Imee Marcos’ alleged misuse of P66 million in tobacco monies spent on vehicles for the provincial government, rather than for projects meant to reinforce the self-reliance of tobacco farmers, as required by law. “In the P3.767-trillion national budget for 2018, provinces cultivating Virginia tobacco are getting P12.88 billion, while those growing Burley and native tobacco are getting another P2.92 billion,” Pimentel said. Based on National Tobacco Administration records, Pimentel said only four provinces—Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union and Abra—produce Virginia tobacco. He said the smaller growers of Burley and native tobacco include Occidental Mindoro, Tarlac, Misamis Oriental, Maguindanao, Abra, North Cotabato and Nueva Vizcaya. Under two separate laws, provinces producing Burley and native tobacco are entitled to “15 percent of the incremental revenue collected from the excise tax on tobacco products” as a result of higher tax rates way back in 1997.
WEATHERMEN hoisted Storm Signal no. 2 over the Batanes group of islands and Signal no. 1 over the Babuyan group of islands on Tuesday after forecasting tropical storm “Isang” will intensify and become a severe storm this week. Isang was 170 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, and packing maximum sustained winds of 80 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 97 kph as of 5 p.m on Tuesday. Moderate to strong winds will blow from the northwest to the west over Central and Northern Luzon, and from the southwest over the rest of the country.
THE oil companies raised the price of gasoline by P0.20 per liter effective Tuesday but rolled back the prices of diesel and kerosene by P0.10 per liter and P0.15 per liter, respectively. Flying V, Seaoil Philippines, PTT Philippines, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines and Eastern Petroleum made the price adjustments, and the other oil distributors were expected to follow suit. World oil prices fell last week but recovered later in the week due to reports of a fall in US oil production, the weak US dollar and the bullish reports from the Energy Information Administration. To get a raffle entry, a customer must submit receipts totaling P500 worth of Extreme 97, Extreme 95, Extreme U, Extreme Diesel fuels and/or Seaoil lubricants to any Seaoil station nationwide. The move complements PTT’s growth in the Philippines, where it now has more than 100 gasoline stations.
I’m writing this piece on another one of the interminable anniversaries of Ninoy’s assassination, in another century and millennium. As in the drug wars, it’s not the users, but the pushers, who should be lined up against the wall. ***Yesterday’s EDSA rituals were made doubly ghoulish by the persistent new campaign of the yellows to elevate yet another unwitting victim of violence, 17-year-old Kian de los Santos, to the same status of undeclared hero-hood. The teenager was shot dead during a single day of multiple police operations against the drug trade in Caloocan City. These inquiries are where the facts of Kian’s death properly belong, not in the imaginative efforts of PR hacks and trolls.
LOS ANGELES: Sweden’s Henrik Stenson claimed his first title since winning the 2016 British Open, outdueling Ollie Schniederjans down the stretch Sunday (Monday in Manila) to win the USPGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship. But Stenson matched Schniederjans hole-for-hole — both producing birdies at three of their last four holes. “Feels good to inch ahead and get that 6th win,” Stenson said. Stenson, who is ranked ninth in the world, is hoping to return to the form that saw him win his first major championship at the 2016 Open Championship at Royal Troon. Stenson, who tied for 11th in his Open title defense at Royal Birkdale, registered birdies on Nos.
Cray, a two-time Olympian; will be defending his crown in the men’s 100m dash and 400m hurdles. The 28-year old Asian Championship gold medalist begins his campaign in the 100m dash preliminary round at 3:30 p.m. along with three-time National Collegiate Athletic Association sprint champion Anfernee Lopena. So far, the athletics team has one gold courtesy of Mary Joy Tabal in the women’s marathon. The team suffered a major setback after gold medal hopeful Ernest John Obiena suffered an ACL injury a few days before the Malaysia Games. Obiena has a personal best of 5.61 meters – a sure gold in men’s pole vault.
PARIS: Rafael Nadal described as “unbelievable” his climb back to the world No.1 spot for the first time in three years and confirmed in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday. Nadal, who has spent 141 weeks in the top spot, has struggled with knee injuries since first becoming No. 1 after all the things that I have been going through the last couple of years is something unbelievable,” the Spanish great told the ATP. Nadal, knocked out in the Cincinnati quarter-finals last week by Australian Nick Kyrgios, had slipped to as low as 13th in the ATP rankings midway through 2015. ATP rankings on August 211.
The donation came after HS 67 likewise donated the marker and plaque for the Fr. Godofredo Alingal SJ Hall, which houses the new College of Law of ADNU. On July 19, 2017, HS 67 held a successful fundraising golf tournament at KC Filipinas Golf Resort in, San Pedro Laguna with participation from various sponsors, donors, and guests. In October 2017, HS 67, jointly with FINEX Foundation, will be holding a two-day business education seminar for the faculty of the University and other schools and colleges in Naga City. Finally, on December 28 to 29, 2017, the grand reunion and celebration of its Golden Anniversary will be held in the Ateneo de Naga University Main Campus.
