KUWTT: Comelec extends voters’ registration | Sept. 29, 2021

Good Day! Here are the top stories of The Manila Times for Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

READ: Comelec extends voters’ registration

The Commission on Elections or Comelec will approve on Wednesday the extension of the voter registration period to Oct. 31, 2021, Surigao del Norte First District Rep. Francisco Jose Matugas 2nd said.

READ: Most Pinoys frown on Duterte’s VP candidacy

MAJORITY of Filipinos surveyed by the Social Weather Stations said the vice presidential bid of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2022 would violate the Constitution.

READ: Medical experts back reopening of economy

Two former Health secretaries and different medical experts backed the business sector’s call to ramp up vaccinations to protect Filipinos while allowing vaccinated individuals to sustain the economy.

Meanwhile, in other news…

READ: Kids to get Covid jabs in October

President Rodrigo Duterte gave the green light for the vaccination of the general population, including children, against Covid-19 starting this October, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

READ: Duterte again mulls mandatory jabs

President Rodrigo Duterte toyed again with the idea of making vaccination mandatory to protect the public from Covid-19.

READ: Senate renews water firms’ franchises

The Senate approved on third and final reading the proposed bills renewing for another 25 years the franchises of water concessionaires Manila Water Company Inc. and Maynilad Water Services Inc.

READ: Rape, cases of domestic violence increase in QC

Cases of rape and violence against women and children increased in Quezon City during the Covid-19 pandemic, prompting Mayor Josefina “Joy” Belmonte to call on victims to come out and report such abuses.

In regional news,

READ: Probe on carrot smuggling sought

A lawmaker seeks to file a resolution to investigate the alleged smuggling of carrots in the country that had significantly affected the market price of highland vegetables, produced by thousands of farmers in Benguet.

In world news,

READ: North Korea fires more nuke missiles

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea fired on Tuesday what appeared to be a nuclear-powered ballistic missile, Japanese government officials said.

READ: Negotiations on $3.5-T spending bill hit stalemate

Negotiations over US President Joe Biden’s $3.5-trillion spending bill have hit a “stalemate,” leaving the fate of his entire first-term agenda up in the air.

In business,

READ: WB further cuts PH growth projections

The World Bank has further cut its Philippine economic growth projections for this year and next year, citing the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic as the reason.

And in sports,

READ: It’s do or die for Ginebra, NLEX

Win or go home ‒ that’s the situation defending champion Barangay Ginebra and NLEX are facing to keep their respective campaigns alive in the PBA Philippine Cup.

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

Tiglao says

READ: Locsin talks as if he were the US spokesman

Fr. Aquino asks

READ: Whose version, whose perspective?

In The Times editorial, it is urged that

READ: Decentralization should continue beyond Duterte’s term

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With Aric John Sy Cua, Paolo Dimaapi and Christian Maghanoy, this is Dafort Villaseran reporting. Have a great week!

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