Zubiri calls for probe vs illegal profiteers of TRAIN Law

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said he is poised to file a resolution asking to conduct an inquiry into the reported illegal price increase and profiteering made by some unscrupulous businesses after the Tax Reform Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) Law took effect last Jan. 1.   In a press briefing on Thursday, Zubiri, who chairs the Senate trade, commerce and entrepreneurship panel, said he was alarmed over the reported price increases even without the advise of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Department of Finance (DOF), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).   "Naalarma nga ako na nagkaroon ng price increases na wala pang utos ang BIR, DOF, wala p...Keep on reading: Zubiri calls for probe vs illegal profiteers of TRAIN Law.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 18th, 2018

Econ managers reject TRAIN suspension, Aquino on China, Malacanang on Kiss | Evening wRap

  Today on Rappler: The country's economic managers on Tuesday, June 5, rejected calls to suspend the implementation of the tax reform law . Former president Benigno Aquino III said China has violated its 2002 agreement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Ombudsman prosecutor Madonna Joy Ednaco Tanyag was allegedly killed by jeepney barker  Angelito Avenido  so that he could buy illegal drugs. Malacañang said that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

Chiz resolution calls on senate to probe AI report

Sen. Chiz Escudero has filed a resolution pushing the Senate to investigate the allegations of Amnesty International that killings related to the government's war against illegal drugs were extrajudicial executions carried out by gunmen hired by police officers to kill and plant evidence......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsMar 17th, 2017

Huawei saga calls for attention, not alarmist probe, boycott

IN a move unprecedented in its scope, the US Justice Department this week filed more than a dozen criminal charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei and its chief financial officer…READ The post Huawei saga calls for attention, not alarmist probe, boycott appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019

U.N. judicial expert in Turkey to probe Khashoggi murder

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday, January 28, met with a UN judicial expert who is looking into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as Ankara calls for an international inquiry . The UN special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 28th, 2019

Senate OKs probe of people linked to P11-B ‘shabu’ shipment

MANILA, Philippines --- The Senate adopted on Monday the recommendation of a Senate panel to conduct a lifestyle check and further investigate personalities tagged in the controversial P11-billion crystal meth shipment that was unearthed in August 2018. READ:PDEA chief now says magnetic lifters contained P11B 'shabu' READ:PDEA to file raps against those involved in P11B smuggled 'shabu' In his sponsorship speech on Committee Report No. 544, Sen. Richard Gordon, blue ribbon committee chair, noted that despite previous investigations into the illegal shabu shipments into the country, "big amount of drugs still kept coming in our country through the use of the same modus operan...Keep on reading: Senate OKs probe of people linked to P11-B ‘shabu’ shipment.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2019

PNP starts probe on sacked Bacolod police execs

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) started its investigation on the Bacolod City police chief and four other cops who were ordered relieved by President Rodrigo R. Duterte for their alleged involvement in illegal drugs. “Ang utos sa atin ng Presidente (The President said), let them face the investigation. They will face investigation. They were sacked […] The post PNP starts probe on sacked Bacolod police execs appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

PPRC initiates probe of new illegal structures at Estero de Magdalena

PPRC initiates probe of new illegal structures at Estero de Magdalena.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

Recto calls for probe on China-assisted ‘Safe Philippines Project’

    MANILA, Philippines --- Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto has sought an inquiry into the Chinese government-assisted P20-billion "Safe Philippines Project," saying there is a need to mitigate potential risks to national security or public interest. In Senate Resolution No. 990 filed on Wednesday, Recto said the project, which includes the installation of an initial 12,000 closed-circuit television (CCTV) security cameras in public areas in Metro Manila and Davao City, should be reviewed and evaluated by the government. "It is imperative that the Philippine government review and evaluate government programs and projects and their impact on national sec...Keep on reading: Recto calls for probe on China-assisted ‘Safe Philippines Project’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

Trump calls report on FBI probe of him ‘most insulting’

WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump on Saturday called "most insulting" a published report that federal law enforcement officials were so concerned about his behavior in the days after he fired James Comey from the FBI that they opened an investigation into whether he had been working for Russia against U.S. interests. The New York Times report Friday cited unnamed former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation. Trump reacted Saturday during a telephone interview broadcast on Fox News Channel after host Jeanine Pirro asked whether he is currently or has ever worked for Russia. READ: Report: FBI probed whether Trump secretly worked for Russia ...Keep on reading: Trump calls report on FBI probe of him ‘most insulting’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2019

