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First tax reform bill hurdles House panel

THE House Committee on Ways and Means on Tuesday approved a bill increasing taxes on alcoholic beverages, making it the first tax reform measure to gain such approval in the 18th Congress.
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Government relocation touted as traffic solution

A SENATE committee heard proposals Tuesday to relocate the national government out of Metro Manila and a street parking crackdown as possible long-term solutions to road congestion.

QC sets up task force to ease impact of 5 major projects

THE Quezon City government said it has established a task force to minimize road congestion during the construction of five national infrastructure projects in the city.

DoT to require firms to train staff in identifying exploited women, kids

THE DEPARTMENT of Tourism (DoT) said tourism establishments need to train their front-line personnel to detect the abuse of women and children as a precondition for DoT accreditation.
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DA seeking to tap $840M in World Bank funding

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) is discussing $840 million worth of assistance with the World Bank to supplement funding for various programs, including one focused on providing agriculture extension services.
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BoC to deploy 6 new X-ray machines to major container ports

THE BUREAU of Customs (BoC) is set to deploy six new X-ray machines in major ports over the remainder of the year, and is considering budget proposals for more such equipment.

Duterte signs measure reducing power bill

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte signed a bill promising to lower power bills by tapping surpluses generated by the Malampaya gas project to cover some electric bill items, legislators said.

AC Energy JV to develop hydro-based power storage project in Australia

AC Energy, Inc. said it has signed a deal to develop a pumped hydroelectric energy storage system with a capacity of 250 megawatts (MW) in South Australia, which it expects to start building in the next six months.

Smart regulations to save agriculture

Agriculture has long been the backbone of civilizations, nations, and communes. Empires are built on the foundations of food security and access to livestock, poultry, and grains. Modern society would interpret this as the common foundation of developing nations whose industries rose from the shadows of farmers cultivating crops and livestock by developing the necessary value chains that fuel communities. From the Indus Valley to the Mekong Delta, the world would not have progressed the way it did if it weren’t for agriculture.

Understanding the Filipino voter

It has become fashionable to wring our hands and acknowledge that the atrocious kind of leaders we have today is the fault of the Filipino voter. Assuming that the elections have been honest (though this is also under question), here is an attempt at understanding why we seem to elect so many undesirables.

Lowering the bar

BEING UNDERESTIMATED, even to the point of being dismissed with contempt, can be an advantage. The key to being rated well does not entail working longer hours, but just exceeding expectations. This can entail pushing the starting line forward, or moving the finish line back, or both. The race belongs to the one with a shorter track to run.

Many roads, one Rome

I APOLOGIZE. I know it is a slight twist from the original but this twisted version serves my purpose much more pointedly. And, before I get to the point let me tell you how the underlying message becomes meaningful to me.

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Tourism is overwhelming the world’s top destinations

IN 1953, mountaineers Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary made the first confirmed summiting of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. Recently, Everest has grown so popular that photos are surfacing showing huge lines of climbers waiting to surmount that same peak. On rarefied ground where once only Norgay and Hillary tread, now climbers are dying because of overcrowding.

TNT, San Miguel shoot for pivotal finals series lead

THE BEST-of-seven Philippines Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup finals series hits a critical juncture today with Game Five to be played at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Cardinals take further flight with victory over Generals

THE Mapua Cardinals made it two wins in a row in National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 95 with a 76-66 victory over the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals in league action on Tuesday at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan City.

ONE Championship officials high on Team Lakay’s Lito Adiwang

BAGUIO-based Team Lakay has added another fighter in ONE Championship’s growing roster in strawweight fighter Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang, who recently rose from the ranks by way of the promotion’s Warrior Series.

Yankees blast 7 HRs in DH sweep of Orioles

NEW YORK -- Gleyber Torres hit two more homers off the Baltimore Orioles, and the New York Yankees recorded an 11-8 victory to complete a sweep of a day-night doubleheader Monday at Yankee Stadium.
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Enticing matchups highlight 2019-20 NBA games schedule

LOS ANGELES -- When the NBA released its regular season and TV schedules for the 2019-20 season on Monday, there were some immediate matchups worth noting that involve moving-on All-Stars like Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis.

Murray won’t play US Open singles after loss on return

CINCINNATI -- Andy Murray announced on Monday he would not play singles at the US Open after losing in his long-awaited return from hip surgery at the Cincinnati Masters.

Having a blast

Four games have been played in the best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup finals series between the San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa and so far it has been an engaging and eventful affair, and something I am having a blast watching.

Team USA

Yesterday came with news of yet another departure from Team USA’s contingent to the World Cup. Granted, Kyle Lowry’s pullout wasn’t a surprise; continuing convalescence from surgery to his thumb last month had kept him out of training camp. Nonetheless, it served to strengthen the prevailing narrative that suiting up for flag and country isn’t as fulfilling as it used to be; the premise may be unfair, but there can be no questioning the numbers. Of the 35 names USA Basketball announced as part of its national team pool last year, only four remain.

