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PH moves up in global travel freedom index

The Philippines climbed three positions to become the sixth in Southeast Asia and 72nd in the global travel freedom index, according to the 2018 Henley Passport Index released Wednesday. #BeFullyInformed PH moves up in global travel freedom index The Philippines climbed three positions to become the sixth in Southeast Asia and 72nd in the global… link: PH moves up in global travel freedom index.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerJan 10th, 2018

Global gloom infects local stocks

PHILIPPINE EQUITIES finished the week with their third straight day of decline, keeping pace with weakening by Wall Street and others in Asia in the face of more protectionist moves by US President Donald A. Trump. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) edged down by 7.2 points or by a nearly flat 0.08% to close […] The post Global gloom infects local stocks appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 2nd, 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

PHL ranks 71st out of 159 countries in freedom index

By Arjay L. Balinbin THE Philippines ranks 71st out of 159 countries in the 2017 Human Freedom Index (HFI) by the Fraser Institute. Based on 2015 data, the 2017 global index on personal and economic freedoms (collectively human freedom) places the Philippines with a human freedom score of 6.97 (in a range of 0-10), with […] The post PHL ranks 71st out of 159 countries in freedom index appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

Press freedom in PHL partly free — world index

THE PHILIPPINES was rated partly free, as was press freedom in the country, in a global environment marked by democracy in crisis, according to the 2018 world freedom index released by Freedom House. Findings by the independent watchdog organization have concluded that “Democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017 as its basic […] The post Press freedom in PHL partly free — world index appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Which Asian country takes best care of its elders?

    NEW DELHI -- Japan was recognized as the best country in Asia for older people to live, as it reported high satisfaction with social connectedness, safety, and civic freedom, the Global AgeWatch Index 2015 showed.   Globally ranked 8th, Japan was the only Asian country that figures among the top ten countries favorable for growing old.   The Global AgeWatch Index 2015 by HelpAge International measured the quality of life --- using income security, health, personal capability, and enabling environment --- for people aged 60 and older. It assessed 96 countries to determine the best places for older adults to live. These countries include more t...Keep on reading: Which Asian country takes best care of its elders?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

Vista Land Taps Top Global Software Data Manager BackOffice Associates

Global software firm BackOffice Associates has clinched a major deal with Vista Land, one of the leading integrated property developers in the country. Vista Land has tapped BackOffice Associates, a worldwide leader in information governance and stewardship solutions, to govern its digital data, as the property firm moves to implement SAP(R) BW/4HANA to enable real-time […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated News2 hr. 42 min. ago

German reporter who exposed Russia doping ‘won’t be at World Cup’

German journalist Hajo Seppelt, whose investigative reporting exposed Russia's alleged state-sponsored doping, will not travel to the football World Cup tournament out of security concerns, national broadcaster ARD said. World Cup host Russia had initially refused to issue Seppelt a visa, but later relented after massive international pressure, with FIFA stressing the importance of media freedom to President Vladimir Putin's government. But Germany's security agencies have since evaluated the situation and found that it was risky for the journalist to travel to Russia, said ARD in a statement late Wednesday. Representatives from the broadcaster also held talks with Foreig...Keep on reading: German reporter who exposed Russia doping ‘won’t be at World Cup’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Global markets higher ahead of Trump-Kim meeting

BEIJING --- Global markets were mostly higher Monday as Donald Trump prepared to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following the American president's outburst at Canada's prime minister over trade. Keeping score In early trading, Frankfurt's DAX rose 0.6 percent to 12,845.25 and London's FTSE 100 gained 0.5 percent to 7,722.01. Paris's CAC 40 added 0.3 percent to 5,465.37. On Friday, the CAC 40 rose less than 1 percent while the DAX and the FTSE 100 both lost 0.3 percent. On Wall Street, the future for the Dow Jones industrial average was up 0.3 percent and that for the Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 0.1 percent. Asia's day Tokyo's Nikkei 225 rose 0.5 percent to 22,804.0...Keep on reading: Global markets higher ahead of Trump-Kim meeting.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

