PARIS — A Paris city councilor says at least half a dozen children have been hit by lightning in a Paris park after a sudden storm overtook their birthday party.
Councilor Karen Taieb says 11 people in all were hit by lightning Saturday after seeking shelter under a tree at the Park Monceau, a popular weekend hangout for well-to-do families. CAIRO — Egypt’s official news agency says a Cairo Criminal Court has convicted and sentenced former Information Minister Safwat el-Sharif and two of his sons for corruption to between five and 10 years in prison.
The MENA news agency reported Saturday that el-Sharif and his son Ihab were each sentenced to five years. The court says el-Sharif had abused his power and together with his sons illegally amassed huge amounts of money, along with real estate. El-Sharif served as information minister and later as speaker of the parliament’s upper chamber, or Shura Council. COTABATO CITY—Unidentified armed men fired a rifle grenade toward the house of the brother of the late Maguindanao Gov.
Police are still trying to determine the motive and identities of the attackers, according to Mauricio.
It was the latest attack on a member of the Ampatuan clan, some members of which had been accused of involvement in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre that killed more than 50 persons, 32 of them journalists.
On May 7, a 9-year-old girl was also killed while her parents and siblings were injured when unidentified suspects fired a rifle grenade into the house of former Gov. GETAFE, Bohol—A suspected drug pusher from Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, was among the three persons killed in a shoot-out during a raid conducted by police operatives on an island off Getafe town, Bohol, on Saturday morning. Another friend, Ricardo Ostolano, 26, and a resident of Calituban Island, Talibon town, was wounded in the firefight and brought to Gov.
According to PO2 Armando Balagot of Getafe police station, the police were armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Irma Zita Masamayor of Regional Trial Court Branch 52 in Talibon town, for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. The raid was conducted by operatives of the regional anti-illegal drugs special operations task group in Central Visayas and Cebu provincial police office (CPPO), which are based in Cebu, as well as the provincial intelligence branch of Bohol police. But Secretaria and his three friends drew their guns when they sensed the law enforcers were going to arrest them. He said Secretaria was a notorious drug-dealer based in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, and was in the list of top 10 drug personalities operating in Cebu and Bohol provinces. According to Delilis, Secretaria’s illegal drug operation was extensive because it reached the two provinces. Delilis said the Bohol provincial police office had identified the top 10 areas in Bohol badly infiltrated by the drug trade. He also said illegal drugs from Bohol would usually come from Ozamis City,  Cebu and Metro Manila, including New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City.
In the case of Banacon Island, which is one of the eight island-barangays of Getafe town, it is located almost 4 miles or 6 kilometers from Mactan, Cebu, or 29 minutes away on board a banca. Some drugs were shipped from Cebu to the coastal towns of Bohol through fishing vessels, Delilis added. COTABATO CITY—Unidentified armed men shot dead an incumbent town councilor in Maguindanao on Friday evening.
Warlito Pinuela, town councilor of South Upi, Maguindanao, has become the second elected official killed in the province since the polls in what authorities believe are cases of election-related violence. A report from the South Upi police said Pinuela was standing in front of his home in Barangay Timanan when unidentified men on a motorbike arrived and opened fire on him around 8 p.m.
Two weeks ago, unidentified gunmen also shot dead reelected Councilor Hadie Malaguial of Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao. The suspects raided Malaguial’s home, fired assault rifles and left the crime scene by firing rifle grenades.
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—At least 22 members of a local terror group based in Butig, Lanao del Sur, had been killed in a series of clashes with government troops there since May 26, the military said on Saturday.
Two soldiers were also slain and nine other government troopers had been injured in the clashes, according to Maj. Tan, whose unit has jurisdiction over Lanao del Sur and other areas of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said government forces launched a massive military operation in Butig against the Maute group.
In Marawi City, the Lanao del Sur police said it was helping in the operation by blocking possible entry and exit areas. The Maute group was blamed for the series of kidnappings in the province and was also said to be responsible for the beheading of two sawmill workers in Butig last month. It was also the subject of intense operations between February and March, during which some of its leaders had been slain.
The group had allegedly professed allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Isis.
DAVAO CITY—A meeting between the new leaders of the country may happen as early as Monday as both camps of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President-elect Leni Robredo have expressed willingness to discuss plans for the next administration. This is after both Duterte and Robredo sealed their victory in what Cayetano called an emotionally charged election as the Congress finished canvassing the votes for president and vice president on Friday. In an interview in Naga City, meanwhile, Robredo said she would find a way to pay a courtesy visit to Duterte and assure him of her 100 percent support for his administration.
Robredo said she planned to speak with Duterte on Monday during their proclamation in Congress. Duterte, however, said in previous interviews that he was not interested to attend a “corny” event like the president’s proclamation, which is deemed historic by many. Asked what she wanted to tell Duterte during their first meeting, Robredo said: “Nararapat lang na i-aassure ko siya na he has my 100 percent support and cooperation. Cayetano, before hitting the court for a basketball game with Senator-elect Manny Pacquiao at Almendras Gym in this city, told the media that Duterte had been reviewing every day the names for the Cabinet posts, including the position which could possibly be given to the incoming Vice President. During the campaign, the Liberal Party’s vice presidential candidate would always say in media interviews that instead of holding a Cabinet-level agency, she wanted to focus on streamlining antipoverty programs.
Cayetano said they were aware of Robredo’s choice and that the new President himself would consider it as he studies the composition of the Cabinet members.
Cayetano also asked the erstwhile ruling LP to cooperate with the Duterte administration if ever the incoming President decides to include Robredo in his Cabinet. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested one of the alleged drug sellers during the outdoor concert in Pasay City last Saturday, where five people collapsed and eventually died.
