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Opposition senators urges Filipinos to be vigilant in 2018

2018 may yet be another fight for nation’s soul, opposition senators say. #BeFullyInformed Opposition senators urges Filipinos to be vigilant in 2018 Opposition senators today urged Filipinos to be vigilant as the New Year may yet be another fight for the nation’s soul under the Duterte administration. Source link: Opposition senators urges Filipinos to be vigilant in 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerDec 31st, 2017

PHI paddlers capture two gold medals in world championship

GAINESVILLE, Georgia --- The Philippines quickly snatched two gold medals in record-setting fashion during the opener of the prestigious 2018 ICF World Dragon Boat Championships at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park here. The national paddlers from the Philippine Canoe Kayak Dragonboat Federation ruled the 10-seater senior mixed 500-meter event on Thursday (Friday Manila time), defeating race favorites Hungary and host United States by a significant margin. With drummer Patricia Bustamante and steerer Maribeth Caranto leading the way, the Filipinos clocked two minutes, 7.5 seconds to improve on their bronze-medal finish in the same event during the 2016 world championships in Moscow, Russia. Arriving second were the Hungarians, who timed 2:11.36 in a narrow finish to nip the Americans (2:11.86) for the silver medal in the biennial meet featuring the best 16 countries in the world of dragonboat racing. “They really wanted to prove something out there and they never lost focus despite the strong opposition,” said PCKDF president Jonne Go. The Filipinos struck a second gold medal just a few hours apart after dominating the 20-seater senior mixed 500m race again at the expense of Hungary and the Czech Republic.  They timed 1:52.58, impressively beating their previous race-winning clocking by three seconds two years ago in Moscow. The Hungarians clocked 1:55.09 and the Czech Republic placed third (1:55.14). “We never doubted the team’s ability to win. Once again, they showed the world that we Filipinos are world-class in this sport,” said Go For Gold’s Jeremy Go, who helped bankroll the participation of the PCKDF with the Philippine Sports Commission. It was a rejuvenating feeling for the Pinoy paddlers after they went home without a medal in the recent Asian Games in Indonesia where the organizers veered away from international standards by using shorter but heavier boats. Head coach Len Escollante said the Philippines is on track to capture a third gold medal on Saturday when the national paddlers, led by Hermie Macaranas and Ojay Fuentes, compete in the 10-seater men’s 200 finals. Joining them again are Mark Frias, Reymart Nevado, John Paul Selencio and Oliver Manaig. Women paddlers Raquel Almencion, Rosalyn Esguerra, Rhea Rhoa and Christine Talledo completed the cast in the small boat mixed category along with Bustamante and Caranto......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

Govt response to millions of Filipinos going hungry is arrest opposition leader: Pangilinan

September 6, 2018. Over 100 million Filipinos eat rice daily. Some 25 million Filipinos live in poverty line levels today. Close to 70 percent of their meager income goes to food expenses and the bulk of that is spent on rice. When rice prices go up unabated, it means 25 million Filipinos will either have… link: Govt response to millions of Filipinos going hungry is arrest opposition leader: Pangilinan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2018

Sen. Bam: Solve real problems like inflation, time is wasted on fake allegations

August 24, 2018. Sen. Bam Aquino said he would rather work on solutions to real problems of Filipinos instead of waste time on fake news and baseless accusations against opposition leader, Vice President Leni Robredo, and her hometown, Naga City. “Bakit pa tayo mag-aaksaya ng panahon sa mga pekeng balita? Ang… Source link link: Sen. Bam: Solve real problems like inflation, time is wasted on fake allegations.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 25th, 2018

Aquino urges Filipinos to campaign, vote for opposition bets in midterm polls

Former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Tuesday campaigned for opposition candidates in the 2019 polls, whom he said would serve as a check on the administration......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Statement of Senator Francis 'Kiko' Pangilinan, Partido Liberal president, On House minority leadership and Charter change

August 6, 2018. At no other time in the 17th Congress do Filipinos need a House of Representatives with a genuine opposition than now. Only a credible opposition will raise critical questions and block self-serving moves against plans to hurry the approval of the revision of the 1987 Constitution in two months,… Source link link: Statement of Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, Partido Liberal president, On House minority leadership and Charter change.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 6th, 2018

