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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

How has COVID-19 shaped our job market landscape?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
The world of work is changing; and the transition is happening with such speed and uncertainty that most businesses, and their employees, can barely keep up. To help employers, employees, and

Government in no hurry for new revenue sources -- DOF - 2020-06-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The government is not yet looking to propose new revenue-generating tax measures while it waits for the economy to recover from the adverse impact of the coronavirus ...

Entire Central Visayas placed under ECQ - 2020-06-19
MANILA, Philippines -- The entire Central Visayas is now under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) the strictest set by the government as cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection ...

Philippine banks deny holding Wirecard's missing $2.1 billion
Rappler - 2020-06-19
Two of the largest banks in the Philippines denied doing business with German payments giant Wirecard, after claims of supposedly holding the latter's $2.1 billion missing money. BDO Unibank and Bank of the Philippine Islands said on Friday,

BPI, BDO decry fabricated docs on Wirecard claims
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
A few days ago, auditing firm Ernst & Young (EY) called on Bank of the Islands to investigate documents claiming that German fintech Wirecard had over 800 million euros worth of

Netizens mistake lightning for Taal Volcano activity - 2020-06-19
State weather bureau PAGASA on Thursday night issued a thunderstorm advisory forecasting moderate to heavy rain showers with lightning and strong winds over Metro Manila, Laguna, Batangas ...

ADB okays $126-M loan to fund Angat tunnel for better water flow - 2020-06-19
The project is part of efforts by MWSS to rehabilitate the Umiray-Angat-Ipo dam system, which supplies about 90% of water to Metro Manila.

Wirecard slumps 40% as search for missing billions turns to Philippines
YAHOO! - 2020-06-19
Wirecard shares fell by more than 40% as two Philippine banks said the German payments company, which is scrambling to find $2.1 billion missing from its accounts, was not a client and alleged that documents had been falsified.

Local bank officer sacked for fake document on Wirecard deposits
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
A marketing officer of a Philippine bank has been terminated upon discovery of a fake bank certificate issued to Wirecard's auditor for a supposed trust account holding the German firm's money, a highly-placed source says.

SunTrust Approved by SEC as a Tourism Business Listed on PSE
YAHOO! - 2020-06-19
Suncity Group Holdings Limited ("Suncity" or the "Company", Hong Kong Stock Exchange code: 1383) would like to announce that Suntrust Home Developers, Inc. ("SunTrust", Philippines Stock Exchange code: SUN),

Maria Ressa faces another cyber libel suit by same businessman over 2019 tweet
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa has been sued again for cyber libel, this time over a 2019 Twitter post where she shared another news website's article on businessman Wilfredo Keng.

China says it did not detain Indian soldiers in clash
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
China said it never detained Indian soldiers after Indian media reports that China had released 10 of them late Thursday. Indian officials have also denied that Indian troops were in

PH banks deny holding missing $2.1B cash of German firm Wirecard
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is investigating reports involving two local banks said to be holding the missing $2.1 billion (about ?107 billion) cash of German firm Wirecard AG in local trust accounts.

Coping in quarantine: A hard time for all but inequality makes it worse - 2020-06-19
A Social Weather Stations mobile phone survey released Thursday showed that 83% of working-age Filipino respondents said their quality of life got worse compared to a year ago, recording the ...

Microsoft president calls for federal regulation of facial recognition technology
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
In addition to Microsoft's moratorium on selling facial recognition to US police departments, the company currently does not sell the technology to federal law enforcement, Microsoft President Brad Smith said during an interview with Politico Thursday.

UK think tank warning: Exercise caution in easing COVID-19 lockdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
Countries like the Philippines, where COVID-19 cases have yet to make it past through the first wave of infections, needed to be more cautious before further easing restrictions on movement of people,

BSP probes 'spurious' accounts tying BDO, BPI to accounting scandal - 2020-06-19
We are currently investigating the matter," BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier said in a text message when sought for comment.

Government collections by end-May plunge amid COVID-19 pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
State collections on taxes and custom duties from January to May fell short of the government's ?1.062 trillion target as the Philippine economy grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, the Finance Department reported on Friday.

Empathy on the rise among netizens while optimism drops during pandemic, research shows
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 19) -- Netizens have been expressing empathy on social media platforms amid the coronavirus pandemic, while optimism has been on a down low, a research revealed.

Cayetano to anti-terrorism bill critics: We can amend or repeal law if you're right
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
Kayong mga kritiko, we appreciate your criticisms but in this case we hope that you are wrong. And if you are not wrong, at any point in time, we can amend or repeal,' House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says.

