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Navotas eyes 1,000 swab tests a day to halt virus spread
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-22
To encourage more residents to have themselves tested for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Navotas City government increased the number of people who would be allowed to go to a testing

DFA nixes move to bring sea row ruling to UN
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-22
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday rejected the appeal of former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario to raise the arbitral ruling that the Philippines won against China four years ago

'Worldwide Prevalence' of OCD Higher in Women vs Men
Medscape - 2020-07-22
Although men and women both experience OCD, the condition is more common in women, a large, worldwide meta-analysis suggests.

COVID-19 Update: Doc Fired for PPE Complaint, Swab Comparison
Medscape - 2020-07-22
After 17 years, emergency physician Ming Lin, MD, was fired from St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Washington after making public pleas for stronger COVID-19 protections. In Facebook posts and messages sent to hospital managers,

Audi expects pre-pandemic car sales levels by 2022/2023: paper
Reuters - 2020-07-22
Volkswagen's luxury car unit Audi expects car sales to reach pre-COVID-19 levels only by 2022 or 2023, Chief Executive Markus Duesmann told a German business daily.

Conservative outlets regularly have the top-performing posts on Facebook -- but Facebook says the full picture is more complicated
Business Insider - 2020-07-22
While Facebook users are more likely to engage with hyper-partisan content, the links in their newsfeed typically come from more mainstream outlets.

Apple commissioned a study to defend its App Store ahead of a big antitrust hearing where Tim Cook and other tech CEOs will testify
Business Insider - 2020-07-22
The study may be a sign Apple intends to use all the tools at its disposal, including funding research, to combat antitrust concerns.

Coronavirus latest: Tokyo eclipses 360 daily cases, a record high
NIKKEI - 2020-07-22
sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei on Wednesday. 6:20 p.m. The Philippines' health ministry announces six new deaths and 1,594 additional infections, the seventh straight day when ...

WhatsApp to pilot projects to deliver credit, insurance and pension to users in India
TechCrunch - 2020-07-22
WhatsApp plans to offer credit, insurance and pension products to lower income individuals and those in rural areas in India and help digitize local small and medium-sized businesses as the Facebook -service looks to make a digital payments push in its biggest market by users.

Coronavirus latest: Tokyo breaks 300 case mark a day for first time
NIKKEI - 2020-07-22
sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei on Wednesday. 6:20 p.m. The Philippines' health ministry announces six new deaths and 1,594 additional infections, the seventh straight day when ...

Stocks down for 3rd straight day - 2020-07-22
Share prices retreated for a third consecutive day yesterday as investors continued to stay on the sidelines due to the lack of positive impetus to trade, brokers said.

Vico shuts down Landers - 2020-07-22
Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto has ordered the closure of a branch of one of the biggest supermarket chains for allegedly failing to enforce physical distancing measures among its customers.

Manila Water eyes first sustainability bond issue - 2020-07-22
Ayala-led Manila Water Co. Inc. is planning to debut a US dollar-denominated sustainability bond to support its capital expenditure program and refinance its existing debts.

BI: Non-essential overseas trips resume - 2020-07-22
While the coronavirus disease remains a public threat, the government yesterday allowed the resumption of non-essential travel abroad subject to the guidelines of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Ma

Ormoc develops contact tracing tool - 2020-07-22
A contact tracing application that gives real time data on who may be exposed to a person infected with coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 and their location has been developed in Ormoc City.

Cimatu to reopen mine sites closed by Lopez - 2020-07-22
Some of the mining companies closed or suspended by the late environment secretary Gina Lopez will be allowed to resume operations.

FDI inflow drops to near-year low - 2020-07-22
The net inflow of foreign direct investments plunged by 68 percent to hit an 11-month low of $311 million in April from $971 million in the same month last year as many investors put on hold their plans amid the uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic,

KidZania closes - 2020-07-22
MANILA, Philippines -- KidZania Manila will not be opening its doors in the future as its franchisee, Play Innovations Inc., decided to permanently stop operations. ABS-CBN said in a stock exchange filing yesterday Play Innovations has decided to cease ...

PNP, AFP welcome murder raps vs 9 cops - 2020-07-22
The Philippine National Police yesterday welcomed the filing of murder charges against nine policemen involved in the killing of four Army soldiers in Jolo, Sulu last month.

Eastern Samar town on lockdown - 2020-07-22
This coastal town in Eastern Samar, which remains free of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, has been on lockdown in the past three days.

P136 million shabu seized - 2020-07-22
An estimated 20 kilos of shabu amounting to P136 million were confiscated yesterday by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency during a sting in Quezon City.

Cops, soldiers in KAPA investment scam probed - 2020-07-22
A task force has been created to investigate government security forces alleged to be in cahoots with Kapa Community Ministry International Inc. founder Joel Apolinario.

Ressa pleads not guilty in tax evasion case - 2020-07-22
Rappler editor and chief executive officer Maria Ressa yesterday pleaded not guilty to her fifth tax evasion case filed by the Department of Justice before a Pasig City court.

?19-B funds for military modernization projects diverted to COVID-19 response, says defense chief
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-22
The Department of National Defense is putting on hold over a dozen military projects under its modernization program as it cuts spending to help government fund the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

900,000 British public sector workers are getting a pay hike, but nurses are not included
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-22
UK public sector workers are getting a pay rise in recognition of their work during the coronavirus pandemic -- but nurses have been left empty handed.

Twitter takes down 7,000 accounts linked to QAnon
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-22
Twitter has removed thousands of accounts linked to QAnon, a group known for spreading conspiracy theories and disinformation online.

