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  • What a freeway! MB - 4 hours ago

    [caption id="attachment_129512" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Roxas Boulevard in Manila has become a virtual playground for this motorcycle rider as traffic is clear as far as the eyes can see today. Most Filipinos in the city have gone out of town or returned to the provinces during these Lenten holidays. (Jacqueline Hernandez)[/caption] More »

  • Street ‘Senakulo’ MB - 4 hours ago

    [caption id="attachment_129521" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Gerardo Galvez Jr., 30, dramatizes the suffering of Jesus Christ as He carried the cross to Calvary in this scene of the ‘Senakulo,’ a religious play, set in the streets of Mandaluyong City on Maundy Thursday. (KJ Rosales)[/caption] More »

  • Rice farmers not ready for ASEAN Integration MB - 4 hours ago

    Manila, Philippines --- The country’s rice farmers are not yet ready for the ASEAN Integration in 2015 due to high production cost of palay, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA). DA Secretary Proceso Alcala said the mechanization and loan program for agriculture could significantly reduce cost of production among farmers in the country. At present, Alcala said “Filipino rice farmers are not yet ready for the ASEAN Integration in 2015 because our production cost for palay is too high compared to those spent by farmers in other countries like Vietnam and Thailand.” Citing initial reports from a DA-commissioned study conducted by the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Alcala said the high expenses by Filipino farmers were largely influenced by the “highly manual operations from land preparation to harvesting” as well as the “cost of money being used by the farmers.” The cost of money pertains to the profits that traders add to the cost of farm inputs as well as the uneven interests that loan sources charge, he explained. More »

  • People’s choice MB - 4 hours ago

    [caption id="attachment_129489" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Tilapia, which is sold at P120 per kilo at the Kidapawan City public market, is among the most sought-after fish of the devotees during the Lenten Season. (Alexander D. Lopez)[/caption] More »

  • Gov't won't wait for Okada reply MB - 4 hours ago

    The Justice Department will no longer wait for Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada to file his reply to the complaint filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in connection with the alleged irregular $2 billion deal for a casino resort in Entertainment City that his company allegedly entered into with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor). Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Deana Perez, who is the chair of the Justice Department panel handling the case, said Okada has already waived his right to submit his counter-affidavit after the Japanese gambling magnate repeatedly snubbed the summons served to him through his Philippine address. The last time that the Justice Department issued a subpoena against Okada was in November, Perez said. She said that the NBI informed the prosecution panel that a summons may be served on Okada through his Philippine address. More »

  • Double-time! MB - 4 hours ago

    [caption id="attachment_129515" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Maynilad Water Services personnel work double-time to insert this reshaped water pipe along the main pipeline on Juan Luna Street in Tondo, Manila, on April 17 , as 800 barangays in Metro Manila and Cavite endure water service breaks until Black Saturday. (Jacqueline Hernandez)[/caption] More »

  • Pimentel proposes department to handle prison system 4 hours ago

    Manila, Philippines --- A department that would handle the major functions of the prison system, decongest the jail facilities, and speed up the delivery of justice was proposed by Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III yesterday. To give the ex-convicts the opportunity to start over, Pimentel also proposed giving incentives to companies that would hire ex-convicts. The senator from northern Mindanao made the proposal after a recent public hearing by the Senate justice committee, where he observed that the prison system’s major functions are split between the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), which manages those accused of a crime, falls under the DILG, while the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), which has jurisdiction over those convicted, is under the DOJ. More »

  • Bucks sold for $550-M MB - 4 hours ago

    Los Angeles — Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl said Wednesday he’s selling the NBA team to an ownership group eager to keep the club in Milwaukee. Kohl, a former US Senator, said he had agreed to sell the club to hedge-fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. Edens and Lasry will pay some $550 million for the club. Kohl bought the team for $18 million in 1985, and it was valued at $405 million in January by Forbes – last among the league’s 30 clubs in the financial magazine’s rankings. More »

  • AmCham seeking income tax reduction for local shipping firms MB - 4 hours ago

    The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) of the Philippines has urged the government to reduce the income tax for domestic shipping firms to level the playing field with foreign ships as part of an amendment to the country’s cabotage law. John D. Forbes, senior advisor of AmCham, told reporters in an interview that the current move to amend the Cabotage Law has not been gaining traction despite a pronouncement by President Benigno Aquino III during his fourth State of the Nation Address on the need to review certain laws including the Cabotage Law. Forbes, however, noted the difficulty because by allowing foreign vessels to undertake domestic shipping activities the government would put the local shipping firms at a disadvantaged. Under the rules of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, transport of passengers, goods or cargoes from one place in the Philippines to another place in the Philippines is subject to 12 percent VAT. More »

