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Industry revenues down 4.9% in Q1 - 2020-06-18
Industry revenues contracted by 4.9 percent in the first quarter as steep declines in earnings were seen in mining and manufacturing, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported yesterday.

Manila courts on lockdown - 2020-06-18
The Manila regional and metropolitan trial courts went on lockdown yesterday after two court personnel were exposed to their relatives who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019.

Quiapo barangay captain shot dead - 2020-06-18
Police are looking into illegal drugs as a possible motive for the killing of a barangay captain in Quiapo, Manila on Wednesday night.

2 soldiers killed in Mindoro ambush - 2020-06-18
Two soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in an ambush in Occidental Mindoro on Wednesday afternoon.

Eastern, Western Visayas cops deployed in Cebu City - 2020-06-18
MANILA, Philippines -- At least 100 police officers will be deployed in Cebu City to implement quarantine protocols as the city reverted to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to rising coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. Philippine National ...

Dexamethasone not a game changer, but a step forward to treat patients with respiratory problems -- medical expert
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18) - A former official of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone has not been proven to cure ...

PNP now has 450 COVID-19 cases as 10 more cops tested positive
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
MANILA, Philippines -- Cases of COVID-19 in the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reached 450. This was after 10 more police officers turned positive for the SARS-CoV-2, the virus

German prosecutors charge Russian over brazen Berlin killing
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
German prosecutors on Thursday filed murder charges against a Russian man accused in the brazen daylight slaying in Berlin of a Georgian man, and said that the Russian state ordered the

Jean Kennedy Smith, last surviving sibling of JFK, dies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy and a former ambassador to Ireland, died Wednesday, her daughter confirmed to The New York Times. She was

WHO halts hydroxychloroquine trials on COVID-19 patients
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
The World Health Organization decided Wednesday to halt trials of hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, finding it did not reduce the mortality

Cloudy skies over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to persist due to ITCZ -- Pagasa
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
Weather prediction from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) showed that the ITCZ still brings cloud bands that may cause rains from Thursday ...

High school student saves 74-year-old woman who fell down garage stairs
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
A 16-year-old girl rescued a 74-year-old woman by calling an ambulance, after the old woman fell down the stairs in her garage.

Ford's electric Mustang will offer hands-free driving technology next year
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-18
E will go on sale later this year, and the hardware to enable hands-free driving will be offered as an option. The software to enable the functionality, called Active Drive Assist, will be sold separately by the fall of 2021,

Warm weather to prevail this week - PAGASA - 2020-06-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The rainy season has started, but warm weather will be experienced in most parts of the country in the next three days. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and stronomical Services Administration weather forecaster Aldzcar Aurelio ...

Cebu hospitals lack manpower - 2020-06-18
CEBU, Philippines -- While more beds have been put up in Cebu hospitals in response to the wave of symptomatic coronavirus patients, these facilities, unfortunately, are faced with another ...

?1.9-billion assistance received by farmers, fishers affected by calamities and ASF, DA says
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18) -- The Department of Agriculture says assistance worth about ?1.9 billion has been given to farmers and fisherfolk affected by calamities and African ...

Duque should take a leave of absence, Gatchalian says
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18) -- Senator Sherwin "Win" Gatchalian said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III should take a leave of absence while the Office of the Ombudsman is ...

National ID target: 5M heads of poor families by fourth quarter
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
The Statistics Authority (PSA) will register at least five million heads of poor families in the fourth quarter of this year in its bid to fast-track implementation of the national ID

CREATE bill not a stimulus -- IBON - 2020-06-18
But a finance official maintained the measure, which will reduce corporate taxes and perks, would drive private investments after the pandemic eases.

MRT-3 on 'regular operations' after 15 workers contract COVID-19 - 2020-06-18
Asked by about the line's operations moving forward, MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael Capati said: "MRT-3 will be on regular operations. Yes, they underwent PCR testing."

BSP chief confident PH won't return to global 'gray list' with Anti-Terrorism Bill likely to become law
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-18
Central bank Governor Benjamin Diokno is confident that President Duterte will sign the Anti-Terrorism Bill, which will keep the Philippines away from a global 'gray list' that will make financial transactions costlier.

DILG needs over 80K contact tracers for expanded contact tracing efforts
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
Four months since the first coronavirus case was discovered in February, the Department of the Interior and Local Government on Thursday sought to expand its contact tracing

Palace on quality of life survey: All of us are having a hard time - 2020-06-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Palace on Thursday said it is not surprised by a Social Weather Stations survey that recorded an "all-time low" in Filipinos' quality of life in the last 12 months.

Polls on state of happiness and wellbeing in Philippines - 2020-06-18
About 83% of Filipinos said their quality of life got worse ("losers") in the past year, according to a Social Weather Stations mobile survey released Thursday. The poll found that 10% said their ...

