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KUWTT: Businesses push Alert Level 2 | Oct. 29, 2021

Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Friday, October 29, 2021.

READ: Businesses push Alert Level 2

As Covid-19 cases continue to dip, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Maria “Joey”Concepcion 3rd and business owners called on the government to place the National Capital Region (NCR) under Alert Level 2 to help businesses recover. Metro Manila is currently under Alert Level 3, allowing a 50 percent capacity for outdoor operations and 30 percent for indoor activities in select establishments. Concepcion, who is also the founder of Go Negosyo, said that business sectors look forward to the further downgrading of the alert level, as this would allow them to expand their operations.

READ: BBM again leads another survey

FORMER senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. led another noncommissioned presidential survey showing that the public sees him as their preferred presidential candidate in the 2022 national elections. Marcos is running for president under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) banner. His camp on Thursday said the former lawmaker topped the survey conducted by the Issues and Advocacy Center or The Center from September 27 to October 8. Based on the nationwide survey conducted among 2,400 respondents, Marcos led the presidential race after securing 23.5 percent of the votes.

READ: Michael Yang a foreign spy – Gordon

SEN. Richard “Dick” Gordon on Thursday raised suspicion that President Rodrigo Duterte’s former economic adviser, Chinese businessman Michael Yang, is a “spy” for Beijing. Gordon, chairman of the Senate blue ribbon committee, wondered why President Duterte kept on defending Pharmally executives and “someone named Michael Yang”. The senators questioned the decision of the Procurement Service-Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) to award over P9 billion worth of contracts to Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. despite having only P625,000 in paid-up capital.

READ: Pharmally execs can’t evade Senate probe

Meanwhile, Gordon said executives of Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. linked to the alleged overpriced medical supplies cannot invoke the Data Privacy Act in refusing to cooperate with the Senate, as the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee resumed its investigation of the alleged anomaly. He said Pharmally executives Linconn Ong, Mohit Dargani, Twinkle Dargani and former presidential economic adviser Michael Yang cannot hide behind Republic Act (RA) 10173 to evade questioning and in refusing to submit documents asked by the Senate.

READ: DENR mulls temporary closure of dolomite beach

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is contemplating closing temporarily the Manila Bay dolomite beach for expansion, an official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said. Interior undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a TV interview that there is a possibly that the controversial beach will be closed from All Saints’ Day “until such time” that the DENR has completed the expansion.

BUSINESS: Financial inclusion to drive growth

Topping business, financial inclusion will enable the vulnerable to step out of poverty, reduce inequality and help drive economic growth, a Land Bank of the Philippines (LandBank) official said. According to Land Bank senior vice president Randolph Monteza during The Manila Times’ anniversary forum, Let the Future Begin: Moving forward despite Covid-19, recent empirical evidence and a growing number of literature indicate that access to basic financial services like savings, credit, and insurance make a substantial positive impact on people’s lives.

SPORTS: Tapales to fight Japanese champ on Nov. 27

In sports, former World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion Marlon “Nightmare” Tapales of Lanao del Norte will fight Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) super bantamweight champion Hiroaki Teshigawara of Japan on November 27 at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas in Nevada, USA. The bout will be an International Boxing Federation (IBF) super bantamweight world title eliminator as Tapales is rated No. 4 and Teshigawara is ranked No. 3. The 29-year-old Tapales has been training at the Brick House Gym and the Wild-card Gym in Los Angeles, California since July under coaches Ernil Fontanillia andLucas Sugar. Tapales said he is currently doing six rounds of sparring daily against different opponents in the two gyms.

READ: Opinion and editorial

Rigoberto Tiglao and Ruben Torres are today’s front page columnists. Tiglao believes it is the worst timing for an election for the opposition, while Torres discusses the workers’ agenda for the next administration.

Today’s editorial talks about challenges facing the COP26 climate summit. Read a full version on the paper’s opinion section or listen to the Voice of the Times.

For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on print, subscribe to its digital edition or log on to www.manilatimes.net. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and Keep Up With The Times.

On behalf of The Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe Friday ahead.

KUWTT: Chua sees strong growth in 2022 | Oct. 28, 2021

Good day. Here are the Top Stories of The Manila Times for Oct. 28, 2021:

READ: Chua sees strong growth in 2022

SOCIOECONOMIC Planning Secretary Karl Chua on Wednesday said managing risks will allow the Philippine economy to go back to growth trajectory this year and return to pre-pandemic growth level by the latter part of 2022 or early 2023. He added that ramping up the vaccination campaign will help the country achieve a stronger growth next year. Chua said the government started to better manage the risks by implementing the alert level system. Chua, who is also director-general of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), admitted that the long-run total cost of Covid-19 and the forced quarantine to present and future society is estimated at P41.4 trillion.