PH still among world s worst countries to work in – report

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines was ranked as among the world's worst countries to work in, according to the Global Workers' Rights Index 2018 . The report of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) ranked 142 countries on the degree of respect for workers' rights from 1 to 5, with 1 as the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

Alejano: Strong institutions needed to improve PH peace status

The Philippines needs strong institutions and clear policies to improve its peace status, Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano said on Friday. Alejano said this after a recent study of Global Peace Index 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

PH contests index showing it s 2nd least peaceful nation in region

MANILA, Philippines – Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is contesting the results of the newly-released Global Peace Index , which showed the country as the 2nd least peaceful country in the Asia Pacific.  The country is second only to North Korea in the index, which cited the 5-month-long siege of Marawi last year and the government's bloody anti-drug campaign ......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

PHL among 10 worst countries for workers’ rights –int’l trade union

The Philippines is among the 10 “worst” countries for workers’ rights, the world’s largest trade union federation said in its Global Rights Index 2018. Source link link: PHL among 10 worst countries for workers’ rights –int’l trade union.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Lorenzana on ‘least peaceful’ PH: ‘I don’t think so’ 

DEFENSE Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday refuted a report of an Australia-based think tank that the Philippines was among the “least peaceful” countries. “I do not think so,” Lorenzana told reporters when sought for his comment on the report of the Global Peace Index 2018 of the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP). The Philippines ranked 137th , [...] The post Lorenzana on ‘least peaceful’ PH: ‘I don’t think so’  appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Drug war, Marawi pull down PH in Global Peace Index

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody anti-drug campaign and the 5-month siege in Marawi City pulled down the Philippines' ranking in the 2018 Global Peace Index. The Philippines slid one place to 137th out of 163 countries in the 2018 index, from 136th in the previous index. The country also ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Firearms for prosecutors, Ressa wins Golden Pen, New Spain PM on pro-EU government | Midday wRap

  Today on Rappler: Albayalde vows to help prosecutors get licenses to carry firearms . Rappler executive editor and CEO Maria Ressa won a coveted press freedom award from a 70-year-old global network of news publishers seeking to uphold the rights of journalists worldwide.  Spain's Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez   unveiled a new pro-EU government with the most women in modern history, with 11 female and 6 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

PH still second least peaceful in Asia-Pacific: global index

The Philippines has kept its place as the second least peaceful country in the Asia-Pacific region in 2017 due to the government’s relentless anti-narcotics drive and the siege of Marawi, an international index showed on Wednesday. Source link link: PH still second least peaceful in Asia-Pacific: global index.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Rappler s Maria Ressa wins global press freedom award

MANILA, Philippines – Rappler executive editor and CEO Maria Ressa won a coveted press freedom award from a 70-year-old global network of news publishers seeking to uphold the rights of journalists worldwide. Ressa on Thursday, June 7 (Manila time), received the Golden Pen of Freedom Award from ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Global airport capacity crisis amid passenger boom – IATA

SYDNEY, Australia – Governments need to urgently tackle a capacity crisis facing airports as demand for international travel grows , but they should be cautious about private sector involvement, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned on Monday, June 4. With passenger levels projected to nearly double to 7.8 billion by ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

UNWTO forum on food and travel calls on industry to harness untapped power of technology

A United Nations-organized meeting attended by 600 leaders and decision-makers in the global travel industry wrapped up in Bangkok, Friday, concluding that the gastronomy tourism industry can do more to harness the powers of technology in the promotion of culinary heritage. At the 4th annual World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism held in Bangkok, attendees discussed the untapped ways technology could be used to help with areas like sustainable development, food waste, storytelling and engagement. "Gastronomy is about people and places, to tell a story; value the tangible and intangible; harnessing technology as a tool to preserve and promote authenticity in local communities, enhanc...Keep on reading: UNWTO forum on food and travel calls on industry to harness untapped power of technology.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018