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Pimentel urges Sara Duterte to run for senator
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 16) -- Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III is urging Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio to run for the Senate in the 2019 polls. In a statement Thursday, Pimentel called on Duterte-Carpio ...

Maynilad sets rotational water supply amid interruptions
philstar.com - 2018-08-16
MANILA, Philippines -- Customers of west zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. should start storing water as the company has started implementing a rotational water supply scheme in several parts of Metro Manila amid ongoing interruptions.

Why light at night is bad for your health
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-16
"Light is a stimulus that can have impacts on health, well-being and performance," for good and ill, Dr. George Brainard, professor of neurology at Thomas Jefferson University ... consultant at The Medical City and a diplomate of the American Board ...

International Academy of Medical Specialists Inc. Says #NoToFakeNews
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-16
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Dry run of EDSA driver-only car ban continues
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 16) -- The Metro Manila Development Authority is unfazed by a Senate resolution critiquing a scheme that bans driver-only cars from plying EDSA during rush hours. The dry run will continue as scheduled, even as ...

DOH warns evacuees on disease outbreak
philstar.com - 2018-08-16
MANILA, Philippines -- With thousands still in evacuation centers following heavy monsoon rains over the weekend, the Department of Health (DOH) is bracing for possible outbreaks of diseases. Health workers were dispatched to various evacuation centers to ...

Duterte willing to step down if Bongbong Marcos wins poll protest -- Roque
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 16) -- Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said President Rodrigo Duterte may keep true to his word of stepping down from his post if former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. wins his vice presidential poll ...

Duterte's aerial inspection of flooded areas cancelled, Palace says
philstar.com - 2018-08-16
and claimed the president wanted to conduct aerial inspection over the weekend but could not do so because of the bad weather. Go said Duterte has been monitoring the flood situation from Davao City. Meanwhile, Director General Oscar Albayalde, Philippine ...

PNP forms tracker teams to arrest Peter Lim
philstar.com - 2018-08-16
He also reiterated that Lim is in the country, per records of the Bureau of Immigration (BI). "Per BI records, he left for a short trip abroad last March but returned after a few days. So Peter Go Lim is supposed to be in the country," he said.

Funds for current cadets intact, PMA clarifies
philstar.com - 2018-08-16
BAGUIO CITY, Philippines -- Funds for Philippine Military Academy cadets are intact, the academy clarified after a former official was dismissed for malversation. Maj. Chamberlain Esmino, PMA spokesman, said "cadets have enough funds for their training ...

GSIS earmarks P2 billion loans for recent typhoon victims
philstar.com - 2018-08-16
MANILA, Philippines -- State-run Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has earmarked more than P2 billion for emergency loans to active members and old-age pensioners who are victims of tropical storms Henry, Inday and Josie as well as Typhoon Vinta.

Senate panel eyes graft, illegal procurement charges against Teo, Ben Tulfo, PTV-4
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-16
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- After one hearing, the Senate panel may recommend the filing of graft and illegal procurement charges against former Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo and her brother, Ben Tulfo, for the "clear" conflict of ...

Uber narrows loss but still a long way from profitability
Reuters - 2018-08-15
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said on Wednesday it had narrowed losses from a year earlier, although the ride-hailing company is still a long way from proving it can be a profitable business even as it gears up to go public in 2019.

BOC seizes P37.3 million mail-order drugs
philstar.com - 2018-08-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized P37.3 million worth of drugs in five parcels at bonded warehouses near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The BOC said a total of 5.239 kilos of shabu were found in four parcels.

With Scarce Access To Interpreters, Immigrants Struggle To Understand Doctors' Orders
NPR - 2018-08-15
Long before he began studying for a career in health care, Marlon Munoz performed one of the most sensitive roles in the field: delivering diagnoses to patients. As an informal interpreter between English-speaking doctors and his Spanish-speaking family ...

China's Richest Man Is $1.3 Billion Poorer After Tencent Reports A Rare Drop In Profits
Forbes - 2018-08-15
Ma Huateng, the cofounder and CEO of Chinese internet goliath Tencent, saw his net worth fall $1.3 billion on Wednesday after Tencent announced a rare decline in net income for the second quarter. The company still reported a profit -- but it was lower ...

