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Trump announces end of US relationship with World Health Organization
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-29
President Donald Trump announced on Friday that the United States will terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization, a move he has threatened throughout the coronavirus pandemic

DFA help sought to bring OFW remains home
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-29
A woman from Pateros has asked the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration for help to bring home the remains of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) in Saudi

The Need For Speed: Faster AI Adoption Requires A New Plan
Forbes - 2020-05-29
As companies look to leverage more AI, better planning will be a critical requirement. A look at what businesses should do to move forward with their AI strategies.

A Frito-Lay exec explains why your favorite Doritos and Lays flavors might be missing from stores since the pandemic hit
Business Insider - 2020-05-29
Lay, which is responsible for brands like Tostitos, Doritos, and Cheetos, had to reduce assortment of its flavors at the start of the pandemic.

Tesla: Elon Musk qualifies for $770 million compensation
UPI.com - 2020-05-29
Tesla announced in its Thursday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that founder Elon Musk has qualified for a compensation package worth some $770 million after the company reached certain growth goals.

AM Best Revises Outlooks to Stable for National Reinsurance Corporation of the Philippines
YAHOO! - 2020-05-29
AM Best has revised the outlooks to stable from negative and affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of B++ (Good) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of "bbb" of National Reinsurance Corporation of the Philippines (Nat Re) (Philippines).

P.7 million Chinese medicine confiscated at NAIA
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
Bureau of Customs confiscated 180 kilos of Chinese medicines misdeclared as "vitamin pills" with a street value of around P700,000 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, an official said yesterday.

DTI, businesses push for passage of CREATE
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
The Department of Trade and Industry and more than 30 business groups are pushing for the immediate approval of the proposed Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act which will immediately reduce the corporate income tax rate as the measure would provide relief to firms from the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

Malaysian, 2 others held for gun, drugs
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
Three men were arrested for carrying illegal drugs and a gun after being apprehended for violating quarantine rules in Makati City on Thursday.

Volcano-tectonic quakes jolt Batangas
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
Mild earthquakes shook parts of Batangas near Taal Volcano yesterday. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said quakes with magnitudes of 3.7 and 3.5 occurred at around 8:30 a.

21 Pangasinan village chiefs quarantined
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
At least 21 barangay captains in this town are on self-quarantine after one of them was found positive for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 during mass testing held at the town hall on Thursday.

P.8 million shabu seized in Parañaque
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
A man was arrested in a drug sting in Parañaque City on Thursday afternoon. Police confiscated around 125 grams of suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu with a street value of P850,000 from Alex Canao,

Housing developers air concerns as works resume
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
Real estate and housing developers have aired their concerns on the resumption of their stalled construction projects amid the upcoming easing of quarantine protocols in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

PEZA wants status quo on incentives
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority wants to keep the status quo on incentives being enjoyed by existing investors as it warned changes under the proposed Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises bill may make firms leave the country and move operations to neighbors in Southeast Asia.

Want to slow down COVID-19 infections? People must behave in the pandemic -- former Health chief
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-29
Apart from targeted testing, former Health Secretary Manuel Dayrit said the people should understand the consequences of getting infected with COVID-19 to slow down the number of cases.

Stocks get lift from shift to GCQ
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
The stock market rallied yesterday, fueled by the rebalancing of the MSCI and as investors welcomed news that the economy would finally reopen as Metro Manila shifts into general community quarantine on June 1.

17 infected BuCor personnel moved to Tarlac
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
Seventeen Bureau of Corrections personnel who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 were transferred to a quarantine facility in Tarlac, the BuCor said Thursday night.

Metro Manila residents still afraid to go to malls - Galvez
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
Residents of Metro Manila appear to be still be afraid of going to malls even after the metropolis was put under modified enhanced community quarantine on May 16, an official said on Thursday night.

300 buses to ply EDSA next week
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
Only around 300 buses will initially be allowed to ply EDSA once Metro Manila is put under general community quarantine starting on June 1, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said yesterday.

SpaceX-NASA launch: What to know ahead of Saturday's scheduled flight
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-29
SpaceX and NASA are, once again, gearing up to try to make history by launching two astronauts into Earth's orbit

LGUs: Wear masks even during GCQ
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
Local government units in Metro Manila yesterday reminded residents that wearing face masks in public places is still mandatory once Metro Manila shifts to general community quarantine starting next week.

Bulacan traffic enforcer slain in drug sting
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
A traffic enforcer was killed in a drug sting in San Jose del Monte City on Thursday. Rolando Tigpos Jr. reportedly drew his gun when he sensed he had transacted with undercover agents in Barangay Gumaoc Central at around 7 p.

House passes bill extending financial assistance to banks
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
The House of Representatives has approved a bill seeking to provide assistance to banks and financial institutions hard hit by the coronavirus disease 2019 crisis.

Philippines gets additional $500 million loan from World Bank
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
The World Bank has approved a fresh $500-million loan to the Philippines to help the country fund its social assistance and wage subsidy programs for small and medium enterprises amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Bocaue Mayor Joni Villanueva, 42
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
Eddie Villanueva, said Joni died at around 5:08 p.m. "due to sepsis secondary to bacterial pneumonia." Her husband Sherwin was former representative of CIBAC. They have four children, Doreen, 13; Joaquin,

Parañaque probes COVID testing of POGO workers
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
The Parañaque City government is investigating the mass testing of around 300 Chinese workers of a Philippine offshore gaming operator at an exclusive subdivision, officials said yesterday.

