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Biden will inherit healthy Indo-Pacific alliances
NIKKEI - 2021-01-09
A popular refrain from the incoming Biden administration is that U.S. alliances and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific have been atrophying under the past four years of Trump administration mismanagement.

Philippines' Catholics show devotion to statue amid super-spreader worries
Reuters - 2021-01-09
More than 400,000 Catholics in the Philippine capital celebrated on Saturday a feast for a centuries-old wooden statue of Jesus Christ, despite health experts warning it could turn into a super-spreader event for coronavirus.

Pope Calls Coronavirus Vaccinations an Ethical Obligation
New York Times - 2021-01-09
Pope Francis said he would be vaccinated against the coronavirus as early as next week, calling it a lifesaving, ethical obligation and the refusal to do so suicidal, according to remarks made to an Italian television news program.

Fact check: Video does not show UK hospital with empty A&E department and does not provide proof that the pandemic is a hoax
Reuters - 2021-01-09
A video showing a group of men who say that an empty A&E department lobby shows hospitals are not overwhelmed due to COVID-19 was filmed at a hospital that does not have an A&E department or treat COVID-19 patients.

After US Capitol riots, cable giants face criticism for enabling the spread of misinformation
Business Insider - 2021-01-09
While tech giants have faced the brunt of scrutiny over misinformation that fueled the violence, some say that the TV companies are equally to blame.

DOH alarmed by scenes of crowding despite efforts to keep health protocols at Black Nazarene rites
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-09
HEALTH Secretary Francisco T. Duque III has expressed alarm over circulating photos and reports of crowding during the Feast of the Black Nazarene at Quiapo church on Saturday.The Department of Health (DOH) also called on those who attended the event -- though without the traditional Traslacion or procession usually

Micron Gives Bullish Revenue Forecast Indicating Strong Demand
Bloomberg - 2021-01-09
Micron Technology Inc., the largest U.S. maker of memory chips, gave a bullish forecast for the current period indicating improving demand for its products used in phones and computers.Revenue will be $5.

Young CEOs: Why wait for decades to be the boss?
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-09
They see these changes as opportunities to use their individual strengths to solve challenges in the world of business. Reluao is CEO of BranReluao and Associates, OPC, a digital reputation ...

ICTSI unit opens link to Asia, Middle East
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
Richmond MercurioInternational Container Terminal Services Inc.subsidiary Mindanao Container Terminal has welcomed a new service linking the southern Philippines to Asia and the Middle East.

Government transparency urged in COVID-19 related spending
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
Anti-corruption experts have called on the government to become transparent in the use of public funds to address the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly with the approaching 2022 national elections.

DBP lends P645 million to agriculture startup project
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
State-run Development Bank of the Philippine has lent P645 million to a domestic agriculture enterprise to help improve its banana flour and coconut sugar manufacturing and export capabilities.

Fintech helps transform Philippines into a cash-lite economy
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
Financial technology firm Zybi Tech Inc. is further expanding its digital services amid a shift in consumer behavior due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officials Say Reports of New U.S. Coronavirus Variant Are Inaccurate
New York Times - 2021-01-09
The United States reported more than 300,000 cases in a day for the first time. President-elect Biden plans to release nearly all vaccine doses to states, rather than hold back supply to ensure timely second doses.

The garbage conundrum
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-09
Amid the fatal Covid-19 pandemic with the strict quarantines imposed to prevent its spread, and the destructive typhoons that... Resource-poor farmers with no capital to speak off need not seek ...

This New Streaming Report Shows That HBO Max Is Gaining On Netflix, Amazon And Hulu
Forbes - 2021-01-09
Netflix NFLX is the top streaming platform in the country, in the world. At the end of 2021, the streamer had reached close to 80 million people in the United States and achieved nearly 200 million subscribers worldwide.

DOST 2021 priorities: Intensify R&D projects, plus anti-Covid-19 solutions
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-09
Support to start-ups will be given high priority, including technology business incubation and more collaborative R&D projects between industry and academe will be supported, he added.

Research center gives positive outlook for PHL agri for 2021
BusinessMirror - 2021-01-09
Bitcoin continues to trade close to its all-time high reached this month. Its price is now around US $34,000--up... Tech-savvy, multitasking and hyper-connected, millennials and Gen Z now ...

ING sees extended GDP slump
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
Dutch financial giant ING Bank expects the pandemic-induced economic recession in the Philippines to extend up to the second quarter this year.

Globe vows to provide better, faster internet service
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
Globe Telecom Inc. has vowed to give its customers better data and faster internet speed this year. The telco is ramping up investments to build more fiber to homes and cell sites. Globe said the aggressive roll out of 5G would also happen this year in more cities and municipalities nationwide.

Floods hit Negros Occidental anew
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
Several towns and cities in Negros Occidental were hit by flashfloods yesterday, a week after these areas were inundated by heavy rains.

Insular Life unveils new product
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
Insular Life Assurance Co. Ltd. has introduced a new life insurance product that provides policyholders with protection and guaranteed regular payouts.

Moreno praises discipline of Manileños during Black Nazarene feast
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-09
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno praised residents of the national capital for complying with health rules on Saturday during the celebration of the Feast of the Black

MMDA chairman laid to rest
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
The late Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Danilo Lim was given military honors as he was laid to rest yesterday.

Caraga cop positive for drug use
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
Philippine National Police chief Gen. Debold Sinas ordered yesterday the fast-tracking of pre-charge investigation and summary dismissal proceedings against a police officer in Caraga who tested positive for drug use.

