• PNP OIC: Mission accomplished as FBI confirms death of Marwan

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    [caption id="attachment_240232" align="alignleft" width="300"] PNP-OIC LEONARDO ESPINA / Video grab from GMA News TV[/caption] Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, officer in charge of the Philippine National Police (PNP), on Sunday announced that the operation against Malaysian terrorist Zulkipli bin Hir alias "Marwan" in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in Mindanao last Jan. 25 is mission accomplished. Espina said this was after the the result of the confirmatory DNA tests and further investigation conducted by the US FBI that established with certainty the identity of international terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan as the person who was successfully neutralized by the PNP-SAF in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015. More »PNP OIC: Mission accomplished as FBI confirms death of Marwan

  • Filipino firms urged to tap $3-B China-ASEAN Fund

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Filipino firms that are capital deficient are urged to tap the $3-billion China-ASEAN Fund, which seeks to help recapitalize firms and exit from these enterprises once they have reestablished competitive position. Francis Chua, chairman emeritus of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told reporters that China has already approved a $3-billion recapitalization of its China-ASEAN fund effective by the second half of this year. The fund was created by China to help the financing requirements of existing privately-owned ASEAN firms that are in need of new capital. Once a company has become competitive again following the fund infusion, China-ASEAN Fund will have to exit from the company. More »Filipino firms urged to tap $3-B China-ASEAN Fund

  • 2 PGT events get ADT backing

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The Asian Development Tour re-affirms its commitment to boost local golf as it sanctions two $60,000 ICTSI Philippine Golf Tour events, beginning with the ICTSI Eagle Ridge Invitational on April 15-18 at the Eagle Ridge Golf and Country Club in Gen. Trias, Cavite. ... More »2 PGT events get ADT backing

  • Christians celebrate Easter in Jerusalem

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Around 1,500 people gathered at Jerusalem's Garden Tomb at sunrise on Sunday to celebrate Easter when Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead after being crucified. Located in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, the so-called Garden Tomb was first discovered in the 19th century and quickly became a popular alternative site to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. According to both Latin and Orthodox Christian tradition, Jesus was crucified, buried and rose again on the site of the sprawling basilica in the Old City. "The Bible talks about Jerusalem being a house of prayer for all nations and here you can see people from all these nations coming together to worship him at the same time," she told AFP. More »Christians celebrate Easter in Jerusalem

  • PAGASA: “Chedeng” weakens into LPA

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Tropical depression “Chedeng” has weakened into a low pressure area (LPA), state weather bureau PAGASA said.In its 4pm weather bulletin, PAGASA said Chedeng was estimated at 95 km East Southeast of Casiguran, with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center.“It is forecast to remain almost stationary,” PAGASA said.PAGASA said light to moderate rains are still expected over Northern and Central Luzon. All public storm warning signal is now lifted.Meanwhile, Cagayan Valley, Aurora Province and Polillo Islands will likely experience occasional rains and gusty winds. ... More »PAGASA: “Chedeng” weakens into LPA

  • 2 AFP officers in Oakwood mutiny absolved by CA

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    In a 21-page decision penned by Associate Justice Victoria Isabel Paredes, the CA's Ninth Division overturned the ruling of Regional Trial Court of Makati City, Branch 48 which found 1Lt Lawrence San Juan and 1Lt Rex Bolo guilty of the crime of committing coup d'etat and sentenced them to a period of six to 12 years of imprisonment. San Juan and Bolo were not among the military officers belonging to the Magdalo group who applied and granted amnesty during the Arroyo and Aquino administrations. More »2 AFP officers in Oakwood mutiny absolved by CA

  • Former rebel reveals NPA corruption

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    A former rebel who has returned to the fold of the law has revealed that corruption exists even in the New People’s Army, the military wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). Loradel Esquilon, formerly known as “Ka Sisa” and “Ka Megan,” said this knowledge and her experiences caused her to formally shed her position in the NPA and return to mainstream society. Esquilon, who joined the NPA in 2005, said she became a logistics and finance staff (S4) of Komiteng Probinsyal (KOMPROB) in Sorsogon. The former rebel revealed that she and at least three of her comrades were entrusted with the task of collecting revolutionary taxes and then turning these over to their local NPA leaders. More »Former rebel reveals NPA corruption

  • Amendment to make killing a journalist a war crime studied

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The Philippine government is still undecided on the proposed amendment to international laws that would make killing a journalist a war crime.Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the government continues to uphold and protect press freedom but prefers to study such proposal first.“‘Yon pong pagiging ‘war crime,’ kailangan po sigurong isailalim pa ito sa masusing pag-aaral. Hindi naman po (ito) makukuha lamang sa isang pagturing lang [Declaring it a war crime should undergo a thorough study. ... More »Amendment to make killing a journalist a war crime studied

