DepEd urged to release delayed benefits for public school teachers

A group that advocates for teacher’s rights called on the Department of Education to release the delayed benefits of public school teachers amid the still raging pandemic. In a statement on October 27, the Action and Solidarity for the Empowerment of Teachers (ASSERT) stated that 1,446 public school teachers have tested or died of COVID-19 […]

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Karen Bordador Confronts “Pushy, Pessimist” TJ Valderrama In PBB
Here’s the intense confrontation of Karen Bordador and TJ Valderrama in the reality show. KAREN BORDADOR – PBB housemate Karen Bordador faces TJ Valderrama and expressed how his pessimist attitude offends her. One of the celebrity housemates of PBB Kumu is Karen Bordador. She just got acquitted after many years of being inside the prison. […] The post Karen Bordador Confronts “Pushy, Pessimist” TJ Valderrama In PBB appeared first on Philippine News.
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Facebook, Instagram remove Chinese network over fake ‘Swiss biologist’ COVID claims
Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc said on Wednesday it had removed accounts used by an influence operation originating in China that promoted claims of a fake “Swiss biologist” saying the United States was interfering in the search for COVID-19’s origins. Meta said in a report the social media campaign was “largely unsuccessful” and targeted English-speaking […] The post Facebook, Instagram remove Chinese network over fake ‘Swiss biologist’ COVID claims appeared first on Interaksyon.
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Haplas in English – Translate “Haplas” in English
Counterpart of Haplas in English & Sample Sentences HAPLAS IN ENGLISH – Are you looking for the English translation of the term “haplas”? Here’s its English counterpart. Undeniably, a lot of people are doubtful when it comes to the translations of certain Tagalog words in English. In this article, we will review the meaning of […] The post Haplas in English – Translate “Haplas” in English appeared first on Philippine News.
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Nuezca Likely Died From Heart Attack, Says BuCor Spokesman
Nuezca Likely Died From Heart Attack Says Spoks, Autopsy To Be Held Today NUEZCA LIKELY CAUSE OF DEATH – According to the Bureau of Corrections’ spokesperson, killer cop Jonel Nuezca likely died of a heart attack. Yesterday, BuCor made a shocking announcement that the viral killer cop Nuezca suddenly died. According to BuCor, Nuezca was […] The post Nuezca Likely Died From Heart Attack, Says BuCor Spokesman appeared first on Philippine News.
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Vicki Belo Hates Birthday Greetings, Sad Reason Behind This Revealed
Birthday greetings are not a fun thing for Vicki Belo Celebrity beauty doctor Vicki Belo revealed the reason why she does not want to receive birthday greetings and this is the painful story behind this. Vicki has unfolded details of her personal life during past interviews. She shared the motivation behind her goal to have […] The post Vicki Belo Hates Birthday Greetings, Sad Reason Behind This Revealed appeared first on Philippine News.
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Cult Leader Arrested for Alleged Harassment of 2 Members in Cebu
Leader of Alleged Cult in Cebu Arrested Over Harassment Against 2 Members Police authorities arrested a leader of an alleged cult in Cebu after he was accused of harassment against his two (2) members. The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has charged a cult leader in Asturias, Cebu, with many counts of r*pe. Teodorico Feriol, […] The post Cult Leader Arrested for Alleged Harassment of 2 Members in Cebu appeared first on Philippine News.
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VIDEO: John Lloyd Cruz Perfect Imitation Of Mike Enriquez’s Accent
John Lloyd Cruz Stuns Bea Alonzo With His Mike Enriquez’s Accent JOHN LLOYD CRUZ – Check out John Lloyd Cruz’s perfect imitation of Mike Enriquez’s accent. Actress Bea Alonzo could not help but laugh because of what he did. John Lloyd Cruz is one of the most prominent actors in the Philippines. He is now […] The post VIDEO: John Lloyd Cruz Perfect Imitation Of Mike Enriquez’s Accent appeared first on Philippine News.
