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 2021-09-10 17:20 

Manila Standard

Outbreak shifts focus to kids...

Amid reports that 99 children at the Gentle Hands Inc. orphanage had contracted COVID-19, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte urged the government to expand its vaccination program to children....

 2021-09-10 17:10 

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'Jolina' death toll, damage rise...

The idiom "when it rains it pours" breathes in the death toll and damage caused by Storm Jolina as a new super typhoon named Kiko (international name: Chanthu) was threatening the northeastern tip of the country's main island of Luzon Friday....

 2021-09-10 17:00 

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COA backs PS, PITC abolition; Senate panel orders Yang arrest...

The chairman of the Commission on Audit (COA) said Friday he supports the abolition of the procurement service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) and the Philippine International Trading Corp. (PITC) as senators moved for the arrest of fo...

 2021-09-10 16:50 

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'COVID-positive voters can vote'...

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will allow COVID 19 positive individuals to vote in the May 2022 national and local elections....

 2021-09-10 16:40 

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P160 billion in 'FLR' funds held by DBM—solon...

A lawmaker from Mindanao on Friday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to order the release of about P160 billion in so-called "For Later Release" (FLR) funds, saying the "hijacking" of the money was unconstitutional....

 2021-09-10 16:30 

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32 lawmakers slam exorbitant yellow card fee...

Several legislators have sought a congressional inquiry into the Bureau of Quarantine's contract with PisoPay for what they described as an exorbitant P70 convenience fee per issuance of International Certificates of Vaccination (ICVs) for COVID-19 to...

 2021-09-10 15:50 

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2 drug dealers killed, P1.6B shabu seized in Cavite sting...

Government agents killed two suspected drug dealers and seized P1.58 billion worth of shabu during simultaneous anti-narcotics operations Thursday night in Imus and Bacoor in Cavite....

 2021-09-10 15:40 

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Prudence urged on multi-party vaccine deals...

Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. stood firm on the national government's position on multi-party agreements, saying they were put on hold due to questionable deals made by third-party consolidators....

 2021-09-10 15:30 

Manila Standard

Mining scholars undergo training...

Some 50 scholars are undergoing a two-month training on digital platforms under the Digital Jobs Project, which is sponsored and conducted by Masbate-based mining firms Filminera Resources Corporation and Phil Gold Processing & Refining Corporation (PGPRC...

 2021-09-10 15:20 

Manila Standard

PUVs assured of P3B service contract pay...

A total of P3 billion will be disbursed to drivers and operators of public utility vehicles across the country throughout the second phase of the service contracting program....

 2021-09-10 15:10 

Manila Standard

SSS members get P115.7B in benefits, loans...

The Social Security System has disbursed P115.73 billion in social security and employees' compensation benefits to 3.60 million members and beneficiaries during the first half of 2021 alone....

 2021-09-10 15:00 

Manila Standard

Housing 'very vibrant' despite the pandemic—DHSUD chief...

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the country's housing sector remains "very vibrant," according to the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development....

 2021-09-10 14:50 

Manila Standard

China sets naval drills; US praises VFA redux...

China has cordoned off an area in its southern coast to naval traffic for live-fire exercises on Thursday and Friday that would enhance its ability to seize an island, the South China Morning Post reported....

 2021-09-10 14:40 

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Blinken meets Locsin, PH gets more virus aid...

The United States on Friday extended an additional $11.3 million in aid to the Philippines to support its COVID-19 vaccine rollout as well as the country's national response plan to detect, manage and treat COVID-19, especially among its most vulnerab...

 2021-09-10 14:35 

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Leni laments 21% budget cut for OVP in '22...

Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday lamented the Department of Budget and Management's decision to slash the 2022 budget of her by over a fifth....

 2021-09-10 14:30 

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Bong Go backs more incentives for vax 'bubble'...

Senator Christopher "Bong" Go on Friday aired his support to proposals to provide more incentives and allow greater mobility for fully-vaccinated individuals....

 2021-09-10 13:57 

Manila Standard

Alsons Power provides paper for learning 25,000 modules for 8 Zamboanga City public schools...

The Alsons Power Group's San Ramon Power Inc. (SRPI) recently turned over 205 reams or more than 100,000 sheets of bond paper to eight public schools located in SRPI's host barangays of Sinubong, Pamucutan, and Talisayan, Zamboanga City....

