Pork won’t be allowed

The battle for the 2019 budget is not yet over despite the bicameral conference committee’s recent approval as it had shifted to the Palace, which said yesterday President Rodrigo Duterte will comb through its “every provision” amid allegations of pork barrel insertions. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panel also stressed that the Chief Executive would be “scrutinizing […].....»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneFeb 11th, 2019

Pork barrel scam mastermind points to Revilla acquittal in her appeal

The mastermind of one of the country's biggest cases of corruption and an accomplice sought to turn the spotlight on the acquittal of former Sen. Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr. to reverse their conviction by the antigraft court Sandiganbayan. Janet Lim-Napoles, convicted of masterminding the outright theft of public funds through Revilla's pork barrel, and Richard Cambe, Revilla's former chief of staff who was convicted of conniving with Napoles, beat the deadline for appeals on Friday. But the Ombudsman allowed the deadline to lapse without appealing Revilla's acquittal. Napoles filed a motion for reconsideration at the Sandiganbayan while Cambe informed the court he was challenging ...Keep on reading: Pork barrel scam mastermind points to Revilla acquittal in her appeal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 28th, 2018

Diokno ‘not allowed’ to attend House probe on ‘pork insertions’

MANILA, Philippines --- Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin Diokno has not been "allowed" to attend the House of Representatives' probe on alleged "pork insertions" in the 2019 national budget.   Diokno himself disclosed this in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel's morning show, Headstart, on Monday.   "I'm not allowed to attend," he said without saying where the instruction came from.   "Because what do they want from me? To say that I don't know these people? Then I'll just issue an affidavit. I don't know these people," he went on.   He was referring to two construction firm --- the CT Leoncio Construction and T...Keep on reading: Diokno ‘not allowed’ to attend House probe on ‘pork insertions’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2018

Napoles wants transfer to women’s jail deferred pending appeal

Convicted pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles has asked the Sandiganbayan not to order her immediate transfer to the Correctional Institution for Women, arguing that she should be allowed to appeal her plunder case first. In a three-page motion for reconsideration, Napoles said the Dec. 7 verdict --- which led to the acquittal of Ramon "Bong" Revilla Jr., the former senator whose pork barrel funds she was found guilty of pocketing --- was "not yet final." Hours after she was sentenced, the court issued a separate order for the issuance of a commitment order for Napoles to begin serving her maximum sentence of 40 years in the Mandaluyong City penitentiary. Napoles' lawy...Keep on reading: Napoles wants transfer to women’s jail deferred pending appeal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

Jinggoy Estrada to speak before US group for good governace

The Sandiganbayan has allowed a former senator who was detained on plunder charges in the early 2000s and again in June 2014 until September 2017 to travel abroad to speak before a group advocating good government. The antigraft court's Fifth Division has given former Sen. Jinggoy Estrada the green light to leave the country for the United States from April 30 to May 30. Estrada has been indicted for plunder and graft for allegedly pocketing P183 million from his pork barrel funds when he was senator. He is out on bail. More than a decade earlier, he was also charged with plunder when he was the San Juan City mayor for allegedly receiving "jueteng" payola from gambling lords and...Keep on reading: Jinggoy Estrada to speak before US group for good governace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

