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DOH discourages post-mortem testing of suspected COVID-19 cases
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-26
The Department of Health says that there is not enough evidence that testing deceased suspected COVID-19 patients will produce high-yield results.

Rep. Villar calls for more funding for small business loans
BusinessMirror - 2020-06-26
The Small Business Corp. (SB Corp.), the financing arm of the Department of Trade and Industry, had announced it was opening a loan program for MSMEs to help them recover. Under the P1-billion ...

Lower interest, shorter payment terms as COVID-19 debts trickle in - 2020-06-26
A lower interest allows the government to funnel funds into more productive use than paying debts. Longer maturities delay debt payments, saving up cash in the long run.

Former Senator Ramon Revilla Sr. dies at 93
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-26
Former Senator Ramon Revilla, Sr. has passed away, his son confirms. Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. announced his father's death in a video posted on Facebook on Friday. The 93-year-old movie icon turned politician was rushed to the hospital late March,

eCommerce platforms, sellers should be liable for damaged, lost goods bought online, says solon
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-26
A lawmaker says both eCommerce platforms and online sellers must be held accountable for damaged or lost goods purchased over the Internet.

DOF: Deadline for small business workers to claim subsidies until June 28
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-26
Beneficiaries of the Small Business Wage Subsidy program may claim their two-month cash grants only until this weekend from remittance outlets, the Department of Finance reminded on Friday.

PH ambassador to UAE seeks flight clearances to bring home Filipinos
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-26
The Philippine ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is seeking flight clearances for trips carrying Filipinos who wish to return home amid the coronavirus

Philippines records 1,006 new COVID-19 cases, total surpasses 34,000
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-26
Over a thousand more patients tested positive for the coronavirus disease, raising the total number of cases to more than 34,000, the Department of Health confirmed on Friday. The agency said 1,006 people were confirmed with COVID-19 with 788 "fresh" cases or infections detected in the last three days and 218 "late" cases or were part of the department's validation backlog.

Taguig, Parañaque courts 'physically closed' for days due to COVID-19 threat - 2020-06-26
Courts in Taguig and Parañaque will be physically closed for days due to possible COVID-19 cases among its personnel.

Wilcon Depot marks milestone with opening of 60th retail store nationwide - 2020-06-26
As the company seeks to grow its network, Wilcon is projected to expand its footprint by having 100 operational stores by 2025 with its #FlyingHighTo100 store expansion campaign. The giant home retailer celebrates a momentous milestone and solidifies its commitment to provide top-notch choices for home building need and exceptional customer experience.

De Lima appeals court decision rejecting plea to join Senate online sessions
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-26
Senator Leila de Lima has filed a motion seeking to reconsider a Muntinlupa City court's decision rejecting her request to attend Senate meetings virtually.

Former Wirecard COO Marsalek Left Philippines This Week, Bound for China: Minister
New York Times - 2020-06-26
A former board member of collapsed German payments company Wirecard was briefly in the Philippines this week but left the country on Wednesday headed for China, Manila's justice minister said on Friday.

DFA looks to bring home over 37,000 OFWs in next 3 to 4 weeks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-26
MANILA, Philippines -- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is eyeing to bring home more than 37,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stranded abroad due to the coronavirus pandemic in the

In hot water, J&T Express mulls suit vs 'malicious' posts - 2020-06-26
The Indonesia-based cargo firm recently earned the public's ire over a video that showed employees simply tossing packages to a truck for delivery.

Virgin Australia finds new owner in US private equity firm Bain Capital
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-26
Virgin Australia has found a buyer, US private equity firm Bain Capital, to take over the embattled airline, which collapsed into administration two months ago.

Pride protesters arrested at rally against anti-terror bill in Mendiola
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-26
Members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community were arrested on Friday in Mendiola, Manila after holding a protest rally against the anti-terror bill and other pressing issues.

