• NCA’s 6-cock winners bared

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Charlie Gayoso’s “CJ”, Nicole Dianne’s “Nicole-Dianne” and Ka Luding’s “88BM Mabalasik” won the National Cockers Alliance (NCA) six-cock derby last Feb. 17 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.The three entries posted five points apiece to emerge winners of the latest NCA derby sponsored by Sagupaan Complexor and hosted by leading gamefowl breeders Jun Topacio, Archers and Peter Unabia.Arman Santos’ “AA Jade Resort”, Rep. Patrick Antonio’s “Sagupaan National Barkadahan Firefly 13” and Fiscal Villanueva’s “Mayo Uno Fiscalizer” finished tied for fourth with 3 1/2 points. ... More »NCA’s 6-cock winners bared

  • Love of enemies

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” REFLECTIONS LOVE YOUR ENEMIES. “Perfection” is not making an “A+” on every exam. More »Love of enemies

  • Peaks and valleys of faith

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The story of Joan is just one of the many instances when our faith in God is severely tested. Do I feel discouraged, depressed and even devastated? More »Peaks and valleys of faith

  • Moving forward

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    In addition to the President’s address, a highlight of the event was the Unity March of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, a ritual held every year. Except that this time, the principal actors were absent – Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile who is in detention, former President Fidel V. Ramos who said he had visited the celebration site earlier, and former Senator Butz Aquino who is unwell. The 27th anniversary of the 1987 Constitution did not merit much national attention either except from “survivors” of the 1986 Constitutional Commission who met several times to defend the constitutionality of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, and the Philconsa, which regularly celebrates Constitution Day with a forum. More »Moving forward

  • Information: Overseas Filipinos remittances at record high

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Remittances from Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) posted an all-time high of $26.93 billion in 2014, breaking the $23.35-billion record in 2013. They mostly came from United States, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, and Canada.Deployed last year were 1.6 million OFWs, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) data showed, with approved job orders that reached 878,609 or 10.7% growth from 2013. Four out of 10 or 43. ... More »Information: Overseas Filipinos remittances at record high

  • Game over, Mr. President

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Many are amused when they find out that President Aquino, the bachelor that he is, is very fond of cars, video games, and handheld consoles. When he pushed through with inaugurating a car plant and checking out an array of cars prepared for presidential inspection – at about the same time the caskets of the 44 fallen Special Action Force commandos arrived at Villamor – the public exploded in anger. More »Game over, Mr. President

  • For others: their pleasure

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    When we reach out for the stars and aim at the realization of our vision, the idea of working for the others and living for their benefit and pleasure takes on increasing importance; and it continues to do so until it becomes our all-embracing desire: we live and work for the person we love, and the people we wish to please, and whose benefit we seek to promote.As ordinary men and women, with flesh and bones as well as with heart and spirit, we go through our work and through life with a combination of the material and selfish as well as of the spiritual and selfless. ... More »For others: their pleasure

  • Unity march of 600 soldiers and cops

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The unity march of the AFP and PNP officers and men walking arm in arm in EDSA last Wednesday was the most appropriate display of love and respect for one flag and the Constitution. It’s needless to state that millions of us who viewed our soldiers and policemen on TV walking proudly in their uniform will remind those who disagreed that constitutional government is stronger than the dissent of pretenders who are still groping to write their rules and authority to govern more than 100 million Filipinos. Patriotism and loyalty The unity marchers may not appeal to a few priests, bishops, and retired church leaders to uphold their calling, but their message is clear: They are accountable to the people with utmost patriotism, loyalty, and responsibility. They should appreciate the fact that without the 1987 Constitution they would remain marchers, with wet shirts and undershirts. More »Unity march of 600 soldiers and cops

  • Lebanese synagogue’s second life as home for destitute

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Sidon, Lebanon— In an alleyway in the Old City of Lebanon’s southern city of Sidon, a run-down synagogue that once served a vibrant Jewish community now houses destitute Syrian and Palestinian families. For decades the building in the heart of Sidon’s Jewish quarter was central to the city’s Jewish community, which dated to the Roman era. “I cleaned it up and I moved in.” Mohammed, who moved to Lebanon for work, lives in the building with his six children, wife, and mother – one of five Palestinian and Syrian families who have made their homes in the unlikely setting. Built in 1850, the synagogue still technically belongs to the Jewish community, but has played host to numerous other residents since the 1982 departure of Sidon’s last Jewish family, the Levys. More »Lebanese synagogue’s second life as home for destitute

