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Monday, August 2, 2010

August 3, 2010 Major News Stories

Big 3 oil firms roll back prices

(UPDATE 3) The Big 3 oil firms—Petron Corp., Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp., and Chevron Phil. Inc.—announced on Monday a cutback in the price of their products effective Tuesday.

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp.'s rollback of prices of premium and unleaded gasoline, diesel and kerosene by P0.25 a liter and of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) by P1 per kilogram or equivalent to an P11-decrease in the price of an 11-kg cylinder took effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday.

Petron Corp. will implement similar adjustments effective 6 a.m., an advisory it issued late Monday said.

Chevron will reduce only the prices of its premium gasoline, diesel and kerosene by P0.25 per liter effective 6 a.m. Tuesday, said communications manager Toby Nebrida.

But the Big 3 oil firms said they will increase the price of regular gasoline by P0.25 per liter.

Other oil companies have yet to make their announcements.

Data from the Department of Energy showed that the Dubai crude averaged $73 a barrel for the month of July, still lower than the previous month's $74-a-barrel average.

The price of unleaded gasoline, based on the Mean of Platts Singapore (MOPS) benchmark for refined petroleum products, remained slightly lower at an average of $82 a barrel as of end-July, from $83 a barrel in June.

MOPS-based diesel prices are also still lower during July at $86 a barrel, compared to last month's $87 a barrel average.

DOE uncovers P1-B Transco 'midnight deal'

Nabuking ng Department of Energy ang tangkang pagpapalabas ng National Transmission Corporation o Transco ng mahigit P1 bilyon bilang bayad sa Hanjin Corporation sa paggawa nila ng mga transmission lines sa Subic. Iniimbestigahan na kung ligal ba ang transaksyon sa mga huling araw ng Arroyo administration.

PAL plagued by problems with pilots, flight attendants

Nanganganib maparalisa ang operasyon ng Philippine Airlines o PAL matapos magbanta ng malawakang tigil trabaho ang mga cabin crew o flight attendants! Samantala, iginiit naman ng PAL management ang "return to work order" sa 25 pilotong nag-resign kamakailan. Pitong araw lamang ang ibinigay sa mga piloto para bumalik sa trabaho kundi ay kakasuhan na sila.

Gov't still mediating rift between PAL, pilots

Nagbawas na ng biyahe ang Philippine Airlines sa ilang domestic flights nito dahil sa kakulangan sa mga piloto. Nabigo kasi kanina ang Palasyo na mapagkasundo ang pamunuan ng PAL at mga kinatawan ng mga nagbitiw na piloto. Giit ng gobyerno, dapat maresolba na ang isyu at nang sa gayon ay hindi magkaroon ng krisis at hindi maperhuwisyo ang mga pasahero.

'Complex' Cebu labor-management dispute settled

The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) on Monday said it has settled a complex labor-management dispute involving two furniture export companies and a union in Cebu.
NCMB Executive Director Reynaldo Ubaldo said the R & Y Augousti Inc. Employees Union-ALU-TUCP, the R & Y Augousti Inc., and Chagrin, Inc. had signed a compromise agreement at which the parties in dispute agreed to amicably settle the conflict.

Rama: City not prioritizing plane purchase

Buying old planes is not one of the city's priorities, this according to Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama who announced yesterday that he is no longer interested in acquiring the three planes put up for auction by the Department of Education.

Tomas to use closeness to P.Noy to protect occupants of 93-1 lots

Even if they are no longer his constituents, but former mayor now South District Rep. Tomas Osmeña vows to protect the 5,000 occupants of the province-owned lots covered by the Provincial Ordinance 93-1.

Help of city government sought on Apas land row

Barangay Apas will seek the help of the city government on the plight of at least 168 families who are feared to lose their homes after the court ordered them to vacate the property being claimed by one Mariano Godinez.

Rama wants downtown area revitalized

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama is requesting all establishment owners in the downtown area to repaint their buildings to have a more revitalized and livelier atmosphere in the city.

