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AirAsia suffers painful loss as COVID-19 crisis bites
NIKKEI - 2020-07-06
Low-cost Southeast Asian carrier AirAsia Group reported a 804 million ringgit ($188 million) first-quarter loss on Monday, reversing a 96 million ringgit profit for the same period last year. Founded by Malaysian tycoon Tony Fernandes,

Low internet access is driving inequality
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-06
Half of the world's population does not have access to the Internet, either through a mobile device or through fixed line broadband.

Hospitals able to absorb spike in COVID-19 cases, for now - 2020-07-06
Hospital resources can still handle the spike in coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) cases, soothing government officials' frayed nerves with daily infections tally soaring to record highs since the economy was reopened from a shutdown.

13 provisions of anti-terror law unconstitutional -- FEU law profs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-06
Law professors from the Far Eastern University led by Dean Mel Sta. Maria has questioned before the Supreme Court the constitutionality of 13 provisions of Republic Act

Why does the Philippines attract financial fraud?
NIKKEI - 2020-07-06
Dr. Stephen Cutler is a security analyst and anti-money laundering consultant in the Philippines who previously served in the FBI. What is it about the Philippines that seems to attract financial fraud?

Sans foreign visitors due to COVID-19, tourism receipts dive in June - 2020-07-06
The total estimated inbound revenue declined by 66.66% billion during the first six months of the year as the country maintains the COVID-19 travel restrictions, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said Monday.

Alert Level 1 up over Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon - 2020-07-06
The public is warned against entry into the four-kilometer radius permanent danger zone and is urged to exercise vigilance in the extended danger zone due to the increased possibility of sudden and hazardous steam-driven eruption.

Woman swings dog by its leash as weapon in fight
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-06
A woman swung a pet dog by its leash to use the animal as a weapon against its owner during an argument in Dartmouth, Canada.

MRT-3 halts operations starting July 7 as more employees get sick with COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-06
MRT-3 trains will stop running beginning Tuesday, July 7 as the railway management tests all staff for COVID-19 amid a surge in infections, the Transportation Department says.

Weak demand looms for gov't retail bonds next week - 2020-07-06
The last time retail Treasury bonds were floated was in February when the government raised P310.8 billion from small investors.

'Cyberbullied' lawmaker seeks NBI probe amid ABS-CBN franchise issue
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-06
Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla wants the National Bureau of Investigation to look into supposed "cyberbullying" against him and other lawmakers amid ongoing deliberations on the ABS-CBN franchise.

DOH sets up coordination unit as some hospitals report COVID-19 beds nearly full
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-06
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque refutes reports of several hospitals that they are close to or are at full capacity for COVID-19 patients, adding that a new unit has been set up to improve coordination with the Department of Health.

Longer detention period under anti-terrorism law to give way for thorough probe -- Año
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-06
You need this period to have this investigation and ensure that the terrorist act or threat shall be eliminated,' the Interior chief says

PCG files criminal case vs. Vienna Wood crew
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-06
The PCG files criminal complaint against the Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier and its crew involved in a collision with a Filipino fishing vessel last month.

PH Coast Guard files criminal raps vs HK vessel crew
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-06
The Philippine Coast Guard on Monday filed criminal complaints against the shipping company, master and officers of the Hong Kong-flagged cargo vessel MV Vienna Wood over

Duterte to deliver address on Tuesday from Davao City
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-06
President Duterte is not expected to announce new community quarantine classifications with prevailing lockdown measures set to end on July 15. But nearly halfway through it, his spokesman says it is highly unlikely that Metro Manila will revert to a stricter enhanced community quarantine.

Covid-19 cases spiking again in the Philippines, but health officials not alarmed
The Straits Times - 2020-07-06
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Basilan seeks moratorium on sending back residents stranded in Manila - 2020-07-06
The Basilan provincial government has requested the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease to suspend sending home provincial residents stranded in Manila. The province has already tallied 69 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday night.

Shuttles for workers impounded for 'lack of contract' amid transportation shortage - 2020-07-06
Agency Council for Traffic reported "three private vans apprehended as colorum in the area of Pasong Tamo Ext., Gate 3 - Makati City."

ABS-CBN shares surge ahead of House panel vote on network's franchise - 2020-07-06
During the trading day, more than 1.4 million company shares, valued at P22.1 million, changed hands, also the biggest turnover since June 9.

Treasury to sell RTBs starting July 15
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-06
The Bureau of the Treasury will again sell retail treasury bonds (RTB) starting July 15 not only to raise funds for COVID-19 response but also make available an investment

Some 5 million Gen Y, Z employees in Thailand staring at possible job losses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-06
Approximately 5 million Generation Y and Z employees face economic uncertainty as they risk being laid off because they do not have enough working experience, the University of the

'Colorum' movement of LSIs contributing to rising COVID cases
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-06
The Presidential Management Staff says despite the implementation of the government's Hatid Tulong program, some groups transport locally stranded individuals to the provinces without authority and testing,

As Florida sets records for Covid-19 cases, health authorities often fail to do contact tracing
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-06
When Shaila Rivera and her new husband returned home from their honeymoon and tested positive for Covid-19, they expected a phone call from their local health authorities in Florida asking for a list of people they'd been near so that contact tracing could begin.