Senators: Only Filipinos can decide what’s best for PH not China

  "God, help the Philippines!"   Senator Panfilo Lacson made the remark on Wednesday when sought for comment on President Rodrigo Duterte's claim he had been assured that China would not allow his ouster.   "If he really said that, and in the context that we are made to understand, all I can say is, God, help the Philippines!" Lacson, who is part of the majority bloc in the Senate, said in a text message.   "We are a democratic and sovereign country. Nobody, not any foreign country but the Philippines and the Filipinos can determine and decide what is best for us," he added.   Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, an opposition member,...Keep on reading: Senators: Only Filipinos can decide what’s best for PH not China.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Duterte urges 260,000 OFWs in Kuwait to come home

Published: 9:21 p.m., April 28, 2018 | Updated: 11:50 p.m., April 28, 2018 SINGAPORE --- President Rodrigo Duterte called on the 260,000 Filipinos working in Kuwait, most of them employed as domestic helpers, to return home, saying the Gulf state apparently did not want their services anymore. "To you there in Kuwait, [to] those who are not really household helpers, I now appeal to your sense of patriotism: Come home, anyway there are now many jobs in the Philippines," the President said, addressing the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait. "I will look for money and I will get all, all the Filipino workers (in Kuwait)," he told about 6,000 members of the Filipino comm...Keep on reading: Duterte urges 260,000 OFWs in Kuwait to come home.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 28th, 2018

Malacañang urges Filipinos to go lights out for Earth Hour 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Saturday, March 24, encouraged Filipinos to participate in this year's Earth Hour "to symbolize our commitment to saving Mother Earth." "Climate change is an issue relevant to the Philippines . Our country has been identified as among the most vulnerable to the impact of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 24th, 2018

‘Grand Deception’ by Jun Ledesma

Letters From Davao: WHEN RAPPLER through its President, Maria Ressa, was caught trifling with an important tenet in the Philippine constitution that mandates that Philippine media should be 100% owned by Filipinos the Securities and Exchange Commission ordered it closed. Rappler was parading like it is wholly owned by Filipinos but turned out it accepted investment from Omidyar Network (ON) which is known for its notoriety in destabilizing heads of state that are not docile to America. It tried deception by claiming that the Philippine Deposit Receipts it issued to ON money was for philanthropic contribution. The attempt dragged them deeper in shit as PDRs are actually commercial instruments. When this trick did not work, Ressa again tried another act this time claiming that Omidyar signed a waiver on its veto power. Again this did not pass scrutiny of the SEC because the said waiver was discovered to be just a scrap of paper as the document was not notarized.  Running out of deceptive tricks Ma. Ressa went berserk when she was served the closure order and went about town crying her freedom is being curtailed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte no less. Her partner Pia Ranada did the same screaming she will be jailed by Duterte’s military. The grandstanding, it was obvious, was to stonewall the criminal violation they committed and to paint Rappler and its staff headed by Ressa as victims of oppression and dictatorial regime of Duterte. Contrary to its claim that they have lost their freedom of expression, more than ever Rappler had increased the crescendo of its unfettered attack on no less than the President Duterte himself. Ressa spearheaded a Black Friday movement supported by a handful of students from where else by the University of the Philippines campus and the usual garrulous but moribund Liberal Party stalwarts headed by VP Leni Robredo. They were joined in by UN Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and her local counterpart Chito Gascon in denouncing the Duterte government for curtailing the freedom of the press. Other foreign-funded media outfits joined the fray for obvious reason.  Theirs is a cacophony of ridiculous chants. Robredo warned that the closure of Rappler is a symptom of a dark future of the country. The juvenile delinquents in the UP campus joined pipsqueak assemblies with screaming placards denouncing Pres. Duterte and his “malignant forces that continue to peddle lies to justify their tyranny and dictatorship”.  They cut classes to face the TV cameras and klieg lights unmindful of yet another spectacular grade the survey firms Social Weather Station and Pulse Asia showing an “excellent” grade on the sustained trust and popularity of the nation on Duterte which they had been flagellating no end.  No one seems to mind their issue about tyranny and dictatorship as the World Bank grudgingly declared that “DDS killed democracy in the Philippines but they haven’t killed the country’s vibrant economy”.  Forbes, an international business magazine, likewise quoted WB on its Global Economic Prospects, which asserts that “Duterte Philippines is the 10th fastest growing economy in the world”.  The statistics is a slap on the face of VP Robredo who remains to be an incurable pessimist despite the figures that cannot lie. She continues to see the future of the Philippines in dark glasses forgetting that she is a Vice President and therefore should have celebrated with the rest for the gains that the country achieved. For her part, Maria Ressa simply ignored what Forbes and WB declared.  Maybe out of outrage that the Robredo seemed to be out of sync and blinded by sheer politicking and negativism, UP Political Science professor and political analyst, Clarita Carlos,  made a five-worded message to The Vice President thus: “President Duterte moves the Philippines forward”. To those who denigrate Duterte from cutting the country’s umbilical cord to America, Professor Carlos had this to say. “Duterte has moved the Philippines away from the usual foreign policy and in turn ‘defined national interest’ by tracking his own way of foreign policy”. She admired Duterte for his political guts and courage.  It is indeed pathetic that while the Philippines rise several notches higher in political and economic arena the opposition and the foreign-aided media outfits shamelessly continue to belittle these achievements. It is no small feat that Philippines came out stronger in economic growth than China in the 3rd quarter of 2017. On the 4th quarter moreover China rallied (6.9%) and landed on top of Asian countries followed by Vietnam (6.8) and Philippines 6.7%. The Philippines however has been growing more than 6% for nine consecutive quarters and that sustained growth is best among Asean nations. Any which way you look at it, that spells economic stability and investment grade for investors service firms like Moody’s and other international credit rating institutions. Cause and effect is a simple gauge to measure the impact of the tyranny and dictatorial regime that Rappler and its sympathizers have been accusing the Duterte regime. But as I always say, no one can quarrel with success especially when institutions of unquestionable stature put the positive figures across. Expect the economy to grow even faster in 2018 when infrastructure spending commences under the Duterte’s Build, Build, Build program. As we all know, the government had earmarked P8.4-trillion to achieve the mega infrastructure projects comprising of railways, highways and bridges, irrigation’s, airports and seaports to name a few. The job opportunities that these programs will generate are equally mind-boggling. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

