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  • 8 months Child rights advocates find 12 year old minimum unacceptable MB
    By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz Child rights advocates said the House Bill intended to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years old is still unacceptable. Children play at a concrete pipe along a street in Manila, January 21, 2019. According to the report, House committee on justice approved the bill that would lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 years old to 9 years old. (Czar Dancel/ MANILA BULLETIN) “We are enraged with this move in the lower house to hasten the passage of the bill which is nothing but a by-product of a defective and ... more
  • 8 months Philippine Innovation Act approaches approval MB
    By Mario Casayuran Congress Thursday moved a step closer to enhancing the country’s global competitiveness of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). This came after the bicameral conference committees of the Senate and House of Representatives met to resolve conflicting provisions of their versions of the proposed landmark Philippine Innovation Act. Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate economic affairs committee, issued the statement after members of these committees met to iron out the disagreeing provisions of Senate Bill No. 1355 and House Bill No. 8715. Sen. Sherwin T. Gatchalian (Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN) Once their separate committee ... more
  • 8 months Legislators urged to expedite passage of Anti-Criminal Exploitation of Children Act MB
      By Hannah Torregoza Detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday renewed her call for Congress to expedite the passage of a bill that would impose stiffer penalties against crime syndicates and parents who exploit their children in nefarious activities. Senator Leila de Lima(REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco / MANILA BULLETIN) De Lima, chair of the Senate committee on social justice, welfare and rural development, said she hopes lawmakers would take a serious look at her proposed measure as a way of better protecting children from criminal exploitation. At the same time, de Lima reiterated her opposition to House Bill No. 1505 ... more
  • 8 months Be fearless in showing your faith, youth told MB
    By Leslie Ann Aquino A Catholic prelate aked participants of the Philippine Apostolic Congress on Mercy (PACOM) particularly the youth to be fearless in speaking out and in showing their faith. Catholic faithfuls converge in the 4th Philippine Apostolic Congress on Mercy at San Juan Arena on Jan. 24, 2019. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN) “Let us be firm, faithful and even fearless to speak out and to show our Catholic faith,” Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos said in his homily during the Opening Mass for PACOM in San Juan,Thursday. “There are those who attack and undermine our Catholic faith. They ... more
  • 8 months Malacanang does not see Misuari as threat to creation of Bangsamoro region MB
      By Genalyn Kabiling The government does not consider Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari a threat to the planned creation of the new Bangsamoro autonomous region, Malacañang said Thursday. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) As initial plebiscite votes indicated the popular support for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said President Duterte actually recognizes Misuari’s potential contribution to help bring peace and spur development in the region. “Not really a threat. He (President Duterte) considers Nur Misuari as someone, with his group, can help in the end of the conflict in ... more
  • 8 months K-pop boosts South Korea’s positive image among foreigners MB |Ent
    Contemporary culture including K-pop and Korean films help shape a positive image of South Korea among foreigners. This was the result of a survey conducted by the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) in October 2018 among 8,000 respondents in 16 countries including the US, United Kingdom, France, Thailand, Brazil, Indonesia, and Russia. (Clockwise from top left): K-pop boy band EXO, Korean cuisine, Myeongdong shopping district in Seoul and traditional architecture at N Seoul Tower. (Photos by Jonathan Hicap) Overall, 80.3 percent of foreign respondents had a positive image of South ... more
  • 8 months Solid career path of Therese Malvar MB |Ent
    At the tender age of 18, Therese Malvar has already made remarkable inroads in her career, portraying roles somehow considered atypical and fearless. Unknown to many, this girl who played lesbian in her debut film “Ang Huling Cha-Cha Ni Anita,” wanted to become a nun. Note that she was named after one, St. Therese Martin. “I was an introvert,” was how she described herself in an interview. THERESE MALVAR Good thing she became an actress being one of the best from her generation. Proof of this is the number of awards she has won in and outside the country. “I never thought I would be ... more
  • 8 months Catholic Church celebrates Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul MB
    By Christina Hermoso The Roman Catholic Church marks today the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, known as the Apostle of the Gentiles, in thanksgiving to God for the miraculous conversion of the revered saint – from a life of sinfulness to holiness. Saint Paul (WIKIPEDIA) Known as the author of the Letters of St. Paul in the New Testament, which are often read during the Liturgy of the Word at mass, commemorative masses will be led by Paulinian communities in many parts of the world including the Philippines in honor of their beloved patron and founder. The Church ... more
  • 8 months Time to shine MB |Ent
