G20 talks overshadowed by Ukraine war as host Indonesia seeks consensus

NUSA DUA, Indonesia — G20 finance leaders meeting in Bali must make progress tackling the global economic threats sparked by Russia’s war in Ukraine or the humanitarian consequences would be catastrophic, host Indonesia said on Friday.  Some Western ministers blasted Russian officials attending the talks, with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen saying Russia’s “brutal and […]

Tech giants duped into giving up clients’ personal data

MAJOR technology companies have been duped into providing sensitive personal information about their customers in response to fraudulent legal requests, and the data have been used to harass and even sexually extort minors, according to four federal law enforcement officials and two industry investigators. The companies that have complied with the bogus requests include Meta […]

Pacquiao pledges to require officials to disclose net worth

SENATOR and boxing legend Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao, Sr. on Wednesday said all government officials must disclose their net worth if he becomes president. Officials and their immediately family members must waive their right to bank secrecy, the presidential aspirant said in a statement. Mr. Pacquiao said public officials’ statement of assets, liabilities and net […]

Seares: ‘Assault’ of public officials on community journalists: arrest of an Iloilo blogger, inciting to sedition charge vs 3 Bohol media personalities

THIS week, here are two incidents of outcry and protest from community media: [1] Ruby Mejorada, who said she is the partner of blogger Manuel “Boy” Mejorada, reported on Facebook his arrest by the NBI Monday, November 22, for convictions of cyber libel in complaints filed by Senator Franklin Drilon. Ruby wrote that Drilon would […]

Editorial: Waiting for real good news

THIS sounds like good news to the administration critics: Senator Richard Gordon on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, revealed that the blue ribbon committee will recommend the filing of charges against several personalities involved in the alleged misuse of Covid-19 pandemic funds. Included in the powerful committee’s partial report are officials of Pharmally Pharmaceuticals Corp. and […]

Gratuity pay for Cebu City barangay officials gets Council nod

THE Cebu City Council approved on third and final reading the ordinance that establishes a retirement gratuity benefit for elected barangay officials, which is now awaiting the mayor’s signature. The measure was approved during the City Council’s regular session on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. As stated in Councilor Raymond Alvin Garcia’s ordinance, barangay captains will […]

CCPO reports 10 barangays for failing to keep minors at home

THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) has submitted the list of 10 barangays where its personnel caught minors violating curfew in 17 days to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). These barangays are Guadalupe, Calamba, Talamban, Sawang Calero, Tejero, Kalunasan, San Nicolas Central, Mabini, Lahug and Ermita. CCPO Director Josefino Ligan said […]

Bantayan barangay officials in hot water over ‘tigbakay’

THE barangay officials of Lipayran, an island barangay in Bantayan, northern Cebu, face the risk of being charged with administrative complaints for their alleged failure to stop an illegal cockfighting event, locally known as “tigbakay,” on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 28, 2021. Seven people, mostly fishermen, were arrested by the police during the raid, which happened […]

COA: 40 ineligible individuals in Minglanilla get SAP aid

THE Commission on Audit (COA) reported that the Municipal Government of Minglanilla, Cebu distributed around P240,000 worth of funds from the National Government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) to 40 ineligible beneficiaries, including elected barangay officials and regular and job order employees working for the town. In its 2020 audit observation report, the COA states that […]

Peso drops on hawkish Fed

THE PESO dropped to a three-week low against the greenback on Monday as US Federal Reserve officials said the central bank should discuss tapering its bond purchase program soon. The local unit closed at P48.065 versus the dollar on Monday, dropping by 12 centavos from Friday’s finish of P47.945, data from the Bankers Association of […]