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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

December 10, 2009 Major News Stories

LTFRB: No automatic increase despite fare hike petition

There will be no automatic jeep fare hike, at least until next week, even if transport groups file a petition to restore a 50-centavo provisional fare hike.

"Stiff competition" makes oil prices in Cebu higher

Stiff competition is said to be the reason why prices of petroleum in Manila and Mindanao are lower than the prices in Cebu, officials of the country's major oil companies told the City Council yesterday.

Lawyer Jose Jesus Laurel, vice president for legal and external affairs of Petron Corporation, said they were compelled to reduce the prices of their petroleum products in Metro Manila and other areas of Luzon, otherwise nobody would buy their fuel.

Laurel claimed Petron has incurred P3.9 billion worth of losses when they reduced their prices below the suggested retail prices.

Meanwhile, Shell's vice president for communication Bobby Kanapi, said that in most instances, the prices of petroleum products are lower in areas where there are many fuel industry players like Luzon.

He said most of the more than 60 fuel dealers in the country are operating in Luzon and Mindanao.

Chevron's Mark Quebral also explained that the prices of fuel products vary in different places in the Visayas. Diesel, for example, is sold at P37.31 in Cebu City, but it is sold at P38 in Bacolod City, P38.40 in Tagbilaran City, and P38.15 in Tacloban City.

The City Council invited the officials to its regular session yesterday to explain why the prices of oil in Cebu and other areas of the Visayas are much higher compared to those in Luzon and even in Mindanao.

Councilor Roberto Cabarrubias whose privilege speech three weeks ago prompted the Council to invite the fuel industry players, said he was not satisfied of the explanations of Shell and Chevron.

Even Vice Mayor Michael Rama who presided the session yesterday called on the fuel firms to tap on their conscience and exercise social responsibility.

For his part, Councilor Arsenio Pacaña, reminded the fuel firm officials that the high prices of petroleum products would trigger an increase in the prices of fares and basic commodities, thus, people would suffer in the end.

Department of Energy Regional Director Antonio Labios said the alleged overpricing of fuel products in the Visayas is now being looked into by a joint task force of DOE and the Department of Justice.

Labios, however, said the investigation may not be completed before the term of the current officials ends by June 30 next year.

Oil firms move to avert supply shortage

Oil firms Total Philippines Inc. and Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. are eyeing to implement contingency measures to ensure the continued supply of liquefied petroleum gas and other fuel products, amid reports of possible shortages.

Scheme addressing Visayas power problem nears launch

CEBU CITY - The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has resolved issues on pricing and cost recovery for a supply augmentation program in the Visayas, bringing the scheme a step closer to implementation through the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC).

Globe, Smart told to explain noncompliance with per-pulse billing

Claiming "technical difficulties," telecommunication firms have yet to comply with an order to switch to a new billing system for mobile phone calls starting Sunday, but regulators are not about to impose sanctions.

OFWs benefit from Qatar licensure examinations

The Philippine government conducted its first licensure examinations in Qatar, benefiting more than three hundred Filipinos there who need not go home to secure professional certification to become architects and engineers.

City mulls additional benefits for policemen

Mayor Tomas Osmeña is considering the possibility of providing additional benefits to members of the city's police force in lieu of a proposal to increase their incentive allowance.  In lieu of an increase, Osmeña said the city might just give additional benefits such as mobile phonesand other devices, especially to those assigned in the intelligence unit.

Teachers to get better honoraria for 2010 poll duty—Comelec

Teachers who render service as a member of the board of election inspectors (BEIs) in the May 2010 elections will get a "bigger and better honoraria package," according to a Commission on Elections official.

Election ballots to carry security features

Special paper ballots to be used for the 2010 elections will carry tracking and security features to prevent fraud, according to the Commission on Elections.

Comelec to question court ruling on poll resignations

by By Reynaldo Santos Jr., Newsbreak
Conflict of interest in election officials not resigning but running for public office The Commission on Election (Comelec) is preparing a petition for the Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling to not require appointed government officials to resign upon filing their certificates of candidacy for next year's elections.