Cutie mulls underwater tunnel from Cebu City to Lapu-Lapu, Cordova

Cebu City North District Rep. Rachel Marguerite "Cutie" del Mar is proposing a 500-meter underwater tunnel from Cebu City to Mactan Island to address the traffic problem.

SRP launch: Fernandez wants to answer charges before Ombudsman

Former Cebu City Administrator Francisco Fernandez is willing to face the Office of the Ombudsman to answer the allegations against the controversial launch of the South Road Properties last May 8.

Mandaue College president's arrest: Military ombudsman clears 6 cops

The Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for the Military and Other Law Enforcement Offices dismissed the criminal case filed by Mandaue City College president Paulus Mariae Cañete and five others against six policemen of Mandaue City Police Office.

Mayor Rama wants CITOM, cops to go after dispatchers

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama wants the City Traffic Operations Management and the city police to go after the illegal dispatchers or barkers for public utility vehicles.

Young: Lingam massage is welcome in Cebu City

While the City of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu have conducted operations to curb "lingam" massage in their areas, Cebu City Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young welcomes the massage parlor to operate within the city.

Alegado prioritizes fishermen, farmers

Consolacion Mayor Teresa Alegado yesterday said she is now working with the officials of the Department of Agriculture-Central Office for the release of funds to finance the implementation of livelihood projects to farmers and fishermen in the town.

Former Dalaguete mayor, five councilors bolt One Cebu

Former Dalaguete mayor Andrade Alcantara and five town councilors yesterday bolted the One Cebu Party of Governor Gwendolyn Garcia to join the Liberal Party.

The five municipal councilors were Federico Muñoz, Estanislao Almagro, Francis Belciña, Juan Moran and John Rhetz Osorio.

Tining wants more time to file counter-affidavit on "standoff"

Defeated congressional candidate Celestino "Tining" Martinez III has asked the court to give him more time to file his counter-affidavit in relation to the so-called standoff that happened during the May 10 elections.

List of Senate committee chiefs

MANILA, Philippines - Here is a list of the chairpersons of Senate committees, as of Monday, August 2, 2010.

Sen. Jinggoy Estrada – Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resource Development
Sen. Franklin Drilon – Committee on Finance
Sen. Francis Pangilinan – Committee on Agriculture and Food, Committee on Social Justice and Rural Development
Sen. Ralph Recto – Committee on Ways and Means, Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprises
Sen. Gregorio Honasan – Committee on Public Order and Illegal Drugs, Committee on Public Information and Mass Media
Sen. Sergio Osmeña III – Committee on Energy, Joint Congressional Power Commission, Committee on Banks, Financial Institutions and Currencies
Sen. Francis Escudero – Committee on Justice and Human Rights, Committee on National Defense and Security
Sen. Ramon Bong Revilla Jr. – Committee on Public Works, Committee on Public Services
Sen Lito Lapid – Committee on Games, Amusement and Sports, Committee on Tourism
Sen. Teofisto Guingona III – Committee on Accountability of Public Officers and Investigations (Blue Ribbon)
Sen. Edgardo Angara – Committee on Education. Culture and Arts, Committee on Science and Technology
Sen. Loren Legarda – Committee on Climate Change, Committee on Foreign Relations, Committee on Cultural Minorities
Sen. Miguel Zubiri – Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Committee on Cooperatives
Sen. Manuel Villar – Committee on Economic Affairs, Committee on Trade and Commerce
Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr – Committee on Local Government, Commmittee on Urban Planning, Housing and Resettlement
Sen. Panfilo Lacson – Committee on Accounts
Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV – Committee on Civil Service and Government Reorganization
Sen. Pia Cayetano – Committee on Health and Demography, Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations, Committee on Ethics

The Committees on Constitutional Amendments and Agrarian Reform have no chairmen. The heads of these two committees are expected to be named on Tuesday.

No committee was given to Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago because she did not attend the caucus.

Minority on Aquino: 'SONA'y ikaw na nga'

MANILA, Philippines - The Senate minority on Monday expressed support for President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III's State of the Nation Address (SONA) this year even while backing greater transparency in government.

