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AFP reacts to 'Ka Roger' statement By ELENA L. ABEN January 1, 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011

AFP reacts to 'Ka Roger' statement

By ELENA L. ABEN
January 1, 2011, 5:37pm
MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has welcomed reports that Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) spokesman Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal is alive, even as it asked the latter to join the peace panel and help finalize a concrete plan for permanent peace talks and ceasefire.

Brig. Gen. Jose Mabanta, Jr., Armed Forces spokesman, said “it’s good” if indeed “Ka Roger” is alive, adding: “If he wants he can join the negotiating team.”.... MORE

SourceManila Bulletin

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/295967/afp-reacts-ka-roger-statement

DPWH taps Korean firm to help upgrade national roads, bridges By RAYMUND F. ANTONIO January 1, 2011

DPWH taps Korean firm to help upgrade national roads, bridges

By RAYMUND F. ANTONIO
January 1, 2011, 5:34pm
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and a team of experts from the government-owned Korea Expressway Corporation are now engaged in a technological exchange that seeks to upgrade this 2011 the country’s national roads and bridges to international standards.

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said the bulk of the P100.9-billion budget of the DPWH this year would be spent on improving the national road network, which has been suffering from neglect for years..... MORE

SourceManila Bulletin

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/295966/dpwh-taps-korean-firm-help-upgrade-national-roads-bridges

With P207-billion budget, DepEd moves to tackle education woes By INA HERNANDO MALIPOT January 1, 2011

With P207-billion budget, DepEd moves to tackle education woes

By INA HERNANDO MALIPOT
January 1, 2011, 5:27pm
MANILA, Philippines — With the approval of the 2011 national budget, the Department of Education (DepEd) plans to prioritize the perennial problems that the public school system faces especially during the opening of classes, particularly the shortages in teachers, classrooms, textbooks, school seats, and water and sanitation facilities.

Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the DepEd will be hiring some 50,000 new teachers to cut to half the total number of available teaching position of some 100,000..... MORE

SourceManila Bulletin

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/295964/with-p207billion-budget-deped-moves-tackle-education-woes

PNP optimistic for better police service in 2011 January 1, 2011, 4:25pm

PNP optimistic for better police service in 2011

January 1, 2011, 4:25pm
MANILA, Philippines (PNA) – The Philippine National Police (PNP), citing its accomplishments during the past year, is optimistic that a much better police service will be rendered by the organization to the public in 2011.

PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said the 137,000-strong police organization recorded significant gains in its Integrated Transformation Program (ITP) and its campaign against criminality throughout the country..... MORE

SourceManila Bulletin

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/295948/pnp-optimistic-better-police-service-2011

546 persons injured due to firecracker blasts, stray bullets — DoH January 1, 2011, 3:30pm

546 persons injured due to firecracker blasts, stray bullets — DoH

January 1, 2011, 3:30pm
MANILA, Philippines (PNA) – At least 546 persons were injured due to firecracker explosions and stray bullets during the 11-day period ending on New Year's Eve revelry, the Department of Health (DoH) reported on Saturday.

DoH officials said that of the total number of injuries, 518 or 95 percent were attributed to fireworks blasts, 20 or 4 percent to stray bullets, and eight or 1 percent to fireworks ingestion or poisoning..... MORE

SourceManila Bulletin

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/295928/546-persons-injured-due-firecracker-blasts-stray-bullets-doh

44th World Day of Peace: Religious Freedom, the Path to Peace January 1, 2011, 1:07pm

44th World Day of Peace: Religious Freedom, the Path to Peace

January 1, 2011, 1:07pm
World Day of Peace has been celebrated on the first day of every year since 1968. The theme chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to mark its 44th celebration this year is “Religious Freedom, the Path to Peace.’’

The theme represents an accomplishment of a “path to peace’’ which the Pope has invited us to consider in depth over the last five years through past World Day of Peace themes: “In Truth, Peace’’ (2006). “The Human Person, the Heart of Peace’’ (2007), “The Human Family, a Community of Peace’’ (2008), “Fighting Poverty to Build Peace’’ (2009), and “If you Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation’’ (2010)..... MORE

SourceManila Bulletin

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/295889/44th-world-day-peace-religious-freedom-path-peace

Outrage over Michael Jackson autopsy reenactment December 31, 2010, 2:18pm

Outrage over Michael Jackson autopsy reenactment

December 31, 2010, 2:18pm

Michael Jackson (AFP photo)
LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The executors of Michael Jackson's estate are expressing outrage over an "insensitive" television special "in shockingly bad taste" that plans to reenact the King of Pop's autopsy.

In a letter to Discovery Communications on Wednesday, John Branca and John McClain deplored in the strongest terms the Discovery Channel's "blind desire to exploit Michael's death, while cynically attempting to dupe the public into believing this show will have serious medical value.".... MORE

Source: Manila Bulletin

URL: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/295759/outrage-over-michael-jackson-autopsy-reenactment

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