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  • 5 months Comelec suspends cleansing of voters’ list in areas covered by October 26 polls MB
    By Leslie Ann Aquino The conduct of deactivation process of voters’ registration records has been suspended by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in areas where the election of congressmen will be held on October 26. Commission on Elections (MANILA BULLETIN) The poll body ordered the suspension of the cleansing of the voters list in the 1st and 2nd Legislative Districts of Southern Leyte, and in the 1st and 3rd Legislative Districts of South Cotabato in Resolution No. 10599. “In order to avoid any legal issues as an after effect of the deactivation process to be conducted by the ERB (Election ... more
  • 5 months 200 Filipino teachers to teach English in Spain every year MB
    By Merlina Hernando-Malipot At least 200 Filipino teachers are being tapped to teach the English language in Spain every year, the Department of Education (DepEd) confirmed on Monday. Education Secretary Leonor Briones(DepEd / MANILA BULLETIN) Education Secretary Leonor Briones met with Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Moragas in a courtesy call last August to “renew ties for the promotion and teaching of Spanish language and culture in the Philippines.” DepEd said Moragas expressed Spain’s intention to “continuously work” with the Philippine government through the agency “by enhancing collaboration on teacher training” through their Language Assistance Program (LAP). “Through ... more
  • 6 months Pangilinan raises security concern over AFP-Dito deal MB
    By Mario Casayuran Opposition Senator Francis N. Pangilinan on Monday raised anew “national security concern” over the agreement signed between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and China-backed Dito Telecommunity to put up telecommunications towers inside military bases in the country. Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan(JOHN JEROME GANZON / MANILA BULLETIN) Pangilinan warned government authorities about two China laws requiring Chinese firms to “cooperate in gathering of intelligence information by the state.” He was reacting to the memorandum of agreement (MOA) reached between the Philippine military and Dito, the country’s third telecommunications player. Formerly Mislatel, Dito is a consortium of ... more
  • 6 months Revised IRR on GCTA law clearly defines exclusions from coverage MB
    By Jeffrey Damicog Recidivists, habitual delinquents, escapists, and those charged with heinous crimes have now been clearly excluded from benefiting from Republic Act (RA) 10592, also known as the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law. Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año (MANILA BULLETIN) This has been expressly indicated in the revised implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the RA 10592 signed on Monday (Sept. 16) by Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año. “From now ... more
  • 6 months Marikina in talks with Rizal to trace origin of dead pig found in Marikina River MB
    By Madelynne Dominguez The city government of Marikina is presently coordinating with the Rizal provincial government in identifying the origin of the dead pigs found floating in Marikina River last week. Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro (Photo from Marikina PIO / Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said this is the best way to trace who is responsible for illegally dumping of dead pigs so they will be held liable for the violation of the Clean Water Act and the country’s Sanitation Code. Teodoro assured that the pigs could not have come from Marikina itself since backyard hog-raising is ... more
  • 6 months US left PH with no choice but to deal with Russia – Locsin MB
    By Roy Mabasa Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Monday said the Philippines has no choice in becoming Russia’s newest ally following the failure of the United States to provide the country with the rifles it needed to combat communist insurgency and terrorism. Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) Locsin was reacting to an article published by the United States-based online publication, The National Interest, narrating Manila’s plans to buy civilian planes and its pursuit of closer relations with the former Soviet Union. “President (Rodrigo) Duterte asked for rifles, imagine that – rifles from the ... more
  • 6 months IC sets limits’ rules on SBL transactions MB |Biz
    By Chino S. Leyco The Insurance Commission (IC) issued a new circular setting the rules and limitations on securities borrowing and lending (SBL) transactions being undertaken by insurance companies and professional reinsurers. Under IC circular letter No. 2019-45 signed by Insurance Commissioner Dennis B. Funa, SBL transactions of an insurance company must be approved by the commission to qualify as an admitted asset. For life insurer, SBL transactions must not exceed five percent of the total admitted assets of a life insurance firm, while a 10 percent cap was set on non-life and professional reinsurers. “One of the limitations prescribed ... more
  • 6 months PCC fines Chinese, Dutch firms MB |Biz
    By James A. Loyola The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has imposed a fine on Chinese smartphone manufacturer Wingtech Technology, Co. Ltd. and Dutch semiconductor firm Nexperia Holding B.V. This is for the late notification of the takeover by Wingtech of Nexperia that applies to its business presence in the Philippines. The PCC fined the parties P716,150.00 or equivalent to half of 1 percent of 1 percent of the value of the transaction amounting to P14.3 billion. Based on the PCC Rules on Mergers Review, parties whose transactions meet the thresholds are mandated to notify the antitrust commission within 30 days ... more
  • 6 months Axelum slashes indicative IPO price MB |Biz
    By James A. Loyola Coconut product manufacturer and exporter Axelum Resources Corporation has reduced the maximum offer price for its initial public offering (IPO) to P5.72 per share from the initial P6.81 as it continues to gauge investor interest. In a disclosure made to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Axelum said the final offer price will be announced on September 20 while the offer period will run from September 24 until September 30, with the target listing date on October 7. Axelum plans to sell up to 700 million primary shares and up to 430 million secondary shares. Stock analysts noted ... more
