Monthly Archives: January 2011

American, 4 others dead in Makati bus bomb blast


January 31, 2011
MANILA – Authorities are leaving no stone unturned to determine the culprits in Tuesday’s deadly bus bombing in Makati City which claimed five lives, including an American citizen, and injuring at least 13 passengers.The bombing was initially blamed on Muslim terrorist group Abu Sayyaf which was responsible for a similar bus bombing in Manila in which three people were killed. Continue reading

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US chooses Philippines as sole partner for growth in Asia-Pacific


January 31, 2011
MANILA — The Philippines has been chosen by the United States as the only country in the Asia-Pacific region  for the Obama administration’s Partners for Growth program, according to U.S. Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell. Continue reading

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10 workers die as scaffolding collapses in Makati building


January 31, 2011
MAKATI CITY – Ten construction workers were reported killed after the scaffolding of a 39-storey building collapsed in Makati City on Thursday. Continue reading

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2011 Ford Supermodel of the World is a Pinay


January 31, 2011
MANILA – A 17-year-old catwalk newbie from the Philippines won the 2011 Supermodel of the World contest in New York City, the first time that the country won the prestigious model search.
Danica Flores Magpantay, a student of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines (UP), won a US$250,000 contract from the Eileen Ford Modeling Agency. It is believed to be the fashion industry’s biggest prize for a model search. Continue reading

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Escudero asks MRT, LRT  to report non-rail revenues


January 31, 2011
MANILA — Amid plans to raise metro rail fares, Senator Francis Escudero wants the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and the Light Rail Transit (LRT) to submit to the Senate the full details and accounting of their revenue sharing from the advertisements and lease operations of the Metro Rail Transit Corporation (MRTC) and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA Continue reading

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Death toll from heavy rains in 9 Bicol regions rises to 68


January 31, 2011
CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The death toll from almost three weeks of heavy rains in Bicol and 9 other regions has risen to 68 with at least 26 more missing. Damage to agriculture crops, infrastructures and private properties was now estimated at P1.78 billion. Infrastructures damage alone was estimated at P1.3 billion. Continue reading

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5 Americans on missing boat from Guam rescued


January 31, 2011
MANILA – Five Americans, including a woman and a Filipino-American in the US Air Force, reported missing on a sailboat bound for Cebu from Guam have been found by the Philippine Coast Guard found off Dinagat and all were in good health. Continue reading

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SC affirms conviction of 6 Chinese nationals found with P1.6 billion ‘shabu’


January 31, 2011
MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed the earlier ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA) imposing life imprisonment on six Chinese nationals found in possession of 364 kilograms of methamphetamine hydrochloride (also known as shabu) worth P1.6 billion. Continue reading

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Gov’t mulls SIM card registration, says CICT chief


January 31, 2011
MANILA – Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) Chairman Ivan John E. Uy has disclosed that the government is studying the compulsory registration of the subscriber identification module (SIM) cards of cellular phone users nationwide for security concerns. Continue reading

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American held, deported for child molestation case


January 31, 2011
MANILA- An American is now facing trial in the United States for charges of child molestation in California. Bureau of Immigration officials said the American, Ron Casulla Fuentes, was charged for violating the California’s law against lewd and lascivious acts on child below 14 years of age. Continue reading

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