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Burger King thinks moldy Whoppers will get you to buy more burgers
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-20
(CNN) -- Burger King is re-"molding" the image of its signature Whopper in a nauseating new ad campaign that promotes efforts to eliminate artificial preservatives and other additives from the ...

TikTok, every teenager's favorite app, just rolled out new parental controls
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-20
(CNN) -- TikTok is giving parents more control over how their teens are using the app. On Wednesday, the short-form video platform rolled out a new feature called Family Safety Mode, which lets ...

Taxpayer power: A road to ease of doing business
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-19
The PTU is required before a taxpayer can use computerized accounts in its business operations. Unauthorized use would be subject to penalties. In prior years, Revenue District Offices (RDOs) could process and issue PTUs. However, due to concerns with the approval process at the RDO level, the BIR decided to centralize the evaluation of PTU ...

DepEd official proposes use of Sablay instead of toga in elementary, high school graduation
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 20) -- An official from the Department of Education proposed the use of "sablay" instead of toga during graduation rites in the elementary and high school levels. In a Facebook post, DepEd Undersecretary Alain Pascua confirmed reports circulating online that there is a proposal to change the ...

DFA: Bring home Pinoys from virus-hit ship
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. ordered the immediate repatriation of more than 500 Filipinos on the cruise ship Diamond Princess as the two-week quarantine of the vessel off Yokohama, Japan, ended on Wednesday. "I have ordered our Tokyo Embassy to immediately repatriate our people [on] the Diamond Princess cruise ...

Vehicle sales slumped 11.8% due to Taal eruption
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
Automotive companies sold fewer new vehicles in January after Taal Volcano turned violent last month and rained ashfall on assembly plants and dealership networks in South Luzon, car and truck manufacturers said. A joint report by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (Campi) and the Truck Manufacturers Association ...

In search of entrepreneurial and innovative nation builders
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-19
demonstrated a positive impact on a community in the Philippines; and exemplify entrepreneurial spirit, impact of business or social enterprise, corporate citizenship, and social responsibility. Dr. Emilina R. Sarreal is the Dean of the Ramon V. Del Rosario College of Business of De La Salle University.

Poverty and Duterte BBB
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-19
Dr. Patalinghug was my teacher at UPSE in early 1980s before he transferred to teaching at the neighbour building, the UP College of Business Administration. He was also among my wedding godfathers along with another former UPSE, Prof. Ruperto Alonzo (RIP). Among the data he presented was about these huge build-build-build (BBB) projects of the ...

House ready to talk Citira with Senate
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-19
He said both bills will instill more accountability in the grant of incentives, by expanding the FIRB to cover registered business enterprises that receive incentives from investment promotion ...

Año to cops on drug list: Prove your innocence
philstar.com - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año yesterday challenged Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido and 355 other police officers included in the narco list of the administration to present pieces of evidence that will show they are innocent. "They should prove they have no connection to illegal drugs. The burden of ...

Pigs, pork seized in Ilocos Sur
philstar.com - 2020-02-19
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines -- Fourteen pigs and two plastic containers of pork were seized at a quarantine checkpoint in Barangay Ayusan Norte, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur yesterday. Police said the seized items were in an aluminum van driven by Edgar de la Cruz, 49, who failed to show the necessary documents. De la Cruz and his ...

Earnings optimism push stocks higher
philstar.com - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Market investors turned their focus on strong 2019 corporate earnings pushing share prices higher yesterday. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rallied to 7,396.94, up 74.05 points or 1.01 percent, while the broader All Shares index gained 21.11 points or 0.48 percent to finish at 4,362.09. All the ...

Barba named new IPOPHL director general
philstar.com - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Trade Undersecretary Rowel Barba has been named the new director general of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). In a statement yesterday, IPOPHL said Barba, who was appointed by President Duterte to head the agency, took his oath at the Palace last Feb.6. Josephine Santiago, who previously ...

Oversubscribed term deposits fetch lower rates in auction
philstar.com - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Term deposits continued to fetch lower yields as the economic growth drag from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global outbreak could prompt monetary authorities to further slash interest rates to support the economy. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) yesterday reported the yield of the seven-day term ...

Customs sees lower collections in February due to COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Collections of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) may suffer this February due to lower shipment volumes from China as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, according to the Department of Finance (DOF). In an interview with reporters, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez expressed concern over the impact ...

National, regional school events may resume February 24 - DepEd
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- Schools may hold national, regional and off-campus activities again beginning February 24, the Department of Education said Wednesday. DepEd said in a statement these events, which were temporarily suspended due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) threat, may proceed "provided all precautionary ...

National, regional school events may resume February 24 - DepEd
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- Schools may hold national, regional and off-campus activities again beginning February 24, the Department of Education said Wednesday. DepEd said in ...

