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DFA: COVID-19 cases among Filipinos overseas climb to 5,566; death toll now at 426
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The number of COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos climbed to 5,566 with 25 new confirmed cases, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Monday. Data released

Philippines reports 10 new coronavirus deaths, 490 more infections
Reuters - 2020-06-15
The Philippine health ministry on Monday confirmed 10 more novel coronavirus deaths and 490 additional infections.

348 fresh COVID-19 cases bring total to 26,420
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-15
MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Health (DOH) was able to record 348 fresh COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of infected patients in the

Machu Picchu to sharply limit visits after July reopening in Peru
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-15
The ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, a jewel of Peruvian tourism, will sharply reduce the number of daily visitors once it reopens.

Philippines reports 10 new coronavirus deaths, 490 more infections
Reuters - 2020-06-15
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine health ministry on Monday confirmed 10 more novel coronavirus deaths and 490 additional infections. In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths have increased ...

Philippines Reports 10 New Coronavirus Deaths, 490 More Infections
New York Times - 2020-06-15
MANILA -- The Philippine health ministry on Monday confirmed 10 more novel coronavirus deaths and 490 additional infections. In a bulletin, the ministry said total deaths have increased to 1,098 ...

Several LGUs appeal quarantine categories beyond June 15 ahead of Duterte's decision
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-15
Select local government units have asked members of the COVID-19 task force to either keep or adjust their quarantine categories for the next two weeks ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's decision expected tonight,

Esperon: Government can respond to COVID-19 and push for anti-terror bill enactment
philstar.com - 2020-06-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Fighting the war against the coronavirus disease does not mean the government will not deal with other "urgent and very important" matters such as the passage of the ...

DOH faces another 2,200 backlog in COVID-19 case reports
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-15
The Department of Health says it needs to clear a backlog of about 2,200 COVID-19 tests from partner laboratories, as confirmed cases near 26,000.

DepEd: Guidelines for streamlined K to 12 curriculum now available online
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-15
The Department of Education announced on Monday that guidelines for the revised K to 12 curricula to be used for the coming school year are now available online. "We have

MerryMart stocks soar in frenzied market debut
philstar.com - 2020-06-15
Grocery operator MerryMart Consumer Corp. made a blockbuster debut at the Philippine Stock Exchange on Monday.

Solon suggests probing PDRs of other major broadcasting networks
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-15
A House lawmaker suggested on Monday investigating the Philippine Depositary Receipts (PDRs) of other major broadcasting networks "the way" the lower chamber is

WATCH: Meralco announces further decrease in power rates this June
philstar.com - 2020-06-15
This is equivalent to a reduction of around P4 in the total bill of residential customers consuming 200 kWh. With three straight months of generation rate reduction and a total rate decrease of more than P1 per kWh since the start of the year,

No Filipino fatality due to COVID-19 in Japan -- envoy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-15
No Filipino in Japan has died of the novel coronavirus infection as nearly all those who were afflicted with the respiratory disease have recovered, Philippine Ambassador

Treasury awards P20 billion in T-bills
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-15
The Bureau of the Treasury on Monday awarded all P20 billion in T-bills it offered amid a market flushed with liquidity despite lingering uncertainty on the upcoming quarantine

Amid uproar, Palace says taxing online sellers a policy of Aquino admin
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-15
Amid public uproar on the directive issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) for online sellers to settle their taxes, Malacañang on

Philippines journalist and outspoken Duterte critic found guilty of cyber libel in a major blow to the country's press freedom
Business Insider - 2020-06-15
Maria Ressa and a former Rappler writer-researcher named Reynaldo Santos Jr. face up to six years in prison under the Philippine's cyber libel laws.

Court convicts Rappler CEO Ressa in cyber libel case
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-15
The Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 on Monday convicted online news organization Rappler's CEO Maria Ressa, and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. in the cyber libel case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng.

Landbank still hoping to buy bigger PDS stake in 2020
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-15
MANILA, Philippines -- The Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) is sticking to its goal to acquire a bigger stake in bond trading platform Philippine Dealing System Holdings Corp. (PDSHC) before

Duterte supports press freedom, never sued journalists - Palace
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-15
The decision of a Manila court to convict Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and a former researcher-writer of cyber libel

This could be the next major retailer facing bankruptcy
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-15
Tailored Brands, which owns the Men's Wearhouse, Jos. A. Bank and K&G brands, could be the next major American retailer to file for bankruptcy.

ONE Championship Adds US$70 Million To Its War Chest
philstar.com - 2020-06-15
SINGAPORE - Asia's largest mixed martial arts promotion, One Championship, said Monday it was cutting 20% of its staff worldwide after being unable to stage fight cards for almost four months ...

Infrastructure growth to take a hit from budget cuts, lower spending -- Fitch unit
philstar.com - 2020-06-15
Infrastructure growth is expected to take a hit from deep budget cuts and fund reallocations meant to beef up the government's war chest against the coronavirus outbreak.

MerryMart sizzles on PSE trading debut
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-15
Shares of Merry Mart Consumer Corp., led by young tycoon Edgar Sia II, sizzled on stock market trading debut on Monday as investors welcomed a new purely non-discretionary or essential consumer

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, writer found guilty of cyber libel
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-15
Manila Regional Trial Court Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa has found Rappler's Executive Editor and CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. guilty

'Free press, free speech narrower': Rappler slams cyber libel verdict on Ressa
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-15
News organization Rappler calls on the public, including media colleagues, to be more vigilant against 'diminishing press freedom' after its CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos were convicted of cyber libel over an investigative story.