  • 6 months Meralco readies ‘rebid’ terms for new supply MB |Biz
    By Myrna M. Velasco Power utility giant Manila Electric Company (Meralco) is scheduled to submit “rebid terms” in the fresh round of competitive selection process (CSP) for its solicitation of 1,200-megawatt (MW) capacity for its long-term supply portfolio. MERALCO logo “There are changes that we may introduce, we have to show it to the DOE (Department of Energy),” Meralco President Ray C. Espinosa told reporters in an interview. If the proposed bid modifications will be approved by the energy department, he indicated that the “notice and invitation” for new round of bidding will also be issued within the week. “If ... more
  • 6 months OFW remittances reach $17.22 B as of July MB |Biz
    By Lee C. Chipongian Bank-channeled cash remittances sent home by overseas Filipinos reached $17.219 billion in the first seven months of 2019, up 3.9 percent year-on-year or from $16.580 billion. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in a statement late Monday said cash remittances from land-based workers went up by 2.5 percent to $13.4 billion while sea-based workers’ fund transfers increased by 8.9 percent to $3.8 billion. “By country source, the US registered the highest share of overall remittances for January to July 2019 at 36.8 percent,” noted the BSP. The top sources of cash remittances were also Saudi Arabia, ... more
  • 6 months FinTech firms set code of ethics MB |Biz
    By James A. Loyola The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) hailed the institutionalization of an industry-wide Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct by the FinTech Alliance Philippines. The commission said it regards this initiative as the FinTech Alliance Philippines’ commitment to nurturing and realizing the potential of financial technology or fintech in contributing to the country’s economic and social development. The industry-wide codes of ethics and conduct should help steer the financial technology or fintech industry toward higher standards of behavior and away from attempts to exploit it for money laundering, terrorist financing, fraud and invasion of privacy, for ... more
  • 6 months POGO overtakes IT-BPM office space takeup MB |Biz
    By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat The Philippine Offshore Gaming (POGO) industry surged ahead of the IT-BPM sector for the first time as the country’s top demand driver for office space, according to David Leechiu, CEO of Leechiu Property Consultants, a leading real estate services firm. Of the total Philippine office take up of 1 million square meters, POGOs accounted for 386,000 sqms or 34 percent year-to-date while the IT-BPM sector recorded 355K sqm. In Metro Manila, POGO takeup was at 375k sqms, a 109 per cent increase from the same period last year. Nevertheless, Leechiu does not discount growth from the ... more
  • 6 months US soybean producer to triple exports to PH MB |Biz
    By Madelaine B.Miraflor CASSELTON, North Dakota – SB&B Foods Inc., a large-scale family-owned agriculture company in North Dakota, is looking to triple its soybean exports to the Philippines over the next five years on growing demand for soy-based products in the Southeast Asian nation. Robert Sinner, President of SB&B, said his company is capable of supplying more soybeans to the Philippines moving forward despite the challenges faced by United States’ farm sector in terms of prices and production of the commodity. “We export a thousand metric tons a year to the Philippines,” Sinner told participants of the Cochran Fellowship Program ... more
  • 6 months Chinese firms sign $4.6 B worth of projects MB |Biz
    By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat Chinese firms yesterday signed $4.6 billion worth of investments and trade deals for the Philippines. Leading these investments was Chinese steel company Panhua Group Co., Ltd., which pushed its proposed $3.5-billion integrated steel project a step closer to reality with the signing of a memorandum of agreement to facilitate all registration and location processes in a 300-hectare space inside the Phividec Industrial Estate in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. Panhua Group Chairman Xinghua Li and Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Charito B. Plaza signed the MOA at the PH-China Trade and Investment Forum, which was attended by ... more
  • 6 months Consumers brace for higher gas prices MB |Biz
    By Myrna M. Velasco As gasoline prices will climb by a hefty P1.35 per liter this week; and diesel prices by P0.85 per liter, the pockets of consumers will be strained once again as they will need to shell out more for their fuel budgets. On the same vein, the price of kerosene – which is another socially formidable commodity, will increase by P1.00 per liter, as already advised by the oil companies. As of press time, the oil firms that already sent notices on their price hikes include Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, Cleanfuel, PetroGazz, Seaoil, Total, PTT Philippines, Chevron ... more
  • 6 months DOF expects more partnerships with China MB |Biz
    By Chino S. Leyco The Department of Finance (DOF) expects more partnerships with China as the Philippines’ relations with the Asia’s economic powerhouse become “warm and productive” under President Rodrigo R. Duterte and President Xi Jinping’s administrations. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III (DOF photo / Howard Felipe) Speaking before a visiting delegation of Chinese businessmen, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said yesterday that bilateral ties between the two nations have improved under President Duterte’s watch that resulted in better prospects for mutually beneficial business partnerships. “We look forward to more partnerships at ground level, at the level of ... more
  • 6 months Manila Water investing P115 billion more MB |Biz
    By James A. Loyola Manila Water Company, a unit of conglomerate Ayala Corporation, will spend P115 billion more to complete its sewerage program by 2037. “Since 1997 when we took over the East Zone, we have spent P38.5 billion on our wastewater programs from collections of only P36.9 billion. So, we have excess investments of P1.6 billion and we expect this trend to continue,” said Manila Water Chief Operating Officer Abelardo P. Basilio. To complete its sewerage program until 2037, the company needs to lay about 500 kilometers more of pipes in public and private roads. This will capture ... more
