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Antitrust body OKs Grab-Uber deal, sets conditions

By Aika Rey/rappler.com – The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has bound ride-hailing company Grab Philippines to fair pricing conditions and service quality commitments for acquiring Uber. The PCC released its decision on Friday, August 10 – 70 days after Grab first submitted commitments to address concerns of “virtual monopoly” Read more »

Duterte signs national ID system law

By Pia Ranada/rappler.com – Filipinos will soon get national IDs after President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the Philippine Identification System Act on Monday, August 6. The enrolled bill seeking to create a unified and streamlined national identification system was signed by the President in Malacañang in the presence Read more »

Hundreds of Filipino moms in show of support for breastfeeding

via inquirer.net – Hundreds of Philippine mothers simultaneously nursed their babies in public on Sunday, some of them two at a time, in a government-backed mass breastfeeding event aimed at combating child deaths. About 1,500 women, some of them wearing tiaras and superhero T-shirts, sat on the vast floor of Read more »

Duterte signs Bangsamoro Organic Law

via CNNPhilippines – In a historic move, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), creating the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. During a speech in Zamboanga City on July 26, the President said he had signed the new law. “Napirmahan ko na ang BOL. I do not, Read more »

Women in the Philippines Have Had Enough of President Duterte’s ‘Macho’ Leadership

By Saying Haynes/time.com – As Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte prepared for his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, his third since assuming power in 2016, protesters took to the streets in and around Manila. Police expected around 40,000 protesters against his administration and 40,000 in favor of the Read more »

Solons confirm plot to oust Alvarez before SONA

By Joyce Ilas/CNN Philippines – A move to oust House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez from his post when session resumes today is brewing in the chamber, according to three congressmen and a mayor from Mindanao who declined to be named. They all confirmed that former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Read more »