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  1. The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has recommended to the Department of Justice (DOJ) a non-extendable 30-day validity for visas issued to foreign nationals upon their arrival in the Philippines. Bureau spokesperson Dana Sandoval said the BI has submitted its position to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra after its operations team reviewed "possible weak points" of the visa upon arrival (VUA) policy. "The management recommended to the DOJ that recipients be given a maximum of 30 days, with no extensions, as well as base allowed stay on itinerary presented," Sandoval said in a message. Deputy spokesman Melvin Mabulac said the BI submitted its recommendation to the DOJ last week. In the current policy, VUA recipients may stay in the country for 30 days and are allowed to apply for an extension of up to six months, Mabulac said. Asked for comment, Justice Undersecretary and department spokesman Markk Perete said the DOJ sees the shortening of the visa's validity period as a measure to prevent possible abuse, adding that it was a proposal that had been raised by the DOJ. "What we are interested in are the other measures proposed by the BI intended to further prevent any abuse of the VUA," Perete said. "We will review and evaluate the recommendation ASAP." The bureau started its review of the policy even before Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. raised a need to end the policy amid concerns on the influx of Chinese nationals into the country, Perete said earlier this month. He said "the entire mechanism and processes" behind the policy. For Chinese nationals, the visa upon arrival privilege was issued by former Justice secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II in 2017, prompting the BI to issue "landing visas," which allow a traveler to receive their visa at the airport of destination. The BI program was reportedly opened to Chinese nationals who are members of tour groups organized by tour operators accredited by the tourism department, businessmen endorsed by local and foreign chambers of commerce and other government agencies, and athletes and delegates to conventions and exhibitions. — RSJ, GMA News https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/705806/bi-recommends-non-extendable-30-day-visas-upon-arrival/story/?just_in&fbclid=IwAR19PzDNl41mwOQdP8bo3ivNdOjXcPsoW8Km4l59y1guH_FtrsE3-NkFbYw
  2. This should be interesting if he does it. The wait time will be months to get a visa from them.
  3. 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.
  4. Inflation hit a new nine-year high of 6.4 percent in August, the government reported Wednesday. It was the fastest rate of increase in prices of basic goods and services since the 6.6 percent posted in March 2009. In a press conference, Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno said the government expects the inflation rate to taper off in the fourth quarter. By next year, inflation is expected to return to within target, Diokno said. http://business.inquirer.net/256667/inflation-hit-new-9-year-high-6-4-august
  5. The country’s inflation rate likely accelerated further in August, breaching the 6-percent level for the first time since 2009, Dutch financial giant ING said. As the “inflation monster rears its head higher,” the inflation-targeting Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) should stay on guard and further hike interest rates before yearend, ING said in a research note released on Friday. But for the upcoming policy meeting on Sept. 28, the BSP would likely not move at all, the research said. “We see inflation surging past the 6-percent mark for the first time in over a decade from 5.7 percent in July, consistent with the consensus centered on 6 percent,” ING said. The last time Philippine annual inflation rate exceeded 6 percent was in March 2009, hitting 6.6 percent. “Bad inflation data will keep the central bank (BSP) on its toes, even as the currency has stabilized from a Turkish-led downturn in early August,” it added. The 5.7-percent inflation rate in July marked the highest in nine years, based on the government’s recomputation of historical consumer price data using 2012 as the base year. ING noted high inflation and the twin deficits—referring to merchandise trade and government fiscal position—have kept the Philippine peso under intense pressure, resulting in a 6.6-percent year-to-date depreciation. “The question is, will the BSP overlook the inflation data and wait for the recent 100-basis point rate hike to take effect? The current economic backdrop suggests the BSP policy tightening has further room to run,” ING said. ING expects the BSP to pause in the next meeting, before becoming aggressive in the final quarter of the year. In July, the BSP hiked interest rates by 50 basis points, bringing the overnight borrowing rate to 4 percent. The BSP has raised its key interest rates by a total of 100 basis points this year in an effort to curb price pressures and bring back the inflation rate to its targeted range of 2-4 percent. In the first seven months of this year, the inflation rate has averaged 4.5 percent. Results have exceeded the BSP’s target in the last five months. The BSP began an inflation-targeting framework of monetary policy in 2002. This policy is focused mainly on achieving a low and stable inflation, supportive of the economy’s growth objective. This approach entails the announcement of an explicit inflation target that the BSP promises to achieve over a given time period.