    It still feels surreal for Katrina Velarde that she will hold her first major solo concert “SiKat Ako” on Feb. 1 at New Frontier Theater in Quezon City. In a recent interview, she admitted getting cold feet just thinking about it. She even suggested to his boss, Viva’s Vic del Rosario, if she could maybe just do it at a smaller venue. Fortunately to her fans, he said no. “I don’t know but I’m really nervous,” she said. “Up to now it hasn’t sunk in that this is it, my first major solo concert.” Katrina is a rising star. But ... more
  • 8 months Palace vows to work harder after missing 2018 GDP target MB
    By Argyll Cyrus Geducos Malacañang vowed to work harder this 2019 after expressing disappointment on missing its 6.5- to 6.9-percent target gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2018. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the country’s GDP growth slowed down to 6.2 percent last year. In his press briefing Thursday, Panelo blamed the high inflation rates that the country faced in 2018. He, however, said that the said figure is not a bad one given the economic problems which challenged the country. “That was ... more
  • 8 months Bea Binene knows her second wind is on the way MB |Ent
    Some 15 years into show business, Bea Binene already knows everyone gets his own time to shine. “I know that there’s a time for everyone. It can’t be you forever. Sometimes it’s another person’s time (to shine) and you have to take a break. It’s also okay so that it won’t be tiring and you have time to do other things,” Bea said at the press interview for her new movie “Ang Sikreto Ng Piso.” Bea Binene Bea started her career by joining GMA’s celebrity search “StarStruck Kids.” Since then, she has starred in several TV shows, where she played ... more
  • 8 months ‘Wowowin’ audience member fell to her death during studio taping, another injured MB
    By Alexandria San Juan A 76-year-old audience member died while another one was injured after they accidentally fell from the bleachers while singing and dancing during the studio taping of local variety game show “Wowowin,” police reported Wednesday. Members of the Quezon City Police District Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit identified the victim who died as Estrella Bognot, a resident of Sta. Cruz, Manila, while the injured was Milagros Espiritu, 68, from Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. It was found out that the victims were watching the taping of the popular variety game show hosted by Willie Revillame inside German Moreno ... more
  • 8 months ‘Wowowin’ audience member falls to her death during studio taping MB
    By Alexandria San Juan A 76-year-old audience member died while another one was injured after they accidentally fell from the bleachers while singing and dancing during the studio taping of local variety game show “Wowowin,” police reported Wednesday. Members of the Quezon City Police District Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit identified the victim who died as Estrella Bognot, a resident of Sta. Cruz, Manila, while the injured was Milagros Espiritu, 68, from Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija. It was found out that the victims were watching the taping of the popular variety game show hosted by Willie Revillame inside German Moreno ... more
  • 8 months Arroyo pushes missionary routes to expand RORO system MB
    By Charissa Luci-Atienza In a move to expand the Roll-on, Roll-off (Ro-Ro) transportation system, Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has asked the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) to define as missionary route the unserved Ro-Ro ports in the country. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo(Jansen Romero / MANILA BULLETIN) She made the recommendation during the House Committee on Transportation oversight hearing on the status of Ro-Ro projects on Wednesday. The former President also noted that there is no need for Malacañang to issue an executive order (EO) to define unserved Ro-Ro ports as missionary route. Arroyo said MARINA should review its 10-Year Maritime Industry Development Program ... more
  • 8 months BIR starts 2019 tax collection drive with filing of cases vs. 20 Metro Manila taxpayers MB
    By Jun Ramirez The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) resumed on Thursday filing separate tax evasion charges against 20 Metro Manila business and individual taxpayers as it starts its 2019 collection drive to hit the collection target estimated between P2.3 to P2.5 trillion. BIR(Manila Bulletin File Photo) The respondents were accused before the Department of Justice of alleged non-payment of deficiency income and value-added taxes totaling to P616.6 million for 2012 and prior years. Top revenue officials said the Run-After-Tax-Evaders (RATE) program will be continued to make taxpayers conscious of their financial obligation to the government. Quezon City Revenue Regional Director ... more
  • 8 months Palace not alarmed with presence of Chinese workers; PH lacks skilled workers MB
    By Argyll Cyrus Geducos Malacañang sees nothing wrong with presence of Chinese workers in the Philippines because of the lack of skilled Filipino laborers currently in the country. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after former President Benigno Aquino III raised concerns over the presence of Chinese workers in the country and taking over jobs supposedly for Filipinos. In his Palace press briefing, Panelo brushed aside Aquino’s concern, saying there is no problem with having Chinese workers in the Philippines as long as they entered the country lawfully. “Sabihin na lang natin, ... more
  • 8 months Henry Sy, Sr. to be laid to rest today MB |Biz
    By Jan Carlo Anolin Business tycoon and Philippines’ richest man Henry Sy, Sr., will be laid to rest on Thursday. SM Supermalls announced on Twitter Thursday that Sy’s interment is scheduled today, Jan. 24, 2019, at the Heritage Park in Taguig City.
