I served as one of the assisting legal counsels of Dr. Francisco S. Cruz, former consultant of the Department of Health (DoH) during the tenure of former Health Secretary Paulyn Jean R. Ubial. Former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad and former Executive Secretary Ochoa also appeared at the hearing. Upon questioning by Sen. Richard Gordon, Aquino admitted that he was provided with a briefing paper before meeting anyone. Former Health Secretary Janette L. Garin’s demeanor gave the impression that she was hiding something. Incidentally, Garin Jr. is the husband of ex-health secretary Garin.
December 15, 2017 16:18 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Buoyed by the wide support President Duterte enjoys from the public, his allies in Congress are mulling over a term extension of at least two years for him and five years for them, opposition congressmen claimed yesterday. The President and all other elective officials would have a term of office of five years with one reelection. He said regional district courts would replace all regional trial courts and President Duterte would have the power to appoint or reappoint all justices and judges. “The movement for Federal State of Minsupala is in response to the call of President Duterte for the shift of government from presidential to federal,” Ranque said. “The aspiration for self rule and autonomy is the root of the century-old secessionist problem in Mindanao that President Duterte wants to put to an end,” he said.
These were not in accord with the requisites set by the Constitution (“in case of invasion or rebellion”). TRAIN is touted to reduce personal income tax, but imposes higher taxes on fuel, petroleum products, and other commodities. The year-long extension of martial law in Mindanao came fast and swift. (After the three-hour briefing, House majority leader Rodolfo Farinas was quoted in media as saying his colleagues “overwhelmingly” favored extending martial law.) In fact, it might even have emboldened military planners into carpet-bombing Marawi and unleashing military might.
They only sell black pepper buns whose flaky exterior delightfully complements the spicy and juicy ball of meat and onions that’s inside. Around 15 minutes away from the buns is a dessert shop called Yee Shun Milk Company that is most famous for their steamed milk pudding. Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water was one of the films screened in the Macau Film Festival. Beautifully crafted and immensely lovely, the film is an ode to love and its power to bridge all differences. On my way to the airport for my flight back to Manila, I crossed two bridges.
Approximately 8.7 million adult Filipinos or 18.9 percent of the population aged 18 years or older are jobless. The 18.9 percent is the lowest adult joblessness rate since the 18.4 percent recorded in the SWS survey in September 2016. And 8.7 million jobless people is still a lot. The country is even losing its traditional edge, its skilled workforce, as its neighbors pour investments into public education and skills upgrading. The adult jobless rate, while generally steady, leaves no room for complacency.
And because good food is always a part of the Christmas season, we are bringing you here some good tidings from the hyper-active local restaurant scene. Merkanto’s Brazilian stall features pork belly churrasco, among many others, and their Moroccan fare has their popular Chicken Tajine. For their Philipppine stall, however, they chose to offer only craft beer, but a good selection of the artisan beverage. Another good find that falls under the food park category is Happy Tables, but the owners, Oye and his wife Marissa would rather call it a restaurant hub. Eugene Ramos and Raymond Munoz, top-notch cardiologists who are certified filtered coffee lovers live and swear by coffee and its benefits.
On recording, Cheats’ self-titled full-length album bottles up the infinitely affecting moments of watching Cheats go berserk and all-out live. Sophomore Full-LengthLike The New Pornographers and Broken Social Scene, Cheats operate in their own defined lane with unassuming cool, their songs larger than life but intimate and relatable in scope. As Jim Bacarro best puts it: “Lyrically, this album is really about life before babies and greater responsibilities. “We will always be a live band first,” drummer Enzo Hermosa points out. “We felt that this album captured this shared time in our lives,” reflects frontman Jim Bacarro.
I do not have long vacations because long vacations drive me crazy. But this is the time of the year when I really look forward to a vacation taken with the entire family. Once, Dr. Llizarov was called upon to use his whatchamacallit to help an amputee lengthen a short stump. It took years for the medical establishment to stop calling him a quack, but Dr. Llizarov prevailed. I call these vacation contributions.
