MANILA, Philippines — Senators backed yesterday the shutdown of gaming operations of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, saying gambling lords and corrupt officials pocketed at least P73 billion annually from the illegal numbers game jueteng that used PCSO franchises as fronts. The senators also proposed the privatization of the state-owned firm’s operations. Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who previously spearheaded a congressional probe into the proliferation of jueteng, said regular collections from the illegal numbers game in Metro Manila, the Cordillera Administrative Region and Regions 1 to 5 alone reach P200 million daily. He said almost all jueteng operators use small town lottery (STL) franchises issued by the PCSO as fronts for illegal gambling operations, leaving the state gaming firm with only P4 billion a year, “a big chunk of which is not even in cash remittances but recorded as collectibles.” “We do not need an Albert Einstein to … [Read more...] about ‘STL fronts of jueteng earn P73 billion annually’
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Their early days there were rough. They had no language skills in either Tagalog or English, and Xu says the authorities frequently shut down businesses in Chinatown, partly because many were evading taxes. He found himself in a police station on more than one occasion. "I would get in there and everyone arrested would be Chinese. I was scared. I was so young at the time," he says. Now the owner of a range of businesses offering services from rice imports to printing, Xu believes Chinese immigrants must adjust and integrate into the local culture, which he says includes small but significant idiosyncrasies such as the tendency for Filipinos to dislike Chinese bosses disciplining staff in front of other workers. He does not see a great deal of anti-Chinese sentiment outside of a small group of Filipinos he believes are seeking to incite hatred. Fellow immigrant Ken Hong, 43 and also from Fujian, has done almost every job imaginable since he arrived in Manila nine years ago. He went … [Read more...] about Why are Chinese workers so unpopular in Southeast Asia?
NEW YORK — The first issue of The City Record, on June 24, 1873, listed a procurement notice for a steamboat engine for the New York City Department of Charities and Corrections. A more recent notice, from 2017, listed the purchase of almost $4.4 million worth of condoms and lubrication packets as part of a city public health campaign. In between lies the vast history of the city and of The City Record, a bottomless trove of municipal minutiae and legally required announcements that calls itself the “Official Journal of the City of New York.” While most New Yorkers have never read, or even heard of, this city-published paper, it is indispensable to many city officials and to those seeking city contracts. “This is the bible of doing business with the city of New York,” said Eli Blachman, the paper’s longtime editor. “If you want to bid for a city contract, it’s like the lottery,” he said. “You’ve got to be in it to win … [Read more...] about News Selling Condoms or Pet Food? Inside New York’s Business ‘Bible’