• 7 KFR suspects nabbed

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Butuan City — Seven alleged kidnap-for-ransom (KFR) suspects were captured by police force in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur, the Police Regional Office 13 (PRO-13) based at Camp Rafael C. Rodriguez, here, reported yesterday. Citing the report from the Tandag City Police Office (TCPO), the PRO13 identified one of the seven as Alexander Goloran Bentoso, 44, who is wanted for murder and frustrated murder in a local court in San Francisco town, Agusan del Sur. ... More »7 KFR suspects nabbed

  • Guiltless pain

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    I was about to ask what the reader gave up during the Holy Week when I remembered it has been an enforced “kalbaryo” en masse for the people. No airconditioning at the airport. Two-hour delays at bus terminals caused by overzealous “inspectors.” Long queues at MRT. Higher gas prices. No water. No or less or more expensive electricity. Or all of the above. ... More »Guiltless pain

  • Rubber seen to gel PH-India economic ties

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Manila, Philippines --- Rubber is poised to emerge as a potent growth-driver for economic relations between India and the Philippines, which have been seemingly laid back over the years. A 35-member delegation from the Philippines, including government officials, rubber and products manufacturers, recently visited India and held wide-ranging talks with the Rubber Board, Rubber Research Institute of India and All India Rubber Industries Association (AIRIA). The Philippines has identified India as a key partner for reinvigorating its rubber sector as India has strengths across the entire rubber spectrum, including rubber farming, processing and manufacturing. More »Rubber seen to gel PH-India economic ties

  • Drought damages P.58-B crops

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Corn farmers have informed the Department of Agriculture (DA) that they started to notice the damage caused by extremely hot temperatures since November, 2013. Fancy Piluden, DA-Cordillera corn coordinator, cited a report showing that out of the P588,074,172.25 in total crop damage, P447,915,646.25 accounted for hybrid corn and the yellow corn varieties. Piluden said Paracelis, which is adjacent to Alfonso Lista, recorded the biggest amount in crop damage. In the partial damage report submitted by Paracelis Municipal Agriculturist Eusebia Balocnit, out of the 9,810 hectares of corn plantation in the area, 5,500 hectares were affected by the dry spell recorded from December, 2013 to January 15, 2014. More »Drought damages P.58-B crops

  • 12 killed, 96 injured in Holy Week incidents

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Manila, Philippines --- At least 12 people were killed and 96 were injured in separate incidents during the Holy Week, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said yesterday. In its 8 a.m. report, the NDRRMC said the deaths were due to vehicular accidents in Santiago, Ilocos Sur; Bani, Pangasinan; Sariaya Quezon; Marogondon and Bacoor in Cavite, Libmanan, Camarines Sur; and Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental. Reports reaching the NDRRMC Operations Center in Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo indicated that at about 11:53 p.m. ... More »12 killed, 96 injured in Holy Week incidents

  • The glory of God will triumph

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The Blessed Virgin Mary always accompanied Jesus in His earthly life even up to the point of His death on the cross. Her steadfast faith in God’s providence made her stand all hardships and tribulations. She endured all the sufferings of her Son with a firm trust in God because she knew that God would not abandon His children. Today is Holy Saturday and we journey with Mary as she mourns the suffering and death of Jesus. More »The glory of God will triumph

  • PCG allows shipping firms 10% extra occupancy

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Cebu City, Cebu — Two local shipping companies have been allowed by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to increase the passenger capacity of their ferries by up to 10 percent this Holy Week, it was learned yesterday. Officials of George and Peter Lines and Cokaliong Shipping Lines are expecting an occupancy rate of more than 100 percent this year due to a huge volume of passengers boarding their vessels since Monday. Chester Cokaliong, Cokaliong Shipping Lines founder and chief executive officer explained the travel rush this week is “normal” since the Holy Week is usually considered the “busiest time” for Cebu’s shipping industry. “We used to sell within our capacity but the Coast Guard has allowed us an additional 10 percent of passengers for the peak season,” he told the Manila Bulletin yesterday. More »PCG allows shipping firms 10% extra occupancy