  • Taking it easy

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    After fulfilling their religious obligations at the Sto. Nino Shrine in Davao City, these families go on picnic at the sprawling grounds of the church compound, an inexpensive but relaxing way to spend Holy Week. (Keith Bacongco) More »Taking it easy

  • PSE trade volume rises 40% in Q1

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) reported that trading volume rose 40.4 percent in the first quarter of 2015 to P641.59 billion from P457.08 billion in the same period last year. Other market indicators were also higher in the first quarter including the total market capitalization of listed companies which increased 17.6 percent to P14.98 trillion from P12.74 trillion in the first quarter of 2014. More »PSE trade volume rises 40% in Q1

  • Child’s footprints at QC crime scene

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    A child is now the main suspect in the theft of a computer set and two mobile phones because of the footprints left inside a laundry shop in Quezon City Saturday, police report said. Initial police investigation showed that the footprints, smudged with mud, fit the size of a child’s feet that were seen on the floor of the Quicklean laundry shop located along Commonwealth Avenue, Barangay Greater Fairview, Quezon City. Investigators reported that, between 12:40 a.m. to 3 a.m., the two stay-in workers of the laundry shop, Jay-ar Osmino and Daniel Oliveros were asleep at the back of the shop. More »Child’s footprints at QC crime scene

  • De Luna rips Biado, 11-5

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Doha Asian Games silver medalist Jeffrey de Luna outclassed Carlo Biado, 11-5, to rule the first leg of the King of Sports Money Game King 10-Ball billiards tournament held recently at the KoS Restobar on Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.High on confidence after winning the recent Jakarta 9-Ball tournament in Indonesia, De Luna encountered little problem in winning the event.De Luna got off to a hot start, sweeping the first two racks before Biado fought back to keep the game close, 5-4. ... More »De Luna rips Biado, 11-5

  • The report of the guard

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    MATTHEW 28:8-15 MARY Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to His disciples. Go tell My brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had happened. Earlier, an angel spoke to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary not to be afraid (cf Mt 28:5). Because of Jesus’ resurrection, they genuinely and profoundly would not have to be afraid of anything—not of death and not of life. More »The report of the guard

  • Death toll in Yemen's Aden rises to 195

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (PNA/Xinhua) -- At least 195 have been killed and more than 1,300 wounded since the beginning of fighting in Yemen's Aden in late March, the port city's health authorities said Sunday. On Saturday night, warships of the Saudi-led coalition forces shelled several military sites held by Shiite Houthi militia inside Aden. "The fighting still continues in Mu'alla district of Aden as dozens of Houthi gunmen attempted to seize full control over Aden port," a military source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. Ahmed Fahd, an Aden government official, told Xinhua by phone that "the humanitarian situation deteriorates day after day in Aden as fighting still continues in several areas. More »Death toll in Yemen's Aden rises to 195

  • News In Brief

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Financial markets were closed on Thursday and Friday to mark Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. BSP SETS DEADLINE FOR FDI REGISTRATIONS The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said foreign direct investments (FDI) registrations must be filed at least one year before these investments are transferred to local shores following revised rules. This prescriptive one-year period is narrower than the previous two-year transition period required for all FDI filings. This new transition period begins on April 19. More »News In Brief

  • DOJ sounds alarm on rising cybercrime rate

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The number of Filipino Internet users that have been victimized by cybercrime syndicates has surged by more than 100 percent last year when the Philippine government implemented the 2012 Cybercrime Prevention Act. In its 2014-2015 Cybercrime Report, the Department of Justice – Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OOC) has reported that cybercrime incidents rose by 113 percent in 2014. Topping the list of cybercrime complaints that the Department of Justice (DOJ) received and handled in 2014 was child pornography, followed by Internet fraud / scam, Internet libel, and voyeurism (11 percent). This report outlines not only the milestones of what the Department has achieved but also emphasizes the continuing efforts and expected outputs sought to be attained,” Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said. More »DOJ sounds alarm on rising cybercrime rate

  • Coping with calamities: Disaster expo shows innovations in thriving Japan industry

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Sendai, Japan  — Mankind is powerless to prevent calamities such as typhoons and earthquakes, but in Japan where the devastating 2011 tsunami still looms large, there’s a flourishing industry in devising ways to cope with catastrophe. Some of the products on display at an exhibition on the sidelines of a recent United Nations disaster conference in the northeastern city of Sendai featured high-tech innovations and new materials. Products like Masayoshi Nakamura’s “Jinriki’’ – custom-made handles designed for easily hustling wheelchairs over debris and up hills. “I just wanted to do something to help,’’ said Nakamura, jumping into a wheelchair as he urged a visitor to give it a try. More »Coping with calamities: Disaster expo shows innovations in thriving Japan industry

