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Xi tells Duterte PH to be given ‘priority’ once China develops vaccine vs COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 13:39
MANILA, Philippines --- Chinese President Xi Jinping has assured President Rodrigo Duterte that China will give the Philippines priority once it discovers a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The two leaders had a telephone conversation Thursday night that lasted for 38 minutes, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed in a statement. According to a Palace news release, Duterte reiterated the need for cooperation on research trials for treatment against the respiratory disease while underscoring that it should be made "accessible and affordable" to all countries. "For his part, President Xi reiterated China's commitment to the international community to m...

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Seattle mayor tells Trump to ‘go back to your bunker’

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 13:33
SEATTLE --- Seattle's mayor told Donald Trump to "Go back to your bunker" Thursday, escalating a spat after the president threatened to intervene over a police-free autonomous zone protesters have set up in the western US city. The reference to a "bunker" was a nod to reports Trump was rushed by Secret Service agents to a secure area in the White House as demonstrations against racism and police brutality sparked by the death of George Floyd reached the president's residence. Trump sparked the spat when he threatened to intervene in the neighborhood in Seattle dubbed "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone," or CHAZ, which was agreed upon by demonstrators and the city's police department...

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DOTr: Construction of Edsa bike lanes to kick off on June 13

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 13:31
  MANILA, PHILIPPINES -- The construction of bicycle lanes along Edsa will start on Saturday, June 13 amid the growing number of cyclists as COVID-19 quarantine and health protocols resulted in a shortage of public transportation units and options.   The DOTr, in a social media post, said Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade sealed an agreement with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Danny Lim to expedite the construction of bicycle lanes.   "Our goal is to move people while making sure of their safety," Tugade said.     https://www.facebook.com/130406490431829/posts/1725140837625045/ &...

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Outcry over death of woman stranded during lockdown

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 13:05
The death of a single mother in the Philippines who died after trying to get a bus home during the country's coronavirus lockdown has led to widespread anger online, and prompted the government to look into how it treats stranded workers during the pandemic.
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Bb. Pilipinas queens find deeper significance in Independence Day celebration

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 13:00
MANILA, Philippines---The COVID-19 pandemic has given a different dimension to how Filipinos should view today's Independence Day celebration, according to 2019 Binibining Pilipinas titleholders. "The relevance of this pandemic to our Independence Day is the manner of people going through so much change and yet growing to be better and stronger for the nation," Bb. Pilipinas Grand International Aya Abesamis told the Inquirer in an online interview. "This pandemic has taught us to be one in being resilient in terms of watching out for each other, helping each and every one, and have an optimistic mind no matter what the challenge and circumstances are," she added. Bb. Pilipin...

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North Korea denounces US two years after Singapore summit

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:54
SEOUL --- North Korea criticized Donald Trump in a stinging denunciation of the United States on Friday, the second anniversary of a landmark summit in Singapore where the US president shook hands with leader Kim Jong Un. It was the latest in a series of vitriolic statements from Pyongyang aimed at both Washington and Seoul, and came a day after the North implicitly threatened to disrupt November's election if the US did not stay out of inter-Korean affairs. In recent days, Pyongyang has excoriated the South over defectors launching leaflets criticizing Kim into the North and announced it was cutting all official communication links with Seoul. Friday's broadside contained s...

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In the UK, protesters aren't just chanting George Floyd's name

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:49
Protesters across the UK are chanting for George Floyd as well Belly Mujinga, a black essential worker who died of Covid-19. Galvanized by the Black Lives Matter movement, her case has prompted more people in the UK to call for social justice. CNN's Salma Abdelaziz reports.
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Covid-19 death toll in this city could exceed its wartime fatalities

CNN Top Stories - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:48
Ghasan Saleh starts digging graves at the break of dawn to prepare for the dead bodies that will come in droves. Two men in white hazmat suits appear atop an approaching pickup truck. They hastily drop a corpse into a hole and cover it with dirt.
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US pledges to reduce Iraq troops as tensions ease

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:46
  BAGHDAD, Iraq -- The United States said Thursday it would reduce troops in Iraq in the coming months as friction between the two countries eased under a new U.S.-friendly premier in Baghdad. The United States also promised support to prop up the struggling Iraqi economy as the two nations held their first strategic dialogue in more than a decade. Tensions skyrocketed following a US strike on Baghdad in January that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, with lawmakers in Baghdad demanding the expulsion of the roughly 5,200 US troops in the country. President Donald Trump responded by threatening crippling sanctions and, ac...

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Fearful Hong Kongers rush to secure limited British passports

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:45
HONG KONG ---Shortly before Hong Kong was handed back to China, Simon Ng applied for a British National (Overseas) passport, a document he never thought he'd need. Now he is considering whether to use it to emigrate. China's plan to impose a sweeping national security law on the city in response to huge pro-democracy protests has Ng mulling the prospect of leaving, the first time he has contemplated such action since Britain returned the former colony in 1997. "Back then, like many of my peers, I thought China would reform and there was hope," the 52-year-old assistant professor told AFP. "But now, this is really a dark moment, and the future is quite likely to be even worse...

