Top ASG leader linked to beheadings, kidnappings surrenders in Davao City

A leading terror suspect who has been linked to beheadings of hostages, including two Canadians and a Malaysian, has surrendered after being wounded in battle, officials said on Friday. Philippine National Police chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said Thursday night that Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) commander...

Drilon tells Cabinet men: Only a thin line separates LGU supervision, control

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, invoking constitutional principles on local and fiscal autonomy, cautioned Duterte  administration officials against “overstepping the boundary” in dealing with local government units. Drilon on Friday raised the reminder for Duterte Cabinet officials “acting as Big Brother” to select local government...

Surge continues: With 6,216 new infections on Friday, PHL Covid cases now 153,660

Another single-day high of 6,216 new Covid cases was logged by the Department of Health ( DOH) on Friday bringing the total number of infections to 153,660.The DOH said that of the new cases recorded, 4,973 (80 percent) occurred within the recent 14 days (August 1-14, 2020).The top...

Vergeire: DOH is not endorsing any face shield brand

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire clarified on Friday that the Department of Health (DOH) is not endorsing any brand when they issued the specifications and the suggested retail price (SRP) of face shields."As long as it serves its purpose and that is to protect you," Vergeire said during...

No end in sight

The coronavirus continues to spread globally, with more than 20 million confirmed cases...

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75 Chinese nationals engaged in illegal gaming ops deported

Immigration authorities on Wednesday deported 75 Chinese nationals who were arrested eight months ago for engaging in illegal Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGO). Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the Chinese citizens were put aboard a chartered flight bound for Zhengzhou, China on Wednesday, August 12, 2020, that...

DOJ chief taps TF on EJK to probe Echanis ‘killing’

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra has tapped the inter-agency task force on extrajudicial killings (EJK) to conduct an investigation into the reported killing of Anakpawis chairman and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) consultant Randall “Randy” Echanis and his neighbor in Novaliches, Quezon City. However, the...

SC sets hearing on consolidated petitions to scrap ATA in September

THE Supreme Court has decided to hear the petitioners and respondents in the petitions seeking to scrap the implementation of Republic Act 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020 for being unconstitutional. SC spokesman, lawyer Brian Keith Hosaka, said the magistrates agreed to allow...

Navy chief: It’s WESCOM’s call to send ships to Reed Bank

The chief of the Philippine Navy (PN) said on Tuesday he is leaving it up to the military’s highest commander who has jurisdiction over Palawan and its adjoining islands to decide whether he should send ships to check, or drive away, Chinese vessels carrying out “unauthorized” research in...

POPCOM reminds couples to practice RH amid MECQ

Thousands of Filipino couples and individuals are in need of family planning methods in the first semester of 2020, according to the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM). In a news statement, POPCOM said around 376,317 couples and individuals nationwide were in need of family...

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War’s legacy: The unfound

By Mari Yamaguchi | The Associated Press TOKYO—Seventy-five years after the end of World War II, more than 1 million Japanese war dead are scattered throughout Asia, where the legacy of Japanese aggression still hampers recovery efforts. The missing Japanese make up...

Support pours in for tourism sector on P10-billion aid issue

SUPPORT for the embattled tourism sector is pouring in, with a Cabinet secretary, lawmaker, and former tourism secretary pushing to keep the P10-billion allocation for the sector’s working capital loans, instead of following House leaders’ stand of using it for tourism infrastructure and allocating it to the Tourism...

BAP backs 30-day grace period for loan payments

The Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) agreed with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) that a yearlong debt moratorium might put the banking industry at risk, endorsing a 30-day grace period, instead. In a news statement released on Friday, the bankers’ group proposed the...

School opening moved to Oct. 5

AFTER repeated assurances they are “on track” for the August 24 school opening for school year  2020-2021 that will be anchored on “blended learning,” the Department of Education (DepEd) announced Friday a decision  to move the date to October 5.  “This morning , we received...

