House leader orders committee probe, charges vs onion ‘hoarders’

THE HOUSE Speaker on Sunday directed the agriculture and food committee to conduct a probe and possibly recommend the filing of charges against alleged “unscrupulous traders and hoarders of onion and garlic.”   “Your days are numbered,” Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez said in a statement, calling the suspected hoarding activities an act of economic sabotage.   […]

Power distributors required to detail pass-through charges

DISTRIBUTION utilities (DUs) are now required to submit a detailed breakdown of the components of their power bills following the revision of the rules on collecting pass-through charges, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said. “We are looking forward to 2023 as the beginning of an era of greater transparency in electricity pricing. The new uniform […]

Mark your calendars for the LGU permit renewal

It is 19 days before Christmas, 25 days before the New Year. The holiday season is a time of countdowns. We look forward to the moment when the clock strikes midnight. However, for businesses, the countdown does not stop on New Year. From there, the 20-day countdown to the deadline for renewing local government unit […]

Tell it to SunStar: Decriminalization of cyber libel, libel pushed, after guilty verdict vs. Cordillera indigenous people’s leader

Human rights alliance Karapatan decried on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 the guilty verdict of Baguio City Regional Trial Court Branch 59 against Cordillera People’s Alliance secretary-general Sarah Dekdeken in the cyber-libel charges against her by former Cordillera Police Chief R’win Pagkalinawan. The group said that her case is “proof that cyber libel and libel laws […]

Murder charges filed vs. Busay chief tanod, brother

THE National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI 7) has filed murder charges against the chief tanod of Barangay Busay, Cebu City and his brother for shooting to death a teenager. The shooting reportedly happened after a fight among youth during a barangay fiesta in Busay on Aug. 14, 2022. The victim was identified […]

Sandiganbayan junks graft charges vs ex-TRC officials

THE PHILIPPINES’ anti-graft court has junked graft charges against former officials of the defunct Technology and Resource Center (TRC) over the release of more than P20 million to a group owned by a lawmaker. In a 51-page decision dated Oct. 14, the Sandiganbayan Second Division said government prosecutors had failed to prove the guilt of […]

Court rejects plea to suspend ‘pork’ case

THE PHILIPPINES’ anti-graft court has rejected a plea by a businesswoman accused of funneling millions of pesos of congressional funds into fictitious projects to suspend her arraignment.  In a 29-page resolution on Aug. 30, the Sandiganbayan Sixth Division said the charges against Janet Lim-Napoles “sufficiently allege acts constituting malversation through falsification of public documents.”  “There […]

Indonesia bar chain shut after blasphemy charges over drinks promotion

JAKARTA — Indonesian authorities stripped a bar and restaurant chain in the capital, Jakarta, of its operating permit after police charged six employees with blasphemy over a promotion offering free drinks for people named Mohammad or Maria. Critics have said Indonesia’s strict blasphemy laws are being used to erode a long-standing reputation for tolerance and […]

Robinsons Bank says its card business is starting to rebound

CREDIT CARD applications are starting to improve after a slowdown during the start of the pandemic last year, a Robinsons Bank Corp. official said. Robinsons Bank Head of Cards Maire K. Dadufalza said employment uncertainties seen during the initial stages of the pandemic caused Filipinos to became hesitant to apply for credit cards. “The pandemic […]

Meralco rates to go up this month

Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) on Friday said power rates would increase this month on higher transmission charge. In a statement, the company said the charge for a typical household would go up by P0.0283 to P9.1374 a kilowatt-hour (kWh) from September. Residential customers consuming 200 kWh will experience a P6 increase in their power bills […]

ERC asked to roll back Napocor missionary charges

CONSUMER-INTEREST group Laban Konsyumer, Inc. (LKI) said Wednesday that the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) needs to dismiss the National Power Corp.’s (Napocor) applications to raise the universal charge for missionary electrification (UCME), and roll back current charges as well. The UCME is collected from all on-grid electricity end-users, as authorized by the Electric Power Industry […]

WESM charges drive Meralco rates higher in July

Typical households in Metro Manila will see their electricity bills increase by around P47 this month, after Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) announced a power rate hike due to “persistently high” charges in the spot market.  In a statement on Friday, Meralco said that the overall rate hit P8.9071 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), higher by P0.2353 per […]

Philippine College of Physicians backs Adventist Hospital cebu

THE Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) has expressed its support for the Adventist Hospital-Cebu after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed allegations of irregularities in Covid-19 claims against the hospital. In its support statement, the PCP said misconstruing doctors in committing fraud is disheartening and demoralizing, considering the emotional, physical and mental stress in […]

Meralco rates up in June

Typical households in Metro Manila will see an increase of around P16 in their electricity bills this month, after distribution utility Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) announced a rise in overall power rates due to higher spot market prices.  In a statement on Friday, Meralco said its overall rate climbed by P0.0798 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) to […]

Tribunal clarifies jurisprudence on wrongdoing

PUBLIC officials accused of wrongdoing can no longer hide behind jurisprudence that prevented their removal from office as long as they get reelected, according to the Supreme Court. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Supreme Court said only the acts of officials facing administrative charges and who got reelected on or after April 12, […]

Meralco power rates down in February

The Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) announced today a downward adjustment of power rates as the overall rate for a typical household decreased by P0.0704 per kWh, from last month’s P8.7497 per kWh to P8.6793 per kWh this February. This is equivalent to a decrease of around P14 in the total bill of residential customers consuming 200 kWh. This […]