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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Called for a Companywide Moment of Silence to Recognize George Floyd
Entrepreneur - 2020-06-03
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company would hold a moment of silence on Wednesday in recognition of the death of George Floyd and other black lives that have been lost. In an email sent to employees and shared on the company's blog,

Delay in VFA termination positively welcomed by U.S., says envoy
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
The six-month delay in the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement was well received by the United States government and even stirred interest among American businessmen, says the Philippine envoy to the U.

Snapchat will stop promoting Trump's account in Discover: 'We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice'
Business Insider - 2020-06-03
Snapchat will no longer promote President Donald Trump's account in the Discover section of its app, the company said.

World Health Organization resumes hydroxychloroquine tests
UPI.com - 2020-06-03
The World Health Organization on Wednesday resumed its international medical trials on hydroxychloroquine, a drug touted by President Donald Trump as a possible cure and prevention for the coronavirus.

Proposed Bayanihan To Recover As One Act reaches House plenary
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-03
The proposed Bayanihan to Recover As One Act, a supplement bill to the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act, which granted President Rodrigo Duterte special powers to address the

Doctors urge Senate to favor P11.7- billion budget for hiring contact tracers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-03
Doctors urged the Senate on Wednesday to reconsider its position on the P11.7-billion budget the Department of Health (DOH) is asking to hire contact tracers as they pointed

Cancer risk for non-daily smokers 4 times higher than non-smokers
UPI.com - 2020-06-03
Occasional smokers are nearly four times as likely to die from smoking-related cancers as non-smokers, a study published Wednesday has found. Daily smokers are nearly five times as likely to die, researchers said.

150 POGO workers held
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
Over 150 Chinese working for an illegal Philippine offshore gaming operator in Quezon City were apprehended on Tuesday night.

PNP: Still no leisure, non-essential trips
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
The easing of quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and other parts of the country is not a pass for people to go on leisure or non-essential trips, the Philippine National Police clarified yesterday.

Fire hits Quezon City
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
MANILA, Philippines -- A fire broke out at a two-story commercial building in Quezon City yesterday. City fire marshal Senior Superintendent Jaime Ramirez said the blaze started at a furniture shop on the second floor of the building in Barangay Kamuning.

P17 million fake cigarettes seized
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
The Bureau of Customs confiscated yesterday at the Port of Manila an estimated P17.38 million worth of fake cigarettes.

Pasig barangay hall shut down as village exec gets COVID
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
A barangay hall in Pasig City was shut down after an official tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19, Mayor Vico Sotto announced yesterday.

PCAB launches online portal for contractor license renewal
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
The Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board has launched an online portal and relaxed documentary requirements for the renewal of licenses amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

Insular Life sets P500 million digital budget
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
Insular Life Assurance Co. Ltd. is eyeing to invest over P500 million to accelerate the digitization of its business amid an increasing demand for health protection products amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

Inbound tourism revenue falls 61 % to P81 billion in 5 months
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
The estimated reverse inbound tourism further plunged 60.56 percent to P81.05 billion in the five months to May due to travel restrictions amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic, the chief of the Department of Tourism said.

Cebu Province allows back riding on private motorcycles in defiance of IATF guidelines
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
Back-riding on motorcycles is now allowed in the Province of Cebu, contrary to guidelines set by Inter-Agency Task Force.

UN Commissioner names PH among countries that restrict freedom of expression amid COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
The commissioner said some laws against misinformation are raising "human rights concerns," saying they have been used instead to target government critics. She cited the provision in the Bayanihan To Heal As One Act that penalizes fake news peddlers with a fine of up to P1 million and the time the Labor Department wanted to deport an overseas Filipino worker in Taiwan who made comments against President Rodrigo Duterte.

Muntinlupa subdivision under extreme lockdown
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
The Muntinlupa government placed a subdivision under a three-day extreme localized community quarantine beginning yesterday amid the increasing number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases.

San Juan launches pop-up bike lanes
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
Coinciding with the observance of World Bicycle Day, the San Juan government yesterday opened pop-up bicycle lanes along streets passing through major landmarks in the city to promote bikes as an alternative means of transportation while public transport remains limited under quarantine restrictions.

Mild quake jolts Southern Leyte
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
A magnitude 3 earthquake shook parts of Southern Leyte yesterday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the epicenter of the temblor, which occurred at about 8:54 a.m.

Maguindanao massacre witness survives gun attack
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
A witness in the Maguindanao massacre was injured while a driver was killed when their vehicle rammed an eatery following a gun attack in Tantangan, South Cotabato yesterday.

346 cops infected with COVID
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
Early in the pandemic, a government official voiced something learned from the COVID quarantine: if you want to empty the streets and force people to stay home, suspend mass transportation.

Lanao Sur mayor wounded, wife killed in CDO ambush
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
A town mayor in Lanao del Sur was wounded while his wife was killed in an ambush in Cagayan de Oro City yesterday.

Government tightens requirements for meat imports
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
The government will impose additional requirements for meat importers amid an oversupply in the local inventory, particularly chicken.

AC Energy buys into Infigen
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
AC Energy Inc. is eyeing to take over a listed Australian clean energy developer for about P27 billion to deepen its foothold in Australia as well as meet its goal of hitting five gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2025.

