June, 2017


Last Colombia rebels eye ceasefire before Pope visit

QUITO, Ecuador – Colombia’s last rebel force said Friday, June 30, it is making progress towards a possible ceasefire , which the government hopes will definitively end half a century of civil conflict. “We have now begun discussions about a ceasefire,” said Pablo Beltran, chief negotiator for the National Liberation Army … Source: Politics

The evolution of Duterte’s First Lady: Honeylet Avanceña

MANILA, Philippines – A radiant Honeylet Avanceña looks over the emerald butterfly sleeves of her terno to flash a hundred-watt smile captured by cameras. Beside her is Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the second head of state for whom her partner, President Rodrigo Duterte, is hosting a state … Source: Politics

Almirante: Truck driver paid per trip is an employee

<p>PETITIONER Mario N. Felicilda was hired last Oct. 29, 2010 by respondent Manchesteve H. Uy as a truck driver for his trucking service under the business name Gold Pillars Trucking (GPT). He was issued a company identification card, assigned in one of GPT’s branches in Manila, and paid on percentage basis.</p> Source: Local News

Batuhan: Whipping boy

<p>I have been a latecomer to the Netflix production of “Marco Polo,” which is a two-season mini-series produced by the online streaming company, at a somewhat generous budget, even by TV-production standards.</p> Source: Local News

Globe rolls out GoBIG broadband plans in Cebu this weekend

<p>STREAMING the latest trending videos and doing movie or TV marathons are fast becoming every family’s favorite bonding activity. </p> <p>In its continuous effort to connect more homes in the Philippines, Globe At Home strengthens its expansion in Cebu with the launch of its new Globe At Home GoBIG Plans. </p> <p>The new GoBIG plans now have bigger data allocations at affordable rates alongside fast and reliable speeds. </p> <p>For the Cebu launch, Cebuanos are invited to a full day of activities at the Globe At Home StreamFest on JulyRead More

Israeli firms seek PH partners

<p>SOME Israeli companies are looking for Filipino partners to explore business opportunities in the Philippines, especially in the areas of agriculture, water management, and information and communications technology (ICT), according to Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines Dr. Effie Ben Matityau.</p> <p>“There are Israeli companies that want to invest but we need partners,” the ambassador told journalists in Cebu yesterday.</p> Source: Local News

Chambers sign sisterhood pact

<p>THE Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) signed Friday a sisterhood agreement with the Israel Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ICCP) to boost trade relations between Cebu and Israel.</p> <p>“The inter-chamber alliance and cooperation is a positive strategy to boost and contribute to economic prosperity as well as trade relations between Cebu and Israel,” read the sister- chamber agreement.</p> Source: Local News

Philam opens Cebu HQ with a pledge to reach new heights

<p>PHILAM Life unveiled yesterday its Philam Life Center Cebu, the firm’s headquarters here.</p> <p>Philam Life Chief Executive Officer Aibee Cantos said the 16-storey corporate center signifies the firm’s strong commitment and sustained confidence in Cebu, as well as in its neighboring islands. </p> <p>“This is our firm commitment to become a strong partner for public and private sectors in addressing the varying needs of our customers. Cebu and the Visayas have always been important for Philam Life,” said Cantos.</p> Source: Local News

Marine Le Pen charged over EU funding scandal

PARIS, France – French far-right leader Marine Le Pen was charged Friday, June 30, over claims her party illegally claimed millions of euros from the European Parliament to pay for France-based staff. Rodolphe Bosselut said Le Pen had been summoned by investigating magistrates in Paris and that they had, “as expected, … Source: Politics

Crime in region 'down'

<p>LAW enforcement units claimed that the tougher campaign against illegal drugs resulted in the drop of crimes in Central Visayas in the first year of President Rodrigo Duterte's administration. </p> <p>In the past 12 months, 72 kilos of illegal drugs worth P854,398,234 were seized by operatives of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7.</p> <p>Police and PDEA operatives killed 191 pushers who engaged them in a firefight.</p> Source: Local News