‘Train and Fetish for Coke’ by Jun Ledesma

Letters From Davao: FINANCE Secretary Sonny Dominguez took the personal initiative to explain the impact of the landmark Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion. This after some artists attempted to tweak the real and equitable benefits that Filipinos will derive from TRAIN. It is rather sad that some quarters are muddling up the positive impacts of the new tax reform law but funny enough to make the increase of the price of Coca-Cola as their principal issue as though it is the national fetish of Filipinos. Truth is, imposing higher tax on the sweet drink is a panacea to what seems to be an incurable proclivity of Pinoys for coke. The Cola, just like cigarettes, is among the top causes of affliction and death of us Pinoys – diabetes. By the way those who are now dependent on drugs for their diabetes the news is the prescribe drugs will be tax free and therefore expect the price to plummet. In summary and in sum, those who earn P250,000 keeps their P50,000 tax which they use to pay.Those in the upper bracket enjoy tax benefits too. We have to emphasize this as this is where the largest population of wage earners belong. The thousands of public school teachers will celebrate once the get hold of their take home pay. The burden now is actually transferred to the rich and they better not dodge paying the right tax otherwise life will be a little bit more difficult for them under the Duterte regime and while the Department of Finance is under the watch of Secretary Dominguez. Why make an issue about the luxury cars being taxed a little less. Just how many luxury cars can one have in his garage. But think about the other incentives if you are really hunting for a car. An environment friendly vehicle like an electric car is even tax free and a hybrid variety with so little tax. Incentive is the key word. In short when the team of Secretary Dominguez crafted TRAIN, they are not only looking for money to fund the massive infrastructures that we are so in dire need of, they are also looking after the health of the nation. Those who find fault in TRAIN will not just stop with Coke which they had raised to underscore the negative impact of the tax reform law on the poorest of the poor. It is actually belaboring the issue but to answer the idiotic question DSWD actually has funds for them and their will be corresponding adjustments that is provided for by TRAIN. What maybe they would raise next are the beggars in the streets. These poor and the mendicants are not in the radar screen of TRAIN when it comes to tax but just the same they are part of the inclusion. The revenues that TRAIN will raise is primarily for infrastructures. Railways, roads and bridges, airports, seaports and irrigation among others. In addition to the billions of pesos that TRAIN will raise are cheap loans from Japan and China. Never in our history do we have this availment of cheap money which comes with an incredible terms that give the country a holiday of over ten years before we start paying the loans. That is why under the BUILD, BUILD, BUILD program the momentum of development could be much faster that our usual expectation. Even with the implementation of the projects, expect shortages in skilled personnel especially in the railway projects. Secretary Arthur Tugade of the Department of Transporation had advanced the idea of setting up a Railway institute while construction is ongoing because managing and maintaining railways are something strange to Filipinos. Other infrastructures, like roads, bridges and building would be needing thousands of workers. With network of infrastructures expect productivity to rise above normal levels. These will generate if not motivate people to produce more as access to the markets will now be cheaper and their profits doubled. The entire nation is celebrating the prospects and the dawning of the new era. The surveys say it all. An overwhelming number of Filipinos look up to 2018 and beyond with unprecedented optimism. This is only shadowed by the results of the surveys which show an all time high in the TRUST and SATISFACTION ratings which are pegged in the grade of “Excellence”. No matter how and what the opposition and critics will do no amount of demonizing and rallies can diminish that trust and satisfaction or derail the programs of the Duterte administration. The President is focused on his agenda, and his Cabinet members are on track. Even the players in telecom industry which had been so laggard and so inept for decades and have become a national shame are now uneasy with the mere announcement of the entry of the 3rd Telecom player. The duopoly suddenly came out with series of announcement that they are pouring in billions of dollars to address the sluggish internet speed, drop calls and inadequate availability of telecom service in the country. Oh well, these duopoly thought they have the monopoly of and knowledge of the telecom technology and how to run it. Early in the Presidency of Duterte, one of them had the temerity of telling the President to leave telecom alone as this is an area where the duopoly has the sole expertise. To there surprise this President, whom they thought is so […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018

