About 160,000 overseas Filipinos are at risk of not being allowed to vote in the 2016 Philippine presidential elections because they failed to practice their right to vote in the past, reports ABS-CBN News.
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Bilateral trade between the Philippines and the United Kingdom is expected to surge by about 30 to 50 percent to well over $2 billion this year, as British firms remained optimistic of their prospects here, reports Inquirer.net.
From zero demand in the 1970s, the local consumption of roasted and ground coffee is now 100,000 metric tons a year. The demand is attributed to the rise of the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry whose 24/7 operations are complemented by coffee shops. Yet the country’s production supply can barely meet half of the demand, reports Inquirer.net.
The Commission on Elections is reminding overseas absentee voters who may wish to cast their votes in the Philippines next year they have until Oct. 12 to apply for transfer of registration. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said overseas absentee voters may apply for the transfer at any local registration precinct, reports Inquirer.net.
The Philippine Chief Justice has urged the country’s two major telecommunications companies, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and Globe Telecom Incorporated: act speedily and fix the "horrifyingly narrow and outrageously slow" Internet speed, reports Rappler.com.
Controlling inflation and improving or increasing the pay of workers are the two most urgent national concerns of Filipinos, a recent Pulse Asia survey said. Forty-seven percent of respondents ranked inflation as the topmost issue the Aquino goverment must address, while 46 percent picked workers' pay as their first concern, reports GMA News.
Filipino-Spanish businessman Fernando “Nando” Ortigas provided substantial funding for the hit historical feature film Heneral Luna. Ortigas and a few partners raised 100 million pesos for the critical and box-office success, which willbe the Philippines' entry in the Oscars. Ortigas made a cameo appearance in the film as one of the guests in a Spanish dinner party scene where President Emilio Aguinaldo walks in and kisses the hand of an elderly lady, reports Inquirer.net.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) junked the idea of allowing Filipinos living or working abroad to vote online or through Internet voting. Though Internet voting would have been more convenient for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) or Filipinos residing in other countries, there was still the need to ensure that the process will not be infiltrated by hackers, reports Interaksyon.com.