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President signs 2019 edition of Salary Standardization Law

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte signed into law the latest round of the Salary Standardization Law, which is expected to upgrade the pay of 1.4 million civil servants.

Clark airport new terminal seen operational by July

THE NEW passenger terminal of Clark International Airport, which is expected to increase the airport’s overall capacity to 12.2 million passengers yearly, is set to be operational by July, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said.

Ilocos Sur cruise port now in use; formal inauguration this month

TRANSPORTATION Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said the newly-developed Salomague Cruise Port in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, which serves as an alternate cruise port for Region I, will be formally launched this month.

Trade department calls for stricter monitoring of building-code norms

TRADE SECRETARY Ramon M. Lopez said local governments should ensure that they issue building permits only to construction projects that comply with the building code and use materials that meet product quality standards.

Planters on SRA board seek ‘clarification’ on sugar import plan

SUGAR PLANTERS and millers on the Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA) board said they were not consulted after the agency’s administrator signaled his willingness to allow food processors to import sugar should domestic prices prove uncompetitive.

DA removes post-Fukushima requirements on Japanese produce

THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said it removed the radiation analysis requirement on selected Japanese commodities for import to the Philippines.
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Peso strengthens vs dollar

THE PESO climbed against the greenback on Thursday with tensions between US and Iran seen to have somehow subsided.
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PHL shares end higher as US-Iran tensions ease

LOCAL SHARES kept fluctuating on Thursday, bouncing back to record a gain yesterday as investor concerns on the US-Iran friction eased.

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A distressing piece of news, so early in the brand new year, that yet more corruption of our sovereignty and a bastardization of our...

Media 2020

As if to remind the Philippine press and media of the challenges they face during his troubling watch, President Rodrigo Duterte began the new year by urging the owners of ABS-CBN to sell the network. He had earlier threatened to make sure that the House of Representatives majority he controls doesn’t renew its franchise, which expires on March 30 this year. One of his accomplices in that House of ill-repute has in so many words assured him that they will do exactly that.


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Siya nga: Reflections with art

“Words are windows that open us to mystery. Visual art that accompanies those words deepens the colors we see and brings us even closer to the wonder of it all,” remarked Father Jose Ramon “Jett” Villarin, SJ, on his new book, Siya Nga! This is a Filipino expression of wonder, of openness to possibilities. It is an epiphany and eureka!

A legal killing

It was the shot heard around the world. Declared more significant than the deaths of Osama Bin Laden and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. So -- perhaps predictably -- questions were raised regarding the legality of Qasem Soleimani’s killing.

Carlos Ghosn strikes back, and Nissan should beware

THE CARLOS GHOSN circus opened in Lebanon on Wednesday morning, with the ringmaster demanding rapt attention. Some 120 journalists from around the world, armed with cameras and cellphones, crammed in a room to hear Ghosn defend himself for the first time since he escaped from Japan last week. Ghosn, the former chairman of Nissan Motor Co. -- and the creator of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance -- spoke nonstop for an hour, his tone emotional, angry, aggrieved, sarcastic, sometimes all at once. Reporters asked Ghosn questions during the ensuing Q&A by shouting over everyone else.

Facebook’s laudable deepfake ban doesn’t go far enough

FACEBOOK SAYS that it is banning “deepfakes,” those high-tech doctored videos and audios that are essentially indistinguishable from the real thing.

Iraq evacuation won’t be forced as tensions ease

THE Philippines will continue evacuating Filipinos from Iraq, which hosts several American military bases, even if the US and Iran seem to have pulled back from war, the presidential palace said on Thursday.

US Senate condemns de Lima detention, drug war killings

THE US Senate has passed a resolution condemning the government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte for the wrongful detention of one of his staunchest critics, according to the US Congress website.

Catholics parade Black Nazarene in celebration of Christ

HUNDREDS of thousands of Roman Catholics in the Philippines walked barefoot on Thursday around a centuries-old black wooden statue of Jesus Christ believed to have healing powers, praying for good health and economic success in the new year.

Baguio council approves street parking fees on 1st reading

THE BAGUIO City council has approved on first reading a proposed ordinance to regulate the use of some roads within the central business district, including the imposition of parking fees.

Dinagyang Festival teaser set Friday

THE 14 groups that will compete in two events in this year’s Dinagyang Festival will give a sneak peak of their dance performances on Friday, Jan. 10, during the opening salvo of Iloilo’s biggest annual fiesta, to be held at the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand.

Ordinance proposed declaring Arroceros Park as permanent forest area

AN ORDINANCE has been proposed declaring Arroceros Forest Park , dubbed as the last lung of Manila, as a permanent forest park.

To visit the tarsier sanctuary in Tupi, you got to plant trees

THOSE WHO want to visit the tarsier sanctuary in Tupi, South Cotabato will have to sign up for the “Voluntourism” program, wherein they will have to help plant trees to get the chance to see the smallest primates in their natural habitat.

Cebu hotels lament Sinulog Festival lower occupancy due to vacation home rentals that don’t...

HOTELS IN Cebu City usually enjoy full or almost full occupancy in the run-up to the Sinulog Grand Parade every third Sunday of January, but not this year.
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Nationwide round-up

REPRESENTATIVE Weslie T. Gatchalian has renewed his call for the immediate passage of the bill seeking to protect consumers against security threats in parking spaces as well as regulate the imposition of “unreasonable and exorbitant” parking fees by various establishments, including shopping malls, schools, and hospitals.

