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Lawmaker seeks deliberations on ABS-CBN franchise renewal - 2020-01-14
MANILA, Philippines -- A lawmaker yesterday asked the House of Representatives to start deliberations on measures seeking renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise. Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, one of the proponents of the bills, urged the House committee on legislative franchises to conduct the hearing when session resumes next week after the ...

Metro Manila crime rate down - NCRPO - 2020-01-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The crime volume in Metro Manila went down by six percent in 2019, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) reported yesterday. NCRPO acting director Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas said 48,182 crimes were recorded from January to December last year. The figure is lower compared to the 51,322 crimes recorded during the ...

More pigs in Pangasinan with ASF culled - 2020-01-14
BINMALEY, Pangasinan, Philippines -- At least 21 pigs in Barangay Linoc in this town were culled yesterday to contain the spread of African swine fever (ASF). Provincial veterinarian Jovito Tabarejos said blood tests confirmed that the culled pigs were affected by ASF. The pigs were within the one-kilometer radius of a piggery wherein 34 pigs ...

Duterte confers medals on Marawi Marines - 2020-01-14
MANILA, Philippines -- President Duterte has honored 140 Marines who helped liberate Marawi from extremists in 2017. Duterte conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu on eight officers and 132 other personnel of the Marine Corps at Fort Bonifacio on Monday. "Our nation is forever grateful to the brave men and women of our Marine Corps who went above ...

Villar not endorsing any cryptocurrency business
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-14
VISTA LAND and Lifescapes, Inc. (VLL) clarified on Tuesday that its chairman Manuel B. Villar, Jr. is not endorsing any cryptocurrency business. In a statement of clarification sent to media yesterday, Mr. Villar warned the public against a "false social media posting" that claims he is endorsing a cryptocurrency program. "I have never ...

Fast-track your finance career with the CPA Program
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-14
"I have grown from being a deliverer and producer to having a business and strategist mindset," he declares. Acknowledging that the CPA Australia designation has been pivotal in fast-tracking his own career, Jared believes it can do the same for many Filipino finance practitioners. Become a CPA Australia member via the MPA Indeed, although ...

CVS Expansion Plans: A HealthHUB May Be Coming To A City Near You
International Business Times - 2020-01-14
CVS Health (CVS) is expanding its HealthHUB footprint by opening 15 locations in Houston. The drugstore and pharmacy chain also said it will open as many as 1,500 HealthHUBs by 2021, with 600 locations reportedly slated to open by the end of 2020. CVS said its HealthHUBs are designed to offer healthcare services that are simple to use ...

Philippines Volcano Spews Lava a Half-Mile Into the Sky; Thousands Flee
The Weather Channel - 2020-01-14
Tens of thousands fled a volcanic eruption in the Philippines as ash and debris shot miles into the air.

Duterte quips: Give offerings to Taal volcano
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) -- President Rodrigo Duterte, in a joking manner, suggested to go a "primitive" route to avoid another eruption of the Taal volcano. The President met with members of his Cabinet on Tuesday in the province to discuss the situation in Taal after its eruption over the weekend. In the middle of their ...

Duterte quips: Give offerings to Taal volcano
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) -- President Rodrigo Duterte, in a joking manner, suggested to go a "primitive" route to avoid another eruption of the Taal volcano. The President met with members of his Cabinet on Tuesday in the province to discuss the situation in Taal after its eruption over the weekend. In the middle of their ...

Duterte, Robredo make separate visits to Taal evacuees
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) -- President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday paid separate visits to evacuation centers in Batangas where thousands of residents have remained in order to escape ashfall from Sunday's eruption of Taal Volcano. Duterte spoke to evacuees taking refuge in Batangas City ...

Agriculture Dept.: Crop, livestock damage from Taal eruption at ?74.55-M
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) said damage to cops and livestock due to Taal Volcano has reached ?74.55 million. A bulletin released Monday said, "DA RFO (regional field office) IV-A has reported initial ...

Consumption-led boom seen continuing into 2020 -- FMIC
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-14
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA ... in the third quarter and we are also seeing actual bigger-ticket items are going full steam ahead," University of Asia and the Pacific professor Victor A. Abola said. Mr. Abola said he expects price movements ...