Arroyo 'escapes' Bello tirade on her first session day

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday attended her first session day as member of the House of Representatives, but quietly left the session hall before a party-list representative delivered a scathing privilege speech against her.

DOJ upholds EO 1 forming Truth Commission

by By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Monday upheld the constitutionality of President Benigno Aquino's Executive Order No. 1 creating the Truth Commission, amid criticisms from the House minority bloc that the President went out of bounds when he issued the order.

El Shaddai leader supports Truth Commission

by By Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines - El Shaddai leader Mariano "Bro. Mike" Velarde supports President Aquino's move to form a truth commission to probe alleged anomalies and graft and corruption practices during the previous administration.

Will truth about 'Hello, Garci' wiretapping come out?

MANILA, Philippines - A former chief of the military's intelligence service has been tagged as the one who ordered the wiretapping of key personalities during the 2004 elections.

But it now looks doubtful if Retired Admiral Tirso Danga could be compelled to testify on the "Hello, Garci" scandal.

Retired General Francisco Gudani and former intelligence agent Vidal Doble are among those ready to testify if and when the truth commission gets to investigate the illegal wiretapping better known as the "Hello, Garci" scandal.

While the cheating aspect has been all but established, the wiretapping part remains mysterious.

ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) asked confessed wiretapper Doble as to who gave the orders to illegally eavesdrop on then Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano and other personalities.

Doble believes the orders came fromo Danga since he was the deputy chief for intelligence or J2 of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

Tirso Danga was head of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) when the wiretapping took place.

Doble believes someone higher may have ordered Danga.

But a military source who talked recently to ANC disagreed.

With the help of the Arroyo administration, Danga has evaded moves to get him to testify on the "Hello Garci" scandal.

He has also ignored attempts by ANC to get his side.

With Danga reportedly ill and elusive as ever, it looks doubtful if the mastermind of the "Hello Garci" wiretapping would be revealed soon.

Catch ABS-CBN correspondent Lynda Jumilla's full report on the "Hello Garci" scandal on ANC's "The Arroyo Years: A Legacy of Unfinished Business," on Monday (August 2) at 9:30 p.m.

Ombudsman dismisses Pestaño murder case; family cries foul

by By Ira Pedrasa,
MANILA, Philippines - The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed the case on the alleged murder of Philippine Navy Ensign Philip Pestaño, saying the evidence was not enough to prove such.

Aquino aware of graft cases vs allies

by By Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III on Monday said he is aware of the graft charges filed against two of his allies, Liberal Party senatorial bet Nereus Acosta and current Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino.

LP backs DPWH Sec Singson on alleged Pagcor midnight deal

The Liberal Party (LP) on Monday expressed support to Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson in connection with an allegedly midnight deal he struck with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) when he was still a top official of a private water concessionaire.

Career employee is 1 of 4 new DepEd usecs

MANILA, Philippines - Education Secretary Armin Luistro announced Monday his new set of undersecretaries, 1 of them a career employee.

He said Undersecretary Yolanda Quijano, who will be handling the programs and projects portfolio, has been a career employee for 43 years.

She started her career as an elementary school teacher after finishing her degree at the Leyte Normal School. She occupied various positions focusing on primary and special education thereafter.

The other members of the new administration are Undersecretary Alberto Muyot for Legal and Legislative Affairs, Undersecretary Rizalino Rivera for Regional Operations, and Undersecretary Francisco Varela for Finance and Administration.

476 pass nutritionist-dietitian exam

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The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced on Monday that 476 out of 676 passed the Nutritionist-Dietitian Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nutrition and Dietetics in Manila and Zamboanga last July.

The members of the Board of Nutrition and Dietetics are Virgith B. Buena, chairman, and Azucena B. Limbo, member.

The results were released in two working days from the last day of examination.