In a press conference on Saturday afternoon, lawyer Joel Tovera, chief of the NBI anti-illegal drugs division, said they have arrested suspect Joshua Habalo alias “Josh” on Friday night after a series of monitoring and information-gathering. Tovera said an informant went to the NBI office on Thursday and informed the agency of Habalo’s plan to hold rave parties on Friday and Saturday. An autopsy of the victims’ body by the NBI forensic division revealed that whatever they took damaged all of their internal organs and had the same effect as swallowing an explosive.
Their houses used to stand behind the Cordillera buildings of the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of the Interior and Local Governments. No one was injured as families gathered their children and belongings at noon and fled the area. US President Barack Obama hugs Shigeaki Mori, an atomic bomb survivor and creator of the memorial for American WWII POWs killed in Hiroshima, during a ceremony at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, on May 27.
HIROSHIMA, Japan—The survivors of the world’s first atomic bomb attack are used to hearing grand vows to rid the world of nuclear weapons. On Saturday, a day after Barack Obama left, there was gratitude — wonder, even — that he had become the first sitting US president to visit the place where the nuclear age began. Asked if Obama’s visit could inspire those countries to abandon nuclear weapons, she shook her head. Long after Obama left for Washington, people here were loath to let go of his whirlwind trip. Into the night, a line at Peace Memorial Park stretched from an arched stone monument that honors the 140,000 who died from the Aug. People around Hiroshima were still talking about their glimpses of Obama as they lined the streets to watch his motorcade speed by or watched the media coverage that documented nearly every single moment of the two hours he spent in Hiroshima in a carefully choreographed political performance meant to close old wounds without inflaming new passions.
Beneath the thrill that lingered from Obama’s star power, there was also a widespread desire to keep momentum going.
In an interview at the retirement home she shares with other bomb victims, Tsuyako Hiramatsu, 90, flipped through the pages of a book with a photograph of smiling young World War II pilots holding a puppy on its cover. She marveled at Obama’s political and military power, but said she had seen too many Japanese leaders who have said one thing in public and another in private to believe that there will ever be a world without war. Since Obama received the Nobel for his anti-nuclear agenda, he has seen uneven progress and criticism over plans for a big, costly program to upgrade US nuclear stockpiles. Another bomb survivor, Michiko Kimoto, 87, also had doubts that Obama’s visit would ever lead to a world without nuclear weapons. One of the two survivors who met directly with Obama, 91-year-old Sunao Tsuboi, was more optimistic. Tsuboi, like some other survivors, thought Obama had spent too little time in Hiroshima to fully understand the extent of the tragedy.
The San Pedro bell has finally returned home to the church of Saints Peter and Paul in Bauang, La Union province since it was taken away in 1901 by the American soldiers. The return of the San Pedro bell to the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Bauang, La Union, is a stirring moment. Early this week the San Pedro bell—part of the heritage of Bauang, which is one of the oldest towns in the province founded in 1587—rang again for the first time in 115 years.
As narrated in a report by Inquirer Northern Luzon, American forces seized the San Pedro bell in 1899 and took it to the United States in 1902.
The church in Bauang requested the return of the bell and the USMA agreed, at the prodding of a retired US captain, Dennis Wright. Part of the importance of the return of the San Pedro bell is that it serves as stark reminder of what Filipinos are still sorely missing: the three bells of Balangiga in Samar, which were taken by US forces as war booty.
The three church bells were subsequently seized and brought to the United States as spoils of war.
The Philippine government has been unsuccessful in its attempts to retrieve the bells of Balangiga, although certain parties in the United States are part of the effort.
The return of the San Pedro bell indicates that the return of the bells of Balangiga can also be done. A few days before the May 9 elections, I met Carlos (Sonny) Dominguez, one of the closest economic advisers of presumptive President-elect Rody Duterte, at a board meeting of a conglomerate in which both of us are independent directors. I told Sonny that I was about to brief some business people on the country’s postelection economic prospects, and that it was difficult for me to be optimistic because his candidate had shocked members of the Makati Business Club with a rambling speech replete with expletives but with no content on the economic policy that he would follow if he were elected president. With that advice, I recalled what members of the Davao Chamber of Commerce and Industry told me two weeks earlier, when I visited their city. In fact, what I told the business audience that I briefed after my conversation with Sonny was that Duterte was in truth and in deed not a socialist but a social democrat along the lines of the social market economy of the Federal Republic of Germany.  After listening to the same Sonny Dominguez, the presumptive finance secretary under the incoming administration, announcing his principal’s eight-point economic agenda, I am even more convinced that Duterte is far from being a socialist. He has no intention to nationalize strategic industries, distribute more private lands to small farmers, or increase both the fiscal deficit and national debt of the government, as did the most recent socialist leaders of Greece, Venezuela, Brazil and, up to recently, Argentina, bankrupting their nations and drastically increasing the number and the misery of the poor in their respective countries. Duterte, however, does not believe in the absolute monopoly of the market (to quote Pope Francis). That is why Duterte wants to pursue a genuine agricultural development strategy that will depart from the simplistic approach of land redistribution.
