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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December 3, 2009 Major News Stories



Chevron, Phoenix raise oil prices by P1/liter

(UPDATE) Chevron Philippines Inc. and Phoenix Petroleum raised oil prices by P1 per liter on Wednesday, officials of the two firms said.

Oil falls to near $78 amid US crude supply jump

Oil prices fell to near $78 a barrel Wednesday in Asia after US crude supplies unexpectedly rose, suggesting demand in the world's largest economy remains weak.


Veco sues Capitol for taxing posts

THE Visayan Electric Company (Veco) sued the Cebu Provincial Government, two Capitol officials and two others over what it described as a "patently illegal act" in classifying the power firm's electrical posts and transformers as real properties subject to taxes.

Veco, through its lawyer, Lelany Reso-or, filed a civil complaint before the Regional Trial Court against the Province, Provincial Treasurer Roy Salubre, Provincial Assessor Anthony Sususco and two Consolacion town officers for prohibition and injunction, with application for a writ of preliminary injunction and restraining order.

Reso-or said the power company received a notice of sale of delinquent real property, threatening to sell at a public auction all of its electrical posts and transformers in Consolacion, Cebu for failing to settle tax dues of about P9.959 million.

Later, the power company said it learned that Herrera and Sususco "connived" and "erroneously declared about 2,391 electrical posts and 340 transformers of Veco… subject to real property taxes.

"The tax declaration covering Veco's electrical posts and transformers was issued without prior consultation, and without its knowledge and consent," said Reso-or.


Dubai debt no effect on OFW remittances—labor chief

The six-month moratorium sought by Dubai won't affect the deployment of overseas Filipino workers or their overall remittance for the entire year, Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said Wednesday.

89 OFWs in Saudi awaiting repatriation

At least 89 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are awaiting repatriation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, said an alliance of migrant workers Wednesday.

Labor chief urges more protection for Filipino sailors

by Agence France-Presse
MANILA - Labor Secretary Marianito Roque on Wednesday called on shipping companies to provide more protection for Filipino sailors after 16 of them were seized by pirates who took over a Greek-flagged supertanker off Somalia.

Safety check on firms, Buhisan dam urged

The Cebu City Council yesterday asked the Metro Cebu Water District and the Department of Public Works and Highways to inspect the 99-year-old Buhisan dam because of fear that the structure is already weak and may pose risk of a deluge.

Fire protection bureau told to inspect establishments to protect shoppers

THE Cebu City Council yesterday asked the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to conduct safety inspections on commercial establishments, as a proactive measure to protect Christmas shoppers.


Ampatuan patriarch, four more kin charged for massacre

(UPDATE 3) Seven counts of murder were filed Wednesday against the Ampatuan patriarch, five members of his powerful clan, and six other suspects in the gruesome killing of at least 57 people in Maguindanao, officials said.

Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., his sons Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. and Mamasapano Mayor Bahnarin Ampatuan, his grandson Datu Ulo Ampatuan, Salibo Vice Mayor Datu Kanor Ampatuan, and Shariff Aguak police auxiliary Tony Kenis Ampatuan are accused of being involved in the mass murder of their clan's political rival on November 23.

Also charged with the Ampatuans are Datu Abdullah Sangki town councilor Muhamad Sangki, police auxiliary of Shariff Aguak Tumi Timba Abas, Tammy Masukat, Datu Unsay police officer-in-charge PO1 Abbey Guiadem, a certain Kumander Beri, a certain Dahutay and 100 other John and Jane Does.

The military on Wednesday cordoned off the residences of the Ampatuans ahead of the filing of murder charges against them, saying it was necessary in case authorities need to serve arrest warrants against any clan member.

Apart from the eight policemen under restrictive custody at the CIDG office, 14 others were flown in Wednesday and would be investigated about their possible involvement in the crime.

This as he admitted that several other policemen have gone AWOL (absent without leave), including chief of police PO1 Abbey Guiadem and Inspector Saudi Mokamad.

Over 1,000 cops to be relieved in Maguindanao—spokesman

At least 1,092 policemen in Maguindanao will be relieved to pave the way for an "impartial investigation" on the massacre that occurred in the province last November 23, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

Police confirm match of bullets, gun used in massacre

(UPDATE) A firearm seized by authorities from one of two militiamen arrested shortly after the massacre in Maguindanao matched some of the spent shells that were found at the scene of the crime, police confirmed and called the discovery a "breakthrough" Wednesday.

Raped or robbed in Ampatuan? The tale of the women's unzipped pants

If the women victims in the November 23 massacre were not raped, why were their pants unzipped? While the investigation of the grisly killings continues, experts look at angles on the possible reasons.

Military limits Ampatuans to homes

The military said on Wednesday it has limited the movement of the Ampatuan clan to their homes to avoid unpleasant incidents in case authorities need to serve arrest warrants against any member of the powerful political family over the massacre in Maguindanao last week.