Gunning for a remarkable first round sweep, Lyceum of the Philippines University tangles with Mapua University in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 93 basketball tournament today at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan City. But head coach Topex Robinson, who is returning from a one-game suspension, said that a sweep is not their focus. “Honestly, we didn’t discuss about a potential sweep but rather we want to be a better version of ourselves from our Letran game,” said Robinson. In their previous game, the Cardinals put up a valiant stand in a 55-66 loss to defending champion San Beda College. Meanwhile, skidding Arellano University (2-5) and College of St. Benilde (2-6) seek to salvage their Final Four campaign in their 12-noon duel.
Sans Raymar Jose and with the Scorpions playing confident basketball after shocking top seed Flying V in their semifinal series, coach Boyet Fernandez hopes his wards will be ready in their 5 p.m. Game 1 encounter. The seven-time D-League champion will bank on Pamboy Raymundo, Jason Perkins and Byron Villarias in the series. CEU remains the underdog in the series but its huge upset win over the Thunder makes it a dangerous opponent. But since we are here already, we will continue all the good things we’ve done,” said Scorpions coach Yong Garcia. Garcia will also be leaning on sharp shooting Art Aquino, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds in their semis-clinching win over Flying V.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday announced that Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Isidro Lapeña will be the next head of the Bureau of Customs. In a media interview, Duterte confirmed that he had accepted the resignation of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon. ”He’s (Lapeña) going to be the Commissioner of Customs,” the President told reporters. Duterte said General Aaron Aquino, the regional commander of Region 3, will head the PDEA. CATHERINE VALENTECV/CC
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Soldiers and policemen are ‘clearing’the besieged city of Marawi and cleaning the streets and every mosque laid waste by the Islamic State-linked Maute Group terrorists. Galvez said the street-cleaning activity, initiated by Joint Task Force Tabang and dubbed as Kapalimpiyo tano ko Kalilintad (Let’s Clean for Peace) was held in Barangay Emie, Matampay, Sarimanok, Marawi and Malalat. Galvez reiterated that uniformed troops will “continually” be involved in any clearing operation, even if the three-month old war has ended. Gen. Joselito Bautista, Joint Task Force Marawi commander, said that the clean-up will focus next on the mosques within the main battle area in the city. According to military reports, 129 soldiers and 45 civilians have been killed by the extremists while rescued civilians number 1,728.
August 21, 2017 14:03 UTC
Cignal HD and Centro Escolar University wage war for all the marbles as they dispute the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup title starting today Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. But Hawkeyes coach Boyet Fernandez already has a dilemma on his hands, with Raymar Jose unavailable due to his obligations with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. Fernandez, though, is wary of the threat of CEU in the titular duel, especially with the way the Scorpions upset Flying V in their semifinals series. “We know that CEU is a very good team which is well-coached, and matching up with them without Raymar is a tough one. Hindi naman masamang subukan kaya sabi ko sa players ko, we just try to stay focused and stick to our game plan,” he said.
August 21, 2017 13:41 UTC
The National Competitive Council (NCC) named Rizal province as the Most Competitive Province in the Philippines during the 5th National Regional Competitiveness Summit and Awarding Ceremony held recently. The province has won the same award for two straight years. Meanwhile, other Rizal cities and towns received top awards – Antipolo as Most Competitive Compound City, Cainta as Most Competitive Municipality, Taytay came second and Angono third in the same category. The competitiveness of a municipality or city is measured based on economic dynamism, government efficiency, infrastructure and resiliency. The Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index is a yearly ranking undertaken by the NCC with the support of the United States Agency for International Development and Globe Telecom.
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THE military rescued Vietnamese sailor, Do Trung Huiqe, kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in November last year and held captive on Mataja Island in Basilan. “The intensified military offensives caused the Abu Sayyaf [members]to flee and opened a chance for rescue operations,” Rear Admiral Rene Medina, regional naval forces commander, said. It was not also immediately known whether the rescue operation sparked off the Abu Sayyaf attack of Barangay Tubigan also in Maluso town on Monday that killed 10 village residents and wounded dozens others. The Joint Task Force Basilan last week also rescued Filipino kidnap victim Edmundo Ramos, who was abducted by the ASG on July 16 along with three others while doing a renovation job in Sulu. Recently, the Vietnamese government requested the Philippine Navy’s Flag Officer in Command Vice Adm. Joseph Ronald Mercado to intensify its monitoring of Vietnamese kidnap victims in the southern area of the country.
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