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FBI arrests 3 Quiboloy church members in US on immigration fraud charges
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 30) -- The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested three members of the church founded by Filipino megachurch leader Apollo Quiboloy for an immigration fraud scheme case. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said three top administrators of the Davao-based Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The ...

Drug suspect shot dead in Rizal - 2020-01-30
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines - A drug suspect was gunned down in Taytay, Rizal on Wednesday. Maria Leonora Lorilla was in Barangay San Lorenzo Ruiz when he was shot at close range by an unidentified woman in Barangay San Juan. Lorilla died at the scene. The assailant and her cohort fled on foot.

Infra spending seen recovering
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-30
Michael L. Ricafort, chief economist at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp., said the economy would probably grow by 6.4% to 6.8% this year as investments pick up. "We still have more drivers," he said in a speech at an insurance event yesterday, noting that investments or capital formation accounts for about 30% of the Philippine economy.

Asian Shares Plunge as Coronavirus Spreads Throughout Region
YAHOO! - 2020-01-30
The major Asia Pacific stock indexes were down across the board on Thursday as investors continued to assess the economic impact of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, while watching for new developments.

Philippines confirms more ASF cases; 200,000 pigs culled - 2020-01-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines has reported more African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks, with culled pigs nearing 200,000. In a follow-up report to the World Organization for Animal Health, also known as OIE, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said 130 new outbreaks and 2,891 cases have been recorded since August last year. In its report ...

No respite from virus scare as stocks drop further - 2020-01-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The stock market continued to slide yesterday, dropping to the 7,300 level, its lowest level in 13 months as the coronavirus scare worsens and death toll continues to climb. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) finished yesterday at 7,392.68, down 69.63 points, or 0.93 percent, while the broader All ...

What is the state of cybersecurity in the country? - 2020-01-30
Last week, I wrote about our state of preparedness (or lack of) to deal with cybercrime and the threat of cyberwar/cyberterrorism or what is now termed as the Fifth Domain. Since then, I had the opportunity to consult with people in the know and I came away with this impression: we have made progress in enhancing our capability to combat ...

Teacher stabbed to death by former student - 2020-01-30
TAYUG, Pangasinan, Philippines - A teacher in this town was stabbed to death allegedly by one of his former students on Tuesday. The body of Arnaldo Tabucol, 29, of the Sta. Cruz Integrated School in Sta. Maria town in this province was found in a farm in Barangay Libertad. Maj. Wilmer Pagaduan, town police officer-in-charge, said probers are ...

Benguet electric coop faces raps over street light project - 2020-01-30
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Philippines - A complaint has been filed against the Benguet Electric Cooperative (Beneco) for allegedly reneging on a contract for a streetlight project in Baguio City and this town. Officials of the La Trinidad municipal government filed a complaint for breach of contract and a motion for issuance of a writ of ...

13 foreign women rescued from Makati sex den - 2020-01-30
MAKATI , Philippines-- Thirteen women, all foreigners, were rescued during a raid on a prostitution den at a hotel in Makati City on Wednesday night. The women - two Russians, two Vietnamese and nine Chinese - were found in the rooms at the Golden Dragon Hotel in Barangay Pio del Pilar at around 10:35 p.m., city police chief Col.

House vows to pass law on motorcycle taxis by March - 2020-01-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The House of Representatives has vowed to come up by March with a legislative measure that would legitimize and regulate motorcycle ride-hailing services in the country. The committees on Metro Manila development and transportation have committed to complete deliberations on bills seeking to amend Republic Act 4136 (Land ...

LANDBANK income grows 20% to P18.51 billion
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-30
"We are banking on this performance to enable us to create a bigger impact in helping the agriculture sector grow this year. We look to build on this momentum to intensify and further expand support to our priority sectors, our small farmers and fishers ...

Sinisian breaks ground for P1 billion Batangas industrial park - 2020-01-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Sinisian Lemery Batangas Port and Industrial Park Corp. (SLBPIP) broke ground on a P1 billion, six-hectare port and industrial park in Lemery, Batangas. The sprawling complex is envisioned to be a major gateway in Southern Luzon in 2021. It hopes to address growing port congestion in the region and to meet the ...

Simple ways you can Safeguard your health from coronavirus
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-30
Now, netizens are affected as the said virus is rumored to have reached the Philippines. But according to the Department of Health (DOH), there is no confirmed Wuhan coronavirus case yet in the country. "Until now, we have no verified case," Health Undersecretary Rolando Domingo said in a briefing, referring to the new coronavirus called ...

Metro drugstores run out of masks, disinfectants as first nCoV case confirmed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
MANILA, Philippines - People all over Metro Manila have flocked to drug stores to buy face masks, sanitizers and other disinfectants following confirmation that a Chinese tourist had tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Photos taken from a drug store in Maysilo Circle, Mandaluyong on Thursday evening -- hours after the ...

2020 growth seen at 6.3% by Maybank Kim Eng
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-30
"Growth is expected to strengthen to 6.3% in 2020 on additional monetary policy easing plus fiscal stimulus from the higher 2020 budget, spillover of 2019 government spending, and corporate tax cuts," Suhaimi Ilias, regional head of economic research ...

