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Bill provides mail-in voting for senior citizens in 2022
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-02
A proposal to allow mail-in voting for senior citizens in the 2022 general elections has been filed in the House of Representatives.

Senators raise possible PhilHealth hospital fund depletion in COVID-19 lab spending
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-02
A number of senators on Wednesday said the proposal to use funds from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation to build more COVID-19 testing laboratories might be to the detriment of coronavirus patients.

NBI files criminal charges vs. 19 Immigration officers over Pastillas scheme
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-02
The National Bureau of Investigation has filed criminal charges before the Office of the Ombudsman against 19 Bureau of Immigration officers and personnel assigned at NAIA terminals for alleged money-making operation dubbed "Pastillas" scheme.

No tropical cyclone this week -- PAGASA
philstar.com - 2020-09-02
Aside from rains due to the southwest monsoon and thunderstorms, no tropical cyclone will affect the country this week.

Globe sees strong demand for data, home broadband
philstar.com - 2020-09-02
Globe Telecom Inc. expects sustained strong demand for data and home broadband will help the company weather the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More borrowings push PH debt to record P9.16T in July
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-02
National government debt climbed to a new record-high of P9.16 trillion as the government continued to borrow more, including through a record P516.3 billion in five-year retail

Lawmaker says public hospitals received ?127-million overpayment for IRM claims
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-02
Marikina Rep. Stella Quimbo cites a P127-million difference between PhilHealth's IRM liquidation levels and the amounts charged by public hospitals under agency's cash advance program.

Will trade for food: Online bartering soars in COVID-19-hit Philippines
philstar.com - 2020-09-02
With millions stripped of their jobs and many forced to stay home to slow the coronavirus spread, Filipinos have flocked to Facebook groups to exchange their possessions, including kitchen appliances,

Pope all smiles at first public audience in six months, prays for Lebanon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-02
Pope Francis held his first weekly general audience in public in six months on Wednesday, smiling and chatting with some of the crowd as they pressed forward to greet him. The

Gapay says they have footage of a runway, docking stations on disputed islands
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-02
The chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said the military has proof of a runway and other military structures built on islands located in disputed waters of the South China Sea.

Coronavirus loans push up government debt to P9.16-T in July
philstar.com - 2020-09-02
Money borrowed to fund the Philippines' costly coronavirus programs continued to bloat the country's debt load past the P9-trillion mark in July, the Bureau of the Treasury reported on Wednesday.

Customs revenues down but beat target in August
philstar.com - 2020-09-02
Lackluster trade activity continued to push down revenues raised by the Bureau of Customs, but collections were so far enough to beat targets already tempered by government. In a statement on Wednesday,

Necessary cases to be filed vs PhilHealth execs as House panels end probe
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-02
Necessary charges will be filed against erring officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) as various allegations of irregularities hound the state-run

LOOK: Diver finds prosthetic leg in river, reunites it with owner
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-02
A diver reunited a man with his lost prosthetic leg after spotting it at the bottom of a river in California, United States.

CHR to probe allegations Aetas forced by soldiers to eat human feces
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-02
The Commission on Human Rights has vowed to investigate claims that Aetas suspected of being in cahoots with communist rebels were forced by the military to eat human

RFM allots P350 M to buy back shares
philstar.com - 2020-09-02
Listed food and beverage company RFM Corp. brought back 79.4 million shares at 4.38 share with a total value of close to P350 million, RFM President and CEO Jose Ma. A. Concepcion III said Wednesday.

6,000 Makati residents to undergo pooled swab testing
philstar.com - 2020-09-02
Around 6,000 residents in Makati City are set to undergo pooled reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction testing for COVID-19 during the seven-day run, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion announced Wednesday.

DepEd-NCR: Schools to provide PPEs, bar at-risk staff from premises
philstar.com - 2020-09-02
The Metro Manila regional office of the Department of Education last Wednesday released a new set of health protocols for teachers and school personnel amid the pandemic.

Strict compliance with minimum health standard key to containing COVID spread
Manila Bulletin - 2020-09-02
National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. stressed Wednesday that the strict adherence to the minimum health standard "will be the key" to contain the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 police task force wants community service, fines for lockdown violators
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The COVID-19 police task force has called for the imposition of community service and fines for violators of the government's lockdown rules in order to decongest

Philippines Reports 2,218 New COVID-19 Cases, Lowest Rise in 5 Weeks
New York Times - 2020-09-02
MANILA -- The Philippine health ministry on Wednesday recorded 2,218 new coronavirus infections, the country's lowest daily case increase in five weeks, and 27 additional deaths. In a bulletin ...

May surge in long-term foreign investments to PH cushions previous decline
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-02
Long term capital from overseas rose sharply in May as foreign investors brought in more equity into their local operations and acquired long-dated debt instruments issued by Philippine entities,

2,218 new COVID-19 cases push PH total tally to 226,440
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-02
The Philippines now has 226,440 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases after an additional 2,218 infections were recorded by the Department of Health (DOH). In its latest

Pregnant teacher dies after contracting COVID-19 at surprise baby shower
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-02
A pregnant teacher died of COVID-19 after interacting with an asymptomatic friend at a surprise baby shower in Anapolis, Brazil.

Senators wary FIST to leave gov't saddled with bank debts
philstar.com - 2020-09-02
Legislators are asking where the government intends to source the capital for state banks over massive amounts of bad debts.

