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  • 4 hours Alex Gonzaga apologizes to Parañaque mayor for ‘may pagkamadugas’ remark MB |Ent
    Actress Alex Gonzaga apologized to reelected Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Oliver for calling the latter a “cheat” in a campaign sortie. Alex Gonzaga Gonzaga personally apologized to Olivarez and the meeting was made possible with the help of actor Vandolph Quizon and his wife Jenny, as well as Councilor Bong Bengzon. “Dito sa last election, I was very invested because you know, my dad ran, my boyfriend. Siguro I was very emotional that time and alam niyo na, nagkakamali ang tao,” ABS-CBN News quoted Gonzaga as saying. (In the last election, …..Maybe I was very emotional at that time and ... more
  • 4 hours Two Filipinos impress ‘Brightburn’ producer James Gunn with fan art MB |Ent
    Two Filipino artists won in the recently-concluded “Brightburn” Fan Art Competition. (The winning artworks of Jay Atienza and Dennis Radaza / MANILA BULLETIN) Jaye Atienza of Mabalacat Pampanga, and Dennis Radaza of Rodriguez, Rizal, were picked by “Brightburn” producer James Gunn as winners of the said competition along with Adam Stephens from the US, Kmail Shareef of Pakistan and Liza Shumskaya of Ukraine. Aside from a $2,000 prize money, the winners’ creations, including Razada and Atienza’s, will “potentially” be featured in the marketing campaign, social accounts, print materials and even merchandise for the upcoming film. In an interview, the Filipino ... more
  • 5 hours Angel vs. Jimmy over network franchise renewal post; celebs show support for ABS-CBN MB |Ent
    Singer-turned-government official Jimmy Bondoc is now under fire especially from Kapamilya stars over his allegations against a TV network. It began when Bondoc posted a screenshot of an ABS-CBN News article, claiming it was “malicious.” What earned the attention of many was when he accompanied it with a caption that read: “I will eagerly await your demise… I eagerly await your extinction.” Recall that President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to block ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal, which is expiring in 2020. Bondoc, a staunch supporter of the president and appointed vice president for entertainment of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), ... more
  • 5 hours ADMU denies ‘Bikoy’ claims ‘oust Duterte’ meetings were held in its campus MB
    By MB Online The president of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) on Tuesday denied the claims made by Peter Joemel “Bikoy” Advincula that the Liberal Party held meetings in the university to orchestrate “Oplan Sonoma”, or the plot to oust President Duterte. (Ateneo de Manila University / MANILA BULLETIN) Father Jose Ramon T. Villarin, S.J., in a statement, clarified that no meeting was convened or organized in the university. “The University categorically denies insinuations made this morning that it is part of a plot to overthrow the present government of the Republic of the Philippines,” Villarin said. “It reserved all ... more
  • 6 hours Romero to lead partylist coalition in House MB
    By Ben Rosario Now the second largest political bloc in the House of Representatives, the Partylist Coalition Foundation Inc. (PCFI) is demanding “respect” as co-equal to district congressmen, and has elected 1Pacman Partylist Rep. Michael “Mikee” Romero to lead them. 1PACMAN partylist Rep. Michael “Mikee” Romero (RIO DELUVIO / MANILA BULLETIN) With Romero at the helm of the PCFI, partylist members were swiftly assured of a larger role in legislative operations in the Lower Chamber by no less than the frontrunning candidates for the speakership who introduced themselves to the organization on Thursday. “The partylist coalition bloc comprises 20 percent ... more
  • 6 hours 1.8 million children still facing threats of conflict in Mindanao – children’s rights group MB
    By Merlina Hernando-Malipot Two years after the months-long siege in Marawi, an international group promoting children’s rights and welfare said that nearly two million children continue to “face uncertainties” as they were still living in war-torn homes and schools, while their parents were still without stable jobs or livelihoods. Save the Children Philippines Chief Executive Officer Albert Muyot (SAVE THE CHILDREN PHILIPPINES / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) Save the Children Philippines said that, two years after the Marawi siege in the Philippines, 1.8 million children “face threats of lingering conflict” across Mindanao. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Albert Muyot, in a ... more
  • 6 hours BI warns OFWs against illegal tour operators, travel agencies MB
    By Jun Ramirez The Bureau of Immigration (BI) advised Friday prospective overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) not to fall prey to illegal tour operators and travel agencies illegally sending undocumented workers abroad. Bureau of Immigration (MANILA BULLETIN) BI Commissioner Jaime Morente issued the warning after two Filipinas recruited by a travel agency to work in Qatar were intercepted recently at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Morente said travel agencies are not authorized or licensed to recruit and deploy OFWs. Otherwise, they will be liable for criminal prosecution and their licenses cancelled. According to BI port operations chief Grifton Medina, “Ann” ... more
  • 6 hours De Lima tags ‘Bikoy’ a ‘professional con artist, criminal psychopath’ MB
    By Hannah Torregoza Detained Senator Leila de Lima on Friday said Peter Advincula, who claimed he was “Bikoy”, can be described as either a professional con artist being used by groups critical with the opposition, or just a criminal psychopath. Senator Leila de Lima(REUTERS / Romeo Ranoco / MANILA BULLETIN) De Lima made the statement as she weighed in on Advincula’s claims that the “narco-list” videos he made were all lies and were orchestrated by the Liberal Party and other opposition allies. Advincula, in a press briefing in Camp Crame, tagged Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Vice President Leni Robredo ... more
  • 6 hours Duterte lashes at ‘shameless’ Trillanes MB
