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STATEMENT of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance on the BBL

The Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG), a Mindanao-based policy center that promotes meaningful autonomy as a solution to the Mindanao conflict, has reviewed H.B. 6475 and S.B. 1717 passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate. The approved bills will now be subjected to bicameral proceedings to reconcile their conflicting provisions. IAG adopted […].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanews mindanewsJul 6th, 2018

KISSA AND DAWAT: Young and hopeful: A democratic future?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 August) &'8212; Am honored to be invited to a town hall meeting at the Advanced Leadership Training for Young Centrists Union (YCU) in Davao City conducted under the Democratic Leadership and Active Civil Society Empowerment (DELACSE) Project of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Philippines and Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG). It’s leadership training. [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 5th, 2017

KISSA AND DAWAT: Young and hopeful: A democratic future?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 August) &'8212; Am honored to be invited to a town hall meeting at the Advanced Leadership Training for Young Centrists Union (YCU) in Davao City conducted under the Democratic Leadership and Active Civil Society Empowerment (DELACSE) Project of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Philippines and Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG). It’s leadership training. [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 5th, 2017

INSTITUTE FOR AUTONOMY AND GOVERNANCE: On the Marawi City Crisis and the Declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao 

The Institute for Autonomy and Governance condemns the reign of terror in Marawi City that destroys the shared values of all men and women of goodwill all over the world. Violent extremism has no place in Mindanao where people value respect for diversities, pluralism and multiculturalism as paths to sustainable peace. The violence in Marawi [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMay 24th, 2017

Experts gather at Global Autonomy, Governance and Federalism Forum

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 October) – A global forum on autonomy, governance and federalism as a conflict resolution devise will gather experts for two days in Makati City’s Dusit Thani hotel. Organized by the Cotabato City-based Institute of .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 17th, 2016

Solon hits brother for unfinished 82-km road

A sibling rivalry may be brewing in Luzon's biggest province. Isabela Rep. Napoleon Dy on Tuesday called out his brother, Gov. Faustino "Bojie" Dy III, over a P1.6-billion road project in the province which, he said, had remained "half-done" more than two years after construction started. In a statement, Dy described the 82-kilometer Ilagan-Divilacan Road as "overpriced, half-finished, anti-environment and full of irregularities." He urged his brother and Vice Gov. Tonypet Albano to "come clean regarding this project for the sake of transparency." Loan "This is not about politics. This is about accountability and good governance," the lawmaker said. "The billions (o...Keep on reading: Solon hits brother for unfinished 82-km road.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Amid lower rating, Duterte admin to work ‘double time’ vs inflation—Palace

The Malacaang on Sunday thanked the public who are still satisfied with the current administration despite the looming increase of prices of commodities. "Nagpapasalamat kami sa ating mga kababayan na patuloy na nasisiyahan sa Administrasyong Duterte," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement, reacting to the latest Social Weather Stations' survey. (We are thanking our countrymen who are continuing to be satisfied with the Duterte administration.) "As the survey shows, in what Social Weather Stations calls its Governance Report Card, of the 14 specific subjects rated, we received the lowest rating in fighting inflation. Nonetheless, public satisfaction remai...Keep on reading: Amid lower rating, Duterte admin to work ‘double time’ vs inflation—Palace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

Phivolcs’ 100th seismic station installed in Tandag City

THE PHILIPPINE Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) under the Department of Science and Technology inaugurated yesterday its 100th earthquake monitoring station, located in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur province. Phivolcs, in a statement, said the new seismic station enhances their “monitoring capacity and allows faster and more accurate determination of earthquake information.” The Tandag… link: Phivolcs’ 100th seismic station installed in Tandag City.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

Elon Musk to resign as Tesla chair, pay $20-M fine – SEC

WASHINGTON, United States -- Elon Musk has reached a deal over fraud charges that will see him step down as electric automaker Tesla's chairman of the board and pay a $20 million fine, US securities regulators said Saturday. "The settlements, which are subject to court approval, will result in comprehensive corporate governance and other reforms at Tesla -- including Musk's removal as Chairman of the Tesla board -- and the payment by Musk and Tesla of financial penalties" of $20 million each, the Securities and Exchange Commission said in a statement Musk -- who will remain CEO of Tesla -- will be ineligible to serve as chairman of the board for a period of three years and will...Keep on reading: Elon Musk to resign as Tesla chair, pay $20-M fine – SEC.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