    For everything, #ThankYouTatang. pic.twitter.com/EXtNbiIcY4 — SM Supermalls (@smsupermalls) January 24, 2019 “His wife, Felicidad; his children Teresita, Elizabeth, Henry Jr., Hans, Herbert and Harley & their spouses; his grandchildren and great grandchildren request all those whose lives he touched to pray for the eternal repose of his soul,” the statement read. On Jan. 19, Saturday, Sy, ... more
  • 8 months Parents of child delinquents be held liable –Palace MB
    By Argyll Cyrus Geducos Malacañang urged Congress to introduce a provision making neglectful parents liable to crimes committed by delinquent children after the House of Representatives proposed to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12 years old. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after President Duterte said he wanted to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility to instill discipline among both parents and kids. In a press briefing, Panelo said the provision is not yet under the law, suggesting that maybe Congress can improve on it in ... more
  • 8 months Enrile warns of looming energy crisis MB
    By Mario Casayuran Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Thursday asked the Duterte administration to act fast to address a looming energy crisis which might be worsened by the energy demands of its massive ‘Build, Build, Build’ program. Former senator Juan Ponce Enrile (Credits: Wikimedia Commons | Manila Bulletin) “We do not have any source of hydrocarbon energy in the country except Malampaya. If a war happens in Russia or in the Middle East or in Africa or in Latin America that will affect the supply of crude, what do you think will happen here? In one week’s time, ... more
  • 8 months Deputy Speaker Garin urges Duterte to immediately sign the Rice Tariff Bill MB
    By Charissa Luci-Atienza President Duterte has been urged to immediately sign into law the Rice Tariffication Bill to help mitigate the adverse effects of inflation. Cong. Sharon S Garin. (FACEBOOK/ MANILA BULLETIN) Deputy Speaker and AAMBIS-OWA party-list Rep. Sharon Garin said she is eagerly anticipating the enactment of the bill into law after the harmonized version of the measure was transmitted to Malacañang. She noted that the reconciled version of the bill strikes a balance in protecting the interest of the poor and marginalized as well as the interest of the local farmers. “While it’s true that the current system ... more
  • 8 months Proposal to extend MRT-3 operations under study MB
    By the Philippine News Agency MANILA — The management of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) will study proposals to extend its operating hours to serve more passengers, a Department of Transportation (DOTr) official said Wednesday. A train of the MRT pass by the a station along EDSA in QUezon City. Economic managers in approved the rehabilitation of the MRT-3, which is expected to double the number of operational trains by 2022. The train line that traverses EDSA ferries half a million passengers daily. (Mark BAlmores) “The DOTr MRT-3 welcomes the suggestion to extend for two more hours the ... more
  • 8 months Gov’t will look for a qualified third telco player in case Mislatel defaults MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling The government might look for another potential third telecommunication player in case of default of the winning bidder Mislatel consortium, Malacañang said Thursday. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo affirmed that the government prefers to tap a telco company that will meet state requirements including a valid franchise. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) Panelo issued the statement after Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon claimed Mindanao Islamic Telephone Co. (Mislatel) could not be eligible to become the country’s third telco player since its franchise was deemed revoked. Drilon earlier argued that Mislatel failed to meet the law’s ... more
  • 8 months Gov’t to look for qualified telco if Mislatel defaults MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling The government might look for another potential third telecommunica­tion player in case winning bidder Mis­latel consortium defaults, Malacañang said Thursday. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the government prefers to tap a telco company that will meet state requirements, including a valid franchise. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) Panelo issued the statement after Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon claimed Mindanao Islamic Telephone Co. (Mislatel) could not be eligible to become the country’s third telco player since its franchise was deemed revoked. Drilon had earlier argued that Mislatel failed to meet the law’s requirement to operate ... more
  • 8 months Palace hints that Duterte can veto Senate’s prohibition on funding of CCTV project MB
    By Genalyn Kabiling President Duterte could exercise his veto power against the Senate prohibition on the funding for a China-assisted security surveillance project in the proposed 2019 national budget, Malacañang said Thursday. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said the President could resort to such option to ensure funding for the Safe Philippines project with China as he allayed concerns on possible risks to national security. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) “No funds for the project? Well if the President will exercise his power of veto, that can be vetoed,” Panelo said during a Palace press briefing. “We understand ... more
  • 8 months Palace suggests parents of juvenile delinquents be held liable MB
    By Argyll Cyrus Geducos Malacañang urged Congress to introduce a provision making neglectful parents liable to crimes committed by delinquent children after the House of Representatives proposed to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 12 years old. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement after President Duterte said he wanted to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility to instill discipline among both parents and kids. Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) In his press briefing, Panelo said that the said provision is not yet under the law, suggesting that maybe Congress can improve ... more
  • 8 months BI officials raid their own detention facility MB