The successful examinees who garnered the 10 highest places are the following: Joyce Quilloy Rivera, University of the Philippines-Los Baños, 86.80; Rosario Pillar Evangelista Monzales, University of the Philippines-Diliman, 86.00; Sheila Marie Arevalo Vergara, University of the Philippines-Los Baños, 85.70; Rozel Ann Castro Alcaide, University of Santo Tomas, 85.40; Clarice Estela Espinosa Clemente, University of the Philippines-Diliman, 85.25; Cristina Marie Fabiaña Cruz, Pangasinan State University-Lingayen, 84.75; Jessica Pangan Puyat, University of the East-Manila, 84.60; Charmaine Anne Foster Manango, University of the Philippines-Los Baños, 84.25; Ahmel Burce Atienza, University of the Philippines-Los Baños, 84.05; Reyane Christia Magpantay Recio, University of the Philippines-Los Baños, 84.05; and Sherbene Yasoña Guerrero, University of the Philippines-Los Baños, 83.95.

Registration for the issuance of Professional Identification Card (ID) and Certificate of Registration will start on Wednesday, August 4, but not later than August 14. Those who will register are required to bring the following: Duly accomplished Oath Form or Panunumpa ng Propesyonal, current Community Tax Certificate (cedula), two passport-size pictures (colored with white background and complete nametag), one piece 1" x 1" picture (colored with white background and complete nametag), two sets of metered documentary stamps, and one short brown envelope with name and profession; and to pay the Initial Registration Fee of P600 and Annual Registration Fee of P450 for 2010-2013. Successful examinees should personally register and sign in the Roster of Registered Professionals.

The oath-taking ceremony of the successful examinees in the examination, as well as the previous ones who have not taken their Oath of Professional, will be held before the Board on Friday, Aug. 20, at 1 p.m. at the New World Hotel, Makati City.

Registration for membership with the Nutritionist-Dietitians' Association of the Philippines (NDAP) will take place after the registration as a professional with the board and the commission.

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Women's groups to congress: Allow 'safe and legal abortion'

Reproductive health advocates urged Congress on Monday to pass a law allowing "safe and legal abortion" following a report from the New-York-based Center for Reproductive Rights describing a "human rights crisis" of maternal deaths and injuries arising from unsafe abortions in the Philippines. However, pro-life advocates stood pat against any changes on the criminal ban against abortion.

Election lawyer ask SC to abolish PET

Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal asked the Supreme Court (SC) to immediately resolve his petition to abolish the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) for being contrary to the provisions of the Constitution.

VP Binay asks PET to junk Roxas poll protest

Vice President Jejomar Binay on Monday defended his victory in the recent May 10 automated polls, and asked the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to junk defeated vice presidential bet Manuel Roxas II's election protest against him.

PNP seeks to remove powers of LGU to appoint officials

(UPDATE) The Philippine National Police seeks to remove the power of local chief executives in appointing provincial, city, and municipal police executives, citing this as one of the sources of the formation of private armed groups.

Roque says not afraid of libel raps filed by Ampatuans

MANILA, Philippines - Lawyer Harry L. Roque said he and his colleagues will not be cowed by the libel charges filed by the daughter of Andal Ampatuan, Sr.

Military to release human rights handbook

MANILA, Philippines - The military leadership on Monday said it will soon release a human rights handbook to serve as a guide for soldiers conducting operations against internal threat groups, including the communist New People's Army.

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Philippines says not buying more rice this year

by Reuters
MANILA, Philippines - The state grain agency is not keen on buying more rice this year after the new administration had said the previous government may have imported too much rice in past years.

'PAL flight cancellations may affect tourist arrivals'

MANILA, Philippines - Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim raised concerns over the exodus of Philippine Airlines' pilots as flight cancellations may affect foreign arrivals.

PAL flight attendants also warn of work stoppage

by By Ira Pedrasa,
MANILA, Philippines - Adding to the burden of the Philippine Airlines (PAL), its flight attendants are also going on strike within 2 weeks due to management's alleged failure to address their labor problems.

