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VFA not designed to protect our interest

Maybe President Duterte is a maverick president when at the outset he pursued an independent foreign policy. The problem, however, is that up to now many of our leaders cannot comprehend that the country’s foreign policy is only centered on our national interest; that it cannot go beyond or less than that. As President, his decision to discontinue the VFA stands as the highest judgment that without the VFA is good for this nation......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardFeb 14th, 2020

Philippine mission mandate is to protect interest, welfare of fellow citizens- Embassy source

By Ben Garcia KUWAIT: The Philippine Embassy responded to a news article published last week warning it against sheltering runaway workers inside the embassy building, reminding the Philippines that s.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2020

Gwen infers ‘conflict of interest’ in Manila Water JIA terms breach

CEBU CITY, Philippines —   Governor Gwendolyn Garcia is suspecting conflict of interest as the reason behind former Capitol officials “failure to protect the interest of the province” concerning the joint investment agreement of the provincial government and Manila Water Consortium Inc. In a press conference on Monday, December 16, Garcia lashed out at the administration […] The post Gwen infers ‘conflict of interest’ in Manila Water JIA terms breach appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2019

DTI, BoC officials, big steelmakers in hot water

Top officials of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Bureau of Product Standard are allegedly engineering a cover-up designed to protect large steelmakers in the Philippines, whose…READ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 13th, 2019

Phl worth your investments, Duterte assures

BEIJING—President Rodrigo Duterte encouraged Chinese businesses to invest in the Philippines and made an assurance to protect their investments by providing corruption-free business environment. “Let me thank our Chinese friends for the interest to be part of the Philippines’ growth story. We are encouraged by your vote of confidence in our economy,” he said in […] The post Phl worth your investments, Duterte assures appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 31st, 2019

Duterte verbal orders: Designed to protect himself

Photo from pcoo.gov.ph.JUST HOURS after President Rodrigo Duterte had received information a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2019

Duterte verbal orders: Designed to protect himself

Photo from pcoo.gov.ph.JUST HOURS after President Rodrigo Duterte had received information a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2019

BASELESS AND MEANT TO HARASS GOV’T PEOPLE

UNPERTURBED Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian merely shrugged off a complaint lodged by a homeowners’ association saying it’s just meant to harass government people who’re committed to protect the people’s interest. Like all previous complaints filed against the city government, he trusts the wisdom of the Ombudsman to see that the complaint totally bears no […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

POC president Vargas removes board members

Philippine Olympic Committee Ricky Vargas sacked members of the board during a heated general assembly on Monday. Vargas gave membership committee head Robert Bachmann, board members Joey Romasanta, Peping Cojuangco, chef de mission Monsour Del Rosario and deputy CDM Charlie Ho the boot from their respective positions saying that ‘the individuals I mentioned have lost my trust and confidence.’ He stripped Bachmann of his position as membership committee chair and was replaced by General Lucas Managuelod. Vargas withdrew the chairmanship of Cojuangco in the constitutional amendments committee and assumed the position. Del Rosario and Ho were forced to vacate their positions and will be replaced within the few days, Romasanta was bumped off his spot as CDM to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with Vargas nominating POC chairman Bambol Tolentino as his replacement.                Vargas’ decision came after the group held unauthorized meetings last April 30 and last Saturday.   Vargas said that he did not approve of these meetings but the group went ahead anyway even without his, Tolentino and Secretary-General Patrick Gregorio’s presence. The letter that resulted out of the April 30 meeting was signed by board member Clint Aranas, who Vargas said ‘never attended a single board meeting or general assembly in recent memory’, International Olympic Committee representative to the PHI Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski and members of the board namely former POC president Cojuangco, 1st vice-president Romasanta, 2nd vice-president Jeff Tamayo, treasurer Julian Camacho and auditor Jonne Go. “I am puzzled by the inclusion of Ms. Jaworski. I will send a query to the IOC about their representative meddling in the internal affairs of our organization. My understanding is, she is part of the POC board to protect the interest of the IOC and the Olympic Programme. Not to interfere in internal conflict,” said Vargas in his statement. Vargas called the letter of the meetings as ‘offensive, insulting, vilifying and demeaning’ as it pointed several questions about him with a stern 5-day deadline to reply ‘like a reprimanded subordinate or a recalcitrant child.’    “But this was too much. It was too offensive for me to honor so I kept my peace and let the deadline pass as I prepared to take my case to you here in this General Assembly,” said Vargas. The president swiped at the group saying, ‘This group sees me as an interloper, an outsider. I am not one of them. I am unwelcome.’ Before adjourning the meeting, Vargas in his statement dropped the hammer on the group......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 27th, 2019

Palace backs review of Kuwait agreement on OFWs

Malacañang yesterday expressed support for a review of the agreement designed to protect overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait following the brutal death of a Filipina domestic worker in the Gulf state......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2019

