Linear, which focused on man’s conviction towards progress, opened at Art Underground in Mandaluyong City as the artist’s third solo show. Marc’s 11 paintings and an installation art, which were spread over three galleries of Art Underground, represented his understanding of the relationship of humans and technology. He also represented Art Underground at Art Fair Tokyo both in 2017 and this year. (Art Underground is located at 814 Balagtas St., Barangay Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City. Visit Art Underground Manila on Facebook.)
MANILA, Philippines — The peso continued to weaken yesterday, shedding 13.5 centavos to close at a fresh 11-year low amid the country’s weakening external payments position due to the widening trade and current account (CA) deficits. This was the weakest level for the peso since closing at 52.745 to $1 in July 19, 2006. The peso has been weakening for the past three trading days. Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. said the local currency traded within the 52.3 to 52.5 range yesterday amid strong corporate demand. This has translated to the widening trade and current account deficits.
Social activist Judy Taguiwalo, during the period when she was acting social welfare and development secretary, had acknowledged that there were 25,000 contract workers in her department, but only 200 unfilled positions available. The circular also specified that existing job order (JO) and contract of services (COS) of government workers would only be renewed until Dec. 31. Corollary to this, there is also a move to speed up the creation of permanent positions that would allow qualified job order and contract of service workers to fill vacant positions in agencies. The circular stipulates that hiring of COS workers shall be limited to consultants, learning service providers, and technical experts to undertake special government projects or job within a specific period. JO workers must also be paid an amount equivalent to the daily wage of comparable positions in government, plus a premium of 20 percent, while contractual workers should be paid the prevailing market rate.
MANILA, Philippines — The five police district directors in Metro Manila and 16 other policemen received awards for their exemplary service to the public, an official said yesterday. National Capital Region Police Office chief Director Camilo Cascolan expressed hope that the awards would motivate them to perform their job better. Manila Police District director Chief Superintendent Joel Coronel and his men were lauded for their performance rendered during the Iglesia ni Cristo’s “Worldwide walk for poverty,” which was attended by at least 35,000 INC members on May 6. Southern Police District director Chief Superintendent Tomas Apolinario and his men were awarded the Medalya ng Kasanayan for the neutralization of Rogelio Lava, one of the suspects in the killing of Harivelle Charmine Hernando. Chief Superintendents Reynaldo Biay, Clifton Empiso and Joselito Esquivel, directors of the Eastern, Northern and Quezon City Police Districts, respectively, were also cited for implementing security measures during Labor Day protests.
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Finance (DOF) is seeking the approval of Congress for the proposed tax amnesty bill by June, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said yesterday. “We hope Congress would pass the tax amnesty bill next month,” Dominguez said. If Congress passes the bill as scheduled, Dominguez said the government would roll out the tax amnesty program within the year. Aside from tax amnesty, Package 1B involves adjustments in the Motor Vehicle Users Charge and amendments in the bank secrecy law. The tax package seeks to lower corporate income tax rates while rationalizing the fiscal incentives system.
The next day, the Executive Committee sought the approval of the list from the SEA Games Federation Council in another meeting at the same hotel. The final list of sports will be decided in the next SEA Games Federation Council meeting in November. Under Category 2, there are 44 sports to choose from and at least 16 must be in any SEA Games. Arnis has been played only when the Philippines hosted the SEA Games in 1991 and 2005. Since the Philippines joined the SEA Games in 1977, 11 of 21 host countries have won overall championships.
Women’s tennis is experiencing a renaissance with the numerous young talent on tour. And Caroline Garcia is one of the brightest new stars! She has now won five singles crowns and six doubles titles on the Women’s Tennis Association tour. Caroline Garcia: I don’t feel very different on court winning 11 matches straight than not. Women’s tennis is so open these days while Serena gets back into shape, and there are so many young talents coming up too.