Because of his genuine concern for the poorest of the poor, Duterte will not hesitate to continue a program that dates back to the Arroyo administration: the conditional cash transfer program, which he intends to expand and improve as an instrument to keep children, especially in the rural areas, longer in the school system. As someone who “has been copying since he was in grade school” (to quote one of his many jokes during the election campaign), the presumptive President-elect is doing very well copying the examples of the tiger economies of the last century—i.e, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea. As far as ideology is concerned, I would put Rody Duterte in the same class as Angela Merkel of Germany rather than Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. It may be a sign of dementia, or near-dementia, but “How do you solve a problem like Maria?”—the song from the movie “The Sound of Music”—kept running through my mind as I tried to figure out presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte—his midnight press conferences, his contradictory statements, his rages, his apologies, his blowing hot and cold. It’s not a one-to-one comparison (remove “moonbeam,” “cloud,” “darling,” “demon,” “lamb,” “girl,” etc.), but you get the picture. Trillanes then upped the ante and claimed that the P200 million was only the tip of the iceberg and that R2D2 was actually a billionaire. Anyway, on May 2, or one week before Election Day, Duterte’s representative Sal Panelo and Trillanes appeared at the Julia Vargas branch of BPI for the showdown: the opening of the famous bank account. But the point is that given R2D2’s strong anticorruption stance, the issue must be resolved once and for all. And if R2D2 never had that money in the first place, it is only fair that Trillanes resign, as he promised to do. The rationale for the imposition of a specific time frame for elected office was best expressed by one of the members of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, Edmundo G. However, for all their noble intentions to improve political leadership in the country, triennial local elections have actually given rise to three major constraints on socioeconomic development planning that currently beset local leaders.
First, the three important local planning bodies—the local chief executive, the local development council, and the sanggunian—cannot establish administrative continuity within the local government structure because of the frequent changes in political leadership. Third, local officials very often yield to populist demands and avoid difficult but necessary reforms. In sum, the local leadership paradigm has selfishly linked the mandate for development to the political burden of pleasing loyal followers. Furthermore, the political reality in our country illustrates that term limits have not curbed the appetite of politicians to acquire political power.
Indeed, by employing a revolving door scheme among family members, politicians have not only found a way to beat the term limit but have also expanded the reach of their political power within the government. The fact is political elites in the Philippines are so entrenched that they have become essentially insulated from political competition. Even worse, as local communities continue to suffer inept and corrupt dynastic leaders, those who can, and are willing to, push for reforms but do not have the inherited political advantage are effectively denied the right to run for public office because of the monarchical nature of local government. This situation has become a bane to local communities clamoring for socioeconomic progress. Indeed, the answer to our query here is also the most important realization in the discourse on the Bangsamoro Basic Law—that the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao is a failed experiment.
Hence, it is definitely unwise to proceed with federalization, with the quality of local leadership still in an untenable state.
It will serve the federation cause better if the incoming president, Rodrigo Duterte, rallies all his political capital behind reform measures aimed at improving the quality of local leadership in the country. He may be the patriarch of a local dynasty himself, but there can be no doubt that Duterte is presently the only national leader qualified to undertake this difficult task.
In that terse statement, National Book Development Board (NBDB) deputy executive director Anna Katarina Rodriguez summed up an important facet of literacy in the country today.
Rodriguez was a panelist in a session with speakers from Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam that provided updates on the state of publishing and readership in the participating countries.
A word about the KLTCC fair: It features a consumers’ book fair much like the Manila International Book Fair held every September, and encourages participation by Asean countries by giving every booth exhibitor free air transport and hotel accommodations. This year, the KLTCC book fair was held on the sprawling campus of its agricultural school, which is quite a distance from the city. A comparison of public libraries in Metro Manila and in the Davao Region using figures from the PSA and the National Library of the Philippines shows that for Metro Manila’s 12.22-million population, there are 452 libraries, or one for every 27,035 persons.
In terms of bookstore density, Metro Manila has 390 bookstores, or one for every 31,333 persons, and Davao has 63 bookstores, or one for every 74,761.
The NBDB has 195 registered authors, while the National Library records 9,480 international serial book numbers issued. As it is only in recent years that the NBDB has been strictly monitoring the number of authors, illustrators, publishers, the statistics do not seem very accurate as yet.
Another book club is Flips Flipping Pages, which began as an online book discussion group but has since had personal meetings, and even book-themed social events. There is also the Every Teacher a Reader community, which knows only too well that for students to discover the delights of reading, they need adult reading models. At the KLTCC fair, no further words needed to be spoken after a video clip was shown of a little boy in a bookstore turning hysterical after his mother told him that she could not buy him the book he wanted.
The 4-point fall in national SRP from December to March was due to drops of 14 points in the Visayas, 7 points in the National Capital Region (NCR), and 2 points in the Balance of Luzon (BoL), combined with a 2-point rise in Mindanao.  The new SRP percentages are 37 in NCR, 55 in BoL, 68 in the Visayas, and 65 in Mindanao. The reason that the proportion of poor families according to SRP is so much higher than the official proportion is, of course, this: The official poverty line is much lower than what the people themselves say they need to escape poverty. For comparison, the official national poverty line for a family of five, in the first half of 2015, is only P9,140. On the other hand, the latest official subsistence incidence among Filipino families (usually referred to as the food-poor) is 9.2 percent, as of the first semester of 2015. The 2-point fall in national SRFP from December to March was mainly due to a large drop of 17 points in the Visayas, from 50 percent in December to 33 percent in March.

The subjectivity of the SWS poverty measurement system is that of the people surveyed, not that of SWS.  Others using the same approach should get similar findings, just as different, politically-neutral, pollsters should get similar results about voter preferences for electoral candidates. Although the SWS poverty magnitudes are larger, their trends over time are consistent with—actually, they anticipate—the official poverty trends. Since the end of the elections, we have been treated to a cascade of new announcements directly from Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte himself, unfiltered and sans spokesperson: for examples, on the “hypocrisy of the Church,” on the “immediate” hero’s burial for Ferdinand Marcos, on his support for medical marijuana, family planning and K-to-12, on his preference for living in Davao instead of Manila, on possible Cabinet appointments proffered then turned down, on his love of durian, and many more. Every interview is liberally peppered with cuss words and jokes, and spoken in the Creole of the South—the mix of Bisaya, Tagalog and English. But P-Noy was utterly without street cred and widely perceived—fairly or unfairly—to be bereft of empathy. To privilege the provincial as a base of power is thus a way of setting yourself up in a state of exception. Of course, there are also similarities: Both P-Noy and Digong have chosen kabarkada and kaklase for their Cabinet appointments, for example. One of the new changes the presumptive president-elect vowed to introduce is limiting drinking hours in public places to until 1 a.m.
