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QC barangay, SK bets heed PNP call for drug testing
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) -- Challenge accepted. Hundreds of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) candidates in Quezon City trooped to the Cubao Police Station on Tuesday to heed the call of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar ...

Draft bill raises tax cut of LGUs where plants are located
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
A DRAFT bill from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), prepared with the assistance of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), hopes to raise the share of tax revenue for local government units (LGUs) hosting facilities of businesses ...

Abdullah Mama-o new special envoy to Kuwait
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed his adviser on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) affairs Abdullah Mama-o as a special envoy to Kuwait. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Mama-o, who just arrived from ...

Chamber sees growing Korean interest in PHL English programs, jobs
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
SOUTH Korean students are expected to try their hand at landing jobs in the Philippines, starting with visits to improve their command of the English language, the Korean business chamber said. The Korean Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc. (KCCI ...

Duterte won't take sides in China-U.S. spat over Chinese missiles
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) -- President Rodrigo Duterte will not take sides in the brewing feud between China and the United States in relation to Chinese missiles installed in disputed areas in the South China Sea. Malacañang admitted an ...

Alleged Maute sniper who escaped Marawi nabbed in Quezon City
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) -- Authorities arrested an alleged sniper of ISIS-linked Maute group in Cubao, Quezon City Monday. Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde on Tuesday said reports from concerned citizens led to the arrest of ...

Foreign tech start-ups considering PHL -- DTI
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
"Many of them [are] VCs in the start-up community and technology business investors," Mr. Lopez said in a mobile message on Tuesday. The forum was attended by investors from Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, the US and Europe. "Many approached me after ...

Electricity competition, EPIRA, and WESM
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
Last Monday, I discussed business competition in general and the role of the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC). The theme will be continued in this piece and it will discuss electricity competition in particular, especially after I was able to ...

NPC orders Jollibee to suspend online delivery system over data vulnerabilities
philstar.com - 2018-05-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Privacy Commission has ordered fastfood giant Jollibee to suspend its online ordering and delivery system over vulnerabilities on its website. Jollibee said on its website that is "currently improving our delivery ...

Suspects in beheading of farmers in Maguindanao nabbed
philstar.com - 2018-05-08
MAGUINDANAO, Philippines -- Three suspects in the beheading of two farm workers in Parang town last month surrendered to authorities Monday. Chief Superintendent Graciano Mijares of the Police Regional Office-Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said ...

More gun ban violators in Calabarzon held
philstar.com - 2018-05-08
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 150 persons were arrested in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) from April 14 to May 6 for violating the gun ban for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections. Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar ...

Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo resigns 'out of delicadeza'
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) -- President Rodrigo Duterte accepted the resignation of Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo on Tuesday. Teo handed in her resignation letter to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea Monday in the wake of the ?60 ...

Iloilo City teenage pregnancy cases down 15%
Sun Star - 2018-05-08
The IISDN is a network of facilities, institutions, and providers in city, health and social system offering information, training, and core packages of health and social care services in an integrated and coordinated manner. City Population program ...

Abu Sayyaf releases captive in Sulu
philstar.com - 2018-05-08
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- A kidnap victim, who was abducted along with two female cops and another male companion, had been freed unharmed by the Abu Sayyaf group in Patikul town, Sulu, according to security official. Security official disclosed that ...

MiCab partners with Japanese firm for in-cab advertising
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
Taxi-hailing application MiCab announced it is partnering with Japanese advertising firm Hallohallo Business Inc. to launch MiAds, or mobile internet advertising, which it said will generate profit for the company. Assuring customers it will not implement ...

Petron net income surges to P5.8-B in Q1
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) --Oil giant Petron Corp. opened the year strong with a P5.8-billion consolidated net income for the first quarter, calling the figure "its highest quarterly income in history." The net income is 4 percent higher from ...

BSP voids registration of 2 remittance agents
philstar.com - 2018-05-08
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on Tuesday said monetary authorities cancelled the registration of Edzen Enterprises and World Wide Money Changer for violating the Anti-Money Laundering Act. According to the BSP, Edzen Enterprises ...

LT Group sets around P11 billion capex for 2018
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
LT Group, Inc. President Michael G. Tan (right) holds a press briefing at Century Park Hotel in Manila on May 7, 2018. -- Photo: Arra B. Francia via Twitter LT Group, Inc. (LTG) plans to spend P10 billion to P11 billion for capital expenditures in 2018 ...