  • Residents secure TRO vs construction of school building

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    A Quezon City court has issued a temporary restraining order (TRO), preventing city officials from allowing Multiple Intelligence International School (MIIS) to construct a school building in a restricted area along Katipunan Avenue in the city. The petitioners claimed that the proposed construction of MIIS was in violation of the city zoning ordinance. More »Residents secure TRO vs construction of school building

  • Comelec reviewing DRE machines’ pilot test plan

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is reviewing its plan to pilot-test the Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) machines for the May, 2016 elections. A source said the commission en banc is contemplating whether or not it will still push through with the pilot testing of the DRE, thereby suspending the public bidding for the lease of 410 DRE touch screen units. In Comelec Minute Resolution No. 15-0238 dated March 24, the Bids and Awards Committee announced the suspension of the DRE technology for the 2016 National and Local Elections until further notice. The Comelec Advisory Council (CAC) earlier recommended that the DRE be used in Metro cities/areas and comprise at least one voting center covering a minimum of 20,000 voters”. More »Comelec reviewing DRE machines’ pilot test plan

  • Battles that changed the course of history (11)

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    In ten previous articles, we relived the various battles to retake the Philippines as they happened 70 years ago. With the recapture of Manila, Bataan, and Corregidor, (February-March 1945) MacArthur gained a very important strategic and psychological victory. Yamashita still had most of his forces intact minus the Kembo Group (around 50,000) which has been on the run following the Allied drive to retake Clark and Bataan. The Shobu Group, consisting of 150,000 men under the direct command of Yamashita, still controlled Baguio and most of Northern Luzon. More »Battles that changed the course of history (11)

  • QC councilors seek total closure of Payatas dump

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Two Quezon City councilors filed a resolution asking for the closure of the sanitary landfill in Barangay Payatas citing that the dumpsite is no longer fit to be used as a waste disposal facility, made more pronounced by the absence of an environmental clearance certificate (ECC). Councilors Ranulfo Ludovica and Victor Ferrer Jr. said that the Payatas Dumpsite was ordered closed and was converted into a potential source of electricity through the emission of methane gas. Due to the lack of alternative waste disposal facility, a portion of the 15-hectare Payatas Dumpsite was reopened but only as a transfer station under the management of a private contractor. More »QC councilors seek total closure of Payatas dump

  • PNR mulls options for automated fare collection system

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The Philippine National Railways (PNR) plans to automate its fare collection system either by using the old automated fare collection system (AFCS) of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) or by procuring a new one. PNR general manager Joseph Allan Dilay said he has proposed to use the LRT’s AFCS equipment that will soon be decommissioned to give way to the implementation of a tap-and-go single-ticketing technology for the LRT lines 1 and 2, as well as for the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3. More »PNR mulls options for automated fare collection system

  • ARMM officials charged for Marawi teachers’ unpaid salaries

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Officials of the Department of Education (DepEd) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) are facing criminal complaints for illegally withholding the salaries of dozens of teachers in public schools in this city since last January. One of the teachers, Sittie Jalila Tomawis Abdul-Jalil, chided the ARMM DepED officials for their “failure” or “refusal” of respondents to pay or justify the withholding of their salaries for services rendered in the last three months. In her affidavit-complaint dated March 4, Abdul-Jalil, a master teacher I at the Sultan Cosain Naga Central Elementary School (SCNCES) here, named the respondents as ARMM Education Secretary Jamar Kulayan, Assistant Secretary John Magno, DepEd regional cashier Rosalinda Hassan, and regional payroll in-charge for Marawi City Badjuri Tuansi. More »ARMM officials charged for Marawi teachers’ unpaid salaries

  • Iran could resume nuclear program if deal fails

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Iran’s foreign minister said Saturday that Tehran would be able to return to its nuclear activities if the West withdraws from a pact that is to be finalized in June. Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator, said on a talk show on state-run TV that Iran has the power to take “corresponding action” and “will be able to return” its nuclear program to the same level if the other side fails to honor the agreement. More »Iran could resume nuclear program if deal fails

  • The adventure of institution building

    Manila Bulletin - Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Putting up the CRC College of Arts and Sciences from scratch was an uphill climb.  With absolutely no track record in undergraduate education, it was difficult to attract quality high school graduates who all gravitated towards the leading universities such as the University of the Philippines, Ateneo University and De La Salle University.  It was very difficult to avoid a reputation of being a dumping ground for those who were not able to qualify for admission into these universities. ... More »The adventure of institution building

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