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Behind the 3rd telco TOR controversy

In the midst of the opposing views of the Department of Information and Technology (DICT) and the Department of Finance (DOF) as to what criteria should be implemented in the selection of the third telco company for the country is Republic Act (RA) No. 7925 otherwise known as the Public Telecommunications Policy Act of 1995 [...] The post Behind the 3rd telco TOR controversy appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netJul 12th, 2018

Why upcoming movie ‘Jacqueline Comes Home’ is creating some buzz

A trailer was released, and an old controversy over an alleged mistrial of a murder case resurrected......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated News5 hr. 49 min. ago

State of the 3rd telco

Like most of you, I am waiting for the 3rd Telco. The new player will inject competition to kick start better internet service. Healthy competition should improve service and bring down prices. But wait! The 3rd Telco bidding hit a snag. State of the 3rd telco Like most of you, I am waiting for the… link: State of the 3rd telco.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News20 hr. 49 min. ago

Gov t to ‘surely resolve’ impasse on 3rd telco selection

Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. vowed to resolve a stalemate over which model must be used in choosing the country’s third telecommunications player......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Meghan Markle’s dad wants to reconnect with daughter, blasts her new royal life

Meghan Markle's father Thomas still wants to remain in his daughter's life despite being unable to attend her wedding to Prince Harry last May. Thomas, 73, was set to attend the royal wedding last May but bowed out to recover from heart surgery. Days before the wedding, he was caught up in the controversy of staging paparazzi pictures to improve his image. Meghan's mother Doria Ragland would be her only family at the ceremony. In a July 15 interview with The Sun on Sunday, he said he has been "shunned" by the royal family due to earning from the pictures, where he appeared to be preparing for the wedding day. One picture shows him on a computer looking at his daughter's prenuptial...Keep on reading: Meghan Markle’s dad wants to reconnect with daughter, blasts her new royal life.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

NBI files case vs Aquino, others over Dengvaxia purchase

Graft charges have been filed against former president Benigno Aquino III and several former and current Cabinet officials in connection with the Dengvaxia controversy, the National Bureau of Investigation confirmed yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

Oversight panel may vote on telco TOR

An oversight committee vote could decide how the government picks a challenger to the PLDT-Globe duopoly, a senior official said. Eliseo Rio, officer-in-charge of Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), indicated that he could defer to the oversight panel despite earlier insisting that it had no power to rule on the selection process. The [...] The post Oversight panel may vote on telco TOR appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

EDITORIAL - Security for all

The controversy over the pullout of a senator’s security detail should lead to a review of policies on keeping VIPs safe at taxpayers’ expense......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

WORLD CUP KICKOFF: A look at the World Cup’s final day

MOSCOW (AP) — Here’s a look at what’s coming up at the World Cup , which is down to its final day, featuring the title match Sunday in Moscow between France and Croatia. PUTIN REAPPEARS The Russian president has kept a fairly low profile at the World Cup considering he’s more or less the man behind the tournament. Vladimir Putin attended the opening match a month ago in Moscow, a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia that kicked off a surprising quarterfinal run for the home team. That’s evidently the only soccer he’s seen in person, though he has hosted a handful of events involving FIFA officials in and around Red Square, including a Saturday evening concert at the Bolshoi Theater. Putin was to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Sunday ahead of the final, then attend the match at Luzhniki Stadium a short drive from the Kremlin before heading off to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in Finland on Monday. WORLD CUP-CLASS ENTERTAINMENT If Putin is into Puerto Rican pop, he’s in for a treat. The tournament’s official song, “Live It Up,” has showed up at World Cup stadiums about as often as Putin himself. It will be showcased Sunday when Will Smith joins singers Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi in performing it during the closing ceremony. The song is innocuous enough, but that doesn’t mean some controversy couldn’t crop up. Though the three avoided anything sensitive during their news conference this week, Istrefi has ruffled feathers in the past on a topic that caused problems earlier in the tournament: An ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, she upset some conservative Serbs last year when she shot a music video inside an Orthodox Church. FIFA fined several Swiss players, also ethnic Albanians, who made pro-Albania symbols with their hands in a comeback win over Serbia in the group stage. WHO’LL TAKE HOME THE HARDWARE England’s Harry Kane has six goals to his credit, making him a near lock to win the Golden Boot , awarded to the tournament’s top scorer. The awards based on judgment calls are more up in the air. Croatia midfielder Luka Modric is a good bet to be named player of the tournament if he plays well again and Croatia wins. But the Golden Ball could just as easily go to Kylian Mbappe or Antoine Griezmann if France triumphs. Best goalkeeper? Maybe the toughest call of all. The two playing Sunday — France captain Hugo Lloris and Croatian sensation Danijel Subasic — and England’s Jordan Pickford all have strong cases in a tournament where several ’keepers have excelled. OH, AND THAT OTHER TROPHY Will France win its second World Cup, or Croatia its first? That could come down to the Croats’ stamina. No team has played three extra-time matches in the same World Cup, as Croatia has done in its past three contests. Moreover, France has had one more day to prepare because its semifinal preceded Croatia’s. “An extra 24 hours is a really big thing at this stage of the tournament,” Belgium coach Roberto Martinez noted Saturday, allowing for what edge his side might’ve had in its 2-0 win over England in the third-place match. On the other hand, Croatia has defied logic on this once already. It was faced with a fast, younger, relatively rested team in its semifinal against England, just as it is against France. After going down a goal, the Croats steadily grew stronger, controlling the game and beating opponents to the ball as if they were the ones with fresh legs, finally getting the winner in extra time. France will be favored for a lot of other good reasons , but another upset shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s been watching Croatia or the rest of this upset-filled World Cup. Catch the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Final between France and Croatia on July 15, Sunday, 11 PM LIVE on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD and via livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

