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Andaya’s claim gov’t owes contractors P100-B is ‘vague’: Palace

MALACAÑANG ON Monday described as “vague” the allegation by House appropriations committee chair Rolando Andaya Jr. that government owes private […].....»»

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[OPINION] What are the limits of Comelec s social media monitoring?

The terrain of election campaigning has radically evolved in the past decade. From the traditional rallies and house-to-house visits, candidates' preferred strategy shifted to radio and TV advertisements in the late 1990s to 2000s. In the last two elections, we witnessed how campaigning significantly expanded to ........»»

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House primed for final OK of retail trade bill

THE BILL seeking to reduce the required minimum paid-up capital for foreign entrants to the country’s retail sector is likely to secure third and final-reading approval at House of Representatives when legislative sessions resume after the May 13 mid-term elections, a senior lawmaker said on Monday......»»

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LOOK: Campaign urges men to share house work with women

In interviews with 541 respondents from Eastern Samar, Leyte, Cotabato, Maguindanao, and Sultan Kudarat, it appeared that women spend up to 12 hours a day on "unpaid care work," meaning household tasks like meal preparation, laundry, and childcare. With at least half a day spent on these chores, women and girls are often hindered from taking up pursuits in education, employment, political engagement, and leisure activities. The WE-CARE (Women's Economic Empowerment and Care) Project, implemented by Oxfam in the Philippines and its partners, sheds light on this overlooked issue with "I LABA YU," a campaign to encourage men to share in household chores, particularly laundry, and counte...Keep on reading: LOOK: Campaign urges men to share house work with women.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 18th, 2019Related News

Coco levy bill lacks ‘vital safeguards,’ says Duterte re veto

MANILA, Philippines -- President Rodrigo Duterte vetoed the coco levy fund bill because it lacked "vital safeguards" to avoid past mistakes and "may be violative of the Constitution."   Last week, the Palace confirmed that Duterte vetoed the measure seeking to create a P100-billion trust fund for coconut farmers.   READ: Duterte vetoes coco levy fund bill   Duterte explained his reasons for vetoing the measure in a letter addressed sent to the House Representatives last Thursday, Feb. 14.   "After much deliberation, I have come to the conclusion that the bill may be violative of the Constitution and is lacking in vital safeguards to avoid t...Keep on reading: Coco levy bill lacks ‘vital safeguards,’ says Duterte re veto.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 18th, 2019Related News

Public execution for suspect in teen’s slay

AN EYE for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. If they will have their way, the family of a 16-year-old girl who was murdered inside their house in Cabatuan, Iloilo wants the suspect Gringgo Morales to suffer the same physical pain the victim suffered. And yes, no amount of apologies could ever erase the […] The post Public execution for suspect in teen’s slay appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsFeb 18th, 2019Related News

Man tagged in robbery nabbed in gun raid

A MAN who was linked to a robbery case was arrested morning of Feb. 16, 2019 in Pototan, Iloilo. Hernane Fuentes, 43, was collared at his house in Barangay Jamabalud following the implementation of a search warrant 7 a.m. Saturday. Members of the Pototan Police Station, together with the Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO)-Special Operations […] The post Man tagged in robbery nabbed in gun raid appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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2019 NBA All-Star Diary: Day 1

