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After hitting Dolores around 8PM Saturday, Typhoon Tuby will landfall in five other areas, said Pagasa.
Ruby is also expected to make landfall in 5 other areas until Monday, December 8:
Masbate – between 8 and 10 am, December 7
Sibuyan Island – between 2 and 4 pm, December 7
Romblon Island – between 5 and 7 pm, December 7
Tablas Island – between 8 and 10 pm, December 7
Oriental Mindoro – between 5 and 7 am, December 8
DEFENDS LADY GAGA IN BIKINI IN PHILIPPINE CONCERT
BY ROGER BALANZA
Davao City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte defended international pop star Lady Gaga’s “improper attire” during her Manila concert, saying there are worse scenes one can see in beach resorts in Davao.
There are foreigners there who are topless, even bottomless, said Duterte.
The vice mayor was responding to a request for comment from media in the Ato ni Bay television program on SkyCable about Lady Gaga wearing a skimpy bikini in her concert at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City last week.
A storm of protest marred the two-day concert with groups mostly from the Catholic Church holding rallies and marches in a bid to abort the concert.
The Catholic Church is not the only church in the Philippines, said the mayor of this pre-dominantly Catholic southern Philippine city, hinting that Lady Gaga in…
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FOREIGN investors and local mining companies are asking the Philippine government to review the proposed mineral production sharing agreement (MPSA) that would raise mining taxes as well as the planned expansion of “no-go zones” that is seen to further restrict mining areas in the country.
Julian Payne, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines, called for a strong statement in the State of the Nation Address of President Benigno Aquino III on July 28 in support of minerals development as “a key element in the administration strategy of encouraging inclusive growth and economic development.”
Speaking to a forum on minerals development policy at the Development Academy of the Philippines on July 10, he also called for actions to make investments in mining competitive with that in other countries.
Payne said that investors — especially foreign investors — want the government to uphold and enforce the “progressive” Mining Act (of 1995).
He added that the government should review the recent “no-go zones” in maps that have been published, which, he said “make 85% of the country off limits to minerals exploration.”
Payne stressed that, despite the rhetoric by authorities supporting environmentally and socially responsible mining, foreign investors see many actions by national and local authorities that discourage mining. They see what he described as “forward talk with backward walk.”
He said that a 2012 study by the International Monetary Fund showed that the Philippines mining fiscal regime was already “tough” for foreign investors. He added that, with recent unilateral moves by the government to cancel the investment tax holiday for national investors, and to cancel the cost-recovery period for foreign investors, the fiscal regime for mining has already become completely uncompetitive for both local and foreign investment compared with other countries and… “could kill the mining industry and its great potential to contribute to inclusive growth and development.”
He said reports that the authorities are considering new legislation proposing a new fiscal regime that would increase tax rates for the industry would not help attract potential foreign investors to venture into local mining.
Payne said foreign investors support proposals for the creation of Mining Economic Zones, similar to the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) zones. He also proposed that 50 percent of mining revenue received by the national government should immediately be allocated to the local government units, where the mining projects operate and the impacts occur.
“Currently, 40 percent of direct taxation is earmarked for LGUs, but actual distribution to them has been very slow,” he added.
In the same forum, Nelia Halcon, executive vice president of the Chamber of Mines in the Philippines (CMOP), said that based on their own research, the new sharing regime proposed by the Mining Industry Coordinating Council would increase the annual effective tax rate of the government to 79 percent.
She said this was “way beyond the 50-50 sharing scheme” under the mining law and “will not be a go [signal] for the mining industry” to invest and develop the industry.
She reiterated the CMOP’s call contained in a letter to the Office of the President, saying the country needs to “develop a tax structure that provides a fair share to the government while being competitive to attract investments,” increase collection, and generate employment.
The senator who wanted to run for president of the Philippines in the 2016 elections had rats and cockroaches for company in a jail where he was locked up for links to massive plunder involving P10 billion in government funds.
Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla also complained his detention cell at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame was hot, according to a report in inquirer.net, quoting the senator’s wife, actress Lani Mercado.
On Friday, Revilla, also an actor, voluntarily surrendered, with family and relatives in tow, to the Sandiganbayan before the anti-graft court could serve him a warrant of arrest on charges of graft and plunder in the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
PDAF scam queen Janet Lim Napoles, who implicated Revilla and senators Juan Ponce Enrile and Jinggoy Estrada, is now detained in Fort Sto. Domingo in Sta. Rosa, Laguna for illegal detention filed against her by Benhur Luy, a relative and former employee who spilled the beans on Napoles’ racket.
Napoles was among 32 other people issued warrants of arrest by the Sandiganbayan in relation to the graft and plunder charges against Revilla.
The opposition senator said the charges against him are politically motivated engineered by the administration of President Benigno Aquino.
He said his arrest would not stop his plan to run for president in 2016.
“I will run if the people demand it,” he said. “Who knows, for the first time, we’ll have a President who is a prisoner.”
A day after getting the Pinoy cold shoulder for refusing to categorically commit the US military in the event China attacks Philippine forces in the West Philippine Sea, US President Barack Obama did a tumbling act to eat back his words and reverse his limp-wristed stand made during a press conference in Malacanang on April 21.
“Our commitment to defend the Philippines is ironclad and the United States will keep that commitment because allies never stand alone,” Obama said on April 22 in a speech before U.S. and Filipino soldiers, veterans and their families, at a jam-packed Fort Bonifacio gymnasium.
“Deepening our alliance is part of our broader vision for the Asia Pacific,” Obama said in the last day of his two-day Philippine visit.
Obama vowed solidarity with the Philippines over disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea which is claimed by China.
“International law must be upheld. Freedom of navigation must be preserved,” Obama said.
China claims most of the South China Sea, but the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan also have overlapping claims to parts of those waters.