READ: ‘WE HAVE TO VACCINATE EVERYONE’

PRESIDENTIAL Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd on Wednesday said that the successful reopening of the economy hinges on the vaccination campaign against Covid-19. In the virtual forum organized by The Manila Times, Concepcion said the country has to vaccinate to “the max” and focus on addressing the vaccine hesitancy particularly in the provinces. The official said it is not enough that only the capital region reaches a high vaccination rate, but the entire country should be able to do so. Concepcion also emphasized the need to strengthen the bakuna bubble, which he said has two components — the family bubble and the negosyo or business bubble.

READ: Sara backers choose BBM – expert

FORMER senator and presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.s’ topping the PUBLiCUS Asia Inc. surve could be attributed to the people’s desire for continuity or departure from the current form of governance, a data scientist said. PUBLiCUS data scientist Dr. David Yap explained that this became more apparent after Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio decided not to run for president. Yap said he is not at liberty to disclose the number of respondents who wants Duterte-Caprio to run for president.

READ: Pinoys’ quality of life worsened – survey

MAJORITY of Filipinos admitted that their quality of life worsened in the past 12 months, Social Weather Stations (SWS) said in its September 2021 survey results. It said that 57 percent of those surveyed said that their life got worse (losers), while 13 percent said that it got better (gainers), resulting in a Net Gainer score of -44 percent. However, 29 percent of the respondents said that their life was the same.

In World News

READ: Finnish scientists create lab-grown coffee

HELSINKI: Latte drinkers may in the future be sipping on java sourced from a petri dish rather than a plantation, say scientists behind a new technique to grow what they hope to be sustainable coffee in a lab. Heiko Rischer said his team of researchers at the Finnish technical research institute VTT believe their coffee would avoid many of the environmental pitfalls associated with the mass production of one of the world’s favorite drinks. The coffee is not ground from beans, but instead grown from a cluster of coffee plant cells under closely controlled temperature, light and oxygen conditions in a bioreactor. Once roasted, the powder can be brewed in exactly the same way as conventional coffee.

Topping Business

READ: WB urges reforms to aid micro, small firms

THE government should put in place several reforms that will help micro and small firms grow amid the pandemic, World Bank Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand Ndiame Diop during The Manila Times’ “Let the Future Begin: Moving Forward Despite Covid-19” forum on Wednesday. Diop said the Philippines currently has large sophisticated and resilient firms and thousands of micro and small non-resilient firms. To support firms’ growth, Diop said the government should improve access to finance by improving the credit reporting system, collateral registry, and credit guarantees.

In Sports

READ: Braves rout Astros in Game 1 of World Series

LOS ANGELES: Jorge Soler smashed a home run on the first swing of the game and Adam Duvall blasted a two-run homer as the Atlanta Braves rolled over the Houston Astros 6-2 in the opening contest of the World Series on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). The Braves, who are in their first World Series since 1999 and haven’t won the Fall Classic since 1995, used a blistering start to post five runs in the first three innings and never looked back. Game two is Wednesday night in Houston.

READ: Knicks beat 76ers for 1st time since 2017

THE New York Knicks snapped a 15-game losing streak against the Philadelphia 76ers with a 112-99 victory on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier scored 19 and 18 points respectively to give the Knicks their first win over Philadelphia since April 12, 2017. Tobias Harris scored 23 points for the 76ers. Joel Embiid finished with 14 points and six rebounds, shooting just 2 for 7. He had been 12-0 in games he played against New York. In other games, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the San Antonio Spurs in overtime, 125-120; The Golden State Warriors defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 106-98; and the Dallas Mavericks downed the Houstom Rockets, 116-106.

READ: Opinion and Editorial

In today’s Editorial, The Times says the demand for open spaces cannot be ignored following the thousands of people who flocked to the “dolomite beach” in Manila last weekend amid a pandemic. Read the full version on the Opinion Section of the paper or listen to the Voice of The Times.

Antonio Contreras, Yen Makabenta and Edcel Lagman are the columnists on the front page. Contreras writes about the “pink debacle” and how it benefits Bongbong Marcos; Makabenta talks about the energy crunch facingn the world and the COP26 in Glasgow; and Lagman writes about the obliteration of despots and tyrants.

For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on print, subscribe to its digital edition or log on to www.manilatimes.net. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and Keep Up With The Times.

This is Christian Maghanoy reporting.

KUWTT: Yulo wins gold | Oct. 25, 2021

Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Monday, October 25, 2021.

READ: Yulo wins gold

FILIPINO gymnast Carlos Yulo ruled the vault event final round to win a gold medal at the 50th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at the Kitakyushu General Gymnasium in Japan on Sunday. Yulo scored an average of 14.916 points after an exquisite performance, which saw him record 14.800 points for his first vault and 15.033 for his second. Eager to bounce back after failing to defend his floor exercise title on Saturday, Yulo showed he’s on a mission right away as he executed a near flawless three-twirl act in mid-air for his first vault. The 21-year-old, who placed third in the vault’s qualification phase with 14.808 points, then bolstered his chances of winning the event with an impeccable Dragulescu in the second vault where he launched himself high for multiple body rolls on the way down. Japanese Hidenobu Yonukera claimed the silver medal with an average of 14.866 points, while Israeli Andrey Medvedev captured the bronze with 14.649.

