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House committee endorses P4.1-trillion budget

THE House of Representatives appropriations committee yesterday endorsed the P4.1 trillion national budget for next year, without changes, according to its chairman.

Senate body not keen to grant emergency powers for traffic

THE Senate public service committee is not inclined to grant the Transportation department’s renewed plea for emergency powers to solve traffic congestion in the capital, a lawmaker said yesterday.
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Sugar output declines in end-August as demand falls

PHILIPPINE sugar production fell by 0.47% at the end of the crop year in August as demand fell, according to the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA).
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IMF to revisit outlook for PHL growth next month

THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) will revisit its economic growth forecast for the Philippines at its annual meeting in Washington next month, its resident representative said.

House bill to modernize public school system

ALBAY Rep. Jose Ma. S. Salceda has filed a bill that seeks to modernize the country’s public school system in preparation for “disruptive technologies” of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

More than 4,000 Filipino workers sent abroad from January to August this year —...

MORE than 4,000 Filipino workers were deployed through the Philippine Overseas Workers Administration (POEA) from January to July this year, according to the agency.

Anti-red tape body orders FDA, SEC to recognize backlogged applications

THE Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) has ordered the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to approve pending applications before them.

Philippines, Singapore sign cooperation deals

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte and Singaporean President Halimah Yacob on Monday witnessed the signing of eight agreements between the two countries on infrastructure development and water resource management.

Duterte’s building program to shield economy from global slowdown, DoF says

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte’s infrastructure projects, which will generate jobs and boost consumption, will spur economic growth and shield the country from a global economic slowdown, the Department of Finance (DoF) said on Monday.

Trust in gov’t, 5 other institutions drop slightly

FILIPINOS’ trust in government and five other institutions have slightly dropped since 2017, but majority would still choose their home country as permanent residence, according to the latest Philippine Trust Index (PTI) released September 9.

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GCTA-for-sale witnesses show audio evidence

WITNESS Yolanda Camilon on Monday presented to the Senate committee on justice what she claims to be a recording of her conversation with Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officer Veronica Buño that proves the freedom-for-sale scheme under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law.

Duterte to take steps to stop corruption at national penitentiary

PRESIDENTIAL spokesperson and Chief Legal Counsel Salvador S. Panelo on Monday said President Rodrigo R. Duterte is determined to stop corruption at the national penitentiary and will be taking steps to achieve that.

Damosa Land targets to open ‘nature-tainment’ park of Agriya in November

DAVAO CITY — Damosa Land Inc. (DLI) plans to open by November the agri-tourism component of Agriya, an 88-hectare mixed-use complex in Panabo City.
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DoJ studying options for arrest of Sison, others

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) is studying options for the arrest of exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison and several others over a mass killing 30 years ago.
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Gasoline, diesel prices decrease for 3rd week

OIL COMPANIES are cutting prices of gasoline and diesel products for the third straight week, along with kerosene which went up last week.

Iloilo City sets up digital info kiosk

ILOILO CITY — A digital information kiosk has been installed at the Iloilo City Hall, a step towards the local government’s goal of becoming a “smart city.”

Soldier assisting DENR wounded in NPA attack

MILITARY TROOPS assisting Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) personnel in Brooke’s Point, Palawan were attacked on Monday by suspected members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA), leaving one soldier wounded.

Cebu’s Enrison eyes property development projects in Dumaguete, Siquijor

CEBU-BASED Enrison Holdings Inc., the holding company of Be Resort in Mactan and Be Grand Resort in Panglao, Bohol, is looking at other cities...

Peso rises versus dollar on US nonfarm payrolls

THE PESO strengthened against the dollar on Monday on weaker-than-expected US jobs data.

Nation at a Glance — (09/10/19)

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

Stocks climb on stimulus hopes amid weak data

LOCAL SHARES ended higher on Monday despite weak economic data from China, which showed a contraction in exports in August as an effect of its trade dispute with the United States.

Azkals seek to steady qualifying bid in away game against Guam

FOLLOWING its loss in its opener in the second round of joint qualification for World Cup 2022 and Asian Cup 2023 on Sept. 5, the Philippine men’s national football team seeks to steady its ship as it treks back to action in an away game today in Guam.

Nadal defies inspired Medvedev in five-set epic to win US Open

NEW YORK — Rafa Nadal survived a heroic Daniil Medvedev fightback to claim an epic 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 win and a fourth US Open title on Sunday, moving within one Grand Slam crown of matching Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20.

WWE set to rock Manila anew after three years

THE LONG wait of WWE fans in the country for another event here is nearly over as globally popular organization is set to make its much-awaited return on Sept. 20 with “WWE Live Manila.”

NCAA 95 second round of eliminations begins today

AFTER what seemed to be an eternity of a first round, the second phase of the eliminations of National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 95 men’s basketball commences today with a triple-header set at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.

Philam Life 7s Football League: Ghana FC starts title defense with win over rivals...

TAGUIG CITY — Season 4 of the Philam Life 7s Football League kicked off at the McKinley Hill Stadium with 66 teams across the Premier Division, Women’s Division, Men’s Division, U15, U13, U11, and U9.

