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Friday, September 30th 2016

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THE leadership of the House of Representatives on Thursday rejected the Department of Finance (DOF)-proposed offsetting measures to recover the estimated P179 billion in revenues that will be lost due to the planned lowering of personal income-tax (PIT) rates. Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez said instead of removing the value-added tax exemptions for...

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World

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WASHINGTON—The GOP-led Congress has been angling for this moment: the chance to finally deliver President Barack Obama a stinging rebuke with the first veto override since he took office. It may not be exactly the political score many Republicans had envisioned. The timing comes near the end of Obama’s presidency...

Business

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ALLIANCE Global Group Inc. (AGI), the holding company of businessman Andrew Tan, is allocating more than P150 billion in capital expenditures (capex) through next year on the company’s continued expansion, mainly in its Philippine home market. “We continue to be optimistic about what lies ahead. That is why we have...

The Broader Look

Sports

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By Doug Ferguson / The Associated Press CHASKA, Minnessota—Two days before the Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson went back 12 years to drive home a point that the Americans are prepared to play their best golf. And along the way, he disparaged yet another former captain. This time, his target was Hal Sutton. Mickelson was...

Life

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By Susie Moore | www.greatist.com OVER time, our consistent thoughts become our beliefs. This is a positive thing if our beliefs serve us in some way—like believing you are a healthy person, resilient or talented in your work. But when our beliefs are based on thoughts that do not serve...

Motoring

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ROAD markings are considered the most efficient warning and navigational assistance to drivers, yet there are a good number of road users out there who still do not understand what they mean.  Take the case of Michael Santos, who drove on a busy street in Makati one Monday morning. It...

Property

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THE Philippine tourism and hospitality industry is going to enjoy luster and prestige when Okada Manila opens before the year ends. “We are very keen to start operations on the later part of 2016,” said Steve Wolstenholme, president of Okada Manila in a recent news briefing held in Pasay City. Although...

Millennials

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SINK your teeth into dental medicine and the future will smile brightly. Such is the belief of dentist and orthodontist Jaybee Cabalonga. Two years of painstaking practice at different clinics as employed dentist, Cabalonga considers herself blessed to have set up her own clinic in Quezon City. “I’m just lucky to...

Envoys & Expats

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SPANIARD Abelardo Garcia Gutierres explained that, like old trinkets from secondhand thrift stores finding their way to new owners, people have the potential to be restored back to their old glory no matter how destroyed they are. Gutierres, who runs the Remar Rehabilitation Center of the Philippines in Caloocan and, at...

Executive Views

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RESORTS World Manila (RWM) Chief Operat­ing Officer Stephen Reilly has been behind the reins of the country’s first integrated resort since opening its doors in 2009. Ever since, RWM has been the leading purveyor of thrills, pro­viding Filipinos with a taste of world-class enter­tainment, accommodations and gaming, the likes...

Education

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MAKING use of their “giftedness” for a noble purpose bolstered by the school’s mission, as well, Miriam College (MC) opened the Henry Sy Sr. Innovation Center (HSSIC), the Philippines’s first integrated makerspace to all students for them to share knowledge and bridge public and private schools. “Curriculum is very compartmental....

Our Time

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Story And Photo By Leonardo Perante | Correspondent SANTIAGO CITY, Isabela—After three terms as City Mayor of this city, Amelita Sison Navarro has detoured to farming.  Her advocacy on backyard planting of cut flowers, vegetables and raising of native livestock have effectively provided reduced spending on imported blooms and domestic...

Faith

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THE National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel welcomed the 80-year-old 30-foot-tall concrete image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on September 8. The image was donated to the national shrine by the heirs of its original owner, Don Jose Mariano de los Reyes Ocampo, a lawyer, real-estate proprietor...

Biodiversity

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First of two parts LONG before the Philippines became a colony of Spain, indigenous peoples (IPs) have been defending their ancestral lands—against local and foreign invaders. They knew the forest like the palm of their hands. They can trek the mountain with ease. They can swim across rivers like fishes do.  Called by different names,...

Green

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DAVAO CITY—The loss of biodiversity cover traced to overfishing and destructive fishing practices has been blamed for the declining fish catch in the country’s prime fishing ground. This was pointed out by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), as it gathered fisheries experts from governments...

Science

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THE common carp, known as karpa in the local market, can possibly help in detecting the magnitude of waste in waterways. In a study conducted by Dr. Michelle Grace V. Paraso of the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna, carp was found to have a potential use...

Marketing

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ARE you always thinking and running out of ideas on what gifts you can give to your friends in the media? As public-relations (PR) practitioners, it is important for us to build or sustain our relationship with the media, whom we must consider and respect as partners in our practice....

Tourism

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Story & photos by Gretchen Filart Dublin August was a month when the world was shaken by tragedies and misfortunes: harrowing earthquakes that devastated Italy and Myanmar, and an all-time low for global gold-stocks relationships, to name some. In southern Luzon, a different kind of wave was shaking Quezon Province—one of...

Health & Fitness

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DURING the election campaign last April, then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte warned that if the disorder brought by illegal drugs will not end, the Philippines will become a narco state. In a press statement, Duterte said the country is showing alarming signs of becoming a narco state. “In the...

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