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August 12, 2010 Major News Stories



Noynoy declares Aug. 21 as non-working holiday

August 23, a Monday, will be a regular working day, while the death anniversary of Benigno Aquino Jr. on August 21, a Saturday, will be a non-working holiday.

NFA: No spoiled rice for DSWD

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - National Food Authority (NFA) Administrator Lito Banayo said on Wednesday that new stocks of rice fortified with iron will be sold to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for its day-care food program.

Monsod calls Luisita deal 'deceptive'

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
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MANILA, Philippines – Lawyer Christian Monsod on Wednesday lashed out at President Benigno Aquino III for his refusal to step into the raging row over Hacienda Luisita.

Majority of Hacienda Luisita farmers favor stock distribution deal

The Hacienda Luisita management told the Supreme Court that majority of the farmers are in favor of the compromise deal.

Sol-Gen asked to stand pat vs SDO on Aquino kin land

The Office of the Solicitor General is being urged to stand firm on its position for the revocation of the stock distribution option (SDO) scheme on the Hacienda Luisita, agriculture land owned by President Benigno Aquino III's family.

House hearings on barangay, SK polls postponement to start next week

Stressing the urgency of the issue, the committee on suffrage and electoral reforms in the House of Representatives is set to start next week hearings on proposals to postpone the barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan elections, its chairman, Cavite Representative Elpidio Barzaga, said Wednesday.

Congress urged to decide quickly on barangay polls

The Commission on Elections urged lawmakers on Wednesday to decide as soon as possible whether or not to postpone the barangay and Sangguniaang Kabataan (SK) elections in October until 2012.

Abad: P3-B budget for Brgy. and SK elections approved

by By Danny Dangcalan

There is no problem with the conduct of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in October as far as its budget is concerned, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said.

P.Noy wants bgy, SK polls to push through

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - Despite growing clamor to postpone the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III on Wednesday maintained that the elections should push through as scheduled on October 25.

P-Noy opposes Binay; Wants SK polls this year

by By Aurea Calica

President Aquino wants the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls to push through this October, which is the opposite of Vice President Jejomar Binay's proposal yesterday to just scrap such elections.


Aquino seeks village polls in October but wants youth councils abolished

President Aquino prefers the barangay (village) elections to push through this October but without the polls for new officials of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) or the barangay (village-level) youth council.

Congress urged to pass law on detainee voting

A senior Commission on Elections (Comelec) official on Wednesday urged Congress to pass a law that would give detainees nationwide more access to their right to vote during elections.

Pulse Asia: 56% of May 2010 voters needed an hour to vote

About 56 percent of the May 2010 voters who participated in a recent Pulse Asia survey needed an hour to complete the voting process- starting from their arrival at the precinct up to the application of the indelible ink on their fingers.

Palace appeals to local execs to remove names from billboards

Malacañang urged local officials to follow President Benigno Aquino's lead in removing their names from billboards accompanying government infrastructure projects, saying the practice smacked of self-aggrandizement.

Firing of 'midnight appointees' to go on: Palace

by By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News
MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang on Wednesday said it will push through with President Benigno Aquino III's order to weed out the previous administration's "midnight appointees" after the Supreme Court did not give a stay order against Executive Order No. 2.

De Lima urges DoJ exec to quit over SC petition for 'midnight appointees'

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima urged one of her officials and a midnight appointee of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to vacate his post after he filed a petition before the Supreme Court to nullify the executive orders that revoked the Arroyo appointments.

De Lima said the position of Justice Assistant Secretary Jose Arturo Cagampang De Castro was considered "co-terminus to the incumbent."

"I would urge him to vacate his position now" and that he has "until October . . . unless he resigns," said De Lima.

De Castro, in his petition for certiorari and prohibition said through Executive Orders Nos. 2 and 3, the rights of countless government employees holding career service positions have been violated when they were dismissed from their positions without any legal basis.


Palace welcomes probe on GOCC pay, perks

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang praised Wednesday the Senate's move to investigate the alleged excessive salaries and benefits of top officials of government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs).