Legal luminaries, lawmakers challenge constitutionality of Anti-Terrorism Act before Supreme Court
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-06
Four groups of lawyers and opposition lawmakers trooped to the Supreme Court on Monday to challenge the legality of the recently-signed Anti-Terrorism Law.

PNP chief wants dismissal of cops tagged in death of 15-year-old in Ilocos Sur
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-06
Philippine National Police chief Archie Gamboa said he has ordered the dismissal of two cops allegedly involved in the death of a 15-year-old girl in Ilocos Sur.

Guevarra turns down Supreme Court nomination anew
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-06
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has declined yet another nomination to the Supreme Court, saying his work at the DOJ is needed now more than ever. Among his new tasks is his membership in the Anti-Terrorism Council.

As coronavirus cases rise, DOH reiterates: Stay home, follow health protocols
Rappler - 2020-07-06
While the nation tries to adjust to the virus, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stresses it is important the public continues to follow basics like frequent hand washing and wearing a mask

120 families in Iloilo relocated as oil spill cleanup seen to last 15 days
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-06
AC Energy Philippines says it has contained the oil spill at the Iloilo Strait as of Friday night and is now on cleanup mode for the next 10 to 15 days.

UK think tank: PH can tolerate higher debt to fight COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-06
The Philippines can afford to borrow more in order to finance the bigger costs in fighting the health and socioeconomic crises caused by COVID-19, London-based Capital

Volume of marked tax-paid fuel breaches 9-billion-liter mark
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-06
MANILA, Philippines -- The volume of tax-paid marked fuel breached the nine-billion-liter mark last week, ensuring collection of correct import duties and excise taxes from oil products at a time

The pandemic could expose more Wirecards
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-06
Fox says the coronavirus pandemic could help expose more frauds. "There absolutely are other Wirecards out there," he said. "In an economic downturn, we will continue to see more and more frauds get uncovered

House committee to decide on ABS-CBN's fate this week
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-05
After a month of deliberations, members of the House of Representatives will see the end of the discussions on ABS-CBN's franchise next week.

CamSur Rep Marissa Andaya succumbs to cancer
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-05
Camarines Sur District 1st Representative Marissa Andaya died on Sunday night, her husband former congressman Rolando "Nonoy" Andaya confirmed

4 MRT 3 ticket sellers, driver contract virus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-05
An additional 45 personnel of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3, including four ticket sellers and a train driver, have contracted the new coronavirus disease, bringing the total number of cases to hit

Inflation uptick seen in June
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-05
Inflation likely inched up in June as food and oil prices picked up faster while most of the country moved to a less-restrictive COVID-19 general community quarantine (GCQ) last month. Nine of the

Enrollment rate in Manila public schools hits 100.46%
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-05
Even as the Department of Education (DepEd) expressed dismay over the low enrollment rate nationwide for the coming school year, public school officials in Manila announced that they had exceeded

Agency seeks power to take down online posts selling counterfeit goods
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-05
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) might eventually be able to take down online posts that sell or advertise counterfeit goods as the agency proposed to amend its rules and

SEC easing shelf registration rules
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-05
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) plans to make it easier and faster for bond issuers to come to the market by amending the rules on shelf registration. Among others, the SEC plans to

Business as usual under a new reality
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-05
To say that it is business as usual these days is almost impossible for most companies. In the time of a pandemic of this scale, businesses--whatever the industry--are navigating unchartered

Negotiating during the new normal
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-05
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PT&T, US partner amp up data protection arsenal vs disasters
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-05
Telegraph and Telephone Co. (PT&T) is partnering with United States-based Maxava to widen its disaster recovery products offered to customers. "With the importance of data, the

The Top 25 Enterprise Software Startups To Watch In 2020
Forbes - 2020-07-05
Despite a down year for enterprise software spending, revenue from cloud-based enterprise apps will grow 6.8% this year according to Gartner.

The Station: The startups edition
TechCrunch - 2020-07-05
The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here -- just click The Station -- to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to

IPOPHL proposes inclusion of online violations in IP laws - 2020-07-05
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) is revising its enforcement rules by expanding its coverage to include violations of IP laws online.

Semirara sees challenging year - 2020-07-05
Semirara Mining and Power Corp.expects a challenging 2020 due to depressed coal and electricity prices, but sees a rebound in 2021, company officials said last week.

The Fullest Look Yet at the Racial Inequity of Coronavirus
New York Times - 2020-07-05
New federal data provides the most comprehensive view to date of how Black and Latino people have been likelier than their white peers to contract the virus and die from it.

Florida coronavirus cases surpass 200,000, including more than 10K in one day - 2020-07-05
New cases of COVID-19 continued to surge over the Fourth of July weekend as Florida surpassed 200,000 total cases on Sunday.

Hundreds of scientists say coronavirus is airborne, ask WHO to revise recommendations: NYT
Reuters - 2020-07-05
Hundreds of scientists say there is evidence that novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the World Health Organization to revise recommendations, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

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