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The letter and the spirit of the law

WE obviously have to be governed by the rule of law. Without the law, we can only expect disorder and chaos, and all the forms of injustice. But we need to distinguish between the letter of the law and the spirit of the law, and know how to understand and apply the law properly. Ideally, […] The post The letter and the spirit of the law appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianOct 11th, 2018

New EPA head Scott Pruitt’s emails indicate close ties to oil and gas producers – ABC News

More than 7,000 pages of emails from Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt indicate a cozy relationship with oil and gas producers, fossil fuel companies, electric companies, as well as political groups tied to the Koch Brothers during his time as Oklahoma Attorney General. The emails &'8212; made public Wednesday by an Oklahoma judge in response to a lawsuit by liberal watchdog group the Center for Media and Democracy &'8212; indicate coordination between Pruitt and these Koch-backed groups with the goal of undermining the Obama administration's efforts to help curb carbon emissions and prevent climate change. Pruitt was narrowly confirmed by the U.S. Senate (52-46) to be the EPA's administrator Friday after a contentious confirmation process while facing protests from Democrats and environmental groups not only because of his ties to energy companies, but because as Oklahoma’s attorney general he sued the EPA 14 times. Some emails show that companies like Devon Energy in 2013 provided Pruitt's office with draft letters to send to government regulators in an attempt to block those regulations. Some of this was publicly known because some of the emails were previously released to the New York Times in 2014. “Please find attached a short white paper with some talking points that you might find useful to cut and paste when encouraging States to file comments on the SSM rule,” wrote a lobbyist at Hunton &'38; Williams, a law firm that represents major utility companies. The SSM rule relates to industrial emissions. Democrats attempted to hold off on Pruitt’s confirmation until these emails were released, but they were unsuccessful. “Thank you to your respective bosses and all they are doing to push back against President Obama’s EPA and its axis with liberal environmental groups to increase energy costs for Oklahomans and American families across the states,” reads another email sent to Pruitt from an executive at the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, a conservative political advocacy group. “You both work for true champions of freedom and liberty!” The emails also show how Pruitt’s office appeared to work with these companies to draft these letters for Pruitt to sign to try and prevent new regulations. “Any suggestions?” a deputy solicitor general in Pruitt’s office wrote in May 2013 to an executive at Devon Energy, an oil and gas production company. The email to the executive, Bill Whitsitt, included a draft Pruitt’s office appeared to be planning to send to the EPA regarding proposed emissions regulations. Whitsitt replied with what looks like proposed changes: “Please note that you could use just the red changes, or both red and blue (the latter being some further improvements from one of our experts) or none.” The deputy solicitor general replied the next day telling Whitsitt he had sent the letter, writing “Thanks for all your help on this.” In another email in January 2013, Pruitt’s chief of staff at the time gushed to Whitsitt: “You are so amazingly helpful!!! Thank you so much!!!” &'8220;Our engagement with Scott Pruitt as Attorney General of Oklahoma is consistent – and proportionate – with our commitment to engage in conversations with policymakers on a broad range of matters that promote jobs, economic growth and a robust domestic energy sector,&'8221; a spokesperson for Devon Energy told ABC News. &'8220;In some cases, we serve as a resource with useful information and expertise for decision-makers &' It would be indefensible for us to not be engaged in these important issues.&'8221; Lincoln Ferguson, the press secretary for the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office released a statement writing that their office has &'8220;complied with a Court’s order regarding a January 2015 Open Records Act request.” &'8220;In fact, the Office went above and beyond what is required under the Open Records Act and produced thousands of additional documents that, but for the Court’s order, would typically be considered records outside the scope of the Act,” Ferguson said. &'8220;This broad disclosure should provide affirmation that, despite politically motivated allegations, the Office of Attorney General remains fully committed to the letter and spirit of the Open Records Act.” Americans for Prosperity declined comment. “The newly released emails reveal a close and friendly relationship between Scott Pruitt’s office and the fossil fuel industry,” Nick Surgey, research director at the Center for Media and Democracy, wrote in an email Wednesday.( SHUSHANNAH WALSHE,RYAN STRUYK) &'160; &'160; 35&'160;total views, 35&'160;views today.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2017

Spirit rather than the letter of the law

It looks like our country will remain divided as dissension and disunity heighten because of the recent ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) on the burial of the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 10th, 2016

The spirit of letters

The spirit of the law vs. the letter of the law. Scarlet letter politics. FOI, NDF, EJK, LNB, ETC......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2016

LTFRB exec warns of inflationary effects of P10 jeepney minimum fare

MANILA, Philippines – Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Member Aileen Lizada noted that economic managers have warned of the inflationary effects of the higher-than-expected  P2-hike in jeepney minimum fares . In her dissenting opinion signed Wednesday, October 17, Lizada cited an October 2 letter from National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

MAJOR POINT: Has the PBA Solved Its Draft Problem?

