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Labor dep’t sees infrastructure as a hurdle to telecommuting law

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) said weak IT and electronic infrastructure in some areas could pose a barrier to telecommuting work arrangements.

Issues with Dalian trains delaying new MRT-3 maintenance agreement

THE Department of Transportation (DoTr) said issues with Chinese commuter trains ordered from CRRC Dalian Co trains are delaying the signing of maintenance deal with Sumitomo Corp. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Sumitomo-MHI) for Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3).

ASEAN+3 think tank flags financial stress levels in the Philippines

THE PHILIPPINES is among the main sources of “financial stress” within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which became elevated in early 2018, although still below historical levels.
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Transco complies with ERC directive on estimating RE capacity

STATE-LED National Transmission Corp. (TransCo) said on Sunday that it has complied with an order issued by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) on how the energy capacities of renewable energy (RE) companies are to be computed, and consequently how much they should be paid.
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NEDA bills tackled by House committee Tuesday

THE House Committee on Economic Affairs will tackle on Tuesday the bills expanding the independence of National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).

BPO industry may miss job creation goal by 40% if incentives removed

THE information technology and business process outsourcing (IT-BPO) industry said it may fall 40% short of its 2018 job creation target in a high-tax regime.

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Clarifying the cost of filing an amended tax return

On Dec. 19, 2017, President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 10963, or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act. In a speech made after the signing, the President said the TRAIN Act “is the administration’s biggest Christmas gift to the Filipino people, as 99% of the taxpayers will benefit from the simpler, fairer and more effective tax system.”
Inflation king of Asia, world’s second worst stock market

Inflation king of Asia, world’s second worst stock market

The Philippines’ inflation rate has been rising nonstop ever since the TRAIN law was implemented: 2.9% in December 2017, 3.4% in January 2018 (first month of TRAIN law), 3.8% in February, 5.7% in July, 6.4% in August, and 6.7% in September.
Toxic Bertiz

Toxic Bertiz

Public outrage filled all social media platforms last week as footage of party-list Congressman, John Bertiz, went viral showing him belligerently refusing to follow airport security protocols and berating a member of the security staff in the process.
Scare tactics on the young

Scare tactics on the young

Never Again! It has been branded in the hearts of those who experienced martial law that never again should Filipinos have to bear the killings, torture, plunder and other transgressions of human rights by a dictator and his politicized military. And the younger generations must know about these, and know all in truth -- not in the revisionist telling of inveterate liars, who have benefitted from martial law, changed loyalties to succeeding democratic leaders, and are now changing coats again, back to dictator-type governance.
TRABAHO: Setting free an urgent reform

TRABAHO: Setting free an urgent reform

The House of Representatives passed the Tax Reform for Attracting Better and High-Quality Opportunities or TRABAHO Bill in early September. The first major component of TRABAHO is the reduction of the corporate income tax (CIT) rate to 20% over a period of nine years, starting 2021.
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Blackwater improves to 6-1 with win over ROS

THE Blackwater Elite sustained their solid form in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup, adding the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to their list of victims, 99-93, at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna on Sunday.
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UP survives NU in thriller

THE University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons compounded on the woes of the National University Bulldogs in UAAP Season 81, surviving, 89-88, in league action on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
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Filipino athletes begin campaign at 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires

SEVEN Filipino athletes, led by double Asian Games gold winner Yuka Saso, begin their campaign in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with hopes of improving on the country’s performance last time around and bring further sporting pride.
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Khabib stops McGregor in wild fight, retains title

ULTIMATE Fighting Championship world lightweight champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov retained his title after stopping challenger and former champ Conor “The Notorious” McGregor by rear-naked choke in the fourth round of their headlining fight at “UFC 229” on Sunday in Las Vegas which was marred by a brawl after the fight.
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New York Yankees even series with Boston Red Sox

BOSTON -- Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez hit early solo home runs off David Price, and the New York Yankees evened the American League Division Series with a 6-2 victory over the host Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday night.
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New World Golf Cup 3 successfully held at Manila Southwoods G&CC

THE THIRD ANNUAL “Golf for a Cause” of New World Makati Hotel and AG New World Manila Bay was successfully held on Sept. 28 at the Manila Southwoods Golf & Country Club in Cavite, raising P400,000 to support 96 scholars of their partner-beneficiary, the Springboard Foundation.
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Gonzalez, Houston Astros rally past Cleveland Indians for 2-0 lead

HOUSTON -- Marwin Gonzalez produced a four-hit effort, Alex Bregman homered for a second consecutive game and Gerrit Cole pitched a masterful start as the Houston Astros beat the visiting Cleveland Indians 3-1 on Saturday in Game 2 of this American League Division Series.