  • Gov’t seizes P6.24 B worth of counterfeit goods MB - 4 hours ago

    A record P6.24 billion worth of counterfeit goods have been seized in the first quarter this year, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) reported ahead of the upcoming release of the 2014 Special 301 Report where the Philippines still remains in the regular watch list. IPOPHL said the combined enforcement operations conducted by law enforcement agencies under the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) for the period is nearly P2 billion away from the entire 2013 seizures which P7.8 billion. IPOPHL director-general Ricardo Blancaflor said that given the record seizure in the first quarter this year, the year-end total could surpass the record high seizures of P8.38 billion in 2011. Based on its record, the highest haul of P4 billion came from the joint operation of the IPOPHL, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) which totaled P4.144 billion. More »

  • Auto firms eye assembly of e-vehicles MB - 4 hours ago

    Car manufacturers are looking at e-vehicles as an alternative vehicle to assemble in the country if the bills pending in Congress will provide government support for the local production of  environment friendly cars, according to Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. President Michinobu Sugata. Sugata said at the recent groundbreaking ceremony for the P1 billion plant expansion of its auto part supplier Tokai Rika Philippines in Sta. Rosa, Laguna that car assemblers would possibly come in if the pending bill on Alternative Fuel Vehicles will provide the right government support. The Alternative Fuel Vehicles Incentive Act was filed during the 15th Congress with both houses of Congress already have each own version. More »

  • After honoring Mandela, Yankees sweep Cubs MB - 4 hours ago

    New York — There was nothing mysterious about Michael Pineda’s performance this time. Masahiro Tanaka’s dominant outing was pretty straight forward, too. Pineda followed an overpowering outing by Tanaka with one of his own, pitching six innings of four-hit ball as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 on a bitterly cold Wednesday night to complete its first doubleheader shutout sweep since 1987. Carlos Beltran homered for a third straight game, off Jason Hammel in the first inning of the Cubs’ first regular-season game at the current Yankee Stadium. More »

  • Ceres keeps UFL lead 4 hours ago

    Ceres-La Salle survived a rugged encounter with the Philippine Air Force to pull off a 2-1 win and keep its firm grip of the top spot in the United Football League second division recently at the Nomads Sports Club in Parañaque City. Korean Jin Ho Kim scored the go-ahead goal in the 47th minute as the Bacolod City side overcame an early 1-0 deficit to preserve its five-point lead over second placer Manila Jeepney FC in the 12-team competition. ... More »

  • EDSA traffic crawls as repair work continues MB - 4 hours ago

    Manila, Philippines --- Traffic was still crawling on the southbound lane of EDSA yesterday, Thursday, as the road repair work continued at full throttle, said the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). The southbound lane of EDSA was experiencing moderate to heavy traffic, particularly in the Guadalupe area, P. Tuazon to Ayala, and Magallanes to Taft Avenue, the agency’s monitoring report said yesterday. The repair projects are still choking traffic along EDSA as maintenance crews rush to complete their work. Traffic was expected, and the agency had informed the public about it weeks before work started, said Emerson Carlos, MMDA assistant general manager for operations. More »

  • ‘Senakulo’ performers teach Christ’s message MB - 4 hours ago

    Manila, Philippines --- The story of the passion and death of Jesus Christ is always worth retelling in many ways, one of them through a play known as “Senakulo.” Through the years, young actors and actresses who usually play the same roles for many years, have not only told the story in remarkable ways, but have found spiritual inspiration from their own performances. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has praised them for their dedication. “Senakulo’ plays are [alive] among the youth, because the latter can appreciate not only how good these shows are, but also the deeper message that they present,” CBCP- Episcopal Commission on Youth Executive Secretary Fr. Conegundo Garganta said in an exclusive interview with Manila Bulletin. More »

  • Philippine leader apologises over 'world's worst airport'
    Philippine leader apologises over 'world's worst airport'

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino publicly apologised on Wednesday for failures in air conditioning at Manila airport, already named by an online travel guide as the world's worst. The fresh debacle at Terminal 1, used by foreign airlines, came as millions of Filipinos begin travelling for the Easter holidays during one of the hottest months of the year. The transportation ministry also issued a separate public apology Wednesday, on the eve of four-day Easter holidays in the Catholic …

  • PH grants visa-free privilege to 7 more countries
    PH grants visa-free privilege to 7 more countries

    Travelers from seven more countries can now experience how fun it is in the Philippines without worry, as the government extended them visa-free privileges. …

  • Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry
    Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry

    Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry, added extra emotional weight Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the nation. Nearly 300 people -- most of them students on a high school trip to a holiday island -- are still missing after the ferry capsized and sank on Wednesday morning. Mom, I love you," student Shin Young-Jin said in a text to his mother that was widely circulated in the South Korean media. …

  • Perry ‘flirting with Diplo’
    Perry ‘flirting with Diplo’

    Katy Perry reportedly spent most of her time canoodling with EDM star Diplo at the desert music festival. …

  • PH, China, Malaysia negotiating hostages’ release

    The Philippines and China are now working with Malaysian authorities in negotiating with the kidnappers of the Chinese tourist and Filipina worker who were abducted from an island resort near Semporna in Sabah on April 2. Speaking at a press conference after the Putrajaya Forum 2014 in Kuala Lumpur where he delivered a speech on transnational and organized crime on Tuesday, Malaysian Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi disclosed that Filipino authorities, in particular, are working …

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