Fuel, LPG Prices Rolled Back

Oil giants Petron Corporation and Pilipinas Shell and smaller Seaoil Philippines will rollback prices of their petroleum products, except for their premium gasoline, starting 6 A.M. today.

Temporarily, distributors and refillers of cooking gas yesterday reduced again the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) by P2 per kilogram.

The prices of diesel will be decreased by 50 centavos per liter, kerosene by 40 centavos and regular gasoline by 30 centavos per liter, according to the officials of the two oil firms.

“This is to reflect (price) movements in the international oil market,” Petron said.

The oil firm executed a 30 centavos increase in the prices of its premium gasoline Blaze 100, XCS and Xtra.

“Week-on-week, Dubai crude price decreased more than a dollar, and diesel, slightly by only about $0.10 per barrel,” the Department of Energy (DOE) uttered.

“On the contrary, gasoline increased by more than a dollar compared to the previous week,” it added.

Mr. Arnel Ty the president of the LPG Marketers’ Association (LPGMA) said that the P2 rollback in LPGs’ price converts to a P22 price saving for every 11 kilogram cylinder of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

Arnel Ty, president of the LPG Marketers’ Association (LPGMA), said the P2 rollback in LPG price translates to a P22 price reduction for every 11-kg cylinder of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

A week ago, numerous oil companies excised the selling prices of LPG because of lower contract prices in the international market.

Last April 1, Petron Corporation marked down its LPG price by P9.52 per kilogram; Liquigaz by P9 per kilogram; Pryce Gases by P5.50 per kilogram; Petronas Gas by P8.51 per kilogram and Total Philippines by P9.52 per kilogram.

The contract price for LPG slipped to $993 per metric ton from a record-high $1,195 per metric ton in March, a data from DOE.

As early as March, members of LPGMA decreased for a number of times, the price of LPG by P1 per kilogram. LPGMA lists Island Gas, Regasco Gas, Pinnacle Gas, Cat Gas, M-Gas, Omni Gas and Nation Gas as members.

Under the Downstream Oil Industry Deregulation Act of 1998, oil firms can price their products based on market forces so as to encourage competition. The deregulation law prohibits the government from interfering or influencing the pricing schemes of oil companies.

The DOE, though, requested oil firms to report to the department any price changes before its execution.

Aquino Inspects Metro Land, Air, Sea Terminals

Last Monday, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) said that transportation services at Metro Manila’s major land, air and sea terminals have considerably enhanced from conditions last year, but further improvements can still be done.

Manuel Roxas II, Transportation and Communicatons secretary, accompanied President Benigno Aquino III last Monday on an inspection tour at Cubao bus terminal, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and Manila North Harbor.

According to Roxas, Mr. Aquino who made the same rounds last year has noted improvements at Cubao terminal, NAIA and North Harbor.

“Last year, there was really chaos. Now, people are queuing properly and we have more security measures,” Roxas uttered.

Before President Aquino leaves for Cambodia to attend the two-day 20th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders’ summit, he supervised the inspection first.

President Aquino told the reporters that he was there not only to assure that the security procedures is well executed at the terminals but also to ensure that terminals provides convenience and safety for departing passengers.

North Harbor

Even with the improvements, Secretary Roxas said that President Aquino still found numerous problems that he wants to be resolved as soon as possible.

“One problem that the President saw was that some of the urinals were not that clean. I will make sure that this is dealt with,” Roxas said.

The President’s inspection began at Manila’s North Harbor, the country’s busiest domestic terminal at around 10 o’clock in the morning.

A commercial vessel with a capacity of 1,929 passengers that was docked at Pier 2 and scheduled to depart at 3 o’clock in the afternoon namely MV St. Michael Archangel, was boarded by President Aquino together with Secretary Roxas and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

The ship’s route is at Misamis Oriental province, with stops at Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro and Iloilo.

President Aquino and Secretary Roxas were satisfied with what they saw. They’ve found out that the vessel had enough life jackets, life rings, fire extinguishers, and other emergency equipment.

Data from the Coast Guard presented that more than 147,000 passengers lodged over 1,000 vessels that navigated to several destinations nationwide over the past 24 hours (from 6 a.m., April 1 to 6 a.m. April 2).

Terminal 3

Around 11 a.m., Mr. Aquino was at NAIA Terminal 3. The president accompanied one passenger to check how long the travelers had to fall in line outside the terminal before they could get inside the building.

“Our benchmark is that it should take a passenger 10 minutes at most to get into the terminal,” Roxas told the reporters.

“The Presidential Security Group (PSG) was already telling the President to get inside because he was exposed outside the terminal. But he wanted to see for himself. Fortunately, it only took them 5 minutes,” he added.