  • The resurrection of Jesus

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Matthew 28:1-10 After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning and his clothing was white as snow. The guards were shaken with fear of him and became like dead men. Then the angel said to the women in reply, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for He has been raised just as He said. ... More »The resurrection of Jesus

  • Giving of bonuses can’t be withdrawn, rules CA

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Manila, Philippines --- The Court of Appeals (CA) has ruled that the yearly bonuses given to employees can no longer be withdrawn by the employers once the practice has been done over a long period of time. It said the withdrawal of the grant of bonuses as a “company practice” will diminish the existing benefits of employees. With the ruling, the CA denied the petition of Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils., Inc. (CCBPI) which sought a reversal of the decision handed down by the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) that upheld the claim of the firm’s regular rank-and-file employees for the payment of their bonuses equivalent to their monthly pay for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010. In a decision written by Associate Justice Jose Reyes Jr., the CA junked CCBPI’s argument that the yearly bonus cannot be considered a demandable benefit since it was not part of any of its contractual agreements with its employees. More »Giving of bonuses can’t be withdrawn, rules CA

  • Djokovic, Nadal gain quarters

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Monaco — Defending champion Novak Djokovic raced into the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals in dispatching Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, 6-0, 6-1, in 47 minutes on Thursday. Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal also had little trouble, beating Italian Andreas Seppi, 6-1, 6-3, while fourth-seeded Roger Federer shook off a slow start in a 6-4, 6-1 win against Czech player Lukas Rosol. The second-seeded Djokovic won his second-round opener in 45 minutes and has yet to be tested this week. He next faces Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. The top-seeded Nadal has looked sloppy at times. ... More »Djokovic, Nadal gain quarters

  • Tech Mahindra expands seat capacity on strong profitability

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Indian BPO giant Tech Mahindra is expanding its Philippine operations either in Clark or Subic on strong profit and firming up its presence in the country as its biggest site outside of India. Sujit Baksi, CEO of Tech Mahindra’s Business Services Group, told Business Bulletin in an interview his company is adding 400 seats in a new site either in Clark or Subic within this second quarter. Tech Mahindra runs an all-voice operation in the Philippines. Other services include customer service, technical support, structured cross and upsell, employee helpdesk, and social media support. More »Tech Mahindra expands seat capacity on strong profitability

  • Massive mess in mass transit

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Czech Ambassador Josef Rytchar and Inekon CEO and Chairman Josef Husek place MRT GM Al Vitangcol in the center of extortion attempt for the supply of the 48 train coaches. But because the Czech envoy declined the invitation to the DOTC investigation and Senate and Congressional hearings in aid of legislation, the allegations remain unproven. The affidavit of the Ambassador, who is a personal representative of the President of Czech Republic to the President of the Republic of the Philippines, is unprecedented. The conundrum may end now that Ombudsman Conchita “Best Man for the Job” Carpio-Morales has invited the Czech envoy to come forward.  This may decide whether “a diplomat is an honest man sent abroad to lie for his country” or if he is sworn “to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” At the Senate inquiry, MRT GM Al Vitangcol said the 15-year-old railway exceeded its designed capacity of 320,000 passengers daily in 2004 and now moves about half a million riders a day. More »Massive mess in mass transit

  • Vietnam backs out as Asian Games host

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Hanoi, Vietnam — Vietnam has withdrawn as the host of the 2019 Asian Games, saying it lacked funds and the country’s reputation could be at risk if things don’t go smoothly. In a statement late Thursday, the government said hosting the event in Hanoi could “promote the country’s image and position. However if the hosting is not properly and successfully prepared, it will have the opposite effect,” The statement said public money “is limited and must be prioritized for other immediate tasks.” There was no immediate reaction from the Olympic Council of Asia, which organizes the event. The OCA website still had Hanoi scheduled as the 2019 host, with a video promoting the event. More »Vietnam backs out as Asian Games host