Cowboys move on at center with ill Frederick on their mind

By Schuyler Dixon, Associated Press FRISCO, Texas (AP) — A year ago, Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Joe Looney grabbed the spotlight during training camp as the prankster who took the field in star running back Ezekiel Elliott's jersey, his cover blown by the gut sticking out under No. 21. Now that Looney has become the starting center under the serious circumstances of Travis Frederick's battle against a rare neurological disorder, the career backup plans to keep his sense of humor. "Things are still the same," Looney said Thursday, almost exactly a year after a similar throng of reporters surrounded his locker to discuss his antics in practice at team headquarters. "Football is a game. And I'm going to come out here and have fun every day doing it. Sometimes it's not going to be perfect. But at the end of the day, this is a game and I've got to enjoy it." Looney and the rest of the Cowboys will have Frederick on their mind as they prepare to start the regular season. The 27-year-old Frederick will likely miss the visit to Carolina on Sept. 9 and any number of games after that. The Cowboys simply don't know how long Frederick will be out as he undergoes treatment for Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an auto-immune condition that causes the body to attack a network of nerves around the brain and spinal cord. Weakness is one of the primary symptoms, in some cases signaled by burning sensations similar to what football players call "stingers," usually injuries around the neck. That's what Frederick was describing to the team when the Cowboys were still in California for training camp. Frederick was cleared by a specialist in the Los Angeles area over concerns about his neck. But symptoms persisted after the Cowboys returned to Texas. He got the diagnosis this week and was in his third day of treatment Thursday. The 2016 All-Pro said in a statement issued by the team that treatment will continue for several days. And while Frederick and his teammates are optimistic he will return soon, nobody can say when. Most people recover from even the most severe cases of the disease, but some will continue to have some degree of weakness, according to the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Former NFL lineman Mark Schlereth missed the second half of the 1993 season with Washington because of Guillain-Barre and wrote on Twitter that he didn't fully regain his strength for a year. But Schlereth played until 2000 and won two Super Bowls with Denver after the diagnosis. "It's tough," said 2014 All-Pro guard Zack Martin, one of Frederick's best friends on the team. "During training camp, he really didn't know what was going on. He was kind of telling us how he was feeling. It's tough that he didn't know until a couple of days ago." Owner Jerry Jones said he was relieved to get the diagnosis but deflected several questions about the severity of the illness, which likely will determine how long Frederick is out. Frederick said he was encouraged by doctors telling him they thought they caught the disease early. In retrospect, there was a telling moment early in camp in California when Frederick was uncharacteristically pushed back several feet right after the snap by defensive tackle Antwaun Woods in one-on-one drills. A frustrated Frederick shoved Woods, causing a brief scuffle. "It's amazing to me that he's been out here going through two-a-days and creating half the fights because he probably wasn't satisfied within himself how he was responding (as) I look back on it," Jones said. "But that's Frederick." Jones didn't want to discuss the idea of adding another center, although the Cowboys did sign undrafted rookie Jacob Ohnesorge this week. "I haven't and I don't have a plan as to how we'll work through this relative to the position on the team," Jones said. Martin, the right guard, has taken snaps at center occasionally since joining Dallas but is still viewed as an emergency option. He will miss the rest of the preseason but expects to be ready for the opener after hyperextending his left knee in the exhibition loss to Cincinnati last weekend. Looney, who turns 28 next week, has started 13 of 59 games in six years. He has played all 32 games in two seasons with the Cowboys, with three starts. Looney started a career-best six games in his only season with Tennessee in 2015. "Joe's played more football with the ones this year than he ever has," coach Jason Garrett said. "I think we're playing better in combination because of the reps he's gotten. He's a veteran. He's poised. He's composed. He's smart. I think he's fit in really well." The 315-pound Looney didn't fit into Elliott's jersey very well. The increased importance of his role — replacing a four-time Pro Bowl player who hasn't missed a game in five seasons — doesn't mean Looney has stopped thinking about his next gag. "You've got to be the same person every day," he said. "It's unfortunate what's going on right now. We're praying for Travis and wish nothing but the best for him. I'm definitely going to crack some jokes when I see him." The Cowboys can use the humor right now......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died

