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WATCH: Korina Sanchez tries tasty tacos cooked by Sylvia Sanchez

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 12:00
"I found out that [award-winning] actress Sylvia Sanchez is a GREAT COOK," Korina Sanchez declared via Instagram after trying the tacos cooked by the veteran actress herself. The "Rated K host" thanked her friend for delivering some packed food for her and her family to enjoy, including a whole set of ready-made ingredients to prepare tacos and a large plastic container of one of Sylvia's specialties, the winged bean dish "gising gising." Korina also clarified that despite their family names being the same, she and Sylvia are are not related. "Di ko siya kapatid, pero kapatid ko siya sa puso, at sa tiyan --- mahilig kaming kumain pareho pero ang diperensya, mas magaling siya...

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Metal, believed to be from commercial plane, found on Eastern Samar beach

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:58
TACLOBAN CITY - Another chunk of metal believed to be from a commercial airplane was found on a beach in Mercedes towns, Eastern Samar Wednesday, August 5. Juvimar Lira, a resident of Barangay Anuron in Mercedes, said the debris was seen in the area five days ago by some local fishermen. "When I saw them, they were trying to tinker with the debris, probably for profit. I told them not to touch it and instead report it to authorities," the 33-year-old businessman said. Lira said the item should be turned over to authorities for them to investigate where the debris came from. On Thursday, August 6, local policemen, together with personnel from the Philippine Drug Enforcemen...

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Año stands by motorbike barrier rule: ‘COVID infection will change critics’ perspective’

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:56
    MANILA, Philippines --- Wait until you get infected with COVID-19 and then comment and criticize the mandatory use of barriers for motorcycle pillion riding (back-riding), Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao said Friday amid sustained criticism.     "Pag-aralan niyo muna bago kayo magcomment at hintayin natin na ma-infect ka ng COVID saka ka magcomment," Ao said in a press briefing at Camp Crame, Quezon City on Friday. (Assess the issue before making comments, and wait until you get infected with COVID before you comment.) "Magbabago ang perspective mo sa buhay kung magkasakit ka o isang member ng pamilya mo naghahanap ng ICU (intens...

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Urban poor more badly hit by coronavirus crisis — NEDA chief

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:49
MANILA, Philippines --- Poverty incidence in urban areas likely took a bigger hit from the socioeconomic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as infections surged in more developed parts of the Philippines, the country's chief economist said. "Some sectors will see higher poverty; some, lower poverty," Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua replied in response to the Inquirer's query last Thursday if the first-half recession could aggravate poverty incidence. The Philippines' gross domestic product (GDP) fell by a record 16.5 percent during the second quarter, resulting in a 9-percent recession in the first six months. "Since most poor are rural and in ...

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Bohol gov places village on lockdown due to death of resident with COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:46
TAGBILARAN CITY ---- A resident of Bien Unido town in Bohol succumbed to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the fifth in the province since the pandemic started. Bohol Gov. Arthur Yap, in a Facebook post on Thursday, August 6, said the entire barangay, where the fatality resided, was placed on lockdown while they were conducting contact tracing. Relatives took the patient to the Garcia Memorial Provincial Hospital in Talibon due to severe cough but the hospital staff referred the patient to Governor Celestino Gallares Hospital (GCGMH) in Tagbilaran City. The patient died on the way to the hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician. Swab samples we...

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How Miss Universe's historic win helped shift the status quo for beauty standards

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:44
Zozibini Tunzi, a Black woman with afro hair, grew up reading fashion and beauty magazines that did not contain images of women who looked like her. So when she was crowned Miss South Africa one year ago, Tunzi felt on top of the world.
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Vice Ganda on PhilHealth issue: ‘Parusahan ang mga magnanakaw, ikulong!’

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:34
TV host Vice Ganda did not hold back in criticizing the alleged "thieves" in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) who supposedly pocketed P15 billion from the state-run health insurance agency. "Parusahan ang mga magnanakaw sa [PhilHealth.] Ikulong! PAGDUSAHIN (Punish the thieves in PhilHealth. Jail them! Make them suffer)," Vice declared via Twitter last Wednesday, Aug. 5. The furious comedian also cursed the officials accused of corruption and said they didn't deserve compassion. "Pagsama samahin ang lahat ng laway ng mga may sakit at ipainom sa kanila," Vice added. "Walang kompa-compassion sa mga demonyo!" (Gather up all the salivas of sick persons and ma...

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‘Frustrating,’ Magalong says of patchy contact tracing efforts of some LGUs

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:28
MANILA, Philippines --- Some local government units have only traced around four to five close contacts of patients confirmed to have the coronavirus disease, COVID-19 contact tracing czar and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said Friday. "Ang nangyayari po sa nakita naming diagnostic, you will be frustrated, dahil ang nakita namin, parang ang lumalabas po ay 1:5, 1:4," he said in an interview with ABS-CBN's Teleradyo, referring to the ratio of close contacts located by local government units per COVID-19 patient. Magalong said some of the LGUs that only provided this ratio in contact tracing told him that they only located the household members of each coronavirus patient. T...

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BI: No new international travel restrictions under MECQ

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:28
  MANILA, Philippines --- The government has not imposed additional restrictions or revised its guidelines on international travel following the re-imposition of Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila and several other areas in the country, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Friday.         BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said existing travel restrictions remain unchanged until revised or changed by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.   "Unlike domestic flights which are suspended under MECQ, international flights at our airports in Manila, Cebu, and Clark continue,...