Nation at a Glance — (01/10/20)

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

Barangay Ginebra goes for 2-0 lead on the road

THE BARANGAY Ginebra San Miguel Kings seek to double up on the Meralco Bolts in their best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup finals series in Game Two today on the road in Lucena City.

Speculation rife over Brady’s future: Patriots or new team?

NEW ENGLAND -- Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady looks poised to return in 2020 -- where he will play, however, has emerged as one of the NFL post-season’s biggest talking points.

NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball begins today

WOMEN’S volleyball action in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) begins today with defending champions Arellano Lady Chiefs headlining the opening-day proceedings against the Lyceum Lady Pirates.

Tonelle Racasa to play in World Youth Rapid and Blitz chess championship

THE Philippines’ youngest Woman Fide Master Antonella Berthe “Tonelle” Murillo Racasa will head to Greece with hopes of improving her world ranking aside from bringing more honor for the country.

Jokic outduels Doncic late as Nuggets edge Mavericks

DALLAS -- Nikola Jokic scored 33 points, including a go-ahead layup with 7.9 seconds left, and the visiting Denver Nuggets beat the Dallas Mavericks 107-106 on Wednesday night.

Junior Philippine golfers impress US NCAA Division 1 coaches

US NCAA Division 1 coaches Andrew Larkin of UCLA, Richard Mueller of Columbia University and Christopher Massoleti of UC Berkeley expressed admiration for the 35 young Filipino golfers who joined the DreamBig Gold Series Golf Camp at Orchard Golf & Country Club, Dasmariñas, on Dec. 16 and 17.

Kingad intends to put lessons of 2019 into good use

FOLLOWING an eventful 2019 that had him learning a lot both as an individual and as a fighter, Danny “The King” Kingad intends to put the lessons he got into good use as he begins another year with ONE Championship.

DMG Cup to celebrate 20th year

THE late industrialist, businessman and delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Commission Domingo M. Guevara Sr. is honored every year by his family with a golf tournament that brings together the close friends and business partners of the family. This month, the DMG Memorial Cup will be having its milestone 20th year.

Exploring opportunity

Tom Brady’s presser in the aftermath of the Patriots loss to the Titans last week was laced with uncertainty. In part, his inability to answer queries on his future with any modicum of certainty stemmed from an unexpected ouster from the playoffs prior to the divisional round -- a first in a whole decade. In larger measure, it was a natural offshoot of his status as a would-be free agent at 42, and for the first time in his career. And given the deflating end to a season that began with promise and progressed with expectations of a successful Super Bowl defense, he understandably needed to process his situation before moving on.
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Property price hikes pose rising risk to banks

PROPERTY PRICE hikes fueled by the Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) sector may pose increasing risks to the banking industry, according to Fitch Ratings.

Construction sector loses as much as 35% of costs to corruption — economist

THE CONSTRUCTION industry spends as much as 35% of its costs to pay corrupt officials, higher than its profit, according to a think tank.

January Meralco rates to go down

HOUSEHOLDS in Metro Manila can expect a decrease in their electricity bills in the first month of 2020, with typical households set to see a reduction of P82, the Philippine capital’s largest power distribution utility said on Wednesday.

UAE: No risk to oil flow through Strait of Hormuz

ABU DHABI -- The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) energy minister said on Wednesday he saw no immediate risk to oil passing through the vital gateway of the Strait of Hormuz after Iran attacked bases housing US forces in Iraq.

China’s Realme aims to double smartphone shipments in 2020

SHANGHAI -- Chinese smartphone maker Realme shipped 25 million phones in 2019 hopes to ship 50 million in 2020, the company said on Tuesday at an event announcing its first 5G device.

Angkas seeks TRO versus new entrants JoyRide, Move It

ANGKAS is seeking a 72-hour temporary restraining order (TRO) against the implementation of a policy allowing the inclusion of JoyRide and Move It in the extended pilot program for motorcycle taxis and imposing a limit on the number of bikers.

Increase in Filipino data scientists seen amid firms’ demand

INFORMATION technology (IT) system management solutions provider ASG Technologies Group, Inc. sees an increase in the number of Filipino data scientists this year driven by the growing demand from enterprises.

Duterte’s water rants baffle, spook investors

A SHAREHOLDER of Maynilad Water Services, Inc. was at a loss as to what prompted President Rodrigo R. Duterte to resume his attacks on Metro Manila’s water concessionaires, after the company last year expressed its willingness to discuss new contract terms with the government.

Give up Facebook for a month and help economists fix gross domestic product

WOULD you give up Facebook for one month in exchange for $50?

Arthaland targets to complete P60-B projects in two years

ARTHALAND Corp. is eyeing to complete P60-billion worth of projects within the next two years as it fills its pipeline with new development projects in Makati City, Cebu City and Biñan, Laguna.

Samsung looks beyond AI with artificial humans

SAMSUNG Electronics Co.’s experimental research arm has brought to CES 2020 a demonstration of what it calls the world’s first artificial human, a virtual simulation of a human intelligence that learns, converses and sympathizes like a regular person.
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Filinvest completes Cebu property purchase

A consortium led by Filinvest Land, Inc. (FLI) has completed buying a 19.2-hectare property in South Road Properties (SRP) in Cebu City yesterday, which it plans to develop into a mixed-use development project.