Expanded testing protocol may be revised, says DOH after study links blood type with COVID-19 risk
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
The Department of Health on Friday raised the possibility that it may again revise its guidance on who should be prioritized for COVID-19 testing.

37 more Filipinos abroad sickened with COVID-19; death toll nears 500 - DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
MANILA, Philippines -- Thirty-seven more overseas Filipinos have contracted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as the death toll nears 500, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on

Philippines' COVID-19 cases top 28,000 with 661 new infections
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
COVID-19 cases in the country have surpassed 28,000 after the Department of Health announced 661 new infections, most of which were detected in the last three days.

Crisis deepens at Wirecard as auditor says $2.1 billion missing - 2020-06-19
German payments provider Wirecard's months-long crisis hit a new low Thursday, as auditors said 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) were missing, bosses hurled fraud allegations and the firm failed for the fourth time to present 2019 earnings.

End-May BIR, BOC tax take dropped 24.8% to P874.9 billion - DOF
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
MANILA, Philippines -- No thanks to a COVID-19-induced recession, tax collections dropped by almost a fourth year-on-year to P874.9 billion as of end-May, the Department of Finance (DOF) said

PH foreign debt steady in Q1 as pandemic caps overseas borrowings
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic helped cap foreign borrowings by public and private entities in the first quarter, resulting in only a small uptick of the country's

Zoom responds to privacy backlash by giving all its users end-to-end encryption
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
(CNN) -- Zoom's rapid ascent this year has brought with it the scrutiny that most fast-growing tech companies face -- mostly in the form of a series of privacy and security concerns. It's now ...

FDI sinks in March as investor fears show on outbreak - 2020-06-19
Broken down, easily-placed reinvested earnings and intercompany borrowings dropped, while new investments rose.

Green Cross, Inc. donates medical-grade PPEs and disinfectants
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
Green Cross, Inc., one of the largest producers of rubbing alcohol and bleach in the Philippines, has rolled out its "Together We Are Stronger" campaign in line with the fight against COVID-19.

'Parang may pulitika:' Ombudsman questions why DOH snubbed UP-developed test kits
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
The probe on how the Department of Health is handling the COVID-19 pandemic stemmed from the agency's decision to 'ignore' locally-developed test kits and purchase foreign-made kits which are now being questioned for overpricing,

BIR to 'study' longer deadline, waiving of penalties for online vendors - 2020-06-19
The tax agency insisted taxmen would not be running after small online businesses should they fail to register by July 31.

P1.1M worth of marijuana seized at Port of Clark
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
Some 966 grams of marijuana with an estimated value of P1.1 million was seized at the Port of Clark, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported Friday. The illegal substance

Roque to PhilHealth chief: Face and address damaging issues
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Friday slammed Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) chief Ricardo Morales for diverting attention from his

Ombudsman also looking into probe of cash aid releases
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
The Office of the Ombudsman has received at least 30 complaints on the government's cash aid program to poor families, and is checking if reported anomalies are ripe for investigation.

Jollibee issuing $600M bonds
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
Fast-food giant Jollibee Foods Corp. has boosted its coronavirus (COVID-19) war chest by $600 million with the issuance of offshore bonds. Through wholly-owned unit, Jollibee Worldwide Pte.

Globe pushes network expansion in Mindanao
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
Globe continues to sustain its network expansion in Mindanao as several projects all over the island, including one in Patikul, Sulu, get underway.  Cell sites or cell towers are being built

Asian stocks mixed amid concern over coronavirus hotspots
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-19
Asian stock markets were mixed Friday after Wall Street closed little-changed amid as optimism about a possible global economic recovery was tempered by concern over rising coronavirus

Pandemic Offers Telco Challenger a Boost in Philippine Rivalry
YAHOO! - 2020-06-19
The pandemic is giving a Philippine telecommunication company an opportunity to grab market share from its well-entrenched rivals as vast swathes of the population remain stuck at home.Converge ICT Solutions Inc.

DepEd reiterates use of non-online modes of learning after a student died by suicide
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
Students are not required to buy gadgets or attend online classes as the country shifts to a 'blended' form of learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Education Department reiterates.

PH reports 562 new COVID-19 cases, total now at 27,799
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-19
The Cebu Provincial Government said Governor Gwendolyn Garcia will submit for validation to regional IATF an executive order, which will de-escalate the modified enhanced community quarantine status in Talisay City.

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