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 2020-09-29 22:42 

Cebu Daily News

Velasco to take over as Speaker on Oct. 14...

MANILA, Philippines Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco will take over as Speaker of the House of Representatives on Oct. 14, following President Duterte's intervention in the simmering feud, the Inquirer learned on Tuesday night. The President met wit...

 2020-09-29 21:48 

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UP team warns vs full reopening of economy...

MANILA, Philippines — An independent research group from the University of the Philippines on Tuesday warned against the 100 percent reopening of the economy "unless facilities can absolutely guarantee observance of the minimum health standards....

 2020-09-29 21:44 

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Only P2B for drug war? Lacson wonders if Duterte losing interest...

MANILA, Philippines — Is President Rodrigo Duterte losing interest in the war on drugs? Sen. Panfilo Lacson raised this question on Tuesday as he took note of the "ridiculously insignificant" P2 billion allocated in the proposed budget for 2...

 2020-09-29 21:38 

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Hontiveros shows 'evidence' of overpriced PPE...

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Risa Hontiveros has identified 11 contracts that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) entered into in April and May to procure millions of personal protective equipment (PPE) and defended her allegation that the g...

 2020-09-29 21:34 

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Crying discrimination, jeepney drivers turn to Supreme Court...

MANILA, Philippines — Decrying discrimination, a group of jeepney drivers asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to nullify government orders during the COVID-19 pandemic that gave least priority to them when public utility vehicles (PUVs) were graduall...

 2020-09-29 21:30 

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No intent to shut down Facebook, Duterte only wants to talk Palace...

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is seeking a meeting with representatives of Facebook after he questioned the social networking platform's decision to take down progovernment and promilitary "advocacy" pages and accounts,...

 2020-09-29 21:24 

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In The Know: Facebook in PH...

MANILA, Philippines — Facebook launched its first Philippine office in April 2016. At that time, more than 49 million Filipinos were already on the social networking site, 44 million of whom accessing it on mobile. In its Digital 2018 report, the Lo...

 2020-09-29 21:24 

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World Bank sees worst GDP drop in 35 years...

With COVID-19 still not contained in the Philippines, the World Bank sees gross domestic product (GDP) shrinking by 6.9 percent this year—the worst drop in 35 years—even as the country's chief economist expects slower third-quarter contrac...

 2020-09-29 21:22 

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Remains of 35 OFWs arrive from Saudi Arabia...

The remains of 35 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), including 30 who died from COVID-19, were flown home from Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. "We join the families of our fallen OFWs in grieving their loss. Our OFWs sacrificed their lives while in pursuit of...

 2020-09-29 21:20 

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Treasury to sell P140B in bonds, bills...

The Bureau of the Treasury will auction in October P140 billion in bills and shorter tenor bonds as investors preferred these debts amid a pause in monetary easing by the central bank. In a Sept. 28 memorandum to all government securities eligible dealers...

 2020-09-29 21:20 

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Preregistration for nat'l ID starts in October...

The preregistration for the Philippine National Identification System (PhilSys) will start in October amid the pandemic, the Department of the Interior and Local Government said on Tuesday. Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said the government plann...

 2020-09-29 21:18 

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More liquidity won't boost PH growth unless Covid-19 is controlled...

Further monetary easing by the central bank will do little to prop up Philippine economic growth unless local authorities are able to successfully control the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the country, which has so far infected 307, 288 and killed...

 2020-09-29 21:18 

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PAL to resume flights to Boracay...

National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will resume flights to Boracay via Caticlan airport in Aklan, to boost domestic tourism as the government reopens the world-famous resort island on Oct. 1. PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said the airline&#...

 2020-09-29 21:16 

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Strict health rules at prov'l bus terminals set...

The police task force against COVID-19 will strictly implement health measures in transport terminals as some provincial bus operations are set to resume operations on Wednesday. "We need to ensure that both the bus company employees and the passenger...

 2020-09-29 21:16 

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Farmers brace for decline in palay prices...

Filipino palay farmers are bracing for grimmer weeks ahead as the start of the harvest season is expected to depress palay prices further. Several industry groups have called on the government to increase the Department of Agriculture's budget for its...

 2020-09-29 21:14 

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Megawide readies sale of preferred shares to raise P8B...

Megawide Construction Corp. is raising up to P8 billion through the sale of preferred shares to expand its infrastructure portfolio. The company, which started as a construction company and diversified into a leading infrastructure player, eventually deve...

 2020-09-29 21:12 

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PSEi closes down by 0.34%...

The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi) sank on Tuesday after the World Bank saw the Philippine economy shrinking more than initially expected this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The PSEi ended the session down by 0.34 percent, or 19.79 poi...

 2020-09-29 21:10 

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Sizing up the coming surge of financial distress...

If people with preexisting medical conditions have increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, companies with weak balance sheets also have a higher risk of financial vulnerabilities from the COVID-19 crisis. In 1968, a professor from New York Univers...

