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Sunday, November 15, 2009

November 16, 2009 Major News Stories



Pacquiao TKOs Cotto, makes history

(UPDATE 3) Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao made history Sunday (Manila time) when he bagged the welterweight title, his seventh in as many divisions, via technical knockout of Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto, the reigning champion in that division.

Boxing historian: Pacquiao's easily among the best ever

by by Dennis Gasgonia, abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA -- Boxing historian Bert Sugar said Manny Pacquiao's victory over Miguel Cotto has easily placed the Filipino icon among the greatest in boxing history.

Humble Pacquiao can't afford to get complacent

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Manny Pacquiao brushed aside comparisons to some of the greats of all time, saying he can't afford to think of himself as anything other than an average but hard-working fighter.

Mommy Dionisia keeps the faith

Nasa Amerika na pero hindi pa rin talaga nagpaawat sa pagkukulong si Nanay Dionisia Pacquiao para makapagdasal! May mabigat din siyang hiling sa anak na lalong hinangaan ngayon ng buong mundo! 


GenSan plans grand welcome for Pacquiao

It was silent at the Pacquiao mansion in Lagao village here.

Trader dies of heart attack during Pacquiao fight

A 62-year-old businessman died while watching the Pacquiao-Cotto fight at a hotel here Sunday afternoon, police said.

At least 1 hurt in QC explosion

(UPDATE 2) At least one person was hurt and several vehicles were damaged in a grenade explosion outside a Methodist church in Quezon City at around noon Sunday, minutes before the start of the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto fight in Las Vegas, a police official said.

Palace: we made our point clear in EO 839

MANILA – Malacañang is confident the temporary oil-price freeze, which will be lifted today, has "made it clear" to the oil industry and the public that the government is not without means to deal with oil price-related issues, if warranted.

Govt to oil firms: Keep your promises or else...

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will not hesitate to re-impose the freeze on fuel prices in Luzon if oil companies will renege on their promise to stagger increases in the prices of their products, a Palace official said on Sunday.

Irregular gas supply continues; gas stations close

Even if Malacañang ordered the removal of oil price caps, effective Monday, gas stations in this town were still bearing the brunt of irregular deliveries, forcing two gas stations to close since Saturday night and one to implement limited opening hours.

LTFRB directors want to be the ones to decide on fares

With the lifting of the oil price freeze today in Luzon, many transport groups have expressed concern on the possible shoot up on the prices of oil products that may also trigger fare rate increase in the near future.


95,282 nurses to take board exam this Nov.

MANILA, Philippines—A total of 95,282 nursing graduates will take the nurse licensure examinations scheduled on November 29 to 30, an "all-time high" in the history of the exams, said Marco Antonio Sto. Tomas, a member of the Professional Regulation Commission's Board of Nursing.

Arroyo lauds Singapore OFWs, pushes more protection

In Singapore, President Gloria Arroyo has called for the protection of migrant workers, including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), in a world seeing an acceleration of human movement.

Firms engaged in child labor to face closure

The Department of Labor and Employment will order the closure of any establishments or business firms found violating any provisions of Republic Act 9231, otherwise known as "An Act Providing for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor and Affording Stronger Protection for the Working Child."


Osmeña eyes award for Pacquiao

After he witnessed how "People's Champ" Manny Pacquiao triumphed over Puerto Rican champion Miguel Cotto, Mayor Tomas Osmeña said he will invite Pacquiao to Cebu and give him an award.

During Pacman Fight, Not a zero crime rate at all

Some criminals have found an opportunity to strike while most people, including policemen, are busy monitoring the result of the boxing match between Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao and Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto yesterday afternoon.

Cop's gun goes off after watching boxing match

A POLICEMAN was arrested and detained after the .45 pistol tucked in his pants' waistline accidentally went off after he watched the Pacquiao-Cotto fight in a crowded area in Barangay Pasil, Cebu Ci

Osmeña dares NEDA to show DOTC's endorsement of LRT

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña has insisted that the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) has never endorsed the Light Rail Transit (LRT) project in Metro Cebu contrary to the claim of the project's proponents.

'Put it in writing'

THE Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will not happen without the endorsement of the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), said Under-secretary for Railways Guiling Mamondiong.