3,000 voters' IDs seized in Ampatuan backyard

Habang mainit ang talakayan sa Kongreso, may nadiskubre naman na humigit-kumulang 3,000 piraso ng mga voters' ID at iba pang election paraphernalia sa likod ng bahay ng isang Ampatuan sa Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao.

Filipino factory worker beheaded by Abu Sayyaf kidnappers—official

One of three Filipino factory workers kidnapped by Al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines last month has been beheaded, a government official said Wednesday.

The head was later positively identified by relatives as kidnap victim Mark Singson.

Singson and two other factory workers were taken by Abu Sayyaf militants from the Hitech Wood Craft Corp. in the town of Maluso on November 10. Police had initially reported four victims, but subsequently corrected this to three.

There was no immediate word on the fate of the two others, Chinese nationals Michael Tan and Oscar Lu, although the factory owner earlier said that the Abu Sayyaf had warned they would harm the hostages if an undisclosed amount was not paid as a ransom, Sakalahul said.

Ampatuan Jr. shot the women--witnesses

Witnesses positively identified Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. as the one who shot the women who were part of the Mangudadatu convoy last Nov. 23.

Andal Jr. shot victims, made sure they were dead - witness

Andal Ampatuan Jr. allegedly insisted on doing some of the killing. According to a key witness, the suspected ringleader shot some massacre victims himself. And when a few still showed signs of life, he allegedly opened fire again. The eyewitness, a member of Ampatuan's security at the time, added more bone-chilling detail to what happened last November 23.

Journalists offer prayers, flowers, candles at massacre site

Journalists on Wendesday morning offered prayers, flowers and lighted candles for their colleagues who were killed in what is now known as Nov. 23 Maguindanao massacre.

CHR looks for possible more massacre victims

Could there be a 58th victim in the Maguindanao massacre?

CHR to probe death of 200 others in Maguindanao

The Commission on Human Rights is set to investigate allegations made in an anonymous letter that at least 200 bodies are buried in mass graves in Maguindanao from a supposed killing spree by the Ampatuan clan throughout their decade-long reign in the central Mindanao province.

Reparation for damages in RP armed conflicts—CHR

There must be reparation and restitution for damages caused during armed hostilities especially in Mindanao where human rights are commonly violated, Commission on Human Rights chairperson Leila De Lima said.

Agency would not hesitate to bring massacre case to international court

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Wednesday said it would not hesitate to endorse the Maguindanao slay case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) if the Philippine government fails to act swiftly on the matter.

RP troops launch offensive against armed followers of Ampatuan clan

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - Philippine forces started offensive operations Wednesday against the armed followers of the Ampatuan clan as they refused to heed the military's call to surrender with their firearms.

Ampatuan arms can supply 3 battalions—PNP chief

(UPDATE) Authorities have accounted for around 900 firearms out of the 1,500 firearms reportedly owned by the influential Ampatuan clan in Maguindanao province, as searches and diggings continue at this time, Philippine National Police Director General Jesus Verzosa said on Wednesday.

Rifles found near Ampatuan town hall used in massacre?

GENERAL SANTOS City (Update) - A military official said Wednesday that the assault rifles unearthed at the back of the municipal hall of Ampatuan town in Maguindanao province could have been used in the massacre of 57 people last November 23.

More ammo found in Ampatuan clan stronghold

MANILA, Philippines - Security forces have uncovered another hiding place of ammunition allegedly owned by members of the Ampatuan clan in Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao province, which has been placed under a state of martial law.

'Nearly 300 firearms registered with Ampatuans'

Umaabot sa halos 300 armas, kabilang na ang matataas na kalibre ng baril, ang napalisensyahan ng mga Ampatuan sa PNP. Pati ang mga baril na hindi basta pwedeng bitbitin ng sibilyan ay kanilang naparehistro.

PNP has no record of Ampatuan firearms travel permits

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP) has no record of any permit to transport firearms and ammunition issued to any member of the Ampatuan clan, who are believed to be the owners of the recovered high-powered firearms and ammunition in Maguindanao.