Late last week on October 12th, the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) made an announcement that the PBA Board of Governors voted and agreed unanimously that starting 2019, the number 1 overall draft pick can no longer be traded and is exclusively for the worst team in the league to pick who they choose. At first glance, the PBA’s announcement looks like a solution to the draft problem that has gone on for over a decade. If you just read the headline or skimmed through the press release or an article written on the subject maybe you think the PBA has found its solution to the draft problem that caused division in the PBA Board and led to the hiring of a new commissioner after another draft debacle last year. Ever the skeptic, I read more than the headlines. Instead of skimming through the press release and articles, I read the fine print. After my readings and a few discussions with basketball people, do I feel the PBA has found a solution to its draft problem? I’m skeptical. I have questions. But before we get to my questions, lets take a look at how the PBA got itself in a situation where they had to make an actual rule that the worst team in the league CAN’T trade the number one overall pick: 2005: Anthony “Jay” Washington gets drafted number one overall by Air21 Express. Washington gets traded on draft day to the Talk ’N Text Phone Pals. Talk ’N Text was second in wins in the PBA in the three conferences leading up to the 2005 draft. 2008: The Talk ’N Text Phone Pals have picks 2 and 4 in the first round of the draft despite being tied for the most number of wins in the 2006-2007 season. They draft Jared Dillinger and Rob Reyes with those picks. TNT trades Jay Washington to the San Miguel Beermen and acquires the third overall pick, which turns out to be Jayson Castro. 2009: Japeth Aguilar is selected number one overall by the Burger King Whoppers. Aguilar plays one game for the Whoppers, before he is shipped to the Talk N Text Tropang Texters in a three-way trade also involving Barako Bull. Burger King was able to get Barako Bull’s 2010 (previously acquired by Talk ‘N Text) and 2012 first-round picks along with Talk ‘N Text’s 2013 and 2014 first-round picks. 2010: Noy Baclao and Rabeh Al-Hussaini are selected first and second overall by Air21 Express. Midway through their rookie season both Baclao and Al-Hussaini along with Rey Guevarra are traded to Petron Blaze in exchange for Danny Seigle, Dondon Hontiveros, Dorian Peña and Paul Artadi. Baclao and Al-Hussaini help the Petron Blaze win the 2011 PBA Governors’ Cup. Al-Hussaini wins Rookie of the Year. 2012: The Petron Blaze Boosters (from Barako Bull via Air21) select June Mar Fajardo number one overall. 2013: Barangay Ginebra (from Air21) selects Greg Slaughter number one overall. Barako Bull had the fourth, fifth and sixth picks in the first round. Barako Bull decides to trade away all three first round picks. The fifth pick turns out to be Terrence Romeo. 2014: Despite winning the Philippine Cup in a 4-0 sweep, Talk ’N Text lands the second and fourth picks overall and selects Kevin Alas and Matthew Ganuelas-Rosser before the 2014-2015 PBA season begins. Alas & Ganuelas-Rosser help Talk ’N Text win the 2015 Commisioner’s Cup. Kia Sorento with their first pick in franchise history selects Manny Pacquiao 11th overall. 2015: Despite winning the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup, Talk ’N Text has the number one overall pick (from Blackwater). Talk ’N Text selects Moala Tautuaa number one and then two days later trade for the number two overall pick, Troy Rosario (Mahindra). 2016: The “Special” Draft. Gilas players are selected behind closed doors. One Gilas cadet per team, not to be traded for two years. Draft order was never released to the PBA fans/public. 2017: The San Miguel Beerman, despite winning two championships, having the most wins and the best win percentage, select Christian Standhardinger number one overall after a trade from Kia. Losing out on the Standhardinger sweepstakes, TNT blasts Commissioner Narvasa for approving the trade. The PBA divides where seven teams declare they have a “loss of confidence” in Commissioner Narvasa. Five teams support Commissioner Narvasa. After a three-month stalemate, Commissioner Narvasa steps down and the PBA Board appoints a new commissioner, Willie Marcial. As you can see, it is a little more complicated than having the number one overall pick protected from a trade. While the number one overall pick has been traded seven times in the last 13 years, which has to be some kind of record, there have been other issues as well. And that is where my long list of questions begins: -    What’s to stop an already winning team from stacking up