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Controversial anti-terror bill up for ‘final review’, Palace says

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:41
MANILA, Philippines --- The highly-contested anti-terrorism bill is now with the Office of the Executive Secretary for final review before being handed to President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacaang said Thursday. "Wala na po sa lamesa ng Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs, nailipat na po 'yan sa tanggapan ni Executive Secretary for final review," presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a televised Palace press briefing. (It is no longer on the desk of the Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs, it has been transferred to the office of the Executive Secretary for final review.) "Ibig sabihin po meron nang memorandum recommending a course of action to the President su...

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Ciara Sotto turns 40, thanks her idols Sharon Cuneta and Pops Fernandez

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:40
As Ciara Sotto marked her 40th birthday today, July 2, the actress and singer expressed her gratitude to those who she holds dearly in her heart, including Megastar Sharon Cuneta and Concert Queen Pops Fernandez. She has been thanking some of the people she is grateful for on Instagram, through her series #RoadTo40 posts. Ciara, daughter of actress Helen Gamboa and comedian-turned-politician Tito Sotto, narrated how Cuneta and Fernandez inspired her, via Instagram yesterday, July 1. She described the two veteran singers as both "beautiful inside and out." "Grateful for Ate Sharon @reallysharoncuneta and Ate Pops @popsfernandezofficial," she said. "My [two] icons who, luckily...

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‘Roadworthy’ jeepneys may ply NCR roads without QR codes this weekend

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:33
MANILA, Philippines --- Traditional jeepneys that are roadworthy would be allowed to resume operations without the required QR codes from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), which is having technical troubles that prevented it from dispensing such codes. LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra explained that they are implementing a "migration" for the agency's website which would mean the issuance of QR codes would temporarily be unavailable. "We will upload the list sa Facebook page para makita yung pangalan ng operators. Kapag andun na pwede na kayo bumiyahe without the QR code this weekend," Delgra said in an online press conference about resumption of operati...

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Colombia, US seize 7.5 tons of cocaine near Panama waters

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:31
  BOGOTA, Colombia -- Colombian and US authorities have seized 7.5 tons of cocaine near Panamanian waters, the Defense Ministry in Bogota said Wednesday. The cocaine was mixed with a construction product and transported aboard a ship heading from Cartagena on Colombia's Caribbean coast to the Panamanian port of Colon. "During an operation by the Colombian national police and navy, in coordination with United States authorities, more than 7.5 tons of cocaine hydrochloride were seized from a Colombian-flagged boat near Panama," Colombia's Defense Ministry said in a press release. The cargo, intercepted in international waters, allegedly belonged to Colombia's powerful ...

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Australia considering ‘safe haven’ offer to Hong Kongers

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:31
SYDNEY --- Australia is actively considering providing safe haven to Hong Kong residents in response to China's sweeping new security law, it said Thursday, a move likely to further inflame tensions with Beijing. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the situation in Hong Kong was "very concerning" and his government was "very actively" considering proposals to welcome in residents of the former British territory. Asked by a reporter whether Australia could extend an offer of safe haven, Morrison responded "yes." He said the measures would soon be considered by his Cabinet, hinting strongly that it would be approved. "We think that's important and very consistent with who we...

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LOOK: Ryza Cenon flaunts baby bump in maternity shoot

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:23
Ryza Cenon proudly showed off her growing baby bump just hours after revealing that she is already five months pregnant. The actress looked stunning while wearing blazers over tops that covered her breasts, as seen on her Facebook page yesterday, July 1. Cenon also rocked her new, short hairstyle during the photo shoot. https://www.facebook.com/ryzacenon/posts/10158627179112456 "Kung dati sa pictorial sasabihan ako ng stomach in. Ngayon bilang di pa ganun daw kalaki, pinapa stomach out ako para daw halata na [laughing emoji]," she joked. (Before I would be told to stomach in during pictorials. Now since [my belly] is not that big yet, I am asked to stomach out so it would be more o...

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‘Wag naman OA’: Binay hits ‘frantic’ police practices vs protocol violators

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:19
MANILA, Philippines --- Senator Nancy Binay on Thursday raised concerns over the string of arrests conducted by police over supposed violators of health protocols, saying some law enforcers may have "overstepped their authority in dealing with physical distancing rules." In a statement, Binay called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to train its personnel on the "correct situational handling" of cases of violations of health protocols and physical restrictions which are being enforced to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). "The PNP should be aware of its role in public health emergencies. Neither the COVID situation nor the expired Bayanihan Act does not...

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Asia Today: Thailand lets in some foreigners, opens schools

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:15
BANGKOK --- Thailand has begun a fifth phase of relaxations of COVID-19 restrictions, allowing the reopening of schools and high-risk entertainment venues such as pubs and massage parlors that had been shut since mid-March. It also is allowing in foreign visitors on a controlled basis, limiting entry to those with existing family or work ties to the country, students, technical experts for businesses, investors and specially invited VIPs. Scheduled passenger flights to Thailand were suspended in early April. The number of foreign visitors allowed into the country each day is limited to 200, and they are supposed to travel on repatriation flights bringing Thai citizens home. All...

