Category Archives: Business


It’s ’ludicrous’ to call transport strike a ‘rebellion,’ lawyers tell Duterte

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Belmonte kin angry over Mocha Uson column in Philippine Star

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In draft report, Gordon pushes for lifestyle check on Paolo Duterte, Mans Carpio

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Duterte has no ‘moral ascendancy’ to fight corruption, says Alejano

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De Lima wants SC Justice Velasco to inhibit from her case due to conflict of interest


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Someone named Sammy Uy came to the Duterte-Abe summit



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REPLAY: Sen. Trillanes’ privilege speech

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Trillanes: Duterte ‘swindled’ into buying false info on offshore bank accounts

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Duterte: ‘I will not submit to the Ombudsman’

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OJ Simpson freed from Nevada prison after serving 9 years

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‘Who… are you to tell me’: Duterte hits IBP over ‘onion-skinned’ remark

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39 countries worry about killings, climate of impunity in Philippines

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Davao councilor in smuggling controversy missing

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Trillanes questions authenticity of AMLC statement

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AMLC denies giving info on Duterte accounts in Ombudsman probe of Trillanes’ raps

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Taipei asks Duterte admin for proof of Taiwan-based Bamboo triad

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Taiwan denies Duterte claim it is a source of drugs

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AMLC’s bank records on Duterte show P1-B flow of money – Ombudsman

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Duterte signals Zamora’s PT&T as third player in telco industry

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Ombudsman probes Duterte family’s wealth

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PH a ‘client state’ of ‘bamboo triad,’ says Duterte

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Redactions in Duterte Cabinet’s latest SALNs ‘deal-breaker’ for FOI – PCIJ

‘Actual’ bank account Duterte links to Trillanes is invalid

Davao journalist says Trillanes bank docs authentic

Published: 9:48 p.m., Sept. 12, 2017 | Updated: 12:28 a.m., Sept. 13, 2017


DAVAO CITY — A journalist based here is unfazed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV’s threat to sue him and two others for libel for publishing the senator’s “fake” bank accounts.

Ben Tesiorna said the bank transfer receipts to supposed Trillanes’ accounts in such banks as UBS Zurich, Commerzbank Zurich, Deutsche Bank Geneva and Nova Scotia Bank, which he had posted on his website “Davao Breaking News,” were authentic.

“What Senator Trillanes presented during his press conference (on Monday) were not the ones we posted on our website,” he said in a statement posted on Davao Breaking News.

“We maintain that they are all authentic,” Tesiorna said. But as to the ownership of the accounts, “that remains to be determined,” he said.

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Poe urges public to complain vs bad telco and internet service

Senator Grace Poe urged the public on Sunday to air their complaints against the poor service of telecommunications companies (telcos) in the country.

“We deserve good telco service, kaya’t i-share na ang inyong karanasan sa serbisyo ng text, call at internet ninyo (so I urge you to share your experiences on text, call and internet services),” Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public information and mass media, posted on her social media accounts.


The post was instantly viewed and shared by social media users, and generated comments about the inadequate service of the country’s telcos. The complaints of netizens were slow internet service, poor connection, dropped calls, exorbitant charges, and disappearing load, among others.

“It’s a pity hearing the same old complaints about speed, affordability and coverage in the age of fast technology,” the senator said in a statement.

“As a consumer, I can very much relate, and so our united call to the telecommunications companies is to give us our money’s worth and improve your services,” she added.

Despite little or no improvement in their service, Poe said telcos have been raising rates and using creative marketing strategies in guise of promotions.

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Lacson (NOT Duterte) bares names of ‘corrupt’ Customs officials led by Faeldon

‘Very credible list’

Lacson said that when the issue of bribery at the BOC again made headlines because of the P6.4-billion shabu shipment smuggled from China, he began receiving information on the so-called “tara” list of the BOC. (READ: TIMELINE: How P6.4B worth of shabu was smuggled into PH from China)

“We carefully vetted and cross-matched each and every information to come up with an objectively filtered and detailed list of who and how much each office or official in the Bureau collects per container per day,” Lacson said.

The senator said it was “almost an easy job to come up with a very credible ‘tara’ list,” as the documents and lists of those receiving bribes “almost had the same names of the Customs officials and offices involved, bagmen, and operators.”

