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Karl Kendrick T. Chua

DoF signals opposition to VAT exemptions for fuel products

THE Department of Finance (DoF) will oppose a fresh Senate proposal to exempt fuel products from value-added tax (VAT), noting that the focus should be on passing the rest of the tax reform packages before this Congress adjourns for good.
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LLDA issues more violation notices in Manila Bay rehab

THE LAGUNA LAKE Development Authority (LLDA) issued cease and desist orders to four companies in the vicinity of Manila Bay and notices of violation to seven others after they were found non-compliant with environmental regulations.

DENR creates four field offices for Metro Manila

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said on Thursday that it created four City Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) in Metro Manila to strengthen the implementation of environmental laws in the region.
Philippines Airlines (PAL)

CAB expects airline surcharges to fall amid declining jet fuel prices

THE Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) expects the fuel surcharge collected by airlines to drop ahead of the travel-heavy dry season as the price of jet fuel continues to decline on world markets.
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PHL tops Internet usage rankings in 2018

THE Philippines topped the global rankings for hours spent on the Internet, improving on its second spot a year earlier and displacing Thailand.
fake cigarettes

Cigarettes top fake-goods seizures amid rising taxes

CIGARETTES accounted for the bulk of the pirated and counterfeit goods seized by the government in 2018, setting new records in terms of value.
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Energy efficiency law seen dampening power plant demand

THE ENERGY SECTOR will play a big role in implementing the proposed energy efficiency and conservation law as about half of the thousands of megawatts that can be displaced with the adoption of the legislation will come from power facilities, an official of an industry organization said.
sugar cane

SRA asserts legal authority to oversee sugar importation

THE Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) has filed a resolution asserting its legal authority to regulate sugar imports amid proposals to liberalize the import rules governing the commodity modeled after rice tariffication.
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Labor turnover slows in third quarter — PSA

LABOR turnover at large firms eased in the third quarter as hiring slowed, according to a report by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
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Master plan being drafted for Leyte copper processing zone

THE Board of Investments (BoI) said it is developing a master plan for the Leyte Ecological Industrial Zone (LEIZ) to establish a copper industry cluster in the area.

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Position Paper of the UP School of Economics Alumni on HB 8858

We, alumni of the University of the Philippines School of Economics, express our grave concern over House Bill No. 8858, otherwise known as “An Act Expanding the Scope of the Reformation and Rehabilitation of Children in Conflict with the Law and Strengthening the Social Reintegration Programs.”
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Where the Philippines leads, the US now follows

One thing that astonishes many Americans (by which here meant citizen of the United States) is how close Filipinos feel towards the “land of the free.” Ride a taxi, listen to the radio, grab a bite at the nearest fastfood joint, read a newspaper, the similarities, the feel, of the US is palpable. Actually, all too real.

Arsenal of oppression

Not even child rights advocates have been saying that children are incapable of committing crimes. Neither has anyone said that children are angels. But in reaction to Senator Risa Hontiveros’ opposition to the bill lowering the age of criminal responsibility to 12, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte made it seem as if those two assumptions were at the heart of the resistance to that outrage.

Color combinations and contrasts

The aura of an individual reflects mood, attitude and well being. It brightens or diminishes depending on how one is feeling. Sometimes it is white, glowing, iridescent, pale gold, light lavender or gray.

Stocks rebound as Fed keeps policy stance steady

SHARES bounced back on Thursday as investors welcomed the US Federal Reserve’s decision to keep rates steady, alongside end-of-the-month window dressing.

Peso climbs to two-week high as US central bank turns dovish

THE PESO strengthened to hit a two-week high on Thursday, as the dollar weakened after the US central bank sent dovish signals following its first policy meeting of the year, dampening sentiment on the greenback.

Filipino worker executed in Saudi Arabia

THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Thursday that a 39-year-old Filipino househelp was executed in Saudi Arabia last Tuesday, Jan. 29 after being found guilty of murder.

Senate report pegs criminal liability at 12

THE SENATE committee on justice and human rights has recommended the lowering of criminal responsibility among juvenile offenders from the present 15 years old to 12 years old.

Revilla directed to comment on P124.5-million liability

By Charmaine A. Tadalan, Reporter THE SANDIGANBAYAN first division on Thursday granted the camp of former senator Ramon B. Revilla, Jr. 20 days to comment...

Comelec releases final list of 63 senatorial candidates

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has released a final list of 63 senatorial candidates in this year’s National and Local Elections (NLE).

SSS opens calamity assistance window for typhoon Usman victims

MEMBERS OF the Social Security System (SSS) who were affected by typhoon Usman that struck the country at the end of 2018 can now apply for a calamity assistance loan.

MMDA eyes filing of charges vs jaywalkers

THE METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is seeking authority to file charges against jaywalkers who fail to pay the P500 fine or render community...

Dinagyang Festival eyes Philippine tour

ILOILO CITY — Organizers of the city’s annual Dinagyang Festival are planning to bring the street dance performers on a nationwide tour this year to promote Ilonggo culture.

Gov’t unlikely to protest Chinese rescue center in PHL-claimed area

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday said the Philippines should "perhaps be thankful" to China for the reported maritime rescue center it constructed in the Philippine-claimed Kagitingan Reef in the West Philippine Sea because it will be beneficial to seamen in distress.
Bureau of Immigration (BI)

American in pyramiding scam arrested

AN OVERSTAYING American, allegedly the leader of a notorious pyramiding scam syndicate that has victimized residents of Davao City and other areas in Mindanao, was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Jan. 24.

