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Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice who upheld VFA dies from illness
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Arturo Buena, who drafted the High Court's ruling on the Visiting Forces Agreement two decades ago, passed away Thursday due to illness. Buena was 87. The Guiaan, Eastern Samar native is survived by his wife, three children and his grandchildren. During his ...

Can House franchise panel be discharged from tackling ABS-CBN issue?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-13
MANILA, Philippines -- As the public awaits action from the House committee on legislative franchises on the issue of ABS-CBN, can the committee be discharged from handling the case and instead head straight to plenary discussions? The short answer to this question is yes, according to Agusan del Norte Rep. Lawrence Fortun who used as a ...

Flexible leaves, schedules: Labor Department gives guidelines to promote workers' mental health
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines. February 13) -- The Department of Labor and Employment has released an order providing guidelines for private companies to help employees with mental health conditions. including arranging flexible work schedules. It requires private companies to have a "Mental Health Workplace Policy and Program" which aims to ...

DepEd advised against taking int'l assessment next year
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- The Philippines should not participate in next year's Programme for International Student Assessment pending the implementation of reforms in the Department of Education, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said Thursday. In 2018, the country ranked the lowest in reading comprehension and second lowest in ...

Contagion fears amid coronavirus outbreak seen hurting consumer spending
philstar.com - 2020-02-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Contagion fears amid the novel coronavirus disease outbreak could hold back consumer spending in the Philippines, analysts at a global bank said Thursday. Chinese authorities have changed the way they count infections from the SARS-like virus -- officially named COVID-19 -- and the latest reports propelled the ...

Senate probe on ABS-CBN franchise issues sought
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13)-- The Senate is seeking to conduct its own investigation into the issues-- including regulation compliance and alleged violations-- surrounding the existing franchise of media giant ABS-CBN. Senator Grace Poe filed Senate Resolution no. 322, directing the Committee on Public Services to look into ...

Comelec affirms Cardema ineligible to sit as Duterte Youth representative
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has affirmed an earlier ruling that found Duterte Youth chairman Ronald Cardema ineligible to sit as a youth representative in the House of Representatives--ending his months-long pursuit for a seat in Congress. The Comelec en banc, in a nine-page resolution promulgated on ...

Malacañang vows to run after tax-delinquent Pogos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-13
MANILA, Philippines--Malacañang on Thursday vowed to run after Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (Pogos) in the country that have failed to settle their taxes. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo issued the statement after a Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) official, during a recent Senate hearing, bared that the majority of the 60 ...

PNP to intensify online monitoring vs fake news
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa has ordered its anti-cybercrime unit to intensify online monitoring against the circulation in social media of fake news. In a statement on Thursday, the PNP said its Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) and its regional units were ordered to "monitor misinformation ...

New Zealand school bars Filipino children amid coronavirus panic
philstar.com - 2020-02-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Four Filipino kids, aged 7 to 12, were barred from entering their New Zealand-based primary school over fears that they would infect their schoolmates with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a report said. The New Zealand Herald reported on Thursday morning that the Papakura Normal School told the families of the children ...

Six more Filipinos in Japan cruise ship test positive for novel coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- Six more Filipinos aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan have tested positive for the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19), bringing ...

Clan feud also eyed as motive in slay of Maguindanao town mayor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Investigators are also looking at clan feud or "rido" as among the possible motives behind the killing of a Maguindanao town mayor in front of a hotel in Manila earlier this week. "Politics, rido (clan feud), and involvement in illegal drugs," Capt. Henry Navarro, chief of the Manila Police District (MPD ...

PNP chief Gamboa: Another revamp in the offing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Some 20 police generals and colonels will be reshuffled soon, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa revealed Thursday. He clarified that the revamp is due to the retirement of some PNP generals. "Today I am issuing probably around 20 generals and colonels for another reshuffle. The reason behind ...

OFW remittances to catch a cold as coronavirus-hit countries sneeze
philstar.com - 2020-02-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Money sent home by overseas Filipino workers could take a hit from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as weaker economic activity in China and other affected countries is expected to have spill-over effects into the Philippine economy, analysts at ANZ Research said Wednesday. The coronavirus disease that emerged in China ...