Western Union Expands Presence in the Philippines With Tie Up
YAHOO! - 2020-07-22
The Western Union Company WU recently teamed up with TrueMoney, which is renowned as a financial services provider in the Philippines. TrueMoney -- one of the largest fintech company in Southeast Asia -- offers various innovative and reasonable financial services to stimulate financial inclusion across several countries.

LIST: High-profile Bilibid inmates whose deaths are linked to COVID-19, according to BuCor
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 22) -- The Bureau of Corrections has released the death certificates of nine high-profile inmates of the New Bilibid Prison whose controversial deaths are ...

Credit card CEO warns of dark times when the $600 unemployment benefit expires
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-22
Margaret Keane has been in the credit card business for 40 years and she's seeing something she never expected: There's mass unemployment, yet Americans are paying their bills on time.

Duterte's penultimate outlay to reach Congress way past SONA - 2020-07-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Departing from recent tradition, the Duterte administration will delay the submission of the proposed budget for next year to August, giving lawmakers less time to deliberate on the outlay critical to ensure economic recovery from ...

Health-care groups call for solidarity amid rising Covid-19 cases
BusinessMirror - 2020-07-22
THE Palace has certified as urgent three bills further assisting financial institutions, which are tasked to help critical industries adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. During a briefing ...

Philippines records 6 new coronavirus deaths, 1,594 more cases
Reuters - 2020-07-22
The Philippines' health ministry on Wednesday reported six new coronavirus deaths and 1,594 additional infections, the seventh straight day when confirmed cases have topped 1,000.

Philippines Records 6 New Coronavirus Deaths, 1,594 More Cases
New York Times - 2020-07-22
The Philippines' health ministry on Wednesday reported six new coronavirus deaths and 1,594 additional infections, the seventh straight day when confirmed cases have topped 1,000.

Budget surplus posted in June despite rising pandemic costs - 2020-07-22
A surplus would have been a good news in normal times. But in a pandemic, it shows the government may not be spending enough to counter the massive economic setback.

Senate to probe sudden deaths of 9 high-profile inmates
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-22
The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee is planning to conduct an inquiry next week on the sudden deaths of high-profile inmates in the New Bilibid Prison due to COVID-19, says committee chairperson Richard Gordon.

Maria Ressa pleads not guilty to tax evasion charge
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-22
Embattled journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to a tax evasion charge, her fifth tax-related case, she said on Twitter.

Lawmaker seen in viral Zoom meeting denies ABS-CBN 'takeover' plans
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 22) -- A lawmaker who voted to kill ABS-CBN's franchise has denied allegations of "taking over" its assets and infrastructure, days after a live stream of his ...

Fr. Chito Suganob, held captive by terrorists during the Marawi siege, passes away - 2020-07-22
Bishop Edwin Dela Peña of the Marawi Prelate has confirmed the demise of Suganob, most known as the bearded "Fr. Chito."

1 of 7 COVID-19 cases in Davao region is a health worker
Manila Bulletin - 2020-07-22
DAVAO CITY - The Department of Health (DOH) in Davao said one out of seven coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in the region was a health worker.

8 of Medialdea's security aides test positive for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-22
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 22) -- Eight security aides of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea have tested positive for COVID-19, the Presidential Security Group disclosed on Wednesday.

DOST: VCO showing 'promising' effects on mild COVID-19 patients
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-22
The Department of Science and Technology said the use of virgin coconut oil (VCO) in the treatment of COVID-19 has shown promising results in patients with mild symptoms.

Quezon City to lose 'quite a lot' from reduced ABS-CBN operations -- mayor - 2020-07-22
Asked in an interview over ANC just how much the closure of the company affected the city government, Belmonte said: "Quite a lot. I can't give you the exact numbers at present, but yes, from the perspective of a chief executive.

DoubleDragon raising $75M from offshore bond debut
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-22
Property developer DoubleDragon Properties Corp. is debuting on the offshore bond market with a goal of raising $75 million from an offering of five-year debt paper. The senior guaranteed bonds

Public urged to be more mindful of health protocols as Vico Sotto temporarily closes supermarket
InterAksyon - 2020-07-22
Undated photo of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto speaking in front of a podium during a vaccination program by Boy Santos of The STAR (left) and grocery operations of Landers supermarket under temporary closure from Vico Sotto's official Facebook page (right).

FDI worsens pandemic drop to weakest level in 11 months - 2020-07-22
As of April, job-generating inflows mainly came from Japan and the European Union. US investments tanked, while China hardly contributed.

KidZania Manila to permanently shut doors by August 31
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-22
KidZania Manila effective August 31, 2020," the establishment announced in a statement on Wednesday. Play Innovations, Inc. is a subsidiary of ABS-CBN. The media giant earlier said a number of its workers will lose their jobs on August 31 as the network stays off-air without a congressional franchise.

Foreign investments plunge in April as pandemic woes unnerve investors
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-22
Foreign direct investments plunged by 68% in April as market players put business plans on hold as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, the central bank says.

Toyota continues to provide mobility for more frontliners - 2020-07-22
MANILA, Philippines -- Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) recently turned over 17 Vios units to Department of Health (DOH) hospitals during a simple ceremony held at its head office and manufacturing plant in Santa Rosa,

Coronavirus latest: Japan approves its second COVID treatment
NIKKEI - 2020-07-22
The Nikkei Asian Review is tracking the spread ... which had been the company's top Asian market. 6:40 p.m. The Philippines reports 1,951 additional infections, up from 1,521 a day earlier ...

Petron extends fuel subsidy for DOTr free ride for health workers
Manila Bulletin - 2020-07-22
Petron Corporation has extended its fuel subsidy for participating vehicle units in the Free Ride Service for Health Workers Program until July 31, 2020. The service is a program of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) which the oil company has partnered with to help with the transportation needs of medical frontliners during the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) health crisis.

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