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Imee Marcos on Duterte’s Remarks after BBM-Sara Tandem: “We were heartbroken…”
Sen. Imee Marcos Speaks on Pres. Duterte’s Reaction following BBM-Sara Alliance IMEE MARCOS – The Senator admitted that their family was heartbroken by the remarks of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte following the BBM-Sara tandem. Several changes with regards to the Election 2022 took place after the filing of the candidacy period. Alliances were formed – […] The post Imee Marcos on Duterte’s Remarks after BBM-Sara Tandem: “We were heartbroken…” appeared first on Philippine News.
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Monkeys in Puerto Princesa, Palawan Suffers Starvation Due to Absence of Tourists
Absence of Tourists in Puerto Princesa, Palawan Causes Monkeys to Starve The monkeys in Puerto Princesa, Palawan were suffering starvation due to the absence of tourists prompted by COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic made a mark in the history after spreading in various region all around the world and affect millions of people. The virus […] The post Monkeys in Puerto Princesa, Palawan Suffers Starvation Due to Absence of Tourists appeared first on Philippine News.
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Pops Fernandez Admits Aga Muhlach, Piolo Pascual Are Her “Jowa” Before
Concert Queen Pops Fernandez honestly admits relationships with these actors. POPS FERNANDEZ – OPM icon Pops Fernandez finally reveals and admits that these famous actors were her boyfriends before. The country’s Concert Queen Pops Fernandez is known for her classic love songs. Martin Nievera is her ex-husband and nothing much was known about her other […] The post Pops Fernandez Admits Aga Muhlach, Piolo Pascual Are Her “Jowa” Before appeared first on Philippine News.
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Herbert Bautista on ‘relationship’ w/ Ruffa: ‘Alamin kay Tita Annabelle…’
Here’s what Herbert Bautista said about Ruffa Gutierrez Actor-politician Herbert Bautista has this clever answer when he was asked about his rumored romance with actress Ruffa Gutierrez. Rumors linking Herbert and Ruffa started to circulate last year when they worked together in the KathNiel series The House Arrest Of Us. Just recently, the rumors resurfaced […] The post Herbert Bautista on ‘relationship’ w/ Ruffa: ‘Alamin kay Tita Annabelle…’ appeared first on Philippine News.
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Bong Go Yet To Withdraw Candidacy for President before Comelec
Sen. Bong Go Still a 2022 Presidential Aspirant BONG GO – Senator Christopher Lawrence Go has yet to formally withdraw his candidacy for president before the Commission on Elections (Comelec). The Election 2022 is fast-approaching and talks about politics are everywhere. There are several changes that took place most especially in the national election. Initially, […] The post Bong Go Yet To Withdraw Candidacy for President before Comelec appeared first on Philippine News.
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Nuezca Death “Palabas Lang”, Says Gregorio Relative
Nuezca Death “Pwedeng Palabas Lang”, Says Relatives Of Victims NUEZCA DEATH “PALABAS LANG” – The family of Sonya and Frank Gregorio believes that Nuezca’s death could be staged. Yesterday, the Bureau of Corrections shocked the country after announcing Nuezca’s death. Although photos of Nuezca’s body surfaced, officials have yet to determine his cause of death. […] The post Nuezca Death “Palabas Lang”, Says Gregorio Relative appeared first on Philippine News.
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Derek Ramsay Defends Ellen Adarna From Criticisms, Calls Basher “Michael Jackson”
Derek Ramsay Hits Back At Basher Who Criticized Ellen Adarna’s Skin Pores DEREK RAMSAY – Filipino-British actor Derek Ramsay slammed a netizen who criticized Ellen Adarna’s skin pores. Celebrity couple Derek Ramsay and Ellen Adarna tied the knot on November 11 at the Rancho Bernardo in Bagac, Bataan. the Cebuana actress prepared 9 gowns for […] The post Derek Ramsay Defends Ellen Adarna From Criticisms, Calls Basher “Michael Jackson” appeared first on Philippine News.
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Loan Collector Pretended to Be Robbed After Losing Money to E-Sabong
Loan Collector Jailed After Losing Collection Money to E-Sabong Authorities arrested a loan collector after he pretended to be robbed after losing the money he collected to E-Sabong or online cockfight. According to the police complaint, a guy in Mangaldan, Pangasinan purported to be a victim of embezzlement after allegedly wagering and losing the money […] The post Loan Collector Pretended to Be Robbed After Losing Money to E-Sabong appeared first on Philippine News.
