KUWTT: Villar and Zubiri candidates for the presidency of the Senate | May 19, 2022

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READ: Villar and Zubiri to run for Senate president

THE presidency of the Senate will be a fight between Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri and Senator Cynthia Villar, Senator Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara said Wednesday, May 18. Angara released the statement hours before the Electoral Commission (Comelec) proclaimed the 12 winners. Speaking at “Kapihan sa Manila Bay”, a weekly media forum, Angara admitted that Zubiri and Villar had told him about their plans to become Senate President during the 19th Congress. While other senators have also expressed interest in leading the chamber, Angara said Zubiri and Villar were frontrunners due to their broader alliances with their peers in the Senate. Re-elected Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, who ran under the UniTeam of former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Davao Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, also had his eye on the top job. raised in the Senate. Gatchalian shared that he spoke to some of his colleagues about his plan.

The name of outgoing Senator Sorsogon Gov. Francis “Chiz” has also been announced, but he has yet to make an official announcement. Angara said he expects the upcoming 19th Congress Senate to have some degree of independence given its diverse membership.

READ: PPA and Marina take steps to modernize shipping industry

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) want to accelerate the implementation of the ten-year Maritime Industry Development Plan (MIDP) that will position the country as a competitive player in the global shipping industry. Marina administrator Robert Empedrad said in The Manila Times forum titled “Sea Power: The game-changer” that Marina has successfully replaced 60% of wooden-hulled vessels for better and safer shipping. . She also succeeded in convincing the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) to lend money to shipowners wishing to modernize their fleet. Marina has opened 19 routes in the country since 2020, in addition to 245 completed seaport improvement and development projects. Hiyasmin de los Santos, head of PPA and deputy chief operating officer, said the agency had spent 19.87 billion pesos on projects using internally generated funds. Some of the completed port projects included Batangas Port Integrated Passenger Terminal, Currimao Port Expansion Project and Construction of Port Operations Building (Ilocos Norte), Bulan Port Expansion Project (Sorsogon), Legazpi Port Rehabilitation and Modernization Project (Albay), Tabaco Port Rehabilitation and Modernization Project (Albay), Ozamiz Port Improvement Project (Misamis Occidental), Port of Sultan Naga Dimaporo (Lanao Del Norte), Mati Port Improvement Project (Davao Oriental) and Dapitan Port Reinforced Concrete Jetty Extension (Zamboanga del Norte).

READ: Erap APPCU Hall of Fame winner

FORMER President Joseph “Erap” Estrada has been chosen as one of the 2022 Laureates for Promoting Philippine-China Understanding (APPCU). The other Hall of Fame winner was former Ambassador to China Francisco Benedicto, the Association for Philippines-China Understanding (APCU) and the Chinese Embassy in Manila said when announcing the 10 winners. of the APPCU for 2022. The APPCU committee also said on Wednesday that it granted a special posthumous award, the Gawad Sultan Paduka Pahala, to the late Philippine Ambassador to China, Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana, who died on April 19. The APCU said that the APPCU pays special tribute to Filipinos who have promoted mutual understanding between the Philippines and China using their advocacy and expertise in media and public service; trade and commerce; and arts, culture and science. Winners of the APPCU Outstanding Contributions category are Wilson Lee Flores, Honorary Chairman of the Anvil Business Club and Moderator of the Pandesal Forum; Rodrigo “Rod” Kapunan, Manila Standard columnist and China Daily Global Edition contributor; Mauro Gia Samonte, columnist and book author at the Manila Times; and Princess Jacel Kiram of the Sultanate of Sulu, co-founder and president of the International Center for Peace, Reconciliation and Development.

READ: Pollution responsible for 1 in 6 deaths worldwide in 2019 – study

Pollution caused the premature deaths of some 9 million people in 2019, according to a new global report released on Wednesday, with experts sounding the alarm over rising deaths from breathing in outdoor air and the toll ” horrifying” of lead poisoning. Man-made waste in the air, water, and soil rarely kills people immediately, but instead causes heart disease, cancer, respiratory problems, diarrhea, and other serious illnesses. The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health said the impact of pollution on global health remains “far greater than that of war, terrorism, malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, drugs and alcohol”.

