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Party! The Cove plans to change how Manila has fun

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter RIGHT BEFORE 2017 ended, Okada Manila — the newest integrated resort in Entertainment City, Parañaque — opened Cove Manila, “Southeast Asia’s largest and grandest entertainment space” at 9,000-square meters. “This is the first real mega-nightclub in the country,” Maxwell Zetlin, vice-president for entertainment at Okada Manila, pointed out during an […] The post Party! The Cove plans to change how Manila has fun appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource: bworldonline bworldonlineFeb 8th, 2018

Atienza says he may run again for Manila mayor in 2019

BUHAY party-list Representative Lito Atienza on Thursday said he would consider running again for mayor of Manila in the 2019 elections if the city will not see any significant change during the term of its current chief, former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada. Source link link: Atienza says he may run again for Manila mayor in 2019.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Trump cautious as NKorea threatens to cancel summit

WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump sounded a note of caution on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) about his much-vaunted summit with Kim Jong Un, saying “we’ll see” after Pyongyang threatened to cancel. Trump said the US government had not received any official word of a change in plans for the June 12 meeting in Singapore. [...] The post Trump cautious as NKorea threatens to cancel summit appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

US Fed decision awaited for clues on interest rate path

WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Federal Reserve is not expected to change interest rates on Wednesday, but the policy statement will be searched for any hints of how aggressively it plans to address incipient inflation. After raising the benchmark lending rate in March, the Fed was on track for two more increases, but with prices and wages [...] The post US Fed decision awaited for clues on interest rate path appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2018

LP execs: Corruption remains rampant at BOC

      The Liberal Party (LP) on Saturday rebuked the Bureau of Customs (BOC) after 105 containers loaded with imported and undervalued goods from China have managed slip through the Port of Manila.   BOC Commissioner Isidro Lapea earlier announced that 105 containers slipped through the port. Out of the 105 containers, the BOC chief said 85 were already recovered in Meycauayan, Bulacan.   In a collective statement, the LP said that there was "no change. Corruption remains rampant at the Bureau of Customs."   For his part, Senator Bam Aquino said the bureau has failed to learn from its failure when P6.4 billion worth of shabu manage...Keep on reading: LP execs: Corruption remains rampant at BOC.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 24th, 2018

Con-Com considers electing president-VP as a team

MANILA, Philippines – Should the president and vice president come from the same political party and be voted as a team? The Consultative Committee (Con-Com) tasked to study Charter Change is considering adding such a provision in the new constitution they will propose to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

Con-Com to visit provinces for consultations from April to June

MANILA, Philippines – The Consultative Committee (Con-Com)  tasked to study Charter Change  plans to visit provinces all over the country from late April to early June in order to consult with various sectors before they submit their final recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte . "By April, we ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 5th, 2018