De Lima rallies for support behind Rappler

January 16, 2018. Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has urged her fellow Filipinos to rally behind news online outfit Rappler to show their support of a free press in the country even as she called for the restoration of democratic values in our government institutions. De Lima made the call in her Dispatch from…… link: De Lima rallies for support behind Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Leni, senators wish Pinoys a better life in 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo wished all Filipinos better lives in 2018. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Letters From Davao by Jun Ledesma

‘It was a good year’ We have seen the litany of achievements of Duterte administration. It dwarfed the entire six years of the Aquino regime. It could have done better except that it has to first fix a lot of damages wrought by an inept regime that has likewise institutionalized corruption and abetted crime the most horrific of it all – the drug syndicates.  Space or brevity must have limited some significant achievements of the  Department of Finance and am referring to the upgrades of credit ratings of the Philippines from investment grade to investment grade and stable. While early on Standard & Poor’s claimed that President Duterte’s war on drugs and alleged extra-judicial killings are factors that account for the static rating by December 2017 it grudgingly acceded that something good is happening in the Philippines under Duterte’s watch.  Finance Sec. Sonny Dominguez and his team deserves the credit. Fitch and Moody’s in their “investment grade and stable” rating in December enunciated that the issues surrounding drugs and EJK have nothing to do with the rosy economy of the country and its image as capital investment destination. The country’s economic performance for one is top in Asia and there is no turning back with the expected massive spending on infrastructures and government services starting 2018 and beyond.  The Duterte government achievements scoreboard makes the moribund opposition drooling. Still on Finance, expect the billionaires who are also the country’s tax dodgers to cough up. TRAIN or the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion gives a huge relief to 99 percent of those small taxpayers saving the ar least P50,000.00 in tax cut!  But demands and exacts the reasonable taxes from the rich especially the filthy rich. Last year sampling of Lucio Tan (P6-billion), Mighty Cigarettes (P40-billion) and the Prieto and Rufinos’ one-mile asset that they are accountable to the government in still unquantifiable amount as yet? There is a subliminal message to be absorbed why candidate Rodrigo R. Duterte refused to accept donations from the rich and famous: just pay your taxes correctly and you’re okay.  The Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs are churning more collections under a continuing reforms.  President Duterte himself did dramatic and radical transformations in the area of Foreign Affairs and security. He was chided and lectured on by self proclaimed experts in diplomacy and security alliances especially with the generous expletives he is famous for. But as he admitted to the point of being apologetic, he told media men in this year’s Christmas party, “but that is me”.  Duterte’s foray into foreign affairs and diplomacy might be severely lacking in refinements but he put across his message clearly and direct and one cannot quarrel with what he achieved in such a brief moment. He virtually altered the outlook of the western countries on small sovereign nations. He overhauled alliances by an unwritten rule of mutual respect and cognizance of sovereignty. While Aquino made enemies with China which is the world’s second largest economy resulting in unquantifiable losses of opportunities Duterte reversed that with the resumption of trade, financial assistance with cheap money interest, massive infrastructure projects that will come into fruition by 2018. World leaders to include Xi Jinping of China, Vladimir Putin of Russia, PM Shinzo Abe of Japan and, to the dismay of the so-called Yellowtards, US Pres. Donald Trump who became his virtual phone pal.  The Department of Agriculture under Sec. Manny Pinol, did exemplary well. Productivity is better than expected and could have performed better if not for the natural calamities that the country has to contend with. Maybe the Bureau of Fisheries under it may try something out of the box. Propose to China to convert that disputed island into a one big marine laboratory. China provides the infrastructures while the Philippines the technical aquatic expertise. Make a 10-mile no-fishing marine haven around the island and guarded by the joint coastguard forces of China, Philippines and Vietnam. The Philippine Coconut Authority under Cabinet Sec. Jun Evasco is about to embark on a massive replanting program.  The Aquino government allocated billions of pesos to fight ‘cocolisap’ infestation but applied the wrong solution. Well, what do we expect from a certain Kiko Pangilinan? The replanting program was a big failure on account of  massive graft in high and low places. Replanting as well as new areas had been programmed by PCA.  Finally we have to give accolade to our Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police for combating internal threats, terrorism and syndicated crime. The AFP and PNP are more prepared and better equipped now than any other time in history. Furthermore we see a disciplined forces in the AFP and while there are a few remaining scalawags in the PNP the cleansing process is done without let-up. We from Mindanao are comfortable and secured with their presence even under the aegis of martial law. If you do not believe me look at the various surveys on the popularity and trust of Filipinos on President Duterte and his government.  This will end my perspectives for year 2017 and we look forward to 2018 the Build, Build, Build era. The beginning of the new Philippines. Mindanao and Davao City, from where I live and write, may have suffered from natural calamities but we had seen, suffered and endured worse scenarios and even man made tragedies than […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Philippine gov't urges Filipinos abroad to be vigilant over terror attacks - Xinhua