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READ: Bangko Sentral hints at policy crunch

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has hinted at abandoning its accommodative monetary policy, admitting that rising inflation rates are now having side effects on consumers. In recent months, BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno told a virtual briefing that inflationary pressures were mainly caused by supply-side factors, which monetary authorities say are best addressed by policy initiatives. targeted non-monetary funds from the national government. Diokno said the effects of the second round were beginning to show, noting that the recent approval of wage increases in the National Capital Region and Western Visayas opens the door for further increases in other regions, wage demands being postponed since 2020 due to Covid-19. the disruption of economic activities due to the pandemic. He went on to say that all of this is happening at the same time as the Philippine economy beat forecasts, growing 8.3% year-over-year in the first quarter of the year. Diokno warned that there are still substantial downside risks to growth, including the danger of a recurrence of Covid-19 infections and a slowdown in global economic activity.

in sports

READ: Butler scores 41 points as Heat trip Celtics in Game 1

MIAMI: Jimmy Butler decided to let his game do the talking as he scored 27 of his 41 points in the second half, that and a huge third quarter by the Miami Heat led them to a 118-107 victory over the disadvantaged Boston digital Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Tyler Herro scored 18 and Gabe Vincent added 17 for the Heat, who outscored Boston 39-14 in the third quarter. Butler had 17 on his own in the third, outscoring the Celtics single-handedly in those 12 minutes. Boston shot 2 for 15 in that third quarter. Max Strus scored 11 and Bam Adebayo added 10 for Miami. Jayson Tatum scored 29 for the Celtics, who were without starters Marcus Smart and Al Horford. Jaylen Brown added 24 for Boston, which got 18 apiece from No. 3 Robert Williams and Payton Pritchard. Game 2 is Thursday (Friday in Manila).

READ: Filipinos continue to dominate dancesport

The country’s successful dance sport campaign at the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) in Hanoi, Vietnam has once again proven that Filipinos are the best in the region. After winning five gold, five silver and two bronze, the Philippines retained the overall title they won in the 2019 edition held at Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga. The president of the Philippine Dancesport Federation, Becky Garcia, praised the Standard and Latin teams for making their country proud. Ana Leonila Nualla and Sean Mischa Aranar produced three gold medals in Standard Viennese Waltz, Standard Tango and Five Standard Dances, the same three events they led in 2019. In the Viennese Waltz event, they beat Anucha Wijitkoon and Pasraporn Phandech of Thailand while Vietnam’s Minh Vu Hoang Anh and Xuan Nguyen Truong won bronze. They triumphed in the tango event, beating Thais Thanawan Yananun and Issaparung Duangkaew (silver) and Vietnamese Duc Hoa Nguyen and Yeu Nguyen Thi Hai, while in the five dances they conquered Anucha and Pasraporn (silver) and Duc Hoa and Yeu Nguyen (bronze).

READ: All eyes are on Tiger’s return

Tiger Woods and his incredible injury comeback and Jordan Spieth’s quest for a career Grand Slam will be in the spotlight in Thursday’s (Friday in Manila) opening round of the 104th PGA Championship. Woods, 15-time major champion, and three-time major winner Spieth are grouped with four-time major winner Rory McIlroy in a marquee trio for the first two days at Southern Hills. Highest-ranked Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, 2021 British Open winner Collin Morikawa and second-placed Spaniard Jon Rahm are among the most highly regarded players and are also together, but may struggle to match the Woods group’s attendance numbers . Woods suffered serious leg injuries in a car accident in February 2021, spending weeks in hospital and months unable to walk. His emotional comeback at last month’s Masters ended in a 47th share and an endurance struggle, but he saw walking 72 holes as a major feat and says he is stronger as another test d endurance looms.

READ: Opinion/Editorial

The Times, in its editorial, discusses the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s shutdown order against real estate developer Megaworld Corp. and why it’s not BIR’s best hour. Read the full version in the Opinion section in print and digital or listen to Keep Up With The Times. Featured columnists on the front page are Antonio Contreras, Yen Makabenta and Danton Remoto. Contreras talks about the credibility crisis of the media; Makabenta on Marcos in Australia and Robredo in New York; and Remoto on “Banaag at Sikat” goes global.

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This is the report by Christian Crow Maghanoy.

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