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Eleazar: LGBT couples living together OK to pillion ride

MANILA, Philippines — Pillion riding on motorcycles for LGBT couples is allowed, as long as they present proper identification to show that they live under one roof, Joint Task Force COVID-10 Shield commander Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said Saturday. “Kung titignan po natin, binanggit ng National Task Force na ito ay para sa married couple…
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Singapore's ruling People's Action Party wins general election

SINGAPORE – Singaporean voters have delivered a victory to the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) in Friday’s general election, according to the official election results. The PAP won 83 of the 93 parliamentary seats in the polling, compared to 83 of the 89 seats in the last general election in 2015, showed the results revealed…
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‘A slap in the face:’ Goya faces boycott over Trump praise

NEW YORK — The CEO of food company Goya is facing an uproar over his praise for President Donald Trump, with some Latino families purging their pantries of the products and scrambling to find alternatives to the beloved beans, seasoning and other products that have long been fixtures in their cooking. But the controversy is…
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AFP, DA launch retail store project in Camp Aguinaldo

FRESH FOOD CHOICES. Agriculture Secretary William Dar (2nd from left) and AFP deputy chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Antonio Ramon Lim (with black beret) look at vegetables and other agricultural products sold at the Kadiwa retail store in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City on Saturday (July 11, 2020). Aside from ensuring fresh food supply, the Kadiwa retail store…
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Sonar, divers search for ‘Glee’ star thought to have drowned

Teams are using sonar and robotic devices in what could be a long search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera, who authorities believe drowned in a Southern California lake. “We don’t know if she’s going to be found five minutes from now or five days from now,” Ventura County Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Buschow said at a…
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Portions of Paskuhan Village donated to Pampanga city

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO–Real estate firm Premier Central Inc.(PCI) has donated a portion of the Paskuhan Village to the city that local officials hailed as another step to redevelop some areas of the disputed “cultural treasure.” Mayor Edwin Santiago and Jeffrey Lim, PCI president, signed a deed of donation agreeing that PCI would give 5,000…
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Eastern Visayas records 11 new COVID-19 cases; infected now at 625

TACLOBAN CITY- At least 11 people from Eastern Visayas have been found positive of the new coronavirus, bringing to 625 the total number of COVID-19 cases in Region 8. The Department of Health-Eastern Visayas (DOH-8) office reported on July 11 that the new COVID-19 cases are from the towns of Barugo, Leyte and Naval town…
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DepEd: Enrollment for K-12 classes in Central Luzon hits 69 percent

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO–Kindergarten to Grade 12 enrollment in seven Central Luzon provinces climbed to 2.016 million as of July 7, reaching 69 percent of last year’s listing, data from the Department of Education (DepEd) shows. DepEd says 1,904,111 pupils were enrolled in public schools; 13,164 in the basic literacy program and alternative learning system;…
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Corvette acquisition plan moved to RAFPMP's Horizon 3

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. (File photo) MANILA – The acquisition of two missile-armed corvettes, which were planned to backstop the two brand-new frigates acquired from Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), will likely be pushed to Horizon 3 of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (RAFPMP), Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Saturday. “The…
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Cebuanos remember Fr. Rudy Romano on 35th year of disappearance

CEBU CITY – “Be like Fr. Rudy.” This was the call echoed by an alliance of groups here as Cebuanos commemorated the 35th year of the abduction and disappearance of Fr. Rosaleo “Rudy” Romano on July 11. In a statement, the Movement Against Tyranny (MAT) encouraged people to emulate the Redemptorist priest, who, despite all…
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DTI holds online mentoring for MSMEs

ONLINE MENTORING. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) office in Antique rolls out the fifth batch of the Kapatid Mentor Me (KMME) on March 5, 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the DTI will hold online mentoring starting July 15. (PNA photo by Annabel Consuelo J. Petinglay) SAN JOSE DE BUENAVISTA, Antique – The Department…
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DENR: Baguio council can impose moratorium on tree cutting

BAGUIO CITY–The city government has the power to impose a moratorium on tree-cutting activities, especially when pine trees are displaced by building constructions, according to a Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) official. Ralph Pablo, DENR director in Cordillera, on Monday said an ordinance could suspend these activities for a year as Mayor Benjamin…
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Comet streaking past Earth, providing spectacular show

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail. Comet Neowise — the brightest comet visible from the Northern Hemisphere in a quarter-century — swept within Mercury’s orbit a week ago. Its close proximity to the sun caused dust…
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Phivolcs continues to monitor Bulusan activities

