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PSA: GDP only reached 6% in July-September

THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Wednesday revised downward the country’s economic growth figure in the third quarter of 2019, making it harder for the government to hit its growth target for the year. In a report, the statistics agency said gro
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PSA: GDP only reached 6% in July-September

THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Wednesday revised downward the country’s economic growth figure in the third quarter of 2019, making it harder for the government to hit its growth target for the year. In a report, the statistics agency said gross domestic product (GDP) growth accelerated to 6 percent in the period, lower than […]

Get to know Nook, the first online mortgage broker platform in PH

BUYING a home is one of the most exciting phases of life. With new real estate developments sprouting all over the country, and with banks offering different financing schemes, you can actually fulfill your goal to get your dream home soon. Thankfully, you ca
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Get to know Nook, the first online mortgage broker platform in PH

BUYING a home is one of the most exciting phases of life. With new real estate developments sprouting all over the country, and with banks offering different financing schemes, you can actually fulfill your goal to get your dream home soon. Thankfully, you can now navigate through all the housing loans in one place and […]

US cancels de la Rosa’s visa

SEN. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Wednesday confirmed that the United States had canceled his visa. The senator said he wrote to the US Embassy in Manila in December 2019 to ask if  his visa, which was supposed to expire in 2022, had been cancel
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US cancels de la Rosa’s visa

SEN. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Wednesday confirmed that the United States had canceled his visa. The senator said he wrote to the US Embassy in Manila in December 2019 to ask if  his visa, which was supposed to expire in 2022, had been canceled. “I sent an official letter to the US Embassy inquiring from them, if […]

North Korea to ban tourists over China virus

SEOUL: North Korea will ban foreign tourists to protect itself against a new SARS-like virus that has claimed at least nine lives in China and sickened hundreds, a major tour operator said. Several nations including the US have stepped up checks on airport pa
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North Korea to ban tourists over China virus

SEOUL: North Korea will ban foreign tourists to protect itself against a new SARS-like virus that has claimed at least nine lives in China and sickened hundreds, a major tour operator said. Several nations including the US have stepped up checks on airport passengers to detect the coronavirus, which first emerged in the central Chinese […]

Lawyers press release of Huawei exec facing extradition to US

VANCOUVER: Lawyers for a senior Chinese telecoms executive seeking to avoid extradition to the United States pressed on Tuesday for her release while stepping up attacks in a Canadian courtroom on the fraud charges against her. Huawei chief financial officer
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Lawyers press release of Huawei exec facing extradition to US

VANCOUVER: Lawyers for a senior Chinese telecoms executive seeking to avoid extradition to the United States pressed on Tuesday for her release while stepping up attacks in a Canadian courtroom on the fraud charges against her. Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou is wanted by the US for allegedly lying to HSBC bank about Huawei’s […]

72% of Pinoys worry about Duterte’s health – survey

Most Filipinos are worried about the health of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to the latest Social Weather Stations Survey (SWS) survey. Based on the survey conducted from December 13 to 16 among 1,200 Filipinos nationwide, 72 percent of respondents adm
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72% of Pinoys worry about Duterte’s health – survey

Most Filipinos are worried about the health of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to the latest Social Weather Stations Survey (SWS) survey. Based on the survey conducted from December 13 to 16 among 1,200 Filipinos nationwide, 72 percent of respondents admitted that they worry over the health of the 74-year-old President. A total of 25 percent […]

5 in 10 Pinoys expect Duterte to deliver most of his promises – SWS

More than half of Filipinos believe that President Rodrigo Duterte will fulfill most, if not all, of his campaign promises, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. Of 1,200 adult Filipinos polled in December last year, 52 percent said Du
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5 in 10 Pinoys expect Duterte to deliver most of his promises – SWS

More than half of Filipinos believe that President Rodrigo Duterte will fulfill most, if not all, of his campaign promises, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. Of 1,200 adult Filipinos polled in December last year, 52 percent said Duterte could fulfill “all or nearly all/most of his promises.” Meanwhile, 16 percent expressed […]

