4 bets shine in ANC’s Harapan: analysts

MANILA – Four presidential candidates gave strong performances at ANC’s “Harapan: The Presidential Forum” on Wednesday, according to several political and media analysts.

Among the experts’ favorites were Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino Jr., Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon, former Defense Sec. Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr., and former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada.

Imaging expert Emily Abrera said Aquino, Teodoro, and Gordon made the most sense and “didn’t waffle” when they answered questions on morality, as well as their views on political dynasties, population control, insurgency, and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s bid for a congressional seat.

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Arroyo files COC for congressional bid

MANILA – President Arroyo on Tuesday filed her certificate of candidacy to run for the 2nd congressional district of Pampanga, making her the first incumbent president in Philippine history to run for a lower position.

Arroyo first heard Mass at the St. Augustine Church in her hometown of Lubao, Pampanga before proceeding to the local Commission on Elections office. She was accompanied by her husband, Jose Miguel, while hundreds of supporters cheered.

Mrs. Arroyo earlier said she made her decision to stay in government due to the clamor of her supporters in Pampanga. “After much contemplation I realized I am not ready to step down completely from public service,” she said in a radio interview.

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RP outside scope of global recession – GMA

ANGELES CITY, Philippines — President Arrosed “hope” that the Philippines would not be seriously affected by the recession now seriously affecting other countries.

The President arrived here upon the invitation of Fr. Jun Mercado, parish priest of Barangay Lourdes Sur which had its fiesta yesterday to commemorate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Mercado said the Mass yesterday was also to mark the “World Day of the Sick” which was instituted by Pope John Paul II in 1992. [Read More...]

Philippines enacts clean energy act

A bill that aims to boost the Philippines’ energy self-sufficiency to 60 percent by 2010 was signed into law by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Tuesday.

The new act, the Renewable Energy Act of 2008, is also expected to mitigate the global problem of climate change, the presidential office said in a statement.

The administration hailed the enactment of “first and most comprehensive renewable energy law in Southeast Asia” as a means to “accelerate” the exploration of geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, biomass, wind, and ocean energy; and increase the utilization and development of renewable energy.

It will also help the country to tap the soaring investments in renewable energy development worldwide pegged at 71 billion U.S. dollars last year.

“Now, with our Renewable Energy Act, we can move aggressively to develop these resources,” said Arroyo, who just returned from a four-day trip to Qatar.  [Continue Reading...]

SAYS CICT:”Outsourcing hub in every province in ‘09″

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT) is targeting to have an outsourcing hub in every province in 2009, an official said.

This is in compliance with a recent directive from President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to encourage more outsourcing companies to locate in every province throughout the country, CICT Commissioner Monchito Ibrahim said in an interview with INQUIRER.net.

“Within 2009, we will start making all provinces part of the next-wave cities program,” Ibrahim said, as he referred to an earlier effort to develop potential destinations for outsourcing companies in cities and provinces. [Continue Reading...]

FVR tells Arroyo to stop Charter change

Former Philippine President Fidel Ramos called on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Tuesday to stop any moves to amend the constitution amid growing disquiet in the country over attempts by her allies to extend her term.

“It’s too late now, at this time, to be talking about charter change,” Ramos, a retired general who led the 1986 peaceful coup against late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and who has supported Arroyo in past attempts to unseat her, told reporters before leaving for Guam. Read full story>>