Home sweet home for Cebu Sharks

CEBU -- Considered as the hotbed of basketball, Cebu City hosted the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) games for the first time this season and there’s no better way to be rewarded than seeing its local team, the Cebu Sharks-Casino Ethyl Alcohol winning Saturday night’s game against the favored Makati Skyscrapers.


If the mood in the visitors’ locker room of Fenway Park was somber following Game One of the American League Division Series (ALDS), it wasn’t just because the Yankees lost. It was because they did so after wasting a couple of grand opportunities. It was bad enough that they fell into an early 0-5 hole against Red Sox Ace Chris Sale, who, having pitched a mere 17 innings since August, hitherto appeared ripe for the picking. Worse still was their inability to keep pressure on an otherwise-shaky bullpen.

SWS poll: Majority agree President’s health a public matter

MAJORITY of Filipinos, at 61%, agree that President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s health is a public matter, according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

AFP chief: War with MILF ‘finally over’

ARMED FORCES of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. officially announced the end of armed conflict between the military and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Jeepney modernization hearing set Monday

THE SENATE on Monday will resume its inquiry into the Department of Transportation’s (DoTr) jeepney modernization program to thresh out issues that continue to hound the project, such as the insufficient government subsidy to jeepney drivers for upgraded vehicles.

Senate bill filed to create arbitration commission

SENATOR Maria Lourdes Nancy S. Binay has filed a bill seeking to create a Philippine Arbitration Commission that will have jurisdiction over all disputes in medical malpractice, insurance laws, maritime laws, intellectual property law, and intra-corporate matters.

House bill filed on stiffer penalties against flying voters

A BILL imposing stiffer penalties on “flying voters” has been filed at the House of Representatives ahead of the midterm elections in 2019.

SC denies Jinggoy Estrada’s petition vs AMLC inquiry in plunder case

THE Supreme Court (SC) dismissed a petition by Sen. Jose “Jinggoy” E. Estrada to prohibit the Sandiganbayan resolution including in his plunder case a report by the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) on his alleged involvement in the 2013 pork-barrel scam.

SSS opens calamity loan fund for Ompong-hit areas

THE SOCIAL Security System (SSS) announced yesterday that it has allocated P1.61 billion for the calamity assistance program (CAP) for more than a million of its active members and pensioners who were affected by the typhoon Mangkhut (local name: Ompong) last month.

Brace for worse traffic congestion as more infra works start

MOTORISTS AND commuters should expect even heavier traffic in the coming days with road closures in several parts of congested Metro Manila for infrastructure projects that started over the weekend, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

Cordillera starts drafting post-Ompong rehabilitation plan

A COMPREHENSIVE Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) is now being finalized by the Office of Civil Defense-Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD-CAR), which will be used for the rehabilitation and recovery plan for areas devastated by typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) in mid-Sept.

‘Great Wall’ of Leyte done by 2019, says DPWH

THE NEW Leyte Embankment Project, which has also been dubbed as the Leyte “Great Wall”, is expected to be completed by 2019, a year ahead of the original schedule, according to the Department of Works and Highways (DPWH).

Tagum Freedom Park

An architect’s perspective of Tagum City’s Freedom Park after it undergoes improvement work through a P14.6-million fund under the Department of Budget and Management’s ‘Green, Green, Green’ Program for developing more public open spaces.

Davao mayor says no to teachers’ P406-M subsidy request

DAVAO CITY Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has turned down the demand of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT)-Davao City Chapter for a P406 million annual subsidy from the local government, covering 11,959 teaching and non-teaching personnel of the Department of Education (DepEd).

Nation at a Glance — (10/08/18)

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