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  • 6 months Dula emerges MOS in Pampanga meet Manilatimes |Sports
    Masville National High School-Parañaque student Marc Bryan Dula displays his medals during the awarding ceremony of the 2019 Pampanga Friendship Meet. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPhilippine Swimming League (PSL) ace tanker Marc Bryan Dula won five gold medals to claim the Most Outstanding Swimmer (MOS) award in the 2019 Pampanga Friendship Meet held in San Fernando City, Pampanga. The Masville National High School-Parañaque student collected 15 points to earn the top honors in the boys’ 12-year category. Dula, a veteran of international competitions, started his bid with a gold medal in the 100m Individual Medley where he registered one minute and 9.91 ... more
  • 6 months Sandigan rejects Ampatuan’s motion Manilatimes
    The Sandiganbayan Fourth Division has denied a motion for reconsideration filed by former Maguindanao governor Sajid Ampatuan, who was convicted of graft and malversation in connection with the release of P38 million from public funds and purchases of construction materials from a “non-existing entity.” In a 14-page resolution promulgated last September 4, the court denied the motion filed by Ampatuan and the motion for partial reconsideration of Datu Ali Abpi Al Haj, then-provincial budget officer and then-Bids and Awards Committee member, for lack of merit. The resolution said Ampatuan himself had admitted that the public funds had been released to ... more
  • 6 months Common mistakes investors make Manilatimes |Biz
    CHRISTOPHER CERVANTES, RFPMy good friend keeps on telling me he wants to invest but never started it until now. He thinks he still needs more time to fully understand the market and all the jargon investors are using during the usual conversation. I asked him to attend some seminars and read some books, which he did, but it didn’t prod him to invest. If you believe that entering the market requires a perfect investor, you will never be able to start investing. Investors had blunders when they were starting and they may be having them until now. But there ... more
  • 6 months Baguio eyes digital leap Manilatimes
    BAGUIO CITY: Mayor Benjamin Magalong has ordered an assessment and evaluation of the local government’s internet connectivity to be undertaken by a third party to ascertain the aspects that need improvement for a projected digital transformation in the city. The mayor wants the Local Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals to meet and decide on possibly granting exemptions to telecommunication towers in the different parts of the city to improve the telecom providers’ signals and services by providing higher Internet speeds for users, especially those living in the outskirts of the city. He admitted having personally talked to Smart Telecommunications ... more
  • 6 months Chile’s Niemann takes two-shot lead at The Greenbrier Manilatimes |Sports
    WASHINGTON: Joaquin Niemann carded a two-under par 68 on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) and to take a two-shot lead at The Greenbrier, where the 20-year-old Chilean is chasing his first US PGA Tour title. Niemann had three birdies and his first bogey of the week to emerge with a 15-under par total of 195 on the Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. He was two shots clear of Americans Richy Werenski, Nate Lashley and Robby Shelton. Werenski and Lashley both posted 65s while Shelton carded an even-par 70.
    It was a further stroke back to ... more
  • 6 months Boutier, Hall fightback sets up Solheim Cup cliffhanger Manilatimes |Sports
    GLENEAGLES, United Kingdom: Celine Boutier and Georgia Hall were the European heroines on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) as Europe desperately clung on to the hope of regaining the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles. After a punishing series of fourballs in blustery, cold weather, the Americans emerged as 2.5-1.5 winners to leave the score tied at 8-8 going into Sunday’s final 12 singles. As holders, the US team needs to win six of the matches to claim the trophy for the third year in a row.
    With all four matches going to the final two holes, fortunes swung to and ... more
  • 6 months Phinma shares up on Phinma Energy’s PSA Manilatimes |Biz
    Phinma Corp.’s shares appeared to have appreciated on news that Phinma Energy Corp. signed a power supply agreement (PSA) with Manila Electric Co. last week. On September 13, 2019, Phinma Energy inked a deal with Meralco to supply 200 megawatts (MW) with an all-in headline rate of P4.745 per kilowatt hour (kWh) and computed all-in levelized cost of energy of P4.8849 per kWh. The 200-MW deal was part of the total 1,200-MW supply agreement. The rest was awarded to San Miguel Energy Corp. (330 MW) and South Premiere Power Corp. (670 MW).
    Subject to Energy Regulatory Commission’s approval, ... more
  • 6 months Camarines gov’s camp defend, laud SC ruling Manilatimes
    The camp of Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo Tallado has defended and lauded a ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) en banc that declared Tallado as the legitimate local chief executive of the province. Last Tuesday, the high court en banc with a vote of 8 against 6, ruled to junk a decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) disqualifying Tallado to run in the May 13, 2019 gubernatorial polls. This allowed him to seek his “fourth term” after he failed to complete his “three full terms” because of his dismissal by the Office of the Ombudsman.
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  • 6 months Saints, Engineers eye semis entry Manilatimes |Sports
    BRT Sumisip Basilan-St. Clare College and Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP) eye semifinals entry when they face their respective foes today in the 2019 Philippine Basketball Association Developmental League (PBA D-League) Foundation Cup at the Paco Arena in Manila City. Both armed with a twice-to-beat advantage, the Group B top-seeded Saints take on Hyperwash at 1:30 p.m. while the Engineers battle Black Mamba at 3:30 p.m. BRT Sumisip-St. Clare’s sweep of the six-game eliminations was concluded with a 129-72 rout of Hyperwash last August 1.