Lahug chief to file case vs. UP

LAHUG Barangay Captain Mary Ann de los Santos will file this week an opposition to a university's petition for a temporary restraining order (TRO) over the lots occupied by victims of last week's

Inayawan landfill on fire again

THE Inayawan sanitary landfill of Cebu City is on fire again, seven months after it burned for over a week last April.


Two oriental-looking men found dead in Naga dump

Two oriental-looking men, believed to be foreigners, were found dead bearing several gunshot and stab wounds in a dumpsite in the mountainous sitio Tres, barangay Uling, Naga yesterday morning.

Ex-monk to file more charges

The ex-monk who sued Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and five others of libel will file another set of criminal charges against his two former colleagues who had earlier sued him for estafa and acts of lasciviousness.


CPP: Gonzales to DND a way to keep Arroyo in power

The appointment of National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales as acting defense secretary was part of Malacañang's scheme to perpetuate President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in power after the expiration of her term of office in 2010.

Gonzales" appointment revives "no-el" fears

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's decision to pick national security adviser Norberto Gonzales Jr. as the new Defense secretary has revived suspicions that her government is plotting to remain in power via a failure-of-elections scenario.

Palace defends Gonzales appointment as DND chief

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA - Malacañang on Sunday defended from critics the appointment of National Security Adviser Secretary Norberto Gonzales as acting national defense secretary.   

Slain poll exec not security conscious, says Police

The slain Commission on Elections (COMELEC) official in Isabela had received threats through phone calls and text messages after the 2007 elections but he largely ignored them, a police official said.

2 nabbed in Isabela poll exec killing - police

NUEVA VIZCAYA, Philippines - The police on Sunday announced the arrest of two suspects in Saturday"s killing of an election officer Isabela province.

NPA frees Army soldier in Compostela Valley

The New People's Army released shortly before noon Sunday Cpl. Dominador Alegre in Barangay Prosperidad in Montevista, Compostela Valley Province.

Prosecutor asked to inhibit from Erap libel suit

Businessman and former Ambassador Alfonso Yuchengco asked the San Juan City Prosecutor's Office to inhibit itself from handling the libel case filed against him by deposed President Joseph Estrada last September.

Pinoys hope for respect through Pacquiao victory

Call center agents, who deal with foreigners on a daily basis, is hoping that the historic victory of Manny Pacquiao over Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto on Sunday, will improve the image of Filipinos to the world and lessen the discrimination against them.

Army showing of Pacquiao fight draws 11,000

The usually slow Sunday for soldiers became a Pacquiao day with thousands bringing their family and friends to military camps in Metro Manila to watch Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao make history in his much-awaited bout with Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto.

Pacquiao win consoles Bacolod fire victims

A community in grief after a fire destroyed their homes and killed 17, once again jumped and shouted with joy as they watched their hero Manny Pacquiao defeat Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto in a live widescreen viewing at Barangay 19 gym in Bacolod City.

Baguio takes pride in hosting Pacquiao's training

In the city where Manny Pacquiao trained for three weeks for his fight against Miguel Cotto, people cleared the streets and stayed at their homes or anywhere they could watch the satellite feed of his historic victory.

Thousands of OFWs in Middle East watch Pacquiao win

by By Dindo Amparo, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau chief, Dubai
Even before the bell rang in the first round Filipinos in Dubai on Sunday were are already up on their feet cheering for Manny Pacquiao for his much-awaited battle against Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto.

Cambodians cheer Pacquiao victory

It's not only Filipinos who are shouting in jubilation over Manny Pacquiao's victory.

Speaker has no regrets watching Pacquiao ringside

Aside from making Filipinos swell up with pride, Manny Pacquiao's historic boxing victory also provided a merciful respite from political squabbles and bickering, Speaker Prospero Nograles, who watched the bout ringside, said on Sunday.

CHR supports gay party bid to join partylist polls

The Commission on Human Rights has expressed support for the gay organization, Ang Ladlad, in its bid to join the party-list elections in May 2010, saying homosexuality is part of the diversity of the Filipino culture and must be part of Philippine politics.

Bills on Martial law victims, disappearances pushed

Albay Representative Edcel Lagman lauded the signing into law of the Anti-Torture Act but pressed for the passage of two more bills to compensate victims of the Marcos martial law and classify enforced disappearances as a special offense.