Any constitutional amendment must be for the good of the people

SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said that he would only support constitutional amendments if these changes are for the good of the Filipino people. “The Constitution is for the people by the people. Para po sa akin, kung ano ang makabenepisyo s
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Any constitutional amendment must be for the good of the people

SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said that he would only support constitutional amendments if these changes are for the good of the Filipino people. “The Constitution is for the people by the people. Para po sa akin, kung ano ang makabenepisyo sa Pilipino (susuportahan ko), pero ‘pag maamoy na namin na ang makikinabang dito ay mga […]

New rules to boost Islamic banking

NEW Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) regulations for Islamic banking would support the establishment of a cohesive Islamic finance regulatory framework in the Philippines, according to Fitch Ratings. “The BSP’s new regulations aim to allow the sector to
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New rules to boost Islamic banking

NEW Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) regulations for Islamic banking would support the establishment of a cohesive Islamic finance regulatory framework in the Philippines, according to Fitch Ratings. “The BSP’s new regulations aim to allow the sector to compete on an even regulatory playing field,” the credit ratings agency said in a report released on […]

Lower growth outlook, govt crackdown drag PSEi

THE stock market ended in the red for the second straight day on Tuesday, slipping out of the 7,500 territory after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered its growth forecasts for the country and four of its regional neighbors and amid continued uncert
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Lower growth outlook, govt crackdown drag PSEi

THE stock market ended in the red for the second straight day on Tuesday, slipping out of the 7,500 territory after the International Monetary Fund (IMF) lowered its growth forecasts for the country and four of its regional neighbors and amid continued uncertainties caused by the government’s perceived crackdown on some of the country’s top […]

PH economic growth seen to hit 6.1% in 2020

THE Philippine economy is projected to grow at a faster pace this year because of government’s infrastructure drive and improved exports, according to an IHS Markit economist. In an email to The Manila Times, IHS Markit Asia-Pacific chief economist Rajiv Bi
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PH economic growth seen to hit 6.1% in 2020

THE Philippine economy is projected to grow at a faster pace this year because of government’s infrastructure drive and improved exports, according to an IHS Markit economist. In an email to The Manila Times, IHS Markit Asia-Pacific chief economist Rajiv Biswas said the country’s “GDP (gross domestic product) growth momentum is forecast to strengthen to […]

Taiwan reports first case of new SARS-like virus

TAIPEI: Taiwan on Tuesday reported its first confirmed case of the new SARS-like coronavirus as the government warned the public against travelling to Chinese city where it emerged. The patient is a Taiwanese woman in her fifties, living in Wuhan, who returne
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Taiwan reports first case of new SARS-like virus

TAIPEI: Taiwan on Tuesday reported its first confirmed case of the new SARS-like coronavirus as the government warned the public against travelling to Chinese city where it emerged. The patient is a Taiwanese woman in her fifties, living in Wuhan, who returned to the island on Monday with symptoms including fever, coughing and a sore […]

Iran MP offers $3M ‘to anyone who kills Trump’

TEHRAN: An Iranian lawmaker on Tuesday offered a $3-million reward to “anyone who kills” US President Donald Trump to avenge the assassination of a top general, semi-official news agency ISNA reported. Ahmad Hamzeh, a little-known member of the Ma
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Iran MP offers $3M ‘to anyone who kills Trump’

TEHRAN: An Iranian lawmaker on Tuesday offered a $3-million reward to “anyone who kills” US President Donald Trump to avenge the assassination of a top general, semi-official news agency ISNA reported. Ahmad Hamzeh, a little-known member of the Majlis, made the offer on behalf of the people of Kerman, the hometown and final resting place […]

Thunberg slams climate change inaction as Davos awaits Trump

DAVOS, Switzerland: Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday slammed global inaction on climate change in front of the world’s top business leaders, as the annual Davos forum faced up to the perils of global warming while bracing for an address f
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Thunberg slams climate change inaction as Davos awaits Trump

