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Index falls anew on concerns over vaccine rollout - 2021-01-13
The local stock market pared its losses, but stayed in negative territory yesterday as concerns over the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine weighed down investor sentiment.

BSP sees no emerging risks in Philippine banking system - 2021-01-13
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas yesterday assured the public that the Philippine banking system remains sound and well-capitalized, with no emerging risks seen to pose problems in the industry going forward.

PLDT strengthens safeguard vs online child exploitation - 2021-01-13
The PLDT Group is beefing up safeguards against online child exploitation through new technologies and membership in an international group dedicated to eliminating online child sexual abuse content.

Isko bans street parties during Sto. Niño feast - 2021-01-13
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has ordered a ban on street parties and other outdoor activities during the feast of Sto. Niño in Tondo and Pandacan this weekend.

Mild quakes hit Luzon, Visayas - 2021-01-13
Earthquakes rocked parts of Luzon and the Visayas in the past two days, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

Further opening up of economy needed - Dar - 2021-01-13
Agriculture Secretary William Dar has emphasized the need to further open up the economy to address hunger in the country amid the pandemic.

Lower rice imports seen this year - 2021-01-13
The Philippines will see a reduction in its rice imports this year amid higher local production and as global market prices continue to be volatile.

Acting judge to handle raps vs Jolo cops - 2021-01-13
The absence of a judge in Sulu, which is on lockdown to prevent the entry of a new coronavirus strain detected in Sabah, could have caused the delay in the issuance of arrest warrants for nine police officers tagged in the killing of four soldiers last year,

New York City moves to end contracts with the Trump Organization
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-13
(CNN) --New York City is seeking to terminating its business relationships with the Trump Organization in response to last week's attack on the US Capitol. On the day President Donald Trump faces ...

COVID-19 drives surge in global PC sales
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-13
PC sales were up by more than 13% worldwide in 2020.Last year, some 302.6 million PCs shipped worldwide, compared to 267.6 million in 2019.

Kremlin critic Navalny vows to return to Russia on Sunday
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-13
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Wednesday he plans to return to the country this weekend from Germany, where he has been recovering from a poisoning attack, despite facing

CL GAD Committee pushes for mental health care amid pandemic
Gov - 2021-01-13
Violence against women may not always be an outside source but a personal inflict triggered by mental health problems escalating during this pandemic. Reverend Father Enrique Luzung shared that the current crisis has affected the mental health

LPAs may form inside PAR, but has low chance of becoming tropical cyclone
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-13
Weather prediction models suggest that low-pressure areas (LPAs) may form inside the country within the week, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical

LPA dumps rains over Visayas and Mindanao - 2021-01-13
The state weather bureau warned the public against flooding and landslides as the low-pressure area spotted off General Santos City and the tail-end of a frontal system dumped more rains over parts of the Visayas and Mindanao yesterday.

Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1100 GMT, Jan. 13
Big News - 2021-01-13
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic in seven more prefectures including Osaka and Aichi on

A global chip shortage is hitting carmakers at the worst possible time
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-13
The world's largest carmakers are facing a critical shortage of semiconductors that threatens to hamstring production just as the industry tries to stage a comeback from a sales slump caused by the pandemic.

BSP intends to pause on aggressive easing - 2021-01-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) signaled on Wednesday a pause on its aggressive easing cycle that saw it pushing P2 trillion in liquidity to the financial system to facilitate economic activity battered by the health crisis.

QC residents at Black Nazarene feast urged to undergo COVID-19 testing - 2021-01-13
As a precautionary measure, we encourage our residents who attended the celebration to have themselves immediately checked for COVID-19 in our testing centers for free," she said in a statement sent to reporters on Wednesday.

Covid-19 cases in PH reach 492,700; active infections now at 24,478
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The total number of Covid-19 cases in the Philippines reached 492,700 with 1,453 new infections, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Wednesday. Of the total number,

IBON: Cha-Cha won't fix pandemic damage - 2021-01-13
Easing the Constitution's protectionist provisions won't give the economy a shot in the arm amid the coronavirus onslaught, a non-profit think tank said.

LGUs told to prepare master list of vaccine recipients, vaccination centers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-13
MANILA, Philippines -- With the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines seen next month, local government units (LGUs) were advised to prepare the list of vaccine recipients in their respective jurisdictions

Investing with Smarts and Grace: JR Papel
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-13
My dad retired from government service at the age of 60 then studied law. He was able to finish it at 66 years old. Two Doctorate degrees, two Masteral degrees, and -- at the age of 60-plus,

Australian company renames racially offensive cheese brand
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-13
(CNN) --An Australian food company has officially renamed a famous snack brand after years of complaints that it shared its name with a racial slur. "Coon Cheese," which has been sold in Australia ...

Dacera case still has loose ends; lawyer includes more respondents
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-13
There are still "loose ends" in the circumstances surrounding the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera as her family revealed more respondents in the

PNP moves to reset hearing on Christine Dacera case
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-13
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday moved to reset the hearing on the alleged rape-killing of flight attendant Christine Dacera, citing that they are awaiting

PH to sign deal for up to 20 million vaccines from AstraZeneca -- Galvez
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-13
The Philippines is set to sign on Thursday a deal with British drugmaker AstraZeneca to secure 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccines, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.