DoJ chief to PAL, pilots: You have obligations

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima on Monday reminded both the Philippine Airlines (PAL) management and its employees that they have obligations and that they be held accountable to the public.

Gov't also raises alarm over geologist exodus

MANILA, Philippines - Almost half of the country's geologists have left government work for greener pastures abroad or in private companies here.

2 Pinoy science teachers among 2010 Magsaysay awardees

MANILA, Philippines - Two Filipino teachers who introduced a revolutionary way of teaching science and non-science subjects in Bohol are among 7 individuals from Bangladesh, China, Japan and Philippines who will receive the 2010 Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

An announcement from the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation website said teachers Christopher Bernido and Ma. Victoria Carpio-Bernido are being recognized for "their purposeful commitment to both science and nation, ensuring innovative, low-cost, and effective basic education even under Philippine conditions of great scarcity and daunting poverty."

Other awardees are Tadatoshi Akiba of Hiroshima, Japan who led a campaign for nuclear disarmament; environmentalists Huo Daishan, Pan Yue and Fu Qiping from China; and AHM Noman Khan from Bangladesh.

The RMAF said the Bernido couple earned their doctorate degrees in physics from the State University of New York before heading the National Institute of Physics at the University of the Philippines in the 1980s.

In 1999, the two took over the management of Central Visayan Institute Foundation (CVIF) in Jagna, Bohol as the school's president and principal upon the request of Christopher's mother.

In 2002, the couple introduced a revolutionary way of teaching science and non-science subjects called CVIF Dynamic Learning Program (DLP), which limits teacher participation by devoting 70% of class time to student-driven activities built around clear learning targets, aided by well-designed learning plans and performance-tracking tools.

"In designing DLP, the Bernidos wanted to show that poverty need not be an excuse to compromise on teaching and learning excellence. The results proved them right. In the years that followed, CVIF students showed radical improvement in their performance on national scholastic aptitude and university admissions tests," the foundation said.

It said the school's accomplishments attracted national attention, and educators from over 300 schools visited CVIF to learn about its program.

In 2006, the Bernidos designed the "Learning Physics as One Nation" project, to address the problem of severe shortage of qualified physics teachers. Launched by the Fund for Assistance to Private Education in 2008, it is now implemented in over 200 private high schools, on top of the large number of other schools that have independently adopted the DLP model.

The program includes a portfolio of learning activities to be individually accomplished by the students, and closely-associated weekly video-based lectures featuring National Expert Teachers. Real-time teacher-expert and student-expert interaction happens through text-messaging and electronic mail.

RMAF President Carmencita Abella said the 7 Ramon Magsaysay awardees are deeply engaged in reinventing the future for a better Asia, tapping into and strengthening the power of community. The awardees will each receive a certificate, a medallion bearing the likeness of the late President, and a cash prize.

Established in 1957, the Ramon Magsaysay Award is Asia's highest honor and is widely regarded as the region's equivalent of the Nobel Prize. It celebrates the memory and leadership example of the third Philippine President, and is given every year to individuals or organizations in Asia who manifest the same sense of selfless service that ruled the life of the late and beloved Filipino leader.

Banks' deposits in BSP special deposit account exceed P830B

Deposits by banks to the special deposit account (SDA) facility of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines) surged further in June to over P830 billion, an amount critics said could have been more useful for the economy if it were invested in lending.

Aquino seeks higher tax take

President Aquino hopes to outdo his predecessor in terms of tax collection by increasing the tax-effort ratio from the current 13 percent to 15 percent by the end of his term.

P3.1B more for Filipino war vets

The United States has allocated $67 million (about P3.1 billion) for all eligible Filipino veterans of World War II whose claims for compensation were turned down and successfully appealed, it was learned Monday.

Pakistan floods affect 2.5 million, up to 1,500 killed

PESHAWAR—Fears were growing Monday for up to 2.5 million people affected by Pakistan's worst floods in 80 years amid outbreaks of disease after monsoon rains killed up to 1,500 people.