READ: Survey validates Bongbong’s lead in street polls

THE lead of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in the recent survey of Publicus Asia validated the results of the series of Kalye Surveys conducted in the first two weeks of October. The Publicus survey showed Marcos, the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard bearer, way ahead of the other presidential bets vying in the 2022 elections. The Publicus poll showed an “overwhelming preference” for Marcos in key voting areas. In the National Capital Region, he got over 40 percent preference, and 55.7 percent in North and Central Luzon.

READ: Covid cases going down fast – OCTA

CASES of Covid-19 are declining fast, falling by 35 percent in the past week, OCTA researcher Dr. Guido David said on Sunday. During the seven-day period, infections went down from 8,400 to 5,400. David said the decline could be attributed to the vaccination campaign since those getting infected were people without jabs, or were vaccinated but with comorbidities or those whose bodies cannot reproduce as many antibodies to fight the virus.

READ: Sale of Chevron’s Malampaya share invalid – Gatchalian

SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian said there was enough evidence to show that the sale of Chevron’s 45 percent stake in the Malampaya gas project to the Udenna group was “defective and invalid.” Gatchalian scrutinized Udenna’s buy-out of Chevron in Malampaya during the hearing of the proposed 2022 budget of the Department of Energy (DoE). Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi told Gatchalian that no prior approval by the government was needed in Chevron’s transfer of its stakes to Udenna’s UC Malampaya Philippines Pte Ltd. Cusi added that it was based on an evaluation using the so-called “farm-in process,” which according to Gatchalian made DoE’s explanation all the more confusing.

READ: Survey sees pay rise for employees in 2022

FILIPINO employees could expect a salary increase of around 5.6 percent in 2022, a survey by a global brokering company of 1,405 companies from 13 markets in the Asia Pacific found. Willis Towers Watson’s 2021 Salary Budget Planning Survey provided data on salary budget increase percentages for the past and current years, along with projected increases for 2022. Those in the sectors of medical technology, business support service, including business process outsourcing (BPOs), and manufacturing industries posted the highest average salary budget increase — between 5.2 and 5.7 percent, according to the poll. By 2022, it is projected that medtech will remain as the top industry for a salary increase at 7.3 percent, followed by construction, property, and engineering at 6.2 percent, and business support services including BPOs and pharmaceuticals and health science at 6.1 percent each. Workers in the financial services, insurance, and energy and natural resources industries can expect the lowest pay increases for 2022, at 5.1, 4.8, and 4.7 percent respectively.

READ: Ongpin assails drug charges

JULIAN Ongpin questioned the filing of drug charges against him by the Department of Justice (DoJ), claiming that he was denied his right to appeal the resolution issued by government prosecutors. The son of former Trade secretary Roberto Ongpin asked the Regional Trial Court of San Fernando City in La Union to defer the issuance of an arrest warrant and suspend the proceedings on his controversial drug case. Ongpin, a person of interest in the death of artist Breana “Bree” Jonson, said that he only learned about the DoJ resolution recommending the filing of a complaint against him from online news portals.

BUSINESS: 2021 inflation seen to average 4.3%

Over to business, analysts anticipate a higher average inflation rate this year, with generally balanced risks, according to a poll done by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). The central bank said in its 2021 Third Quarter Inflation Report that the findings of a survey of 21 private sector analysts revealed that the mean inflation outlook for 2021 has risen to 4.3 percent, up from 4.1 percent in the previous survey, The projection for 2021 was faster than the 2.6 percent average in 2020. It is, however, slower than the BSP’s forecast of 4.4 percent, but it exceeds the government’s aim of 2-4 percent.

READ: Opinion and editorial

Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino are today’s front page columnists. Tiglao hits out at critics over presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos’ supposed “degree” at Oxford University, while Fr. Aquino talks about rationality and the polls.

Today’s editorial welcomes broad political views, but people should choose wisely in next year’s elections. Read a full version on the paper’s opinion section or listen to the Voice of the Times.

For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on print, subscribe to its digital edition or log on to www.manilatimes.net. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and Keep Up With The Times.

On behalf of The Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe week ahead.

KUWTT: Duterte: Rappler scraps ‘biased’ survey | Oct. 18, 2021

Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Monday, October 18, 2021.