71 CVOs surrender arms in Buluan

MANILA, Philippines - Militia members controlled by the Mangudadatu clan in Buluan town, Maguindanao province on Wednesday voluntarily surrendered their firearms to the authorities.

Metro police tracking Ampatuans, militiamen

The National Capital Regional Police Office is coordinating with police and military officials of Region 12 and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao so as to keep track of possible activities of the Ampatuans and members of their civilian volunteers organization (CVO) in Metro Manila.

'Rescue plan' for Ampatuan Jr. uncovered

May mga nagbabalak umanong magtakas kay Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. mula sa kulungan nito sa NBI. Ito ang ibinunyag ng NBI, base sa isang intelligence report na natanggap ng kanilang tanggapan. 

Vehicle carrying guns, grenade found near NBI

The security at the National Bureau of Investigation was heightened on Wednesday following the discovery of guns and a grenade inside an abandoned vehicle parked a few blocks away from the bureau.

DoJ files rebellion raps vs Ampatuans

(UPDATE) The Department of Justice filed on Wednesday rebellion charges against five members of the Ampatuan clan and 10 other persons in connection with the Nov. 23 Maguindanao carnage.

161 militiamen face raps for massacre

(UPDATE) A total of 161 members of a paramilitary force as well as police and soldiers will be charged with multiple murder for their direct involvement in the killing of 57 people in Maguindanao province last November 23.

CA archives Ampatuans' writ of amparo

The Court of Appeals has archived the petition for writ of amparo filed by the Ampatuans for the failure of the family's lawyers to present evidence against the respondents, who included Maj. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer, the martial law administrator in Maguindanao.

ARMM employees return to work without gov

After almost three days of no work, hundreds of employees of the Office of the Regional Governor in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and its sub-offices, expressed relief when they were allowed to report to work again on Wednesday.

Wealth of Ampatuan Sr only P11-M?

MANILA, Philippines – Officially, the networth of the Ampatuan clan patriarch is only P11 million. Unofficially, however, the wealth of embattled Andal Ampatuan Sr. could reach up to billions.

No orders yet to look into Ampatuans' alleged wealth

Malacañang has yet to issue instructions to investigate the alleged wealth amassed by the Ampatuan clan, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said on Wednesday.

Dilangalen: 'Where is President Arroyo?'

Maguindanao Representative Didagen Dilangalen fired the first salvo at the opening of the Congress joint session on Wednesday when he demanded the presence of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to personally explain her declaration of martial law in Maguindanao.

17 senators sign resolution declaring martial law as unconstitutional

Seventeen of the 23 senators have signed a resolution declaring martial law in Maguindanao unconstitutional.

Anti-martial law moves snowballing in Congress

Moves to revoke Proclamation 1959 placing Maguindanao under martial law snowballed in the House of Representatives after 26 congressmen, mostly coming from the Liberal Party (LP), filed a resolution opposing it.

36 lawmakers sign anti-martial law resolutions

by by Carmela Fonbuena,
52 votes against Proc. 1959 prior to joint session MANILA, Philippines - A total of 36 congressmen have signed three separate resolutions calling for the revocation of Proclamation No.1959 declaring martial law and suspending the writ of habeas corpus in Maguindanao.

Seventeen senators signed Resolution 1522 opposing Mrs. Arroyo's Proclamation No. 1959. They are:
  1. Miriam Defensor Santiago
  2. Manuel Roxas II 
  3. Francis Pangilinan
  4. Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III
  5. Aquilino Pimentel Jr
  6. Alan Peter Cayetano; Loren Legarda
  7. Pilar Juliana "Pia" Cayetano
  8. Rodolfo Biazon
  9. Francis Escudero
  10. Rodolofo Biazon
  11. Panfilo Locsin
  12. Ma. Ana Consuelo "Jamby" Madrigal
  13. Jinggoy Estrada
  14. Gregorio Honasan
  15. Richard Gordon
  16. Manuel Villar Jr. and 
  17. Antonio Trillanes IV.
In the House of Representatives, 34 congressmen signed two separate resolutions against martial rule in Maguindanao. 