Patrick Beverley s trademark defense getting new test

By Shaun Powell, There was a foul, followed by a stoppage in play, a scene replayed dozens of times in NBA arenas. Except in this case, the victim was former two-time Kia MVP Stephen Curry and the punisher was the notorious Patrick Beverley. And so the situation (of course) turned snippy. Beverley has fought against better players his entire basketball life and carries an underdog gene that tends to flare in these situations. That explains why he tried to slap the ball from the Warriors guard after the whistle. Curry wasn’t having it, and so there was a gentle shove. And then a shove was returned. Then a staredown with noses just inches from each other. Then a separation of bodies. This was Beverley doing what he does by reputation: namely, irritate and push his defensive aggression and agenda to the very limit … and then some. His “crime” was restricting Curry’s movement with a forearm. Sometimes Beverley gets away with it, but in today’s NBA, no longer with any regularity. Such is the new normal. He’s a defensive-minded player with the LA Clippers and works in a league that suddenly favors scoring and shooters. He’s quite possibly, in his estimation and that of others, someone who’s forced to evolve or perish. For him, there’s no other option. “It would be very hard,” Beverley said, “to come into the league today and try to play defense like we did years ago.” Before this season, the NBA's Points of Emphasis centered in part on freedom of movement. The goal is to help players move without barriers, which creates high-scoring games, which makes games more entertaining for fans. Halfway through the season, the evidence is convincing: Scores are up, stops are down. To date, 11 teams have an offensive rating greater than 110 and 18 teams are scoring more than 110 points per game. Last season, those numbers were six and six, respectively. For players born with height, wingspan and leaping ability, these defensive rules don’t handcuff them much. But Beverley buys his clothes off the rack, so to speak. He’s a shade over six feet and is therefore a normal man trying to make a living in a big man’s world. At 30, Beverley deals with players who are often taller and even quicker. It’s his job to make their life tougher -- but here in the new age of barely-contested shots and 120-point games, the opposite is ringing true. He’s averaging a career-high 3.6 fouls per game and can’t get away with much. As Draymond Green, a defensive demon himself and teammate of Curry’s said recently: “Defense is not allowed. You can’t really play defense in this league. I guess that’s not what they want.” ‘We’re forced to adjust’ Green's words are perhaps an extreme assessment and a touch of exaggeration. Fifteen teams averaged at least 106 ppg last season; now it’s 26. Calls are less forgiving, as only 13 teams are averaging 24 free throw attempts per game (it was five last season). The ball moves and there’s less restriction, which was the intention. And there appears to be little blowback in the basketball universe from those who observe and play. It’s just … accepted. For the most part. Even Beverley offers a shoulder shrug. “Guys who make a living off defense, we’re forced to adjust,” he said. This evolution of shifting away from certain defensive tactics is decades in the making. The NBA once allowed defenders to shove a forearm into the back of a post-up player, and subtle jersey grabs were often excused. And there was the hand-check, too. All have been outlawed. The game is far less physical, which means the “Bad Boys”-era Detroit Pistons would have little chance of winning one championship today (let alone two). The NBA has sought to distance itself from that brand of ball, from Pat Riley’s New York Knicks (and their “no free layups” mentality) and from the 85-80 scores that often stifled the creativity of the game. The result is a game that sees open lanes and quicker whistles, and less of what helped players like Beverley overcome tremendous odds to reach the NBA. “There is where we’re at,” he said. “They want to see more scoring, more up-and-down, more points and all that, which is understandable. Of course, it makes it hard for me.” Relishing his ‘instigator’ role This is Beverley’s sixth year in the NBA, but his 10th in professional basketball. His journey curved through various stops overseas before he became rooted with the Houston Rockets, his first true NBA home. It speaks to Beverley’s doggedness and his value, at least initially, as a defensive specialist assigned to the grunt work. With the rise in scoring point guards across the NBA landscape, Beverley’s role