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Sunday, November 22, 2009

November 23, 2009 Major News Stories

Province, power users to sign pact for "power swap"

To temporarily solve the "power crisis" that is expected to Cebu in the next months, power producers are scheduled to sign an agreement with the provincial government for a "power swap" this Thursday.

Global Business Power Corp. president Jesus Alcordo, in a presentation, said that Panay Power Corporation has available surplus power that can be delivered to Cebu to alleviate the prevailing power shortage. This power surplus will be delivered to Cebu through the VECO.

Tunnel deadline moved to March

THE tunnel component of the Cebu South Coastal Road Project (CSCRP) is only about 78 percent done, just days away from its original deadline.

Ban of "watusi" sale eyed

For the umpteenth time, parents are again warned of the "watusi" which has grown to be a ubiquitous plaything during the Christmas season.

Official takes action on allegations of pilferage

The Office for Transportation Security has instructed the director of the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group to investigate the report of the Cebu City Council about the alleged pilferage of the baggage of arriving passengers at the Mactan Cebu International Airport and other international airports in the country.

Capitol halts digging in Camotes

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has put a temporary stop to the excavation activities made by a group of Japanese nationals in Poro, Camotes Island, saying that they have to comply first with the agreement set more than a year ago.

Cops want paraffin tests on bodies

POLICE forensic experts yesterday said that 30-year-old Gaye Muriel del Rosario was shot at close range by her ex-boyfriend.

Two workers, two tanods tested positive for drugs

Two barangay tanods and two other workers of Barangay Guadalupe were found positive for shabu use during a surprise drug testing at the barangay hall yesterday.

Cuenco asks: Send church team when Congress takes up reproductive health

REP. Antonio Cuenco (Cebu City, south district) is asking the Roman Catholic Church and those opposing the reproductive health bill to "marshal their forces" and attend the start of the House of Representatives' session on Dec. 2.

PRC announces new Aeronautical Engineers

MANILA - Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 26 out of 95 have passed the Aeronautical Engineer Licensure Examination given by the Board of Aeronautical Engineering in Manila this November. 

Scientists eye 2nd forum on Guinsaugon landslide

An international group of scientists is planning to hold a second conference on the Guinsaugon landslide that occurred in Southern Leyte three years ago.

'Winston is strong contender but Mike will do a Pacquiao'

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña admits that Government Service Insurance System president Winston Garcia is a strong mayoral candidate because of "his money and that he has never been defeated in any political derby."

Estrada shows he can still "run" at 72

Former president Joseph Estrada showed that at the age of 72, he would still be fit for the presidency. He led a ceremonial run on the University of Makati's new track oval on Sunday, before a cheering crowd of 1,000 students.

Estrada to formalize 2010 poll bid on Nov. 30

Former President Joseph Estrada has chosen November 30, Bonifacio Day, for the filing of his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections to formalize his presidential bid.

Pacquiao proclaims his party's candidates in Sarangani

MANILA - Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao on Sunday led the oath taking and proclamation of candidates in Sarangani province of local party People's Champ Movement (PCM) for the 2010 local elections. 

Gibo fighting to keep Pacquiao as Lakas-Kampi ally

Lakas-Kampi Christian Muslim Democrats standard bearer Gilbert ``Gibo" Teodoro is not giving up Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to another party without a fight.

Palace won't court Pacquiao back

Having all but lost congressional hopeful Manny Pacquiao to the Nacionalista Party, Malacañang made it clear, on Sunday, that it would make no effort to win him back.

Team Pacquiao feels snubbed by Sarangani execs

One of the advisers of Manny Pacquiao called on officials of Sarangani Province as lacking of political finesse for ignoring the arrival of the world boxing superstar on Saturday.

LP spokesman confirms Noynoy-Chiz meeting

MANILA – A Liberal Party official confirmed on Sunday that Sen. Francis "Chiz" Escudero did meet with LP standard bearer Sen. Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III to discuss his plans for the 2010 elections.

Lakas, NPC in talks again for possible coalition?