  • Lombok: Indonesia prays Islamic tourism drive can draw more visitors

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Senggigi, Indonesia— Just a short hop from the Indonesian holiday hotspot of Bali, a Saudi tourist and his family listen to the call to prayer as the sun goes down on Lombok, the self-styled “island of 1,000 mosques.” Lombok is at the centre of an Islamic tourism drive in Indonesia, which has the world’s biggest Muslim population and is hoping to boost the number of visitors from wealthy Middle Eastern countries. Indonesia is the world’s biggest archipelago nation, made up of more than 17,000 islands, but has long lagged behind smaller, more developed countries in Southeast Asia, such as Malaysia and Thailand, in attracting tourists. Foreign visitor arrivals to Indonesia rose to 8.8 million in 2013, according to official figures, compared with 25.72 million in Malaysia and 26.55 million in Thailand. While there are no official figures for “sharia” tourism in Indonesia, the sector is experiencing strong growth internationally. More »Lombok: Indonesia prays Islamic tourism drive can draw more visitors

  • National Newsbits for February 28, 2015

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    ‘PONDO NG PINOY’ The Filipino faithful is being called to support “Pondo ng Pinoy,” the Church’s pro-poor program particularly this Lenten season. Edwin Mercado, executive director of Pondo ng Pinoy, said the faithful can extend assistance to those who are in need. The ‘Pondo ng Pinoy’ encourages the faithful to donate 25 centavos every day, which will be offered during Sunday mass “as a sign of one’s love for Jesus Christ through love for the poor.” (Christina I. Hermoso) MINIMUM WAGE Seven regions in the country still have minimum wage rates below the poverty threshold, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said. These are the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Caraga, Eastern Visayas, Bicol Region, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Ilocos. More »National Newsbits for February 28, 2015

  • Cotillard leaves Palace guests for Hollande welcome starstruck

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The presence of two Hollywood stars stirred Malacañang into an excited frenzy. All eyes were on French actresses Marion Cotillard and Mélanie Laurent as they arrived at the Palace the other night as part of the delegation of French President François Hollande to his two-day state visit to the country. Captivated by the stunning movie stars, many Palace guests including government officials were seen taking snapshots of Cotillard and Laurent during their two events. The 32-year-old Laurent, on the other hand, shot to international fame for her performance in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 film “Inglourious Basterds.” Even President Aquino seemed enthralled at Cotillard during their brief conversation on Palace grounds. More »Cotillard leaves Palace guests for Hollande welcome starstruck

  • What will we get out of BBL? – Chiz

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Will the estimated P90 billion from taxpayers’ money for the proposed Bangsamor Basic Law (BBL) finally bring peace to troubled Muslim Mindanao?“Ang tanong ko, anong makukuha natin kapalit (What will we get in return)?” Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero, chairman of the Senate finance committee, posed this question as leaders of the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) want Congress to pass the BBL without any changes.Escudero pointed out that the MILF was able to get what it wanted from the national government through the BBL. ... More »What will we get out of BBL? – Chiz

  • Napoles gave kickbacks to Navy officials – Suñas

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Philippine Navy officials had received kickbacks from supply deals entered into by suspected pork barrel scam brains, Janet Lim Napoles, more than a decade ago, whistleblower Merlina Suñas revealed at the witness stand yesterday. Suñas had been a civilian employee of the naval construction unit before she started working for Napoles in 2002. — Janet Lim Napoles appears before yesterday’s hearing for her bail petition before the Sandiganbayan Third Division in Quezon City. More »Napoles gave kickbacks to Navy officials – Suñas

  • PH-France pact vital to climate efforts – Paje

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Environment Secretary Ramon Paje branded as “a step in the right direction” the target of the Philippines and France to uplift awareness on the need to take caution against climate change. In his two-day visit in the country, French President Francois Hollande launched with President Aquino the Manila Call to Action on Climate Change and urged other nations to act now to stop the devastating effects of climate change. “We welcome the Manila Call to Action on Climate Change as a step in the right direction. This initiative could set the tone for the Paris climate change conference set for December this year,” Paje said. More »PH-France pact vital to climate efforts – Paje

  • Grant of executive clemency still under review – Malacañang

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Malacañang on Friday said the list of inmates to be granted executive clemency is still undergoing thorough review. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, however, said the list for executive clemency is still being reviewed by the Office of the President. “Ang bilin po kasi ng Pangulong Aquino talaga ay titingnan nang mabuti ang mga kasong umaakyat sa atin para sa executive clemency [The directive of President Aquino was to really scrutinize cases that are raised to us for executive clemency],” she said. Inmates, especially the sick and the elderly, had been hoping that an executive clemency would be given to them during the five-day papal visit. More »Grant of executive clemency still under review – Malacañang

  • Koko to seek tax exemption for Pacquiao

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    A Congress-approved bill to grant special tax exemption to Representative Manuel “Manny” Pacquiao might inspire him in his history-making megafight with American Floyd Mayweather. Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III stated this yesterday as he announced that he will be filing such effect particular to Pacquiao’s fight with Mayweather in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 2. More »Koko to seek tax exemption for Pacquiao

