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Ex-DOJ chief Vitaliano Aguirre tagged as protector of 'pastillas' scheme
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 2) -- Former Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II reportedly protected the "pastillas" scheme in the Bureau of Immigration and has been receiving his share from the grease money even after leaving office, columnist Ramon Tulfo said Monday. Citing the account made by whistleblower Allison "Alex" Chiong ...

Tech firm develops AI-powered health scoring system to combat coronavirus outbreak
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
MANILA, Philippines -- A Malaysia-based tech company has come up with a new state-of-the-art profiling system for Chinese travellers to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in ...

5.5-magnitude quake hits Leyte
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-02
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 2) - A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit Leyte early Monday morning, the state-run Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. The quake, which has been lowered from magnitude 5.7, struck at 5:19 a.m. and was located 13 kilometers east of Leyte town. It had a depth of nine kilometers and ...

Lawmaker wants top Filipino veterinarians abroad to help combat ASF
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
MANILA, Philippines -- Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri on Monday urged Malacañang to invite overseas-based Filipino scientists and veterinarians back to the country and help the government combat African Swine Fever (ASF). In urging Malacañang to make this move, Zubiri noted that many Filipino experts occupy high positions in the ...

The travel industry is suffering its worst shock since 9/11 because of coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-02
(CNN) -- It's one of the largest industries in the world, with $5.7 trillion in revenue. It is responsible for an estimated 319 million jobs, or roughly one in 10 people working on the planet. And no sector is more at risk from the novel coronavirus. The travel industry has already taken a huge hit due to travel restrictions and canceled trips ...

You may have to wait for your next gadget: Electronics makers can't get parts quickly enough
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-02
(CNN) -- Electronics manufacturers face weeks of delays in parts shipments because of coronavirus. That could affect the availability of a number of tech products down the road. Roughly 65 percent of electronics makers reported suppliers told them that the coronavirus outbreak will result in shipment delays, according to a survey released this ...

SEC requires 21-day notice prior to stockholders meeting
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-02
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has required corporations to give an advance notice of at least 21 days prior to a stockholders or club members meeting, in line with efforts to promote good corporate governance and protect minority investors. "The longer notice period will allow stockholders or members to prepare for, participate ...

How health officials and social media are teaming up to fight the coronavirus 'infodemic'
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-01
(CNN) - As health officials in a growing number of countries fight to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, they're also working to stem a secondary issue that the World Health Organization is calling an "infodemic." The WHO defines an infodemic as "an overabundance of information -- some accurate and some not -- that makes it hard for ...

PH, Southeast Asia need aggressive game plan to check wildlife trade
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Southeast Asia needs to ramp up its game plan to tackle its immense wildlife trafficking problem, according to a new report that assessed the illegal trade in the region from the turn of the century. Published by international wildlife group Traffic, the report highlighted the need for governments to address loopholes in ...

Globe secures P9-B financing for network rollout
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-01
Telco giant Globe Telecom secured debt financing to help pay for record spending on its network rollout this year. Globe said in a regulatory filing that it had signed loan facilities with Bank of the Philippine Islands and Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co. for P5 billion and $95 million, respectively. Amounting to about P9 billion, the debt will ...

As Testing Quickly Ramps Up, Expect More U. S. Coronavirus Cases
NPR - 2020-03-01
As labs across the United States quickly ramp up their ability to test for the novel coronavirus, public health officials are anxiously awaiting results that could start to reveal its secret movements around the country. "We now have 75,000 tests available out there in the United States, and over the next week that will expand radically," said ...

We are all Brie Larson, who cannot stop talking about 'Animal Crossing'
Mashable - 2020-03-01
People can't stop tweeting their excitement over the beloved franchise's hotly-anticipated arrival on the Switch later this month, and that includes Academy-Award winning actress and Marvel superhero Brie Larson. It later became clear Larson possesses deep knowledge of Animal Crossing lore and the most important questions around New Horizons ...

