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Archive for July, 2007

Confessional box hit by bomb threat

Posted by Mai on 31st July 2007

Philippine Star – Articles – -
Confessional box hit by bomb threat
By Perseus Echeminada
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Even priests are not spared from bomb hoaxes.

A Catholic priest quickly left the confession box when a man who had entered the confessional threatened to ignite the dynamite he was holding and blow up the Mount Carmel Church in New Manila, Quezon City early Saturday evening.

“It’s a matter of life and death. I had to get out of the confession box to ensure the safety of the churchgoers,” Fr. Henry Praveendesoza told The STAR in an interview at the parish office yesterday morning.

Praveendesoza said the man, who spoke broken English, had entered the confession room on Friday and asked forgiveness for his earlier plan to blow up the church. He said he pitied the children who might be killed in the explosion.

On Saturday evening, the man returned and wanted to confess again.

However, when Praveendesoza locked the confession box, the man started to threaten him again and said he would blow up the church with dynamite.

“When I asked ‘where is the bomb’, he held up a plastic container and told me ‘here is the bomb’. I was terrified. I ran away to contact the guard,” the priest said.

Praveendesoza stressed that the real intention of the man in getting into the confession box was to air his bomb threat and not to confess his sins.

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ASEAN greenlights rights body

Posted by Mai on 31st July 2007

ABS-CBN Interactive
ASEAN greenlights rights body

Member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations overcame differences Monday on setting up a human rights body after military-ruled Myanmar dropped objections to the plan.

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo said in a statement that the creation of a human rights commission would be included in the regional bloc’s draft charter.

“I am pleased to announce that among the issues on which there was agreement among the ASEAN Foreign Ministers is the inclusion of a provision in the ASEAN Charter that mandates the creation of a human rights body,” Romulo said.

He said that the reaction of Myanmar was “an agreement by all.”

Representatives from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam were quoted as saying that they were not ready for the immediate establishment of such a body.

Some ASEAN countries fear scrutiny of their human rights record, and the group has traditionally held to a cardinal policy of noninterference in each

other’s affairs. Human rights groups complain that this noninterference principle fostered undemocratic governments in the region.

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Jeepney group presses LTFRB on restoring P7.50 fare

Posted by Mai on 31st July 2007

INQUIRER.net
Jeepney group presses LTFRB on restoring P7.50 fare

By Riza T. Olchondra
Inquirer
Last updated 04:53am (Mla time) 07/31/2007

MANILA, Philippines–The Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) should decide on transport groups’ petition to restore the minimum fare to P7.50 as it promised a month ago, a transport leader said on Monday.

The current minimum fare in Metro Manila and Regions 3 and 4 is P7, owing to the P0.50 rollback imposed by the LTFRB at the end of 2006 due to stable oil prices.

The Pinag-Isang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (PISTON) has been getting in touch with other transport groups that supported the fare restoration and would likely submit a query to the LTFRB later this week or early next week, PISTON spokesperson George San Mateo said in a phone interview.

In May, jeepney groups sought a fare restoration to P7.50 only if the agency would act to stop continued fuel price increases. The areas to be affected are the National Capital Region, Central Luzon, and Southern Tagalog.

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Nigerian football teams to play in Davao City

Posted by Mai on 31st July 2007

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Nigerian football teams to play in Davao City

Davao City (31 July) — A PLAN to stage friendly matches between Davao City and a number of teams from Nigeria is now in the drawing board between the Davao Football Association and the Surulere Grassroot Football Club sometime in August 2007 at the DFA Football Field in this city.

This was learned today from DFA Secretary General Erwin Protacio who is currently finalizing the final date of the friendly matches among Nigerian male and female youth players with ages ranging from 15 to 21.

Earlier plans to stage the match in time for the Kadayawan Festival has been shelved due to the difficulties in booking the Nigerian delegation as most hotels in Davao City are already fully booked.

At least forty players and coaches from the African country are expected to plane in here via Manila once all arrangements are completed including final approval of their visas.

The Nigerian Surulere football Club has for its objective to let their youth sail out for ideas and knowledge of development for them to meet with other people from other nations and exchange ideas, culture and developments. (PIA XI/Romy Sabaldan) [top]

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MILF to continue observing maximum restraint

Posted by Mai on 31st July 2007

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MILF to continue observing maximum restraint

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) maintained Tuesday that it would exercise maximum restraint while the police serve arrest warrants on 130 people suspected of killing and mutilating Marines in Basilan last July 10.

MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal also said they will continue to abide by the actions of the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) and the Malaysian government.

“We will observe maximum restraint,” Iqbal said in an interview on dzRH radio, reiterating what the MILF said on July 26 was its standing order to its fighters.

However, Iqbal said MILF forces under “Commander Bravo” will have to “defend themselves” if they find themselves attacked. The same holds true for other MILF forces in the area, he said.

“They (Military and police) know and we know they had nothing to do with the beheadings,” he claimed.

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Electricity rates to go up again

Posted by Mai on 31st July 2007

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Electricity rates to go up again

By DONNABELLE GATDULA

The Philippine Star

Customers of the Manila Electric Co. should brace themselves for a new round of power rate increases as the utility firm is set to recover another P9.5 billion worth of under-recoveries.

In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), MERALCO said while the company has already filed for the recovery of P13.3 billion under-recoveries as of May 2007, it would need to recoup another P9.5 billion.

“In addition to the generation cost under-recoveries estimated at P13.3 billion as of end-May 2007, MERALCO also has incurred under-recoveries in the transmission charge, system loss charge, and the collection of both inter-class and lifeline subsidies,” it said.

It said that under-recoveries in these other bill components add an estimated P9.5 billion, as of end-May 2007, to the company’s total under-recovery in the collection of pass through costs.

According to MERALCO head for utility economics Ivanna dela Peña, the equivalent per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of these two applications for under-recoveries would depend on the period of recovery that would be approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).

“(The rates) will vary. (The rates per kWh) depends on recovery period,” the official said.

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