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Philippine 4th Powers standing ovation on ‘X Factor UK’

MANILA – Four Filipina sisters blew away the judges of “The X Factor UK” with their powerful vocals during their audition for the hit talent search at the Wembley Stadium in London. Collectively known as Fourth Power, Mylene, Irene, Celina and Almira Cercado told the judges that they flew to London from the Philippines just to fulfill their dream of ...

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Vote based on bets’ platforms, Palace tells OFWs

Vote based on bets’ platforms, Palace tells OFWs MANILA – The Palace called on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to vote based on the platforms of the candidates in the 2016 elections, amid threats by some OFW groups that they will not vote for administration candidates in the wake of the balikbayan box controversy. OFW groups on August 28 held a ...

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BoC chief Lina to OFWs: No additional taxes on balikbayan boxes

BoC chief Lina to OFWs: No additional taxes on balikbayan boxes Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina on Friday assured overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that no additional taxes will be imposed on balikbayan boxes to recover the government’s P6 million daily losses due to smuggling. “Wala namang dagdag na buwis. Hindi pupwedeng may dagdag na buwis,” Lina said at a press event. ...

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How to avoid Sore Eyes – DOH

Following a recent outbreak in a school in Guinobatan, Albay, the Department of Health issued reminders to the public on how to avoid sore eyes, a report on GMA’s “24 Oras” said Tuesday. Sore eyes—more accurately, conjunctivitis or pinkeye—is described by the DOH as a redness and inflammation of the membranes (conjunctiva) covering the whites of the eyes and the ...

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Miriam blasts ‘thieves’ in Bureau of Customs

Miriam blasts ‘thieves’ in Bureau of Customs MANILA – Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago on Monday said embattled Bureau of Customs (BOC) chief Alberto Lina should explain what his office has done against thieves in the agency who ransack shipments. Santiago has filed Senate Resolution No. 1534 seeking an investigation on the BOC’s plan to thoroughly inspect and impose taxes on ...

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Customs defends tax on balikbayan boxes

Customs defends tax on balikbayan boxes MANILA – Customs chief Alberto Lina defended Monday the agency’s plan to open balikbayan boxes, saying the bureau is mandated to prevent the entry of contraband items as well as assess the value of items that need to be taxed. Lina said that under the law, the bureau can inspect all balikbayan boxes entering ...

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PNoy won’t stop opening of balikbayan boxes

PNoy won’t stop opening of balikbayan boxes But vows ‘safeguards’ to prevent abuse by Customs   CEBU CITY – President Aquino is meeting with Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and Bureau of Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina in Malacañang Monday afternoon to “review” and to be briefed about the Customs’ move to step up its inspection of balikbayan boxes. Aquino did not ...

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