Send the best arson probers to BoC



By Rose de la Cruz


A 10-hour fire at the Bureau of Customs last Friday is enough to destroy all records and soak computer systems and PC units, including those of smugglers operating in the ports all over the country and so future attempts to investigate smuggling in all forms—in the legislature and by the executive or judicial branches—will fail to get documentary evidence of such nefarious, economic sabotage activities.

It is no surprise then that Rep. Juliette T. Uy, Misamis Oriental 2nd district, and vice chair of the House Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship Development,…

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4th BSP Governor, Nestor Espenilla, 60,  dies of cancer



By Rose de la Cruz


After battling with cancer for exactly a year, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Nestor Espenilla Jr. passed on at 60. He was the fourth BSP Governor. He first disclosed his malady in February 2018.


In a special meeting, the Monetary Board designated Deputy Governor Almasara Cyd Tuano-Amador as BSP Officer-in-Charge effective immediately until such time that President Rodrigo Duterte shall have designated an OIC or appointed a successor.    


Posts of Espenilla’s passing continued to pour in social media, principally Facebook, where journalists (including yours truly) who covered him through the…

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Re/Max Opens its 30th Philippine office



By Rose de la Cruz


Colorado-based Re/Max property brokerage opened its 30th outlet in the Philippines, which it sees as a fast-growing market for property and other investment instruments. The launch was held Thursday  at the Re/Max Portfolio building at the corner of Morato and Rodriguez Avenues in Quezon City.


Jon Gancayco, president of Re/Max Portfolio said his company is both a service-real estate brokerage firm that aims to offer unbiased expertise. She said her company aims to improve the quality of life in real estate investment by giving professionals a means to provide quality service…

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SM Foundation shows love in many ways in February



By Rose de la Cruz


SM Foundation Inc., the corporate social responsibility arm of the SM Group of Companies, showered love to many communities in various ways: groundbreaking of a new schoolbuilding, the intensive farmers’ training in various parts of the country under the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan program and the preparations for the turnover of renovated community health centers and medical wards of the Armed Forces.


Heartening to note is that these were all taking place in the love month of February, which is the Group’s way of spreading its services to these communities.

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NEDA leads drafting of IRR on Rice Tariffication Law



The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) is spearheading the crafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the recently- signed Rice Tariffication Act or RA 11203, ensuring the country’s smooth and timely transition to a new rice regime.


“We laud the signing of the historic Rice Tariffication Act. This ushers in a new rice policy that will set in motion big reforms in the agriculture sector and will ensure the availability of cheaper rice (closer to world prices) in the market,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia.


Signed by President Duterte on February…

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