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  3. 'The city government, in a bid to have an impressive city,' Hahahaha ! The last time AC was 'impressive', was when it was covered in a foot of ash from Pinatubo. 😄
  4. This should be interesting if he does it. The wait time will be months to get a visa from them.
  5. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr makes the suggestion after National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr raised security concerns over the surge in the number of Chinese working in the Philippines ANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte will consider the suggestion of Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr to stop granting foreigners visas upon arrival, Malacañang said on Thursday, August 1. "The President will consider the proposal of the Secretary and if we don't hear anything from him, that means that will be the policy of the government," said Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo on Thursday, August 1 during a news conference. Locsin made the suggestion through a tweet on Wednesday, July 31, after National Security Advisor Hermogenes Esperson Jr voiced concern over the influx of Chinese working in the Philippines. "We need to put an end to visas upon arrival; all visas should be issued by consular offices after vetting. We must take extra care in outsourcing any part of the visa application process, picking only the most reputable worldwide," Locsin said. Esperon earlier said he saw the large number of Chinese coming to work in the country, many of them illegally, as a threat. He added that there was a need to be "cautious" when foreigners come in, regardless of nationality, "and their intent is not clear." Panelo on Thursday also echoed the concerns of Esperon when asked if the Palace also saw Chinese workers as a security threat. "Ang importante diyan, paano nakakapasok 'yan nang hindi natin nalalaman.'Yan ang mas delikado diyan (What's important is, how do they enter without us knowing? That's more dangerous)," said Panelo. But the spokesman said Chinese nationals who are in the country illegally can just be "expelled" by the government for violating immigration laws. The Duterte administration has tried to cultivate warm ties with China in order to reap economic rewards, even if surveys consistently show that many Filipinos trust China the least among nations. Thousands of Chinese workers are employed by Philippine Online Gambling Operations (POGOs) which are supposed to be regulated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor). (READ: How China’s online gambling addiction is reshaping Manila) Insiders estimated that there are "easily" around 100,000 to 250,000 Chinese employed in POGOs. Senator Joel Villanueva had accused Pagcor of not properly implementing regulations, leading to a "loss in government income and opportunities for Filipinos." There have been cases when Chinese workers who come to work in the Philippines are poor and exploited by their employers. They are also exposed to racism amid tensions between China and the Philippines. source
  6. https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1816195/Pampanga/Local-News/5-Angeles-City-bars-with-no-business-permits-closed
  7. Nice video thanks for the share. Yep, that is Sabang. At the 4:10 mark if you look through the trees and the trash and see a pale green building with yellow trim that is my house. Shortly after that he arrives at the ATM which is across the street from Jack Daniels, home of some of the best Indian style curries in the Philippines, also home to Barfiner. Where he is staying at Montianies, rumor has it food from the kitchen may have become unsafe when the Italian owner went home. Hopefully it is better now. Capt Greggs who he walks past at 9:32 has a nice restaurant, the dive shop like to do much more casual deco dives than true fun dives. Steps and Gardens resort they visit at 15:15 is very nice. Good food, very clean, nice people. At 16:27 where the camera pans to the left is the Tamerind Restaurant. It is the same owner as Steps and Gardens, the food is good (except the Norwegian salmon---never get the Norwegian salmon.) Put bug spray on your feet and ankles to prevent nic nic bites. 16:10 she walks past where South Sea Divers used to be. RIP to a very fine shop.
  8. MANILA – Ride-hailing firm Grab Philippines said Monday it updated its policy to include a P50 fee for cancellations and no-shows to curb “unreasonable" behavior. The penalty will apply to passengers who terminate a ride 5 minutes after getting a driver and for passengers who fail to show up at the pick-up points within 5 minutes upon arrival of their GrabCar booking. The window is shorter at 3 minutes for GrabShare. Cancellation fees are added to the next booking fee if the passenger is paying in cash, Grab said. Passenger accounts will be temporarily suspended for 24 hours if they cancel a ride twice in an hour, thrice in a day or 5 times within a week, the ride-hailing company said. Drivers will also be penalized for cancelling passenger bookings without proper reason and for being selective of passenger destinations, the statement said. Drivers may also be “locked out of the platform” if they excessively ignore or cancel requests. Passengers automatically get 30 rewards points if a driver cancels a ride, while a “tipping feature” was also rolled out allowing passengers to reward their drivers. “Our intention in implementing this new policy is to create a better ride-hailing ecosystem, where both passengers and drivers practice the responsible use of the Grab platform,” Grab president Brian Cu said. However, the P50 cancellation and no-show fees will not be imposed if the driver is canceled within 5 minutes, if the driver is not moving towards the pick-up point, if the driver takes 15 minutes longer than the estimated time of arrival, and if the driver indicates he has arrived when he has not, Grab said. The platform said it was willing to refund wrongly charged fees within 48 hours. Grab has notified the Land Transportation and Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) about it’s new cancellation policy. source
  9. https://www.foxnews.com/us/us-navy-sub-commander-demoted-after-hiring-prostitutes-in-philippines?fbclid=IwAR3G1KG_bQPlS3Rk84NthYmRNmCc6qNMzvhD_6A9orJYp-CP0NUcboNsQI4 A Navy submarine commander was disciplined and demoted last summer after admitting to paying for female prostitutes while stationed in the Philippines. Capt. Travis Zettel lost the confidence to command the attack submarine USS Bremerton and was relieved of duty back in August following the investigation. The investigation by the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) was launched following a sailor’s tip to the Department of Defense Inspector General’s hotline, saying Zettel told him he “requested/ordered ten girls to arrive at the hotel,” according to documents obtained by the Kitsap Sun. The sailor later saw the commander with around 10 “provocatively dressed females outside the front door of the hotel.” Another sailor also apparently enjoyed the company of women and was seen with three “local females holding onto his arm as he was wandering around” and greeting his fellow sailors. The incident occurred in March 2018, while being ported in Subic Bay in the Philippines. The criminal investigation began in May. NCIS agents reportedly confronted Zettel with the allegations. He admitted “culpability in the payment of female accompaniment,” according to the documents released to the publication. The second accused sailor was interviewed, but he “did not participate in prostitution.” He wasn’t disciplined. Zettel became the commander of Bremerton, the Navy’s oldest submarine before its recent decommission, in August 2016. “Becoming the 15th commanding officer of the now 35-year-old ‘American classic’ is a proud moment for me and my family,” Zettel said in 2016 after taking control of the sub. Following the investigation, he was reassigned to the staff of Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor-based Submarine Squadron 19, Navy officials told the Kitsap Sun.
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