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Archive for August, 2007

Villar seeks inquiry on Filipino mail-order brides

Posted by Mai on 31st August 2007

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Villar seeks inquiry on Filipino mail-order brides

About 300,000 to 500,000 Filipino women leave the country as mail-order brides every year amid the constant dangers awaiting them from their foreign husbands.

This was the grim statistic bared by Senate President Manny Villar in a resolution he filed before the Senate committee on youth, women and family relations on Wednesday, urging the said committee to “inquire into the plight of these women and the brazen violation of corresponding laws.”

Under Senate Resolution 101, Villar reacted to the disregard to the law of several Internet sites which openly advertised Filipino women as mail-order brides.

The resolution named three websites: www.2bwed.com, www.afilipina.com, and www.1mailorderbrides.com that publicly marketed Filipinas, a number of whom came from the provinces.

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Pinoy carers in UK continue fight vs new visa policy

Posted by Mai on 31st August 2007

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Pinoy carers in UK continue fight vs new visa policy

When a British official found out that the three Filipino workers he once encountered in the Bay Court will be forced to leave the United Kingdom under its new policy, he decided to come at the hardworking caregivers’ defense.

Councilor Ray Franklin, deputy leader of the district council, is backing the plight of three Filipino senior caregivers in Budleigh Salterton whose visas were not renewed because of a new government policy.

Franklin is determined to prevent the deportation of Bay Court employees Lea Abad, Grace Ortez and Gloann Guico due to the stringent UK policy against non-European Union workers, according to a report on Exmouth Journal.

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Will Senate segue from ‘Garci’ to ‘Pappy’?

Posted by Mai on 31st August 2007

The Manila Times Internet Edition
Will Senate segue from ‘Garci’ to ‘Pappy’?

By Efren L. Danao Senior Reporter

The Senate may go from “Hello, Garci” to “Hello Pappy” as an investigation loomed over alleged cheating in the popular noontime show Wowowee on ABS-CBN.

“Pappy” is the nickname of the show’s host Willy Revillame, who just last week was cleared by the Department of Justice of responsibility in the deadly stampede of fans who were trying to join Wowowee’s anniversary spectacular at the Ultra arena in Pasig City in February 2006.

The controversy involves a new segment of the show called “Wilyonaryo.” In the August 20 show Revillame pulled out a box with a card displaying the number 0 instead of a 2 which represented the P2 million a contestant had given up for a smaller prize.

In a video clip of the show appearing on Youtube, the card with the number 2 was seen in Revillame’s hand.

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Magdaló recruiting troops in Bicol–PNP

Posted by Mai on 31st August 2007

The Manila Times Internet Edition
Magdaló recruiting troops in Bicol–PNP

By Anthony Vargas Reporter

Rogue soldiers are reportedly recruiting fellow soldiers in Bicol to stage destabilization efforts against the government, a senior police official said Thursday.

Senior Supt. Balligi Tira, Bicol Police chief, said that they have been receiving intelligence information that members of Magdaló group were making rounds on troops in Camarines Sur. The Army’s 9th Infantry Division is based in Pili, Camarines Sur.

“Intelligence report gathered that two alleged members of Magdaló Oakwood mutineers, are in the Bicol region to recruit members for a planned government destabilization,” Tira said in a statement.

Magdaló is a group of junior military officers that staged the short-lived Oakwood mutiny on July 27, 2003, the first recorded military uprising against the Arroyo administration.

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Banker: T-bills are safe investments for OFWs

Posted by Mai on 31st August 2007

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Banker: T-bills are safe investments for OFWs

To take advantage of the increasing remittances from abroad, the Philippine National Bank (PNB) has offered various investment products, such as government Treasury Bills, to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Saudi Arabia.

In a symposium in Jeddah on August 24, PNB officials based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, assured OFWs that investment in T-bills is safe because the Philippine government is the guarantor, Jeddah-based Arab News reported in its online edition on Wednesday.

“T-bills are highest yielding, risk-free investment instrument and are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by the government through the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP),” explained
Modesto F. de Guzman, head of the PNB in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province.

The BSP has authorized the PNB to sell T-bills in the Middle East.

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Taft Avenue stretch closed for 4 weeks

Posted by Mai on 31st August 2007

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Taft Avenue stretch closed for 4 weeks

A key section of the Taft Avenue thoroughfare in Manila City will be closed over the next four Sundays to provide space to thousands of law graduates who will take their Bar Examinations.

Radio station dzBB reported Friday that Manila traffic police will close the stretch of Taft Avenue from Quirino Avenue to P. Ocampo (Vito Cruz) to traffic on September 2, 9, 16, and 23.

Traffic will be closed from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m. on these Sundays.

The police said the affected stretch of Taft Avenue is near De La Salle University, where the law graduates will take their examinations.

Lawmen also vowed to tighten security in the area.

Examinees are not the only ones expected there. The Manila police also expects many parents, friends, as well as fraternity and sorority members to show their support for the examinees.

In past years, the police noted that even drum-and-bugle groups were brought in to pump up the spirits of the examinees. – GMANews.TV

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