Lacson named the following as alleged bribe takers in the BOC:

  1. Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon
  2. Deputy Commissioner Teddy Raval – Intelligence Group (IG)
  3. Deputy Commissioner Ariel Nepomuceno – Enforcement Group (EG)
  4. Deputy Commissioner Gerardo Gambala – Command Center
  5. Deputy Commissioner Natalio Ecarma III – Revenue Collection Monitoring Group (RCMG)
  6. Deputy Commissioner Edward James Dy Buco – Assessment and Operations Coordination Group (AOCG)
  7. Director Neil Estrella – Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), and alleged to also collect for the Office of the Commissioner (OCOMM) together with Chris Bolastig
  8. Atty Zsae de Guzman – Chief, Intellectual Property Rights Division
  9. Atty Larribert Hilario – Risk Management Office (RMO)
  10. Joel Pinawin – Officer-in-Charge, Intelligence Division (one of the alleged collectors of Director Estrella)
  11. Director Milo Maestrecampo – Import and Assessment Service (IAS)
  12. Atty Grace Malabed – Acting Chief, Account Management Office (AMO)
  13. Atty Alvin Ebreo – Director, Legal Service under RCMG
  14. All section heads, appraisers, and examiners – Formal Entry Division in both the Manila International Container Port (MICP) and Port of Manila (POM)
  15. Athena Dans – Informal Entry Division, MICP
  16. All section heads, appraisers, and examiners – Informal Entry Division, POM
  17. MICP and POM Sections 1, 9, 10, & 15 Chief Appraiser and Examiner

He said the following district collectors/officers were also mentioned, based on the information he received:

  1. Collector Jet Maronilla – MICP
  2. Collector Rhea Gregorio – POM
  3. Collector Edgar Macabeo – NAIA
  4. Collector Elvira Cruz – Cebu
  5. Collector Maritess Martin – Clark
  6. Collector Mimel Talusan – Subic
  7. Collector Reynaldo Galeno – Batangas
  8. Deputy Collector Mel Pascual – POM
  9. Captain Tikoy Guttierez – Enforcement and Security Service, MICP (deceased)

Lacson also named over 40 private individuals whom he described as alleged bribe givers or “players” in the BOC:

  1. Tina Yu
  2. Jerry Yu
  3. Manny Santos
  4. David Tan
  5. Jude Logarta
  6. Eric Yap
  7. Edvic Yap
  8. Ruben Taguba/Mark Taguba
  9. Noel Bonvalin
  10. John Paul Teves
  11. Gerry Teves
  12. Joel Teves
  13. Jan Jan Teves
  14. Ringo Teves
  15. George Tan
  16. Diogenes “Dennis” de Rama
  17. Henry Tan
  18. Bim Castillo
  19. George Wee
  20. Atty Veneer Baquiran
  21. Johnny Sy
  22. Armando “Burog” Tolentino and Ruel Tolentino
  23. “Kimberly” Gamboa
  24. Bobot Sison
  25. Marty Pimentel of Cebu
  26. A certain “Eunice” of Davao
  27. Jun Diamante
  28. Vic Reyes
  29. Gerry Yap
  30. Arnold Saulong
  31. Hope Arnulfo Saulong
  32. Boy Sabater
  33. Nero Andal
  34. Lea Cruz
  35. Aying Acuzar / Eduardo Dio
  36. Rey Tubig
  37. Ruel Sy
  38. Frank Wong
  39. Chi Men
  40. Jen Yu
  41. Grace Bisaya
  42. Arthur Tan
  43. Charlie Tan of Davao Group
  44. Anthony Ng

The “identified collectors/bagmen,” said Lacson, are the following:

  1. Atty Christopher Bolastig through Russel and Estrella, and Atty Genefielle Lagmay for the Office of the Commissioner (OCOMM)
  2. Nanie Koh for Import and Assessment Service (IAS); also included is a certain Lorna Rosario
  3. Joel Pinawin, Ollie Valiente, and Teddy Sagaral for Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS)
  4. Atty Larribert Hilario for the Risk Management Office (RMO)/Command Center (COMMCEN)
  5. A certain “Magic” or Major Salamanca for the Enforcement Group (EG)
  6. Bien Rubio, Jerry and Diego Santiago for the Intelligence Group (IG)
  7. Jasmin Obillos for Revenue Collection Monitoring Group (RCMG)
  8. Sia Otto and Roy for Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group
  9. Bien Rubio, for Intellectual Property Rights Division
  10. Atty Tom Tagra for Legal Services
  11. Boy Garcia for Accounts Management Office (AMO)
  12. A certain Mamadra, Bobadilla, and Mamao for the Customs Collector in NAIA
  13. A certain “Hunk” for the Customs Collector in Subic
  14. Efren Ambagan and a certain Guiao for the Customs Collector in Clark
  15. Alfred and Daniel Wagwag for the District Collector, POM
  16. Jun Rapa for the Deputy Collector for Operations, POM
  17. Alex, Atty Mimi Aldave, and Atty Vener Baquiran for the District Collector, MICP
  18. Jayson Calinap for X-ray at MICP
  19. Agama and Junjun Reyes for X-ray at POM
  20. Ordoña and Bundukin with a certain “Ante” as runner for the Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), MICP
  21. Lino Arroyo for the Enforcement and Security Service, POM


Jerry Lewis, comedian, dies at 91

(CNN)Jerry Lewis, the slapstick-loving comedian, innovative filmmaker and generous fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, died Sunday after a brief illness, his publicist Candi Cazau. He was 91.

Cazau would not elaborate on the illness from which Lewis was suffering.
Lewis first gained fame for his frenzied comedy-and-music act with singer Dean Martin. When that ended in the mid-1950s, Lewis went solo, and by the early ’60s, he had become a top draw in movies such as “The Bellboy,” “The Nutty Professor” and “The Patsy.” Along the way, he pioneered the use of videotape and closed-circuit monitors in moviemaking, a now-standard technique called video assist.

He first helped raise money for muscular dystrophy in a telethon in 1956. He was so successful, and so devoted to the cause, that children affected by the disease became known as “Jerry’s kids.” The telethon, long known as “The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon,” began airing on Labor Day weekend in 1966, and Lewis served as host until 2011.


China hands Trump a win on North Korea crisis

Less than a week ago, the world seemed to be on the edge of a nuclear confrontation or at least a bloody military conflict in East Asia.

What a difference a few days make.

After a weekend filled with a series of conciliatory statements from China, some of them downright surprising, the situation with North Korea seems to be less tense right now, which could be construed as a major win for the Trump team.


To be specific, the big move came Monday as China agreed to ban imports of North Korean iron, lead, and coal as part of new U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang. That’s hitting Kim Jon Un’s regime where it hurts.

But there was also the statement in the Chinese-run state newspaper Global Times on Friday that said that if North Korea attacks the U.S., China should remain neutral. In other words, they’d be on their own.


3 PNA employees get show cause orders over blunder

MANILA – Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Monday said show cause orders have been given to 3 Philippine News Agency (PNA) employees who were involved in the erroneous posting of the logo of the Dole food company in a story about the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).


Paolo Duterte identified as a “smuggler” in docs issued by NBI and PASG – [click to see the documents]

MANILA, Philippines – After presidential son and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte was implicated in drug smuggling, opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV released documents anew linking the former to illegal shipments.

Trillanes re-sent these on Thursday, August 10. These same documents, however, were first released during the 2016 presidential campaign.

A memorandum dated December 7, 2007, from the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG), stated that the younger Duterte was responsible for the smuggling of sport utility vehicles (SUVs), luxury vehicles, rice, sugar, and used clothes into Davao City.

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Imee Marcos, Fariñas spar over Ilocos Norte cash advance transaction

Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and House Majority Leader Rudy Fariñas on Wednesday clashed over the former’s alleged misuse of tobacco funds when she purchased motor vehicles through cash advance. Subscribe to the ABS-CBN News channel! – Visit our website at Facebook: Twitter:

Witness Mark Taguba identifies BOC personnel receiving “tara” grease money.

Bureau of Customs personnel identified by witness Mark Taguba as receiving “tara” (grease money)

1. BOC deputy commissioner Teddy Raval, who is under Intelligence Group

2. BOC Intelligence officer Teodoro Sagaral, who is assigned at the Manila International Container Port

3. BOC district collector Vincent Maronilla, also assigned at the MICP

4. A certain Major Gutierrez, who is already deceased

5. BOC director Niel Estrella assigned at the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service

6. BOC director Milo Maestrecampo assigned at the Import and Assessment Service

7. A certain Jayson

a certain Maita from the formal entry division



Pinay scientist paves the way for crystal computer memory

Scientists from Washington State University (WSU) have found a possible way of making crystal-based computer memory.