Myanmar’s great hope fails to live up to expectations – The Guardian

The script called for the lead actor, a Nobel prize winner, to seize control of a country, bring peace where there was conflict and prosperity where there was poverty. A nation emerging from years of military dictatorship was to become a beacon of hope not only for its cowed population but also for much of a fractured and turbulent south-east Asia. But like many political dramas – especially over the past 12 months – the script has not been followed by Myanmar and its de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. Now, a year since one of the world’s most famous prisoners of conscience came to power in the specially created position of state counsellor, the talk is not of progress. Instead, it is of drastically escalating ethnic conflicts that have simmered and sporadically exploded for decades; a new Rohingya Muslim insurgency that has prompted an army crackdown some say may amount to crimes against humanity; a rash of online defamation cases that have fostered a panic over freedom of speech; and a repressive legal framework that allowed the generals to jail so many still being in place. And all the while, Aung San Suu Kyi is accused of remaining mostly silent, doggedly avoiding the media. Many who led the campaign [to free her] were on the liberal side. I think she’s closer to a Margaret Thatcher. Interviews by the Guardian with more than a dozen diplomats, analysts and current and former advisers reveal frustrations with a top-down government struggling to cope with immense challenges. Aung San Suu Kyi’s questionable leadership style, her inability or unwillingness to communicate a vision, and her reluctance to speak out against the persecution of minorities have raised the question of whether the popular narrative is misplaced. And although some defend her, saying it takes time to right the wrongs of decades, others see a fundamental misunderstanding of the woman herself. “Many of the people who led the campaign [to free Aung San Suu Kyi] … were more on the liberal side of the spectrum,” one diplomat put it. “I think she’s closer to a Margaret Thatcher.” It’s a stark contrast to the Aung San Suu Kyi who, during 15 years of house arrest at her lakeside villa on University Avenue in Yangon, stood on rickety tables and delivered speeches about human rights over the gate. “And she was electric,” said David Mathieson, a longtime Myanmar researcher for Human Rights Watch who is now an independent consultant. “She was funny. She was informative. She was principled … And I think it’s lamentable that she’s not doing the equivalent of that now.” Five hours north by car from Yangon, Myanmar’s dystopian capital Naypyidaw stands surrounded by densely forested mountains. It is here, in the so-called Abode of Kings supposedly built to insulate Myanmar’s generals from attack, amid a landscape of deserted 20-lane highways and grandiose hotels, that Aung Sun Suu Kyi lives her life in power. The 71-year-old is a disciplined ruler. Her habit, established during imprisonment, is to wake before dawn and meditate in the house she shares with her pet dog and a small retinue of maids. She has breakfast with an adviser, often Kyaw Tint Swe, a former ambassador who spent decades defending the junta’s actions. An aide, Win Htein, says Aung San Suu Kyi eats very little. “The amount of food she is taking is like a kitten,” he said. “She doesn’t eat carbohydrates. Fruit and vegetables. No pork, or mutton, or beef. Only fish.” Her few indulgences include a vast wardrobe of luxurious silk longyis and evening film viewings, musicals being her favourite. Win Htein recently gave her a copy of La La Land. But mostly she works. And there is a lot of work. As well as state counsellor – a position created to get around the military-drafted constitution that bars her from the presidency – she is foreign minister, minister of the president’s office and chair of numerous committees. Widely described as a micromanager, she pores over documents after hours. A source close to the attorney general’s office says she asks to see a copy of every draft bill before it is submitted to parliament. Ministers routinely pass decisions upwards. “The problem is there are no policymakers in her cabinet,” said Burmese political analyst Myat Ko. People who know her say Aung San Suu Kyi inspires both devotion and fear. She is variously described as charming and charismatic, and sharp and authoritarian. “She feels like a real leader,” one diplomat said. “Intelligent, quick-witted, quite funny.” At the same time, he added: “I would say that she has appeared to be very keen to be the sole decision-maker to have no chance of establishing rival power centres.” Echelons above her subordinates in stature, the state counsellor is often depicted as living in a bubble, surrounded by a cabal of advisers who are too nervous to convey hard truths. A Yangon-based analyst working on the peace process said bad news often does not reach her. “In meetings, she is dismissive, dictatorial – in some cases, belittling,” said a senior aid worker who, like many others interviewed for this story, insisted on anonymity because he works with the administration. The government, he said, has become “so centralised, there is complete fear of her”. This is not the administration many hoped for when the National League for Democracy (NLD) took over the government [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMar 31st, 2017

SoCot hog raisers welcome ban on pork imports

HOG RAISERS here and in nearby South Cotabato are backing up the move to ban pork meat and other pork […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated News9 hr. 48 min. ago

PH bans pork products from Vietnam

PH bans pork products from Vietnam.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated News10 hr. 14 min. ago

Philippine pork safe, not affected by African swine fever – hog producers

MANILA, Philippines – There's no need to cut back on eating locally-produced pork despite an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in neighboring countries, according to the largest group of pork producers. Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines (Pro-Pork) president Edwin Chen told Rappler in a phone interview that pork produced ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News11 hr. 14 min. ago

African swine fever now in ASEAN

The African swine fever has crossed over to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), prompting the Philippines to further tighten security by banning pork imports from neighboring Vietnam in efforts to protect the P200-billion local hog industry......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News18 hr. 48 min. ago

