Brokers’ group authorized to witness import inspections

THE BUREAU of Customs (BoC) signed an agreement on Tuesday that allows the Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. (CCBI) to serve as the importers’ representative during physical examination procedures as a means of streamlining trade. “The absence of customs brokers or importers often results in the delay of examination of alerted shipments,” Commissioner Isidro S. […] The post Brokers’ group authorized to witness import inspections appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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Pagbilao town officials withdraw halt order vs AboitizPower unit

THE municipality of Pagbilao in Quezon province revoked the cease and desist order (CDO) it issued against Pagbilao Energy Corp. (PEC), resulting in the dismissal of the case between the Aboitiz Power Corp. (AboitizPower) unit and the town officials. “The revocation of the CDO means that PEC is not barred from proceeding with the scheduled […] The post Pagbilao town officials withdraw halt order vs AboitizPower unit appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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Goldwin Monteverde staying with Bullpups; UE still without a coach

Coming from a loss in the UAAP Juniors Finals to Ateneo de Manila High School, Nazareth School of National University will be back next season bigger, brighter, and better than ever. While Michael Malonzo, Robert Minerva, and Migs Oczon will be graduating, the Bullpups will be welcoming with open arms 23 for ’23 Gilas cadet Carl Tamayo, heady guard Gerry Abadiano, and mobile big Kevin Quiambao. Add to that battle-tested returnees in versatile wing Rhayyan Amsali and scoring dynamo Terrence Fortea. More importantly, however, the boys from Sampaloc will still have the head coach who made it all happen. Asked if he’s staying on with NU Juniors, Goldwin Monteverde answered, “Yes.” He then continued, “Mag-stay ako rito kasi may commitment ako rito. Kailangang tapusin kasi mahirap naman yung biglang aalis.” This is the first time the so-called master recruiter spoke about his job status with the Bullpups. A month ago, reports broke out that Monteverde was leaving and heading to University of the East. The development, and later clarification, was first reported by Reuben Terrado of With this categorical statement, however, the NU faithful can rest assured that their high school program remains in good hands. Monteverde made his name in the high school ranks, leading Chiang Kai Shek to multiple titles as well Adamson High School and NU to contention. Along with his on-court results, he also has an impressive track record in terms of player recruitment and development with the likes of Gerry Abadiano, John Galinato, Migs Oczon, Encho Serrano, Carl Tamayo, and Jonas Tibayan having blossomed under his tutelage. Meanwhile, the development also means that the Red Warriors are still without a head coach. UE has been searching for a new head coach after former mentor Derrick Pumaren handed in his resignation late last year. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Poe: Entry of third telco player to ‘go on full blast’

        Senator Grace Poe said that the entry of a third telecommunications (telco) player would "go on full blast" after she endorsed a bill that would amend the Public Service Act of 1936.   "Senate Bill No. 1754, which seeks to amend Commonwealth Act No. 146, would promote 'meaningful competition' in the country's telecommunications sector once it becomes a law, said Poe," chairperson of the Senate committee on public services.   "Sa mga sinabi rin ng ating Pangulo na third telco player,fourth o fifth, kung meron man, kailangan ng batas namagbibigay awtoridad para ito ay maging isang realidad," Poe said in a statement issued We...Keep on reading: Poe: Entry of third telco player to ‘go on full blast’.....»»

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Quinahan denies malicious intent on hit to Jalalon

JR Quinahan is denying any malicious intent over his hit to Jio Jalalon in Game 6 of the Philippine Cup semifinals featuring NLEX and Magnolia. Late in the first half Tuesday, the spitfire Magnolia guard was down on the floor after taking an arm to the face from Quinahan. Jalalon was going for a layup and Quinahan was going for the block when the incident happened. Quinahan was called for a flagrant foul penalty 2 and was promptly ejected. The Road Warriors ended up losing the game and the series to Magnolia. "Tinamaan ko yung mukha daw ni Jio pero actually, wala akong intensiyon na tamaan yung mukha niya," Quinahan said. "Wala tayong magagawa kung yun ang tawag nila. Basta ako, ang hinabol ko dun eh yung bola," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Kiefer after elimination: Losing in the semifinals sucks big time