MANILA - After earlier announcing that it has abandoned talks to coalesce with the Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC), a Lakas-Kampi-CMD party executive said Sunday that it is again in talks with the party founded by business tycoon Eduardo "Danding" Cojuangco Jr.

Ocampo asked about sharing stage with Marcos son

Can you share the campaign stage with the son of your tormentor?

Iloilo City mayor leaves Lakas-Kampi, to join NP

Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, a key ally of President Macapagal-Arroyo, will formalize his break with the administration Lakas-Kampi coalition on Monday, when he takes his oath as a member of the Nacionalista Party (NP) before NP president and standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar.

Comelec set to hear petition for prisoners' polling places

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is set to hear on Monday the Commission on Human Rights" petition to establish special polling places for prisoners all over the country.

Partylist groups ordered to bare nominees to House

To help ensure transparency in the election of party-list groups, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has ordered these organizations to identify their nominees for Congress for the May 2010 elections.

Definition of military's role in polls sought

Department of National Defense Acting Secretary Norberto Gonzales will sit down with the Commission on Election (Comelec) and discuss with officials on the role of the military in the 2010 elections.

Bolante says Korina acting like 'queen of Capiz'

Controversial former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn "Jocjoc" Bolante said broadcaster Korina Sanchez-Roxas should not meddling in local politics and stop acting like a "queen" of Capiz.

Ex-Miss Universe is Lakas bet for Davao Norte gov

Former Miss Universe Margarita "Margie" Moran-Floirendo is running for the top elective post in Davao del Norte, her husband, former Representative Antonio "Tonyboy" Floirendo Jr. said.

Catholic Church's ideal bet: Moral, competent patriot

Morality, patriotism and competence are the top qualifications the Catholic Church is looking for in the country's next leaders as it plunges into the election season early next year, Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez said.

Bayani: Talks ongoing with many prospective VP bets

Despite leaving the administration party, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani Fernando on Sunday claimed he is still talking with many prospective running mates.

VP bet says he can stop war in Mindanao

For vice presidential aspirant Alicman Ali, being called a "nuisance candidate" is something to be thankful for. He also said that as a Maranao, he has a competitive advantage to stop the decades-old armed conflict in Mindanao.

JBC to meet Monday on nominees to SC

The Judicial and Bar Council is scheduled to meet on Monday to choose the nominees who could replace the recently retired Senior Associate Justice Leonardo Quisumbing and soon to retire Associate Justice Minita Chico-Nazario in the 15-member Supreme Court.

3 tugboat crew abducted in Zamboanga del Norte

Manila – Nine armed men on Saturday evening abducted 3 crew members, including the captain,  of a tugboat at the vicinity of Siocon Bay, Zamboanga del Norte, police confirmed Sunday.

Jason Ivler's mom wants him to surrender

Pinasusuko ng kanyang sariling ina ang suspek sa pamamaslang sa anak ni Undersecretary Renato Ebarle Sr. ng Malacañang. Handa rin ang kanyang tiyuhing si Freddie Aguilar na samahan sa mga otoridad ang pamangkin oras na magdesisyon itong sumuko. 

New US envoy won't bring in policy shifts—Left

Except for being the "first black US ambassador to the Philippines named by the first black US president," there is no other significance in the appointment of Harry K. Thomas Jr. as Washington's new envoy to Manila, according to militant groups.

10,000 Filipino, FilAm war vets get P5.8B

As of November 20, more than 10,000 Filipino and Filipino-American veterans of World War II have received their one-time compensation for their military services during the war, totaling nearly P5.8 billion, the United States embassy here said in a statement.

CA reverses RTC decision on GMO rice case

MANILA - The Court of Appeals (CA) has reversed a lower court order which barred the government from granting Bayer Crop Science Inc.'s application to use the Liberty Link Rice 62 (LLRice 62), a genetically-modified rice variety.

Indonesian ferry sinks; 25 dead, 240 rescued

(Updated 10:31 p.m.) JAKARTA, Indonesia - Rescuers saved more than 240 people aboard an Indonesian passenger ferry that sank Sunday in rough waters off Sumatra island, but at least 25 people have died, officials said.

