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DoF’s Chua: Package 2 to create ‘millions of jobs’

“Millions of jobs” will be created if the government’s second tax reform package is approved by Congress, a senior Finance department official claimed on Tuesday, rejecting claims that the proposed law could lead to massive layoffs. “[N]umber one, the
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DoF’s Chua: Package 2 to create ‘millions of jobs’

“Millions of jobs” will be created if the government’s second tax reform package is approved by Congress, a senior Finance department official claimed on Tuesday, rejecting claims that the proposed law could lead to massive layoffs. “[N]umber one, there … [will be a]significant reduction in CIT (corporate income tax) that creates a lot of new [...] The post DoF’s Chua: Package 2 to create ‘millions of jobs’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

No talks with US ‘holding knife to throat’

BEIJING: China said on Tuesday it was impossible to hold trade talks with the United States while Washington is imposing tariffs that are like “holding a knife to someone’s throat.” Speaking a day after Washington activated tariffs on $200 billion i
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No talks with US ‘holding knife to throat’

BEIJING: China said on Tuesday it was impossible to hold trade talks with the United States while Washington is imposing tariffs that are like “holding a knife to someone’s throat.” Speaking a day after Washington activated tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said China was open to negotiations but that the two [...] The post No talks with US ‘holding knife to throat’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Growth forecast cut; slowdown expected

PH economic expansion to ease this year up to 2020 – ANZ Research An Australia-based research firm has cut its 2018 growth forecast for the Philippines and expects a slowdown moving forward as a result of monetary policy tightening. In a report released on
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Growth forecast cut; slowdown expected

PH economic expansion to ease this year up to 2020 – ANZ Research An Australia-based research firm has cut its 2018 growth forecast for the Philippines and expects a slowdown moving forward as a result of monetary policy tightening. In a report released on Tuesday, ANZ Research said it now expected Philippine gross domestic product [...] The post Growth forecast cut; slowdown expected appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

UPDATE: Court orders Trillanes arrest

THE Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Tuesday ordered the arrest of Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th. Makati RTC Judge Elmo Alameda of Branch 150 said he granted the Department of Justice’s request for the issuance of a hold departure order and warrant of arre
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UPDATE: Court orders Trillanes arrest

THE Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) on Tuesday ordered the arrest of Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th. Makati RTC Judge Elmo Alameda of Branch 150 said he granted the Department of Justice’s request for the issuance of a hold departure order and warrant of arrest against Trillanes whose amnesty was revoked by President Rodrigo Duterte via [...] The post UPDATE: Court orders Trillanes arrest appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

It’s official: House committee junks impeach raps vs 7 SC justices

THE Committee on Justice of the House of Representatives on Tuesday formally dismissed the impeachment complaint filed against seven Supreme Court justices who voted to oust then chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno via quo warranto. Voting 22-0, the pane
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It’s official: House committee junks impeach raps vs 7 SC justices

THE Committee on Justice of the House of Representatives on Tuesday formally dismissed the impeachment complaint filed against seven Supreme Court justices who voted to oust then chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno via quo warranto. Voting 22-0, the panel approved its report and resolution on the dismissal of the consolidated complaints filed by Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, Ifugao Rep. Teddy Baguilat, [...] The post It’s official: House committee junks impeach raps vs 7 SC justices appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

4 justices of Court of Appeals on shortlist of candidates for SC

FOUR justices of the Court of Appeals comprise the shortlist of candidates for associate justice at the Supreme Court, according to sources at the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC). Manuel Barrios, Apolinario Bruselas, Rosmari Carandang and Japar Dimaampao are v
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4 justices of Court of Appeals on shortlist of candidates for SC

FOUR justices of the Court of Appeals comprise the shortlist of candidates for associate justice at the Supreme Court, according to sources at the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC). Manuel Barrios, Apolinario Bruselas, Rosmari Carandang and Japar Dimaampao are vying for the position that Samuel Martires vacated when he retired early this year. President Rodrigo [...] The post 4 justices of Court of Appeals on shortlist of candidates for SC appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Duterte certifies Security of Tenure Bill as urgent

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte certified as urgent the Security of Tenure Bill in a bid to give more job security to Filipino workers by prohibiting the practice of contractualization and labor-only contracting, Malacanang said on Tuesday. In a press conference, P
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Duterte certifies Security of Tenure Bill as urgent