    By Jun Ramirez Bureau of Immigration (BI) officials raided the agency’s Warden Facility (BIWF) Tuesday after receiving intelligence reports on the proliferation of prohibited items inside the place. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said numerous banned items were confiscated during the raid. Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente (Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN) Seized items included mobile phones, portable air condition units, portable wifi routers, sharp and pointed tools, knives, steel tubes, scissors, laptops, DVD players, deck of cards, and lighters. “Past administrations used to be lenient in allowing the detainees to use gadgets because the BIWF is a detention facility ... more
  • 8 months ‘Tawilis’ now an endangered species MB
    By Noreen Jazul Tawilis (sardinella tawilis) or bombon sardine which is found only in the Philippines has been listed among “endangered” species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Tawilis(Flickr / nccaofficial / MANILA BULLETIN) The international organization, in a 2018 report, listed the freshwater sardine living in Taal Lake as endangered due to the alarming decrease in its population. IUCN said overexploitation, pollution, and competition and/or predation with introduced fishes were the three major threats to tawilis and fish diversity within Taal Lake which resulted in “continuing declines in habitat quality and number of mature individuals.” It ... more
  • 8 months DILG condemns ambush on San Fernando, Cebu mayor MB
    By Chito Chavez The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has condemned the ambush on San Fernando, Cebu Mayor Lakambini “Neneth” Reluya and her companions in Barangay Linao, Talisay City on Tuesday. DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año described the latest attack on politicians as a huge affront to the efforts of the government to create an enabling and conducive environment where citizens should be able to freely exercise their right to choose their leaders whom they think will steer their localities to peace and development. President Duterte made it clear that political terrorism and violence have no place ... more
  • 8 months 32 provinces hit by drought – PAGASA MB
    By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz Thirty-two provinces, mostly in Luzon, have been experiencing either a dry spell or a drought, the Philip­pine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported. PAGASA logo (MANILA BULLETIN) PAGASA said the extreme climate conditions are being felt even before an El Niño episode has been fully es­tablished in the tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean. Whether or not a weak El Niño develops, PAGASA said it could still impact some areas of the country. It reported that 15 provinces have been affected by drought, and 17 areas by a dry spell in the past ... more
  • 8 months 32 provinces affected by drought MB
    By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz Thirty-two provinces, mostly in Luzon, have been affected by dry spell or drought even before El Niño has been fully established in the tropical Pacific Region. Based on the recent observations of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific remain at El Niño levels “but atmospheric indicators, such as cloudiness, tradewinds and southern oscillation index do not show evidence for El Niño to become fully established.” But whether or not a weak El Niño develops, PAGASA said impacts may still occur in some areas of the ... more
  • 8 months Neymar awaits extent of foot injury MB |Sports
    PARIS (AP) — Neymar limped off with a recurrence of a right-foot injury during Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 French Cup win against Strasbourg on Wednesday, casting doubt whether he will face Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 match next month. The Brazil forward had just received the ball on the left when he raised his hand to seemingly signal to his coach Thomas Tuchel he was in pain, and looked to be in tears as he left the field at Parc des Princes. A few hours after Neymar was taken to hospital, PSG said in ... more
  • 8 months DAR claims achieving targets despite PRRD’s threats to fire inept officials MB
    By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz As President Rodrigo warned of firing inept agrarian reform officials, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) announced that it has achieved its targets in 2018. Depart­ment of Agrarian Re­form (DAR) Secretary John Castriciones(DAR / MANILA BULLETIN) DAR was conducting its assessment and planning conference in Iloilo City when President Duterte expressed during separate events in Lucena City and Pasay City his dismay over the “slow” conversion of lands under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. DAR Secretary John Castriciones highlighted the department’s achievements, such as the distribution of a total of 60,000 hectares of land through ... more
  • 8 months House panel approves proposed National eHealth System and Services Act MB
    By Charissa Luci-Atienza The House Committee on Health has passed a substitute bill seeking to establish the National eHealth Systems and Services to deliver health services through cost-effective and secure information and communications technology (ICT). (MANILA BULLETIN) The House panel, chaired by Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan approved the proposed “National eHealth System and Services Act,” a consolidation of six measures, which provides for an organized and structured application of electronic health or “eHealth” integrated in the regular workflow of healthcare facilities. The measure substituted House Bill 3310 authored by former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, HB 4630 by ... more
  • 8 months Japan’s ANA in talks to invest in Philippine Airlines MB |Biz
    By Reuters Japan’s ANA Holdings Inc said on Wednesday it is in talks with Philippine Airlines Inc’s parent company PAL Holdings about making an investment but it had not yet made a “concrete decision.” A Philippine Airlines passenger jet is pictured at the tarmac of Terminal 3 at the Ninoy Aquino International airport in Pasay City, Metro Manila.(REUTERS/Erik De Castro / MANILA BULLETIN) Philippine Airlines is closing in on selling a minority stake to a foreign strategic investor, with a deal likely to be sealed in the first half of this year, its president said on Wednesday. Earlier, it was ... more
  • 8 months Recto urges gov’t to stop planned hike in car registration fees MB