PSEi picks up on bargain hunting as trade resumes
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-14
LOCAL SHARES opened the trading week slightly higher as bargain hunters emerged upon the resumption of business operations in the country on Tuesday. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) picked up 16.48 points or 0.21% to close at 7,793.25 on Tuesday. The broader all shares index ended flat with a gain of 0.8 point or 0.01% to ...

Tourism in Tagaytay, Taal-affected areas suffers 'tremendous setback'
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) -- Tagaytay City, a popular tourist destination known for its cool breeze and scenic views, is suffering a "tremendous setback" from Taal Volcano's unrest. The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Tuesday said this is also the case for other areas in the CALABARZON region, whhich includes the provinces of ...

Magnitude 4.1 quake hits Batangas on Tuesday afternoon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-14
MANILA, Philippines -- A magnitude 4.1 quake struck Calaca town in Batangas on Tuesday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported. Phivolcs said the ...

One Meralco Foundation offers free charging, food packs to Taal Volcano victims
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-14
To ensure that their mobile devices are constantly powered, One Meralco Foundation (OMF), the corporate social responsibility arm of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), set up its solar-powered mobile charging stations at an evacuation center in Alfonso, Cavite last night where around 3,000 families affected by the Taal Volcano eruption are ...

PH troops off to Middle East to bring Filipinos home
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) -- Two Navy ships are now heading to the Middle East to aid in the repatriation of Filipinos in the region. President Rodrigo Duterte sent off Tuesday Del Pilar-class patrol ship BRP Ramon Alcaraz and landing platform dock BRP Davao del Sur to fetch Filipinos in the Middle East and bring them home.

'Talking to China the only solution,' PH official says as Chinese Coast Guard docks in Manila
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) -- Officials of the Philippine Coast Guard on Tuesday welcomed Chinese counterparts on a week-long visit, marked by exploratory talks and exercises. A marching band greeted the Chinese Coast Guard as its Vessel 5204 laid anchor at the Port of Manila, led by Major General Wang Zhongcai. The visit was ...

SM Supermalls extends aid, assistance to Taal volcano victims - 2020-01-14
MANILA, Philippines -- SM Supermalls, SM Cares, SM Foundation Inc., and Philippine National Red Cross extend urgent relief support and assistance to affected communities via the Oplan Tulong Express booths located in its 12 malls in South Luzon namely SM City Bacoor, Dasmariñas, Molino, Rosario, Trece Martires, Imus, Sta. Rosa, San Pablo ...

Matobato lawyer to withdraw ICC case vs Duterte
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Lawyer Jude Sabio has announced that he is withdrawing his complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte before the International Criminal Court (ICC). In 2017, Sabio submitted a communication (complaint) to ICC alleging Duterte committed crimes against humanity. Sabio, a lawyer for a self-confessed member of the Davao ...

Agricultural expert says ash from Taal eruption good for plants
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-14
MANILA, Philippines -- How would the massive volumes of ash from the restive Taal Volcano affect the agricultural areas where they fell? For one agricultural expert, the ashfall spewed by Taal ...

DTI finds fake N95 face masks in Manila medical supply store
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-14
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) found fake N95 face masks being sold at a store in Sta. Cruz, Manila during a surprise inspection on Tuesday, following reports that the items were being sold at a much higher price after the phreatic eruption of the Taal Volcano. DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo, who heads the ...

Fissuring in areas near Taal Volcano hints impending explosive eruption
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-14
MANILA, Philippines -- New fissures or cracks discovered in areas around Taal Volcano are an indication of an imminent explosive eruption, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology ...

Ex-Batangas solon who was burned in car laid to rest - 2020-01-14
BATANGAS, Philippines -- Former Batangas congressman Edgar Mendoza was brought to his final resting place Tuesday at the Eternal Gardens in Batangas City. Hundreds of his family and friends, clad in black shirts that said "Justice for Ed Mendoza", attended the funeral service. In her message, daughter Paula thanked all of those who have ...