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte certified as urgent the Security of Tenure Bill in a bid to give more job security to Filipino workers by prohibiting the practice of contractualization and labor-only contracting, Malacanang said on Tuesday. In a press conference, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. confirmed that Duterte wrote a letter to Senate President Vicente Sotto [...] The post Duterte certifies Security of Tenure Bill as urgent appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Bargain-hunting lifts PSEi by 0.69%

THE stock market climbed back to the 7,400 level on Monday as investors resumed bargain-hunting ahead of the Federal Reserve and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) monetary policy meetings. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rose by 0.69 percen
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Bargain-hunting lifts PSEi by 0.69%

THE stock market climbed back to the 7,400 level on Monday as investors resumed bargain-hunting ahead of the Federal Reserve and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) monetary policy meetings. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) rose by 0.69 percent or 50.61 points to close at 7,433.61 while the broader All Shares grew 0.53 percent [...] The post Bargain-hunting lifts PSEi by 0.69% appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

PCC tags competition issues in airline sector

The airline industry in the Philippines has benefited from liberalization and deregulation, a study conducted by the country’s antitrust body found, but competition concerns remain and growth is being hampered by infrastructure and other constraints. The Ph
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PCC tags competition issues in airline sector

The airline industry in the Philippines has benefited from liberalization and deregulation, a study conducted by the country’s antitrust body found, but competition concerns remain and growth is being hampered by infrastructure and other constraints. The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC), in a study released on Monday, noted that travel options had expanded markedly since the [...] The post PCC tags competition issues in airline sector appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Budget shortfall narrows to P2.6B

The government incurred a narrower budget deficit in August from a month earlier as both revenue and spending growth slowed, Treasury data released on Monday showed. The month’s P2.6-billion shortfall was much lower than the P86.4-billion gap posted in Jul
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Budget shortfall narrows to P2.6B

The government incurred a narrower budget deficit in August from a month earlier as both revenue and spending growth slowed, Treasury data released on Monday showed. The month’s P2.6-billion shortfall was much lower than the P86.4-billion gap posted in July but also marked a reversal from the P28.8-billion surplus recorded a year earlier. Government revenues rose [...] The post Budget shortfall narrows to P2.6B appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Trillanes files witnesses’ affidavits on amnesty application at Makati court

SEN. Antonio Trillanes 4th on Monday presented before a local court two affidavits of witnesses to the filing of his application for amnesty. The senator submitted the affidavits of Col. Josefa Berbigal and former Defense [DND] undersecretary Honorio Azcueta
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Trillanes files witnesses’ affidavits on amnesty application at Makati court

SEN. Antonio Trillanes 4th on Monday presented before a local court two affidavits of witnesses to the filing of his application for amnesty. The senator submitted the affidavits of Col. Josefa Berbigal and former Defense [DND] undersecretary Honorio Azcueta to Branches 148 and 150 of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) stating that the former [...] The post Trillanes files witnesses’ affidavits on amnesty application at Makati court appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Ombudsman won’t appeal acquittals except on 2 grounds

THE Office of the Ombudsman will no longer challenge acquittals by the Sandiganbayan and trial courts, except on two grounds. Based on Office Circular 18, the Office of the Ombudsman may still file motions for reconsideration and petitions for certiorari R
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Ombudsman won’t appeal acquittals except on 2 grounds

THE Office of the Ombudsman will no longer challenge acquittals by the Sandiganbayan and trial courts, except on two grounds. Based on Office Circular 18, the Office of the Ombudsman may still file motions for reconsideration and petitions for certiorari “strictly” based on the grounds that: it, in administrative cases, or the People of the [...] The post Ombudsman won’t appeal acquittals except on 2 grounds appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Death toll in Benguet landslide up to 75 – reports

THE death toll in the landslide in Benguet caused by Typhoon “Ompong” has risen to 75 while 35 others remained missing, according to online reports quoting authorities on Monday. Supt. Lyndon Mencio, Benguet provincial director, said that 70 of the fatali
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Death toll in Benguet landslide up to 75 – reports

THE death toll in the landslide in Benguet caused by Typhoon “Ompong” has risen to 75 while 35 others remained missing, according to online reports quoting authorities on Monday. Supt. Lyndon Mencio, Benguet provincial director, said that 70 of the fatalities were from Itogon. Fifty-one of the bodies were recovered in Barangay Ucab. Seventeen of [...] The post Death toll in Benguet landslide up to 75 – reports appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