became more important, and difficult as well. In a typical week, Beverley could guard Curry, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard and opposing shooting guards, too. He brings an edge to the job that he learned from growing up on the West Side of Chicago to a single mother as well as a grandmother who adopted a dozen kids. Daily life was a chore. He was one of the main characters in the documentary “Hoop Reality,” the sequel to the acclaimed “Hoop Dreams.” Beverley was friendly rivals with former Kia MVP winner Derrick Rose since grade school and was actually a scorer in high school, averaging a state-best 37 points as a senior. After getting kicked out of Arkansas in 2008 after two years for academic issues -- a tutor wrote a paper for him -- he played three years in Russia and Greece before filling the point guard void on the 2012-13 Rockets caused by Kyle Lowry’s trade to Toronto the summer before. “I wouldn’t change one thing about how I got here,” he said. “Sometimes you don’t get in through the front door. Sometimes you don’t get in through the back. Sometimes you got to climb through the window. That doesn’t mean the opportunity wasn’t there. There’s a way; you’ve just got to find it.” He immediately became singled out for eyeball-to-eyeball defense that teetered on the edge. The moment that earned him a name was in the first round of the 2013 playoffs against Oklahoma City. He went for a steal on Westbrook in Game 2 while Westbrook signaled for a timeout, causing his knee injury five years ago. He still answers for that, even to this day; not that the play on the ball was reckless, but was it necessary? “I don’t go out there to hurt people, I don’t even know how to attempt to hurt somebody,” Beverley said. “I play hard, bring the edge. I’m an instigator. That gets me going. I like to bump people, to feel me getting into somebody’s jersey. I’m just different. I like contact, like physical play, like pushing and holding. But I’m not dirty.” Beverley hasn’t spoken with Westbrook -- their on-court relationship is clearly frosty -- and with the exception of Rose, he doesn’t encourage any friendships beyond his teammates. “I don’t talk to anybody,” he said. “I don’t want personal battles that take away from the team. I’m trying to win games. When I come to San Francisco or Oklahoma City or Portland, I know I’m going straight to my room because there’s people I got to be ready to play the next day. And I know they do the same. There’s respect that’s not being said. When it comes to Steph, Dame, Westbrook, I make sure I get my rest. But they get their rest, too. They know what I bring to the table.” A game that won’t change Beverley was an All-Defensive first teamer two seasons ago, both a career highlight and confirmation of his devotion to studying film and learning opponents’ tendencies. He has also overcome microfracture knee injury in 2017-18 that limited him to 11 games in his debut season with the Clippers. “I worked my ass off and I’m still working,” he said. “If it’s not one thing it’s another. Me getting hurt, coming back faster and stronger. Got kicked out of school, had to go overseas, knew I was going to the NBA anyway. I didn’t know how. But I knew. “This is bigger than me. It’s for my mom, grandmom, seeing how hard the women in my life worked to raise me. It’s not easy being a single mother raising a kid in the inner city but she made it happen. She taught me to stand on my own two feet and get the best out of hard work, which becomes part of your mindset, especially when you see two women doing it every day.” And now comes another challenge for Beverley and those like him. How do you thrive in a league that’s suddenly married to offense? “Maybe after the All-Star break they’ll stop calling ticky-tack fouls,” he said. “The better defender you are, the more you’re singled out. But I’m going to go out there and be Pat. Don’t care. Won’t change.” Beverley estimates that “70 percent” of the players he guards are rattled by him, to different degrees. He said “only a few don’t,” which he refused to name (for strategic reasons). The game may not be designed to help the underdog, average-sized player who brings intensity and defense. But there’s no sense waiting for Beverley to make excuses. He’s come too far for that. “When you’re done with this game, you don’t want to go around saying, ‘Man I wish I could’ve done this, put more time into that.’” Beverley said. “Every year I go out like a person fighting for my spot, fighting for my contract. That’s the way I train. That’s how I prepare. That’s why I’m still in the league.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2019

