay town mayor Andal Ampatuan, Jr. leading the armed men who flagged down a convoy of vehicles carrying the 57 victims of what is now known as the Maguindanao massacre on November 23.

Armed men waiting for Mangudadatus days before

Armed men reportedly belonging to the camp of Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan, Sr., and Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan, Jr., were already in place to block passing members of the Mangudadatu clan days before the Maguindanao massacre, sworn statements gathered by government investigators showed.

PNP still confirming audio recording of Maguindanao killings

The Philippine National Police said on Monday it is still verifying the existence of the audio recording that purportedly documented the gruesome killings in Maguindanao province.

'Massacre' weapons seized in Cotabato raid

(UPDATE) Joint police and military forces on Monday seized guns and paraphernalia at the home of a lieutenant believed to have been used as storage area of firearms used in the massacre of at least 64 people in Maguindanao last week.

Troops raid safehouse of arms used in Ampatuan massacre

Police and military operatives on Monday raided the suspected storage area of high-powered firearms that could have been used to kill the victims in the massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao last week.

Ampatuans now feel threatened in their own turf

Their name is synonymous to power. Now, according to Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Solicitor General Cynthia Sayadi, the Ampatuans are now exposed to threats from Muslim rebels and their political rivals.

Puno: Suspension orders vs Ampatuans out soon

MANILA – Preventive suspension orders against Ampatuans currently holding public office are set to be filed soon, according to Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Ronaldo Puno.

Stress, "ghosts" haunt Andal Jr. inside NBI jail

"Stress" is catching up on Andal Ampatuan Jr., the prime suspect in the massacre in Maguindanao province that left at least 57 people dead, in his detention cell inside the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) compound in Manila.

One of three backhoe operators in police custody

One of the three supposed operators of the backhoe found at the crime scene in Maguindanao province is now under police custody, a police official said on Monday.

Kin of Maguindanao massacre victims in Buluan seek justice

MANILA - A "kanduli" ritual was conducted by relatives of some of the victims of Maguindanao massacre in Buluan town in Maguindanao to commemorate the seventh day of the death of the victims. 

MILF tells gov't: Don't punish ARMM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is asking the Philippine government not to punish the entire Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) as a result of the massacre that left 57 people dead in Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

Arroyo rallies RP vs 'political rouges'

By and large critical of Philippine media, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday issued her strongest condemnation yet of the massacre of at least 30 journalists in Maguindanao, rallying the nation to join hands so that it would never be under siege again.

Martial law in Maguindanao to be studied

Defense Secretary and National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales said that the issue of placing a province under martial law is a "sensitive topic" and thus must be studied.

AFP: No need for martial law in Maguindanao

by by Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News
MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday said it opposes the proposed declaration of martial law in Maguindanao province in the aftermath of the massacre last November 23.

Palace exec mobbed at rally for massacre victims

(UPDATE) Protesters calling for justice for victims in the Mindanao massacre booed and threw garbage at Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, who tried to talk to protesters.

Journalists lead march to condemn massacre

Use the full force of the Philippine judicial system and the national security forces to prosecute those responsible in the Maguindanao massacre, said members of the Confederation of Asean Journalists (CAJ) Monday.

Wagas files CoC for 5th district representative

Incarcerated former Compostela Mayor Gilbert Wagas yesterday filed his Certificate of Candidacy for the 5th district before the provincial Commission on Elections office through his brother incumbent Compostela Mayor Ritchie Wagas.

Gwen's vice guv announced today

CEBU Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia will name her running mate today when she and the rest of One Cebu will file their certificates of candidacy (COCs).

Voters to get manicure, other beauty services from Margot

CEBU City First Lady and aspiring councilor Margot OsmeƱa finds pulong-pulong too serious, so she hopes to reach out to the women sector through a more feminine way—free manicure and beauty service.

Arroyo in Congress will make next president 'transitionary'

President Arroyo's bid for a seat in the Lower House is meant to render her successor, presumably Senator Benigno "`Noynoy'' Aquino III, who has a massive lead in the surveys over his rivals.

CBCP to keep anti-Cha-cha stance with Arroyo in Congress

MANILA - The powerful Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) was open to giving its blessing to amend the Constitution after the May 2010 polls. With President Arroyo's shadow lurking in the halls of Congress, however, the Church leaders might just change their mind.

Bishop: God save Pampanga from Arroyo

Pampanga Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David urged the best legal minds in the country to seek the wisdom of the Supreme Court now that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is running as representative of the second district in the province.