    By Vanne Elaine Terrazola Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Thursday urged the government to stop its plan to increase car registration fees amid the planned abolition of the Road Board. Senator Ralph Recto (JOHN JEROME GANZON / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Recto made the appeal as he disclosed that officials from the Executive Branch relayed proposals to Congress to increase the rates in the motor vehicle user’s charge (MVUC), more commonly known as road user’s tax. One proposal, he said, seeks to raise road user’s tax rates based on inflation. But the Senate leader expressed alarm over the ... more
  • 8 months Economy grows 6.2% in 2018 MB |Biz
    By Madelaine Miraflor The country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 6.2 percent in 2018, its lowest an­nual expansion in three years, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported Thursday. Despite the growth slowdown, the administration is still serious in aspir­ing for a growth of 7 to 8 percent for this year, which will be backed by its mas­sive infrastructure program, known as “Build, Build, Build” program, as well as efforts to improve the investment climate in the country, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and National Economic and Development Authority Director General Ernesto Pernia said. GROWTH DRIVER – Work is in full swing ... more
  • 8 months PH misses GDP target, grows only 6.2% MB |Biz
    By Madelaine Miraflor The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew only by 6.2 percent, compared to the 6.7 percent growth it had in 2017. A woman scans the selection of canned goods at a grocery store in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines, September 19, 2018. (REUTERS / ELOISA LOPEZ / MANILA BULLETIN) This is the slowest growth the Philippine economy experienced since 2015 when the country grew only by 5.8 percent. In 2014, the country grew by 6.1 percent. The 2018 GDP growth is also lower compared to the 6.5 percent growth the country had in the third quarter of ... more
  • 8 months DILG to revoke travel authority, leave of absences given to local execs during calamities, emergencies MB
      By Chito Chavez All foreign travel authorities and leaves of absences (LOA) issued by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to local chief executives (LCEs) will now be revoked during calamities and emergency situations in their respective areas. DILG Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya (Photo via Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) The recall of travel authority and LOA during distress periods was made to ensure that no LCE will have any reason to be “missing in action’’ when their presence in such instances is badly needed. DILG Assistant Secretary and spokesman Jonathan Malaya said the DILG, as the approving ... more
  • 8 months Michael Jackson stage musical to premiere in Chicago MB |Ent
    CHICAGO (AP) — A stage musical about Michael Jackson will premiere in Chicago later this year before heading to Broadway in 2020. Officials said Wednesday that “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” will begin pre-Broadway performances at Chicago’s Nederlander Theatre on Oct. 29 and run through Dec. 1. FILE – This Feb. 1, 1993 file photo shows Pop superstar Michael Jackson performing during the halftime show at the Super Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. A stage musical about Michael Jackson will premiere in Chicago later this year before heading to Broadway in 2020. Officials said Wednesday that “Don’t Stop ‘Til You ... more
  • 8 months Zimbabwe and world music star Oliver Mtukudzi dies at 66 MB |Ent
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — One of Zimbabwe and Africa’s most iconic musicians, Oliver Mtukudzi, died on Wednesday at age 66 after decades of rollicking, captivating performances won him devoted fans worldwide.”It is difficult to accept, I have no words,” said musician and poet Albert Nyathi, who joined several other mourners at the hospital in the capital, Harare, where the star passed away. “What is left is to celebrate his life.” Zimbabwe’s state-run Herald newspaper reported that Mtukudzi had “succumbed to a long battle with diabetes.” With his distinctive husky voice, Mtukudzi had a career that stretched from white minority-ruled Rhodesia ... more
  • 8 months Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper among SAG Awards presenters MB |Ent
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper and Rami Malek are among the first presenters announced for Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Other presenters announced Wednesday by the actors union include Chadwick Boseman, Sam Elliott, Constance Wu, John David Washington, Adam Driver, and Michelle Yeoh. This combination photo shows actors, from left, Bradley Cooper, Rami Malek and Lady Gaga who are among the presenters announced for Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Other presenters announced Wednesday by the actors union include Chadwick Boseman, Sam Elliott, Constance Wu, John David Washington, Adam Driver, Michelle Yeoh, Ken Jeong, Henry Golding and Angela ... more
  • 8 months Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher welcome baby boy, Jacob Bryan MB |Ent
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carrie Underwood says her heart is full after the arrival of her second son.The country superstar posted photos of herself, her husband Mike Fisher and her son Isaiah with the newborn, who she said was born early Monday. Her post states “his mom, dad and big brother couldn’t be happier for God to trust them with taking care of this little miracle.” FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2018 file photo, Carrie Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher arrive at the 52nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Underwood and Fisher announced the birth of their ... more
  • 8 months Jimmy Page’s dragon guitar reborn after 50 years on ice MB |Ent
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — After five decades, Jimmy Page’s dragon has re-emerged from its lair.Fender instruments on Wednesday gave the public its first look at its recreation of a Telecaster guitar that Page once painted with a dragon, a long-lost piece of six-string history that marked the guitar hero’s last days in the Yardbirds and first days in Led Zeppelin. The instrument with the psychedelic green-and-red serpent on its body represents “a pivotal moment for the guitar and music,” said Paul Waller, the master builder who worked side-by-side with Page to make him a spot-on match of the guitar before ... more
  • 8 months Celebrities to keep social media posts ‘clean’, UK watchdog says MB |Ent