Filipino on Japan ship recovers, number of remaining coronavirus-infected at 40
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) - A Filipino member of the crew aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked off Japan has recovered from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and is ...

NUJP submits to House 200k signatures for ABS-CBN franchise renewal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on Wednesday submitted to the House of Representatives the 200,000 signatures they had collected calling for the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN. NUJP Secretary-General Dabet Panelo and Deputy Secretary Raymund Villanueva personally submitted the signatures, in ...

American woman caught with baby boy in sling bag nabbed for kidnapping
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The American woman who was caught concealing a baby boy inside her sling bag at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport has been arrested for kidnapping, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said Wednesday. In a press conference, NBI Director Dante Gierran said NBI operatives served the arrest warrant issued by ...

Trapped leopard cat rescued and released in Masbate
philstar.com - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines-- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Mobo recently rescued and released a leopard cat in Masbate City. The female leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis) was initially spotted by a certain Joan Roxas, who reported the sighting, last February ...

UK eyes rebranded GSP, FTA with Philippines post Brexit
philstar.com - 2020-02-19
The UK considers the Philippines an important market in Southeast Asia given strong economic growth, as well as opportunities in various sectors including business process outsourcing and manufacturing. "There is just a need to make sure the tax rules are clear and favorable," Graham said. Under the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives ...

Doc Yong not yet done, eyes 100 Marathon Club
philstar.com - 2020-02-19
Away from his family for the longest time to see action in a punishing ultra race that covers thousands of miles crisscrossing time zones under varying weather conditions - from the extreme sub ...

Philippines fired up over Imelda Marcos documentary
NIKKEI - 2020-02-19
MANILA -- In 1976, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos, the husband-and-wife duo who ruled the Philippines under martial law, evicted 254 families from an island named Calauit and replaced them with African animals shipped from Kenya in latter-day echoes of Noah's Ark. Everyone knows about the profligate Imelda Marcos's 3,000 pairs of shoes ...

RT&Co. launches 3 new firms, enables companies to be future-ready
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-19
"We started 10 years ago with 20 employees, and now we are more than 900 strong work forces. We formed new entities under the RT&Co. brand, and continue to grow in number so we can respond to the growing and diversifying need of the business community, carrying the same commitment level of quality service we have provided all these years ...

Espenido says politicians may have linked him to drugs
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- PLtCol Jovie Espenido suspects that intelligence information about his supposed involvement in illegal drugs was made up by politicians trying to get back at him. "I cannot really, maybe, pinpoint but this is one thing I can tell you... greedy, a greedy kind of person. Number one, politicians ...

COVID-19 kills Chinese film director, kin in Wuhan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- A notable Chinese film director and three of his family members have all died from COVID-19 while undergoing self-quarantine in Wuhan, the city at the center of the outbreak in China. According to reports, Chang Kai, 55, died of pneumonia caused by COVID-19 on Feb. 14. His father, mother, and older sister also died from ...

Chinese study finds COVID-19 virus to be more contagious than SARS or MERS
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
(CNN) -- A comprehensive study of more than 72,000 confirmed and suspected cases of the novel coronavirus by Chinese scientists has revealed new information about the deadly infection which has brought much of the country to a halt. Carried out by a group of experts at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and published in the ...

401 persons probed for COVID-19 already been discharged -- DOH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The number of patients under investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19 who were already discharged from hospitals are now at 401, the latest records from the Department of Health ...

CAB: Downward trends in bookings, higher trends in passenger no shows
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Airlines in the country have experienced downward trends in bookings, as well as higher percentages in passenger no-shows following the temporary travel ban enforced to contain the spread of COVID-19, the new coronavirus, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said Wednesday. "We have been communicating, coordinating with ...

PhilHealth execs face new corruption complaint over non-remittance of OFWs' contributions
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- Former and current officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation are facing a complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly ignoring an illegal scheme involving its employees. Named as respondents in the complaint are Philhealth Senior Vice President Dennis Mas, Vice President ...

IMI unprofitable in 2019
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
Ayala-led electronics manufacturer Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI) turned unprofitable in 2019 as as slowing global economy gnawed on sales volume and margins. Net loss attributable to ...

Manny Pangilinan forays into hotel business with Dusit deal
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) has signed a ?1.6-billion investment deal with Dusit International to manage hotels and condominiums in the country. The conglomerate led by businessman Manny Pangilinan announced Wednesday its agreement with the Thai hotel chain to "develop and ...

PDP-Laban loses another member in House
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) which is led by President Rodrigo Duterte is further down in numbers in the House of Representatives after one of its members transferred to the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) party. Biliran Rep. Gerardo "Gerryboy" Espina took his oath as a new ...

COVID-19 keeps Sangley airport plan from taking off, says governor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- A plan to transform a strategically located former military base near Metro Manila into an airport has yet to move forward due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in China. While the Cavite government has awarded the initial phase of the Sangley Point International Airport (SPIA) project to the ...