House panel draft media guidelines ‘likely to restrict’ coverage in Congress–lawmaker

MEMBERS of the media may soon find themselves under “restricted access” at the House of Representatives if the draft guidelines for coverage being discussed at the committee on public information would be approved, its chairman said on Monday. “In a way
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House panel draft media guidelines ‘likely to restrict’ coverage in Congress–lawmaker

MEMBERS of the media may soon find themselves under “restricted access” at the House of Representatives if the draft guidelines for coverage being discussed at the committee on public information would be approved, its chairman said on Monday. “In a way, it might restrict your access to securing vital information…it is not totally wrong to [...] The post House panel draft media guidelines ‘likely to restrict’ coverage in Congress–lawmaker appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Pag-IBIG offers housing loans to ‘Ompong’ victims

THE Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) is offering calamity loan assistance to Filipinos affected by Typhoon “Ompong” (international name: Mangkhut), Malacañang announced on Monday. In a press conference, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said the HDMF,
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Pag-IBIG offers housing loans to ‘Ompong’ victims

THE Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) is offering calamity loan assistance to Filipinos affected by Typhoon “Ompong” (international name: Mangkhut), Malacañang announced on Monday. In a press conference, Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said the HDMF, popularly known as Pag-IBIG (Pagtutulungan sa kinabukasan: Ikaw, Bangko, Industriya at Gobyerno) Fund, would provide housing loan worth P150,000. [...] The post Pag-IBIG offers housing loans to ‘Ompong’ victims appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Oil firms raise prices effective Tuesday

OIL companies will jack up prices of petroleum products effective on Tuesday. The price of diesel will increase by 20 centavos per liter, gasoline and kerosene up by 40 centavos per liter and 15 centavos per liter, respectively. Among the firms that have adju
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Oil firms raise prices effective Tuesday

OIL companies will jack up prices of petroleum products effective on Tuesday. The price of diesel will increase by 20 centavos per liter, gasoline and kerosene up by 40 centavos per liter and 15 centavos per liter, respectively. Among the firms that have adjusted prices are Flying V, Petro Gazz, Phoenix Petroleum, Pilipinas Shell, PTT [...] The post Oil firms raise prices effective Tuesday appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Deployment of OFWs down by 9%

DEPLOYMENT of land-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) went down by 9 percent in 2017 to 1,992,746 workers from 2,112,331 in the previous year, according to records from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)Statistics from the POEA Plann
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Deployment of OFWs down by 9%

DEPLOYMENT of land-based overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) went down by 9 percent in 2017 to 1,992,746 workers from 2,112,331 in the previous year, according to records from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)Statistics from the POEA Planning Branch showed that the decline was the first after 10 years of continuous increases. In 2008, total deployment [...] The post Deployment of OFWs down by 9% appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Drug war forces child couriers to join IS

First of three parts ABDULLAH “Orak” Macabago was 12 years old when he was recruited by extremists. Prior to becoming a child soldier under the flag of the Islamic State (IS) in Southeast Asia, Orak was a drug courier in his small town in Lanao del Sur. T
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Drug war forces child couriers to join IS

First of three parts ABDULLAH “Orak” Macabago was 12 years old when he was recruited by extremists. Prior to becoming a child soldier under the flag of the Islamic State (IS) in Southeast Asia, Orak was a drug courier in his small town in Lanao del Sur. Terrorist organizations such… The post Drug war forces child couriers to join IS appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Most Pinoys happy with drug war – SWS

MAJORITY of Filipinos are satisfied with the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, according to a survey of the Social Weather Systems (SWS). The poll conducted from June 27 to 30, 2018 showed that 78 percent of the respondents said they were satisfied wit
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Most Pinoys happy with drug war – SWS

MAJORITY of Filipinos are satisfied with the Duterte administration’s war on drugs, according to a survey of the Social Weather Systems (SWS). The poll conducted from June 27 to 30, 2018 showed that 78 percent of the respondents said they were satisfied with the efforts of President Rodrigo Duterte to weed out illegal drugs. This [...] The post Most Pinoys happy with drug war – SWS appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Lim ecstatic of Altas’ sinking of Pirates

Veteran coach Frankie Lim was all praises for his University of Perpetual Help System DALTA team after they pulled off the biggest upset so far in Season 94 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) seniors basketball. Prince Eze pulled off a buzzer-bea
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Lim ecstatic of Altas’ sinking of Pirates