Extortion suspect killed in clash with police in Camarines Sur
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-01
LEGAZPI CITY, Albay, Philippines --A man who allegedly tried to extort money from a businessman was killed in a gunfight with police in an entrapment operation in Balatan town in Camarines Sur province on Sunday afternoon. Col. Roderico Roy Jr., director of the Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office, said in a report that Stanly Veloso, 46, a ...

SMIC income grows 20% last year on strong retail, property business
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
The total assets of SM grew 8 percent to P1.1 trillion. By the end of 2019, SMIC had a gearing ratio, or how much of the business funding comes from borrowed methods as against total equity, of 36 percent net debt to 64 percent of total equity.

How sales teams can thrive in a digital world
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
Andris A. Zoltners is a professor emeritus at Northwestern University and a cofounder of ZS Associates. Prabhakant Sinha is a cochairman of ZS Associates.Sally E. Lorimer is a marketing and sales consultant, and a business writer for ZS Associates.

COVID-19 forcing cuts in biz hours, work force
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-01
"The rest are still deciding of they will accept the offer. Since it is a voluntary separation, it will depend on the worker if they will want to leave PAL and find a new job or start their own business," Benavidez explained in an ambush interview. He said PAL extended its "above average" separation packages to the said ...

PNP tags 7 regions in illegal gambling
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Aside from Metro Manila, the Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday named seven regions in the country that have rampant illegal gambling activities. The PNP said these regions are Bicol, Cagayan, Valley, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Central Luzon, Central Visayas, Ilocos and Western Visayas.

Ex-soldier runs amuck, kills woman, self
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines - A former Army soldier went on a shooting rampage, killing a woman and wounding five others before turning the gun on himself in General Trias City, Cavite, yesterday morning. The gunman, identified as Junny Palacio, 48, died at the scene due to a gunshot wound in the forehead. Police identified the ...

5 drown in Cagayan river
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
TUGUEGARAO, Philippines - Five high school students drowned as they were swimming in a river in Camalaniugan, Cagayan on Saturday. Police identified the victims as Florbeth Ruatos, Jenny dela Cruz, Bernadeth Paet, and Mae Tubol and her sister Irene. The victims, all of the Bukig National Agricultural and Technical School, were declared dead ...

5 drown in Cagayan river
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
Five persons, including four children, drowned in a river in Iguig, Cagayan on Saturday morning. John Ace Duldulao, 10; his brothers John Nijel, 9, and John Ace, 7, and their friends, twins John Richard and John Ric Tapa,

MGen to contribute P1 billion to Meralco this year
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Meralco Powergen Corp. (MGen) expects to contribute at least P1 billion to parent firm Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) this year with the full operations of its supercritical coal-fired power plant in Quezon. MGen president and CEO Rogelio Singson said the 455-megawatt (MW) San Buenaventura Power Limited Co. (SBPL) power ...

CGBP brings best practices to Cebu
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- With the clamor of many business owners and decision-makers based in Visayas to have more world-class training programs available to them, the Center for Global Best Practices (CGBP) will bring two of their best-selling programs to Seda Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City, Philippines this month. The 2019 Revised Corporation ...

MORE Power takes over PECO
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- More Electric and Power Corp. (MORE Power), owned by gambling and ports magnate Enrique Razon Jr., has taken control of the Iloilo City distribution assets of Panay Electric Co. (PECO). However, PECO is still opposing the take over, saying it is unjust and irregular given that the expropriation case is still pending in ...

NEA surpasses 2019 electrification target
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run National Electrification Administration (NEA) surpassed its electrification target for 2019 as it connected over 500,000 new consumers, bringing its overall energization level under the franchise areas of different electric cooperatives (ECs) nationwide at 95 percent. Data from NEA showed that ECs reached ...

BI nabs 7 illegal Korean, Vietnamese workers
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has arrested five Koreans and two Vietnamese for allegedly working at a construction site in Pampanga without permit. They were Park Sang Soon, 46; Yoo, Ji Young, 44; Nam, Juhyun, 40; Kim, Cha Sig, 48; Cheoi, Young Chun, 44, and Vietnamese Vuong, Sy Hung 31, and Vuong, Dac Hai, 32.

