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Thursday, November 12, 2009

November 13, 2009 Major News Stories

Agencies recommend lifting of fuel price ceiling

Price controls imposed in the wake of devastating storms could soon be lifted following recommendations by concerned Cabinet officials.

Arroyo to decide on oil price cap after APEC

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will act on the recommendation to lift Executive Order 839 imposing a cap on fuel prices in Luzon after coming back from the Asia Pacific Economic Conference in Singapore, according to Malacañang.

Groups warn of protests, fare hike on EO 839 lifting

MANILA - Public transport groups on Thursday warned of protest and a minimum fare hike after Malacañang officials confirmed that the oil price freeze in Luzon is set to be scrapped. 

Benhur eyes probe intoCebu's power situation

Alarmed by the series of rotating brownouts occurring in Cebu, fourth district Representative Benhur Salimbangon is pushing for a House investigation next week into the power situation in the province.

DOLE: Renewed demand for Pinoys overseas to boost employment

With many countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas recovering from the global economic crisis, a renewed demand for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) would buoy the country"s employment rate, the Labor department said.

SSS moving to new office

Starting Wednesday next week, the Social Security System in Cebu will transfer its operations to its new office along Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City.

More cases but fewer deaths than in 2008

The total number of dengue cases in Cebu City from January to November 7 has reached 1,778 or 61 percent higher than the 1,096 cases in the same period last year.

To help residents of Apas: Tomas files suit vs. Gwen, others

The Cebu City Government and the residents of Barangay Apas, who fear dislocation following the reversion of the ownership of the 80-hectare military reservation to the Province of Cebu, yesterday filed a civil case for judicial review and injunction against Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Vice President Noli De Castro and Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro, Jr.

UP faces Lahug, City's ire while it tries to get land

A CLASH between the residents' right to shelter and a state university's property rights has made unlikely allies of Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña and Lahug Barangay Captain Mary Ann de los Santos.

Tommy O willing to help residents displaced by fire

Mayor Tomas R. Osmeña is very willing to help solve the problem of the fire victims in barangay Lahug, who are now being barred by the University of the Philippines from reconstructing their houses in the schools' lot, but said he will do it only if barangay captain Mary Ann de los Santos would fail to solve the problem of her constituents.

Sonny: City lost in sale of SRP lot to Filinvest

Former Senator John Henry "Sonny" Osmeña said that the sale of a portion of the South Road Properties (SRP) to Filinvest Land Incorporated was indeed disadvantageous to the city government.

Sonny wants Georgia for his running mate

After his cousin Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña refused to take his offer seriously, former senator John Henry "Sonny" Osmeña is now asking the mayor's sister Georgia Osmeña to be his running mate in the 2010 elections.

Panaghiusa, LP to field Davide for guv

FORMER Cebu City Councilor Hilario Davide III was chosen as the gubernatorial candidate of Panaghiusa Party and the Liberal Party, former senator John Henry "Sonny" Osmeña said yesterday.

Madridejos mayor accused of falsifying documents

Madridejos Vice Mayor Doroteo Salazar has filed an administrative complaint before the Cebu Provincial Board against Mayor Salvador dela Fuente and several other town officials for alleged tampering of their annual budget and the non-implementation of the memorandum of agreement with the provincial government for the concreting of various barangay roads.

DPWH assures full Implementation of Cebu projects

Acting Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Victor Domingo assured congressmen from Cebu that DPWH will complete local projects that are being implemented through the agency, but remain unfinished.

Police arrest alleged killers of former Barili VM's wife

The Barili police have arrested three men they suspect may have robbed a former mayor of Barili last week and killed his wife in the process.

'No evidence gang was planning hit'

A RANKING official of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday clarified there is no evidence to indicate that the Alvin Flores Gang members killed in a shootout late last month were planning a hit.

Police fail to arrest Joavan

The controversial adopted son of Talisay City Mayor Socrates Fernandez remains scot-free as police failed to arrest him when the latter served the warrant of arrest at his house in Friendly Homes Subd., Talisay City yesterday afternoon.

Comelec rejects gays' partylist group

The Commission on Elections has dismissed the petition of Ang Ladlad, an organization that has been pushing for equal rights for gays, lesbians, and transgenders under the law, to become a party-list group.

'Poll-topping Noynoy now a victim of character assassination'

Being on top also has its downside. This is what the Liberal Party (LP) has learned after its standard-bearer, Sen. Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III topped the surveys.

Villar more friendly than Aquino, leftwing groups say

While not closing its doors yet to negotiations, militant party list groups said talks with Senator Manuel Villar of the Nacionalista Party (NP) are now in the advanced stages, while it has yet to begin with Senaor Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III of the Liberal Party (LP).