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South Korea hits new COVID-19 record, halts quarantine exemptions to block Omicron
    SEOUL - South Korea's daily record of coronavirus cases reached a fresh high on Thursday, as authorities halted quarantine exemptions for fully vaccinated inbound travellers for two weeks in a bid to fend off the Omicron variant. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported 5,266 cases for Wednesday, a day after the daily tally rose above 5,000 for the first time amid concerns over a sharp rise in patients with severe symptoms. South Korea will require a 10-day quarantine for all inbound travellers for two weeks starting Friday, halting exemptions given earlier to fully vaccinated people, the KDCA said. The measure came after South Kore...Keep on reading: South Korea hits new COVID-19 record, halts quarantine exemptions to block Omicron
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Alec Baldwin on fatal movie set shooting; ‘I didn’t pull the trigger’
LOS ANGELES — Alec Baldwin said he did not pull the trigger of the gun that killed a cinematographer on the movie set of “Rust,” while investigators in New Mexico zeroed in on how live ammunition may have found its way to the set. Baldwin, who was holding a gun he was told was safe […] The post Alec Baldwin on fatal movie set shooting; ‘I didn’t pull the trigger’ appeared first on Interaksyon.
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Blazers’ Lillard out at least 10 days with abdominal injury
  NEW YORK - Six-time NBA All-Star guard Damian Lillard will be sidelined at least 10 days with a lower abdominal injury, Portland Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said Wednesday. An MRI exam showed the extent of the injury, which will require Lillard to undergo recovery therapy for 10 days before being re-evaluated. In starting 20 games for Portland this season, Lillard is averaging 21.5 points, 7.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds over 35.7 minutes a contest. At 11-11, the Trail Blazers rank ninth in the Western Conference. Lillard sat out Portland's victory over Detroit on Tuesday due to the injury, which he has been coping with since helpin...Keep on reading: Blazers’ Lillard out at least 10 days with abdominal injury
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FAMAS 2021 Nominees – Here’s Complete and Official List Of Nominees
Here are the FAMAS 2021 nominees, the official nominees for its 69th edition. FAMAS 2021 NOMINEES – The Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards has finally named this year’s nominees on Wednesday. “Magikland,” romance drama “On Vodka, Beers, and Regrets,” and crime thriller “Watch List,” are the films that received the most nods in […] The post FAMAS 2021 Nominees – Here’s Complete and Official List Of Nominees appeared first on Philippine News.
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Rabiya Mateo Reveals Why She Chose GMA Over Other Networks
Rabiya Mateo talked about being a Kapuso Miss Universe Philippines 2020 Rabiya Mateo revealed the reason why she chose GMA-7 over other networks. From the pageant stint, Rabiya is now venturing into acting. In November, she formally signed a contract with the Kapuso network. From that, she was given the chance to showcase her acting […] The post Rabiya Mateo Reveals Why She Chose GMA Over Other Networks appeared first on Philippine News.
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PAGASA: PH Expects Light to Heavy Rains Due to Typhoon Outside PAR
PAGASA Releases Latest Weather Update for Thursday (December 2) The state weather bureau PAGASA reported that the typhoon outside PAR is expected to bring light to heavy rains over some parts of the country. On Thursday (December 2, 2021), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration released the latest weather update in the country. […] The post PAGASA: PH Expects Light to Heavy Rains Due to Typhoon Outside PAR appeared first on Philippine News.
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Facebook, Instagram remove Chinese network over fake ‘Swiss biologist’ COVID claims
      Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc said on Wednesday it had removed accounts used by an influence operation originating in China that promoted claims of a fake "Swiss biologist" saying the United States was interfering in the search for COVID-19's origins. Meta said in a report the social media campaign was "largely unsuccessful" and targeted English-speaking audiences in the United States and Britain and Chinese-speaking audiences in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Tibet. Claims by "Swiss biologist" Wilson Edwards were widely quoted by Chinese state media in July. In August, several Chinese newspapers removed comments and deleted articles quoting him after t...Keep on reading: Facebook, Instagram remove Chinese network over fake ‘Swiss biologist’ COVID claims
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PH Extends Vaccination Drive Vs. COVID-19
PH Task Force Vs. COVID-19 Extends Vaccination Push PH – The Philippine National Task Force Against COVID-19 decided to extend the 3-day vaccination drive against the COVID-19 pandemic. The fight against the COVID-19 is given a boost once more as a new threat was detected – the B.1.1.529 or Omicron that was first recorded in […] The post PH Extends Vaccination Drive Vs. COVID-19 appeared first on Philippine News.
