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January 15, 2019 10:38 AM Elections, infra push to boost PH economy in 2019 – First Metro

First Metro Investment Corporation expects economic growth and lower inflation, but a weaker peso in 2019 MANILA, Philippines – Infrastructure projects, improved consumer spending, and the upcoming elections will help boost the economy in 2019, Metrobank's investment arm First Metro Investment Corporation said on Tuesday, January 15. First Metro said the recovery 248

January 12, 2019 11:08 AM Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino happening in September 2019

This year's festival coincides with the celebration of 100 years of Philippine cinema MANILA, Philippines – The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) announced that the next Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino will happen on September 11 to 17. In a statement, FDCP Chairperson Liza Diño Seguerra said that the festival was moved to September, in time for the celebration 91

January 11, 2019 10:20 AM FALSE: These are not pictures of the 'clean' hometown of President Duterte

No, these pictures do not show the ‘clean’ hometown of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte A post that has been shared more than 1,500 times on Facebook contains photos claiming to show Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s home city of Davao as “clean.” A reverse search and a check of Google maps reveals that the photos, however, show another city. The two images 95

January 11, 2019 6:16 AM Hontiveros: Mr. President, stop normalizing rape

Mr. President, stop normalizing and trivializing rape. There is nothing normal about the culture of rape. It is one of the worst kinds of abuses to which a person can be subjected. And while rape and other forms of sexual abuse are gruesome realities faced by a lot of our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), by saying that rape "comes with the territory" 86

January 10, 2019 6:11 AM Pimentel: New Bulacan airport to kick off provincial development 'domino effect'

Senate Trade and Commerce Chair Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III today welcomed a proposal to build a new airport in Bulacan, saying the project would kick off "a domino effect" of development in the province that would provide economic opportunities for millions of Filipinos outside Metro Manila. "President Duterte is right; Metro Manila is in the ICU (intensive 111

January 8, 2019 5:39 AM Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on 2019 martial law extension

The Supreme Court has decided to hold fresh oral arguments on the validity of re-extending martial law in Mindanao up to the end of 2019, Rappler has learned. Oral arguments will be held on January 22 and 23, according an informed source. The 17th Congress voted 235-28-1 on December 12 to reextend President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law in Mindanao to yearend 114

January 1, 2019 7:00 AM DOF's 2019 wish: Passage of Trabaho bill, other tax reform packages

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says they will seek a last push discussion with legislators for the approval of the measures before the 2019 elections "The Department of Finance remains optimistic that the proposed reduction in the 30% corporate income tax (CIT) and the overhaul of the fiscal incentives system, along with the rest of the tax reform 76

December 26, 2018 12:52 PM Drilon: No need to convene bicam on Road Board

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon insisted on Wednesday that there is no need to convene a bicameral conference committee on the abolition of the Road Board. "With all due respect to Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, the Senate has already taken the position that the bill to abolish the Road Board is already approved by virtue of its adoption 93

December 18, 2018 5:45 AM 'Stronger, faster' Pacquiao turns 40 with lavish birthday bash

Manny Pacquiao raffles off a car, pickup trucks and appliances while President Rodrigo Duterte attends the party GENERAL SANTOS, Philippines – Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said he is "stronger and faster" than ever ahead of his world title defence as he threw a lavish party with thousands of guests and a mass giveaway to mark his 40th birthday 75

December 16, 2018 8:00 AM HOAX: Pangilinan, Hontiveros 'file bill to abolish 13th month pay'

The claim is posted on Adobo Chronicles, which claims to be a satire blog HOAX. The Adobo Chronicles posts this article with false information about two opposition senators. Claim: Opposition senators Francis Pangilinan and Risa Hontiveros supposedly co-sponsored a bill that would abolish 13th month pay beginning next year. Hontiveros allegedly said the rationale 99