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Ban returns to SKorea after hinting at presidency run

Ban returns to SKorea after hinting at presidency run.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netJan 12th, 2017

Ban Ki-moon returns to South Korea after hinting at presidency run

Ban Ki-moon returns to South Korea after hinting at presidency run.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Echaves: Marcosian

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/lelani-p-echaves" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Lelani P. Echaves /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-column field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/column/thinking-aloud" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Thinking aloud /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> HE will tenaciously fight illegal drugs, crime and corruption…at the risk of his life, reputation and the presidency, said President Rodrigo Duterte to the Filipinos in Myanmar. For the war on corruption, bring it on! Even if skeptics and cynics say that with corruption so systemic in this country, the fight is uphill. So echoes the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in a report on “Perspectives on Corruption and Human Development.” International bodies monitoring corruption in various countries have admitted that the fight is easier said than done. Moreover, the twin challenges of defining corruption and measuring it prove that “there is no single, comprehensive, universally accepted definition of corruption.” While it may be defined as “the misuse of public power for private profit,” it should also hold culpable the private individuals entrusted with public roles, and those who, as possessors of economic powers, have the means to corrupt public officials. The UNDP report listed acts identified by individual researchers and members of the UN Convention against Corruption, the Anti-Corruption Action Plan for Asia and the Pacific, and the Inter-American Action Plan for Asia and the Pacific. Highest on the list and unanimously identified is bribery, followed by embezzlement, fraud, favoritism and/or nepotism, and conflicting interests. Least mentioned were illicitly obtained benefits for oneself or third party, abuse of functions, improper political contributions, and receiving of gift, promise, favor or advantage for oneself or another person/entity. Accepting gifts is supposedly a no-no in Philippine government. But the Anti-Gift decree has never been implemented, especially during Christmas time. While officials are reminded not to receive or worse, solicit gifts from suppliers or customers, the gifts are often delivered to alternate addresses, often the residence. Sometimes, whoever returns the gift is actually ridiculed and labeled as “trying hard.” Remember Agriculture chief Emmanuel Piňol who returned a Rolex watch gift worth P 450,000? Duterte said the watch should instead have been sold and the proceeds shared. Whether or not Duterte was again jesting, is anyone’s guess. But it did leave a bitter taste in the mouth, with people saying Duterte loves Catch 22 games. Then there’s the required annual submission of public officials’ statement of assets and liabilities. But does anyone every study them, except after the-fact when an official is already in hot waters? Cases in point: Former Supreme Court chief justice Renato Corona and even former president Joseph Estrada alias Jose Velarde. Besides, the corrupt will always find brilliant accountants who, with great experience in creative accounting, can always hide ill-gotten wealth. Two weeks after Martial Law was proclaimed in 1972, almost 8,000 officials and employees were purged from their positions. Short of declaring Martial Rule, can Duterte do this Marcosian stroke in his war against corruption? /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 21st, 2017

The World: Ban returns to S. Korea, hints at presidency run

SEOUL -- Retired UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon returned to South Korea Thursday as momentum builds around his possible run in elections to succeed impeached President Park Geun-Hye......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Japan envoy returns home in SKorea ‘comfort woman’ row

Japan envoy returns home in SKorea ‘comfort woman’ row.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

SKorea raises 2016 GDP growth data to 2.8%

SKorea raises 2016 GDP growth data to 2.8%.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News15 hr. 39 min. ago

Economy: Taxpayers urged to file before Easter holidays

TAXPAYERS will be able to file their tax returns until April 17 without penalty, according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), which nevertheless urged the public to file their returns before the Easter holidays......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated News17 hr. 39 min. ago

From 2 jets to 70: AirAsia returns to its Clark roots

From 2 jets to 70: AirAsia returns to its Clark roots.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 28th, 2017

SKorea ferry salvors find human remains

SKorea ferry salvors find human remains.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 28th, 2017

Leni: I wish Du30 successful presidency, impeach move will only be a distraction

Leni: I wish Du30 successful presidency, impeach move will only be a distraction.....»»

