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Duque, siblings insist no conflict of interest in government deals

The companies owned by the family of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III did not do business with the government agencies he has led, the siblings of the embattled Cabinet official told a Senate panel Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 14th, 2019

Family does business with gov t while Duque is health chief – Lacson

MANILA, Philippines – Companies owned by the family of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III have been doing business with government, specifically dealing with the agency he heads, placing the secretary in a conflict of interest situation.  This was revealed by Senator Panfilo Lacson in his privilege speech on Monday, July 29, as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 29th, 2019

Senate Blue Ribbon to probe Duque, PhilHealth

The Senate Blue Ribbon committee will soon begin its investigation into the alleged conflict of interest on the part of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and the controversy in the state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), committee chairman Sen. Richard Gordon said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

DOH chief won’t be asked to go on leave – Palace

Malacañang will not ask Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to take a leave of absence while he is being investigated over deals between the government and companies owned by his family......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 31st, 2019

No conflict of interest in lease deal – Duque

Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd on Thursday denied conflict of interest allegations arising from a lease deal, claiming he had not hidden the existence and was no longer involved in…READ The post No conflict of interest in lease deal – Duque appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 20th, 2019

‘I think it was Russia’ – CNN News

President-elect Donald Trump said for the first time Wednesday he believes Russia was responsible for hacking ahead of the election but contemptuously rejected allegations that Moscow mounted a campaign to compromise him. In his first news conference since winning the election, a combative Trump made clear he will not mute his style when he is inaugurated in nine days. He lashed out at media and political foes alike in a bravura performance. The Trump Tower press conference confirmed the President-elect's deep desire to quickly assert power once he's sworn in. He insisted on moving speedily &'8212; too speedily for some Republicans in Congress &'8212; to replace Obamacare. He also pledged swift action on building a wall along the border with Mexico and nominating a new Supreme Court justice. But it's also clear Trump will take office amid persistent questions about his relationship with Russia. While Trump was at the podium, his nominee to become secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, faced tough questions on Capitol Hill about whether the incoming administration will view Russia with sufficient skepticism. At the news conference, Trump finally conceded he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin's intelligence agencies were behind hacks on Democratic computers ahead of the election but argued that wouldn't happen again. &'8220;I think it was Russia,&'8221; Trump said. Putin &'8220;should not be doing it. He won't be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it than when other people have led it.&'8221; Trump, who has vowed to improve relations with Russia despite some Republican opposition, said he did not know if he would get along with Putin and noted it's possible he won't. But he could not resist a swipe at his defeated Democratic election rival, Hillary Clinton. &'8220;Do you honestly believe Hillary would be tougher on Putin than me?&'8221; he asked. He added that Russia is not the only nation that hacks US targets and accused Democrats of not having sufficient cybersecurity programs. The news conference opened with the incoming White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, slamming a &'8220;political witch hunt&'8221; following reports that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump. Vice President-elect Mike Pence also criticized the media before introducing Trump, who kept up his criticism of US intelligence. &'8220;I must say that I want to thank a lot of the news organizations here today because they looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies,&'8221; Trump said. He said any such move by the agencies would be a &'8220;tremendous blot on their record.&'8221; &'8220;A thing like that should never have been written, it should never have been had and it certainly should have never been released,&'8221; Trump said. The news conference follows exclusive reporting by CNN on Tuesday that classified documents presented last week to President Barack Obama and Trump included the allegations about Russia. The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and drew in part from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him 01:38 The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Trump. The news conference, delayed from December, was scheduled for Trump to outline how he will address questions about possible conflicts-of-interest related to his vast business empire. Trump appeared beside a large pile of files he claimed were pertinent to the companies that are going to be placed in a trust to be run by his sons. He reiterated that he doesn't plan to release his tax returns, saying they are under audit and don't include relevant information After taking a handful of questions, Trump turned the event over to Sheri Dillon, an attorney who was on hand to discuss Trump's business interests. She said Trump planned to put in place a structure that will &'8220;completely isolate him from the management of the company.&'8221; &'8220;He further instructed that we build in protections that will assure the American people that the decisions that he makes and the actions he takes as President are for their benefit and not to support his financial interests,&'8221; she said. Trump will place all his financial and business assets in a trust, Dillon said. The Trump Organization, meanwhile, will not enter into any new deals abroad and all domestic deals will be subject to a heavy vetting process. The firm will also appoint a new ethics officer, she said. The President-elect has also terminated a number of deals set to close shortly, a step that had cost him millions of dollars, she said. Dillon argued that the decision had been made not to put all Trump's assets in a blind trust or to divest of all his assets because it would be impractical. She also said that Trump should not be forced to destroy the business that he had built up. &'8220;President Trump can't unknow he owns Trump Tower,&'8221; Dillon said, explaining why a blind trust would not be a workable solution to addressing conflicts of interest issues while he is President. Dillon said Trump would take other actions to avoid the appearance of a conflict over the Emoluments Clause [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