  6. Intramuros, Manila—The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is set to deport three foreigners recently arrested by the bureau’s operatives for being wanted criminals in their homelands. BI Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed the alien fugitives – two Koreans and a Chinese – were arrested last week during operations conducted in Mindoro and Cebu by elements from the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU) headed by BI Intelligence Officer Bobby Raquepo. Morente said he ordered the trio’s arrest upon learning from their embassies in Manila that they are wanted fugitives and that their passports have been cancelled, thus making them undocumented aliens. “We will expel and send them back to their countries so they could be tried and penalized for their crimes. The Philippines is not a hideout or a sanctuary for wanted criminals,” the BI chief declared. The first fugitive to fall was identified as Chinese national Xu Chongchao, 30, who was arrested on July 13 in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro and is wanted in China for large scale economic crimes. In July 15, BI-FSU operatives arrested 39-year-old Jeon Junbeom, a South Korean at his residence in Villas Magallanes, Lapu Lapu City, Cebu. Jeon is allegedly subject of an arrest warrant issued by the Joongang district court in Seoul where he was accused of defrauding his compatriots of some more than 563 million Korean won or nearly US$5 million through his swindling activities. His name is on Interpol’s red notice list. That same day, the arresting agents proceeded to a room at the Prince Court Suites Hotel in Mandaue City, Cebu where they collared 31-year-old Joung Ho Jin, also a South Korean. Joung was arrested on the strength of a warrant issued against him on Oct. 5 last year for being a fugitive from justice and for being an undocumented alien. The Korean embassy said Joung has a standing warrant of arrest issued by a Seoul district court where he was charged with fraud and his name is also in the Interpol’s red notice list. The three aliens are detained in BI's Warden Facility in Taguig pending their deportation.
  7. A LOCAL businessman in Mabalacat City has urged the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a separate investigation into the mysterious death of an American inside a resort in Barangay Camachiles years ago. The resort, known as Terra Cotta Villas, Inc., owns several upscale villas in the barangay. Remy Chu, a long-time businessman who claims ownership of the resort property, said a new investigation is necessary to get to the bottom of the circumstances behind the American's death. "I believe that there are questions that remain unanswered after nearly three years of the case," Chu who said a close relative was the one operating Terra Cotta at the time of the American's death. The relative, Chu said, was known to be operating a home care business in the United States. The Mabalacat Police has declared the case closed. Police Officer 3 Roldan Marquez Tababa, who headed the investigation team, said the relatives of Chance Eugene Batchelor, 65, did not pursue any case against the caretaker of Terra Cotta and barangay officials. The police also said that Batchelor's body did not undergo autopsy because of a waiver signed by the caretaker, Artemio Argallo and the driver of the barangay service vehicle identified as Jun Sabilo. "That is why we ask for an NBI investigation to go deeper into what really happened because of the lack of autopsy and the absence of a report from the barangay," he said. Chu said the waiver signed by the caretaker not to conduct an autopsy on the body of Batchelor was insufficient, if not illegal. Tababa said the American passport and a copy of his death certificate were turned over to the United States Embassy. The police had said that the officials of Barangay Camachiles and the operators of Terra Cotta may be held liable for their failure to report the incident to the police. "We have to know who are liable in this case," Chu said who wondered whether the American was a tourist or a victim of human trafficking. Terra Cotta's certificate of registration was revoked by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) back in 2012 after fraud was discovered. The SEC found that of the company's incorporators, all but one was American citizen contrary to the firm's articles of incorporation and these were not signed personally in the presence of a notary public at the time of notarization in violation of the Rules of Notarial Practice of 2004. The Court of Appeals also dismissed a subsequent petition filed by the firm to annul the SEC ruling for lack of merit, among others, on March 25, 2014. The Supreme Court ruled with finality on the revocation of the certificate of registration on July 18,2015. The revocation, notwithstanding, the resort allegedly continues to operate according to some residents in Barangay Camachiles, although this has been denied an employee of Terra Cotta who refused to issue an official statement, A city official has told Sun.Star Pampanga last week that Terra Cotta has not applied for a permit to operate until now.
  8. Something just doesn't sound right with this article IMO. FIVE foreigners were arrested for keeping illegal drugs on Friday morning, June 1, inside a hotel in Cebu City. The joint operatives of Mabolo and Abellana police stations seized 7.12 grams of illegal drugs, “shabu” (methamphetamine hydrochloride) and marijuana, worth P84,046, a Dangerous Drugs Board value. The operation happened after an arrested drug pusher, Meljin Abad, identified Jake Greevy as his supplier. Greevy was arrested with his fellow British nationals Raymond Lewis Humphries and Wayne Barry McLeney. American nationals Jeremy Michael Stevenson and Breana Austin Ulrich were also arrested. Suspects will be charged for violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.
