[New presidency Special Edition] Batangas’ ‘punisher’ counters ‘The Punisher’ on how to curb drug trade

Batangas province's own 'punisher,' second-term Tanauan City Mayor Antonio Halili supports new President Rodrigo Duterte's mandate to curb the drug trade in the country. But  Halili disagrees with Duterte's approach to killing suspected drug criminals (photo from the Facebook page of Tanauan City's Hope).


TANAUAN CITY, BATANGAS–As new President Rodrigo Duterte used his inaugural to toughen up a national state apparatus’ confrontations with drug dealers, this city’s own “punisher” does not wholly agree with the nation’s new chief executive.

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[New Presidency Special Edition] Agriculture seeks end to three-decade losing skid

(Photo from Get Real Philipines' website)


GENERAL TRIAS, CAVITE and QUEZON CITY—Benedicto Mayorga, 49, is used to being alone farming, tilling his two hectare land in Brgy. Sta. Clara here that bears sitaw, corn and okra. These crops come from seeds the municipal government gave.

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The sun slowly lights up PHL energy sources

The solar farm in Calatagan, Batangas that Solar Philippines put upo is the country's largest to date (photo from Solar Philippines' Facebook page)



CALATAGAN, BATANGAS–The opening of Luzon’s biggest solar farm here recently ushers in the gradual rise of solar energy as a fuel source for tropical Philippines.

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[Editorials of the Connection] APEC and the PHL economy’s homework

APEC leaders during the 2014 APEC Summit (photo posted at the APEC website by Xinhua)


A rare occasion, the meeting of state leaders of the member-economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) network, will happen in an emerging economy from November 18 to 19. APEC 2015 marks the second time the Philippines is hosting this meeting. (It can be remembered the country hosted APEC in 1996, at a time the economy was booming.)

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Permit issues hound Puregold-Lipa

Puregold's branch in Lipa continues to struggle securing a permanent permit to fully operate in the city (TFC file photo)


LIPA CITY—Can a company be allowed to operate its business even without a special use permit (SUP)?

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City councilors: Let’s regulate networking firms in Lipa

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) advised the public to be wary about transacting investment-related matters with One Dream Global Marketing, Inc. With an office in Lipa City, this networking scheme promised multiple returns, but its lead officials are nowhere to be found. (screengrab from SEC website)


LIPA CITY — Councilors want city hall to regulate the operation of multi-level networking firms operating here.

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Batangas LGUs struggle vs PHL cities, towns

Tanauan City photo from panoramio dot com


MANILA—Fortunes have changed for two Batangas cities given the latest rankings of the country’s most competitive local government units.

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[Exclusive] The bank shutdowns that pulled down Pinoy remittances from Greece

Filipinos in Greece (like these Filipinos who congregated in Athens) experienced difficulties in sending money home from late June to August 29. This was after the nearly-bankrupt Greece instituted capital controls, to include disallowing overseas remittance transactions, so that the country's banking system remains liquid. Greece got a third bailout package from creditors led by the European Union to avoid bankruptcy (photo from the Facebook page of Kasapi-Hellas, a Filipino group based in Athens)


MANILA (The Filipino Connection)—Remittances from Filipinos abroad, on a global aggregate, continue to increase even with economic turmoil affecting not just host countries but also superpowers like China that have multi-layered economic links to many countries.

But what about Greece? Since the country tinkered with its inability to pay sovereign debts that led to an almost-cashless banking system, Filipinos from that Mediterranean country literally cannot send more money home.

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Mayweather and Pacquiao: Boxing’s post-modern era is ending

Pacquiao Mayweather Chris Farina Top Rank


Editor’s note: The fight was watched via pay-per-view.


MANILA (The Filipino Connection)—Five years of waiting ended with a crafty technician of a defensive boxer, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., timing his counterpunches and jabs and forcing the planet’s blitzkrieg pugilist, Manny Pacquiao, to unusually pummel less.

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Batangueña journalist Melinda Magsino, 41

Slain Batanguena journalist Melinda Magsino (photo taken from her Facebook account)




BATANGAS CITY–Friends, relatives and colleagues in the Philippines and overseas took to social media to express their grief for former Philippine Daily Inquirer correspondent Melinda “Mei” Magsino, who was shot to death by an unidentified group of assailants in Purok 2, Barangay Balagtas just after noontime yesterday.

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