READ: Rappler scraps ‘biased’ survey

ONLINE media outfit Rappler deleted its Facebook presidential survey after netizens accused it of using the poll for propaganda, according to several vloggers on Sunday. The vloggers said Rappler has apologized to “angry” netizens and explained that the survey had to be taken down since it was not aligned with its objectives. They said the manipulation was discovered when the total number of those who reacted “did not tally” with the list of netizens who actually reacted. Rappler asked Facebook users in an October 7 post to respond with specific emojis to indicate their preferred presidential bet. The poll asked the question: “Who is your presidential bet for the 2022 elections?” An amused emoji meant a vote for Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, a thumbs-up sign for Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, a heart emoji for Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, a shocked emoji for Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., and a caring emoji for Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao.

READ: Covid cases dip, lowest in 3 months

COVID-19 cases continue to dip as the government ramped up its vaccination program, pouring more vaccines in areas outside the National Capital Region. On Sunday, the Department of Health (DoH) reported 6,913 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the total to 2,720,368 cases. It was the lowest number of new cases since July.

READ: ‘Maring’ damage to agriculture hits P1.87B

AGRICULTURAL damage and losses from Tropical Storm “Maring” (international name: Kompasu) rose to P1.87 billion, the Department of Agriculture said on Sunday. The agency said Maring damaged 69,868 hectares of agricultural areas and 91,407 metric tons of produce. The storm affected 60,195 farmers and fishers.Hard-hit areas include the Ilocos and Bicol regions, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Mimaropa (Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Western Visayas and Soccsksargen.

READ: ECOP, govt map out loan for workers’ 13th month pay

THE Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) is working with the government to map out the mechanics of a loan facility to help pandemic-hit micro and small companies provide workers their 13th month pay. ECOP President Sergio Ortiz Luis Jr. said the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the Department of Finance agreed in principle to provide P200-million to P500-million interest-free loans for small companies. The money will be sourced from the available funding of the Small Business Corp. (SBCorp) under Bayanihan 2.

BUSINESS: PH up in Peddling Peril Index list

Over to business, the Philippines has improved its ranking the latest edition of the Peddling Peril Index (PPI), the Trade department said on Sunday, moving up to 49th out of 200 countries from 86th a year earlier. The Philippines’ 2021/2022 PPI score increased by 273 points to 755 from 482 in the previous year.

SPORTS: Role players crucial for underdog Hotshots

Our top sports story discusses about Calvin Abueva, Ian Sangalang, Paul Lee and Mark Barroca, who are the key players for the underdog Magnolia Hotshots in their return to the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

READ: Opinion and editorial

Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino are today’s front page columnists. Tiglao analyzes the aforementioned issues surrounding an election poll by Rappler, while Fr. Aquino believes the Catholic Church is listening to the government.

Today’s editorial discusses the booster shot vaccines against Covid-19. Read a full version on the paper’s opinion section or listen to the Voice of the Times.

READ: Times announces new senior management team

The Manila Times has announced new designations of its senior management team members to better reflect their current roles and responsibilities. Effective today, Ederlina “Leena” Calso-Chua and Lyd Maritoni Lourdes “Lynette” Ordoñez-Luna will be co-managing editors of The Times. Apart from Calso-Chua and Ordoñez-Luna, The Times also announced the appointment of veteran newspaper executive Blanquita “Blanca” Calilung Mercado, who will be the new president in addition to her current role as chief operating officer (COO). Lastly, the former president, Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd, will be the new Times chairman and will remain concurrently as CEO. The Times, the longest-running national daily in the Philippines, celebrated its 123rd founding anniversary October 11. For much of the 20th century, it was the leading national daily not only in the Philippines but throughout Southeast Asia, even earning the title “the grand old dame” of newspapers.

For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on print, subscribe to its digital edition or log on to www.manilatimes.net. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and Keep Up With The Times.

On behalf of The Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe week ahead.

KUWTT: Duterte: Rappler scraps ‘biased’ survey | Oct. 18, 2021

Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Monday, October 18, 2021.

READ: Rappler scraps ‘biased’ survey

ONLINE media outfit Rappler deleted its Facebook presidential survey after netizens accused it of using the poll for propaganda, according to several vloggers on Sunday. The vloggers said Rappler has apologized to “angry” netizens and explained that the survey had to be taken down since it was not aligned with its objectives. They said the manipulation was discovered when the total number of those who reacted “did not tally” with the list of netizens who actually reacted. Rappler asked Facebook users in an October 7 post to respond with specific emojis to indicate their preferred presidential bet. The poll asked the question: “Who is your presidential bet for the 2022 elections?” An amused emoji meant a vote for Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, a thumbs-up sign for Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, a heart emoji for Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, a shocked emoji for Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., and a caring emoji for Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao.

READ: Covid cases dip, lowest in 3 months

COVID-19 cases continue to dip as the government ramped up its vaccination program, pouring more vaccines in areas outside the National Capital Region. On Sunday, the Department of Health (DoH) reported 6,913 new Covid-19 cases, pushing the total to 2,720,368 cases. It was the lowest number of new cases since July.

