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Eased metro lockdown eyed for rest of June

By Kyle Aristophere T. Atienza and Vann Marlo M. Villegas, Reporters THE GOVERNMENT would probably ease the lockdown in Manila, the capital and nearby cities and provinces this week on decreasing coronavirus infections, according to the presidential palace. Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite would likely revert to a general […]

Duterte delays action on US military pact 

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wants more time to decide whether to end a military pact with the US on the deployment of troops for war games, according to his top envoy. The visiting forces agreement would remain hanging for six more months, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. said on Monday.   The President made his decision known during a meeting with him and Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Manuel G. Romualdez, the Foreign Affairs chief said in a video message.  “The President conveyed to us his decision to extend the suspension of the abrogation of the visiting forces agreement by another six months,” he said.   Mr. Duterte in February last year said he was ending the military pact after the US Embassy canceled the visa of Senator Ronald M. de la Rosa, his former police chief who led his deadly war on drugs.    He suspended the termination for six months in June 2020, citing heightened tensions in the region and saying it was a distraction to countries’ anti-coronavirus efforts. It was suspended again in December for six more months.   Mr. Romualdez on June 4 said the two countries had spent a lot of time discussing how to improve the military agreement, which many Filipinos think favors the US. He said an improved version of the pact had been finished, but declined to provide details. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas 

IEMOP plans to establish reserves market

THE Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines (IEMOP) said it is looking at establishing a market for ancillary services (AS) to attract investment and ensure transparency in the system. IEMOP Spokesperson Andrea May T. Caguete said that the planned reserves market aims to encourage investors to build facilities which address AS requirements, adding that […]

Solon says proposed Metro Davao agency still to hurdle bicam with different House, Senate versions

DAVAO City Rep. Isidro T. Ungab said the creation of the Metropolitan Davao Development Authority (MDDA) will still take time as the approved versions in the two chambers of Congress have differences. Mr. Ungab said the proposed law will have to go through a bicameral conference committee to reconcile the varying provisions. The Senate committee […]