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Diokno supports certification of Maharlika Fund bill 

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Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno welcomed President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.'s move to certify as urgent Senate Bill 2020 that seeks to create the Maharlika Investment Fund, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. "We welcome ...

Motorcycle sales in PH rise 16.7% in Q1

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As motorcycles continue to deliver one of the most convenient modes of transportation, the Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association, Inc. (MDPPA) recorded a 16.7 percent increase in the country’s motorcycle sales this Q1 of 2023 ...

Power of code unlocks the future of 21st-Century learners 

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Quipper, one of the leading edtech and LMS platforms in the Philippines, recently helped enable learners all over the country to know the basics of coding by conducting the second Student BootQamp called “QodeFest.” As part of its recurr...

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Change is coming

chrome_reader_modeMay 12, 2023 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

Sounds familiar? Yes, it is. Way back close to seven years ago today, this was the campaign slogan of the incoming President Duterte, described to be the oldest to be elected @71 but has worked in “all three branches of government.” Change is also the anchor word of the 2008 presidentia...


chrome_reader_modeApril 05, 2023 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

As they usually say: all rounds lead to the historic, reconstructed Ayuntamiento de Manila at the corner of Calle Aduana, renamed Andres Soriano Avenue and Cabildo Street in the heart of Intramuros. The event: birthday bash of Finance Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno (BED). Ayuntamiento houses the Bure...

De Facto

chrome_reader_modeApril 01, 2023 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

I differ on what I’ve read that Finance Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno or BED, has “nestled comfortably” in a new home with a Bay window in his office overlooking the famous Manila sunset, and he is not too keen on returning back to the 501 room. From my observation deck, such is me...

BSP outside the 'kulambo'

chrome_reader_modeMarch 13, 2023 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

I concede! The timing in announcing the creation of an inter-agency committee tasked to monitor inflation and market outlook was excellent as it came in the midst of the jeepney strike. Nearly a week after its disclosure, not one though questioned why the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor F...

Senate wants to investigate 'human trafficking' in NAIA

chrome_reader_modeFebruary 17, 2023 loyalty account_circleJake Cruz

The newly discovered "human trafficking" scheme in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will soon be looked into by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee (SBRC), Senator Grace Poe said in a report by Philippine News Agency. Poe, in a statement, said the SBRC, which is chaired by ...

What’s in a name

chrome_reader_modeFebruary 14, 2023 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

The government’s top two revenue-generating agencies, the Bureau of Customs (BoC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), are now in the hands of relatively younger blood. I have reservations on the new appointee. I support the idea of pumping younger blood in both the BoC and BIR who ...

What’s in a Trip

chrome_reader_modeFebruary 07, 2023 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

Junior will be off again on Thursday, his 9th in his eight month reign, to Japan for an official visit, which means the taxpayers – me and you – will be footing the bill as opposed, state visit when it is the host country that shoulders the bill of the members of the official delegation....

Of Twang, Oxymoron and Citizenship

chrome_reader_modeDecember 27, 2022 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

I have no quarrel with the recent appointee, the newest drumbeater of Junior. It was just that I was somehow startled by the introduction of Atty. Cheloy Garafil, Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) Officer-in-charge Cheloy Garafil, that Daphne Oseña-Paez is the Palace’s “pr...

Wha happened

chrome_reader_modeDecember 01, 2022 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

Just to be mischievous, sometimes in the text exchanges, I would inquire wha happened on a serious topic to get various reactions. This time though, my query on wha happened is as real it can be. I am talking about this news going around the social media platform about a certain member of the poli...


chrome_reader_modeNovember 21, 2022 loyalty account_circleLeigh Bellosillo

Roughly a month ago, this corner broke the news of the imminent changes in the stewardship of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) with incumbent Commissioner Lilia Guillermo’s transfer to the Department of Finance and Deputy Commissioner Romeo Lumagui, Jr. taking her stead. Well, there you g...

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