  • Security equipment boom seen in CV

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Cebu City, Cebu — Investments in security equipment are now becoming more of a necessity even among residential customers in Central Visayas, an industry stakeholder said. “Along with the growth in Cebu’s real estate industry, we see a strong awareness of the market on the importance of installing security equipment in residential and small business establishments more as an investment due to security threats,” said VM Security Technologies, Inc. general manager Marc Yu. In an interview with Yu, he said that while the company was able to build its name in the commercial market, it saw a significant growth in the residential segment, as home users, regardless of society status, are now interested to own security equipment in their houses. More »Security equipment boom seen in CV

  • Teams arrive for Le Tour

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Hoping to acclimatize with the hot weather of the country, KSPO Cycling Team of Korea arrived Thursday while two other foreign squads followed suit yesterday in time for the start of the 2014 Le Tour de Filipinas on Monday in Clark, Pampanga. According to 2014 Le Tour de Filipinas team coordinator Alma Lumibao, the Koreans made sure that they arrive early for the fifth edition of the race presented by Air21 as an advocacy of cycling godfather and PhilCycling chairman Bert Lina. ... More »Teams arrive for Le Tour

  • Earlier Easters and now

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Twenty years ago, back when I was a kid, Holy Week was traditionally spent in Calatagan, Batangas, with my mother’s side of the family – yes, the entire clan. At the time, I remember the highlight among us cousins being the culminating activity on Easter Sunday morning which all of us kids lived for – the much anticipated Easter egg hunt. More »Earlier Easters and now

  • Gov’t eyes more modern airports

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Manila, Philippines --- More spacious and modern airports are on the pipeline to accommodate the soaring tourist arrivals in the country. The government is eyeing the construction of budget terminals as well as upgrade of airports in popular tourist destinations to provide better service to travelers in the country, according to President Benigno S. Aquino III. The President acknowledged that the government facilities must keep up with the increasing tourism traffic following his inspection of Metro Manila’s transportation hubs, including the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminals 3 and 4 last Wednesday, for the Holy Week exodus of travelers. We are just waiting for the study because Terminal 4 is really small,” the President said in Filipino during a stopover at the North Harbor in Manila last Wednesday. More »Gov’t eyes more modern airports

  • Arroyo pushes for nat’l teachers academies

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Manila, Philippines --- Former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has called for the establishment of national teachers academies to ensure quality public education in the country. Rep. Diosdado Macapagal-Arroyo, the former chief executive filed House Bill 3042 which will create institutions that would further hone the teaching skills of public school teachers to enhance the quality of public education and ensure excellent students in the process. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo[/caption] Herself a former educator, Arroyo said the academies will undergo rigid training in subject read commonly taught in elementary and secondary schools. Arroyo filed the bill, noting the quality of the teaching profession has suffered a decline due to several reasons often resulting in a demoralized teaching pool. More »Arroyo pushes for nat’l teachers academies

  • Dear Ms. Kris Aquino

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Sometime in October, 2013, you assumed a new role as member of the board of directors of Central Azucarera de Tarlac. The news spread quickly among the good, decent, and hardworking farm workers and farmers at Hacienda Luisita and their supporters inside and outside of Tarlac. Your new role comes with corporate responsibilities to CAT, social responsibilities to farm workers and farmers of Hacienda Luisita, and civic responsibilities to the country.  The nation and the world now looks at what you would do. It is now 2014 and we hope you are aware that the Philippines is more than a century behind  on the issue of agrarian reform. More »Dear Ms. Kris Aquino