394 Filipinos from Sabah to arrive in Tawi-Tawi on July 6
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-26
The first batch of evacuees from Sabah comprised of 394 Filipinos will arrive in Tawi-Tawi on July 6, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF)-Bureau of External

Stranded Filipinos to undergo COVID-19 swab test before return to hometowns
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-26
PCR test kits finally prompted the national government to change its protocols in sending home individuals following complaints from local chief executives and even lawmakers about the spike in infections in their localities.

Public can now visit cemeteries, but only 10 per group - Roque
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-26
The government is now allowing groups of up to 10 people to visit memorial parks and cemeteries, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Friday.

Palace: Recommendation by UN experts shows bias vs Duterte administration
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-26
The move by United Nations human rights experts to urge its member states on imposing sanctions against Philippine officials over alleged human rights abuse is proof of their

Alibaba and Tencent cash in on Southeast Asia e-payments boom
NIKKEI - 2020-06-26
Both camps seem somewhat evenly matched in the Philippines and Thailand ... activity in Asia especially Southeast Asia and India. Nikkei owns a majority stake in the company.

'State of denial:' Robredo tells gov't to stop praising itself, address missed targets in pandemic response
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-26
The national government should reassess its strategies in battling COVID-19 and stop giving itself a pat on the back as cases continue to surge more than 100 days under quarantine, Vice President Leni Robredo says.

Nearly a month into GCQ, gov't uncertain on jeepney's fate - 2020-06-26
Authorities have remained relatively mum when asked for a definitive answer on whether or not the traditional jeepneys, among the most popular choices for Filipino commuters, will see the road by next week.

Facebook to notify users when sharing over 90-day-old COVID-19 posts - 2020-06-26
Facebook said Thursday it was looking to add notifications about the source of coronavirus-related posts and will warn users when they share stories that are more than 90 days old.

Facebook to notify users when sharing COVID-19 posts more than 90 days old - 2020-06-26
Facebook said Thursday it was looking to add notifications about the source of coronavirus-related posts and will warn users when they share stories that are more than 90 days old.

Villafuerte proposes appointment of interim overseer for OFW repatriation
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-26
Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte is proposing the appointment of an interim overseer to take charge of the repatriation efforts and provision of livelihood opportunities

Call to rename NAIA ill-timed, Robredo says
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-26
Nasa gitna tayo ng pandemya, ito pa talaga ang maiisip natin?,' Vice President Leni Robredo says about the bill seeking to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the country's biggest gateway.

Nearly a month into GCQ, gov't relies on 'script' when asked on jeepney's fate - 2020-06-26
Authorities have remained relatively mum when asked for a definitive answer on whether or not the traditional jeepneys, among the most popular choices for Filipino commuters, will see the road by next week.

Three govt. offices halt operations due to COVID-19 related matters
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-26
The Department of Labor Department in Cordillera halted its operations from June 26 to June 29, as they need to disinfect the place. Employees in the regional office and Baguio-Benguet field office are also awaiting their coronavirus test results,

Robredo questions government plan to bring in foreign workers for flagship projects - 2020-06-26
A survey released by the Social Weather Station on Tuesday found that a record-high 43% of Filipinos expect their lives will worsen in the next 12 months. Robredo on Friday asked: "Kung ang ...

Duterte joins virtual 36th Asean Summit
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-26
President Rodrigo Duterte joined fellow heads of state as the 36th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit

Over 16,000 Filipino, foreign seafarers cleared at Manila port
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-26
Over 16,000 Filipino and foreign seafarers on cruise ships anchored in in Manila Bay have been cleared to disembark by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) since the

UN experts urge member states to sanction PH officials who committed rights abuses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-26
MANILA, Philippines -- United Nations (UN) human rights experts have called on the international body's member states to impose sanctions against Philippine

2 Filipinas recognized by Women of the Future Awards Southeast Asia
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-26
Two Filipinas were recognized for their contributions in their respective fields by the Women of the Future Southeast Asia Awards. Gigi Morris, a family farming

P.J. Lhuillier Group partners with MultiSys to boost digital transformation - 2020-06-26
P.J. Lhuillier Inc. taps leading software solutions provider Multisys to accelerate its ongoing digital transformation efforts and expand its commercial services.