It’s naive to believe that a liquor ban after a certain hour will allow a customer to drive home safely.
How about using at random breathalyzers and hundreds of policemen patrolling the roads and highways, and cameras installed in hundreds of black-spot intersections to take pictures of the license plates of cars that run red lights? Booth points out that in 2013, over 10,000 people died in the United States as a direct result of DUI. There are many laws on DUI and wearing proper helmets by motorcycle-riders, but compliance with these laws is haphazard and enforcement is random or negligible. A year ago, while on my way to attend an early morning Mass, while I was slowly turning left, I was “T-boned” by a motorcyclist driving at high speed. At the provincial hospital, there was another motorcyclist who also just arrived from an accident. A new president has been elected into office because he promised change, and voters believed he would deliver. There are many ways of limiting the damage done by drunk drivers, but limiting the “drinking hours” is not one of them.
We congratulate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for obtaining a resounding leadership mandate from the Filipino voters. Pilgrims for Peace is a multisectoral alliance of advocates for a just and lasting peace based on freedom, democracy and social justice. We encourage Duterte to place the GPH-NDF peace negotiations on firm footing by respecting previously signed agreements and continue to advance the substantive agenda outlined in The Hague Joint Declaration. With anticipation for what is to come, we are calling our network of peace advocates to contribute in the work of peace-building. The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) is saddened by recent reports about the death of five concert attendees due to alleged drug-taking. As the country’s lead agency on drug prevention and control, the DDB will conscientiously monitor the investigation of this case, make responsible parties answer for any lapses in ensuring security and in the enforcement of laws, and review existing policies and programs to prevent more such incidents from happening. We would also like to remind the public, especially the youth, to be vigilant and wary especially now that our law enforcement agencies have recorded a rise in the incidence of abuse of new psychoactive substances. Like what we always say in our campaigns, what these drugs and substances offer is false panacea.
As we strengthen law enforcement efforts and intelligence operations to arrest drug syndicates and traffickers, we will also intensify our drug prevention and awareness programs to educate the people on the ill effects of drugs and to empower them to resist. DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday urged local and foreign investors to consider putting up businesses in other areas of the country as he pledged to set up economic zones in the provinces. Duterte said spreading economic opportunities to the rest of the country was aimed at countering the pressing effects of poverty.
He said that if economic opportunities were readily available outside the country’s economic capital, the issue of overpopulation there would also be addressed.
He said those who would be relocated to the new economic zones will be enjoying amenities such as hospitals, roads and markets. In a report that would be submitted to Duterte, the World Bank said Mindanao alone will need 4.3 million jobs in the next seven years, as thousands of new graduates enter the workforce each year. The Mindanao Jobs Report, which tells the story of Mindanao from the perspective of jobs, said the figure may be lower than the 10 million jobs that Luzon needs in the same period, but what makes the Mindanao jobs challenge more daunting is the large number of workers migrating out of the island-region to look for jobs. The WB report, a product of 15 months of research and interviews of 1,400 people conducted by 46 researchers, will be presented to the new administration to help chart the development of Mindanao in the next six years. Chua, the leader of the team of WB researchers who drafted the report, also posed the question of whether there is a need for the government to give a preferential option for Mindanao—as far as budget and development projects are concerned—to free the island from the long drawn underdevelopment and conflicts that had hampered its growth for years.
PLDT initially entered the then Lopez family-led Meralco in 2009 and figured prominently in a dramatic race for control for the country’s biggest electricity distributor against rival San Miguel Corp.
Pangilinan’s group eventually gained effective control of Meralco that same year after affiliate Metro Pacific Investments Corp. That was seven years ago and on Friday, Pangilinan said their investment has “ripened to the point that it is time for PLDT to consider divesting part, and eventually all of its stake in Meralco” in the near term. PLDT has hinted at raising funds before, as it noted that capital spending would remain elevated in the next two to three years. At the start of 2016, PLDT hit the “reset” button, both to realign its strategy in a digital era and to temper expectations.
Pangilinan said proceeds from the sale of its Meralco stake, likely to companies within the group to maintain their control, would be used to pare down PLDT’s debts and to partly pay for capital spending. PLDT’s capital spending this year was projected at about P43 billion, mainly to improve data services.
Under the agreement, a new joint venture company, AB Heineken Philippines Inc., will be formed, Asia Brewery’s parent firm LT Group Inc.
The two breweries owned by Asia Brewery in Cabuyao and El Salvador will be upgraded so that these can brew Heineken brands.
In the meantime, Asia Brewery will start to distribute Heineken and Tiger in the Philippines.
The “premiumization” strategy in beer production seeks to ride on the country’s increasing consumer affluence. Heineken is a leading global beer brewer with a portfolio of more than 250 international, regional, local and specialty beers and ciders. The local venture is seen to implement Heineken’s global policies and approaches in relation to supplier code, local sourcing, water management, employee healthcare and human rights, community investment and responsible alcohol marketing. Frans Eusman, president of Heineken Asia Pacific, said: “This joint venture with Asia Brewery Inc. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and operations are expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2016. Businesses turned more bullish in the second quarter, which the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said would reflect faster economic expansion than the 6.9 percent posted in the first quarter.