Espenido apologizes for speaking out on drug allegations
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- A controversial anti-drug cop recently tagged in the government's drug watchlist apologized to his superior on Wednesday for speaking out on the issue despite an order to stay silent pending an investigation. PLtCol Jovie Espenido appealed to Philippine National Police Chief Gen. Archie Gamboa for ...

Filipino repatriates from Wuhan test negative for COVID-19, one patient hospitalized
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The Filipinos who were repatriated from Wuhan City in Hubei, China have tested negative for COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday. In a press conference at the DOH main office in Manila, Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that all 49 repatriated Filipinos showed no symptoms of ...

Experience Mini Thailand Week 2020 in Manila this March
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
Organized by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce in Thailand by Thai Trade Center in Manila, one hundred (100) Thailand and Philippine companies will exhibit their products and services on March 5 up to 8, 2020 (Thursday to Sunday) at Hall 4, SMX Convention Center Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

DFA orders immediate repatriation of Filipinos in quarantined cruise ship
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
Manila, Philippines--Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. has ordered the immediate repatriation of Filipinos aboard the quarantined M/V Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan. In a tweet Wednesday, Locsin said he has ordered the Philippine embassy in Tokyo to immediately repatriate Filipinos in the cruise ship which has been put under ...

DTI: Safe to hold nationwide mall sale amid coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- The nationwide shopping sale in the Philippines will push through in March despite safety concerns due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said on Wednesday. He said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is working with the Tourism and Interior Departments to ...

SMEs urged to invest in pro-environment technologies amid climate-change threat
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-19
A typical modern-day office work space. Amid persistent threats from climate change, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) need to take a more proactive approach in doing business by always considering their impact on the environment while meeting customer expectations. Epson, in its SME Study on Digital Transformation in Southeast Asia ...

Filipinos in cruise ship who tested positive for COVID-19 now at 41
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Forty-one Filipinos aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship that docked off Yokohama, Japan are infected with the COVID-19, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) disclosed Wednesday. "Sa ngayon, we have 41 positive cases already for our crew sa ating Diamond Princess," Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario ...

OFW in Hong Kong tests positive for COVID-19 -- DOH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- An Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) in Hong Kong has been infected by the COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed Wednesday. In a press briefing, Health Assistant ...

After EU exit, UK may also negotiate for free-trade pact with PHL, Asean
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-19
He bared one of the terrains explored by London is Manila, as merchandise trade between the two parties is complementary. "Great thing about business between the Philippines and the UK is that we are very complementary. You export a lot of agricultural produce to the UK--tuna, pineapples, coconut-based materials for a whole number of ...

DOTr lets Angkas deploy over 23,000 motorcycle taxis in Metro Manila
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) -- Motorcycle taxi firm Angkas has gained the lion's share in motorcycle taxi operations in Metro Manila, the Department of Transportation announced Wednesday. The Inter-Agency Technical Working Group (TWG) handling the pilot run said Angkas has been allowed to deploy 23,164 riders for the motorcycle ...

Over 100 Filipino crewmen of quarantined cruise ship nix repatriation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Around 100 Filipinos crewmen of the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan have opted to remain on board despite government efforts to repatriate them. This was revealed by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Wednesday as the 14-day isolation of the passengers and crew of the vessel ends Wednesday.

Metro Pacific, Dusit ink P1.6B PH hospitality venture
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-19
Infrastructure holding firm Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) is diversifying into the hospitality business in the Philippines in partnership with Thai hotel and development firm Dusit International. MPIC, which is led by businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan, signed a P1.6-billion investment agreement with Dusit to develop and manage jointly ...

Facebook's latest experimental app looks a lot like Pinterest
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-19
(CNN) -- Facebook is taking some inspiration from Pinterest. Facebook has quietly released a new app called "Hobbi," which allows users to save photos of projects and activities they're interested in, much like Pinterest allows users to bookmark or "pin" content. Like Pinterest, Hobbi focuses on lifestyle topics such as cooking, home décor ...

EastWest Bank raises P3.7B from bond issue
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-19
EAST WEST Banking Corp. raised P3.7 billion from its maiden offering of bonds last week. -- BW FILE PHOTO EAST WEST Banking Corp. (EastWest Bank) raised P3.7 billion from its maiden issuance of fixed-rate bonds, more than its initial target following strong demand from investors, it said on Tuesday. EastWest Bank said in a disclosure to the ...

Intesa Sanpaolo spurs bank M&A with UBI bid
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-19
INTESA SANPAOLO SpA launched one of the biggest European banking deals since the financial crisis with an unsolicited 4.9 billion-euro ($5.3-billion) bid for smaller rival Unione di Banche Italiane SpA (UBI). Under the offer, UBI investors will get 17 new shares of Intesa for every 10 UBI shares they hold. That valued UBI at about 4.25 euros a ...

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