DETROIT --- Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from advanced pancreatic cancer. Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn tells The Associated Press through a family statement that Franklin died Thursday at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. The statement said "Franklin's official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin's oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute" in Detroit. The family added: "In one of the da...Keep on reading: ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin has died.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2018

National ID system to benefit law enforcement — DND, AFP

The Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)on Tuesdaywelcomed the signing into law of the national ID system, saying it will benefit law enforcement. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement that the system will have "beneficial effects" on their law enforcement operations. "We assure the public that individual privacy will be respected," he said. Lorenzana said the system will also help the government address the gaps in the identification of citizens entitled to receive government services. "Based on our experience, armed conflicts and insurgencies are often rooted in poor governance and delivery of basic services," h...Keep on reading: National ID system to benefit law enforcement — DND, AFP.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

300 professors against Con-ASS

We, the undersigned academics and professionals, are expressing our deep concern as regards the process of reviewing and possibly amending our Constitution. We acknowledge the importance of discussing ways to improve governance in the country, particularly when it comes to a possible shift to a new, federal form of government. Some of us actually support federalism, while others oppose it. We have nevertheless united in this common statement to acknowledge the importance of evidence-based debate and discussion to root out the main benefits and costs of such a reform. Given the far-reaching implications of this reform, we believe the process must be much more participatory---in...Keep on reading: 300 professors against Con-ASS.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Boxing at 2020 Olympics remains in doubt

Boxing could still be axed from the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after the IOC admitted Thursday that concerns remain over the sport's governance and management by the International Boxing Federation (AIBA). "The IOC Executive Board received a report on the AIBA situation and highlighted its significant ongoing concern with a number of key areas... that require further information and confirmation," said an IOC statement. These areas involved "governance, ethical and financial management". In February, the IOC said they had been "extremely worried" and "extremely preoccupied" by the nomination of Uzbek businessman Gafur Rakhimov for the AIBA's interim presidency. "The IOC execu...Keep on reading: Boxing at 2020 Olympics remains in doubt.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 20th, 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

Three-division champion Lomachenko undergoes shoulder surgery

LOS Angeles, United States – Three-division world champion Vasyl Lomachenko had athroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, his promoter said Wednesday, May 30. A statement from Top Rank Boxing said the Ukrainian had the procedure at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, after sustaining the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

Security Bank asset managers to adhere to international code of conduct

The asset management arm of Security Bank Corp. has completely adopted an international code of conduct ensuring the adherence of its asset managers to ethical principles. In a statement, Security Bank’s Trust and Management Group (TAMG) has adopted the Asset Manager Code, a voluntary code of conduct set by the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute. […] The post Security Bank asset managers to adhere to international code of conduct appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Foreign expert recommends better targeting for cash transfer program

A GOVERNMENT think tank said a foreign expert is calling for a review of the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program to ensure that only the intended beneficiaries receive the cash. The Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS), in a statement, yesterday quoted Nanak Kakwani, a poverty expert from the University of New South Wales, as […] The post Foreign expert recommends better targeting for cash transfer program appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 8th, 2018

DTI asked to investigate substandard rebar on sale in Central Luzon

AN industry group has urged the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to conduct an investigation after finding substandard rebar being sold in Central Luzon. In a statement sent to reporters over the weekend, the Philippine Iron and Steel Institute (PISI) recommended that the agency’s Consumer Protection Group conduct an “immediate” audit in the region […] The post DTI asked to investigate substandard rebar on sale in Central Luzon appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

Japan-backed rail institute to rise on site of subway depot

THE Japan-backed Philippine Railway Institute (PRI), which is intended to develop railway managers and technical workers, will rise on the site of the Metro Manila Subway depot in Valenzuela City, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said in a statement. JICA said Wednesday it signed the record of discussions with the Department of Transportation to […] The post Japan-backed rail institute to rise on site of subway depot appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

La Niña impact on rice crop forecast to be mild

THE Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) said that the La Niña weather phenomenon, which will run until March, is expected to have a minimal effect on rice yields. In a statement on Wednesday, PhilRice Engineering and Mechanization Division science research specialist Jasper G. Tallada said the impact of La Niña is “slight” and could diminish […] The post La Niña impact on rice crop forecast to be mild appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018