Senate ratifies bicameral conference committee report on tax amnesty bill 2 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Hannah TorregozaThe Senate on Thursday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the tax amnesty bill which shall give taxpayers a one-time opportunity to settle their tax obligations. The tax amnesty bill grants those who have failed to pay for taxable year 2017 and prior years the opportunity to settle tax obligations, including estate taxes, general taxes and delinquent accounts. But for estate tax amnesty, taxpayers would be given two years to avail. The senator said any unlawful divulgence of tax amnesty return and supporting documents has corresponding penalties.
December 13, 2018 07:18 UTC
Eyes in the sky: Weekend meteor shower on 697 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Ellalyn de Vera RuizBundle up and watch one of the best meteor showers before the year ends. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), an average of 40 meteors per hour can be observed during the peak of Geminids meteor shower tomorrow, Friday, December 14 until early Saturday , December 15. Meteors can be seen under a dark and cloudless sky and just after midnight of its peak activity, PAGASA said. This weekend, most parts of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies, while Eastern Visayas and Bicol Region will have cloudy skies.
December 13, 2018 07:07 UTC
Turkish train crash in Ankara kills nine, injures 47 29 SHARES Share it! Rescuers worked to free people trapped under the mangled wreckage at Marsandiz train station, 8 km (5 miles) from central Ankara. The train had been heading from Ankara to the central Turkish province of Konya and was not due to stop at Marsandiz. Three train drivers were among the nine killed in the crash, Transport Minister Cahit Turhan told reporters on the scene. There were 206 passengers on the high-speed train, according to state-owned Anadolu news agency, which also reported that the Ankara state prosecutor’s office had launched an investigation.
December 13, 2018 06:38 UTC
NBI arrests man for child exploitation 1 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Jeffrey DamicogThe National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested a man who allegedly has been offering the sexual services of children to foreigners. He was caught with pornographic materials of children who are being offered for sexual services. The NBI also rescued during the operation two children, ages eight and 11, who have been the subject of the pornographic materials and who, the NBI learned, were relatives of the suspect. Gierran said the operation was conducted based on the case referred to the Philippine National Police (PNP) by the Dutch Police.
December 13, 2018 06:33 UTC
Bill increasing war veterans’ monthly pension to P20,000 awaiting Duterte’s signature 141 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Mario CasayuranSenator Gregorio Honasan said Thursday he awaits the signing into law by President Duterte this Christmas season of a consolidated bill seeking a 300 percent increase in the monthly old-age pension of senior Filipino war veterans. Honasan, chairman of the Senate national defense committee, said the measure has been transmitted to Malacanang last Nov. 26 and is now just awaiting Duterte’s signature. He said the measure would be implemented early next year, providing the more than 6,000 Filipino World War II, Korean and Vietnamese war veterans a total of P20,000 monthly old-age pension, an increase of P15,000 in their previous P5,000 annuity. He added that the pension will not be transferable to any member of a senior war veteran’s family or dependents.
December 13, 2018 06:22 UTC
PH ends chairmanship of 6-nation Coral Triangle Initiative 17 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Ellalyn de Vera RuizThe Philippines is ending its two-year chairmanship of the Coral Triangle Initiative, which is led by six nations encompassing the “world’s center of marine biodiversity,” with a call to scale up efforts to address poverty and food security. “Moving forward, we must shift our focus on actions that can really deliver a higher level of outcomes, such as poverty reduction and improved food security,” Undersecretary Jonas Leones of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said in his opening remarks during the 14th Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Senior Officials Meeting in Makati City. The six countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and the Philippines, collectively known as Coral Triangle 6 or CT6. Leones, chair of the CTI-CFF Committee of Senior Officials, said the chairmanship of the Philippines for the past two years was not easy because it has been challenged with a number of difficulties.
December 13, 2018 06:11 UTC
Envi activists pressure Korea to take back trash before Christmas 10 SHARES Share it! “The re-export of the garbage consignments will be the best Christmas gift ever that we can ask for from South Korea,” she added. Kung sakaling kami’y perwisyo, pasensiya na kayo kami’y apurado (That is why we are here is to remind you of your promise. According to the statement provided by Simon to the EcoWaste Coalition on December 11: “The BOC has announced that the illegal imported garbage from South Korea is now ready for pick-up and repatriation back to Korea. The carolers concluded their event by singing an altered “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” that ends with this line: “And a waste-free New Year.”
December 13, 2018 06:04 UTC
Migration crisis hits Americas, reaches US border in 2018 1 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Agence France-PresseFrom the Central American caravans trekking desperately northward to the mass exodus from Venezuela, 2018 was the year the migration crisis swept the Americas and reached the doorstep of the United States. Latin Americans have long migrated to the United States — half a million Central Americans cross Mexico each year to chase their American dreams — but they used to do it in secret. If you want to protect Law-Abiding Americans — VOTE REPUBLICAN!” he tweeted on November 3, three days before the US midterm elections. In Brazil, an angry mob in the border town of Pacaraima set fire to Venezuelan migrant camps in August, chasing out 1,200 people.