Goodbye BBL, Hello Federalism

COTABATO CITY – For the third time around, majority Christian lawmakers in the House of Representatives are expected to reject the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law or BBL being pushed by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which signed an interim peace deal with Manila in 2014. Instead of BBL, lawmakers are now pushing for a federal form of government and President Rodrigo Duterte is also strongly advocating the shift to federalism, an advocacy he made even before when he was the mayor of Davao City. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque also said Duterte’s priority now is to change the form of current government and this can only be achieved through amendments in the Constitution which lawmakers are currently working on. There was also a proposal to hold a plebiscite next year in time for the mid-term elections for Filipinos to decide whether to accept or reject federalism. But there are also many lawmakers who wanted to cling to power and extend their term of office until 2022 when voters would have to choose their leaders in national elections. BBL Duterte has previously backed the BBL and expressed optimism that the draft law will pass the scrutiny of Congress that previously opposed it – during Arroyo and Aquino’s presidency. But Duterte himself has been campaigning for BBL and federalism even before he won the presidency in 2016. And his political allies in Congress are supporting the proposed shift from the current presidential system to federalism, and not the BBL. The MILF, whose ageing leaders, called for the passage of BBL may be overridden by Duterte’s plans to grant regions autonomy through federalism. It said the administration of Duterte should immediately work for the passage of the BBL where the Aquino government left off. It stressed that the negotiation is completed following the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) and the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the MILF and government peace panels. Politicians questioning the BBL said the provisions in the draft law remain the same.  Zamboanga City Representative Celso Lobregat, who was one of those who opposed the BBL during the Aquino administration citing unconstitutional provisions in the draft law, is again raising the same issue. Unconstitutional In a previous statement, Lobregat made it clear, he will be vigilant and consistent with his stand with regards to the BBL. “I am for peace, I am not anti-peace, but we need a Bangsamoro Basic Law that is just, that is fair, that is acceptable, feasible and more importantly, it should not be contrary to the Constitution and existing laws,” he said. He said the BBL which the Bangsamoro Transition Commission submitted to Duterte still contains the same and even more contentious and questionable provisions. “Among the contentious provisions in the present version of the BBL is that there will be six plebiscites – one for ratification of the law, and second the periodic plebiscite every 5 years for a period of 25 years in the cities, municipalities and other geographic areas outside the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao which did not join the Bangsamoro after the ratification of the BBL,” Lobregat said. Lobregat, who was also former mayor of Zamboanga City, said Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) was the predecessor of the old BBL filed during the previous 16th Congress. The MOA-AD was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 2008 describing the process that led to its crafting as “whimsical, capricious, oppressive, arbitrary and despotic.” He said the MOA-AD and the BBL have similar provisions, with some unconstitutional and controversial provisions. “Instead of promoting peace, there will be a constant tug of war on the political boundaries that will promote instability. The Bangsamoro will try to expand its area of jurisdiction and in turn, the local government adjacent, surrounding or neighboring the Bangsamoro will also fight tooth and nail in order to retain their territory,” Lobregat said. Lobregat said he will again be active and vigilant in the committee deliberations, plenary debates and caucuses to ensure that the interest of Zamboanga City and the rest of Mindanao are protected. Davao del Norte Representative and House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte’s ally in the lower chamber, said the country’s push for federalism has almost the same concept of the BBL. “The BBL will be absorbed by the federal form of government, because that’s the same. The concept of BBL is the same in federal form of government,” he said, suggesting an amendment in the Constitution. “How can you implement the provisions of the BBL without amending the Constitution? You cannot do it because there are provisions in the BBL that run contrary to the provisions of the Constitution,” said Alvarez. MILF’s rival group, the Moro National Liberation Front under Nur Misuari, has strongly opposed the government peace talks with the MILF, citing a 1996 peace accord with Manila. And Misuari, who eventually became government of the Muslim autonomous region, is now facing rebellion charges for deadly attacks in Sulu’s Jolo town and in Zamboanga City in 2001; and another raid in 2013 in retaliation to government’s failure to fully comply with the peace agreement. Under the accord, Manila would have provided a mini-marshal plan in the restive region and livelihood and housing facilities for thousands of MNLF rebels. Misuari, a close friend and political ally of Duterte, also wanted to become a perpetual regional governor. He is also […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 27th, 2018

How Robert Blancaflor created the floral arbor for Isabelle Duterte

The country's optimistic economic outlook echoed in the gleaming dcor at the Jan. 19 coming-out party of debutante Isabelle Duterte, granddaughter of President Duterte. Award-winning entrepreneur and events/styling consultant Robert Blancaflor decked the Peninsula Manila ballroom with this year's style trend: contemporary luxe. This look is characterized by ubiquitous transparent furniture, decorative elements and sparkly details. Guests get to savor the view amid clear glass table plans, acrylic chairs, glass candelabras and vases everywhere, and complemented with lavish greenery and flowers. Blancaflor also chose blush, this year's banner color for events, to blend with th...Keep on reading: How Robert Blancaflor created the floral arbor for Isabelle Duterte.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018

Liberal senators: Senate will not be bullied on charter change

MANILA, Philippines — Two Liberal Party senators on Tuesday stressed that the Senate will not be bullied by the House of Representatives in efforts to amend.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018

