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Face shield requirement is anti-poor if not given free – Bayan

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:19
MANILA, Philippines --- A Department of Transportation (DOTr) proposal to require commuters to wear face shields reeks of an anti-poor policy if the government would not give free protective gadgets, an activist group claimed. Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said on Wednesday that this is because not all people can afford to buy face shields, especially now that a lot of workers have little to no income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Bayan secretary-general Renato Reyes admitted that using such devices would be ideal and preferable, it would be hard to implement because the poor would have no access to it. "Ito ay anti-poor. Hindi lahat may access sa face shields lalo na...

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‘Do you really need to party?’ WHO asks world’s youth

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:07
GENEVA-- Young people must curb their party instincts to help prevent new outbreaks of the COVID-19 disease, officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) pleaded on Wednesday. Tired of lockdowns and eager to enjoy the northern hemisphere summer, young people in some countries have been contributing to resurgences by gathering again for parties, barbecues and holidays. Even in Geneva, where the global U.N. health body is based, cabarets and clubs were closed last week after evidence that nearly half of new cases were coming from there. "Younger people also need to take on board that they have a responsibility," said WHO emergencies chief and father-of-three Mike Ryan in a...

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Lack of quality control of e-learning materials may lead to ‘diploma mills,’ CHEd warned

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 21:01
  MANILA, Philippines --- Lack of monitoring and evaluation of the quality of online materials being used for distance learning could lead to "online diploma mills," Senator Imee Marcos cautioned the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) on Wednesday. During a hearing of the Senate Committee on Higher, Technical and Vocational Education, Marcos cited the need for CHED to have a "focused effort to set standards on online and distance learning." "Ang takot natin maging online diploma mill 'yan. Kasi, ito nga very convenient excuse na bigay na lang nang bigay ng diploma, automatic yung promotion, hindi naman natin alam kung ano talaga ang tinapos nung bata, dahil hindi nakakap...

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Manila City under MECQ: Some businesses ordered shut again

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:55
  MANILA, Philippines --- The Manila City government has reminded the public that some industries in its jurisdiction were again asked to stop operations as the National Capital Region (NCR) reverted to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). According to the local government unit's Bureau of Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO), among those disallowed to do business as MECQ prevails in the city are the following: hotels tourist destinations like waterparks, reservation services entertainment industries like cinemas, theaters, and karaoke bars kids' amusement industries libraries, archives, museums, and cultural centers gyms, fitness studios, sports fa...

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Pangilinan: P15B PhilHealth scandal further warrants Duque’s removal from post

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:47
MANILA, Philippines---Sen. Francis "Kiko" Panglinan on Wednesday said that the P15-billion corruption scandal at the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, is another reason why Health Secretary Francisco Duque III should resign from his post. The opposition senator was among a number of senators who sought for a Senate investigation on corruption in the state insurance company and he said in his Senate Resolution 474 that those responsible for the scandal must be held accountable. "Maawa naman sana sila sa ating mga kababayan. Maawa sila sa taumbayan. Palitan na po si Duque bilang DOH secretary at IATF head. Maghanap ng mas mayroong kakayah...

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EastWest Bank’s H1 profit up 65%

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:27
Gotianun-led EastWest Bank grew its first semester net profit by 65 percent year-on-year to P4.5 billion as earnings from core lending and securities trading accelerated at a double-digit pace. This performance suggested a second quarter net profit of P2.25 billion, up by 59.6 percent year-on-year, despite the challenging environment caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The higher six-month income was attributed to better margins from its core lending and deposit-taking business alongside higher trading gains. This was even as the consumer-focused bank jacked up by 3.3 times its loan loss provisioning to P5.5 billion compared to last year's buffer. The pre-emptive...

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Moderna says discussing supply deals with countries for COVID-19 vaccine

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:27
Moderna Inc is in talks with several countries for supply agreements for its experimental coronavirus vaccine, the company said on Wednesday, adding that it had already received about $400 million in deposits for potential supply. The company's vaccine candidate is one of the few to be in the final stages of testing as drugmakers race to develop a safe and effective vaccine against the pandemic that has claimed more than 700,000 lives worldwide. Last week, Moderna announced the start of a late-stage trial on 30,000 people to demonstrate that its vaccine was safe and effective, the final hurdle prior to regulatory approval. It has said the vaccine could be ready for widesprea...