multiple first round picks other than the number one overall pick, like in 2008 and 2014? -    This "no trading of the top pick rule" becomes effective in 2019. Why the wait? Why can’t it apply this year? Columbian Dyip has the first pick this season. History says they could likely trade that pick to a championship team. Why do we have to go through this make-believe world another year? -    Hypothetically, how would the PBA handle this situation: Phoenix trades an active player to Rain or Shine for ROS’s 2021 1st round pick. Unfortunately, in 2020, ROS has a variety of injuries and acquires the number one overall pick. What happens then? Who gets the first pick? ROS or Phoenix? -    After the first pick is drafted, when does that player selected first become tradeable? Can it be traded after the draft? If not, for how long? Looking at the draft history of the last 13 years, you have to wonder, what were the objectives of teams like Air21, Barako Bull & Kia? Were those teams in the league to form competitive teams? Were they attempting to build championship teams? Why were those teams trading so many of their top picks? Columbian justified its trading of the number pick last year by saying they were going to play in an “unconventional” way. Their unconventional way has led them to five wins in 31 games so far this season. It has also earned them the number one overall pick for the second year in a row. The PBA Draft is supposed to be fun. It used to be fun. Before 2005, the PBA Draft was a legitimate event. It was something to look forward to. The idea of the draft is still special in theory. It’s a day where dreams come true. Drafted players lives change that day. Many times, the lives of a player's family change forever when their son or husband or father is drafted in the PBA. It's an opportunity for teams who have struggled to get better. It's supposed to give hope to teams drafting high and a challenge to teams drafting low. That is how the draft system is supposed to work. Unfortunately, in the PBA that system has been broke for a long time. I like the idea and the spirit of the draft. However, last year on my podcast, Staying MAJOR, I argued that the PBA should scrap its draft. That made me sad. It made me sad because I feel like the spirit of the PBA Draft has been lost. It's been lost by teams manipulating the system for the improvement of their individual team or their team's objective, but not for the betterment of the league. I’m tired of the PBA Draft getting hijacked every year. And now we have to likely go through it again this year. Even after what happened last year. Not being able to trade the number one pick sounds good. It’s a nice blanket statement. I even think it might be a step in the right direction. But, sometimes when you're bleeding, you need more than a band-aid. Fans aren’t naive. They can figure out what’s going on when year after year the rich get richer and the poor stay poor. Maybe some of my questions will get answered here as the draft approaches? Maybe Columbian Dyip won’t trade their pick again? Maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part? If there is a silver lining, it is at least the PBA and its Board have acknowledged that there is a problem. At least there was an attempt to fix it. I’d say vetting of new potential franchises, so the PBA doesn’t have members who want to trade their draft picks to already successful teams is the bigger issue, but hopefully this is a start of trying to level the playing field. Wouldn’t it be fun to have teams that haven’t won in a while, keep their picks and build contending teams? Or at least not give them to the already strong teams? Wouldn’t that be fun? Wouldn’t it be fun to celebrate the draft spirit of hope on draft day without trying to figure out how the best teams ended up with the top picks again? The PBA is a professional, competitive, sports league. That’s what it’s supposed to be. The PBA is supposed to be fun too. However, it’s NOT fun or competitive when the top teams keep picking high every year. That’s not real competition to me. So will the PBA’s new rule regarding the number one overall pick change anything? This year, no. Starting next year, maybe. I’d like to be optimistic that there will be change or that this rule will initiate an on-going conversation of how to make the draft better. Unfortunately, we still have a full year of waiting before we find out. Eric Menk played in the PBA from 1999 to 2016. Menk is a four-time PBA champion, three-time PBA Finals MVP and one-time PBA MVP (2005). He will be writing for ABS-CBN Sports weekly. Menk also has his podcast Staying MAJOR as welll as his own YouTube channel ......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