Philippine gov't urges Filipinos abroad to be vigilant over terror attacks - Xinhua.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsAug 16th, 2017

Robredo urges Filipinos to remain vigilant vs return of martial law - Philippine Star

Robredo urges Filipinos to remain vigilant vs return of martial law - Philippine Star.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsSep 21st, 2016

Robredo urges Filipinos to remain vigilant vs return of martial law

MANILA, Philippines – As the country commemorates the 44th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday advised Fi.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2016

Binibining Pilipinas winners dream of becoming president

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHwCHgTSZvg   Beauty queens Michele Gumabao and Eva Patalinjug on Wednesday said they have dreams of becoming the country's president to address issues in the country. Binibining Pilipinas Globe 2018 winner Michele Gumabao said if she becomes president she wants to be the voice of the Filipino people and to heighten nationalism in the country. "If we develop a stronger sense of nationalism in our country, I believe that everyone can work together [in] making our country better and being president, I think that is what we really have to work on because people have to be able to say that we are proud to be Filipinos," Gumabao told the report...Keep on reading: Binibining Pilipinas winners dream of becoming president.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Senators vow to scrutinize House s P51-B realignment in 2019 budget

MANILA, Philippines – Senators on Wednesday, September 19, vowed to scrutinize the 2019 budget, including the  realignment of P51.792 billion by the House of Representatives. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senator Panfilo Lacson said administration and opposition senators are "united" in making sure the 2019 budget is transparent. Drilon ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Individualized executive compensation

BDO Unibank Inc. has authorized capital stock (ACS) of 6.5 billion shares divided into 5.5 billion common shares and one billion voting preferred shares. Both classes of shares have par value of P10 per share, according to the bank’s 2018 general information sheet (GIS). Of the bank’s ACS, 12,237 Filipinos subscribed and paid for 3.546 [...] The post Individualized executive compensation appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Lagman denies getting ‘pork’ in 2019 budget

Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman on Tuesday belied claims that he was among those congressmen who benefited from the "P55-billion insertions" in the proposed 2019 budget.   "I never lobbied for any project," he told reporters in an interview when asked about claims that P1.29 billion was allocated to his district.   "I have no participation whatsoever in the allocation of funds or the funding of projects as contained in the President's National Expenditure Program (NEP)," he added in a statement.   Lagman even found it ironic that he, an opposition lawmaker, would receive such an amount after he got zero infrastructure budget in 2018 under former ...Keep on reading: Lagman denies getting ‘pork’ in 2019 budget.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018