A 40-year-old man posing as a Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) enforcer was taken into police custody after he failed to present proof he was with the agency. Despite being in an MMDA traffic enforcer’s uniform, Reynante Pascasio’s disguise, which he used to extort money from motorists, quickly fell apart. His motorcycle, which bore the plate number 7968 XT, also had blinkers that were authorized to be used only by government-issued vehicles, according to MMDA traffic operations officer Elpidio Tañeca. Although the suspect’s uniform closely resembled that of verified MMDA enforcers, Tañeca added that there were some telling differences. “Our enforcer’s uniform doesn’t bear the flag and the name cloth should bear his initials,” he said.
May 21, 2018 21:33 UTC
This was after Grab Philippines donated 100 body cameras emblazoned with the MMDA seal and below it, the transport network company’s unmistakable, curvilinear green logo. MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia sought to temper fears, however, that the high-resolution, China-made cameras would entitle Grab drivers to special treatment from the agency. ADVERTISEMENT“These cameras will bolster transparency and protect enforcers who are cursed at, fought with or injured,” he added. With body cameras, it’s a swift transaction; no questions asked,” Akol said. Garcia said the footage captured by body cameras would be regularly reviewed to spot misdeeds committed by both enforcers and motorists.
May 21, 2018 21:22 UTC
This year, the Makati City government is holding its annual classroom cleanup simultaneously with the distribution of free school supplies to students. In a statement on Monday, Mayor Abby Binay encouraged students and their parents to participate in the weeklong “Brigada Eskwela” which started on May 21. “This way, they will be able to help get their classrooms ready and, at the same time, receive their free uniforms and school supplies,” she said. ADVERTISEMENTThe Makati City government has allocated P700 million for its Project FREE (Free Relevant Excellent Education) which will provide over 90,000 public school — from preschool to senior high school — everything they need for the opening of classes on June 4. These include pencils, pens, notebooks, writing pads and school bags on top of two sets of school uniforms: polo shirt and pants for boys and a blouse and skirt for girls.
May 21, 2018 21:00 UTC
If the world-famous resort island of Boracay is a “cesspool,” Manila Bay, with its world-renowned sunset, is a “toilet bowl” that’s used every day but never flushed, according to environmental lawyer and Ramon Magsaysay laureate Antonio Oposa. Speaking at a Senate inquiry into the rehabilitation of Manila Bay on Monday, Oposa, one of the Philippines’ leading environmental activists, said bacterial levels in the bay had quintupled from 1 million MPN/100 ml (most probable number per 100 milliliters) of fecal coliform to 5 million MPN/100 ml since 1999. ADVERTISEMENTSupreme Court order“It was 1 million [MPN/100 ml] in 1999 when I filed the case in the Supreme Court. The current coliform level is well beyond 200 MPN/100 ml, considered the safe level for swimming, Oposa said. Villar said not all of the 13 agencies directed by the Supreme Court to rehabilitate Manila Bay were doing their job.
May 21, 2018 20:15 UTC
COMPANIES should prepare for renewed privacy compliance checks with a government watchdog looking to address rising cases of data theft. The National Privacy Commision (NPC) said on Monday that it would be inspecting local firms to ensure that they were adhering to standards developed under the 2012 Data Privacy Act. “We will be issuing a compliance sweep advisory, but the compliance sweep [this time]will cover more companies,” NPC chief Raymund Enriquez Liboro told reporters. The increasing number, Liboro said, shows that Filipinos have become more aware of their data privacy rights. The NPC, which will be holding its first National Data Privacy Conference next week, is also planning to establish the Philippine Data Privacy Council, which will have oversight over business process outsourcing, government agencies, banks, telcos, health, pharmaceuticals, insurance, hotels and other major industries.
May 21, 2018 16:52 UTC
ILOILO CITY – The Semirara Mining Power Corp. (SMPC) refuted reports that a slippage or collapse in the walls of its its mining pit caused the death of a worker Sunday evening on Semirara Island in Antique. “Bar down” is a local term of mining workers in SMPC to signify parts of the walls of a mining pit have collapsed or slid. “At the day of the accident, no slides or earth movement were registered or monitored that might have caused the accidental slip of Mr. Felipe,” SMPC said in its statement. On July 17, 2015, nine SMPC workers died after excavated soil and part of the northern Panian open mine pit collapsed burying the workers and heavy equipment. The mining firm has been operating one of the biggest coal mines in Asia on Semirara Island since 1999 after it took over the then government-owned Semirara Coal Corp. (SCC).
