Business confidence to return in Mindanao after Marawi

By Rose de la Cruz 

Business confidence is seen to return in Mindanao with the end of the terrorist occupation of some barangays of Marawi that led to a six-month fighting between government troops and ISIS-funded terrorists and brigands.  

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) sees a further pickup in business and consumer confidence in Mindanao now that the Marawi conflict has ended and rehabilitation is on the way.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said investors who may have put on hold their plans to expand their business or set up new ones and consumers who have…

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Palace urged to declare Oct. 30 a holiday
 
Rep. Ron Salo, Kabayan partylists and assistant majority floor leader, urged Malacanang to declare Oct. 30, Monday, a holiday to give people enough time to honor their dead and reunite with their kin.
In asking for it’s declaration as a special nonworking holiday, Salo said Oct.30 could also be a day of prayer and Thanksgiving for the uniformed men who have fought—some have died or were injured—in the liberation of Marawi from terrorists and bandits.
It should also be a prayer for lasting peace in Mindanao and Marawi, he said.
 
This will give all Filipinos a time to pause…

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Comelec must prepare against identity thieves who use hacked voters’ data

Congressman Frederick Siao of lone district of Iligan and a member of the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms has voiced concern that the massive security breach last year of the poll body’s website and the data obtained from that hacking could be used for the 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections and the 2019 mid-term elections.

 

 The Comelec public information website was hacked twice in March and April 2016 causing the personal data of 55 million registered voters, passport details of 1.3 million Filipino voters and fingerprint records of 15.8 million voters to be uploaded online and…

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Marawi’s lessons for the country

By Rose de la Cruz

 

Marawi City with its size of 8,755 hectares (21,630 acres) and a population of a little over 200,000 (as of 2015), the battle field of over five months (with remnants of Maute-ISIS still cornered in three barangays), has taught the country so many, hopefully, deep and lasting lessons for the years to come.

 

For one, it admittedly made the military realize that its training in the jungles could be the best but not for a city like Marawi, where contingencies like people, fortified buildings and other obstacles abound. This was a telling lesson…

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OP okays DBM proposal to double pay of soldiers and cops by 2018

OP okays DBM proposal to double pay of soldiers and cops by 2018

By Rose de la Cruz

 

The plan to double the pay of soldiers and cops by January 2018 has been forwarded to Congress after the President concurred to the proposal of Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno.

 

The draft resolution containing the modified base pay schedule of military and uniformed personnel was concurred by the President’s office last September and had since been endorsed to Congress for approval.

 

We need the approval of both chambers of Congress to implement this because Congress has the power of…

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