Low NEDA review threshold seen deterring investment in local projects

INVESTORS seeking to build local government transport infrastructure are deterred by the low threshold for triggering mandatory National Government review, a feature of the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) law, a Senate committee hearing heard. “No foreign investor would endeavor to enter because there seems to be a legal obstacle here… While (local government units) have autonomy, in reality […]

Justice dep’t says all hands on deck for investigation of broadcaster’s murder 

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) on Wednesday said an inter-agency investigation is underway for the killing of a radio broadcaster on Monday evening, which had been denounced by media groups, various sectors, and foreign governments.  “We will look at all the facts relevant to the case because there’s really no room for this behavior,” DoJ […]

Two Marcos appointees quit after being bypassed

TWO APPOINTEES of Philippine President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. have resigned after lawmakers bypassed their nomination last week, according to the presidential palace. Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles resigned for health reasons, Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Hubert Guevarra told reporters on Tuesday. Commission on Audit (COA) Chairman Jose C. Calida, ex-President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s solicitor general, […]

Solon presses gov’t to stop offshore gaming operations in PHL

A HOUSE representative on Tuesday said the administration should heed the call of lawmakers to terminate all Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO), whether licensed or illegal, as the moral and social costs far outweigh economic benefits.    POGOs spawn various crimes, including kidnap for ransom, prostitution and human trafficking, murder, extortion, online scamming, illegal drugs, and […]

Rama picks Dalugdog as city police chief

MAYOR Michael Rama has recommended a new police chief to lead the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) in the implementation of ‘Oplan Disiplina.’Rama told reporters Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, that he has selected Police Col. Ireneo Dalugdog to be the new CCPO Director.Rama said he is just waiting for Dalugdog’s official appointment from the Philippine […]