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Duterte risks ratings if prison chief is reappointed

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte risks his popularity if he again transfers his sacked prison chief to another government post, analysts said.

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DoJ says 76 ineligible convicts have yielded

SEVENTY-SIX of about 2,000 convicts who got illegally released for good conduct have surrendered, the Department of Justice said yesterday.

Palace justifies transfer of convicts in De Lima case

THE presidential palace sees nothing wrong about President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s order to transfer 10 high-profile inmates to a Marine facility in Taguig.

Police nab most wanted Maoist rebel

POLICE captured in Pasig City a communist rebel listed as most wanted by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

President Duterte urged to hasten creation of Bangsamoro coordination body

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) wants President Rodrigo R. Duterte to hasten the issuance of an order creating a body that will resolve issues between the national government and the newly established Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Dagupan City to buy boats for waste management in island communities

THE DAGUPAN City government is purchasing six boats this year, two of which will be assigned to the Waste Management Division (WMD) for hauling garbage from the city’s five island communities.

Ormoc eyes Lake Danao water supply project for PPP

THE ORMOC City government signed an agreement last week with the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center for assistance on various projects that will be proposed under a PPP scheme.

Iloilo City vendors given until Monday to vacate sidewalks

ABOUT 1,500 sidewalk vendors in Iloilo City have been ordered to vacate their spots by today, Sept. 9, in line with the national government’s directive to clear roads and public spaces from all obstructions.

Growing condominium lifestyle boosts demand for cleaning services

THE RISE of condo living, fast-paced lifestyle, and online vacation home rentals has prompted strong demand for outsourced house cleaning services in Cebu.

Loose firearms in Lanao del Norte turned over to military

LOCAL GOVERNMENT officials turned over 19 high-powered firearms to the military’s 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion at Munai Municipal Hall in Lanao del Norte last Friday as part of peace and security efforts in the province.

BARMM agri programs

SECRETARY Emmanuel F. Piñol (left), chair of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), meets with Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Chief Minister Murad Ebrahim on Sept. 7 to discuss development initiatives for the region.

Ateneo defeats La Salle

THE defending University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball champions Ateneo Blue Eagles made it back-to-back wins to start Season 82 after defeating rivals De La Salle Green Archers, 81-69, on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Andreescu fends off Williams comeback to win US Open

NEW YORK -- Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu claimed her first Grand Slam title in a hard-hitting, nerve-jangling 6-3 7-5 win over Serena Williams on Saturday that put the brakes on the American’s bid to equal the all-time record.

Gilas finishes World Cup campaign sans a win

UP to the very end Gilas Pilipinas could not catch a break in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup as it finished its campaign without a win to show for after losing to Iran, 95-75, in its final game of the tournament on Sunday in Beijing, China.

Kaya FC-Iloilo books fifth straight win in PFL

KAYA FC-Iloilo notched its fifth straight win on Saturday after beating Global Cebu FC, 5-1, in Philippines Football League (PFL) action at the Aboitiz Pitch in Lipa City, Batangas.

Falcons stake UAAP claim by way of young team

ENTERING Season 82 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, the Adamson Soaring Falcons knew they have their work cut out for them not only because of the souped-up competition but also the retooling they made which has resulted in them parading one of the younger teams in the league.

Merwin Tan grabs 2 titles in METBA-Davao Open

MERWIN TAN captured two titles in the first METBA-Davao Kadayawan Bowling Open Championships recently at SM Lanang in Davao City.

Milo Philippines lauds national government efforts to provide opportunities through sports initiatives

WITH the national government continuously finding ways to provide opportunities through sports, Milo Philippines reaffirmed its support to the former and lauded its efforts to further cultivate the country’s sports program.

FIBA World Cup: Australia and France advance to last eight as US beat Greece

BEIJING -- Australia and France reached the basketball World Cup quarter-finals with a match to spare after tight wins over their respective rivals while holders the United States edged closer to the last eight with the 69-53 defeat of Greece on Saturday.

Serena legacy

For much of the fortnight, it looked like Serena Williams was finally prepped for the moment she long wanted to claim. Since her convalescence from pregnancy-induced complications in 2017, she had been a picture of inconsistency. A variety of injuries and an increased emphasis on family life stunted her return to the top of the sport. And while she proved good enough in spurts to contend for titles, she appeared tentative and unable to close the deal under the klieg lights. Thusly, she wound up with bridesmaid finishes in her last two appearances at Wimbledon and in the United States Open last year.

Details of e-cigarette regulations due next month from DoH, DTI

THE Department of Health (DoH) will release next month details of its plan to jointly regulate the e-cigarette industry with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), after it issued an order in June that called for such producers to be licensed.
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Measure seeks initial tax exemption, contract protections for freelancers

ALBAY 2nd district Rep. Jose Ma. S. Salceda has filed a bill seeking to protect the rights of freelance workers and to exempt them from taxes initially.
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Digital tax payments seen saving BIR P230 million

THE BUREAU of Internal Revenue (BIR) could save as much as P230 million annually in transaction fees if taxes are paid online, the Department of Finance (DoF) said.

LANDBANK tops GOCC subsidy list due to payouts to jeepney drivers

GOVERNMENT subsidies to state-owned firms increased in July, the bulk of which went to the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) as it started releasing fuel subsidies to jeepney drivers for this year, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) said.

Letter to the editor

BusinessWorld is publishing the following letter from the Governance Commission for Government-Owned and -Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) in response to a Sept. 4 item published in this newspaper. The letter has been lightly edited due to space considerations:

Preparing for the IBOR Transition

Financial markets globally are preparing the shift from referring to Interbank offered rates (IBORs) as a benchmark for financial products and services to alternative reference rates (ARRs).

Understanding rice tariffication

We are firm in defending and asserting the rice tariffication reform despite the current transitional problems that it faces in its implementation. The reform will benefit both Filipino rice farmers and Filipino consumers.

Middle-class legislation and its discontents

The recent alarm over falling rice prices after import-quotas were replaced by tariffs points up a larger problem that will increasingly confront Philippine society -- the conflict between the interests of a growing middle class and poorer minorities. On the one hand, the historic measure produced its intended effect: it has lowered rice prices, bringing relief to the large, mostly urban rice-consuming public. (After the avoidable fiasco of 2018, inflation is now a record low of 1.7%.) On the other hand, the same measure has wreaked havoc on the livelihood of rice farmers and landless farm workers, who count as some of the poorest Filipinos. To be sure, the government purports to ameliorate the damage. But the one-time loan it offers to rice farmers is obviously not enough to facilitate the permanent shift -- in crops, technologies, mindsets, and occupations -- that the new trade-regime imposes.

Export or fall deeper into debt

The country can fall into a debt crisis if exports don’t pick up. Here’s why...

People of the Philippines vs. the GCTA

When a case is titled “People of the Philippines vs. Juan Santos,” it is a criminal case, or a crime against society. When a case is titled “Pedro Reyes vs. Juan Santos,” it is a civil case between two persons.