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Funds for trolls should be used to provide protective gear for COVID-19 frontliners -- VP
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) -- Vice-President Leni Robredo called on fellow government officials to provide coronavirus disease (COVID-19) front-liners with protective gear, instead of allocating funds for social media "trolls." "Parati kong sinasabi na iyong pambayad niyo sa trolls, utang na loob, itulong niyo na muna kasi ...

UPDATE 1-Philippines reports three more coronavirus deaths as Manila imposes 'quarantine'
Reuters - 2020-03-15
MANILA, March 15 (Reuters) - The Philippines recorded three additional coronavirus deaths and 29 new cases ... The latest deaths include an 86-year-old American male with travel history from the United States and South Korea, the Department of Health said in an advisory. The other two are Filipinos. In total, 11 people have died from the ...

Expect more stringent inspection at metro borders, says NCRPO
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines - If you thought the first day of the implementation of the checkpoints was a hassle, expect the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) to conduct a more stringent inspection at the borders of Metro Manila in the coming days with the execution of a nine-hour curfew. NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas said on Sunday ...

Online sales of hand sanitizer and other 'virus protectors' spiked over 800% this year in the US
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
(CNN) -- American shoppers have been racing to stock up on hand sanitizer and other supplies as the coronavirus outbreak spreads. Online sales of "virus protection" items like hand sanitizers, gloves, masks and anti-bacterial sprays soared 817% in January and February compared to the same period last year, according to Adobe Analytics, which ...

Chile quarantines 1,300 aboard two cruise ships
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
SANTIAGO -- Chile has quarantined more than 1,300 people aboard two cruise ships after an elderly Briton aboard one of them tested positive for the coronavirus, the health ministry announced Saturday. Both ships are cruising the Chilean fjords in Patagonia. The 85-year-old man showed symptoms of the virus after getting off the Silver Explorer ...

COVID-19 cases in the Philippines jump to 140, death toll at 11
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) -- The Philippines saw another two-digit jump in its COVID-19 cases, with the Health Department reporting that the total number of patients with the viral disease has reached 140. The Health Department reported Sunday 29 new patients with COVID-19. They did not immediately release details on the new ...

FDA warns COVID-19 test kits in the market not yet registered
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns the public of any commercially available test kits for coronavirus disease, as they are not registered with the agency. FDA said that no company has complied with the minimum set of requirements. Further, the source and reliability of the test kits are yet ...

Gov't officials test negative for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) -- Several Cabinet members and other government officials said Sunday that they tested negative for the novel coronavirus after coming in contact with a someone confirmed to have the disease, known as COVID-19. The Cabinet officials came in contact with a person who eventually tested positive for the ...

Palawan reports 6 more persons under observation for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY -- Palawan has added six more persons under investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19. To date, a total of nine PUIs have been admitted to different hospitals throughout the province.

Policeman suspected of COVID-19 infection dies
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) -- A policeman suspected of COVID-19 infection has died, police confirmed Sunday. Police said a male policeman from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Manila died Saturday due to respiratory failure. His COVID-19 test is expected to be released Tuesday. The male policeman had diabetes and ...

DILG assures no human rights violations at checkpoints; asks public to report any abuses by police
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) - The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) assured the public that there will be no human rights violations by the government forces, particularly the police, as the month-long community quarantine n Metro Manila starts today. Despite this assurance, Interior Secretary Eduard Ano asked ...

Pagcor suspends operation of casinos, gaming centers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) on Sunday suspended casino and other gaming operations within the National Capital Region (NCR) after it was placed ...

Isko Moreno, chief of staff test negative for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines - Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and his chief of staff both tested negative for COVID-19, the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) confirmed on Sunday. MPIO said in a Facebook ...

Senate minority calls for special session for COVID-19 supplemental budget
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15)-- Members of the Senate minority on Sunday called for a special session to pass the supplemental budget for the government's campaign against the coronavirus disease. "In view of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, we in the Minority call for a special session of Congress to pass a supplemental ...

LIST: Road closures, traffic advisories for Metro Manila lockdown
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines (2nd update; First published on March 14 at 8:34 p.m.) -- Restricted travel in Metro Manila--composed of 16 cities and one municipality--will be imposed for a month starting March 15. The community quarantine, according to an undated Office of the President memorandum, means "movement of people shall be limited to ...

Zamboanga City closes borders vs COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Zamboanga City will close its borders on Monday to all land, sea and air transportation to protect residents from the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar issued Executive Order No. 552-2020 late Saturday afternoon following the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID ...

Lacson: Without ordinances, PNP may not be legally equipped to conduct arrests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines - Senator Panfilo Lacson has warned the Philippine National Police (PNP) that arresting loiterers while Metro Manila is on a community quarantine due to the COVID-19 threat ...

