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Signal app downloads spike as US protesters seek message encryption
Quartz - 2020-06-04
The spike in downloads coincides with calls from Twitter users and privacy-focused organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, urging American protesters to communicate

A Twitter user was suspended for 'glorifying violence' after posting exactly what Donald Trump tweets
Business Insider - 2020-06-04
The account @suspendthepres launched May 29, and started to post tweets identical to those sent on Trump's Twitter.

Facebook will start labeling pages and posts from state-controlled media
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-04
The labels will immediately start appearing on pages belonging to outlets such as state-run Russia Today and China's Xinhua. Starting next week, users in the United States will start to see the label

Magnitude 6.6 quake hits Davao - 2020-06-04
DAVAO, Philippines -- A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Davao Oriental yesterday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 4:50 p.

Aviation industry guidelines on health standards out - 2020-06-04
The transportation department has issued guidelines for the aviation industry to ensure that health standards and safe physical distancing are observed during flights.

Only 2% of freelance workers in the creative industry received financial aid amid pandemic -- lawmaker
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-04
Only two percent of freelancers have received financial assistance from the government during the quarantine period, a lawmaker says.

Poll exec leads online plea for donations for bail of drivers jailed for protesting jeepney ban
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-04
Elections Commissioner Rowena Guanzon is pleading for donations to help bankroll the bail for six public utility jeepney (PUJ) drivers who have been arrested on Tuesday (June 2)

P5.1 billion shabu seized in Bulacan - 2020-06-04
At least 756 kilos of shabu with an estimated street value of P5.1 billion were seized in a raid on a house in Marilao, Bulacan yesterday.

Former government officials push bill - 2020-06-04
Former finance and socioeconomic planning officials, state bankers and economists have called for the swift passage of the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises bill.

Indonesia says China's 'nine-dash line' puts its interests at risk
NIKKEI - 2020-06-04
The text also rejects Beijing's historical claims on the area. Unlike with the Philippines, Vietnam or Malaysia, Indonesian territorial claims in the South China Sea do not directly conflict with China's. But the exclusive economic zone around Indonesia's Natuna archipelago overlaps with the nine-dash line. Chinese fishing boats have repeatedly ...

Retired SC justice weighs in on dual citizens controlling PH mass media
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-04
Can a dual citizen own and manage a media entity in the Philippines despite the strict ownership limits set by the Constitution? Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice

Digital world catch-up - 2020-06-04
It has become quite apparent from our own experiences and that of other countries during the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic that governments are becoming increasingly reliant on digital technologies to fight the pandemic and mitigate its impact on society and the economy.

BSP steps up cybersecurity - 2020-06-04
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has stepped up cyber surveillance as well as collaboration with law enforcers as cyber criminals and fraudsters continue to take advantage of the shift in consumer behavior amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

NBI files criminal raps vs cops in Ragos killing - 2020-06-04
The National Bureau of Investigation yesterday filed criminal charges against two policemen and four police trainees for the death of retired Army soldier Winston Ragos at a quarantine checkpoint in Quezon City last April.

Philippines, World Bank sign $500 million COVID loan - 2020-06-04
The Philippines and World Bank have signed a $500-million loan agreement to support poor households and workers affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Finance said yesterday.

Phoenix Petroleum sees better Q2 results - 2020-06-04
Further, we are encouraged by positive results in April and May enough to suggest [the] worst is behind us," said newly-installed Phoenix president Henry Albert Fadullon. The petroleum industry is experiencing challenges due to geopolitical tensions compounded by the coronavirus pandemic which began to materially impact demand towards March.

Stranded passengers crowd NAIA - 2020-06-04
Over a thousand stranded passengers flocked to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 on Wednesday night.

DOTr to open more bus routes - 2020-06-04
The Department of Transportation is opening more bus routes to address the plight of commuters due to the limited capacity of public transportation in Metro Manila.

Positive sentiment lifts stocks further - 2020-06-04
Share prices rallied yesterday with the benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index surging by 271.84 points, or 4.35 percent, to finish at 6,517.49 as foreign buyers returned to the market.

Modified number coding starts Monday - 2020-06-04
Beginning June 8, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will implement the modified number coding scheme in the metropolis.

Drivers nabbed for protest face COVID risks in jail - 2020-06-04
The six jeepney drivers who were arrested for holding a protest action along EDSA in Caloocan on Tuesday are at risk of contracting the coronavirus disease 2019 in detention, their lawyer said yesterday.

Pasay cop sacked for evicting tenants - 2020-06-04
A police officer from Pasay City was relieved from his post yesterday after he was caught in a viral video threatening and forcibly evicting a family from his property after they were unable to pay rent for two months.

800 LGUs submit SAP liquidation reports - 2020-06-04
More than 800 local government units have submitted liquidation reports on the first tranche of emergency cash subsidy under the Social Amelioration Program.

Bank of Commerce slumps to P122.9 million net loss in Q1 - 2020-06-04
The banking arm of diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. incurred a net loss of P122.94 million in the first quarter, reversing a net income of P19.88 million in the same quarter last year, after booking higher provision for bad loans amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Virus-infected inmates now 222 - 2020-06-04
The number of inmates infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 has climbed to 222, the Department of Justice reported yesterday.

