Colmenares personally led protest rallies against “lazy” but well paid SSS executives who cannot even solve the problem of P13 billion in uncollected premiums and penalties from 122,658 delinquent employers. But SSS President Emmanuel Dooc said the number of delinquent employers cited by Colmenares comprised only about 14 percent of the total SSS employer contributors. This, after President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Expanded Maternity Leave Act on Wednesday, a day before it lapsed into law. Previously, female employees were entitled to only 60 days of paid leave for normal delivery and 78 days for cesarean delivery. Replays of the defensive play made the rounds on social media from the wee hours of Friday morning until the weekend.
February 23, 2019 22:52 UTC
UREÑA, Venezuela – A high-risk opposition campaign to deliver humanitarian aid into Venezuela descended into deadly chaos Saturday after President Nicolas Maduro’s security forces fired on demonstrators and aid trucks were set ablaze as his blockade held firm. A boat from the US territory of Puerto Rico was also en route to Venezuela with humanitarian aid, Governor Ricardo Rossello said, without indicating its destination fort. “The humanitarian aid is definitely going to Venezuela in a peaceful and calm manner to save lives at this time,” said Guaido. Guaido has vowed humanitarian aid would enter his country despite the blockade. Maduro defiantSocialist leader Maduro has rejected the aid, which he’s dismissed as a show and pretext for a US invasion.
February 23, 2019 22:41 UTC
ADVERTISEMENTJayson’s brother was taken to Bahay Pag-asa after stabbing someone during a street fight in Metro Manila. NTSB was once known as Tanay’s “Boys Town,” a name that connotes a horrible detention for bad boys. She worries that this may mean more and younger CICL ending up in the dismal, crowded Bahay Pag-asa. “The LGUs (local government units) might say, ‘We don’t have a Bahay Pag-asa and so we take them to you.’ No, we stand our ground. NTSB joins calls not only to improve the Bahay Pag-asa facilities but also to strengthen family values at the grassroots level as well.
February 23, 2019 21:56 UTC
Feb. 24, 1998ADVERTISEMENTThe Biak-na-Bato National Park at San Miguel town in Bulacan province was declared a historical shrine and a major destination by virtue of Republic Act No. Reopened in 2016, the national park imposed stricter rules for visitors, such as wearing life vests and helmets. Feb. 24, 1989The National Historical Commission of the Philippines declared San Matias Parish Church, more known as Tumauini Church, a national historical landmark. The ultra-Baroque church located at Tumauini town in Isabela province was built entirely of red bricks and has a four-story bell tower. The Philippine Postal Corp. included Tumauini Church in its commemorative stamps in 2018 featuring Spanish colonial churches.
February 23, 2019 21:11 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Lawmakers are eyeing the approval of a new tax amnesty bill that lifts bank secrecy in tax fraud cases, in response to President Duterte’s request. The President made the request when he vetoed the general amnesty provision in the tax amnesty bill, which he signed on Feb. 14 as Republic Act No. He said he was thus asking lawmakers “to pass another general tax amnesty bill that includes the lifting of bank secrecy for fraud cases,” among other provisions. Uy and Rep. Mikee Romero of party-list group 1-Pacman, one of the authors of RA 11213, welcomed the President’s decision to sign the tax amnesty bill, excluding the general amnesty section. He said the law reduces estate tax from the previous high of 20 percent to a uniform six percent, regardless of the value of the inherited property.
February 23, 2019 21:00 UTC
At a Mass for the first death anniversary of Tita Patsy, mother of my dearest friend Rachy Cuna, the priest said in his sermon: “The more important question than ‘Is there life after death?’ is ‘Is there life in life’?”I went home after the celebration of the well-lived life of Tita Patsy still thinking of the concept of “life in life.” To this moment, it is a voice in my head. The life we live is the advance party for the life after death. To get started dreaming again is the life in life. Put life in life.” Of course, I was still thinking of the sermon of the priest when I gave my answer. Put life in your life by picking up a new hobby, a new toy, a new self-help book.
February 23, 2019 20:48 UTC
ANALYSISWhat emerging jobs in PH implyBy Cora Llamashome/Business/Sunday Business/What emerging jobs in PH implyThe human element still counts in the age of automationLinkedIn’s recent study on the emerging jobs in the Philippines is nothing short of an eye-opener. The back end developer has more of the so-called hybrid function. As such, the back end developer has always to keep himself attuned to what the customer needs, wants and enjoys to make his end-product useful. This is especially true if he and the front end developer are working with the marketing manager in an online campaign, for example. The fifth job that LinkedIn listed, the sales development manager, should make professionals in that job and related categories sigh in relief.
February 23, 2019 19:52 UTC
My heartaches have no place in social mediaBy JOSEPH HOLANDES UBALDEhome/Business/Sunday Business/My heartaches have no place in social mediaI woke up this morning from a dream that I was back with the ex. “My heartaches have no place in social media,” I thought. But right now, my heartaches have no place in social media. Joseph Ubalde is a digital content expert and social media stra-tegist who has worked for various local and global companies. “The Digital Nomad” is the first and only column dedicated to social media in the Philippines.
