THE Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has released a resolution that will allow the deployment of returning Filipino workers to Libya, after the imposition of a total deployment ban last year.
THE Senate on Tuesday approved on third and final reading a bill offering tax exemptions to small-scale miners who sell their gold to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
THE Senate committee on public services will resume its hearing looking into the selection process for the telecommunication industry’s third player on Wednesday.
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Agrarian reform should not be a hindrance to corporate farming. Agribusiness does not require ownership of land. Modern corporations such as Del Monte developed contractual relationships with small holder farmers which supplied produce which the corporate agribusiness venture turned into packaged consumer goods through value-adding technologies. Given the aging population of our farmers, who are now reported to be 60 years on the average, government should seriously take a look at the situation; and sooner rather than later take steps to make it easier for corporate investors to risk good money in agribusiness.
The hot topic at my favorite watering hole in Daly City is the 2019 midterm election in the Philippines, scheduled on May 13. That date is an unlucky one for the superstitious and will certainly be unlucky for most candidates, but lucky for some.
House Bill No. 8858 has rightly elicited public outrage for proposing to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) to between 9 to 12 years old. The move is consistent with President Duterte’s 2016 campaign promise to widen the coverage for criminal prosecution in another aggressive effort to wage his “war on drugs.” The logic goes like this -- because drug syndicates use children to traffic illegal drugs, lowering the MACR to cover more children would cripple the operations of these drug syndicates.
Recently, Congress decided to strengthen the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) by passing the proposed OSG law. The Senate and the House of Representatives gave their own versions of the bill, and later came to a compromise, after the bicameral conference committee approved the reconciled versions of the bills, incorporating the following salient points of the proposed new OSG Law.
THE PESO rebounded on Tuesday as the dollar weakened due to the strong euro and ahead of the US Federal Reserve’s policy meeting.
THE MAIN INDEX closed relatively unchanged on Tuesday, as heavy foreign buying cushioned the negative sentiment from regional markets following heightened tensions between the United States and China.
AUTHORITIES INCLUDING President Rodrigo R. Duterte himself are considering the possibility of suicide bombers involved in Sunday’s twin blasts at the Jolo Cathedral, according to their updates on Tuesday.
THE Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) on Tuesday filed before the Department of Justice (DoJ) another complaint against former health secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin over the death of a minor allegedly due to Dengvaxia vaccination.
THE House of Representatives on Tuesday approved on third and final reading the bill legalizing and regulating the use of medical marijuana.
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) vessel JS IKAZUCHI (DD-107), with two patrol helicopters and 220 crew onboard, arrived at the South Harbor port in Manila on Jan. 29 for a three-day goodwill visit.
A COMPLAINT has been filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III and 11 others over the alleged questionable awarding of contract for a new 20-storey building at the Capitol complex.
ILOILO CITY Mayor Jose S. Espinosa III said he will continue to pursue solutions to the water shortage problem in the city, including granting of licenses to interested proponents, despite a reminder from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) regarding the control and operation of public water utilities. “As long as the water supply is lacking, we will do measures.
FOUR earthquakes were recorded on Tuesday off Sarangani, Davao Occidental, with the strongest at magnitude 4.5 that occurred 1:26 p.m. Its center was located 56 kilometers southeast of the town.
A POLICE officer was killed while seven others were injured in an alleged attack by members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in the town of Magpet in Cotabato province Monday evening.
A 60.4-kilometer (km) diversion road linking Iligan City and Talakag town in Bukidnon is now in the works, and once completed will cut travel time between the two points to 1.5 hours from the current three hours.
HAVING won their last two games after opening their PBA Philippine Cup campaign with back-to-back losses, the TNT KaTropa look to sustain their fine form of late when they return to league action today at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
NEW ORLEANS star Anthony Davis doesn’t plan to sign a contract extension and has told the Pelicans he wants to be traded, the team confirmed Monday.
WHAT is already a packed card for ONE Championship’s first foray in Japan in March got even tighter as it added another title clash feature.
