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Ghosn 'faces new underreporting charge worth $35M'

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:07 PM

Reports say Tokyo prosecutors plan to 'rearrest' the business tycoon along with his right-hand man and former Nissan representative director Greg Kelly by Monday, December 10

GHOSN. In this file photo taken on May 12, 2011, Carlos Ghosn, president of Nissan Motors, speaks at a news conference to announce the company's fiscal year 2010 earnings in Yokohama. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Ulysses Garces replaces De Vera as ABS representative in House

Dec 03, 2018 - 5:35 PM

LPGMA Representative Arnel Ty, an ally of expelled ABS representative Eugene de Vera, fails to block the oath-taking

NEW LAWMAKER. Ulysses Garces (L) takes his oath as new representative of the ABS party in the House of Representatives. Screenshot from the House's YouTube account

[OPINION] De Vera's ouster from the House of Representatives is unconstitutional

Nov 26, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Constitution is clear and made even clearer by abundant jurisprudence, yet Congress chose to bend the law and resort to brute force to remove the ABS party-list representative

‘Small business website security paradox’ threatens SMEs online – report

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:17 PM

Small business owners may lack the knowledge and the right allocation of funds to fully secure their website


Local officials, businessmen hail gov't decision vs El Nido shutdown

Nov 15, 2018 - 12:02 PM

(UPDATED) El Nido officials and business owners welcome the decision of the national government to order the closure only of erring establishments, and not the entire town

EL NIDO. Ei Nido town in Palawan is known for its white sand beaches and limestone formations. Photo by Андрей Бобровский, CC BY 3.0

Malay execs urge town council to fast-track relocation site for Boracay vendors

Nov 15, 2018 - 10:23 AM

Hundreds of vendors barred from the beachfront of the new Boracay, still have no designated area where they can sell their goods and services

VENDOR-FREE. Scenes at the shore of Boracay on the eve of its opening, October 25, 2018. Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Tension eases in Boracay: Singaporean businessman apologizes to DENR official

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:31 PM

'There are some who make friends and quarrel later, but we quarreled and became friends,' says businessman Peter Tay after patching things up with DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda

NEW FRIENDS? Singaporean businessman Peter Tay apologizes to DENR Usec Benny Antiporda. Photo from Tay's Facebook page

[ANALYSIS] Ease of doing business: Why is the PH rank plummeting?

Nov 08, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Under President Duterte's watch, we've gone down the global Doing Business ranking by 25 notches all in all – by far the largest decline in ASEAN

Facebook must act to stop incitement ahead of 2020 Myanmar poll – report

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Facebook says it is working on rooting out abuse ahead of the Myanmar elections – but admits it had failed to do enough to prevent the incitement of violence

MYANMAR AND FACEBOOK. A man uses Facebook on a mobile phone in Yangon on June 7, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Boracay tension: Singaporean businessman 'assaulted' by DENR undersecretary?

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:15 PM

DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda says Boracay businessman Peter Tay 'humiliated' himself, but admits to shoving Tay when tensions rose

PUBLIC HUMILIATION? Singaporean businessman Peter Tay says DENR Undersecretary publicly humiliated him in a meeting on Boracay businesses. Background photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler, Antipoda's and Tay's photos from their Facebook pages

Philippines: bad for business, hotbed for journo murders | Evening wRap

Nov 02, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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PH slips 11 notches in World Bank's ease of doing business ranking

Nov 02, 2018 - 1:28 PM

The Philippine government rejects the findings, as Philippine finance and trade officials urge the World Bank to correct the 'inaccurate and understated findings'

Trouble in Panglao: Erring establishments, politics add to garbage woes

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Tourism facilities are contributing to Panglao’s struggle with trash while mayors fight it out

DENR fines 209 Boracay establishments

Oct 29, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources says 209 establishments in Boracay need to pay a total of P43 million if they wish to operate again

WATCH: Swimming at Boracay's spotless white beach

Oct 28, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Missed the powdery white sands on your feet? Here's how it feels like to swim at the 'new' Boracay.

SPOTLESS WHITE. Boracay's White Beach is not spotless. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

IN GIFs: What to see in the new Boracay

Oct 28, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Itching to see the newly reopened Boracay? Here's what to expect.

