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Inflation quickens to 2.7 percent in July

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:58
MANILA, Philippines --- The country's headline inflation "continued to exhibit a faster pace" as it picked up to 2.7 percent in July, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Wednesday. This brings the year-to-date inflation for 2020 at 2.5 percent, according to PSA. The month of June posted aninflationrate of 2.5 percent. On the other hand, July 2019's rate was at 2.4 percent. "The acceleration in the overall inflation was mainly caused by the jump in the inflation of the transport index at 6.3 percent during the month, from 2.4 percent in June 2020," PSA said in its report. Annual increments were also higher in the indices of the following commodity groups: alcoholic ...

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WATCH: Solenn Heussaff, Nico Bolzico make funny cover of Billy Joel’s ‘Vienna’

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:57
Solenn Heussaff and Nico Bolzico performed their own rendition of Billy Joel's song "Vienna" with a hilarious twist. "Something [email protected] I have been preparing for you! So happy to share it today!" the actress said on her Instagram page yesterday, Aug. 4, alongside a video of their cover. Heussaff belted out the tune's lyrics while Bolzico appeared to be playing the piano. https://www.instagram.com/p/CDc924ehD2V/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link As Heussaff reached the song's chorus, Bolzico sang a linewhile the actress shifted the camera's angle. When Heussaff moved the camera to the side, she showed that Bolzico was not actually playing the piano, but was just folding clothes....

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More than 50 years of remarkable transition of Asean

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:54
HANOI --- On August 8, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will celebrate the 53rdanniversary of its establishment. Along this remarkable growth journey, Asean has undergone significant transitions. The bloc turned from a region of conflicts and diversity, which characterized the region until the 1980s, to a region "inspired by and united under One Vision, One Identity and One Caring and Sharing Community". From a less developed region, Asean has become much more prosperous and a dynamic region. Asean successfully weathered economic headwinds such as the Asian financial crisis of 1997 and the global economic recession of 2008-09. The region's GDP has been raised ...

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Palace: Police personnel to be tapped as COVID-19 contact tracers

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:54
MANILA, Philippines --- Police personnel will be tapped to trace persons who were possibly exposed to confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, Malacaang said Wednesday. In an interview over CNN Philippines, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque cited the strategy of tracing czar and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong in employing police personnel as contact tracers in his jurisdiction. "We need them as soon as possible but learning from the experience of Baguio, Mayor Magalong did not have to recruit additional personnel. He's using actually the PNP [Philippine National Police] for contact tracing, which is something that we will also implement here," Roque said. "The PN...

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Century Pacific Food’s Q2 profit up 32%

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:51
Leading canned food manufacturer Century Pacific Food Inc. (CNPF) grew first semester net profit by 31 percent year-on-year to P2.2 billion, bucking the downturn seen by most businesses during the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic. In the second quarter alone, net income was up 32 percent year-on-year, slightly higher than the 31-percent increase seen in the first quarter. The growth in earnings in the first semester was driven by a 28-percent expansion in consolidated revenues during the first six months of the year. In terms of sales, growth accelerated more quickly to 32 percent in the second quarter, compared to 24 percent in the first quarter. Oscar Pobre, CNPF's chief ...

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Thailand approves new law to unlock medical cannabis industry

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:50
BANGKOK --- The Thai Cabinet has approved an amendment to the Narcotic Act allowing registered patients, Thai traditional medicine businesses, and farmers to access medical cannabis, Government Spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat said. They will receive certificates to produce, export, import, sell and possess marijuana to develop medical knowledge in collaboration with the government. The new law also hands responsibility for seized marijuana to the Public Health Ministry, which can destroy or preserve the confiscated drug as it sees fit. The draftwill be scrutinized by the Council of State and a House committee before being presented to the House. Public Health Minister An...

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Hiring more than 2,800 health workers still needed in COVID-19 response — Nograles

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:45
MANILA, Philippines --- The government still needs to employ over 2,800 health workers to help in the fight against COVID-19, COVID-19, Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Diseases co-chairperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Wednesday. "Meron kasing (There are) 9,365 health worker positions targeted for deployment in 339 health facilities. We've been able to fill out 6,510 of those positions or 69.51 percent na po," Nograles said in an online forum. "Currently, we're still recruiting more health workers dito sa (here for) deployment --- targeted for deployment," he added. Earlier, the Department of Health (DOH) said it observed a "plateau" ...