    By Argyll Cyrus Geducos President Duterte lashed at Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, calling him shameless, following the newest claim of Peter Advincula that the outgoing lawmaker was one of those behind the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos. President Duterte; Senator Antonio Trillanes IV(MANILA BULLETIN) Duterte made the statement in a speech hours after Advincula claimed that Trillanes and the Liberal Party masterminded the black propaganda against the President. In a speech in Davao City, Duterte expressed confidence that the truth will come out soon, and even challenged his critics to come out if they really want to oust him. “Pinaaral kayo sa ... more
  • 6 hours Andanar ready to be presidential political adviser if tapped by Duterte MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar is focused on performing his job for now despite rumors that he will be transferred to another government post. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar(ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Andanar said he has yet to receive President Duterte’s order about his rumored appointment as the next Presidential adviser for political affairs. “The President has not talked to me about it. I will wait for the President’s order,” he said in a text message. “In the meantime, regular work as usual,” he added. Andanar was reacting to rumors that he ... more
  • 6 hours DILG asks civil society organizations to avail of P3 million in grants from Swiss foundation MB
    By Chito Chavez The government’s campaign on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE) was further bolstered after an international funding agency pledged to grant around $3 million in assistance to civil society organizations (CSOs) for their community-level initiatives to address violent extremism. Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año (DILG / MANILA BULLETIN) Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo M. Año said the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), a non-profit Swiss foundation, has recently partnered with the Philippine government, and is now calling on CSOs to express their interest ... more
  • 7 hours TUCP hails Senate passage of security of tenure law MB
      By Erma Edera  Labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) lauded the passage of the Security of Tenure bill, saying that it would “bring hope to millions of workers employed under the contractual scheme.” TUCP President Raymond Mendoza(TUCP Party-List / MANILA BULLETIN) On Wednesday, the Senate approved on third and final reading the bill, seeking to eliminate the practice of “endo” or “end of contract” by employers and guarantee security of tenure of workers. “By a vote of 15-0, the Senate also brushed aside the apprehensions and objections posed by Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez that the bill ... more
  • 7 hours ‘Bikoy’ rushed to hospital after experiencing chest pains, high blood pressue MB
    By MB Online Peter Joemel Advincula, alias “Bikoy”, was rushed to the hospital a day after surrendering to the Philippine National Police (PNP), and revealing that Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, the Liberal Party (LP), and other personalities in the opposition were behind the viral videos he produced that linked the family and close friends of President Duterte to the illegal drug trade. Peter Advincula aka Bikoy speaks during a press conference at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN) Police General Oscar Albayalde, PNP Chief, said Advincula complained of dizziness early morning after ... more
  • 7 hours DILG vows administrative charges to stick against 26 alleged narco-politicians who won in May polls MB
    By Chito Chavez The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has vowed to pursue administrative charges against winning politicians in the May 13 mid-term polls suspected to have illegal drug links. While it respected the voice of the electorate, DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said his agency could not just let the alleged narco-politicians off the hook even if they came out victorious in the elections. DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año(PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN) The list of winning narco politicians included two congressmen, one vice-governor, 18 mayors, three vice-mayors, one councilor and a board member. These elected officials were ... more
  • 7 hours Marcos leaning towards reimposition of death penalty for drug crimes MB
    By Mario Casayuran Senator-elect Imee Marcos is leaning towards the proposed reimposition of death penalty for high-level drug crimes as she favored the current anti-illegal drugs campaign of President Duterte. In a TV interview Friday morning, Marcos said that, while she voted against the death penalty bill when she was an Ilocos Norte congresswoman, there was now a need to study the proposal. Senator-elect Imee Marcos(FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) She cited the call of President Duterte for Congress to reimpose the death penalty only on drug-related cases that could fall under the category of heinous crimes. Senate President Vicente C. ... more
  • 8 hours Alcala pleads not guilty to garlic cartel graft charge MB
    By Czarina Nicole Ong-Ki Former Department of Agriculture (DA) secretary Proceso Alcala Friday morning pleaded not guilty before the Sandiganbayan Fifth Division for his graft charge in relation to the reported manipulation of the country’s garlic cartel from 2010 to 2014. Former Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Proceso Alcala(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) The anti-graft court set the first day of his pre-trial conference on July 5. The arraignment of his other co-accused has also been deferred to July 5 due to pending incidents, with the exception of garlic trader Laila Matabang who already pleaded not guilty due to a travel ... more
  • 8 hours Tagle reelected president of Caritas Internationalis MB
    By Leslie Ann Aquino Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has been reelected as president of Caritas Internationalis. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle presides mass at the EDSA Shrine to celebrate the feast day of the Our Lady of EDSA which also marks the 32nd Anniversary of the People Power Revolution. (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN) The National Secretariat for Social Action Justice & Peace of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines announced Tagle’s reelection in its Facebook page Friday. “Congratulations to our beloved Luis Antonio Cardinal G. Tagle, for his reelection as the President of Caritas Internationalis,” ... more