Other US military deals 'must go' based on Duterte's stance, Panelo says
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- President Rodrigo Duterte also wants to scrap the Mutual Defense Treaty, as well as the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement with the United States, his spokesperson said Thursday. The MDT states that Manila and Washington would come to each other's defense in case of an attack by a foreign ...

IMF wants tax evaders also charged for money laundering
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- The Philippines should also charge tax evaders with money laundering to tighten its watch against ill-gotten wealth, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said. In its recent health check on the nation's economy, the global authority said the Philippine government can further strengthen controls ...

Cemex PH swings to profitability
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-13
Cement-maker Cemex Holdings Philippines Inc. returned to profitability in full year 2019 as higher cement prices and foreign exchange gains made up for the sluggish cement sales volume caused by delayed enactment of the national budget. Cemex booked a full-year net profit of P1.28 billion, a turnaround from the loss of P971 million in the ...

Taxes paid online, through apps double to P1.2B, says BIR
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-13
More and more taxpayers have been settling their dues online and through apps nearly doubling Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) collections through digital channels to P1.2 billion in 2019. In a report to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III, Internal Revenue Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa said the amount of taxes collected by the BIR ...

MMDA wants to ban motorcycle taxis on major roads
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- Transport authorities said they are looking to ban motorcycle taxis from plying major roads in Metro Manila once their operations are legalized. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority General Manager Jojo Garcia appealed to lawmakers and the technical working group or TWG handling the ...

Vietnam might not reach GDP growth target in 2020 due to COVID-19 outbreak--ministry
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-13
HANOI -- Vietnam might fail to achieve its 6.8 percent GDP growth rate target set earlier this year as the novel coronavirus epidemic continues to take a heavy toll on the global economy, according to the Ministry of Planning and Investment. In a meeting on Wednesday chaired by the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to look at revised growth ...

Palace insists Taiwan travel ban a health issue, not political
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-13
However, the Department of Health (DOH) early this week announced that the travel ban also covered Taiwan. Taipei protested its "wrongful" inclusion in the travel restriction, noting that the Philippines was "misled" by the World Health Organization, which considers Taiwan as part of China. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo denied this ...

Sagada shuts door on tourists due to COVID-19 threat
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-13
BAGUIO CITY -- The popular tourist town of Sagada in Mountain province has temporarily shut its doors on visitors as a precautionary measure against coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Sagada Mayor James Pooten Jr. on Thursday ordered the suspension of eco-tourism activities within the municipality "until further notice." Pooten said he ...

Senators back inquiry into franchise compliance of ABS-CBN
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-13
MANILA, Philippines -- Senators on Thursday backed a resolution seeking to conduct an inquiry into the franchise compliance of media giant ABS-CBN. Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate public services committee, filed a resolution on Wednesday which seeks to look into "the operations of ABS-CBN Corporation to determine compliance with the ...

PAL to passengers: Arrive four hours earlier before flight for coronavirus check
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) -- Travelers coming from Manila are told to arrive hours earlier in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to allot time for health screening amid the coronavirus scare, the country's flag carrier said on Thursday. Philippine Airlines said passengers should arrive at the airport terminal for check-in ...

Other PH-US defense pacts may be in jeopardy too, Panelo says
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-13
MANILA, Philippines - Other defense agreements between the Philippines and the United States may "likely" to be abrogated too, based on the way President Rodrigo Duterte handled the repeal of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said Thursday. "The way his body language says mukhang ayaw niya na ...

US health authority shipped faulty coronavirus test kits across country
philstar.com - 2020-02-13
WASHINGTON, United States -- A number of test kits sent out by US health authorities to labs across the country to diagnose the deadly novel coronavirus are faulty, a senior official said Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began shipping 200 test kids nationwide on February 5 to speed up the diagnosis of US cases ...

