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Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña on Tuesday designated new officials to head key divisions in the bureau in line with his reform program to get rid of misfits, enhance trade facilitation and generate more revenues. Lapeña ordered designated Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-National Capital Region Director Wilkins Villanueva as head of…

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Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña has sacked the district collectors of the bureau’s so-called “flagship ports,” the Port of Manila (PoM) and the Manila International Container Port (MICP), for defying his order on the proper valuation of shipments. A Customs official who asked not to be identified said Lapeña announced the…

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THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) can still use the ballots intended for the barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataang (SK) polls next month if Congress decides to postpone it, Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said. Commissioner Rowena Guanzon disputed this, saying the ballots can no longer be used. Bautista pointed out that…

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LABOR groups will no longer contest the grant of P21 wage hike to minimum wage earners in Metro Manila but will push for the grant of a P500 monthly subsidy from government. The Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) said on Sunday that they would appeal directly…

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EMBATTLED Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Juan Andres Bautista is not about to give up his post or file a leave of absence despite a pending impeachment complaint against him before the House of Representatives for alleged unexplained wealth. Bautista, in a radio interview, on Friday said it is the…

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Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña has temporarily suspended the processing of shipments under the so-called “green lane” where the P6.4 billion shabu shipment from China breezed through without being inspected. Lapena stressed the need to review the green lane guidelines and introduce new safeguards to strengthen the system. “The green lane…

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MORE than six million workers in Metro Manila will get a P21 wage increase starting next month after the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) agreed to raise the P491 daily minimum salary to P512. The wage board announced the wage increase on Thursday after months of…

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THE Catholic church waded into the case of Kian delos Santos on Sunday when it threw its support behind Bishop Virgilio David of Caloocan City who has custody of the four siblings who witnessed the killing of delos Santos. Early yesterday, a standoff ensued when Roy Concepcion, the father of…

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FILING of certificates of candidacy (CoC) for the barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK or Youth Council) elections will start as scheduled this month, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Comelec spokesman James Jimenez on Thursday said the weeklong filing of the CoC will be from September 23 to…

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