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As clock ticks, US Senate scrambles to avert government shutdown

The US Senate raced to avert a government shutdown on Friday ahead of a midnight deadline with no agreement on funding in sight and both parties squabbling over who is to blame for the impasse.
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As clock ticks, US Senate scrambles to avert government shutdown

The US Senate raced to avert a government shutdown on Friday ahead of a midnight deadline with no agreement on funding in sight and both parties squabbling over who is to blame for the impasse.

Press freedom aside, Rappler must comply with the law

IT is wearisome to watch the continuing battle of statements, of claims and counter-claims, between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Rappler, Inc. concerning the revocation of the company’s registration and license to operate by the corporat
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Press freedom aside, Rappler must comply with the law

IT is wearisome to watch the continuing battle of statements, of claims and counter-claims, between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Rappler, Inc. concerning the revocation of the company’s registration and license to operate by the corporate regulator. The decision of the SEC to annul Rappler’s registration is the exercise of its legitimate authority [...] The post Press freedom aside, Rappler must comply with the law appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Global bond sale successful – DoF

The government made a successful return to the international capital markets via 10-year global bond issue, the Finance department claimed on Friday, incurring lower interest costs compared to a similar exercise last year. “The strong support … received i
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Global bond sale successful – DoF

The government made a successful return to the international capital markets via 10-year global bond issue, the Finance department claimed on Friday, incurring lower interest costs compared to a similar exercise last year. “The strong support … received in the international capital markets is a testament to the deepening investor confidence in the country’s newfound [...] The post Global bond sale successful – DoF appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

LandBank chief eyes PDS takeover

State-run Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) wants to buy over 60 percent of Philippine Dealing System (PDS), documents obtained by reporters showed. “The undersigned recommends to the board the acquisition by Land Bank of the Philippines of a majority stak
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LandBank chief eyes PDS takeover

State-run Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) wants to buy over 60 percent of Philippine Dealing System (PDS), documents obtained by reporters showed. “The undersigned recommends to the board the acquisition by Land Bank of the Philippines of a majority stake or at least 66.67 percent of the Philippine Dealing System Holdings Corporation (“PDS”),” LandBank [...] The post LandBank chief eyes PDS takeover appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Protect the Amazon from big business and greed, Pope Francis urges

Pope Francis issued a ringing defense of the people and the environment of the Amazon on Friday, saying big business and «consumerist greed» could not be allowed to destroy a natural habitat vital for the entire planet.
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Protect the Amazon from big business and greed, Pope Francis urges

Pope Francis issued a ringing defense of the people and the environment of the Amazon on Friday, saying big business and «consumerist greed» could not be allowed to destroy a natural habitat vital for the entire planet.

Central bank: BOP deficit more than doubles in 2017

The country’s balance of payments (BoP) reverted to a surplus in December, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Friday, but the full-year tally remained in deficit and was more than double the 2016 shortfall. December’s $917-million surplus r
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Central bank: BOP deficit more than doubles in 2017

The country’s balance of payments (BoP) reverted to a surplus in December, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Friday, but the full-year tally remained in deficit and was more than double the 2016 shortfall. December’s $917-million surplus reversed the $44-million and $214-million shortfalls recorded in November and a year earlier. It was also [...] The post Central bank: BOP deficit more than doubles in 2017 appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Rice tarrification to lower inflation

Rice tariffication will help mitigate the impact of tax reforms on consumer prices and also lower inflation, a senior Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) official said on Friday. In a press briefing, central bank Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo said that amendm
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Rice tarrification to lower inflation

Rice tariffication will help mitigate the impact of tax reforms on consumer prices and also lower inflation, a senior Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) official said on Friday. In a press briefing, central bank Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo said that amendments to Agricultural Tariffication Act, which will finally scrap quantitative restrictions (QR) on rice, would [...] The post Rice tarrification to lower inflation appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

PSEi rises ahead of earnings season

SHARE prices advanced on Friday with investors said to be positioning ahead of the release of annual earnings reports. The bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rose 1.08 percent or 95.18 points to close at 8,915.92. The wider All Shares grew 0.6
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PSEi rises ahead of earnings season

SHARE prices advanced on Friday with investors said to be positioning ahead of the release of annual earnings reports. The bellwether Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rose 1.08 percent or 95.18 points to close at 8,915.92. The wider All Shares grew 0.69 percent or 35.20 point to finish at 5,151.07. “The market is just marking [...] The post PSEi rises ahead of earnings season appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Pele is resting, not suffering exhaustion -- spokesman

Brazilian soccer great Pele is resting at home in and reports that he was taken to hospital because of exhaustion are «fake news,» his spokesperson told Reuters on Friday.
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Pele is resting, not suffering exhaustion -- spokesman

Brazilian soccer great Pele is resting at home in and reports that he was taken to hospital because of exhaustion are «fake news,» his spokesperson told Reuters on Friday.

