MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is looking into the possible liability of the owner and contractor of the supermarket in Porac, Pampanga that collapsed during a strong earthquake last Monday. “We have to find out who is accountable for the collapse of Chuzon Supermarket so we will know what to do and so we can prevent this from happening again,” he stressed. He said Chu agreed to submit documents detailing the floor plan of the supermarket as well as the list of workers. Abrahano said the regional CIDG also invited the engineer and the contractor who built the supermarket. The DPWH has pegged the amount of damage from the earthquake in Central Luzon at P200 million.
April 24, 2019 16:00 UTC
The magnitude 6.5 tremor that struck San Julian, Eastern Samar on Tuesday, meanwhile, has generated 70 aftershocks as of 9 a.m. yesterday. A magnitude 4.7 earthquake also hit the Davao region yesterday as officials assured the public there were no deaths or injuries reported. While some bridges sustained some damage, Picardal said this was minimal and they remain passable. The town of San Julian at the quake’s epicenter suffered minor damage to some structures, Picardal said. Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone said the province sustained cracks in some city and municipal buildings and roads.
April 24, 2019 16:00 UTC
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — Four Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed in a military offensive in Basilan before dawn yesterday. The military said the bodies of four bandits were recovered during clearing operations in Sitio Gipitan, Barangay Bohe Pahu, Ungkaya Pukan. Gen. Fernando Reyeg, Joint Task Force Basilan and 104th Brigade commander, said air support were also deployed to assist personnel of the Joint Task Force Basilan. “The sustained military operations... manifest the commitment of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) in fulfilling its mandate... in Basilan,” Dela Vega said. “We are building up... intelligence operations to pursue, pressure and defeat Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu,“ he added.
The Lady Eagles erased a Lady Falcons set point then needed three set points of their own to snatch the second set before coming through in the third and collecting their 11th win against two losses. Even if we stumbled in the second set, that’s part of the game. We need to adjust right away and good thing we were able to deliver right on time,” said Lady Eagles skipper Bea de Leon. Earlier, La Salle eased past ousted University of the East, 25-17, 25-16, 25-19, to clinch at least a playoff for a twice-to-beat semis incentive. Rookie Jolina dela Cruz scattered 10 points, 10 digs and six excellent receptions, Aduke Ogunsanya also scored 10, Ernestine Tiamzon punched in nine while Des Cheng and Des Clemente each put in eight for the Lady Spikers.
MANILA, Philippines — Domestic workers in Western Visayas will get a salary increase starting May 8, the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) announced yesterday. The NWPC said the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board issued Wage Order 3 granting an increase of P500 monthly for domestic helpers in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras and Iloilo. With the increase, the NWPC said the minimum wage of domestic helpers in cities and first class municipalities in Western Visayas would be pegged at P4,000. The minimum wage of domestic helpers in other areas in the region will increase to P3,500. The previous wage order, which set the salaries of domestic workers in the cities in Western Visayas to P3,500 per month and P3,000 in other areas lapsed last Dec. 8.
MANILA, Philippines — The earthquakes that struck Zambales in Luzon, Eastern Samar in Visayas, and Davao Oriental and Davao Occidental in Mindanao over the last three days were not related, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said Wednesday. On Tuesday, Eastern Samar was hit by a magnitude 6.5 quake. On Wednesday, Davao Oriental was hit by a magnitude 4.7 quake and Davao Occidental by a magnitude 3.7 quake. So they are still different,” Evangelista said. He said that the aftershocks following the Zambales, Eastern Samar, and Davao Occidental quakes are the only ones related to them.
April 24, 2019 15:11 UTC
ALI to issue first REIT listing in PH 0 SHARES Share it! Jose Emmanuel Jalandoni, ALI Group Head for Commercial Business Group, said on Wednesday that ALI wants to make the country’s first REIT issuance within the year even amid ongoing efforts to revise some provisions in the REIT law. ALI President Bobby Dy said even with the current rules, the company decided to proceed with its first REIT listing because “we feel it’s a new vehicle for us to be able to grow”. Based on the amended Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the REIT law, REIT companies should have a minimum 44 percent public float for the first year of their listing. Within the month, the company should come up with the prospectus for the issuance, which would specify which ALI assets should be listed under REIT.
April 24, 2019 14:13 UTC
BSP releases NPSA draft circular to simplify rules 0 SHARES Share it! It laid down the initial phased-in implementation of the NPSA, which prioritizes the creation of a baseline inventory of all operators of payment systems (OPS), according to the BSP. The draft circular has made it possible for OPS and registered payments-related businesses to have a smooth transition period under the provisions of the new law. In addition, the central bank said the draft circular provides “descriptive examples” of activities that will require BSP registration. 11127 and in the draft circular, such institutions will only have to submit a duly accomplished application for registration,” said the BSP.
