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The government vs ride-sharing services saga continues. Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade had some harsh words for Grab and Uber, and claimed the two should give a share of their earnings to the government. Will the two companies and LTFRB find a compromise?
Former President Benigno Aquino III makes a comment on media's silence, amid the Philippine Daily Inquirer's looming majority share sale to Ramon Ang, a businessman closely identified with President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte has repeatedly slammed and threatened the paper, perceived to be critical of the administration.
Meanwhile, President Duterte halts formal peace talks with communists, Singapore offers a hand to the government for the Marawi conflict, a top U.S. politician is diagnosed with a brain tumor, and a popular song breaks a record.
All these are in today's wRap.
Tugade wants government share of Grab and Uber earnings
Department of Transportation secretary Arthur Tugade wants a share of the earnings of Uber and Grab, and says ride sharing services should be regulated financially too because it is no longer a service done "in the spare time" of operators. This, as the two transport network companies (TNVS) said they would file a motion for reconsideration against the July 11, 2017 Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) order, which called for the apprehension of colorum TNVS.
Aquino cites 'deafening' silence of media under Duterte
"Why is it that media during our watch complained about the flimsiest and tiniest things and it seems to be a little quiet these days?" These were the words of former president Benigno Aquino III in an exclusive interview with Rappler. He observed that the media nitpicked his administration and seemed even more courageous when they were most vulnerable – during the Marcos regime – compared to now. This, as the Prietos, majority owners of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, are in talks with San Miguel Corporation’s Ramon Ang, a businessman closely identified with President Rodrigo Duterte, to buy the paper’s majority share. Duterte has repeatedly slammed and threatened the paper, perceived to be critical of the administration
Duterte: No talks until communists stop attacks vs gov't troops
The government cancels backchannel talks supposed to happen in July following a clash between supposed National People's Army rebels and President Duterte's security aides. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza said, according to the Palace, formal talks will only resume if the communists commit to follow guidelines for a possible ceasefire deal with government. These guidelines include stopping extortion activities and suspending offensives against military and police.
Singapore offers Manila drones, urban warfare training
Singapore's defense ministry says its offer includes the use by Filipino troops of its urban warfare training facilities and a detachment of drones. Philippine troops have been battling to dislodge militants loyal to the Islamic State group (ISIS) who seized parts of the southern city of Marawi on May 23 in a bid to establish a base in the Mindanao region, which shares sea borders with Malaysia and Indonesia. ISIS has said it plans to establish a caliphate in Southeast Asia as it did in parts of Iraq and Syria.
John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer – office
The 80-year-old U.S. senator underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye last week and tests "revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot." "The senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options," the statement added, noting they may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation. It is not McCain's first bout with cancer. Doctors removed several malignant melanomas on McCain's skin in the 1990s and 2000s, including an invasive melanoma in 2000.
'Despacito' declared most streamed song ever
Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi's Despacito, whose reggaeton beat has swept the globe was named the most streamed song of all time. The song's label, Universal Music Latin Entertainment, said Despacito in its original and remixed versions had reached 4.6 billion streams across platforms including YouTube and Spotify.