Thursday's Stock Market Open: US Equities Drop As Death Toll From Coronavirus Climbs In China
International Business Times - 2020-01-30
China reported 170 people have died from coronavirus and nearly 8,000 are infected India and Philippines recorded their first cases of the virus. US GDP estimated to have grown by 2.3% in 2019 U.S. stocks opened lower on Thursday on worries that the fast spreading Chinese coronavirus will disrupt global trade and travel.

DOH to recommend temporary travel restrictions from Hubei, China
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Health (DOH) said it will "strongly" recommend a travel restriction from Hubei province in China after the Philippines recorded its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus. "By now, I will strongly recommend to the task force of emerging infectious disease, a temporary restriction of ...

Housing officials urged: Consider nature of livelihood of Taal resettlers
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-30
CNN Philippines (Metro Manila, January 30) -- Now that the government has shifted to the rehabilitation phase in the aftermath of the eruption of Taal Volcano, some affected victims have cast doubts on the recommendation to shift to a new location which may not be applicable to their usual means of livelihood. This was raised with government ...

No cloud cluster near PH, but Amihan to bring scattered rains, cold weather
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
MANILA, Philippines - No cloud clusters and major weather disturbances were seen near the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), but the state weather bureau said that cloudy skies might ...

PNP exec unhurt, cop killed in Bukidnon ambush - 2020-01-30
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines - A police official was unhurt while one of his men was killed and three others were wounded in an ambush in Bukidnon yesterday. Cpl. Roel Sumaylo died at the scene. The wounded - Capt. Gigi Ramil, Cpl. Jerwin Genilla ...

Higher ratings in the midst of anxiety - 2020-01-30
The first tremor of anxiety, albeit ever slightly palpable, was when the President declared the concession agreements of Manila Water and Maynilad as the "greatest rip-off" ever in the country. The two companies are backed by Ayala Corp. and Metro Pacific Investment Corp., respectively, two of the biggest conglomerates in the country.

Public urged to stay calm as PH records 1st novel coronavirus case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
MANILA, Philippines -- After health officials confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Thursday called on the public to remain calm as necessary precautionary measures are already in place to address this health concern. "We ask the public not to panic and to remain calm ...

Taal volcano seen to cost Calabarzon economy P6.7B but economic impact on rest of PH minimal, says BSP
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
The economy of the Calabrazon region may suffer forgone income of as much as P6.7 billion due to the eruption of Taal Volcano, with the bulk of the impact being felt in the agriculture and ...

Duterte encourages Cabinet members to boycott travel to the US
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 29) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is encouraging Cabinet officials to boycott travel to the United States indefinitely as part of his administration's ...

No details but Dominguez says another onerous contract being reviewed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
Yet another government contract with onerous terms, which also allegedly benefitted a former official involved in the transaction, would be reviewed by the Department of Finance (DOF), Secretary ...

Coming soon: BSP to reward, punish banks based on their risk profiles
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has adopted a three-phase corporate governance agenda to promote good corporate governance and prudent risk-taking behavior by financial institutions. Among other key factors, the new rules will call for regulators to assess the reputational risk of bank stakeholders and reward or penalize parties according to ...

Coronavirus Update: First Case In The Philippines Confirmed; Patient Reportedly Traveled In Cebu, Dumaguete
International Business Times - 2020-01-30
in Central Visayas and one unconfirmed cases each in Davao City, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas and MIMAROPA regions Local health officials confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the Philippines,

Coronavirus Update: First Case In The Philippines Confirmed
International Business Times - 2020-01-30
in Central Visayas and one unconfirmed cases each in Davao City, Western Visayas, Eastern Visayas and MIMAROPA regions Local health officials confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the Philippines,

Philippines confirms first case of new coronavirus: health minister
Reuters - 2020-01-30
Philippine health officials have confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in the country. A 38-year-old Chinese woman, who arrived in the country from Wuhan, China, on Jan. 21, tested positive for the novel coronavirus,

Palace reminds foreigners to respect PH laws
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Malacañang on Thursday reminded foreigners in the country to follow the law of the land. In a Palace briefing, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo warned foreigners that incidents of misbehavior are being investigated by authorities and those who will be proven to have violated Philippine laws will be charged.

Young leader offers fresh perspectives for real estate industry
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
He has prepared for this role. He is a Political Science graduate from De La Salle University, which gave him good groundwork for reading comprehension. He was also fortunate enough to study in China for almost 2 years, he says, as he was exposed to how other cultures do business. Upon the decision-making process of becoming the COO ...

Coronavirus confirmed in the Philippines
NIKKEI - 2020-01-30
MANILA -- The Philippines on Thursday reported its first case of the new coronavirus. The patient is a 38-year-old Chinese woman, Health Secretary Francisco Duque said in a briefing. The woman came from Wuhan and traveled to the Philippines via Hong Kong. The woman is among the 28 possible cases of coronavirus infection being investigated by ...