Free ferry rides extended until March 31
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Commuters can avail themselves of free rides on the Pasig River ferry service until the end of March, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). The free rides were supposed to end on Saturday, but the MMDA extended it until March 31 to entice more patrons. The ferry service caters to up to 1,000 ...

NCRPO forms all-women police precinct in BGC
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Starting this month, policewomen would be trained to run the peacekeeping and law enforcement operations in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig where an all-women police precinct will be established, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) announced over the weekend. NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas made the ...

3 Chinese held for extortion, illegal detention
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Three Chinese working for Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) were apprehended for allegedly illegally detaining a Malaysian and attempting to extort money from him in Pasay City over the weekend. Wenlong Zhou, 32; Li Ji Qing, 36, and Xin Xiaoming, 43, all employees of a POGO firm in the city, were taken into ...

Reforms needed amid external headwinds, says Diokno
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The government needs to push reforms that form the backbone of long-term sustainable development amid an uncertain external environment due to the trade tension between the US and China, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said there is a need to invest heavily in high quality ...

NLEX keen on Port Expressway Link project
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC) is keen on pursuing its massive unsolicited proposal to construct an expressway linking the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and Manila-Cavite Expressway (Cavitex), with hopes of securing the green light from the government this year. "If it will be approved, the intention of the NLEX ...

Three business technology trends that will jumpstart the decade
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- While we can expect familiar technologies such as Cloud, AI, AR, IoT, or blockchain to roll out in the business industry in the near future, 2020 seems to be preparing to introduce a fresh new set of uses for pre-existing digital transformation tools. As the limelight continues to shine on the aforementioned ...

SEC issues new rules to protect shareholders
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued new rules to further protect shareholder interest. In a memorandum circular, the SEC said it is now requiring corporations to ensure that stockholders or members have enough time to prepare for meetings so they can effectively participate in their regular meetings.

Government extends record P201.5 billon subsidy to GOCC in 2019
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines -- The financial support extended by the national government to state-owned corporations surged by 47.5 percent to an all-time high of P201.52 billion last year from P136.85 billion in 2018 to provide funding for additional programs and projects. According to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr), government subsidies extended ...

Virus outbreak batters economies, raises fear of spread
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-01
TOKYO -- Amid fears about where the next outbreak of a fast-spreading new virus would appear, infections and deaths continued to rise across the globe Sunday, emptying streets of tourists and workers, shaking economies and rewriting the realities of daily life. Panic-buying of daily necessities emerged in Japan, tourist sites across Asia ...

The top-selling smartphones of 2019 are almost all Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy
Mashable - 2020-03-01
People sure love the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy. According to a new study by market research firm Counterpoint Research, the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy lines of smartphones were the top-selling devices of 2019. Apple took up a whopping six spots in the top 10 list based on global smartphone market share. The iPhone XR was the best ...

COVID-19: Over 87,000 infected globally, over 2,900 deaths
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-01
A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 87,000 people globally. The World Health Organization has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it.

Galaxy Note 20 Could Feature Built-In Projector, Health Metrics, And More
International Business Times - 2020-03-01
Samsung is reportedly preparing to launch its Galaxy Note 20 The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 would arrive in Jul. 2020, according to a reputable tipster A newly spotted Samsung patent that the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 would feature various health metrics and even a built-in projecture Earlier this month, Samsung held its yearly Unpacked event.

S. Korea, US militaries have 31 infected
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-01
SEOUL -- Twenty-seven members of the South Korean military were confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 as of Sunday, as 8,880 service members have been quarantined. Infected personnel included soldiers, officers and civilian workers. Fifteen of them were in the Army and 10 were in the Air Force, with one each in the Navy and Marine Corps.

