Ian Nicolas Cigaral
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Supreme Court employees call for another 'Red Monday'
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 19, 2018 - 4:46pm
A group of Supreme Court employees called on their colleagues to wear red next Monday, May 21, to show their support for the magistrates who voted to oust Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno.
Achieving gender parity could add $40-billion to Philippine economy
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 19, 2018 - 3:33pm
Closing gender gaps in the Philippines by giving lower-income women more opportunities could add $40 billion a year to the country’s economy by 2025, McKinsey Global Institute said in a report.
Chinese bombers capable of hitting Philippines land on South China Sea reef
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 19, 2018 - 12:31pm
China on Friday announced it had landed strategic bombers on an outpost in the South China Sea for the first time, with a US-based think tank saying nearly all of the Philippines falls within the radius of the...
Bangko Sentral orders demonetization of commemorative coin series
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 18, 2018 - 5:57pm
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas ordered the demonetization of commemorative “Pilipino,” “Ang Bagong Lipunan” and “Flora and Fauna” coin series, which were minted on various dates...
Philippines posts higher dollar outflows in April
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 18, 2018 - 5:27pm
The amount of dollars that flowed out of the economy further swelled in April, putting the four-month tally above the government's full-year deficit ceiling on the back of ballooning trade gap.
Boracay shutdown spooks European tour operators
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 18, 2018 - 3:46pm
The Philippine government has shutdown Boracay to give the country’s top tourist draw a makeover, prompting visitors, some of them Europeans, to cancel their pre-booked trips and rethink whether they would...
EU says ready to assist Marawi despite aid rejection
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 18, 2018 - 12:07pm
The European Union said it is finding ways to send assistance to the battle-scarred Marawi City amid the Duterte administration’s back-to-back rejection of what it perceives as conditional aid from the bl...
BMI Research raises growth outlook for Philippines, but cautions on overheating
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 17, 2018 - 5:05pm
Amid concerns of overheating, Fitch’s BMI Research unit upwardly revised its growth outlook for the Philippines, although the country’s economy is seen slowing down over the next quarters.
State think tank cautions on sudden cut in corporate income tax
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 17, 2018 - 3:58pm
Abruptly trimming corporate income tax rates may erode state revenues and disrupt the country’s bullish growth story, the National Tax Research Center warned.
With Sereno ouster, Duterte is most powerful post-Marcos president — int’l think tank
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 17, 2018 - 3:01pm
With his supermajority support in Congress and a new chief justice to pick, President Rodrigo Duterte now holds more power than any of his predecessors in the post-Marcos Fifth Republic, a New York-based think...
MPIC unit bags Dumaguete water project
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 16, 2018 - 6:05pm
Infrastructure conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corp. said on Wednesday its unit is set to modernize the Dumaguete City Water District’s water management system.
2nd round of pension hike seen reducing SSS fund life to 2026
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 16, 2018 - 3:41pm
The Social Security System said its fund life is projected to last only until 2026 should additional benefit to pensioners be given next year without any financing mechanism.
Bam hits DOF: ‘Suspending TRAIN won’t affect funding for free tuition program, pay hike’
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 16, 2018 - 12:23pm
Halting implementation of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act won’t affect funding for the government’s free tuition program and pay hike for uniformed personnel, Sen. Bam Aquino said, as...
March remittances drop 9.8% in March amid repatriation
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 15, 2018 - 10:23pm
Money sent home by overseas Filipino workers fell by 9.8 percent year-on-year in March amid the influx of Filipinos returning from the Middle East, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas reported Tuesday.
Philippines, Japan ink ¥2-billion grant for Marawi rehab
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 15, 2018 - 5:06pm
The Philippines and Japan on Tuesday sealed a ¥2-billion (about P970 million) grant for the restoration of the war-torn city of Marawi, which was stormed by ISIS-inspired terrorists last year.
2 Chinese companies in Marawi rehab blacklisted by World Bank in 2009
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 15, 2018 - 3:12pm
After a US-backed Philippine military defeated ISIS-affiliated militants in the principal Islamic city of Marawi, all eyes are now on the rebuilding of the battle-scarred city—a role that is expected to be...
DOTr reveals details on Japan-backed MRT rehab
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 15, 2018 - 11:43am
The Department of Transportation bared the final details on the three-year makeover of the overcrowded Metro Rail Transit, which will be financed by Japan.
CHR hits SC ruling vs Sereno
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 12, 2018 - 5:25pm
The Commission on Human Rights said it was “saddened” by the Supreme Court’s decision to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, which some political observers say may have constitutional c...
TIME magazine author defends 'strongman' story about Duterte
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 12, 2018 - 12:34pm
“I stand by my story.”
Human Rights Watch condemns 'nefarious' Sereno ouster
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 12, 2018 - 10:20am
New York-based Human Rights Watch slammed the “unprecedented and nefarious” removal of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, whom President Rodrigo Duterte calls his “enemy” that must...
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