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World Cadet Championship U-12 Weifang, Shandong, China Aug. 21–Sept. 1, 2019

From villain to hero

In retrospect, it was, perhaps, only fitting that Daniil Medvedev got to determine the last stroke of the United States Open. After all, he arguably made the loudest news throughout. For all the print space covered by the fourth-round retirement of defending champion Novak Djokovic and the shocking loss of all-time great Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, he hogged the headlines, and not always for the right reasons. After overcoming cramps to win in the second round, he promptly turned heel in his next match, giving in to frustrations and showing fits of boorish behavior that hitherto gave him trouble and compelled him to include a psychologist in his entourage.

Democracy and ‘The Right to the City’

This coming Sunday, Sept. 15, the world is being invited by the United Nations (UN) to commemorate the International Day of Democracy. Since the adoption of Resolution 7 by the UN General Assembly during its 62nd Session in 2007, the UN has committed, in word and institutional deed, to “to focus attention on the promotion and consolidation of democracy at all levels and reinforce international cooperation in this regard.”

Hong Kong’s long march

Hong Kong has captivated the world these past 15 weeks, awed by the tenacity of its citizens to live free and stay free. But this has forced the dragon, which we had hoped would evolve peacefully into a responsible global citizen and stabilizing force for good, to carefully weigh its options. Today, we liberally quote two respected thinkers — Alexander Neill and Shyam Saran — who have written of the risks that lie ahead. Mr. Neill is the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific security, while Mr. Saran is a former Foreign Minister of India.

FIRe, innovation and stealing of innovation

“All creation is a mine, and every man, a miner... In the beginning, the mine was unopened, and the miner stood naked, and knowledgeless, upon it... Man is not the only animal who labors; but he is the only one who improves his workmanship. This improvement, he effects by Discoveries, and Inventions...”

Challenging the status quo

On July 19, 2016, I wrote an column under “MAP Insights” entitled “General’s Impressions of the Commander-in-Chief.” Three years after his assumption into office, his popularity and trust ratings are still high. The results of the mid-year election further prove that he is a force to reckon with. Destabilization moves to emasculate or unseat him never materialized. In that article, I cited two significant qualities that he projects: charisma and political cunning. Both remain to be the foundations of his staying power. His charisma continues to inspire and has developed goal congruency with the majority of the Filipinos. With political cunning, he changed the parameters of the game. He built change and flexibility into the system. He addressed his agenda to the conditions of his time. He challenged the status quo.

House lines up reforms for final OK

TWO MORE tax reforms and a measure that will further open up the economy can be expected to bag final approval in the House of Representatives this week, leaders of the chamber said in separate interviews last weekend.
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SEC ‘still sorting out’ new REIT rules’ details

THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) remains keen on issuing guidelines on real estate investment trusts (REIT) within the year, amid anticipation from market participants.

Kantar expects shift to digital advertising to happen ‘very quickly’

GLOBAL DATA and consulting firm Kantar expects brands to shift to digital advertising from traditional media channels soon, as consumers become more selective in their purchases.

Competition watchdog further reviews San Miguel-Holcim deal

THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is conducting a further review of San Miguel Corporation’s (SMC) $2.15-billion acquisition of Holcim Philippines Inc. (HPI), if the deal will lessen competition in certain markets in Luzon and Mindanao.

Mercedes-Benz rolls out new CLA

LOCAL MERCEDES-BENZ importer and distributor Auto Nation Group unveiled last week at the hip Versus Barcade in Uptown Mall in Bonifacio Global City the new second-generation CLA Class -- a compact sedan that features a sporty yet elegant design with its coupé profile.

Malingkat: Honoring the makers’ hands

A NAME drapes over your destiny much the same way clothing does. Your name can say a lot about your story in the same manner that clothing can. For Fawzia Maridul, founder of Malingkat, destiny can be found in both her own name and the brand’s: “Fawzia” means “successful” in Arabic, while “malingkat” means “beautiful” in Tausug.

PHL, Morocco agree on direct flights

THE Philippine and Moroccan governments started air talks last week and agreed to allow direct flights between the two countries.

Isuzu unveils new top-of-the-line pickup

A LITTLE OVER a decade and a half has passed since Isuzu introduced what would become one of its most iconic diesel workhorses -- and now the Japanese commercial vehicle specialist rolls out the most stylish and fully equipped iteration of its pickup yet, the D-MAX LS-A.

SM goes drag

THE winner of the 10th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and all-around fashionista, Aquaria has become the first drag queen to endorse The SM Store as she was chosen by the company for her quirky and over-accessorized fashion sense.

RedDoorz to open new properties in key cities

HOTEL management and booking platform RedDoorz is expanding to major cities and tourist destinations in the Philippines this year.

Subaru ushers in the ‘Ber’ months with special deals on the XV

MOTOR IMAGE PILIPINAS, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in the Philippines, embraces the spirit of holiday giving with special offers for the Subaru XV starting this September. Select which variant and corresponding deal suits you best.

Lazada kicks off series of sales today

SOUTHEAST ASIAN e-commerce retailer Lazada is kicking off a series of sales until yearend with its 9.9 Big Discovery Sale today, Sept. 9, featuring “9 million deals, [some up to] 90% off” from local and international retailers alongside new app features such as bills payment and a pre-sale option for sale items.