Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 07:54 p.m.
THE Department of Finance (DOF) expressed support on Wednesday to the Board of Investments (BOI) to remove the income tax holiday (ITH) incentive to hotels and resorts in four major destinations in the country.
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima issued the statement in response to the Open Letter to President Benigno Aquino III by the Philippine Hotel Federation, Inc. (PHFI), which appealed for the revocation of BOI Regulation No. 2013-001 pertaining to the grant of incentives for tourism accommodation establishments in Metro Manila, Cebu City, Mactan Island, and Boracay Island.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 07:38 p.m.
THE Aquino administration is committed to addressing poverty in the country through various initiatives and it is not solely relying on surveys as benchmarks for its interventions, a Palace official said Wednesday.
In a latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, it showed a rise on the number of hunger incidence in the country, from 16.3 percent in December to 19.2 percent this March.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 07:35 p.m.
ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog announced that a team from the City Government will present a bid to host the Asia Pacific Ministerial Meeting (Apec) in 2015 here.
Mabilog said the presentation will be held at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) in Makati City on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, and city lone district congressman Jerry P. Treñas will do the presentation to a panel composed of representatives of the Apec to cement the city’s bid to host about nine ministerial meetings.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 07:34 p.m.
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has noted a high voter turnout in Iloilo City in the May 13, 2013 midterm elections.
The city has more than 247,000 registered voters with assigned 350 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to serve the voting needs of voters.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 07:33 p.m.
THE city engineers’ office of Iloilo City has completed at least 24 new classrooms in different public elementary schools in preparation for the school opening in June 2013.
City engineer Bobby Divinagracia reported that the new classrooms are on top of those being repaired and upgraded with funding taken from the Iloilo City School Board fund.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 07:31 p.m.
THE proclamation of two Calbayog City councilors is still pending after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) declared a failure of elections in one of the city’s far-flung villages.
Lawyer Fidel Amacna, city elections officer, said elections in Barangay Higasaan did not push through last May 13 amid threats from armed men and some village officials, days before polling.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 07:30 p.m.
CATARMAN, Northern Samar – Education Secretary Armin Luistro will be in Samar Island on Thursday to monitor the conduct of “Brigada Eskwela” in different public schools here.
District Supervisor Julito Lagrimas, information officer of the Department of Education (DepEd) Northern Samar Division, said in his radio program Wednesday morning.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 07:29 p.m.
THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will monitor the implementation of Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan program of the Office of the Presidential Affairs for Peace Process (Opapp) in Northern Samar.
Pedro Noval Jr., DILG regional director, said the multi-million peso project of the DILG should be closely monitored on its implementation to ensure that the new leaders of the province would continue to implement them considering that the fund was already downloaded to the local government units (LGUs).
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 07:28 p.m.
A WIFE of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), who is working in Taiwan, said she is leaving it up to God on the safety of her husband.
Sheila Borñola said she is worried on the safety of her husband who just left the country to work for Taiwan less than a month ago.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 04:19 p.m.
MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III has named new appointees to the court, central bank, and to an international body, a Palace official said Wednesday.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte, in a press briefing, said that the Chief Executive appointed Maria Belen Ringpis-Liban as Associate Justice of the Court of Tax Appeals replacing Olga Palanca-Enriquez.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 04:12 p.m.
PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III has approved the allocation of initial P42 million to support the operational requirements of the 15-man Transition Commission, a body tasked to draft the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro.
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said that of the total amount, P29 million has been released as cash.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 04:02 p.m.
(UPDATED) Fed up with successive setbacks at the Court of Appeals, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima wondered why the tribunal has been rejecting the department's resolutions on cases against the Reyes brothers, an employee of a housing developer, and an oil firm.
"Is the CA running out of justices?" de Lima said Wednesday, noting that two justices voted to reverse the finding of probable cause against murder suspects Joel and Mario Reyes and Christina Sagun, who was implicated in the syndicated estafa case on Globe Asiatique officials.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 02:07 p.m.
THE widow of the late Local Government secretary Jesse Robredo said Wednesday that she will prioritize measures geared towards improving the local government units in the House of Representatives.
"The potential of the local government is boundless, I want to focus on that because it is through the local government where we can guarantee efficient delivery of services," said Leni Robredo, the newly elected representative of the third district of Camarines Sur.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 01:16 p.m.
MANHUNT on murder suspect Cezar Mancao continues even as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is pre-occupied with probing the fatal shooting of a fisherman that has strained ties between the Philippines and Taiwan.
“He’s not our priority. We are prioritizing the Taiwanese incident. Mancao has been wasting people’s time and resources (for refusing to surrender),” Justice Secretary Leila de Lima told reporters on Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 10:24 a.m.
ILIGAN CITY – The conflagration that hit the coconut oil mill of Granexport Manufacturing Corporation (Granex) in Barangay Kiwalan on Monday afternoon has continued to rage as another round of flame billowed from the thick smoke as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.
The fire has been raging for more than 24 hours and the damage has been pegged at P220 million.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 10:23 a.m.