  • 6 months Uy wins EY ASEAN Entrepreneurial Excellence Award MB |Biz
      Dennis Uy, chairman and president of Udenna Corporation has received the Asean Entrepreneurial Excellence Award from EY Entrepreneur of the Year, the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs established by Ernst & Young Global Limited. The highly coveted award is presented to successful Southeast Asian businessmen that have helped develop economies and communities in the region. Dennis Uy Since the inception of the Udenna Corporation in Davao City in 2002, Uy has gone on to become one of the nation’s leading businessmen. Udenna is the parent company of Uy’s venture into distribution and retail of petroleum products ... more
  • 6 months Ash Ketchum finally becomes Pokémon Master MB |Ent
    In the latest episode of Pokémon the Series: Sun and Moon, Ash Ketchum finally wins the championship competition of the Alola League, making it the first time he has won an official Pokémon tournament. (Screencap from Youtube) The forever 10-year-old trainer has previously won tournaments like the Orange Island Challenge and Battle Frontier but they are not as prestigious as the traditional regional competions which he failed to win countless times. “Anything’s possible when you believe in yourself, Trainers,” Pokémon said in a Twitter post.
    Anything’s possible when you believe in yourself, Trainers. — Pokémon ... more
  • 6 months Senate mulls bigger budget for OVP MB
    By Hannah Torregoza The Senate finance subcommittee has approved the proposed P673.02-million budget of the Office of the Vice President for 2020 without prejudice to increasing its budget. Senate of the Philippines (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) The Senate panel said it is ready to increase the budget of the OVP to provide Vice President Leni Robredo more opportunities to expand her mandate, which senators noted have been clipped by the Duterte administration. “At the very least, we will protect your budget but I’m sure many of us would even want to increase it, given the demands of your office, napakalaki ... more
  • 6 months Give De Lima chance to air her side on GCTA – senators MB
    By Hannah Torregoza Senators on Monday expressed belief that Senator Leila de Lima should be given a chance to air her side on the supposed loopholes in the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law. Senate of the Philippines building (Senate of the Philippines official Facebook) Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said he supports the call of Sen. Panfilo Lacson to allow De Lima to explain her side as this would help shed light on the issue amid accusations she allowed the loopholes in the IRR to favor some inmates and to gain campaign ... more
  • 6 months Defense chief to scrutinize AFP-Dito deal MB
    By Martin Sadongdong  Amid concerns of espionage, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana vowed on Monday to scrutinize the memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the China-backed Dito Telecommunity which will enable the country’s third major telecommunications company to build its communications facilities in military camps and installations. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (Office of the Secretary of National Defense / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) Lorenzana, who is currently on an official trip abroad, said General Benjamin Madrigal Jr., chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (CSAFP), informed him about the ... more
  • 6 months Slew of oil price hikes feared amid Saudi attack MB
    By Ellson Quismorio A party-list congressman on Monday called on the House leadership to immediately set a hearing for House Resolution No. 9 to investigate pricing schemes of oil companies, especially with the attacks on Saudi refineries which the spike of global oil prices by 20 percent. Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate (MANILA BULLETIN) “With the attacks in Saudi, we fear that the Big 3 will have a field day in hiking oil prices but we would be blind to their pricing schemes,” Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Carlos Zarate, a Senior Deputy Minority Leader, said. The ranking House member was referring to Petron, ... more
  • 6 months Transfer of convicted drug lords to West Philippine Sea – lady solon MB
    By Ben Rosario  Neophyte Rep. Niña Taduran (ACT CIS Partylist) on Monday proposed the transfer of convicted drug lords to “an island in the West Philippine Sea” to totally stop them from continuing with their illegal trade. ACT CIS Partylist Rep. Niña Taduran (Congresswoman Niña Taduran ACT-CIS Partylist / FACEBOOK / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Taduran said the radical solution will make big-time drug lords totally incommunicado from their cohorts and from corrupt officials and personnel of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP). “It’s no secret that big-time drug lords inside NBP enjoy special privileges like their own ‘kubols’, and other ... more
  • 6 months Tolentino panel bats for higher pay, more perks for barangay officials MB
    By Vanne Elaine Terrazola A Senate panel on Monday pushed for higher wages and more benefits for barangay officials and workers. Senator Francis N. Tolentino(Senator Francis Tolentino official Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN) Among the proposed benefits for barangay officials and watchmen, aside from fixed salaries, are allowances, retirement benefits, insurance coverage, as well as medical and dental coverage. The proposal to increase the salaries and benefits of barangay workers was pushed Monday during the hearing on proposals for the establishment of a Magna Carta for Barangays before the Senate Committee on Local Government. At least nine bills have been ... more
  • 6 months Benguet State U grad tops September 2019 librarian licensure exams MB
    By Gabriela Baron 565 out of 1,024 examinees passed the Librarian Licensure Examination on September, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced. Benguet State University alumnus Daniel Soriano Balbin Jr. topped the exam with a rating of 89.75 percent. The University of the Philippines-Diliman was the top-performing school with a 100 percent passing rate, followed by Benguet State University-La Trinidad at 91.18 percent, and University of Santo Tomas at 90.31 percent.   ... more