“It looked like they met their objectives,” President Aquino told the reporters.

“We are gradually improving facilities in the airport to better serve our people, especially during occasions like the observance of Holy Week,” Roxas said.

Cubao bus terminal

“We want to advise our people to allot more time when they travel this Lenten season. They shouldn’t make their travel plans at the last minute to avoid crowds and reach their destinations as planned.”

President Aquino had lunch with top airport administrators before leaving for the Cubao bus terminal inspection.

He arrived approximately 1 p.m. at the Cubao bus terminal for a 30-minute inspection. The land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) established a random drug-testing center.

Also at the bus terminal, LTFRB organized a pre-departure briefing for around 30 drivers, 11 of them were also subjected to breath analyzer tests to check if they had been engaged to drinking. All the drivers offered themselves for drug testing.

The random drug testing prepared last year by LTFRB for bus drivers has become a regular part of the “Oplan Ligtas Biyahe (Safe Journey)”, a program to ensure safe travel during Lenten season.

“We are making random drug testing a regular part of our ‘Ligtas Biyahe’ program to make sure our bus drivers are fit to bring passengers to their destinations safely,” Roxas said.  “We are doing this to ensure the safety of our bosses: the travelers.”

President Aquino said that the procedures at the bus terminal were “more systematized, and all the passengers I spoke to were smiling.”

Also the President noted that even the traffic on EDSA was easier. “So far I am much happier and I am confident that the preparations were all good,” he said.

PAL Adds, Cancels Flights For Holy Week

Philippine Airlines (PAL) is regulating its operations on Holy Week by adding 6 extra flights to 3 destinations and developing 20 international and 2 domestic flights by using larger aircraft.

An additional flight will be attached to and from the following destinations: Taipei and Puerto Princesa City on the 8th of April while on the 9th will be at Hong Kong.

The flights that will use larger aircraft to lodge more passengers are those to and from Shanghai (Pudong airport) on April 4; Xiamen, Taipei, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing on April 5; Puerto Princesa City on April 7; Hong Kong, Xiamen and Beijing on April 8; and Xiamen on April 9.

PAL domestic operations will be scaled down with the cancellation of 38 flights to 7 destinations on Good Friday, Black Saturday and Easter Sunday to permit PAL employees to at least witness Holy Week practices.

On Good Friday, particular flights to and from will be cancelled such as cities of Cotabato, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, Zamboanga and Tacloban. While on Black Saturday, certain flights to and from Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao will be also withdrawn.

On Easter Sunday, one flight each to Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga will similarly be canceled.

Visit the PAL website for a complete list of canceled, upgraded and additional flights (www.philippineairlines.com) or call PAL Reservations at 8558888.

Passengers are recommended to arrive earlier than usual at the airport, also that they double check travel documents (passport, tickets, etc.) and minimize bringing bulky carry-on baggage to avoid aggravations.

Comelec To Get P430 Million For New ARMM Voters’ List

Yesterday, March 28, 2012 President Aquino approved in the notion of the P430-million financing that the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is looking for to withdraw the voter’s list in the Autonomous Region Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) following reports that its population has been increasing over the years.

According to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, “Considering that ARMM reforms have been high in our agenda, I think P430 million will not be too much compared to the restoration of the credibility in the upcoming elections,” President Aquino just gave his nod.

Secretary Abad told the reporters in a chance interview that the money will be obtained from the original budget for the ARMM election proper that were postponed in August 2011 and also from the “discretionary funds” of the President.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., who were also present in the meeting in Malacañang have proposed the amount that will be needing for the “total annulment” of the voters’ list in the five provinces of the ARMM. In line with this it has been notoriously known for “command votes” in years.

Maguindano, Basilan, Lanao Del Sur, Sulu, and Tawi – Tawi composes the ARMM.

“Mr. President, we are going to seriously consider annulling the voters’ list in the entire five provinces of ARMM,” said Brillantes. With this, they’ve observed that this is the quickest way to cleanse the Comelec records of double registrants and other election-related difficulties.

“There will be total annulment of voters’ list of the five provinces. This is what we are going to do,” Brillantes uttered, ARMM officer-in-charge Gov. Mujiv Hataman proposed that the general registration be performed in May instead of June.

“We have reservations about pocket registrations because some sectors might just put political color into it. We prefer and we want to pursue a general registration, and hopefully to have a biometrics system in 2013,” Hataman alleged.

Preceding to the agreement of the P430-million funding, Hataman thought they would be needing at least P280 million to push through general registration and also that the regional government considers this can still be done within a week or two but the COMELEC said that 17 days would do.