Philippines reports 2,218 new COVID-19 cases, lowest rise in 5 weeks
Reuters - 2020-09-02
The Philippine health ministry on Wednesday recorded 2,218 new coronavirus infections, the country's lowest daily case increase in five weeks, and 27 additional deaths.

LOOK: Manila LGU carefully collects used rapid test kits in Sampaloc
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-02
Personnel of the Manila Department of Public Services on Tuesday night carefully collected the used rapid test kits that were found scattered along a street in

Internal tensions and a resignation to virus' spread govern Trump's pandemic response
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-02
A different approach toward the coronavirus pandemic is taking hold at the White House, as newcomer adviser Dr. Scott Atlas eclipses Dr. Anthony Fauci in influence and US President Donald Trump and aides are resigned to the virus' inevitable spread.

Pangilinan: Public health experience is needed to run PhilHealth
philstar.com - 2020-09-02
"What I know about is financial management, having been a certified public accountant, and insurance," Gierran said in an interview on ANC.

AFP chief distances on blacklisting of China firms involved in SCS militarization
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-02
MANILA, Philippines -- The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Wednesday said that it will not tinker with the issue of whether government should proceed with contracts entered with Chinese

Duque defends failure to oversee PhilHealth: 'I had a difficult job handling the pandemic'
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-02
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III defended himself anew from allegations that he failed to oversee the controversial reimbursement scheme of the embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corp., saying he has been focusing on his other roles in battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

House panels eye giving Duterte emergency powers to fix PhilHealth
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-02
A joint committee of the House of Representatives is proposing to grant President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to reform the Philippine Health Insurance Corp of numerous irregularities.

Australia enters recession after 3 decades of growth
philstar.com - 2020-09-02
Australia has entered its first recession since 1991 after the economy shrank 7% in the second quarter, official figures showed Wednesday.

The Official National Sports Association for Esports in the Philippines Rises
Manila Bulletin - 2020-09-02
The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has accredited the Philippine Esports Organization (PESO) as an associate member, making it the official Nationals Sports Association (NSA) for esports in the Philippines.

Vision, disruption, innovation and the Metro Manila Business Conference
BusinessMirror - 2020-09-02
This is a key finding from INSEAD, a leading global business school, who researched co-living in times of coronavirus with MyTown, the co-living brand under Philippines Urban... With everything ...

Samsung heir Jay Y. Lee indicted over controversial merger in South Korea
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-02
Lee Jae-yong, the billionaire Samsung vice chairman and son of ailing chairman Lee Kun-hee, was indicted over a controversial 2015 merger that helped him tighten control over the company.

Most of PH to have fair weather this Wednesday -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-02
Most parts of the country will have fair weather on Wednesday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), but with

Hot and humid weather to continue; no storm to affect PH - Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-02
Hot and humid weather will carry on in the coming days as state meteorologists said Wednesday that the tropical cyclone spotted east of the country would have no direct effect

Nike is launching its first maternity collection
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-01
Nike is launching its first-ever line of maternity activewear as the market for clothing worn during pregnancy grows.

Detention of CGTN anchor shows that in Xi Jinping's China, not even the propagandists are safe
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-01
She was a veteran business anchor for state broadcaster CGTN, which has since scrubbed all reference of her from its website and social media. CGTN is the international arm of CCTV, one of the most important propaganda outlets in China,

Coronavirus pushes leading world economies into record slumps
philstar.com - 2020-09-01
Here are second-quarter changes in gross domestic product compared with the previous quarter for many of the world's top economies.

Gatchalian: Owners of empty flats, rest houses got power rate cuts meant for poor
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-01
Owners of rest houses and rarely occupied apartments in residential towers were among those who got electricity rate discounts intended for the poor or the so-called

Samsung's new folding smartphone will set you back $1,999
CNN Philippines - 2020-09-01
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is the most expensive smartphone in Samsung's current lineup. It will go on sale on Sept. 18.

Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing
New York Times - 2020-09-01
The tech giants said states could soon send notices directly to smartphones asking people to opt in to the technology, which helps trace the coronavirus.

Robinhood's PR chief is leaving the popular trading app and the company is searching for a replacement
Business Insider - 2020-09-01
Jack Randall is joining Day One Ventures as head of communications and an investor.

Startup founders are quietly suffering with increased mental health issues since the startup of the pandemic and fear being stigmatized
Business Insider - 2020-09-01
Startup founders are struggling with their mental health as COVID-19 alters their lives. And finding someone to talk to about it isn't easy.

Are we heading into an economic depression?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-01
During this time of uncertainty, when businesses are failing and people are losing jobs, it is not hard to imagine that the economic damage caused by this crisis could lead to more losses in the

Digital Pera: Investing via mobile phones
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-01
Filipinos will soon be able to make pension plan investments through their mobile phones, thanks to a new central bank initiative to bring the benefits of the 12-year-old Personal Equity and

Muted trading seen this week
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-09-01
The local stock barometer fell below the 5,800 level on Tuesday as investors braced for weakening domestic economic fundamentals and rising geopolitical tension. Reopening after a long weekend

AMA Releases 2021 Overhaul of E/M Services Codes
Medscape - 2020-09-01
The American Medical Association says 2021 CPT changes include steps intended to reduce "irrelevant administrative burdens that led to time-wasting note bloat and box checking."

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