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Ben&Ben to hold online gig this weekend, performing ‘Lifetime’ live for first time

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:44
Award-winning folk-pop band Ben&Ben will be treating fans with an online jam session on Saturday, June 13, during which they will perform the recently released track "Lifetime" live for the first time. The nine-piece band will be going live via video-sharing app TikTok, they announced via Facebook last Wednesday, June 10. Ben&Ben said fans do not need to have an account to watch. "[K]apag ba tinugtog namin yung 'Lifetime' LIVE for the first time ever (and our other songs), manonood ka ba? TikTok app, Saturday, [3 p.m.]! Live jam sa home page," Ben&Ben posted. (If we perform "Lifetime" live for the first time ever (and our other songs), are you going to watch? Tik...

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US naval buildup in Indo-Pacific seen as warning to China

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:39
  WASHINGTON --- For the first time in nearly three years, three American aircraft carriers are patrolling the Indo-Pacific waters, a massive show of naval force in a region roiled by spiking tensions between the U.S. and China and a sign that the Navy has bounced back from the worst days of the coronavirus outbreak.   The unusual simultaneous appearance of the three warships, accompanied by Navy cruisers, destroyers, fighter jets and other aircraft, comes as the U.S. escalates criticism of Beijing's response to the coronavirus outbreak, its moves to impose greater control over Hong Kong and its campaign to militarize human-made islands in the South China Sea. &...

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LOOK: Aguinaldo mistakenly identified as Bonifacio in PTV’s Independence Day coverage

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:32
  MANILA, Philippines --- State-run PTV on Friday apologized after it mistakenly identified the country's first President Emilio Aguinaldo as Katipunan Supremo Andres Bonifacio during its Independence Day coverage In a statement, PTV said it will revise the error in the video and will be uploaded on its social media platforms. "The said error was already corrected and the revised version will be uploaded in the Network's social media pages," PTV said. "We sincerely apologize for this mistake. Rest assured that under the new PTV Management, necessary training and skills development will be initiated to avoid similar inaccuracies. We hope for your understanding on this...

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Catriona Gray’s Miss Universe pin sold for P250,000 at auction for COVID-19 testing

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:23
The candidate pin that Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray wore in the competition ended its auction bidding at P250,000. The proceeds will be used for COVID-19 testing of underprivileged citizens through actresses Anne Curtis and Angel Locsin's Shop & Share initiative. The online auction for Gray's pin began on June 6 and ended yesterday, June 11, according to Shop & Share's website. Its starting bid was P20,000. A personal handwritten note from Gray is to be included with the pin as well. "In December 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand, Miss Universe Philippines, Catriona Gray debuted the 'slow-mo turn' and Ibong Adarna gown," the website stated. "The Philippines sash was secured...

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Lone Filipino COVID-19 patient in China recovers — envoy

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:21
MANILA, Philippines --- The lone Filipino infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in mainland China has recovered and has already been discharged, Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said Friday. During a televised briefing, Sta. Romana said the Filipino patient tested positive for the novel coronavirus after arriving in China from the Philippines back in March. "Stranded muna siya sa Manila and then bumalik siya dito kasi dito ang trabaho niya. Then pag-landing niya sa airport, na-detect na meron siyang COVID. Kaya diretso sa quarantine and sa hospital and that was still in March," Sta. Romana said. (The lone case was stranded in Manila then return...

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LOOK: Rains, COVID-19 fail to dampen Independence Day ‘mañanita’ protest

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:16
MANILA, Philippines --- Dark clouds and rainshowers --- with the threat of the coronavirus thrown in --- are not stopping protesters from holding rallies at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, as the country celebrates Independence Day. Protesters threw some major shade at the national government by calling their action a "Grand Maanita," harking back to the much-criticized birthday celebration of National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas last May 8, attended by ranking police officers and Metro Manila cops at the height of the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine. Rain pounded heavily early morning Friday, b...

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On Independence Day, ex-chief justice Sereno urges Filipinos to fight for rights

Inquirer Breaking News - Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:15
MANILA, Philippines --- Former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday urged Filipinos to continue fighting for their rights "so we might truly become 'the sovereign Filipino people' envisioned by the Constitution." Sereno made the call as the country celebrates its 122nd Independence Day---with various groups holding physical protests despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and bad weather brought by Tropical Depression "Butchoy." "I encourage my fellow citizens, especially the youth, to continue fighting for the rights of our people so we might truly become 'the sovereign Filipino people' envisioned by the Constitution, who in full faith implore the 'aid of Almighty God' to...

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