UAAP Season 81: Tigresses survive Lady Falcons scare

University of Sto. Tomas flirted with disaster before eking out a 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 24-26, 15-6, win over Adamson University in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at the MOA Arena. The Tigresses opened a five-point lead in the fifth set after yielding the third and fourth frames that forced the decider to set up the tempo before finishing off the hard-fighting Lady Falcons. “The last three years lagi kaming talo sa first game namin and this is historic for us,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes of the Tigresses' opening day losing streak under his watch.  Sisi Rondina and Milena Alessandrini delivered the goods while sophomore Eya Laure lived up to the pre-season hype to help the Espana-based squad, which snapped a seven-year opening day losing slump. Laure made her presence felt with 17 points of 13 attacks, three kill blocks and an ace while graduating hitter Rondina poured 17 markers and tallied 17 digs to start her final season with the Tigresses, who rained down 50 attacks and landed 11 aces.    Alessandrini, last year's rookie of year, got 15 points while freshman Kecelyn Galdones had eigt markers for UST. The Tigresses started the fifth set with a 5-0 lead before breaking the set wide open with a 13-4 advantage as Adamson's confidence crumbled.  UST started the game firing on all cylinders to grab a 2-0 match lead but allowed the Lady Falcons to mount a comeback. The Tigresses squandered a 19-16 lead in the third set as Adamson blasted a 5-1 counterattack for a 21-20 advantage.   Adamson moved at set point, 24-21, before Rondina sparked UST's comeback to force a deuce. Eli Soyud took matters on her own hands in the next plays, scoring  the last two points of the Lady Falcons. Adamson controlled the early goings of the fourth frame and built a 15-6 lead. The Tigresses clawed their way back in the game and overtook Adamson, 23-19. UST moved at match point, 24-21, but a couple of attack errors and Joy Dacoron's back-to-back hits gave the Lady Falcons a 25-24 advantage. UST yielded the set after getting whistled with a net touch.          Bernadette Flora paced Adamson with 14 points while Eli Soyud and Chiara Permentilla chipped in with 13 and 12 markers, respectively. Dacoron posted 10 points while rookie setter Nikka Yandoc tallied 34 excellent sets for the Lady Falcons.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2019

New law to increase SSS contributions

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the Social Security System (SSS) Rationalization Act to allow the SSS to improve its investing capacity and generate more revenue for members and pensioners.   It provided for a gradual increase in monthly contributions to make it 15 percent by 2025 from the current 11 percent.   It also allowed the gradual adjustment of minimum and maximum monthly salary credits.   The increased contributions would start this year.   SSS president and chief executive Emmanuel F. Dooc said the additional collection would replenish the SSS fund in six years.   Dooc said the SSS would immediately craft the law's imp...Keep on reading: New law to increase SSS contributions.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2019

Enrile on plunder case: Gov’t lucky if it can show ‘credible evidence’ MANILA, Philippines --- Former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile said on Saturday that the government would be lucky if its lawyers can any credible evidence of his alleged connection to the multibillion-peso pork barrel scam masterminded by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, who had been convicted of plunder because of it. "I do not want to discuss my case, but all I can say is the government will be lucky if they present any credible evidence," Enrile said at the Saturday Forum at Annabel's Restaurant in Quezon City on Saturday. Enrile was referring to the P172.83-million plunder case filed against him in connection pork barrel scam. He was ac...Keep on reading: Enrile on plunder case: Gov’t lucky if it can show ‘credible evidence’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

DILG warns candidates: Only 2 security escorts allowed

The Department of the Interior and Local Government yesterday warned that candidates in the May 13 midterm polls are allowed to have only two security escorts......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Air fares to go down in March

Air fares will become cheaper starting next month as the applicable fuel surcharge level allowed to be imposed by airlines fell another notch on the continued decline of jet fuel prices......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Insurance firms allowed to invest in infra projects - The Manila Times Online

Insurance companies are now allowed to invest in infrastructure-related projects of the government. The Insurance Commission (IC), in a statement on Thursday, said the new rule was approved last Decem.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Private teachers in Cebu eyed to serve in May 13 polls

THE TOP  election officer in Central Visayas on Friday said his office has prepared contingency measures allowed by law if […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Insurance firms allowed to invest in infra projects

Insurance companies are now allowed to invest in infrastructure-related projects of the government. The Insurance Commission (IC), in a statement on Thursday, said the new rule was approved last December…READ The post Insurance firms allowed to invest in infra projects appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Palace: Duterte to veto items in budget if it violates SC ruling on pork - ABS-CBN News

Palace: Duterte to veto items in budget if it violates SC ruling on pork ABS-CBN News MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte will veto items in the proposed 2019 budget if he sees that these violate a 20.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

MRT to allow liquids less than 100ml

Liquids measuring less than 100ml are now allowed inside the Metro Rail Transit (MRT)-3 stations, the management announced Thursday. The liquid ban started as part of MRT’s effort to tighten security following the twin explosions in Jolo, Sulu, which killed 23 people and wounded 100. MRT-3 recently released a list of allowed liquids in the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

Ressa should have been allowed to post bail, says former journo Manicad

Like any other accused, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa should have been treated fairly, former broadcast journalist and senatorial aspirant Jiggy Manicad said Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019