Guerrero noted that business confidence had a high correlation with real gross domestic product (GDP) growth, as businesses planned to proceed with their expansion plans while anticipating sustained economic growth. High-level business delegations from British Columbia and South Australia are currently in the Philippines not only to firm up their presence here and boost bilateral trade, but also to woo local companies to invest in their respective states. The province of British Columbia, led by Premier Christy Clark, was in the country to grace the opening in Manila of its first trade and investment representative office in the Asean region, while South Australia Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith is leading  its first business mission to the Philippines.
Clark said BC chose the Philippines for its first trade office in the region as the country was one of the fastest growing economies in the Asean. With the opening of its trade office here, Clark expressed optimism that trade between the Philippines and the Canadian province could be doubled over the next several years. The BC Premier also witnessed the signing of several memoranda of understanding between BC-based companies and local firms. The three projects are: The second 105-MW generating unit of the 210-MW baseload coal-fired power plant of Sarangani Energy Corp. When it reaches its full 210-MW capacity in 2018, SEC will be serving over six million people in key areas in Mindanao. The 105-MW SRPI plant is scheduled to begin operating in 2019 to serve Zamboanga City and other key areas in Mindanao.
By 2019, ACR-affiliated power facilities will have about 588 MW  in generating capacity, 25 percent of Mindanao’s projected peak power demand for that year. Ty-led conglomerate GT Capital Holdings agreed to unload 56-percent of Global Power in favor of Beacon Electric Asset Holdings Inc.—a venture between First Pacific-led infrastructure holding firm Metro Pacific Investments Corp.
The deal allowed the First Pacific group to scale up its power generation portfolio in the Philippines while improving, instead of deteriorating, its balance sheet. Global Power is the leading electricity generator in the Visayas region with a total capacity of 852 megawatts (MW), including a 150-MW capacity that will come on-stream later this year and a planned development of a 670-MW critical coal-fired plant in La Union, Pangasinan. For the Tys, this effectively traded its power generation asset into a direct stake in an infrastructure play like MPIC.
Pepsi Philippines’ chief financial officer Imran Moid Friday said the company saw strong volume growth in the first quarter, and this likely continued through the second quarter of the year, ahead of the May 9, 2016 polls. Despite growth, Moid cited challenges including high sugar prices, a key input in making its products, and start-up costs in its snacks business.
Pepsi Philippines is known for its flagship Pepsi Cola and 7-Up as well as non-carbonated drinks like Gatorade and Tropicana. Pepsi Philippines earlier said gross sales revenue rose by 12 percent to P8.2 billion in the first quarter of 2016 from year-ago level. Most local stocks returned to positive territory Friday, bringing the local stock barometer back to the 7,400 level ahead of key US data disclosure and a closely watched speech by the US central bank chief. About two-thirds of UnionBank’s earnings in January to April came from interest income from core lending activities while one third was derived from treasury business. In a briefing after the bank’s stockholders meeting, UnionBank president Edwin Bautista said growth had been fastest on the consumer side where loan spreads were bigger. Net interest margin in the first four months averaged around 4 percent, higher than most industry peers. Thrift bank unit City Savings Bank accounted for about a third of Union Bank’s consolidated profits in the first four months. Bautista said Union Bank, which used to have one of the lowest loan to deposit ratios, had anticipated that the opportunities for securities trading gain would be limited moving forward.
About 45 percent of core earnings last year came from the consumer business, 30 percent from corporate clients and 25 percent from the middle market or small and medium enterprises. Living up to his promise to put up a sterling performance before his provincemates, Nietes proved to be too skillful and powerful for Garcia, who became the Filipino’s 15th Mexican victim, including his twin brother Ramon Garcia Hirales at the same venue in 2011.
Typifying his dominance, Nietes dropped Garcia twice in the third round, first with a left straight to the head followed by another left to the body.
According to Nietes, the fight turned out to be just what he and trainer Edmund Villamor prepared for, finding his range and penetrating the Mexican’s defenses. The 34-year-old Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino world champion at eight years, raised his record to 38-1-4 with 21 knockouts while pulling down Jimenez, the former International Boxing Federation and WBO minimum weight titlist, to 36-4-1, 22 KOs. Unable to withstand Nietes’ barrage and pinpoint punches, Garcia did not answer the sixth round bell. The two fighters’ heads collided in the fourth, hurting Villanueva and knocking Jimenez out cold. Referee Dan Nietes counted the Mexican out at the 21-second mark as he lay unconscious at the canvas for over a minute. Villanueva, pride of Bago City, raised his record to 29-1 with 15 knockouts while Jimenez dropped to 22-10, 15 KOs. These futuristic tattoos are often very detailed and can incorporate elements of realism or 3D design. Take advantage of thousands of visitors searching for tattoo designs and tattoo pictures every day! If you like Full Sleeve Tattoo Designs Free, you might be interested to see or browse another images about Half Sleeve Tattoos.
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Reynato Mauricio, Maguindanao provincial police spokesperson, said the two children were slightly injured when the grenade landed on the house of Datu Pandag Ampatuan, younger brother of Ampatuan Sr. Jo-ann Petinglay, speaking for the 6th Infantry Division, said the girl and her family lived a few meters away from the site of the explosion. Ricky Delilis, spokesperson of Bohol provincial police office, the police had been tracking down Secretaria for years.
These are Tagbilaran City and the towns of Talibon, Inabanga, Getafe, Clarin, Ubay, Panglao, Carmen, Tubigon and Dauis. Puwede lang ito marating ng bangka kahit hindi na dumaan ng pier (The drugs were brought here through small boats without passing through the pier),” said Delilis. Drugs from Cebu are sent through roll-on-roll-off (roro) vessels docking at the ports of Tagbilaran, Ubay, Tubigon, Talibon, Jagna, Getafe and Loon,” he added.