Brillantes assumed that the amount was high as for the government wants to gain machines that will be used for the purpose, as well as organize and utilize personnel.

Brilliantes aforesaid, “We can have several machines, but if there are no election inspectors then it will just delay the whole process. An election inspector should be there to conduct the oath for registrants.”

President Aquino observed from the PowerPoint presentation of the National Statistics Office that the ARMM population has been “very substantial,” mainly when records from 2007 and 2010 years were compared, which were both election years.

It was presented by NSO that ARMM had a population of 4.1 million in 2007 but in reality it was revealed last 2010 that it was only around 3 million, or a disparity of 1 million in only 3 years’ time.

One of the provinces in ARMM showed that there was only a difference of 432,000 in the population figures for 2007 and 2010.

NSO articulated that the ARMM had a population of 1.6 million in 1980, increasing to 2.1 million 10 years later (1990), then to 2.8 million in 2000 and 4.1 million in 2007, but decreased to 3.3 million in 2010.

“The population of the Philippines and Mindanao, both excluding ARMM, were falling from 1990 to 2007, whereas in ARMM, it was not only growing, (but) it was growing at an improbable rate,” according to Budget Secretary Abad.

For many years, ARMM has been considered to be the bailiwick of any administration and has been general with so-called “command votes,” which the region is always predictably to deliver to any administration candidate.

Philippine Massacre Suspect Arraigned For Fraud

Suspect in the 2009 massacre of 57 people, was one a powerful Filipino clan leader, pleaded not guilty last Monday to charges of falsifying the election votes to favor former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s associates.

Andal Ampatuan Sr. was accused on the charge of electoral sabotage and who is currently on trial for murder in the massacre. While Arroyo, his former political supporter, has pleaded not guilty to the same electoral charge.

Former Philippine elections Chief Benjamin Abalos, who doubted the court’s command and declined to enter a plea himself, were also granted a not guilty plea from the court.

Ampataun, is considered one of the most feared politicians in the country, together with his 3 sons and more than 150 gunmen they were charged of killing no less than 57 people, including 32 journalists, who were on their way to register the candidacy of a political opponent of the Ampatuans.

The ambush took place in Southern Maguindanao province in which they consider as the Ampatuans’ bailiwick where family members obtain several positions in the government which includes a governor and mayors of several towns named after them. It was reflected to be the worst political massacre in present Philippine history and also the worst solo murder of journalists in the world.

Ampatuan together with his affiliates have implored not guilty in the murder charges.

The 70-year old family head Ampatuan was brought to court from his detention compartment by a strongly armed police in a means of a wheelchair. He was treated for his illness namely pneumonia in a military hospital early this month that’s why his prosecution has been cancelled twice.

A former provincial administrator, Norie Unas, was the main witness in the electoral sabotage. In line with this Norie says that he heard Arroyo commanded Ampatuan days before the 2007 elections to ensure her success for all 12 senatorial candidates linked with her.

“It should be 12-0 in Maguindanao, even if the results have to be fixed or changed,” Unas quoted Arroyo as saying in his affirmation to which Ampatuan replied, “Yes, ma’am.

No opposition candidate won in Maguindanao that year and years later after the election proper they found evidence of vote tampering.

Temporarily one of the grandsons of Ampatuan also included in nearly 100 massacre suspects at large was pointed in by his mother and taken into detention.

Anwar Ampatuan Jr.’s mother who is a town mayor, dreaded for her son’s life after he was harmed in a bomb explosion last Sunday, according to Col. Mayorlago Dela Cruz. It was not still visible who was behind the flash.

The relatives of the massacre victims’ condemned the slow monitoring of the trial which was opened in Manila last 2010.

Second Biggest Lottery Win

Second Biggest Lottery Win

In December, the lottery paid out a record 741 million pesos to a 63-year-old US-based Filipino man who had bought the winning ticket while vacationing in the Philippines.

Yesterday an illiterate, slum-dwelling Filipino carpenter who was too poor to send his six children to school became an instant millionaire. This was the country’s second biggest-ever lottery win.

The 60-year-old collected a 356.5-million-peso cheque from a single 20-peso ticket, which was all he could afford, said an aide to Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office general manager Jose Ferdinand Roxas.

“He plans to buy a house because he and his family had never owned a proper home all their lives,” said the Roxas aide, who declined to be identified.

The aide said the latest winner, who under lottery rules is never identified for security reasons, beat odds of one in 29 million on a six-number combination based on his and his wife’s birthdays and their wedding date.

The jackpot had mounted as there were no winners in 43 previous draws.

The carpenter lives in one of Manila’s many shanty towns, across the street from a gated southern Manila enclave called Ayala Alabang that houses some of the country’s richest families.