Airbnb is in a war with Booking.com, and taking advantage of that fact can save you a ton of money
Business Insider - 2018-08-15
Earlier this year, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky made clear what has been apparent to hosts and power-users of the popular home-rental service for some time: The company isn't the only game in town anymore. "Our competition is two companies -- Expedia and ...

National Magazine honors UC Riverside program focused on diversifying STEM fields
EurekAlert! - 2018-08-15
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- The University of California, Riverside Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program has received the 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest publication in higher education addressing ...

Philippines' Duterte slams China over island-building
YAHOO! - 2018-08-15
In a change of tone, Duterte said in a speech late Tuesday to business entrepreneurs that China had no right to claim airspace above man-made islands. Philippine officials have claimed military pilots are repeatedly warned off by Beijing as their planes ...

Researchers find better drug to suppress chronic itches
Upi.com - 2018-08-15
Aug. 15 (UPI) --Researchers have found a better way to suppress chronic itches: two experimental drugs that target two receptors in the spinal cord. In experiments involving mice and dogs, researchers at the University of Zurich in Switzerland alleviated ...

Term deposits hit record yields
philstar.com - 2018-08-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The yields of term deposits breached four percent to hit record levels after the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) delivered the biggest rate hike in 10 years to control rising inflationary pressures. The seven-day tenor fetched a ...

U.S. investor sues AT&T for $224 million over loss of cryptocurrency
Reuters - 2018-08-15
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. entrepreneur and cryptocurrency investor Michael Terpin filed a $224 million lawsuit on Wednesday against telecommunications company AT&T (T.N), accusing it of fraud and gross negligence in connection with the theft of digital ...

Megawide profit slips 7% in Q2
BusinessWorld - 2018-08-15
MEGAWIDE Construction Corp. reported a seven percent decline in attributable profit for the second quarter of 2018, as the growth of the airport business tempered the slower performance of its construction unit. In a regulatory filing, the listed ...

Duterte makes no mention of alleged party rift during PDP-Laban Cares anniversary
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- President Rodrigo Duterte made no mention of the reported troubles of his political party at an event celebrating the anniversary of its humanitarian arm Wednesday. RELATED: PDP-Laban factions to meet with ...

AFP: New corruption allegations are isolated incidents
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is once again under public scrutiny over allegations of widespread corruption in the organization. This came after the conviction of an army officer for misusing ...

Cayetano: PH, China to set aside territorial claims during joint exploration
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- The nation's top diplomat said that both the Philippines and China should set aside their territorial claims during the conduct of the proposed joint exploration of the South China Sea. "All parties have to set ...

Dominguez: Gov't should focus on regulating telco industry, not on 3rd player
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- The government should focus on developing a stronger regulation on the country's telecommunications (telco) industry instead of looking for a new major player, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said.

Budget deadlock: Who's to blame?
Rappler - 2018-08-15
The House of Representatives also said that education and health budgets "suffered" the most in the proposed fiscal plan, adding that these agencies received "huge cuts." The P3.757-trillion national budget for 2019 amounts to 19.3% of the country's ...

GT Cap income falls in H1 to P7.1 billion on weaker car sales
BusinessMirror - 2018-08-15
Our affiliates Metrobank, AXA Philippines, Metro Pacific and TFS [Toyota Financial Services] delivered strong results, mitigating the soft numbers from the auto sector," he said. Earnings for the second quarter alone fell 17 percent to P3.4 billion from ...

Restoring blood flow better option than amputation, study says
Upi.com - 2018-08-15
Aug. 15 (UPI) --Restoring blood flow from severe blockages in lower limbs has a better outcome and is a less expensive option than amputation, according to a study. For the first time, researchers investigated the long-term outcomes and costs associated ...

There will be a new 2019 budget - House
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- Malacañang and the House of Representatives are finally on the same page insofar as the 2019 budget scheme is concerned. This came after a rift between the two sides over the administration's push to have a ...

Budget secretary insists on cash-based budget
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno is still keen on pushing for a cash-based national budget for 2019, but said his agency is preparing for a reenacted budget. The proposed 2019 National Expenditure Program ...

AHA Advises Low-Calorie Sweeteners May Be Useful in Adults
Medscape - 2018-08-15
With evidence lacking on the long-term effects of low-calorie sweetened beverages, the American Heart Association (AHA) is advising against the long-term consumption of the drinks by children but says the drinks may be useful for adults as an alternative ...

