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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE PESO weakened on Tuesday as protests in Hong Kong dented sentiment, causing markets to flock to safe havens.
LOCAL SHARES fell on Tuesday as heightened protests in Hong Kong dragged already negative sentiment due to the US-China trade war.
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 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.
GOVERNMENT investigators have cleared three suspected terrorists who were reported to be planning to enter the Philippines.
FORMER Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has asked the Supreme Court hasten his election protest by ordering a preliminary conference.
NINE AREAS remain positive for shellfish poisoning, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said in its latest laboratory results.
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.
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.
THE MARITIME Industry Authority (MARINA) lifted on Aug. 13 the suspension of motorboat operations between Iloilo City and Guimaras, with certain conditions imposed.
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.
MALACAÑANG ON Tuesday advised Filipinos against traveling to Hong Kong amid continuing violent protests in the Chinese Special Administrative Region.
In an effort to promote entrepreneurship in the Philippines, Globe myBusiness has joined hands with the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI) in bringing...
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 developers remain optimistic about demand for office space despite China’s crackdown on Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs), citing limited exposure to such tenants.
THE INCREASE of foreign tourist arrivals picked up and sustained a double-digit rate last semester, the government reported on Monday.
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.
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).
FEATURE LENGTH FILM 2019 • Best Film: John Denver Trending by Arden Rod Condez • Special Jury Prize: Edward by Thop Nazareno • Best Direction: Eduardo Roy,...
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.
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 INC. is turning three of its popular kids programs into interactive specials, increasing its bet on a choose-your-own-adventure approach to TV.
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.
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