PNP names new head for its human rights affairs unit
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has named BGen. Ildebrandi Usana as new chief of its Human Rights Affairs Office (HRAO). The appointment was made Tuesday by PNP Officer-in-Charge Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa. Usana is a former Acting Regional Director and Deputy Regional Director for Administration ...

MVP group, PDRF mobilize relief efforts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-14
As Taal Volcano continues to spew ashes and disrupt communities and businesses within the vicinity, the private sector has stepped up mobilization of relief efforts. "We continue to coordinate the assistance of the private sector and engage our local and overseas partners and the government and LGUs (local government units) to help people in ...

Amazon and Flipkart face an antitrust investigation in India
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
(CNN) -- India's antitrust regulator has opened an investigation into Amazon and Flipkart over allegations that the two retail giants are illegally undercutting local businesses, allegations the companies deny. The Competition Commission of India is investigating the two companies' e-commerce businesses in the country, it said Monday.

Phivolcs clarifies: Mayon volcano not erupting like Taal
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology dismissed as hoax some online reports that Mayon Volcano has also started acting up alongside Taal Volcano's unrest. The agency clarified on Tuesday that Mt. Mayon is not on the verge of erupting, a message wrongly claimed on social media.

Lawyer withdraws ICC complaint vs. Duterte
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) -- A Filipino lawyer now disowns the complaint he filed against President Rodrigo Duterte in the International Criminal Court two years ago. Jude Sabio on Tuesday signed an affidavit saying he wants to withdraw the 77-page document, formally called by the ICC as a "communication," where he alleged the ...

Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-14
BALETE, Batangas -- Residents here had gone back to the volcano island on Tuesday to rescue whatever animal, like horses, cows, and pigs, that may have survived the thick ashfall that has now enveloped the entire island. Aside from fishing, residents on the volcano island made a living from raising livestock and offering horse rides to ...

Veteran journalist Twink Macaraig dies
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14)-- Veteran journalist Twink Macaraig has passed away on Tuesday--after a years-long battle against cancer. This was confirmed by her network TV5. Macaraig served as a news anchor for television networks TV5 and ABS-CBN. Her works were also published in various online platforms including Esquire ...

Filipino repatriates from Iraq on their way to Qatar; may arrive in Manila tomorrow
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 13)--The Department of National Defense said the first batch of returning Filipinos is scheduled to leave Iraq for Qatar on Monday night and may arrive in Manila tomorrow afternoon. In a statement Monday, the Defense Department said at least 12 Filipinos will leave Baghdad for Qatar at 9pm tonight.

LIST: Flights canceled on January 14 due to Taal ashfall - 2020-01-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Several domestic and international flights remain suspended on Tuesday, January 14 due to the ashfall triggered by Taal Volcano eruption. In its advisory, the Manila International Airport Authority said that as of 5 a.m. several airlines announced cancellation of flights. Among the carriers that announced flight ...

Cayetano thanks responders for quick aid during Taal eruption
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-14
MANILA, Philippines -- House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano thanked the local governments and first responders in the areas affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano for "taking immediate precautionary measures to ensure the safety and security of our constituents." In a statement issued on Monday, Cayetano said: "On behalf of the House of ...

400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-14
LUCENA CITY, Philippines - At least 400 evacuees from the eruption of the Taal Volcano in Batangas have taken refuge at Mount Banahaw in Quezon. A report from the Dolores town police, said the evacuees from the towns of Talisay, Tanauan and Agoncillo arrived at the central compound of the "Suprema de la Iglesia del Ciudad Mystica de Dios ...

Creation of disaster, emergency response department pressed amid Taal eruption
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-14
MANILA, Philippines -- Following the recent eruption of Taal Volcano that has displaced thousands in Batangas and Cavite, Senator Grace Poe is pushing anew for the creation of department that would focus on disaster resilience and emergency management. "Dahil sa marami na ring nangyayaring mga kalamidad sa ating bansa e napapanahon na na ...

Philippine Volcano Spews Lava, Ash for 3rd Day, 30,000 Flee
New York Times - 2020-01-14
A volcano near the Philippine capital spewed lava, ash and steam and trembled constantly Tuesday on the third day of an eruption that could portend a much bigger and dangerous eruption, officials warned as tens of thousands of people fled ash-blanketed villages in the danger zone.