DAVOS, Switzerland: Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday slammed global inaction on climate change in front of the world’s top business leaders, as the annual Davos forum faced up to the perils of global warming while bracing for an address from US President Donald Trump. The 50th meeting of the World Economic Forum in […]

Taal Volcano simmers, danger remains – Phivolcs

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has observed a downtrend in the activity of Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours but it has not discounted the possibility of a major eruption. Phivolcs said a weak steam emission that generated 5
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Taal Volcano simmers, danger remains – Phivolcs

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has observed a downtrend in the activity of Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours but it has not discounted the possibility of a major eruption. Phivolcs said a weak steam emission that generated 500-600 meter-high ash plume was seen at the main crater. In 24 hours, […]

Wildcard Sharapova dumped out in Australian Open first round

MELBOURNE: Maria Sharapova’s faltering career hit a fresh low Tuesday when the five-time Grand Slam champion was turfed out in the first round of the Australian Open in straight sets. The 32-year-old former world number one carried a haunted look at tim
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Wildcard Sharapova dumped out in Australian Open first round

MELBOURNE: Maria Sharapova’s faltering career hit a fresh low Tuesday when the five-time Grand Slam champion was turfed out in the first round of the Australian Open in straight sets. The 32-year-old former world number one carried a haunted look at times in a 3-6, 4-6 defeat to Croatia’s 19th-seeded Donna Vekic. There were flashes […]

Nearly half billion people lack decent jobs – UN

GENEVA: More than 470 million people worldwide are currently unemployed or underemployed, the UN said on Monday, warning that a lack of access to decent jobs was contributing to social unrest. The global unemployment rate has remained relatively stable over m
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Nearly half billion people lack decent jobs – UN

GENEVA: More than 470 million people worldwide are currently unemployed or underemployed, the UN said on Monday, warning that a lack of access to decent jobs was contributing to social unrest. The global unemployment rate has remained relatively stable over much of the past decade, according to the UN’s International Labor Organization. But while the […]

SEC readies rules for cryptocurrencies

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is eyeing to finalize a cryptocurrency framework by first half of the year, following the signing of amendments for real estate investment trusts (REITs). SEC Chairperson Emilio Aquino, on the sidelines of signing
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SEC readies rules for cryptocurrencies

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is eyeing to finalize a cryptocurrency framework by first half of the year, following the signing of amendments for real estate investment trusts (REITs). SEC Chairperson Emilio Aquino, on the sidelines of signing of amended REIT regulations on Monday, told reporters that the regulator has a draft for the […]

Ailments hound Taal evacuees

A week after thousands of families fled the wrath of Taal Volcano, the situation at evacuation centers sheltering them has begun to deteriorate because of overcrowding. Evacuees on Monday said children were getting sick and water was getting scarce. Forty-yea
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Ailments hound Taal evacuees

A week after thousands of families fled the wrath of Taal Volcano, the situation at evacuation centers sheltering them has begun to deteriorate because of overcrowding. Evacuees on Monday said children were getting sick and water was getting scarce. Forty-year-old Luz Mendoza, from Barangay Laguile, Taal, Batangas, worried about her two-month-old baby who has had […]

BoP surplus at 7-yr high in 2019

THE Philippines’ balance of payments (BoP) surplus hit an 11-month high in December, boosting the full-year 2019 tally to reach its highest in seven years. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Monday that the $1.57-billion surplus in December w
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BoP surplus at 7-yr high in 2019

THE Philippines’ balance of payments (BoP) surplus hit an 11-month high in December, boosting the full-year 2019 tally to reach its highest in seven years. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Monday that the $1.57-billion surplus in December was higher than the $541-million surplus in November, but lower than the $2.44 billion recorded […]

Motorcycle taxi pilot test halted

The Department of Transportation’s technical working group (TWG) on motorcycle taxis halted the pilot test of the project amid legal hindrances, its head said on Monday. TWG chairman Antonio Gardiola, Jr. said legal challenges, particularly Angkas’
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Motorcycle taxi pilot test halted