Pagasa Friday forecast: Cloudy skies, isolated rain showers nationwide
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-26
MANILA, Philippines -- Cloudy skies, isolated ran showers and thunderstorms will prevail nationwide due to the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) and localized thunderstorms, the Philippine ...

Extra Crunch Live: Join Alexa von Tobel for a live Q&A now
TechCrunch - 2020-06-26
Entrepreneurs-turned-investors are in a truly unique position in the tech world, with experience on both sides of the table and unique insights into how businesses should operate and grow. Alexa von Tobel takes that breadth of experience and those unique insights to a new level,

We got an exclusive look at the presentation BrightInsight used to convince investors to bet $40 million that it can help pharma giants go digital
Business Insider - 2020-06-26
BrightInsight's new cash will go towards technology that helps large drugmakers do more "digital" clinical trials.

DDoS botnet coder gets 13 months in prison
ZDNet - 2020-06-26
Kenneth Schuchman, known as Nexus Zeta, created multiple DDoS botnets, including Satori, Okiru, Masuta, and Fbot/Tsunami.

Watch Out WhatsApp--iPhone Users To Get This Powerful New Messaging Update
Forbes - 2020-06-26
Apple iphone users are about to be spoilt for choice as WhatsApp faces its greatest competitive threat in years.

More than half of tech workers on visas say they'll simply look for work outside the US if Trump's H-1B ban forces a choice
Business Insider - 2020-06-26
Trump's ban on a range of visa programs could have significant consequences for the American tech sector.

Can You Trust the Philippines Healthcare System?
Investopedia - 2020-06-26
To address the growing need for improved healthcare coverage, the government in 2013 passed the Universal Healthcare Bill, which promises health insurance for all Philippine nationals, especially the poor. Another challenge facing many countries in ...

Suspected terrorists killed in Parañaque police operation
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
Two suspected terrorists, with alleged ties to bomb expert Mundi Sawadjaan, were killed in a joint police and military search operation in their home located in a subdivision in Parañaque City.

Mastercard and Visa reportedly reconsidering their relationship with Wirecard following accounting scandal
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-25
Mastercard and Visa are reconsidering whether to allow Wirecard to continue processing payments on their networks, following the fintech company's massive accounting scandal, according to a report.

Russian Criminal Group Finds New Target: Americans Working at Home
New York Times - 2020-06-25
A hacking group calling itself Evil Corp., indicted in December, has shown up in corporate networks with sophisticated ransomware. American officials worry election infrastructure could be next.

Filipinos keep religious fiestas alive under lockdown
NIKKEI - 2020-06-25
TOKYO -- In normal times, May is a colorful month in the Philippines, filled with fiestas, parades and pageants in honor of the Virgin Mary. Over the 30 days known as Flores de Mayo (Flowers of ...

Texas Pauses Reopening as Virus Cases Soar Across the South and West
New York Times - 2020-06-25
A growing number of states are pausing plans to reopen, amid rising case counts. But Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said shutting back down was the "last thing we want to do."

COVID-19 Update: New CDC Guidance, Antibody Concerns
Medscape - 2020-06-25
In addition, the CDC expanded the list of underlying conditions associated with more severe COVID-19 outcomes. These include heart conditions, sickle cell disease, type 2 diabetes

Coronavirus Social: Twitter's Mixed Response to Dexamethasone Preprint
Medscape - 2020-06-25
Although many users praised the results of the Recovery trial now in preprint, others want more definitive answers.

Duterte to raise territorial dispute, OFW welfare in ASEAN summit
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-25
President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to raise the issue of territorial dispute in the South China Sea and the welfare of Filipino migrant workers when he takes part in the first-ever virtual summit

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