Ceferin stresses big clubs with closed Champions League idea

By Rob Harris, Associated Press UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin told leaders from European leagues not to forget the importance of big clubs in generating cash during a private meeting in which plans were detailed for a closed-off Champions League favoring the elite. A recording and images obtained by The Associated Press from the meeting at the UEFA headquarters on Wednesday highlights the schism between clubs and leagues over the ability to influence UEFA as it considers revamping its club competitions starting with the 2024-25 season. The dramatic proposal, shown during the meeting in Nyon, would lock in 24 of the 32 slots in the Champions League without the need to qualify annually through domestic leagues and would introduce promotion from and relegation to the Europa League. The plan has infuriated domestic leagues, particularly La Liga President Javier Tebas, who views UEFA as too closely aligned to the vision of European Club Association head Andrea Agnelli of Juventus. In a letter obtained by the AP last month, European Leagues President Lars-Christer Olsson floated the possibility of an investigation to determine whether the ECA was abusing a dominant position as UEFA was lobbied for more games between leading clubs. "Speaking about big clubs, this is a typical populist tool that is used in Europe not only in football," Ceferin told European Leagues representatives in the closed-doors meeting. "More and more the rich are taking everything from you and we the rich will help. Is that logical? I don't think so. And it's true big clubs are taking a lot of money, the most the biggest amount of money because of their results. And it's true that we have to think about that. But they're also bringing a lot of money on the table which is very easily forgotten." Hitting out at claims he is "killing football," Ceferin rebuked members of the European Leagues organization over public criticism and warned his executive committee could have pushed ahead with a revamp of competitions without discussing it with them. "We will not insult, but the more shouting there will be, the less consultation process there will be," Ceferin said. "Shouting in the media tells us much more about those people than about UEFA," Ceferin added. "We were listening about what will happen here, about how we are killing football, destroying football — despite the fact that UEFA is the only organization in European football that shares money as solidarity to every single country in Europe." The early UEFA vision, if approved, would see the Champions League group stage start a month earlier in August and double the size of each group to eight teams. But 24 of the 32 clubs in the 2024-25 group stage could retain their places the following season regardless of their domestic league finish. That would give certainty to leading clubs that attract the biggest television audiences but reduced opportunities for outsiders. Four Champions League teams will be relegated each season into the next season's second-tier Europa League. They would be replaced by the Europa League semifinalists, who would be promoted. Only four qualifying places would be left for national champions competing in preliminary rounds. It would leave the Dutch league runner-up — as Ajax was before reaching the Champions League semifinals this season — with no ability to qualify. Promotion and relegation is also envisaged between the Europa League and a third-tier competition that has yet to launch. The third competition, first revealed by the AP in 2015, would kick off in the 2021-22 season with a 32-team format in eight groups of four. But it could be enlarged to 64 teams from 2024, with four groups of 16 teams, possibly arranged by region, according to the UEFA documents. "You have to know that the ones who are shouting generate huge revenues and don't share anything with the others in Europe," Ceferin said. "The ones who really have problems respectfully and humbly wait for our explanation. And that's why we want to discuss we want to discuss because of the ones who deserve. That we discuss the ones who need our help and not the ones who are scared about their personal interest." In 2016, Ceferin decried a secret deal over Champions League changes agreed just before he was elected to succeed Michel Platini as UEFA president. Ceferin was frustrated UEFA caved into demands of Spain, Germany, England and Italy to guarantee them 16 of the 32 Champions League group-stage places. Now Ceferin is giving the impression he is consulting more by bringing leagues and clubs to meetings in Nyon. But his unhappiness with officials from leagues was clear in the tone. "We can go to the ExCo and decide and not ask anyone and your representative in the ExCo go can vote against," Ceferin said, referring to Olsson, who sits on the executive committee. "But we don't want to do it. That's why we are discussing. Legal action threats, I will not comment that much. As a lawyer with 25 year experience, this is quite the joke." Ceferin called on European Leagues officials to approach the talks "with some class without hostility and without false solidarity" and challenged them to come forward with proposals. "I hope we will exchange many important ideas and arguments," Ceferin said. "And if we do that we will come at the end to a solution that will be good for all the European football and — trust me or don't trust me — but the fact is that for UEFA that's our goal. We cannot do what clubs say and we cannot do what league say. We will do what is right for European football. And we will protect it together.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 11th, 2019