The Department of Transportation’s technical working group (TWG) on motorcycle taxis halted the pilot test of the project amid legal hindrances, its head said on Monday. TWG chairman Antonio Gardiola, Jr. said legal challenges, particularly Angkas’ recent plea for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the new guidelines, barred the government from gathering sufficient data. […]

98% of residents in Taal’s danger zone evacuated 

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said on Monday that 98% of the residents in villages within the 14-kilometer danger zone of Taal Volcano had been evacuated. Año said those who are still in the danger zone were being evacuated. No casualty had been recorded s
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98% of residents in Taal’s danger zone evacuated 

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said on Monday that 98% of the residents in villages within the 14-kilometer danger zone of Taal Volcano had been evacuated. Año said those who are still in the danger zone were being evacuated. No casualty had been recorded since the  volcano erupted, Año added. He said that all of the 142 […]

‘Ayala Land paying UP P171 per sqm’

UP Ayala Land Technohub is paying the University of the Philippines more than what Palace recently claimed, Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) said on Monday. The property firm claimed that UP is receiving P171 per square meter (sqm) monthly, in accordance to the leasin
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‘Ayala Land paying UP P171 per sqm’

UP Ayala Land Technohub is paying the University of the Philippines more than what Palace recently claimed, Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) said on Monday. The property firm claimed that UP is receiving P171 per square meter (sqm) monthly, in accordance to the leasing agreement it signed with UP. “This was derived from P4.23 billion in lease payments and […]

IS claims deadly attack on police in Russian Caucasus

MOSCOW: Two men who attacked a police post this week killing at least one officer in the Russian Caucasus were fighters from the Islamic State jihadist group, the IS propaganda agency Amaq said. The perpetrators rammed a car into a traffic police post outsid
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IS claims deadly attack on police in Russian Caucasus

MOSCOW: Two men who attacked a police post this week killing at least one officer in the Russian Caucasus were fighters from the Islamic State jihadist group, the IS propaganda agency Amaq said. The perpetrators rammed a car into a traffic police post outside the city of Magas in Ingushetia region around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, […]

Remains of Pinay killed in Singapore flown home

THE remains of one of the two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who died in a car crash outside a shopping mall in Singapore on December 29 arrived in the country Wednesday night. Representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Consular Office in An
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Remains of Pinay killed in Singapore flown home

THE remains of one of the two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who died in a car crash outside a shopping mall in Singapore on December 29 arrived in the country Wednesday night. Representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Consular Office in Angeles, Pampanga, received the remains of Arlyn Nucos, 50, on January 1. […]

Australia orders mass evacuation of fire-ravaged towns before heatwave

SYNDEY: Thousands of tourists have been given less than 48 hours to evacuate fire-ravaged coastal communities as Australia braces for a weekend heatwave expected to fan deadly bushfires. Catastrophic blazes ripped through swathes of the continent’s sout
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Australia orders mass evacuation of fire-ravaged towns before heatwave

SYNDEY: Thousands of tourists have been given less than 48 hours to evacuate fire-ravaged coastal communities as Australia braces for a weekend heatwave expected to fan deadly bushfires. Catastrophic blazes ripped through swathes of the continent’s south-east on New Year’s Eve, killing at least eight people and stranding holidaymakers as seaside towns were ringed by […]

Indonesia New Year flood death toll doubles to 18

JAKARTA: The death toll from floods that hit Indonesia’s capital region jumped to 18, authorities said on Thursday, as torrential rains on New Year’s Eve caused landslides and left vast swathes of the megalopolis submerged. Tens of thousands of re
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Indonesia New Year flood death toll doubles to 18

JAKARTA: The death toll from floods that hit Indonesia’s capital region jumped to 18, authorities said on Thursday, as torrential rains on New Year’s Eve caused landslides and left vast swathes of the megalopolis submerged. Tens of thousands of residents have been evacuated to temporary shelters, and the Southeast Asian nation’s disaster agency warned the […]

