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Gov’t urged to phase out cash transfer program

January 27, 2017 ·  By Nestor Corrales - Reporter for

QUEUES by beneficiaries of the government’s cash transfer program have become a familiar sight where the program is being implemented, like in Mauban, Quezon, where the local Land Bank of the Phils. branch gets filled with cash claimants every month. DELFIN T. MALLARI JR/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

President Duterte’s adviser on entrepreneurship urged the government on Thursday to gradually phase out the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program and shift to funding other government intervention programs. “We give about 65 billion pesos to those that are really at the bottom of the pyramid, which is fine, which is good. But frankly, it does […]


NBI nabs woman tagged in child porn, torture in Cebu

January 27, 2017 ·  By Ador Vincent Mayol for


CEBU CITY — Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI-7) arrested a Filipina who had 16 pending arrest warrants in Cagayan de Oro City for allegedly luring street children into her fold, forcing them to perform sexual acts, and torturing some of them to death. Liezyl Margallo, a native of Misamis […]


Try meth before criticizing war on drugs, Duterte tells priests the day Pope blesses Philippines

January 20, 2017 ·  By

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte © Erik de Castro / Reuters

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has taunted the country’s bishops and priests to drop their “hypocrisy” and try drugs themselves to fully grasp the seriousness of the problem. The Catholic Church got the emphatic message on Wednesday, the same day the Philippines was blessed by Pope Francis. In a speech marking the 20th anniversary of the […]


Duterte dines with tycoons

January 19, 2017 ·  By Marlon Ramos for

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion arranged a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte and the Go Negosyo Kapatid taipans to express their support to the President in helping all areas of conflict and extreme poverty in the country.(In photo L-R: Ginggay Hontiveros, Go Negosyo Sulu Coordinator; Alfred Ty, GT Capital Holdings Corporation Co-Vice Chairman; Manny Pangilinan, First Pacific Managing Director and CEO; Federico Lopez, First Philippine Holdings Corporation Chairman and CEO; Doris Magsaysay Ho, Magsaysay Corporation President and CEO; Michael Tan, LT Group President and COO; George Barcelon, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry President; Kevin Tan, Megaword Corporation First Vice President – Commercial Division; Hans Sy, SM Prime Holdings Chairman of the Executive Committee; Enrique Razon, International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) Chairman, Cong. Arthur Yap, Bohol 3rd District Representative; Sec. Carlos Dominguez, Department of Finance Secretary; Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo; President Rodrigo Duterte; Presidential Adviser Joey Concepcion; Tomas Alcantara, Alsons Group Chairman; Merly Cruz, Go Negosyo MSME Development Adviser; Erramon Aboitiz, Aboitiz Equity Ventures President and CEO; Alice Eduardo, Sta. Elena Construction and Development Corporation President and CEO; Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO; Tony Tan Caktiong, Jollibee Foods Corporation Chairman and CEO; Edgar “Injap” Sia, Double Dragon Investment Chairman and CEO; Dr. Francisco Duque, Department of Health Former Secretary; and Domingo Yap, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vice President. GO NEGOSYO PHOTO RELEASE

After threatening to banish them, President Duterte is now rubbing elbows with the businessmen he considers oligarchs, hosting a dinner for them in Malacañang on Tuesday night. As his spokesperson, Ernesto Abella, put it, Mr. Duterte relished his tete-a-tete with the influential business leaders, whom he had earlier described as “monsters.” Abella said the dinner […]


World’s eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

January 17, 2017 ·  By Larry Elliott for

Indian migrant daily wage workers bath at a public well in New Delhi. New information shows that poverty in China and India is worse than previously thought. Photograph: Altaf Qadri/AP

A new report by Oxfam warns of the growing and dangerous concentration of wealth The world’s eight richest billionaires control the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the globe’s population, according to a charity warning of an ever-increasing and dangerous concentration of wealth. In a report published to coincide with the start […]


Duterte: I will declare martial law if I want to

January 16, 2017 ·  By Pia Ranada for

TO PRESERVE THE NATION.' President Rodrigo Duterte explains conditions that would drive him to declare martial law. Photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

(UPDATED) ‘If it will deteriorate into something really very virulent, I will declare martial law if I want to. Walang makapigil sa akin,’ says the President] DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – President Rodrigo Duterte said that if the situation in the Philippines becomes “virulent,” he will declare martial law if he “wants” to. “Kung gusto […]


Some porn sites blocked in PH

January 16, 2017 ·  By for


A message saying that these sites have been blocked in accordance with the Anti-Child Pornography Law loads on screen instead MANILA, Philippines – Some pornographic websites were blocked in the Philippines as of Saturday, January 14. Top porn sites like Pornhub, Xvideos, and Redtube do not load anymore when accessed in some devices. It appears, […]


Human Rights Watch releases its World Report 2017

January 16, 2017 ·  By for

WAR. In this picture taken on July 8, 2016, police officers investigate the body of an alleged drug dealer, his face covered with packing tape, on a street in Manila. Photo by Noel Celis / AFP

Human Rights Watch releases its World Report 2017, and warns of a ‘new generation’ of populist leaders making a mockery of human rights MANILA, Philippines – International rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) has included Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte among populist leaders who have intensified the “flouting of human rights.” In HRW’s World Report 2017, […]


To big majority of Filipinos, martial law unnecessary – survey

January 13, 2017 · 


Seven in 10 Filipinos disagree that martial law is necessary to solve the pressing national problems, a December 2016 Pulse Asia survey shows. The polling firm’s president notes that disagreement with the need to impose martial law increased by 10 percentage points from September. The respondents were asked to express their agreement or disagreement to […]


A plague on children

January 13, 2017 ·  By Philippine Daily Inquirer for

That, according to Unicef country representative Lotta Sylwander, the Philippines now appears to be “some kind of center” for the sexual abuse of children is a damning indication of the plague on Filipino kids. Then again it’s hardly new; it has been reported before—that pedophiles from all over the world consider the Philippines happy hunting […]

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