Joint Resolution No. 52 was signed by eight lawmakers from leftist party-list groups Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela, and Kabataan, while 26 congressmen from the Liberal Party and party-list groups Akbayan, Aba-Ako, and Anak Mindanao signed Joint Resolution No. 54.

Joint Resolution No. 52:
  1. Satur Ocampo (Bayan Muna)
  2. Teodoro "Teddy" Casiño (Bayan Muna)
  3. Neri Javier Colmenares (Bayan Muna)
  4. Rafael Mariano (Anakpawis)
  5. Joel Maglunsod (Anakpawis)
  6. Liza Maza (Gabriela)
  7. Luz Ilagan (Gabriela)
  8. Raymond Palatino (Kabataan)
Joint Resolution No. 54 
  1. Liwayway Vinzons-Chato (Camarines Norte)
  2. Joseph Emilio Abaya (Cavite)
  3. Lorenzo Tanada III (Quezon)
  4. Maria Evita Arago (Laguna)
  5. Niel Tupas Jr. (Iloilo)
  6. Ruffy Biazon (Muntinlupa)
  7. Proceso Alcala (Quezon)
  8. Manuel Mamba (Cagayan)
  9. Alfonso Umali Jr. (Oriental Mindoro)
  10. Antonio del Rosario (Capiz)
  11. Hermilando Mandanas (Batangas)
  12. Teofisto Guingona III (Bukidnon)
  13. Vicente Belmonte Jr. (Lanao del Norte)
  14. Del de Guzman (Marikina City)
  15. Jocelyn Sy-Limkaichong (Negros Oriental)
  16. Bernardo Pinol Jr. (North Cotabato)
  17. Paul Daza (Northern Samar)
  18. Abraham Kahlil Mitra (Palawan)
  19. Victor Agbayani (Pangasinan)
  20. Rosendo Labadlabas (Zamboanga del Norte)
  21. Ma. Isabelle Climaco (Zamboanga City)
  22. Ana Theresia "Risa" Hontiveros Baraquel (Akbayan)
  23. Mujiv Hataman (Anak Mindanao)
  24. Walden Bello (Akbayan)
  25. Rufus Rodriguez (Cagayan de Oro)
  26. Leonardo Montemayor (Aba-Ako)

Congress suspends joint session on martial law

(UPDATE 3) Congress late Wednesday suspended its historic joint session to discuss Proclamation 1959 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declaring martial law in Maguindanao province.

The session officially started at 4:12 p.m. and was suspended at past 10:30 p.m. with both Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Speaker Prospero Nograles presiding. Present were 18 senators and a total of 192 congressmen.

The session will resume at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Palace officials led by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita explained the basis for the proclamation in a presentation before the plenary. Also present were Justice Secretary Agnes Devanadera, Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno and Philippine National Police Chief Jesus Versoza.

Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales is in Singapore and will be back Thursday while Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Victor Ibrado is due to arrive in Manila in the afternoon from China.

Lieutenant General Rodrigo Maclang was sent in to take their place.

Ermita said Gonzales was in an "important mission" in Singapore in connection with the resumption of the talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

Senators and congressmen started grilling Palace and security officials on the basis for the declaration of martial law in Maguindanao.

Ermita stressed that the issuance of Proclamation 1959 on the province was a "faithful exercise" of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's "prime duty to preserve and defend the constitution."

Showing a slideshow of photos in the plenary, Police Inspector Andres Caro, Philippine National Police operation director, reiterated the details of the November 23 massacre in Maguindanao that prompted the government to place it under martial rule.

Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, the first interpellator, questioned the basis for Malacanang's decision to declare martial law in the province, when it said earlier that it was not needed.

Interior Puno, meanwhile, replied that verified reports of Ampatuan supporters amassing themselves in Maguindanao necessitated greater control of the province.

Ermita said martial law was needed because "the situation had to be controlled to account for perpetrators, allow prosecutors to do their job, and at the same time, be able to gather enough evidence."

