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Senators want an expanded social assistance scheme
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 5) -- Senate Majority Leader Migz Zubiri said senators are studying the possibility of passing a Bayanihan 2 bill that will expand the first Bayanihan Act. Zubiri said there are proposals from lawmakers to expand the coverage of the Social Amelioration Program to include more beneficiaries particularly lower ...

Two more Senate employees test positive for coronavirus antibodies after rapid testing
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
Two other Senate employees tested positive for coronavirus antibodies Tuesday after rapid tests were conducted, Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III confirmed.

ABS-CBN goes off air following NTC order
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
The network signed off at 7:52 p.m. on Tuesday, after airing the national anthem, naming its engineers and its TV stations.

ABS-CBN goes off air following NTC order
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
The network signed off at 7:52 p.m. on Tuesday, after airing the national anthem, naming its engineers and its TV stations.

BREAKING: NTC orders ABS-CBN to stop broadcast operations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Tuesday issued a Cease and Desist Order against ABS-CBN after its legislative franchise expired on May 4. In an Order

Coronavirus prompts telcos to put capex plans under review
philstar.com - 2020-05-05
Similar with other companies, telco firms are saying they would review capital investment plans as the coronavirus disease-2019 stops construction work.

Japan ready to supply anti-flu drug to PH for COVID-19 cure study - DOH
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
The Japanese government has agreed to provide the country a free supply of an anti-flu drug to study if it could treat COVID-19, the Department of Health said Tuesday.

COVID-19 impact: Production in factories down in March
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
Factory production declined in March as supposedly nonessential manufacturing ground to a halt at the start of a lockdown meant to stop transmission of SARS Cov2, the virus that causes the disease

ABS-CBN ordered to go off air as franchise lapses
philstar.com - 2020-05-05
CBN Corp. to stop airing on Tuesday, a day after its legislative franchise expired, putting at risk over 11,000 jobs in the country's biggest network as millions of Filipinos get displaced by the coronavirus outbreak.

Former police officer caught with gun, boxes of liquor after C-5 shootout
philstar.com - 2020-05-05
"If you're stopped, comply with it properly and don't try to run away so it doesn't end up like this. These are the people who don't know how to stop and respect the law of the Philippines."

LGBTQ parents included in Pasig City supplemental cash aid
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
Among the beneficiaries of Pasig City's supplemental cash aid program amid the COVID-19 pandemic are members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer community who have children, local officials said Tuesday.

As car dealerships reopen, how will they adapt post-quarantine?
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
With the end of lockdown on the horizon in many countries, automobile dealerships will soon be reopening their doors.

DSWD: Over ?68 billion worth of cash aid distributed to 12.5 million households
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
The Social Welfare Department reports nearly four million low-income households received their cash aid in the past week, with total beneficiaries now at 12.5 million households.

Lawmaker, group furious over order stopping ABS-CBN operations
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
Even a pandemic cannot stop tyranny. Activist group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) through its secretary-general Renato Reyes said on Tuesday that the latest

47 more health workers catch COVID-19, as recoveries reach 350
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
The Department of Health reported on Tuesday that 47 more health workers have caught the coronavirus, bringing the total to 1,819, as recoveries rose to 350.

US retailer J.Crew files for bankruptcy -- statement
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
J.Crew filed to begin bankruptcy protection proceedings, after reaching an agreement with major creditors on a debt restructuring plan.

Zambales has 3 new patients with COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
Three new patients afflicted with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been recorded in Zambales on Tuesday (May 5), bringing the total number of infected residents to

1,819 PH health workers infected with COVID-19
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
The number of healthcare professionals in the Philippines infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) rose to 1,819, constituting nearly 19 percent of the

NTC orders ABS-CBN to stop broadcast operations
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
The National Telecommunications Commission on Tuesday ordered ABS-CBN to cease broadcasting operations due to the expiry of its legislative franchise, walking back from its promise to issue a provisional permit pending its renewal.

PH records 199 new COVID-19 cases, total now at 9,684
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
A total of 41 provinces nationwide have recorded no new cases of the viral disease in the past two weeks, according to DOH. Of this number, 23 areas have been COVID-free since the onset of the outbreak in the country.

PH Air Force bares cloud-seeding operations in parts of Luzon
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
Some parts of Luzon have experienced rainfall in recent days, partly because of the cloud seeding operations conducted by the Philippine Air Force (PAF). The operations

Roque: Panelo's thoughts on COVID-19 being a basis for martial law declaration merely a 'personal opinion'
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
The Palace has downplayed comments made by the Presidential Legal Adviser about how the "invasion" of COVID-19 could be basis for the declaration of martial law. Speaking at his regular briefing Tuesday,

At least 45,000 OFWs returning to PH in May, June -- OWWA
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration says it is anticipating the return of at least 45,000 overseas Filipino workers in the country within May up until June due to the coronavirus pandemic.

BSP eases rules to encourage bank lending to small firms
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
The central bank on Tuesday (May 5) rolled out new measures to encourage a steady flow of credit to small firms--many of which have been hit severely by the ongoing economic slowdown--by easing

PH continues to flatten the curve despite test backlogs - expert
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 5)-- The Philippines continues to see a slowdown in the rate of COVID-19 infections, according to a leading epidemiologist and public health specialist. Dr. John Wong, a member of the sub technical working group tapped by Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases in creating projections on ...

