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Thursday, November 18, 2010

November 19, 2010 Major News Stories

DVMF: Imported meat downs local pork by 40%

City veterinarian Alice Utlang yesterday said the entry of imported meat products has greatly affected the local livestock industry.

'Iwas Paputok' campaign launched

With 37 days more to go before Christmas, the Department of Health yesterday started its campaign against the use of firecrackers to prevent injuries and loss of lives during the celebration.

Traffic body wants more bite in anti-barker law

The Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (TEAM), in its desire to purge the streets of jeepney barkers, will ask the city council that the anti-dispatching ordinance be amended to include the raising of the penalty to be imposed on violators from P200 to P2,000 plus imprisonment.

Noval: DILG might probe Vice-Governor Sanchez

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) might investigate Cebu Vice-Governor Gregorio Sanchez, Jr. for challenging the agency to sue him because of his refusal to assume as acting governor.

Balili controversy: Saavedra sends PB resolution to P.Noy, Tanodbayan

Self-styled anti-graft crusader Crisologo Saavedra forwarded to Manila the Provincial Board resolution requesting the Office of the Ombudsman Visayas to speed up the investigation into the alleged anomalous purchase of the Balili property in Tinaan, Naga.

For Violation of Procurement Law: City Hall chided by COA

The Cebu City Government was found to have been violating the Government Procurement Reform Act in the conduct of their procurement activities in 2009 because it was not based on a consolidated annual procurement plan.

Mediation for Veco encouraged

The National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) 7th Division encourages the Visayas Clergy Discernment Group (VCDG) to mediate in the dispute between the Visayan Electric Company (VECO) management and the Visayan Company Employees Union (VECEU).

CH earns P.5 million tax from Pacquiao Fight

The Cebu City Government earned over half a million pesos in amusement tax from the pay-per-view of the Manny Pacquiao - Antonio Margarito fight last November 14.

Doctors: Osmeña now free from cancer

The latest laboratory checkup of Cebu City South District Rep. Tomas Osmeña at the world's famous cancer center shows that the official is totally cancer-free.

Talisay dad denies wife-for-ABC-prexy yarn

Talisay City Councilor Val Ylanan of the minority bloc yesterday denied he is egging his wife to run for the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) presidency, saying he would rather support those more senior than his wife.

PRC: 1,605 new midwives

MANILA, Philippines - The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced Thursday that 1,605 out of 4,013 passed the Midwife Licensure Examination given by the Board of Midwifery this November 2010.

Partylist reps seek probe on death of botanist Co

Claiming that renowned Filipino botanist Leonard Co was the first scientist victim of extra-judicial killing under the Aquino administration, two partylist representatives in the Lower House on Thursday called for an investigation on the Nov. 15 death of Co and two others in Kananga, Leyte.

Military clueless on OFWs funding Abu Sayyaf

MANILA, Philippines – The military admitted on Thursday that it does not have the capability to confirm a US State Department report claiming that terrorist group Abu Sayyaf is getting funds from some overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Aquino to consider DOJ advice on massacre trial airing

by By Sheryll Mundo, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III will consider the advice of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to make a formal request with the Supreme Court to allow the live coverage of the Maguindanao massacre trial, a Palace official said Thursday. 

Chiz backs live coverage of massacre trial

by By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines - There's no stopping government prosecutors from asking the Supreme Court (SC) to allow the live coverage of the Maguindanao massacre trial, which President Aquino himself wants, a senator said on Thursday.

Chiz to Palace: Use power to nab rapist of 'Florence'

by By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines - Senate justice and human rights committee chairman Francis Escudero dared Malacañang to use its power and influence to pressure a vice mayor in a certain town in Maguindanao to come clean in the rape of a volunteer nurse.

Army officer snubbed by GMA is new Wesmincom chief

MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang has designated Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer to replace Marine Lt. Gen. Ben Dolorfino as Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) chief.

AFP chief denies whitewash in Glorietta blast probe

(Updated 6:47 p.m.) Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Ricardo David denied on Thursday that the investigation into the Glorietta 2 blast in 2007 was whitewashed.

Former justice secretary to represent academe in JBC

by By Ira Pedrasa,
MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang has appointed former Justice Secretary Artemio Tuquero to represent the legal academe in the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).

18 solons submit to drug test

Several congressmen led the way in showing they are "clean" by voluntarily submitting themselves to a drug test at the House of Representatives.
The lawmakers who took the test are: Belmonte, Representatives Rodolfo Farinas (Ilocos Norte), Winston Castello (Quezon City), Elipidio Barzaga Jr. (Cavite), Susan Yap (Tarlac), Carmelo Lazatin (Pampanga), Al Francis Bichara (Albay), George Arnaiz (Negros Oriental), Leopoldo Bataoil (Pangasinan), Jeci Lapus (Tarlac), Emil Ong (Northern Samar), Romero Federico Quimbo (Marikina), Raymond Palatino (Kabataan partylist), Mark Sambar (PBA partylist), David Kho (Senior Citizens partylist), Fatima Aliah Dimaporo (Lanao del Norte), Ma. Milagros Magsaysay (Zambales), and Trisha Bonoan-David (Manila).