Party-list groups to meet with Noynoy on Luisita, possible 2010 alliance

A coalition of party-list groups is set to talk with Sen. Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III to try to settle differences on the Hacienda Luisita issue and to discuss a possible alliance in 2010, a party-list representative said Thursday.

Blas Ople's daughter declares Senate bid

by by Maria Aleta Nieva-Nishimori,
MANILA – The youngest daughter of the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople declared her intention to join the race for a Senate seat in the coming 2010 elections.

Pampanga's Panlilio wants to go back to 'first love'

He even thought of running for the presidency. But Ed Panlilio, the country"s second priest elected to public office, has changed his mind. The Pampanga governor is now thinking of going back to his first love: the priesthood.

Opposition senators to issue own report on NBN-ZTE

The Senate minority will come up with its own report as a supplement to the committee report on the scuttled $329-million National Broadband Network (NBN) deal with China's ZTE Corp.

'Moral pressure' key to Sinnott's release—MILF

"Moral pressure" led to the release of Irish priest Michael Sinnott, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said Thursday.

Sinnott jokes about Philippine kidnapping

Elderly Irish priest Michael Sinnott may have been forced to live in mosquito-infested swamps during his month as a captive of Filipino Muslim rebels, but he had plenty to laugh about.

Sinnott 'very sure' captors not MILF

(UPDATE 2) It was not the Moro Islamic Liberation Front but "original Lumad" from Mindanao that kidnapped Father Michael Sinnott, the Irish missionary himself said Thursday, hours after he was freed by his captors, a month following his abduction.

PNP to pursue criminal raps vs Sinnott kidnap suspects

Police in Western Mindanao were fast-tracking the gathering of evidence against the suspects in the kidnapping of Irish priest Michael Sinnott, the Philippine National Police said Thursday.

Police nab alleged kidnapper in Basilan

A suspect in the recent kidnapping of 2 Chinese nationals and a Filipino worker of a plywood company in Maluso town in Basilan province was arrested by police Thursday morning. 

RP-MILF peace talks 'imminent'—DFA tells Clinton

The formal resumption of the suspended peace talks between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front is "imminent," Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Special Concerns Rafael Seguis said Thursday.

Clinton announces $5.2M in aid to flood victims

After visiting a school in Marikina that was damaged by the floods caused by tropical storm Ondoy (international code name: Ketsana), United States State Secretary Hillary Clinton on Thursday announced an additional $5.2 million (about P245 million) in disaster relief and recovery assistance to the Philippines.

Cops nab 3 protesters in Clinton school visit

Police arrested three persons Thursday afternoon after they tried to disrupt the visit of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Malanday National High School in Marikina City.

Clinton reiterates VFA importance

The Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States which senators want reviewed is an "important expression" of the two countries' partnership "based on mutual respect and interest," US State Secretary Hillary Clinton said Wednesday.

Arroyo, Clinton meet at Palace

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had a 30-minute meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Bahay Pangarap at the Presidential Security Group compound in Malacañang on Thursday evening.

The President also conferred the Order of Sikatuna on the visiting US diplomat.

This was followed by a dinner arranged for around 30 people.

The menu included Philippine native chicken tinola chowder, milkfish plantain napoleon, Palawan lapu-lapu fillet, crepinette with parsley tamarind ginger sauce, grilled lamb meltique cube roll with guava jelly and barako coffee sauce, Guimaras mango mousse, open-face apple pie, vanilla ice cream quenelle, and kamias sherbet.

Clinton takes swipe at 'corrupt' governments

Dumating na sa bansa si US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. At sa kanyang pagharap sa media, mistulang pinasaringan ni Secretary Clinton ang pamahalaan nang mag-sermon siya laban sa katiwalian ng mga lider sa ilang bansa.

'Hillary Clinton: The Manila Forum' on ABS-CBN, ANC

ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp., the country's largest multimedia conglomerate, will bring you "Hillary Clinton: The Manila Forum An ABS-CBN Exclusive" on Friday (Nov 13), live on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) and ABS-CBN.

This will mark the first time on Philippine TV history that a US Secretary of State will be holding a televised public forum.

ABS-CBN Senior Vice President for News and Current Affairs Maria Ressa and anchors Ricky Carandang and Pinky Webb will moderate the forum.

Tony Velasquez and Ces Drilon will be stationed in live points at Siliman University in Dumaguete CIty and Ateneo de Zamboanga in Zamboanga City, respectively, where students will have the chance to ask Clinton questions on national and global issues.

Ted Failon and Cheche Lazaro, on the other hand, will anchor the coverage for ABS-CBN and ANC, respectively, from the ABS-CBN studios.

Take part in the forum. Send in your questions at,,, or on, using the hashtag #ANCCLINTON.