May 21, 2018 16:30 UTC
Mark Anthony Ventura could have been involved in illicit affairs, investigators are now focusing their probe on the priest’s past personal issues. “The strongest motive we have so far are his personal issues, like the ones mentioned by President Duterte,” Tolito said. Tuguegarao Archbishop Sergio Utleg said Ventura’s stance against black sand mining was not too serious to warrant retribution. The priest’s text messages before he was killed could provide leads to the probe, regional police director Chief Superintendent Mario Espino said. Ventura’s family and the police offered a P300,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the killers.
May 21, 2018 16:30 UTC
“[It] depends on how complex the requirements will be, but [the amnesty will be in place]definitely before year-end,” Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd told reporters. He also told rural bankers in Davao that “we aim to have a tax amnesty bill pass Congress in the next month”. Several tax amnesty bills are pending in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Amid the legislative delays, Dominguez said the department was targeting the submission of the third and fourth packages of the government’s Comprehensive Tax Reform Program by the third week of July. This is the reason why we are pushing ahead with the succeeding packages of the tax reform program,” Dominguez said.
AT least eight firms have firmed up their interest in bidding for the operations and maintenance (O&M) contract of Clark International Airport, government officials yesterday said. A total of 30 companies attended a pre-bid conference staged by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) in partnership with the Department of Transportation. Bid documents were said to have been purchased by the Megawide-GMR consortium, Metro Pacific Investment Corp., Filinvest Development Corp., San Miguel Holdings Corp., Prime Assets Ventures, Inc., Central Luzon Infrastructure Consultancy, Inc., GVK Airport Developers Ltd., and Groupe ADP. Joshua Bingcang, chairman of the special bids and awards committee, said the BCDA was “open” to tweaking some of the requirements. The BCDA will hold one-on-one meetings with prospective bidders from May 21 to 23.
MITSUBISHI loyalists — some of them at least — who plunked down P10,000 for first dibs to the new Xpander MPV will finally have their wish realized. With over 3,800 bookings received as of end-April, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) on Monday announced the arrival of a shipment from Indonesia, where the Xpander is built and where strong demand has led to export delays. In a statement, MMPC said the first batch of Xpanders had arrived at Bauan International Port, Inc. lin Batangas and would be ready for delivery by the end of May 2018. Prospective owners have had to wait, however, given the vehicle’s success in Indonesia and rival Toyota Motors Philippines Corp. sought to take advantage by introducing the Rush. “With the all-new XPANDER’s class-leading features and with its very competitive pricing, we are looking at the great success of this model”, Mitsubishi President and CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri said in a statement.
GOVERNMENT debt payments plunged in March due to lower interest and amortization costs, data from the Bureau of the Treasury showed. A total of P33.906 billion was forwarded to creditors during the month, down 63.1 percent from the P92.071 billion recorded a year earlier. Domestic interest payments, at P19.944 billion, were 10.5 percent lower while foreign debt interest payments totaling P6.605 billion fell by 15.2 percent. Domestic amortization fell to P465 million from P55.571 billion but foreign debt amortization increased to P5.892 billion, 12.7 percent higher. Year to date, government debt payments shrank 16.2 percent from a year earlier to P208.265 billion.
THE peso weakened to a near 12-year low on Monday, weighed down by fears of accelerated US interest rate hikes and other global concerns. The currency closed 13 centavos down at P52.46:$1, its lowest since its P52.74:$1 finish on July 19, 2006. “The FOMC minutes may support views of further US rate hikes this year,” he said. The dollar was further boosted on Monday after Washington and Beijing over the weekend agreed to not fight a trade war. The peso, described as Asia’s worst-performing currency this year, first touched the P52:$1 level on February due to a widening trade deficit and Fed rate hike concerns.
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The Supreme Court is now a puppet court. To permit this quo warranto petition to remove an incumbent member of this Court is to violate the Constitution.”Equally, there is great clarity on the procedural rules regarding the initiation of a quo warranto petition. To justify quo warranto, a good deal of mental gymnastics, squid ink and confusing waffle, were required. She accused six of her fellow Supreme Court justices of bias and requested their exclusion from the proceedings. “I’m putting you on notice that I’m your enemy and you have to be out of the Supreme Court,” he fumed in April.