Questioned anew by Aquino about the President's extraordinary powers during martial law, Justice Secretary Devanadera said a state of emergency was not sufficient since it merely empowers the President to call on the armed forces and the police to take control of a particular area and quell lawlessness.

Devanadera said martial law and the suspension of the writ of habeas corpus allows the President to address rebellion and invasion.

She said the reports of the Armed Forces of the Philippines showed that the Ampatuans were linked to the massing up of armed groups.

"Because of the report that those who were originally organizing, originally recruited to defend the public and the people, these are the same people who have now been transformed into a private army. They now follow not the rule of the Republic but their leaders, the Ampatuans," Devanadera said.

Both chambers, voting jointly, can revoke the proclamation. Lawmakers have approved the rules of procedure governing the deliberations.

Based on the rules, each chamber is given 10 hours for the interpellation. Nograles said he expects the deliberations to finish in four session days.

Nograles earlier said discussions can run for five hours a day for four days – December 9, 10, 14 and 15.

"The target is from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. We can do this in four days," he told reporters in a news conference.

Asked if he expects long debates, he said, "It depends. When the lawmakers have become engrossed in discussions, we don't know when to finish."

But he stressed that each chamber will have to stick with the maximum 10-hour limit for the deliberations.

"There will be no other extraneous matters that will be taken up except the report. The only motion to be entertained is the motion to revoke after we close the question and answer portion," he said.

He added that no motion to revoke would be entertained unless the discussions are through or when everybody is satisfied.

Congress will go on break starting December 18.

Congress only holds joint session during the State of the Nation Address and to act as national board of canvassers in a presidential election.

Three resolutions, signed by 34 congressmen, have been filed in the House of Representatives calling for the revocation of martial law in Maguindanao.

Martial law highlights need to 'revisit' Philippine Constitution

by By Purple S. Romero,
MANILA, Philippines - Charter amendments may be considered to balance the voting power of the two chambers of Congress on the revocation of martial law, a former member of the 1987 Constitutional Commission (Concom) said.

New CBCP head backs martial law

President Macapagal-Arroyo's imposition of martial law in Maguindanao got a boost, at least by acquiescence, from the new head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines who did not pose any objection to the declaration.

No 'Simbang Gabi' if martial law is extended

Should martial law be extended for several more days, priests in Cotabato City and Maguindanao province might have to adjust the celebration of the novena of Masses or Simbang Gabi before preceding Christmas Day that are usually held before dawn.

Imelda Marcos backs Arroyo martial law declaration

MANILA, Philippines - Former First Lady Imelda Marcos, wife of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos, on Tuesday said she is backing the Arroyo administration's declaration of martial law in Maguindanao province.

Joint session highlights dynasties in Congress

The calling of the roll at the start of the joint session of Congress to review the President's imposition of martial law in Maguindanao underscored how several families have managed to dominate Philippine politics.

Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago joined her son, Alliance of Rural Concerns party-list representative Narciso Santiago III, and cousins House majority floor leader Iloilo Rep. Arthur Defensor and Quezon City Rep. Mathias Defensor.

All four are entitled to one vote each on the motion to revoke martial law in Maguindanao.

The Defensors would match the four votes of the President Arroyo's relatives in the House of Representatives--presidential sons Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel "Mikey" Arroyo and Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado Macapagal Arroyo Jr., brother-in-law Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio "Iggy" Arroyo, and sister-in-law Ang Kasangga party-list Rep. Lourdes Arroyo.

Another Arroyo expected to vote on the martial law proclamation, Senator Joker Arroyo, is not related to President Arroyo.

3 Cayetanos

The Cayetanos also have three votes: siblings Senators Alan and Pia Cayetano, and Alan's wife, Ma. Laarni of the 1st district of Taguig City.

The other family members from the two houses of Congress who will be working together during the joint session are:

  • Senator Manuel Villar and wife Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar
  • Senator Francisco Escudero and father Sorsogon Rep. Salvador Escudero
  • Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri and brother Bukidnon Rep. Jose Ma. Zubiri III
  • Senator Edgardo Angara and son Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara
  • Senator Rodolfo Biazon and son Muntinlupa City Rep. Ruffino Biazon.

