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Poe says FIST bill to protect banks while economy recovers from virus impact
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-18
With the proposed Financial Institutions Strategic Transfer (FIST) Act certified as urgent, Senator Grace Poe on Sunday said banks could expect protection from bad loans while

DOH reports 14,941 new COVID-19 recoveries; total now at 310,158
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-18
The Department of Health on Sunday reported 14,941 new recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019, bringing the total of recovered patients to 310,158. In its daily

Manulife launches new health insurance
philstar.com - 2020-10-18
Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. Philippines Inc. has launched a health insurance product which allows policyholders to enhance their benefits and select their preferred critical illness protection.

Addressing mental health amid a pandemic
Manila Bulletin - 2020-10-18
BETTER DAYS Mental health has historically been a difficult subject to talk about in Philippine society. Many of us, no doubt, have our own stories, personal or otherwise, of how difficult it is to seek help.

ING, Unicef support 5 Philippine fintech startups
philstar.com - 2020-10-18
as well as technical and business mentorship for one year. ING Philippines country manager Hans Sicat said the partnership with UNICEF would help develop fintech solutions by providing an equity ...

Nika, Ofel agriculture damage hits P8.1 million
philstar.com - 2020-10-18
Damage to agriculture in areas affected by Typhoons Nika and Ofel was estimated at P8.12 million. The Department of Agriculture (DA)-Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Operations Center said 535 hectares of agricultural land and 530 farmers in Quezon,

The Week in Business: Facebook Cracks Down
New York Times - 2020-10-18
Facebook and Twitter drew a fresh wave of Republican ire this past week in blocking and limiting the spread of a New York Post article th

Beat Saber multiplayer is out now on PC and Quest, but delayed for PSVR
VentureBeat - 2020-10-18
The multiplayer update for Beat Saber is available for PC VR and Oculus Quest. PSVR players will have to wait, as that platform's update has been delayed.

Saso ties for 10th; former Korean No. 1 reigns anew
philstar.com - 2020-10-18
Asuka Kashiwabara and Mone Inami, winner of the weather-shortened Stanley Ladies last week, tied for eighth at 213 after a 69 and 71, respectively. If any consolation, Saso, who has never contended for the crown after sweeping the NEC Karuizawa and Nitori ...

PAGASA monitoring new LPA off Virac, Catanduanes
philstar.com - 2020-10-18
State weather bureau PAGASA said a new low pressure area has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Sunday afternoon, which could develop into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours.

Groups call on Supreme Court to act on 37 petitions vs. Anti-Terrorism Act
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18) -- Days after the release of the implementing rules and regulations of the Anti-Terrorism Act, some groups are now calling on the Supreme Court to act ...

Floods displace thousands in central Mindanao
philstar.com - 2020-10-18
More than 70 barangays in central Mindanao are flooded since Friday after the 220,000-hectare Liguasan Delta overflowed following torrential rains in mountain ranges around.

6 more House members join Lakas-CMD party
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) party gained six more members at the House of Representatives with the addition of two district lawmakers and four

Velasco: House committed to amend to anti-money laundering law
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-18
The House of Representatives is committed to amend the Anti-Money Laundering Act, Speaker Lord Allan Velasco assured Sunday. Velasco said the House is committed to pass

Former Sulu Governor Yusop Jikiri dies at 66
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18) -- Former Congressman and Sulu Governor Yusop Jikiri has died. He was 66 years old. News of Jikiri's death broke on Sunday. He served as Sulu governor ...

Philippines reports 2,379 new coronavirus infections, 50 more deaths
Reuters - 2020-10-18
The Philippines' health ministry on Sunday reported 2,379 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 50 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 356,618 cases and 6,652 deaths.

New LPA near PH bringing rains over eastern Visayas, Mindanao
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18) -- A new low pressure area approaching the country is bringing rains over the eastern portions of Visayas and Mindanao, the Philippine Atmospheric ...

COVID-19 AND YOUR CHILD | Why vaccination is important in first 1,000 days of life
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-18
Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co. (Metrobank) recently announced that Instapay and PESONet transactions done via the Metrobank... Fear of COVID-19 has caused many children to miss scheduled ...

Sunday weather forecast: Rain showers, cloudy skies due to LPA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-18
Several areas in the country are expected to have scattered rain showers on Sunday due to the trough or extension of a low pressure area (LPA) and

Pilots turn to selling snacks, carpentry to ride out tough times
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-18
Most furloughed pilots are now picking up new skills or embarking on new careers to ride through the turbulence in the aviation industry. Malaysian pilot Arrif Junid, 57, took up

Robredo calls for more urgency in Marawi rehab 3 years after city's liberation
CNN Philippines - 2020-10-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18)-- Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday called for a "more urgent approach" in the rehabilitation efforts for Marawi, three years after the city was ...

LOOK: Senate gives health gift packs to Pasay frontliners
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-18
Frontliners from the Pasay General Hospital, Pasay City Health Office, and Philcare Manpower Services on Wednesday received health gift packs from the Senate as the

New Zealand opposition dares victorious Ardern to deliver
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-18
New Zealand's opposition said Sunday Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's landslide election win means she no longer has any excuses for failing to deliver on her

More cops sent out as police commanders told to 'recalibrate' security, health measures
philstar.com - 2020-10-18
Although speaking of the recalibration of its security and health safety measures, the JTF CV Shield in its statement relied on much of the same, directing police commanders to look into "beefing up police visibility in business districts and in other areas frequented by the people.

Most Filipinos deem gov't COVID-19 action 'adequate' except for helping jobless -- SWS
philstar.com - 2020-10-18
"However, only 44% believe government actions are adequate on ensuring the provision of adequate help for people who lost their job/livelihood," the survey results read.