 2020-09-29 13:50 

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Clipped wings: Coronavirus turns tennis pros' flights into ordeals...

PARIS--- For the part of their job that some tennis players have always disliked --- flying --- Jack Sock says he toyed with what would have been a novel solution to the problem of how to stay coronavirus-free on planes: Wear a head-to-toe beekeeper's...

 2020-09-29 13:05 

Cebu Daily News

Employees of Lapu-Lapu CSWDO undergo surprise drug test...

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—A surprise drug test was conducted on 53 employees of the Lapu-Lapu City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) on Tuesday morning, September 29, 2020. Garry Lao, the chief of the City of Lapu-Lapu Office of Substance Abu...

 2020-09-29 11:43 

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Thiem admits tough fight ahead to replace 'Big Three'...

US Open champion Dominic Thiem admitted Monday that he faces a stiff challenge to keep tennis high up in the public consciousness once Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic call it quits.Thiem, 27, captured his maiden Slam title in New York with ...

 2020-09-29 11:42 

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Locsin, Huang meet to talk about PH-China 'strategic cooperation'...

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and China's top diplomat in the Philippines met Tuesday to discuss "strategic cooperation" between Manila and Beijing. Locsin met with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippin...

 2020-09-29 11:40 

Cebu Daily News

Mandaue City gov't readies school supplies for kindergarten pupils...

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu Ahead of the opening of public school classes on October 5, kindergarten pupils in Mandaue City are set to receive school supplies from the city government. The distribution of the school supplies is scheduled on Thursday, October 1, an...

 2020-09-29 11:13 

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It's all in The Cloud: How enterprises stay pandemic-proof...

Efficient, resilient, and pandemic-proof. Amid a global health crisis, local enterprises have displayed these three key traits, thanks to the expertise of a company that has equipped them with essential Cloud Solutions—Globe Business, the enterprise...

 2020-09-29 10:46 

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Watching videos of these animals may help reduce stress, say scientists...

If you find yourself incapable of scrolling past a video of a cute kitten or one of a koala eating eucalyptus leaves without stopping to watch, don't worry, it's actually a good thing!Watching videos of cute animals helps reduce anxiety and improv...

 2020-09-29 10:41 

Cebu Daily News

Ginebra, other teams enter PBA bubble...

MANILA, Philippines — The last batch of PBA teams have begun their arrival in Clark, Pampanga on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, for the resumption of the Philippine Cup on October 11, 2020. Among the clubs that joined the bubble Tuesday and have arriv...

 2020-09-29 10:40 

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Venus Williams coy on future after early French Open exit...

Venus Williams said she was "not looking forward yet" to 2021 after suffering a third successive first round exit at the French Open on Sunday with a loss in straight sets to Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.The 40-year-old Williams, runne...

 2020-09-29 10:24 

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Globe calls for support to vulnerable communities amid the pandemic...

Despite this debilitating COVID-19 pandemic that affects many countries around the world, Globe continues to find ways to empower every Filipino to help provide support to the marginalized and most vulnerable communities in the country, starting with Metr...

 2020-09-29 10:23 

Cebu Daily News

PISTON-Cebu continues appeal to allow jeepneys to operate in cities of Cebu and Mandaue...

CEBU CITY, PhilippinesThe Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON)-Cebu Chapter reiterates their appeal to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)-7 to allow again the operation of traditional jeepneys in...

 2020-09-29 10:11 

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Ginebra, other teams enter PBA bubble...

MANILA, Philippines --- The last batch of PBA teams have begun their arrival in Clark, Pampanga on Tuesday for the resumption of the Philippine Cup on Oct. 11.Among the clubs that joined the bubble Tuesday and have arrived at Quest Hotel in Mimosa were Ba...

 2020-09-29 10:10 

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'Street astronomers' give pandemic-stricken Filipinos much-needed glimpses of outer space...

I did not even have classes that day, but I still took the rush-hour commute to my university. There was no way I would let such a rare opportunity pass.I have always wanted to take a real, up-close look at the moon -- but who doesn't? Thanks to one g...

 2020-09-29 10:04 

Cebu Daily News

Centenarian war veteran receives P100K from Cebu City...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A Cebuano war veteran who turned 100 years old this month received P100,000 pesos from the Cebu City government. Arturo Garcia Dela Casa from Barangay Guadalupe served as a 1st Sergeant for the USAFFE or United States Armed ...

 2020-09-29 09:58 

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396 million wearables to be sold in 2020 despite COVID-19 — report...

Around 396 million wearables are expected to be sold in 2020, which represents an increase of 14.5% over 2019, according to new data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) on Sept. 25. The marketing intelligence consultancy also predicted that this...

 2020-09-29 09:44 

Cebu Daily News

Lapu CSWDO seeks police help to check on Badjaos in the city...

LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu—The Lapu-Lapu City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) is asking the Philippine National Police (PNP) to look into the possible involvement of a syndicate that is forcing Badjao children to beg on the streets here. Thi...