10 hurt as SUV driver plows into crowd near Baclaran church
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-13
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 13) - Ten people were hurt in a vehicular accident near Baclaran church in Parañaque City on Wednesday night, according to police. Authorities said the driver of a black Toyota Fortuner, identified as Allan Respecia, drove into a crowd beside the church around 9 p.m., injuring pedestrians and hitting ...

One year after rice tariffication: Farmers hurting, angry at new law
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-13
They too were affected by the "gaming" operations by the big private importers-distributors, which found the rice importation-distribution business suddenly wide open to the private sector. No need to knock at the doors of the NFA or any government agency. Per monitoring by the US Department of Agriculture, as much as three million tons of ...

Quezon Province joins observance of National Oral Health Month
Gov - 2020-02-13
LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Feb. 13 (PIA) -The Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) of the provincial government of Quezon in coordination with Quezon Dental Chapter has lined activities in observance of the National Oral/Dental Health Month this February ...

KAPA founder, officers ordered arrested for fraud
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-13
In a statement, the corporate regulator said the court on Tuesday issued the warrants of arrest against KAPA Founder and President Joel A. Apolinario, Trustee Margie A. Danao and Corporate Secretary Reyna L. Apolinario. The court also called for the arrest of KAPA promoters identified as Marisol S. Diaz, Adelfa Fernandico, Moises Mopia and ...

Solid earnings send stock indexes higher on Wall Street
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-13
Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday, driving the S&P 500 and Nasdaq indexes to more record highs. Technology stocks powered much of the rally as investors focused on the latest batch of mostly solid company earnings reports. The latest gains came as worries about the economic impact of the virus outbreak that originated in ...

We tried out the Galaxy Z Flip phone. Samsung could be onto something
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-13
(CNN) -- A week ago, it'd be easy to dismiss foldable smartphones as a trend that never became a full-on fad. After all, Samsung's Galaxy Fold model, at nearly $2,000, famously broke for early reviewers, and the newly-launched $1,500 Motorola RAZR flip phone -- twice the cost of an iPhone 11 touts mostly lackluster features, including a small ...

Coronavirus cases fall, experts disagree over whether peak is near
Reuters - 2020-02-13
China on Wednesday reported its lowest number of new coronavirus cases since late January, lending weight to a prediction from its senior medical adviser that the outbreak could be over by April. Global markets took heart from the outlook but other international experts remain alarmed by the spread of the flu-like virus,

Concepcion Industrial after-tax profit up 27%
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-13
The recovery of its commercial business also helped in boosting profits. "I am happy with the second half results for the company as it reflected a strong recovery in the market, traction on operational efficiencies, and cost reduction initiatives," CIC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Raul Joseph A. Concepcion was quoted in the ...

Arrest order out for Kapa head, 6 more
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-12
MANILA, Philippines -- A local court in Surigao del Sur has ordered the arrest of the founder of the religious organization Kapa-Community Ministry International, along with six others officers and promoters, for what securities regulators tagged as a Ponzi-type investment fraud. The Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Bislig City issued on Feb ...

Facebook suspends dating service rollout in Europe after Irish officials search Dublin HQ
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-12
(CNN) --Facebook has suspended the rollout of its dating service in Europe planned for the eve of Valentine's Day after officials from the Irish data regulator searched its offices. The regulator said in a statement that it "conducted an inspection" of Facebook's offices in Dublin earlier this week after learning on February 3 about the US ...

Airline refunds to hit P3B due to virus scare
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-12
The local airline industry is taking a multibillion-peso hit after the government ordered a ban on tourists who traveled to China as well as travel to and from the epicenter of the growing new coronavirus epidemic. Roberto Lim, Air Carriers Association of the Philippines Inc. (ACAP) vice chair, said combined refunds could reach P3 billion over ...

Scrapping of electricity spot market deal pushed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-02-12
The Department of Energy (DOE) should scrap the contract between Philippine Electricity Market Corp. (PEMC) and Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines Inc. (IEMOP) because it is invalid from the very beginning, according to Puwersa ng Baya­ning Atleta party list Rep. Jericho Nograles. Nograles said in a statement that PEMC ...