5:20 A.M. – For some reason, I woke up 10 minutes before the alarm on my cellphone was scheduled to ring. Maybe it was jetlag. Maybe it was excitement. It didn’t matter, I had to get up from bed to prepare for the 2 hour and 30 minute drive from Durham to Charlotte. Me and my colleague, TJ Manotoc had taken a detour from our planned schedule to visit Duke University. Now, that we were done with that, it was time to revert back to our primary task of covering the 2019 NBA All-Star Game. During our drive back to Charlotte, I looked out the window to the sight of clear skies telling me that it was going to be a good day. 8:50 A.M. – The first task for journalists covering the NBA’s mid-season event is to secure a media pass. This is basically an ID that gives one clearance to all events that are happening throughout All-Star Weekend. After parking our rented car and walking to the designated hotel for the media credentials pick-up, we were ready to head to our first activity of the day. 9:35 A.M. – Hosting the best young players in the league was the Bojangles Coliseum where the first media availability session was about to take place. The Mountain Dew Rising Stars is first major event of All-Star weekend and we were given the opportunity to see the players from Team U.S. and Team World up-close to field in questions. Rookie sensation Luka Dončić drew the biggest crowd of reporters from all over the world. Because it would be tough for me to ask the Slovenian a question, I decided to go to another podium where this year’s number on overall pick, Deandre Ayton was sitting. “Deandre! Who’s the toughest center you’ve played against so far in your rookie season?” I asked. “Uuuhhh… nobody. Not yet. All the centers I’ve played against so far haven’t really went at me yet. I think they were just playing though the rhythm and not really going at me,” replied Deandre. I saw another player drawing a huge crowd and realized it was Ben Simmons, who is currently my second favorite NBA player behind Blake Griffin. After waiting for a little while, I pounced on the opportunity to field in a question. “Ben, with the current Sixers lineup, what do you think are the weaknesses that you guys need to improve on so that you can win the championship this year?” The 6’10” point guard from Australia looked right at me and said, “Offense. Defense.” Honestly, I was a little bit disappointed because I was expecting a more thorough answer but I guess that’s how it is sometimes. These athletes are asked a million questions and it might be a struggle for them to stay consistent with regards to being accommodating to people. Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young and LA Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma were two other players I visited. With so many players on both rosters, it would be extremely difficult to get to converse with all. But, seeing them right in front of you and having an opportunity to talk to them was an amazing experience. 11:00 A.M. – All media had been requested by the organizers to clear the court so we could witness Team World practice for the night’s event. Even though I got a very short answer from Simmons, I still observed him. Watching him dribble the ball up the floor and make long strides to the basket for dunks was a sight to behold. He could even knock down three-pointers. 11:45 A.M. – It was now the turn of Team U.S. to take the floor for practice. Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum looked like they could be the best players on the squad but I was particularly looking at Young and his ability to shoot the ball and handle it exceptionally well. Kuzma was also taking every drill seriously. Just like he would the Rising Stars. 1:06 P.M. – After gathering content, TJ and I decided to have a late lunch at Denny’s. We looked at the schedule and realized that our next activity would not be happening until nine in the evening. More time to sleep, I thought. 2:23 P.M. – TJ dropped me and our luggage off at Springhill Suites, our hotel for the next three days. He left me there to check-in while he returned the rental car to the airport. But, as I went to the counter, I was told by the front desk that our room would not be available until 3:00 P.M.. That’s when I decided to look around. 2:45 P.M. – I went to the Hornets Fan Shop to look at the NBA All-Star merchandise and saw an interesting selection of hats, jerseys and all kinds of memorabilia. And then, I noticed a man carrying a box which contained a pair of Nike Adapt BBs, the shoes I tested last month in New York. I asked him where he got them and told me to check out the “Jordan pop-up shop” across the Spectrum Center. 2:55 P.M. – While walking on the street, I saw a long line outside a building. It turns out, this was where that man got his Nike Adapt BBs. It was a Foot Locker – House of Hoops pop-up shop which sold various sneakers that were scheduled to be released specifically during the NBA All-Star weekend. Because of my unforgettable experience in Manhattan, I decided to join the line for a chance to get my own pair of the most futuristic basketball shoes Nike has ever made. Thankfully, I was given a wristband with a number, allowing me to leave the line to check into the hotel. 3:15 P.M. – I checked into our hotel room and felt thankful that it had such a great location. Springhill Suites was right across the Spectrum Center, the venue of NBA All-Star weekend and of course, just down the block from the pop-up shop. As soon as TJ arrived, I left to resume my quest to buy the shoes. 4:46 P.M. – Finally, I was a proud owner of my very own Nike Adapt BB. I felt like my trip to the New York was given more meaning now. Also, I felt like this was one of the reasons my journey has taken me to Charlotte. But, there was still more work to be done. 8:30 P.M. – Less than an hour before tip-off of the Rising Stars game, TJ and I did a Facebook Live discussion right outside the Spectrum Center to update fans back at home about what has happened so far at the All-Star event and what we should look forward to. 8:55 P.M. – We couldn’t believe it. Our assigned seats were located high up in the bleachers. On the very last row. I was breathing heavily after making the climb up the arena. All of a sudden, the players looked more like ants compared to the giants that they were during our morning sessions with them. 10:54 P.M. – Team U.S. defeated Team World behind the 35 points and 6 rebounds of Kuzma, who was named MVP of the Rising Stars. Kuzma was also one of the easiest players to talk to among his peers. 11:05 P.M. – Just when I thought we were given a lot of access to the players, we were given more. There was another media session which commenced right after the game! 12:11 A.M. – Another thing the NBA is very generous with is food. TJ and I ended our long day at a restaurant and bar that the league booked for us international journalists. As we chomped down our food, we talked about how the NBA All-Star weekend would take a lot of our time from us, including our sleeping hours. TJ has been covering this annual event since 2011. He’s used to the grueling schedule. Me, I’m just soaking it all in. I have a few hours left before I have to get up and work again. As always, I’m going to try to have as much fun as possible. After all, it’s the NBA All-Star. It’s supposed to be fun......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

