CLEVELAND, Ohio: Fred Couples won the PGA Champions Tour’s American Family Insurance Championship 2017 on Sunday (Monday in Manila) in Wisconsin. Couples shot 6-under in the final round and finished the 54-hole event at 15-under. Paul Broadhurst shot 12-under through 36 holes to lead by two entering the final round. Lee Janzen and Scott Verplank were tied for second. Couples, Gene Sauers and Steve Stricker were tied for fourth at 9-under.
June 26, 2017 12:22 UTC
The National Irrigation Administration expects the P13.37-billion second phase of the Balog-Balog Multi-purpose Project to be completed by 2020. “The Balog-Balog is a multipurpose project wherein it is a source of power, irrigation and for drinking. Hopefully we can finish that by 2020 and we are trying to have the groundbreaking next month. We are inviting the president to do the groundbreaking,” said NIA administrator Ricardo Visaya. The project, when fully completed, will irrigate 34, 410 hectares and will serve at least 23,000 farmers.
June 26, 2017 12:11 UTC
The Transportation Department is seeking financial assistance from China to finance a major railway project from Manila to the Bicol region. The Chinese government will also finance the P151-billion PNR South Long Haul, a 581-kilometer standard-gauge railway from Laguna to Legazpi City. Meanwhile, Tugade said the government expected to complete the PNR North or Manila-Clark Railway project by 2020. Clark Railway is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency. With the rail project, the two-hour travel time from Manila to Clark will be cut down to just 55 minutes.
June 26, 2017 11:48 UTC
The International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes, a unit of the World Bank, designated the team that will hear Shell Philippines Exploration B.V.’s arbitration case against the Philippine government on Malampaya gas project’s corporate income tax issue. “The tribunal holds a pre-hearing organizational meeting with the parties by telephone conference on June 16, 2017,” the report said. Spex, operator of the Malampaya gas project in northwest Palawan, filed the arbitration case with ICSID on July 27, 2016 pursuant to a bilateral investment treaty between the Philippines and the Netherlands. COA said in a tax interpretation that corporate income tax should not form part of the government’s share in the Malampaya project. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi said he wanted COA to honor the sanctity of contracts of the Malampaya gas project in northwest Palawan due to its impact on foreign investor sentiment.
June 26, 2017 11:48 UTC
Meralco has a pending application for supply deals before the Energy Regulatory Commission with five other power generating firms. Meralco PowerGen Corp. has the majority control of Redondo Peninsula Energy, while St. Rafael is a joint venture between Semirara Mining and Power Corp., Meralco PowerGen Corp. and Marubeni Corp.Meralco PowerGen Corp. also has a 49 percent stake in Mariveles Power. The Panay Energy Development Corp. and Global Luzon Energy Development Corp., on the other hand, are subsidiaries of Global Business Power Corp. of which 14 percent is owned by Meralco PowerGen. Zarate claimed that the seven power supply agreements that Meralco awarded without bidding to Meralco-controlled companies will oblige Meralco customers to pay at least P91 billion in generation charges every year. For these power supply agreements to be approved before the investigations are completed could be harmful to the interest of the general public,” Zarate said.
June 26, 2017 11:37 UTC
Energy Department data showed that St. Rafael wanted to start the construction of the expansion project next year. The St. Rafael coal project is one the indicative power projects identified by the department to support rising demand. Meralco, the country’s biggest power distributor, has a pending application with the ERC for the purchase of up to 400 megawatts of electrical output from the St. Rafael power plant. The proposed power plant is the second phase of the planned expansion of the Calaca coal-fired plant facility. DMCI bought the Calaca plant from the government in July 2009, with a bid of $361.7 million.
June 26, 2017 11:37 UTC
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana blasted some groups alleging that soldiers threatened to rape women in evacuation centers in Marawi City. “I question the motives and credibility of certain leftist groups and individuals in coming up with a dubious report that Marawi women residents allegedly fear that they will be raped by soldiers in the ongoing military operations in Marawi City,” Lorenzana, said in a statement. The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives filed House Resolution 1085 directing the House Committee on Human Rights to look into the alleged rights violations committed by the military including rape threats to women. He lamented that allegations of soldiers’ abuses exposed “obvious ulterior motives.”“Aren’t these groups the same groups who conveniently forget that their communist-terrorists colleagues continue to loot, murder, rape, and destroy private and public properties in the countryside?” he said. If this ideology negate these groups from supporting the soldiers, I hope they will find conscience for the sake of our Maranao brothers,” he added.
June 26, 2017 11:26 UTC
The implementation of the roll-on/roll-off or Ro-Ro transport system raised household income in municipalities near ports, according to a study by Philippine Institute for Development Studies. Francisco said about 83,2017 males and 74,637 females were able to study because of the Ro-Ro port operations. She said the increase in the financial capacity of households, especially those living near Ro-Ro ports, enabled them to send their children to school. “The Ro-Ro policy was the government’s attempt to expand the country’s transport system with minimal investment. Instead of investing in new port infrastructure, [it] allowed the conversion of existing ports into Ro-Ro ports and encouraged private sector participation,” Francisco said.