Oriental Peninsula expands core business

PUBLICLY-LISTED Oriental Peninsula Resources Group, Inc. is set to expand into a general holding company from just a holding firm for mining entities and activities. Oriental Peninsula told the Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday that it had secured the appro
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Oriental Peninsula expands core business

PUBLICLY-LISTED Oriental Peninsula Resources Group, Inc. is set to expand into a general holding company from just a holding firm for mining entities and activities. Oriental Peninsula told the Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday that it had secured the approval of its shareholders for a change in its primary purpose to a general holding company. [...] The post Oriental Peninsula expands core business appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Ayala restructures energy business

AYALA Corp. announced on Friday that it was restructuring its energy business to enable focused strategies and accelerate growth. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), Ayala said its board of directors approved the restructuring of its energ
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Ayala restructures energy business

AYALA Corp. announced on Friday that it was restructuring its energy business to enable focused strategies and accelerate growth. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), Ayala said its board of directors approved the restructuring of its energy business into two wholly owned platforms: renewable energy and thermal energy. All renewable assets will [...] The post Ayala restructures energy business appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

AG&P to finish India LNG terminal by mid-2019

PHILIPPINE-BASED Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Co. (AG&P) is slated to complete the construction of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in India by mid-2019, according to its top executive. “The LNG import terminal in Karaikal Port is expected t
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AG&P to finish India LNG terminal by mid-2019

PHILIPPINE-BASED Atlantic Gulf and Pacific Co. (AG&P) is slated to complete the construction of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal in India by mid-2019, according to its top executive. “The LNG import terminal in Karaikal Port is expected to be up and running by mid-2019,” AG&P President Augusto Gan told The Manila Times in [...] The post AG&P to finish India LNG terminal by mid-2019 appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Church leaders support efforts to uphold press freedom

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle and Pasig Bishop Mylo Vergara express their support for efforts to uphold press freedom in a forum, reported Athena Imperial on «State of the Nation with Jessica Soho» on Friday.
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Church leaders support efforts to uphold press freedom

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle and Pasig Bishop Mylo Vergara express their support for efforts to uphold press freedom in a forum, reported Athena Imperial on «State of the Nation with Jessica Soho» on Friday.

Bangsamoro bill unconstitutional

The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) does not square with the 1987 Constitution because of its expansive nature, a veteran lawmaker said. Rep. Jose “Lito” Atienza of Buhay party-list said he would support the bill granting wider autonomy to Muslim Mind
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Bangsamoro bill unconstitutional

The proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) does not square with the 1987 Constitution because of its expansive nature, a veteran lawmaker said. Rep. Jose “Lito” Atienza of Buhay party-list said he would support the bill granting wider autonomy to Muslim Mindanao but “without its unconstitutional provisions.” “As it is, the proposal is highly doubtful. It [...] The post Bangsamoro bill unconstitutional appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Senators slam Alvarez for Cha-cha threats

SENATORS slammed Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for calling on the electorate to vote in the 2019 midterm polls against candidates who did not support federalism. “The issue at this point is the brazen move of the House to impose and railroad Charter change [Cha
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Senators slam Alvarez for Cha-cha threats

SENATORS slammed Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez for calling on the electorate to vote in the 2019 midterm polls against candidates who did not support federalism. “The issue at this point is the brazen move of the House to impose and railroad Charter change [Cha-cha] without public debate and participation. But having said that, the senators are [...] The post Senators slam Alvarez for Cha-cha threats appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

PNP chief: ‘Tokhang’ may start next week

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa said “Oplan Tokhang” may start next week. In a television interview, de la Rosa said the oversight committee was polishing the guidelines for the operation involving policemen knocking o
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PNP chief: ‘Tokhang’ may start next week

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa said “Oplan Tokhang” may start next week. In a television interview, de la Rosa said the oversight committee was polishing the guidelines for the operation involving policemen knocking on an alleged drug user’s door and pleading with him to surrender to authorities. “Baka next week, [...] The post PNP chief: ‘Tokhang’ may start next week appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Bong Go willing to attend frigate probe