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PhilHealth witness backs out of probe due to safety concern, says Lacson

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:41
      MANILA, Philippines --- One of the witnesses of the Senate set to testify against alleged anomalies within the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) backed out on last minute due to security reasons, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Senate committee of the whole started to investigate fresh allegations of corruption in PhilHealth. Speaking with reporters in an online interview, Lacson disclosed that resigned PhilHealth head executive assistant Estrobal Laborte was initially logged in during the video conference but eventually logged out of the online meeting. "Disappointing nga nung bigla siyang nag-log out. Naka-l...

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North Korea has ‘probably’ developed miniaturized nuclear devices—UN report

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:40
SEOUL --- North Korea appears to have been pushing ahead in advancing its nuclear weapons program, a UN report has said, assuming the North has "probably developed miniaturized nuclear devices to fit into the warheads of its ballistic missiles." The report by an independent panel of experts monitoring UN sanctions, said several countries, which it did not identify, assess that Pyongyang's past six nuclear tests had likely helped it build miniaturized nuclear devices, according to a Reuters report Tuesday. The North has not conducted a nuclear test since September 2017. The interim report was submitted to the 15-member UN Security Council North Korea sanctions committee Monda...

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‘Sino naglaro ng Jumanji?’: K Brosas makes hilarious parodies of viral ostrich videos

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:38
After an ostrich running loose at a private subdivision in Quezon City caught the attention of the public during the COVID-19 crisis, some could not help but get creative by making memes and parodies of the peculiar sighting. Comedienne K Brosas was one of those who found humor in the video, as she added voice-overs on two videos documenting the event, using TikTok. She appeared to be personifying the ostrich while it was running freely in the subdivision. The comedienne also showed her parodies via Instagram yesterday, Aug. 4. "Breaking!! May nakitang ostrich na gumagala [sa QC] lol!" she said. "Sensya na di ko napigilan.. sounds on!" (Breaking! There was an ostrich spot...

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China okays urban rail projects worth US$67.9b in Bay Area

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:30
HONG KONG--- China's state planner has approved several urbanrailwayprojects worth 474.1 billion yuan (US$67.91 billion) in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area. Those projects will have a total length of 775 kilometers, according to a notice posted on the website of the National Development and Reform Commissionon Monday. The plan, which aims to boost intercity transportation capacity in the bay area, comprises 13 railway projects and five hub projects, according to the notice....

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Gov’t hires over 73K contact tracers, but still 9K short of target

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:24
MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has already hired over 73,000 contact tracers as part of the government's effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Last June, the government said it is targeting to hire 82,537 contact tracers. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, co-chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) said during the weekly Kapihan sa Manila Bay Forum the DILG stated that it has already hired 73,306 contact tracers nationwide, based on its accomplishment report. The number is only 9,231 short of its target number. He said through the increased number of contact tracers "there...

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PM announces talks with youth activists on Thailand’s future

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:23
BANGKOK --- Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday said the government will meet with representatives of the young generation this month to listen to their opinions and visions for Thailand's future. However, he said he needed more time to decide whether he would join the meetings in person. The move comes amid a series of rallies by anti-government groups and student activists calling on the government to amend the Constitution and stop intimidating people for holding different ideas. Prayut said all parties had to abide by the law. The PM also denied having threatened those with different opinions....

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10 Quezon villages on lockdown due to COVID-19

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:18
LUCENA CITY --- Ten barangays in the town of Mauban in Quezon province have been placed under temporary lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the municipality. The municipal government explained in a social media post on Wednesday that the local Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) recommended closing the borders of the 10 villages during an emergency meeting on Tuesday night. The local IATF has declared the villages of Polo, Bagong Bayan, and Daungan as "critical zone;" and Sadsaran, Mabato, Rizaliana, Lual Poblacion, Lual Bo, Soledad, and Santol as "containment zone." It revealed that all 20 validated COVID-19 patients and their close contacts...