ARMM gov’t calls for a thorough probe of Cotabato mall blast

DAVAO CITY --- An official of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is urging authorities to conduct a thorough probe of the mall blast in Cotabato City on Monday that killed two and wounded a scores of civilians. "We urge investigators and all civilians not to be caught up in the chaos surrounding this terrorist act. We cannot afford to be divisive at this moment. Only by melding together can we bring about peace and justice," ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman said on Monday evening. "We are irrevocably grieved about the casualties incurred, thoroughly condemn this act, and call for a thorough investigation. We need to make sure acts like these never happen again, and that the per...Keep on reading: ARMM gov’t calls for a thorough probe of Cotabato mall blast.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

French prosecutors probe Macron ex-bodyguard over passports

PARIS, France – Paris prosecutors on Saturday, December 29, opened an investigation into illegal use of diplomatic passports by President Emmanuel Macron's disgraced former bodyguard in another potential scandal for the French leader. Alexandre Benalla, a former campaign bodyguard who got a senior job after Macron's election victory last year, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2018

Cop falls in love with estafa suspect, joins her activities | Inquirer News

MANILA, Philippines --- A police probe into an estafa case blossomed into a romantic relationship between the lead investigator and the prime suspect that led the lawman joining her illegal activities.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsDec 29th, 2018

UN calls for ‘credible’ probe into Khashoggi murder

UN chief Antonio Guterres called Sunday for a “credible” probe into journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul. UN calls for ‘credible’ probe into Khashoggi murder Source link: UN calls for ‘credible’ probe into Khashoggi murder.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2018

U.N. calls for credible probe into Khashoggi murder

DOHA, Qatar – United Nations chief Antonio Guterres called Sunday, December 16, for a "credible" probe into journalist Jamal Khashoggi 's murder in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.  "It is absolutely essential to have a credible investigation and to have the punishment of those that were guilty," Guterres said at a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 16th, 2018

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

PARIS --- Paris police deployed in large numbers Saturday for the fifth straight weekend of demonstrations by the "yellow vest" protesters, with authorities repeating calls for calm after protests on previous weekends turned violent. At least 21 people were detained beforehand. READ:Protest riot shocks Paris, leaves 133 injured, 412 arrested Security forces in riot gear were positioned around central train stations and along the famed Champs-Elysees boulevard, where shops were closed and their windows boarded up in anticipation of the protests. Authorities have said about 8,000 police and 14 armored vehicles were being deployed in the French capital. Last weekend, groups of d...Keep on reading: 21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 15th, 2018

NorMin Lawmakers Probe South Korea Trash Dumped in Misamis Oriental

Lawmakers from Northern Mindanao led by Rep. Juliette Uy (Misamis Oriental, 2nd District) of the National Unity Party (NUP) crossed party lines in urging the House of Representatives to probe deeper into the illegal entry and dumping of hazardous plastic garbage from South Korea in the Phividec Industrial Estate in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. Rep. Uy, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

Probe of workers won’t hurt PH-China ties, senators say

  Senators on Saturday said they saw no reason for tension to arise between Manila and Beijing over the planned investigation and crackdown on illegal Chinese workers amid concerns that foreigners may be stealing jobs from Filipinos.   Senate President Vicente Sotto III said the Chinese government actually supported moves against Chinese nationals who violated Philippine laws.   Sen. Joel Villanueva, who chairs the Senate labor committee, was set to open on Monday an investigation of the entry of Chinese nationals who work illegally and operate clandestine gambling operations in the Philippines.   Sotto said the planned probe "won't cause any ...Keep on reading: Probe of workers won’t hurt PH-China ties, senators say.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2018

Senate to probe influx of illegal Chinese workers

By Dexter Cabalza, DJ Yap, Jovic Yee/inquirerdotnet – Sen. Joel Villanueva on Friday assailed the growing number of illegal Chinese workers who “shamelessly robbed” Filipinos of jobs and also operated clandestine online gambling as he urged authorities to stem the tide of illegal foreign workers, especially from China. In a Read more ».....»»

Category: newsSource:  thepinoyRelated NewsNov 24th, 2018

Senate to probe influx of illegal Chinese workers

  Sen. Joel Villanueva on Friday assailed the growing number of illegal Chinese workers who "shamelessly robbed" Filipinos of jobs and also operated clandestine online gambling as he urged authorities to stem the tide of illegal foreign workers, especially from China.   In a statement a day after police arrested 87 Chinese and 16 Filipinos suspected of running unauthorized online gambling platforms, the senator pushed authorities to run after illegals and to strictly enforce immigration and labor laws.   "We strongly believe there is a dire need to strengthen legislation and enforcement to stop illegal online gambling and proliferation of illegal Chinese...Keep on reading: Senate to probe influx of illegal Chinese workers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018