3 alleged drug pushers fall in Camarines Sur
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
LEGAZPI CITY -- Three suspected drug personalities, including a couple, were arrested in separate operations of authorities in Tinambac town in Camarines Sur province on Thursday morning. Police Major Maria Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of the Bicol police, said Rodolfo Dela Cruz, 41, and his wife Maria Grace, 40, were arrested through a ...

Gov't to put Batangas lot leased by Chevron up for bidding
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 30) -- The spacious lot occupied by Chevron Philippines in Batangas would be up for public bidding as the government seeks a "better deal" in leasing the property, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said Thursday. Last week, the Department of Finance chided Chevron -- the company running Caltex gas ...

Ikea shuts down all mainland China stores over coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-30
(CNN) -- Ikea is shutting down all of its stores across China as the deadly Wuhan coronavirus outbreak escalates. The furniture store will "temporarily close" its dozens of brick-and-mortar stores in mainland China starting Thursday, a spokeswoman for Ikea China said in a statement. "We will pay close attention to the epidemic situation, and ...

PH, US Army chiefs meet amid talks of VFA termination
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Despite the possible termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) upon the orders of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine Army continues to keep its affairs with its American counterparts. The armies of the Philippines and United States launched this week a month-long joint exercises that focuses on the ...

FAO and civil society groups tackle food security issues
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
Since 2010, civil society organizations have been participating in the APRC producing inputs and ... Esther Penunia, secretary-general of Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA) has positive outlook on the CSO-FAO consultations. AFA is an umbrella organization composed of 20 national farmers organizations composed ...

Tesla Model 3 production delayed in Shanghai because of coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-30
Hong Kong (CNN Business) -- Elon Musk's Tesla factory in China just got up and running. Now its vehicle production there will be delayed because of the deadly Wuhan virus outbreak. Beijing has ...

Animal rescue teams in Taal Volcano island should sign waivers -- Dela Rosa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Those who wish to set foot on Taal Volcano island should sign waivers clearing the government of any liability should something happen to them. Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa made the suggestion during a Senate hearing on Thursday to enable animal rescuers to save animals that were abandoned in Taal Volcano island.

Court convicts Mary Jane Veloso's recruiters in separate case
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 30)-- Two job recruiters who sent Mary Jane Veloso to Indonesia were found guilty of large-scale illegal recruitment in a case involving three other Filipina victims. The complaint-- filed by Lorna Valino, Ana Marie Gonzales, and Jenalyn Paraiso-- is separate from the one filed by Veloso, who is on ...

Health Chief faces lawmakers about coronavirus measures
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-30
Here in the country the Health Chief faces the House of Representatives to talk about the steps his department is taking to combat the disease.

Authorities seize ?58 million of fake, smuggled cigarettes
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 29) - Authorities have seized over P58 million worth of illegal cigarettes in Caloocan City, the Bureau of Customs said Wednesday. A BOC statement said 1,670 cases of suspected counterfiet and smuggled cigarettes were confiscated by Philippine Coast Guard, Caloocan police and Customs personnel on Tuesday ...

Total deployment ban ?to Kuwait approved
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine government will stop sending Filipino workers to Kuwait following the violent death of household service worker Jeanelyn Villavende, according to a resolution approved on Wednesday by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), and announced the same day by the Department of Labor and ...

Japan provides funding for PHL sericulture through OISCA International
BusinessMirror - 2020-01-30
According to the embassy, the assistance of the NGO in the local silk-farming industry has come a long way, carrying out sericulture support business in the Negros Island for more than 20 years. In this project, seven provinces (Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Aklan, Iloilo, Antique, Misamis Oriental and Negros Occidental) will undergo leadership ...

Tesla posts first annual profit
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-30
(CNN) -- Tesla posted its first annual profit, easily topping Wall Street's forecasts in the final three months of 2019. Tesla has had only a handful of quarterly profits in its 10 years as a public company. On a strict accounting basis the company posted yet another loss for 2019. However, Tesla posted a $386 million profit in the final three ...

No news on Filipinos in China infected by nCov, PH envoy says
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-30
MANILA, Philippines -- No Filipinos in China have so far been infected by the novel coronavirus, Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana said Thursday. "Fortunately, there is no news that any Filipino has been infected by the virus. This includes not only the Filipinos in Wuhan, but all over China," Sta. Romana said in an ...

Billionaire founder of Victoria's Secret may sell the company
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-30
(CNN)-- L Brands' stock jumped 12% Wednesday on a report that billionaire founder and CEO Leslie Wexner is in talks to step aside or sell the struggling lingerie brand. Wexner, 82, who led ...

Health experts: Human-to-human spread of new virus worrying
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-29
BEIJING -- World health officials expressed "great concern" Wednesday that a dangerous new virus is starting to spread between people outside of China, a troubling development as China and ...

Better breakfast and chicken sandwiches: How McDonald's plans to win customers back
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-29
(CNN) - McDonald's is kicking off the year with a wave of good financial results. But it still needs to figure out how to bring in more customers. Globally, sales at stores open at least a year jumped 5.9% in the fourth quarter. They also grew 5.9% for the year. In the United States, that figure was 5.1% for the quarter and 5% for the year ...

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