TAKING A BREATHER. Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon. Seismic instruments on Friday (July 10, 2020) failed to detect any volcanic events for the past 24-hour observation period. (PNA file photo by Nonie Enolva)  LEGAZPI CITY – Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon, which has been rocked by a series of volcanic quakes in the past several days, has taken a…
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Covid-19 hits 11 more E. Visayas residents

COVID-19 CHECK. Local health workers assess locally stranded individuals who returned to Gandara in Samar in this undated photo. The Department of Health on Friday (July 10, 2020) reported 11 new coronavirus disease 2019 cases in Eastern Visayas, bringing the region’s total to 625. (Photo courtesy of Gandara Rural Health Unit) TACLOBAN CITY – Eastern Visayas confirmed…
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Bicol records 7th Covid-19 death

LEGAZPI CITY – A 60-year-old man from this city died of an illness related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Saturday morning, a member of Albay’s inter-agency task force tackling the disease said.  The man, identified only as Bicol Patient 209, died of critical pneumonia and severe acute respiratory distress syndrome, Dr. Antonio Ludovice,…
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Red tilapia tapped as alternative fish in Ilocos

ALAMINOS CITY, Philippines–The red tilapia, often called the “golden tilapia” in the market, will be introduced as an alternative fish for fishermen in the Ilocos region, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said. Only a few fishing operators farm red tilapia for restaurants, said Rosario Segundina Gaerlan, acting regional director of BFAR in…
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Dutch government to take Russia to European court over MH17

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch government is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its alleged role in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago, the foreign minister announced Friday. The move is intended to support individual cases being brought to the European court…
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It’s not just the presidency: Trump is changing the Congress

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump isn’t just changing the presidency during his first term in office. He’s also changing Congress. More than perhaps any president in modern history, Trump has been willing to ignore, defy and toy with the legislative branch, asserting power and breaking norms in ways his predecessors would hardly dare. Republicans shrug it…
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Rainy Saturday over southern Mindanao due to ITCZ

MANILA – Rains will pour over southern Mindanao on Saturday due to the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ).  In its daily weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said there will be cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms in the Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Sultan Kudarat,…
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DFA, UNDP facilitate 500K masks donation to DOH

FACE MASK DONATION. Health Undersecretary Mario Villaverde (center) receives a donation of face masks from UNDP Resident Representative Titon Mitra (right) in a turnover ceremony at the health department’s main office in Manila on July 8, 2020. Witnessing the turnover is DFA-UNIO Director Emma Sarne. (Photo by UNDP) MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs…
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28 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 10 recoveries in W. Visayas

MORE COVID-POSITIVES. Western Visayas logged 28 new cases composed of 26 locally stranded individuals, one returning OFW, and one health worker, bringing the region’s total number of infections to 455 as of Friday (July 10, 2020). The region also registered 10 recoveries, increasing the record to 169. (Photo courtesy of DOH-CHD 6) ILOILO CITY – Confirmed…
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House of Representatives records 13th COVID-19 case

MANILA, Philippines — A security staffer of the House of Representatives has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), House Secretary-General Jose Luis Montales revealed Saturday. The new case is the 13th overall in the House of Representatives. Montales said that the employee who tested positive is a member of the security staff assigned at…
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LTFRB Central Office closed next week after 5 employees contract COVID-19

LTFRB CENTRAL OFFICE, PANSAMANTALANG MAGSASARA SA SUSUNOD NA LINGGO DAHIL SA BANTA NG COVID-19Pansamantalang magsasara… Posted by Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board – LTFRB on Friday, July 10, 2020 MANILA, Philippines — The central office of the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board in Quezon City will be closed the whole week next week after…
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Man, 60, becomes Bicol’s 7th COVID-19 related death

LEGAZPI CITY — A 60-year-old man from this city died on Saturday morning with symptoms related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a report from the Albay Interagency Task Force for the Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) said. The latest death brings to seven the reported COVID-19 related fatalities in Bicol. Four of the deaths were recorded…
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Quezon records 2 new COVID-19 cases, 2 recoveries, 1 death

LUCENA CITY — Two new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, two recoveries, and the death of one suspected virus carrier, were recorded in Quezon province on Saturday. The two new COVID-19 patients are from the towns of Lopez and Atimonan, the Quezon public information office (QPIO) said in its 8 a.m. bulletin on Facebook. One of…
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Pag-IBIG offers 'promo rates' for housing loans till December

(File photo) MANILA – Filipinos can now avail of housing loans with the “lowest interest rates” until December. Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary Eduardo del Rosario on Friday announced the approval of the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund) promotional rates for its members who would apply for housing loans under…
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