  • 6 months PDEA chief opposes Alcatraz-type jail facilities MB
    By Chito Chavez Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron Aquino said building “Alcatraz’’ type jail facilities for convicts is not feasible citing several obstacles to make it a reality. PDEA Chief Aaron Aquino tries the newly procured high-powered firearms and protective equipment that will be used by the operating units during their turnover ceremony at PDEA HQ in Quezon City on Jan. 18, 2019. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN) Short of taking a dig at advocates of such jail facility, Aquino doubted if there are funds which will run to billions of pesos to build “such an ambitious’’ ... more
  • 6 months Juventus ‘ultra’ fan leaders arrested in tickets probe MB |Sports
    By the Associated Press Police have arrested 12 hardcore Juventus “ultra” fan leaders for a series of accusations, including making illegal demands to the club to obtain more tickets. In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, Juventus fans unveil a giant banner prior to the Champions League, round of 16, first-leg soccer match between Juventus and Bayern Munich at the Juventus stadium in Turin, Italy. On Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 said they have arrested 12 hard-core Juventus “ultra” fan leaders for a series of accusations, including making illegal demands to the club in order to obtain more tickets. (AP Photo/Luca ... more
  • 6 months BI nabs American pedophile MB
    By Jun Ramirez Bureau of Immigration (BI) operatives arrested in Pampanga an American pedophile, who is a convicted sex offender and wanted by federal authorities in Florida, USA for engaging in child pornography and illegal gun possession. Bureau of Immigration (MANILA BULLETIN) Samuel Arthur Thompson, 49, was apprehended last week at his residence in Angeles City. Immigration Commissioner Jaime H. Morente issued a warrant for his arrest upon the request of the United States embassy in Manila. BI fugitive search unit (FSU) chief Bobby Raquepo said Thompson was brought to the BI jail in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City, and ... more
  • 6 months Palace’s P4.5-billion intelligence funds justified, says Ungab MB
    By Ellson Quismorio  As far as Davao City 3rd district Rep. Isidro Ungab is concerned, the Office of the President’s (OP) request for confidential and intelligence funds amounting to P4.5 billion is justified. This, despite the figure being more than half of the office’s entire budget allocation of P8.2 billion for the year 2020. Davao City 3rd district Rep. Isidro Ungab(HOR / MANILA BULLETIN) “[President Rodrigo Duterte] is the head of the National Security Council. We have a President who is hands-on on matters related to peace and security. And this I can say because he himself is a man ... more
  • 6 months Robredo opts not to dignify Duterte’s latest tirades with a response MB
    By Raymund Antonio  Vice President Leni Robredo said on Monday that she will not dignify the latest tirade by President Rodrigo Duterte about appointing any “outstanding” government official to replace her. Vice President Leni Robredo (Photo by Charlie Villegas / OVP / MANILA BULLETIN) Robredo, the leader of the opposition, made the statement in response to reporters’ questions at the Senate, where she personally attended the hearing on her office’s P673-million proposed budget for 2020. “Hindi naman kasi siya nakakatulong sa usapin, so sa akin, hindi ko na lang papatulan (His remark doesn’t help so for me, I won’t dignify ... more
  • 6 months US gov’t turns over 80 transitional houses, markets for Marawi residents MB
    By Roy Mabasa The United States government announced on Monday the turn over of 80 transitional houses, a climate-resilient public market, and four grants that will provide infrastructure and livelihood support to communities displaced by the 2017 Marawi Siege. On September 12, USAID, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, handed transitional houses to communities displaced by the siege.(CRS Philippines via USAID Philippines Official Facebook Page / MANILA BULLETIN) Through the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the program is part of the US government’s commitment of more than $63.6million (P3.4 billion) worth of humanitarian and recovery assistance to persons displaced ... more
  • 6 months Energy, defense officials to submit report on potential effect on PH of drone attacks to Saudi’s oil refineries MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling  Energy and defense authorities are expected to submit a report on the potential impact of the recent drone attacks on oil refineries in Saudi Arabia on the country’s supply, Malacañang said Friday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo (PCOO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the Palace would wait for the report from Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi before further commenting on the matter. “We will have to wait for the report the DND Secretary and the National Security Adviser so that we can ... more
  • 6 months No nationwide outbreak of African swine fever – DA MB
      By Chino Leyco  The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Monday clarified that the outbreak of the African swine fever (ASF) is not yet on a nationwide scale as the serious viral disease, which may sharply reduce pig herds, is only contagious in two Luzon provinces. Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar said the deadly swine virus is only considered an outbreak in several areas of Rizal and Bulacan, but not in the entire country. (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Dar explained the rapidly developing disease is only being managed, contained, and controlled in Barangay Pritil, Guiguinto, Bulacan, and in several barangays ... more
  • 6 months House leader says Duterte trusts his generals enough to let Dito assets in AFP camps MB
    By Ellson Quismorio  President Rodrigo Duterte trusts his military officials in connection with Dito Telecommunity’s construction of assets within local camps, House Appropriations Committee Chairman and Davao City 3rd district Rep. Isidro Ungab said Monday afternoon. Rep. Isidro Ungab(Photo from Isidro Ungab’s Facebook / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) Ungab made this declaration as he defended the Office of the President’s (OP) proposed P8.2-billion budget for 2020 in the now week-long plenary debates on the General Appropriations Bill (GAB). Interpellating Ungab was Minority Bloc member, Gabriella Party-List Rep. Arlene Brosas, who wanted to know whether or not the planned construction ... more