EO gives real property tax break to power producers

Invoking public interest, President Duterte has issued Executive Order No. 88 to reduce and condone real property taxes and penalties of power generation facilities of independent power producers under the build-operate-transfer scheme with government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 16th, 2019

E-mail that triggered probe into ISIS terrorists in PH may be bogus – NBI

MANILA, Philippines – The full-blown government investigation into the alleged entry of ISIS terrorists into the Philippines was triggered by an e-mail that, according to female person of interest, may have been the doing of her father who disapproves of her fiancé.    Victoria Sto Domingo,19 years old ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

Trade, infra, border control deals up in China visit

The Philippine government is set to sign five agreements with China during President Duterte’s upcoming visit to Beijing this month, according to the Department of Finance (DOF)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 12th, 2019

Nadal, Federer joining Djokovic on ATP leadership board

LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are joining Novak Djokovic on the ATP Player Council, bringing the Big Three together to reshape a board that has been roiled by conflict. The governing body of men's tennis announced Thursday that Federer and Nadal were elected along with doubles specialist Jurgen Melzer. They'll fill spots vacated after Robin Haase, Jamie Murray and Sergiy Stakhovsky resigned from the board before Wimbledon. Djokovic addressed his frustration with the player council in pre-tournament comments at Wimbledon. He says the ATP's governance structure prevented players from making "significant changes." Stan Wawrinka has also criticized the ATP's leadership, saying in a published letter that it was plagued by "political chaos" and "numerous conflicts of interest." The power struggle on the council included its decision in March not to renew the contract of ATP CEO Chris Kermode, who has clashed with Djokovic. Board member Justin Gimelstob resigned after he was sentenced to probation in April for attacking a former friend in Los Angeles. Former ATP executive Weller Evans filled Gimelstob's seat. The position of coaches' representative on the council remains open......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2019

DILG V convenes partners to end local communist armed conflict

NAGA CITY, (PIA) -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office V, recently convened its partner government agencies which shall take an active role in ensuring that loca.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 5th, 2019

Bill seeks consumer representatives in regulatory agencies

Explaining Senate Bill 590, Recto said the interest of consumers and commuters should be protected from inside the government regulatory bodies when important matters such as rate increases are discussed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

Why siblings fight? The Yanson family conflict

Sometimes blood is not thicker than water, and family will cross you quicker than strangers! One of the top stories that circulated in the business community the past few weeks…READ The post Why siblings fight? The Yanson family conflict appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 27th, 2019

What you need to know about INC’s outreach program, Lingap sa Mamamayan

MANILA, Philippines – July 27, 2019 marks the 105th anniversary of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC).  Established in 1914 by Felix Manalo, the church faced its biggest controversy in 2015 as internal conflict among the church leadership and the siblings of executive minister Eduardo Manalo went ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2019

Internet cutoff in Myanmar s Rakhine enters fifth week

YANGON, Myanmar – A sweeping internet shutdown in Myanmar's conflict-hit Rakhine state went into its fifth week Monday, July 22, as residents called on the government to end an information blackout that rights groups say could provide cover for rights abuses. Mobile phone operators suspended internet data on June 21 in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2019

BoP swings to $404-M deficit in June

THE country’s balance of payments (BoP) registered a deficit in June, as the government made principal and interest payments on its foreign debts, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 19th, 2019

Gov’t promises P500M for schools in Lumad areas

DAVAO CITY – The government will set aside P500 million for the construction of new schools in far-flung areas to bring educational services closer to Lumad children, according to Allan Capuyan, executive director of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict. Capuyan said this in an open forum during the “Tatak ng Pagbabago […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 19th, 2019

Debt payments down, reach P27.4 B in May

The national government disbursed P27.41 billion in May to settle its maturing debt, including interest payments, according to the Bureau of the Treasury......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

Reissued seven-year T-bonds to fetch lower rates

THE GOVERNMENT will likely see lower yields for its reissued seven-year bonds to be auctioned off tomorrow, as market participants price in possible interest rate cuts from the local and US central banks......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

4ID chief: CAPDdev addresses armed conflict in peaceful manner

IMPASUG-ONG, Bukidnon, July 3 (PIA) -- The Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) program is an attempt of the government in Northern Mindanao to address conflict and various issues i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

4ID chief: CAPDdev addresses armed conflict in peaceful manner

IMPASUG-ONG, Bukidnon, July 3 (PIA) -- The Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) program is an attempt of the government in Northern Mindanao to address conflict and various issues i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019