“Neither he nor his children had gone to school and his six children, all but one of them married, still live with him in his tiny shack,” the sweepstakes office aide said.

The winner told Roxas he had been buying lottery tickets occasionally over the past three years when he had money to spare, which was not often, the aide said. Winners are drawn three times a week.

“The old man is really lucky. Others would bet thousands of pesos each time time and not win anything,” the aide said.

Source: www.abs-cbnnews.com

All set for Holy Week

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

All set for Holy Week

As reported by ABS-CBN, more than 1,000 traffic enforcers will be discharge starting this Wednesday, April 20.

These enforcers will be assigned to major thoroughfares, particularly EDSA and other exit points of Metro Manila, as part of MMDA’s Metro Alalay Semana Santa.

The Philippine National Police, meanwhile, will deploy 135,000 officers throughout the country and 5,000 in Metro Manila.

Well, it seems like our Authorities are already prepared for possible street traffics for next week’s Holy Week, as they will  also be manning bus and jeepney terminals, airports and shopping malls in anticipation of this Holiday.

photo from: FemaleNetwork.com

Possible Acid Rain today and tomorrow; is so False

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

Early this morning, unknown information from a chain message via cellular phones just kept circulating in the midst of nuclear explosion issue in Fukumi, Japan.

The message is this “Reminder, 4:30 this afternoon a nuclear power plant explode in Fukimi, Japan, it is said that if ever later or tomorrow rains, don’t go outside without any protection for your skin, use umbrella or rain coat because when you rained, there are tendency that your skin might burn, it can also cause you hair baldness or skin cancer, it’s very dangerous.”

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration or PAGASA answered the unidentified rumor that the story behind text message Japan nuclear blast which occurred on Saturday after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit the country the day before, will cause acid rain in the Philippines is not true

Quoted, “The winds from Japan are moving away from us. It’s not true that these winds contain acid rain,” PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio by radio dzBB today. (“Yong hangin galing sa Japan papalayo kaya ‘di makakarating sa atin. Hindi totoo ang ulan may kasamang acid.”)

Mario Montejo, Secretary of Department of Science and Technology, (DOST) told radio dwIZ today, “There is no immediate threat to the Philippines …We are very optimistic in a few days we can declare no threat to the country.”secretary said.

SOURCES: http://ph.news.yahoo.comGMA News Online

Red Roses for Lady Bus Passengers this Valentine’s Day

BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA

Heart is in the Air. Early this morning, spotted about 200 Bus Marshall from the  Manila Police District (MPD) while controlling and still keeping an eye on the possible terrorist and criminal aggressions surprisingly gave red roses to female passengers for the celebration of Valentine’s Day after their flag ceremony to express and throw some love in the air today.

Reportedly, some of the passengers who are passing along Taft Avenue in Manila are those who received roses from these mushy people of MPD. Others are commuters come to pass by the Light Rail Transit along Manila.

These Gentlemen stay active and alert on their duties to knock up violence, crime and possible bombing attacks on roadways and parkways, business and commercial establishments like malls, motels and restaurants for the possible reoccur of 2005 Valentine’s Day bombing where 4 people were died after a bomb explosion in a bus in Makati City.

Female passenger’s received red roses for Valentine's Day

Female passenger’s received red roses for Valentine's Day

News Source: GMANews.TV

PHOTO: NPPA Images

RP wins as Manny Pacquiao goes for the 8th!

The World Super Welterweight Championship is conquered once again by our very own Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao yesterday at Dallas, Texas. He won over Mexico’s Antonio Margarito with 120-108, 118-110 and 119-109 in a unanimous decision.

The match was pretty tight since the Mexican boxer got through the fight till the 12th round saying, “I’m a Mexican, we fight until the end.” His trainer, Robert Garcia shouldn’t have let him continue till the very end what with his fighter’s cuts and bruised eyes. Margarito’s face was so swollen he will allegedly undergo facial surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone in his face, stated on ESPN.com. Pride should not be a determining factor in allowing a hopelessly outclassed fighter to continue into the danger zone but Garcia decided that bragging rights were more important than the safety of his fighter.

Th fight was entertaining because of Pacquaio’s showmanship. He was too fast for Margarito despite his height and strong structure. The PacMan’s movement, power and accuracy as well as his speed of punching, imagination, courage and tireless volume of training raised the boxing sport to a new dimension.

The greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world, who also serves as a Congressman in the country and sings with his rock band, produced a stunning performance to win an unprecedented eighth world title in eight weight divisions.
Who will ever beat The PacMan? I guess that’s for the whole world to wonder in a long time. Congratulations to Pacquiao! You made the Filipinos proud.