Archive for the ‘Joseph Estrada’ Category

30
Oct
This street kid is alive. But nobody knows his age, his address, his family, and his name. Read more [...]

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30
Oct
The truck ban imposed by the City of Manila earlier this year caused the Philippines to be considered less friendly to investors in terms of doing business, according to a World Bank Group report. The day time truck bank imposed in February was eventually lifted last September after the national government, its agencies and the private sector blame the ordinance for having constrained the cargo movement through the container terminal ports of Manila. Read more [...]

29
Oct
The government on Wednesday downplayed how the Philippines slipped in the World Bank Doing Business report, saying the issues raised by the Washington-based multilateral lender would be addressed. Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo said the Philippines continue to show signs of economic improvement despite the World Bank report. Read more [...]

29
Oct
It is apparently now more fun to do business in the Philippines as the country has now risen 13 notches higher on the World Bank's amended global ranking for ease of doing business.In WB's revised "Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency," the Philippines climbed to 95 from 108 last year—compared to the original WB report released earlier in the day in which the Philippines slipped nine notches to 95 from 86.The country scored positively in the following indicators: starting a business, getting electricity, registering property, paying taxes and resolving insolvency, the World Bank said.However, it posted a negative change in indicators dealing with construction permits, getting credit, protecting investors, trading across borders and enforcing contracts.The Washington-based multilateral lender clarified that the 2014 ranking is not last year’s published ranking "but a comparable ranking for DB2014 that captures the effects of such factors as data corrections and the changes in methodology."The lower ranking was attributed to the truck ban imposed by the City of Manila early this year, which made "trading across borders became more difficult because of a new city ordinance restricting truck traffic in Manila," the report read.Sought for comment, Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said this will help the country address and fix the specific issue in the ease of doing business."We just have to see what changed. The good thing is, if we scored poor in one thing, at least na-pinpoint kung ano yung aayusin," he said.In February, Mayor Joseph Estrada enforced a day time truck ban, which kept Manila's main roads off limits to cargo trucks from 5 a.m Read more [...]

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29
Oct
Interior and Local Government secretary Mar Roxas. File photo/AJ BOLANDO MANILA, Philippines – Nagpaabot ng pasasalamat si Interior and Local Government secretary Mar Roxas kay Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada para sa paglilinis ng kanyang pangalan ukol sa paninira kay Bise-Presidente Jejomar Binay. Read more [...]

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29
Oct
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said Saturday that he has buried the hatchet and is now open to forming a political alliance with Pampanga Rep. Read more [...]

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29
Oct
MANILA: Government prosecutors have asked a special court to order the seizure of $6 million in unexplained wealth allegedly amassed by a senior member of the Philippine Senate linked to the misuse of  public funds in the country’s biggest corruption scandal.In their petition, lawyers from the office of the Ombudsman told the Sandiganbayan the seizure or garnishment aimed to preserve the alleged illegal assets acquired by Senator Ramon Revilla, an actor-turned-politician, while he was being tried by the court for plunder which is non-bailable and carries the maximum penalty of life imprisonment.The lawyers explained such order would prevent Revilla from disposing of or hiding his alleged illegal wealth consisting of multiple bank accounts and other assets like prime real estate, houses and stocks.“It may be noted that the bank inquiry conducted by the AMLC (Anti-Money Laundering Council) revealed that Senator Revilla close around 32 bank accounts,” their petition read.“And more importantly,” it added, “Senator Revilla himself publicly confirmed that he closed several of the bank accounts at the time when the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) scam was exposed by media.”PDAF was the new name adopted by Congress for the controversial “pork barrel” system apparently to deodorize the stench it created as one of the major sources of corruption among lawmakers.Revilla claimed his huge bank accounts came from his earnings as an actor and that the charges against him were politically motivated because he wanted to run for president in the 2016 election as the standard bearer of the once dominant Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats party of then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.In a related development, Senate President Franklin Drilon reported he also imposed the 90-day preventive suspension of Revilla based on an order from the Sandiganbayan which is trying Revilla and other members of the House of Representatives and the Senate for plunder.Drilon said the same suspension was earlier also imposed on two other plunder indictees, former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile, the martial law administrator as the defense minister of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Senator Jinggoy Estrada, the former Senate president protempore and the son of former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. Read more [...]

29
Oct
Eighteen-month-old Zion Gutierrez's official Instagram fan account (@babyzionthe younglion) has more than 39,000 followers - probably because the Filipino cherub counts high-profile celebrities and politicians among his 50 godparents, including TV host and actress Kris Aquino, and former Filipino president and current Manila mayor Joseph Estrada. Read more [...]

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29
Oct
He may be a bit slow, but sometimes he does get it. Of course, there’s really no guarantee that President Noynoy Aquino has truly turned his back on plans to seek a prohibited second term, so it’s best to be prepared for a sudden reversal. Read more [...]

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28
Oct
THE issue hounding Vice President Jejomar Binay will last until 2016. Thus said by Senator Nancy Binay as she expressed no hope that the scheduled debate between his father, Vice President Binay and Senator Antonio Trillanes IV will end the alleged demolition job against their family. Read more [...]

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