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Department of Energy to form nuclear energy action plan
philstar.com - 2019-10-30
MANILA,Philippines -- The Department of Energy (DOE) will form an action plan on nuclear energy following the recommendations made by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) amid the acceptance of more Filipinos for the controversial power resource. Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi yesterday received the official Phase 1 mission report of ...

LGUs ordered to secure cemeteries
philstar.com - 2019-10-30
As of 4 p.m. yesterday, the low-pressure area was spotted at 580 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. PAGASA weather forecaster Raymond Ordinario said the weather system would bring scattered rains over Southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao on Nov. 1. It, however, was not expected to develop into a tropical cyclone within ...

Vaping: Cool or not cool?
philstar.com - 2019-10-30
Juul Labs, based in the US, had been on an expansion spree since its commercial operations in 2015. Recently, however, it has been forced to take a step backwards after American regulators raised questions about its health safety in the aftermath of scores of deaths associated with vaping. Vaping was first introduced in the market in 2003 ...

Immigration official says US-Mexico border crisis not over
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A top U.S. Border Patrol official has a warning: The crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border is not over. Even though crossings have been down over the past few months and news of ...

Nikkei Loses $29 Million In Fraud Through US Subsidiary
International Business Times - 2019-10-30
Nikkei said $29 million or 3.2 billion Japanese yen were transferred ... of transactions routed through the New York Federal Reserve en route to accounts in the Philippines and Sri Lanka. In 2008, Lehman Brothers sued the Japanese trading house Marubeni ...

Leonen now in charge of VP poll protest
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen is now in charge of the electoral protest of former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo, a source in ...

Mayor Isko Moreno rewards pedicab driver who returned ?1.2-M to Chinese national
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- A man in Manila has been rewarded for returning ?1.2 million to a Chinese national. In his daily update on Facebook, Moreno introduced 42-year-old Benjie Ordanza, a pedicab driver from Baseco. He said Ordanza approached Manila 2nd District Councilor Awi Sia to return a bag containing the money ...

Most Filipinos want law vs LGBTQ+ discrimination, but still against pro-trans policies
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- A majority of Filipinos believe there should be a law that specifically protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) people from discrimination, but did not agree with some policies that would favor trans women. A new Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll released ...

Most Filipinos want law vs LGBTQ+ discrimination, but still against pro-trans policies
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- A majority of Filipinos believe there should be a law that specifically protects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+ ...

Regulation of shipping charges could hurt competitiveness
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-30
In a presentation of his "Study on International Shipping in the Philippines" in Manila Wednesday, Epictetus E. Patalinghug, a professor emeritus at the University of the Philippines-Virata School of Business, said the proposed Joint Administrative Order (JAO) that seeks to regulate the fees and charges of international shipping lines that ...

Families victimized by common crimes down to 5.6% -- SWS
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
MANILA, Philippines -- An estimated 1.4 million Filipino families (5.6 percent) reported being victimized by common crimes in the last six months, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed Wednesday. This was a 1.4-point decrease from the 7 percent or estimated 1.7 million families who reported the same in June 2019 and the lowest since ...

WhatsApp sues Israeli company over cyberattack that it says targeted journalists, dissidents and diplomats
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
(CNN) -- WhatsApp is suing an Israeli company that it claims was behind a cyberattack that installed spyware on users' phones and targeted human rights defenders, journalists, political dissidents, diplomats and government officials. The Facebook-owned messaging service filed the complaint against NSO Group in US federal court on Tuesday.

Undas 2019 weather: Cloudy skies, light rains likely - Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
According to a special weather bulletin released by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the southward migration of northeast monsoon will make parts of Northern and Central Luzon, including Metro Manila, experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains from November 1 to ...

Villagers leave homes as quake cuts fissures on the ground
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
KIDAPAWAN CITY--Over a thousand residents in four villages at the foot of Mt Apo here are now in evacuation centers after the magnitude 6.6 quake last Tuesday cut fissures on the ground near their homes. The quake also left rocks as big as houses that could turn into giant projectiles. Psalmer Bernalte, Kidapawan City disaster management ...

Families victimized by common crimes decline in Q3
philstar.com - 2019-10-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The proportion of Filipino families victimized by common crimes dipped in the past six months, a Social Weather Stations survey released Wednesday found. A September 27-30 SWS poll of 1,800 adults showed 5.6% (estimated 1.4 million) of families reporting they were victimized by crimes such as robbery, car theft and ...

Cebu, Iloilo airports among best in Asia - survey
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- The Cebu and Iloilo airports are among the best in Asia, according to a poll ran by travel website. In its latest survey of travellers, Sleeping in Airports ranked the Mactan Cebu International Airport 16th among 20 best airports in Asia. The Iloilo International Airport, meanwhile, ranked 18th.

Cebu, Iloilo airports among best in Asia - survey
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- The Cebu and Iloilo airports are among the best in Asia, according to a poll ran by travel website. In its latest survey of travellers, Sleeping in Airports ranked the Mactan Cebu International Airport 16th among 20 best airports in Asia. The Iloilo International Airport, meanwhile, ranked 18th.

