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DOJ: 10 percent capacity in religious gatherings will test health protocols of churches
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-05
The capability of churches to maintain health and safety protocols in religious gatherings in areas under general community quarantine will be tested amid threats of the COVID-19 pandemic, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said.

Miriam College creates panel to look into sexual harassment complaints - 2020-07-05
"We reiterate our call for all aggrieved to report incidents of sexual harassment by submitting their formal complaints through," said Laura Del Rosario, Miriam College president.

2 returnees test positive for COVID-19 in Palawan town
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-05
Two stranded returnees in Roxas town are the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases in Palawan province. The Roxas municipal government, in an announcement made on Facebook early

PH ranks 53rd out of 195 countries in health security
Manila Bulletin - 2020-07-05
The country has ranked 53rd out of 195 countries in terms of overall readiness in health security and related capabilities according to the 2019 Global Health Security (GHS) Index.

Anti-terror law abusive, needs cleansing, says Albay lawmaker
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-05
Terrorism Act of 2020 or the anti-terror law as "abusive" and urged the Supreme Court to remove the numerous oppressive and

Search and retrieval ops for 14 missing in Occidental Mindoro continue
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-05
MANILA, Philippines -- Search and retrieval (SAR) operations for fourteen missing persons continued in Occidental Mindoro on Sunday, a week after a Filipino fishing vessel collided with Hong

Discord, a quarantine tech darling, raises another $100 million
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-05
One of the fastest growing communications apps is Discord, known primarily within the gaming community. If you ever talk to a gamer online, chances are you'll talk on the voice chat platform that just raised another $100 million in funding,

Touch The Sky: Kanye West announces 2020 presidential run
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-05
Kanye West, the entertainment mogul who urges listeners in one song to "reach for the stars, so if you fall, you land on a cloud," announced Saturday he is

Two dead, 16 feared dead in Japan heavy rain -- media
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-05
Two people died and 16 others were feared dead, local media said Sunday after torrential rain in western Japan triggered massive floods and mudslides. A woman and a man in their 80s

Defense chief: Give anti-terrorism law a chance
CNN Philippines - 2020-07-05
We appeal to the public to give this law a chance and not to be swayed by misinformation and disinformation,' Lorenzana said as he further urged citizens to 'read and understand' the law.

Military on heightened alert in Maguindanao after BIFF attacks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-05
The military has heightened its security posture in Maguindanao province following two attacks allegedly perpetrated by Islamic State-linked militants. Lt. Colonel Anhouvic

11 activists protesting enactment of Anti-Terrorism Law arrested in Cabuyao - 2020-07-05
As it stands, though, elements of the national police have already actively and publicly red-tagged activists and solons found to be critical of the administration.

DOH turns over 10 more ambulances to health facilities in CALABARZON
Gov - 2020-07-05
The 10 brand new land ambulances distributed to health facilities in the region presented during the turn-cver ceremony held at the DOH-CALABARZON regional office, Quirino Memorial Medical Center Compound, Project 4, Quezon City July 1, 2020. (Photo ...

Trying times for community newspapers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-04
Community newspapers in the country are struggling to survive amid the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. With printing slowly becoming financially nonviable, many publishers agree that the

US holiday weekend adds to virus worries as case counts grow
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-04
Florida reported a record number of coronavirus cases on Saturday, the latest sign that the virus is surging in many parts of the United States, casting a pall over Fourth

Malaysia deports 5,000 Pinoys from Sabah
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-04
Malaysia has begun the deportation of more than 5,000 Filipinos from Sabah with the first batch of almost 400 arriving in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, on

Squeezing profit out of fruit juice
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-04
From its product, process, purpose and branding, local juice manufacturer Natu­real is as authentic a business as they come--which came to be because of a couple of "avid fans" of freshly

States Shatter Coronavirus Records As Officials Eye Holiday Weekend With Alarm
NPR - 2020-07-04
Both Florida and South Carolina reported their highest-ever daily totals for new cases. But they're not alone: The caseload is spiking across the U.S., and the Fourth of July may only make it worse.

COVID-19: WHO discontinues trial on hydroxychloroquine - 2020-07-04
The World Health Organization announced Saturday that it discontinued its trial on hydroxychloroquine's effect on COVID-19 patients in hospitals.

DuckDuckGo reinstated in India after being unreachable since July 1st
The Verge - 2020-07-04
Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has been restored in India after being unreachable for many users there since July 1st, Android Police reported. Reports about what was causing the outage have varied.

Startups Weekly: Tech unicorns look to IPOs as Lemonade, Accolade boom
TechCrunch - 2020-07-04
Hundreds of tech-oriented startups worth a billion or more dollars had envisioned successful public offerings before the pandemic hit. But new tech listings slowed to nearly nothing this spring as companies have tried to adjust to the profound changes sweeping the world.

Zubiri calls on DA, DTI to support agri sector amid pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-04
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri is urging the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Trade and Industry to provide strong support for the agricultural

Dela Rosa dismisses claim he will favor cops if Jolo incident is investigated
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-07-04
Sen. Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa dismissed on Saturday the claim by some critics that he would favor the police if an investigation on the killing of four soldiers in Jolo

AllHome builds up profit to P270 million - 2020-07-04
AllHome, the listed one-stop home furnishings store of the Villar Group, reported an improvement in profitability to P270 million in the first quarter from P207 million a year ago.

