Junshi Biosciences Announces NMPA Accepted supplemental New Drug Application for Toripalimab in Combination with Chemotherapy as First-Line Treatment of Advanced NSCLC

6th indication for toripalimab submitted in China SHANGHAI, China, Dec. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Junshi Biosciences (HKEX: 1877; SSE: 688180), a leading innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel therapies, announced today that the National Medical Products Administration (the “NMPA”) has accepted the company’s supplemental New Drug Application (“sNDA”) […]

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Spend Matters Secures Investment From Copley Equity Partners

Proceeds to Fund Continued Growth in Procurement While Expanding into Adjacent Markets BOSTON, Dec. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Copley Equity Partners, LLC (“Copley”), a private investment firm focused on lower middle-market companies with strong growth opportunities, today announced that it has made an investment in Spend Matters, a proprietary tech-enabled data platform that drives […]

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Imperial Capital Opens Authorized European Company in Milan, Italy to Conduct European Business and Names Julien Sida as its CEO

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Imperial Capital Group, LLC (“Imperial Capital”) announced that its affiliate, Imperial Capital (International) LLP (“Imperial Capital International”), has completed the process of transitioning its Milan Branch into an authorized subsidiary amidst the end of the Brexit transition period whereby passporting between the UK and EEA states ceased. […]

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Unifty: Marrying DeFi and NFTs Through the Gallery

Unifty LONDON, Dec. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Unifty is marrying DeFi and NFTs with the launch of The Gallery, an innovative exhibition space inspired by the platform’s desire to improve upon the traditional gallery-creator relationship. The Gallery’s unique approach to the NFT marketplace means that all participants, including creators, collectors, curators, and fans, are […]

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292 farmers get solar dryers in Agusan Sur

A total of 292 farmers from two barangays in the town of Sta. Josefa in Agusan del Sur recently received three newly-completed solar dryers through the Convergence on Value Chain Enhancement for Rural Growth and Empowerment (Project ConVERGE) of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Caraga (DAR-13). The solar dryers were formally turned over to the farmers through their organizations on Thursday. “Around 140 of the recipients are agrarian reform beneficiaries or ARBs in the area while 152 are small household farmers who will also benefit from the project,” Regional…

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OPAPP launches ‘new avenue’ for peace in Maguindanao

To promote peace in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has opened the newly-completed House of Peace in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao. “The Peace Center called Walay na Kalilintad is more than just a physical structure. It symbolizes the strong and enduring partnership between our organizations, as we work with our other peace partners in bringing a just and lasting peace to the Bangsamoro people,” said Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. in a shared statement…

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P1.1-B financial aid to benefit W. Visayas rice farmers

Some 234,199 rice farmers tilling land two hectares and below in Western Visayas will benefit from the PHP1.17 billion Rice Farmers Financial Assistance (RFFA) of the Department of Agriculture (DA). DA Western Visayas Regional Executive Director Remelyn Recoter said the RFFA is from the excess of the PHP10 billion tariffs that have been allotted for mechanization, seeds, training, and financing. “It was legislated that whatever excess of the tariff out of the PHP10 billion will be allocated for financial assistance,” she said in an interview Friday. The funds of PHP5,000…

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Pulong’s office, DSWD continue cash-for-work payouts

More than 6,000 residents in this city’s first district stand to benefit from the continuing cash-for-work project of the first congressional district office, in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through the agency’s Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) program. In a statement Friday, the office of Davao City 1st District Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Duterte said the ongoing payout at the People’s Park here is expected to cover all 6,000 beneficiaries by the end of the month. The Kalahi-CIDSS…

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Fewer Covid-19 cases ‘fruit’ of labor: NTF exec

Fewer coronavirus cases recorded in the past weeks are the national government’s “fruit” of labor in the pandemic response, an official of the National Task Force Against Covid-19 said Thursday. NTF Against Covid-19 sub-task force on current operations head Assistant Secretary Wilben Mayor encouraged those who have yet to receive their vaccine to get inoculated. “As you can see we now have very few cases, this is the fruit of our labors for the past months and we want to sustain this and the only way to do this is…

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Coco oil records biggest jump in PH export value

Growth in the coconut industry is apparent after data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Friday showed that of the 10 major commodity groups in terms of the value of exports, coconut oil recorded the highest annual increase of 76.9 percent. Cathodes and sections of cathodes and refined copper (56 percent), and chemicals (53.7 percent) were the next top performers. The country’s total external trade likewise increased. “For October 2021, the total external trade amounted to USD16.84 billion. It grew at an annual rate of 15.2 percent. In…

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BARMM welcomes P408-M new investments

The Bangsamoro Board of Investments in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BBOI-BARMM) on Friday announced the registration approval of two new investments in the region worth PHP408 million. In a statement, Ishak Mastura, BBOI-BARMM chair, identified the new investments as the 2,000-hectare industrial corn plantation of the Lanao del Sur Corn Development Corp. (LDSCDC), and the Halal certification project of the Prime Certification and Inspection Asia Pacific, Inc. or PRIME Certification. “With the peace and order situation immensely improving, and political stability gaining ground in the region, it…