 2021-09-10 11:35 

Manila Standard

Denmark lifts all COVID-19 curbs...

With no masks in sight, buzzing offices, and concerts drawing tens of thousands, Denmark on Friday ditches vaccine passports in nightclubs, ending its last COVID curb....

 2021-09-10 11:30 

Manila Standard

Biden, Xi hold 'candid' talks but skirt US-China 'conflict'...

US President Joe Biden and Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping talked for the first time in seven months Thursday, with both leaders urging a path away from conflict but holding ground on fierce competition between the superpowers....

 2021-09-10 11:25 

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UN chief wants 'dialogue' with Taliban government...

UN chief Antonio Guterres pleaded for nations to continue dialogue with the Taliban as he expressed fears that the hardline Islamists' return to power in Afghanistan could embolden jihadists in the Sahel....

 2021-09-10 11:10 

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Hong Kong councilors swear new loyalty oath to China...

Dozens of local community politicians in Hong Kong swore a newly required loyalty oath to China on Friday after hundreds of their colleagues quit in protest as authorities try to purge the city of "unpatriotic"; elements....

 2021-09-10 11:05 

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Hurricane Olaf slightly weakens over Mexico's Baja California...

Hurricane Olaf weakened to a Category One storm on Friday as it swept through Mexico's Baja California peninsula and as the disaster-prone country recovered from a 7.1-magnitude earthquake and major flooding....

 2021-09-10 11:00 

Manila Standard

Australian woman charged over fake coup d'etat attempt...

Australian police on Friday said they had charged a woman for her alleged role in a coup hoax that featured a fake recording of the police chief calling for the government to be toppled....

 2021-09-10 10:20 

Manila Standard

Japan vax chief Kono jumps into leadership race...

Japan's Taro Kono, a former foreign and defense minister currently leading the vaccine rollout, announced his run for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday....

 2021-09-09 18:10 

Manila Standard

99 kids infected in QC orphanage...

Ninety-nine children aged 18 and below from a Quezon City orphanage tested positive for COVID-19, the city government said Thursday, as the country reported another record of 22,820 new infections in a single day....

 2021-09-09 18:00 

Manila Standard

20 PhilHealth officials, 24 hospitals accused of IRM fund misuse...

Officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. as well as hospitals are facing complaints filed by the National Bureau of Investigation before the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with supposed misuse of the Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM) ...

 2021-09-09 17:50 

Manila Standard

Cities urge Duterte: Prolong 'state of calamity'...

The League of Cities of the Philippines appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday to extend the country's state of calamity until June 30, 2022 to ensure that city governments "can respond to the threats of COVID-19 and facilitate local ec...

 2021-09-09 17:40 

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'Kiko' threatens Northern Luzon...

Typhoon Kiko is forecast to spawn heavy to intense with at times torrential rains over Cagayan, including Babuyan Islands and northern Isabela this Friday afternoon....

 2021-09-09 17:30 

Manila Standard

Ease restrictions on fully-vaxxed citizens—mayors...

Metro Manila mayors on Thursday urged the government to consider easing quarantine restrictions for fully-vaccinated people in the National Capital Region (NCR) to bolster economic activities there....

 2021-09-09 17:20 

Manila Standard

Vaccine czar appeases House on supply delay...

Lawmakers on Thursday asked vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. why there were delays in the signing of tripartite agreements for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines by local governments and the private sector....

 2021-09-09 17:10 

Manila Standard

Lorenzana: PH-US defense pact must be updated amid sea row...

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said key areas in the Philippines' Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT) with the United States must be updated to make it more current and relevant in the existing security situation....

 2021-09-09 17:00 

Manila Standard

Productivity losses: P11 trillion...

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua said Thursday the absence of face-to-face learning for a year due to the pandemic will cost the economy P11 trillion over the next 40 years....

 2021-09-09 16:50 

Manila Standard

Ombudsman: Jail-time for commenting on SALN...

Ombudsman Samuel Martires said he wants jail time of not less than five years for those who will make public comments on the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) of elected and appointed officials....

 2021-09-09 15:50 

Manila Standard

Sara sticks to deal with dad, won't run in '22...