 2020-09-29 09:37 

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MVP firm hiring displaced OFWs for ongoing infra projects...

MANILA, Philippines—The operator of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) is hiring returning overseas Filipino workers (OFW) displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic for its ongoing infrastructure projects. NLEx Corp. said in a statement it is starting with ...

 2020-09-29 09:19 

Cebu Daily News

P5k fine, jail term await tourism protocol violators in Cebu province...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A fine not exceeding P5,000 or one-year imprisonment, or both, await persons who would be found violating the protocols set for the tourism operations in Cebu province. This is after the Provincial Board on Monday, September...

 2020-09-29 09:15 

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Sell Japan assets? Trade health execs in 'slave markets' instead Locsin...

MANILA, Philippines — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. stood pat on his opposition against the sale of Philippine properties in Japan, saying the government should instead sell "corrupt and incompetent" health officials in slave ...

 2020-09-29 09:14 

Cebu Daily News

UCMed to provide PCR Swab Testing for all employees of the Ayala Group of Companies...

With the increasing spread of the coronavirus in the Philippines and to address the urgent and increasing need for PCR Testing during the COVID-19 pandemic, UCMed was chosen by the Ayala Group of Companies as their preferred RT-PCR provider to conduct the...

 2020-09-29 09:13 

Cebu Daily News

MGCQ is safest option for now, says Cebu City mayor...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella said that staying under a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) would be the safest course of action as this would mean there will still be restrictions left to control the movement of ...

 2020-09-29 08:59 

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16 Filipino seafarers stranded in China for months return to PH...

MANILA, Philippines — Sixteen Filipino seafarers stranded in China for months finally returned to the Philippines on Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. Three land-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) also joined the repatriatio...

 2020-09-29 08:55 

Cebu Daily News

Labella willing to listen to side of Cebu e-scooter group...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella said he is willing to listen to suggestions of an e-scooter group here over the supposed ban of the two-wheeled vehicles on major streets. This developed after the Sugbo Skooteros, a Cebu-base...

 2020-09-29 08:43 

Cebu Daily News

LTO-7's Drivers Education Center in Cebu City launched...

CEBU CITY, Philippines- The Land Transportation Office in Central Visayas (LTO-7) launched on Tuesday morning, September 29, 2020, the Drivers Education Center located inside their Cebu City District Office along N. Bacalso Avenue here. The program aims t...

 2020-09-29 08:30 

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Palace stands by policy to restrict senior citizens' movement amid pandemic...

MANILA, Philippines — Malacaang on Tuesday stood by the government's quarantine restrictions on senior citizens, saying the policy was borne out of science and medicine. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque issued the statement in response to a...

 2020-09-29 08:19 

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HSBC: More cash won't boost PH growth unless COVID-19 is controlled...

MANILA, Philippines—Further monetary easing by the central bank will do little to prop Philippine economic growth unless local authorities are able to successfully control coronavirus transmission in the country, which has so far taken ill 307,288 p...

 2020-09-29 08:18 

Cebu Daily News

Application for building permit in Cebu City now online starting Oct. 1...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The application for a building permit in Cebu City can already be done online starting October 1, 2020. Architect Florante Catalan, the head of the Office of the Building Official (OBO), revealed in a press conference on Tue...

 2020-09-29 08:11 

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PLDT: Maintenance work on undersea cable completed ahead of schedule...

MANILA, Philippines — Telecommunications giant PLDT Inc. on Tuesday announced that the emergency maintenance activities on an undersea cable were completed "ahead of schedule." "We are happy to report that maintenance activities in the A...

 2020-09-29 08:06 

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PBA not leaving anything to chance with stricter protocols than NBA...

MANILA, Philippines --- The NBA and its campus-like environment at Walt Disney World in Orlando served as the golden standard for the PBA's own bubble restart in Clark, Pampanga.While both are following the same concept, the PBA's version is more ...

 2020-09-29 07:51 

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Chua sees better Q3 despite WB forecast of worst GDP drop in 35 years...

MANILA, Philippines — With COVID-19 still uncontained in the Philippines, the World Bank sees gross domestic product (GDP) shrinking by 6.9 percent this year — the worst drop in 35 years, even as the country's chief economist expects slowe...

 2020-09-29 07:50 

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Comeback crew: Nuggets leave bubble with newfound respect...

DENVER--- With bags on his back, Nikola Jokic playfully swerved his way through the crowd of family and friends gathered at the airport terminal.The Denver Nuggets finally returned home after their longer-than-many-anticipated stay inside the NBA bubble.A...

 2020-09-29 07:25 

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Cebu-based outfit to hold 1st bubble boxing event in PH...

MANILA, Philippines --- A Cebu-based outfit hopes to make history by staging the first-ever boxing event in the Philippines under the new normal.Omega Sports Promotions is scheduled to hold a boxing event in a bubble-type setting on October 7 inside the I...

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