  • 8 hours Duterte to highlight shaping Asia’s future in Tokyo visit MB
    By Argyll Cyrus Geducos President Duterte will be discussing Asia’s role in charting its own future during in the 25th International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo, Japan next week. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) In a pre-departure briefing for Duterte’s participation in Nikkei’s 25th annual conference, Assistant Secretary Meynardo Montealegre of the Department of Foreign Affairs’s (DFA) Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs said Duterte will stress on Asia’s role in charting its own future. “The President will likely assert Asia’s role in charting its own future, even as we affirm the ... more
  • 8 hours 6 PH Science High School students face expulsion for cybercrime MB
    By the Philippine News Agency Six male students of the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) may not graduate after some parents of their schoolmates and alumni pressed for their expulsion, six days ahead of the school’s commencement ceremony. (Philippine Science High School / MANILA BULLETIN) The six male students have pending cases of child abuse and cybercrime for allegedly posting nude photos and videos of five female students online. Some of the girls were reported to be minors. Dr. Lawrence Madriaga, PSHS main campus director, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Thursday that one of the female students filed ... more
  • 8 hours PDP-Laban bides its time before deciding who to support for Speaker MB
    By Vanne Elaine Terrazola The Partido Demokratiko ng Pilipinas-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) is taking its time in choosing its bet for the House speakership in the 18th Congress. Senator Koko Pimentel (ALBERT GARCIA / MANILA BULLETIN) PDP-Laban president and reelected Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel said the ruling political party has yet to decide who it will support for the highest post in the House of Representatives. “No decision yet because we have time,” Pimentel told The Manila Bulletin in a text message Thursday. The party held a meeting Wednesday night in preparation for the opening of the next Congress, where ... more
  • 8 hours Santacruzan, Flores de Mayo are reminders to follow Mary’s example, says bishop MB
    By Christina Hermoso As various cities and towns hold the Santacruzan and the Flores de Mayo this month of May, a Catholic Church leader reminded the faithful of their significance, that is, being inspired to follow Mary’s example and virtues. (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos said the Santacruzan and the Flores de Mayo are being held in honor and as a tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary. More than admiring the beauty and the attire of the participants, “the processions must be seen as a reminder for us to strive to be like Mary, to follow ... more
  • 9 hours Brazil cosmetics giant Natura buys Avon in all-shares transaction MB |Biz
      By Agence France-Presse Brazilian cosmetics giant Natura said Wednesday that it is buying Avon in an all-share transaction that will form the world’s fourth largest beauty products company. In this file photo taken on September 14, 2011 the newly completed U.S. headquarters for Avon Products Inc. in New York City.(Photo by MARIO TAMA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) The combined company, Natural Holding S.A., is expected to have annual gross revenues of more than $10 billion and be present in 100 countries, Avon and Natura said in a joint statement. Natura shareholders will own approximately 76 percent of the ... more
  • 9 hours Senate seen approving additional tobacco tax before adjournment MB
    By Mario Casayuran With six more session days remaining before it goes on a sine die adjournment on June 7, the Senate has to pass a bill that would increase the current average P79.03 price of a pack of cigarette to P114.03. Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) This as Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian renewed his call for the immediate passage of a bill increasing the tobacco tax to P70, in a bid to not only curb cigarette consumption among Filipinos, but also raise funds for the government’s universal health care (UHC) program. An average price of more ... more
  • 9 hours JV open to accepting a Cabinet post MB
    By Hannah Torregoza Outgoing Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito on Friday said he is open to joining President Rodrigo Duterte’s Cabinet should he be asked to do so in the future. “If I can use my knowledge and I can contribute, then why not? Of course, I want the President to succeed because after all, his success will be our success,” Ejercito said. Sen. JV Ejercito(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN) Ejercito failed in his reelection bid in the recently concluded May 2019 midterm elections. Both President Duterte and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio endorsed his bid. Ejercito joined ... more
  • 9 hours EcoWaste slams attempt to dump Hong Kong waste to PH MB
    By Chito Chavez  Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition on Friday slammed the latest attempt to dump illegal mixed plastic waste to the country from Hong Kong, China. The Quezon City-based group said the incident reinforces its call for the government to formalize as soon as possible President Rodrigo Duterte’s marching orders issued last May 6 banning waste shipments from other countries. (EcoWaste Coalition / MANILA BULLETIN) The group joined officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Region 10 led by Port Collector John Simon in inspecting a 40-foot container van containing 22 sling bags weighing 25,610 kilograms of mixed plastic waste ... more
  • 9 hours Senate OKs bill strengthening AFAB powers MB
    By Mario Casayuran The 24-member Senate has approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to further strengthen the powers and functions of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB). Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN) Senate Bill 2133, “An Act Further Strengthening the Powers and Functions of the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan’’ was passed days before Congress goes on a sine die adjournment on June 7. The measure, sponsored by Senator Sherwin T, Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate energy and economic affairs committees, seeks to increase the potential of the Freeport ... more
