BUSINESS conglomerate D. M. Consunji Incorporated (DMCI) has donated P23.493 million to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) as part of the corporation’s support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-illegal drugs campaign. 

DMCI first Vice President Ronald Elepano handed over the check to DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno in a simple ceremony recently. 

The P23-million donation will be used to fast-track the completion of the mega-rehabilitation center at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, which is expected to accommodate some 10,000 drug surrenderees when completed and is expected to be inaugurated by November 15 this year.

Aside from the donation, DMCI also promises to fully support government-sponsored livelihood projects that will ensure that drug surrenderees will continue to become productive members of society.



Read more: Newsbriefs: DMCI hands P23.493 M for mega rehab center

SMC benefits from Congress lobby?

A FULL blown controversy looms in the telecommunications horizon when industry giant Smart Communications unwittingly opened a can of worms when it recently asked the House of Representatives to exempt it from paying local taxes.

To strengthen the basis for their request, lawyers of Smart cited the 25-year franchise Congress reportedly gave to San Miguel Corp.-owned Bell Telecommunications last year that supposedly contained the tax exempt privilege. 

The request however appeared to have opened a Pandora’s Box after the lawmakers realized that they were not aware that a franchise was granted by the previous Congress to Bell Tel…

Read more: SMC benefits from Congress lobby?

SM dared to reveal true status of employees

MILITANT YOUTH activists Samahan ng Progresibong Kabataan (SPARK) has joined groups calling for the abolition of all forms of contractual labor and the penalization of its most adherent violators as it challenged retail giant SM Supermalls to disclose the true status of their corporate organization especially their workforce. 

The dare came after SM Group released a statement on its official website that their firms are "compliant with all labor laws and regulations in the conduct of its business".

To recall, SM Supermalls reacted to a satirical post in the Facebook page of SPARK that showed a conversation in which…

Read more: SM dared to reveal true status of employees

Salivating on Tetangco’s Post

PUBLIC-Private Partnership (PPP) is being sold to us as panacea to funding problems on infrastructure. If this is true is now being debated in advanced countries after decades of experience by governments on this scheme.  

PPP, as known here in the country is a mechanism to invite private groups in the development of infra projects. This is aggresively being pushed by the government to catch up with identified defficiencies in our infrastructure. Lack of basic infrastructure has always been cited as reason investors are not coming in to put up factories and plants that create jobs and earn revenues.…

Read more: Salivating on Tetangco’s Post

Pres. Rody’s message lost in transit

IN OUR issue on the first 100 days of President Rody Duterte, our web site was bursting with heated exchanges of posts from the two opposing forces: pro and anti Duterte camps. 

Interesting was the flock of pro-Tugade forces, one saying Transportation Sec. Tugade should have earned an “A” in performance, adding that DFA Sec. Yasay and DOJ Sec. Aguirre were sure “F’s”. OpinYon survey gave Tugade an “F”.

In our previous issues when on we extensively covered worsening traffic woes and blaming Tugade for the mess, we were always instantly get flooded with trolls supporting Sec. Tugade.


Read more: Pres. Rody’s message lost in transit

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