PAGCOR suspends casino operations, limits POGO work amid Metro Manila quarantine
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) on Sunday ordered the suspension of all casino and other gaming operations in Metro Manila amid the increasing threat of coronavirus disease or COVID-19 in the country. Land-based casinos, electronic games, bingo, sports betting, poker, and ...

Manila City imposes 8 pm to 5 am curfew
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Manila Mayor Isko Moreno on Sunday announced that he has signed the ordinance imposing a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. in the capital city amid the threat of the 2019 ...

PH repatriates Filipinos in US cruise ship hit by coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- A total of 444 Filipinos who were aboard the MV Grand Princess docked in the Port of Oakland in California, United States have been repatriated by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday. In a statement, the DFA said 438 of the Filipinos to be brought home were crew members while six are passengers. They are ...

Cavite governor warns of local transmission as medical worker tests positive for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) -- A medical worker in Cavite province has contracted the coronavirus disease or COVID-19, Governor Jonvic Remulla said on Sunday. He said the patient is confined in a private hospital in Silang, Cavite. He also said the patient contracted the highly-contagious viral disease through a local transmission ...

LIST: PAL, CebuPac flight cancellations due to community quarantine
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific on Sunday announced flight cancellations in light of the community quarantine initiatives being carried out by local government ...

Magnitude 3.8 quake rocks Davao del Sur
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
DIGOS CITY -- A magnitude 3.8 earthquake jolted Davao del Sur province at 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, with epicenter traced seven kilometers southwest of Kiblawan town, according to the Philippine ...

Cops guard checkpoints as community quarantine begins in Metro Manila
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
The Interior Department asked the public to report police officers in 56 checkpoints who abuse their power. "We assure the public that our police officers manning the checkpoints will follow all laws and regulations in enforcing the community quarantine ... Malaria Rd., Boundary of Caloocan and Bulacan -PCP 3-Phase 7C dela Costa Homes ...

Rockwell Center confirms third COVID-19 case
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) - Another resident of Rockwell Center in Makati has tested positive for the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, bringing the total reported cases in the residential and commercial complex to three. "We can confirm a positive case of COVID-19 in Rizal Tower, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in ...

Iloilo province declares community quarantine
philstar.com - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. on Sunday ordered a border restriction and community quarantine in the province of Iloilo, the chief of the provincial Public Information and Community Affairs Office confirmed in a post. According to Executive Order No. 028-C, the restriction is set until April 14, 2020 with the ...

WATCH: Thousands of police seal Philippine capital to fight coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Thousands of police in the Philippines, backed by the army and coast guard, started sealing the densely populated capital from most domestic travelers Sunday in one of ...

House employee who tested positive for COVID-19 dies
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 15) - An employee of the House of Representatives who tested positive for the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 has died, a congressman disclosed Sunday. PBA Party-list Jericho Nograles said the employee died at 1:45 a.m. Secretary General Jose Luis Montales bared last Friday that the patient, who worked at ...

Indonesia and Philippines move to revive nuclear ambitions
NIKKEI - 2020-03-15
JAKARTA/MANILA -- Without much fanfare, Indonesia and the Philippines appear to be moving to revive dormant nuclear energy plans through recently-proposed regulatory changes. Indonesia's so-called omnibus bill on job creation contains provisions intended to encourage private sector investment in nuclear energy. The bill, submitted to parliament ...

Another Rockwell Center resident tests positive for coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Rockwell Land Corporation announced late Saturday that another one of its residents has tested positive of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the confirmed cases in its property to three. "As of March 14, 2020, we can confirm a positive case of COVID-19 in Rizal Tower bringing the total number of confirmed ...

Federal Reserve Returns To 2008 With A Whimper
Forbes - 2020-03-15
First, he cribbed from the post-Ferdinand-Marcos-era Philippines by morphing his administration ... Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei index opened higher but immediately drifted lower March 16, as ...

Making of an epic: ChinaBank celebrates 100 years
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-14
On Aug. 16 this year, China Banking Corp. will join the small, elite group of companies that have made it to 100 years through trials, setbacks, failures and changing financial fortunes. It is hard enough for a company to survive even just five years, thus to celebrate 100 years is nothing short of a miracle. To help underscore this remarkable ...

2 Filipinos named 2020 Young Global Leaders
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-14
Atilano--who was raised by her widowed mother together with four siblings in a humble sugarcane farm in Silay City, Negros Occidental--has made it her lifelong mission ... to save 70 percent of their food expense from age 12. She went to the Visayas State University to study Agriculture, supported by the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program ...

Why DocuSign Management Doesn't See Coronavirus Headwinds in its Business
The Motley Fool - 2020-03-14
E-Signature pioneer DocuSign (NASDAQ:DOCU) reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 earnings on Thursday, March 12 -- a day on which the stock market dropped by the highest percentage since the 1987 Black Monday crash. Despite the inauspicious timing ...