Ampatuan scion detained, then set free over guns

A scion of the influential Ampatuan clan, who is also the vice governor of Maguindanao, was briefly held by police on Monday after Army personnel recovered what they thought to be unlicensed firearms from his alleged police escorts in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, police said Wednesday.

Pa of massacre suspect runs for Maguindanao vice gov

The father and namesake of Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., the prime suspect in the November 23 Maguindanao massacre, is running for vice governor of Maguindanao.

ARMM gov given 5 days to answer rival's complaint

(UPDATE) Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno has given Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao Governor Zaldy Ampatuan five days to respond to allegations of negligence lodged against him by his political rival after Puno ordered an investigation following the massacre incident in Maguindanao province.


2 Maguindanao gunmen flown to Manila

Two militiamen suspected of being among the 100 armed men who brutally murdered 57 civilians in Maguindanao were flown to Manila on Wednesday, police said.

Palace vows security for judges, prosecutors in Maguindanao case

Despite the threats, Malacañang on Wednesday urged judges and prosecutors to go full-blast in the prosecution of Andal Ampatuan Jr. and the other suspects in the Maguindanao massacre, vowing to provide them security.

US suspends projects in Maguindanao

The United States has indefinitely suspended its development projects in Maguindanao in the aftermath of the massacre in the province due to security concerns, US Ambassador to Manila Kristie Kenney said Wednesday night.

Misuari acquitted of rebellion charges

The first governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Nur Misuari, has been acquitted by the Makati Regional Court of rebellion charges in connection with an attack on the military in 2001.

Govt, MILF say peace talks resume next week

by Agence France-Presse
MANILA - Peace talks between the Philippines government and Muslim separatists are to resume in Malaysia next week after a 16-month impasse, the two sides said Wednesday. 

BOPK wants other del Mar declared a "nuisance bet"

Worried that another candidate with the same surname would ruin the chances of a bet of the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK), Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña wants him declared as a nuisance candidate.

Osmeña described Jacinto del Mar, who also filed his certificate of candidacy for congressman of the North District, a ploy of their opponents.

BOPK is fielding Rachel 'Cutie' del Mar, daughter of incumbent Rep. Raul del Mar, who is not anymore eligible to seek reelection as he is on his third straight term.

Jacinto, 49, of barangay Capitol Site is the bet of the Philippine Green Republican Party (PGRP). He is a preacher.


Roque says Comelec in disarray for automated polls

A lawyer dared Commission on Elections Chairman Jose Melo on Wednesday to admit that arrangements for the 2010 automated elections were in disarray and manual vote counting may be the most efficient method available to avoid cheating and other irregularities.

Lakas has only seven senatorial candidates

Two senatorial candidates from major parties, lawyer Raul Lambino of the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD and former representative Gilbert Remulla of Nacionalista Party, beat the 12 midnight deadline for the filing of certificates of candidacy at the Commission on Elections on Tuesday.

LP fields architect to foil Arroyo in Pampanga

The Liberal Party is fielding an architect to face President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the race for the Congress seat representing the district.

Arroyo"s Pampanga opponent says the battle is vs traditional politics

For architect Adonis Simpao, the next six months would not be a battle against just one giant. It would be a fight against a system that this giant represents best.

Half-sis nixes request to challenge Arroyo's Congress bid

President Arroyo's half-sister has turned down the invitation to run for congresswoman of Pampanga's second district, leaving less popular candidates to challenge the President's congressional bid in the 2010 polls.

Ex-President Ramos urges Arroyo to resign for fairness' sake

President Macapagal-Arroyo should resign for diminishing the stature of her office with her decision to run for representative of Pampanga, former President Fidel Ramos said Wednesday.

Arroyo's resignation sought amid congressional bid

At least two senators on Wednesday urged President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to step down from office while she pursues her congressional bid in her home province of Pampanga.

Charter change high up on Arroyo agenda - Ermita

Malacañang made little effort on Tuesday to douse speculation that the real agenda of President Macapagal-Arroyo's congressional run was to ultimately install herself as prime minister in the event of a shift to a parliamentary government.

Panlilio seeks reelection in Pampanga, Church dispensation

Pampanga Governor Eddie Panlilio has filed a petition asking the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy to allow him to leave the priesthood to be able to protect the Church from politics as he seeks reelection.

Panlilio, Pineda to face off again in Pampanga in 2010

Incumbent Pampanga governor Eddie Panlilio and former board member Lilia Pineda are set to face off again for the province's gubernatorial post after both filed their respective certificates of candiday (COC).

New SC ruling benefits Cabinet members

Cabinet men running for elective office may enjoy the best of both worlds: They get to keep their posts and campaign at the same time, thanks to a Supreme Court ruling.

Appointive officials should still resign, Comelec maintains

Even if the Supreme Court has decided to let appointive officials stay in office while seeking elective posts in 2010, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) maintained Wednesday that they should still resign for obvious ethical issues.

