Govt offers NT$1-m in aid; another payment up
The Philippines’ resident representative in Taiwan said Wednesday the government has offered NT$1 million (about P1.38 million) as assistance to the family of the Taiwanese fisherman who was shot dead by Philippine Coast Guard personnel in the waters off Batanes on May 9, on top of a still undetermined amount as compensation.
The announcement from Antonio Basilio of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office came as the Palace reported that tension over the shooting had “eased a little” in Taiwan, where several attacks against Filipino workers were reported.
Deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said President Benigno Aquino III’s statement thanking the Taiwanese for their assurances that Filipino workers on the island would be protected was “received well” in Taipei.
Dasmarinas — Carl Santos-Ocampo and Mars Pucay turned in a pair of bogey-free 68s in ideal condition to open a one-stroke lead over Angelo Que and five others as Juvic Pagunsan hobbled with a two-over 74 in the first round of the P2.5 ICTSI Orchard Golf Championship at the Orchard’s Palmer course here yesterday.
Unheralded Joseph Briones and national team mainstay Charmaine Dolar ruled the men’s and women’s aerobics gymnastics competitions of the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission Philippine National Games last Monday at the GAP gym inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
AFTER a successful design contract with Megaworld’s Resort’s World Manila and Maxim’s Hotel, international design firm Gettys, once again is tapped by the top developer, this time for its “super high-end’’ residential condominium project in the Makati Central Business District.
Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima defended Wednesday the decision of the Board of Investments to strip hotels and resorts of income tax incentives, saying tourism establishments will remain profitable even without such perks.