Teachers to Congress: Start with GSIS 'excesses'

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - Congress should first run after officials and employees of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), who allegedly got "excessive" salaries and allowances under President and General Manager Winston Garcia.

Joker blocks reso for Trillanes's release

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Joker Arroyo opposed Wednesday a Senate resolution urging the Makati Regional Trial Court to allow them custody of detained colleague and former Navy officer Antonio Trillanes IV.

Divorce bill revived in Congress

by by Caroline J. Howard, ABS-CBN News Channel
MANILA, Philippines - Party-list group Gabriela has revived the Divorce Bill in Congress, saying it is a more affordable option than annulment, for which the ground of psychological incapacity is often difficult to prove.

Benefits for solo parents pushed

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - With most solo parents bearing the burden of raising the family alone, a bill has been filed in the Senate calling for additional benefits in the form of discounts for purchases of milk, food, medicines, and clothing, and income tax exemption.

Gonzalez: Ex-ARMM gov in Palace during massacre

Former justice secretary Raul Gonzalez can tell the court, former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao governor Zaldy Ampatuan was in Malacañang. Gonzalez remembers having seen the former ARMM governor at the Palace when the Maguindanao massacre took place. Gonzalez, however, says his statement alone will not exonerate Ampatuan but it could also prove he was not a conspirator.

Ampatuan's lawyers remove Arroyo from list of defense witnesses

Former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will no longer be called as a defense witness in the trial of Ampatuan clan members and militia men for the Maguindanao massacre, according to defense lawyer Gregorio Narvasa II.

Police: No FBI role in Zambo blast probe

by By Queenie Casimiro, ABS CBN Zamboanga
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - Police on Wednesday denied that the 7 agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who are now in Zamboanga city, are helping in the investigation on the August 5 airport bombing that left 2 persons dead and more than 20 others injured.

Report: Philippine Muslim rebels brace for war

Hundreds of Muslim guerrillas have undergone combat training and sought more weapons in the southern Philippines to bolster their military muscle in case planned peace talks with the government falter, a military report said Wednesday.

Gov't reviews past peace talks with MILF

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippine - The Aquino administration on Wednesday said it is reviewing previous government negotiations with the  Moro Islamic Liberation Front before restarting talks with the rebel group on September 9.

4 rebels die, thousands displaced in Maguindanao

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - Four members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) were killed and 7 others injured in a clash between warring commanders of the rebel group in a remote barangay in Datu Piang town, Maguindanao province, the military said Wednesday.

Palace wants AFP to probe reported firearms pilferage

Malacañang wants the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to investigate reports that some military personnel continue to sell government firearms and ammunition to members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Controversial Right of Reply bill re-filed in House

The bill seeking to penalize journalists - including newspaper publishers, broadcast directors and media owners - who will not allot airtime or newspaper space to aggrieved parties in their news reports has been re-filed in the House of Representatives.

Fishing boat sinks off Iloilo; 10 missing

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Coast Guard on Wednesday morning launched search and rescue operations for 10 fishermen who went missing after their boat capsized in waters off Iloilo province.

Fil-Am stabbed 40 times by hubby

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
A Filipino-American woman has lived to tell her story of domestic abuse she suffered from her husband of 20 years.  Gemma Johnson thought she was going to die when her husband stabbed her more than 40 times.

Peso drops as global economy slows down

The peso dropped Wednesday back to the 45:$1 level amid concerns the pace of global economic growth has been slowing down.

Frequent power hikes seen in price-setting method adopted by ERC

The price-setting method adopted by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) appears to be paving the way for the frequent power rate hikes, and lawmakers want this investigated.

Union: No PAL strike before August 17

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - Flight attendants of the beleaguered Philippine Airlines (PAL) will not launch a strike before a proposed August 17 meeting with the management, a union leader said.

PAL appeals to cabin crew for 'peaceful solution' to labor crisis

The management of Philippine Airlines (PAL) has urged members of the Flight Attendants and Stewards Association of the Philippines (Fasap) to reconsider their threats of filing a notice of strike.

Aquino wants to know true value of Pagcor before privatization talks—Abad

President Aquino is open to privatizing only the gambling business of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) but intends to have the government retain its regulatory function over gambling, Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said here on Wednesday.