Mediaquest executives bare plans for InterAksyon

MANILA, Philippines (2nd update, 6:11 p.m.) — A change in strategy for TV5 Network Inc.'s digital properties will not necessarily mean a shu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Joint voting on Cha-Cha? Senate s problems, plans against it

MANILA, Philippines – Senators are vehemently opposed to proposals for a joint voting on Charter Change in a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass).  It’s a unifying issue among members of the majority and minority blocs. After all, the Senate’s voice would be practically drowned out by the nearly 300-member House of Representatives. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Drilon on Charter Change, Bongbong Marcos on 2019 elections, Veloso’s birthday message | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: The Senate minority plans to question before the Supreme Court the manner of voting should there be Charter Change via Constituent Assembly.  Former senator Bongbong Marcos says he is not running for senator in 2019.  Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairman Jose Maria Sison slams Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque for spreading 'fake news' he has become a Dutch ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Senate to insist on separate voting on Cha-cha – Drilon

MANILA, Philippines – Opposition Senator Franklin Drilon of the Liberal Party (LP) maintained that the Senate and the House of Representatives should vote separately if plans to convene the legislative chambers into a constituent assembly to amend the Constitution will push through this year.  “No one in the Senate ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

Senators reject ‘no-el’ scenario in 2019

SENATE President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd on Thursday dismissed as mere “ideas” plans to extend the terms of elected officials as part of a shift to a federal form of government through Charter change. He made the remark amid reports of a “no-election” scenario in 2019 once Congress approves the shift to federalism. Pimentel declined to [...] The post Senators reject ‘no-el’ scenario in 2019 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

CPP 50th anniversary goal: ‘Overthrow Duterte regime

MANILA, Philippines – The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has set an ambitious goal as it gears up for its 50th anniversary in 2018: Resist and overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte.  The CPP’s Central Committee released its plans for its 50th anniversary on Friday, December 29.  On top of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Duterte to fire 90 police for corruption

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte plans to fire 90 police officers over allegations of corruption, saying this was a continuation of his government’s purge of the ranks of law enforcers. Addressing guests during the birthday party of Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao in General Santos City on Sunday night, Duterte said he would not tolerate “gangsters” at the [...] The post Duterte to fire 90 police for corruption appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017

No plans to redesign OFW ID despite criticism – DOLE

MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Thursday, December 14, there are no plans to change the design of the identification cards for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) despite criticism. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) had drawn flak on social media for putting an image of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

Inquirer employees urged to continue dreaming, keep the fire burning

Inquirer president and CEO Sandy Prieto-Romualdez has rallied employees of the country's leading newspaper to continue living by its tenets of responsible and truthful journalism amid the looming change in ownership. Her voice cracking at times, Romualdez delivered an emotional speech on Saturday night at the company's 32nd anniversary party held at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City. "I remember walking with many of you from the office to Ayala and we were met by tens of thousands of supporters of press freedom," Romualdez said, recalling the protests triggered by the ad boycott initiated against the Inquirer by then President Joseph Estrada. "To the advertisers that have n...Keep on reading: Inquirer employees urged to continue dreaming, keep the fire burning.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017

Duterte eyes proclamation tagging CPP-NPA as terrorists

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Saturday, November 18, that he plans to issue a proclamation tagging communist rebels as "terrorists." He also said he is "not anymore inclined" to pursue peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing New People's Army (NPA). In ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2017