D.A.-BFAR reminds public on proper food handling

The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) has reminded the public to observe proper sanitary practices when handling and preparing food following report of novel coronavirus allegedly found on the packaging of imported seafood that arrived at the port city of Yantai, China.

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What’s next?

Last August 1, 2020, I had the opportunity to launch the latest...

Deliver us from Covid

A shared social-media post caught my attention, supposedly originating from a local...

We are in a recession, now what?

First of two parts Our economy has plunged into...

Fixing the road at this time

Despite the tragedy that is the Covid-19 pandemic, many nations around the...

Tax exemptions to retrenched employees

By Marco Fernando L. NgDEBIT CREDIT AS we have opened up our business two...

Opinion

Who is the indigene?

There is an International Day of the World’s...

He made our day

AS a tough law enforcer, he was popularly...

Expose the PhilHealth corruption

Brothers and sisters, amid the current crisis we...

Why is the world not cheering on Russia?

More than 200 Covid-19 vaccines are being developed worldwide and a good number...

How to use ventilation and air filtration to prevent the spread of coronavirus indoors

By paying attention to air circulation and filtration, improving them where you can and staying away from places where you can’t, you can add another powerful tool to your anti-coronavirus toolkit.
BEIJING—China’s factory output rose just under 5 percent last month from a year earlier while retail sales fell slightly, suggesting the country’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic remains muted. The data reported on Friday show that despite a rebound in Chinese exports, domestic demand in...

Kamala’s Indian connections spark social-media hysteria

When Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden picked  Kamala Harris  to be his running mate, it sparked a frenzy on the other side of the globe to track down her connections to Chennai, the southern Indian city where her mother was born. On Twitter and...

Malaysia’s economy shrinks most since 1998 Asia Financial Crisis

Malaysia’s economy contracted by the most since the Asian financial crisis more than two decades ago as it bore the full brunt of pandemic lockdowns in the second quarter. Gross domestic product shrank 17.1 percent compared to a year earlier, its worst showing since the...

Forced isolation may be the only way to stop resurgence of virus

Flare-ups from Australia to Japan show the world hasn’t learned an early lesson from the coronavirus crisis: to stop the spread, those with mild or symptom-free coronavirus infections must be forced to isolate, both from their communities and family. In Australia, where Victoria state has...

Mexico, Argentina to produce AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine

Mexico and Argentina have reached agreements to produce the UK drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc’s promising Covid-19 vaccine for Latin America, the nations’ governments said. The countries will make 150 million to 250 million initial doses of the potential Covid-19 vaccine designed by scientists at the University...

UN chief: Pandemic threatens peace and risks new conflicts

UNITED NATIONS—UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Wednesday that the Covid-19 pandemic not only threatens gains in fighting global poverty and building peace but risks exacerbating existing conflicts and generating new ones. The UN chief told a Security Council meeting on the challenge of sustaining...

Companies test antibody drugs to treat and prevent Covid-19

With a coronavirus vaccine still months off, companies are rushing to test what may be the next best thing: drugs that deliver antibodies to fight the virus right away, without having to train the immune system to make them. Antibodies are proteins the body makes...

Basket-making export cottage industry thrives in Pangasinan

By Hilda Austria / Philippine News Agency URBIZTONDO, Pangasinan—Some 15 families in Barangay Bituag here continue to earn their living from making baskets, some for the export market, amid the...

Taiwan exports see surprise increase as tech shipments to US, China surge

Taiwan’s exports unexpectedly rose for the first time since February, spurred by a surge in US and Chinese demand for technology products. Overseas shipments from Taiwan rose 0.4 percent last month, according to a statement from Taiwan’s Ministry of Finance. That compares to the median...

EU slaps duties on Cambodia exports over rights concerns

BRUSSELS—The European Union (EU) on Wednesday began to reimpose customs duties on certain exports from Cambodia in response to what it said are concerns about the Southeast Asian country’s human-rights record. The European Commission, which supervises trade deals and relations on behalf of the 27...

