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MOGPOG, Marinduque—Mayor Augusto Leo M. Livelo is determined to turn an abandoned copper mine in this town into an ecotourism spot. With the town’s limited resources, however, Livelo said he is banking on national government help and support, first by making the Consolidated Mines Inc. (CMI)—the operator of the abandoned...
Southeast Asian leaders should seriously consider jump-starting discussions on transforming Asean into the “European Union of the East” when they converge for the summit in Manila, according to experts. Political analyst Ramon C. Casiple of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform said the plan to turn the Asean...
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) expects the growth of prices to remain above 3 percent for the third consecutive month in April on higher prices of utilities. Central Bank Governor Amando M. Tetangco Jr. told reporters the BSP expects April inflation to hit between 3 percent and 3.8 percent...
Other Southeast Asian countries, such as Vietnam and Cambodia, may edge out the Philippines in terms of tourist arrivals, if the Duterte administration would not be able to improve the country’s infrastructure, the Department of Finance (DOF) warned on Thursday. Unless the government closes the country’s infrastructure gap and matches...
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said it would welcome Asean’s support and understanding, while the country is hosting the 30th Asean Summit, in the face of Amnesty International (AI) call on regional leaders to take a stand against President Duterte’s antidrugs war that resulted in the filing...
A PETITION has been filed before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking the creation of a new procedure that would protect drug suspects and ensure justice to victims of extrajudicial killings. In a 14-page petition letter, the legal advocacy group Center for International Law (CIL) asked the Court to promulgate new...
THE Senate Committee on Public Services is poised to open an inquiry into the reported anomalous purchase by former Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) officials of P3.8-billion Dalian trains found to be unusable for existing Metro Rail Transit (MRT) railways. Sen. Grace Poe, who chairs the committee, expressed readiness...
A PROLIFE party-list legislator on Thursday hailed Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon’s declaration that the bill reviving the death penalty is dead in the Senate, with at least 13 senators expected to vote against measure. “If Senator Drilon’s claim is true, then that is very good news. We’ve always...
FORMER Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn has filed a motion for the dismissal of charges against him for perjury, ethics breach and graft over his alleged failure to declare his businesses and vehicles in his statement of assets and liabilities and net worth (SALN). Hagedorn filed an urgent omnibus...
THE camp of former Sen. Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Thursday welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), setting a definite date for the preliminary conference on his electoral protest filed against Vice President Maria Leonor G. Robredo. The PET set the preliminary...
By Jovee Marie N. dela Cruz  @joveemarie TO beef up the financial backbone of local government units (LGUs) in time for the looming shift to federalism, a vice chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations is pushing for a measure to increase the share and guarantee the automatic retention...
DAVAO CITY—A survey conducted by one of the country’s leading insurance firms showed that “only 23 percent of Filipinos were able to finish college due to financial constraints.” Jenny Santos, director of agencies of Philamlife for South Central Mindanao, on Wednesday revealed that the survey was conducted by their company...
Two party-list lawmakers on Thursday threw their support behind a proposal to increase the national minimum wage to P750 a day for employees in the private sector and P16,000 a month for state workers. ACT Teachers Reps. Antonio Tinio and France Castro, citing a recent survey, said pay increases are...
The mining and quarrying industry earned P213.8 billion in 2014, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The largest contributor for that year was the nickel-ore mining sector with over a third of the output of the industry. Nickel-ore mining led all industries, producing P72.1 billion, or 33.7 percent of the...
The business sector is now studying to formally propose for the gradual cut of the funds allocated for the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program “maybe in a span of 10 years,” and shift this as loans for small businesses, according to Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship Jose Concepcion. In a briefing...
SOLICITOR General Jose C. Calida on Thursday said the joint-venture agreement (JVA) between the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the Tagum Agricultural Development Corp. (Tadeco) over a 5,212.46-hectare land within the Davao Penal Colony (Dapecol) is void. Calida issued the findings after House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez sought the Office of...
LOCAL hog raisers belonging to the Pork Producers Federation of the Philippines Inc. (ProPork) threw their support behind the Department of Agriculture’s decision to allow importation of 7 million kilograms of pork meat to arrest the increasing price in the local market. “We support the recent pronouncement of Agriculture Secretary...
LEGAZPI CITY—Albay Gov. Al Francis C. Bichara said he has no power to stop illegal gambling amid the continued operation of  jueteng in the province. The Philippine National Police  (PNP) said the campaign against illegal gambling began early  in March and includes all forms of illegal numbers game. The PNP...
President Duterte’s statement to be delivered at the Asean Summit on Saturday is sure to disappoint a lot of people, although the tone is expected, based on his pivot to China. Probably opting for restraint and prudence, a copy of Duterte’s draft statement made no mention of the arbitral...
By Cai U. Ordinario  & Jasper Emmanuel Y. Arcalas ASEAN should leverage its well-deserved reputation of being the “food bowl of the world” to cut poverty incidence in the region and wipe out hunger, according to analysts. Ateneo de Manila University EagleWatch Senior Fellow Leonardo A. Lanzona Jr. said Southeast Asia...
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