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QC court tells Parojinog to start presenting evidence
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The Quezon City Regional Trial Court has refused to dismiss the drug case against former Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog. In a 67-page ruling, the QCRTC Branch 228 dismissed the demurrer to evidence filed by Parojinog, a setback that will compel her to counter the allegations made by the prosecution by ...

House to probe labor issues raised by hostage-taking security guard
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The House of Representatives will probe the labor issues raised by former security guard Alchie Paray who took hostage at least 50 people inside a mall in Greenhills, San Juan, earlier this week. The House committee on labor and employment will conduct its motu propio inquiry on Tuesday next week, March 10. Panel ...

Supreme Court to hear plea to free ex-communist leader arrested for murder
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5) -- The Supreme Court will hear next week a plea to free a former top leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines arrested in February for murder charges. The third division of the court will hold oral arguments on March 12 on the habeas corpus petition filed by the son of Rodolfo "Commander Bilog ...

Supreme Court to hear plea to free ex-communist leader arrested for murder
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5) -- The Supreme Court will hear next week a plea to free a former top leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines arrested in February for murder charges.

PH halts issuance of visa in Iran due to COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The government will stop issuing visas in Iran as a measure to stop the spread of COVID-19, which infected more than 2,000 people in the Middle Eastern country, an official ...

Palace admits: Loan, grants suspension over rights resolution just an 'outrage reaction'
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5) - The move of the Duterte administration to suspend loans and financial grants from states who called for a probe into the Philippines' drug war was only done out of "outrage," Malacañang admitted Thursday. "That was made because of what these countries did when they passed a resolution condemning the ...

US pledges $37 million in aid to PH, high risk countries vs COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-05
MANILA, Philippines -- The U.S. government has pledged $37 million worth of financial aid to help "high-priority" countries, including the Philippines, in their fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). According to the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID), the funding was sourced from its Emergency Reserve Fund for ...

6 in 10 Filipinos confident AFP can defend West Philippine Sea
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5) -- Six out of 10 Filipinos believe the Armed Forces of the Philippines can defend the West Philippine Sea and other territories against foreign threat, according to results of a Social Weather Stations survey. The nationwide poll, commissioned by the AFP, showed that 62 percent of the 1,200 respondents ...

At least 5 syndicates behind illicit entry of dirty money into PH, Gordon says
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines. March 5) -- More syndicates have been found to be sneaking in foreign currencies into the country as the government looks into groups, money changers and personalities involved in dirty money smuggling. Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chairman Richard Gordon in a Senate hearing on Thursday disclosed that $633 ...

AFP enjoying high public satisfaction, SWS survey suggests
philstar.com - 2020-03-05
MANILA, Philippines -- A large majority of Filipinos are satisfied with the performance of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and have confidence in its capability to defeat threats to the ...

PNP Chief Gamboa safe, two generals in critical condition
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5) -- Philippine National Police chief General Archie Gamboa, his spokesperson Lt.. Col. Bernard Banac and four others are safe, but two police generals are in critical condition after their chopper crashed Thursday morning in a residential area in Laguna. Acting PNP spokesperson Maj. Gen Bong Durana said ...

Foreign affairs usec meets Dutch businessmen
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-05
Manalo (front row, sixth from left) and Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands Jaime Victor B. Ledda (front row, second from left), with representatives of Dutch companies and organizations during the business networking dinner. THE HAGUE--Philippine Ambassador to the Netherlands Jaime Victor B. Ledda, Philippine Trade and Investment Center ...

Filipinos in Macau to be back in PH before weekend ends -- DFA exec
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Filipinos from Macau which was hit by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are expected to arrive in the Philippines before this weekend, an official from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Brigido Dulay said 148 Filipinos, composed of overseas workers, tourists, and ...

PNP chopper crash: Aircraft new and pilots well-trained, Interior Chief says
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5) -- Interior Secretary Eduardo Año vouched for the aircraft and pilots of the Philippine National Police (PNP) chopper that crashed on Thursday. PNP Chief Archie Gamboa, his spokesperson Bernard Banac, PNP comptrollership chief Jovic Ramos, PNP intelligence director Mariel Magaway, and four others were ...

LOOK: Thumbs up for PNP chief Gamboa after helicopter crash
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa appears to be in high spirits and even posed with a thumbs-up sign from his hospital bed after the helicopter bearing him and seven others crashed in San Pedro, Laguna Thursday morning. Gamboa was seen smiling while giving a thumbs up pose next to former police ...

PHL leads UN talks on reshaping economic development via empowerment of women in science
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-05
Socioeconomic Undersecretary Adoracion Navarro delivers her keynote speech at the Fifth International Day of Women and Girls in Science. NEW YORK--Socioeconomic Undersecretary Adoracion Navarro delivered her keynote speech at the Fifth International Day of Women and Girls in Science at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on February 11 ...

Benguet implements 'zoning' vs African Swine Fever
philstar.com - 2020-03-05
BENGUET, Philippines -- Benguet is going to zone areas in the province to protect barangays from the African Swine Fever, which has been reported in different towns. Benguet Gov. Melchor Diclas, after a consultation, issued Executive Order No. 2020-012 declaring seven barangays of the different towns affected with ASF in a "red zone" while ...