Veteran coach Frankie Lim was all praises for his University of Perpetual Help System DALTA team after they pulled off the biggest upset so far in Season 94 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) seniors basketball. Prince Eze pulled off a buzzer-beating putback off Tonton Peralta’s miss as the Altas dealt leading team Lyceum of the [...] The post Lim ecstatic of Altas’ sinking of Pirates appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

No way the Pacquiao-Mayweather 2 will happen this year

Manny Pacquao-Floyd Mayweather 2 this year? Forget it. A few days following their chance meeting in Tokyo where both announced their agreement to face each other anew this coming December in a repeat of their 2015 showdown, the Filipino legend and his America
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No way the Pacquiao-Mayweather 2 will happen this year

Manny Pacquao-Floyd Mayweather 2 this year? Forget it. A few days following their chance meeting in Tokyo where both announced their agreement to face each other anew this coming December in a repeat of their 2015 showdown, the Filipino legend and his American undefeated counterpart appeared to have changed their minds. Pacquiao, early this week, [...] The post No way the Pacquiao-Mayweather 2 will happen this year appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Manganti, Sarr falter as Falcons hold off Tigers

Adamson University depended on its bench players to hold off University of Sto. Tomas (UST), 79-71, and stay unscathed in Season 81 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum. With lacklust
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Manganti, Sarr falter as Falcons hold off Tigers

Adamson University depended on its bench players to hold off University of Sto. Tomas (UST), 79-71, and stay unscathed in Season 81 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum. With lackluster efforts from Sean Manganti and Papi Sarr, the Soaring Falcons leaned on their second-stringers to post [...] The post Manganti, Sarr falter as Falcons hold off Tigers appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Retrieval ops in Cebu temporarily stopped—NDRRMC

The search and rescue operations from the landslide in Naga City, Cebu was temporarily stopped at 10 a.m. on Saturday because of  inclement weather, Edgar Posadas, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesman said as he confi
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Retrieval ops in Cebu temporarily stopped—NDRRMC

The search and rescue operations from the landslide in Naga City, Cebu was temporarily stopped at 10 a.m. on Saturday because of  inclement weather, Edgar Posadas, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) spokesman said as he confirmed the report of the Office of Civil Defense in Central Visayas. “We have to take into consideration the safety [...] The post Retrieval ops in Cebu temporarily stopped—NDRRMC appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Tornado batters area near Canadian capital Ottawa

OTTAWA: A tornado sparked chaos near the Canadian capital Ottawa on Friday (Saturday in Manila), injuring dozens as homes were damaged, cars flipped over, and over 130,000 people left without power, local media said. Meteorologists reported gusts whipped up t
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Tornado batters area near Canadian capital Ottawa

OTTAWA: A tornado sparked chaos near the Canadian capital Ottawa on Friday (Saturday in Manila), injuring dozens as homes were damaged, cars flipped over, and over 130,000 people left without power, local media said. Meteorologists reported gusts whipped up to around 190 kilometers per hour, with the city of Gatineau, about five miles north of [...] The post Tornado batters area near Canadian capital Ottawa appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Barbados appoints Ambassador Rihanna

NEW YORK: Rihanna is now Ambassador Rihanna, after her home country tasked her with promoting investment and tourism. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said that Rihanna—real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty—has been conferred the title of ambassador extraordinary
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Barbados appoints Ambassador Rihanna

NEW YORK: Rihanna is now Ambassador Rihanna, after her home country tasked her with promoting investment and tourism. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said that Rihanna—real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty—has been conferred the title of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary. While the singer will not be formally accredited to another country, Mottley said that Rihanna—whose more [...] The post Barbados appoints Ambassador Rihanna appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Govt issues final rules for 3rd telco selection

Final rules governing the selection of a new major telco player have been issued, with a challenger to the PLDT-Globe duopoly set to be named by December. A memorandum circular (MC) approved on Thursday and released on Friday requires prospective players to h
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Govt issues final rules for 3rd telco selection

Final rules governing the selection of a new major telco player have been issued, with a challenger to the PLDT-Globe duopoly set to be named by December. A memorandum circular (MC) approved on Thursday and released on Friday requires prospective players to have a minimum paid-in capital of P10 billion, at least 10 years of [...] The post Govt issues final rules for 3rd telco selection appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61