SUNSET. Boracay's famous sunset brings everyone to the beach in the afternoon. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

No casinos in Boracay as island reopens

Oct 26, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra wants President Rodrigo Duterte to issue an executive order banning casinos in Boracay

RESORT. The rock formation on the left is part of the property that Leisure & Resorts World bought in Barangay Manoc-Manoc, where the rumored casino will be built. Photo by Adrian/Portugal

Only 3 of 10 Boracay hotels, resorts allowed to reopen

Oct 26, 2018 - 11:44 AM

Boracay now has half the number of hotel rooms available before President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the island closed

REOPENED ISLAND. The world-famous island of Boracay is ready to accept tourists again after 6 months of closure. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: Back to zero? Businesses in debt as Boracay reopens

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Some business owners say they are not 'back to zero,' rather it's 'back to negative' because of the debt incurred over their losses during the 6-month closure

DEBT. Owner of LDV Variety Lito Reyes says he has yet to bounce back from the debt he has incurred during the 6-month Boracay closure. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Somber Boracay gears up for October 26 reopening

Oct 24, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Boracay is ready to come back to life – but not businesses that will remain closed even after October 26

OPENING. Boracay Island is open to the public once again on October 26. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PAL's Mabuhay Maritime to offer Kalibo-Boracay ferry service

Oct 23, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The ferry service seeks to provide seamless travel from the Kalibo International Airport to Boracay

MODERN FACILITIES. PAL's Mabuhay Maritime Express will soon offer Kalibo to Boracay ferry service. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Chinese Q3 growth hits 9-year low as debt, trade row drag

Oct 19, 2018 - 11:14 AM

(UPDATED) Analysts say the slowing growth could prompt an end to Beijing's fiscal prudence

ECONOMY. A couple wearing Qing dynasty style headwear walk with their children in Tiananmen square in Beijing in December 2012. File photo by AFP

Global trade wars risk 'millions of jobs' – WTO chief

Oct 18, 2018 - 1:01 PM

'A continued escalation of tensions would pose real risks,' says World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo

ROBERT AZEVEDO. World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo gestures after he speaks to reporters on February 22, 2017 in Geneva.File photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

U.S. sets new trade talks with EU, Japan, Britain

Oct 17, 2018 - 3:01 PM

US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says the administration has notified Congress of its intent to negotiate the 3 separate trade agreements

TRADE. In this file photo, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (R) attends the Asia-Pacifics Economic Cooperation (APEC) 23rd Ministers responsible for Trade Meeting at the National Convention Center in Hanoi on May 20, 2017. File photo by AFP

U.S. tops global competitiveness rating, despite 'worrying' trends – WEF

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:46 AM

The World Economic Forum uses a new methodology for the 2018 edition of its annual Global Competitiveness Report to reflect shifts in a world increasingly transformed by new, digital technologies

How this Pinay entrepreneur grew a laundry service app for A-list Hollywood celebs

Oct 17, 2018 - 7:45 AM

What happens when you fail at your first try? You try again, as Rechelle Balanzat proves.

Businesses still 'confused' over Boracay opening plans

Oct 16, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry wants the government to provide them a list of compliant establishments that would be allowed to operate by October 26

CONFUSED. Some businesses are still confused whether they are already compliant to government rules and regulations. All photos from Net Sacapano

LOOK: E-trike, modern vehicles for the 'new' Boracay

Oct 15, 2018 - 7:05 PM

These are part of the Department of Transportation's integrated transport system project in the island

MODERN JEEPNEY. The Department of Transportation is working with Grab to launch the modern jeepneys in Boracay. DOTr photo

IN CHARTS: Boracay is bursting at the seams

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Boracay has exceeded its capacity in terms of population, infrastructure, and waste generated

CAPACITY. The carrying capacity study of the DENR showed the many ways Boracay exceeded its capacity. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

LIST: 157 Boracay hotels open by October 26

Oct 12, 2018 - 5:55 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The government has accredited 157 hotels and resorts that are already compliant with rules and regulations

ACCREDITED. Shangri-la Resort is among those the DOT-accredited hotels that will operate on October 26. Photo from Shangri-la Resort website

Cimatu lifts ECC suspension for compliant Boracay businesses

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:51 PM

This means that the businesses can now seek permits to operate from the interior and tourism departments

CLOSED. In this file photo, Boracay businesses were closed during the shutdown of the island. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Boracay boat operator to charge double the previous fare

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:00 AM

From the previous fare of P25, boat riders will pay P50 to the sole operator of the Caticlan to Boracay route when the world-class beach resort reopens

Boat fare Boracay up by 50 percent. Photo by Boy Ryan Zabal

Philippines revs up flagging green energy engine

Oct 10, 2018 - 12:55 PM

A surge of new exploration efforts are underway in a nation that has some of the world's largest untapped sources of volcanic heat, but which relies on coal for half its electricity

JICA opens agri-business, tourism training in Okinawa for young Filipinos

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:47 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The course will run from February 7-23, 2019 and application is open until October 31, 2018