    But veteran coach Stevenson Tiu cautioned the Saints on what await them ... more
  • 6 months Firm explores more infra projects Manilatimes |Biz
    ABOITIZ InfraCapital, Inc. (AIC), the infrastructure arm of Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. remains keen in joining the government’s massive “Build, Build, Build” program, an executive said. AIC Chief Operating Officer Cosette V. Canilao said the company continues to explore potential projects outside airport developments and common tower ventures. “Yes, of course. We’re always on the lookout for opportunities to be a major player in the infra field,” she told reporters last week.
    She refused to disclose details of the projects, including the specific sector AIC wants to enter, as they would be unsolicited proposals. Canilao also said the ... more
  • 6 months ‘Filipinos’ unity needed for national development’ Manilatimes
    CITY OF MALOLOS: Just like the 100 percent support of the members of the Malolos Congress for the ratification of the country’s first Constitution, Sen. Imee Marcos on Sunday encouraged not only Bulakenyos but all Filipinos to unite in order to achieve national development. Marcos made the pitch during the commemoration of the 121st anniversary of the Malolos Congress that coincided with the culmination of the Singkaban Festival held at the historic Barasoain Church in this city. She praised the province of Bulacan, saying it is destined to be the cradle of the great history of the country.
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  • 6 months Scoop goes to Clark City today Manilatimes |Sports
    The Scoop (Sports Communicators Organization of the Philippines) Forum On Air travels to the New Clark City today for its first provincial coverage of the country’s preparations for the hosting of the Southeast Asian Games late this year. The trip coincides with the coordination meeting between the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) and the Metro Clark mayors for the purpose of assessing the extent of preparations undertaken for celebration of the 30th anniversary of the biennial meet. The New Clark City serves as the main hub of the November 30 to December 11 competitions among the best and the finest athletes ... more
  • 6 months Zamboanga’s 2019 top 10 ‘bloodiest’ villages awarded Manilatimes
    ZAMBOANGA CITY: For initiating the most number of blood donations covering July 2018 to August 2019, the highest 10 “bloodiest” barangay (villages) in this highly urbanized city were awarded with a Plaque of Recognition by the city’s Blood Council in coordination with the Rotary Club of Zamboanga City and the local government unit (LGU). City Blood Council program coordinator Maria Christine Lim said the council got the list of the “Top 10 bloodiest villages” from the Zamboanga City Medical Center and Philippine Red Cross, which had secured the number of blood donors from officials of the city’s 98 villages. Lim ... more
  • 6 months Spain’s Gasol on verge of rare NBA-World Cup double Manilatimes |Sports
    Australia’s Patty Mills (bottom) takes a shot as Spain’s Marc Gasol tries to block duringthe Basketball World Cup semi-final game between Australia and Spain in Beijing onSept. 13, 2019. AFP PHOTOBEIJING: Spain’s Marc Gasol is one victory away from a rare feat — winning an NBA crown and a Basketball World Cup in the same year. Only Lamar Odom, a double winner in 2010 with the United States and the Los Angeles Lakers, has ever managed that, according to basketball’s governing body FIBA. Now the centre Gasol, who played a key role in the Toronto Raptors’ run to the ... more
  • 6 months Calls for Bogut ban after Australia’s WC crash Manilatimes |Sports
    BEIJING: Outspoken Andrew Bogut faces possible punishment from basketball’s governing body FIBA after Australia’s acrimonious exit from the World Cup semifinals in Beijing. Video footage showed Bogut — who was booed by Chinese fans throughout the tournament — swearing several times as he trudged off court after Friday’s defeat to Spain.
    Patrik Auda (right) of the Czech Republic goes to the basket as Australia’s Andrew Bogut (center) and Joe Ingles try to block during the Basketball World Cup quarterfinal game between Australia and Czech Republic in Shanghai on Sept. 11, 2019. AFP PHOTOBogut, 34, who riled the hosts with ... more
  • 6 months Ancajas braces for title defense vs Rodriguez Manilatimes |Sports
    Top Rank Promotion boss Bob Arum said International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas will defend his belt against Mexican challenger Jonathan Javier Rodriguez on November 2 in Carson, California.
    Jerwin Ancajas gestures to fans after defeating Ryuichi Funai of Japan in their 12-round Super Flyweight IBF World Title fight in Stockton, California on May 4, 2019. AFP PHOTO“We have a schedule for November second in Carson, California. He is fighting Jonathan Rodriguez, 21 wins, one defeat and 15 knockouts. It’s a very, very tough fight, it will be an exciting fight for the fans — a ... more
  • 6 months Canelo to face Kovalev on November 2 Manilatimes |Sports
    LOS ANGELES: Middleweight king Canelo Alvarez is to make a two-division jump in weight classes to take on Russia’s WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, it was confirmed on Friday (Saturday in Manila). Alvarez, 29, announced the November 2 date in Las Vegas in a short post on Twitter. Online streaming service DAZN also confirmed the bout. World Boxing Council title-holder Alvarez (52-1-2, 35 KOs) has never fought at light heavyweight before.