June 26, 2017 11:15 UTC
By Shingo ItoTOKYO―Japan’s crisis-hit car parts maker Takata filed for bankruptcy protection Monday and said its chief executive would quit after a deadly airbag crisis that triggered the auto industry’s biggest ever safety recall. US-based auto parts maker Key Safety Systems (KSS) will buy Takata for an estimated $1.58 billion. Little-known outside Japan, Takata evolved from a small factory into an automotive parts giant in the eighties. Jason Luo, president and chief executive of KSS, which is owned by China’s Ningbo Joyson Electronic, voiced confidence in Takata’s rehabilitation. The problem has been linked to a chemical, ammonium nitrate, which is used as a propellant in Takata’s airbag inflator canisters.
June 26, 2017 11:15 UTC
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has marked five of the 17 stations of the P255-billion Manila-Clark Railway Project, which will connect Manila to Central Luzon, Malacañang announced on Monday. The 106-kilometer railway project that will run from Tutuban, Manila to Clark, Pampanga is among the proposed projects of the Duterte administration under the “Build Build Build” infrastructure program. Abella said the five of the 17 stations that the Tranportation department marked in the ceremony include Marilao and Meycauayan in Bulacan and Valenzuela City, Caloocan City and Tutuban (Manila) in Metro Manila. Apart from the marked stations, the 12 other stations are Solis, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, Malolos, Calumpit, Apalit, San Fernando, Angeles, Clark, Clark International Airport and the proposed New Clark City in Pampanga. Abella said the rail project, which has 17 stations, aims to cut down the two-hour travel time from Manila to Clark to just 55 minutes.
June 26, 2017 10:41 UTC
Of the 469 China-made firetrucks purchased in 2015 by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), 176 were defective but had already been repaired. The supplier, Kolonwel Trading, admitted this in an email sent to the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Monday. “The records will show that most of the ‘defects’ observed by [Commission on Audit] are not serious,” the supplier Kolonwel said. Some of the firetrucks had wheels that were not aligned, damaged side mirrors, oil leakage, easily-drained battery, and low level coolant, the COA report showed. The deal led some BFP officials to complain that defects of the China-made firetrucks would affect the BFP’s ability to carry out its duties.
Source:Philippine Daily Inquirer
June 26, 2017 09:45 UTC
THE Philippine National Railways (PNR) must guarantee value-for-money with its plan to implement a P5 fare hike starting July 1, detained Sen. Leila de Lima said on Monday. The PNR said starting July 1, the minimum fare would increase from P10 to P15 for the first 14 kilometers. In a statement, de Lima cautioned the PNR against shortchanging its estimated 45,000 daily passengers by translating its scheduled fare hike to better service. “Granted that the fare hike is the only immediate solution to shoulder the maintenance of the trains, the PNR should be able to produce measurable and satisfactory results with the additional fare,” de Lima said. “With its fare hike, I’m hoping that the PNR has a solid plan for its maintenance.
June 26, 2017 09:45 UTC
A Supreme Court (SC) justice expressed alarm over alleged leakages of documents at the tribunal that came to fore after they ordered a temporary stop to the implementation of a landmark policy allowing consumers to choose their own supplier of electricity. In a letter, Justice Marvic Leonen told his fellow justices to tell their respective staff to take extraordinary precautions to prevent leakages of their synopses and votes during their discussions at en banc or division sessions. The TRO was issued on February 21, or less than a week before February 26, when the resolutions were supposed to take effect. Most of the power customers today are being supplied by the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco). “The court also noted the urgent need to issue the TRO, considering the February 26 deadline.
June 26, 2017 09:33 UTC
YANGON: Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia torched nearly $1 billion worth of seized narcotics on Monday, a defiant show of force as police struggle to stem the rising flow of drugs in the region. “We burnt a record amount of drugs today… because police have seized more in recent years,” drug enforcement officer Myo Kyi told Agence France-Presse. On an industrial estate on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thai authorities incinerated some $589 million worth of drugs including 7,800 kilograms of yaba pills and 1,185 kilograms of the more potent crystal methamphetamine. And in Cambodia, officials burned 130 kilograms of drugs estimated to be worth some $4 million. Current legislation means anyone found with even small amounts of drugs can be jailed for years.
June 26, 2017 07:07 UTC
MARAWI CITY: A Roman Catholic priest abducted by Islamist militants who seized parts of a southern Philippine city has been seen alive, the military said Monday, as troops pressed on with their offensive. Father Teresito “Chito” Suganob, a Catholic priest assigned to Marawi, was taken hostage along with some parishioners early in the siege. Herrera, spokesman for the military forces in Marawi, said the priest had been seen alive on Sunday in a part of the city still in the hands of the extremists. We were just told that he was sighted alive,” he told reporters, citing accounts from civilians rescued from the battle zone. Fighting resumed with renewed fury on Monday, with government fighter jets and other aircraft seen carrying out bombing attacks.
June 26, 2017 07:07 UTC