PNP, LGU to probe HPG official who ignored checkpoint in Borongan City
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) will be closely working with the local government of Borongan City in Eastern Samar in the investigation of a police official who allegedly

D&L sees "reasonable" recovery by Q4
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
Plastic and food input producer D&L Industries sees "reasonable" business recovery coming by the fourth quarter of this year amid challenges arising from the coronavirus pandemic and the

ADB revises forecast for PH economy: 3.8 percent drop in GDP
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) sees growth across developing Asia-Pacific falling to a 59-year low largely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Philippines suffering a 3.8 percent drop in

Philippine coronavirus cases now at 27,799
Rappler - 2020-06-18
MANILA, Philippines - The total number of novel coronavirus cases in the Philippines has risen to 27,799, reported the Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday, June 18. This comes after 562 new ...

Pampanga rep asks schools to lower fees in shift to blended learning - 2020-06-18
MANILA, Philippines -- A lawmaker has asked schools, particularly private institutions, to lower their miscellaneous fees and consequently their tuition fees as a whole as students across the ...

No written service exams in 2020 - Civil Service Commission
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-18
The Civil Service Commission said there would be no written service exams this year due to the COVID-19 crisis.

PNP officer faces probe for bypassing Borongan City quarantine checkpoint - 2020-06-18
Another police officer has reportedly violated quarantine rules. Police Lt. Col. Joel Ana of the police Highway Patrol Group last Saturday bypassed a quarantine checkpoint in Borongan, Eastern Samar,

DOF to keep national debt below 50% of the size of economy
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-18
The Department of Finance says the government will cap the country's debt at half the size of the economy, airing confidence it can still afford to settle rising obligations.

Lumad students reported missing are in military camp -- report - 2020-06-18
The younger Tacalan son was quoted in the DxND report as saying that his welfare had not been neglected by the MISFI administration during his stay

Gov't studies return of jeepneys, motorcycle taxis in GCQ areas
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18) -- The government is conducting studies if traditional jeepneys and motorcycle taxis will be allowed to ply the roads as Metro Manila and other areas under ...

Duterte also took offense at Leachon's public rants - Roque
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-18
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque denies he and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III pressured National Task Force COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez to tell Dr. Tony Leachon, his special adviser,

2 of 6 arrested Piston jeepney drivers test positive for COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-18
Contact tracing and testing is under way for those who have had close interaction with the 'Piston 6' drivers, including lawyers and Piston leaders, Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice tells CNN Philippines.

US to give P126 million to PH to aid basic education amid COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
The United States government will give P126 million to the Philippines to help in the implementation of the country's basic education plan amid the coronavirus

E. Visayas solons seek review of Hatid Probinsya program
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
MANILA, Philippines -- As cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rise in their region, at least 12  lawmakers from Eastern Visayas  are seeking the review of the Hatid Probinsya Program and

Visayan lawmakers seek review of 'Hatid Probinsya' program amid spike in COVID-19 case
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-18
Thirteen House members say official records show that the rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases was observed shortly after the national government implemented its 'Hatid Probinsya' program, with most of the cases attributed to returning residents or OFWs.

Manila court judges, personnel told to isolate due to COVID-19 threat - 2020-06-18
Manila court judges and personnel were told to isolate themselves until the end of the month after two employees were confirmed to have been in close contact with COVID-19 infected persons.

Palace: Duterte confident Duque can answer Ombudsman probe
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
President Rodrigo Duterte is confident that his embattled health chief, Secretary Francisco Duque III, will be able to answer all the allegations being hurled against him over

War remains recovery project in DMZ resumes after brief suspension
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
The military on Thursday resumed a war remains excavation project in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas after a brief suspension following the North's threat to

Barangay kagawad under probe for smuggling liquor into COVID-19 facility - 2020-06-18
SARANGANI, Philippines -- A lawyer-mayor has censured a barangay kagawad who smuggled liquor into a COVID-19 isolation facility and offered persons under quarantine a drink. Mayor Maria Theresa Constantino of Malungon, Sarangani told reporters Thursday ...

DOJ says it continues to receive complaints about fake Facebook accounts
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-18
The Department of Justice (DOJ) said an investigation into alleged fake accounts on social media is ongoing, even as it continues to receive reports of dummy profiles.

US donates ?126 million to DepEd's distance education program
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-18
The Department of Education's remote education program is set to get a boost from ?126 million in aid the United States government is providing for the scheme's implementation this coming school year.

Lawmakers want probe on warrantless arrest of Muslim traders in Manila
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-18
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 18) -- Even with the Anti-Terrorism Bill only a signature away, seven Muslim lawmakers have filed a resolution seeking probe on the recent warrantless arrest ...

Asian shares slip as global rally eases off the accelerator
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
Shares fell Thursday in Asia after another day of wobbly trading on Wall Street as markets eased off the accelerator following their big rally. Japan's Nikkei 225

Ombudsman orders probe on Duque, DOH for alleged anomalies in COVID-19 response
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-18
The Ombudsman says the investigation will cover the Health secretary, and all other officials down the line involved "in the lapses that have happened."

102 of 150 Filipinos with COVID-19 in Singapore recover--envoy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-18
Out of the 150 Filipinos who contracted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Singapore, 102 have already recovered and were discharged from hospitals, Philippine Ambassador to

PH economy to shrink by 3.8% with wider slump in spending, investments - ADB
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-18
The Asian Development Bank says the Philippine economy will likely shrink by 3.8% this year, wider than government estimates, as the slump in consumption and investments drag further amid the pandemic.

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