Jollibee expands in North America
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
Jollibee Foods Corp. is expanding in North America with a plan to add 28 stores. Maribeth Dela Cruz, president of Jollibee Group North America Philippine Brands, said the company remains optimistic despite the difficult business environment last year.

Government to identify projects qualified for regulatory relief
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
The government has formed a committee that will identify private sector projects qualified for regulatory relief under Republic Act 11494 or the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act.

3 LRT-2 stations set to reopen
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
Three stations of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) that were shut down following a fire last year will reopen soon, the Department of Transportation said yesterday.

Another EDSA U-turn slot to be closed
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority would push through with the closure of the U-turn slot at General Malvar/Bagong Barrio along EDSA tomorrow.

Based on 2020 Banking Sector Outlook Survey
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
More banks expect their non-performing loans ratio to remain high at above three percent until next year due to the lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said.

Contacts of OFW with COVID-19 variant tested
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
Family members and other contacts of an overseas Filipino worker found infected with the COVID-19 variant upon arrival in Hong Kong last week underwent swab tests yesterday.

Cebu may revert to GCQ
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
Cebu City may revert to general community quarantine or GCQ next month if the number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases will continue to rise, according to Mayor Edgar Labella.

GCash attracts fresh investment from Bow Wave
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-09
GCash operator Mynt raised over $175 million in fresh capital from Bow Wave and its existing shareholders in multiple tranches, with post-money valuation of the final tranches at close to $1 billion.

Bello defends embattled Riyadh labor attaché
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-09
Just a day after the Ambassador to Saudi Arabia suspended labor attaché Nasser Mustafa for filing a cyberlibel complaint against two Filipinos, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III came to

Philippines' Catholics show devotion to statue amid super-spreader worries
Reuters - 2021-01-09
MANILA (Reuters) - More than 400,000 Catholics in the Philippine capital celebrated on Saturday a feast for a centuries-old wooden statue of Jesus Christ, despite health experts warning it could ...

Trade gap eases to 5-month low in November
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-09
The country's trade deficit shrank to $1.73 billion in November 2020, its narrowest in five months as exports logged their fastest growth since February and imports contracted further, data from the Philippine Statistics Authority revealed.

Indonesian plane feared crashed after losing contact
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-09
An Indonesian budget airline jet is feared to have crashed into the sea after the Boeing 737 lost contact with air traffic control on Saturday, with flight tracking data showing the plane plunged

Philippines pride
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
To this day, we can still see the statue of the Santo Nino, which is regarded as the oldest religious relic in the Philippines and which was presented by Ferdinand Magellan to Queen Juana (wife of King Humabon) inside the Basilica of Santo Niño.

Rainy weekend in Bicol, Eastern Visayas
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
A low-pressure area spotted off Southern Leyte dissipated yesterday, but the tail-end of a frontal system will continue to dump rains over Bicol and Eastern Visayas this weekend, the state weather bureau said yesterday.

PSEi takes cue from foreign markets, ends week higher
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
Local stocks took their cue from the bullish markets abroad as the main index finished at its highest level in three weeks.

91% of Pinoys fear COVID-19 infection - SWS
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
Nine in 10 Filipino adults fear that they or someone in their immediate family might catch the coronavirus disease, results of the latest Social Weather Stations survey showed.

Amid PSG vaccination, Sotto asks: What about unregistered drugs?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-09
Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Saturday questioned the lack of attention given to unregistered medicines in the wake of the controversial self-inoculation by the

Russia's Gamaleya applies for emergency vaccine use in Philippines
Reuters - 2021-01-09
Russia's Gamaleya Research Institute has applied to the Philippine health regulator for emergency use authorisation of its COVID-19 vaccine but needs to file further documentation, the regulator said late Friday.

Russia's Gamaleya applies for emergency vaccine use in Philippines
Reuters - 2021-01-09
Russia's Gamaleya Research Institute has applied to the Philippine health regulator for emergency use authorisation of its COVID-19 vaccine but needs to file further documentation, the regulator said late Friday.

The sweet talker
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-09
Judy was charged by the City Prosecutor with the crime of estafa committed thru false pretenses is defined under Article 315, paragraph 2(a) of the Revised Penal Code. The prosecution was able to

Experience the best of City of Pines at Alphaland Baguio Mountain Lodges
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-09
Welcome 2021 with loads of excitement for local travel and discovery of island destinations. Keeping all health and safety protocols as top priorities, travel within the country is now possible

Councilor, escorts survive ambush in Maguindanao
philstar.com - 2021-01-09
Gunmen ambushed on Friday a municipal councilor in South Upi, just four days after a similar attack in the area that left a villager dead and seriously hurt three others.

Over 10K devotees remain in Quiapo for Black Nazarene feast--MPD
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2021-01-09
Only over 10,000 devotees remain in Quiapo for the feast of the Black Nazarene on Saturday, information from the Manila Police District (MPD) showed. As of 2 p.m.,

Experts warn of spike in COVID-19 cases after Feast of Black Nazarene
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-09
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) -- Experts are warning the public of a possible surge in coronavirus cases after thousands of devotees flocked to Quiapo church on Saturday for the Feast ...

Go reminds public to comply with health protocols
Manila Bulletin - 2021-01-09
Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go reminded the public Saturday to strictly adhere to government-imposed health protocols such as mandatory wearing of masks and face shields in public places amid the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Right-wing social media app Parler has been removed from the Google Play store
CNN Philippines - 2021-01-09
(CNN) -- Parler, the alternative social media platform popular with conservatives, has been banned from the Google Play Store, Google told CNN Business Friday evening. Google said its app store ...

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