HANOI: Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang, a former police chief known as a tough politician with little tolerance for dissent, died Friday at age 61 after a serious illness, state media reported. His death is not likely to dramatically alter politics i
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Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61

HANOI: Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang, a former police chief known as a tough politician with little tolerance for dissent, died Friday at age 61 after a serious illness, state media reported. His death is not likely to dramatically alter politics in a country where the communist state oversees almost every facet of society—although the [...] The post Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang dead at 61 appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Disney admits Dark Side for ‘Star Wars’, plans release ‘slowdown’

LOS ANGELES: There is a disturbance in the Force. After the lackluster performance of the latest installment in the wildly popular “Star Wars” saga, Disney is tapping the brakes on the franchise — an acknowledgment that there can be too muc
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Disney admits Dark Side for ‘Star Wars’, plans release ‘slowdown’

LOS ANGELES: There is a disturbance in the Force. After the lackluster performance of the latest installment in the wildly popular “Star Wars” saga, Disney is tapping the brakes on the franchise — an acknowledgment that there can be too much of a good thing. In an interview published Thursday, CEO Bob Iger told The [...] The post Disney admits Dark Side for ‘Star Wars’, plans release ‘slowdown’ appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

Most nations to miss UN target on chronic diseases – study

PARIS: More than half of all countries will likely fail to hit the UN target of reducing premature deaths from a quartet of chronic diseases by a third before 2030, researchers said Friday. Cancers, heart and blood-vessel disease, diabetes, and chronic respir
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Most nations to miss UN target on chronic diseases – study

PARIS: More than half of all countries will likely fail to hit the UN target of reducing premature deaths from a quartet of chronic diseases by a third before 2030, researchers said Friday. Cancers, heart and blood-vessel disease, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease combined to kill 12.5 million people aged 30 to 70 worldwide in [...] The post Most nations to miss UN target on chronic diseases – study appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

‘Malasakit’ food outlet opens in Manila

Consumers looking for more affordable vegetables and fruits flocked to the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) Compound in San Andres, Malate, Manila as the Department of Agriculture (DA) opened on Friday its DATienda “Malasakit” Food Outlet. The Malasakit foo
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‘Malasakit’ food outlet opens in Manila

Consumers looking for more affordable vegetables and fruits flocked to the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) Compound in San Andres, Malate, Manila as the Department of Agriculture (DA) opened on Friday its DATienda “Malasakit” Food Outlet. The Malasakit food outlet offers basic agricultural goods at prices that are 50 percent lower compared to those found [...] The post ‘Malasakit’ food outlet opens in Manila appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

UPDATE: Death toll in Cebu landslide up to 21

NINE more bodies were recovered in the ongoing retrieval operations in Naga City, Cebu after a deadly landslide in the mountainous area, raising the death toll to 21, authorities said on Friday. The number of missing persons from the deadly landslide on Thurs
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UPDATE: Death toll in Cebu landslide up to 21

NINE more bodies were recovered in the ongoing retrieval operations in Naga City, Cebu after a deadly landslide in the mountainous area, raising the death toll to 21, authorities said on Friday. The number of missing persons from the deadly landslide on Thursday has yet to be determined. The Office of Civil Defense said the [...] The post UPDATE: Death toll in Cebu landslide up to 21 appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

OECD cuts forecasts for global growth

PARIS: Global expansion is likely to slow as tensions kickstarted by US President Donald Trump’s protectionist policies hit world trade, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Thursday. “Global GDP growth remained solid i
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OECD cuts forecasts for global growth

PARIS: Global expansion is likely to slow as tensions kickstarted by US President Donald Trump’s protectionist policies hit world trade, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Thursday. “Global GDP growth remained solid in the first half of 2018, at around (3.75) percent, but there are signs that the expansion may have [...] The post OECD cuts forecasts for global growth appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

ADB approves six-year PH partnership strategy

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a new six-year country partnership strategy with the Philippines, a development described by government officials as an affirmation of the Duterte government’s ambitious infrastructure program and inclusive grow
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ADB approves six-year PH partnership strategy

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a new six-year country partnership strategy with the Philippines, a development described by government officials as an affirmation of the Duterte government’s ambitious infrastructure program and inclusive growth goal. In a statement, the Manila-based ADB said it expected to lend an estimated $7.8 billion beginning this year to [...] The post ADB approves six-year PH partnership strategy appeared first on The Manila Times Online.

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