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Pagasa: Severe Tropical Storm Ambo weakens but rains may persist
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-15
MANILA, Philippines - Severe Tropical Storm Ambo (International name: Vongfong) may have weakened slightly but moderate to heavy rains are still expected as the weather disturbance remains to

Police allegedly maul a quarantine violator in General Trias, Cavite
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-15
A factory worker was allegedly beaten black and blue by police officers in General Trias, Cavite on May 12. Thirty-year old Ronald Campo was arrested for violating quarantine policies in Tropical Village,

Netizens claim some folks unaware of Typhoon Ambo due to absence of ABS-CBN
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-15
Some families living in towns ravaged by the typhoon, now hoisted as Severe Tropical Storm Ambo, allegedly failed to prepare as they were not aware of the news after

DFA reopens embassy in Sweden after 8 years
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-15
The Philippine Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden is open once again after an eight-year-long closure, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced on Friday.

Woman nabbed for online child trafficking - 2020-05-15
A 34-year-old woman was arrested at her residence in Angeles, Pampanga on Thursday for allegedly offering children to online sex predators.

6 Cebu City sitios on lockdown - 2020-05-15
Six sitios in Barangay Tejero in Cebu City were placed on lockdown yesterday. Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella ordered the lockdown in Sitios IKP-Daclan, Vilgon-2, Sampaguita, ICM, Looban and Macarosa after the city health office recorded 75 cases of the coronavirus disease 2019.

DFA reopens embassy in Sweden after 8 years
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-15
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 15) -- The Philippine Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden is open once again after an eight-year-long closure, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced on Friday. The agency said the embassy will be providing consular services such as passport and visa extensions to Filipinos from Sweden and Finland, which were ...

Quezon City eases liquor ban, allows tricycles - 2020-05-15
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has eased the restrictions on the sale and consumption of liquor and other alcoholic beverage while the city is under modified enhanced community quarantine.

BSP still confident of full-year growth - 2020-05-15
Remittances from overseas Filipino workers fell to their lowest level in eight months last February, but the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas remains confident of positive growth this year amid the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.

PEZA seeks status quo on ecozone incentives - 2020-05-15
With the proposed Comprehensive Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act pending at the Senate, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority wants a status quo on fiscal incentives given to enterprises for at least five years to allow firms to recover from the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 outbreak on operations.

LTFRB sets GCQ guidelines for taxis, ride-sharing - 2020-05-15
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board released on Thursday new guidelines for the operation of taxi and ride-sharing services as the country eases to a more lenient general community quarantine.

ABS-CBN mulls new revenue sources; eyes digital expansion - 2020-05-15
CBN Corp. is exploring substitute sources of revenues that include the expansion of its digital platforms and development of new products to mitigate the impact of the temporary closure of its television and radio stations.

Woman held for defying checkpoint in Caloocan - 2020-05-15
A woman was arrested in Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City on Thursday morning for allegedly trying to defy a checkpoint set up to enforce the enhanced community quarantine.

Pangasinan town cop chief axed over mañanita - 2020-05-15
The police chief of Sto. Tomas town in this province was relieved from his post yesterday in connection with the mañanita or midnight serenade during the birthday of Mayor Timoteo Villar III on May 6.

Stocks end lower on lingering virus concerns - 2020-05-15
The stock market closed the week on a sour note once again as first quarter corporate earnings results showed many companies reporting losses and cutting capital expenditures.

Woman shot dead in Pangasinan - 2020-05-15
Leonard Zacarias, town police chief, said the victim was declared dead on arrival at the Asingan Community Hospital.

265 Chinese caught in illegal POGO - 2020-05-15
Police arrested 265 Chinese during a raid on an illegal Philippine offshore gaming operator in Las Piñas City on Thursday night.

100 families lose homes in Iloilo fire - 2020-05-15
Around 100 families were left homeless when a fire hit a residential area in Barangay Ortiz in Iloilo City yesterday.

BuCor: COVID-positive inmates reach 117 - 2020-05-15
At least 117 prison inmates have tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 the Bureau of Corrections reported yesterday.

LOOK: Ambo leaves trail of destruction in Eastern Samar
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-15
Eastern Samar grapples with picking up the pieces in the aftermath of severe tropical storm Ambo amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Bacoor City seeks modified ECQ status while Cavite province shifts to GCQ
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-15
The local government of Bacoor City in Cavite seeks to be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine, while the rest of Cavite transitions to general community quarantine beginning May 16.

Typhoon Ambo leaves 1 dead, extensive damage in Philippine towns
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-15
Strong winds and rain from Typhoon Ambo (international name: Vongfong) left at least one person dead and damaged hundreds of homes and coronavirus isolation facilities

Lawmakers push for cash aid under GCQ
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-15
A number of lawmakers want the government to continue providing cash aid to low-income people even if restrictions are relaxed in their areas.

'Ambo' slightly weakens as it approaches northern Quezon - 2020-05-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Severe Tropical Storm Ambo (international name: Vongfong) slightly weakened as it moves closer to Real-Infanta area in northern Quezon province, the state weather bureau ...

Tropical Storm Ambo maintains strength, threatening Bulacan
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-15
MANILA, Philippines -- Severe Tropical Storm Ambo (International name: Yongfong) has kept its strength despite hitting land seven times since Thursday. It is headed towards Bulacan on Friday

AirAsia mounts sweeper flights between Manila and Jakarta
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-15
AIRASIA on Friday flew three special chartered flights between Indonesia and the Philippines in support of the repatriation efforts for the citizens of both countries. These are in addition to two humanitarian services which AirAsia Indonesia operated last month.