BEST OF 5 Part 4: LPU can thank cellphones for all of this

Read Part 1 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the LPU Pirates here. Read Part 2 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the LPU Pirates here. Read Part 3 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the LPU Pirates here. --- Topex Robinson has laid the groundwork, and it was finally time to build something in Lyceum of the Philippines University. Just like he had off-court, the always amiable mentor also had grand plans on-court for the Pirates. Having a plan is different from getting it done, however. “It was hard. I already had a vision of what I wanted my team to be and I made sure I articulated my vision,” he shared. “Obviously, getting people wasn’t easy, but if they know that you’re going to a direction, you would attract those people who shared my vision.” And so, slowly but surely, Robinson’s staff was being filled by the likes of Rommel Adducul, a former big-time professional player, and Jeff Perlas, a highly-esteemed assistant in coaching circles. In terms of players, however, still nothing much was going for the Intramuros-based squad. GAME-CHANGER Until one phone call. Robinson personally fetched CJ Perez from Ateneo de Manila University after the latter learned that his academic deficiencies would force him to sit out the season. Earlier that day, Perez called Robinson and told him all that was happening. Right then and there, the former had an offer for the latter. “When CJ left Ateneo, I gave him an opportunity with us, pero ang sabi ko, ‘You can go to any team.’ He said he wanted to play for me,” the head coach said. “I said, ‘Are you sure? Because all of the collegiate teams are gonna get you and gonna offer you anything you want.’ But he committed to us and I appreciate the trust he gave me.” PRODIGAL SON Indeed, LPU had one advantage all others didn’t – Robinson had long been a father figure to Perez as the two were formerly the faces of San Sebastian College-Recoletos for two years. “Isang beses, pinaisip (ni coach Topex) sa amin yung heroes namin tapos napapatingin ako sa kanya. Siya yung iniisip kong hero kasi yung trust na binibigay niya sa akin, sobra-sobrang trust,” the now 23-year-old tantalizing talent shared. “Tinutulungan niya ako, pinu-push niya ako kahit anong magyari. Siya talaga ang nagmo-motivate sa akin.” And so, Perez became a Pirate – without a doubt, the biggest get in the history of their basketball program. However great he is, however, he is just one man. “Obviously, who would love to have a CJ Perez on the team, but again, CJ is just a part of the puzzle. He’s not the whole equation,” Robinson said. “Yes, CJ could win us games, but he could also lose games. People are tagging us as CJ’s team, but it’s very important to get everybody on the same page.” THE STANDARD Indeed, Perez becoming a Pirate is not the rule, but an exception to the rule. As history has proven, Intramuros was not a dream destination for youngsters – be it LPU, be it Colegio de San Juan de Letran, be it Mapua University. And so, the LPU head coach tried to work with whatever he had. “You accept the fact that you will not get the blue-chip players. What you’re really looking for are players who are driven,” he shared. He then continued, “The skill, we could work on that. The character, yung may chip on the shoulder, yun yung kailangan namin.” In other words, he looked for a player like Topex Robinson. “That’s basically how I was as a basketball player. My PBA career, I knew I was not gifted and I knew I had to survive. Pretty much, I was looking for players I could see myself in,” he said. JOIN THE CLUB Fortunately, there were many places to find treasure. And even better, sometimes, treasure comes to find you. Another phone call came – and getting shipped to the Pirates were two talents who would prove to be the perfect pieces for what they wanted to do. “Bago kami sa LPU, galing kaming Adamson. Nung nagbago na yung coach, tumawag na kami kay coach Topex kung pwede niya kaming matulungan,” Jaycee Marcelino narrated. He was referring to the regime change for the Soaring Falcons in 2016 which saw Franz Pumaren take over for Mike Fermin. And for them, it was only their kababayan in Robinson whom they trusted to continue harnessing their potential. “Magkakilala po kami ni coach kasi magkababayan kami. Humingi kami ng tulong para makapaglaro pa rin kami sa pangarap naming liga,” Jayvee, the twin, shared. Robinson and the Marcelinos all hail from Olongapo in Zambalaes. And so, the twins became Pirates – without a doubt, one of the biggest steals in college basketball in recent history. X MARKS THE SPOT And now, Topex Robinson has a crew full of Topex Robinsons. From Perez to the Marcelinos, from glue guy MJ Ayaay to National University outcasts Kim Cinco and Ralph Tansingco, and from forgotten foreign student-athlete Mike Nzeusseu to underrated Reymar Caduyac, all of LPU has something to prove. Whether or not that would be enough to win a championship is not yet certain. What is certain now is that Robinson has a Pirate crew completed in his vision – both on and off the court. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017