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Electricity Supply Must Be Increased – FPI

The government should increase the country’s electric supply to lower generation costs, according to Federation of Philippine Industries President Jess Arranza in an interview with Net 25’s “Sa Ganang Mamamayan”. Aranza said the cost of electricity is also dependent on its supply. If  He said the EPIRA law should be reviewed so provisions that would ensure adequate supply of electricity should be strengthened.  He said the systems loss of Meralco should also be studied in […]

INSI Report Philippines: Third Most Dangerous Country for Journalists

According to the International News Safety Institute in London, 134 journalists and media support staff were killed in the line of duty last year.  The Philippines ranked third among the countries listed as the most dangerous for journalists with 14 media persons killed last year. Overall, Syria remained as the country which is the most dangerous for journalists for the second year running.  At least 20 journalists died in Syria, 16 died in Iraq, 14 died […]

President Aquino: Online libel provision not meant to restrain freedom of expression

MANILA, Feb. 19 (PNA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday said the decision of the Supreme Court last Tuesday to penalize online libel had no intention to restrain freedom of expression. During an ambush interview after the inauguration of the Estero de San Miguel Micro Medium-Rise building in Sampaloc, Manila, the President stressed there are also limits to people’s rights. He also said that he saw no reason for the public to be […]

Butanding Pulls in Tourists

The local government of Legazpi City was forced to maximize their tourism program as more tourists visited their city because of  the arrival of the so-called “gentle giants”, the butanding.

Aquino invites investors to play larger role in the country’s economy

MANILA, Feb. 18 (PNA) — President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday invited investors to play a larger role in efforts to make the country and the economy greater than ever before. Speaking at the Euromoney Philippines Investment Forum at the Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay City, the President said opportunities abound along the path to shared prosperity. “As our people continue to rewrite the story of the Philippines—from the apathy of the past […]

Supreme Court extends TRO preventing Meralco from imposing power rate hike

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended for another two months, or until April 22, the temporary restraining order (TRO) against the planned P4.15 per kilowatt-hour power rate hike of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco). The extension of the TRO effectively prevented Meralco from implementing the rate hike.  The TRO was supposed to end on February 23. The SC en banc decided to extend the TRO after acting on the “urgent motion for extension […]

Muntinlupa City to Give Hero’s Welcome to Michael Christian Martinez

Muntinlupa City will be giving a hero’s welcome to figure skater Michael Christian Martinez upon his return to the country after his victory at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The 17-year-old skater achieved many of his dreams in Sochi, including representing the Philippines and qualifying for the finals of the figure skating competition, where he placed 19th in the 30-man field. According to Muntinlupa Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, Martinez gave honor to the municipality as well as […]

DILG Orders PNP to Fast-Track Civilian Hiring

MANILA, Philippines — To boost the number of policemen on the streets, Interior and Local Government Secretary, Mar Roxas, ordered the Philippine National Police to fast-track the hiring of civilians or non-uniformed personnel in their organization. Roxas’s order aims to encourage high school graduates and college undergraduates to join the PNP. He further advised interested applicants to go to the nearest PNP Regional, Provincial, City and Municipal stations in their area. With the hiring of […]

SC upholds constitutionality of online libel

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the controversial online libel under Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act. The high court has ruled that original authors of libelous articles can be penalized, but not those who will post reactions or opinions to the article, or those who will receive such posts under section 4(c)4. The court, however, partially granted the reliefs sought in the 15 consolidated petitions challenging the […]

Philippines welcomes Kerry’s call to fast-track code of conduct on South China Sea

MANILA, Feb. 18 (PNA) — The Philippines on Tuesday welcomed the call of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to expedite the crafting of a legally-binding code of conduct in the disputed South China Sea, saying the accord will bring “peace, security and stability” in the region. “These comments are fully in line with the basic Philippine and Association of South East Asian Nations stance that we should move expeditiously to conclude a binding Code […]