One of the world's top companies is giving young people the chance to veto projects that hurt the climate
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
(CNN) -- Siemens is taking heat for sticking with a controversial coal mining project in fire-ravaged Australia. Its response? Give young people the power to veto future business on environmental grounds. In an open letter dated Sunday, CEO Joe Kaeser said the German engineering group would establish a new committee that includes young people ...

The technology of the future paints a very lonely picture for all of us
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
(CNN) -- While standing next to Samsung's new softball-shaped robot Ballie at the CES tech show this week, a company spokesperson told me the personal assistant prototype may one day be able to roll over to me and call 911 if I've fallen down. My dark-yet-immediate reaction was to wonder whether the newly-announced "artificial humans" from ...

Creation of BARMM unlikely if not for Duterte, regional leaders say - 2020-01-14
COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- The creation last year of the Bangsamoro government would have been less likely without a president from Mindanao, regional officials said. Ahod 'Al Haj Murad' Ebrahim, appointed chief minister of the now 11-month-old Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, said Tuesday they are grateful to President ...

The world is drowning in debt
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
(CNN) -- The world's already huge debt load smashed the record for the highest debt-to-GDP ratio before 2019 was even over. In fact, it broke that record in the first nine months of last year. Global debt, which comprises borrowings from households, governments and companies, grew by $9 trillion, to nearly $253 trillion, in the first nine ...

LIST: Flight cancellations on Tuesday due to Taal eruption
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-14
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has raised Alert Level 4 over Taal Volcano, after it showed a marked unrest Sunday afternoon, indicating that it may generate a "hazardous explosive eruption" soon.

Firms eye customized banking services
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-14
LOCAL COMPANIES are looking to avail of customized banking services to improve the efficiency of their transactions, according to UnionBank of the Philippines, Inc. John Cary L. Ong, UnionBank executive vice-president and head of Transaction Banking Center said the local landscape is "quite unique" compared to its counterparts in the region ...

Agency banking transactions rose in 2019
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-14
The total amount of money which went through the system skyrocketed by 521% year on year to P3.3 billion in 2019. "The strategy behind the exponential growth was based on the recalibration of the business model including the data-driven device distribution in areas with propensity for high transaction volume," RCBC Executive Vice- President ...

Beware of health hazards of volcanic ash
Gov - 2020-01-14
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 14 -- As the restive Taal Volcano continues to spews ash over a vast area, the EcoWaste Coalition, an environmental health group, reminded the public to avoid exposure to volcanic ash. Echoing the health advisory issued by the Department of Health (DOH), the group prodded the public, especially those who are already suffering ...

From internet cafes to international competitions: the rocketing popularity of esports
BusinessWorld - 2020-01-13
Developed by Chinese developer Shanghai Moonton Technology, Mobile Legends ... the largest esports organization in Southeast Asia, told BusinessWorld that they had to book a separate viewing area outside the main arena to accommodate the massive number ...

Microsoft is killing off support for Windows 7, which is used on a third of PCs globally
CNN Philippines - 2020-01-13
(CNN) -- It's the end of the line for Windows 7. Microsoft will no longer support the 11-year-old operating system as of Tuesday. For users, that means Microsoft will stop providing updates and security patches for Windows 7. The changes will affect hundreds of millions of people because more than one-third of PCs use Windows 7, according to ...

Power, water firms move to secure supplies amid Taal unrest
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-13
Ashfall from Taal knocked down power distribution circuits throughout Tagaytay City and parts of Batangas, Cavite and Laguna, where volcanic fragments also caused the outage of five major transmission facilities. Manila Electric Co. (Meralco) said in a statement that electricity in some portions of Sta. Rosa, Cabuyao and Calamba in Laguna ...

Insurance cover for Taal-linked earthquake damage ready
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-01-13
This loss would be similar to the losses during the 1990 Luzon earthquake in Nueva Ecija," Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez ... For his part, Dominguez said the government was working on a natural catastrophe cover for strategically important assets (schools, roads and bridges), which would protect against natural catastrophes such as ...

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