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BIR working on more secure tax stamps for sin products

THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said it is still working on the new tax stamps for cigarettes and alcohol to ensure the robustness of their security features.

Think tank touts online gaming’s global potential

THE Philippines could capture a major share of the global offshore online gaming market due to the favorable legal environment and the low cost of setting up operations, a government think tank said.

SMC opens Alabang ramp to Skyway

SAN MIGUEL CORP. (SMC) inaugurated on Sunday a two-lane 180-meter long steel ramp that connects the Alabang viaduct to the Metro Manila Skyway Project and reopened the third “at-grade” lane of the Skyway.

Napocor sees 24/7 full electricity coverage in two years

THE National Power Corp. (Napocor) said it expects to achieve 100% electricity coverage for all areas it is responsible for in the next two years.

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Cars, not horses: Creating a sustainable growth advantage

Realizing growth is a challenge for all entrepreneurs who dream of creating and scaling their startups into tomorrow’s multinational corporations. However, early successes in the fast-paced initial phase of development do not necessarily guarantee an enduring competitive advantage and business sustainability. What then sets apart market-leading entrepreneurs from those who failed?

Locsin says there’s no need to change US defense treaty

THE COUNTRY’S top diplomat yesterday opposed a proposal to change a treaty that forces the United States to defend the Philippines against external attacks.

Labor inspections get suspended after goal met

THE LABOR department has inspected more than 57,000 businesses for possible violations as of September, exceeding its full-year target of 55,000.
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DoE issues draft rules on uninterrupted power

THE ENERGY department has released draft rules that will enforce a law that ensures the uninterrupted flow of electricity from generation plants to consumers.
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Ombudsman junks Arroyo plunder case

THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman has dismissed a plunder complaint filed in April 2016 against former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and several officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and Commission on Audit (CoA) over the use of intelligence funds.

Bill to strengthen data privacy

A CONGRESSMAN has filed a bill that seeks to strengthen the Data Privacy Act of 2012.

Hospitals buck drug price controls

A GROUP representing private hospitals warned that a proposal to impose price controls on more than 100 medicines would affect industry revenue.

Golden Sunday start for Team PHL

TRIATHLON got the Philippines’ medal quest in the 30th Southeast Asian Games to a solid start with Filipino triathletes topping both the men’s and women’s events at Subic Bay Bordwalk, Zambales.

Filipino pride kicks off official start of SEA Games

POMP and pageantry championing Filipino pride marked the official start of the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Saturday night with the indoor opening ceremony held at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

PHL 3X3 teams sweep way on Day One of tournament

THE PHILIPPINE 3x3 basketball teams in the ongoing 30th Southeast Asian Games stayed perfect on opening day of the tournament on Sunday at FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.
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Philippine softball teams, duathletes start SEA Games campaigns

NEW CLARK CITY -- The Philippine softball teams set off to battle Monday in their quest to deliver the gold medals expected of them here in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ forces postponement of windsurfing competition

SUBIC -- Windsurfing in SEA Games Philippines 2019 has been postponed due to typhoon “Tisoy.”

Filipino boxer Casimero captures WBO bantamweight title via KO

FILIPINO BOXER John Riel Casimero became a three-division world champion after he defeated South African Zolani Tete by way of knockout in the third round in Birmingham, England, on Sunday, to win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight title.

Araneta gets fresh term as PFF president

MARIANO “NONONG” ARANETA stayed as Philippine Football Federation (PFF) president after he was elected for a third term as head of the football body in elections held on Nov. 29 at the Century Park Hotel in Manila.

Cleanfuel-Motul Racing Team emerges endurance race champ

IT WAS sort of déjà vu for the reigning champion Cleanfuel-Motul Racing Team after an intense 96-lap finish at the recently concluded 2019 Giti Formula V1 Ultra 4-Hours Endurance Race held in Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.

Surging Lakers

The Lakers are rolling with the National Basketball Association’s best win-loss slate, thanks to a November run in which they lost only once in 15 outings. Not coincidentally, that setback, courtesy of the surprisingly resilient Raptors, came three weeks ago, as good an indication as any that they learned -- and managed to move on -- from it, pronto. Their 17-2 record to date is a franchise best equaled or surpassed only twice before, and includes an ongoing 10-match win streak last seen when the purple and gold marched to a successful title defense in 2010. In other words, they’re playing extremely well, and certainly chasms apart from their immediate past performances.

The world economy in the near future

Last week, the economic counsellor of the embassy of Spain, Pedro Pascual, briefed the members of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce on the prospects of the world economy from 2020 and beyond. We are headed for challenging times.

The Foundation for Economic Freedom and the Templeton Prize

On Nov. 7, during the Atlas Network’s Freedom Dinner at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City, the Foundation for Economic Freedom, of which I’m President and co-Founder, received the prestigious Templeton Freedom Award. The Award was given in recognition of the Foundation’s work advocating and successfully pushing for legislation removing Commonwealth-era restrictions on agricultural patents, thereby immediately benefiting 2.5 million farmers and energizing the rural land market.

Sexist bullying

We already know, from immersion near drowning in the universal storm for gender equality, that men should respect women and vice versa.

FOI Initiative is back

FOI Youth Initiative (FYI) is the youth arm of the Right to Know, Right Now! (R2KRN) Coalition. It has been advocating an accountable and transparent government by enabling youth participation in public affairs.

No drums, please

AT THE timeouts on the second game of the men’s basketball finals of UAAP Season 82, both the courtside announcer and the jumbotron display pleaded the two sides to refrain from excessive noise -- no drums, please. One side completely ignored the request as its team rallied to within a one-point separation. This injunction is intended to ensure that the frantic coaches are heard by the players. (Where are we going for dinner afterwards?)

Yes, there are things to be thankful for in Tech

IN A TRUE Thanksgiving cliché, I would like to enumerate what I’m thankful for in technology.