DICT to hasten 3rd telco selection

After presenting a number of formulas and going back and forth three times to the public for consultations, state regulators the other night pledged to hasten its selection process for the country’s third telecom player. DICT to hasten 3rd telco selection After presenting a number of formulas and going back and forth three times to… link: DICT to hasten 3rd telco selection.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

PLDT calls Bello allegations baseless, fabricated

The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) called as "baseless and fabricated" the allegations of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that one of the reasons why the company was being "bull-headed" in complying with a Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) order to regularize about 7,300 workers was because its "high-ranking officials" owned some of the agencies tapped to provide services to the telco giant. In a statement on Thursday, PLDT said that "none" of the 38 service contractors it worked with were owned or managed by its officials. "The service contractors engaged by PLDT are bona fide corporations properly registered with Dole and SEC [Securities and Exchange Commi...Keep on reading: PLDT calls Bello allegations baseless, fabricated.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

TBGI throws hat in ring for 3rd telco slot

Publicly traded Transpacific Broadband Group International Inc. (TBGI) announced on Thursday it would join the race to become the country's third major telco player. This was among a series of plans approved by its board of directors. Other initiatives included selling up to 40 percent for foreign investors in a private share sale, setting up a common tower company and tapping Chinese technology and telco partners, a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange showed. TBGI holds a valuable telco franchise, which will expire in 2023. It said it would join the government's third telco initiative as part of a consortium. "Given that the terms of reference for the third telco is cle...Keep on reading: TBGI throws hat in ring for 3rd telco slot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

PBA: Marcial on Terrence s latest scuffle: 'Mag-ingat siya'

After figuring in yet another controversy, Terrence Romeo had another talk with PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial. Romeo, after TNT's elimination in the 2018 Commissioner's Cup courtesy of San Miguel Wednesday, was involved in a bar fight early Thursday morning. [Related: Terrence Romeo, group involved in Quezon City bar fight] Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident and no criminal charges were filed as both involved parties settled their differences. For his part, Commissioner Marcial just gave Romeo a gentle reminder. 10 days ago, Terrence was also part of the ugly brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and the Boomers at the Philippine Arena. "Sabi niya Comm nandun lang ako sa loob, bigla ako tinapik sa dibdib. Sabay na-arm lock siya so pumalag siya, pumiglas siya. Tapos nagpuntahan sila sa presinto, nagka-ayos na sila kasi humingi ng tawad yung naka-away ni Terrence. Nag-sorry daw so sabi naman ni Terrence na sige okay na," Marcial said Thursday at the MOA Arena. PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial on Terrence Romeo's latest controversy #PBA2018 | @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/U3gyO2cIeI — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) July 12, 2018 "Sabi ko naman na mag-ingat siya sa ganung sitwasyon, lalo na parang celebrity yung dating niya. Okay naman daw, sabi niya hindi naman siya sumuntok," he added. Romeo likewise tweeted an update Thursday, saying he didn't do anything and both camps are good already. im in my house right now. Im not held up in any prison or station. No need to make a fuss. Watch the cctv i believe its somewhere in social media right now.I didnt do anything.Let the video speak for itself.Anyway both camps are okay naman na. Goodnight😊 — Terrence Romeo (@tbvromeo) July 12, 2018   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

COA flags possible conflict of interest in DOT-PTV ad deal

The Commission on Audit has flagged “possible conflict of interest” in the questionable advertisement deal between the Department of Tourism and state-run network PTV—a controversy that prompted the resignation of former Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Rules on cut in calls, texting access rates out by next week, says NTC

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is planning to release its guidelines for lower call and text messaging access rates by next week. NTC Deputy Commissioner Edgrado Cabarios said in a recent interview that this followed the May 11, 2018 order of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to lower interconnection rates to the "minimum amount." Cabarios said mobile operators PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom were expected to give their comments by July 13, 2018. He expects the NTC to formulate its guidelines within a week after the said date. The interconnection rate is an access fee charged by a telco to allow their subscribers to call and send te...Keep on reading: Rules on cut in calls, texting access rates out by next week, says NTC.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

DOLE orders PLDT, YouTube, Kobe Paras | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: DOLE says telco company PLDT should regularize employees of its service providers. 16 policemen were involved in 8 rape cases since the police started its campaign against illegal drugs. Monsignor Joseph Tan says ‘the shootout at the Cebu Archbishop's Residence is not ‘an attack on the Church’ but a ‘wake-up ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

DICT on New Telco Major Player: We Will Move Forward Faster

With stakeholders giving their side on the debate of what Terms of Reference (ToR) for the selection process should be used, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is optimistic in moving forward to the next step of facilitating the entry of the new major telco player. The DICT-proposed Highest Committed Level of Service […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Frequency auction mode to benefit duopoly — DICT

The auctioning of frequencies in selecting the new major telecommunication company (telco) would only be beneficial to the existing duopoly in the market as it would lead to more expensive services to Filipinos, the head of the Department of Information and Communications Technology said......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

DICT: Choosing 3rd telco player via auction will benefit duopoly, not consumers

Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. on Tuesday expressed anew his disapproval of the proposed selection of the country’s third telecommunications player through an auction, which he said would only put consumers at the losing end......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

Duterte vows to resign if anyone can prove God exists

(AP) - MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine president, who recently sparked outrage for calling God stupid, has courted new controversy in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying he will resig.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

IRA rationale

After six years the Supreme Court (SC) has ruled on the controversy over the “just share” of local government units on national taxes and declared it should not be limited to national internal revenue taxes but also include all national taxes as well. The ruling settled the proper interpretation of Section 6, Article X of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018