Even if they ended up losing in the semifinals, the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup has been a succcess for the NLEX Road Warriors. Because in reality, no one actually thought they'd make it to Game 6 of the semifinals. But now that the team knows what it's like to make to the semis and win there, expectations are going to change for the Road Warriors moving forward. "Of course, how to take the good with the bad, how to sasalain mo naman yun kung anu yung mga bagay na... it's the first time we made it to the semifinals as a franchise and for us to prolong it to a Game 6 against a very, very historic franchise in Magnolia, it's a success for us," guard Kiefer Ravena said after the Road Warriors were eliminated Tuesday at the Big Dome. "But we can't stay complacent, ayaw namin sabihin na okay na tayo sa ganito. Of course, from now on, you experienced how winning is in the playoffs, in the semifinals, so from now on coach said that anything less than the semifinals is a disappointment for us," he added. While the Philippine Cup is a successs, Ravena is not going to deny that losing is not a very good thing. He's a winner at every level and his teammates and his coach are winners as well. The Road Warriors would like to keep winning from now on. "That the feeling of losing in the semifinals sucks big time and winning is very much the opposite," Ravena said. "So we would like to pick the latter more often," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Who’s afraid of Janet?

SO, is “pork barrel queen” Janet Lim Napoles the mastermind of the billion-peso scandal to which her name has become inexorably linked? Or does the distinction of being the mastermind now belong to – wait for it – President Rodrigo Duterte? This is by no means idle speculation, if you believe the mainstream media. Take [...] The post Who’s afraid of Janet? appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Vigan City all set for Palarong Pambansa in April

Vigan City is ready to roll out the red carpet for the more than 15,000 delegates from the country’s 17 regions expected to converge in the Ilocos Sur capital for this year’s hosting of the Palarong Pambansa next month. Department of Education Undersecretary Tonisito Umali made the pronouncement on behalf of the provincial government after personally inspecting the different venues where the various sports events for the April 15-21 meet will be held. “Vigan is definitely ready. The province hosted a regional qualifier of the Batang Pinoy last year and that shows its readiness to stage such big multi-sports event such as the Palaro,” said Umali during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Tapa King Restaurant at Farmers Market in Cubao on Tuesday. “We had our final technical conference meeting a couple of weeks ago para tingnan sa huling pagkakataon yung preparation ng lalawigan. And no doubt, the facilities are of international standards. Handang-handa na sila,” said the Deped official. “Overall, I would say Vigan, Ilocos Sur is definitely ready.” Umali said DepEd expects the official athlete-delegates to be at around 12,000 competing in 21 regular sports events featured in the secondary level and 15 in the elementary side of the event for student-athletes 18-year-old-and-below. Perennial champion National Capital Region is again favored to win the overall title this year, although Umali noted the emerging rivalry between Calabarzon/Southern Tagalog and Western Visayas regions, which engaged in a close-battle for runner-up finish in the 2017 edition of the annual event held in Antique. In addition, Negros Island Region, which placed fourth last year, has now been made part of Regions 6 (Negros Occidental - Western Visayas) and 7 (Negros Oriental - Central Visayas). “So we’ll have to see ano ang effect pag ibinalik ulit as Regions 6 and 7 yung Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental,” added Umali in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Tapa King, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. DepEd will continue to hold the demo sports of pencak silat, aero gymnastics, and dance sports, the same thing with the special Para events in aquatics, track and field, bocce, and goal ball. Being summer season, Umali said the Palaro will observe the same practice of not holding games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “All games to be held during that time are indoor events,” said the government official. There will also be water dispensers stationed at the different sports venues for both athletes and officials, medical ambulances, doctors, and nurses are also on standby in both the playing court and billeting quarters, as well as police personnel. Umali also said the host province will be providing transportation unit for those coming from the Visayas and Mindanao regions which will carry them all the way to Vigan. “This is the first time the host LGU will shoulder transportation means or cost by providing buses to our athletes from Mindanao and the Visayas coming from a drop-off point lang. And lahat sila dadalhin sa Vigan, Ilocos Sur ng libre,” he said......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 20th, 2018Related News