    Alvarez and Kovalev, 36, had been in negotiations earlier this year to fight in October, only for Kovalev to reject an offer from the Alvarez camp. ... more
  • 6 months Harvick captures 2nd Brickyard Manilatimes |Sports
    INDIANAPOLIS: Jimmie Johnson drove through pit road with his rear bumper dangling off the back, already aware of the consequences when he parked the car. His chance at ending a 27-month victory drought with a record-tying fifth Brickyard 400 win gone. His quest for a record-breaking eighth series put on hold. And his distinction as the only driver to make every NASCAR playoff since it was adopted in 2004 was history, too.
    Kevin Harvick, driver of the (No. 4) Mobil 1 Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Big Machine Vodka 400at the ... more
  • 6 months Drivers left out of playoffs still fighting to achieve goals Manilatimes |Sports
    INDIANAPOLIS: Jimmie Johnson made one thing perfectly clear when he walked out of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s infield medical center. He might be out of the playoffs but his season is not over. “I think everybody can see the performance is on its way up,” Johnson said Sunday after a late crash ended his last-ditch hope of making the 16-car field. “Just keep drilling that and trying to get ourselves higher in points and then also back to victory lane.”
    NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson (No. 48) is hit by Parker Kligerman (No. 96) in the second turn during the ... more
  • 6 months Miranda takes TCR Asian Drivers title Manilatimes |Sports
    Daniel Miranda, the lone Filipino driver in the TCR Asia Championship, has emerged the top Asian driver in the series after finishing in his badly damaged Hyundai I30 race car at the final round at the Bangsaen Grand Prix in Thailand recently. Miranda also secured fourth overall right behind racing veterans that were above his class.
    Daniel Miranda clinched the Asian Drivers’ title in the final round of theTCR Asia Championship at the Bangsaen Grand Prix in Thailand recently. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Filipino simply had to finish the race to become the top Asian driver in the series, since he ... more
  • 6 months Marquez seeks revenge in Rossi’s backyard Manilatimes |Sports
    MISANO ADRIATICO, Italy: World champion Marc Marquez will be out for revenge after being pipped to victory in the last two races this season, as he looks to match Italian star Valentino Rossi’s record of three wins at the San Marino MotoGP on Sunday. Former seven-time world MotoGP champion Rossi’s most recent victory at Misano, near Rimini on Italy’s Adriatic coast, was in 2014.
    Monster Energy Yamaha Italian rider Valentino Rossi takes a curve during a freepractice session ahead of the San Marino MotoGP Grand Prix race at the MisanoWorld Circuit Marco Simoncelli on Friday. AFP PHOTO“Racing here in ... more
  • 6 months 2019 IndyCar title not yet in Newgarden’s hands Manilatimes |Sports
    Josef Newgarden recently spoke prophetically about the upcoming IndyCar season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and the championship that could be won there. “You could have a 60-point lead going in there and you still have to have a pretty good day,” he said before qualifying at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. “You can’t walk the thing. Probably have to finish 11th or 10th, which is still hard. It’s not easy to show up and finish in that spot.” “To me, [the championship] is still wide open, mainly because of double points. I don’t love it because it’s tough ... more
  • 6 months The Racing Legends Manilatimes |Sports
    MIKE POTENCIANOPart 5 With our fifth edition of The Racing Legends, we started talking about our racing heroes that are part of the great racing families who shaped Philippine racing history. We started with the Ramirezes and the Silverios, and will have a more detailed history of the second generation of racers in the future. For this week, we continue with more racing families that we have known in the past and the present. Luckily, most are still in the sport in various capacities and hope you can greet them in the future. We start with the premiere racing ... more
  • 6 months Versatility is her North Star Manilatimes |Biz
    Cindy I. Brual, general manager and director of sales and marketing of F1 Hotel, has had a soft spot for hotels since her youth. “I knew I always wanted to work for a hotel,” Cindy explains. “My parents exposed me to hotel stays. So, for my college course, I chose hotel and restaurant management.” A top student, Cindy graduated at the age of 18 and went directly into the hospitality industry, starting in an entry level position. “At the Manila Diamond Hotel, I first started as a door greeter,” she recalls. “During our time, there were very few hotels around, ... more
  • 6 months Bangko Sentral’s chatbot, reporting system bag prizes Manilatimes |Biz
    THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has bagged two international awards for its financial technology (fintech) and regulatory technology (regtech) initiatives. In a statement on Thursday, the central bank said it was the only institution to win in two categories — Artificial Intelligence Initiative and Data Management Initiative — during the Central Banking Fintech and Regtech Global awards in Singapore on September 4. “The BSP’s regtech journey has just begun. As with any initiative, we did not imagine receiving [any] recognition or award when BSP embarked on this journey,” Bangko Sentral Governor Benjamin Diokno was quoted as saying in his ... more
  • 6 months Rebels attack world’s biggest oil facility Manilatimes |World
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Drones attacked the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia and a major oilfield operated by Saudi Aramco early Saturday, the kingdom’s Interior Ministry said, sparking a huge fire at a processor crucial to global energy supplies.
    UNDER SIEGE Workers in the world’s biggest oil processing facility, Saudi Aramco, in Saudi Arabia were surprised Saturday morning upon hearing a powerful explosion that resulted in a big fire in the facility. AFP PHOTO PHOTONo one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks in Buqyaq and the Khurais oil field, though Yemen’s Houthi rebels previously launched drone ... more
  • 6 months OmniPay, Diners Club launch prepaid card Manilatimes |Biz
    ELECTRONIC money issuer OmniPay Inc. and payment services company Diners Club International Ltd. launched last week a prepaid card that they said caters to global Filipinos. During its launch on Tuesday, OmniPay President and Chief Executive Officer Simoun Ung described the OmniPay Diners Club Forex card as a US dollar-based prepaid card that can act like a loyalty and rewards card. According to him, the card is internationally accepted in the Discover Global Network, which includes Diners Club.
