[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 16 November 2009 Monday

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Newsbriefs 16 November 2009 Monday

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Ralph Recto, Vilma Santos join Liberal Party (INQUIRER.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer)


(UPDATE) Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto and former Senator Ralph Recto are joining the Liberal Party (LP) and support the team-up of Senators Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III and Manuel "Mar" Roxas II in the 2010 elections.

At the convention, Roxas also announced the LP's senatorial slate composed of Recto, former congressman Neric Acosta, former Senator Franklin Drilon, Bukidnon Representative Teofisto Guingona III, Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros, detained general Danilo Lim, and former Senator Serge Osmena.

Recto informed Aquino and Roxas about his and his wife's decision to align with the LP in a dinner with them at the Roxas residence in Cubao, Quezon City Saturday night.

"I think you have a good team in the LP under the leadership of Senator Noynoy and Senator Mar," Recto told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Aquino leads by 'big margin' in Pulse Asia survey (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
MANILA-(2nd UPDATE)-Liberal Party presidential candidate Sen. Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino leads in the latest presidential polls of Pulse Asia getting 44% preference in October 2009 or a 25% margin over Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar's 19%. 

"Senator Benigno C. Aquino III leads all surveyed presidential hopefuls/presidentiables by a big margin. The reason most-often cited in expressing a voting preference for a possible presidential candidate is the latter's clean public record ('malinis') or, alternatively, not being corrupt 'hindi kurakot'," polling firm Pulse Asia said Monday.

Sen. Francis Escudero, with 13% preference, was statistically tied in third place with former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada, who got 11% support.

Vice-President Noli de Castro was next with 4%.

"With Senator Aquino joining the presidential race, the other personalities who used to be in the lead experienced a decline in their voter preferences. Between August and October 2009, the biggest drop in electoral support is recorded by Vice-President Noli de Castro (-12 percentage points). The voter preferences of Senator Villar and former President Estrada also decline during this period (-6 and -8 percentage points, respectively)," Pulse Asia said.

      Gibo turns over DND post to Gonzales (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
      MANILA - Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro on Monday formally turned over his post to National Security Adviser and incoming defense chief Norberto Gonzales in formal rites at Camp Aguinaldo. 

      In his farewell speech before Department of National Defense staff, Teodoro thanked President Arroyo for choosing him to head the defense department in 2007 despite being untested in the field. "It was some of the best times of my life," he said of his two-year stint as DND chief. 

      Teodoro, who is running for president under the Lakas-Kampi Christian Muslim Democrats ticket, said he is confident that the DND will be in safe and good hands under Gonzales. Gonzales was previously designated officer in charge of the DND before Teodoro's appointment in 2007. 

      "I am sure under the stewardship of Bert Gonzales, we will beat those adversities," Teodoro said, referring to national calamities and security threats faced by the country. 

      WHO alarmed over mental health of flood victims (www.philstar.com)
     


MANILA, Philippines - The World Health Organization (WHO) has alerted Philippine health authorities over a possible rise in the incidence of mental disorders among flood victims in the country.

Dr. Shin Young Soo, WHO's Western Pacific regional director said health authorities must look for signs of deteriorating mental condition among those still living in floodwaters.

Shin explained that many of the Filipinos who still live under floodwaters are anxious and distressed after what they have gone through.

"That is a perfectly normal reaction, but the danger is that they might become frustrated and angry if their physical and mental needs are not taken care of as the days go by," Shin pointed out.

Pacman's magnificent seventh (www.philstar.com)



LAS VEGAS - On a cold Saturday evening, Manny Pacquiao put on the hottest performance of his life, winning an unprecedented seventh world title in different weight classes, and this time making sure that he'll be remembered forever as the greatest of them all.

It was nine degrees outside when the 30-year-old Filipino superstar waged war against the bigger Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico at the MGM Grand. The fight looked one-sided even if it wasn't, and in the end, after almost 12 rounds, Pacquiao was declared winner via technical knockout.

Referee Kenny Bayless stepped in and waved his hands to put an end to the fight, a bloody one for Cotto, when the 29-year-old underdog took a big left to the head and looked ready to fall for the third time, pinned on a neutral corner. The end came in the 55-second mark of the final round.

"Takbo siya ng takbo. Ako naman parang mabangis na tigre (He kept on running while I looked like a ferocious tiger," said Pacquiao in the post-fight press conference, all dressed up, and ready to treat his fans to a mini-concert at Mandalay Bay.

 



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