Peso weakens further

THE PESO weakened on Tuesday as protests in Hong Kong dented sentiment, causing markets to flock to safe havens.
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PHL stocks decline as HK protests dent sentiment

LOCAL SHARES fell on Tuesday as heightened protests in Hong Kong dragged already negative sentiment due to the US-China trade war.

Nation’s chief diplomat retracts Chinese ship ban

FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. retracted his earlier threat to ban Chinese survey ships from waters covered by the country’s exclusive economic zone, saying an international treaty bars the Philippines from doing so.

Dengue cases almost double in 6 months

DENGUE cases almost doubled in the six months to July to 167,607 from a year earlier, the Department of Health said yesterday, weeks after declaring a national epidemic for the viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes.

Terror email probably a hoax, NBI agents say

GOVERNMENT investigators have cleared three suspected terrorists who were reported to be planning to enter the Philippines.

Marcos asks SC to step up election case

FORMER Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has asked the Supreme Court hasten his election protest by ordering a preliminary conference.

Red tide warning up in 9 areas

NINE AREAS remain positive for shellfish poisoning, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said in its latest laboratory results.

Cordillera RDRRMC orders units to be on high alert, halt outdoor tourism activities amid...

THE CORDILLERA Administrative Region’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) has directed all its units to assess the situation in communities and implement preemptive evacuation if necessary amid continuous rains brought by the southwest monsoon.

DoJ files 2nd motion for judge to inhibit in Korean businessman’s murder case

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice again asked a judge of the Angeles City Regional Trial Court (RTC) to inhibit from the proceedings in the case of the slain Korean businessman Jee Ick-Joo.

Iloilo-Guimaras passenger motorboats back in operation

THE MARITIME Industry Authority (MARINA) lifted on Aug. 13 the suspension of motorboat operations between Iloilo City and Guimaras, with certain conditions imposed.

3 killed, 1 child injured in Abu Sayyaf attack on Eid’l Adha holiday

THREE PEOPLE were killed, including a two-year old child, while another was seriously injured in a shooting perpetrated by members of the Abu Sayyaf group on Monday morning, the military reported.

Nationwide round-up

MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday advised Filipinos against traveling to Hong Kong amid continuing violent protests in the Chinese Special Administrative Region.

Nation at a Glance — (08/14/19)

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

Globe myBusiness joins hands with AFFI to promote franchising among Filipino employees

In an effort to promote entrepreneurship in the Philippines, Globe myBusiness has joined hands with the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI) in bringing...
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SEC eases up on timetable for MPO hike

THE Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC) has tweaked its plan to increase listed firms’ minimum public ownership (MPO) by raising the range while allowing them to propose their own timetable to hit the steeper requirement by a government deadline.

Property firms bullish on demand despite POGO uncertainty

PROPERTY developers remain optimistic about demand for office space despite China’s crackdown on Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs), citing limited exposure to such tenants.
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Foreign tourist arrivals halfway to target as of June

THE INCREASE of foreign tourist arrivals picked up and sustained a double-digit rate last semester, the government reported on Monday.

Senators move anew to lift restrictions on foreign participation in public utilities

MEASURES amending the 82-year-old Commonwealth Act No. 146, or Public Service Act (PSA), to remove foreign ownership limits on sectors engaged in public services have been filed anew in the Senate.

Tale of cyberbullying wins top prize at Cinemalaya

JOHN DENVER TRENDING, a film about cyberbullying filmed in the Kinaray-a dialect of Antique, was the 2019 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival top winner, bagging six awards including Best Film and Best Actor at the awards night held on Aug. 11 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Cinemalaya 2019 winners

FEATURE LENGTH FILM 2019 • Best Film: John Denver Trending by Arden Rod Condez • Special Jury Prize: Edward by Thop Nazareno • Best Direction: Eduardo Roy,...

Disorder and early sorrow

VETERAN teleserye writer Arden Rod Condez’s directorial debut John Denver Trending is remarkable for its confidently concise, yet sensitively nuanced treatment of timely issues such as bullying (both physical and cyber), adolescent depression, fake news and the marginalization of social misfits, especially when they are poor. Condez is a master, not only of the written word but also of cinematic language. He elicits amazingly natural, complex and credible performances from his ensemble of mostly untrained, regular folks (his family and townmates from Pandan, Antique) who all manage to convey their very real though flawed humanity. We know these people.

Online gaming base expected in Ortigas and QC

ORTIGAS Center and Quezon City are seen to be the next hubs for Philippine Online Gaming Operators (POGOs) as vacancy in the bay area dips below 1% in the second quarter of 2019.

Netflix boosts bet on interactive TV with wave of new kids shows

NETFLIX INC. is turning three of its popular kids programs into interactive specials, increasing its bet on a choose-your-own-adventure approach to TV.

Cavite expressway operator sets proposed link to Sangley base

THE operator of the Manila-Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx) aims to submit in the coming month a proposal that will connect the toll road to the Danilo Atienza (Sangley) Air Base.