In Harvey Pagsanjan, there is hope in Hope Christian

Harvey Pagsanjan and Hope Christian High School finally ran out of gas in their campaign in the first-ever National Basketball Training Center Madness in MOA. After back-to-back rumbling rallies in the seeding round and then the Top 32, the Manila-based school finally bowed out at the hands of Visayas powerhouse Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu on Tuesday at the MOA Arena. Having to come from behind two straight days, they seemed tired as the Magis Eagles imposed their will en route to a 70-63 win. In the end, Pagsanjan only scored 16 points on 28 percent shooting on top of five rebounds and two steals. Still, the loss does not take away the fact that the six-foot-one guard put on one of the most memorable, if not the most memorable, individual performances in back-to-back nights. On Sunday, he dropped 27 of his 33 points in the second half to lift his team over Australia’s AusPinoy. A day later, he then poured in 35 points, 25 in the final frame, in his team’s victory versus St. Benilde International School of Calamba, Laguna. And while Pagsanjan and his team are no longer in the tournament proper, he will still represent them in the 2018 NBTC All-Star Game on Friday. There, he gets his third crack at playing alongside the best of the best Filipinos. “Ang sarap po sa feeling na kasama pa rin ako sa top players. Ang sarap po sa pakiramdam na lahat ng paghihirap, nandito na,” he shared. For all those golden opportunities, he is nothing but grateful. “Ang laking tulong po para sa akin kasi yung coaches ng college, sa UAAP at NCAA lang nagi-scout. Mas madali po para sa akin na makita kung nandito,” he said. When this edition of the NBTC is over, the 19-year-old will keep representing Hope for one more year. And for that one more year, Pagsanjan vows to keep making his alma mater proud. “Ako po, naglalaro bilang team player. Kung anong nagagawa ko, nagpapasalamat din po ako sa teammates ko kasi kung ‘di rin naman dahil sa kanila, ‘di mabubuo yung Harvey Pagsanjan,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 20th, 2018Related News

Juancho Trivino says sorry over viral video of ‘bad joke not intended for Alden’

Kapuso actor Juancho Trivino has issued a public apology to Pambansang Bae Alden Richards, his family, and fans, over a video of him gesturing the finger upon mention of Richards' name. The controversial viral video, which lasted for a few seconds, first focused on Richards' photo. A woman was then heard from the background saying, "Nandito si Alden"; then pointed the camera to Trivino, who then motioned two "dirty fingers" that extremely offended fans of Richards. The video, which was was uploaded on an Instagram fanpage under the handle @maichard_2416_maria, has this caption: "Para sa mga nag tatanong kung anong issue kay @juanchotrivino ito ang proof sa pangba-bastos mo kay Alde...Keep on reading: Juancho Trivino says sorry over viral video of ‘bad joke not intended for Alden’.....»»

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Perez makes sure Jawbreakers stop three-game slide