Filemon Tan, the spokesperson of the military’s Western Mindanao Command based in Zamboanga City. Alan Peter Cayetano on Saturday said the camp of Duterte was planning to set a meeting with Robredo to discuss her role in the new administration. But she also maintained that she was not in the position to defy the President’s order should she be appointed to a Cabinet post. Tinignan din po natin ‘yung background niya, and apparently, in 2014, he was already arrested by the NBI anti-illegal drugs division for selling green amore and green apple suspected to be illegal drugs,” Tovera told the media.
They just don’t usually come directly from the leader of the country that dropped the bomb on them in the first place.
6, 1945, bombing to a museum that tells the stories of some of those dead, about 200 meters (yards) away. What was taken by the enemy during the Philippine-American War has been given back—not only a gesture of peace but also a form of restitution for the loss of something priceless. It is where, in September 1901, Filipinos resisting the yoke of the invading US forces heeded the signal of a church bell and killed more than half the number of American soldiers stationed there.
Two are at the FE Warren Air Base in Wyoming and the last, supposedly the one that signaled the attack, is said to be in a military museum at Camp Red Cloud in South Korea. Dennis Wright is, in fact, part of a group of American veterans working for the bells’ return. Sonny said I should tell my friends in the business community to focus on Duterte’s accomplishments when he was mayor of Davao City for some 20 years. Davao entrepreneurs were literally waxing lyrical about how business-friendly their mayor had been. On the contrary, he wants to continue and maintain the very prudent macroeconomic policies of the Aquino administration, which leftists refer to derisively as “neoliberal.” He wants to remove the restrictive economic provisions in the 1987 Constitution in order to attract more foreign direct investments. Very faithful to the principles of a social market economy, he firmly believes that the government has to be strongly interventionist in areas where markets fail. He wants to focus on providing support services to the small farmers who have been the beneficiaries of the first phase of agrarian reform. He acknowledges that the best service the government can give to the poorest of the poor is to provide their children with free access to quality basic education and to tertiary education that is relevant to private employers’ needs.
The GDPs of these economies grew at 12 percent annually for more than a decade because they allowed market forces to operate side by side with strong government intervention. There is the still-unresolved case of the account of R2D2 in the Julia Vargas branch of the Bank of the Philippine Islands, which treated the public to a lot of saber-rattling on the part of Sen.
He also said he would resign if his allegations were not proven correct—that’s how sure he was.
Because, if R2D2 really wanted to open that bank account to public scrutiny, all  he had to do was go to any BPI branch, even one in Davao City, produce his ID, and ask for a copy of the transactions concerning the bank account.
The corresponding administration turnover rate has made any form of long-term development planning practically impossible. Strategic development formulation is grossly limited by a benefits-now paradigm, such that undertakings requiring an extended time frame, even if it will produce more socioeconomic benefits for the community, almost always never see the light of day.
And in conjunction with the inclination to come up with development ideas with instantaneous effect, these very same ideas are often dictated by the need to be reelected.

This electoral arrangement has grown to the extent that urgent and critical reforms that will benefit the public at large are ignored if they will cause discomfort and displeasure to the majority of voters.
Unfortunately, Garcia and his colleagues in the Con-Com probably did not foresee that the imposition of term limits would actually push politicians to use family members to circumvent this rule. By some ironic twist, they have also arrived at a legal and democratic way to firmly entrench their families in local politics.
Father is governor, mother is congresswoman, brother is mayor, son is councilor, niece is SK (Sangguniang Kabataan), cousin is barangay captain, kinakapatid is vice mayor, and so forth. Indeed, Filipinos who are more qualified, passionate and patriotic, including many from the youth ranks, are deprived of the opportunity to establish clean and effective local governance. Numerous studies have shown that standards of living, lower human development, and higher levels of deprivation and inequality persist in the districts governed by local leaders who are dynasts. The lesson is that increasing the autonomy of local levels of government ultimately amounts to nothing if local leaders are incompetent and incapable of properly utilizing the expanded powers and resources. It is certainly justified to be concerned that federalizing with political dynasties still lording it over local communities would make socioeconomic development more inequitable than it currently stands.
Legislation regulating local dynasties, establishing a genuine political party system, and ensuring transparency and accountability in local governments are just some of the steps that can drastically improve the governance mindset of our local officials. For he is, in fact, living proof that effective leadership is an indispensable requirement of local development. Yusingco, a practicing lawyer, is the author of the book “Rethinking the Bangsamoro Perspective.” He conducts research on current issues in state-building, decentralization and constitutionalism. The session was held during the recent Kuala Lumpur Trade and Copyright Centre (KLTCC) fair, which coincided with the Asean Book Publishers Association executive meeting to which the NBDB was formally invited for the first time. The organizers were concerned that it may not draw the crowd that the former downtown venue did. The Philippines’ archipelagic geography, with our 7,100 islands, makes the transport of books costly. From the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), family expenditure in 2015 for books was P69 per person. For instance, what about the many writers who self-publish and do not bother to acquire an ISBN, as many DIY (do it yourself) publications go? Who cares about publishers not being open to their writings when there is Wattpad, which is open to all? The most active and the most visible is ReaderCon, which has been convening bloggers, book lovers, writers, and reading advocates for its one-day Filipino Reader Conference since 2011.
In the SWS first-quarter survey, done on March 30-April 2, only 46 percent of household heads nationwide considered themselves poor (mahirap), and only 31 percent considered their food as poor. It is defined as the income considered sufficient to purchase minimum food needs, plus a fixed allowance of P31 for nonfoods for every P69 needed for food. The new Self-Rated Food Poverty (SRFP) figure is 2 points below the 33 percent of last December and 4 points below the 35-percent average for 2015 as a whole.  It ties the record-low 31 percent of March 2010 for the entire SRFP survey series.