Senators want Lim to explain new tourism slogan

by By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines - The government's heavily criticized new tourism slogan, "Pilipinas Kay Ganda," is among the issues that Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim will have to explain to lawmakers when he takes the hot seat at the Commission on Appointments (CA), Senator Chiz Escudero said on Thursday. 

Radyo Inquirer: DoT under fire anew over 'copied' campaign logo

(UPDATE) After getting unsavory comments for its lackluster tourism slogan, the Department of Tourism is again under fire, this time for allegedly imitating Poland's tourism campaign logo.

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San Miguel, MVP et al to join PPP projects

MANILA, Philippines - Local and foreign businessmen on Thursday welcomed the Aquino government's initiative to foster private-public partnerships (PPP) in several big-ticket infrastructure projects.

Aquino assures businessmen protection from 'regulatory risks'

(UPDATE) President Aquino on Thursday urged foreign and local businessmen to invest in the building of roads and other infrastructure in the country, guaranteeing them a return on their investments.

P200-B seed fund allotted for Aquino's PPP initiative

Four of the country's largest government financial institutions on Thursday committed P200 billion to jump-start the public-private partnership initiative of President Benigno Aquino III, who pledged to shield investors from regulatory risks when they invest in infrastructure projects. Leftist protesters opposed the program, saying it would raise the country's debt and privatize public services.

WHO says flu risk assessment unchanged after HK case

GENEVA - The World Health Organization said Thursday that it was not changing its risk assessment on avian flu, even though Hong Kong reported its first human case of infection in seven years.

Pilgrims rush to conclude hajj as heavens open

MECCA - Muslim pilgrims rushed Thursday to wrap up their rituals for the hajj and headed to Mecca as the world's largest annual pilgrimage was hit by a storm that exacerbated congestion.

Suu Kyi maintains her detention was illegal

YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday that her recent release from seven years of detention was not a sign that the military regime is becoming moderate.

Palin says she could beat Obama in 2012

by Agence France-Presse
WASHINGTON DC - Conservative Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin is stoking speculation she will run for the presidency in 2012, telling a television interviewer she could beat President Barack Obama.

Mosley, not Mayweather, looms as Pacquiao's next foe

Suddenly, its Sugar Shane Mosley and not Floyd Mayweather Jr. who may become Manny Pacquiao's next opponent.

Margarito out of hospital after surgery

MANILA, Philippines — Antonio Margarito was released from the Dallas Methodical Hospital on Wednesday (Thursday, in Manila) following a successful orbital bone operation.

'Pacquiao victory widens gap in pound-4-pound race'

by By Dennis Gasgonia,
MANILA, Philippines – With his recent victory over Mexico's Antonio Margarito, 8-division champion Manny Pacquiao has widened the gap between him and his closest boxing rival, undefeated American Floyd Mayweather Jr.

'Little Pacquiao' in Pinoy Pride 2 undercard

MANILA, Philippines — Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) Florante Condes minimumweight champion is scheduled to fight in the undercard of Pinoy Pride 2 on November 27.

Orcollo wins 2nd Asiad gold for RP

MANILA, Philippines – Former World No. 1 Dennis "Robocop" Orcollo scored the country's second gold medal in the ongoing 16th Asian Games (Asiad) in Guangzhou, China on Thursday.

Kiamco wins gold; Orcollo, silver in all PH 9-ball pool finals

(UPDATE) Warren Kiamco and Dennis Orcollo salvaged an otherwise disappointing stint by the PH pool delegation by dealing the Philippines another gold and its first silver medal finish Thursday in the ongoing 16th Asian Games at the Guangzhou, China.

Asiad: China hits 100 golds at 2010 Asian Games

GUANGZHOU – China took its Asian Games gold medal tally to 100 when the host nation's women's lightweight double scull won their rowing race on Thursday.

Bosh's 35 lift Heat over Suns 123-96 (AP)

Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash (13) drives to the basket as Miami Heat guard Eddie House , left, defends in the first quarter during an NBA basketball game in Miami on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010.

All Chris Bosh needed to get his scoring touch back was a matchup with the Phoenix Suns. And it didn't even take a full night's work. Bosh scored a season-high 35 points before sitting out the fourth quarter, LeBron James finished with 20 points and the Miami Heat ran away from the Suns 123-96 on Wednesday.

