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Rodrigo R. Duterte

Slow land-use conversion provokes Duterte ‘outburst’

MALACAÑANG said Thursday that President Rodrigo R. Duterte wants the processing of land-use conversion applications fast-tracked.
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Palace rejects farmers’ call for rice tariffication veto

OVER the opposition of farmers’ groups to rice tariffication, Malacañang on Thursday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte will not veto the measure, with his signature “forthcoming.”
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Duterte to certify AFP pension bill as urgent

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte will certify as urgent the Military and Uniformed Personnel (MUP) Pension Reform Bill being proposed the Department of the National Defense (DND), his spokesperson said.
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Competition regulator to seek information sharing with privacy commission

THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) said it seek to achieve more seamless information sharing with the National Privacy Commission (NPC) within the constraints of strict privacy laws.
solar panels

Court challenge looms for Solar Para Sa Bayan franchise

A GROUP of private entities involved in renewable energy projects has signalled plans to pursue legal action against the granting of a franchise to Solar Para Sa Bayan Corp., saying the move is anti-competitive and unconstitutional.
rice farmers

Rice farmers see tariffication law benefiting big business

THE Provincial Farmers’ Action Council (PFAC) of Bulacan said that the reduced role of the National Food Authority (NFA) when rice tariffication is implemented is detrimental to small farmers and will favor big business.
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NEA backs DoE plan to review performance of power co-ops

THE National Electrification Administration (NEA) said it supports plans by the Department of Energy (DoE) to review the performance of electric cooperatives, but added that the function is currently being performed by NEA.
US Ambassador Sung Kim

US provides technical assistance grant for broadband

THE US EMBASSY in Manila, through the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), awarded P23.8 million in grant money to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to fund technical assistance in implementing the National Broadband Network Project.

Researcher touts mine site rehab using microbes

THE National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) proposed on Thursday to rehabilitate degraded mining sites by deploying microbes into the soil, a process called bioremediation.
Inflation and the Transportation sector

Inflation and the Transportation sector

The Philippines registered a 4.4% inflation rate for January 2019. The good news is that it is a lot lower than the past four months’ average of 6.1%, but the bad news is that compared to our neighbors with January 2019 data, it is the highest. In the ASEAN-6, three have near-zero inflation while Indonesia and Vietnam have below 3%.
Media are part of the problem

Media are part of the problem

That former TV broadcaster who’s running for senator under Sara Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago party isn’t alone in denying that the Duterte regime is a threat to press freedom.
The boys of Liverpool

The boys of Liverpool

The Strand is a popular shopping center in Bootle, Merseyside. Opened in 1968, it kept expanding: residents finding it convenient, adequate, with all the...
‘Change is a spark’

‘Change is a spark’

The world is constantly changing.

Measles outbreak widens, DoH steps up monitoring

OFFICIALS ON Wednesday acknowledged the rise in vaccine hesitancy amid a widening measles outbreak in Luzon and parts of the Visayas, as the Department of Health (DoH) assured strict monitoring on the situation.
US Ambassador Sung Kim

US envoy open to review of Mutual Defense Treaty

THE UNITED STATES welcomes the Philippine government’s plan to review the 67-year-old Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) between the two countries, US Ambassador Sung Y. Kim said on Thursday.
congress House of Representative

House bill tweaks capital punishment provision in Dangerous Drugs Act

THE HOUSE of Representatives on Thursday approved a second time the bill amending Republic Act No. 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, to remove on second reading provisions imposing capital punishment on certain drug offenses.

Amendments to terror law in Senate plenary

SENATOR Panfilo M. Lacson on Wednesday presented to the plenary the bill seeking to strengthen the country’s terrorism laws.

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China sent paramilitary force as PHL builds on Pagasa Island

THE CHINESE government deployed a paramilitary force in December last year in response to the ongoing construction by the Philippine government of a beaching...
DENR assessing waste disposal alternatives as Rodriguez landfill expected to be full by 2022

108 local government heads ordered to explain absence of waste management plan

THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has issued show cause orders to 108 local government unit (LGU) leaders for failure to submit a 10-year solid waste management plan as required under Republic Act 9003, the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

CA denies teachers’ group’s petition vs alleged police profiling

THE COURT of Appeals (CA), citing technical issues, has denied the January petition of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) over the alleged profiling of its members by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Dagupan water distributor’s expansion project to improve supply pressure, serve island villages

THE DAGUPAN City Water District (DCWD) is embarking on an expansion project that will deliver supply to island villages and improve the water pressure in such areas as Lucao and Tapuac.

Village plans to build statue of dead whale as reminder of marine resource protection

BARANGAY GABI, where the body of a dead Sei whale species (Balaenoptera borealis) was spotted near the shore, plans to build a statue of the creature to serve as a constant reminder of the importance of marine resource protection.

NBI nabs 2 Abu Sayyaf members

THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested in Zamboanga City on Feb. 3 two suspected members of the militant Abu Sayyaf Group who are wanted for kidnapping in Basilan in 2001.