Ahmadinejad says ready for 'face-to-face' talks with Obama

by Agence France-Presse
TEHRAN, Iran (UPDATE) - Hardline Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday he was ready for "face-to-face" talks with his US counterpart Barack Obama on issues concerning the international community.

Malaysia's Anwar calls for end to trial

by Agence France-Presse
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Lawyers for Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Monday applied for sodomy charges against him to be struck out over allegations a prosecutor had an affair with the star witness.

Russia declares emergency in battle to douse fires

MOCSOW, Russia - President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday declared a state of emergency in seven Russian regions over the worst wildfires in a generation as firefighters battled to prevent the death toll rising from 34.

15 dead in Russian air crash—ministry

MOSCOW—A plane belonging to Russian regional airline crashed upon landing in eastern Siberia on Monday, killing all 15 people onboard, the emergency situations ministry said.

Marquez too old at 37 - Pacquiao

by by Abac Cordero, The Philippine Star
MANILA, Philippines - Juan Manuel Marquez wants a third with Manny Pacquiao. But does Pacquiao want it? The Filipino champion, based on his previous statements, isn't too sure about that.

VP Binay distances self from son's love life

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Jejomar Binay is keeping his hands off the rumored romantic affair between Kris Aquino and his son, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin "Junjun" Binay Jr.

Pops Fernandez not facing financial trouble, says son

by by Reyma Buan-Deveza,
MANILA, Philippines - New MYX VJ Robert Martin "Robin" Nievera, son of Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez, on Monday denied reports that his singer mom was forced to sell their family house in Ayala Alabang due to financial trouble.

'Jejemon' beats 'Ondoy' as Word of the Year

MANILA, Philippines - Not even a typhoon can stop a person who likes to deliberately exaggerate a word's spelling in text messaging and social networks. Despite being bashed by the grammar police, he certainly had the last laugh, or should we say, "jejeje."

Besting 9 other finalists, jejemon was chosen as Salita ng Taon (Word of the Year) in this year's Sawikaan 2010 organized by the Filipinas Institute of Translation Inc. (FIT). The academic conference was held in the University of the Philippines from July 29 to 30.

The winning word was chosen based on its impact on the socio-cultural, political, social, economic and other aspects of Filipino life in the past 2 years.

With its victory at this year's Sawikaan, jejemon has become a significant addition to Filipino vocabulary and a welcome dictionary entry.

The word jejemon is said to be derived from jeje -- a substitute word for heheor the SMS term for laughter -- and mon, taken from the popular cartoon of trainable monsters called Pokemon (pocket monsters).

People branded as such deliberately exaggerate ordinary words by adding or subtracting letters, or by using a mixture of upper-case and lower-case letters -- even numbers -- in written communication.

The word "hello," for instance, is translated to jejespeak as eow.

The Department of Education has frowned on jejemons and warned them to use the correct grammar and spelling of words instead.

Other groups, however, have expressed support, if not indifference, to those who are part of the new subculture.

Other finalists

Closely running second in the Sawikaan 2010 was Ondoy, an adjective referring to a typhoon with the same name which hit Metro Manila late last year.

Other finalists include those that have been used by Filipinos in the past 2 years such as:

Unli - refers to the "unlimited call and text messaging" promos offered by mobile service providers.

Load - mobile prepaid credits.

Solb - a Tagalog word for "problem solved."

Emo - a shortened version of the word "emotional."

- Ampatuan - the last name of a clan linked to a massacre in Maguindanao.

Spam - refers to spam e-mails and text messages.

Tarpo - refers to tarpaulin streamers and posters.

Namumutbol - a word derived from "football."

In the last Sawikaan held in 2007, the Word of the Year was miskol, a Tagalog term for "missed call," or a call that was not answered.

No words made it as Word of the Year in 2008 and 2009, since Sawikaan organizers felt there was no new word deserving of the title.

'6 months of breastmilk is best for babies'

MANILA, Philippines - According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), breastmilk alone is enough to meet an infant's need for fluids in her first 6 months of life. This means the baby doesn't need anything else -- not even water.

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