Militants condemn Arroyo bid for Congress

Militant group Bayan (Bagong Alyansang Makabayan) on Monday condemned President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's plan to run for a congressional seat in her home province of Pampanga.

No issue in 2010 bid of Arroyo, Estrada: Comelec official

by By Reynaldo Santos Jr., Newsbreak
MANILA - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) sees no problem with the 2 latest presidents—the incumbent, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and a former, Joseph Estrada—participating in the 2010 polls.

Constitution allows Arroyo bid for Congress -- Monsod

A noted constitutionalist and even one of the opposition's top election lawyers on Monday said there was nothing illegal about President Macapagal-Arroyo's running for the House of Representatives in her home district in Pampanga.

Estrada hits Villar for imitating campaign color

Senator Manuel Villar got some lighthearted ribbing from former President Joseph Estrada for using "orange" as his campaign color.

Controversial businessman to run for president

Controversial businessman and philanthropist Mark "MJ" Jimenez announced his candidacy for president on Monday and offered himself as an alternative to what he described as "traditional" and "inexperienced" politicians in the coming 2010 elections.

Evangelist Villanueva files presidential bid

(UPDATE) Jesus is Lord Movement founder Brother Eddie Villanueva filed his candidacy for president with the Commission on Elections Monday.

Madrigal to file presidential bid Tuesday

There is no stopping Senator Ma. Ana Consuelo "Jamby" Madrigal from joining the presidential race in 2010.

Palparan files Senate bid, vows to fight militants

Bantay representative and Retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan Jr. filed his candidacy for senator with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday.

Father-daughter team seeks to keep power in Davao City

It's a Duterte-Duterte tandem for the city's top most positions, facing old foes who have banded in an apparent bid to challenge their popularity and strength.

Mancao files congressional bid in Compostela Valley

Former police Senior Superintendent Cezar Mancao II filed with the provincial Commission on Elections office his certificate of candidacy for the Congress seat representing the province's first congressional district shortly before noon Monday.

Bangladesh ferry toll reaches 71

by Agence France-Presse
NAZIRPUR, Bangladesh - Rescuers have retrieved 16 more bodies after a ferry capsized in southern Bangladesh, taking the death toll to 71 with several people still missing, police said Monday.

Russian train toll hits 26; Police release sketch

MOSCOW - Police released a composite sketch Monday of a man thought to be involved in bombing the Moscow-to-St. Petersburg train and the death toll from the horrific derailment rose to 26.

Immonen beats Corteza to win World Ten Ball Championship

MANILA - The Philippines almost had another champion on Monday but "The Ice Man" of Finland dashed the Filipinos hopes as he defeated Lee Van Corteza in the World Ten Ball Championship finals held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. 

Corteza barges through to World Ten Ball final

by By TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News
MANILA - Keeping the Filipinos' hope alive for another hometown victory, Lee Van Corteza proved to have nerves of steel and bucked the odds and the pressure to survive the hot rally of Spaniard David Alcaide on Monday at the WPA World Ten-Ball Championships in Pasay City.

Former beauty queen backs out of Davao Norte race for governor

In a sudden turnaround that shocked and saddened allies, former Miss Universe Margarita "Margie" Moran-Floirendo on Monday announced that she was backing out of the gubernatorial race in Davao del Norte.

Ara Mina files candidacy for QC council seat

Actress and GMA 7 talent Ara Mina filed her certificate of candidacy (CoC) Monday for a seat in the Quezon City council second district.

Dureza gets scolding from wife over photos with Ampatuans

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Photos of him laughing with members of a clan linked to the November 23 Maguindanao massacre earned presidential adviser on peace Jesus Dureza a scolding from his wife.

All PBB housemates up for eviction

MANILA - For the first time in Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) history, the public gets to vote for the housemate they want to be evicted. Kuya made this announcement during "PBB Double Up's" 7th nomination night on Sunday.

'Ranillos to spend Christmas, New Year in US'

by by Boy Villasanta,
MANILA – Mat Ranillo III and daughter Krista Ranillo are planning to spend Christmas and New Year in the United States, the young sexy star's half-brother said.

Chelsea Clinton engaged to marry next summer

NEW YORK - Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former president Bill Clinton, is to marry her longtime boyfriend next summer.

Rare scientific manuscripts published online

LONDON - Historic manuscripts by Sir Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin and other ground-breaking scientists will be published online for the first time, Britain's Royal Society said Monday.

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