23 JANUARY 2014 • THURSDAY
TOP 5
IOC dismisses
Olympic terror
scare
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on
Wednesday, January 22, dismissed th...
TOP 4
Yolanda victims
kinder on PNoy
Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) victims gave President
Benigno Aquino III a net satisfactio...
TOP 3
At least 5 dead in
Kiev protests
Ukrainian police and protesters on Wednesday,
January 22, engaged in ferocious cla...
TOP 2
DOJ asked for
opinion on rice
import quotas
Can the Philippines still impose rice importation
quotas given that the...
TOP 1
Alleged rice
smuggler admits
financing
farmers'
cooperatives
In a Senate hearing on rice smuggling on
Wednesday, Ja...
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  • 1. 23 JANUARY 2014 • THURSDAY
  • 2. TOP 5 IOC dismisses Olympic terror scare The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday, January 22, dismissed the latest perceived terror scare to the Sochi Winter Olympics after several Olympic Associations said that they had received a suspicious e-mail. Federations from the United States, Britain, Italy, Germany, Hungary and Slovenia were among those that indicated they had received emails or letters with similar content, which were passed to the IOC security advisers for inspection. In a swift reply, the IOC said: "We have been in close contact with Sochi 2014 on this matter and our line is as follows – the IOC takes security very seriously and passes on any credible information to the relevant security services. However, in this case it seems like the email sent to a number of NOCs contains no threat and appears to be a random message from a member of the public."
  • 3. TOP 4 Yolanda victims kinder on PNoy Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) victims gave President Benigno Aquino III a net satisfaction rating of +54% or “very good” in a survey conducted by polling firm Social Weather Stations in December 2013. Among victims polled, 73% said they were satisfied with the President, while 19% said they were dissatisfied. Outside the Yolanda-devastated areas, Aquino received a net satisfaction rating of +48% or “good.” This shows that victims of the super typhoon are happier about the performance of Aquino compared to the rest of the population. Historically, the Visayas, which bore the brunt of the typhoon, is kinder to government officials, while Metro Manila and Luzon are often more critical of government.
  • 4. TOP 3 At least 5 dead in Kiev protests Ukrainian police and protesters on Wednesday, January 22, engaged in ferocious clashes in the center of Kiev, leaving at least 5 activists dead in the first fatalities in two months of antigovernment protests. An area in the center of the capital was turned into a virtual war zone as protesters hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at police and the security forces responded with tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets. The opposition movement's medical service said that 5 of its activists had been killed and 4 of them reportedly found with gunshot wounds. Prosecutors have so far confirmed two deaths. Ukrainian opposition leaders said the next 24 hours would be crucial as they waited to hear from President Viktor Yanukovych if he would accept concessions to halt the bloodshed.
  • 5. TOP 2 DOJ asked for opinion on rice import quotas Can the Philippines still impose rice importation quotas given that the special privilege extended to it by the World Trade Organization had lapsed in June 2012? Importers have cited it as basis for their importation of rice without permits. Lawmakers led by Senate President Franklin Drilon have asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) for a legal opinion on whether the Philippines can still impose the import quotas. Rice importers have been citing the expired privilege to challenge seizure by the Customs bureau of rice shipments lacking permits. Court injunctions however compel the bureau to release confiscated rice, benefitting suspected smugglers and putting farmers at a disadvantage.
  • 6. TOP 1 Alleged rice smuggler admits financing farmers' cooperatives In a Senate hearing on rice smuggling on Wednesday, January 22, businessman Davidson Bangayan admitted to using farmers' cooperatives to import rice, a practice senators said is illegal. Bangayan admitted to transacting with a certain Willy Sy, whom past Senate witnesses had identified as a broker dealing with cooperatives. Bangayan is suspected of being the same person as notorious rice smuggler David Tan. The the scheme involves financiers and brokers using farmers’ cooperatives and groups as “fronts” to secure rice importation permits.
  • 7. SPECIAL THANKS TO: Rappler COPYRIGHT: 13 January 2014 WEBSITE: www.PhilippineOnlinePortalNews.weebly.com www.facebook.com/PhilippineOnlinePortalNews www.twitter.com/POPNews_PH Philippine Online Portal News Philippine Online Social Media Technologies, Inc. POST TOC POST NMI All Rights Reserved 2014

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