    The EMV-compliant card, Ung said, comes with a mobile app that allows the cardholder to access various payment functions, such ... more
  • 6 months New offerings bolster GCash Manilatimes |Biz
    GCASH, an electronic-cash services provider backed by Globe Telecom Inc., continues to expand its reach in the local cashless economy by introducing new services to attract more users. In this regard, GCash recently expanded its partnership with Puregold Price Club Inc. to allow its users to load their account via a barcode in all the listed supermarket operator’s branches. “You put the amount that you want on the GCash app, then we generate the barcode and you [hand over] your cash and it’s done,” Globe President and Chief Executive Officer Ernest Cu said at the service’s launch in Taguig City ... more
  • 6 months An economy of need Manilatimes |Biz
    BEN KRITZI have spent the past week immersed in one of my favorite topic areas: the international effort to eradicate leprosy. It is an interest that frankly makes certain people close to me a little nervous; there are few diseases with as frightening a reputation as leprosy, which has been perceived as more a curse than an illness since prehistoric times. The work this week was to team up again, as I occasionally do, with my IPS (Inter Press Service) colleagues to cover two important global meetings held here in Manila: first, the Global Forum of People’s Organizations on ... more
  • 6 months Defective family constitutions are dangerous Manilatimes |Biz
    PROF. ENRIQUE SORIANOFirst of two parts THE first half of 2019 is likely go down in history as the time when I was inundated with so many desperate inquiries related to mediating conflict and the desire of families to revisit their family constitutions. Defective constitutions, completed or otherwise, are like botched or bungled medical procedures. Among the many requests for intervention, some tragic cases stood out, primarily because family members never got these agreements implemented. There are some very toxic cases from other countries that are usually pre-screened before they are endorsed to us consultants. One of these stood ... more
  • 6 months ThinkBook expands portfolio for SMB users Manilatimes |Biz
    Lenovo recently announced the new ThinkBook 14 and 15 mainstream laptops designed for small and medium businesses (SMB). Expanding the portfolio announced at Lenovo Accelerate, these new devices are built for performance and connectivity. Lenovo are also updating the ThinkBook 13s and 14s with 10th Gen Intel Core processors for exceptional performance. Sleek and elegantly designed for the needs of today’s workplaces, ThinkBook laptops deliver on the promise of performance, security and connectivity to offer a smarter working environment for style and budget-conscious customers. For today’s workforce
    Businesses of any size could be advocates of intelligent transformation, but ... more
  • 6 months ‘Marilyn’ displaces over 900 Zambo families Manilatimes
    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Some 10 riverside houses in low-lying barangay (villa­ges) were swept away, more than 100 shelters were heavily damaged, and close to 900 families were displaced by rampaging flood waters caused by typhoon “Marilyn,” which battered the city for almost a day. City Social Welfare and Development Officer Socorro Rojas said the affected families, with some 1,700 members, have been temporarily evacuated to village covered courts and to public elementary and secondary classrooms of Barangay Lunzuran, Tugbungan, Putik, Tetuan, Sangali, Tumaga, Santa Maria, Patalon, Pasonanca, Baliwasan and San Jose Gusu. Rojas said some concerned villages also established community kitchens ... more
  • 6 months Ravens, cats, owl help CIA in spying Manilatimes |World
    SEATTLE: In early 1974, Do Da was top in espionage class, on the way to becoming a high-flying Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent: he handled himself better in the rough, carried heavier loads and could brush off attackers. But on his toughest-yet spy school test, he disappeared — done in by some of his own kind: ravens. The bird was a central figure in a decade-long US CIA program to train animals as agents, helping Washington fight the Cold War against the Soviet Union.
    On Thursday, the CIA released dozens of files from its tests on cats, dogs, ... more
  • 6 months D-Link introduces Nuclias cloud Manilatimes |Biz
    Link, one of the world’s biggest suppliers of home networking products, recently introduced Nuclias Cloud that provides a cloud-based manage ment tool without the need for a local controller. The zero-touch provisioning and centralized cloud-based control make the network simpler to install and easier to manage, reducing cost and complexity. It’s unlimited scalability and low-cost licensing model also make it the ideal choice for growing businesses. Its multitenant structure allows deployment across multiple sites and companies, and its advanced traffic report and data analysis tool provide business owners and IT professionals with real-time insights.
