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DILG: No safety concerns over motorcycle barriers

Prototype of the motorcycle barrier submitted by Bohol Governor Arthur Yap. (Photo courtesy of DILG)  MANILA – An official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Friday said he does not see any safety issues arising from putting a physical barrier between a motorcycle rider and the passenger. “We do not…
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Arrest warrant served vs. cadets in Dormitorio case: AFP

AFP spokesperson, Marine Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo. (File photo) MANILA – The arrest warrant issued against the three cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) implicated in the death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio has been served, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Friday.  “The warrant of arrest issued by Presiding…
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Denial of ABS-CBN’s new franchise starts ‘death knell’ for press freedom – Hontiveros

MANILA, Philippines — Denying a new franchise for ABS-CBN means that “we have effectively begun to ring the death knell for freedom of the press in the country,” said Senator Risa Hontiveros. In a statement, Hontiveros denounced the decision of the House Legislative Franchise Committee to deny the franchise renewal of the network as it…
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Zobel: harness science, tech to create “better” normal

As the world continues to battle the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Philippines can harness science and technology to create a “better” and “more resilient” normal, according to business tycoon Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala. The chair and chief executive officer of Ayala Corp., the country’s oldest business house, emphasized the importance of data and…
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Moratorium on Zambo gov't offices transfer to Pagadian lifted

President Rodrigo Duterte. (Presidential Photo) MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Memorandum Circular (MC) 79, lifting the moratorium on the transfer of regional government offices from Zamboanga City to Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur. Duterte made the decision after the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board Regional Development Committee had noted that…
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House panel junks ABS-CBN’s bid for a 25-year franchise

MANILA – The House committee on legislative franchises on Friday denied the application of media giant ABS-CBN Corp. for a new 25-year franchise. By a 70-11 vote, with one abstention, the panel, chaired by Palawan Rep. Franz Alvarez, approved the resolution denying the franchise application of ABS-CBN Corp. to construct, install, establish, operate, and maintain…
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Gov't execs pay last respects to Saudi OFWs' remains

FINAL RESPECTS. Cabinet officials attend the ceremony for the arrival of the remains of 49 OFWs from Saudi Arabia at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on Friday (July 10, 2020). The Department of Labor and Employment assured that all 274 bodies of deceased OFWs in the kingdom would be repatriated to the country. (Photo…
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Shh! No talking inside LRT-1 trains, says LRMC

MANILA, Philippines — For now, passengers are not allowed to talk while inside the LRT-1 train, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) said. PASSENGER REMINDER: TALKING IS NOT ALLOWED ON THE TRAINRespiratory droplets ang isa sa mga karaniwang sanhi ng pagkalat ng COVID-19. Huwag makipag-usap sa katabing pasahero sa loob ng #LRT1. Ugaliin ang pagsusuot…
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Congress declared itself ‘enemy of democracy’ in denying ABS-CBN franchise — NUJP

MANILA, Philippines — The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on Friday said the House of representatives has declared itself an “enemy of democracy” following the denial of a House panel of ABS-CBN’s bid for a fresh 25-year franchise. “Today, July 10, 2020, the House of Representatives of the 18th Congress of the…
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P22M worth of loans released to 286 micro, small businesses

MANILA – The Small Business (SB) Corp. has released a total of PHP22 million to 286 micro and small enterprises (MSEs) under the Covid-19 Assistance to Restart Enterprises (CARES) program as of July 8. In a statement Friday, of the total CARES loan beneficiaries, 71 are from Calabarzon Region, 52 from Metro Manila, 46 from…
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Hong Kong leaders, tycoons bid farewell to gaming magnate Ho

HONG KONG —Hong Kong politicians, tycoons and celebrities joined grieving relatives Friday at the funeral of Stanley Ho, the flamboyant gaming magnate who made his fortune in neighbouring Macau. It was the third day of ceremonies for the Hong Kong-born Ho, who played an integral role in transforming the former Portuguese colony from a sleepy…
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DOH: Over 5,000 health workers hired to augment COVID-19 response

MANILA, Philippines — Over 5,000 health workers have been accepted in the emergency hiring of the Department of Health (DOH) to augment the medical workforce responding to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire bared the figure on Friday as she assured that the DOH is strengthening its human resources for…
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House panel denies ABS-CBN’s franchise bid, what’s next?

