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March can be the highest point in the young lives of graduating college students. It is the month when they happily march up the stage with their proud parents. On the way down the stage steps, they daydream of starting a high-paying job and fulfilling their wildest ambitions. After all, these are the reasons for all the hard work they put in over the last few years.

Child safety in motorized vehicles should apply to all

About two years ago, Republic Act 10666 or the Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act took effect and placed conditions on small children riding as passengers on motorcycles -- or two-wheeled motor vehicles. I support this law, but I do not understand why tricycles were seemingly exempted from it.

UE starts 2nd round on the right foot, beats NU

THE University of the East Lady Warriors began their UAAP Season 81 second-round campaign on the right foot, chalking up a victory over the National University Lady Bulldogs in four sets on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

Olympian Louganis to be part of Red Bull Cliff Diving World...

THE Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series-Season 11, which kicks in El Nido, Palawan, next month, will have a familiar face on the sidelines as Olympian Greg Louganis is back to serve as sports director.

CA denies Trillanes appeal to stop rebellion case trial

THE COURT of Appeals (CA) denied the petition of Senator Antonio F. Trillanes IV to stop the trial for his revived rebellion case in connection with the 2007 Manila Peninsula siege.

BIATF tears down encroaching parts of Boracay Plaza

THE BORACAY Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) has carried out the demolition of Boracay Plaza Beach Resort’s structures found in violation of the 30-meter easement zone after its operator failed to heed orders for self-demolition.

Regulator mulls Manila Water penalties

THE METROPOLITAN WATERWORKS and Sewerage System (MWSS) said on Tuesday it was studying the prompt imposition of penalties against the Manila Water Company, Inc. for current service disruptions, marking a shift from its statement the day before that penalties will have to be incorporated in rate rebasing done every five years.

Feb. marks fourth straight month of BoP surplus — BSP

THE COUNTRY’s external position remained in surplus in February to mark the fourth straight month of net dollar inflows, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Tuesday.

Robinsons Retail profit up 2%

ROBINSONS Retail Holdings, Inc. (RRHI) reported a 2% rise in its net income attributable to equity holders of the parent company in 2018, as same-store sales growth (SSSG) grew across all formats.

STI opens two academic centers in Manila, Bulacan

STI Education Systems Holdings, Inc. opened two new academic centers this month as part of its nationwide expansion.

Reserve Bank of India officials meet bankers, seek feedback on new...

MUMBAI — Senior officials from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) met about two dozen bankers on Monday for feedback on the central bank’s new cash infusion tool, according to two bankers who attended the meeting.

BPI Family expects double-digit growth in loan portfolio in 2019

THE THRIFT BANKING arm of Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is expecting its loan portfolio to post double-digit growth this year on the back of increased consumer confidence amid more favorable economic conditions.

Angels in America’s relevance

ANGELS IN AMERICA is about life and hope in the face of death and despair, and about our interconnectedness as a community and how we need to find a way to discuss our differences by finding common ground.”

Popular culture and political theater

CHAROT” is gay slang, one of the many fluid terms generated by popular lingo, often used as an interjection to express the flimsy nature of a statement and to which the appropriate response should be... charot, or char, its abbreviated expression. The word has permeated popular culture such that in television, radio, and social media, the term is used with impunity.

Law abolishing Road Board signed, Palace says

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte signed earlier this month a measure that abolishes the Road Board, Palace officials confirmed.

Napocor sees April decision on Agus rehabilitation plan

THE National Power Corp. (Napocor) expects the government to make a decision in April on the rehabilitation of the Agus hydroelectric power complex in Mindanao, with three options being studied by the World Bank.

Keeping your mobile number for a lifetime

In this digital world, mobile phones are a necessary part of our daily lives. As we become heavily dependent on these gadgets for communication and for the accomplishment of our daily task, we encounter some service issues and technical glitches, including connectivity to the internet. Sometimes, subscribers simply tolerate and continue to pay for the poor service, as they do not want the inconvenience of changing their mobile numbers for fear of losing important contacts and opportunities. Others are left with no choice but to change their mobile service provider to avail of better service, which necessitates the changing of their mobile numbers. And trivial as it seems, this leads to the inevitable inconvenience for both the subscriber and his contacts -- e.g. subscriber has to inform all his contacts of such change, and for the contacts to manually delete the old and save the new number.

What you mean we?

The horrible mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, which claimed the lives of 50 (so far) and wounded another 50, was the handiwork of someone believed to be a white supremacist.

UAAP: Ateneo starts 2nd round vs UST

SECOND-ROUND action in women’s volleyball in Season 81 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippine begins today with the league-leading Ateneo Lady Eagles headlining the festivities.

QC, San Juan dispatch rivals to set up MPBL Final Four...

ANDREW Estrella played one of the best games of his career in his team’s most pivotal match to carry the Quezon City Capitals to a hard-earned 77-74 win and sweep their MPBL Datu Cup quarterfinals series against the Makati Super Crunch.

Palace defends Bong Go’s donation to fire victims

PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON Salvador S. Panelo on Tuesday defended senatorial candidate and former special assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go’s alleged cash distribution to fire victims.

Entire Mindanao declared hotspot

THE COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday declared the entire Mindanao as an election hotspot, citing armed threats and election-related violence in the area.