Pandemic dents CLI income in January-June

Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI), a listed regional property developer, said its income in the January-to-June period fell 17 percent to P918 million, from last year's P1.1 billion, as the government-mandated lockdown affected its revenue sources. Revenues in the first half came in flat at P3.51...

JG Summit incurs losses in H1

JG Summit Holdings Inc., the holding firm of the Gokongwei group, on Thursday said it booked a net loss of P720.25 million in the first half, from last year's income of P17.39 billion. Its airline unit, Cebu Pacific Air, sustained heavy losses due to travel...

Pandemic cuts ATI earnings

Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) saw its profits sink by 46.3 percent to P1.15 billion in the first half, from P2.14 billion the year prior, as its operations were affected by the economic contraction brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Its revenues dipped by 28.2 percent...

PSBank registers lower profits

Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) registered a year-on-year decline for two consecutive quarters, resulting in a 5-percent drop in its profits during the first semester. The Metrobank Group’s thrift bank arm in a disclosure on Thursday reported that its net income in the first half slid...

Megaworld income declines by a third in January-June

Megaworld Corp. on Thursday said its income in the first half fell by a third to P5.88 billion, from last year's P8.86 billion, as the pandemic affected its operations nationwide and slashed its sales and rental income. Revenues fell 25 percent to P23.79 billion, from...

Security Bank posts higher H1 earnings

Higher net interest income and trading gains lifted the net earnings of Security Bank Corp. in the first half by 14 percent year-on-year. The listed bank in a disclosure on Thursday reported that its bottom-line figures reached P5.7 billion as of end-June, which is an...
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Russia’s race for vaccine alarms world’s scientists

MOSCOW—Russia boasts that it’s about to become the first country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine, with mass vaccinations planned as early as October using shots that are yet to complete clinical trials—and scientists worldwide are sounding the alarm that the headlong rush could backfire. Moscow...

Ateneo releases report; commits to greater sustainability

The Ateneo de Manila University doubled down on its commitment to pursue sustainability as it shared the highlights of its third Sustainability Report. The Ateneo Sustainability Report, which is released on a triennial basis and covers the years 2016 to 2019, focuses on the efforts...

U.S. kids, parents perform D.I.Y. tests for coronavirus science

In a comfy suburb just outside Nashville, a young family swabs their noses twice a month in a DIY study seeking answers to some of the most vexing questions about the coronavirus. How many US children and teens are infected? How many kids who are...

2020 National Informatics Olympiad set online

After nabbing a bronze medal in last year’s International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), the organizers behind the country’s participation in the prestigious plum are wasting no time—pandemic and all—to put together the best team to challenge the world in programming. This, as the National Olympiad...

Masks made from abaca cut Covid’s plastic waste

Fiber from a relative of the banana tree—the abaca—could replace plastic in millions of face masks and hospital gowns the world is making to fight the coronavirus. Abaca—a fiber from the Philippines used in teabags and banknotes—is as durable as polyester but will decompose within...

PHL to compete in first online International Math Olympiad

With the pandemic affecting all sorts of gatherings and travels, the toughest mathematics competition in the world will be held online. The 61st International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), originally set to be held last July in St. Petersburg, Russia, will push through but via the first-ever...

Ateneo’s ‘Mathinic’ makes math tick for new normal

As teachers scramble for ways to find a viable and effective way of teaching mathematics in the new normal, the  Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) developed an online platform that makes math more interesting, compelling and engaging for students. Developed by a team led by...

Felino Palafox Jr.: Pandemic gives us a chance to correct past planning mistakes

Renowned architect and urban planner Felino Palafox Jr. believes that now is the best time to pursue sustainable development measures to develop a better tomorrow for Filipinos. As the pandemic...

Cycling for life

By Rio Constantino BIKES have been a great help to Ms. Hana, and in more ways than one. Hana works as a nurse at her hospital’s Covid-19 ward. Before quarantine began, Hana took a tricycle and jeepney to work. Her regular commute...