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s close aide Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday said he would attend a Senate probe into the controversial acquisition of two Philippine Navy frigates, if invited. “Kung sakaling ipatawag man ako ng Senado hinggil sa [If ever I
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Bong Go willing to attend frigate probe

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s close aide Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday said he would attend a Senate probe into the controversial acquisition of two Philippine Navy frigates, if invited. “Kung sakaling ipatawag man ako ng Senado hinggil sa [If ever I’m called to the Senate on the] frigate issue, anywhere, anytime, I’m willing to face the [...] The post Bong Go willing to attend frigate probe appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Facebook is ‘epicenter’ of PH wildlife trade

Social networking site Facebook has emerged as the top site for wildlife trafficking in the Philippines, a watchdog said on Friday, with thousands of endangered crocodiles, snakes and turtles illegally traded in just three months. Monitoring network TRAFFIC s
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Facebook is ‘epicenter’ of PH wildlife trade

Social networking site Facebook has emerged as the top site for wildlife trafficking in the Philippines, a watchdog said on Friday, with thousands of endangered crocodiles, snakes and turtles illegally traded in just three months. Monitoring network TRAFFIC said Facebook had not done enough to shut down the trade, which saw more than 5,000 reptiles [...] The post Facebook is ‘epicenter’ of PH wildlife trade appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Strong quake strikes off Loreto, Mexico -- USGS

Mexican authorities said there were no immediate reports of damage and ruled out a tsunami risk from an earthquake that struck in the Gulf of California on Friday.
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Strong quake strikes off Loreto, Mexico -- USGS

Mexican authorities said there were no immediate reports of damage and ruled out a tsunami risk from an earthquake that struck in the Gulf of California on Friday.

Magnitude 6.6 quake strikes off Loreto, Mexico -- USGS

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck off the coast of Loreto in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur on Friday, the United States Geological Survey reported.
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Magnitude 6.6 quake strikes off Loreto, Mexico -- USGS

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck off the coast of Loreto in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur on Friday, the United States Geological Survey reported.

Number of Grab, Uber units limited to 45,000

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued a memorandum circular setting a “common supply base” of 45,000 transport network vehicles in Metro Manila. The LTFRB also set a cap of 500 units for Metro Cebu and 200 for Pampang
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Number of Grab, Uber units limited to 45,000

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has issued a memorandum circular setting a “common supply base” of 45,000 transport network vehicles in Metro Manila. The LTFRB also set a cap of 500 units for Metro Cebu and 200 for Pampanga. All valid and existing permits to operate transport network vehicles and those with [...] The post Number of Grab, Uber units limited to 45,000 appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Bello suspends OFW deployment to Kuwait

LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello suspended on Friday the deployment of workers to Kuwait following the deaths of seven Filipinas from alleged abuse by their employers. Bello directed the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) to stop processing the emplo
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Bello suspends OFW deployment to Kuwait

LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello suspended on Friday the deployment of workers to Kuwait following the deaths of seven Filipinas from alleged abuse by their employers. Bello directed the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) to stop processing the employment certificates of Kuwait-bound workers. Administrative Order 25, issued on Friday, takes effect immediately, Bello said. The Department [...] The post Bello suspends OFW deployment to Kuwait appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

MPD to impose liquor ban in Tondo

Manila police cautioned devotees of the Santo Niño in Manila’s Tondo district against celebrating the fiesta this Saturday and Sunday by drinking on the streets. Manila Police District (MPD) spokeman Supt. Erwin Margarejo said on Friday that they will go a
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MPD to impose liquor ban in Tondo

Manila police cautioned devotees of the Santo Niño in Manila’s Tondo district against celebrating the fiesta this Saturday and Sunday by drinking on the streets. Manila Police District (MPD) spokeman Supt. Erwin Margarejo said on Friday that they will go after these “de-botes” (with botthed) since there is a city ordinance against drinking on the [...] The post MPD to impose liquor ban in Tondo appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Pentagon puts countering China, Russia at center of US defense strategy

The US military has put countering China and Russia at the heart of a new national defense strategy unveiled on Friday, the latest sign of shifting American priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the fight against Islamist militants.
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Pentagon puts countering China, Russia at center of US defense strategy

The US military has put countering China and Russia at the heart of a new national defense strategy unveiled on Friday, the latest sign of shifting American priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the fight against Islamist militants.