They Knew Saber-toothed Tigers Were Big. Then They Found This Skull.
New York Times - 2020-03-14
When the curator mentioned a huge saber-toothed tiger skull stored behind the scenes of the National Museum of Natural History in Montevideo, Uruguay, Aldo Manzuetti had to see for himself. The skull belonged to Smilodon populator. Extinct for about 10,000 years, the heavily muscled species once Hulk-smashed its way through South American fauna ...

Trump announced Google's coronavirus test site. That was news to Google
Mashable - 2020-03-14
There are good surprises and there are bad surprises. It seems Google just received the latter, courtesy of the president. During a Friday press conference, Trump announced that the search giant was working on a site that would help you find a location where you can get tested for COVID-19, after first establishing whether you had the symptoms.

White House now says pilot of coronavirus screening site will roll out Monday for Bay Area
TechCrunch - 2020-03-14
After President Trump announced that the government was working with Google to build a coronavirus screening site that was at the core of the administration testing process, Google quickly ...

WATCH: Police activate checkpoints at QC-San Mateo boundary
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Police started their checkpoint operations at the on San Mateo Road at the boundary of Quezon City and San Mateo town in Rizal as the lockdown of Metro Manila started at midnight of Sunday, March 15, 2020. The videos were taken by Jong Manlapaz of Radyo Inquirer. https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/files/2020/03/QC-San-Mateo ...

UK and Ireland added to US travel ban amid COVID-19 concerns
TechCrunch - 2020-03-14
In a press conference yesterday, featuring a parade of executives from companies like CVS and Target, Trump hinted at the possibility of adding the U.K. and Ireland to a growing list of countries banned from U.S. travel. During a followup presser today helmed by Presidential COVID-19 point person, Mike, Pence, the additions were made official.

Malls in San Juan temporarily closed due to coronavirus threat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Due to the threat brought by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), all malls in San Juan will temporarily stop operations starting March 15, the local government announced Saturday. In a statement, it read that the operators of the Greenhills Shopping Center, Promenade, Theater Mall and the Santolan Town Plaza talked to ...

Indonesian transportation minister tests positive for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-14
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has tested positive for the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19). State Secretary Pratikno announced on Saturday evening that Budi was identified as Case 76 in a previous Health Ministry announcement and was being treated at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital. Pratikno said President ...

New Mandaluyong jail to rise soon - Villar
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is fast-tracking the construction of the new Mandaluyong City Jail, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said yesterday. Citing a report from DPWH-National Capital Region director Ador Canlas, Villar said a new 9,873.45-square meter facility is being built beside the existing ...

P1.4 million shabu seized in Quezon City sting
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Police confiscated more than P1.4 million worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu from two persons during a sting in Quezon City on Friday. Luis Concepcion, 43, and Jessa May Javier, 21, were arrested along Sampaguita Extension in Barangay Payatas at around 5:45 p.m. after an undercover operative bought P50,000 ...

Modern Day Kundiman
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-14
Noel Cabangon on his musical journey and brand new single For an artist who first made a name for himself in the indie music scene, Noel Cabangon has found a lot of mainstream success. With this trusty acoustic guitar, the 56-year old singer-songwriter from Rosario, La Union has indeed come a long way from the time he fell in love with music at ...

Fresh round of rate cuts expected from Asia-Pacific central banks
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Recent policy rate cuts in developed countries, combined with the slump in global oil prices, will likely prompt a fresh round of policy easing in several countries in the Asia Pacific region, said IHS Markit. In its Week Ahead Report issued over the weekend, the market intelligence firm said countries in the region are ...

Nickel Asia profit falls 9% to P3.8 billion
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Nickel Asia Corp. saw its net income decrease by 9.4 percent to P3.82 billion amid lower production and the decline in world market prices. Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization also declined by 14 percent to P6.54 billion. Total revenues fell four percent to P17.92 billion due to lower export ...

Las Piñas to declare state of calamity due to COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The city government of Las Piñas is set to declare a state of calamity tomorrow due to the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Imelda Aguilar said yesterday. The guidelines for the declaration will be tackled during a special session of the city council tomorrow, she added. Aguilar said the city council will also discuss a ...

COVID-19 death toll in Philippines rises to 8
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 14) - Two more patients with the coronavirus disease have died, taking the total number of fatalities in the country to eight, the Department of Health announced Saturday. One of them was admitted at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, the Health department said ...

COVID-19 death toll in Philippines rises to 8
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 14) - Two more patients with the coronavirus disease have died, taking the total number of fatalities in the country to eight, the Department of Health announced Saturday. One of them was admitted at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, the Health department said ...

10 Abu Sayyaf bandits surrender in Sulu
philstar.com - 2020-03-14
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines -- Ten Abu Sayyaf bandits have surrendered in Sulu. Maj. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. of the Joint Task Force Sulu and 11th Army Division said a group of bandits surrendered to the 1102nd Brigade under Col. Ignatius Patrimonio on March 6 and turned over their Garand rifles. Another group of bandits surrendered on March ...

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