Davao City to release new investment code within 1st half of 2019

THE DAVAO city government is aiming to release a new Investment Incentive Code within the first semester of the year, with the draft now under review for approval by the Investment Promotions Center’s board.

At least 24 of 67 villages in Cotabato to join Bangsamoro region; Lanao del...

UNOFFICIAL AND partial results released by the joint military-police-Commission on Elections (Comelec) monitoring office indicate a majority support for the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), but new areas joining the new region are limited.

Nation at a Glance — (02/08/19)

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

PSEi climbs to 8,100 level ahead of BSP decision

STOCKS RECOVERED on Thursday even as investors stayed on the sidelines ahead of the central bank’s first policy meeting of the year.
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Peso drops ahead of BSP

THE PESO weakened a tad against the dollar on Thursday as investors awaited the result of the central bank’s policy meeting.
Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters

Phoenix stakes unbeaten record vs streaking NLEX

THE LEAGUE-leading Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters go for their fifth win in as many games in the PBA Philippine Cup when they collide with the NLEX Road Warriors today at the Mall of Asia Arena.
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3M finding a compelling story in UP men’s basketball squad

THE University of the Philippines men’s basketball team had a magical run in its University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 81 campaign that saw it making it back to the finals after three decades.
obstacle course racing

Obstacle course racing finally finds place in the sporting sun

THE sport of obstacle course racing (OCR) in the country is steadily getting its legs, something proponents of it are very happy and excited about.
Winston Joseph Silva

Filipino NM Silva tops First Thammasat University Rapid Chess in Thailand

FILIPINO National Master (NM) Winston Joseph Silva scored 1.5 points in the last two rounds to emerge overall champion in the First Thammasat University Rapid Chess Championships held at the Thammasat University Library on Feb. 2 in Bangkok, Thailand.
New York Knicks

Lowly NY Knicks still rule Forbes’ list at $4 billion

LOS ANGELES -- The New York Knicks have the NBA’s worst record, but Forbes says the franchise remains the league’s most valuable for the fourth consecutive year at $4 billion.

LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2019 kicks off in Iloilo City

THE LBC Ronda Pilipinas 2019 starts today in Iloilo City with local teams headed by Navy-Standard Insurance, Go for Gold and 7-Eleven Cliqq-Air21 by Roadbike Philippines aiming to fend off the strong foreign challenge.
Anthony Davis

New Orleans Pelicans to sit healthy Davis until deadline passes

THE NEW Orleans Pelicans confirmed that All-Star forward Anthony Davis will not play before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, keeping him out of Wednesday’s game at Chicago against the Bulls.

Golden State Warriors’ Durant under pressure to break silence

KEVIN Durant’s silence could come to an end Wednesday.

Houston Rockets acquire Shumpert in 3-team trade

THE HOUSTON Rockets acquired guard Iman Shumpert on Wednesday night in a three-way trade that involved the Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a report from ESPN.

Raptors trade guard Richardson to Sixers

THE TORONTO Raptors traded guard Malachi Richardson, the draft rights to forward Emir Preldzic and a future second-round draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday for cash considerations.

State of flux

In the face of the Pelicans’ apparent stonewalling of the Lakers heading into today’s trade deadline, not a few quarters have wondered what the best course of action for them truly is. Conventional wisdom has them benefiting the most via the adoption of a wait-and-see stance; for all the talented pieces the extremely active purple and gold have compiled in the offer on the table, it pales in comparison to that which the Celtics could conceivably -- and, based on pronouncements behind closed doors, would likely -- present in the offseason.
gas pump

Gov’t launches move vs fuel smuggling

THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) is counting on the rollout of the fuel marking scheme to deter smuggling and further improve revenue collection.
bidding NTC third telco

Joint legislative resolution OK’s transfer of Mislatel ownership

THE COUNTRY’s third major telecommunications service provider saw legal obstacles to the start of its operations reduced on Wednesday, as the Senate adopted House Concurrent Resolution No. 23, which approves the transfer of controlling interest of Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company, Inc.’s (Mislatel) to the Mislatel consortium.

Peso among the most stable Asian currencies in January

THE PESO’s weakness may have been blamed for partly contributing to surging inflation last year, since this makes imported goods more expensive, but the local currency has lately fared better than a number of its Asian counterparts in terms of volatility, a senior official of the Finance department noted on Wednesday.
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Finance dep’t touts peso’s relative stability

THE PESO’s weakness may have been blamed for partly contributing to surging inflation last year, since this makes imported goods more expensive, but the local currency has lately fared better than a number of its Asian counterparts in terms of volatility, a senior official of the Finance department noted on Wednesday.
beverage drinks

Senate hearing starts on higher liquor tax rates

EVEN with the window fast closing on final legislative approval of any more tax reform in the current 17th Congress, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on Wednesday started action on bills seeking to increase the excise tax rate on alcohol products.

Meralco-led consortium to supply power to New Clark City

MANILA Electric Co. (Meralco) has received the notice of award from the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) for power distribution in New Clark City, an official of the company said.