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2 killed in Rizal shootout - 2020-09-17
CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines -- A man and his son tagged in kidnapping and other illegal activities were killed in an alleged shootout with police officers in Teresa, Rizal on Wednesday night. The fatalities were identified as Rodel Basi and his ...

Trump disputes health officials, sees mass vaccinations soon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-17
Openly contradicting the government's top health experts, President Donald Trump predicted Wednesday that a safe and effective vaccine against the coronavirus could be

Pepsi sets voluntary delisting on November 26 - 2020-09-17
Cola Products Philippines Inc., the listed manufacturer of PepsiCo drinks in the country, is targeting to delist from the Philippine Stock Exchange on Nov. 26.

Index ends almost flat amid lack of catalysts - 2020-09-17
Stocks ended almost flat yesterday amid a lack of catalysts. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index or PSEi slipped to 5,943.52, down 3.10 points or 0.05 percent while the broader All Shares index dropped 3.

Duterte to extend state of public health calamity - 2020-09-17
President Duterte will extend the state of calamity in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic six months after its declaration, giving him new leeway to impose quarantine protocols and enjoin local government and law enforcement agencies to implement disciplinary actions to arrest the impact of COVID-19.

Portion of Roxas Boulevard closed for Manila Bay cleanup - 2020-09-17
A portion of Roxas Boulevard will be closed tomorrow to give way for the Manila Bay cleanup, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said yesterday.

US embassy donates hygiene kits to Manila - 2020-09-17
The United States embassy donated yesterday 5,000 hygiene kits and 16 handwashing stations to a quarantine facility in Tondo, Manila.

Quezon City, group boost strategies vs COVID-19 - 2020-09-17
The Quezon City government has partnered with a multisectoral organization to further strengthen its fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

MRT deploys record-high 21 trains - 2020-09-17
For the first time in its 20 years of operation, the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 deployed yesterday a record-high 21 trains as the Department of Transportation decided to keep the one-meter distance rule in public transport.

New plant species discovered in Pampanga - 2020-09-17
A new plant species has been discovered in the Mount Arayat National Park in Pampanga. Paquito Moreno Jr., Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Central Luzon office executive director, said a team of researchers from the Angeles University Foundation and University of Sto.

Philippines making progress in fight vs dirty money - 2020-09-17
The Philippines is making progress in addressing technical compliance deficiencies in its program against money laundering and terrorist financing, ahead of the deadline set by Paris-based global watc

Imported vehicle sales fall 49% in January to August - 2020-09-17
Sales of imported vehicles slid 49 percent in the eight months to August this year as demand remained weak amid the mobility restraints due to lockdowns implemented to address the coronavirus pandemic.

MMDA cracks down on distracted drivers - 2020-09-17
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will help police authorities in enforcing the law against drunk and distracted driving, an official announced yesterday.

Government sets minimum bid for Malaya plant at P2.2 billion - 2020-09-17
State-run Power Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. has set the minimum bid price for the privatization of the 650-megawatt Malaya Thermal Power Plant and its underlying land at P2.2 billion.

COVID-19 test maker suggests IATF amend rule to increase sensitivity rate of antigen testing
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-17
COVID-19 testing firm LabX founder Thomas Navasero recommends the government to increase the required sensitivity rate in doing antigen tests to around 97 percent

China-backed telecom firm says won't spy on Philippines
Reuters - 2020-09-17
A woman shields herself from the sun as she walks past an office building of China Telecom, in Beijing, China August 11, 2020. Picture taken August 11, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Phot

Smart gives back to subscribers in month-long 'Smart GigaFest' celebrations - 2020-09-17
Smart has kicked off Smart GigaFest, a month-long thanksgiving celebration featuring world-class entertainment, esports tournaments, digital innovations, and exciting promos and freebies to give back to all loyal and new subscribers.

WHO urges safety for health workers bearing brunt of virus
Rappler - 2020-09-17
No country, hospital, or clinic can keep its patients safe unless it keeps its health workers safe,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Parts of Silay hospital locked down after 8 staff members, 7 patients test positive for COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-17
Sections of a hospital in Silay City were locked down starting Wednesday after eight staff members and seven patients tested positive for the new coronavirus disease

San Juan sets up bike lane, dedicated motorcycle lane on Ortigas Avenue
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-17
A modified bicycle lane and a dedicated motorcycle lane were set up along a portion of Ortigas Avenue that is covered by San Juan City to ensure the safety of

Storm Leon may exit Philippines today - 2020-09-17
Tropical Storm Leon continued to gather strength as it moved away from the Philippine area of responsibility yesterday.

Pandemic boosts Alibaba Cloud's Philippine ambitions - 2020-09-17
As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is grabbing on a business opportunity that the health crisis had brought: offering to help in the digital transformation of Filipino businesses.

Consumer loans suffer first-ever quarterly decline amid pandemic - 2020-09-17
Consumer loans posted their first ever quarterly decline in June despite record-low borrowing costs, adding concerns to a government counting on banks to rescue the economy from a pandemic-induced recession and stimulate spending.

PhilHealth extends special privileges to dialysis patients, other members amid pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-17
Following the passage of Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2) into law, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) extended its special privileges to its members and their dependents amid the pandemic.

China-backed telecom firm says won't spy on Philippines
Business Insider - 2020-09-17
A new Philippine telecoms firm with Chinese state investment on Thursday described as "truly misplaced" concerns that communications equipment it will install at military camps will be used for spying.