Pagpapadala ng OFW sa Kuwait, sinuspindi ng DOLE

Sinuspindi na ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ang pagpapadala ng overseas Filipino workers sa Kuwait sa harap ng mga ulat ng pang-aabuso ng mga amo sa mga manggagawang Pinoy.
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Pagpapadala ng OFW sa Kuwait, sinuspindi ng DOLE

Sinuspindi na ng Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) ang pagpapadala ng overseas Filipino workers sa Kuwait sa harap ng mga ulat ng pang-aabuso ng mga amo sa mga manggagawang Pinoy.

1986 Con-com bequeathed conundrum in amending the Constitution

First word WILL the Philippine Republic survive the torment of watching the two houses of Congress individually convening as a “constituent assembly” in amending the 1987 Constitution? As important, should the Republic suffer the warnings of President Dut
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1986 Con-com bequeathed conundrum in amending the Constitution

First word WILL the Philippine Republic survive the torment of watching the two houses of Congress individually convening as a “constituent assembly” in amending the 1987 Constitution? As important, should the Republic suffer the warnings of President Duterte that the nation will face war if Congress does not approve the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) and [...] The post 1986 Con-com bequeathed conundrum in amending the Constitution appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Constitutional convulsions and the rationality of a constitutional convention

FORMER Chief Justice Hilario Davide has nothing but praises for the 1987 Constitution, a document prepared by a 50-member commission, all appointed by then President Corazon Aquino. Yet, one has to ask if one can call as almost perfect a document that appear
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Constitutional convulsions and the rationality of a constitutional convention

FORMER Chief Justice Hilario Davide has nothing but praises for the 1987 Constitution, a document prepared by a 50-member commission, all appointed by then President Corazon Aquino. Yet, one has to ask if one can call as almost perfect a document that appears to have escaped serious editing, proofreading, and technical consistency review, that it [...] The post Constitutional convulsions and the rationality of a constitutional convention appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

If badmouthing by a local executive is a punishable offense, how much more by the Chief Executive?

LAST Friday, January 12, Mayor Gerardo Calderon of Angono, Rizal was served a memorandum by the Department of the Interior and Local Government implementing the “decision dated 30 October 2017 of the Office of the Ombudsman in OMB-L-A-16-0572” finding hi
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If badmouthing by a local executive is a punishable offense, how much more by the Chief Executive?

LAST Friday, January 12, Mayor Gerardo Calderon of Angono, Rizal was served a memorandum by the Department of the Interior and Local Government implementing the “decision dated 30 October 2017 of the Office of the Ombudsman in OMB-L-A-16-0572” finding him “guilty of conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service” and imposing upon him [...] The post If badmouthing by a local executive is a punishable offense, how much more by the Chief Executive? appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Journalists, bloggers join Rappler in Black Friday protest

Online news organization, Rappler, on Friday evening was joined by journalists, bloggers and press freedom advocates in the Black Friday protest at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City, Athena Imperial reported on «State of the Nation with Jessica Soho.&
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Journalists, bloggers join Rappler in Black Friday protest

Online news organization, Rappler, on Friday evening was joined by journalists, bloggers and press freedom advocates in the Black Friday protest at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City, Athena Imperial reported on «State of the Nation with Jessica Soho.»

Intent was for Senate, House to vote separately on amendments - framer

A framer of the 1987 Constitution explained on Friday that they had intended for the two chambers of Congress to vote separately on constitutional amendments, but this had been overlooked in the final editing.
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Intent was for Senate, House to vote separately on amendments - framer

A framer of the 1987 Constitution explained on Friday that they had intended for the two chambers of Congress to vote separately on constitutional amendments, but this had been overlooked in the final editing.

NAPOLCOM removes height requirement for PNP entrance exam applicants

The National Police Commission has removed the height requirement for applicants who want to take the Philippine National Police Entrance examination.
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NAPOLCOM removes height requirement for PNP entrance exam applicants

The National Police Commission has removed the height requirement for applicants who want to take the Philippine National Police Entrance examination.

19 na Russian girls na nagtatrabaho sa isang club, arestado

Labing-siyam na Russian girls ang dinakip ng mga awtoridad matapos na mabistong nagtatrabaho sa isang club sa Angeles City, Pampanga nang walang kakulangang dokumento.
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19 na Russian girls na nagtatrabaho sa isang club, arestado

Labing-siyam na Russian girls ang dinakip ng mga awtoridad matapos na mabistong nagtatrabaho sa isang club sa Angeles City, Pampanga nang walang kakulangang dokumento.

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