Higher oil, food prices in 2010

MANILA – The recovery of developed countries from the global economic crisis could result in higher oil prices and higher food prices, as inputs could become more expensive in the Philippines by next year.

GMA orders release of P6.37B tobacco excise tax to LGUs

MANILA - President Arroyo has ordered the release of P6.37 billion to tobacco-producing provinces, representing their 15-percent share in excise-tax collections on tobacco products from 1997 to 2007.

Arroyo arrives from APEC meet in Singapore

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Sunday night returned from a three-day trip to Singapore where she attended a meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

RP to push for "Schengen" type visa

The Philippines will push for the adoption of common visa among citizens of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during the start of the meeting of ASEAN immigration chiefs and consuls in Manila on Monday.

Obama asks RP to draft US-Asean partnership accord

SINGAPORE —US President Barack Obama and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) tapped the Philippines, on Sunday, to draft a fresh five-year plan covering his country's groundbreaking engagement with the region on a variety of areas, such as trade, security, climate change and human rights.

Obama asks Myanmar to free Aung San Suu Kyi

SINGAPORE—US President Barack Obama sat down for the first time will all 10 heads of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), taking the occasion to personally ask Myanmar's military ruler to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Reports: NKorea briefly activates missile radar

SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea briefly activated radar for its surface-to-ship missiles Sunday, forcing South Korean naval vessels to move away from a disputed western sea border where the two countries' navies clashed last week, news reports said.

Kosovo vote a first since independence declaration

PRISTINA--Kosovo went to the polls Sunday for the first time since the ethnic Albanian majority declared independence from Serbia last year, amid a partial boycott by a divided Serbian community.

UN 'Hunger Summit' starved for attention

ROME - The leaders of the world's wealthiest nations will be conspicuous by their absence as more than 60 heads of state and government gather in Rome this week for a UN summit on the plight of the planet's billion hungry.

Z Gorres still in critical condition in hospital ICU

But vital signs are stable MANILA - ZC Oliveros "The Dream" Gorres reportedly remained in critical condition in a hospital in Las Vegas but has already turned stable on Sunday a day after undergoing an emergency surgery.

Pacquiao prays for stricken Gorres

by Agence France-Presse
LAS VEGAS - When he was just 18 years old seven-time world champion Manny Pacquiao said he had a fellow fighter die in his arms.

In Pacquiao undercard, RP boxers beat US foes

(Updated 10:25 a.m.) In Las Vegas, Filipino boxers Eden Sonsona and Richie Mepranum defeated Eilon Kedem of New York and Colorado"s Ernie Marquez in their respective undercard fights, setting up Manny Pacquiao for a possible Pinoy sweep when he takes on Miguel Cotto Saturday morning, Manila time.

PBA: Beermen notch 6th straight win

MANILA - Arwind Santos scored a career-high 33 points to power San Miguel Beer to its sixth straight victory over Barako Bull, 104-89, Sunday night in the KFC-Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

Pacquiao stages post-fight mini-concert

Kahit maga ang mukha dahil sa pakikipagsagupaan kay Miguel Cotto ng Puerto Rico, itinuloy pa rin ni Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao ang kanyang mini-concert sa kanyang post-fight party sa Events Center sa Mandalay Bay.

Angel, Bea turn down Sam's Blackberry gifts

by ABS-CBN.com
MANILA – Both Bea Alonzo and Angel Locsin refused the Blackberry phones that Sam Milby presented to them as gifts.

PEP: Joey Marquez to run for Parañaque mayor again

Ngayong inabsuwelto na siya sa kasong katiwalian ng Supreme Court, handang-handa na si Joey Marquez para kumandidato muli sa pagka-mayor ng Parañaque.

John Lloyd, Angel's powerful chemistry

MANILA - As early as now, fans are already excited about John Lloyd Cruz's upcoming team-up with Angel Locsin, especially after seeing them together in ABS-CBN's Christmas Station ID.

"2012" takes top spot with box office bang of $65M

LOS ANGELES - Movie fans are lining up for the end of the world, with the disaster tale "2012" hauling in $65 million domestically to debut at No. 1.


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