Cotabato quake death toll climbs to eight, 394 injured
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- The death toll due to the magnitude 6.6 earthquake that jolted Tulunan, Cotabato and nearby provinces Tuesday morning has risen to eight, authorities said. The latest fatality is a 62-year-old man from Carmen, Cotabato who died from cardiac arrest while inside a madrasa, or Islamic school, during ...

Facebook takes more heat for enabling political falsehoods
philstar.com - 2019-10-30
WASHINGTON -- Facebook came under fresh criticism Tuesday for its hands-off approach to political speech, as a group of employees and US lawmakers called on the social network to apply fact-checking for politicians spreading misinformation. A letter from Facebook employees urged the company to crack down on "civic misinformation," saying ...

Govt. brings home 32 'distressed' Filipinos from Mexico, Egypt, Morocco
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- The government has brought home a total of 32 Filipinos from Mexico, Egypt, and Morocco. A statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Wednesday said the Filipinos were either detained, figured in an accident, or were victims of human trafficking abroad. They arrived in Manila Tuesday night.

US Fed faces balancing act in delivering rate cut
philstar.com - 2019-10-30
WASHINGTON -- The Federal Reserve is widely expected to announce its third interest rate cut of the year on Wednesday, another move to help bolster a softening American economy. But where will it go from there? Markets will be watching intensely for clues, leaving to central bank chief Jerome Powell the delicate task of managing investor ...

More police officials get new posts
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30)-- The Philippine National Police (PNP) leadership carried out more changes in some major posts as part of its continuing reform. PLtGen Rolando Anduyan is new acting Northern Mindanao chief replacing PBGen Rafael Santiago, PNP officer-in-charge PLtGen Archie Gamboa said Wednesday. Anduyan, previously ...

Panelo 'amused' by Duterte Halloween mask
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- A latex mask of President Rodrigo Duterte is on sale in Amazon for Halloween, and the presidential spokesperson found it funny. "(It's) amusing," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in an ambush interview on th eve of Halloween. He said the mask was not insulting, as Duterte scares ...

Bulacan town resident dies of meningo, but health execs say no cause for alarm
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
CITY OF MALOLOS-A 54-year-old man from Bustos town, Bulacan province died from suspected meningococcemia on Monday, Oct. 28, after a five-day confinement at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, local health officials said. Dr. Lito Trinidad, head of the Baliwag District Hospital, said the patient was first treated at the Bustos Community ...

House bill codifying, clarifying taxes on POGOs filed
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
MANILA, Philippines -- A bill codifying and clarifying the taxes imposed on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) was filed at the House of Representatives on Wednesday. In filing House Bill No. 5267, Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda noted that although the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has issued Revenue Memorandum Circular No ...

What Might The FTC's Crackdown On Deceptive Online Marketing Mean For Social Media Companies?
International Business Times - 2019-10-30
Nobody really knows what sort of impact an online review of a product has on sales of that product. But we might soon get an idea. The Federal Trade Commission recently made its first two key decisions aimed at cracking down on fake online reviews and the sale of fake social media "followers" to brands and internet influencers. The first cost ...

Each Filipino wastes 2 spoonfuls of rice a day, DA regional officer says
philstar.com - 2019-10-30
MANILA, Philippines-- Each Filipino wastes two spoonfuls of rice a day, an amount that seems negligible until you consider that there were more than 100 million of us the last time the government conducted a census in 2015. "The Department of Agriculture (DA) in region 7's information officer Melquiades Ibarra says that each Filipino wastes ...

More smuggled pork seized at Manila port
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- Authorities seized smuggled pork products worth around ?3.5 million at the Port of Manila (POM) Wednesday. A statement from the Bureau of Customs-POM stated that two container trucks from China arrived at South Harbor on October 8, and were misdeclared as seasonings and tomato paste. The ...

DOH wants salty foods, including daing, taxed
philstar.com - 2019-10-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Crispy fried daing (sun-dried fish) is a popular breakfast food in the Philippines, especially when dipped in spiced vinegar and paired with garlic fried rice and sunny side up egg. But this Filipino favorite, and other salted foods, may soon be slapped with taxes as the Department of Health seeks to reduce sodium intake ...

Gender neutral emojis hit screens in new Apple update
philstar.com - 2019-10-30
SAN FRANCISCO, United States --Apple has put out new gender neutral emojis of most of its people icons -- including punks, clowns and zombies -- as part of an update to its mobile operating system. The tech giant has offered growing numbers of inclusive emoji designs in recent years, putting out a range of skin tones and occupations, with ...

3 policemen nabbed in Maguindanao drug buy-bust
philstar.com - 2019-10-30
COTABATO CITY, Philippines -- Three police officers fell in an entrapment operation by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Parang town in Maguindanao on Wednesday. The operation that led to the arrest of Patrolman Sandiali Mangundacan Manalao, S/Sgt.

3 cops jailed for illegal drugs in Maguindanao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
MANILA, Philippines -- Three active police officers were arrested for alleged possession of suspected shabu during a joint buy-bust operation in Maguindanao on Wednesday. A report from the ...