This is the proportion whose income is not sufficient to meet the official food threshold of P6,365 per month. There was also a 2-point drop in Mindanao, a 1-point rise in NCR, and a 3-point rise in BoL. Unedited, improvised, erratic, informal, his discourse is no less commanding, like that of a patriarch at the head of the table regaling his family with endless stories.
Paradoxically, his distance was the guarantee of his consistency: What you saw was what you got. But the sense one gets is that his seeming approachability and much vaunted “authenticity” (which is open to interpretation) are as much an asset as a drawback.
They have their own complex operations designed to shield themselves from outside intrusion. By privileging local rules and methods of power, it tends to hold itself apart from national and international standards. You are sovereign in your own way, and the usual rules don’t apply to you because in your province, you are king with the right to decide on who will live and who will die. But throughout this transition period, what we have seen so far is a dramatic contrast in rhetorical styles—storytelling for Digong, carefully worded press releases and speeches from P-Noy. These laws would be obeyed more conscientiously if enforcement were strict, swift and certain, and the punishment severe enough, and the compensation for the victims’ families just, appropriate and fast. By the grace and mercy of God, I survived with only cuts and bruises and a dislocated shoulder; my helmet saved me from worse injury.
He was OK, but his tandem rider suffered head injuries because she had no helmet on when the accident happened. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will start well by keeping drugged and intoxicated drivers off the roads.
If Duterte can do this within six months after his inauguration, it would be a wonderful Christmas present not just to his more than 16 million supporters but also to every Filipino. His commitment to address the roots of armed conflicts in our nation through peace negotiations and to correct the historical injustices committed against the Moro people is commendable. Pilgrims for Peace appreciates that in his campaign platform Duterte prioritized peace, in general, as well as explicitly outlined his openness to take concrete steps in moving the Philippine government (GPH)-National Democratic Front (NDF) peace negotiations forward. Not only do we affirm the value of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law in our justice, peace and human rights advocacy, we, peace advocates, have been preparing ourselves to support the crafting of the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reforms and look forward to its fruition. Even during his campaign, we noted that his administration would review their status and release those necessary to the NDF negotiating panel; we affirm that such action will be greatly beneficial, if not essential, to successful peace negotiations.
Our people understand the need to address the roots of armed conflicts in building a just and enduring peace. They offer nothing but a fleeting high that exposes users to risks that could lead to their death.
It would also be easier to relocate people living below the poverty line outside Metro Manila, he said. I have to relocate them, but before I can do that I have to establish an economic activity,”? he said. Karl Kendrick Chua presented the report before members of the Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (Mincode) in April, less than two weeks before the May 9 elections. It should already be on the president’s table on July 1, on his first day in Malacanang,” Chua said. That means PLDT’s Meralco stake was worth about P60 billion based on the electricity retailer’s latest share price of P301.80 apiece. It said competition in the telecommunications sector would stay      fierce with the potential entry of new players and as consumers demand better Internet services. It is poised to post its third straight year of decline in profits, with core earnings for 2016 seen at P28 billion, below last year’s P35.2 billion. It operates 167 breweries, malteries, cider plants and other production facilities in more than 70 countries. This means more businesses are optimistic about the prospects during the current quarter than in the first three months.
Guerrero, director at the BSP’s department of economic statistics, told a press conference. Guinigundo said second-quarter growth would likely be faster following the better-than-expected expansion in the first quarter.
Esguerra said it was possible to hit a 7-percent GDP growth in the second quarter, especially as election-related spending went on full swing in the days leading to the May 9 polls. She said the country offered huge opportunities for growth in agrifood, clean energy, healthcare, infrastructure, forestry, information technology, services and international education. The first unit began operating in April 2016, providing 105 MW of much-needed additional baseload power to more than three million residents of Sarangani province, General Santos City, and other key areas in Mindanao. The $570-million SEC power plant is the single largest investment in Sarangani province and the entire Region 12. Pangilinan struck a formidable alliance with tycoon George Ty that allowed it to take over majority control of Visayas’ leading power generation firm Global Business Power for $475 million while raising $171 million in fresh capital by taking in the Tys as a strategic investor.
Globe and AGI also rose more than 2 percent while GT Capital, Semirara and Megaworld all advanced by more than 1 percent. Garcia was up in no time only to be sent down anew with a right to the body by the pride of nearby Murcia town.
Cute little bird and nest tattoo that a duo of grandpa and grandson got to mark their bonding. Pero iyong authority na mag-appoint o magbigay sa akin ng karagdagang trabaho, sole authority iyon ng Pangulo.  Kahit ano ang pagdesisyunan niya, irerespeto natin,” Robredo said. People stood patiently, inching forward and waiting for their chance to take pictures of the wreath Obama had left behind. Church bells were “so integral … in the colonial Philippines that people lived bajo la campana—literally under the bell, but actually within hearing distance of the church bells,” wrote historian and Inquirer columnist Ambeth Ocampo. It was when Wright was doing research on the bells of Balangiga that he discovered the existence of the San Pedro bell and that it was being held at West Point. He not only transformed one of the most violence-torn cities in the country to a very peaceful community with a low crime rate; he also significantly improved the business climate by shortening the time for securing all types of business permits, getting rid of corruption in the city’s offices, and significantly improving its infrastructures. He wants to involve more private participation in the construction of infrastructure projects by addressing bottlenecks in the implementation of the public-private partnership program. Actually, he is just reminding all of us of what Adam Smith, the father of free enterprise, pointed out more than 200 years ago: that the state has some indispensable roles to play in society.
Consider that his friend of 30 years, self-appointed “Son of God” Apollo Quiboloy, cannot seem to get a handle on him either—at least not since he became President-in-waiting.
Although it is about a young girl rather than the older fellow that Duterte is, there is a connection; I can relate. Antonio Trillanes IV and R2D2.  But the issue seems to have been forgotten in the elections.