The conquering Cullinan:First Rolls-Royce sport-ute rolls into PHL

PURISTS may have screamed “Sacrilege!” at the mere idea of uber-luxury brand Rolls-Royce deigning to put out an SUV, but the fuss all surely looks like much ado about nothing now. It was a logical next step, anyway.

Toyota donates coaster to Paralympics group

TOYOTA Motor Philippines (TMP) said it recently turned over a Toyota Coaster to the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) to support Filipino Paralympics athletes. The donation was made under Toyota Motor Corporation’s global initiative, called “Start Your Impossible,” which aims to provide opportunities to Paralympics athletes.

House moves to resolve budget row

MONDAY saw possible resolution of the deadlock between the two chambers of Congress over the P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019, after a member of the House of Representatives (HoR) tasked to deal with the Senate on this matter said the House would recall its copy of the spending plan which senators claimed contained adjustments made after the spending plan was ratified.

Groups set to check Wawa dam viability

THE AYALA and the Razon groups are set to sign within the week an initial agreement to look into the viability of jointly developing the Wawa dam in Rizal as part of Manila Water Company, Inc.’s new water sources.

Eagle Cement allots P3.3-B capex for this year

EAGLE CEMENT Corp. plans to roll out P3.28 billion in capital expenditures (capex) this year as it continues its expansion program.

PSE says broker ownership rises to 26.44%

THE Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) has prohibited brokers from buying the company’s shares, after new data showed that broker ownership in the exchange was higher than the limit set by the Securities Regulation Code (SRC).

From CEO to comedian

ATUL KHATRI was the CEO of his family-run IT business (Kaytek Computer Services Private Limited) but at the age of 43, boredom and a midlife crisis got to him and he started doing stand-up comedy — initially just to tick it off his bucket list, but he found that he had a real knack for comedy, Then, after 25 years in the company, he chucked it all in favor of making people laugh. Before he knew it, he had gone around the world, performing more than 400 shows.

How banks can speed up processing of home loans

GRANTING home loans can be made easier, faster and more secure through digitization.

LV pulls Jackson-themed items from collection

PARIS — French fashion house Louis Vuitton (LV) has pulled Michael Jackson-themed items from its 2019 summer menswear collection following a documentary about alleged child abuse by the late pop star.

The future of travel:How the travel industry will cater to the...

THERE is no question that the growth of the sharing economy and new traveler expectations are disrupting existing norms. Travelers are increasingly looking for accommodations, travel services, and activities that are customized to their needs -- it’s a worldwide phenomenon that the Philippines is fast adapting to.

PNB books higher net income in 2018

PHILIPPINE National Bank (PNB) posted a higher net income in 2018 driven by its core businesses.

Traders push yields close to RBA cash rate ahead of employment...

INVESTORS CAN’T SEEM to get enough of Australian bonds amid worries about an economic slowdown. This week’s employment data may just whet their appetite for more.

PPA still awaiting revised engineering plan for Chelsea’s Sasa Port proposal

THE Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said it remains in discussions with Chelsea Logistics Corp. (CLC) for amendments to its proposal to develop, operate and maintain Davao’s Sasa Port before it can be granted original proponent status (OPS).

US expects 2019 agricultural exports to PHL to grow 10%

AGRICULTURAL exports from the United States to the Philippines are expected to rise 10% to $3.2 billion in 2019, led by soybeans, soybean meal, wheat, dairy products, red meat and poultry, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

MORE tax relief in CIT

Starting this week, this column will produce a series of Market-Oriented Reforms for Efficiency (MORE) articles related to recently enacted laws and proposed legislations in the Philippines on various sectors. Thus, recent Republic Acts (RA) and some pending bills for bicameral committee meetings after the May 2019 elections will be discussed.

Vox populi, vox Dei?

Vox populi, vox Dei. The voice of the people is the voice of God, so let the people decide come election time, say personages of national stature.

McIlroy wins Players Championship by one stroke in Florida

PONTE VEDRA, FLORIDA -- Rory McIlroy celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in style by becoming the first player from Northern Ireland to win the Players Championship, emerging as the last man standing to beat Jim Furyk by one stroke in Ponte Vedra, Florida on Sunday.

Loman, others did well in introducing themselves to local fans —...

WHEN BRAVE Combat Federation held its first-ever event in Manila on Friday, an underlying narrative was introducing Filipino fighters under its wing to be known in their home turf. It was something that was successfully achieved, one local fight analyst said, after the hometown bets performed very well on fight night.

Palace: No need for Department of Water

MALACAÑANG ON Monday thumbed down the suggestion of Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia that there should be a Department of Water “that would centralize all activities having to do with water resource.”

Crimes against Chinese on the rise — watchdog

KIDNAPPINGS AND other crimes related to gambling and victimizing Chinese nationals are on the rise, warned a citizens watchdog in a recent statement.

Deep wells tapped to add 100 MLD for Metro Manila

THE National Water Resources Board (NWRB), the state agency tasked to oversee the country’s water resources, has approved the activation of deep wells that will add 100 million liters per day (MLD) to ease the shortage being felt by consumers in Metro Manila’s east zone.

Energy dep’t issues draft rules for duty-free importation of renewable energy...

THE DEPARTMENT of Energy (DoE) has issued a draft circular to regulate the duty-free importation of renewable energy (RE) machinery, equipment, materials and spare parts in line with the government’s drive to promote ease doing business in the country.

‘Style muse’: Meghan as a royal fashionista

HER JACKETS and jeans, bangles, and bags can instantly send tongues wagging and designers’ sales soaring.