  • 10 hours Regulators ponder: When can Boeing’s 737 MAX fly again? MB |Biz
    By Agence France-Presse Two months after Boeing’s popular 737 MAX aircraft was grounded worldwide following two deadly crashes, civil aviation authorities gathered Thursday in Texas to consider a burning question: When will the top-selling jet fly again? Daniel Elwell, acting head of the US Federal Aviation Administration, threw cold water on hopes of a speedy resolution, after revealing late Wednesday that Boeing had held off submitting a proposed software fix for review after his agency raised additional questions. Boeing employees in March 2019 build a 737 MAX in Washington State (AFP Photo/Jason Redmond / MANILA BULLETIN) Investigators have focused on ... more
  • 10 hours Trump unveils $16 billion aid for farmers hurt by China trade war MB |Biz
      By Agence France-Presse President Donald Trump on Thursday unveiled a new $16 billion aid package to help farmers caught in the crossfire his trade war with China. “The farmers have been attacked by China,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “We’re going to help out our farmers and we’re giving them that level playing field that is so important.” China was a major market for US soybean farmers, but exports have virtually halted amid the year-long trade war (AFP Photo/STR / MANILA BULLETIN) Trump again claimed that China is paying the 25 percent tariffs he has imposed on ... more
  • 10 hours Instagram says it’s not source of contact info for influential users MB |Tech
    By Agence France-Presse Instagram on Thursday said it was not the source of private contact information for millions of influential users of the service recently found in an unguarded online database. The online cache of data, which was discovered by a security researcher, was written about Monday by news site TechCrunch, which reported that it was traced back to Mumbai-based social media marketing firm Chtrbox. (AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) “We take any allegation of data misuse seriously,” an Instagram spokesperson said Thursday. “Following an initial investigation into the claims made in this story, we found that no private emails or ... more
  • 10 hours Facebook figures five percent of accounts are fake MB |Tech
    By Agence France-Presse Facebook on Thursday said it recently disabled billions of bogus accounts set up by “bad actors” and that five percent of active accounts are likely fakes. Facebook says five percent of its active accounts are likely fakes (AFP Photo/Lionel BONAVENTURE / MANILA BULLETIN) An estimate of how many of the online social networks accounts are fake and actions taken against the creation of more during the first three months of this year was disclosed in Facebook’s latest report on enforcement activity. Facebook disabled 2.19 billion accounts in the first quarter of this year, nearly double the number ... more
  • 21 hours Hitman insists brother ordered the killing of Sytin MB
    By Jeffrey Damicog The self-confessed gunman of slain businessman Dominic Sytin continues to insist that the victim’s brother ordered the killing. The diagram of the Dominic Sytin murder case (AARON RECUENCO / MANILA BULLETIN) In his counter-affidavit, gunman Edgardo Luib refuted the claims of Dominic’s brother, Dennis, who denied the wrongdoing. “Salungat sa kaniyang pahayag, si Dennis Sytin ang utak o mastermind sa pagpaslang sa nakakatanda niyang kapatid na si Dominic Sytin (Contrary to his statements, Dennis Sytin is the brains or mastermind in the killing of his older brother Dominc Sytin),” read Luib’s counter-affidavit. Luib filed the counter-affidavit before ... more
  • 21 hours Public warned of scammers posing as Executive Secretary Medialdea MB
    By Argyll Geducos The Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) advised the public to not fall prey to those pretending to be Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea in order to extort money from them. Office of the Executive Secretary (OES) In a notice to the public Thursday evening, the OES said there were individuals who have been using the name of Medialdea to solicit funds from the public. “Notice is hereby given to the public that unscrupulous individuals have been using the Office of the Executive Secretary (OES), or name dropping the latter in fraudulent schemes to solicit funds from the ... more
  • 21 hours Party-list coalition sits out choice of speaker, to support Duterte’s anointed MB
    By Ben Rosario Notwithstanding denials from Malacanang, President Rodrigo Duterte’s personal choice for speaker will emerge as the next leader of the House of Representatives. The new leadership of the c which counts for at least 46 proclaimed partylist groups as members, admitted that the House member to be supported by the group for speaker will be the one that Duterte will anoint. Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, who was among the three bets for the speaker that were scheduled to meet the PCI yesterday, said the president’s political party PDP-Laban will submit to Duterte a list of possible speakership hopeful ... more
  • 21 hours SEC vows to protect borrowers from abusive debt collectors MB |Biz
    By James A. Loyola The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking input from stakeholders as it drafts rules to protect borrowers from harassment and unethical practices by financing and lending companies in collecting debt. In a notice issued May 20, the Commission released a draft memorandum circular on the Prohibition of Unfair Debt Collection Practices of Financing Companies (FC) and Lending Companies (LC), for public comment. The SEC drafted the circular following numerous complaints against financing and lending companies, and their third-party service providers allegedly harassing borrowers and employing abusive, unethical and unfair means to collect debt. In ... more
  • 21 hours Rising employment gap, skills mismatch hound local IT industry MB |Biz