READ: ‘Maring’ damage to agriculture hits P1.87B

AGRICULTURAL damage and losses from Tropical Storm “Maring” (international name: Kompasu) rose to P1.87 billion, the Department of Agriculture said on Sunday. The agency said Maring damaged 69,868 hectares of agricultural areas and 91,407 metric tons of produce. The storm affected 60,195 farmers and fishers.Hard-hit areas include the Ilocos and Bicol regions, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Mimaropa (Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Western Visayas and Soccsksargen.

READ: ECOP, govt map out loan for workers’ 13th month pay

THE Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) is working with the government to map out the mechanics of a loan facility to help pandemic-hit micro and small companies provide workers their 13th month pay. ECOP President Sergio Ortiz Luis Jr. said the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the Department of Finance agreed in principle to provide P200-million to P500-million interest-free loans for small companies. The money will be sourced from the available funding of the Small Business Corp. (SBCorp) under Bayanihan 2.

BUSINESS: PH up in Peddling Peril Index list

Over to business, the Philippines has improved its ranking the latest edition of the Peddling Peril Index (PPI), the Trade department said on Sunday, moving up to 49th out of 200 countries from 86th a year earlier. The Philippines’ 2021/2022 PPI score increased by 273 points to 755 from 482 in the previous year.

SPORTS: Role players crucial for underdog Hotshots

Our top sports story discusses about Calvin Abueva, Ian Sangalang, Paul Lee and Mark Barroca, who are the key players for the underdog Magnolia Hotshots in their return to the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.

READ: Opinion and editorial

Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino are today’s front page columnists. Tiglao analyzes the aforementioned issues surrounding an election poll by Rappler, while Fr. Aquino believes the Catholic Church is listening to the government.

Today’s editorial discusses the booster shot vaccines against Covid-19. Read a full version on the paper’s opinion section or listen to the Voice of the Times.

READ: Times announces new senior management team

The Manila Times has announced new designations of its senior management team members to better reflect their current roles and responsibilities. Effective today, Ederlina “Leena” Calso-Chua and Lyd Maritoni Lourdes “Lynette” Ordoñez-Luna will be co-managing editors of The Times. Apart from Calso-Chua and Ordoñez-Luna, The Times also announced the appointment of veteran newspaper executive Blanquita “Blanca” Calilung Mercado, who will be the new president in addition to her current role as chief operating officer (COO). Lastly, the former president, Dante “Klink” Ang 2nd, will be the new Times chairman and will remain concurrently as CEO. The Times, the longest-running national daily in the Philippines, celebrated its 123rd founding anniversary October 11. For much of the 20th century, it was the leading national daily not only in the Philippines but throughout Southeast Asia, even earning the title “the grand old dame” of newspapers.

For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on print, subscribe to its digital edition or log on to www.manilatimes.net. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and Keep Up With The Times.

On behalf of The Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe week ahead.

KUWTT: Health experts to Duterte: Don’t hinder Senate probe | Oct. 12, 2021

Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

READ: Health experts to Duterte: Don’t hinder Senate probe

A GROUP of doctors and health experts called on President Rodrigo Duterte to allow key government officials to testify in the Senate investigation into the questionable purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers. In its manifesto, the group also urged the Department of Justice (DoJ) to create an “independent panel,” which would investigate claims of corruption in the Department of Health (DoH). The more than 300 physicians, including six former officials of the DoH, who signed the manifesto said the Covid-19 pandemic has allowed “free and unrestrained politicians and people with absolutely no competence in running the country, much less this catastrophic health debacle, to abuse power with impunity, misuse and steal taxpayers’ money and insult their intelligence, feed on the Filipinos’ desperation and helplessness at the time when their plea for true leadership is loudest but has remained unheeded.”

READ: Vaccination of general population begins

THE government on Monday began to vaccinate the general population against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the inoculation of the general public was launched after the assurance that more than 100 million doses of vaccines will be arriving in the fourth quarter of this year.

READ: Landslide win for Duterte’s Senate bets ‘a tall order’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte does not see a landslide victory for the administration candidates for the Senate, given the crowded field in 2022. In a quick catch up with spiritual adviser Apollo Quiboloy in Davao City, Duterte said if they work hard, they could have a good chance of making it.

READ: Quarantine for travelers shortened

MALACAÑANG on Monday announced that the new testing and quarantine protocols for passengers from countries, territories and jurisdictions designated as Covid-19 low-risk areas will apply to travelers already quarantined before the new guidelines took effect last October 8. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases last week issued a resolution shortening the number of quarantine days for individuals fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease.

READ: Gatchalian pushes bill vs nuisance candidates

SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian urged his colleagues to approve his bill that penalizes nuisance political candidates. The senator also raised the need to impose fines on nuisance candidates “for putting the election process in mockery or disrepute.” While the 1987 Constitution guarantees equal access to opportunities for public service, the Supreme Court has clarified that running for public office is a privilege and not a right.