Mobile World Congress canceled because of coronavirus outbreak
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-12
(CNN) --Mobile World Congress, one of the technology industry's biggest annual events, has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak. The announcement comes after more than a dozen major ...

Trump says he doesn't mind if Philippines ends US troop pact
NIKKEI - 2020-02-12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday brushed aside the decision of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to end a decades-old military agreement with United States, saying he didn't really mind and it would save money. Duterte announced the termination of the two-decade-old Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) on Tuesday ...

Powell: Economy looks resilient despite risk of China coronavirus
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-12
China remained mostly closed to business, with around 60 million people under virtual quarantine in the country. The lockdown has raised concerns about how much damage the loss of production in ...

Fintech firms told: Payment solutions not enough
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-12
"The mentorship will involve a variety of industry experts, including those from ING, who will help assist our selected fintech participants in both the technical and business aspects of their plans. The success of this program is integral as we continually build a more financially inclusive Philippines." The partnership will be investing $ ...

Scientists Find Remains Of An Ancient Cancer In Fossilized Dinosaur Tail
International Business Times - 2020-02-12
Researchers found remnants of a tumor in the fossilized tail of a hadrosaur The tumor was from Langerhans cell histiocytosis which still occurs in people It usually occurs within children between the ages of two and ten years and may cause swelling and pain but they often recover Researchers have found the remnants of an ancient human virus ...

Flight training programs prepare Pinoys for rising demand for pilots
BusinessMirror - 2020-02-12
But how much would it really cost to become one? Higher standards are now required by private, business aviation and commercial airlines. They are all competing for a dwindling pool of highly qualified pilots. Private or corporate carriers rely on the most experienced pilots who can also offer select passengers the personal attention they expect.

Maute militants surrender in Lanao Sur
philstar.com - 2020-02-12
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - Three Maute militants have surrendered in Lanao del Sur. Two of the suspects - Metalicop Ambayan Bembang and Sabidra Sisomnong Panulong - yielded to the 49th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Sandab, Butig on Monday, according to Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Western Mindanao Command chief. Sobejana said the ...

IMF wants tax evasion included in AMLA
BusinessWorld - 2020-02-12
Lawmakers lowered the threshold for covered transactions to P500,000 from P4 million, empowered the central bank to examine deposits or investments with any banking institutions without a court order during a periodic or special examination, and allowed the law to be applied retroactively. Congress again amended the law in 2012 by allowing the ...

Jeepney hits crossing students; 7 injured, 1 dead
CNN Philippines - 2020-02-12
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 12) -- A speeding jeepney hit several students crossing a pedestrian lane in Makati City on Wednesday night, leaving seven injured and one dead. The Makati City Police Station said the jeepney, whose driver was identified as Crisalde Tamparong, 31, hit the crossing high school students at J.P. Rizal St ...

2 Cordillera towns closed to tourists over COVID-19
philstar.com - 2020-02-12
TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Philippines - Two more towns in the Cordilleras have been placed on lockdown due to the threat posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Mayor Cesar Molitas of Kibungan, Benguet issued an executive order suspending the 50th Council Scout Jamboree and other tourism activities. Molitas said Mt. Oten in Barangay ...

Vendors told: Comply with face mask SRP
philstar.com - 2020-02-12
MANILA, Philippines -- Valenzuela Mayor Rex Gatchalian has ordered vendors in the city to comply with the standard retail prices (SRP) of surgical and N95 masks amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) scare. Gatchalian signed last week Executive Order No. 010, which sets the maximum price of surgical mask at P8 per piece and N95 mask at P105 ...

Honor students in Pasig to get cash rewards
philstar.com - 2020-02-12
PASIG, Philippines -- Students of public schools in Pasig who will graduate with honors will receive cash incentives from the city government. Under an ordinance signed yesterday by Mayor Vico Sotto, senior high school students who graduate with highest honors will receive P3,000, P2,000 for high honors and P1,000 for those with honors.

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