NBA is committed to the Philippine market, says Mark Tatum
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
FINDING a "welcoming home" here in the Philippines, the National Basketball Association (NBA) said it is high on its presence in the country and reaffirmed its commitment to continuing its business here. Meeting members of local media for a roundtable ...

Duterte, Filipino scientists off to Benham Rise this May
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8 ... including Benham Rise, in partnership with the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute. But China later said the research was done "in waters under the Philippines' jurisdiction, but not in ...

Agriculture production surges 1.47% in Q1
philstar.com - 2018-05-08
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine agriculture grew for the fifth straight quarter buoyed by surge in production in the crops, livestock and poultry subsectors, the government reported Tuesday. Agricultural production in the first three months of the year ...

S&P maintains bullish outlook for Philippine banks
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-08
The Philippine banking system is likely to benefit from a brighter outlook for the economy, S&P Global Ratings said, with stronger domestic activity to fuel increased lending for local players. "Our view on the Philippines banking system is pretty much ...

UN agency sees 6.8% growth rate for Philippines in 2018
philstar.com - 2018-05-08
MANILA, Philippines -- A United Nations agency has kept its 2018 growth estimate for the Philippines, amid broadly stable outlook for economic growth in the Asia Pacific region. The Philippine economy will likely grow by 6.8 percent this year and beat the ...

DoT mess takes a twist
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-08
THE brother of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo, Ben Tulfo, is returning the P60 million that his media company received from her department for ad placements in his show, her lawyer and spokesman Ferdinand Topacio said Monday. In an interview with radio dzMM ...

Gov't talking to CPP-NDF to resume peace negotiations
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) -- Representatives of the government and communist rebels are holding talks for the possible resumption of peace negotiations, six months after President Rodrigo Duterte walked away from the talks. The Office of the ...

Teo attends Cabinet meeting amid PTV-4 ad controversy, call for resignation
CNN Philippines - 2018-05-08
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 7) -- Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo attended the 25th Cabinet Meeting in Malacañang palace on Monday, despite calls for her resignation for her office's payment of P60 Million for television advertisement on the ...

Fight against endo: Nothing much changed
philstar.com - 2018-05-07
Temp agencies -- small firms that hire temporary workers to work for big companies -- have been at the center of this controversy since they ... What labor groups are up in arms against are labor workers hired to do the same work, but are deprived ...

When looking back is not an option
philstar.com - 2018-05-07
The National Internal Revenue Code (NIRC), as amended, provides in Section 249 (B) that any unpaid tax due shall be subject to 20 percent deficiency interest per annum which shall be assessed and collected from the date prescribed for its payment until the ...

NBI ballistics expert belies shootout in Kian slay
philstar.com - 2018-05-07
MANILA, Philippines -- A ballistics expert at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday testified at the Caloocan Regional Trial Court (RTC) that the bullets that hit 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos were shot by two persons in a downward ...

Philippines' PLDT slashes stake in German e-tailer
Nikkei Asian Review - 2018-05-07
MANILA -- Leading Philippine telecom PLDT unloaded two-thirds of its stake in German e-commerce group Rocket Internet, the company said Monday, as it looks to bankroll record capital spending. Indirect subsidiary PLDT Online Investments sold 6.8 million ...

Philippines' PLDT trims stake in German tech investor
Nikkei Asian Review - 2018-05-07
MANILA -- Leading Philippine telecom PLDT unloaded two-thirds of its stake in German e-commerce group Rocket Internet, the company said Monday, as it looks to bankroll record capital spending. Indirect subsidiary PLDT Online Investments sold 6.8 million ...

Buffett still hates Bitcoin, wants all of Apple
Reuters - 2018-05-07
While billionaire investor Warren Buffett bashed Bitcoin on Monday, he doubled down on his love for Apple, saying he'd ''love to own 100 percent of it.'' While billionaire investor Warren Buffett bashed Bitcoin on Monday, he doubled down on his love for ...

Family History Ups Postpartum Psychiatric Episodes
Medscape - 2018-05-07
NEW YORK -- Having first-degree relatives with psychiatric disorders is a significant risk factor for postpartum psychiatric disorders, new research suggests. A national cohort study, which included data on more than 362,000 first-time mothers in Denmark ...

Kylie Jenner makes more money on Instagram than any other star -- here's how much a post from her is worth
Business Insider - 2018-05-07
A new study may have just cemented Kylie Jenner's status as the queen of Instagram-- if it weren't already obvious. PEOPLE recently shared a report from social media insights firm D'Marie Analytics, which found that one single Instagram post by Jenner is ...