BUSINESS: FDI net inflows up to $1.3 billion in July

Over to business, foreign direct investment (FDI) net inflows recorded double-digit growth in July as more investments came in, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Monday. The central bank, in a statement, said net flows surged by 52 percent to $1.3 billion in July compared to $831 million a year earlier.

SPORTS: Saso finishes at joint fourth in Founders Cup

In sports, Filipino golf wunderkind Yuka Saso shot 1-under 270 in the fourth and final round of the Cognizant Founders Cup to finish at joint fourth on Monday, October 11 (Philippine time) at the Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, New Jersey. Saso totaled 10-under 274 in the tournament, as she pocketed a prize of $138,664 or about P6.9 million to move up to third in the LPGA’s money rankings behind top earner American Nelly Korda and No.2 money maker South Korean Ko Jin Young.

READ: Opinion and editorial

Antonio Contreras and Yen Makabenta are today’s front page columnists. Contreras talks about corrupting the colors of the rainbow, while Makabenta claims the Nobel Peace Prize “stayed true” to its history of controversy.

Today’s editorial discusses the US and Taliban recalibrating relations. Read a full version on the paper’s opinion section or listen to the Voice of the Times.

For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on print, subscribe to its digital edition or log on to www.manilatimes.net. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and Keep Up With The Times.

On behalf of The Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe Tuesday ahead.

KUWTT: Health experts to Duterte: Don’t hinder Senate probe | Oct. 12, 2021

Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Tuesday, October 12, 2021.

READ: Health experts to Duterte: Don’t hinder Senate probe

A GROUP of doctors and health experts called on President Rodrigo Duterte to allow key government officials to testify in the Senate investigation into the questionable purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers. In its manifesto, the group also urged the Department of Justice (DoJ) to create an “independent panel,” which would investigate claims of corruption in the Department of Health (DoH). The more than 300 physicians, including six former officials of the DoH, who signed the manifesto said the Covid-19 pandemic has allowed “free and unrestrained politicians and people with absolutely no competence in running the country, much less this catastrophic health debacle, to abuse power with impunity, misuse and steal taxpayers’ money and insult their intelligence, feed on the Filipinos’ desperation and helplessness at the time when their plea for true leadership is loudest but has remained unheeded.”

READ: Vaccination of general population begins

THE government on Monday began to vaccinate the general population against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the inoculation of the general public was launched after the assurance that more than 100 million doses of vaccines will be arriving in the fourth quarter of this year.

READ: Landslide win for Duterte’s Senate bets ‘a tall order’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte does not see a landslide victory for the administration candidates for the Senate, given the crowded field in 2022. In a quick catch up with spiritual adviser Apollo Quiboloy in Davao City, Duterte said if they work hard, they could have a good chance of making it.

READ: Quarantine for travelers shortened

MALACAÑANG on Monday announced that the new testing and quarantine protocols for passengers from countries, territories and jurisdictions designated as Covid-19 low-risk areas will apply to travelers already quarantined before the new guidelines took effect last October 8. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases last week issued a resolution shortening the number of quarantine days for individuals fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease.

READ: Gatchalian pushes bill vs nuisance candidates

SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian urged his colleagues to approve his bill that penalizes nuisance political candidates. The senator also raised the need to impose fines on nuisance candidates “for putting the election process in mockery or disrepute.” While the 1987 Constitution guarantees equal access to opportunities for public service, the Supreme Court has clarified that running for public office is a privilege and not a right.

BUSINESS: FDI net inflows up to $1.3 billion in July

Over to business, foreign direct investment (FDI) net inflows recorded double-digit growth in July as more investments came in, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Monday. The central bank, in a statement, said net flows surged by 52 percent to $1.3 billion in July compared to $831 million a year earlier.

SPORTS: Saso finishes at joint fourth in Founders Cup

In sports, Filipino golf wunderkind Yuka Saso shot 1-under 270 in the fourth and final round of the Cognizant Founders Cup to finish at joint fourth on Monday, October 11 (Philippine time) at the Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, New Jersey. Saso totaled 10-under 274 in the tournament, as she pocketed a prize of $138,664 or about P6.9 million to move up to third in the LPGA’s money rankings behind top earner American Nelly Korda and No.2 money maker South Korean Ko Jin Young.

READ: Opinion and editorial

Antonio Contreras and Yen Makabenta are today’s front page columnists. Contreras talks about corrupting the colors of the rainbow, while Makabenta claims the Nobel Peace Prize “stayed true” to its history of controversy.

Today’s editorial discusses the US and Taliban recalibrating relations. Read a full version on the paper’s opinion section or listen to the Voice of the Times.

For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on print, subscribe to its digital edition or log on to www.manilatimes.net. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and Keep Up With The Times.

On behalf of The Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe Tuesday ahead.

KUWTT: Ease restrictions in NCR – Concepcion | Oct. 11, 2021

Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Monday, October 11, 2021.