Trump plans emergency to fund wall - The Manila Times Online

WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Donald Trump plans to declare a national emergency to fund his controversial border wall, the White House said on Thursday (Friday in Manila), a move that alarmedREAD The p.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

Arroyo vows all-out support for Saras bets - The Manila Times Online

HOUSE Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday reiterated her support for the senatorial candidates of Hugpong ng Pagbabago, a regional party led by Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, daughter ofR.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

Manang Nena Masferre dies at 94

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – She was a familiar sight on some Sagada locals' walk to town. She would be seen at a house near the junction towards Bokong Falls in the morning. One of the main doors was open as she had her sunbathing.  There is a sign, "Masferre Photographs," ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

Auto imports a threat to US security

NEW YORK: A US Commerce Department report has concluded that American auto imports threaten national security, setting the stage for possible tariffs by the White House, two people familiar with the matter…READ The post Auto imports a threat to US security appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Source: Manilatimes ManilatimesCategory: Feb 16th, 2019Related News

May suffers embarrassing defeat

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered an embarrassing defeat by lawmakers Thursday in a vote that left her bid to secure a European Union divorce deal stuck between an intransigent EU and a resistant UK Parliament — with Brexit just six weeks away. A rebellion by hard-core Brexit backers saw the House of […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

Gov’t failed to pay DPWH contractors P100B–Andaya

The government failed to pay private companies more than P100 billion in 2018 due to a "corrupt system" that continued to control the payment scheme for public works contracts, according to House appropriations committee chair Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr.   In a statement on Friday, the Camarines Sur congressman said the government's failure to pay for completed projects might drive away contractors and derail the Duterte administration's "Build, Build, Build" infrastructure program.   "This gargantuan amount of payables has reincarnated an old system that forces (public works) contractors to cough up kickbacks just to be paid for completed infrastructure projects," ...Keep on reading: Gov’t failed to pay DPWH contractors P100B–Andaya.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 16th, 2019Related News

House pushes graft raps vs road scammers

House pushes graft raps vs road scammers.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

Two teenagers hang selves

TWO teenagers died in separate suicide incidents in Iloilo province. Both of them used nylon ropes in hanging their necks inside their home. Around 9 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2019, Inday (not her real name), 19, was found hanging inside their house at Barangay Anono-o, Guimbal town. Inday was last seen alive afternoon of Thursday. […] The post Two teenagers hang selves appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

EDITORIAL - Snakes and crocodiles

It may be a snake pit, but not all denizens of the House of Representatives are snakes......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

Trump gains weight, now considered obese; cholesterol down

    WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump has put on some pounds and is now officially considered obese. The White House on Thursday released results of his most recent physical, revealing that his Body Mass Index is now 30.4. That's based on the fact that he's now carrying 243 pounds on his 6-foot, 3-inch frame. That's up from 236 pounds in September 2016 before he became president. An index rating of 30 is the level at which doctors consider someone obese under this commonly used formula. About 40 percent of Americans are obese, and that raises their risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some forms of cancer. Trump doesn't drink alcohol or smoke, but...Keep on reading: Trump gains weight, now considered obese; cholesterol down.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 15th, 2019Related News

Bangko Sentral charter improvement measure signed into law

MANILA, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure which provides improvements to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Charter. In a tweet Friday, Senator Francis Escudero, one of the authors of the bill in the Senate, thanked Duterte for signing the bill. "I would like to thank PRRD, the members of the Senate & House of Reps, as well as the Congressional & BSP staff, who worked tirelessly for the passage into law of RA 11211 w/c provides for far reaching amendments/improvements to the BSP Charter to keep up with the changing times," Escudero said. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed the signing of the law in a text message to...Keep on reading: Bangko Sentral charter improvement measure signed into law.....»»

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