The Philippines, being the initiator of the arbitration, should lead the international community in pursuing compliance with the court ruling. Now its touted peaceful rise is being blown apart by its island-building and militarization of waters that a UN-backed arbitration court has declared does not belong to the Chinese. Under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, China also has sovereign rights and maritime entitlements over certain areas in disputed waters. But the arbitral court has already spoken and delineated the Philippines’ maritime sovereign rights, and the country must assert this. President Duterte has gone out of his way to mend fences with Beijing after its defeat in the arbitration court.
As I said, we do not consider China to be a threat to our security right now because of our newfound friendship with China,” Roque said. So that’s why we are reiterating the ASEAN statement,” Roque said. China claims about 90 percent of South China Sea and West Philippine Sea. Last Friday, Chinese media reported that Beijing had sent long-range bombers to Woody Island in the Paracels in the South China Sea, an area also being claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan. It added it is “in close coordination” with other departments and agencies in “closely monitoring developments” in the West Philippine Sea and the South China Sea.
MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) yesterday received a total of 100 body cameras from transport network company Grab. Grab Philippines head Brian Cu turned over the gadgets to Danilo Lim and Jose Arturo Garica, chairman and general manager of the MMDA, respectively at the agency’s headquarters in Makati. Garcia said the body cameras would help promote transparency when apprehending traffic violators. He said the gadgets would be issued to MMDA enforcers manning traffic along EDSA and other chokepoints in Metro Manila.
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Senator Cynthia Villar on Monday blasted the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for allowing reclamation projects in Manila Bay despite efforts to rehabilitate it. At the Senate environment and natural resources hearing on rehabilitation and preservation of Manila Bay, Villar said DENR’s action was contradictory to the Supreme Court landmark order to clean up the bay. ADVERTISEMENT“Bakit pa tayo nag Mandamus ng Manila Bay, para linisin ang Manila Bay tapos ‘yung DENR papatabunan niyo ‘yung Manila Bay,“ Villar, chair of the committee, said. “Senator Villar, paki tanong ang senators kung ano ‘yung policy sa Manila Bay. But the lawyer emphasized that, after 10 years, the government agencies and officials are friends and partners for the rehabilitation of the bay.
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 21, 2018 15:33 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III was elected yesterday as the new leader of the chamber, a move seen to address the dissatisfaction of senators over the leadership of Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III. “This is an example of a peaceful and willing transfer of power in the Senate,” he said when asked whether he felt betrayed by his colleagues in the majority bloc. He attributed some of the differences with his colleagues to his leadership style and personality. “Even with my (management) style, we co-exist harmoniously,” Pimentel said. He said he consulted with his father, former Senate president Aquilino Pimentel Jr. on the matter, who told him that such change should be done “willingly and quickly.”Pimentel was the one who nominated Sotto to succeed him, saying it was the latter who, on many occasions, solved problems on the floor.
MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday slammed a columnist for maligning her anew, this time by “clinging” to gossip about her supposed relationship with a married lawmaker from Quezon City. According to Robredo, Rigoberto Tiglao's agenda was simply to make good on his threat to malign the vice president after she assailed him for spreading “fake news” about her recent trip to Europe. “Contrary to Mr. Tiglao’s claim, this rumor was squarely addressed in this interview,” Robredo said in Facebook post. Tiglao claimed the public should know the truth behind the supposed affair because of Robredo's position as vice president. He said Banal could become the most powerful man in the country if Robredo becomes president, implying in 2018 that women cannot make their own decisions.
May 21, 2018 15:00 UTC
2 NYPD officers, 1 a groom on wedding day, die in crash 13 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy the Associated PressAuthorities say two off-duty New York Police Department officers have died in a car crash after celebrating at one of the officers’ wedding reception. State police and the NYPD said Monday that Michael Colangelo of Huntington Station, Long Island, and John M. Martinez, of Hauppauge, Long Island, died in the crash late Sunday in the town of Shandaken in Ulster County. State police say Martinez was driving a 2018 Maserati when the car left the road, struck a tree and overturned around 11:30 p.m. A third person in the car who police say was not the bride suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities say the crash happened near a resort where Colangelo’s wedding had taken place.
May 21, 2018 14:37 UTC