15-Km swim challenge highlights Sarangani Bay Festival

May 14, 2009 3:14 am· Comments Off on 15-Km swim challenge highlights Sarangani Bay Festival 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, May 13 -– Swimmers from various parts of the country have expressed interest to join Sarangani’s 4th swim-across-the-bay this year, highlight of the Sarangani Bay Festival end of this month.

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New tourism law to benefit Cebu, lawmaker says

May 14, 2009 3:14 am· Comments Off on New tourism law to benefit Cebu, lawmaker says 

By Eddie Barrita

CEBU CITY, May 13 – A Cebuano lawmaker said the Tourism Act of 2009 which President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law here Tuesday is expected to benefit this central Philippine province, now considered the country’s top tourist destination.

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USD667-M allocated for RP in proposed 2010 U.S. budget

May 14, 2009 3:13 am· Comments Off on USD667-M allocated for RP in proposed 2010 U.S. budget 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, May 13 — An estimated USD667 million has been allocated to the Philippines in the proposed Fiscal Year 2010 budget that U.S. President Barack Obama recently submitted to Congress — a development that Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo said "augurs well for the future of our (RP-US) enlightened partnership.”

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China confirms second case of A/H1N1 influenza on mainland

May 14, 2009 3:12 am· Comments Off on China confirms second case of A/H1N1 influenza on mainland 

BEIJING, May 13 — China's Ministry of Health Wednesday confirmed a man who returned from Canada last week was tested positive for the A/H1N1 influenza.

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Thaksin aide says ex-PM now holder of a Montenegro passport

May 14, 2009 3:12 am· Comments Off on Thaksin aide says ex-PM now holder of a Montenegro passport 

BANGKOK, May 13 — Noppadon Pattama, a Thai adviser of ousted former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Wednesday confirmed Thaksin is holding Montenegro passport, said China's Xinhua news agency quoting a report in The Nation newspaper's website.

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Malaysia eyes introduction of Asean cocoa contract

May 14, 2009 3:11 am· Comments Off on Malaysia eyes introduction of Asean cocoa contract 

KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 — Malaysia hopes the Asean Cocoa Contract idea, which has dragged on for more than 10 years, can be finalized and implemented soon, Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin said.

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President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signs into law Republic Act 9593

May 14, 2009 3:08 am· Comments Off on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signs into law Republic Act 9593 

signing20cebuPresident Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signs into law Republic Act 9593 otherwise known as the National Tourism Policy Act of 2009 Tuesday (May 12) during the “One Visayas Summit on Climate Change” held at the Imperial Palace Waterpark Resort Hotel and Spa in Barangay Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City in Mactan, Cebu. Also in photo are the authors and sponsors of the Tourism Act led by Sen. Richard Gordon (extreme left). (PNA/NIB/da)V3/gsc

Tourism Act will be chief engine of growth of RP's tourism industry

May 14, 2009 3:07 am· Comments Off on Tourism Act will be chief engine of growth of RP's tourism industry 

MANILA, May 13 — Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said today the Tourism Act of 2009, which President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed in Cebu City yesterday (Tuesday), will serve as the chief engine of growth of the tourism sector.

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PBL: Cobra starts semis on a rousing start

May 14, 2009 3:07 am· Comments Off on PBL: Cobra starts semis on a rousing start 

By Lily O Ramos

Games Thursday: (San Juan gym)

2 p.m. – Oracle Residences vs Cobra Energy Drink

4 p.m. – Licealiz vs Pharex

MANILA, May 13 (PNA) — Still gloating over its hard-earned quarterfinals victory last Tuesday over the Magnolia Purewater Wizards, expect Cobra Energy Drink to brim with confidence versus first semifinalist Oracle Residences at the start of their semis series in the PBL PG Flex Unity Cup on Thursday at the San Juan gym.

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PGMA asks DILG, PNP to check reported'death squads' in Davao

May 14, 2009 3:06 am· Comments Off on PGMA asks DILG, PNP to check reported'death squads' in Davao 

Manila, May 13 –- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Wednesday directed the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Philippine National Police (PNP) to probe the existence of the so-called Davao liquidation squads in Davao City.

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