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House to tackle budget issues after returning from break

A MEASURE extending the validity of the 2019 budget until next year and the proposed P4.1 trillion spending plan for 2020 are expected to be tackled in the 18th Congress when it resumes session on Monday after a month-long break.

Shipping price regulation order still subject to consultation

THE government’s bid to regulate the rates charged by shipping lines may have to wait longer as the Department of Finance (DoF) makes its final revisions for the proposed joint administrative order (JAO).

Bill creating cash transfer scheme for rice farmers filed in Senate

A BILL establishing a conditional cash transfer program for Filipino farmers has been filed in the Senate.

GOCC Sept. subsidies rise 179% to P54.7 billion

GOVERNMENT subsidies to state firms rose 179% in September, with more than half going to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth).
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One-third of ‘contestable’ power consumers still unregistered — PEMC

UP TO 32% of electricity users that have been certified as “contestable” and can directly buy power from retail suppliers have yet to register in the retail electricity market, the Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC) said.


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Digital audits: the advantages add up

The rules of business have changed. Gone are the days when business leaders had the luxury of time to ponder significant business decisions and make momentous changes to their organizations or processes. Now, businesses are transacting and making decisions practically in real time, which also necessitates that businesses manage risks and leverage opportunities with speed, accuracy and efficiency.
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Asean, China to dovetail plans for connectivity

LEADERS of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China on Sunday vowed to dovetail development plans for regional connectivity, according to a joint statement posted on the group’s website.

Duterte calls for respect in settling disputes on sea

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte did not bring up a United Nations ruling favoring the Philippines in a sea dispute with China during a meeting with the Chinese premiere at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)-China Summit in Bangkok on Sunday.

Mindanao region to pitch oil, power projects to Qatar

THE Southern Philippines Development Authority will pitch oil and power projects to Qatar businessmen visiting Manila this week.

Iloilo City seeks Malacañang intervention in power distribution issues

THE ILOILO City government, in a letter addressed to the Office of the President, has raised safety concerns over the alleged inadequately maintained distribution lines owned by Panay Electric Co., Inc. (PECO).

Cotabato gov’t, agencies appeal for coordination amid influx of relief assistance to earthquake victims

THE LOCAL government of Cotabato, the most affected province in the series of three strong earthquakes that struck central Mindanao in October, has appealed to private groups and individuals delivering relief assistance to coordinate with the incident command center at the provincial office compound in Kidapawan City.

Cebu City taps Sugbotek’s mobile app for emergency response

THE CEBU City government has partnered with local software developer Sugbotek, Inc. for a mobile-based application that will serve as an emergency dispatch and civilian reporting system.

Maguindanao areas suffer flooding after earthquakes damage dikes

SEVERAL VILLAGES in Maguindanao province have been flooded after dikes in surrounding areas were damaged by the series of earthquakes in central Mindanao.

Passenger arrested in Davao for bomb joke on board plane

A PASSENGER already on board a plane at the Davao International Airport was arrested Sunday for making a bomb joke, an act punishable by imprisonment.

Alaska beats Northport

THE Alaska Aces kept their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup playoff hopes alive after carving a 106-99 victory over the Northport Batang Pier in Sunday league action at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

76ers stun Blazers on Korkmaz three-pointer with 0.4 sec. left

LOS ANGELES -- The Philadelphia 76ers overcame both the absence of suspended center Joel Embiid and the hot-shooting Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night and remained the only unbeaten team in the NBA.

Jerwin Ancajas moving on from shelved title fight

WHILE admitted to have been greatly disappointed over the last-minute cancellation of his title defense in California at the weekend, International Boxing Federation (IBF) world super flyweight champion Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas said he is now moving on from it, believing that greater things could well be in store for him in lieu of the botched fight.

Filipino Pacatiw to make Brave CF history in Bahrain

ALREADY holding the distinction as the Filipino with the most fights in Brave Combat Federation, Team Lakay’s Jeremy “The Juggernaut” Pacatiw looks to create further footing in the promotion when he returns to action on Nov. 15 in Bahrain.

Philippines 3×3 team vows to work hard after earning qualifying spot in Olympics

CHOOKS-to-Go will pull out all the stops in the country’s preparation for the 2020 FIBA 3x3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament next March in Delhi, India.

McGregor convicted of assault, fined €1,000

DUBLIN -- Irish mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor was convicted on Friday of assault for punching a man who refused a shot of whiskey from him in a Dublin pub in April and was fined €1,000 ($1,117).

Gerrit Cole setback

Gerrit Cole was not happy with the obligation. He had just witnessed the Astros -- favored to claim the World Series from the very first game of the regular season to the last, winner-take-all outing of their campaign -- bow to the supposedly overmatched Nationals, and the disappointment he felt trumped the need for him to face the media for a post-mortem. It certainly didn’t help that he knew he would be asked about his status as a free agent, the formality of his declaration available to him as early as the next day. He wanted to hightail it out of Minute Maid Park, not stay in a clubhouse wallowing in, well, emptiness.

Inchoate displays of anger

“Inchoate” means imperfectly formed or formulated: formless, incoherent, the Merriam-Webster dictionary says, to which the Cambridge dictionary adds, “not completely developed or clear.” When Sanjoy Chakravorty, professor of global studies at Temple University, Pennsylvania, called the fever of street protests around the world in 2019 “inchoate displays of anger,” “inchoate” can only mean futile and desperate.

Democracy is on the march, not in retreat

ACROSS THE WORLD, from Hong Kong to Ecuador, Sudan to Iraq, angry protesters are filling urban streets and squares, clashing with police, smashing shops and burning tires. They do not have a clear leadership. Yet, even in hopelessly sectarian Lebanon, demonstrators seem defiantly united against their rulers. And they have claimed three major scalps already: the leaders of Sudan, Algeria, and Lebanon.

Taking a longer look back on rice imports, palay and rice prices

Most of the analysis done on the impact of the rice tariffication law make use of fairly recent data, as in what happened to rice imports, palay and rice prices in 2019. It may be useful to look slightly farther back, say in the last 10 to 15 years. Had the changes observed this year been unprecedented? If they had occurred before, the chances of our rice farmers, millers, and traders surviving what would seem now to be extremely adverse situation for the industry are high.

Grand slam for tax reforms

In baseball, a grand slam is a home run hit with all the bases loaded. That means that each base has a runner and that the single home run, the grand slam, scores four runs (points), in one fell swoop.

What is really being said

COMMUNICATION CAN be indirect. Words uttered especially by leaders need not be taken literally. They may be coded with body language emphasizing (pounding on the table) or contradicting (wink of an eye) what is being ordered with a loud voice for eavesdroppers to hear.