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  • International,  News & Current Events

    US Homeowners Warned Against Moving Scams

    The US government has recently indicted the owner of Golden Hands of Colorado for a long list of charges including extortion and theft.  This came after a couple of Federal Bureau of Investigation posed as customers and entered into a moving contract with the company.  Already armed with video evidence surrendered by real customers, the Feds went undercover and discovered the scrupulous practices of Golden Hands. According to reports, there usually is an online company that books moving deals at very low prices that homeowners simply find too difficult to refuse.  Once the deal is booked, they farm the jobs out to real movers who then jack up the price…

  • Environment

    Vandalism: Politician’s New Venue For Early Campaigning?

    For many politicians — the earlier you campaign, the better. This is said to be helpful especially to those who are newbie in politics. But most traditional politicians (trapo) are into early campaigning, which is supposedly a clear violation of the Omnibus Election Code. Of course, they could have an excuse. Merely posting their faces or names in public places doesn’t mean they are campaigning already. As long as they did not put the word “VOTE” on their posters, they can get away from any liability. But poster makers would probably loss huge profits because politicians and their strategists are very wise now. They do not waste funds on the…

  • News & Current Events,  Politics & Law

    Air Passenger Bill of Rights To Be Implemented Soon, Finally!

    The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has finally signed a joint administrative order on Air Passenger Bill of Rights. The DOTC-DTI Joint Administrative Order (JAO) No. 1, Series of 2012 was approved after three public hearings conducted by the two Departments.The hearings were attended by various stakeholders, including representatives of airline companies, consumer groups and other concerned citizens, who actively presented their comments and suggestions to develop the regulation. The public consultations also involved the participation of other government units, such as the Department of Tourism and the offices of several Senators and Congressmen. The Regulation will take effect ten (10)…

  • International,  News & Current Events

    Psy Apologizes For Anti-US Songs He Made Years Ago

    “Gangnam Style”, a viral smash hit with almost one billion hits since it was uploaded on YouTube in July 2012, continues to rake in not just fans but money for South Korean pop singer, Psy. The 34-year-old Park Jae-sang doesn’t play a hip baritone guitar but his song’s catchy tune and comical horse-riding dance have made him the top-grossing K-Pop star. However, not all his songs have been as widely accepted and some have even been criticized for their lyrics.   Recently, reports of his anti-US performances in 2004 surfaced. Eight years ago, Psy protested the deaths of two teenage South Korean girls who were run over by a U.S. tank…

  • Environment

    Total Log Ban in Compostela Valley

    The natural disasters brought by typhoons in the country during the past few years are constant reminders of the abuse inflicted on Mother Nature.  The issue of illegal mining and illegal logging is a long standing problem that the government can’t seem to solve. There are already existing laws to regulate logging and mining activities in the country as well as natural forests preservation laws.  However, it seems that the problem lies within its implementation. The Aquino administration issued Executive Order No. 23 which declared an indefinite nationwide log ban a year ago.  But recent landslide and flooding tragedies has shown that logging activities still continue in the country.  DENR…

  • Environment

    Local Hog and Poultry Industry Cries Foul Over BOI Decision

    The government might not admit it, but the rice importation is already killing the local farmers. Next, are the hog and poultry producers? Is the Aquino administration turning blind into the plight of the local agriculture industry? Hog and poultry producers in the country are up in arms over a recent decision by the government allowing a Thailand-based agribusiness company to operate a multi-billion peso integrated facility in the country. “All our hard work, blood, sweat and tears will be put to waste if the Thai company is allowed to operate here. It will not only kill the business of local producers who worked very hard for many years but…