    Additional features include ... more
  • 6 months UN acts to protect religious sites Manilatimes |World
    UNITED NATIONS: Secretary General Antonio Guterres of the United Nations (UN) launched a plan of action to safeguard religious sites, against the backdrop of a surge in attacks on places of worship and widespread hate speech. The plan of action, developed by the UN Alliance of Civilizations, provides concrete recommendations to support member states in their efforts to ensure that religious sites are safe, that worshippers can observe their rituals in peace, and that the values of compassion and tolerance are fostered globally, Guterres told a launch ceremony. “Religious sites are powerful symbols of our collective consciousness. When people are ... more
  • 6 months Brazil fire kills 11 Manilatimes |World
    RIO de Janeiro: A fire raced through a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, forcing staff to wheel patients into the streets on stretchers or in wheelchairs and killing at least 11 people, many of them elderly. Four firefighters were hospitalized after battling the overnight blaze at Badim Hospital and about 90 patients were transferred to other hospitals, the fire department said. A rope made from bedsheets and used in an attempt to escape the fire still hung from an upper floor window of the hospital Friday. Most victims died of asphyxiation as smoke filled the wards, and some died when ... more
  • 6 months OPPO opens blind pre-order for A9 2020 Manilatimes |Biz
    OPPO fans are surely in for a treat with the arrival of the newest A9 2020 smartphone, the latest addition to the best-selling and upgraded A series. The A9 2020 will be available for a limited time blind pre-order starting September 14 to 19 only. Customers may visit any OPPO concept store nationwide to reserve. A non-refundable down payment of P1,000 is required to proceed with the full reservation of the said handset. The pre-order comes with a price unannounced yet to keep the excitement for the new series going. The pre-ordered A9 2020 handset will come with an ... more
  • 6 months Malaysia combats haze Manilatimes |World
    Malaysian authorities began cloud seeding operations on Friday in an attempt to combat persistent haze that comes from the big forest fire in Borneo Island. Malaysia’s Minister of Energy, Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment (MESTECC) Yeo Bee Yin said a Malaysian airforce aircraft conducted cloud seeding with a salt solution in several areas of Sarawak state beginnig Friday afternoon.
    PRAYER FOR RAINS Indonesian Muslims offer special prayers asking for rain in Pekanbaru, Riau province as smog from rainforest fires in Borneo envelop the Southeast Asian region. After raging the Indonesian part, the fires are now sweeping Sarawak, the ... more
  • 6 months How protest technology is being used by the leaderless movement in Hong Kong Manilatimes |Biz
    NOEMI LARDIZABAL-DADOAfter the failure of the Umbrella Revolution in 2014, Hong Kong (HK) is going through another notable movement, the “Summer of Discontent.” The HK People arrived at a consensus not to have a leader but solidarity with all groups with diverse points of view.  Joshua Wong is still regarded as a significant leader by pro-Beijing camp and even prosecuted for inciting people to take part in the protests. Wong is only 22 years old and is one of the most known young activists in Hong Kong. Wong started his public interest career by founding Hong Kong student activist group ... more
  • 6 months US sanctions North Korea hacking groups Manilatimes |World
    WASHINGTON, D.C: Three North Korean hacking groups suspected of perpetrating cyberattacks around the world were placed on a US sanctions list on Friday (Saturday in Manila), drawing attention to the isolated nation’s illegal efforts to fund its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The Treasury Department said the so-called Lazarus Group, Bluenoroff and Andariel are controlled by the North Korean government. It said Lazarus Group was behind the devastating WannaCry ransomware, which froze 300,000 computers across 150 countries in 2017, and the destructive cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014.
    The US government’s action makes it easier to seize ... more
  • 6 months Court acquits Agusan del Norte ex-mayor Manilatimes
    THE Sandiganbayan’s Third Division acquitted former Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte Mayor Dale Corvera of graft and of malversation over alleged reimbursement of “personal expenses.” “In essence, there lies no sufficient evidence, which would give, at the very least, a prima facie indication that accused Corvera misappropriated the public funds for his and his wife’s personal use,” the court said in its decision. The Office of the Ombudsman filed the cases before the Sandiganbayan against Corvera in 2017.
    In the charge sheet, the Ombudsman alleged Corvera gave himself and his wife unwarranted benefits and caused undue injury to the ... more
  • 6 months Oil spill affects 3 Romblon towns Manilatimes
    THREE towns in the province of Romblon are now affected by an oil spill incident, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) confirmed on Saturday. In a report sent to the PCG headquarters in Manila by the PCG-Marine Environmental Protection Unit, it said affected were the towns of Odiongan, San Andres and Ferro in Tablas Island, Romblon. The report said the oil spill incident was only confirmed on Friday, September 13, upon inspection of the PCG unit.
    The Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said black oil substances were seen near the shore of Barangay ... more
  • 6 months Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan Manilatimes |World
    BANGKOK: Pope  Francis will travel to Thailand in November, the Vatican said Friday, in a visit to Asia that will sweep in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which were both decimated by atomic bombs in 1945. It has been nearly four decades since a pontiff visited Thailand and Japan, both Buddhist-majority countries.
    POPE VISIT Pope Francis will visit Thailand in November before proceeding to Japan. It will be thePope’s first visit to the Buddhist-dominated Thailand. AFP PHOTOThe late  Pope  John Paul 2nd went to Japan — where Shinto and Buddhism are the main religions — in 1981, ... more
  • 6 months India’s Modi coward – Pakistan PM Manilatimes |World
    MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan branded his  Indian counterpart Narendra Modi “cowardly” on Friday and promised to raise New Delhi’s decision to strip  Indian Kashmir of its autonomy at next week’s United Nations (UN) General Assembly session. Khan, speaking to a crowd of around three thousand supporters at a rally in Pakistani-administered Kashmir, warned that Modi’s move on August 5 would have repercussions beyond the disputed Himalayan territory. “When you give a message to 200 million  Indian Muslims that  India  is only for Hindus, you will push them to violence,” he warned.