MANILA, Philippines — The members of the House committee on legislative franchises on Friday handed their decision on the fate of ABS-CBN: The network’s bid for a 25-year franchise was rejected. Seventy affirmative votes were more than enough to adopt the panel’s technical working group’s (TWG) report titled: “Resolution Denying the Franchise Application of ABS-CBN…
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Neda chief Chua: ECQ impact on economy ‘more severe than expected’

The Philippines is bracing for an even worse-than-expected drop in the gross domestic product (GDP) in the second quarter as the country’s chief economist on Friday said the COVID-19 lockdown inflicted more pain into the economy than earlier projected. But as the economy gradually opened up under less-restrictive quarantine, Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick…
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Duterte's Congress allies back order to shut Philippines ABS-CBN

Since his election in 2016, Duterte repeatedly threatened the company with closure [File: Rolex dela Pena/EPA] Allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in the House of Representatives voted on Friday to deny the renewal of ABS-CBN’s broadcast franchise, affirming a government order to shut down the country’s largest television network in a move critics say…
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La Union town records 2nd Covid-19 case

ARINGAY, La Union – A 36-year-old male seafarer from Barangay Sta. Lucia is the second reported confirmed case for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) here. In a statement issued on Friday, Mayor Eric Sibuma said the seafarer was scheduled to return to work when tested positive for the virus. Sibuma said as part of protocol, seafarers undergo…
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Hiring continues in IT-BPM industry amid pandemic

MANILA – It is not business as usual in the information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) industry, but the sector continues to open job opportunities amid the pandemic, an industry executive said. During the Laging Handa briefing Friday, Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP) president Rey Untal said while demand…
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Pangasinan cop arrested for lover’s killing

SAN CARLOS CITY, Pangasinan – A patrolman has been arrested for allegedly killing a 23-year-old woman who works at the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office. In an interview Thursday, San Carlos City chief of police Lt. Col. Franklin Ortiz identified the suspect as Tranquilino Sanchez Germono of Urbiztondo town, and assigned at Pangasinan 1st…
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House panel denies ABS-CBN’s 25-year franchise renewal bid

MANILA, Philippines — The franchise renewal bid of media giant ABS-CBN was denied Friday by the House of Representatives Committee on Legislative Franchises after a series of hearings.   The vote came after the House legislative franchise and good government and public accountability committees held 13 hearings tackling various issues such as citizenship of the…
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2020 is ‘Year of Filipino Health Workers’

(File photo) MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte, through Proclamation 976, has declared 2020 as the “Year of Filipino Health Workers” to recognize the heroism and self-compassion of medical workers in the country amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Duterte signed Proclamation 976 on July 6, as he noted that the Covid-19 crisis has posed…
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House panel TWG recommends rejection of ABS-CBN’s franchise

  MANILA, Philippines — Media giant ABS-CBN should not be granted a 25-year franchise, a technical working group recommended to the House Committee on Legislative Franchises on Friday.   “The TWG determined that the likely consensus among Members of this Committee was to disapprove the application of ABS-CBN for another franchise,” Deputy Speaker Pablo John…
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Duterte declares 2020 as year of Filipino health workers

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has declared 2020 as the “Year of Filipino Health Workers.” In Proclamation No. 976 signed July 6, Duterte highlighted the contributions made by medical workers to the country as it faces a pandemic which has so far infected over 51,000 persons nationwide. “Thousands of Filipino health workers, who comprise…
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Militant leader charged with murder nabbed in CamSur

LEGAZPI CITY – A police tracking unit serving a court order arrested another militant leader in Camarines Sur on Thursday afternoon. Maj. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol police spokesperson, identified the suspect as Dan San Andres alias “Pastor,” 64, spokesperson of Karapatan Bicol. San Andres was at home in Barangay South Centro in Sipocot town when…
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New vehicles to boost PH Army's anti-terror, Covid-19 efforts

NEW VEHICLES. Army commander, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay (center), takes a look at one of the new vehicles donated to the Philippine Army by the Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit Association Inc. in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Friday (July 10, 2020). The new vehicles are expected to boost the Army’s capability in curbing…
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Clark airport’s new terminal 99-percent complete, says DOTr

  CITY OF SAN FERNANDO —- The new passenger terminal of the Clark International Airport (CRK), located 20 kilometers north of this Pampanga capital, is 99.14-percent complete, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Friday. “Under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ program of the Duterte Administration, construction work for the airport expansion project is being rolled out…
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ABS-CBN supporters hold another caravan; urge solons to grant franchise

MANILA, Philippines — ABS-CBN supporters and employees held another caravan on Friday as a last-ditch effort to urge members of the House Committee on Legislative Franchises to vote in favor of granting the network a franchise. The supporters held the caravan from ABS-CBN’s Esguerra gate towards the House complex in Batasan Hills, Quezon City ahead…
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Alfred Vargas inhibits from voting on ABS-CBN franchise renewal

MANILA, Philippines — Actor and Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas on Friday inhibited from voting on ABS-CBN franchise renewal, citing “conflict of interest.” “My heart goes to ABS-CBN, its employees, and other workers whose livelihood depends on the network,” Vargas said in a statement, just as the House legislative franchises committee members are set to…
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Resorts, hotels in Antique eyed as isolation centers

ISOLATION UNITS. Resorts and hotels in Antique can now apply as isolation facilities for locally stranded individuals and returning overseas Filipino workers. Junie Sabusap, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) Antique chief, discusses Covid-19 related benefit package during an interview on Friday (July 10, 2020). Sabusap said PHIC could provide benefit package for the community isolation…
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