Isko opens 2 more quarantine facilities
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday opened two more quarantine centers in the city for persons under monitoring or suspected of having the coronavirus disease 2019.

Awash with cash, banks swarm TDF auction
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
Philippine banks are still awash with cash, continuing to swarm the liquidity absorption facility of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas while waiting for the economy to restart amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Higher duties pushed for imported vehicles
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
Automotive parts makers have renewed their call to government to support local parts manufacturing by implementing safeguard measures on vehicle imports to reduce the entry of vehicles from overseas or completely built-up units and prevent small and medium parts makers from closing shop amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stocks rally on hopes of economic recovery
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rallied yesterday as market investors continue to pin their hopes on the strong recovery of the economy now that the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine has shifted to a general community quarantine. The PSEi rallied by 220.48 points, or 3.65 percent, to finish ...

First Metro names new president
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
First Metro Investment Corp., the investment banking arm of the Metrobank Group, has announced the appointment of Jose Patricio Dumlao as its new president and director.

Koronadal City opens health monitoring and response command center
Gov - 2020-06-03
KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, June 3 (PIA) -- The City Government of Koronadal beefs up its response and contact tracing efforts through the establishment of the City Health Monitoring and Response Command Center. Mayor Eliordo Ogena said the command ...

Greenpeace report shows air pollution levels up as Metro Manila moves to GCQ
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 3) -- Air pollution is making a comeback with more vehicles on the road now that Metro Manila and other parts of the country have moved to general community ...

Coronavirus on rise again in Iran with over 3,000 cases for 3rd day
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-03
The spread of novel coronavirus has accelerated again this month in Iran which on Wednesday officially confirmed over 3,000 new cases for a third consecutive day. The country has recorded an

73rd COVID-19 case in Mimaropa is 4-year-old girl
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-03
CITY OF CALAPAN - A four-year-old girl from Pinamalayan town in Oriental Mindoro is Mimaropa's 73rd patient to have contracted the coronavirus disease, according to the regional Department of

Philippine Central Bank Chief Is Happy Where the Key Rate Is
YAHOO! - 2020-06-03
Follow Bloomberg on LINE messenger for all the business news and analysis you need.Philippine central bank governor Benjamin Diokno said the monetary easing implemented against coronavirus was appropriate,

Why Ben & Jerry's statement on white supremacy is so extraordinary
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
Let there be no doubt where Ben & Jerry's stands. The ice cream maker has called on Americans to "dismantle white supremacy" and "grapple with the sins of our past" as nationwide protests against racial injustice stretch into their eighth day.

Scientist admits Sweden could have battled virus better
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-03
Sweden's chief epidemiologist showed contrition Wednesday as criticism mounted over the Scandinavian country's hotly debated method of fighting the coronavirus, which has

Senators defend bikers' group after MMDA threatened to punish them
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
A bikers' group has found an ally in some senators who defended it from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) after the agency threatened to penalize it for creating a temporary bike lane on Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.

Strong earthquake, little damage in northern Chile
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-03
A strong earthquake shook northern Chile early Wednesday, but its epicenter was relatively deep beneath a sparsely populated desert region and there were no reports of serious

Groups push for more bike loops for the protection of frontliners
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 3) -- Advocacy groups are recommending more bicycle loops across Metro Manila to help ensure the safety of healthcare workers who go to work on bicycles. Dr. Tony Dans, a member of the Move As One Coalition, said that aside from the Ermita Loop they earlier recommended, there are also other bike loops in ...

DOH vows swift action on delayed compensation for virus-hit health workers
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-03
After being called out by several senators, the Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday vowed to immediately act on the delayed release of compensation for the over 30

BFAR pursues five-year plan for sardines industry
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources says a five-year National Sardine Management Plan is ready for implementation.

DOH says OFW swab testing at NAIA to continue
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 3) -- The Philippine Coast Guard will continue to conduct swab tests on returning overseas Filipino workers arriving at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the Department of Health said Wednesday. The clarification came amid reports that the PCG ran out of test kits, halting coronavirus testing at NAIA.

Philippines poised for strong rebound
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
MANILA, Philippines -- New York-based GlobalSource ... of the enhanced community quarantine that led to a pause in business activities reached an enormous P1.1 trillion or 5.6 percent of GDP.

Partial solar eclipse visible on June 21
philstar.com - 2020-06-03
Filipinos can witness a penumbral lunar and a partial solar eclipse this month, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said yesterday.

DOT launches 'SafePass' app to help businesses under new normal
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
Tourism-related establishments can now count on an application called SafePass to operate under the new normal that was launched by the Department of Tourism.

DFA: 5,259 Filipinos abroad now have COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-03
MANILA, Philippines -- The total number of COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad is now at 5,259, including 29 new patients, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday. Some 39

House OKs on final reading controversial anti-terrorism bill
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
With 173 - 31- 29 votes, the House of Representatives approves on third and final reading House Bill 6875, which prohibits and penalizes any acts of terrorism. The bill was certified as urgent by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Senate passes 'Bayanihan 2' on second reading
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
Senators approved on second reading Wednesday Senate Bill No. 1546, getting a step closer to the eventual passing of the measure that would extend President Rodrigo Duterte's additional powers to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia suffers first recession in 29 years
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
Australia's economy is suffering its first recession in nearly three decades as the nation grapples with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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