China sends team to help Iran fight virus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-01
BEIJING -- China has sent a group of experts to Iran to help combat the novel coronavirus in the country, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying announced. She said on Twitter that the Chinese experts are on their way to Iran. The coronavirus disease is enemy of all, Hua said, adding "we must fight together". During his phone call with ...

Facebook Planning Messenger App Overhaul With Focus On Stories And Friends
International Business Times - 2020-03-01
Facebook Messenger getting a major overhaul Discover tab will be removed from the app Focus more on peer-to-peer communication Facebook has planned a major redesign to its Messenger. The Discover tab will be removed and emphasis will be on simplifying the experience of the user. According to a TechCrunch report, three years ago, Chatbots were ...

Government allots P1.3 billion to diversify crops
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
Aside from improving and breeding new crop varieties, it enhances the resistance of plants to various weather conditions. Crop diversification will also increase crop portfolio so that farmers ...

Group dares DENR exec: Sue air monitoring company - if you can
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-01
MANILA, Philippines - An environment advocate group has dared an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to file cases against an air monitoring company -- or just resign from his post. According to the Limpyong Hangin Alang sa Kaugmaon sa Toledo (LAHAT), a clean air advocate from Toledo City in Cebu, DENR ...

Singapore And Autonomous Vehicles -- Interesting Lessons In Governance, Planning, And Safety
Forbes - 2020-03-01
Singapore is a dense city-state with a large growing population (approx 6M). In 2015, the Singapore government launched the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint (SSB) which had five strategic thrusts to build a sustainable city, and one of the key elements was "a car-lite" Singapore. Given the limited space, it is no longer possible to increase ...

3 more Filipinos quarantined at facility showing coronavirus symptoms, 10 test negative
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 1) -- Three more Filipinos quarantined at the New Clark City are showing symptoms similar to a coronavirus infection, the Health Department told CNN Philippines on Sunday. Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said three more Filipinos who were evacuated from the Princess Diamond cruise ship ...

Man stabs woman with semen-filled syringe, arrested
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-01
A man was arrested last Tuesday, Feb. 25, after he stabbed a woman with a syringe filled with semen on Feb. 18. Thomas Byron Stemen, 51, assaulted the victim in Churchton, Maryland in the United States, as per a press release by the Anne Arundel County Police Department on Feb. 28. The woman was later identified by NBC-affiliate WBAL as Katie ...

Labor group warns 7,000 workers may lose jobs due to coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 1) -- A labor group warned Saturday that around 7,000 Filipinos may become jobless in the next six months as businesses are expected to take a hit from the fallout from the outbreak of the coronavirus disease. The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) expects that more workers will lose their jobs ...

Fire hits Benguet forest days before Fire Prevention Month
philstar.com - 2020-03-01
BENGUET, Philippines --A fire hit another town in Benguet province on Friday and again on Saturday, damaging at least five hectares of forest in Tuba. Department of Environment and Natural Resources forest ranger Jimsy Batan said the fire hit part of Amliang in Poblacion, Tuba. The fire started at around 2 p.m. on Friday and was suppressed by ...

Hefty fuel price rollback set this week as global oil prices drop over coronavirus fears
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 1) -- Pump prices will fall by nearly ?2 a liter this week as the price of crude oil on the global market dropped sharply due to weaker demand brought about by the outbreak of the coronavirus disease or COVID-19. Shell, Petro Gazz and Seaoil have announced that they will bring down the price of gasoline ...

Coronavirus: Week of Feb. 23 to Feb. 29, Dow sheds 12% for the week
NIKKEI - 2020-03-01
The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread of the new coronavirus that originated ... Cases also have been confirmed in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Iran ...

Alleged mastermind in Kidapawan broadcaster slay faces arrest
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-01
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 1) - The man allegedly behind the July 2019 killing of veteran radio commentator Eduardo "Ed" Dizon in Kidapawan City is facing immediate arrest, according to authorities. Kidapawan Regional Trial Court Branch 61 ordered authorities to arrest Dante Tabosares, alias Bong Encarnacion. A copy of the warrant ...

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