Hong Kong group also interested in Pagcor, says spokesman

The reported $10-billion proposal to privatize the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) has caught the attention of two more groups of investors, one of them from Hong Kong, an official of the state-run gaming company said Wednesday.

Former Pagcor execs using fronts to run casinos

Enterprising former officials of the state-owned gaming company are employing some personalities to front for them in running satellite casinos, an official of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) said Wednesday.

To check this irregularity, Pagcor chair Cristino Naguiat has moved to implement a more rigorous audit of existing casino franchises that former Pagcor officials granted to private firms, according to Pagcor spokesman Jay Santiago.

Naguiat had earlier put on hold all applications for new casino licenses, citing President Aquino's decision to block the mushrooming of casinos in places not frequented by foreign tourists.

Devout Muslims renew faith with Ramadan fast

by by Ines Bel Aiba, Agence France-Presse
CAIRO, Egypt - Ramadan began for most Sunni Muslims on Wednesday as heat waves gripped many countries and leaders hoped the holy fasting month would reinforce piety and reconciliation among communities.

Thai Supreme Court rejects Thaksin's asset appeal

Thailand's Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his family against the seizure of $1.4 billion of their assets.

Bomb kills 8 Iraqi soldiers north of Baghdad

At least eight Iraqi army soldiers died early Wednesday when a house they were preparing to raid blew up, army and police officials said.

WHO says swine flu pandemic is over

GENEVA - The World Health Organization declared the swine flu pandemic officially over Tuesday, months after many national authorities started canceling vaccine orders and shutting down telephone hot lines as the disease ebbed from the headlines.

US swelters as heat wave lengthens

WASHINGTON DC, United States--More than 15 US states sweltered under weather alerts and warnings Tuesday amid a heat wave that flared in July and shows no sign of abating, particularly in the eastern United States, weather services said.

Pacquiao to sleep, train in Batasan for next fight

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines – How can boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao balance his legislative duties with his boxing training? For him, the answer is simple. He will train at the Batasan Complex if he has to.

Pacquiao-Mayweather in May 2011?

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines – The face-off between boxing megastars Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will most likely not happen in 2010 but possibly next year.

Miami Heat coach meets Pacquiao, mentors orphans

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines – Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has bared the highlights of his Manila visit so far, including witnessing the Filipinos' immense love for basketball and meeting 7-division world champion Manny Pacquiao.

Yap bags 2nd MVP plum, dedicates award to son

After all the adversities, James Yap earned a much-deserved second MVP award in the annual PBA Leo Awards Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Fil-Am swimmer bags 13 gold medals in Palau Micro Games

SAIPAN, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas - Filipino-American swimmer Rezne Wong received a hero's welcome here on Saturday after a successful 13-gold medal haul in the 7th Palau Micronesian Games.

126 athletes approved to compete for Asian Games

A total of 126 Filipino athletes were approved by the Philippine Olympic Committee to compete in the coming 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Boyz II Men wants to sing with Pacquiao

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines – The members of the popular American R&B group Boyz II Men want to jam with People's Champ and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao on stage.

Pacquiao laughs off House website glitches

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines – It is not a big deal for Sarangani Province Rep. Manny Pacquiao if the House of Representatives (HOR) website incorrectly stated that he is a 68-year-old married to another woman.

Kim Atienza suffers mild stroke

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
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MANILA, Philippines – Kim Atienza, "Matanglawin" host and "TV Patrol's" resident weatherman, was rushed to a hospital Wednesday morning due to mild stroke.

Palace: Arts, culture won't be politicized

by abs-cbnNEWS.com
MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang said on Wednesday it has not appointed anyone yet to head the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB). It also said it will keep arts and culture policies free of politics.

Breath test may be able to detect common cancers

by Reuters
LONDON - An "electronic nose" could be used as a simple breath test to detect lung, breast, bowel and prostate cancers, Israeli scientists said on Wednesday.

Comelec to lend communication equipment for weather forecasting

To help improve weather forecasting in the country, even the Commission on Elections is lending its mobile satellite communications services to the Department of Science and Technology, a Comelec official said Wednesday.

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