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As midterm vote nears, Philippine Senate's independence seen hanging in the balance
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 11, 2019 - 2:13pm
While the May polls could strengthen President Rodrigo Duterte’s political clout in Congress and bolster policy-making process, experts say such an outcome would likely to weigh on the system of checks and...
'Matrix' evolution: From 'coup plotters' to just Duterte 'dislikers'
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 9, 2019 - 4:15pm
"Ang tingin ko yan yung mga listahan ng mga tingin nila, asar kay president," Senate President Vicente Sotto III said.
Reenacted budget saps economic growth in Q1
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 9, 2019 - 10:16am
The Philippine economy lost steam in the first quarter of 2019 and grew to its slowest pace in four years after weak state spending due to delays in the passage of the national budget failed to power growth, the...
The ‘Estrada’ edge: May polls set stage for JV, Jinggoy clash
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 8, 2019 - 9:19am
Politics again brought their sibling rivalry to the fore and both plan to capitalize on the “Estrada” brand to win.
Inflation remains benign in April
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 7, 2019 - 9:26am
Consumer price growth in the Philippines continued to soften in April on the back of moderate food inflation, giving monetary authorities more space to ease monetary policy settings and place a greater emphasis on...
‘Big queer energy’: Troye Sivan serves good looks and hits at 'The Bloom Tour' Manila
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 2, 2019 - 11:55am
Troye Sivan gave his rainbow flag-bearing Filipino fans everything they want during the Manila leg of his "The Bloom Tour."
Palace: ‘Totally unnecessary’ to prove ‘oust-Duterte matrix’
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - May 1, 2019 - 11:38am
“Those named in the matrix demand proof of their participation in the ouster plot. Such is totally unnecessary.”
S&P upgrades Philippines’ credit rating
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - April 30, 2019 - 6:20pm
International debt watcher S&P Global Ratings on Tuesday raised the Philippines’ credit rating, citing the country’s “strong growth trajectory” and sustainable public finances.
Fact check: Imee Marcos says Philippines 'picked fight' with China through arbitration case
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - April 11, 2019 - 6:44pm
Sharing her thoughts on the maritime row between the Philippines and China, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos on Thursday said Manila caused trouble when the Aquino administration brought the two nations’...
Tattoo ni Paolo ‘di kailangang ipakita
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - April 10, 2019 - 12:00am
Sinabi ni Davao City Mayor at presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio na hindi niya sasabihan ang kapatid niyang si Paolo na ipakita ang tattoo nito sa likod na ayon sa mga oposisyong mambabatas ay magpapatunay...
BSP flags inflation risk from El Niño, rising oil prices
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - April 5, 2019 - 5:10pm
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on Friday said it remains on guard against risks to its inflation outlook amid threats posed by El Niño and rising oil prices in the world market.
Inflation continues to cool down in March
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - April 5, 2019 - 9:14am
Consumer price growth in the Philippines continued to ease in March on the back of slower pick up in food prices, the country’s statistics agency reported Friday.
Business watches as Duterte orders review of gov’t contracts
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - April 3, 2019 - 4:51pm
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night ordered a review of all government contracts with companies and other countries — a development that business leaders said they would closely watch amid uncertainty...
Consumer safety rules pose challenge in Philippines' fight vs plastic pollution
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 29, 2019 - 5:23pm
Strict quality assurance and regulatory guidelines imposed by authorities are preventing some groups in the Philippines from going full throttle in their fight against plastic waste.
Bangko Sentral holds key rate as inflation eases
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 21, 2019 - 4:46pm
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on Thursday kept its key rate unchanged as widely expected, saying prevailing monetary policy settings “remain appropriate” amid cooling inflation.
BSP chief Diokno signals possible quarterly cuts in bank reserves
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 12, 2019 - 12:53pm
Possible cuts in required reserves imposed on banks may happen “in the next four quarters,” Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno said Tuesday, adding that there is room to relax monetary...
There's room to ease monetary policy, says BSP chief Diokno
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 8, 2019 - 12:16pm
Newly-appointed Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno on Friday said there is room to loosen monetary policy, but stressed that the timing and magnitude of any tweaks would be “data depende...
Manny Villar tops 'Philippines' richest list' once led by Henry Sy
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 6, 2019 - 11:22am
Real estate tycoon Manuel "Manny" Villar is now the Philippines' richest, according to Forbes magazine’s 2019 ranking of the world’s wealthiest that also showed a slump in both the number of billionaires...
All eyes on Benjamin Diokno as he takes the helm of Bangko Sentral
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 5, 2019 - 2:23pm
All eyes are now on how Bangko Sentral chief Benjamin Diokno will face a tough balancing act of reining in soaring prices without hurting the economy amid a softer global outlook.
Monthly inflation rate finally falls within target in February
by Ian Nicolas Cigaral - March 5, 2019 - 9:08am
Philippine inflation decelerated for another month in February, bringing the two-month tally near the government’s target range for the year.
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