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President Duterte got it right when he said that Imperial Manila is the cause of many of the nation’s problems.
The Philippine Senate has two remaining session days before it adjourns this week, to give way to the election period. It resumes session after the May elections, and from there, has nine session days to wrap up its work. In short, the window for legislation is narrow.
The Senate is once again the battleground of public debates on many issues. This is because it is still deliberating its own versions of House Bills (HBs) passed on third reading, and the official campaign period will already start on February 12 -- which means all congressional activities and meetings will cease and resume only after the May elections.
O, ano, let me see if you know, the priest says in his homily at Mass. What is 2019 the Year of? His audience triumphantly chorused: “The Year of the Pig!” Shame on you, the good father admonished. It is always “The Year of the Lord.” And all laughed heartily at themselves.
THE INVOLVEMENT of Israel and Russia in the Philippine government’s counter-terrorism efforts, especially in Mindanao, will be advantageous to the military, but analysts cautioned against the potential for corruption in defense-related contracts.
THE PHILIPPINE military destroyed on Saturday a main camp of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), a local extremist group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), after members who have earlier surrendered provided crucial information.
AT LEAST 14 people died of dengue in Central Visayas in the first 26 days of the year, 11 of whom were from Cebu, records of the Department of Health-Region 7 (DoH-7) showed.
THE QUEZON City Police District (QCPD) on Sunday presented the suspects behind the murder of a barangay chairperson last week.
THE CEBU Provincial Development Council (PDC) has approved and endorsed P57.771 billion worth of projects for 2020 to the Regional Development Council.
A GATHERING to reaffirm the commitment to peace is set on Feb. 4 at the Kapatagan Municipal Gym in Lanao del Norte as six towns in the province are set to cast their votes on Wednesday as to whether or not to join the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
A RESOLUTION declaring a state of calamity in Davao Oriental is set to be approved Monday, Feb. 4, by the provincial board to open access to emergency funds, which will be used for rehabilitation and assistance projects in towns hit by flooding and landslides last month.
THE BILL institutionalizing an incentive program for local government units (LGUs) called the Seal of Good Local Governance has hurdled the bicameral conference committee level.
HUMAN RIGHTS Watch (HRW) called on Philippine lawmakers to dismiss plans of lowering the age of criminal liability from 15 to 12, citing that it will violate “international legal obligations.”
THE JUDICIAL and Bar Council (JBC) has set for public interview on Feb. 13 four applicants for the Supreme Court (SC) associate justice position vacated by now Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin.
THE COMMISSION on Human Rights (CHR) has called out the Philippine National Police (PNP) over what it deems an excessive handling of detained opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima.
THE Rain or Shine Elasto Painters won their fourth game in the PBA Philippine Cup in five outings after beating the debuting Alaska Aces, 85-72, on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
VOLLEYBALL season at the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) kicks off on Feb. 16 and in connection with it the league recently released the first-round schedule for Season 81.
A SUCCESSFUL staging of the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates concluded on Friday with Qatar emerging as champion with a 3-1 victory over Japan in the final.
NEW YORK -- Office pools be warned. Americans will be able to bet on Sunday’s Super Bowl for the first time outside of Nevada without running afoul of the law.
JOHN Leerams Chicano of Team Go For Gold is fast shaping up as the toughest obstacle to the bid of Nikko Huelgas for a third straight gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games.
BURN Soriano and Laurence Canavan’s Cage Gladiators x Hitman MMA, the premier Philippine local MMA promotion, successfully held their second fight card, “Friday Fight Night 2” before a jam-packed Pop Up Katipunan with flyweight Joevincent “Good Boy” So edging Franz “Romance” Galvez in a split decision win in the three-round headliner last Friday.
JUST how good Gerald Anderson is?
If there’s anything the Lakers showed in their marquee matchup against the Warriors yesterday, it’s that they possess the potential to both contend and confound. Heading into the set-to, they knew top dog LeBron James wasn’t suiting up, and yet they remained confident of their chances. After all, they emerged victorious against the defending champions on Christmas Day even though the 16-time All-Star had to leave in the middle of the third quarter due to a groin strain. They were an uneven but optimistic bunch, cognizant of their propensity to make mistakes but steadfast in their belief that their talents would ultimately see them through.
THE COURT of Tax Appeals (CTA), citing violation of due process, cancelled the P127.56 million in tax deficiencies in 2009 as claimed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in its assessment of Manila Medical Services, Inc. (Manila Doctors Hospital).
The Department of Trade and Industry has put on hold the implementation of a rule banning the importation of engines and used motor vehicles that are not compliant with the Euro 4 emissions standard.
THE Bicameral Conference Committee tasked to reconcile the disagreeing provisions of the proposed Innovative Startup bill targets ratification by Wednesday, Feb. 6.
THE House panel in the bicameral conference committee on the national budget has “demand(ed)” that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) submit a report on the remaining balance of the 2018 national budget.
THE bill modernizing the 107-year-old Warehouse Receipts Law has been sponsored to the plenary by the Senate committee on trade, commerce, and entrepreneurship.
A BILL establishing a pension and social security benefit scheme for agricultural workers has been filed at the House of Representatives.
THE Philippines’ Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Independent State of Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) National Fisheries Authority (NFA) to develop stronger fisheries ties between the two countries.
THE European Union has urged the Philippines to make the most out of the EU Generalized System of Preferences program as Philippine exports to the EU have not been moving upward.
Many struggle to remember certain details, such as the phone numbers even of those close to them. This is due to the intrinsic limitation of human memory, or perhaps some see the brain simply as an organ to process information but not to store data. In any case, we acknowledge the importance of keeping records appropriately -- not just mentally -- but in some retrievable form. With the current strides in digital disruption and innovation, we now have more tools and devices to assist in storing and accessing whatever information we need.