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Wall Street dives as Omicron arrives in U.S.
NEW YORK - Major U.S. stock indices closed lower for the second straight day Wednesday after the first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was reported in the country, though markets elsewhere rebounded. Wall Street spent most of the day recouping losses suffered in the prior session, until the US government announced the first case of the latest coronavirus strain which derailed the rally. The sell off left the Dow and S&P 500 more than one percent lower at the close, while the Nasdaq plummeted nearly two percent. "We've seen this movie before and Wall Street will likely remain COVID variant headline driven until a clear assessment over this wave can be made," Edwar...Keep on reading: Wall Street dives as Omicron arrives in U.S.
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EARTHQUAKE: 3.2 Magnitude Quake Recorded in Southern Leyte
Southern Leyte Hit by Earthquake with 3.2 Magnitude EARTHQUAKE – The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded a 3.2 magnitude quake in Southern Leyte, December 2, 2021. Most of the time, quakes hit with no prior signs. Recently, several places in and out of the Philippines were shaken by quakes of different magnitudes. […] The post EARTHQUAKE: 3.2 Magnitude Quake Recorded in Southern Leyte appeared first on Philippine News.
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Real and virtual fans attend ‘The Witcher’ London premiere
      LONDON - The cast of Netflix's "The Witcher" hit the red carpet in London's Leicester Square on Wednesday for the premiere of the second season of the epic fantasy series that fans attended in person and virtually. Based on the series of novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, the highly-anticipated second season follows Geralt of Rivia, played by British actor Henry Cavill, as he hunts monsters in a fantasy realm known as the Continent. Anya Chalotra, who plays sorceress Yennefer, said seeing all the fans at the event made the success of the show feel real to her. More fans of the show watched the premiere online through a video call streaming ...Keep on reading: Real and virtual fans attend ‘The Witcher’ London premiere
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Alec Baldwin on fatal movie set shooting; ‘I didn’t pull the trigger’
      LOS ANGELES - Alec Baldwin said he did not pull the trigger of the gun that killed a cinematographer on the movie set of "Rust," while investigators in New Mexico zeroed in on how live ammunition may have found its way to the set. Baldwin, who was holding a gun he was told was safe when it went off, spoke in his first full interview about the Oct. 21 shooting. "Well, the trigger wasn't pulled. I didn't pull the trigger," the actor told ABC television journalist George Stephanopoulos, according to an excerpt released on Wednesday of the interview, which is to be broadcast on Thursday. "I would never point a gun at anyone and pull a trigger at the...Keep on reading: Alec Baldwin on fatal movie set shooting; ‘I didn’t pull the trigger’
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Rainy Thursday in Bicol, VisMin due to approaching typhoon — Pagasa
https://youtu.be/cy8OEvQVIpU   MANILA, Philippines --- The typhoon outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) may trigger light to heavy rains in the Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao on Thursday, the state weather bureau reported. In its 5 a.m. advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Typhoon Nyatoh was estimated to be 1,440 kilometers east northeast of Southern Luzon, packing sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center with gustiness of up to 150 kph. Pagasa said the typhoon is forecast to move north-northwest and may not enter PAR. "Despite its distance from the Phi...Keep on reading: Rainy Thursday in Bicol, VisMin due to approaching typhoon — Pagasa
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Inspired Djokovic powers Serbia into Davis Cup semi-finals
  MADRID - Imperious Novak Djokovic sent Serbia into a Davis Cup semi-final against Croatia as the world number one inspired a comeback victory over Kazakhstan in Madrid on Wednesday. Serbia had their backs to the wall when Kazakh veteran Mikhail Kukushkin beat debutant Miomir Kecmanovic in a three-hour epic in the first singles rubber. But Djokovic calmly levelled the tie with a straight-sets defeat of Alexander Bublik before returning to court to team up with Nikola Cacic and beat Kazakh pair Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-2 2-6 6-3. Djokovic has played five out of a possible six rubbers at the Davis Cup Finals so far and looks in the mood to take the te...Keep on reading: Inspired Djokovic powers Serbia into Davis Cup semi-finals
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WTA suspends tournaments in China over Peng Shuai worries
