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The 18th Congress: Drama and denouement

  Drama, intrigue and disinformation aptly describe the political events that cropped up and stirred the nation before the opening session of the Philippine 18th Congress that is now packed with pro-administration political allies. The suspense of wh

‘PH economic growth to rebound this year’

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Department of Finance expect the country’s economy to bounce back this year after expanding to 5.9 percent in 2019, its slowest in eight years, missing the government’s target. “A GDP growth of 7 percent loo
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‘PH economic growth to rebound this year’

THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Department of Finance expect the country’s economy to bounce back this year after expanding to 5.9 percent in 2019, its slowest in eight years, missing the government’s target. “A GDP growth of 7 percent looks attainable this year,” BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said in a message on […]

Countries scramble to stop deadly virus

WUHAN, China: China locked down two major cities in a province at the center of a deadly virus outbreak on Thursday, Hong Kong turned two holiday camps, including a former military barracks, into quarantine zones, and Dubai Airport, one of the world’s bigge
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Countries scramble to stop deadly virus

WUHAN, China: China locked down two major cities in a province at the center of a deadly virus outbreak on Thursday, Hong Kong turned two holiday camps, including a former military barracks, into quarantine zones, and Dubai Airport, one of the world’s biggest aviation hubs, started carrying out thermal screening of all passengers arriving from […]

Duterte okays probe of Ayala-UP technohub deal

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has given the green light for the review of the lease contract between the Ayala Group and the University of the Philippines (UP), Malacañang said on Thursday, following allegations that the state university may be on the losing en
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Duterte okays probe of Ayala-UP technohub deal

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has given the green light for the review of the lease contract between the Ayala Group and the University of the Philippines (UP), Malacañang said on Thursday, following allegations that the state university may be on the losing end of the deal. Speaking to reporters, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said on Thursday […]

Manila-Wuhan flights suspended

THE Philippines’ Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) suspended the direct flights of two airlines from Manila to Wuhan, the country’s aviation regulator announced on Thursday in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus that has killed at least nin
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Manila-Wuhan flights suspended

THE Philippines’ Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) suspended the direct flights of two airlines from Manila to Wuhan, the country’s aviation regulator announced on Thursday in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus that has killed at least nine people in the Chinese city and has reached the United States. The Civil Aviation […]

Duterte threatens to end PH-US deal over visa cancellation of allied senator

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday threatened to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States (US) if Washington does not reverse its cancellation of the visa Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. In his speech du
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Duterte threatens to end PH-US deal over visa cancellation of allied senator

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday threatened to terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines and the United States (US) if Washington does not reverse its cancellation of the visa Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. In his speech during his visit to Leyte, the President said he was giving the US government a month […]

Pimentel wants ‘bully’ foreign Angkas owner declared ‘persona non grata’

(Editor’s Note: The Manila Times corrects its earlier head, “Pimentel wants ‘bully’ foreign Grab owner declared ‘persona non grata'” to “Pimentel wants ‘bully’ foreign Angkas owner declared ‘persona
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Pimentel wants ‘bully’ foreign Angkas owner declared ‘persona non grata’

(Editor’s Note: The Manila Times corrects its earlier head, “Pimentel wants ‘bully’ foreign Grab owner declared ‘persona non grata'” to “Pimentel wants ‘bully’ foreign Angkas owner declared ‘persona non grata'”. Our sincerest apologies, especially to Grab.) SEN. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd wants a Singaporean national to be declared persona non grata for alllegedly bullying government agencies […]

President undecided on Trump invitation to US-Asean Summit — Sen Go

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has yet to decide if he would accept United States President Donald Trump’s invitation to attend a summit between the US and leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 4, his former
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President undecided on Trump invitation to US-Asean Summit — Sen Go

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has yet to decide if he would accept United States President Donald Trump’s invitation to attend a summit between the US and leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 4, his former aide said on Thursday. Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said Trump has […]

‘High’ probability of Taal eruption remains despite weakened state — Phivolcs

THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said on Thursday that there was still a “high” probability of a “hazardous eruption” by Taal volcano despite its weakened state. Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum Jr. told a press briefi
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‘High’ probability of Taal eruption remains despite weakened state — Phivolcs

THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said on Thursday that there was still a “high” probability of a “hazardous eruption” by Taal volcano despite its weakened state. Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum Jr. told a press briefing that although Taal has been emitting less sulfur dioxide, the “risks will always be there”. Solidum told […]

2 inmates behind ex-Batangas lawmaker’s slay – PNP

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) bared on Thursday that two convicted inmates were the masterminds behind the killing of former Batangas 2nd District Rep. Edgar Mendoza, Sr. and his two companions. Maj. Gen. Joel Napoleon Coronel, Criminal Investigation a
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2 inmates behind ex-Batangas lawmaker’s slay – PNP

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) bared on Thursday that two convicted inmates were the masterminds behind the killing of former Batangas 2nd District Rep. Edgar Mendoza, Sr. and his two companions. Maj. Gen. Joel Napoleon Coronel, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) director, identified the suspects as Sherwin Sanchez and Arthur Fajardo, both inmates of […]

3 police officials dismissed for playing golf

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Archie Gamboa ordered the dismissal of three of his officials in Central Visayas for playing golf on weekdays. They are Col. Dennis Artil, the regional chief comptroller; Lt. Col. Richard Bad-Ang, chief of the finance se
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3 police officials dismissed for playing golf

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) Chief Archie Gamboa ordered the dismissal of three of his officials in Central Visayas for playing golf on weekdays. They are Col. Dennis Artil, the regional chief comptroller; Lt. Col. Richard Bad-Ang, chief of the finance service; and Lt. Col. Glenn Mayam, director of the regional PNP Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG). According to Gamboa, […]

Pimentel wants ‘bully’ foreign Grab owner declared ‘persona non grata’

SEN. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd wants a Singaporean national to be declared persona non grata for alllegedly bullying government agencies tasked to study the viability of motorcycle taxis as an alternative mode of transportation. The senator filed on January 21 Se
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Pimentel wants ‘bully’ foreign Grab owner declared ‘persona non grata’

SEN. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd wants a Singaporean national to be declared persona non grata for alllegedly bullying government agencies tasked to study the viability of motorcycle taxis as an alternative mode of transportation. The senator filed on January 21 Senate Resolution 287 seeking  an investigation into the “high-handed, arrogant and irresponsible acts of one Angeline […]

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 […]

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