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PNP: Still no leisure, non-essential trips - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

Sotto urges Duque to immediately pay health workers who have COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
Sotto penned a letter to Health Secretary Francisco Duque on Wednesday, giving a stern reminder that the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act mandates that infected health personnel and families of health workers who have died from the disease receive compensation.

On World Bicycle Day, Taguig City sets up bike program; to lend bicycles to city hall employees
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-03
In celebration of World Bicycle Day on Wednesday, the Taguig City local government launched a "comprehensive" bicycle program to promote biking as

DOST eyes producing 50,000 REwear masks for frontliners
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
Tens of thousands of so-called REwear, or re-usable, washable, and re-wearable face masks per week for frontline workers may be produced by the end of the month, the Department of Science and Technology said on Wednesday.

Give cash aid immediately to reduce hunger, anti-poverty exec pleads
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-03
Based on the Social Weather Station survey, about 4.2 million families have experienced involuntary hunger in May. "This is very alarming," said Felongco. The figures, he said, nearly doubled ...

PhilHealth lowers cost of COVID-19 testing package after criticisms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-06-03
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) announced Wednesday that it will roll out a more affordable rate for their coronavirus testing packages after an

Can one with dual citizenship run a PH mass media company?
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
CBN have morphed into a different issue: are dual citizens like Gabby Lopez allowed to run and control a media company in the country?

Philippines Confirms Eight New Coronavirus Deaths, 751 Additional Cases
New York Times - 2020-06-03
The Philippine health ministry on Wednesday recorded eight more deaths and 751 additional infections because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gov't critics, peaceful protesters not considered as terrorists - Lorenzana
CNN Philippines - 2020-06-03
Government critics and activists do not need to raise alarm over the controversial anti-terrorism bill, the country's defense chief said Wednesday, as he stressed that citizens are protected by their various constitutional rights.

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