  9. This is NOT good IMO MANILA - A minimum wage adjustment may be announced "within the month," the labor department said Tuesday, after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a review of wages due to rising consumer prices. The adjustment will vary depending on the region, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said. He refused to say whether or not it would amount to P750 per day as proposed by some lawmakers. "Within the month, kasi very clear ang instruction ng Presidente (the President's instruction is very clear)," he said. "It will vary but it’s also possible na mag-flat rate sila (that the wage boards will adopt a flat rate)," he said. Left-wing lawmakers on Monday filed a bill seeking a P750 minimum wage across all regions.
  10. Mount Mayon, the Philippines' most active volcano, erupted for eight minutes on Monday afternoon, spewing a 3-mile-tall column of debris and volcanic gas. It exploded at least five more times Monday night and Tuesday morning. "The lava fountains reached 500 meters to 700 meters [1,640 feet to 2,297 feet] high and generated ash plumes that reached 2.5 kilometers to 3 kilometers [1.6 miles to 1.9 miles] above the crater," reported the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. The institute said two "explosion-type earthquakes" had occurred, as well as 18 tremor events — some of which sent forth fountains of lava. One of the lava flows advanced nearly 2 miles from the summit's crater. Authorities raised the volcano's alert level to 4 out of a possible 5, indicating "intense unrest" and the possibility of a hazardous eruption within days. The alert extends the danger zone around Mayon to approximately 5 miles. More than 56,000 people fled the surrounding areas and were taking shelter in evacuation camps, officials told the AP; the army and police were helping others move from their homes. "We couldn't sleep last night because of the loud rumblings. It sounded like an airplane that's about to land," 59-year-old farmer Quintin Velardo told the AP at an evacuation center in Legazpi city. The volcano erupted again while Velardo was being interviewed by the AP. "There it goes again," he said. "I tell my grandchildren to study hard so they can live elsewhere without a volcano to keep an eye on all your life." Cedric Daep, a disaster response official in Albay province, told reporters that he had recommended electricity and water supplies be cut off, to discourage residents from returning to their homes. "If pyroclastic flows hit people, there is no chance for life," Daep said, according to the AP. "Let us not violate the natural law, avoid the prohibited zone, because if you violate, the punishment is the death penalty." Reuters reports that the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said it had shut down the Legazpi airport because of falling ash, affecting both international and domestic flights. Volcanic ash blanketed skies and plunged villages into darkness, the AP reports. Authorities told the wire service that more than 30,000 ash masks along with food, water and medicine are being distributed to evacuation centers, but that relief goods could run out if the eruptions continue and more supplies don't arrive on time. Mayon's symmetrical conical shape makes it a popular destination for tourists, despite previous eruptions that have killed hikers.
  11. Fordtech

    KL Ekspres

    It was simple to get around, nothing like the Philippines.
  12. http://pattayaone.news/en/british-businessman-arrested-philippines-huge-stash-weapons/ A British businessman who lived a ‘’lavish lifestyle’’ in the Philippines holds his head in his hands after being allegedly caught with a huge haul of weapons. Matthew George Marney, 38, had been living with his Filipino girlfriend while running a property business when local police were tipped off that he was hoarding a huge stash of guns. Officers raided the entrepreneur’s home last month on November 23 where they arrested Marney and Filipino Rommel Castillo, 45, who worked as his driver. They said Marney had ”two SUVs and a modified Subaru race car’’ worth 90,000GBP while living in an upmarket part of the city. Police unpacked bags at the local station in Manila where Marney was pictured in an orange shirt looking devastated as the haul of five .45 caliber pistols, 11 magazines, 25 bullets, 14 bladed weapons, five brass knuckles, a stun gun, a slingshot other accessories were laid out on a table before him. Superintendent Roque Merdegia, head of the country’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) Anti-Transnational Crime Unit which carried out the raid, said they received a tip from an informant about the presence of armed men in the expensive Pasig City district of the capital. Merdegia said they will coordinate with the British Embassy to obtain more information on Marney, who refused to answer questions during the public arrest. He said: ‘’We will coordinate with the British embassy about the background of the suspect. If he has any record and involvement in illegal transactions abroad.’’ Merdegia said it was ‘’alarming’’ to find a foreigner carrying so many firearms in the Philippines ” considering that there is martial law in Mindanao’’. He added: ”We got suspicious after we discovered that the British national has no apparent means of income except an online market company allegedly registered to his fiancée. ”He really has a lavish life-style here. He owned two SUVs and a modified Subaru race car worth P6 million.” Police said the warrant for the arrest had been issued by the Department of Justice for violating the Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Firearms Law and Ammunition. A spokesman said today that the case was still being processed and evidence being gathered. According to an online profile, Marney ”has been providing real estate and relocation services to British nationals and expats since 2010’’.
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