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Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher on vaccine hopes

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:14
Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher Thursday as hopes for development of a coronavirus vaccine competed with concern about rising U.S. infections.     Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Australia all advanced. Investors were encouraged after Pfizer and BioNtech announced preliminary data from a vaccine test, one of a series being carried out by global developers. At the same time, the populous American states of California and Texas reported daily record highs in new cases. "Vaccine hopes, while welcome, fall short of guaranteeing a V-shaped recovery," said Mizuho Bank in a report. The Shanghai Composite Index rose 0.7% to 3,048.68...

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Warning: The world won't hit climate goals unless energy innovation is rapidly accelerated

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:11
Solar and wind power are booming. Electric vehicles are so promising that Tesla is now worth more than ExxonMobil. Coal is collapsing.
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2-week moratorium on flights carrying stranded persons to Western Visayas starts July 5

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:10
BACOLOD CITY ---- Flights to the Bacolod Silay Airport that carry locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Manila will be suspended starting July 5. Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has suspended the repatriation of LSIs to Western Visayas, which includes Negros Occidental and Bacolod City, for two weeks effective Sunday (July 5) to stop the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). "We have to do this because the LSIs are the ones bringing the virus to the provinces. The data from Bacolod and Iloilo City bear this out. The LGUs (local government units) asked for the suspension. We will have to come up with a ...

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DA: Stop pork smuggling to keep new swine flu strain away

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:09
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Thursday appealed to traders to stop smuggling pork and pork products from China amid the threat of a new reported of swine flu strain.       The G4 swine flu strain that is capable of triggering a pandemic was reportedly discovered in China.     "Dapat wala nang smuggling ng mga pork and pork products na galing China," DA Secretary William Dar said in a televised briefing.   (Smuggling of pork and pork products from China should stop.)   "Kaya nakikiusap po kami sa mga nagnenegosyo na nagpaparating pa rin illegally itong pork and pork products...

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6 stranded returnees to Negros Occidental have COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:05
BACOLOD CITY ---- Six locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who recently returned to Negros Occidental tested positive for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Department of Health on Tuesday reported that the new cases are a 31-year-old female from La Carlota City who arrived from Manila; a 32-year-old female from Bago City who came from Manila, a 22-year-old female from Sagay City who got stranded in Cavite; a 38-year-old male from Bago City who came from Manila, a 57-year-old male from Silay City who arrived from Manila, and a 30-year-old female from La Carlota City who came from Manila. Meanwhile, five overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and two LSIs from Negros Occidental ha...

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Trump's anti-mask crusade is coming back to bite him

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:03
President Donald Trump's refusal to set an example by wearing a face covering, despite growing evidence that it may be one of the most effective ways to slow America's increasingly disastrous coronavirus pandemic, was always a political statement.
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DOH: Remdesivir shows ‘positive effects’ on COVID-19 patients but not conclusive

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 12:02
MANILA, Philippines --- The antiviral drug remdesivir which is being eyed as a treatment for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has so far shown "positive effects" on some patients taking it. However, such findings are not conclusive yet, the Department of Health (DOH) said Thursday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said some patients taking the drug spent less time in critical care and were able to recover relatively quickly. However, she explained that the trial for the drug has yet to be finished and such findings are not yet conclusive. "Mayroon namang positive na feedback, hindi naman kumpleto pa 'yan pero sinasabi nila nale-lessen 'yung time na naka-admit ...

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PAL Holdings, Inc. Annual Shareholder’s Meeting 2020 (2 of 2)

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:59
PALHoldings, Inc. announces annual shareholders' meeting 2020. Please see below: ADVT....

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Over half of COVID-19 cases in Eastern Visayas were locally stranded persons

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:58
TACLOBAN CITY ---- More than half of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Eastern Visayas involves locally stranded individuals (LSIs). The records of the regional office of the Department of Health (DOH), show that 338 of the 547 cases were LSIs. Of the 15 new cases, 14 were LSIs who returned to their respective hometowns in the region. The Department of Interior and Local Government recently suspended the return of the LSIs to the region due to the rising number of its COVID-19 cases. The towns of Villaba in Leyte province; Pintuyan and Silago in Southern Leyte registered their first COVID-19 cases involving LSIs. The infected LSIs came from Metro Manila, Cebu, an...

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‘Hardheaded?’ Cebu City mayor cites ‘other factors’ in spike of virus cases

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:52
MANILA, Philippines --- Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella on Thursday came to the defense of his constituents after President Rodrigo Duterte called out the residents there for being "hard-headed." While he thanked the President for his concern for Cebu City, Labella cited other reasons that might have led to the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city, such as barangays having a dense population of informal settlers, the massive testing conducted in the city, and intensified contact tracing. "Well of course aside from the observation that (they are) hardheaded, of course, there are also other factors," Labella said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel. "You know, Ce...

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A healthy 30-year-old man went to a crowded bar. He ended up in a hospital on a breathing tube

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:52
Covid-19 was the last thing on his mind when he went to a crowded bar in Scottsdale, Arizona, Jimmy Flores said.
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Roque: No quarantine protocols violated in visit to Subic marine park

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 07/02/2020 - 11:49
MANILA, Philippines --- After drawing flak for visiting Ocean Adventure in Subic Bay amid coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quarantine restrictions, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque apologized to those who were offended by his trip but assured that no health and other protocols were violated.   In now-deleted photos posted by Ocean Adventure, Roque was seen in the waters with the dolphins, while another photo showed Roque without a face mask while in a conversation with two persons.   Although the post was already taken down, netizens were able to save copies of the photos and questioned Roque's actions on social media.     https://...

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