December 13, 2018 05:48 UTC
Floods kill 13 in central Vietnam 14 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Agence France-PresseFloods caused by heavy downpours have killed 13 people in central Vietnam, officials said Thursday, as farmers scrambled to save crops and livestock ahead of more bad weather forecast for this week. One farmer in Quang Nam province said he lost all his chickens in the flooding, costing him tens of thousands of dollars. Several areas in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces were still inundated on Thursday after hydropower plants discharged reservoir waters. Vietnam is frequently hit by heavy downpours during the typhoon season from May to October, but forecasters said the rains arrived late this year.
December 13, 2018 05:48 UTC
Lawmaker pushes bill urging youth to pursue agri careers 1137 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Charissa Luci-AtienzaDeputy Speaker and AAMBIS-OWA partylist Rep. Sharon Garin asked on Thursday the House Committee on Agriculture and Food to expedite the passage of a bill urging young people to pursue careers in agriculture. House Bill 3354 or the proposed Entrepreneurial Agricultural Education Act seeks to encourage the application of manpower development for agricultural entrepreneurship in agricultural, technical, and vocational education and training, starting at the post-secondary level. Under the bill, the completion of the program shall culminate with the conferment of a Diploma in Agricultural Entrepreneurship. We hope to tap Private Public Partnership for manpower development for the agricultural sector,” the deputy speaker said.
December 13, 2018 04:40 UTC
Charges filed vs. persons involved in P11-B illegal drug shipment 544 SHARES Share it! “This is to inform the public that PDEA is serious in coming up with airtight cases against all personalities behind illegal drug transactions,” Aquino said. “We haven’t seen any evidence that will link former Commissioner Lapena sa mga kaso (with the cases),” Aquino explained. I don’t think we will recommend his inclusion in the WPP,” said PDEA Legal and Prosecution Service Acting Director Czareanah Aquino. The PDEA legal chief did admit it would be up to DOJ state prosecutors to discharge Guban as an accused to become state witness.
December 13, 2018 04:31 UTC
‘Hijab troopers’ go nationwide 387 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Francis WakefieldThe “Hijab Troopers” program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be implemented nationwide after the successful deployment during the Marawi siege last year. Brawner made the revelation in front of around 50 Hijab Troopers during the recognition program held for them in Taguig City on Monday. (If you want to continue your tasks as Hijab Troopers, we have an organic company in the CMO Regiment available for you. The Hijab Troopers were each given a military merit medal by Philippine Army Commanding General Macairog Alberto.
December 13, 2018 04:18 UTC
No reason for Napoles to avoid jail transfer – prosecution 10 SHARES Share it! Napoles then filed an urgent motion for reconsideration appealing the transfer. In response, the prosecution filed a comment and stated that the Sandiganbayan’s commitment order should remain as is, so Napoles’ motion should be denied. “There exists no reasons for the Honorable Court to reverse its Order dated December 7, 2018, hence, convict Napoles’ motion should be denied,” it added. The former employees of Napoles all testified that Cambe and Napoles had conspired with each other so that they will benefit from the PDAF of Revilla with the endorsement of her fake non-government organizations.
December 13, 2018 03:45 UTC
No Filipino casualties in Brazil, France shootings — DFATHERE have been no reports of Filipinos among the dead or injured in the recent shooting incidents in Brazil and France, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday. Four people were killed on Tuesday after a gunman opened fire right after a Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral in the city of Campinas, 100 kilometers north of Sao Paolo, Brazil. Ambassador to Brazil Marichu Mauro said the motive for the shooting was still being investigated as the gunman, who killed himself after the shooting, reportedly had no criminal record. Consul General Antonio Morales said that one of the Filipino victims was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday. Morales also expressed the Consulate General’s sympathies to the families of the four people killed in the crash.
December 13, 2018 02:48 UTC
Chinese state media urges Canada to defy US, free Huawei executive 3 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy ReutersCanada should distance itself from US “hegemonism” and grant unconditional freedom to Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese executive detained in Vancouver on Washington’s request, the state-owned tabloid Global Times said in a Thursday editorial. She will be set free if the United States fails to submit a formal demand for her extradition within 60 days of her arrest. “Canada should distance itself from U.S. hegemonism and fulfill its obligations to help maintain international order and protect human rights,” it said. In another editorial on Thursday, the official China Daily newspaper accused the United States of manufacturing the diplomatic incident in order to serve political ends.
December 13, 2018 02:37 UTC