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Lacson presses Duque to quit out of ‘delicadeza’

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:15
MANILA, Philippines--- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III should just quit his post out of "delicadeza," (sense of being proper) Senator Panfilo Lacson said on Wednesday. While he and 13 senators have already called for Duque's resignation, Lacson recognized they could not force President Rodrigo Duterte to fire his health chief. "Parang utang na loob, mag resign ka na lang dyan kasi hindi ka matanggal ng Presidente baka nahihiya sa'yo," the senator said in an interview over Teleradyo. Lacson mentioned Duque while being asked about some officials of Philippine Health Insurance Corp. being implicated in the alleged widespread corruption within the agency, "E ayaw nila e. At...

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LOOK: Dubai’s Burj Khalifa lit up with colors of Lebanese flag after twin deadly blasts

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:08
MANILA, Philippines---The world's tallest skyscraper, Dubai's Burj Khalifa, lit up on Tuesday with the colors of the Lebanese flag after twin blasts rocked the port of the country's capital, Beirut, leaving dozens of deaths and thousands of injuries. https://twitter.com/CarloMolinaINQ/status/1290833495627976704 The lighting up of the 828-meter-tall building came as the world extends its support and condolences to Lebanon after the massive explosions. "#BurjKhalifa lights up in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in #Lebanon," the building's official account wrote on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/CDet3a9H1f9/ Reports said at least 73 people died and 3,700 were injured a...

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Palace: Duterte’s trust in PhilHealth chief depends on evidence over corruption issue

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:08
  MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte's trust and confidence in Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president Ricardo Morales would depend on evidence against him over corruption allegations within the agency, Malacaang said Wednesday. "According to Senator Bong Go, he [President] still does but he wants to see the evidence," presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview over CNN Philippines when asked if Duterte still trusts Morales. "If there's evidence that would affect his trust and confidence, of course it will change. And that's why I'm hoping that these investigations will document the evidence that the President wants to see...

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Tackling death penalty bill an ‘unnecessary distraction’ amid pandemic — solon

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:07
MANILA, Philippines ---Muntinlupa City Rep. Ruffy Biazon on Wednesday asked the House committee on justice to exclude his death penalty bill from the hearing agenda, saying the revival of the discussion on the matter is an "unnecessary distraction" while the country faces a public health crisis. The House panel opened debates on bills pushing for the reinstatement of the capital punishment just days after President Rodrigo Duterte urged Congress to revive the death penalty via lethal injection for drug-related crimes. Biazon pointed out the timing of the death penalty bills, citing the coronavirus pandemic. "I believe that at this point, a contentious social issue such as the de...

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Duterte extends CHED commissioner Adamat’s term until 2024

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 11:58
MANILA, Philippines --- President Rodrigo Duterte has reappointed Ronald Adamat as Commission on High Education (CHED) Commissioner, extending his term until July 2024. "President Rodrigo R. Duterte has recently reappointed Dr. Ronald L. Adamat as Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for another term expiring on July 21, 2024," CHED chairperson Prospero De Vera III said in a statement Wednesday. Adamat, who previously served as Sectoral Representative for Cultural Communities in Congress, was first appointed as CHED commissioner in 2016. He was also commissioner of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples from 2010 to 2011. De Vera said Adamat's expe...

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Gladys Reyes looks back at ‘sampal scene’ with Maricel Soriano: ‘Nayanig ang pagkatao ko’

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 11:53
Gladys Reyes reminisced on her "Minsan Lamang Magmamahal" days with the Diamond Star, Maricel Soriano, who may have served as inspiration for the fierceness of Reyes' portrayal of her roles. Reyes took fans to a trip down memory lane with a "ThrowBackTuesday" still from director Jose Javier Reyes' 1997 film via Instagram yesterday, Aug. 4. "I remember shooting this movie, that 'sampal scene' (slap scene) with her, first time nayanig ang pagkatao ko sa lakas ng sampal nya (my whole body was rocked by the strength of her slap) Reyes said. "[After] that she hugged me so tight and even gave me pointers on acting," she added. https://www.instagram.com/p/CDdU4gQJfZb/ The sti...

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