    By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat Dearth in skilled local IT, mismatch between job requirements and available skill set, and gaps in education and training have been identified as among the major challenges faced by the country’s IT sector today. Despite being a major driver of the country’s economic growth for many years now, with IT-related jobs being one of the most in-demand in the country based on LinkedIn’s 2019 Emerging Jobs in the Philippines Report, IT companies continue to lament the skills gap while IT graduates and professionals find it hard to get the right job. The report noted that concentration of ... more
  • 21 hours First Gen accelerates 2 gas-fired plants with 1,200MW capacity MB |Biz
    By Myrna M. Velasco First Gen Corporation is targeting to accelerate to construction phases its two new gas-fired power projects that could add up 1,200 megawatts (MW) to the country’s power capacity over the long term.   “For 1,200MW that’s possible, we can always accelerate Santa Maria and Saint Joseph,” First Gen President and Chief Operating Officer Francis Giles B. Puno said, adding that the two generating assets could have 600MW capacity each. At US$1.0 million per megawatt rule-of-thumb development cost for combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) facilities, the two plants could command total investment of US$1.2 billion. The ... more
  • 21 hours Sales of imported cars recover slightly MB |Biz
    By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat Sales of imported vehicles finally recovered although at a very modest 0.2 percent growth in the first four months of the year following a strong 12.1 percent growth in April over the same month last year, data from the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors, Inc. (AVID) showed. According to AVID, sales in April reached 7,259 units from 6,476 units in April last year. This brought to total January-April sales to 29,458 units or a very modest 0.2 percent growth compared to 29,411 units sold in the same first four months 2018. Dragging the overall January-April performance ... more
  • 21 hours Ayala to expand PH solar capacity by 200MW more MB |Biz
    By Myrna M. Velasco The renewable energy investment platform of the Ayala group is cementing capacity boost of 200 megawatts (MW)for its solar portfolio in the Philippines, chiefly for sites that it has secured in the Luzon grid. AC Energy President and CEO Eric T. Francia AC Energy President and CEO Eric T. Francia told reporters “in the near term, we’re looking at construction in the next 12-18 months somewhere between 100-200MW that we can start just to get the ball rolling.” He said the company’s focus will be on smaller capacities for now – initially on expansion of solar ... more
  • 21 hours BSP cuts RRR for small banks MB |Biz
    By Lee C. Chipongian The central bank’s Monetary Board reduced the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) imposed on thrift/savings banks by 200 basis points (bps) while a 100 bps cut was decided on the smaller rural and cooperative banks. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno.(Bloomberg) After Thursday’s Monetary Board meeting, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said the rate of RRR cuts and corresponding schedules will follow that of its earlier decision on the universal and commercial banks. “For thrift banks, the RRR was cut by 200 bps, from eight percent to six percent, as ... more
  • 21 hours $299-M net ‘hot’ money outflows posted in April MB |Biz
    By Lee C. Chipongian The central bank registered $298.83-million worth of net foreign portfolio investment outflows in April, reversing same time last year’s $279 million net inflows. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said gross outflows totaled $1.3 billion for the month, while gross inflows amounted to $989 million. Gross inflows in April of $989 million were 42.9 percent lower from the previous months $1.73 billion. “This may be attributed to investor reaction to the delayed approval of  the 2019 national government budget and the damage caused by the April 22 earthquake that jolted parts of Luzon and Visayas,” ... more
  • 21 hours ADB okays $2.75-B financing for PNR Clark railway MB |Biz
    By Chino S. Leyco The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced yesterday the approval of its largest infrastructure financing project in history that will fund the construction of a passenger railway system connecting Malolos, Bulacan and Clark, Pampanga. ADB President Takehiko Nakao.(https://www.adb.org) In a statement, the multi-lateral institution said that it will provide a financing of up to $2.75 billion for the development of a 53.1 kilometer railway in the suburb north of Manila, which would connect the area to Clark economic zone and Clark International Airport. The Malolos-Clark railway is part of the Philippine government’s North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) project, ... more
  • 21 hours InLife’s revenues up despite high inflation MB |Biz
    By  Chino S. Leyco Locally grown firm Insular Life (InLife) said yesterday the company posted a double-digit growth in revenues last year despite the skyrocketing commodity prices that discouraged investments. In a statement, Mona Lisa B. De la Cruz, InLife president and chief executive, said the insurer’s consolidated revenues increased by 13 percent last year to P22.2 billion from P19.7 billion in the previous year. “There were challenges along the way, such as the rapid spike in inflation rates, but thankfully, our revenue sources still posted growth rates,” De la Cruz said. InLife’s net insurance revenues jumped by ... more
  • 21 hours US ban on Huawei no impact on PH – DICT MB |Biz
    By Emmie V. Abadilla The blacklisting of Huawei in the United States may affect the Chinese firm’s supply chain, but it will have “little impact in the Philippine telecommunications industry,” the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT)  stated. Recently, the United States government signed an Executive Order prohibiting US persons and companies from engaging in business transactions constituting “any acquisition, importation, transfer, installation, dealing in, or use of any information and communications technology or service” with any company owned or controlled by a “foreign adversary” as a means of protection from US national security risks. The EO did ... more
  • 21 hours Survey finds prices of school supplies rising MB |Biz