Zark’s Burger-Lyceum of the Philippines University finally put an end to its three-game slump, holding off Go for Gold 108-94 in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Monday at the JCSGO Gym in Quezon City. CJ Perez poured 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals to spearhead the Jawbreakers while Cameroonian Mike Nzeusseu tallied a double-double in the tune of his 21 markers, 11 boards, and three dimes. MJ Ayaay contributed 16 points, six rebounds, and six assists while Jaycee Marcelino added 15 markers, six of which coming in the fourth quarter where Zark’s-LPU put down Go for Gold for good. The Jawbreakers lost hold of a 27-point lead, 81-54, with 3:04 remaining in the third quarter before Matt Salem waxed hot for the Scratchers, helping his side cut the lead down to eight, 83-91, at the 5:35 mark of the fourth. But that was when twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino went to work, scoring six straight points to give Zark’s-LPU a 14-point lead, 97-83, before Ayaay put on the finishing touches late. “Nawala yung joy sa laro namin,” said coach Topex Robinson as the Jawbreakers remain alive for playoff contention at 5-4. “Joy means that you'll make mistakes and learn from those mistakes. I just let them play today.” “Again, we're happy that we got back in our winning ways. We just have to play our game, nothing is gonna change. What’s important is we learn from our mistakes and try to get better all the time.” Salem uncorked 24 points powered by six triples while also grabbing six rebounds and Yankie Haruna just missed out on a double-double with his 22 markers and nine rebounds. Go for Gold bowed for the third straight time and dropped to a 4-6 card. BOX SCORES ZARK’S BURGER-LPU 108 — Perez 23, Nzeusseu 21, Ayaay 16, Jc. Marcelino 15, Pretta 9, Jv. Marcelino 8, Caduyac 6, Baltazar 3, Tansingco 3, Marata 2, Yong 2, Ibañez 0, Santos 0, Serrano 0. GO FOR GOLD 94 — Salem 24, Haruna 22, Leutcheu 12, Desiderio 8, Alejandro 7, Gaco 5, Naboa 5, Gutang 4, Dixon 3, Domingo 2, Ocampo 2, Pasturan 0. QUARTER SCORES: 36-23, 63-44, 83-66, 108-94......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 19th, 2018Related News

Schooling without learning is a great injustice – World Bank experts

Hundreds of millions of children in developing countries reach young adulthood without even the most basic life skills despite spending years inside the classroom. This means they can't calculate the correct change from a transaction, can't read a doctor's instructions, and can't interpret a politician's campaign promise. What more build their own career or educate their own children?.....»»

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‘No pain, no gain,’ Cimatu says of planned closure of Boracay

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol --- "No pain, no gain." This was the reaction of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on the appeal being made by residents and resort owners on Boracay Island not to close down the island-resort. He said a little sacrifice would be needed to save the country's premier tourist destination from environmental degradation. "We hope for the best kung ano ang magagawa natin [on what else can we do]," Cimatu said. " Kawawa yung mga nag-trabaho dun, totoo naman [Yes, it is true that the people will be pitiful of they lose their jobs]. We need to do it. As they say 'no pain no gain.' Masakit man pero [It's painful but] this is what we should do." Cimatu said he...Keep on reading: ‘No pain, no gain,’ Cimatu says of planned closure of Boracay.....»»

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UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Inako lang namin ang responsibility -- Baron

Just as expected, the veterans of De La Salle University stepped up when needed the most. With the game on the line, graduating players Kim Kianna Dy and reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron delivered the much-needed points while providing leadership to steer the Lady Spikers on the right track as they downed an equally dangerous team Far Eastern University Sunday.   Dy and Baron scored 18 points each in DLSU’s 25-17, 21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-5, escape over the Lady Tamaraws to secure at least a playoff for a Final Four berth in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “Siguro inako lang namin ‘yung responsibility na kailangan fifth set, nandun na yung character namin,” said fifth year middle blocker Baron. After the Lady Spikers clawed their way back from a 1-2 deficit, the Taft-based squad opened with a 5-0 lead in the fifth frame.    FEU gave DLSU a scare when it narrowed the gap to 4-7 before Dy, Baron and Desiree Cheng took the lead in the Lady Spikers' closing 8-1 scoring spurt to reassert their mastery over the Morayta-based squad. “Well ‘yung mindset namin coming inside the fifth set is dapat mauna kami,” said Dy. “Kasi ‘yun nga, FEU is very aggressive so pag dikit, mahihirapan kami. So game plan talaga namin is unahan sila.” Head coach Ramil de Jesus also lauded his veteran duo for responding to the challenge of carrying the team at crunch time.   “Actually nu’ng second and third sets, sila rin yung nawala eh,” said De Jesus. “Kaya sabi ko walang magbubuhat nitong team kung lahat tayo mahihirapan sa adjustments ng FEU.” Still, Baron was quick to deflect all the credit for the win, saying that it was team effort that brought them to their eighth win in 10 outings.   “Nakita naman na ‘yung teammates ko nag-effort and teamwork talaga ‘yung nangyari,” she said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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Only Duterte can make me run for Senate – Bato