    The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) said on Wednesday it will suspend lucrative tournaments in China immediately due to concerns over the treatment of former doubles world number one Peng Shuai and the safety of other players. The decision, which was applauded by many current and former tennis players, could cost the U.S.-headquartered WTA hundreds of millions of dollars in broadcasting and sponsorship. Peng's whereabouts became a matter of international concern https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/china-editor-says-he-does-not-think-peng-faces-retribution-2021-11-19 following a nearly three-week public absence after she posted a message on social...Keep on reading: WTA suspends tournaments in China over Peng Shuai worries
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Michigan teen charged with 1st-degree murder, held without bond in shooting spree
    A Michigan teenager was ordered held without bond on Wednesday after being charged with first-degree murder in the deadliest U.S. school shooting of the year, which killed four students and wounded seven other people. Ethan Crumbley, a 15-year-old sophomore at a high school in Oxford, Michigan, about 40 miles (65 km) north of Detroit, was charged with a slew of criminal counts in Tuesday's shooting spree, Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney Karen McDonald said. "I am absolutely sure after reviewing evidence that it isn't even a close call," she told a briefing. "It was absolutely premeditated." In addition to four counts of first-degree murder, Crumbley f...Keep on reading: Michigan teen charged with 1st-degree murder, held without bond in shooting spree
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CN aims to re-open crucial rail line in flood-hit province this weekend
    Canadian National Railway Co said on Wednesday that it was aiming to re-open its track in the crucial Kamloops-to-Vancouver corridor in the flood-hit province of British Columbia this weekend. The Pacific province, trying to rebuild after devastating floods in November, received more rain over the weekend and this week. CN operates one of the two critical rail lines in British Columbia that were forced to shut due to flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains. CN, which restarted limited service in the region last week, has now diverted some traffic from the corridor to the Port of Prince Rupert, while moving some of its trains on other available rail l...Keep on reading: CN aims to re-open crucial rail line in flood-hit province this weekend
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Omicron rapidly dominating in South Africa, U.S. reports first case
    JOHANNESBURG/WASHINGTON - Heavily mutated Omicron is rapidly becoming the dominant variant of the coronavirus in South Africa less than four weeks after it was first detected there, and the United States on Wednesday became the latest country to identify an Omicron case within its borders. The first known U.S. case was a fully vaccinated person in California who returned to the United States from South Africa on Nov. 22 and tested positive seven days later. The infected person had mild symptoms and was in self-quarantine, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top U.S. infectious disease official, told reporters at the White House. Late on Tuesday, airlines in the United S...Keep on reading: Omicron rapidly dominating in South Africa, U.S. reports first case
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Peas on Earth: Veggie beer a Christmas hit
REYKJAVIK --- A Christmas beer made from green peas and marinated red cabbage has become a festive hit in Iceland, flying off the shelves within hours. Made by a small Reykjavik brewery, the recipe for "Ora Jolabjor" --- Ora Christmas Beer --- is inspired by Iceland's Christmas dinner. The nation's Yuletide feast typically features peas and red cabbage alongside smoked leg of lamb and caramelized potatoes. The new ale, which has 5.2-percent alcohol content, is the brainchild of Valgeir Valgeirsson, a master brewer at RVK Brewing. He has made a name for himself in past years by developing popular Christmas beers made from algae, Christmas tree trunks and even dried fish. ...Keep on reading: Peas on Earth: Veggie beer a Christmas hit
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Outstanding gov’t debt hit historic high in Oct
The settlement in October of P80.8 billion in the first-ever retail dollar bonds (RDBs), plus sustained domestic borrowings, jacked up the national government's outstanding debt closer to the P12-trillion mark. The latest Bureau of the Treasury data on Wednesday showed that total obligations inched up by 0.46 percent to P11.97 trillion as of October from P11.92 trillion in September. Year-on-year, the debt stock jumped 19.4 percent from over P10 trillion in end-October 2020. Locally sourced debt rose 0.96 percent month-on-month and 19.7 percent year-on-year to P8.47 trillion. The Treasury attributed these increases to net issuance of government securities, which meant the T-bills a...Keep on reading: Outstanding gov’t debt hit historic high in Oct