    By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat Price increases were observed in school supplies, according to a monitoring conducted by consumer group Laban Konsyumer, Inc. (LKI). LKI said that composition notebook (80 leaves) under Best Buy brand has now a price of P19.75 vs 2018 SRP of P15.00. Advance brand is P18.50 vs P16.00 to P16.75 a year ago. Stradmore sells at P31.75. On writing notebooks, Orion and Sterling brands remain at P26.75 a piece, but Spiral notebooks showed price increases as in Seven Notes P26.75 vs P23.75, and Advance P18.75 vs P16.00 to P16.7. Best Buy remains at P15.00. Intermediate Pads also rose ... more
  • 21 hours 190 nurses, care workers graduate from training provided by Japan Foundation, TESDA MB
    By Dhel Nazario Around 190 students who completed their “Japanese Language Training Program for Nurses and Care Worker Candidates” were recently conferred certificates by the Japan Foundation Manila 2019 at the Tandang Sora Hall, TESDA Women’s Center in Taguig City. About 41 nurses (kangoshi) and 149 caregivers (kaigofukushishi) completed the 11th batch of graduates who underwent the six-month Preparatory Japanese Language Training, provided by the Japan Foundation Manila and TESDA, together with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and in partnership with the Embassy of Japan. At present, the ... more
  • 22 hours PDEA seeks ban of Shanti Dope’s song ‘Amatz’ MB
    By Chito Chavez The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has strongly pushed for the banning the airing of the song of Shantie Dope entitled “Amatz’’ claiming it promotes the recreational use of illegal drugs. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron N. Aquino (KEVIN TRISTAN ESPIRITU / MANILA BULLETIN) In a letter dated May 20, 2019, PDEA Director General Aaron N. Aquino requested the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), and the ABS-CBN Corporation to prevent the airing of ‘Amatz’ and its promotion in the different media stations throughout the country. Dismayed ... more
  • 23 hours Speakership candidates vow equal treatment for partylist solons MB
    By Ben Rosario There will be no more “second class” congressmen in the House of Representatives if one of three candidates for speaker will make it to the top post next month. Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, together with come backing Representatives Alan Peter Cayetano (NP, Taguig) and Martin Romualdez (Lakas-CMD, Leyte), made this assurance to members of Partylist Coalition Inc., the second biggest political bloc in the Lower House. The three speakership hopefuls showed up one at a time at the PCI’s organizational meeting to present their platform of leadership that centered on the treatment of partylist congressmen in ... more
  • 23 hours Businessman files P1-billion cyber libel raps vs Bikoy, Facebook, Youtube MB
    By Jeffrey Damicog Peter Joemel Advincula along with Facebook and Youtube face a P1-billion cyber libel complaint for having dragged the names of a Bicolano businessman and his resort in the “Bikoy videos.” Elizaldy Co, owner of Misibis Resort and Hotel Management, Inc., filed before the Legaspi City Prosecutor’s Office two separate complaints which accused Advincula, Facebook and Youtube of cyber libel in violation of Section 4 of Republic Act 10175, the Cybercrime Prevention Act, in relation to Articles 353 and 356 of the Revised Penal Code. Advincula had earlier claimed to be Bikoy in the viral videos “Ang Totoong ... more
  • 23 hours China vows to embrace the world, create a better place with other countries MB
    By Madelynne Dominguez BEIJING, China —  China President Xi Jinping vowed to work with other countries and assured that in time China will open its arm to embrace the world to create a better place with other countries. Chinese President Xi Jinping(REUTERS/Mark Schiefelbein/Pool / MANILA BULLETIN) This was the assurance given by President Xi Jinping as he delivered his speech to the delegates and foreign journalists all over the country who recently attended the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations. “ In time China will open its arm to embrace the world to contribute the China wide-ranging agenda and keen ... more
  • 24 hours COMELEC en banc still to decide on the fate of Cardema MB
    By Leslie Ann Aquino Commission on Election (COMELEC) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said the en banc has yet to decide if former National Youth Commission (NYC) chair Ronald Cardema is qualified to become the substitute nominee of the Duterte Youth party-list group. Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon (PHOTO COURTESY OF ROWENA GUANZON / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) “Can he substitute? Is Cardema qualified to be representative of Duterte Youth? That is not yet decided. There are oppositions filed. That has to be decided by the COMELEC En Banc,” she said in her Twitter account @commrguanzon. “In the Certificate of ... more
  • 24 hours Velasco vows not to meddle with House minority MB
    By Ben Rosario Pro-administration congressmen will no longer be allowed to form a “company union” and claim acknowledgment as minority bloc should the House of Representatives chooses Marinduque Rep. Lord Alan Velasco as its next speaker. Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco(FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) Reacting to the suggestion of veteran opposition Rep. Edcel Lagman (LP Marinduque), Velasco said meddling into the minority’s role in the chamber will be taboo if he is elected speaker. “We will let the minority do their job. The Majority will not meddle in the minority,” Velasco told reporters in an ambush interview yesterday. “During my ... more
  • 1 day Robredo mulls taking ‘Bikoy’ to court MB
    By Raymund Antonio Vice President Leni Robredo is mulling taking legal action against Peter Joemel Advincula, who claimed to be “Bikoy” in the “Ang Totoong Narcolist (The Real Narcolist)” videos. Vice President Leni Robredo (VP LENI ROBREDO / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) Robredo, the leader of the opposition, was asked by reporters on Thursday if she will file a case against Advincula for implicating her in the alleged destabilization plot against President Duterte. “Ako, papaaral natin sa mga abogado (I will let our lawyers study it),” Robredo said in a televised press conference. The Vice President faced the media at ... more
  • 1 day NUPL lawyer asks DOJ to dismiss kidnap raps MB