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LJ Moreno, Jimmy Alapag expecting baby No. 4

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:18
MANILA, Philippines --- The brood of LJ Moreno and Jimmy Alapag is expanding soon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv2vjNbC4QE The actress and Alab Pilipinas head coach announced they were expecting baby number four in a YouTube vlog on Thursday. In the video, Moreno first explained to her children Ian and Keona how a pregnancy test works. "If it's one line, it means the mom's not pregnant, but if it's two lines..." Moreno said. Alapag then interjected: "Possibly a brother or sister is inside there." Their kids then screamed in excitement. "We're not happy, we're just shocked," the actress, who was seen starting to tear up, said upon learning of the pregnancy. "I thi...

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‘Ang Arte mong Bata Ka’: Gladys Reyes offers online acting workshop for kids

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:11
Gladys Reyes will be holding an online acting workshop once again, but this time she will be sharing her talents with youngsters aspiring to become actors. Reyes, famous for her outstanding portrayal of villains and dubbed as her generation's "Primera Kontrabida," is now looking for children participants for her new workshop. "Mommies and Daddies, maarte ba anak nyo [are your children 'theatric']? Due to insistent parents' demand, we are now accepting participants for #AngArteMongBataKa Online Acting Kiddie Workshop," Reyes announced on Instagram yesterday, Aug.6. https://www.instagram.com/p/CDiSqPrJUtk/ The workshop is open to children aged 6 to 12, although Reyes shares...

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EEI gets piece of Malolos-Clark railway project

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 11:02
Yuchengco-led construction firm EEI Corp., in partnership with Spanish infrastructure firm Acciona, bagged a deal to build a 6.5-kilometer segment of a new railway line that will link the town of Malolos with the Clark International Airport. The Malolos-Clark railway project, which is financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), is estimated to be completed in three years, EEI disclosed to the Philippine Stock Exchange on Friday. The ADB earlier agreed to finance up to $2.75 billion for the construction of 53.1 kilometers of a passenger railway connecting Malolos in Bulacan to Clark economic zone and Clark International Airport in Central Luzon. This is part of the Philippine ...

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Asymptomatic coronavirus carriers have high viral loads — study

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:54
WASHINGTON -- People who are infected with the coronavirus carry similar levels of the pathogen in their nose, throat, and lungs whether they have symptoms or not, a new study from South Korea showed Thursday. The paper, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, is an important biological line of evidence in support of the idea that asymptomatic carriers can spread COVID-19. Until now, experts have relied on inferring asymptomatic spread when people contract the virus without contact with a known carrier. A team of researchers led by Seungjae Lee at Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine analyzed swabs taken between March 6 and March 26 from 303 people isolated at a cen...

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Trump bans dealings with Chinese owners of TikTok, WeChat

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:46
NEW YORK --- President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered an unspecified ban on "transactions" with the Chinese owners of the consumer apps TikTok and WeChat. The twin executive orders --- one for each app --- take effect in 45 days. They call on the Secretary of Commerce to define the banned transactions by that time. The orders' wording is vague, but leaves open the possibility that hosting the apps in the Apple and Google app stores could be covered by the ban. Trump had threatened a deadline of Sept. 15 to "close down" TikTok unless Microsoft or "somebody else" bought it. TikTok, Microsoft and WeChat owner Tencent had no immediate replies to queries. U.S. Secretary of Stat...

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COVID-19 vaccine uncertainty tempers PH growth goal for 2021

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:38
MANILA, Philippines -- Without a vaccine yet to prevent COVID-19's spread, President Duterte's economic managers have tempered growth expectations for next year despite recovery from this year's recession. The Cabinet-level Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) last July 28 approved via ad referendum their projection that real gross domestic product (GDP) will contract between 4.4 percent and 6.6 percent -- or an average of 5.5 percent -- this year. In the first half, the economy shrank by an average of 9 percent as second-quarter GDP fell by a record 16.5 percent year-on-year and brought about a technical recession. For 2021, GDP was projected to rebound by growing 6...

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Año ‘optimistic’ 15-day MECQ will slash number of COVID-19 infections

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:26
MANILA, Philippines --- Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ao on Friday said he is optimistic that the stricter lockdown in Metro Manila and in nearby areas will slow down the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). "I am optimistic na with the 15 days MECQ (modified enhanced community quarantine), bababa 'yan. Ang kailangan lang sumunod, huwag lang maging pasaway. Stay at home. With 15 days staying at home, marami tayong virus mapapatay," Ao said during a press conference about the launch of free rides for health workers when asked if the MECQ will be extended after 15 days. (I am optimistic that with the 15 days MECQ, the COVID-19 cases will decrease. They just...

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CNN's Chris Cuomo: Trump's judgment 'may be impaired'

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:23
CNN's Chris Cuomo discusses President Donald Trump's recent comment that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wants to "hurt God."
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Trump issues executive order banning TikTok from operating in 45 days if it's not sold by Chinese parent company

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 09:52
President Donald Trump on Thursday issued an executive order that would ban the social media app TikTok from operating in the US in 45 days if it is not sold by its Chinese parent company ByteDance.
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PH with highest COVID-19 cases in SE Asia? DOH cites different ‘settings’

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 08/07/2020 - 09:49
MANILA, Philippines --- Comparing the number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases in the Philippines with those of other countries should be made with caution as there are different factors that should be considered in making such a comparison, the Department of Health said Friday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire made this remark after the Philippines recorded the highest cases of infection in Southeast Asia with a total of 119,460 cases as of Thursday, surpassing Indonesia's 118,753 reported cases. "Unang-una para lang maintindihan ng ating mga kababayan, may iba't ibang settings sa bawat bansa. Iba-iba rin po ang population, hindi po tayo pare-pareho, at 'yung response ...

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