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San Miguel F&B’s H1 profit down 50%

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:11
Consumer giant San Miguel Food and Beverage (SMFB) saw a 50-percent year-on-year drop in first semester net profit to P7.34 billion as the coronavirus pandemic-related lockdowns and liquor bans in key regions battered its flagship beer business. Coming from a first quarter net profit of P5.83 billion, the latest report suggested that SMFB had chalked up a second quarter net profit of P1.51 billion, down by 79 percent from the previous year's level. These first semester and second quarter net profit levels included earnings attributable to non-controlling interest. SMFB's six-month consolidated revenues declined by 19 percent year-on-year to P122.82 billion as the full impac...

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City streets drain of life in Australia’s toughest lockdown

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:11
MELBOURNE --- Melbourne's usually vibrant downtown streets were draining of signs of life on Wednesday on the eve of Australia's toughest-ever pandemic restrictions coming into force. Many of the stylish boutiques and eateries in a city dubbed Australia's Hipster Capital that prides itself on superior coffee had already closed their doors ahead of a ban on non-essential businesses that will throw 250,000 people out of work from Thursday. Defense personnel in camouflage fatigues and police officers patrolled the streets enforcing pandemic rules that include mandatory masks, which the few pedestrians were abiding by. The closing down of Australia's second-largest city, which u...

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Samar girl dies from COVID-19

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:07
TACLOBAN CITY --- A 14-year-old girl from Calbayog City in Samar died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in a hospital on Monday, August 3. Dr. Exuperia Sabalberino, assistant regional director of the Department of Health, said the girl was first admitted at the Calbayog District Hospital last July 25 due to fever, cough, and vomiting. On August 1, her family had her discharged against the advice of the doctors. Hours later, she had trouble breathing, prompting her family to bring her to the St. Camillus Hospital, also in Calbayog City. The family, however, was advised by physicians to bring the girl to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) in Tacloban City. ...

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Globe keeps customers safe through use of digital channels

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 20:05
With the shift to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine, messengerial delivery services will once again be limited. Despite this, Globe assures its customers that they will continue to receive their updated monthly billing statements, this time through digital channels. This way, Globe can keep customers and even messengers safe, preventing risks of COVID-19 infection caused by person-to-person or surface transmission. "We understand the need of our customers for updated billing information and we strive to serve them as best as we can. In view of the challenges that we are all facing, we deemed it necessary to shift to electronic billing for the health and safety of our customer...

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French president traveling to Lebanon after deadly explosion

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:57
PARIS --- French President Emmanuel Macron is traveling to Lebanon on Thursday to offer support for the troubled country after a massive, deadly explosion that has drawn global pledges of medical and humanitarian aid. Macron's office told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the French leader will meet with Lebanese political leaders. It provided no further details. Lebanon is a former French protectorate and the countries retain close political and economic ties. France is also sending several tons of aid and emergency workers after Tuesday's explosion in Beirut, which killed at least 100 people and injured thousands. It was unclear what caused the blast, which appeared t...

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Ex-solon and cult leader Ruben Ecleo transferred to Bilibid

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:54
MANILA, Philippines - Former Dinagat Islands Rep. Ruben Ecleo Jr. and cult leader was transferred to the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) on Wednesday afternoon after the Sandiganbayan issued his commitment order. Ecleo, the country's number 1 most wanted person, has been in hiding for nine years. He was convicted of parricide for the death of his wife. The Sandiganbayan also convicted him for graft and corruption. The former lawmaker was turned over to BuCor despite a circular from the Office of the Court Administrator that first and second level courts should refrain from issuing commitment orders to BuCor. "As per Sandiganbayan, this [commitment order] does not run counter to the...