    LONDON (Reuters) – Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and other celebrities have agreed to spell out in social media posts if they are being paid to promote a brand, Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority said on Wednesday. The agency said it has secured formal commitments from 16 celebrities, who also include models Alexa Chung and Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley, to change how they label social media posts to their millions of followers. FILE PHOTO: Ellie Goulding poses at 2018 Cinema Against AIDS event. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/File Photo Brands pay thousands of dollars for a single social media post. But European Union consumer protection law requires ... more
  • 8 months Alec Baldwin to attend anger management after pleading guilty to harassment MB |Ent
    Actor Alec Baldwin on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a harassment charge stemming from a parking spot tussle and agreed to attend a short-term anger management program. Actor Alec Baldwin in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York (AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) The New York actor — whose impersonation of Donald Trump on the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live earned him an Emmy award — was released on conditional discharge after the Manhattan court hearing. Baldwin, 60, is due back on March 27 for a compliance update on his anger management class. He was arrested in November after punching a 49-year-old ... more
  • 8 months Jonas Mekas, godfather of American experimental film, dies at 96 MB |Ent
    Lithuanian-born American director Jonas Mekas, one of the leading figures of avant-garde cinema in the United States, died Wednesday. He was 96. “Jonas passed away quietly and peacefully early this morning,” the New York-based Anthology Film Archives, which Mekas co-founded, posted on Instagram, saying he died at home with his family at his bedside. Jonas Mekas approached cinema from multiple angles — as a filmmaker, but also as a journalist, curator, historian, and spokesperson for alternative and experimental movie-making (AFP Photo/Nicholas Hunt / MANILA BULLETIN) “He will be greatly missed but his light shines on.” Born in 1922 in a ... more
  • 8 months Rappers Jay-Z, Meek Mill launch effort to slash US prison population MB |Ent
    Rappers Jay-Z and Meek Mill announced Wednesday they are launching a new criminal justice reform organization aimed at dramatically reducing the number of people in the US prison system. American rapper Jay-Z (REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File) The group’s creation comes less than a year after Mill, 31, was released from jail after his unexpectedly heavy sentence for a parole violation sparked protests over racial biases in US probation laws. REFORM Alliance is putting an initial $50 million toward “disabling the revolving door of probation and parole,” by “changing the laws, policies, and practices that perpetuate injustice,” according to its mission statement. “We ... more
  • 8 months Google to appeal 50-million-euro French data consent fine MB |Biz
    By Agence France-Presse Google said Wednesday it would appeal a record 50-million-euro fine imposed by France’s data regulator for failing to meet the EU’s strict new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Google said in a statement it had been working hard to meet the requirements of the EU’s GDPR rules (AFP / MANILA BULLETIN) “We’ve worked hard to create a GDPR consent process for personalized ads that is as transparent and straightforward as possible, based on regulatory guidance and user experience testing,” the company said in a statement. “We’re also concerned about the impact of this ruling on publishers, original ... more
  • 8 months P&G confident of payoff from Gillette’s ‘Me Too’ ad MB |Biz
    By Agence France-Presse Procter & Gamble said Wednesday its controversial Gillette ad targeting “toxic masculinity” was resonating with younger consumers and producing solid sales despite criticism from some conservatives and calls for a boycott. Chief Financial Officer Jon Moeller said the company was pleased with the attention surrounding the spot for the struggling shaving brand, which features images of men carousing and cat-calling at women, as well as examples of men reining in bullies and coaching children. Procter & Gamble expressed confidence in a controversial ad for Gillette targeting “toxic masculinity,” but the brand still faces challenges as more men ... more
  • 8 months Hulu cuts price of popular TV streaming plan MB |Biz
    By Agence France-Presse Hulu on Wednesday cut the price of its basic streaming television plan as it battled with rivals such as Netflix and Amazon, which are spending big on original content. Monthly subscriptions to Hulu’s streaming television service that serves up ads along with shows and films will be $5.99 after a $2 price cut takes effect in late February, according to the company. (AP Photo/Dan Goodman, File / MANILA BULLETIN) An ad-free Hulu streaming plan will remain $11.99 monthly, while the price of a deluxe plan combining on-demand and live television will be bumped up to $44.99, an ... more
  • 8 months Progress MB |Ent
    The speculations are true. After months of silence and dodging any question related to it, Arjo Atayde has admitted he and Maine Mendoza are into something romantic. Arjo Atayde “We’re exclusively dating,” he said when asked about their status. “I am the happiest now and I would not give any further details. That’s all I can say about it.” The actor said he and Maine have many things in common. When asked what he likes the most about her, Arjo simply replied: “All.” “She makes me laugh all the time,” was how he put it. Arjo has been the subject ... more
  • 8 months GE’s ‘Brilliant Factory’ MB |Tech
    GE is all about efficiency. You can innovate, manufacture, and export more if you are efficient. Since its founding in the 18th century, GE’s efficiency has turned them into a company of relentless innovation in businesses, aviation, healthcare, and renewable energy. This leads us to the Brilliant Factory. A Brilliant Factory is GE’s marshal of innovation. It is powered with automation and a workforce that continues to evolve on their own, creating an efficient system that allows the company to manufacture and export large quantity and quality products. A quick little trivia: In the Philippines, the first electrical lightbulbs ... more
  • 8 months ‘Henry Sy: Economic hero, pride of Filipinos,’ – De Venecia MB