The breakthrough research is built at least in part on the work of Filipina physicist Dr. Marianne Tarun, who found a way to improve electrical conductivity in a special kind of crystal by 40,000%.

Tarun, a postdoctoral research associate at WSU’s Physics and Astronomy Department, made the serendipitous discovery when she left a sample of strontium titanate—a crystal used in jewelry and some electronic components—out on a table counter before testing it for conductivity.

Her groundbreaking discovery, which was announced in November 2013, was sadly overshadowed by news of the Yolanda disaster.


New study identifies 4 kinds of Facebook users

“Why are people so willing to put their lives on display? Nobody has ever really asked the question, ‘Why do you like this?’”

Robinson and his fellow researchers from Brigham Young University in the United States, sought to answer some of the questions around why people use Facebook, asking participants to respond to a list of 48 statements, rating each on a scale from “most like me” to “least like me” before being interviewed by the researchers.

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Duterte appoints ‘Bogart the Explorer’, Baste’s co-host, to MTRCB

President Rodrigo Duterte has appointed comedian Marco Ho also known as Bogart the Explorer and former Iligan City Mayor Franklin Quijano to government posts.

Ho was appointed as a member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification board on July 12.

He hails from Davao City and co-hosts a travel show with presidential son Sebastian “Baste” Duterte.

Quijano received two appointments: as administrator and chief executive officer of the Philippine Veterans Investment Development Corporation-Industrial Authority and as a member of the board of directors of the same institution.

The former Iligan City mayor is also campaigning for a federal form of government. Duterte signed his appointment letter on July 14.



Duterte wants martial law in Mindanao extended until end of 2017


By  – Reporter / @NCorralesINQ

 / 12:20 PM July 18, 2017

(Updated, 12:51 p.m.) President Rodrigo Duterte wants the extension of martial law in Mindanao until the end of the year, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Duterte, in a letter to Congress, said the “existing rebellion” in Mindanao would not end on July 22, the 60th day in the limit prescribed by the Constitution.

“Upon a thorough personal assessment of the current situation in Marawi City and other parts of Mindanao and taking into account the reports and recommendations of the Secretary of National Defense as martial law administrator, the chief-of-staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as martial law implementor and the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), I have  come to the conclusion that the existing rebellion in Mindanao which prompted me to issue Proclamation 216 on 23rd May 2017, will not be quelled completely by the 22nd July 2017 – the last day of 60-day period provided under Section 18 Article VII of the 1987 Constitution,” Duterte said in a message read by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella in a Palace briefing.


“For this reason and because public safety requires it, I call upon the Congress to extend until 31st December 2017 or for such a period of time as the Congress may determine the proclamation of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in the whole of Mindanao,” Duterte’s message added.


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Floyd Mayweather Asks IRS for Tax Reprieve Until After Conor McGregor Fight

Floyd Mayweather filed a petition July 5 asking the for a reprieve from unpaid taxes from 2015 until after his fight with McGregor in August.

“Although the taxpayer has substantial assets, those assets are restricted and primarily illiquid,” ‘s petition stated, per the legal website Law360 (h/t’s Darren Rovell). “The taxpayer has a significant liquidity event scheduled in about 60 days from which he intends to pay the balance of the 2015 tax liability due and outstanding.”

Mayweather, 40, made $220 million alone from his 2015 fight against Manny Pacquiao. It is unclear how much he owes the IRS in taxes.


Snubbed? ASEAN chairman Duterte wasn’t invited to G20 Summit

MANILA, Philippines – Despite being chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations () this year, Philippine President Rodrigo was not invited to the prestigious G20 Summit held in Hamburg, Germany last week.

A Palace official confirmed to Rappler that no formal invitation for Duterte was received by Malacañang from the German government, host of this year’s Summit which was held from July 7 to 8.

A German government spokesperson also confirmed this to Rappler.

“The Philippines did not belong to the invited guest countries,” said the Press and Information Office of the Federal Government of Germany.



US, Russia disagree over what Trump and Putin actually said to each other

Hamburg, Germany (CNN)President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for over two hours Friday afternoon, discussing interference in US elections and ending with an agreement on curbing violence in Syria.

But a diplomatic dust-up immediately broke out after the session when Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Trump accepted Putin’s assurances there was no Russian involvement in the 2016 American election.