July 2019

locsin

Foreign Secretary Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. said Wednesday that the Philippines has already lodged a diplomatic protest against China’s latest “swarming” activity in the disputed waters. Earlier in the day, National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperon said it was the inter-agency task force of the country that made the suggestion to lodge the protest.The safety advisor said intelligence is looking into the activity, stating the “swarming” activity could be a

false claim

A bill to safeguard the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation from fake claims and overpayments is set to be submitted in the Senate. Senator Risa Hontiveros said on Wednesday that the suggested PhilHealth Insurance False Claims Act will prevent and minimize fraud despite the penalties provided for under Section 38 E(2) of Republic Act No. 11223 or the Universal Health Care Act (UHC). Hontiveros said she intends to enhance the fraud

paint

With intentional golden strokes, artist Taipan Lucero proudly revives an ancient script in the hope of encouraging an endangered but controversial portion of the heritage of the Philippines. Once restricted to history courses, Baybayin, a 17-character indigenous script used before Spanish colonization, makes a comeback among the nation’s millennials, young professionals, and diaspora. Even as technology makes writing by hand obsolete, internet calligraphy videos and digital fonts for the script

basket

Troy Rosario proves to be more than just a towering presence for TNT Katropa in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. The 6-foot-7 forward has become the ideal frontcourt partner for importing Terrence Jones, particularly in the playoffs where for the Katropa Rosario emerged as a coherent force on both sides. Rosario, 27, helped the top seeded team escape the upset axis against Alaska in the quarterfinals and now holds his own

cinima

Admittedly, it was a concern about his future that led Matt Evans to return to Star Magic. The short excitement about fresh beginnings when he left the agency two years ago, he told Push, was rapidly tempered by his own hesitation after being confronted by showbiz’s uncertainty. He added that he sees Star Magic as his “comfort area,” and that he has harbored a bit of regret over his choice.

More tax reforms 'possible' this year, analyst says

The remaining tranches of the tax reform program of President Rodrigo Duterte are likely to be approved this year as they are less “complex” than the first package. The acceleration and integration tax reform or TRAIN, which reduced private revenue tax rates and increased responsibilities on vehicles, fuel and sugar-sweetened beverages, was introduced in 2018. The second tranche, which seeks to reduce corporate income taxes and rationalize incentives, is still

protest

In view of latest localized confrontations, the Department of Foreign Affairs highly recommends Filipinos in Hong Kong or those who travel to the land to prevent regions where mass demonstrations and actions are taking place. Filipinos were also recommended to put their safety first and take all needed precautions. DFA’s advisory came out on Tuesday after renewed conflicts broke out previously this week between pro-democracy demonstrators and police in Hong

Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte has moved to the Judicial and Bar Council former chairperson of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Franklin Demonteverde and appointed a former military officer to the regulatory body.   Demonteverde, a retired judge, was appointed last July 19 as representative of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines to the JBC, a document released by Malacañang Wednesday showed.   The JBC is the constitutional body responsible

Duterte

The Philippine Federation of Industries promotes the veto of the suggested tenure security bill by President Rodrigo Duterte as regularizing all staff could lead companies to automate and cut employment. Duterte said he vetoed the measure seeking to end contractualization because there should be a sensitive balance between the interests of employees and employers. What will happen is that companies will tend to automate or depend entirely on external services

award

Singer Aicelle Santos once again made the Philippines proud after winning 2nd position in the recent ASEAN+3 Song Contest in Vietnam on July 28. Singer and manager Carlo Orosa posted the excellent news. Timmy Pavino and Steven Bedolido also participated in the competition apart from Aicelle. Aicelle sang “Kapangyarihan ng Pag-ibig” for the finals. The grand award was won by Malaysian singer Rosario Ninih Chamini Bianis. Aicelle has been busy