87 workers perish in China mine disaster

HEGANG-- The death toll from a coal mine blast in northeast China climbed to 87 on Sunday as rescuers hunted for 21 workers still trapped deep underground in the nation's deadliest mine disaster in two years.

'World's biggest animal sacrifice' in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal—Thousands of Hindu devotees have flocked to a village in Nepal ahead of the planned sacrifice of more than 300,000 animals in a ceremony condemned by animal rights activists, including French actress Brigitte Bardot.

Pacquiao, Floyd PPV buys can lead to fight

Manny Pacquiao's welterweight title fight against Miguel Cotto last week in Las Vegas generated 1.25 million buys or around $70 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue as announced by HBO Friday.

Sonsona vacates title after failing to make weight

MANILA -- Youngest Filipino champion "Marvelous" Marvin Sonsona has vacated his World Boxing Organization junior bantamweight title after failing to make the 115-pound limit during the weigh in.

Title-less Sonsona remains undefeated, draws with foe

(Updated 3:01 p.m.) Climbing the ring 2.6 lbs overweight, Marvin Sonsona ended his 12-round fight against Mexican challenger Alejandro "Payasito" Hernandez in a split draw during their "Pride and Glory" title bout Saturday (Sunday in Manila) at the Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada.

Pacquiao fighter Mayol stops Sosa, wins title

(Updated 4:30 p.m.) Rodel Mayol, a fighter promoted by Manny Pacquiao, gave the Philippines something to cheer about in the wake of ex-champ Marvin Sonsona's fate, winning the WBC light-flyweight crown via a second round TKO of Edgar Sosa Saturday in Mexico (Sunday in Manila).

RP's 'Kid Terrible' beats Mexican foe in Sonsona undercard

Filipino boxer Ciso "Kid Terrible" Morales won by majority decision over Mexican foe Miguel Angel Gonzalez in one of the undercard fights of the Marvin Sonsona-Alejandro Hernandez main fight at the Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada.

Alaska dumps Hotdogs, tops first round

MANILA - Alaska notched an impressive 101-87 win over Purefoods Tender Juicy Sunday night in the KFC-Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum which marked the end of its first-round campaign. 

Pacquiao breaks silence on Krista Ranillo issue

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao on Sunday broke his silence on his rumored affair with actress Krista Ranillo - an issue that overshadowed his November 15 victory against Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Team Krista fights back on Pacquiao rumors

It's a one-two punch from Team Krista. Smarting from a slew of intrigues, Krista Ranillo's relatives, grandmother Gloria Sevilla and aunt Suzette Ranillo, defended the troubled 25-year-old actress from persistent rumors of an illicit affair with boxer Manny Pacquiao.

Filipino declared "Hero of the Year" by CNN

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(UPDATE) For his innovative "Kariton Klasrum" (pushcart classroom) Filipino educator Efren Peñaflorida has been awarded by CNN as "2009 Hero of the Year."

Lakandula award awaits CNN hero Peñaflorida

The government will confer Efren Peñaflorida the Order of Lakandula upon his return to the country after being named Hero of the Year by international news network CNN.

Sheriffs who roasted confiscated pig dismissed

The Supreme Court has affirmed its decision to dismiss from service five court sheriffs in Iloilo city for illegally confiscating pigs and feasting on one of them in 2007.

It's confirmed: Wendy is Mrs. Bruce Quebral

MANILA – After repeated denials, actress Wendy Valdez on Sunday finally confirmed that she and Bruce Quebral got married in secret early this year.

Smiling on Facebook costs Canadian her insurance

Facebook can be a double-edged sword, a Canadian woman learned when an insurance company cut her health benefits, claiming she was healthy after seeing pictures of her smiling in bikini at the beach.

Rare Charles Darwin book found on toilet

LONDON - An auction house says it is selling a rare first edition of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" found in a family's guest lavatory in southern England.

LPA nears Mindanao again; floods, landslide alerts up

Flash floods and landslides continue to threaten Eastern Mindanao as a low-pressure area (LPA) moved closer into the area early Sunday morning.

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