Yap runs unopposed for Bohol congressional seat

While other Cabinet officials running for office face an uphill battle, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap is assured of a congressional seat as he is running unopposed in the third district of Bohol.

Teodoro brushes off Arroyo 'curse'

MANILA - While observers attribute Teodoro's dismal performance in poll-related surveys to President Arroyo's very low net satisfaction ratings, he strongly denied the president's appointment as a curse.

Erap wants to spend 'twilight years' as president

MANILA – Former President Joseph Estrada vowed to rid the country of hunger and insurgency if he makes a political comeback in 2010.

Villanueva expects 2010 victory a 'miracle'

MANILA— Compared to other 2010 presidential aspirants, Eduardo "Bro. Eddie" Villanueva's economics background and an anti-corruption platform of governance may not be unique. But when the aspirants were asked during ABS-CBN News Channel's "Harapan" what they plan to do in their first 100 days in office if elected as president, Villanueva' reply was one of a kind.

Imelda Marcos joins House race

Former First Lady Imelda Marcos is seeking the seat that will be vacated by her son, Ilocos Norte Representative Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., who filed his candidacy for senator.

RP needs $4.42B for post-typhoon rehab

The Philippines needs as much as $4.42 billion (around P208 billion) to fully recover from the damage and losses caused by tropical storm "Ondoy" and typhoon "Pepeng," which recently ravaged the country's capital and northern provinces.

Sandigan scraps Christmas party

The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan will not hold its annual Christmas party this year in sympathy with victims of the typhoons that devastated the metropolis and other provinces.

Vietnam rice prices jump on RP tender hopes

by Reuters
HANOI - Vietnamese rice export prices jumped up to 10% on the prospect the country's top grain exporter, Vinafood 2, may win about half of the volume sought in a tender this week by the Philippines, traders said on Wednesday.

RP to reduce rice order owing to high price

Owing to the expensive price of rice given during a recent tender, Manila may choose to reduce the volume of the commodity that it would order from suppliers, the National Food Authority said.

China's approval of GMO rice, corn seen boosting yields

BEIJING-- China has approved genetically modified strains of rice and corn in a move experts say could dramatically boost crop yields and help the world's most populous nation avoid food shortages.

China swine flu deaths increase threefold

The number of swine flu deaths in China has more than tripled in two weeks with the onset of winter, the Health Ministry said late Tuesday.


'It sounds like Bush'—anti-war protesters on Obama

SAN FRANCISCO – President Barack Obama's announcement of an Afghanistan troop surge was met with jeers, scorn-filled laughter and hisses from anti-war protesters gathered in a San Francisco bar here Tuesday.

Swiss pick a female president for 2010

by Agence France-Presse
GENEVA - Parliament on Wednesday elected Economy Minister Doris Leuthard as Switzerland's head of state for 2010, marking the first time that women will head all three main arms of the federal government.

Mayweather agrees to fight Pacquiao: report

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA – Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Jr. has reportedly given the go signal to hold a face-off against Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao next year.

Pacquiao also busy with business ventures

Bukod sa boxing at planong pagsabak sa pulitika, abala rin ang People's Champ sa samu't sari niyang negosyo sa GenSan. Bukod sa commercial building, may ipinapatayong golf course din si Pacquiao! 


Promoter says Darchinyan aching for rematch with Donaire

Gary Shaw, promoter of reigning WBC and WBA Super World super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan of Australia, on Wednesday said the "Raging Bull" is aching for a rematch with old tormentor Nonito Donaire, Jr.

RP math aces bring home 100 medals from int'l event

We are the champions. With a 100-medal haul, a group of young Filipino numbers aces topped the 20-nation 2009 Philippine International Mathematics Competitions, held during the past two days in Iloilo City.

Eula Valdez admits relationship with PBB housemate

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA – Actress Eula Valdez is dating "Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) Double Up" housemate Alvin Kirby "Rocky" Salumbides.

Alma Moreno rushed to hospital due to multiple sclerosis

by by Boy Villasanta, abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA - Amid frenzied Christmas holiday atmosphere and showbiz folks fussing about last minute election advisories, actress Alma Moreno was rushed to a hospital Tuesday afternoon for recurrence of a disease diagnosed a few years ago.

Tiger Woods admits 'transgressions' in family life

Golf superstar Tiger Woods Wednesday admitted "transgressions" and said he had let his family down, in a statement posted on his website that appeared to confirm rumors of an extramarital affair.

"Man controlled robotic hand with thoughts"

ROME - A group of European scientists say they have successfully connected a robotic hand to a man who had lost an arm, allowing him to feel sensations in the artificial hand and control it with his thoughts.


Joan Crawford  - "I, Joan Crawford, I believe in the dollar. Everything I earn, I spend."

1 comment:

Nakabunot Kay said...

I sure hope that there will be no effect on the money transfer Philippines industry because of the Dubai problem. There are a lot of Filipino families that depends on the send money Philippines industry.

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