  • 6 months Rule on destruction of seized illegal drugs within 72 hours should be strictly complied with by judges MB
    By Mario Casayuran The Senate will plead with the Supreme Court to put its foot down on judges who refuse to abide by the law that calls for the destruction of seized illegal drugs within 72 hours following their confiscation. “There’s P22-billion worth of drugs still in the inventory of PDEA (Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency). They have already destroyed P55 billion but there still P22 billion worth of illegal drugs confiscated as far back as 2010,’’ Lacson said. Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson (Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson official Twitter page / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Lacson, former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, ... more
  • 6 months Shopee teams up with Go Negosyo to drive digital agriculture MB |Tech
    Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, partners with Go Negosyo, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship’s official advocacy, to digitize the agricultural industry in the Philippines. The initiative equipped farmers with the skills and knowledge to sell their homegrown products online. Through this partnership, local farmers can promote their products directly to consumers, as well as expand their reach nationwide via Shopee. They can also reach more customers at minimal cost, allowing them to deliver quality local produce to online shoppers at competitive and affordable prices. Martin Yu, Associate Director, Shopee Philippines, said, “Through our partnership ... more
  • 6 months Palace tells Robredo, Duterte’s detractors not to find fault in every word the President says MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling  Vice President Leni Robredo and other government critics should consider listening and comprehending President Duterte’s statement on the West Philippine Sea issue before finding fault in every word he says, Malacañang said Monday. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo made the appeal after Robredo asked the President and his spokesman to talk first to avoid releasing contradictory remarks on the issue. “Firstly, we talk before I issue a statement,” Panelo said during a Palace press briefing. “Secondly, the problem with them is that they do not listen to official statements issued by ... more
  • 6 months De Lima bats for sweeping reforms in the country’s prison system amid controversies in BuCor MB
    By Hannah Torregoza Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Monday underscored the need for Congress to prioritize the passage of bills instituting sweeping reforms in the country’s prison system. Senator Leila de Lima (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) De Lima made the pitch amid calls for the complete overhaul of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) following the alleged “GCTA (Good Conduct Time Allowance) for sale” controversy inside the bureau. The former justice secretary said the current allegations haunting the BuCor should prompt much-needed reforms to focus not only on it but also on the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) ... more
  • 6 months EDSA ban on private vehicles slammed as unconstitutional MB
    By Ben Rosario Serious apprehensions were aired by lawmakers over the proposal of a senior administration lawmaker to ban private vehicles from using traffic-prone EDSA during rush hours. (CAMILLE ANTE / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Rep. Edgar Erice (LP, Caloocan City) floated the idea of converting the main highway of Metro Manila for the exclusive use of public utility vehicles (PUVs) from 6 to 9 in the morning and afternoon as government continued to search for a way to address the worsening traffic problem in Metro Manila and other urban centers of the country. However, APEC Partylist Rep. Sergio Dagooc ... more
  • 6 months Cool and affordable gadget accessories now available from 0917 Series One MB |Tech
    If your lifestyle is always on the go either for adventure, travelling or simply playing music or the latest online games, then the coolest, most affordable and most portable gadget accessories of 0917 Series One are your perfect companions. The latest gadget accessories of 0917 Series One include power banks, wired and wireless  earphones, speakers and cables and are now available at Globe stores in GMA and Luzon and online shop starting September 6. It will be available in the Visayas and Mindanao regions on September 17. Aside from their simple but sleek look, these gadget accessories are affordable ... more
  • 6 months Educational aid only to indigent students – DSWD MB
    By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it extends educational assistance only to eligible indigent students through its assistance to individuals in crisis situation (AICS). Department of Social Welfare and Development (MANILA BULLETIN) DSWD made the clarification following various posts circulating on social media that the agency is extending P3,500 educational assistance to college students. The educational assistance is given every year to indigent college working students as well as those studying in vocational/technical schools, state colleges, and universities. Students belonging to families who are experiencing crisis or difficult situation due to the displacement ... more
  • 6 months James Rodríguez gets 2nd chance after return to Real Madrid MB |Sports
    By the Associated Press Having gone from star to cast-off at Real Madrid, Colombia midfielder James Rodríguez now has a second chance to regain a prominent role with the 13-time European Cup winners. Real Madrid James Rodriguez looks down during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) James arrived at Madrid after an outstanding 2014 World Cup, when he was the tournament’s top scorer with six goals. He earned support from fans and coach Carlo Ancelotti with his ability to score ... more
  • 6 months AFP launches military exercise MB