Watch "Hillary Clinton: The Manila Forum An ABS-CBN Exclusive" on Friday (Nov 13), live on ANC (SKYCABLE ch. 27) at 8 am and on ABS-CBN channel 2 at 9 am.

Clinton to face students in Manila forum

Haharap bukas sa mga estudyante si Secretary Clinton kaugnay ng iba't ibang mga isyu sa pagitan ng Pilipinas at Estados Unidos. Pati mga taga Zamboanga, magkakaroon ng tsansa na magtanong kay Clinton bukas. At isa sa mainit na usapin dito ay ang Visiting Forces Agreement at ang mga sundalong Amerikano dito sa Zamboanga. 

12 killed in suspected NPA attack in Surigao del Sur

Eight soldiers, 2 security guards, a policemen and a militia member were killed in an attack by members the New People's Army in Surigao del Sur province. 

Sign anti-torture bill, Arroyo urged

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should sign the anti-torture bill now as one way of showing her administration's resolve to uphold human rights, two opposition lawmakers in the House of Representatives said on Thursday.

Bayan to press Clinton on Roxas case

by By Dennis Carcamo

MANILA, Philippines -- Militant group Bayan today urged US State  Department Secretary Hillary Clinton Clinton to divulge the action taken by her office on the the case of Filipino-American activist Melissa Roxas  who was abducted and tortured by suspected members of the Philippine military.

PCGG workers seek probe on chief's irregularities

A group of employees of the Presidential Commission on Good Government has asked Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera to formally investigate PCGG Chair Camilo Sabio for alleged nepotism, abuse of authority and other irregularities.

Clinton calls for release of Myanmar's Suu Kyi

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Myanmar Thursday to free opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, stepping up the pressure ahead of President Barack Obama's meeting with the junta's premier.

Clinton urges Karzai to take action vs corruption

by Agence France-Presse
MANILA - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai Thursday to show he was trying to weed out corruption, warning graft was at the heart of his government's woes.

Manila among Asian cities facing climate disaster – WWF

Low-lying and impoverished Asian coastal cities such as Dhaka, Manila and Jakarta are vulnerable to "brutal" damage from climate change without global action, environmental group WWF warned Thursday.

At least 18 killed in Ghana gold mine disaster – police

At least 18 illegal gold miners, including 14 women, have been killed in a collapse in an illegal gold mine in Ghana, a senior police officer told AFP Thursday.

N. Korea says S. Korean military will pay dearly for sea clash

North Korea accused South Korea's military Thursday of staging a naval clash this week to raise tensions on the peninsula, and said it would pay dearly for the provocation.

No blood found in shooting of ex-Taiwan president – probe

Taiwan investigators probing the 2004 shooting of ex-president Chen Shui-bian said Thursday they found no blood or bullet hole in his trousers, adding mystery to an event that may have won him a second term.

Pacquiao draws fans and money to Las Vegas

MANILA – Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao once again proved to be a crowd drawer as fans mobbed him in Las Vegas, Nevada. City officials even noted that Pacquiao has boosted tourism in the "Fight Capital of the World."

It's a pre-fight ceasefire for Pacquiao, Cotto

After all the exchange of words by the trainers of the two boxers who will cross paths this Saturday at the MGM Grand here, you'd think that verbal fireworks would highlight the final press conference before fight night.

Cotto 'more than 100% determined' to win

MANILA – Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto is resolute on crushing Manny Pacquiao's hopes of winning his 7th world title when they clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila).

Pacquiao to Cotto: Watch out for my body punches

MANILA -- Manny Pacquiao is confident he still has the hand speed and ring savvy to counter the raw power of Miguel Cotto despite the added weight.

Roach: Pacquiao should control fight early on

LAS VEGAS - Trainer Freddie Roach said it's imperative for Manny Pacquiao to control his fight against Miguel Cotto early on so as not to give the Puerto Rican the momentum and confidence.

Pacquiaos reunite for Manny's Vegas fight

Muling nabuo ang pamilya Pacquiao para sa nalalapit na laban ni Manny kay Miguel Cotto. Nasa Las Vegas na si Mommy Dionisia at pati na ang tatay ni Pacman at mga kapatid. 

Mike Tyson arrested after reported media scrap--police

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport, police confirmed Wednesday after he allegedly punched a photographer.

Sotto files estafa rap vs BMW buyer

Former senator and current Dangerous Drugs Board chairman Vicente Sotto III has filed an estafa complaint against a supposed lawyer who allegedly defrauded him of P2.5 million in payment for Sotto's car.

Russia has too many time zones: Medvedev

MOSCOW - From Kaliningrad to Kamchatka, Russia covers 11 time zones -- and President Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday that is too many.

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