Formula 1's debt-ridden Manor Racing go into administration

JUSTIN PALMER, Associated Press br /> LONDON (AP) — The operating company of Manor Racing was placed in administration on Friday, putting in major doubt the British-based Formula One team's participation this year. Manor, which finished 11th and last in the constructors' championship last season, has been seeking new investors, and administrator FRP Advisory said there was 'a limited window of opportunity' for new owners before preseason testing and the first race in Melbourne on March 26. Geoff Rowley, a joint administrator and partner at FRP Advisory, said, 'During recent months, the senior management team has worked tirelessly to bring new investment to the team to secure its long-term future, but regrettably has been unable to do so within the time available. 'Therefore, they have been left with no alternative but to place Just Racing Services Limited into administration.' Manor Grand Prix Racing Ltd, the sister company of JRSL, which has the rights for the team's participation in F1, was not in administration, which is designed to protect insolvent companies from their creditors. FRP said no redundancies have been made following JRSL's entering into administration, and all 212 staff were paid in full to the end of December. Manor, formerly known as Marussia, which went into administration in late 2014, was in discussions with investor groups throughout last year, and agreed on terms of a sale to an Asian investment consortium in December, only for the deal to fall through. German driver Pascal Wehrlein secured the team's only point last year with a 10th-place finish in Austria. But in the the penultimate race in Brazil, Manor was overtaken by Sauber in the standings following Felipe Nasr's ninth-place finish, a result that was reported to have cost Manor some $30 million in prize money. Stephen Fitzpatrick, owner of Manor Racing since 2015, said in a letter to staff on Friday that it was a 'disappointing end to a two-year journey for Manor.' 'When I took over the team in 2015, the challenge was clear; it was imperative that the team finish in 10th place or better in 2016. For much of the season we were on track,' Fitzpatrick wrote. 'But the dramatic race in Brazil ended our hopes of this result and ultimately brought into doubt the team's ability to race in 2017. 'I look back on 2016 with pride in what Manor accomplished in what was the most successful year in the team's history. I would like to thank the team for their constant hard work, determination and passion. We made a huge amount of progress on and off track but ultimately it was not enough.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2017

IC introduces performance indicators to guide microinsurance industry

MANILA, Philippines - In an effort to ensure the financial health of microinsurance providers and protect the interest of the insured public, the Insurance C.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 31st, 2016

Pork producers push for hike in pork offal tariffs

MANILA, Philippines - The country’s pork producers are urging the government to increase the tariff on imported pork offal to protect the interest of domesti.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 6th, 2016

President Duterte to next release list of big tax evaders

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar –- President Rodrigo R. Duterte will soon release a list of wealthy tax evaders in the country, citing his administration's thrust to protect government’s interest......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 9th, 2016

The Flying Carnival 2020 lands in Carmona, Cavite on March 6-8

For over two decades, the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta has been, without question, the most highly-anticipated sports aviation event in Asia.  Known as "The Weekend of Everything That Flies", the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta has also been the longest-running event of its kind, and has remained true to its longtime objectives of sparking interest in aviation, instilling discipline in young pilots, and imparting a spirit of volunteerism to the whole community.  This year, with the intention of continuing to spread this advocacy across the Philippines, organizers will be launching a three-day spectacle entitled "The Flying Carnival 2020: A Weekend of Almost Everything that Flies" set to be held at the San Lazaro Liesure Park in Carmona, Cavite on March 6-8, 2020.  The event will feature hot air balloons, helicopters, and air sports events as well as aviation career seminars, fly markets, food booths, and endless fun for the whole family! Set in a more comfortable viewing space, spectators will be treated to the sight of early morning balloon flights followed by non-stop flying exhibitions – paragliding, skydiving, helicopter demonstrations, RC control line exhibitions and kite flying.  Visitors can wander through a carnival setting, with food booths and entertainment for the whole family. Aviation souvenirs and unique finds can be bought at the Fly Market, and the weekend evenings will be capped off by a magical hot air balloon nightglow and fireworks display.  Those considering a career in aviation can attend the Aviation Career Seminars to be given by renowned aviators and industry practitioners – Fighter pilots from the Philippine Air Force; Naval Air Group pilots from the Philippine Navy; a female captain from Cebu Pacific Air, and Air Traffic Controller from the Air Traffic Service. They will be joined by FAI World Record holder from Spain, Michel Gordillo; Hot Air Balloon pilot from the United Kingdom, Pete Bish; and Capt. Joy Roa of Asian Air Safari. The seminars will be available to Business Class ticket holders. Seminar attendees will be given a certificate of completion, and can enjoy meals and gain admission to the event. Those who wish to experience the carnival in comfort can opt to get the First Class Ticket, which allows an all-access pass to the event, including meals, private viewing areas, and access to the aviation seminars and air-conditioned bazaar.  For tickets and other information, visit www.philballoonfest.net or stay up-to-date with event info by following @PIHABF on Facebook, and @philballoonfest on Instagram......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News13 hr. 29 min. ago

Panigan-Tamugan watershed as Davao water source must be protected – envi group

Environmental groups have urged everyone to protect the Panigan-Tamugan watershed to keep a clean water source for Dabawenyos......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated News14 hr. 29 min. ago

Protect Yourself from COVID-19 with These Tips

The Coronavirus Disease or COVID-19 is all over the news today. It is reported that over 40,000 are now being confirmed with the virus and has claimed the lives of thousands all over the world. The virus had already spread from China to other parts of the world, specifically neighboring Asian countries including the Philippines, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated News15 hr. 42 min. ago

Public welfare not served by crackdown on private sector

Are President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent diatribes against private corporations serving public interest and public welfare?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2020

Investors swarm T-bill auction; rates drop

Interest rates for short-term government securities declined across all tenors yesterday as investors swarmed the auction following the revision of Fitch Rating’s credit rating outlook for the Philippines last week, according to the Bureau of the Treasury......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2020

Laws fail to protect kids from online sexual exploitation

Philippine laws meant to address online sexual exploitation of children have failed, the Child Rights Network said over the weekend......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2020