Davao Region tourism officials unfazed by negative foreign travel advisories

TOURISM OFFICIALS in the Davao Region remain optimistic that the industry will not be seriously affected by the series of bombings and grenade attacks in other parts of Mindanao, which has again prompted travel warnings by several foreign governments.

Displaced in Patikul

Residents of two villages in Patikul, Sulu line up for relief goods after they fled their homes due to the ongoing pursuit operations being conducted by security forces against the Abu Sayyaf and Ajang-Ajang groups, which are suspected to be behind the Jan. 27 twin bombings in the capital Jolo.

Nation at a Glance — (02/01/19)

News stories from across the nation. Visit www.bworldonline.com (section: The Nation) to read more national and regional news from the Philippines.
San Miguel Beermen

San Miguel and ROS try to get back to winning

FELL in their previous games, the San Miguel Beermen and Rain or Shine (ROS) Elasto Painters try to go back to winning when they collide today in PBA Philippine Cup action at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
Michael Calisaan

Rookie Calisaan out to become another solid Magnolia big man

PLAYING for a Philippine Basketball Association franchise known in league history for quality big men, Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok rookie Michael Calisaan said he is excited and challenged by the opportunity given to him to add his name to the distinguished list of names of frontcourt players to don the team’s colors.
Stephen Loman

Mideast-based Brave Combat Federation brings MMA vision to the Philippines

STEADILY built its name as the biggest combat sports property in the Middle East, Brave Combat Federation is trying to bring its mixed martial arts vision to more people around the world, including the Philippines, where it will stage its first-ever show later this year.

Confident Qatar stands in Japan’s path to fifth Asian title

ABU DHABI -- Continental superpower Japan will be out to secure a record-extending fifth Asian Cup title when they take on a young Qatar side building towards the 2022 World Cup in what should be a tight final on Friday.
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Lenovo and Intel’s eSports tournament, Legion of Champions III 2019 come to an exciting...

LENOVO and Intel’s Legion of Champions III 2019 ended with a bang as Team Awe Star from Korea finished at the top of the podium.

Perpetual stuns Saint Benilde for finals date with Arellano

THE inspiring run of the University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (UPHSD) Lady Altas in the NCAA Season 93 Women’s Volleyball tournament continues.
Nikola Jokic

Jokic’s triple-double sends Denver past New Orleans

NIKOLA Jokic had a triple-double as the visiting Denver Nuggets defeated the short-handed New Orleans Pelicans 105-99 on Wednesday night.

General Santos making its presence felt in MPBL; Navotas snaps home game skid with...

LOOKS like the Gen San Warriors are poised to clinch a top four berth -- and beyond -- in the MPBL Datu Cup.
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All roads lead to Madrid as new Davis Cup era dawns

LONDON -- The Davis Cup starts a new era this weekend as the revamped team competition kicks off with 12 qualifying-round ties spread across the globe to decide which nations progress to November’s finals week in Madrid.

Pelicans sans Davis

In the wake of biggest star Anthony Davis’ public -- and, therefore, violative -- request to be traded to a contender, the Pelicans have hung tough. Outwardly, they’re bent on going through business as usual, never mind that the decision of their franchise player to move on compels them to do so as well, albeit against their wishes. Nonetheless, it bears noting that they’re determined to get past the development on their own terms. Despite the peculiar timing of the pronouncement, they’ll be proceeding at a pace that best serves their interests.
Benjamin E. Diokno

Gov’t could have topped 2018 deficit cap

THE GOVERNMENT could have topped its fiscal deficit ceiling in 2018, the state budget chief said on Wednesday as economic managers move to have big-ticket public works spared from an election ban in a bid to sustain spending momentum.
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2019 budget in last-minute trouble at bicameral talks

WEDNESDAY validated expectations of “bloody” bicameral conference committee talks on the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for this year, with no less than the Senate president threatening to withdraw the version of his chamber from the table before lawmakers concerned met again on the spending plan that day.
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3rd telco at risk from legal questions

THE FATE of the Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company, Inc.’s (Mislatel) franchise hangs in the balance as the Senate committee on public services forwarded to the Senate plenary the House concurrent resolution formalizing the company’s transfer of controlling interest to the Mislatel consortium that has been chosen as the Philippines’ third major telecommunications service provider.

Bangladesh to sue RCBC over $81-M cyber heist

DHAKA -- Bangladesh was set to file a lawsuit in a US court on Wednesday against Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC) over its role in one of the world’s biggest cyber-heists, the Bangladesh central bank governor said.

Duterte’s ban clouds PHL’s casino push — gaming chief

THE PHILIPPINES’ gaming chief said she will ask President Rodrigo Duterte to relax a ban on new casino licenses as the nation risks losing out on a gaming boom for which its Asian neighbors are lining up.

AEV to issue P30-B retail bonds

ABOITIZ Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV) will be issuing up to P30 billion worth of retail bonds to raise money that would finance future acquisitions and investments.
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Malaysia’s RT Telecom sets aggressive tower rollout in PHL

MALAYSIA-BASED RT Telecom Sdn Bhd — a tower provider that has previously been tapped by Globe Telecom, Inc. and Smart Communications, Inc. — signed on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government to operate as an independent common tower provider in the Philippines.