Inflation slows in February with cheaper transport, food costs
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-05
On the other hand, fish prices rose by 8.6 percent, vegetables by 7.8 percent ... Inflation was fastest in Bicol at 3.6 percent, followed by Western Visayas (3.3 percent) and Central Luzon and Mimaropa (3.2 percent). The February figure brought the two-month average to 2.8 percent, still within the central bank's 2-4 percent target range ...

Lacson bats for amendments to anti-money laundering laws
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Senator Panfilo Lacson on Thursday underscored the need to amend existing laws seeking to fight money laundering and other finance-related matters in the country. Lacson made the remark following the alleged entry of dirty money into the country. "The bringing of huge sums of money in and out of the country in past ...

Chopper with PNP chief Gamboa, 3 other generals, crashes in Laguna
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-05
Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa and 7 others figured in a helicopter crash in Brgy. San Antonio San Pedro Laguna on Thursday and were brought to a hospital for treatment. (Photo by Nonie Reyes) A HELICOPTER bearing National Police chief General Archie Francisco Gamboa and seven others, including three generals, crashed in ...

UP among top 100 universities in the world for performing arts, development studies
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 5)-- The University of the Philippines (UP) made it to the top 100 list of schools for the performing arts and development studies, according to the latest global rankings of a United Kingdom-based group. UP broke into the list of top performing arts institutions in the 2020 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World ...

2 more Pinoys in Singapore test positive for coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-04
MANILA, Philippines -- Two more Filipinos in Singapore have tested positive for the new coronavirus even as the first Filipino case in the city-state has fully recovered, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Wednesday. Citing a report from the Philippine Embassy in Singapore, the DFA said a second Filipino was confirmed to have ...

Davao City Hall reminds businessmen: Comply with drug-free ordinance
BusinessMirror - 2020-03-04
DAVAO CITY--Business establishments seeking to renew their permits with city hall must comply with the anti-illegal drug ordinance that mandates a drug-free workplace and a treatment, or prevention plan. The City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (Cadac) has urged businesses to comply with the provisions of City Ordinance 0506-13, which requires ...

9 rescued as boat sinks off Cavite
philstar.com - 2020-03-04
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines -- Eight police officers and a civilian were rescued after a motorized banca capsized in the waters off Tanza, Cavite on Monday night. S/Sgts. Andre Abesami, Ma. Suzette Bayag-o and Harry Nahial; Cpls. Mary Jane Basilan and Naty Edas; Pat. Nurina Asdi, Glenn Ibasco and Lawrence Palomino, and boatman Ramon ...

Badminton-Asian event shifted to Philippines from China amid virus concerns
Reuters - 2020-03-04
The Badminton Asia Championships will go ahead next month after it was shifted to the Philippines from China, organisers said on Wednesday, bringing cheer to shuttlers worried about Olympics qualification amid the coronavirus outbreak.

LPA spotted east-southeast of Surigao del Sur
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-04
MANILA, Philippines -- A low-pressure area (LPA) has been spotted east-southeast of Surigao del Sur on Wednesday and is expected to bring rains over Eastern Visayas and Caraga region. In its weather forecast, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the LPA was located 745 kilometers (km) east ...

Champion rowing team of cancer survivors also battles plastic pollution
philstar.com - 2020-03-04
CEBU, Philippines -- Living a full, inspiring life as a dragonboat team after a cancer diagnosis is one feat that the Cebu Pink Paddlers have ticked off their "To Do" list. But the ladies have taken on another challenge: Advocate and work for cleaner waters. When the team headed out to the Mactan Channel for their training early Thursday ...

Champion rowing team of cancer survivors also battles plastic pollution
philstar.com - 2020-03-04
A recent Social Weather Stations survey commissioned by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives found that seven out of 10 Filipinos want single-use plastics banned at all times.

Champion rowing team of cancer survivors also battles plastic pollution
philstar.com - 2020-03-04
A recent Social Weather Stations survey commissioned by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives found that seven out of 10 Filipinos want single-use plastics banned at all times.

REIT pitched as "defensive" asset class
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-03-04
as dividends distributed effectively become a tax-shield for corporate income tax. High dividends from REITs plus the potential for moderate to long-term growth are seen to make REITs an attractive investment option with potentially high total returns. Furthermore, the listing of REITs on the Philippine Stock Exchange will make it accessible ...

More senators file resolution seeking to extend ABS-CBN's franchise
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 4) -- More senators on Wednesday said they want the National Telecommunication Commission to grant provisional authority to operate to media giant ABS-CBN as Congress continues to tackle the network's franchise. Senators Sonny Angara, Nancy Binay, Sherwin Gatchalian, Joel Villanueva, Lito Lapid, Ralph Recto ...

More PH laboratories could soon test samples for coronavirus infection
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 4) - The Department of Health said Wednesday more medical facilities could soon test patient samples for novel coronavirus infection or COVID-19. "We are now expanding our testing capacity. We have subnational laboratories that are up for accreditation by Research Institute of Tropical Medicine ...

Philippines to scale down deployment of workers to Kuwait over medical screening requirement
CNN Philippines - 2020-03-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 4) -- The Labor Department will be scaling down deployment of workers to Kuwait over its requirement for expatriates from 10 countries, including the Philippines, to show proof that they are free of the coronavirus disease, officially known as COVID-19. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said Wednesday ...

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