Classes resume Jan. 6 — DepEd

Classes in public elementary and secondary schools nationwide will resume on Monday, January 6, the Department of Education (DepEd) said. Administrators of private schools have the discretion to schedule their own resumption of classes. Under Republic Act 779
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Classes resume Jan. 6 — DepEd

Classes in public elementary and secondary schools nationwide will resume on Monday, January 6, the Department of Education (DepEd) said. Administrators of private schools have the discretion to schedule their own resumption of classes. Under Republic Act 7797 or “An Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from Two Hundred (200) Days to Not More Than […]

Senator wants tax hike on fuel monitored

SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian has urged the Department of Energy (DoE) to create a task force that will closely monitor the implementation of the new round of increases in excise tax on fuel this month. The senator, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy, made
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Senator wants tax hike on fuel monitored

SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian has urged the Department of Energy (DoE) to create a task force that will closely monitor the implementation of the new round of increases in excise tax on fuel this month. The senator, chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy, made the appeal to protect consumers from premature price increases and profiteering. […]

Palace blasts ‘interfering’ US senators

Malacañang on Tuesday criticized two US senators for seeking the release of Sen. Leila de Lima, calling it “interference into our sovereignty.” “The call of these foreign officials to release Sen. Leila de Lima, who is presently facing charges before a
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Palace blasts ‘interfering’ US senators

Malacañang on Tuesday criticized two US senators for seeking the release of Sen. Leila de Lima, calling it “interference into our sovereignty.” “The call of these foreign officials to release Sen. Leila de Lima, who is presently facing charges before an independent Philippine court, is a brazen interference into our sovereignty,” Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo […]

Senate to review ‘endo’ bill

SEN. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva is set to start the review of the “endo” (end of contract) bill that seeks an end to contractualization or the hiring of contractual workers once Congress resumes session on January 20. The senator, chairman of the Committee
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Senate to review ‘endo’ bill

SEN. Emmanuel Joel Villanueva is set to start the review of the “endo” (end of contract) bill that seeks an end to contractualization or the hiring of contractual workers once Congress resumes session on January 20. The senator, chairman of the Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development said he would continue to pursue […]

BoC continues to disappoint

THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) reported last December that it would in all likelihood once again fail to reach its annual collection target, meaning that 2019 would be the ninth year out of the past 10 that the key revenue agency has fallen short of its goal. Th
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BoC continues to disappoint

THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) reported last December that it would in all likelihood once again fail to reach its annual collection target, meaning that 2019 would be the ninth year out of the past 10 that the key revenue agency has fallen short of its goal. This is not only embarrassing for the country, […]

The beat goes on: Fireworks, tear gas start new decade

NEW YORK: New York dropped its traditional crystal-encrusted ball to ring in 2020 in a packed Times Square, after crisis-marred celebrations in other countries ended a year of worldwide upheaval that saw strike-hit Paris welcome the new decade with fireworks
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The beat goes on: Fireworks, tear gas start new decade

NEW YORK: New York dropped its traditional crystal-encrusted ball to ring in 2020 in a packed Times Square, after crisis-marred celebrations in other countries ended a year of worldwide upheaval that saw strike-hit Paris welcome the new decade with fireworks, and London’s Big Ben ring out after a long restoration. Billions around the world cheered […]

Palace blasts Kuwait over Pinay’s killing

Malacañang on Wednesday expressed outrage over the death of a Filipina domestic worker in Kuwait, saying the incident was “a clear disregard” of the agreement between the Philippines and Kuwait. “The Palace expresses its outrage over the death of Filip
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Palace blasts Kuwait over Pinay’s killing

Malacañang on Wednesday expressed outrage over the death of a Filipina domestic worker in Kuwait, saying the incident was “a clear disregard” of the agreement between the Philippines and Kuwait. “The Palace expresses its outrage over the death of Filipino worker Jeanelyn Padernal Villavende, allegedly in the hands of her female employer who is now […]

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