Bryant has 33 in 3 quarters, Lakers win (AP)

Detroit Pistons guard Tracy McGrady (1) drives on Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010.

After less than five minutes guarding Kobe Bryant, Richard Hamilton was walking off the court, ejected following a pair of technical fouls. For the Detroit Pistons, the frustration was only beginning. Bryant scored 33 points without playing in the fourth quarter, and the Los Angeles Lakers took advantage of Hamilton's absence in a 103-90 win Wednesday night.

Parker powers Spurs after divorce filing (AP)

San Antonio Spurs ' Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, is defended by Chicago Bulls ' Omer Asik (3), of Turkey, during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, in San Antonio.

The locker room door swung open and Tony Parker stood up from his chair, already showered and dressed, with not one of his dozen teammates anywhere in sight. The star of the game smiled and waited to answer questions. But not about the divorce. Parker scored 21 points hours after his actress wife Eva Longoria filed divorce papers to end their three-year Hollywood marriage

New York Knicks center Amare Stoudemire, right, drives to the basket against Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010.

The way the New York Knicks started the game, it sure appeared as though they were headed for a seventh straight loss. Then somehow they found their shooting stroke and came through with a much-needed win. Amare Stoudemire and Danilo Gallinari each scored 27 points to help the Knicks overcome a slow start to snap a six-game losing streak with a 113-106 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

Williams, Millsap lead Jazz over Nets (AP)

New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries (43) works to defend a shot by Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap (24) during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010.

Deron Williams scored 23 points and dished out eight assists, Paul Millsap had 19 points, 15 rebounds and four assists and the Utah Jazz used balanced scoring and an efficient fast break to beat the New Jersey Nets 98-88 on Wednesday night. All five Jazz starters were in double figures by early in the third quarter, with Al Jefferson adding 16 points and Andrei Kirilenko 15.

West's steal helps Hornets hold off Mavs (AP)

New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul (3) shoots over Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd (2) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010.

David West stomped toward Dirk Nowitzki with a message about the type of defense he intended to play against the Dallas star forward. So forceful was West in his delivery that teammates stepped in to pull him away. "I just thought he felt like he was able to do what he wanted to do, and I'm just not going to allow that kind of leeway," West said of Nowitzki.

Thunder use 26 assists to rip Rockets (AP)

Oklahoma City Thunder center Nenad Krstic , left, of Serbia, grabs the ball next to Houston Rockets center Brad Miller during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. Oklahoma City won 116-99.

Coach Scott Brooks struck a chord to get the Oklahoma City Thunder playing better together on offense. He told his players that all they had to do to earn a day off was get 20 assists against the Houston Rockets. The plan worked so well that Kevin Durant and some of the Thunder's other starters started their time off a little early.

Beasley hits winner, has 33 for Wolves (AP)

Los Angeles Clippers ' Blake Griffin , center, is double-teamed by Minnesota Timberwolves ' Luke Ridnour (23) and Darko Milicic , right, of Serbia, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, in Minneapolis.

After fumbling away a chance to win a game for the Minnesota Timberwolves two nights ago, Michael Beasley responded by drilling a similar chance against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday. It's what stars do. It's what Beasley is fast becoming in Minnesota. Beasley scored 33 points and hit the winning jumper with 2.3 seconds to play to lift the Timberwolves to a 113-111 victory.

NBA Scores
 Thursday, Nov 18, 2010
LA Clippers 1-11 (Road: 0-6) 7:00pm ET 
Indiana 4-5 (Home: 2-3) TV: FSPT, FSIN 

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Phoenix 6-5 (Road: 3-3) 8:00pm ET 
Orlando 7-3 (Home: 5-2) TV: TNT 

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Denver 6-5 (Road: 2-4) 10:30pm ET 
Portland 7-5 (Home: 3-1) TV: TNT 

'Nora Aunor coming home'

MANILA, Philippines – Good news to all loyal fans of Superstar Nora Aunor. After 6 years of being away from the Philippines, the veteran actress and singer is set to return to the country before Christmas.

Zsa Zsa expresses fears about Dolphy's health

by by Ginger Conejero, ABS-CBN News, and Bernie Franco,
MANILA, Philippines –Zsa Zsa Padilla broke into tears as she talked about her 82-year-old longtime partner, King of Comedy Dolphy.

At the press launch of his album, Dolphy revealed that he is still recovering from pneumonia, and is constantly assisted by a nurse while under recovery.

"Humina ang lungs ko. Matagal talaga ang recovery ng pneumonia," he shared.

At 82, Dolphy continues to enjoy an active career in acting and music, but admitted that age is catching up on him.

Aside from releasing an album, his next movie, "Father Jejemon," is one of this year's Metro Manila Film Festival entries.

However, he said that extra care is necessary because he is prone to over-fatigue and ailments.

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