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Labor group joins anti-power rate hike protest

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Pedestrians walk past a Meralco sign in suburban Manila in this file photo. AFP FILE PHOTO

The Labor group NAGKAISA joined the chorus of voices denouncing a planned increase in electricity bills in the franchise area of the Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) due to higher generation charges.

Posted: December 6th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Telcos oppose prepaid SIM card registration plan

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A telecommunication industry group has formally opposed moves by lawmakers to require the registration of prepaid mobile phone SIM cards, saying their businesses will be hurt while the proposed measures would be ineffective in achieving their purpose of promoting public safety and preventing crime.

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

PH agriculture sector unites against smuggling, PDAF

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Expressing collective disgust over unabated smuggling, unfavourable policies, and plunder of government funds in the name of farmers, local agricultural producers and allied industries on Wednesday formed an alliance to fight for survival and the rights of farm workers.

Posted: October 16th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Myanmar and the Oct. 4 rally

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I was in Myanmar last week to give a talk to industry leaders from nine countries, having been a former president of the Asean Federation of Cement Manufacturers (AFCM). I took this occasion to visit officials of the National League for Democracy (NLD). Its leader is Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Higher water rates feared

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Consumer advocates said water service subscribers may face higher rates, instead of a much-awaited cut in water tariffs, because the cost of the recently initiated arbitration process between regulators and a concessionaire will be passed on to and recovered from their bills.

Posted: September 27th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Breaktime: Walk in the pork

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Even before news broke out about the public call for “mass gathering” at the Luneta park, many of the guys down here in my barangay were ready to take to the streets in protest over the reported anomalies in the congressional pork barrel.

Posted: August 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Oil prices rise after Egypt bloodbath

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Oil prices rose in Asian trade Thursday on concerns that escalating violence in Egypt will disrupt supplies from the Middle East, analysts said.

Posted: August 15th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Hundreds of onion farmers, traders decry importation allowed by DA

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Hundreds of onion farmers and traders from Nueva Ecija protested at the Department of Agriculture (DA) headquarters in Quezon City, on Monday, lamenting the agency’s “inappropriate, ill-timed” issuance of import permits.

Posted: August 5th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Digitel workers protest PLDT ‘retirement’ plan

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Emplyees of Digitel Telecommunications Philippines Inc. have asked to be absorbed into the company’s new parent, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) following the merger between the two telcos.

Posted: April 16th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Miners seek Philex reopening

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A miner monitors quarrying operations at Philex Mining’s old open pit mine in Benguet. The P1-billion penalty paid by Philex Mining for the tailings spill that occurred at its Padcal mine site in August 2012 may have been “low,” according to Sen. Sergio Osmeña III. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Employees of Philex Mining Corp. staged a protest ritual in front of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) headquarters in Quezon City on Wednesday to press for the reopening of the company’s Padcal mine in Benguet that the government ordered shut after a massive mine tailing spill in August last year.

Posted: February 7th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Boeing engineers begin vote on strike next week

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In this Jan. 17, 2013 file photo, a line of 787 jets are parked at Paine Field in Everett, Wash. After two separate and serious battery problems aboard Boeing 787s, it wasn't U.S. authorities who acted first to ground the plane. It was Japanese airlines. The unfolding saga of Boeing's highest-profile plane has raised new questions about federal oversight of aircraft makers and airlines. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, file

Just when Boeing really needs its engineers, they’re voting on whether to strike.

Posted: February 2nd, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Local traders slam gov’t for granting perks to Thai firm

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AGRICULTURE industry leaders are now up in arms against the government for awarding incentives to a Thai agribusiness giant that threatens the livelihood of a third of the local labor force.

Posted: January 11th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

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