Category: topSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 28th, 2017

Leni: I wish Du30 successful presidency, impeachment should be last recourse

Leni: I wish Du30 successful presidency, impeachment should be last recourse.....»»

Category: topSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 28th, 2017

Leni wishes Du30 successful presidency, says impeach raps should be last recourse

Leni wishes Du30 successful presidency, says impeach raps should be last recourse.....»»

Category: topSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 28th, 2017

Robredo wishes Duterte good health, successful presidency

Robredo wishes Duterte good health, successful presidency.....»»

Category: topSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 28th, 2017

AirAsia returns to CRK with Clark-Kalibo flight

AirAsia returns to CRK with Clark-Kalibo flight.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 27th, 2017

Voltes V returns on GMA 7 after 40 years

After 40 years, the iconic Japanese anime Voltes V returns on GMA 7 with popular Kapuso stars lending their voices to the series......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMar 27th, 2017

How Trump’s health care loss will shape his presidency – CNN News

The fate of Donald Trump's presidency may hinge on what he does next. His failure to convert the core campaign promise of repealing and replacing Obamacare &'8212; even with a GOP monopoly on power in Washington &'8212; has left the White House reeling. Trump and his advisers must now regroup and try to figure out how to avoid another legislative debacle on their next big issue, tax reform. They will do so knowing that a second failure could throttle his presidency. Once, Trump's aides viewed health care reform, presumably an easy early win, as a way to deliver momentum to his presidency and to build toward more sweeping change picked from his ambitious agenda. But the effort's ignominious defeat Friday has severely weakened the President, electrified Democrats and left Trump's declarations that he is the ultimate dealmaker who can change Washington looking increasingly hollow. Trump surprised some of those close to him with his reaction to Friday's health care collapse. He did not vent or rage. Instead in the Oval Office afterward Trump was &'8220;sullen and quiet&'8221; as he contemplated his first blow, dealt by the Washington swamp he had vowed to drain, one insider source said. The President was well aware he failed to deliver on an issue that stirs the passions of his political base. He was also mindful that the health care disaster would make his quest to tackle a behemoth tax package that much more difficult, the source said. Indeed, the early failure means that hundreds of billions of dollars in federal savings that the White House had earmarked to bankroll a tax code overhaul are nowhere to be seen. &'8220;It makes everything harder moving forward,&'8221; one Trump adviser said. Another senior administration official told CNN's Gloria Borger that tax reform could now have to be a &'8220;smaller version,&'8221; than originally planned and the problem would be explaining to the public that because the repeal of Obamacare didn't happen, there's &'8220;a trillion dollars less to deal with.&'8221; Already casting an eye toward the midterm elections, which typically hurt the President's own party, some of Trump's advisers fear Obamacare's underdog survival will provide a rallying point for their political foes. &'8220;Democrats will feel emboldened and their base will feel emboldened,&'8221; a senior administration official said. As the White House grasps for a bounce back strategy, his team must take another look at one of the most important questions that Trump faced when he took power, one lent more urgency by his humiliation over health care. They must consider whether his brand as an outsider &'8212; with broad strokes politics that exacerbates grievances, has little time for dissenters and is anchored around his imposing, unpredictable personality &'8212; can actually prosper in Washington. Ironically, it was the same forces of inertia and division in the capital that soured Trump's voters on the political establishment and helped elevate him to power that combined to defeat him in his first legislative venture. &'8220;I think what happened is that Washington won,&'8221; said Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney, in a frank moment Sunday on NBC's &'8220;Meet the Press.&'8221; &'8220;I think the one thing we learned this week is that Washington was a lot more broken than President Trump thought that it was,&'8221; said Mulvaney, adding &'8220;the status quo wins and, unfortunately, the folks back home lost.&'8221; Mulvaney's comments marked a stunning admission, given that he works for a President who brashly predicted he knew politics better than the politicians and would soon bring the city to heel with his negotiating flair and mastery of sealing a deal. Instead, two-thirds of the way through his crucial First 100 days, Trump is nowhere near any significant legislative victory. And health care reform's failure is not his only problem. His travel ban on citizens on a list of predominantly Muslim nations has twice been turned back by the courts. His budget, which features steep cuts in diplomacy spending to finance an increase for the military, is facing stiff resistance in Congress. A building intrigue over his campaign's ties to Russia is clouding the White House's mood. It now appears that the most tangible success of Trump's first months in office will be the expected confirmation of his Supreme Court pick, Judge Neil Gorsuch &'8212; though even that will further polarize Washington. Republicans are vowing to invoke the &'8220;nuclear option&'8221; by changing Senate rules so that Gorsuch can be confirmed with 51 votes, along party lines, rather than with the super-majority traditionally required for nominees to the nation's top bench. In one sense, it should not be surprising that Trump is struggling. He is the most inexperienced new president in history, and lacks the political networks and insider contacts that most commanders-in-chief take for granted when they take office. Capitol Hill sources report that the President appeared unfamiliar with the in-depth details of the health care bill, as he tried to move votes in meetings with holdout Republican lawmakers. And while his processor, Barack Obama, spent months marshaling Obamacare through Congress, Trump tried to ram through the repeal bill in a matter of weeks. That was part of a White House strategy to get a fast start in the First 100 Days to create a shock-and-awe sense of momentum. But the tactic appears to have backfired &'8212; especially in the case of Obamacare and the travel ban where too little time was spent assessing the political and [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 27th, 2017

