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Archive for August, 2007

Abu commander reported killed still alive

Posted by Mai on 31st August 2007

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Abu commander reported killed still alive

The Philippine Star

ISABELA CITY, Basilan – An Abu Sayyaf commander reported to have been killed in a military raid on Aug. 18 is still alive, an Army intelligence officer said Thursday.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the intelligence officer said Furugi Indama escaped unhurt from the shootout in his hideout in Unkaya Pukan, Basilan, where 15 Marines, five of them young officers, died.

“Furugi is alive,” the intelligence officer said. “It was only his younger brother Umair who was among the Abu Sayyaf killed in the Aug. 18 fighting.”

Furugi Indama commands an Abu Sayyaf band now trapped in a military dragnet at Silangkum Complex in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan, said the Army officer, whose men have been operating behind enemy lines.

Earlier, Brig. Gen. Juancho Sabban, Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) deputy chief and Task Force Thunder commander, said they are verifying reports that Furugi is still alive.

Ten Army and Marine battalions are now in Sulu, while another seven battalions have been sent to Basilan. Jaime Laude

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Abalos admits ties with ZTE

Posted by Mai on 31st August 2007

Philippine Star – Articles – -
Abalos admits ties with ZTE
By Sheila Crisostomo
Friday, August 31, 2007

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Benjamin Abalos admitted yesterday knowing some officials of the Chinese firm ZTE Corp. but denied brokering the controversial $330-million national broadband network (NBN) contract in exchange for golf and sex.

Abalos said he sought the help of ZTE officials regarding the importation business of his daughter.

“I know some of them because of my daughter. They helped my daughter in sourcing some supplies for her importation business. But we never talked about that transaction,” Abalos told The STAR.

Abalos admitted the Chinese executives have become his golfing buddies at Wack-Wack Golf Course in Mandaluyong City, where he is also an official.

“China has some of the best golf courses in the world. I think since last year, I traveled there four times. I can’t remember when but I was on vacation then. And ZTE has absolutely nothing to do with those trips,” he stressed.

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3 cities get nod for public governance

Posted by Mai on 31st August 2007

The Manila Times Internet Edition
3 cities get nod for public governance

By Rene Q. Bas Editor in chief

A program designed to improve the quality of local governance in the country gave an award to Marikina, Tagbilaran and San Fernando, Pampanga.

The award was given by the Institute of Solidarity for Asia, a private, nonprofit organization founded by former Finance secretary Jesus Estanislao. The institute was established to improve public governance and to involve citizens by grading their local governments.

The institute took a business tool developed by Harvard University for corporations and used it to improve public administration. A balance scorecard—that lists key result areas for good governance—is used to check the performance of local governments and other organizations that serve communities.

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RM Awardees honored today

Posted by Mai on 31st August 2007

Manila Bulletin Online
RM Awardees honored today

Asia’s highest award given to 7 achievers RM Award rites scheduled at CCP this afternoon

By MANNY MARINAY

This year’s winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, Asia’s highest honor, will be conferred their prize today at 4:30 p.m at the main theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City.

The 2007 Magsaysay laureates will be honored amid presentation proceedings on a stage designed by floral designer Rachy Cuna. Each Ramon Magsaysay Award laureate will receive a certificate, a medallion bearing the likeness of the late President, and a cash prize.

Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno, the guest of honor, will be assisted by Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) chairman Washington Sycip during the ceremonies.

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2nd-quarter growth highest in 20 years

Posted by Mai on 31st August 2007

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2nd-quarter growth highest in 20 years

Inquirer
Last updated 03:18am (Mla time) 08/31/2007

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine economy grew at its fastest pace in 20 years in the second quarter as government spending and private consumption expanded.

The gross domestic product — GDP, the value of goods produced and services rendered, not including income from abroad — grew 7.5 percent from the second quarter of 2006, bringing to 7.3 percent the average growth in the first semester.

It was the highest annual growth rate since the 7.7 percent in the third quarter of 1986, the year dictator Ferdinand Marcos was overthrown.

It outshone the second-quarter GDP performance of Asian neighbors, such as Malaysia, Hong Kong and Indonesia, but trailed Singapore’s 8.6-percent and China’s 11.9-percent expansions.

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Lacson: Ex-NBI exec Ong may attend ‘Hello, Garci’ hearings

Posted by Mai on 31st August 2007

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Lacson: Ex-NBI exec Ong may attend ‘Hello, Garci’ hearings

(Update 11:55 p.m.) Former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) deputy director Samuel Ong may show up in the Senate’s “Hello Garci” scandal probe apart from the likely appearance of ex-military spy Vidal Doble, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson said Thursday.

The senator made a wild speculation that Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita ordered the wiretaps.

Lacson, who called for a reopening of the probe in speech last August 21, said Sen. Rodolfo Biazon told him that he knows how to get in touch with the former NBI official.

“Sen. Biazon has an idea. He was telling me he knows how to get in touch with Ong. He might be present in one of the hearings,” Lacson said at a media forum.

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