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Cebu City PNP, DepEd offices on lockdown - 2020-06-19
At least 25 personnel of the Cebu City Police Office have been found positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 in rapid anti-body tests.

Taxman eyes bloggers, YouTubers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
A popular political blogger, whose site was launched in 2017 and has drawn 250,000 followers, used to earn an average of P15,000 to P25,000 monthly from Google ads and instant articles from

BIR, Customs collections down 24.8% in 5 months
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
No thanks to a COVID-19-induced recession, tax collections declined by almost a fourth year-on-year to P874.9 billion as of end-May, the Department of Finance (DOF) said on Friday. In a statement,

JBC opens applications for court vacancies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) on Friday announced the opening of applications and recommendations for six vacancies in the Court of Appeals and other collegial courts in the country. The JBC

Facebook has now removed the Trump post featuring doctored video of a Black toddler and fake CNN graphics
Business Insider - 2020-06-19
Facebook deleted the post after receiving a copyright complaint.

NBI conducts rapid tests; 6 found positive
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
Six individuals at the National Bureau of Investigation tested positive for the coronavirus disease in rapid antibody tests, a bureau official said on Friday. NBI spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said

129 Caloocan detainees to undergo swab tests
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
A total of 129 detainees of Caloocan police would undergo swab testing for the coronavirus disease after two of the jailed "Piston 6" jeepney drivers arrested for quarantine violations tested

Bus stops in the middle of Edsa questioned
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
Sen. Nancy Binay on Friday questioned the decision of the Department of Transportation and the Metro Manila Development Authority to establish bus stops in the inner portion of Edsa. The move, she

Glasgow Hospital Design 'Did Not Cause Avoidable Deaths'
Medscape - 2020-06-19
An official report has said there were a "series of problems" with the design and build of Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.

NSAID/Triptan Combo Improves Treatment-Resistant Migraine
Medscape - 2020-06-19
A combination of rizatriptan and the NSAID meloxicam formulated to improve oral absorption led to better pain control than did rizatriptan alone in a phase 3 clinical trial.

Navy declines to reinstate Capt. Crozier after USS Theodore Roosevelt outbreak - 2020-06-19
The Navy announced Friday it will not reinstate the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt who was relieved of his position after sounding the alarm about a coronavirus outbreak.

Signs of Type 2 diabetes might begin to appear in childhood - 2020-06-19
People at risk for Type 2 diabetes as adults might start to show signs of the disease as early as 8 years old, a study published Friday by the journal Diabetes Care found.

Elon Musk says Juneteenth is a holiday after Tesla told employees they wouldn't be paid if they took it off
Mashable - 2020-06-19
Juneteenth is a holiday at Tesla and SpaceX now, but it's not that simple. Elon Musk announced the company policy on Twitter on Friday. Also known as Freedom Day, the holiday commemorates the day Major General Gordon Granger and Union troops arrived in Galveston,

Amazon has added 3,000 jobs in South Africa for Alexa and customers in US, Europe
Quartz - 2020-06-19
This latest tranche of Amazon jobs will be viewed with some envy from other English-speaking African countries with high youth employment including Nigeria and Kenya.

U.S. Army to seek 10,000 recruits during 'Army National Hiring Day' - 2020-06-19
The U.S. Army will attempt to recruit 10,000 new soldiers next week, largely online, in a three-day push it calls "Army National Hiring Day."

COA flags PIDS for P81 million unfinished research projects - 2020-06-19
The Commission on Audit has flagged the Philippine Institute for Development Studies for P81 million worth of unfinished research projects, majority of which should have been completed in 2018 and 2019.

FDI inflow falls further in March - 2020-06-19
The net inflow of foreign direct investments dropped 18.5 percent to $507 million in March from $622 million in the same month last year as the coronavirus pandemic continued to dampen investor sentiment.

Nearly P700 billion power projects certified for priority approval - 2020-06-19
The Department of Energy has certified nearly P700 billion worth of projects as energy projects of national significance to be granted a fast pass on the permitting process.

Stocks retreat as investors realign portfolio - 2020-06-19
Share prices fell yesterday as the projected contraction of the Philippine economy, coronavirus disease 2019 worries as well as the Financial Time Stock Exchange rebalancing weighed down investor sentiment,

Quezon City issues COVID guidelines for floods, rainy season - 2020-06-19
The Quezon City local government has released guidelines on dealing with the coronavirus disease 2019 during floods and other disasters that may happen during the rainy season.

COVID patient commits suicide in Pampanga - 2020-06-19
An 80-year-old man who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 reportedly committed suicide in a hospital in Barangay Lourdes Sur in this city on Thursday.

Isabela village chief shot dead - 2020-06-19
Unidentified men gunned down a barangay chairman in Echague, Isabela yesterday. Rogelio Sacro of Barangay Busilelao was driving his tricycle on his way home when he was shot in Barangay Dammang East at past noon.

GSK in quest to be best, not first, in race for COVID-19 vaccine
Reuters - 2020-06-19
There is a notable name missing from the frontrunners in the race to test experimental immunisations against the novel coronavirus: the world's largest vaccine maker GlaxoSmithKline .

Hertz ATM Shut Down
Forbes - 2020-06-19
When COVID-19 brought travel to a halt, Hertz lost its revenue stream, forcing the company into bankruptcy. Now the auto rental giant is looking to sell off much of its 700,000 vehicle fleet and is issuing $500 million worth of new stock.