After death of call center agent, Cebu City to shuttle employees to work

Oct 06, 2018 - 10:30 PM

Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña is working with the Business Process Outsourcing sector to ensure workers' safety in the city

BPO SECTOR. Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena meets with the Business Process Outsourcing representatives to discuss workers' safety in the city. Photo from Osmena's Facebook page

Kris Aquino seeks 'justice' for apparent financial 'betrayal'

Sep 26, 2018 - 1:09 PM

The media mogul does not drop names, but says she was betrayed by someone she had 'complete trust and faith in'

KRIS AQUINO. The media mogul enlists the help of top lawyers to deal with apparent financial 'betrayal.' File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

COA finds anomalies in Supreme Court’s purchase of P7.9-M computers

Sep 25, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Purchases are made without public bidding, bought from a supplier with a higher price, and done with incomplete documents

Supreme Court of the Philippines in PAdre Faura on June 19, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Implement 'Build, Build, Build' with political will like Boracay

Sep 12, 2018 - 12:40 PM

'We need to keep this pace to build up momentum. The government needs to be ready and we need to address the challenges of each infrastructure project,' says Ramoncito Fernandez, Management Association of the Philippines president

CONTINUITY. Ramoncito Fernandez, MAP President and Maynilad Water CEO, highlights at the Arangkada forum the need for continuity of projects in government when dealing with the private sector. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma announces plans to retire at 54

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:42 AM

(2ND UPDATE) The Chinese business magnate retires on Monday, September 10 as he devotes his time to philanthropy focused on education

JACK MA. Jack Ma, Chairman of Alibaba Group, speaks with reporters following his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, January 9, 2017 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Business confidence in Q3 sinks to 8-year low

Sep 06, 2018 - 9:30 PM

The Q3 2018 Business Expectations Survey shows companies are concerned with the rising cost of raw materials, weak peso, and stiffer competition

Gov't approves permits to operate of 25 Boracay hotels, resorts

Sep 01, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force is implementing a 'No Compliance, No Opening' policy to ensure that establishments follow rules and regulations

HOTELS. The Department of Tourism releases a list of accredited accommodation establishments in Boracay. Photo from Fairways and Bluewater Beach Resort

DENR to Boracay businesses: Stop dealing with fixers, impostors

Aug 24, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Environment officials urge business owners or authorized representatives to personally process their certifications, business permits, and clearances at the one-stop shop in Boracay

BORACAY BUSINESSES. Boracay Island has temporarily closed down last April 26 to give way for its rehabilitation. Government plans to reopen it in October. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

One-stop shop for Boracay businesses gets 2-week extension

Aug 23, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The one-stop shop will now be open until September 7 instead of the initial August 25 deadline

CLOSED DOWN. Almost all establishments along Boracay's beachfront have closed down. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler


No more parties on the beach when Boracay reopens

Aug 23, 2018 - 5:40 PM

A dry run is also scheduled from October 15 to 25, with local tourists from Aklan to be prioritized

SOFT OPENING. Local tourists will be the first to get a sneak peek of a cleaner Boracay. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler


U.S., China swap tariffs on billions in goods as sides hold talks

Aug 23, 2018 - 12:55 PM

The latest action completes the first round of $50 billion in Chinese products that President Donald Trump targeted with Beijing striking back at American products dollar-for-dollar at each step

TRADE WARS. In this file photo, China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. File photo Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Work training crucial for employers when hiring K to 12 graduates – group

Aug 19, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The Philippine Business for Education also calls on more companies to offer internships to senior high school students so that employers themselves can become familiar with the students' skills

COMMITMENT. Business groups sign an agreement with the Department of Education to commit to hiring K-12 graduates and employing based competencies instead of credentials, Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Business groups support economic managers over federalism risks

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The groups 'echo the concerns of fiscal and economic experts about the ambiguous provisions on the division of revenue and expenditure responsibilities' under federalism

Economic managers DBM Sec. Benjamin Diokno (2nd-right), NEDA Sec. Ernesto Pernia (2nd-left), BSP Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo (right), DOF Sec. Carlos Dominguez (left) on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, during hearing on the proposed P3.8-trillion budget for 2019. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Planning to franchise a food cart business?

Aug 08, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The Philippine Tax Whiz explains the taxes you need to pay when you franchise a business

Trump, EU's Juncker agree to ease trade tensions

Jul 26, 2018 - 7:58 AM

(UPDATED) The leaders agree to 'launch a new phase' in the relationship and 'to work together towards zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods'

TRADE. US President Donald Trump meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 25, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

NBI files complaint vs resorts, local execs in Boracay mess

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:45 PM

Business owners are accused of breaking environmental rules