Man arrested for killing parents
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
A man was arrested in Barangay Taywanak Ilaya, Alfonso, Cavite on Thursday after he reportedly confessed to his neighbors that he killed his parents.

COVID measures free up P1.1 trillion into system -- BSP
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
The monetary impact of the actions undertaken by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to soften the blow of the economic fallout from the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic has reached close to P1.

Money supply grows at faster pace in March
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
Liquidity growth in the financial system accelerated to 13.9 percent in March as corporates and individuals frontloaded their borrowings ahead of the adoption of containment measures to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus,

Early border closures and testing of citizens help Palau remain COVID-19 free
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-29
Palau Ambassador to the United Nations Ngedikes Uludong shares to CNN Philippines the early shutdown of borders and testing its citizens are the secrets why Palau is still a COVID-19 free nation

Philippines Records 21 New Coronavirus Deaths, 1,046 More Infections
New York Times - 2020-05-29
The Philippines on Friday reported 21 more novel coronavirus deaths and 1,046 additional infections. In a bulletin, the health ministry said total deaths rose to 942 while confirmed cases reached 16,634.

DOH confirms 1,046 new COVID-19 cases bringing total to 16,634
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-29
DOH reports 1,046 new COVID-19 cases, notes that only 46 are "fresh cases" -- diagnosed in the past three days -- while the rest are "late cases." Total infections rise to 16,634, with 942 deaths and 3,

How to Retire in the Philippines
U.S. News & World Report - 2020-05-29
And unlike most of its Southeast Asian counterparts, the Philippines makes an effort to attract expat retirees, offering an easy, perk-filled path to permanent residency. The standard of living in the Philippines is high and the opportunity for adventure is great,

CHED proposes one-time voucher to enroll a child of displaced OFWs this school year
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-29
The Commission on Higher Education is planning to give a one-time voucher for at least one child of every displaced overseas Filipino worker to enroll this coming school year given the current crisis.

Only 1,000 Filipino medical workers sent abroad amid deployment ban - DOLE
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-29
Only around 1,000 Filipino healthcare workers were deployed abroad amid the controversial order banning medical workers from working in other countries, the Department of Labor and Employment said Friday.

Relief, Disappointment as Philippines Restarts Some Transport Services
New York Times - 2020-05-29
Philippine taxi dispatcher Meliza Venal heaved a sigh of relief when she learned that hundreds of her company's drivers can finally go back to work after being stuck in their homes for 11 weeks.

Mental health hotline: From 80 monthly calls to 400 nearly 400
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
The coronavirus disease 2019 seems to be taking its toll not just on the physical health of Filipinos but also on their mental health.

DOH explains highest daily spike in infections: Only 20% were 'fresh cases'
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-29
Only 109 out of the 539 new COVID-19 cases reported on Thursday were 'fresh cases,' or were confirmed in the past three days, the Department of Health says.

Expert: COVID crisis an opportunity to reconsider PPP
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-29
As the local economy takes a hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, a think tank said Friday public-private partnership (PPP) deals are needed now more than ever.

SC: All courts to resume operations on June 1
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-29
The Supreme Court orders the resumption of all court operations across the country starting June 1, as quarantine protocols are further relaxed.

Health crisis not the time to 'experiment' on tax perks -- PEZA
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) has voiced out its opposition to one of the Duterte government's preferred stimulus measures.

COVID-19 watch: 2,845 Filipinos overseas infected
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-29
Two thousand eight hundred forty five Filipinos overseas have so far been infected by the coronavirus disease 2019, (COVID-19), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said

CSC to govt. agencies: Don't make full workforce report on June 1
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-29
The Civil Service Commission is discouraging government agencies from requiring all their employees to report for work starting June 1.

Crossing borders still not allowed under GCQ except for work purposes -- Eleazar
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-29
Strolling around, visiting family and friends, and even buying essentials outside one's locality remain prohibited under general community quarantine, reminds the Joint Task Force COVID-19 Shield.

Grab goes cashless, seeks to charge disinfection fee as Metro Manila eases to GCQ
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-29
All GrabCar transactions will go cashless as part of security protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Grab Philippines says.

PNP studying if its Custodial Center can reopen to visitors under GCQ
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-29
In the wake of some lawmakers' protest against Senator Leila de Lima's 'solitary confinement' at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center, the country's top cop says she's allowed to send letters and take phone calls.

Apart from MRT-3, Japan's Sumitomo now also operates LRT-1 via consortium
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
The Japanese investor's entry comes as the local consortium is just about to restart work on extending the oldest train line in Metro Manila.

Hackers left customer data untouched -- PLDT
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
PLDT Inc. on Friday assured the public that data of its customers are safe, dousing fears of data breach after a group of hackers infiltrated the Twitter account of the telco giant's customer service.

China-backed AIIB extends $750 million loan for PH coronavirus response
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-29
The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has approved a $750 million (about ?38 billion) loan to fund COVID-19 response efforts in the Philippines, subject to certain conditions.

EDSA reform plan bared with no budget details
philstar.com - 2020-05-29
The government released a much-awaited EDSA reform plan, but the transport department did not say how much the entire project would cost.

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