CHR admits fighting sexual violence harder with pandemic
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
Protecting potential victims of sexual violence, especially those living in areas affected by armed conflict, has been harder with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission

Vatican calls on Catholics to divest from fossil fuels
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
(CNN) - The Vatican is urging Catholics and the private sector to "progressively and without delay" divest from fossil fuel producers and other entities that perpetuate climate change. The ...

LOOK: 146 stranded persons now returning to Bicol -- OVP
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
At least 146 persons stranded in Metro Manila and other areas due to lockdown protocols brought by the COVID-19 pandemic are now returning to their home provinces in the

Academics studied DDoS takedowns and said they're ineffective, recommend patching vulnerable servers
ZDNet - 2020-06-19
A team of Dutch and German academics has studied the aftermath of a major crackdown against DDoS providers and concluded that law enforcement takedowns are largely ineffective, re

US Navy still trying to figure out exactly why aircraft launch system on $13 billion supercarrier failed
Business Insider - 2020-06-19
"We're still going through the diagnosis," the Navy acquisition chief said of efforts to figure out exactly what caused the EMALS to fail.

Jollibee sets $600 million notes offer - 2020-06-19
Filipino fastfood chain Jollibee Foods Corp.will issue $600 million worth of 5.5 and 10-year notes, proceeds of which will serve as a precautionary measure for the unforeseen eventualities that may be caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,

P11.6 million shabu seized in Bacolod - 2020-06-19
More than a kilo of shabu with an estimated street value of P11.6 million was seized in Barangay Singcang Airport in this city on Thursday.

ADB approves $126 million loan to MWSS - 2020-06-19
The Asian Development Bank has approved a $126 million loan to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System as additional financing for its Angat Water Transmission Improvement Project.

MORE Power pushes P1.8 billion system upgrade - 2020-06-19
P1.8-billion system modernization program would resolve the blackouts in Iloilo City, More Electric and Power Corp. said.

The good and the bad - 2020-06-19
However, as more bad actors try to take advantage of increasing digital adoption and rising e-commerce, he reminded customers to be more aware about security and to get educated in what takes for their transactions to be secure.

Government releases P2 billion aid for calamity-hit farmers - 2020-06-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The government has released nearly P2 billion to help farmers recover from losses due to calamities and the African swine fever (ASF). According to the Department of Agriculture, farmers and fisherfolk have received various forms of ...

No hike in air fare in next 2 months - 2020-06-19
No upward adjustments in air fares are likely in the next two months as ticket prices remain free of fuel surcharge.

Higher borrowings linked to COVID funding - 2020-06-19
Philippines turns more to the offshore debt market for funds to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said.

Expert: Digital tools, platforms to boost business
BusinessMirror - 2020-06-19
IN an effort to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) find financing for their business, especially in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Trade and Industry-Export ...

Philexport seeks support for MSMEs to reopen, sustain ops amid contagion
BusinessMirror - 2020-06-19
A street vendor selling bottled water is back in business as vehicles begin to fill the once-empty roads with the easing of Covid-19 lockdowns. AS the government eases lockdowns and more ...

Urgent: Unite and fight hunger - 2020-06-19
This pandemic has worsened lives for millions. Poverty has widened and deepened. The May Social Weather Stations survey showed 4.2 million Filipinos who experienced hunger doubled to 16.7% from 8 ...

Hundred Islands National Park reopens - 2020-06-19
The Hundred Islands National Park in this city will reopen to local tourists at 50 percent capacity starting next week.

Senators want to use special education fund for COVID-19 response in schools
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 19) -- Amid calls for help from various education stakeholders, senators find ways to help fund the new normal in education. During the joint Senate Local ...

5 new envoys present credentials to Duterte via telecon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday affirmed five new ambassadors through teleconferencing, a "first time" in history in light of the COVID-19

Arriving COVID-19 test kits can test almost 10 million people - Galvez
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
The country will be getting thousands of COVID-19 test kits "soon," enough to test almost ten million people, a National Task Force on COVID-19 official said Friday. Task force chief implementer Carlito Galvez,

State revenues dive as virus effect lingers in May - 2020-06-19
The Bureau of Internal Revenue beat its lowered collection target for the first five months. The Bureau of Customs did not.

PH Army opens mental health center for soldiers
Rappler - 2020-06-19
Nearly two months since the killing of war-traumatized soldier Winston Ragos, the Philippine Army sets up a mental health and resilience program for its troops

Leachon denies eyeing Health chief post
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
Former National Task Force on COVID-19 special adviser Dr. Tony Leachon says he has no plans of leading the Department of Health as claimed by a lawmaker amid controversies hounding the agency.

Foreign investments drop in March as local COVID-19 outbreak spooks investors
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
The BSP reports that foreign direct investments to the Philippines continued to drop in March, with the full-scale coronavirus pandemic dampening investor sentiment.

Duterte lauds Indian envoy for enhancing PH-India ties in farewell call
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
President Rodrigo Duterte congratulated outgoing Ambassador of India to the Philippines Jaideep Mazumdar for his contribution in deepening ties between the two nations as the

BMW to drop 6,000 jobs through turnover, early retirement
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
Automaker BMW says it will drop 6,000 jobs through early retirements and turnover, as the auto industry adjusts to a sharp drop in demand due to the coronavirus outbreak. The

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