HAVING steadily grown in just two seasons of staging, 7’s Football said a bigger and exciting third season is to be expected from the league with new presenting partners on board.
FOR its efforts to enable persons with disability (PWDs) to develop as independent, integrated and empowered citizens, the Philippine Accessible Disability Services (PADS) received an award from PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications.
The 2019 National Basketball Association All-Star Game happens in a couple of weeks in Charlotte, North Carolina, and it took further form last week with the naming of the starters for the Midseason Classic.
It’s finally out in the open. The worst-kept secret in the National Basketball Association was brought to the fore yesterday, with agent Rich Paul formally notifying the Pelicans of All-Star Anthony Davis’ desire to be traded to a contender. Tellingly, he saw fit to personally inform his teammates of the development, as much in keeping with the same spirit of transparency as in acknowledging that he felt their collective efforts weren’t enough to net them a second straight playoff stint.
IT appears there are three value propositions Suzuki Philippines unanimously convey about the latest iteration of the Suzuki Ertiga MPV: “strong,” “elegant” and “stylish.”
BENTLEY Motors announced its Continental GT in 2018 collected numerous awards from international organizations.
SAIC Motor’S tally of 7.05 million vehicle deliveries in 2018 tells only a part of the auto conglomerate’s success story; while this annual sales volume is substantial, it is spread across several brands and segments, making it difficult to appreciate from sheer numbers alone the improvements the company has made to some of its car models. These gains, of course, may also be indicative of the level of quality the company’s commercial vehicles presently have.
THE Ford EcoSport range in the Philippines now includes the model’s 1.5L Titanium A/T variant, which has a different engine and transmission from the other EcoSport variants.
ILO proposes ten recommendations for the future of work.
Esports tournaments, though entirely virtual, involve lots of real cash.
STATE economic managers are looking to ask the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to exempt big-ticket projects from the election ban on public works in order to keep them on schedule and help prop up gross domestic product (GDP) growth.
THE HOUSE of Representatives and the Senate on Monday resumed their bicameral conference committee meeting to reconcile differences in the proposed P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019, targeting approval on Wednesday.
FOREIGN direct investments (FDI) could roughly sustain estimated 2018 inflows this year as conditions turn more enticing for investors, a senior central bank official said, citing slower inflation and robust domestic activity.
THE GOVERNMENT needs to support the upgrade of services and worker talent, the World Bank (WB) said, noting that global trade in goods will be subdued for quite some time.
WIDELY considered as the father of Philippine rock, Joseph William Feliciano Smith — better known as Joey Pepe Smith — passed away Monday morning at the age of 71.
LOS ANGELES — Superhero movie Black Panther, a film heralded for its predominantly black cast and vibrant celebration of African culture, won the top award from Hollywood’s Screen Actors Guild on Sunday, boosting its chances in this year’s Oscars race.
METRO PACIFIC Tollways Corp. (MPTC) plans to earmark P45 billion for capital expenditures (capex) this year as it accelerates construction of five toll road projects.
LOS ANGELES — Alan Alda, best known for playing a wise-cracking Army doctor on the long-running anti-war television comedy M*A*S*H, received a lifetime achievement award from his fellow actors on Sunday, celebrating a 60-year career on stage and screen.
THE Philippine unit of Japanese electronics company Panasonic Corp. expects a slowdown in growth this year, amid concerns over the government’s proposal to rationalize fiscal incentives as part of the tax reform program.
MICHAEL JACKSON, whose music remains ubiquitous nearly a decade after his death, is under fresh scrutiny.
THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating whether Nissan Motor Co. accurately disclosed its executive pay in the US, according to several people familiar with the matter, compounding the car maker’s woes as it grapples with the aftermath of former chairman Carlos Ghosn’s arrest.
PARIS — French composer and pianist Michel Legrand has died at 86 after a career in which he stood out for soundtracks in screen musicals with Catherine Deneuve and that won him three Oscars.