National Newsbits for July 13,2013


The Philippines and Belgium have signed their first comprehensive agreement through the signing of the Philippines -Belgium Joint Plan of Action (JPA). Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs Didier Reynders signed the JPA during the bilateral talks held in Brussels, Belgium on July 10. Del Rosario was in Belgium and Luxembourg for a three-day visit, wherein he was able to talk with government officials of the two countries. (Madel Sabater - Namit)


The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) has hoisted typhoon signal number two at the Batanes Group of Islands while typhoon signal number one remains at Calayan and the Babuyan Group of Islands due to typhoon "Huaning." Yesterday morning "Huaning" was spotted at a distance of 410 kms at the west east portion of Itbayat, Batanes, with winds moving at 165 kph in the middle and wind strength reaching 200 kph. Even if some typhoon signals were raised, the path of "Huaning" will trend its original path going to Taiwan. "Huaning" is expected today to be about 420 km north of Itbayat, Batanes, or in the area near the vicinity of Northern Taiwan. (Chito A. Chavez)


Individual taxpayers who elected to pay their 2012 income tax in two equal installments have until Monday to pay the second, or last installment. Commissioner Kim S. Jacinto-Henares of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) issued the reminder yesterday, stressing that the deadline will not be extended and strictly enforced like the April 15 deadline in the filing of 2012 income tax returns (ITRs). Under the Tax Code, a taxpayer may elect to pay in two equal installments, if the tax due exceeds P2,000. The first installment to be paid when the ITR is filed on or before April 15 and the second on or before July 15 of the same year. (Jun Ramirez)


A lucky punter in Laguna defied Thursday Super Lotto 6/49's odds of one in 13.98 million, hitting its P88.2-million jackpot. The lone winner placed bets matching all the drawn numbers: 41-40-30-10-32-21. A staff at the office of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II said the lotto aficionado placed the winning bet at a lotto outlet in San Pablo City, Laguna. He said the total prize in the July 11 draw of 6/49 reached P88,292,828. He said 27 bettors stand to receive P68,270 each for guessing five correct numbers of the drawn combination (Edd K. Usman)


An official of the Catholic Church yesterday opposed the proposed four-day workweek, saying this would lessen the productivity of the nation. "The productivity of the nation will be lessened by only four days of work," said Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes, member of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Permanent Council. Bastes said he is also not convinced that such a plan would help solve the traffic problem in Metro Manila. Jaro Archbishop Angel Lagdameo also expressed opposition to the plan, saying this would be detrimental to workers' welfare. (Leslie Ann G. Aquino)

"If it means no work no pay, I would not favor it," he said.


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  • Aquino: Philippines to fly usual routes over disputed reefs

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine aircraft will continue to fly their usual routes over disputed reefs in the South China Sea, the country's president said Monday, defying China's challenges to its planes and those of the United States. …

  • Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino
    Philippines to fly over disputed South China Sea: Aquino

    Philippine military and commercial aircraft will keep flying over disputed areas in the South China Sea despite Chinese warnings over the airspace, President Benigno Aquino said on Monday. "We will still fly the routes that we fly based on the international law from the various conventions we entered into," Aquino told reporters when asked whether the Philippines accepted China's position. The Chinese military last week ordered a US Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane away from airspace …

  • Mitsubishi reaches out to far-flung Batad community
    Mitsubishi reaches out to far-flung Batad community

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  • A weekend of premium cars
    A weekend of premium cars

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  • APEC ministers to endorse Boracay Action Agenda
    APEC ministers to endorse Boracay Action Agenda

    Trade ministers at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Boracay, Aklan agreed yesterday to endorse the proposed Boracay Action Agenda to the member countries’ leaders, presenting opportunities for global trade for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). In a press conference following the conclusion of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, who also served as chairman, said ministers agreed to recommend the adoption of the …

  • Talks with China over sea row urged
    Talks with China over sea row urged

    The Philippines should engage China in bilateral talks in its efforts to maintain peace and order at the disputed West Philippine Sea, Sen. Francis Escudero said yesterday. Escudero supports the government’s move to bring the issue before international arbitration but also stressed the need for the Philippines to pursue talks with China. Escudero made the statement after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called for a peaceful solution to territorial disputes in the South China Sea. …

  • House panel tackles bill on regular disaster drills
    House panel tackles bill on regular disaster drills

    The House committee on national defense is deliberating on a measure mandating the regular conduct of disaster risk reduction drills in educational institutions nationwide. Authored by Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr., the bill mandates that risk reduction drills be held annually in all educational institutions throughout the country in coordination with the schools’ respective local government units. “The Philippines’ location along the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator …

  • PCSO running out of funds
    PCSO running out of funds

    Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman Ireneo Maliksi has admitted that the revenue-generating agency is running out of funds as it continues with its mandate to provide financial assistance to indigent Filipinos. Aside from providing financial help to individual recipients, Maliksi cited at least 13 laws that mandates the PCSO to provide mandatory contribution to different government agencies. Just last week, PCSO released P100 million to the Commission on Higher Education as …


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