    “I particularly want to ... more
  • 6 months Basilan, BARMM heads to reintegrate extremists Manilatimes
    COTABATO CITY: Basilan Gov. Jim Salliman and Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) recently agreed to cooperate on reintegrating religious extremists into mainstream society. Salliman and Ebrahim had also talked about the completion of on-going infrastructure projects in Basilan that were started by the defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, whose funding is now channeled through the BARMM government. “My dialogue with Chief Minister Ebrahim was cordial and I felt his sincerity in his commitment to our goal of building a durable peace in Basilan,” Salliman said on Friday.
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  • 6 months 121ST YEAR OF MALOLOS CONGRESS MEMORIALIZED Manilatimes
    THE weeklong celebration of Singkaban Festival is set to end with the commemoration of the 121st anniversary of Malolos Congress on Sunday (September 15) at the historical Barasoain Church in the City of Malolos. Sen. Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos, together with the top provincial officials headed by Gov. Daniel Fernando and Vice Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado and thousands of Bulakenyos, will memorialize the establishment of the Congress that ratified the Philippine Independence through a flag raising ceremony, oath to the national flag and wreath laying ceremony at the monument of the first Philippine President, Emilio Aguinaldo. The weeklong celebration of ... more
  • 6 months Floods kill 11 in Cambodia Manilatimes |World
    Flooding since early this month have caused the drowning of 11 people in Cambodia and injured two others in four of five affected provinces. The affected provinces are Kratie, Stung Treng, Kampong Cham, Tboung Khmum and Preah Vihear. Keo Vy, a spokesman for the Cambodia National Committee for Disaster Management, said 80,679 families were affected, of which 9,817 were evacuated to safer places.
    “Eleven people died, five of whom were children, and two were injured by snake bites,” he said, noting that four died in Kratie, five in Kampong Cham, one in Tboung Khmum and another in Preah ... more
  • 6 months China has great role in intl economy, politics – experts Manilatimes |World
    PHNOM PENH: As 2019 marks the 70th founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Cambodian experts said China had played a greater role on international arenas in economy and politics. Kin Phea, director-general of the International Relations Institute of Cambodia, an arm of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, said the founding of the PRC 70 years ago started a new chapter of the history of China and the Chinese people. “With its progress and peaceful rise, China has played a leading role in promoting the stability and democratization of the international order, and has extended its influence on ... more
  • 6 months BRITISH FIRM PLANTS OVER 1.7M TREES Manilatimes
    QUEZON, Nueva Vizcaya: After having planted more than 1.7 million trees, a British mining firm is targeting another 100 hectares of land, this time with agroforest trees under its Mining Forest Project (MFP). Ian Moller, FCF Minerals Corp. general manager for sustainability, said for the past 10 years of its operation in Barangay Runruno, FCF planted almost 2 million trees to support the government’s national greening program. “This was achieved through a series of massive tree planting activities in partnership with Nueva Vizcaya’s provincial environment office, government officials, students and residents in the villages of Runruno and Darubba,” he said. ... more
  • 6 months 2 killed, 9 nabbed in Bulacan drug buy-bust Manilatimes
    CITY OF MALOLOS: Two suspected drug personalities were killed, while nine more were arrested in different anti-illegal drug operations conducted by the Bulacan police on Friday and early morning of Saturday. Bulacan Provincial Director Col. Chito Bersaluna, identified the slain suspects as Lolito Baluran alias Dadam of Francisco Homes in Barangay Mulawin, City of San Jose del Monte and Lester Alonzo alias Pipoy of Barangay Maasim in San Ildefonso, Bulacan. According to Lt. Col. Orlando Castil Jr., city police chief, at about 5:45 p.m. on Friday in Barangay Sto. Cristo in the city, a gunfight ensued when Baluran, a known pusher in the area, sensed that he was dealing with an undercover policeman. He was killed in ... more
  • 6 months PRO-11 policeman commits suicide using his service pistol Manilatimes
    COTABATO CITY: A Philippine National Police (PNP) major has committed suicide Friday using his service pistol, while inside a car in Bagumbayan municipality in the province of Sultan Kudarat. The Bagumbayan PNP on Saturday identified the victim as Maj. Kristian Ace Sularte, assigned at the Police Regional Office-11 (PRO-11) in Davao City. He was found dead on the driver’s seat of his car, a silver Mitsubishi Mirage. The police investigators found his service pistol beside him and recovered a spent bullet shell inside the vehicle, parked at his family’s yard in Purok Osmeña in Barangay Poblacion, Bagumbayan.