April 24, 2019 14:08 UTC
SPEX wins US$1.1-B Malampaya tax case in arbitration 0 SHARES Share it! Voting in favor of the Malampaya consortium had been designated arbitration Chairperson Yves Fortier, SPEX-led consortium arbitrator David Williams and Philippine arbitrator Reynato S. Puno, a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Petroleum service contracts (PSCs) in the Philippines take guide from the prescriptions of Presidential Decree No. Aside from the ICC case in Singapore, the Philippine government is also confronted with dispute resolution proceedings at the International Centre for Settlement and Investment Disputes (ICSID) at the World Bank Group in Washington DC – still relating to the Malampaya tax case. Many of the interested takers of the oil and gas block offers of the country has raised concern over the Malampaya tax case – and this has in fact, dampened the appetite of investors in recent years.
April 24, 2019 14:08 UTC
BEIJING, China — Washington will not send officials to a Beijing summit on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature global infrastructure project, the US embassy said Wednesday amid a raft of disputes between the two powers. Leaders from 37 countries and officials from dozens more are expected to attend the Belt and Road Forum from Thursday to Saturday, but Washington has dismissed the initiative as a “vanity project.”ADVERTISEMENT“The United States has no plans to send officials from Washington to the Belt and Road Forum,” a US embassy spokesperson told AFP in an email. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told journalists at a briefing last week that American diplomats, state government representatives and members of the business community will be attending the forum. At the first Belt and Road summit in 2017, the US was represented by White House adviser Matt Pottinger. Since then, more countries have signed up to Belt and Road, most notably Italy, which became the first G7 nation to join the global scheme that aims to link Asia to Europe and Africa through massive investments in maritime, road and rail projects.
April 24, 2019 13:41 UTC
PARIS — France’s government has presented a bill aimed at speeding up the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral and providing transparency on how huge amounts of donation money for the restoration will be spent. The bill detailed Wednesday in a weekly Cabinet meeting will allow the government to pass emergency orders regarding Notre Dame and to skip some ordinary renovation procedures. The Notre Dame reconstruction is prompting widespread debate across France, with differing views over whether it should involve new technologies and designs. Quoirin has recommended protecting the famous instrument with a waterproof case, dusting it and playing it regularly during the restoration work. READCatastrophic fire engulfs Notre Dame Cathedral in ParisBishop: Notre Dame will be closed up to 6 years/atmRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
April 24, 2019 13:41 UTC
San Juan Rep. Zamora finds GMA’s “poor” survey rating unbelievable 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Ben RosarioVeteran San Juan Rep. Ronaldo Zamora appeared incredulous at the 2019 Social Weather Station survey that gave the former president and Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo a “poor” rating, notwithstanding a big four-point improvement in her grade. Catapulted to the top House leadership only eight months ago, Arroyo was able to steer the Lower House into approving all measures included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s list of legislative priorities. Suarez said the equitable allocation of infrastructure projects proposed by congressmen have been assured by Arroyo for all congressional districts. Arroyo was also stripped of her post as deputy speaker of the Lower Chamber.
April 24, 2019 13:30 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 3.7 earthquake struck Sarangani in Davao Occidental on Wednesday night, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. The quake, of tectonic origin, was reported 114 kilometers southeast of Sarangani, Davao Occidental around 7:18 p.m.ADVERTISEMENTThe quake had a depth of 13 kilometers. Phivolcs said they are not expecting damage or aftershocks. The incident happened only a day after a magnitude 6.5 quake rocked Eastern Samar. A magnitude 6.1 earthquake also hit Zambales on Monday.
April 24, 2019 13:07 UTC
President Duterte arrives in Beijing for four-day visit 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Genalyn KabilingBEIJING — President Duterte has arrived in Beijing, China for a four-day visit amid cold and rainy weather, making his fourth visit to the Asian giant since 2016. The President, taking a private jet to Beijing, is scheduled to attend the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, hold bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and meet the Chinese business community during his Beijing trip. Duterte was welcomed by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua and Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Accompanying the President to Beijing is his common-law wife Honeylet Avanceña and daughter Veronica.
April 24, 2019 13:07 UTC
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is making a new threat to send armed soldiers to the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump tweeted Wednesday that “Mexico’s Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border,” but he didn’t support the drug-smuggling claim. We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border. Two U.S. soldiers in a remote area of Texas recently were confronted by Mexican soldiers who thought the Americans had crossed into Mexico. Trump recently backed off his threat to seal the entire border , citing Mexican cooperation.
April 24, 2019 12:45 UTC