SKorea prosecutors to seek arrest of ex-president Park

SKorea prosecutors to seek arrest of ex-president Park.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 27th, 2017

Businesses cursed by ‘devil’s waters’ of SKorea ferry sinking

Businesses cursed by ‘devil’s waters’ of SKorea ferry sinking.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 26th, 2017

Grappling legend returns to action

Grappling legend returns to action.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 25th, 2017

Romeo returns as Global battles Star in Lanao del Norte

Going into opposite direction to start their respective Commissioner's Cup campaigns, both Star and Globalport share one thing ahead of their Saturday clash down south. Both want that win. In the first out-of-town game of the mid-season conference, the Hotshots will be facing the Batang Pier at the Mindanao Civic Center in Tubod, Lanao del Norte. Gametime is set for 5:00 p.m. After once again dominating Phoenix, Star shoots for a second straight win in its second conference under Chito Victolero. However, the Hotshots will have to deal with a Globalport team that is getting some much-needed backup. Destroyed by the Alaska Aces without Terrence Romeo, the Batang Pier will welcome their scoring champion back. However, it should be interesting how Romeo performs after dealing with a bout of typhoid fever. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 24th, 2017

Julaton returns to the ring, faces Mexican

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/edri-k-aznar" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Edri K. Aznar /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> FORMER female world champion Ana Julaton returns to action after a long layoff from the boxing ring. The 36-year-old Julaton faces experienced former world title contender Maria Jose Nunez tomorrow at the Unidad Deportiva in Campeche, Mexico. Julaton last saw action last August and settled to draw with unheralded Karla Valenzuela in Yucatan, Mexico. Julaton has fought her last six fights in the past six years in Mexico, in which she has a huge fan base. She is 5-1-1 in his career fighting in Mexican spoil. The 43-year-old Nunez is also coming off a long layoff. She last saw action in February of last year, when she lost by unanimous decision against Sabrina Maribel Perez for the interim World Boxing Organization (WBO) Female super bantamweight belt. Julaton, a three-time world champion and also an MMA fighter, is 14-4-2 with four knockouts, while Nunez is 17-12 with 15 knockouts. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 24th, 2017