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Low vax rate obscuring econ recovery, says Diokno
The low vaccination rate in the country amid growing concerns over emerging new virus strains, the latest of which is the Omicron variant, may yet derail the economy's comeback. "Economic activity is vastly improving," Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno said. "Yet, the overall momentum of the economic recovery remains foggy as long as a big part of the population remains unvaccinated and there is still a possible emergence of more virulent variants." According to Our World in Data, a project of the UK-based Global Change Data Lab, there are about 35.7 million fully vaccinated people in the Philippines, just one-third of the population. "Nevertheless, the sustai...Keep on reading: Low vax rate obscuring econ recovery, says Diokno
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Omicron clobbers PH stocks; PSEi plunges below 7,000
Philippine stocks were slammed by a major selldown as the benchmark index plummeted over 250 points on Wednesday as the Omicron variant challenged the early stirrings of an economic rebound. By the closing bell, the Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi) fell 3.52 percent, or 253.82 points, to 6,947.06 while the broader all-shares index lost 2.7 percent, or 103.75 points, to 3,734.38. Investors fled risky equities as the local market emerged from a holiday and after Wall Street indices tumbled overnight. Net foreign selling alone hit P1.25 billion at the PSE. Adding to investors' woes were comments made by Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell that talks over the slowing down of m...Keep on reading: Omicron clobbers PH stocks; PSEi plunges below 7,000
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Recovering manufacturing faces risks from ‘resignations’
With the economic reopening reinvigorating consumer demand, the Philippines' purchasing managers' index (), an indicator for manufacturing sector growth, hit an eight-month high in November. In a report on Wednesday, global information provider IHS Markit said PMI further rose to 51.7 last month from 51 in October. A reading above 50 meant overall manufacturing activities expanded. "Business conditions in the Philippines manufacturing sector continued to strengthen ... Demand expanded for the first time in eight months, while output neared stability," IHS Markit said. IHS Markit economist Shreeya Patel said the November outturn signaled manufacturing recovery following months of...Keep on reading: Recovering manufacturing faces risks from ‘resignations’
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Global Remit, Manileño triumph as men’s semis cast is sealed
Global Remit knocked down MRT Negros and the doors to the semifinals on Wednesday to complete the cast for the next round of the Philippine National Volleyball Federation Champions League men's championship at Aquamarine Recreation Center in Lipa City. Josh Villanueva came through with back-to-back blocks just as MRT Negros threatened to take the third set. He then hammered a spike for the go-ahead point, 22-21, en route to Global Remit's 25-21, 25-19, 25-23 triumph. With a 1-2 record, Global ended up tied with MRT Negros and Sabong International but will progress on account of a better set quotient. As the No. 2 seed in Pool B, it will take on title favorite Go For Gold in ...Keep on reading: Global Remit, Manileño triumph as men’s semis cast is sealed
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UnionBank surprise front-runner for Citi’s PH retail business
Aboitiz-led Union Bank of the Philippines is the "preferred bidder" for the Philippine consumer and retail banking assets of American banking giant Citigroup, a report from Bloomberg newswire said. In the coming weeks, UnionBank will negotiate on the sale in a prospective deal valued at $1 billion, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing anonymous sources. "It's somewhat surprising given that one of the top three banks was expected to win," said Raymond Neil Franco, head of research at local stock brokerage Abacus Securities. "Citi's Philippines consumer business should be a good fit for UnionBank's strength in corporate and treasury. Together with the push into digital banking,...Keep on reading: UnionBank surprise front-runner for Citi’s PH retail business
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Omicron present in five out of nine South African provinces – data