Yes, the most interesting workplace in government these days has to be the en banc session room of the Supreme Court. Congressional might was at its zenith in the years immediately before and after the Marcos Martial Law years. Yet here we are, seeing Martial Law declared in one year not just once but … more than twice! Again, the larger issue is the prospect of seeing Martial Law declared indiscriminately across the nation and a backward slide to authoritarian rule. Immediately after approving the extension of Martial Law, Congressmen started discussing the proposed shift to a federal form of government.
Every aspect of the MRT-3 appears under-designed. As early as the first year of operations, the rail system experienced too much shelling and damage to the tracks. They recommended horizontal dampers be installed to absorb the excessive lateral vibrations and mitigate damage to the rail cars. It is painful enough that the more justifiable excise tax on diesel will push up inflation in the near term and raise transport costs. Today, ancient power plants that cause pollution persist because tax penalties fall on fuels and not on emissions.
The Philippine government has been forging ahead with its “Build, build, build” strategy, pursuing social-economic progress, improving the people’s welfare, and securing an excellent Asean chairmanship. About one month ago, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang paid an successful official visit to the Philippines, the first of this kind in a decade. Please bear in mind that when the Philippines prepares to take off, China would always like to be the wings that give strength. China has been, is and always will be firmly supporting the Philippines’ fight against illicit drugs and terrorism. China already provided the Philippines with drug detecting and testing equipment and various training programs for PNP, NBI and PDEA officials.
December 15, 2017 16:07 UTC
Storm Signal Number 2 is hoisted in Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar and Biliran. In the Visayas, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Cebu, Capiz, Aklan, Northern Iloilo, Northern Negros Occidental and Northern Mindanao were placed under Signal Number 1. "At 10:00 p.m. today, the center of Tropical Storm 'Urduja' was estimated based on all available data at 240 km east of Borogan City, Eastern Samar," the country's weather agency said. In Eastern Samar, the towns of Guiuan, Guinapondan, Balangiga, Giporlos and San Juan reported flooding. Landslides were also reported in Barangay Mountainside, Tacloban City and in San Julian town, Eastern Samar.
December 15, 2017 16:07 UTC
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump won’t say whether he is considering a pardon for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. On Friday, Trump told reporters, “I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet.” Trump spoke as he left the White House for a speech at the FBI training academy in Quantico, Va.Flynn is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into potential collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. ADVERTISEMENTTrump avoided a reporter’s question about when he knew that Flynn had made false statements to the FBI about his discussion of U.S. sanctions with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.After the president’s comments, White House lawyer Ty Cobb said, “There is no consideration at the White House of any pardon for Michael Flynn.”Flynn attorney Robert Kelner did not respond to a request for comment.
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer
December 15, 2017 15:22 UTC
PAL adds more flights to Clark hub 22 SHARES Share it! The inauguration of these new routes marks a significant investment by the flag carrier in the development of Clark International Airport as a major airline gateway. PAL’s Clark hub now provides passengers from central and northern Luzon direct access to a total of 13 domestic points as well as to Seoul, South Korea. PR859 (Clark-Bacolod) leaves Clark International Airport at 7:00 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Tags: manila bulletin, PAL adds more flights to Clark hub, Philippine Airlines
December 15, 2017 14:05 UTC
CEBU CITY – Senator Richard Gordon dismissed Senator Risa Hontiveros’ criticism of his handling of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing on the controversial Dengvaxia dengue vaccines. Speaking at the turnover of housing units to Yolanda victims in Bogo City in Cebu, Gordon disputed Hontiveros’ claim that senators were not given the chance to participate in the hearing. ADVERTISEMENTGordon was in Bogo City to turnover 100 houses donated by the Philippine Red Cross to survivors of the 2013 Supertyphoon Yolanda. “We have to pursue [the point] otherwise we would never be finished with the investigation.”Gordon shrugged off Hontiveros’ criticism that the hearing should have been “more participatory and democratic.”“Everytime [Hontiveros] asks a question, she asks the same question,” Gordon said. “I don’t want to fight with her… you know, she’s a distraction.”“When she’s the chairman, I won’t question her, and if she invites somebody I won’t question her.
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer
December 15, 2017 13:31 UTC