    Responding ... more
  • 6 months PNP names car owners in Espino ambush Manilatimes
    The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Region 1 bared on Friday the identities of the owners of the two cars used by the unidentified gunmen in the attempted killing of former Pangasinan governor and lawmaker Amado Espino Jr. Lt. Col. Mary Crystal Peralta, spokesman of the Police Regional Office- Ilocos Region (PRO1), said the owner of the red Hyundai Elentra hatchback was a certain Marivic Villanueva, while the owner of the blue Ford Everest was a certain John Paul Regalado. Recovered in the Ford Everest were two M14 rifles, three magazines of M16 rifles and one Baby Armalite, while in the ... more
  • 6 months 3 Bulacan cities with most HIV cases in Region 3 Manilatimes
    CITY OF MALOLOS: Three cities in Bulacan were among the top five cities and towns with most number of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases in the said province. This was announced by Nurse Hub Manager Ron Chie Santos of the Luntiang Silong HIV Unit of the Bulacan Medical Center, during the First LGBTQ+ Bulacan Leadership Summit 2019 held at the BarCie International Hotel in the City of Malolos on Friday. The Luntiang Silong HIV Unit is the mother hub facility in the province, which conducts and offers HIV life time treatment and a free anti-retroviral therapy
    Santos said, ... more
  • 6 months ‘Ceres ex-CFO liable for missing P380M’ Manilatimes
    THE board of Vallacar Transit Inc. (VTI), the country’s largest bus transport company that operates Ceres Liner and Sugbo Transit, took a firm stand that its former chief financial officer was liable for the missing P380 million during her watch. “It is not true that SGV cleared Celina Yanson-Lopez of any liability on the P380-million stolen fund mess,” the VTI’s legal team said in a statement. Newspaper reports quoted auditing firm SyCip, Gorres Velayo and Co. to have cleared Celina of her alleged involvement in the P380-million financial mess.
    In a letter, dated September 10, SGV’s legal counsel ... more
  • 6 months Tarlac farmers howl over low palay prices Manilatimes
    TARLAC CITY: Farmers here expressed disappointment over the low-selling prices of palay (unmilled rice) in the market and to private traders. During a farmers’ forum organized by the city council on Thursday, farmers belonging to different associations and cooperatives, including individual tillers, said they were forced to dispose the produce despite the current dilemma in selling them at low price. The farmers blamed Republic Act 11203 or the “Rice Tarrification Law,” which compelled them to enter loans that further worsen their plight.
    “We need to know now what can the government do to help us,” said the farmers ... more
  • 6 months 18 fishers survive huge waves in Maguindanao Manilatimes
    COTABATO CITY: Eighteen fishermen on Thursday survived the strong waves, triggered by Tropical Depression “Marilyn,” which wrecked their fishing boat off the coast of Maguindanao. The 18 crew members, who were all from Lebak in Sultan Kudarat, survived but their vessel, MV Sea Target, was a total wreck. Survivors said they were navigating toward the coastline of Lebak from the town of Sultan Naga Dimaporo in Lanao del Sur when the big waves battered the vessel at past 7 p.m. near the town of Datu Blah Sinsuat.
    The fishermen were able to transfer to a smaller banca, which accompanied ... more
  • 6 months Current account gap narrows in April to June Manilatimes |Biz
    THE current account — a major component of the country’s balance of payments (BOP) — posted a $145-million deficit in the second quarter of 2019, a 95.6-percent decrease from $3.28 billion in the same period last year, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) data showed on Friday In a briefing, BSP Department of Economic Statistics Officer in Charge Fernando Silvoza mainly attributed the significant reduction to the lower deficit in the trade-in-goods account, which declined to $11.3 billion in the April-to-June period from $12.8 billion year-on-year. “Increased net receipts of trade-in-services, and secondary and primary income also contributed to the improvement ... more
  • 6 months PEZA head: I’m not ‘sensationalizing’ Citira Manilatimes |Biz
    THE chief of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) on Friday denied Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez’s accusation that she was sensationalizing House Bill 4157, or the “Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act” (Citira).
    Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez. (TMT File Photo)In a statement, PEZA Director General Charito Plaza said she was just expressing the concerns of various industries over the proposed second package of the government’s Comprehensive Tax Reform Program, whose testimonies “speak louder.” Different business groups have urged lawmakers to maintain the incentives currently enjoyed by mostly foreign companies, which Citira proposes to rationalize. They warned that their ... more
  • 6 months Stimulus, easing tensions lift Psei Manilatimes |Biz
    THE stock market recovered somewhat on Friday after falling the day before as positive developments on foreign leads buoyed market sentiment. The bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rose 0.60 percent or 47.89 points to finish at 7,992.32, while the wider All Shares climbed by 0.48 percent or 23.18 points to close at 4,822.97. “Shares closed higher as investors digested [a number] of US-China trade news, along with [the introduction of a new] bond-buying program [by] Europe’s central bank,” Regina Capital Development Corp. head of sales Luis Limlingan said.
    As anticipated, the European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday ... more
  • 6 months Taxing firms based on gross profit could boost govt revenues – analysts Manilatimes |Biz
    PRESIDENT RodrigoPRESIDENT Rodrigo ’s pronouncement of taxing corporates based on their gross income has its pros and cons, but what is important is how this would be done, analysts told The Manila Times on Friday. According to Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) economist Michael Ricafort, income taxes computed against firms’ gross profit could likely boost the government’s tax revenue, as it improves tax collections and plug leakages. “Computing corporate taxes to be paid using [the] gross income as base is less prone to tax management/allowable deductions/any other possible revenue leakages [from the point of view of the government]….” Ricaford ... more
  • 6 months EDSA needs rail plus BRT Manilatimes |Biz
    ROBERT SIYThe shutdown of MRT3 on Friday, 6 September 2019, drove home the point that EDSA needs more than one mass transit system.  MRT3 currently moves around 300,000 passengers daily. The MRT3 shutdown meant that hundreds of thousands of commuters had to find alternative means of getting to work or school.  As a result, all other modes of public transport were much more crowded than usual. Some car owners resorted to using their cars instead of public transport. Even more traffic congestion ensued.  In the end, millions of Filipinos suffered. On high volume corridors like EDSA, redundancy is a ... more
  • 6 months US suffers second loss at World Cup Manilatimes |Sports
    DONGGUAN, China: Deposed champions the United States lost 94-89 to Serbia in a dead-rubber at the Basketball World Cup on Thursday, a day after surrendering their 13-year unbeaten run. A young Team USA made up of second-tier NBA stars were defeated 89-79 in the quarterfinals by France on Wednesday, bringing a premature close to their World Cup defense. More significantly, it was the reigning world and Olympic champions’ first defeat in a major competition since the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup.