NYT: Condo owners vow to strip Trump name from building

NEW YORK --- Another building is stripping Trump off its entrance. The New York Times reported Wednesday that residents of Trump Place on the Upper West Side of Manhattan have joined three other buildings in the neighborhood in stripping the president's brassy five-letter name from their 46-story building in another sign that the brand is losing some of its appeal. The move follows reports of losses at some of President Donald Trump's golf courses, and decisions by several hotels that had licensed the president's name to drop it. After more than a quarter century, Trump Plaza will now be known only by its address, 200 Riverside Boulevard. The name had become controversial...Keep on reading: NYT: Condo owners vow to strip Trump name from building.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Celebrating the Filipino spirit

The Belo Medical Group, led by CEO and founder Dr. Vicki Belo, who is a true patron of Philippine culture, cuisine, music, art and history, recently co-presented Ang Pagdiriwang, an annual celebration of the best of the Filipino spirit......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

PVL: Madayag shows leadership, maturity in win

Graduating player Maddie Madayag felt that she needed to do something after Ateneo-Motolite went down 1-2 in their match against Tacloban Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. “Gising na Maddie,” she told herself. Snapping out of a slump, Madayag delivered the spark that the fueled the Lady Eagles’ impressive push in the closing stretch of the fifth frame to extend their winning run to three and move up to a share of the lead with a 25-18, 19-25, 11-25, 25-17, 15-11, come-from-behind win over the Fighting Warays. “Medyo lutang kanina,” admitted Madayag, who scored 12 points and was a monster at the net with five kill blocks. Ateneo-Motolite moved to a share of the lead with Creamline and BanKo with 5-1 win-loss slate. Madayag scored three points in the fifth set including a quick attack that gave the Lady Eagles a 9-5 lead. The Ateneo-Motolite senior also played a huge role in the Lady Eagles’ fightback after Tacloban closed the gap at 9-8, hitting a down the line spike that fueled a 4-1 burst for a 13-9 advantage. “’Yun nga kailangan ko ipakita sa mga bata kasi kung ano ‘yung makikita nila yun din gagawin nila,” she said. “Kasi nga seniors, so kung ano makikita nila sa mga ate even sa training so parang if I show them the fighting spirit yun din makukuha din nila.” “’Yun kasi para ma-adapt nila na, ‘I need to fight, I really need to fight sa game,’” Madayag added. With Madayag leading the way in the crucial junction of the match, Ateneo-Motolite escaped with its second straight five-setter game and third win in a duel that went the full distance.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Handling tax assessments

So, you received that dreaded letter from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) notifying you of a tax audit. If you are like some people, you will probably start having heart palpitations and cold sweats. For some, going through a BIR tax audit is worse than visiting the gynecologist or proctologist for an annual check-up. At least with the latter, you know that the episode will definitely end after a few minutes or within an hour, at most. The post Handling tax assessments appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Poe: Suspend excise tax on fuel now, not in 2019

Senator Grace Poe on Sunday pressed for the immediate suspension of the excise tax on fuel, saying that the time to do it is "now or sooner." Poe was among the 17 senators who asked President Rodrigo Duterte, through a letter dated October 9, 2018, to support the proposed suspension of the said tax in Congress. READ: 17 senators ask Duterte to support suspension of excise tax on fuel "The time to suspend the excise tax increase is now or sooner, not in January 2019," she said in a statement. "That is per se allowed as a safeguard in the TRAIN Law under RA 10963," she said. Under the law, the government can only suspend the tax on fuel if international prices of the Dubai c...Keep on reading: Poe: Suspend excise tax on fuel now, not in 2019.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Ejercito relieved to hear Duterte mulling suspension of fuel excise taxes

Sen. JV Ejercito welcomed the news that President Rodrigo Duterte was considering the suspension of the second round of excise taxes on fuel. "I am relieved and happy to hear the news that PRRD [President Rodrigo Roa Duterte] is considering suspending the second round of excise taxes on fuel," Ejercito said in a statement issued on Sunday. "That means the President listens!" This development came after the Senate majority bloc, which includes Ejercito, wrote a letter to the President asking him support move of both chambers of Congress to suspend any further increases in excise taxes on fuel. READ:17 senators ask Duterte to support suspension of excise tax on fuel "We, the un...Keep on reading: Ejercito relieved to hear Duterte mulling suspension of fuel excise taxes.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Cambodia offers to resume search for U.S. Vietnam War missing