  • MILF seeks justice for slain fighters

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Is justice exclusive to the 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) who died during their raid on January 25 in Mamasapano, Maguindanao?This question surfaced as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is seeking justice for their 18 fighters and five civilians who were likewise killed during the incident."Justice should not only be on the part of government troops, but also in the Bangsamoro," Mohagher Iqbal, MILF chief negotiator and chairman of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) said. ... More »MILF seeks justice for slain fighters

  • 2 QC courts to handle Enzo murder case

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The murder and parricide raps filed against businessman Domingo de Guzman III and Dahlia Guerrero-Pastor respectively in connection with the killing of famed race car driver Ferdinand “Enzo’’ Pastor will be handled by two Quezon City courts. The same court is also handling the case filed against alleged gunman Police Officer 2 Edgar Angel, who was indicted for murder in August while the parricide case against Pastor’s wife Dahlia was raffled  off to RTC Branch 91 under Judge Lita Tolentino-Genilo. Both judges are expected to issue arrest warrants against De Guzman and Dahlia upon determination of probable cause to proceed with the case. More »2 QC courts to handle Enzo murder case

  • PH firming up commitment vs climate change

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The Philippines is expected to submit its climate change action plan this August ahead of a major United Nations (UN) climate summit in Paris this year. President Aquino has announced the country will formalize its commitments to fighting climate change, particularly the target reduction of greenhouse gas emission per sector, shortly after the recent launch of the "Manila Call to Action on Climate Change" in Malacañang. The Manila appeal for the global adoption of “universal, equitable and ambitious” climate deal in Paris this December was launched by President Aquino and French President François Hollande in the Palace last Thursday. More »PH firming up commitment vs climate change

  • UN rep deplores PH land reform program defects

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The implementation of the land reform program continues to be a serious issue in the Philippines, according to the visiting United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food. Speaking to reporters Friday, the final day of her week-long visit to the country, Special Rapporteur Hilal Elver stressed that it is not only the lands that should be rightly distributed but also resources should be given to the farmer-beneficiaries. "If farmers cannot use their land what's the use of land reform?" said Elver in an interview. "They should give farmers the needed resources to be able to cultivate their land such as seeds, water and credit. More »UN rep deplores PH land reform program defects

  • Court OKs medical checkup of cop in massacre trial

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    A police officer involved in the Maguindanao massacre case was allowed by a Quezon City court to undergo further medical evaluation at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes granted the very urgent motion of accused, Police Officer1 Pia Kamidon that allowed him to undergo evaluation and management at the PGH instead of being confined at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital. Through his counsel Jayson Parra Ison, Kamidon revealed that he has been receiving numerous death threats from his co-accused in the multiple murder case, since his transfer to the QC Jail Annex (QCJA) in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City last year. More »Court OKs medical checkup of cop in massacre trial

  • Ayala Bridge due for 3-month closure by summer

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino said the agency and Manila city government have to discuss preparations before giving the go signal for the bridge repair. Moreover, there is also a need for the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to present its traffic management plan that would guide the motorists and stakeholders to be affected by the bridge’s closure originally scheduled on the first week of March. More »Ayala Bridge due for 3-month closure by summer

  • Public warned of perils of smoke inhalation

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    As the country marks the start of Fire Prevention Month tomorrow,  an environmental watchdog cautioned the public on the perils of smoke inhalation particularly during conflagrations. Quezon City based toxic watchdog EcoWaste Coalition warned that smoke from fires made up of chemicals and particles from burning materials is a serious health hazard which must be avoided. “Depending on what is burning, which is often a combination of mixed combustible materials, the smoke can cause or even worsen health problems, particularly for young children, the elderly and persons with heart and respiratory conditions and those with chemical sensitivities,” Aileen Lucero of EcoWaste said. The group aired the warning in support and as a complement to the fire safety campaign of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) citing the health risks posed by exposure to smoke during fires. More »Public warned of perils of smoke inhalation

  • COA raises a howl over PCG’s K9 expenses

    Manila Bulletin - Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    The Commission on Audit (COA) has raised red flags on the procurement and operational services of the Philippine Coast Guard’s K9 unit that was formed as part of the anti-terrorist and anti-illegal drugs campaigns of the government. COA said the PCG should fully account  the number of security-trained dogs which initially had 18 purchased and donated K9s in 2002. Auditors said there are now 186 dogs nationwide that are assigned to various Coast Guard K9 Units throughout the country. “The balance of the work/other animals account amounting to P2,494,516.95 as of December 31, 2013 was understated for an undetermined amount due to the failure to appraise and record in the books the costs of K9 dogs acquired through breeding and donation,” COA stated in its 2013 PCG annual audit report. More »COA raises a howl over PCG’s K9 expenses

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