    Thursday’s “classification” game in Dongguan was the final that never was: the holders against the favorites. ... more
  • 6 months How hard is it to do business in PH? Manilatimes |Biz
    KARLA MESINAAccording to the World Bank’s Doing Business 2019 Report, if you’re an entrepreneur looking for a place to put up a business, the Philippines would be the 124th country (out of 190 countries surveyed) on your list of possible locations. Published in October 2018, the report continues to echo through this year as the government pushes for aggressive and wide-reaching reforms to make the country more attractive to foreign and local entrepreneurs — and hopefully score a higher spot in the 2020 ranking. Notably, within the first eight months of 2019, some business-driven laws the government enacted include:
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  • 6 months Blue Eagles gun for fourth win vs Tams Manilatimes |Sports
    Ateneo de Manila University seeks to stretch its lead when it collides with Far Eastern University (FEU) in Season 82 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament today at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The two-time champions Blue Eagles (3-0) and the Tamaraws (1-1) clash at 4 p.m., after De La Salle University (1-1) goes for back-to-back victories against University of the East (0-3) tangle at 2 p.m. Ateneo is coming off a hard-earned 71-70 win over University of Santo Tomas last Wednesday to snare the solo lead.
    Although his Eagles are ... more
  • 6 months Tie-up to boost LGU capacity to buy palay Manilatimes |Biz
    THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has partnered with state-run Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) for an initiative to extend P10 billion in loans to local government units (LGUs) so they can purchase palay (unmilled rice) from their farmers. The new program, called “Palay Alay sa Magsasaka ng Lalawigan,” is part of the DA’s bid to further boost procurement of local palay to help farmers reeling from very low prices of their produce under the new rice regime, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said in a press conference on Friday in Manila. “We support the secretary’s initiative to further strengthen and ... more
  • 6 months Nickel sector seeks better policies Manilatimes |Biz
    WHILE the Philippine mining industry welcomed Indonesia’s plan on nickel ore export ban as an opportunity to alleviate the impending supply shortfall, the Philippine Nickel Industry Association (PNIA) doubted the country’s capacity to do so, citing stringent and uncertain policies imposed by the national government. “That’s exciting for the Philippine nickel industry, but we cannot definitely supply the gap being left by the Indonesian ore ban,” PNIA President Dante Bravo said at the sidelines of the Mining Philippines 2019 International Conference and Exhibition in Pasay City. Indonesia, the world’s largest producer of nickel ore, said last month it will stop ... more
  • 6 months Blu Girls aim at extending SEAG unbeaten record Manilatimes |Sports
    Continuing the country’s 42-year dominance in the Southeast Asian Games is the mission the Philippine Blu Girls imposed upon themselves in their bid to defend the women’s softball title in the coming 30th edition of the biennial conclave the country is hosting late this year. And if you ask national head coach Randy Dizer, his present day girls are more than capable of accomplishing the task of protecting that reputation their predecessors earned since the country first joined the former Southeast Asian Peninsular Games in 1977. Dizer during Friday’s SCOOP on Air Forum at The Manila Times Television Studio, said ... more
  • 6 months Global economy in the ‘Roaring Twenties’ Manilatimes |Biz
    Peter LundgreenIn just a few months, the calendar turns into a new decade. Whether the “Roaring Twenties” will be repeated is a good question. But what’s certain is that we are just about to enter the 20s again, and I am very convinced they will be challenging in many ways. On a daily basis, I work with short to mid-term trends, though I also include long-term mega trends that influence economies, consumer and investment behavior, and others. For many, internet access is part of everyday life, many even have access to the internet all day via smartphones or similar ... more
  • 6 months Borneo forest fires as worse as Amazon’s Manilatimes |World
    PEKANBARU: With fierce blazes raging in jungles from the Amazon to Indonesia, concerns are mounting that the Asian rage is comparable to the Brazil situation, which is over 16,000 kilometers away. The latest serious outbreak is in Indonesia’s Borneo island, where smog-belching fires started to clear land for agriculture are burning out of control, blanketing the region in toxic smog. Indonesia’s forest fires are an annual problem, but have been worsened this year by particularly dry weather, and in recent days sent toxic smog floating over Malaysia and triggered a diplomatic row.
    The number of “hotspots’’ — areas ... more
  • 6 months Team US’ tumble Manilatimes |Sports
    MICHAEL ANGELO B. ASISFilipinos have had a rough time in the FIBA World Cup 2019. While we have our own issues to settle, the Americans are not that well-off. They have suffered two losses, and for Team USA, that is already considered as a tragedy. In a similar response to that of Coach Yeng Guiao, Team USA Head Coach Gregg Popovich has praised his players for their efforts. It should be noted that with the amount of withdrawals from the team, Pop almost struggled to complete his roster. For the Americans who have a wealth of talent, what should ... more
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