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Ex-mayor acquitted in graft case filed by dismissed employee

The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court has acquitted the former mayor of San Francisco, Quezon and two municipal officers in graft charges filed by a disgruntled employee over the non-payment of his year-end bonus in 2014. In a 71-page decision written by Associate Justice Amparo Cabotaje-Tang and released Friday, the Third Division acquitted former mayor Joselito Alega, human resources management head Cesar Rocas, and municipal accountant Gerardo Cerrudo who were charged with alleged violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Noel Castillejo, a dismissed municipal social work…

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Shares, peso end week’s trading weaker

The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) and the local currency both closed the week lower. All counters closed in the negative territory with PSEi slipping by 0.59 percent, or 42.75 points to 7,192.17. All shares fell by 0.31 percent, or 12.12 points, to 3,830.43. “Local shares were sold as investors took in some of their profits ahead of the CPI (consumer price index) data release this Friday in the US,” Regina Capital Development Corp. head of sales Luis Limlingan said. Limlingan said economists expect the November inflation in the US…

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FDI net inflows up double-digit to $7.3-B

Net inflows of foreign direct investments (FDIs) continued their growth momentum in September 2021, recording a 30.4-percent expansion year on year to reach USD660 million from the USD506 million net inflows in September 2020. This brought the cumulative FDI net inflows for the first three quarters of 2021 to USD7.3 billion, higher by 43.8 percent than the USD5.1 billion net inflows in the same period in 2020, data released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Friday showed. This was mainly on account of the 78.6 percent increase in…

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158 OFWs enter SoKor via employment permit system

More than a hundred overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) have been deployed to South Korea under the host nation’s employment permit system (EPS) this month, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) said Friday. “So far, the total number of OFWs that have arrived here is 158. Another 51 are set to arrive on Monday. We will have 209 workers that were able to enter South Korea after the lifting of entry restrictions,” Labor Attaché Ma. Celeste Valderrama said during a virtual forum. Valderrama reported that the manufacturing industry has the highest…

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Consumer, biz confidence Filipinos in UAE at all-time high

A national survey presented at Expo 2020 Dubai heralded a post-pandemic optimism of Filipino consumers for the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) sustainable growth trajectory in the next 12 months. The study by The Filipino Times, the biggest news platform for Filipinos in the Middle East and North African region, focused on several key indicators as a gauge to measure Filipino expatriates’ consumer confidence and covered 2,612 Filipino respondents from across the emirates. It measured consumer sentiment and purchasing power, and the business outlook of companies catering to or targeting the…

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Bidding for P10-B container port in Cebu starts Jan. 2022

Bidding for the civil works contract of the Korea-funded New Cebu International Container Port (NCICP) project is set to begin in January 2022, the Korean Embassy in Manila said Thursday. “This project has been started formally. The bidding for selecting a construction company will be open next month,” it said. The project has a total estimated cost of PHP10.1 billion. It aims to build a bridge, access road and harbor facilities on a 25-hectare reclaimed land in Consolacion, Cebu to free up the existing seaport in the province and make…

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6ID gets 560 force multipliers for peacekeeping missions

A total of 560 civilian volunteers have been added to the military’s force multipliers in Maguindanao following their graduation from basic military training on Friday. The 560 civilians completed their 45-day basic military training at the 6th Division Civilian Armed Auxiliary (CAA) Affairs Unit Training Base at Barangay Taviran in Datu Odin Sinsuat town. Colonel Michael Santos, 6ID chief of staff, served as guest of honor and speaker during the graduation rites that turned the 560 civilian volunteers into new members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit Active Auxiliaries…

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Upholding ATA constitutionality one of judiciary’s finest moments

Upholding of the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) of 2020 was one of the finest moments of the Supreme Court. Portions of the law that were declared unconstitutional do not render the ATA ineffective, according to Assistant Provincial Prosecutor Flosemer Chris Gonzales, spokesperson of the Western Visayas Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF6-ELCAC) on Friday. “The SC ruling will be remembered in the history of this great nation as the ruling that ramified the single piece of legislation that will…

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More protests expected vs. SC ruling on ATA

The government expects motions for reconsideration will be filed against the Supreme Court (SC) decision that ruled all but two provisions of the anti-terror law as constitutional. Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said the government’s next move will be made after all parties had the chance to ask for a reconsideration. “It is expected that parties affected by the Supreme Court’s decision will file motions for reconsideration. So nothing is final yet as of this time,” Guevarra told reporters via text message on Friday. “Assuming, however, that the ruling…

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Court closes ‘bee-bear’ trademark case

The Court of Appeals (CA) has dismissed a case filed by Jollibee Foods Corp. over its legal stare-down against a local firm seeking to register “JB Jolly Bear” as a trademark after the fast-food giant failed to file a petition questioning the ruling of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The CA ordered the case withdrawn from its docket as Jollibee failed to file a petition and comply with court directives despite being granted an extension, as stated in a resolution dated December 6 and written by Associate Justice Angelene Mary…

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DOH locates 5 ‘missing’ travelers from South Africa