Philippines Reports 14 Deaths, 199 More Coronavirus Infections
New York Times - 2020-05-05
The Philippines' health ministry on Tuesday reported 14 new coronavirus deaths and 199 additional infections. In a bulletin, the health ministry said total deaths from the outbreak have reached 637, while confirmed cases have increased to 9,

School year 2020-21 to formally begin on August 24, says DepEd chief
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
The next school year will officially open on August 24 and end on April 30, 2021, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said on Tuesday.

P15B added to PH local IOU as UK think tank sees no debt crisis
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
A five-month record low inflation in April allowed the Bureau of the Treasury to award P15 billion in 35-day T-bills at a lower rate on Tuesday (May 5). It helped that the Philippines was not

2.2 percent April inflation lowest in 5 months but food prices up
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
Inflation eased to a five-month low of 2.2 percent in April as transport costs plunged during a lockdown that restricted mobility and global oil prices took a dive because of low demand. Food

Factory closures begin to cripple manufacturing in March
philstar.com - 2020-05-05
Economists said a recovery was unlikely in April, and remains dependent on easing of movement restrictions in May.

1,645 Filipino workers in Qatar displaced due to COVID-19 pandemic -- envoy
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
The livelihoods of more than 5,000 Filipino workers in Qatar have been affected by the coronavirus crisis, with 1,645 of them being displaced, Philippine Ambassador to Qatar

Nike will donate 30,000 shoes to frontline workers fighting COVID-19
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
Nike is donating 30,000 pairs of shoes -- specifically designed for healthcare workers -- to health systems and hospitals in cities across the United States.

Indian wedding industry facing uncertain future due to coronavirus
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
The couple were counting down the days until their April 19 wedding at a resort near the Jim Corbett National Park in northern India. Hotel rooms had been booked, the 300- strong

Visa Philippines study shows Filipinos are ready to go cashless
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
A recent study by Visa Philippines called "Consumer Payment Attitudes," have shown Filipinos to be generally interested in cashless transactions.  A cashless transaction refers to an

Duterte unlikely to sue water firms after apology to Ayala, Pangilinan business groups - Roque
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
President Rodrigo Duterte will unlikely sue Maynilad and Manila Water, and instead choose out-of-court settlement over issues on water supply deals following his apology to the Ayala and Pangilinan groups,

TikTok is winning over millennials and Instagram stars as its popularity explodes
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
In the last few months, hundreds of millions of people around the world have downloaded the short-form video app as the United States, Europe and elsewhere impose strict restrictions in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Hong Kong's mental health had already been battered by the protests. Then came the coronavirus
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
Alvin Yau is exhausted. Like other residents in Hong Kong, he hasn't had a break in nearly a year, ricocheting from one crisis to the next.

Asian shares advance following rebound on Wall Street
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
Shares advanced in Asia early Tuesday after Wall Street shook off a weak start and ended with modest gains thanks to another solid showing from big technology

PhilHealth: Up to Congress to review hike in OFW premiums
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation says it will leave it up to Congress to decide on a possible review of the increased premium contributions for overseas workers.

US chopper maker offers Vipers to PH Air Force
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-05
American aircraft manufacturer Bell is vying for a contract to supply attack helicopters to the Philippine Air Force (PAF). Bell Helicopter, a subsidiary of the conglomerate

Duterte Says Sorry to Philippine Tycoons, Their Firms' Shares Surge
New York Times - 2020-05-05
MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has apologised for his "hurting words" about two tycoons whom he openly dislikes, responding to their help in fighting the coronavirus by offering an olive branch to settle a costly regulatory row. Shares in conglomerates Ayala Corp and Metro Pacific Investments Corp, owners of the country's two ...

GMA-7 employee arrested after swallowing suspected sachet of shabu
philstar.com - 2020-05-05
Authorities on Monday apprehended a GMA-7 employee after the latter was suspected of swallowing a sachet of shabu at a quarantine checkpoint in Brgy. Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

Duterte asks DOJ to study whether Pinoy health workers can be prevented from migrating
philstar.com - 2020-05-05
President Rodrigo Duterte wants the justice department to study whether Filipino health workers can be prevented from migrating to other countries, saying their movement to another territory exposes them to risks.

Anchorage Daily News, ProPublica win Pulitzer Prize for investigation on sexual violence
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
News and ProPublica received this year's Pulitzer Prize for public service for their collaborative investigation into sexual violence in Alaska.

Cheap oil pulls April inflation to five-month low
CNN Philippines - 2020-05-05
A sustained drop in transport costs pulled down April inflation to 2.2 percent, offsetting higher food prices as the country went under quarantine amid the coronavirus crisis.

Lockdowns temper April inflation
philstar.com - 2020-05-05
Lockdowns and a halt in public transport in areas under community quarantine tempered inflation for the fourth straight month this year in April, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Tuesday.

Shell's Philippines unit to suspend refinery operations for one month
Reuters - 2020-05-05
Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp said on Tuesday it will shut down its 110,000-barrel-per-day Tabangao refinery in the Philippines for one month from mid-May as the coronavirus pandemic has hammered oil demand.

Philippines inflation eases to 5-mth low in April
Nasdaq - 2020-05-05
Philippine annual inflation eased to a five-month low in April, the statistics agency said on Tuesday, reflecting the drop in global oil prices and weaker economic activity due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Meralco provides shelter for The Medical City frontliners
philstar.com - 2020-05-05
Meralco continues to fulfill civic duties, this time offering conducive living quarters for frontliners of The Medical City.

Stocks shake off an early loss and end higher, led by tech
Philippine Daily Inquirer - 2020-05-04
Stocks shook off an early stumble and scratched out small gains on Wall Street Monday, as the market's momentum slows following its best month in decades. The S&P 500

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