PHNOM PHEN, Cambodia – Cambodian leader Hun Sen has offered to resume working with a US program that recovers the remains of American soldiers killed during the Vietnam War, as the premier seeks to defuse criticism of a flawed election . Hun Sen stated his intention to restart the "important" mission in a letter ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Another green card scam: Fake approval notices

Several people have consulted with me, asking whether the approval letter they received was genuine......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Beyoncé, Jay-Z appear at City of Hope cancer charity event

SANTA MONICA, California --- Beyonce paid homage to a high-profile music executive being honored at a charity event to raise money for cancer research. The singer's vocals soared as she performed three ballads including her 2009 smash hit "Halo" and "Ava Maria" after saluting the character of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing CEO Jon Platt at the City of Hope gala near Los Angeles on Thursday night. She took the stage following her husband, Jay Z, who presented Platt with the Spirit of Life award during a charity event that raised more than $6 million (around P325 million). "Most people lead with their ego, but you lead with your heart," Beyonce said Platt, who will soon be leav...Keep on reading: Beyoncé, Jay-Z appear at City of Hope cancer charity event.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Carpio seeking CJ post

  Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has accepted his automatic nomination to the post of Chief Justice vacated by Teresita Leonardo-De Castro who retired last week.   The Supreme Court public information office, quoting Carpio's head of staff, lawyer Teresa Sibulo, said Carpio had already sent his acceptance letter to the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).   The JBC is the constitutional body tasked to screen and vet nominees for top positions in the judiciary and the Office of the Ombudsman. The council must come up with at least three nominees, from which the President will make his pick.   But another senior member of the high court, Ass...Keep on reading: Carpio seeking CJ post.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Edgar Allan Guzman, Kim Rodriguez: defend their love from engkanto in Wagas

Edgar Allan Guzman and Kim Rodriguez banner a mysterious love story in Wagas this Saturday (October 13). Trying to win the heart of someone you love is difficult enough when you have competition. But the playing field becomes more challenging when your rival turns out to be an engkanto—or a mythical environmental spirit. For Daniela […] The post Edgar Allan Guzman, Kim Rodriguez: defend their love from engkanto in Wagas appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Consultative committee writes to Duterte on House federalism draft

Members of the consultative committee (Concom) tasked to review the 1987 Constitution will formally inform President Duterte in a letter that the draft charter of the House of Representatives is questionable and must be made public in the interest of transparency......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Consultative committee writes to Duterte on House federalism draft

Members of the consultative committee (Concom) tasked to review the 1987 Constitution will formally inform President Duterte in a letter that the draft charter of the House of Representatives is questionable and must be made public in the interest of transparency......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 12th, 2018

Isko Moreno eyes resignation from DSWD to run for Manila mayor

Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso has asked to resign as Undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) because he decided to run for Manila City Mayor in the 2019 elections. In a handwritten letter sent to the Palace on Thursday, Domagoso told President Rodrigo Duterte he wanted to step down from his post as he was concerned with the current situation in Manila. "Mahal na pangulo, ipagpaumanhin po ninyo ang aking pagbitiw. Bagama't nais kong manatili sa kagawaran na inyong itinatalaga sa akin, hindi ko na po matitiis ang mga kasalukuyang nangyayari, sitwasyon at pangaabuso sa mamamayan sa lungsod ng Maynila," Domagoso said. (My beloved President, p...Keep on reading: Isko Moreno eyes resignation from DSWD to run for Manila mayor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

Anti-corruption group reiterates call to revoke Jinggoy’s bail

After the Supreme Court (SC) allowed the use of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMCL) report in court hearings, an anti-corruption group has reiterated its call to revoke the bail posted by former Senator Jinggoy Estrada. The Filipinos Opposed to Corruption and Unjust System (FOCUS) said in a letter addressed to Ombudsman Samuel Martireson Wednesdaythat the SC ruling bolsters the case against Estrada who is accused of plunder, which is an additional reason to recall his temporary liberty. "This update is considered a breakthrough, in this case, considering that the said report will bolster the case of the prosecution against Estrada and his cohorts," FOCUS said. The high cour...Keep on reading: Anti-corruption group reiterates call to revoke Jinggoy’s bail.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018