Dismantle all private armies in RP, says PPCRV

The military and the police should dismantle not just the private armies of the Ampatuan clan and their political rivals in Maguindanao but all other private armed groups nationwide.

No letup in loans, grants to Mindanao, says World Bank

The World Bank will continue to support Mindanao with loans and grants despite the pullout of official development assistance by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) following the poll-related violence in Maguindanao that left 57 persons dead.

RP, MILF renew international monitor group

In a move that seeks to ensure the success of the peace process, the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Wednesday agreed to renew the terms of reference of the International Monitoring Team (IMT).

GRP, MILF eye peace deal by April 2010

by Reuters
KUALA LUMPUR - The Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel group hope to sign a deal by April next year to end a four decades-long conflict that has killed 120,000 people, a Malaysian mediator said on Wednesday.

Honasan given last chance to testify on Oakwood mutiny

The Makati Regional Trial Court has given soldiers involved in the takeover of Makati's Oakwood hotel in 2003 one last chance to bring Sen. Gregorio "Gringo" Honasan to the witness stand before the case is finally submitted for resolution.

Ramos supporting Lito's Senate bid

While he has not yet decided who among the presidential candidates he will be supporting in the May 2010 elections, former President Fidel V. Ramos said he would surely vote for Lito Osmeña in the senatorial race.

Padaca stays as governor until appeal reaches SC

A day after the Commission on Elections declared that Gov. Grace Padaca lost to former Gov. Benjamin Dy in the 2007 gubernatorial election, operations at the provincial capitol here remained normal as no group loyal to either official has started to mass up.

P500M 'misused' on gov't call centers

Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed that more than P568 million has been used to fund at least eight non-working call centers for the "Patrol 117" hotline last year.

Govt cashier gets 13 years in jail for pocketing P9,000

MANILA, Philippines - The Sandiganbayan sentenced a government cashier to eight to 13 years in prison for pocketing P9,000 in public funds some 12 years ago. 

Thousands in Indonesia protest over graft

by Agence France-Presse
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Thousands of Indonesians rallied Wednesday in several major cities under tight security to mark international anti-corruption day, slamming the government over a bank bailout scandal.

US Democrats reach deal on health care bill

by By John Whitesides, Reuters
WASHINGTON DC, United States -- US Senate Democratic healthcare negotiators said they agreed on Tuesday to replace a government-run insurance option with a scaled-back non-profit plan and would seek cost estimates on the deal.

Controversy mounts over 'war president' Obama's Nobel

OSLO, Norway - Controversy mounted Wednesday over the choice of US President Barack Obama as the Nobel Peace Prize laureate on the eve of the award ceremony in Oslo, as public opinion judged him unworthy of the prize.

Arum cites Pacquiao's growth as a fighter

MANILA, Philippines – In terms of skills, punching power and unbelievable dexterity inside the squared circle, Manny Pacquiao is unparalleled, according to Top Rank promotions chief Bob Arum.

Cotto sued by ex-employee for sexual harassment

MANILA, Philippines – Erstwhile WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico is facing a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former employee.

Philippines' first gold in SEAG from taekwondo

MANILA, Philippines -- The RP Taekwondo team scored the country's first gold medal in the 2009 SEA Games Wednesday in the Women's Poomsae event at the Booyoung Gymnasium National University in Vientiane, Laos.  

Hayden Kho surfaces to dispel suicide attempt rumor

MANILA, Philippines – Controversial doctor Hayden Kho Jr. finally surfaced to rebuke his reported second suicide attempt. Kho was in a jovial mood when he faced the entertainment press Wednesday.

End Krista Ranillo rumors, appeals Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – Sixteen days before Christmas, pound-for-pound king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao has made this wish - for the public to end all rumors about his alleged illicit affair with young sexy star Krista Ranillo. Manny reiterated that it is about time to stop what he described as his detractors' "crab mentality."

Jinkee Pacquiao willing to do a movie but…

MANILA, Philippines – After weathering what she said the biggest storm to have hit her marriage, Jinkee Pacquiao is now ready to move forward.

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