    By Jeffrey Damicog A member of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) has denied allegations she kidnapped a 14-year-old boy who has been tagged as the key witness in the 2018 Sagay City massacre. (MANILA BULLETIN) In her nine-page counter-affidavit, NUPL lawyer Katherine Panguban asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) to dismiss the kidnapping and serious illegal detention complaint filed against her by Victor Pedaso, the biological father of the boy “Lester” (not his real name). Panguban pointed out “this complaint serves no other purpose than to harass.” “Put differently, unable to allege any wrongdoing on my part, Vic ... more
  • 1 day Two bogus Customs brokers nabbed for alleged extortion MB
    By Betheena Kae Unite Two individuals, who posed as Customs brokers, were arrested in an entrapment operation after allegedly demanding half-a-million peso from a consignee for the release of a shipment, the Bureau of Customs said Thursday. Bureau of Customs (MANILA BULLETIN) The suspects identified as Lawyer Roberto Geotina and Nancy Nuguid were nabbed after taking the bait Customs Intelligence Group and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) set up for their arrest in a restaurant in Quezon City Monday. A complaint against the Geotina and Nuguid reached the bureau on Monday, claiming that the two demanded P500,000 in exchange for ... more
  • 1 day Ex-NPDC official pleads guilty to lesser offense MB
    By Czarina Nicole Ong-Ki Former National Parks and Development Committee (NPDC) Acting Executive Director Salome Tiongco Habal pleaded guilty to a lesser offense instead of graft before the Sandiganbayan Seventh Division and was sentenced to pay a fine of P10,000. Sandiganbayan (MANILA BULLETIN) Habal was initially charged for violating two counts of Section 3(e) of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for paying Variance, a security agency, a total of P11,751,588.81 in exchange for security services back on July 16, 2009 to February 16, 2010. She did so even though Variance was not legally entitled to the ... more
  • 1 day DFA requests for immediate release of forensic report on OFW’s death in Kuwait MB
    By Roy Mabasa The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has requested the Kuwaiti government for the immediate release of the official forensic report of overseas Filipino worker Ma. Constancia Lago Dayag, whose remains arrived in Manila Thursday, May 23. Lovely Jane Dayag, the daughter of the murdered OFW Constancia Lago Dayag, mourns as the lifeless body of her mother arrives at NAIA Cargo in Pasay on Thursday, May 23, 2019. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN) In a statement, the DFA said the request was coursed through the Criminal Evidence Department of Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior. “As of the moment, the death ... more
  • 1 day Two groups ask SC to revise formula for allocation of seats in Congress for party-lists MB
    By Rey Panaligan Two party-list groups which failed to win in last week’s mid-term elections have asked the Supreme Court (SC) to revise the formula for the allocation of seats to allow more representations in Congress for the marginalized sectors. (EPA / MANILA BULLETIN) In a petition, Angkla and Serbisyo sa Bayan told the SC the formula could be revised by reducing the number of seats for top notchers in the elections to allow more winners. Angkla and Serbisyo ng Bayan ranked 53rd and 54th among the 134 groups that participated in the elections. Only 51 groups were declared winners ... more
  • 1 day Gov’t rejects Canada’s offer to ship back garbage, says PH will do the work MB
      By Genalyn Kabiling The Philippine government could ship back the tons of garbage to Canada this month as it rejected Canada’s offer to do the retrieval by the end of June. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the government was working on the shipment of the Canadian trash at the soonest based on information from Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) “Sinabi nila it will take about end of June pa. Hindi papayag si Presidente doon [They said it will take about the end of June. The President will not agree with that] and ... more
  • 1 day Senate approves measure appointing judges-at-large on final reading MB
    By Hannah Torregoza The Senate has approved on third and final reading the measure creating judges-at-large positions in the lower courts to address the perennial backlog in trial courts. Sen. Sonny Angara (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) Senate Bill No. 2065, under Committee Report No. 496, or the proposed “Judges At-Large Act” of 2018 was approved with 17 affirmative votes, zero negative vote, and no abstention. Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, principal author of the measure, said the lack of judges is one of the primary factors of court congestion. Another factor is the deployment of regular judges as assisting or ... more
  • 1 day US Ambassador airs ‘very serious concern’ in use of Chinese telecomm technology MB
    By Alexandria Dennise San Juan  United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim said that the issue on security threats involving Huawei Technologies is a “very serious concern.” United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim speaks during a forum with journalists in Quezon City, east of Manila, Philippines, 23 May 2019. (EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA / MANILA BULLETIN) Kim added that Washington will share to its allied countries, including the Philippines, its concerns about security when it comes to using Chinese technology. “We believe it is important as a friend, as a partner and as an ally to share our ... more
  • 1 day DOJ asks ‘Bikoy’ to substantiate latest claims MB
    By Jeffrey Damicog  The Department of Justice (DOJ) Thursday called Peter Joemel Advincula to substantiate his latest allegations which claimed that members of the opposition were behind the “Bikoy” videos. Peter Advincula aka Bikoy speaks during a press conference at the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN) The DOJ made the call after the Philippine National Police (PNP) presented Advincula who surrendered and revealed that Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Liberal Party members were engaged in “Oplan Sonoma” which is meant to topple the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. “Considering the gravity of ... more
  • 1 day PH’s first multi-mission frigate nears completion MB