    By Martin Sadongdong  The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) formally launched “DAGIT-PA” joint military exercise 2019 on Monday in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City to enhance the interoperability of its three major services –the Philippine Army (PA), Philippine Navy (PN) and Philippine Air Force (PAF). Commodore Adelius Bordado and BGEN Francisco Mendoza shake hands in the opening of the AFP Joint Exercise “DAGIT-PA” at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN) The capability and capacity of the Army, Navy and Air Force’s newest acquisitions, including the corvette BRP Conrado Yap and amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs), are expected ... more
  • 6 months Kessie and Lukaku subjected to more racism in Italy MB |Sports
    By the Associated Press AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku reportedly have been subjected to more racism in Italy. Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku, right, heads the ball flanked by Udinese’s Mato Jajalo, Rodrigo Becao, center, and Udinese’s Sebastien De Maio, left, during a Serie A soccer match between Inter Milan and Udinese, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno) The Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Hellas Verona supporters aimed offensive chants at Kessie during the first half of a 1-0 loss to Milan on Sunday night. The ... more
  • 6 months 1st earthquake-resistant bridge starts construction in Surigao MB
    By Betheena Kae Unite An earthquake-resistant bridge, the first of its kind in the Philippines, is now being constructed in Surigao del Norte to replace the badly-damaged Anao-aon Bridge in the province, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced Monday. An earthquake-resistant bridge is being constructed in Surigao del Norte (Department of Public Works and Highways – Caraga Official Facebook Page / MANILA BULLETIN) Anao-aon Bridge in San Francisco, Surigao del Norte, collapsed when the province was hit by the 6.7-magnitude quake in February 2017. A portion of the bridge that connects Surigao City to the towns of ... more
  • 6 months Presidential adviser: ‘Build, Build, Build’ will be Duterte’s legacy MB
    By Gabriela Baron The newly appointed Presidential Adviser on Flagship Programs and Projects said that the government’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program will be President Rodrigo Duterte’s legacy. 3.76-kilometer section of Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 was opened to the motoring public by DPWH. (Photo courtesy of / MANILA BULLETIN) “Build, Build, Build was launched in late 2016 and to the president’s mind, this will really form part of his legacy as his president. Because frankly, Build, Build, Build should have been done decades ago and the experiences that are people having on daily basis, the problems of congestion, ... more
  • 6 months National research council embarks on basic research caravan all over PH MB
    By Dhel Nazario The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) has commenced its very first Nationwide Regional Basic Research Caravan, making stops in different regions in the country. (National Research Council of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN) The Caravan is NRCP’s latest initiative to put basic research on spotlight by bringing the results of NRCP-funded researches to the regions and tie them up to their regional research agenda for increased utility and relevance of knowledge generation and innovation. They made their initial launch in Region 2 last August, followed by the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and the Ilocos Region. ... more
  • 6 months Globe makes 917 celebration more meaningful MB |Tech
    September 17 or 917 is the time of the year when Globe shows its huge appreciation to its loyal customers. Inspired by the company’s original and longstanding 917 prefix, Globe is making the 917 celebration more meaningful not only with customer rewards and surprises but by sharing Globe of Good with others on its fourth year. Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu said the company is elevating the customer experience for its 917 celebration this year. “With the theme “Grateful for You”, we are making the 917 celebration into a more meaningful and shareable experience by encouraging our customers ... more
  • 6 months Contingency plans urged after drone attack of Saudi oil facilities MB
    By Myrna Velasco The Senate Committee on Energy has jumped the gun on the Department of Energy (DOE) and the oil companies as the body urged them to sort out contingency plans following the drone strikes on the facilities of Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil producer which also holds mammoth spare capacity for global oil supply. Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN) Following Saturday incident in the oil kingdom’s operations, early market speculations portended a rise in global oil prices to$100 per barrel, and the disruption in the supply flow to markets –given that half of ... more
  • 6 months Duterte government readies P110B for salary hike for all government workers, new SSL sought MB
    By Ben Rosario The Duterte administration will grant salary increases to all government workers by setting aside P110 billion, and will spread the amount over a three year period to achieve it. Albay Representative Joey Salceda (ALI VICOY/ MANILA BULLETIN) Albay Rep. Joey Sarte-Salceda, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, said the first tranche of P32 billion in additional pay will be available in 2020. The proposed pay adjustments will also apply to government nurses and teachers. In fact, the amount, plus P4 billion in miscellaneous benefits are already included in the proposed 2020 General Appropriations Act ... more
  • 6 months PNP agrees with PDEA chief that recycling of seized illegal drugs rampant among scalawag cops MB
    By Aaron Recuenco The Philippine National Police (PNP) backed the declaration of the country’s drug czar that the recycling of illegal drugs by erring policemen was still rampant. Philippine National Police spokesperson Brig. General Bernard Banac (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez / MANILA BULLETIN) PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said this was the reason why the internal cleansing of the national police leadership is continuous and remains aggressive today. “The PNP agrees with the findings of PDEA that some corrupt PNP personnel are still able to find ways to engage in nefarious and illegal acts,” said Banac. “That is the reason why ... more