Marikina River eyed to supply water in Metro Manila - MWSS
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- Utility firms supplying water to Metro Manila are now looking to tap new sources such as the Marikina River and an irrigation facility in Cavite amid supply concerns, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) revealed Wednesday. Jose Alfredo B. Escoto, Jr., head of MWSS Field ...

Tacurong City radio journalist in critical condition after gun attack
philstar.com - 2019-10-30
MANILA, Philippines -- A radio journalist in Tacurong City is in critical condition after being shot on Wednesday afternoon. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines reported that two unidentified assailants shot Benjie Caballero five times at 1:15 p.m. Tacurong is the commercial center of Sultan Kudarat province. Caballero is a ...

LIST: Mall hours for Undas 2019
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30)-- Malls nationwide are adjusting their operating hours for the All Saints and All Souls Day holidays. If you're planning to drop by shopping centers during the holidays, here's a quick guide to the mall schedules from October 31 to November 2: October 31: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. November 1: 11 a.m. to 11 p ...

LIST: Mall hours for Undas 2019
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30)-- Malls nationwide are adjusting their operating hours for the All Saints and All Souls Day holidays. If you're planning to drop by shopping centers ...

Health dept. wants total ban on e-cigarettes
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) - The Department of Health (DOH) is pushing for a total ban on electronic cigarettes. "If the DOH had its way, we would push for an outright ban of e-cigarettes," Health Undersecretary Rolando Domingo said in a Malacañang briefing on Wednesday, as he raised the alarm on the rising number of ...

DOF: Complete picture with infra spending will show poverty decline
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
Complete the economic picture with infrastructure spending and you would see a decline in poverty rate, according to the Department of Finance (DOF). The DOF said proceeds from the Tax Reform for ...

Agriculture group: ASF only affects small portion of hog industry
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) - An agriculture group said Wednesday only a small portion of the pig industry has been hit by the African swine fever (ASF) virus. "So far, the affected area is 0.4 percent of the total local hog industry," Rosendo So, Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura ...

Philippines seen to withstand potential impact from Hong Kong recession
philstar.com - 2019-10-30
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine economy is seen to weather any impact from a looming recession in Hong Kong, although exports and remittance growth could take a hit as the Asian financial hub gets battered by months of violent protests. Carrie Lam ...

Health dept. supports sin tax on salty food
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- Imposing a tax on salty food would help prevent health risks among the public, the health chief said. Health Secretary Francisco Duque said excessive ...

Hong Kong remains competitive despite social unrest
BusinessWorld - 2019-10-30
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) reassured Filipino businessmen and entrepreneurs that Hong Kong remains an effective platform for global business despite the recent social incidents in the city. HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said that Hong Kong continues to be a competitive city that enjoys ease of doing business ...

AFP chief Clement gets fourth star, promoted to general
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
MANILA, Philippines -- After serving more than a month as Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief, Lt. Gen. Noel Clement was promoted to the rank of a general and received his fourth star. In a statement from AFP, Clement earned his fourth star during the donning of ranks ceremony at the Department of National Defense (DND) on Wednesday.

New lab tests didn't find asbestos in recalled baby powder, Johnson & Johnson says
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
(CNN)-- Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. said Tuesday it didn't find asbestos in the bottle of Johnson's Baby Powder that was previously tested by the US Food and Drug Administration and found to be contaminated. Earlier this month, the company recalled one lot of baby powder -- about 33,000 bottles -- produced and shipped in the United States ...

Asian shares mostly lower following Wall Street losses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
BANGKOK - Shares fell in Asia on Wednesday after weak earnings for technology and media companies led stocks lower on Wall Street. The modest pullback came a day after the S&P 500 hit an all ...

PH is 5th worst country in solving media killings
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) -- The Philippines remains one of the world's worst countries when it comes to prosecuting murderers of journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) ranked the Philippines as the fifth worst country in the world for journalists in 2019. In its Global Impunity Index released on Tuesday, the ...

Free, discounted funeral services for indigents bill refiled
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
MANILA, Philippines -- A bill seeking to grant a 50 percent discount on funeral services to indigent Filipinos and free funeral services to extremely poor families has been refiled at the House of Representatives. House Bill No. 5249 or the proposed "Funeral Services Discount Act" is aimed at extending free funeral services to ...

Media security task force: Poor safety ranking expected
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2019-10-30
MANILA, Philippines - The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) is not surprised that The Philippines remains among the most dangerous countries for media workers, owing largely to the infamous and still unresolved Maguindanao Massacre. PTFoMS Executive Director Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco said the results of the Global Impunity ...

Facebook boosts digital, marketing skills of entrepreneurs, local communities
BusinessMirror - 2019-10-30
We want to introduce them with technologies and tools to start their business, grow their audience, and meet their goals," said Philip Felipe, executive director and chief operating officer of Bayan Academy. The event, likewise, sought to assist participants to connect with like-minded organizations and individuals. Entrepreneur Celia Alamo ...

Pressure mounts on Facebook amid political ad controversy
CNN Philippines - 2019-10-30
(CNN) - Facebook executives are facing mounting pressure, including from inside the company, to make sweeping changes to how the social media site runs political ads -- including reversing a ...

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