Baguio City set to welcome back tourists from Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-18
The summer capital will open its borders to tourists from the rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, by  October 23, Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced on

Millennial saint? Italian teenage computer whiz beatified by Catholic Church
BusinessMirror - 2020-10-18
ASSISI, Italy--A 15-year-old Italian computer whiz who died of leukemia in 2006 moved a step closer to possible sainthood last week with his beatification in the town of Assisi, where he is buried. Carlo Acutis is the youngest contemporary person to be beatified,

5 fisherfolks rescued, one missing as fishing boat capsized in Sulu
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-18
ZAMBOANGA CITY--Five fishermen from the town of Indanan in Sulu province were rescued off the town of Patikul town after bad weather capsized their fishing boat. Colonel Ruben Candelario ...

Senate will get budget on time, but no extra funds for DOH, others - House
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Leaders of the House of Representatives assured President Rodrigo Duterte and the senators on Saturday that they would submit the P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021 to ...

Honda set to unveil all-new City model in Philippine market
Manila Bulletin - 2020-10-17
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is set to release the All-New Honda City targeting total sales of more or less 1,800 units combining the current and the All New City model for the remaining months of the year.

2.2 million Facebook and Instagram ads rejected ahead of US vote: FB
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-17
A total of 2.2 million ads on Facebook and Instagram have been rejected and 120,000 posts withdrawn for attempting to "obstruct voting" in the upcoming US presidential

DTI lifts limits on mask, sanitizer purchases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-17
Consumers can buy as many masks and sanitizers as they want, after the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) lifted quantity limits that were previously placed to avoid supply

More passengers to be allowed to ride MRT 3
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-17
The MRT 3 will increase its maximum passenger capacity from the current 13 percent to 30 percent starting on Monday to accommodate more commuters, according to the

Rizal dislodges Metro Manila as area with most COVID-19 cases
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-17
Metro Manila was replaced by Rizal province as the area with the most number of COVID-19 cases after the Department of Health (DOH) revised its reporting on Saturday, breaking

Every iPhone release to date, in photos
Mashable - 2020-10-17
"Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything." With those words, Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world in 2007. And in the nearly 14 years since, he's been proven right .

23% of Americans think the coronavirus was created in a Chinese lab, a survey suggests. Here's why that conspiracy theory is bogus.
Business Insider - 2020-10-17
New research suggests that 22% to 23% of Americans and Britons believe the coronavirus was engineered in a Wuhan laboratory.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Will Cause New Problems For Apple, Google
Forbes - 2020-10-17
An early launch of the Galaxy S21 is both a wild rumour and entirely feasible. I'd also be willing to bet on Samsung making some drastic pricing changes to go along with its new release date. This would be unusual,

BOC seizes P1.5 million guns, parts
philstar.com - 2020-10-17
The Bureau of Customs has confiscated P1.5 million worth of guns, gun parts and accessories at the Central Mail Exchange Center in Pasay City.

BIR guidelines out on tax breaks to be enjoyed by health frontliners
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-17
The special allowances and hazard pay of health and medical professionals in the fight against COVID-19 will not be taxed as long as the country is under a state of national

Aboitiz Group hits the century mark
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-10-17
The sprawling Aboitiz Group, which traces its beginnings to an intrepid Basque who migrated to Leyte from Spain in the late 1800s, has seen it all over the past hundred years - a devastating

How Two Failures Led To A $3.2 Billion Deal With Twilio
Forbes - 2020-10-17
Twilio announced a $3.2 acquisition of Segment. On the news, Twilio shares jumped by about 7% to $328-bringing the market cap to a hefty $41 billion. Segment is one of the top players in the CDP (customer data platform) market.

N.F.L. Team Thrown by False Positive Covid-19 Tests
New York Times - 2020-10-17
A White House virus adviser prefers "herd immunity" over testing. Outbreaks in the Mountain West show the dangers in rural America. Belgium is closing bars and restaurants for a month, and imposing a curfew.

Oracle founder Larry Ellison donated $250,000 to pro-Lindsey Graham super PAC the day the TikTok deal was announced
Business Insider - 2020-10-17
Ellison made the $250,000 donation just hours before it was announced that Oracle had beat out Microsoft, The Verge first reported Saturday.

SAF commandos training as motorcycle cops
philstar.com - 2020-10-17
Around 50 Special Action Force commandos are currently undergoing training under the Highway Patrol Group to counter motorcycle-riding criminals, an official said yesterday.

PAWS shelter thief identified
philstar.com - 2020-10-17
Police have identified the man who stole two purebred cats from the Philippine Animal Welfare Society shelter in Quezon City.

For Robinhood, The Smartest Choice Is To Keep User Data Private
Forbes - 2020-10-17
Robinhood should maintain data privacy to shield retail investors from hedge funds and their own heat chasing tendencies.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand Wins Second Term
New York Times - 2020-10-17
Jacinda Ardern, whose leadership of New Zealand during the coronavirus pandemic has drawn global praise, claimed victory in the national election on Saturday.

PMFTC eyes shift to smoke-free alternatives
philstar.com - 2020-10-17
PMFTC Inc., the partnership between Philip Morris International (PMI) and the Lucio Tan Group, is looking to replace cigarettes with smoke-free alternatives in the future.

Philguarantee boosts fund facility to P300 billion
philstar.com - 2020-10-17
State-run Philippine Guarantee Corp. beefed up its facility to P300 billion to cover guarantee programs particularly for micro, small and medium enterprises, small farmers and fisherfolks and other borrowers severely affected by the global health pandemic.

Bacolod seeks more relaxed quarantine status
philstar.com - 2020-10-17
This city should be placed under a more relaxed modified general community quarantine or MGCQ, according to Mayor Evelio Leonardia.

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