    Former Speaker Jose de Venecia has called Henry Sy a Filipino-Chinese visionary and a bonafide Asian titan, who built Philippine-wide enterprises, pushed economic dispersal throughout our is­lands with his network of SM stores, and contributed to decentralization and the emergence of a Filipino middle class. Henry Sy Sr. (Photo by Tonnette P. Jacinto) In a statement yesterday, De Venecia said “the soft-spoken Henry Sy is one of our economic heroes and a pride of the Filipino people.” “Before he passed away, his network had established branches in some cities in China and was moving into other Asian locations. “Henry Sy’s ... more
  • 8 months Birth of new league hailed MB |Sports
    by Jonas Terrado Sustainability is what officials of the rebranded national football league now dubbed the Philippine Premier League hopes to attain ahead of planned start of the 2019 season in late-March. PPL commissioner Bernie Sumayao said he has set foot plans to assure that the rebooted domestic competition will be able to avoid the pitfalls that marred the first two seasons of the league previously known as the Philippines Football League. The PFL saw Meralco, Ilocos United and Davao Aguilas fold during its tenure while multiple players from Global-Cebu had complained of unpaid salaries after the 2018 campaign. ... more
  • 8 months No need for communism for PH to have good land reform program – Duterte MB
    Communist ideology is not needed to implement a genuine land reform program in the country, President Du­terte said Tuesday. “To date, I have distributed some­thing like 6,000 titles. You do not have to be a communist to have a good, true blue land reform program,” Duterte said in a speech at the Annual Assembly of Provincial Union of Leaders against Illegality (PULI) in Lucena City, Quezon. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the annual assembly of the Provincial Union of Leaders Against Illegality (PULI) at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City, province of Quezon on January 22, ... more
  • 8 months Town mayor survives ambush, but husband, 2 others killed MB
    By Lesley Caminade Vestil and Aaron Recuenco TALISAY CITY– The mayor of San Fernando town in southern Cebu sur­vived an ambush in this city Tuesday, but her husband and two others were killed. San Fernando Mayor Lakambini Reluya and her bodyguard were un­scathed after their van was peppered with bullets by assailants in a car. But her husband Ricardo, a driver, and a municipal officer were killed. Municipal Mayor of San Fernando in Cebu Lakambini Reluya survives ambush attack while three people were killed including the Mayor’s husband and 2 others were wounded in Barangay Linao, Talisay City Tuesday night. ... more
  • 8 months Health secretary defers to the ‘wisdom of lawmakers’ about MACR MB
    By Analou De Vera “Let us leave it to the wisdom of the lawmakers.” This was the response of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III when asked about his position with regards to the proposed law that seeks to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15-years-old to nine years old. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) The House Committee on Justice recently approved a bill that seeks to lower the age of criminal liability. Under the bill, children who commit serious offenses will be mandatorily confined in reformative facilities called ‘Bahay Pag-Asa.’ “Nakita ko ... more
  • 8 months NLEX completes 20 projects decongesting tollways traffic MB |Biz
    By Emmie V. Abadilla The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation last year completed over 20 projects in both NLEX and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), decongesting traffic, enhancing services to motorists and now “welcomes 2019 with optimism.” “This 2019 will be even better for everyone as big-ticket projects are set for completion this year,” according to Rodrigo E. Franco, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) President and CEO. MPTC is the holding company of NLEX and SCTEX. “The year 2018 was a productive year for us. We built more roads to provide travel convenience and establish stronger relationships with our stakeholders.” The ... more
  • 8 months P508-M central cybersecurity monitoring system launched MB |Biz
    By Emmie V. Abadilla The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and Integrated Computer Systems, Inc. (ICS) the other day (Jan 22, 2019) held the official kick- off for the P508-million Cybersecurity Management System Project. “It’s a first step, but a great step towards securing the country against cyber threats,” according to DICT Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. DICT oversees the national ICT agenda which covers cybersecurity policy and planning coordination. The National Cyber Security Plan (NCSP) is a comprehensive roadmap for the cyber space that mirrors the National Security Strategy of the administration. Under the NCSP, a ... more
  • 8 months BSP reviews pawnshops cybersecurity compliance MB |Biz
    By Lee C. Chipongian The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is currently assessing pawnshops’ cybersecurity compliance with existing rules in light of the recent data breach suffered by Cebu Lhuillier, the country’s biggest pawnshop operator. BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi G. Fonacier. (Bloomberg Photo) BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi G. Fonacier said the review specifically on Cebu Lhuillier is still at its initial stages following reports that some 900 clients of the pawnshop were placed at risk with their personal information compromised due to the data breach. “There is still an on-going assessment on the details of the breach,” said Fonacier. “So, ... more
  • 8 months Republic Cement to add 2 MMT capacity this year MB |Biz
    By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat Republic Cement Services Inc. said that its two finishing mills with estimated investments of $40 million will be operational by end this year adding two million tons to its existing 7 MMT production capacity. Nabil Francis, president of this joint venture between the Aboitiz Group and European cement firm CRH, said that financing for the acquisition of two finishing mills with estimated investments of $40 million is done via internally-generated funds. Once the two finishing mills are put on stream, Republic will become the second largest cement producer in the Philippines. The company operates six cement plants ... more
