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Thursday, December 24, 2009

December 25, 2009 Major News Stories

Immigration men to guard airports, ports during holidays

Bureau of Immigration personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and all other airports have been ordered to render overtime work in the next two weeks in anticipation of the influx of arriving and departing travelers during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

 PCG to probe captains of 2 boats that collided off Cavite coast

by By Dennis Carcamo
MANILA, Philippines -- Authorities are eyeing the actions taken by the two captains of the boats that collided early this morning, an official of the Philippine Coast Guard said.

3 bodies retrieved from sunken passenger boat

by By Dennis Carcamo

MANILA, Philippines -- Three bodies of passengers of the capsized boat in Cavite were retrieved by the Philippine Coast Guard, a spokesman confirmed today.

Survivors arrive in Manila

by By Dennis Carcamo
MANILA, Philippines -- The 46 survivors of the two collision of two vessels of the coast of Cavite arrived in Manila at noon today, a radio report said.

After a few seconds, the boat sank - survivor

MANILA, Philippines - Relatives of passengers of the ill-fated ferry immediately flocked to the Philippine Coast Guard headquarters in Manila where the survivors from MB Catalyn–B where taken by a PCG vessel.  

Cocaine found off E. Samar valued at P300M

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency has valued the cocaine fished out of the waters off Eastern Samar at almost P300 million.

Arroyo thanks AFP for sticking to chain of command

While her presidency had been occasionally threatened by disgruntled military officers for the past eight years, President Macapagal-Arroyo opted, on Thursday, to honor the ``great Filipino soldiers'' for their feats on the battlefield and for their dedication to the "chain of command."

Arroyo congratulates AFP on martial law implementation

In her final appearance as commander-in-chief during the military anniversary, President Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday took the occasion to personally thank soldiers for implementing her weeklong martial rule in Maguindanao.

Military chief favors early ARMM elections

Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief Gen. Victor Ibrado favored calls of certain sectors that the elections in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) be held earlier that the rest of the country, calling the proposition is "a very good idea."

Communist group says Villar more 'patriotic and progressive'

The Communist Party of the Philippines says Sen. Manny Villar appears to be the more "patriotic and progressive" among the four major presidential candidates but is not certain whether the Nacionalista Party standard bearer would in fact turn out to be better than his rivals.

Good choice, not automation, will solve election woes: Rosales

MANILA, Philippines - Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales believes that automation is not the solution to the country's election woes. 

'No entry' in Mayon danger zones - AFP

The military has deployed a platoon of soldiers to enforce the "no entry" policy within the six to eight permanent danger zone around Mayon volcano, a military spokesman said.

No rescue for bullheaded Mayon residents—Salceda

Albay officials on Thursday warned villagers no one would come to help them if they refused to evacuate and Mayon Volcano erupts violently.

Experts: Mayon might not have explosive eruption

Noong Miyerkules ng gabi, nabahala ang mga taga-Phivolcs matapos magbuga ng lava ang Mayon na may taas na 500 metro. Pero ngayon, muling nanahimik ang bulkan at tila nakikiisa sa pagdiriwang ng Pasko.

Abducted Basilan college official released - police

Suspected Abu Sayyaf members on Thursday night released a Mindanao university official whom it kidnapped in Basilan province earlier this month, a radio report said.

Abducted Basilan college official released - police

Suspected Abu Sayyaf members on Thursday night released a Mindanao university official whom it kidnapped in Basilan province earlier this month, a radio report said.

DA forms task force against El Niño

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Agriculture (DA) has created a task force to carry out the agency's 5-point program aimed at raising crop production and farmers' incomes in preparation for the looming El Niño phenomenon.

Firms reminded of tax deadlines ahead of holidays

by By Alexis Douglas B. Romero, BusinessWorld
MANILA, Philippines - Ahead of the holidays, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on Wednesday reminded taxpayers to submit on time documents due before the end of the year to avoid penalties. 

Taiwan ex-leader, 21 others indicted over financial fraud

by Agence France-Presse
TAIPEI - The legal plight of Taiwan's ex-leader Chen Shui-bian worsened Thursday when prosecutors said they had decided to indict him and 21 others for alleged wrongdoing in two high-profile bank mergers. 

Yemen claims 30 killed in raid on Qaida hide-outs

(Updated 11:51 p.m.) SAN'A, Yemen - Backed by U.S. intelligence, Yemeni forces struck a series of suspected al-Qaida hideouts Thursday, including a meeting of senior leaders, killing at least 30 militants in the country's stepped-up campaign against the terror network, the government said.

Pacquiao chides Mayweather: Excuses, excuses

MANILA, Philippines – Seven-time world champion Manny Pacquiao has merely laughed off the drug testing issue being raised by Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s saying that the former pound-for-pound king is just trying to excuse himself from the fight.

Oscar to Pacquiao: Do the test, clear your name

Oscar De La Hoya, the iconic fighter whom Manny Pacquiao sent to retirement with an upset TKO win in 2008, challenged the Filipino superstar to agree to an Olympic-style drug testing proposed in his endangered March 13 fight with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Teen boxing champ back in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino teenage boxer Johnreil Casimiro, the new World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight interim champion, arrived in the country on Thursday to celebrate his victory as well as the holiday season.

Corteza to compete in Spain, Germany

MANILA, Philippines – Lee Vann Corteza is setting his sights in competing abroad in January following his successful conquest of the recent 4th BSCP National Pool Championship.

Jinkee 'guards' Pacquiao in premiere night

Imbes na ang leading lady niyang si Krista Ranillo, ang misis na si Jinkee ang kasama ni Manny Pacquiao sa premiere ng "Wapakman." Kung nagka-ayos na ang mag-asawa. Napatawad na rin ba ni Jinkee si Krista? 

Krista Ranillo a no-show in 'Wapakman' premiere night

MANILA, Philippines – The cast of fantasy film "Wapakman" on Wednesday showed up at the movie's premiere night, except for controversial actress Krista Ranillo who was conspicously absent during the event.

Kris Aquino hurt during taping

MANILA, Philippines - Actress-host Kris Aquino on Wednesday suffered bruises while taping for her upcoming television show, "Kung Tayo'y Magkakalayo."

Socialite pal's trial for estafa on

The trial of the former assistant of socialite Rosemarie "Baby" Arenas for syndicated estafa will push through after the Court of Appeals gave its go signal to the Mandaluyong City regional trial court.

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