Strongly adhering to an agreement with her father, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said Thursday she will no longer run for President in next year's elections....

 2021-09-09 15:40 

Manila Standard

Go says still 'uninterested' in prexy bid...

Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go on Thursday appealed to his partymates in the ruling PDP-Laban to respect his decision not to run for president along with President Rodrigo Duterte, who will seek the vice presidency in the 2022 elections....

 2021-09-09 15:30 

Manila Standard

Group backing Isko for president launches in Cavite...

Tanza, Cavite—A multisectoral group pushing for Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso to run for President in the May 2022 elections launched its Cavite chapter in a hybrid event at the Oasis Hotel here on Thursday....

 2021-09-09 14:50 

Manila Standard

Controversial AFP general back in harness...

Controversial general Antonio Parlade Jr. was appointed as deputy director general of the National Security Council, Malacaang announced on Thursday....

 2021-09-09 14:40 

Manila Standard

Voter's listing in malls on Sept. 11...

The Commission on Elections will conduct a nationwide synchronized voter registration activity in selected malls on Sept. 11....

 2021-09-09 14:30 

Manila Standard

High court explains 'strained relations' in labor...

The Supreme Court has clarified "the doctrine of strained relations" between employers and their workers in labor cases and when such may merit the payment of separation pay in lieu of reinstating an employee....

 2021-09-09 14:20 

Manila Standard

Navotas names 122 scholars...

The city government of Navotas welcomed 28 new beneficiaries of the Navotas Academic Scholarship for school year 2021-2022....

 2021-09-09 14:10 

Manila Standard

COCOPEA installs new set of officers for 2021...

Amid a vigorous campaign to secure a new law that would secure fair tax rates for private schools, the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations of the Philippines formally installed new officers in online ceremonies last Sept. 4....

 2021-09-09 14:00 

Manila Standard

As PS-DBM, PITC FACE axe: Witness vs. Pharmally set to appear in Senate probe...

To address the "systemic corruption" in the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) and the Philippine International Trading Corp. (PITC), Senator Imee Marcos on Thursday filed separate measures for their abolition....

 2021-09-09 13:50 

Manila Standard

Romualdez lauds Ombudsman, DOJ for justice amid pandemic...

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Thursday praised the Department of Justice and the Office of the Ombudsman for ensuring the dispensation of justice during the COVID-19 pandemic....

 2021-09-09 13:40 

Manila Standard

CSC, JobStreet offer 24k jobs thru 5-day Virtual Career Fair...

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) will open up at least 24,000 new jobs to Filipino jobseekers during the five-day run of the Virtual Career Fair on September 20 to 24, in coordination with JobStreet.com....

 2021-09-09 13:30 

Manila Standard

PH welcomes Afghan refugees...

The Department of Foreign Affairs has welcomed the arrival of an undetermined number of Afghan refugees, including women and children, to the Philippines....

 2021-09-09 11:35 

Manila Standard

Thai mobile device tests for COVID in armpit sweat...

For Bangkok market sellers, the armpit sweat soaking their T-shirts during the humid monsoon season may contain subtle signs of coronavirus infection, local scientists have said....

 2021-09-09 11:30 

Manila Standard

HK police raid now-shuttered Tiananmen exhibit house...

Hong Kong security police on Thursday raided the museum that houses exhibits commemorating Beijing's deadly crackdown on Tiananmen Square in 1989, a day after they arrested four members of the group that ran the venue....

 2021-09-09 11:25 

Manila Standard

Gaming giants told to resists 'effeminacy'...

Chinese authorities have ordered gaming giants Tencent and NetEase to end their focus on profits and cut content perceived to be breeding "effeminacy" as Beijing tries to direct youth culture, gender ideals, and the reach of big tech....

 2021-09-09 11:20 

Manila Standard

Two decades after 9/11, Saudi seeks softer image...

Two decades after Saudi Arabian militants masterminded and carried out the September 11 attacks, the desert kingdom is striving for change in a reform drive aimed at updating its ultra-conservative image....

 2021-09-09 11:15 

Manila Standard

Astronauts smell smoke, burning on Russian ISS module...

A smoke alarm sounded Thursday in Russia's segment of the International Space Station (ISS) and astronauts smelled "burning" on board, Russia's space agency and NASA said....

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