Parañaque signs agreement for 200K AstraZeneca doses - 2021-01-13
Once these vaccines are delivered, we shall immediately roll out a vaccination program that will cover the most vulnerable population, including our frontline workers and senior citizens," Mayor Olivarez said.

Amazon slams Parler in court reply and invokes Big Tech's liability shield
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-13
(CNN) -- Amazon Web Services filed its response to Parler's lawsuit on Tuesday, blaming the social media platform favored by the far-right for filing a "meritless claim" against the cloud ...

Lark awards Business Mentorship Program to Pal Maritime Corporation CEO Mark Joseph David
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-13
Lark recently announced Mark Joseph David, CEO of Pal Maritime Corporation, as one of the business mentees under its New Normal Business Council and Mentorship Program.  The ship-crewing

WhatsApp stresses privacy as users flock to rivals - 2021-01-13
WhatsApp reassured users about privacy at the Facebook-owned messaging service as people flocked to rivals Telegram and Signal following a tweak to its terms.

Coronavirus borrowings stoke debt burden to 14-year high - 2021-01-13
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said emerging data showed outstanding state debt was equivalent to 53.5% of gross domestic product last year, the highest since 2006.

House panel resumes hearings on Cha-cha proposals
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-13
THE House Committee on Constitutional Amendments will resume on Wednesday (today) its hearing on the proposal amending the economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution. Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr. of Ako Bicol,

Ipsos names new country manager
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-13
Abad replaces Marie Lee who retired in December 2020 after leading the Philippines business for eight years. Abad brings with her more than 30 years of experience in the market research industry ...

Arbolado new PDI president; Romualdez CEO of Inquirer Group
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-12
Sandy Prieto-Romualdez has relinquished her position in the 35-year-old newspaper to focus on her role as CEO of the

Government gets help from experts to curb ASF spread - 2021-01-12
The Department of Agriculture has partnered with Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Co. and the Philippine College of Swine Practitioners to curb the further spread of the African swine fever which has already killed more than 400,

Makati Business Club questions timing of proposed Charter change
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-12
The Makati Business Club (MBC) has questioned the timing of the proposed amendments of the economic provisions of the Constitution as it comes a year before the presidential elections in May 2022.

3 Chinese spray, rob victim - 2021-01-12
Three Chinese men were arrested in Parañaque City on Tuesday night after they allegedly used pepper spray on a female compatriot and robbed her of P2 million.

Explainer: What is Parler and why has it been pulled offline?
Reuters - 2021-01-12
Before Apple Inc banned Parler from its App Store store on Saturday, the social media site topped the charts as the most popular free app on its App Store in the United States.

Univision to launch Spanish streaming service for U.S. Hispanic viewers
Reuters - 2021-01-12
Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications Inc said on Tuesday it would launch a free video-streaming service, featuring Spanish-language programming, aimed at the Hispanic audience in the United States.

Indonesia to launch vaccination drive as COVID-19 deaths hit record
Reuters - 2021-01-12
Indonesia starts a mass coronavirus vaccination campaign on Wednesday, with President Joko Widodo to receive the first shot of an ambitious drive launched amid record deaths from one of Asia's most stubborn epidemics.

Duterte stops mining on Tawi-Tawi island
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-12
President Duterte has ordered all mining operations stopped on a small island in Tawi-Tawi whose environment has been "completely devastated," Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on

Manila bans street activities during Santo Niño Feast
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-12
There will be no street parties, stage shows, parades, parlor games and other outdoor activities during the celebration of the Feast of the Santo Niño de Tondo and Pandacan in Manila on Jan. 16

GitHub reportedly fired a Jewish employee who warned co-workers to stay safe from Nazis
The Verge - 2021-01-12
GitHub reportedly fired a Jewish employee after he posted a message in Slack that said "stay safe homies, Nazis are about" the day of the attack on the US Capitol, according to Business Insider. The message sparked controversy inside the company,

Canada orders 20 million more doses of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine: PM
Reuters - 2021-01-12
Canada has ordered an additional 20 million doses of Pfizer Inc's coronavirus vaccine, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday after provinces complained about inadequate supplies.

Telegram hits 500 million active users following backlash over WhatsApp's changing privacy policy
Business Insider - 2021-01-12
The messaging app announced it had 25 million downloads in the last 72 hours. Signal has also seen a boost in users in the last several days.

Stressed out? Blame bad technology
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-12
There is no question that we are all more dependent on technology than ever. So what happens when that tech does not work? In the past, Emily Dreyfuss used an old-school strategy: She

COVID-19 cases rising, but not yet due to holiday surge - DOH
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-12
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Tuesday cautioned against making conclusions at this time about a surge in COVID-19 cases due to Christmas and New Year

Low pressure to bring rain to Visayas, Mindanao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-12
Low pressure east of Mindanao, along with the tailend of a frontal system, will bring scattered rain and thunderstorms in Visayas and Mindanao on Wednesday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical ...

Abaya, others cleared of graft charges
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-12
The Office of the Ombudsman has junked the graft complaints filed against former transportation secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and other transport officials over the P4-billion Metro Rail Transit 3

Foreign tourist arrivals fell by 84% in 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-12
Foreign tourist arrivals declined by 83.97 percent last year due to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic, according to the Department of Tourism. Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said

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