KUWTT: Dutertes top OCTA election survey | Aug 4, 2021

Good Day! Here are the top stories of The Manila Times for Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

READ: Dutertes top OCTA election survey

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio again topped a survey for president, conducted by OCTA Research in July.

READ: WHO: Delta leaves larger local footprint

The Delta variant of Covid-19 could have a “larger footprint” in the country, according to the World Health Organization or WHO.

READ: Petecio Olympic silver a 1st for a Pinay boxer

Boxer Nesthy Petecio won the silver medal in the women’s featherweight division of the Tokyo Olympics in the finals held at the Kokugikan Arena on Tuesday, a first for a Filipino boxer since 1924 when the Philippines debuted in probably the most competitive of international sporting events.

Meanwhile, in other news…

READ: Fewer girls born in next 10 years ‒ research

An estimated 4.7 million fewer girls are expected to be born globally in the next 10 years because of sex-selective practices in countries with a cultural preference for male offspring, a trend that could undermine social cohesion in the long term, research showed on Tuesday.

READ: Limited public transport allowed during ECQ

The Department of Transportation will retain the current public transport capacity, which is at 50 percent for public utility vehicles or PUVs as well as the number of PUVs in the National Capital Region once the enhanced community quarantine or ECQ is imposed from August 6 to 20.

READ: Senate ratifies proposed LPG regulation law

The Senate has ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the disagreeing provisions of Senate Bill 1955 and House Bill 9325 that seek to regulate the liquid petroleum gas or LPG industry.

READ: House grants Maynilad, Manila Water franchises

The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bills 9422 and 9423, granting Maynilad Water Services Inc. and Manila Water Co. its respective franchises.

In regional news,

READ: Cavite mayor resigns due to health reasons

Mayor Walter Echevarria Jr. officially stepped down from his post as chief executive of the municipality on Tuesday, nine months before the 2022 local elections.

In world news,

READ: Reject Myanmar plan, Asean told

The United States said Myanmar’s junta was playing for time with a two-year election time frame as Secretary of State Antony Blinken prepared to encourage the Association of Southeast Asian Nations or Asean to appoint an envoy.

In business,

READ: Moody’s sees 5% credit growth in PH

Moody’s Investors Service forecasts a 5-perent credit growth in the Philippines this year but warned that further lockdowns are a key downside risk.

And in sports,

READ: Paalam assured of a medal in Tokyo

Carlo Paalam stunned 2016 Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan to enter the semifinals and assured the Philippines it’s first four-medal finish in the Olympic Games in the men’s flyweight boxing at the Kokugikan Arena in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday.

Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino are the featured columnists on the front page of The Times.

Tiglao underscores how

READ: Pandemic reveals US and West’s callousness and selfishness

Fr. Aquino discusses

READ: Involuntary retirement

In The Times editorial, it is spelled out why

READ: GM crop approvals will boost PH health, agri productivity

Read all about it.

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