Alan Peter Cayetano, earlier (on March 11, 2016) claimed to have signed waivers that purportedly allowed the opening of their bank accounts to public scrutiny, in the interest of transparency, and dared the other contenders to do the same (no one took the challenge). So we know whether he will be a credible corruption fighter, especially since he proclaimed that the first corrupt person he would go after is Vice President Jojo Binay. A more alarming development is that the “fattest” dynasties—those with the most family members in office—are ensconced in the poorest parts of the country. But with the provision of convenient shuttles to the new site—as well as concrete plans to open a train station for it—it was not surprising that faithful book lovers and buyers were present.
The limited number of libraries makes public access to books a challenge, especially since libraries are more likely to be found in urban areas. Consider the Better Living Through Xeroxography (BLTX) small press expo that encourages self-publication either through handmade booklets or photocopied saddle-stitched magazines.
Wattpad reports that in 2015, 10 million out of 40 million users are Filipinos, and 13 million out of 150 million uploaded stories are from Filipinos. The day is devoted to talking books and even voting for favorite choices in different genres. The other new SRFP rates are 22 percent in NCR, 29 percent in BoL, and 37 percent in Mindanao.
He infuriates and compels, attracts and repels, drawing you into an imaginary circle of intimacy only to subject you to his intimidating presence. In an odd sort of way, P-Noy’s seeming inaccessibility underwrote his claims to transparency: His was the rule of objectivity, where charts and statistics conveyed the empirical truth, government websites charted spending, and even the scandal of the DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) and PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund), or the unevenness of relief efforts for “Yolanda,” the investigations of the Mamasapano fiasco, and so on, showed his administration’s willingness to bare (and bear), rather than hide, its operations and the spread of its influence. He seems to disdain the trappings of power: He said he doesn’t want any inaugural hoopla and will take his oath in his office, that he won’t live in the Palace, and prefers to conduct business from Davao rather than Manila since there are more than 34 flights to and from the two cities. And by looking at their respective ways of speaking, we also get a sense of their distinct styles of governing—for Digong, the local is the national, the provincial is the world; for P-Noy, the local is subsumed by the national, and the national is connected to a larger world.
I wondered how people who can afford a late-model motorcycle and helmet can’t buy a helmet for his wife, child, mother, girlfriend or passenger. This he can do with enough number of highway patrolmen and breathalyzers and, maybe, have “designated drivers” to take the wheel, literally, from the inebriated or the doped.
Addressing the situation of different communities, Moro, Christian, non-Christian and lumad—especially as the lumad suffer forcible displacement and urgently clamor for an end to militarization and the disbanding of paramilitary groups in their ancestral lands—is imperative.
Duterte’s appointment of Jesus Dureza as peace adviser and Silvestre Bello as chief negotiator with the NDF underscores his resolve. This can also bring to good order and reoperationalize the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees. We hope that with Duterte’s presidency, we can also contribute to creating and focusing energy around the peace talks. Meralco lost more than 4.5 percent Friday after Metro Pacific announced an alliance with the Ty family’s GT Capital Holdings and a deal to acquire 56 percent of the latter’s power business.
We have a lot of defense companies in South Australia that want to do business in the Philippines. The company also plans to develop other run-of-river hydropower projects with total potential capacity of 185 MW in different places in Mindanao and Negros Occidental.
However, GT Capital will enter as a strategic investor in MPIC by acquiring a 15.6-percent stake, becoming the second-largest shareholder of MPIC, which will still be 55 percent-controlled by Pangilinan-led First Pacific. Her continued silence would raise the likelihood of a rate hike at a later date,” it added. Wright, Director and President of US-Philippine Society Peregine, along with Bauang Mayor Eulogio Clarence Martin de Guzman III (right) and diocesan Bishop Rodolfo F.
Bells called townsfolk to worship, announced marriages, births and deaths, and warned of fire, typhoon and pirate attack.
Berry, who had served in the Philippines and became the 27th superintendent of West Point, also known as the US Military Academy (USMA), worked to install the bell in the West Point Catholic Chapel in 1915.
These are all market-friendly policies that have made the leftists (especially the National Democratic Front leaders) literally see red! The state must be responsible for keeping peace and order, administering justice, constructing public works, and delivering social services especially to the poor. I interpret this as a desire to enable small farmers to either lease their farms or even sell them outright to those who can make more productive use of them (whether corporations or cooperatives).
But I just can’t get the song out of my head when I think of R2D2 (my name for Duterte, at least until he assumes the presidency).
BPI said it had to scrutinize the wording of the waiver, and it would take it one week to do so.
There is a high percentage of content creators, yet only a few of them get the chance to be published.
His disciplined and decorous discourse was his trademark, but in times of crisis, it was his downfall.
Prospects for peace throughout the nation are rising and we are excited and energized by Duterte’s very positive pronouncements on resuming peace talks. Even more, releasing political prisoners on humanitarian grounds would surely go a long way as a confidence-building measure. It increases the coverage of GT Capital and looks at the Philippine economy in a different perspective altogether,” said GT Capital co-vice chair Alfred Ty. Also, Panelo said something about an affidavit that Trillanes should have signed but did not.
I did it once, only recently, with a bank account that was over five years old, and was given a copy within five minutes.
His Filipino, like his English, was elegant but ponderous to the point of being pedantic, so that his attempts at humor usually fell flat. It means claiming the right of the oppressed and exacting your revenge: molested by an American Jesuit and condemned by the bishops, Digong can now position himself as the aggrieved victim calling out the abuses of the Church. I read this as a plan to lower the taxes for the most harassed taxpayers, the middle class, or those who are earning less than P200,000 annually. He was “decente” and easily legible to the upper reaches of society and the international community.

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