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Monday, February 20, 2017
BE fair—this was the message of Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo to other governments issuing travel advisories at the recent World Tourism Forum (WTF) Ministerial Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. In a news statement, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Teo made the call on behalf of countries like the...
Improvements in the country’s fiscal stability, government spending and monetary stability pushed the Philippines’s so-called economic freedom up 12 notches to 58th, according to an international think tank. In its latest annual global survey, US-based think tank Heritage Foundation said the Philippines’s economic freedom improved from 70th in 2016 to...
The government is keen on attracting foreign investors who will set up businesses that would put a premium on protecting the environment and creating jobs, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez made the pronouncement after she was criticized by the...
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has warned that the proposal to impose excise tax on automobiles will discourage the inflow of investments in the auto industry. In a position paper submitted to the House Committee on Ways and Means, the BOC said the imposition of excise taxes on cars would...
Violence and conflict in the Philippines had cost victims P3.05 trillion in economic losses, lost productivity and medical expenses, according to the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). Based on constant purchasing power parity (PPP) in 2015, the IEP said in the 2016 edition of its report, titled Economic...
SEVERAL groups will fete innovators as it leads in the celebration of the Philippine Innovation Week from February 20 to 24. Several organizations, such as the Benito and Catalina Yap Foundation (BCYF), have organized their own activities to promote and develop the culture of innovation in the country. To kick off...
Part One IT costs to say “Good-bye to ‘Forever.’” That is true for some married couples in the country who are in the process of securing annulment of their marriage or legal separation. Liza, for instance, was married for almost seven years before she finally decided to leave her husband in 2012...
RESIDENTS of Buenavista town in Bohol and nearby towns better learn welding now. This, after Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado (Bohol, Second District) met with the top executive of a company planning to establish a shipyard in Buenavista town. The company executive, Aumentado and Buenavista Mayor Ronald Lowell  Tirol have discussed possibilities...
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is closely monitoring four other recruitment agencies believed to be engaged in illegal activities in Central Visayas. This, after DOLE-7, together with the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-7) operatives, successfully entrapped an agency in Lapu-Lapu City for violating laws. Three personnel of Feljobs...
THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is contemplating on seeking an extension of the 72-hour temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by a court against a former mayor of Tuguegarao City. A 72-hour TRO filed by NGCP was issued to Deltra Multi Corp., represented by its president   Delfin Ting,...
The Department of Energy (DOE) and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at reducing the power cost in ecozones to attract more investors. Representatives from the two government agencies signed the MOU for the accelerated development of regional economic zones, or ecozones, with...
The gap between the rich and the poor in the Philippines may have been wider in the past 25 years, according to a Washington-based think tank. In a study, Brookings Institution’s Laurence Chandy and Brina Seidel created alternative Gini coefficients for 134 countries, including the Philippines, and saw an average...
SENATE work will not be disrupted even if beleaguered Duterte administration foe Sen. Leila M. de Lima were arrested for alleged links to big-time illegal-drugs transactions at the National Bilibid Prison when she was still the secretary of justice. Senate President Aquilino L. Pimentel III made the assurance over the...
‘PLUNDER can kill, thus, it should be included in the list of crimes punishable by death.” This was the statement made by United Nationalist Alliance Rep. Gus S. Tambunting of Parañaque City when asked on his opinion regarding the death penalty. Tambunting said taking at least P50 million intended for the...
ENVIRONMENTAL groups are asking the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to shut down a coal-fired power plant in Bataan whose operation caused ash fall that threaten the health and well-being of communities in Limay, Bataan. The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) earlier staged a picket in front...
By Lorenz S. Marasigan & Recto Mercene ADOPTING a twin-airport policy—one in the north and another in the south—is the most beneficial strategy that the government can undertake, an official from a party that offered to build a new international gateway in Sangley, Cavite, said on Thursday. All-Asia Resources and Reclamation Corp. (ARRC)...
Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez has vowed to intensify the campaign against illegal logging to protect the country’s watershed areas, a campaign which may be doomed to fail unless measures promoting investment in sustainable forest management is put in place, a forestry expert said. The renewed drive against illegal...
Death, injuries and destruction. These were the effects of the 6.7-magnitude earthquake that shook Surigao del Norte last Friday. But what if a more powerful quake would hit the overly populated Metro Manila? What would the damage be like? Brace for something that may really sound scary. The probability of a...
You may call it a hotel with a museum, or a museum that looks like a hotel. But either that, you must come up to Baguio, not because of Pinagbenga or its cool weather, but for Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Fernando Amorsolo, Vicente Manansala, Hernando Ocampo, Carlos “Botong” Francisco and...

Vote for death draws nigh

The leadership of the House of Representatives is mulling over an early vote on the controversial bill reviving the death penalty, amid heated debates and worldwide calls for the legislation to be scrapped. House Majority Leader Rodolfo C. Fariñas said he will call for a majority caucus on Monday to...