JOHANNESBURG --- The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has been detected in five out of nine South African provinces and accounted for 74% of the virus genomes sequenced in November, data from the country's National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) showed on Wednesday. The variant, which has raised global fears of a surge in infections, was first detected in southern Africa last week. The NICD said the earliest detection of the variant in South Africa was on Nov. 8 in Gauteng, the most populous province. It said that until the end of October, the Delta variant accounted for most of the genomes sequenced, but in November Omicron had overtaken Delta. Color-coded gra...Keep on reading: Omicron present in five out of nine South African provinces – data
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WHO expects to have more information on Omicron transmission ‘within days’
GENEVA --- The World Health Organization expects to have more information on the transmissibility of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus within days, its technical lead on COVID-19, Maria van Kerkhove, said in a briefing on Wednesday. That was faster than the "weeks" the WHO had predicted last week that it would take to assess the data available on the variant after designating it a "variant of concern", its highest rating. Whether the variant is more transmissible or evades vaccines are some of the major questions that still need answering. Vaccine developers have said it will take about two weeks to assess whether their shots are effective against it. Van Kerkhov...Keep on reading: WHO expects to have more information on Omicron transmission ‘within days’
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Enchong Dee would love to do this PH president’s biopic
I will definitely turn my back on show biz," declared actor-TV host Enchong Dee when asked for the first thing he would do if ever he decides to toss his hat into the ring and become a public servant. "For me, you can't be an 'artista' while you're in public service. I will stop everything. My businesses can't be associated with my being in politics. If ever, I want to be a public servant, not a politician," the 33-year-old said. "I always get asked about my plan to run. Right now, my answer is a big 'no.' This is because I am able to do a lot of things for others---something that I don't need to elaborate on---while being a private citizen, things that all public servants shou...Keep on reading: Enchong Dee would love to do this PH president’s biopic
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Duathlete-vlogger Aira Lopez to cohost ‘Cycling Unlimited’
Duathlete and vlogger Aira Lopez said she had her first brush with show biz a few years ago when she became a body double for an actress in a teleserye. "They needed a female who could swim and ride a bike. All my scenes that got aired were top view. My face was never shown, obviously," Aira told reporters in a recent gathering to launch her as one of the hosts of the sports and travel program "Cycling Unlimited." Commercial model and bike enthusiast Kyle Mendoza will share hosting chores with Aira. "Prior to all these, I never really imagined myself as part of show biz. Until now, I still can't believe that I'm a host of a television program," Aira told Inquirer Entertainme...Keep on reading: Duathlete-vlogger Aira Lopez to cohost ‘Cycling Unlimited’
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‘Think long and hard’: No to political colors on your Christmas tree
Christmas ornaments are investments." This is Badang Rueda's tip for homeowners shopping for Christmas decor. The event stylist to celebrities such as Heart Evangelista and Regine Velasquez advises going for elements that they can use for years to come. Rueda embraces traditional Christmas colors such as red, gold and silver. Instead of buying new decor every year, he suggests following this color scheme and to just keep adding to them. "To update a tree, I mix in new elements. The previous years' decor that did not make the cut this year are used in other parts of the house," he told Lifestyle in Filipino. A high price tag doesn't equate to beauty. That's why he is not a...Keep on reading: ‘Think long and hard’: No to political colors on your Christmas tree
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Expose trolls, fight disinformation, especially with 2022 elections approaching – think tank
MANILA, Philippines --- "We need to collectively expose and denounce trolls," Dindo Manhit, founder and president of Stratbase ADR Institute, an independent Philippine-based think tank, said in a statement issued on Wednesday. "Filipinos have a moral duty to counter disinformation because it threatens democracy by hampering people's ability to make enlightened decisions for their lives and the future of our nation," Manhit said. Several advocates of transparency in governance also agreed on this point during the fifth and last session of Pilipinas Conference 2021, titled "Recovering Philippine Democracy Beyond 2022" organized by Stratbase ADR Institute late last November. "W...Keep on reading: Expose trolls, fight disinformation, especially with 2022 elections approaching – think tank
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