  • 8 months Agriculture ekes out 1% growth in 2018 MB |Biz
    By Madelaine B. Miraflor The country’s agriculture sector crawled to a 1-percent growth in 2018, way slower than the 4 percent growth it had in 2017, due to several typhoons, including Super Typhoon Ompong. But because of higher fuel tax, which eventually drove inflation, the sector’s output was valued higher by 4 percent to P521.2 billion throughout the year. A data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that from January to December, agricultural production increased by only 0.56 percent, which is lower than the 4 percent growth the sector has achieved in 2017 and is not anywhere near the ... more
  • 8 months DOE slates roadshows on petroleum contracting MB |Biz
    By Myrna M. Velasco To shore up probability that the country can corner much-needed investments, the Department of Energy (DOE) is targeting series of roadshows in at least six countries on its offer of petroleum service contracts (PSCs) under the Philippine Conventional Energy Contracting Program. Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi (Source: https://www.bloomberg.com) According to Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, the proposed kick-off point of the roadshow is London, United Kingdom by last week of February this year; but he said that’s still up for final approval. “We are looking at the potential success,” he said, adding that the six proposed ... more
  • 8 months TDF rates end mixed at auction MB |Biz
    By Lee C. Chipongian The central bank’s term deposit facility (TDF) had mixed rates on Wednesday and at P60.83 billion, tenders were oversubscribed against offer of P50 billion. Based on Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data, the 7-days, 14-days and 28-days TDF were oversubscribed, particularly the shorter-dated tenor. BSP Deputy Governor Diwa C. Guinigundo said that there is “clear ample liquidity in the system” after recent holidays. “But banks wanted to go short given the BTr’s (Bureau of the Treasury) tap facility so they swarmed the 7-day TDF,” he noted. Guinigundo expects demand to continue in the 7-day tenor ... more
  • 8 months Packaging solutions showcase MB |Biz
    About 278 exhibitors from 28 countries will showcase packaging technologies and participate in ProPak Philippines, the first of its kind packaging exhibition that could provide answer to the country’s small manufacturers on food, drink, and pharmaceutical in the country. Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said the exhibit is in response to the rapidly expanding processing and packaging industries, and the government initiatives to encourage the growth of local industries. The three-day show on Jan. 24-26 at the World Trade Center is organized by UBM and supported by the DTI.ProPak is the biggest international processing and packaging trade event ... more
  • 8 months ECCP seeking corporate tax reduction MB |Biz
    By Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat European businessmen yesterday called on government to be bolder by immediately reducing the corporate income tax (CIT) to 20 percent from the current 30 percent to attract more investors into the country even as they forecast a cautious optimism that 2019 would be a better year for the Philippine economy. “2019 has all the ingredients for success. Cautious optimism should prevail so we should continue to cultivate good relationship between EU and the Philippines. There is good reason to work as partners,” said Nabil Francis, president of the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP). Francis ... more
  • 8 months DOF optimistic Congress will pass TRABAHO bill MB |Biz
    By Chino S. Leyco Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III has expressed confidence that the second package calling for rationalization of fiscal incentives and reducing the corporate income tax (CIT) rate will pass the legislative mill within the year. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III (Bloomberg photo)   During the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) meeting yesterday, Dominguez said that the second part of the government’s comprehensive tax reform program (CTRP) is necessary as this benefits hundreds of thousands of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country. The finance chief is also optimistic that the more controversial ... more
  • 8 months SEARCA extends help to boost ‘calamansi’ exports MB |Biz
    By Madelaine B. Miraflor The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is now helping the Philippines explores ways on how to potentially boost the country’s calamansi (a lemon variety) exports. A statement showed that a value chain study is now being carried out to beef up the country’s calamansi output and export in countries like Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia. SEARCA, in particular, is supporting Bureau of Agricultural Research’s (BAR) piloting of the project in Oriental Mindoro. “There are gaps and constraints in the calamansi industry that limit its potential to ... more
  • 8 months Filipino bishops to meet with Pope Francis MB
    By Leslie Ann Aquino Filipino Catholic prelates will go to Vatican this year for their “ad limina” visit to Pope Francis. Father Marvin Mejia, Secretary General of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said the bishops will report to the pontiff the different concerns of their respective dioceses. Secretary general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Father Marvin Mejia(YouTube / MANILA BULLETIN) “That meeting with the Pope is very important…if they have concerns in their diocese that’s the time also that they will meet with different dicasteries,” he said in an interview. Asked if the bishops will ... more
  • 8 months GMA to DOTr: Review your RORO plans MB
    By Charissa Luci-Atienza Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo prodded Wednesday the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to take a second look and revise its proposed development of the Roll-On, Roll-Off (RORO) transport system, even as she batted for the establishment of new routes. Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo / MANILA BULLETIN) She made the call during the House Committee on Transportation hearing on the status of RORO projects, chaired by Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento after she found out that most of the 30 proposed new RORO routes under DOTr’s Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP) have already existing ports or ... more
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