SolGen backs Carlos Celdran's appeal for acquittal over 'Damaso' ruling
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- Tour guide and cultural activist Carlos Celdran got an ally in the Office of the Solicitor General in seeking acquittal on a charge for "offending religious feelings" over his 2010 anti-Church stunt. In a 20 ...

Naga City as 'hotbed of shabu' under validation
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- Officials on Wednesday confirmed authorities are validating reports that Naga City is a "hotbed of shabu," as earlier revealed by President Rodrigo Duterte. "There are persistent reports of drug trafficking and ...

Proposed tobacco tax to benefit health care -- Duque
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the proposed tobacco excise tax increase will generate more revenue for the government's health care program and at the same time encourage Filipinos to be health ...

After Mocha Uson video, PCOO reminds execs to watch their behavior on social media
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is reminding its officials and employees to mind their behavior on social media in the wake of Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson's controversial video on ...

Bank worker nabbed for P1 million party drugs
philstar.com - 2018-08-15
MANILA, Philippines -- A 25-year-old bank employee was caught with nearly P1 million worth of party drugs in a sting by Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) operatives in Quezon City before dawn yesterday. Carlo Santos was arrested along Mother ...

Cigarette prices to increase more with passage of universal health care bill
Rappler - 2018-08-15
MANILA, Philippines - Expect prices of cigarettes to increase more as higher tariffs will be imposed on tobacco products to fund the Universal Health Care (UHC) bill which aims to provide all Filipinos with access to adequate health services. Speaking at ...

Duterte believes the 'likes of Escudero, Bongbong Marcos' will be better successor
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 14) -- President Rodrigo Duterte said the likes of Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero and former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos are better off as successors to the presidential post. In a dinner with Kapisanan ng ...

Senators urge suspension of new traffic scheme banning driver-only vehicles
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- Hours after the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) concluded the first leg of its dry run banning driver-only vehicles on EDSA, some Senators called for its suspension. Senators Vicente "Tito" Sotto ...

Wanda Teo: I am not afraid of plunder case
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- Plunder charges for the alleged questionable multimillion peso advertisement deal between the Tourism Department and PTV-4 won't prosper, former Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo maintained Wednesday. "I don't think ...

DepEd launches 'OK sa DepEd' health program
Philippine Information Agency - 2018-08-15
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Aug. 15 (PIA) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) recently launched its health program to boost the educational potentials of schoolers in the province. Flordeliza Gecobe, DepEd schools division superintendent said Oplan ...

Duterte reconsidering Israel, Jordan trips
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- President Rodrigo Duterte said he is having second thoughts about pushing through with his visits next month to Israel and Jordan. Duterte expressed his hesitation in a speech late Tuesday, citing travel costs ...

MMDA says traffic schemes ease EDSA congestion
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- Traffic congestion has somewhat eased on EDSA, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), hours after it implemented new traffic schemes, even as netizens and drivers said the problem ...

AFP Chief of Staff sets one-month period to overhaul Health Services Command
UNTV - 2018-08-15
QUEZON CITY, the Philippines - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) wants an overhaul of its Health Services Command following issues of corruption among its ranks. In line with this, AFP Chief of Staff General Carlito Galvez Jr asked for a one ...

Duterte: Entry of ?6.8 billion worth of shabu is 'pure speculation'
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has dismissed a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) report that ?6.8 billion worth of shabu had slipped into the country as "pure speculation." In a speech on Tuesday, Duterte ...

Palace: President Duterte was monitoring the situation over the stormy weekend
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- Just like most Filipinos over the stormy weekend, President Rodrigo Duterte was "keeping warm" amid the heavy rains and severe flooding, according to the Palace. The hashtag #NasaanAngPangulo was trending ...

Duterte hopes China will 'temper its behavior' in disputed areas
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- President Rodrigo Duterte, in a rare rebuke of China, said Beijing cannot simply claim jurisdiction over airspace above artificial islands it built in the disputed South China Sea. "You cannot create an island ...

LPA exits PH, monsoon rains expected over northern Luzon
CNN Philippines - 2018-08-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 15) -- More rains are expected over northern Luzon even as a low pressure area has left Philippine territory, weather officials said. In it's 4 a.m. update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical ...

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