  • 6 months Revilla asks Poe to reconsider her position on giving Duterte emergency powers to address traffic woes MB
    By Vanne Terrazola Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. has urged Sen. Grace Poe to reconsider her position about giving President Duterte emergency powers to solve the worsening traffic condition in the country. Senator Grace Poe and Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. (FACEBOOK / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Poe chairs the Senate Committee on Public Services, which deliberated last week Senate Bill No. 213 which seeks the grant of the emergency powers to President Duterte to address the traffic problem. The hearing ended on a sour note with Poe and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade clashing over ... more
  • 6 months PNP accounts for 23% of GCTA-freed convicts MB
    By Aaron Recuenco  Three days before President Duterte’s deadline for all those who were released through the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) to surrender, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said it has accounted for roughly 23 percent of the freed convicted inmates. Philippine National Police (MANILA BULLETIN) Based on the PNP data, a total of 435 inmates have already surrendered o various police stations nationwide since President Duterte made a televised speech asking all the GCTA-freed inmates to turn over themselves. The number represents about 23 percent of the 1,914 freed inmates based on the list provided by the Bureau ... more
  • 6 months Why you should use strong passwords MB |Tech
    Never assume your social media accounts are safe from being hacked. Millions of accounts are hacked each year and millions more of personal data are stolen, used for malicious purposes such as identity theft. Remember, weak passwords are one or two words, or it could be your name, your birthday, something that is easy to memorize by you but can be guessed by others. Don’t use “password,” “123456789,” or “qwerty” because these are among the most common used passwords and often the reasons Strong passwords use a complicated string of characters, which includes upper and lower cases, alphanumeric characters, and ... more
  • 6 months Robredo gives AFP benefit of the doubt in deal it signed with China-backed telecom firm MB
    By Raymund Antonio Vice President Leni Robredo prefers to trust the Armed Forces of the Philippines rather than question the deal it signed, allowing a Chinese-backed firm to build its telecommunications facilities within the country’s military bases. Vice President Leni Robredo(OVP / MANILA BULLETIN) “Nagtitiwala tayo na iyong AFP alam iyong ginagawa nila. Inaasahan natin na hindi naman nila ipapayag kung ito ay threat sa ating seguridad,” Robredo, the leader of the opposition, said. (We trust the AFP that they know what they are doing. We expect they won’t allow this if it is a threat to our security.) Robredo ... more
  • 6 months PH, Japan sign mining cooperation agreement MB
    By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu is hoping for a “more efficient and environmentally sustainable” mining in the country with the recent signing of a landmark mining cooperation agreement between the Philippines and Japan. Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu speaks at the “Tatak ng Pagbabago 2019: The Pre-SONA Forum” at the SMX Convention Center Davao on Wednesday(RTVM / MANILA BULLETIN) “We are gradually entering into a new realm and climbing greater heights when it comes to mining with this cooperation with the Japanese government,” Cimatu said. The Philippines, through DENR, signed ... more
  • 6 months Gov’t can pull out of China-backed telecom deal if it compromises national security MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling The military can still pull out from an agreement with a China-backed telecommunications company to put towers inside its bases if it will have an adverse impact on national security, Malacañang assured the public Monday. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the agreement between the military and the Mislatel consortium will be investigated by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. “Certainly, if it involves national security then this government can do something about it,” presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said during a Palace press briefing when asked if the government can walk away from ... more
  • 6 months Rampant recycling of seized illegal drugs alarms senators MB
    By Mario Casayuran  The revelation of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director General Aaron N. Aquino regarding the rampant recycling of illegal drugs seized during anti-narcotics operations has alarmed senators who raised questions on the success of the government’s war on illegal drugs. Senate of the Philippines (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) With Aquino’s revelation, Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon said he is not optimistic about the success of the Duterte administration’s illegal drugs campaign. Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, said the administration is winning the battle against illegal drugs but is losing the war. ... more
  • 6 months Senators alarmed by reported rampant recycling of seized illegal drugs by gov’t agents MB
    By Mario Casayuran Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon said on Monday he was not optimistic about the success of the Duterte administration’s illegal drug campaign following revelations of the rampant recycling of seized illegal drugs by operatives of law enforcement agencies. Sen. Franklin Drilon (Senate of the Philippines / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) The recycling starts from the time the illegal drugs are seized during anti-drug operations by government agencies, and eventually pocketed by law enforcers. Temptation to pilfer drugs from the P22-billion worth of illegal drugs, mainly shabu (crystal meth), stockpiled by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency ... more
  • 6 months Gatchalian urges safeguards to cushion impact of oil price hikes MB