P11.2 billion irrigation project on track - 2020-07-04
Construction of the P11.2-billion Jalaur River Multipurpose Project in Iloilo remains on track despite the pandemic, the government said.

Farmers get spaces in malls, restaurants - 2020-07-04
Farmers will be given spaces in malls and restaurants as part of governments efforts to provide livelihood and source of income to them amid the pandemic.

Group seeks mining ban in Magat River watershed - 2020-07-04
A consumer advocacy group has urged the government to immediately revoke the mining license and concessions of a British wholly owned company for engaging in gold mining in the Magat River forest watershed area.

Fewer Outpatient Heart-Failure Med Adjustments on Dapagliflozin: DAPA-HF
Medscape - 2020-07-04
The scope of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibition's clinical benefits in DAPA-HF may be greater than already appreciated, suggests a prespecified secondary analysis of the heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) trial.

This Week in Apps: India bans Chinese apps, Apple freezes game updates in China, iOS developer backlash continues
TechCrunch - 2020-07-04
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019.

Woman shot dead in Antipolo - 2020-07-04
A woman was gunned down in Antipolo City, Rizal on Friday. Quoting witnesses, police said Marivic Tan was standing in front of her store in Barangay Mayamot when she was shot. Although wounded, Tan managed to run inside her store,

Semirara defers P3.7 billion capex - 2020-07-04
Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) is deferring its P3.7 billion capital expenditures for this year following the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on its business.

Emirates opens Manila-Dubai flights this month - 2020-07-04
Emirates intends to operate more flights between Manila and Dubai this month to allow passengers in the country to connect to any destination on its current network of 52 destinations.

PCC raises regulatory concerns on economic bills - 2020-07-04
The Philippine Competition Commission has raised concerns on the provisions under the proposed measures such as the Accelerated Recovery and Investments Stimulus Economy of the Philippines bill and Government Financial Institutions Unified Initiatives to Distressed Enterprises for Economic Recovery bill that would hamper the agency from exercising its power against anti-competitive acts.

Pasay, Taguig to hit 1,000 COVID-19 cases - 2020-07-04
The cities of Pasay and Taguig are about to reach 1,000 coronavirus disease 2019 cases, according to data from their respective health offices.

Nickel Asia subsidiary donates for COVID facilities in Dinagat - 2020-07-04
Cagdianao Mining Corp., a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corp., donated more than P500,000 to cover the cost of labor and materials for the provision of wooden beds to be used in COVID-19 quarantine facilities in Dinagat Islands province.

RCBC rolls out digital platform for sachet banking - 2020-07-04
Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. has launched a super app dubbed DiskarTech to provide sachet banking services to millions of unbanked and underserved Filipinos, especially those living in grassroots communities.

China Bank steps up expansion - 2020-07-04
China Banking Corp. is further enhancing is digital channels to complement the expansion of its branch network as part of the new normal amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

ADB joins financial greening network - 2020-07-04
The Asian Development Bank has joined the Paris-formed Central Banks and Supervisors Network for Greening the Financial System as an observer.

Fewer crimes during GCQ - 2020-07-04
The total number of crimes in Metro Manila decreased when the metropolis was under general community quarantine compared to when it was under modified enhanced community quarantine, according to data from the National Capital Region Police Office.

Parenting in the COVID situation - 2020-07-04
Parenting is not an easy business. I should know, and I speak out of experience. I had three, and are all grown-ups now.

More cops test positive for COVID - 2020-07-04
The number of Philippine National Police personnel infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 increased to 815 yesterday as 14 tested positive based on results released yesterday.

Detainee seeks hospital stay after giving birth - 2020-07-04
A detainee who had just given birth has asked the Manila Regional Trial Court to let her stay at the hospital for a year amid fears that she and her baby could be infected with coronavirus disease 2019 in the city jail.

2 cops tagged in slay of girl,15, held - 2020-07-04
Two police officers tagged in the killing of a 15-year-old girl in Cabugao, Ilocos Sur were arrested yesterday.

Quezon City barangay chiefs told: Strictly enforce quarantine guidelines - 2020-07-04
Following reports of clustering and community transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 in some areas, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte reminded barangay officials to strictly enforce general community quarantine guidelines.

Quarantine facilities eyed vs new swine virus - 2020-07-04
The government will establish quarantine facilities in major ports to ensure that goods entering the country are free from any pest or disease amid the discovery of a new strain of swine flu in China.

DAR delivers land titles to agrarian reform beneficiaries - 2020-07-04
The Department of Agrarian Reform has conducted its first "door-to-door" delivery of land titles to agrarian reform beneficiaries in Laguna.

P30 million illegal drugs seized in Metro Manila stings - 2020-07-04
Nearly P30 million worth of illegal drugs were confiscated in stings in various parts of Metro Manila since Friday.

Landbank exec named new UCPB OIC - 2020-07-04
An executive from state-run Land Bank of the Philippines has been named officer-in-charge of United Coconut Planters Bank almost a year after its president and chief executive officer tendered his resignation for personal reasons.

Villar launches updated list of tourist farms, farm schools - 2020-07-04
Sen. Cynthia Villar has launched the updated version of the directory which will guide farm enthusiasts, trainees and tourists about farm destinations and learning sites in the country.

Onerous deal - 2020-07-04
Government seems bent on collecting every single centavo that it can get to raise the funds it badly needs as the pandemic continues to drain its coffers.

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