READ: Ease restrictions in NCR – Concepcion

THE slow but steady drop in Covid-19 infections in the National Capital Region (NCR) should lead to the further easing of quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila in time for the Christmas season, Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd said. He added the downtrend in new Covid-19 cases and the reopening of more businesses should be reason enough for the alert level to be reduced to Level 3 or 2. The NCR is under Alert Level 4 until October 15.

READ: OCTA sees drop of Covid cases

DAILY Covid-19 cases in the country might average less than 10,000 this week, as the virus continues its downturn, according to a member of the independent OCTA Research. Dr. Guido David said in a television interview Sunday the average has been hovering at 11,000 cases, but it could drop to less than 10,000 soon. David also said the Covid-19 reproduction rate in the National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila was now 0.6, with a seven-day average at 2,000. As the reproduction rate drops, the hospital bed utilization could ease up, he said.

READ: Robredo: People’s support convinced me to run

VICE President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo said the support from the people assured her that she made the right decision to run for president in the 2022 elections. Robredo, who filed her certificate of candidacy for president last Thursday, October 7, said during her weekly radio show Sunday all her doubts about seeking the presidency were erased by the overwhelming show of support from the people. She requested the volunteers backing her to go beyond their usual circles in spreading her message. She said that before she made her mind up to run for president, she tried her best to form a united opposition ticket. Her group was already assessing who among the candidates have the same stand as she does on key issues. But that did not happen, Robredo said. She also acknowledged that 1Sambayan nominating her as its presidential candidate had influenced her decision in a big way.

READ: Irresponsible use of technology can undermine polls — Lacson

SEN. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson has voiced concern on the irresponsible use of technology and social media, warning that it can pose a threat to the elections next year and lead to the breakdown of society. The senator, Partido Reporma chairman and standard-bearer, said the people who rely too much on different social media networks for their daily news and information needs “must learn how to use them responsibly to avoid a possible collapse of civil society.” Lacson was alarmed by speculations on tech-induced electoral fraud, which is why Partido Reporma has been actively working and cooperating with other political parties to ensure the integrity of the upcoming 2022 elections. Representatives of political parties had a briefing with former Information and Communications Technology secretary Eliseo Rio and other cybersecurity experts to establish ways on how to protect the source code of electronic voting machines.

READ: Actor faces raps for ramming police car

ACTOR Jake Cuenca will be charged after crashing his car into a police vehicle in Mandaluyong City, triggering a car chase, the city’s police said on Sunday. Eastern Police District director BGen. Matthew Bacay said police were on an anti-drug mission on Silangan Street in Barangay Barangka Ibaba Saturday night when a black Wrangler Jeep smashed into one of their vehicles before hitting a safety barrier. The Jeep did not stop, prompting police to give chase. The pursuing officers started shooting at the vehicle to disable it, Bacay said. One of the shots fired hit a passing motorcycle delivery rider. The chase ended on Shaw Boulevard in Pasig City. When the officers approached the vehicle they found that the driver was Cuenca, Bacay said in a radio interview.

BUSINESS: Govt debt payments plunge in August

Over to business, lower amortization expenses reduced the national government’s debt servicing in August compared to payments made a year earlier, according to figures released by the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr). In August, debt payments totaled P75.08 billion, down 50.72 percent from P152.39 billion a year ago.

SPORTS: Saso at joint 2nd in Founders Cup

Topping sports, Filipino golfer Yuka Saso boosted her chances of winning her second professional title, as she moved to joint second after the third round of the Cognizant Founders Cup on Sunday, October 10 (Philippine time) at the Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, New Jersey. After finishing the fog-halted second round with a 1-under 70, Saso fired 4-under 67 in the third for a total of 9-under 204 in the tournament. Saso, who also carded 4-under 67 in the opener, hit birdies on the fifth, sixth, eighth, 14th, and 15th holes against just one bogey on the 17th. The reigning US Women’s Open champion is four strokes behind South Korean leader Ko Jin Young, who shot 2-under 69 in the third round to total 13-under 200.

READ: Opinion and editorial

Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino are today’s front page columnists. Tiglao claims the United States used the Nobel Prize to demonize President Rodrigo Duterte, while Fr. Aquino shares a note from the Philippine College of Jurisconsults.

Today’s editorial celebrates The Manila Times’ 123rd anniversary. Read a full version on the paper’s opinion section or listen to the Voice of the Times.

READ: Anniversary issue Today’s issue commemorates the Times’ 123rd anniversary. In line with that, a special supplement comes with this issue. Read a version of our supplement on the Times’ print, digital and online editions.

For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on print, subscribe to its digital edition or log on to www.manilatimes.net. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and Keep Up With The Times.

On behalf of The Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe week ahead.

KUWTT: Ease restrictions in NCR – Concepcion | Oct. 11, 2021

Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Monday, October 11, 2021.