Globe Honored as Employer of the Year-Telecom Stevie Award Winner in 2020 Stevie Awards for Great Employers - 2020-09-17
For the third consecutive year, Globe Telecom bagged the Gold Stevie Awards for Employer of the Year in Telecommunications.

COVID-19 impact: Monetary Board says weak demand likely to keep inflation low until 2022
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-17
The pace of price increases of basic goods and services will likely remain muted in the next two years, due to the fallout of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has dampened

Clear crime classifications expected as new GCTA manual nears completion -- DOJ
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-17
Revision of the manual on the granting of early release of prisoners with good behavior is done and is up for printing, DOJ said.

Singapore says it'll start paying people to work out with Apple's smartwatch
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-17
Singapore announced Tuesday that it would reward residents with hundreds of dollars if they use a new health app designed for the Apple Watch. The app encourages users to exercise and complete certain activities each week,

?2.69B electric bill savings for businesses in Meralco franchise areas
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-17
The distribution utility is taking measures to provide relief to businesses and help keep the economy on track.

?2.69B electric bill savings for businesses in Meralco franchise areas
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-17
The distribution utility is taking measures to provide relief to businesses and help keep the economy on track.

1-meter distance in public transportation stays for now
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-17
Commuters will have to sit a meter apart from each other again, as the Department of Transportation said it would be reinforcing the rule on physical distancing in PUVs pending President Rodrigo Duterte's decision.

Task force to file complaints against erring PhilHealth officials in 30 days
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-17
A task force is preparing to file complaints against erring officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, a Cabinet member says.

ADB urged to organize COVID-19 vaccine technical working group
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-17
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez on Thursday urged the Asian Development Bank to create a technical working group with the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and other multilateral bodies on

LPA drenches many parts of Philippines - 2020-09-17
MANILA, Philippines -- A low-pressure area dumped rains yesterday in many parts of the country, including Metro Manila. As of 3 p.m. yesterday, the low-pressure area was spotted 75 kilometers north-northwest of Coron,

Quezon province logs biggest single-day COVID-19 recoveries
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-17
LUCENA CITY -- Quezon posted its highest single-day recovery count of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases on Wednesday at 52, bringing the total number of healed virus carriers in the province to

Sans lockdown, economy to shrink still in Q3 -- BSP - 2020-09-17
Even with lockdowns rolled back, the local economy is still poised to contract further this quarter and sink deeper into recession, the central bank said.

Sabah chief looks to ASEAN to quash Philippine territorial claim
NIKKEI - 2020-09-17
The chief minister in Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah flatly rejected any Philippine rights to the territory in an interview, suggesting the government in Kuala Lumpur should take the intensifying dispute to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Dragonpay partners with UnionBank for DSWD SAP disbursement - 2020-09-17
Dragonpay has been chosen by UnionBank as one of its two channels for the disbursement of the DSWD Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

Pandemic recovery prospects brighter for Philippines - 2020-09-17
Forecasts for the local economy now fare better than that of Hong Kong (-0.21), Indonesia (-0.26), and India (-0.67).

8 drug suspects nabbed in separate operations in Albay, Camarines Sur
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-17
Separate drug busts in Albay and Camarines Sur provinces in the Bicol region on Wednesday have led to the arrest of eight persons and seizure of suspected crystal meth, popularly

Mitsubishi Electric to Establish FA Products Service Center in Philippines
YAHOO! - 2020-09-17
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today that it will establish the Philippine FA Center in Manila on the premises of its local subsidiary, MELCO Factory Automation Philippines Inc.

Israel may tap 1,000 Filipinos as health care workers
Manila Bulletin - 2020-09-17
Israel is now in talks with the Philippine government for the possible hiring of an additional 1,000 Filipino workers to beef up its health care institutions for the elderly.

Twitter's tiny warning labels no match for Trump's tweets
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-16
(CNN) -- Twitter on Wednesday flagged as "manipulated media" a tweet that President Trump had sent some hours earlier, which featured a video of his opponent Joe Biden, but with the song ...

Xilinx Boosts 5G With New T1 Platform
Forbes - 2020-09-16
The flexibility of multivendor OpenRAN solutions enables a diverse ecosystem for operators to choose best-of-breed options for their 5G deployments. Various solutions can be implemented using "bare metal" hardware as well as on virtualized or containerized platforms.

Solons seek higher 2021 budget for COA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-16
Some members of the House of Representatives have called for an increase in the budget of the Commission on Audit (COA) for 2021. During the hearing of the House

Fears surge in demand for hand sanitiser could fuel child labour
Reuters - 2020-09-16
Soaring global demand for hand sanitiser to combat the new coronavirus could increase the use of forced and child labour in sugarcane plantations, UK-based researchers said on Thursday.

The future of VR is here with the Oculus Quest 2
Mashable - 2020-09-16
We got our hands on the Oculus Quest 2 and it packs a punch. The headset is available for preorder now and will be officially released to retail on October 15th.

A leaked pitch deck from Cision shows the PR software giant is trying sell a company it bought last year for $225 million
Business Insider - 2020-09-16
The deck says Trendkite has a vast media contact database and clients including Nordstrom and Adidas.

National Patient Safety Plan Emphasizes Workforce Well-being
Medscape - 2020-09-16
Drafted before the pandemic, the authors say their attention to healthcare workforce safety in the plan is particularly salient during COVID-19.

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