Psychological interventions can help treat chronic pain in seniors
Upi.com - 2018-05-07
May 7 (UPI) --Psychological intervention provided some relief among older adults' chronic pain, according to a review of studies. Researchers at Cornell Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk and VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the ...

Microsoft's vision for the future of meetings is slightly terrifying
Mashable - 2018-05-07
Microsoft just gave us a small peek into its vision for the future of meetings and it's slightly terrifying. During a demo onstage at its Build developers conference, the company showed off a prototype device that combines computer vision and AI tools to ...

2 Swedes lose cash, valuables in hotel room vault
philstar.com - 2018-05-07
MANILA, Philippines -- Two Swedes vowed never to return to the Philippines after they lost money and valuables they kept in a vault in their hotel room in Manila Sunday night. Kristan Palero Coleman, 36, and Gerhard Haider, 33, went to the Manila Police ...

Microsoft is giving app developers a way better deal than Apple in hopes of luring them to Windows 10
Business Insider - 2018-05-07
Microsoft will soon take only a 5% cut of all revenue from the Microsoft Store, the app store built into Windows 10. Google and Apple typically take 30% on their own app stores. Video games aren't eligible for this new rate. It's a play to draw developers ...

Invest in infrastucture, DOF chief urges insurers
philstar.com - 2018-05-07
You know, the contracting companies like DMCI, EEI, they also need bonds. So in fact, the market is bigger now because we are implementing (projects) faster," Dominguez said. Insurance firms, including Philippine American Life and General Insurance Co ...

Silicon Valley deftly answers two frequently asked questions about Bitcoin
The Verge - 2018-05-07
Spoilers ahead for the penultimate episode of Silicon Valley. In the latest season of Silicon Valley, startup Pied Piper braves all kinds of obstacles, from an aggressive pizza company trying to steal their coders to contending with their archnemesis Hooli ...

Teamwork Gets Hip Fracture Patients to the OR Sooner
Medscape - 2018-05-07
ORLANDO -- Patients with isolated hip fracture can be in the operating room within 48 hours of presentation, which can lead to improved outcomes, if a multidisciplinary team is focused on this goal, new research shows. Hip fracture is "considered an ...

Microsoft and Amazon Show Alexa and Cortana Becoming Friends
Bloomberg L.P. - 2018-05-07
Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc. may be competing with each other in the cloud-computing market, but in the realm of voice-controlled personal assistants, Cortana and Alexa are forging a friendship. On Monday, the two companies showed the fruits of a ...

The sun will become a planetary nebula after it dies, astronomers predict
Upi.com - 2018-05-07
May 7 (UPI) --When the sun finally dies, 10 billion years from now, it will become a planetary nebula, according to a team of scientists at the University of Manchester. Some 90 percent of all stars become planetary nebulae during their afterlife, but some ...

Teo, Bello and Sereno
thestandard.com.ph - 2018-05-07
As of this writing, Roberto Teo, the husband of DoT Secretary Teo, is reportedly a member of the governing board of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), a government agency directly under the DoT. Mr. Teo has held this post ...

Economic growth picks up in Q1 -- poll
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-07
Asuncion, chief economist at Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank). He estimated 6.9% economic growth for the quarter. "On the supply side, services and industry are expected to contribute to growth with agriculture also pitching in," he said.

ESCAP keeps Philippine GDP growth projections
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-07
However, ESCAP flagged several risks facing the region, such as "growing financial vulnerability and rising private and corporate debt, particularly in China and countries in South-East Asia, falling or low reserves in a few South Asian economies and ...

Philippine factory growth second-best in ASEAN
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-07
Third, while business confidence remained positive, optimism was among the lowest in the survey history," he said. The Philippine report however noted that factory activity saw faster rises in both output and new orders in the local and foreign front ...

SM Prime nets P7.6B as mall expansion pays off
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-07
SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime) said in a statement on Monday that its net income stood at P7.6 billion for the first three months of the year, higher than the P6.6 billion it reported in the same period a year ago. Consolidated revenues accelerated by ...

DoubleDragon opens flagship project in Pasay
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-07
DOUBLEDRAGON Properties Corp. officially opened on Monday its flagship office and retail project, which has been seeing strong demand from Philippine Offshore Gaming ... in Pasay City yesterday. Real estate consultants have been reporting higher demand ...

Semirara expecting at least 20% decline in Q1 power generation
BusinessWorld - 2018-05-07
"SLPGC power plant have machinery breakdown and business interruption insurance cover. The company is now closely working and coordinating with reinsurers and their technical consultants to reinstate the unit back to full operation," the company sai

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