Saudi crude rush threatens to stir stabilizing US oil market
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-15
An armada of tankers filled with Saudi crude heading to American shores is raising concern that tanks may fill again just as a US glut shows signs of easing. Over 30 tankers laden are set to arrive in the US Gulf Coast and West Coast during May and June,

DA, Grab PH team up for online sale, delivery of farm produce amid pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-15
The Agriculture Department has partnered with Grab Philippines for the sale and delivery of fresh produce from local farmers and food growers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

DA, Grab PH team up for online sale, delivery of farm produce amid pandemic
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-15
The Agriculture Department has partnered with Grab Philippines for the sale and delivery of fresh produce from local farmers and food growers amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Global cost of contagion could reach as much as $8.8 trillion-ADB
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-15
The cost of the coronavirus pandemic could reach as much as $8.8 trillion, or almost 10 percent of global gross domestic product, depending on how long the outbreak continues and the strength of government responses,

Senator presses passage of medical scholarship bill
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-15
Citing lessons learned from the raging Covid-19 pandemic, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto prodded Congress Wednesday to front-load passage of the Medical Scholarship Act to boost the ranks of doctors needed to effectively contain a similar contagion in the future.

SMC resumes construction of Skyway project but moves back completion date
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-15
DIVERSIFIED conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has pushed back the completion of the Skyway Extension to a yet-to-be-determined date, as construction works were temporarily stopped for two months due to the community quarantine in Metro Manila.

US retail sales likely tumbled in April as virus took hold
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-15
U.S. retail sales likely plummeted in April as the coronavirus paralyzed the economy, kept away millions of shoppers, and threatened the future of stores across the country. The

Tokyo reveals 3-step plan to reopen businesses
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-15
The governor of Tokyo, one of several prefectures still under a coronavirus state of emergency, said Friday that she plans to reopen businesses in three phases in the Japanese capital as

DFA: No new COVID-19 death among Filipinos abroad for 2 successive days
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-15
For two days now,  no Filipino overseas was reported to have succumbed to the severe respiratory ailment COVID-19, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported

Big business asks Congress to build DOH, LGU health crisis capability
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-15
Business groups are asking Congress to focus its efforts on building the capability of the Department of Health (DOH) and local governments to better respond to the global health crisis. In a

Severe Tropical Storm Ambo brings waves, strong winds near Manila Bay area
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-15
Strong winds brought by Severe Tropical Storm Ambo has caused giant waves to pound the areas near the Manila Bay, as documented by the Manila Public Information Office

Duterte to seek Congress' help in funding 2nd tranche of cash aid
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-15
President Rodrigo Duterte will ask assistance from Congress in determining additional funding for the second tranche of the government's financial assistance program for COVID-19 crisis.

China uses trade as weapon to silence virus criticism
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-15
Trying to silence criticism over the coronavirus pandemic, China is deploying a well-used weapon - trade sanctions. Beijing has blocked some imports of Australian

Senators mourn death of Sen. Tessie Aquino-Oreta
BusinessMirror - 2020-05-15
SENATORS are mourning the death of a former colleague, senator Tessie Aquino-Oreta, whose death was announced on Friday by her son, Malabon Mayor Anthony "Len-Len" Oreta. Senate President Vicente Sotto III,

ABS-CBN to honor debts, cut expenses with free TV shut - 2020-05-15
In a disclosure to the stock exchange on Friday, the Lopez-led media company said it will stick to the current repayment schedule for its long-term debts, which to date amounted to P21.3 billion. Banks with loan exposure to ABS-CBN have been informed about the company's situation.

BSP expects even slower remittance growth due to COVID-19 crisis
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-15
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas downgrades remittance growth for the year once more, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to cost people their lives and livelihoods.

FDCP releases guidelines for production shoots under "new normal"
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-15
With the resumption of production shoots starting May 16, the Film Development Council of the Philippines has released guidelines for filming under quarantine.

A webinar forum on post ECQ public transportation hosted by the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines - 2020-05-15
A new and more efficient public bus transportation service on EDSA was urged for the post lockdown period at a forum on public transportation hosted by the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines.

Ambo slightly weakens as it blows closer to northern Quezon
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-15
PAGASA says the severe tropical storm is expected to hit Real or Infanta in the northern part of Quezon between 5 and 7 in the evening of Friday.

80 more health workers get COVID-19; total at 2,245
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-15
Eighty more healthcare workers have caught the coronavirus disease, the Department of Health reported on Friday, bringing the total infected frontliners to 2,245.

Malls prepare to reopen in modified ECQ areas with extra precautions
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-15
Several malls in Metro Manila, Laguna, and Cebu City are set to reopen on Saturday - but shoppers may be in for a different experience, as the establishments institute measures to ensure their safety.

Teacher's arrest over anti-Duterte tweet invalid but 'cured,' DOJ says
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-15
State prosecutors find probable cause to charge the teacher with sedition, saying his admission to the media that he indeed posted a bounty for the President's slay 'ultimately cured' the 'defect' of his warrantless arrest.

SE Asia Stocks-Philippines falls over 1%; Indonesia lower as exports, imports drop
Reuters - 2020-05-15
Philippine shares dropped more than 1% on Friday, dragged down by the financial sector, while stocks in Indonesia hit an over three-week low after data showed that Southeast Asia's largest economy swung back to a trade deficit in April.

New normal for insurance products: Online sales until Dec. 31
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-15
With social distancing seen outliving the COVID-19 pandemic, the Insurance Commission (IC) allowed insurance transactions online until end of 2020. The IC, in two circulars issued on May 14,

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