President Aquino amenable to P40-billion sin tax revenue

VIENTIANE, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nov. 6 (PNA/via PLDT/Smart) -– President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Monday that he is amenable to the lowering of the revenues to be generated by the Sin Tax measure at P40 billion but would be “happier” if it remained at the proposed P60-billion mark. The President said that although the proposed original amount had been downsized, his government could still use the new amount to manage the deficit and fund healthcare programs. “Mabuti sana kung 60 magagamit ng healthcare programs. For 40, I think, is also a good number,” the President said. “At … Continue reading President Aquino amenable to P40-billion sin tax revenue

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PALPARAN asks Philippine court to stop kidnapping case trial

MANILA — Retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, Jr. has asked the Court of Appeals to stop the Bulacan Regional Trial Court from proceeding with his trial in connection with his alleged involvement in the disappearance of two University of the Philippines students in 2006. In a 14-page petition, Palparan, with co-accused retired Army Master Sgt. Rizal Hilario of the Army’s 24th Infantry Battalion, urged the CA to issue a temporary restraining order against the Bulacan RTC. The two questioned the April 2012 omnibus order issued by Bulacan RTC Branch 14 Presiding Judge Teodora Gonzales which was affirmed in July … Continue reading PALPARAN asks Philippine court to stop kidnapping case trial

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SOUTH COTABATO calls off review of Sagittarius Mines environmental impact study

November 2, 2012 by mindanaonow GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — The provincial government of South Cotabato is no longer pursuing a review of the environmental impact study (EIS) of foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) after the German team it earlier tapped for its expertise has reportedly backed out. South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Pingoy Jr. said the DeutscheGesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH or German Development Cooperation in Manila decided to back off after drawing criticism from environmental groups. “It created a controversy when it came out in the news, that’s why GIZ called it off,” Pingoy said. The governor said … Continue reading SOUTH COTABATO calls off review of Sagittarius Mines environmental impact study

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MILF lauds Aquino on oil, gas exploration issue in Mindanao

MURAD COTABATO CITY, Philippines  – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has expressed gratitude to President Aquino suspending oil and gas exploration contracts in Mindanao as requested by MILF chieftain Murad Ebrahim. Murad, during his news conference following the signing of the Framework Agreement two weeks ago, has asked the President to suspend oil and gas exploration in the Liguasan marshland in Cotabato Basin and in Sulu seas until the wealth-sharing issue is completely addressed. “We urged the government to forego the awarding of these contracts,” Murad said, adding that the issue of wealth-sharing is still being discussed by the … Continue reading MILF lauds Aquino on oil, gas exploration issue in Mindanao

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PLDT, SMART invest P856M Cebu-Bohol-Mindanao telecom link

Telecommunications giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and its mobile phone subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) are building a new P856-million fiber optic cable (FOC) route that will connect Cebu to Bohol and then run on to Misamis Oriental, a press statement said on Friday. This new facility, which will be completed by September 2013, will significantly boost the resiliency of PLDT transmission links to Bohol and the entire island of Mindanao. The new facility will be initially equipped with 210Gbps. ”We have fast-tracked this particular project because the demand for broadband services -both from consumers and businesses-is growing … Continue reading PLDT, SMART invest P856M Cebu-Bohol-Mindanao telecom link

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MALACANANG: No to death penalty

Malacanang has said it won’t favor the re-imposition of capital punishment in the country, underscoring the need to reform the Philippine justice system. Reacting to calls that the death penalty be re-imposed, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a radio interview Saturday over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan that the President may favor death penalty if there’s an efficient administration of justice in the country. Valte was commenting on the call of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) to implement death penalty in the country after Cyrish Magalang, an honor student from the University of Santo Tomas, was stabbed … Continue reading MALACANANG: No to death penalty

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MINDANAO among Asia’s top ten island in travel mag readers’ choice

Mindanao, despite its volatile peace and order situation, has been picked as among Asia’s ten best islands by readers  of an international travel magazine. Mindanao, in southern Philippines,  Luzon and Cebu are among the top ten islands, based on international travel magazine Conde Nast Traveller’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards. Mindanao, with a mixed population of Christians, Muslims and indigenous people, has an active insurgency: the communist New Peoples Army (NPA) and the Moro Islamic Liberations Front (MILF). The Philippine government is negotiating peace with leaders of both, and has made a breakthrough last month with the signing of a framework of … Continue reading MINDANAO among Asia’s top ten island in travel mag readers’ choice

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