  While insisting that becoming a Senator was not yet in his plans, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Dir. Gen. Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa said on Monday that only President Rodrigo Duterte could make him run for the Senate in 2019.   Responding to queries from reporters on what could compel him to launch a senatorial bid, Dela Rosa said: "Ang Presidente. Sabihin niya, kung ano ang sabihin niya, sunod-sunod lang ako (The President. I will do whatever he tells me.)   "I'm a good soldier, I will follow orders from my boss," he also said in a press briefing in Camp Crame, Quezon City.   Last week, Presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara...Keep on reading: Only Duterte can make me run for Senate – Bato.....»»

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Sereno not surprised over House panel approval of draft impeach case

  It came as no surprise for Chief Justice on-leave Maria Lourdes Sereno, who has been "eagerly" awaiting the House justice committee's approval of the articles of impeachment, as she prepares to face her looming impeachment trial before the Senate.   Lawyer Josa Deinla, one of the spokespersons of Sereno, said they already expected the decision of the House panel, which voted 33-1, ruling in favor of certifying the articles of impeachment against the country's top magistrate.   READ: House panel OKs articles of impeachment vs Sereno     "Hindi naman ikinagulat ng aming kampo kung ano yung narinig nating ulat sa committee on justic...Keep on reading: Sereno not surprised over House panel approval of draft impeach case.....»»

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'We need four wins to go to the Finals' --- Victolero

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Magnolia has made it to four straight PBA semifinals and yet the team has no Finals to show for. At least not yet. Despite previous failures that include a blown 3-2 lead to Ginebra and a sweep at the hands of Meralco, the Hotshots are not losing faith. In fact, they are thankful. At least they're in the semifinals all the time. "Actually, hindi naman sawa. Thankful ako lagi nasa semis syempre," head coach Chito Victolero said. The Purefoods franchise's return to prominence after a down time following its Grand Slam season is largely thanks to Victolero. Since he took over for the Hotshots, the team has made it to four straight semifinals. "Bihira naman yung team na nandito. First of all, it's my second year, on my first year very thankful ako kasi lagi kaming nasa semis but yun nga, hindi naman ako magsa-sawa dun," he said.  "We'll just try to push to go to the next level. Yun lang, kung may chance talaga kami, ga-grab namin yun," Victolero added. After their previous semis defeats, the Hotshots have learned a lot of lessons. And now up 3-2 against NLEX, Victolero's crew can apply those lessons starting in Game 6 as they hope to finally get over that playoff hump. "Madami kaming natutunan. We need four wins to go to the Finals. Last season, Philippine Cup, three wins lang kami. 3-2 pa, lamang pa kami. Same scenario against Ginebra," Victolero said. "But na-beat kami ng Ginebra ng twice. Yun ang pwede kong sabihin sa mga players ko. And I think alam naman nila yan. Kasi for the last three conferences, lagi kami nandito but kinakapos kami. Sabi ko nga sa kanila, it boils down to a grind out game so I think yung mental, very important," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 18th, 2018Related News

Ombudsman s case survival rate drops in 2017

MANILA, Philippines – The Office of the Ombudsman saw a decline in its case survival rate from 84% in 2015 to only 36% in 2017. What the term means:  Case survival rate means the rate that cases reach trial and are not dismissed "on demurrer," or for lack of sufficient evidence, ........»»

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Changes in 2018 ToFarm film fest announced

Veteran filmmakers will be invited to direct some of the seven finalists in this year's edition of the ToFarm Film Festival (TFF), its organizers announced on Wednesday. "We were talking about this a week before he passed on. He said he wanted to impose some changes," actress and ToFarm selection committee member Raquel Villavicencio said of the late director Maryo J. delos Reyes. Delos Reyes, who served as ToFarm festival director for two straight years, died of a heart attack in January. "He had wanted to have a screenplay competition in the festival. This means that the chosen scripts will not necessarily be directed by the person who wrote it," Villavicencio explained to...Keep on reading: Changes in 2018 ToFarm film fest announced.....»»

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