READ: Ease restrictions in NCR – Concepcion

THE slow but steady drop in Covid-19 infections in the National Capital Region (NCR) should lead to the further easing of quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila in time for the Christmas season, Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion 3rd said. He added the downtrend in new Covid-19 cases and the reopening of more businesses should be reason enough for the alert level to be reduced to Level 3 or 2. The NCR is under Alert Level 4 until October 15.

READ: OCTA sees drop of Covid cases

DAILY Covid-19 cases in the country might average less than 10,000 this week, as the virus continues its downturn, according to a member of the independent OCTA Research. Dr. Guido David said in a television interview Sunday the average has been hovering at 11,000 cases, but it could drop to less than 10,000 soon. David also said the Covid-19 reproduction rate in the National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila was now 0.6, with a seven-day average at 2,000. As the reproduction rate drops, the hospital bed utilization could ease up, he said.

READ: Robredo: People’s support convinced me to run

VICE President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo said the support from the people assured her that she made the right decision to run for president in the 2022 elections. Robredo, who filed her certificate of candidacy for president last Thursday, October 7, said during her weekly radio show Sunday all her doubts about seeking the presidency were erased by the overwhelming show of support from the people. She requested the volunteers backing her to go beyond their usual circles in spreading her message. She said that before she made her mind up to run for president, she tried her best to form a united opposition ticket. Her group was already assessing who among the candidates have the same stand as she does on key issues. But that did not happen, Robredo said. She also acknowledged that 1Sambayan nominating her as its presidential candidate had influenced her decision in a big way.

READ: Irresponsible use of technology can undermine polls — Lacson

SEN. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson has voiced concern on the irresponsible use of technology and social media, warning that it can pose a threat to the elections next year and lead to the breakdown of society. The senator, Partido Reporma chairman and standard-bearer, said the people who rely too much on different social media networks for their daily news and information needs “must learn how to use them responsibly to avoid a possible collapse of civil society.” Lacson was alarmed by speculations on tech-induced electoral fraud, which is why Partido Reporma has been actively working and cooperating with other political parties to ensure the integrity of the upcoming 2022 elections. Representatives of political parties had a briefing with former Information and Communications Technology secretary Eliseo Rio and other cybersecurity experts to establish ways on how to protect the source code of electronic voting machines.

READ: Actor faces raps for ramming police car

ACTOR Jake Cuenca will be charged after crashing his car into a police vehicle in Mandaluyong City, triggering a car chase, the city’s police said on Sunday. Eastern Police District director BGen. Matthew Bacay said police were on an anti-drug mission on Silangan Street in Barangay Barangka Ibaba Saturday night when a black Wrangler Jeep smashed into one of their vehicles before hitting a safety barrier. The Jeep did not stop, prompting police to give chase. The pursuing officers started shooting at the vehicle to disable it, Bacay said. One of the shots fired hit a passing motorcycle delivery rider. The chase ended on Shaw Boulevard in Pasig City. When the officers approached the vehicle they found that the driver was Cuenca, Bacay said in a radio interview.

BUSINESS: Govt debt payments plunge in August

Over to business, lower amortization expenses reduced the national government’s debt servicing in August compared to payments made a year earlier, according to figures released by the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr). In August, debt payments totaled P75.08 billion, down 50.72 percent from P152.39 billion a year ago.

SPORTS: Saso at joint 2nd in Founders Cup

Topping sports, Filipino golfer Yuka Saso boosted her chances of winning her second professional title, as she moved to joint second after the third round of the Cognizant Founders Cup on Sunday, October 10 (Philippine time) at the Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, New Jersey. After finishing the fog-halted second round with a 1-under 70, Saso fired 4-under 67 in the third for a total of 9-under 204 in the tournament. Saso, who also carded 4-under 67 in the opener, hit birdies on the fifth, sixth, eighth, 14th, and 15th holes against just one bogey on the 17th. The reigning US Women’s Open champion is four strokes behind South Korean leader Ko Jin Young, who shot 2-under 69 in the third round to total 13-under 200.

READ: Opinion and editorial

Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino are today’s front page columnists. Tiglao claims the United States used the Nobel Prize to demonize President Rodrigo Duterte, while Fr. Aquino shares a note from the Philippine College of Jurisconsults.

Today’s editorial celebrates The Manila Times’ 123rd anniversary. Read a full version on the paper’s opinion section or listen to the Voice of the Times.

READ: Anniversary issue Today’s issue commemorates the Times’ 123rd anniversary. In line with that, a special supplement comes with this issue. Read a version of our supplement on the Times’ print, digital and online editions.

For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on print, subscribe to its digital edition or log on to www.manilatimes.net. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and Keep Up With The Times.

On behalf of The Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe week ahead.

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

Read all about it.

For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on print, subscribe to its digital edition or log on to www.manilatimes.net. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and Keep Up With The Times.

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

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

Read all about it.

For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on print, subscribe to its digital edition or log on to www.manilatimes.net. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and Keep Up With The Times.

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