    By Hannah Torregoza Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Monday called on the Department of Energy (DOE) to ensure that mechanisms that would shield the Philippines’ from oil price hikes are in place. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian(Senate of the Philippines / File Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) Gatchalian, chair of the Senate committee on energy, made the call after two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia were hit by a drone strike. The incident has caused a spike in crude prices globally. Gatchalian said the DOE should ensure that the local transportation and power sector are stable and well supplied. “The surge of global ... more
  • 6 months Sandiganbayan refuses to quash graft charge of ex-Baliwag mayor MB
    By Czarina Ong Ki The Sandiganbayan Third Division refused to quash the graft charge filed against former Baliwag Mayor Carolina Lacson Dellosa of Bulacan in relation to the reportedly irregular purchase of a vehicle back in 2014. Sandiganbayan (MANILA BULLETIN) Dellosa was accused of violating Section 3(e) of R.A. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in the charge sheet filed by Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer I Rhey David Daway. On August 27, 2014, Dellosa reportedly gave unwarranted benefits to Freeway Motor Sales of Baliuag Corp. by approving the award for the contract for the procurement of ... more
  • 6 months Waze and BDO crown Catriona Gray as the newest Waze voice MB |Tech
    Reigning Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray has once again reached a new milestone as she continues to proudly raise our flag by becoming the first ever Filipino celebrity voice on Waze.   BDO, the Philippines’ leading bank, is partnering with global navigation app, Waze, to announce its newest brand ambassador, Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray as the latest addition to the app’s Change Voice settings. Catriona’s voice is now available on the app to help motorists on the road to easily find their way to their next destination. Drivers will have more enjoyable rides as she adds her own words ... more
  • 6 months Brgy officials should be considered as regular gov’t employees – Go MB
    By Mario Casayuran  Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go said on Monday it was high time that barangay officials be treated as regular government employees receiving benefits that regular government employees enjoy. Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go (MALACAÑANG PHOTO /FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “Barangay officials are our government’s frontliners—first to respond, first to provide and first to serve. Despite this, they receive simple honoraria for their services,’’ Go said after filing Senate Bill 391, or the Magna Carta for Barangays. The Go bill was taken up in on Monday’s public hearing by the Senate Committee on Local Government chaired ... more
  • 6 months Cardema withdraws as Duterte Youth partylist nominee MB
    By Leslie Ann Aquino  Former National Youth Commission chairperson Ronald Cardema has withdrawn his nomination as First Nominee of the Duterte Youth Partylist. Duterte Youth representative Ronald Cardema(PCOO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) In the Notice of Withdrawal, Cardema said he was sacrificing himself for the partylist so that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) can already issue a Certificate of Proclamation (COP). “Even with our strong faith in the Comelec En Banc that it will side with our Motion for Reconsideration and will protect us now from the harassment of their corrupt colleague, with all humility I withdraw from ... more
  • 6 months Palace reiterates it is safe to eat pork despite reports of ASF in QC MB
    By Argyll Geducos  Malacañang on Monday gave the assurance anew that it was safe to consume pork products despite the announcement of the Quezon City government that 11 dead pigs found in the city tested positive for African Swine Fever (ASF). Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) Panelo made the statement after the Department of Agriculture (DA) refuted the announcement of Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, saying they should have left the task of announcing the hog deaths to the DA. In his Monday press briefing, Panelo said that the situation was still under control, and that it was ... more
  • 6 months India’s economy slows, stalling once thriving manufacturing MB |Biz
    By the Associated Press  NEW DELHI — Anuj Kapoor took over his father’s booming auto parts business in 2012, hoping to elevate the company from selling to suppliers to selling directly to carmakers. In this April 15, 2015, file photo, a man uses a metal grinder at a manufacturing factory in Ahmadabad, India. India’s labor-intensive manufacturing sector growth slipped to 5% in the April-June quarter, the slowest pace in six years. Many economists believe Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s signature economic policies are at least partly to blame. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki, File / MANILA BULLETIN) Seven years later, he’s had to lay ... more
  • 6 months Palace OK with teaching martial law as a subject in UP Diliman MB
    By Argyll Geducos  Malacañang backed the idea of teaching about the language, literature, and culture under the martial law regime in the Philippines at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman starting next semester. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo made the statement after it was reported, that beginning next semester, students at UP Diliman will be able to enroll themselves in the recently-approved three-unit general education subject. In his Monday press briefing, Panelo said that teaching students about martial law was a good idea. “That’s good. If it’s a subject matter every student should ... more
  • 6 months Solon: Ban private cars on EDSA during rush hours MB
    By Gabriela Baron A lawmaker is proposing to ban all private vehicles on EDSA during rush hours ahead of the Christmas rush. Vehicles maneuver along EDSA in Pasay city, April 22, 2019.(Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN) “Dapat wakasan na natin ‘yong kalbaryong dinaranas nung mga manggagawa, ordinaryong mamamayan dahil talaga naman wala tayong epektibong mass transport system. Daan-daan, libo-libo ‘yong mga manggagawang nahihirapan araw-araw pagpasok sa kanilang tanggapan. Alas kwatro pa lang gumigising na para makapasok nang maaga, kung minsan hating gabi na nakakauwi, wala nang panahon sa pamilya,” said  Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice in an interview with DZMM. (We ... more
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