Coronavirus: Asia not yet ready to work from home
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-15
Many companies in Asia are slowly sending their employees back to the office as the world reopens. But with the coronavirus infections soaring past seven million and

Philippine digital bank snags $21M in Series A
ZDNet - 2020-06-15
Tonik Financial has secured $21 million in its Series A round, which it will tap to kickstart its digital bank services next quarter in the Philippines where it estimates has a $140 billion retail savings market.

Over 1,200 people in Nepal killed themselves during 74 days of lockdown
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-15
KATHMANDU -- On Saturday, 38-year-old Bhagwati attempted to kill herself at her home in Dolakha. Her children yelled for help. But by the time neighbors arrived, she was already unconscious. She was

Asian markets slip on fears of second virus wave
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-15
Equities dipped Monday, extending last week's losses on fears of a second wave of virus infections around the world that could put the brakes on the easing of lockdowns and a

Airbnb hosts struggle with how far to go to make properties safe during pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-15
In the absence of one clearly enforced set of cleaning practices for all, hosts are doing what feels best to them. (CNN) - Donna Lyerly and her team now spend four hours or more each week disinfecting Airbnb properties with strong chemicals.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan say they are 'disgusted' by Trump's comments
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-15
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan say they are "disgusted" by President Donald Trump's remarks on the nationwide protests against racial injustice. The Facebook founder and his wife this week shared their thoughts in an email to a group of scientists who are backed by their nonprofit organization,

Philippine Journalist Convicted of Libel, Given 6-Year Term
New York Times - 2020-06-15
An award-winning journalist critical of the Philippine president was convicted of libel and sentenced to jail Monday in a decision called a major blow to press freedom in an Asian bastion of democracy.

Maria Ressa, Crusading Journalist, Convicted in Philippines Libel Case
New York Times - 2020-06-15
The conviction of Ms. Ressa, a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, is the latest blow to press freedoms in the country.

Philippines' court finds journalist Maria Ressa guilty of libel
NIKKEI - 2020-06-15
The verdict basically kills freedom of speech and of the press. But we will not be cowed," the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said in a statement. "We will continue to stand our ground against all attempts to suppress our freedoms." International human rights groups also criticized the decision. "The verdict against Maria ...

The Latest: Ghana's health minister contracts COVID-19
YAHOO! - 2020-06-15
Ghana's president has announced that Health Minister Kwaku Agyemang-Manu has contracted COVID-19 and is undergoing treatment at a hospital. In a state broadcast Sunday night, President Nana Akufo-Addo

Woman apologizes after backlash from confronting Filipino homeowner
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-15
The CEO of a cosmetics company issued an apology Sunday after a video was widely shared online showing her and her husband confronting a man and threatening to call police because

Coronavirus: Asia not quite ready to work from home
The Straits Times - 2020-06-14
Many companies in Asia are slowly sending their employees back to the office as the world reopens.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

Uncertainties and challenges: Business, leadership, diversity and inclusion
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-14
Since the Philippine government imposed the modified enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region and nearby provinces, we have witnessed how the COVID-19 crisis has accelerated both

Patriots act
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-14
Manning checkpoints; completing 12- to 24-hour hospital shifts, cleaning public spaces, running restaurants and delivering food. Amid the pandemic, these otherwise "ordinary" acts have been

SEC urges firms to extend debt relief to clients
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-14
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has called on lenders under its supervision to consider debt relief packages to their clients and give them more breathing room as the domestic economy

Domestic air travel remains in a mess
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-14
Domestic airlines still find it difficult to serve stranded passengers across the country--a result of poor coordination between the national and local governments as new coronavirus cases continue

Pinoys more at ease to open bank accounts via smartphone
philstar.com - 2020-06-14
Filipino consumers are more comfortable opening bank accounts on their smartphones than consumers in the US and the United Kingdom, according to global analytics software firm FICO.

Slowing the Coronavirus Is Speeding the Spread of Other Diseases
New York Times - 2020-06-14
Many mass immunization efforts worldwide were halted this spring to prevent spread of the virus at crowded inoculation sites. The consequences have been alarming.

Trump's Tulsa rally draws health concern; masks encouraged
UPI.com - 2020-06-14
The U.S. surgeon general encouraged Americans to wear face coverings on Sunday as a Tulsa, Okla., health official expressed concern about coronavirus spread at President Donald Trump's upcoming rally in the city.

Analyst: Interest In PS5 Event Far Exceeds Xbox Series X
Forbes - 2020-06-14
Sony had its first major, user-facing event for the PS5 earlier this week, and apparently a lot of people wanted to see it. One analyst compares interest in that event next to Xbox Series X.

SEC provides relief anew to borrowers
philstar.com - 2020-06-14
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the corporate regulator, is providing relief anew to borrowers. In a notice dated June 11, the SEC urged financing companies and microfinance non-government organizations (NGOs) to provide relief to their borrowers as the economy gradually reopens.

Thousands form human chain in Berlin against racism
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-14
Thousands of people formed a human chain through Berlin on Sunday in a message against racism, discrimination and social inequality among other causes. Organizers of Sunday's

2 cops slain as gunmen attack Sulu town police
philstar.com - 2020-06-14
Two police officers were killed while two others were wounded when armed men attacked the municipal police station in Parang town in Sulu on Saturday night.

Those Most in Need Least Likely to Get Newer Diabetes Medications
Medscape - 2020-06-14
Racial and socioeconomic disparities may be impeding access to newer diabetes medications, including DPP-4 inhibitors, GLP-1 agonists, and SGLT2 inhibitors, among US patients.

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