The making of an entrepreneurhome/Business/Sunday Business/The making of an entrepreneurWith the third youngest population in Asia Pacific, the Philippines should take advantage of its young population to invoke change and address social issues. But the numbers also showed that a big chunk of the youth population are living below the poverty line. Being young might mean being inexperienced, but being young can also mean untapped potentials. While they are very young and inexperienced, the Filipino youth has the imagination and the creativity to create ideas, which can be translated into tangible economic solutions. The success behind the Spark Project was [anchored on]creating a shared space for talent to build on talent.
PAL to undergo system upgrade in MarchBy The Manila Timeshome/Business/Sunday Business/PAL to undergo system upgrade in MarchFlag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) announced Friday would undergo a system upgrade by March, in a bid to achieve its goal of being a five-star carrier. In its official social media account, PAL announced that it would upgrade its system to Amadeus Altea to provide passengers faster and more convenient transactions. In March 2018, PAL signed a partnership with Altea Suite, a passenger service system that streamlines air travel processes, such as reservation, flight management and departure control, among others. Having this airline IT system, according to PAL, would enhance the online check-in processes, make booking experience easier, and make other transactions faster and seamless. PAL earlier said it needed the necessary technology to help the carrier achieve its five-star goal.
DrugWatchP8-M marijuana uprooted in Cebu, P5M goes up in smoke in BenguetBy The Manila Timeshome/News/Regions/At a Glance/P8-M marijuana uprooted in Cebu, P5M goes up in smoke in BenguetAuthorities uprooted about 20,000 fully-grown marijuana plants worth P8 million in a remote area in Barangay Gaas, Balamban town, midwest Cebu on Friday. Donito Ocariza, a farmer and alleged marijuana cultivator, who distributes the illegal hemp in Cebu City, was at large. Similarly, police officers swooped down on nine marijuana plantations in remote and hinterland of Lapines and Tanap in Barangay Tacadang, Kibungan, Benguet. Lyndon Mencio, Benguet police director, said operatives discovered the plantations with some 27,350 pieces of fully-grown marijuana plants valued at P5.4 million. Kibungan is still considered as a hotbed of illicit marijuana plantations in Benguet where marijuana plantations are abundant.
February 23, 2019 19:07 UTC
Vatican sex-abuse summit needs serious follow throughBy The Manila Timeshome/Opinion/Editorial/Vatican sex-abuse summit needs serious follow throughThe February 21-24 summit convened by Pope Francis and attended by 190 heads of bishops’ conferences and other top clergymen is a laudable move by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis correctly set the tone for the first-ever Vatican Summit on Clerical sexual abuse by saying that Catholic leaders must go beyond simply condemning instances of abuse. We laud Tagle for being forthright about the faults of the Catholic hierarchy as far as the abuse crisis is concerned. But Tagle should follow through by initiating, at least in the Philippines, a review of Church policies and procedures on cases of abuse of minors. The pronouncements of the Pope, Tagle and others at the Vatican summit must be translated to policy and practice, or they risk becoming empty rhetoric good only for publicity and news headlines.
February 23, 2019 18:56 UTC
The best proactive measure he can take is through a simple direct executive order. It would prevent future terrorism, instead of responding after attacks have occurred, for far less than the cost of conventional defenses. This unconventional yet highly effective approach with a proven scientific record for diffusing terrorism and violence is called Invincible Defense Technology (IDT), based on the non-religious Transcendental Meditation (TM) program. The revelation that group meditation reduces turbulence in society and improves community or global health is simply an extension of the individual practice of meditation. This is a new proactive paradigm for our times, ready to be implemented for it holds the secret for planetary peace.
February 23, 2019 18:45 UTC
De-radicalization and the defeat of IS: Radicalization will not disappear by itselfBy The Manila Timeshome/Opinion/Analysis/De-radicalization and the defeat of IS: Radicalization will not disappear by itselfGENEVA (IPS): The defeat of the Islamist State in Middle East and North African battlefields is now a reality. Europe was the scene of far-right apocalypse prior to and during the Second World War. “Once the genie is out of the bottle, who can force it back in?” One would assume that the adverse effect of Cold War radicalization would serve as lessons learned for decision-makers in their endeavours to address and roll-back radicalization. However, it appears that politicians and policy analysts presume that radicalization will disappear by itself as was initially thought with the collapse of the Iron Curtain. Extremist violence is here to stay for some time.
February 23, 2019 18:33 UTC
One giant leap and one small stephome/Opinion/Op-Ed Columns/One giant leap and one small stepExplaining the Social Security System’s condonation program, Senator Dick Gordon said the state pension fund would be able to generate more funds and ensure its viability in the long run. * * *I cannot forget the misery experienced by the Vietnam war veterans. After victories in WW2 and the Korean war, American soldiers who fought in the Vietnam war suffered the most. * * *This is a good development in the national security issue of our country. * * *Good work, good deeds and good faith to all.
February 23, 2019 18:33 UTC