PLDT Home extends speed boost, doubles data - 2020-06-04
As the general community quarantine takes effect in many parts of the country, PLDT Home responds to the increased demand for strong home internet as it extends its best value offers for the benefit of families working and studying at home.

Leyte, Pangasinan villages on lockdown - 2020-06-04
Two barangays in Leyte and five in Pangasinan have been placed on lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.

Aboitiz Power shuts down Navotas barge - 2020-06-04
Aboitiz Power Corp. is shutting down its diesel-fired power barges moored in Navotas next month due to lack of power supply agreements.

New York Times staffers revolt over publication of Tom Cotton op-ed
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-04
Staffers at The New York Times expressed dismay Wednesday over the newspaper's decision to publish an op-ed written by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton that called for the U.S. military to be deployed in cities across the country to help restore order.

Mindanao lawmaker says holding dialogue with rebels still a better solution vs terrorism
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-04
A lawmaker from Mindanao says engaging in a dialogue with the rebels is still a better solution to the violent extremism in the country.

Hong Kong marks Tiananmen anniversary, defying a police ban
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-04
Thousands of people in Hong Kong defied a police ban Thursday evening, breaking through barricades to hold a candlelight vigil on the 31st anniversary of China's crushing of a

Hours after anti-terror bill passes, vote explanations pour in
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-04
Legislators from the Visayas on Thursday (June 4) continued explaining their votes for and against the anti-terror measure passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday (June 3) in a sign of the

Solon files bill seeking more benefits, incentives for medical frontliners
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-04
A bill seeking to provide additional benefits for frontline health workers as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic has been filed in the

Pagasa monitoring cloud bands southeast of Mindanao; LPA east of Luzon dissolved
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-04
The weather bureau said that they would be giving updates on the cloud bands, which may bring brains in the southern portion of the country including provinces in Southern and Eastern Mindanao.

House OKs bill mandating baseline PCR COVID-19 testing for vulnerable sectors
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-04
The bill mandating the conduct of baseline polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for "vulnerable members of society" in a move to stop the transmission of the coronavirus

Cops uncover shabu warehouse in Marilao, Bulacan; seize P5.14-M meth
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-04
Police officers on Thursday uncovered a drug warehouse in Marilao, Bulacan province and seized more than P5.14 million worth of crystal meth or

House OKs on final reading bill providing for ?1.3-trillion stimulus package as COVID-19 response
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-04
Voting 216-7, the House of Representatives passed on third and final reading House Bill 6815 that sets up a ?1.3-trillion of economic stimulus package to sectors gravely affected by the pandemic.

House OKs on final reading bill allowing president to revise school opening schedule
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-04
The bill which would empower the president to set a different date for the start of the school year in the event of a state of emergency or state of calamity has been approved

Strong earthquake shakes eastern Indonesia; no casualties
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-04
A powerful undersea earthquake shook eastern Indonesia on Thursday, causing panic but no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The 6.7 magnitude quake at a depth of 107 kilometers

Duterte gives DOH until June 9 to give cash benefits to virus-hit health workers
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-04
Angry and frustrated' over the delay in the compensation of health workers infected with COVID-19, President Rodrigo Duterte is giving health authorities until June 9 to release the money.

Philippine Dissenters May Face Terrorist Designation
New York Times - 2020-06-04
President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign legislation defining terrorism so broadly that critics of the government could easily be detained without charge.

Jeweler Pandora pledges to phase out mined gold and silver by 2025
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-04
Jewelry company Pandora, known for its charm bracelets, has pledged to put an end to its use of newly mined gold and silver by 2025.

Philippines sees slight dip in migrant workers in 2019 - 2020-06-04
The decline is set to continue and worsen this year as the coronavirus pandemic displaces thousands of workers.

Congress to go on break with stimulus in limbo, anti-terrorism bill prioritized - 2020-06-04
The priorities of the Duterte administration during the pandemic is put into question with the differing fates of the two bills.

No presidential certification for Bayanihan 2 bill - Malacañang
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-04
The President did not certify as urgent the second Bayanihan bill that was supposed to extend extra powers for the Chief Executive for three months to address the COVID-19 health crisis, his spokesperson said Thursday.

Tricycles still banned on national highways, Palace clarifies
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-04
Malacañang on Thursday retracted its earlier statement and clarified that tricycles remain prohibited along national highways. "Regarding the issue on tricycles/those

PH Army activates new logistics, support unit to back troops in war on terror in Sulu, Tawi-Tawi
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-04
A new Army unit has been activated on Thursday (June 4) to supervise logistical support for soldiers battling terrorists in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi. Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay,

Staying active during and after pregnancy can boost mental health, suggests new study
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-04
New research has found that exercising during and after pregnancy could help reduce the risk of depression in new moms and moms-to-be.

96 more Filipinos abroad contract COVID-19--DFA
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-04
There are 96 more Filipinos outside the country who tested positive for the latest coronavirus strain as of Thursday, bringing the total number of cases abroad to 5,355. The

DOT: Over 30,000 stranded tourists assisted amid pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-04
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 4) -- The Tourism Department says it has assisted tens of thousands of tourists stranded nationwide amid the COVID-19 pandemic. "We have assisted as much as 30,347 foreign and domestic tourists po, Ma'am, especially galing (those coming from) from the different regions coming to Manila because they will take ...

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