POTENTIAL hydro projects in Mindanao that can generate at least 1,093 megawatts (MW) capacity may solve the 300-450 MW power shortages in the island.
Engineer Cerael Donggay, chief executive officer of Greenergy Development Corporation and Project Director of Bulanog-Batang and Pulangi 5 Hydro Projects, said 11 small potential hydro sites could generate at least 186 MW to add to the 907 MW that big hydro plants such as Pulangi 5, Bulanog-Batang, Agus 3 and Pulangi 1,2,3 and 5 can generate.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 10:22 a.m.
BRIGADA eskwela, a weeklong school cleanup and maintenance that signals the beginning of the school year is here again.
Elena M. Borcillo, city schools division superintendent, said she received the order from the Department of Education head office in Manila to officially start the 2013 Brigade Eskwela otherwise known as National Schools Maintenance Week.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 10:21 a.m.
THE lack of information drive by concerned agencies has been cited as one of the factors in the rising cases of people with Human Immuno Deficiency/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrom (HIV/AIDS) in the city.
Cagayan de Oro has been tagged as one of the “hotspots” of HIV/Aids cases in the country.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 10:20 a.m.
TWO men suffocated and died inside an excavation well in a village in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental Monday morning.
Senior Police Officer 4 Renerio Cabanes of the Tagoloan town police office identified the casualties as Wilboy Naldo and Joseph Polito, both of legal age and residents of Sta. Ana, Tagoloan.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 10:17 a.m.
IN ABOUT a dozen combat operations initiated by the New People’s Army (NPA), the rebel group has counted 27 soldiers killed in action, a statement sent by the NPA to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro via e-mail on Tuesday said.
In the statement, spokesperson of the NPA in North Central Mindanao Regional Command (NPA-NCMReCom) Allan Juanito, said since May 3 to 11, 2013, the armed rebels noted 27 casualties and many were injured on the military side, these were soldiers “who tried to destroy the growing revolutionary exercises” of the communist group.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 01:10 a.m.
ACTING Cebu Gov. Agnes Magpale called on all city and town mayors to work with the incoming provincial administration, while Governor-elect Hilario Davide III said that Rep. Tomas Osmeña may advise him, without intervening in Capitol affairs.
In yesterday’s 888 News Forum, Magpale said that of the 51 town and city mayors, at least 21 are allied with the Liberal Party (LP), where she and Davide belong.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 01:07 a.m.
DIVERS from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 found some damaged corals in an area where a tourist submarine briefly operated in Lapu-Lapu City.
The initial findings DENR released also showed that in Kontiki Wall, a popular dive site, only about 31 percent of its corals can be classified as in good or fair condition.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 12:41 a.m.
JOAVAN Fernandez is facing more criminal cases as he was carrying a gun and bullets when law enforcers caught him on a beach in Moalboal, Cebu last Monday.
Prosecutor Jerome Abarca of the Cebu Provincial Prosecutor’s Office filed charges of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition (Republic Act 8294), and violation of the election gun ban against Fernandez before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 60 in Barili.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 12:32 a.m.
POLL watchers need to watch carefully in the next elections.
This was the advice of Cebu City south district election officer Ferdinand Gujilde after Team Rama complained about the ballot box from a clustered precinct in Barangay Mambaling that was in the custody of the City Treasurer’s Office and two other ballot boxes from Barangays Luz and Cambinocot that were stored inside the canvassing center.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 12:30 a.m.
CRIMINAL complaints will be filed today against two suspects in the death of shopper Mario Alfie Ducayag inside the Metro Gaisano Colon last month.
They will be charged with murder and obstruction of justice before the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office, said National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 supervising agent Bernard dela Cruz.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 12:25 a.m.
A TALISAY City policeman is facing dismissal from service for allegedly failing to attend court hearings that resulted to the dismissal of a drug-related case.
The Cebu Provincial Police Office’s Provincial Investigation and Detective Management Branch (PIDMB) has recommended to charge PO2 Roy Lofranco for serious neglect of duty over his non-appearance as a prosecution witness.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 12:24 a.m.
THE Police Coordinating and Advisory Council (PCAC) and the Cebu City Police Office
are now preparing for the opening of classes in June.
All Cebu City Station Chiefs are instructed to coordinate with school principals.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 12:24 a.m.
THE hummer truck used by Anad Partylist Rep. Jun Alcover was set aflame at the roadside in Barangay Loong, Tabogon, Cebu last Monday evening.
The hummer was parked along the provincial road when it exploded. The incident happened 100 meters away from Alcover’s residence.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 12:22 a.m.
EVERYONE who ran in this year’s elections is required to file a statement of contributions and expenditures (SOCE) before the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Cebu Provincial Election Supervisor Eddie Aba reminded the candidates that they have 30 days from May 13 to do this.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 12:21 a.m.
WITH their term starting in July yet, officials under the administration of Talisay City mayor-elect Johnny de los Reyes plan to set up a transition team that will oversee the formal turnover of the incumbent city administration to the new one.
Talisay City vice mayor-elect Romeo Villarante, in an interview yesterday, said the transition team will help smooth some administrative matters and review the City’s current financial status.