  • Christians in Rome after Jerusalem

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    (Editor's note: The spread of Christianity was largely attributed to Emperor Constantine (324 to 337) as noted by the author.) The exclusiveness of the early Christian communities and their insistence on offering support to all must have been attractive to many who needed protection in a harsh world.  By the time of the Edict of Milan (313), Christianity had survived in an empire which had been at best indifferent to it and at worst actively hostile for nearly 300 years.   Its origins, like so many of the religious beliefs that spread into the Greco-Roman empire after the first century, lay in the east. From Galilee to Jerusalem When Jesus moved his ministry out of Galilee to Jerusalem, the center of conservative Jewry and, during festivals, of the Roman administrations, in about AD 30, the risks were high.  Neither Sadducees nor Romans could afford to allow a popular leader to upset the delicate political situation.  The resulting crucifixion, the penalty meted out to thousands of rebels before Jesus, was probably a collaboration between the authorities to keep the peace after Jesus’ dramatic entry into the temple.  Jesus, with no institutional power-base in the Jewish world, was an easy victim.  When given the choice, the crowds of Jerusalem roared for the freeing of the local Barrabas, not for a Galilean they did not know. More »Christians in Rome after Jerusalem

  • National Newsbits for April 19, 2014

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Black Saturday The Catholic Church observes Black or Holy Saturday, the last day of the Holy Week, with a mixture of mourning and joy with the observance of the Day of the Entombed Christ during the day and the Easter Vigil in the evening, locally known as Sabado de Gloria (Saturday of Glory) or Easter Eve. No masses will be held in all Catholic churches today. ... More »National Newsbits for April 19, 2014

  • The greatest feast of all

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The paschal candle symbolizes the Risen Christ dispelling the darkness of sin and death. On the walls of the corridors and bulletin boards were various posters which read: “Christ is the answer.” Wondering what it all meant, the puzzled visitor scribbled the following below one of those ubiquitous posters: "What is the question?" * * * If  "Christ is the answer," what question is he answering? More »The greatest feast of all

  • Kuchar, 2 others, share lead

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Hilton Head Island, South Carolina — There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth, as both put in strong performances in Thursday’s opening round of the RBC Heritage. Kuchar, who tied for fifth at Augusta National, shot a bogey-free 5-under 66 to share the first-round lead with Scott Langley and William McGirt. The 20-year-old Spieth tied for second behind Bubba Watson last Sunday and continued his strong play with a 69, part of a large group tied for fifth at Harbour Town Golf Links. Kuchar and Spieth both spent much of Sunday in the pressure cooker that is the Masters’ final round. More »Kuchar, 2 others, share lead

  • ‘Safe pass’ for Nur divides house

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Manila, Philippines --- A heated debate is brewing among lawmakers in the House of Representatives on whether or not fugitive Nur Misuari, founder of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and now head of one of its factions, should be granted a safe conduct pass. Two former rebels, who now sit as congressmen, are cold to the idea of allowing Misuari to participate in the congressional deliberations on the proposed Bangsamoro basic law, saying that a safe conduct pass for the Muslim leader and fellow MNLF fugitives may not sit well among their victims and the government. Representatives Tupay Loong, chairman of the House Committee on Muslim Affairs, and Gary Alejano (Magdalo Partylist) said they anticipate strong opposition to the proposal from the victims of the Zamboanga City siege. More »‘Safe pass’ for Nur divides house

  • Politics, media, and culture in Hawaii

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    With less than 7 months before the Hawaii election, the local politicos are now gearing up for the primary.  Joey Manahan, now member of the Honolulu City Council who served as member of the House of Representatives in 2007-2013 and vice-speaker in 2011 and 2012,  will be running this year as the Democratic Party candidate representing Hawai’s first congressionall district. Born in Makati, he went to school at the University of Hawaii. A son of the late TV celebrity Elvira Manahan and nephew of the late Senator Manuel Manahan, he authored several bills which advanced the concerns of the local immigrant community. Ben Cayetano (D) was elected as the 5th governor (earlier he had served as lieutenant-governor) of Hawaii in 1994-2002. More »Politics, media, and culture in Hawaii

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