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3 ‘rebels’ slain in clash with gov’t troops in N. Ecija

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:48
QUEZON, Nueva Ecija --- Three suspected members of the communist-led New People's Army were killed during a reported encounter with combined police and military forces here on Tuesday afternoon. One of the fatalities was identified as Nicomedes Ortiz, alias Ka Dagohoy, who was the subject of arrest warrants that the government troops were supposed to serve prior to the 10-minute gunfire, police said. Investigators said the operation was led by members of the Army's 84th and 91st Infantry Battalion (IB) and the police's 2nd provincial mobile field company. Police said the warrants that were issued by the Regional Trial Court Branch 30 of Nueva Vizcaya and RTC Branch 3 of Bale...

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Carlos Yulo gets additional funding for Tokyo Olympics bid

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:48
MANILA, Philippines---Olympic-bound Carlos Yulo got much-needed assistance in his preparation for the Tokyo Olympics after receiving n additional funding of P800,000 from the MVP Sports Foundation. The Gymnastics Association of the Philippines, the country's governing body for the sport, received the donation that will maintain Yulo's rent in Japan, academic schooling, and pay for his support team that consists of a physiotherapist, nutritionist, and sports psychologist. "The MVPSF wants to make sure that our athletes still get the best training possible even as we face the current COVID pandemic," said MVPSF President Al Panlilio in a statement. "Even with his busy schedule, our Ch...

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Hontiveros urges DOH, PhilHealth to form anti-overpricing body

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:41
MANILA, Philippines---Senator Risa Hontiveros urged the Department of Health and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation to convene a law-mandated anti-overpricing body following a P15 billion fraud scandal. The opposition senator said that PhilHealth's internal mechanism for transparency and accountability should be drastically updated and fully enforced. "PhilHealth's failure to fully enforce anti-corruption measures has potentially led to the loss of billions. We must ensure reformations within PhilHealth that will make them worthy of the taxes of the people, especially because of their crucial role in universal healthcare," said Hontiveros in a statement. The DOH, PhilHealth, an...

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Senators mourn passing of radio host, former senator Eddie Ilarde

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:41
MANILA, Philippines --- Senators have mourned the passing of known television and radio host, as well as former senator Eddie Ilarde, who died on Tuesday at the age of 85. Senator Lito Lapid, who like Ilarde crossed entertainment and public service, said that it is heartening to remember the late politician's life, from his exploits as councilor, congressman and then senator to his stint in radio and television. Ilarde, best known as "Kuya Eddie" for his radio program "Kahapon Lamang", where the lives of ordinary people were featured. "Walang makakalimot sa alaala ng tinaguriang 'Kuya Eddie' na umantig sa puso ng ating mga kababayan dahil sa kanyang programa sa radyo na 'Kahapon...

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4.3 quake sways Leyte, Biliran

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:36
TACLOBAN CITY --- A 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck parts of Leyte and Biliran provinces at 1:10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 5. Its epicenter was traced to the town of Leyte in Leyte, said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). The tremor was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 13 kilometers. It was felt in Naval, Biliran at Intensity 4; Ormoc City at Intensity 2, and Palo at Intensity 1. No damage or aftershock was recorded. LZB...

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2 suspects held, crystal meth seized in Maguindanao raid

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:34
COTABATO CITY --- A woman suspected of being a drug dealer and a village official, who allegedly prevented her arrest, were nabbed by authorities Wednesday, Aug. 5, in a raid in Maguindanao. Director Juvenal Azurin of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the Bangsamoro region, identified the drug suspect as Nasraila Ugan. Ugan transacted with an undercover agent the sale of P340,000 worth of crystal meth in her place in Kabuntalan village of Sultan Kudarat town around 5 a.m. on Wednesday. Seized from her were about 50 grams of suspected meth (shabu), but her husband, Ali Jugan, was able to escape. Ugan was also caught in possession of the marked money, which consi...

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Cloud bands to bring rains in Bicol, Visayas — Pagasa

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 19:31
MANILA, Philippines --- The cloud bands lying within the convergence of winds east in the country are expected to bring isolated and moderate to heavy rains in Bicol Region and parts of Visayas, state meteorologists said. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) updates as of 5:00 p.m. showed that they spotted thunderstorm activity in the said areas due to the winds from the northern and southern hemispheres. Meanwhile, the low pressure area being monitored near Mindanao has already crossed the landmass and is currently located 265 kilometers south southeast of Puerto Princesa in Palawan. As of now, Pagasa says there is a low chance ...

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