    By Aaron Recuenco One of the two anti-air warfare and anti-submarine warships procured by the Philippine Navy is already nearing its completion as it was transferred to the waters for the first time in a ceremony in South Korea. Navy spokesman Capt. Jonathan Zata said the first multi-mission capable frigate will be named after the Philippine’s national hero, BRP Jose Rizal, once it is turned over to the country in the latter part of 2020. Navy Spokesperson Captain Jonathan Zata speaks to a Hanwha representative (PRIAM NEPOMUCENO / PNA / MANILA BULLETIN) The second one will be named after a ... more
  • 1 day Palace: Let ‘Bikoy’ prove himself MB
    By Argyll Cyrus Geducos Malacañang said that Peter Advincula should prove his claims that the Liberal Party masterminded the “Ang Totoong Narcolist” video series against the administration. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) Panelo made the statement after the self-confessed Bikoy, or the narrator in the anti-Duterte videos backtracked and said that the opposition was behind the destabilization plot against the President. In his Thursday press briefing, Panelo said Advincula’s statement is now a matter of law enforcement and would rather for the Philippine National Police (PNP) to finish its investigation on his claims. “His confessions and revelations, if ... more
  • 1 day Senate doubts they can pass remaining measures before the end of 17th Congress MB
    By Vanne Elaine Terrazola The Senate may not be able to oblige to the request of House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to pass the remaining measures in President Duterte’s legislative agenda before the end of the 17th Congress. Sen. Vicente Sotto III (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN) Senate President Vicente Sotto III admitted this Thursday when asked on his response to Arroyo’s letter reminding him on the pending priority bills that the Chief Executive mentioned in his 2018 State of the Nation Address. Sotto said the Upper Chamber will have difficulty taking up most of the 11 bills supported ... more
  • 1 day Robredo leads LP in denying knowledge of ‘Ang Totoong Narcolist’ MB
    By Raymund Antonio Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo on Thursday led the opposition Liberal Party, of which she is chair, in denying an alleged plot to unseat President Rodrigo Duterte. Vice President Leni Robredo denies allegations made by Peter Advincula aka Bikoy during a press conference in Quezon City. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN) In an opening statement, Robredo said the LP had nothing to do with the destabilization plot, which was revealed by Peter Joemel Advincula, the man who claimed to be “Bikoy” in the controversial “Ang Totoong Narcolist” videos. “Iyong Liberal Party, once again, nahila dito sa ... more
  • 1 day Duterte signs law renaming Compostela Valley as province of Davao de Oro MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling A new law renaming the province of Compostela Valley as the province of Davao de Oro has been signed by President Duterte. President Rodrigo Roa (ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Republic Act No. 11297 on renaming the province, known for its large gold deposits, was inked by the President last April 17 and released by the Palace to the media Thursday. “The province of Compostela Valley is hereby renamed as the Province of Davao de Oro,” the law read. President Duterte signs Republic Act No. 11297 renaming Compostela Valley as the province of Davao de ... more
  • 1 day Teachers’ group calls on DepEd to review revival of mandatory ROTC MB
    By Merlina Hernando-Malipot A federation of teachers on Thursday challenged the Department of Education (DepEd) to look at the issue of the proposed mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program from the educators’ point of view instead of “simply parroting and blindly following the whims and wishes” of the President. (JUAN CARLO DE VELA / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) said in a statement that instead of reviving the mandatory ROTC program, the reestablishment of Philippine History as a core subject in high school should be prioritized first. “To truly instill patriotism, the youth must ... more
  • 1 day DOLE requests NBI to conduct second autopsy on slain OFW in Kuwait MB
    By Leslie Ann Aquino The Department of Labor and Employment has requested the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct an autopsy on the remains of Filipino worker Constancia Dayag who was found dead in Kuwait. Constancia Dayag(FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) In a statement, Acting Labor Secretary Renato Ebarle said this is pursuant to the desire of Dayag’s family for a conclusive determination of the cause of her death. “At the very least, the second autopsy will help give her family the peace of mind that they deserve. Equally important, the procedure may provide us a clearer view of the circumstances ... more
  • 1 day Labor group lauds passage of ‘anti-endo’ bill, says it’s ‘major victory’ for workers MB
    By Leslie Ann Aquino The country’s biggest organized labor group welcomed the passage of the “End ENDO” Bill at the Senate, saying it was a major victory for workers. Atty. Sonny Matula, chairperson of Nagkaisa Labor Coalition (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) “This is a major victory for workers today. Senate Bill 1826 faced rough sailing but it is finally out. We should maintain the momentum and work double time so that the Bicameral Conference Committee could submit a version of the bill that could be ratified at once by both chambers of Congress,” said Sonny Matula, chairperson of Nagkaisa, said ... more
  • 1 day Gatchalian calls on new set of senators to set aside differences, focus on working together MB
    By Mario Casayuran Now that the winning 12 senators have been proclaimed, it is time for the members of the 24-man Senate to move forward and focus on working together for the good of the nation. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN) ‘’Let us set aside our political differences for the sake of the people. Tapos na ang eleksyon, kaya dapat tapos na rin ang bangayan,’’ Senator Sherwin T. Gatchalian said. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed last Wednesday those who barged into the ‘’Magic 12’’ through the May 13 mid-term elections. Most of the winners ... more
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