A health official on Friday confirmed that the Department of Health (DOH) has located five more travelers from South Africa who have been tagged as “missing”. “We have already located another five, so we are just trying to locate two of these travelers,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a Viber message to reporters. It is in South Africa where the newly identified Omicron variant of the coronavirus was first reported, restricting travel anew worldwide. Many countries have closed borders, including the Philippines, to several countries with reported Omicron…

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87% of target population in Bacolod vaxxed vs. Covid-19

A total of 356,313 Bacolodnons or 86.76 percent of its target population have received at least one dose of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine as of December 6, the city government here said Friday. The figure consists of 283,107 individuals who are fully vaccinated, comprising 69 percent of the total vaccinable population, and 73,206 individuals or 17.82 percent, who are partially vaccinated, data from the Regional Vaccination Operations Center in Western Visayas showed. Dr. Chris Sorongon, medical deputy of the Emergency Operations Center-Task Force (EOC-TF), said with only more than…

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Antique-ELCAC holds 2-day medical mission

Residents of remote barangays in the municipalities of Sibalom and San Remigio gained from the two-day medical mission of Antique’s Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC). The medical mission and information caravan were held at the Sinundulan Elementary School in Barangay Sinundulan, San Remigio, and the Villafont Elementary School in Barangay Villafont, Sibalom on Thursday and Friday, benefitting more than 1,500 residents of the two villages and adjacent areas. “There were medical and dental services, eye check-up, and distribution of other forms of assistance,” James Rubino,…

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46K Covid-19 recoveries recorded in Zamboanga Peninsula

Zamboanga Peninsula (Region 9) has so far recorded 46,000 recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), or a 93.34-percent recovery rate since the start of the pandemic last year. In a report Friday, the Department of Health-9 said the region has tallied a total of 49,277 cumulative cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 with 1,056 active cases and 2,221 deaths. The DOH-9 data also showed that Zamboanga City recorded the highest number of collective confirmed cases with 22,130 although it has also registered the…

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New Covid-19 cases drop to 379; active infections down to 11.9K

The number of fresh coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases returned to the less-than-400 mark, with only 379 new infections logged on Friday. This translates to a decline in cases from the 562 new infections reported on Thursday, according to the latest Covid-19 bulletin of the Department of Health (DOH). Friday’s fresh infections are a little more than the 356 new cases logged on Tuesday, the lowest single-day number of cases recorded in the country. This brought the active cases to 11,905, lower than Thursday’s 12,169. Of the active cases, most…

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Omicron may dampen global economic projection: IMF

International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) First Deputy Managing Director Geoffrey Okamoto said the global economic growth projection of 4.9 percent in 2022 would likely take a beating due to the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) variant, Omicron. “We project the global economic growth at 5.9 percent in 2021 and to decline to 4.9 percent next year. I think it is important to emphasize the possibility of a decline due to the Omicron variant,” Okamoto said here on Friday. In October 2021, the IMF released the global economic growth projection of 5.9 percent…

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Annual health care workers’ deployment cap raised to 7K

The ceiling on the annual overseas deployment of health care workers (HCWs) has been raised to 7,000 from the current 6,500, Malacañang announced on Friday. This developed after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) approved Resolution 153 on Thursday, acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, said in a Palace briefing. Nograles said nurses with visas expiring on Dec. 31, 2021, will be prioritized for deployment. “Upon the authority vested to the IATF through Memorandum from the Executive Secretary dated Nov. 20, 2020, the…

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Surigao Norte lifts RT-PCR requirement for fully vaxxed travelers

The provincial government of Surigao del Norte on Friday decided to allow travelers to enter the province even without a reverse transcription – polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test, so long as they have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). The new policy came via Executive Order (EO) 21-043 issued by Surigao del Norte Governor Francisco Matugas, who noted the decreasing number of Covid-19 infections in the province. “As a matter of fact, the municipalities located in Siargao Island continuously registered zero Covid-19 active cases since Nov. 28,…

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Sara seeks stronger autonomy to boost crisis response

Mayor Inday Sara Duterte is pushing for stronger local autonomy to boost the potential of local government units in responding to a crisis. In her recent talk during the 2021 Regional Planning of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) at the SMX Convention Center, Lanang, Davao City, Mayor Sara said that a stronger local autonomy is a viable tool to harness the potential of the local government units in addressing situations such as the coronavirus pandemic. “I have personally seen the value and the benefits of strengthening local…

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Nearly half of PH hospitals log zero Covid admissions Dec. 5 to 9

Around 598 out of the 1,232 hospitals nationwide have no new admissions of patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) from December 5 to 9, a health official said Friday. “We have observed that nationally, 48.5 percent of hospitals reported no new Covid-19 admissions in the past five days from December 5 to 9,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said during an online media briefing. The top three regions with the most number of hospitals without new admissions of Covid-19 patients include Soccsksargen with 75.4 percent; Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim…

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DOH lauds new price caps on medicines

The Department of Health (DOH) has lauded the issuance of an executive order adding 34 drug molecules to the list of drugs with mandatory price caps. EO 155, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last December 7, is part of the current administration’s thrust to make medicines more affordable for Filipinos. Overall, there are now at least 120 drug molecules under the Maximum Drug Price List since the first round of price reductions was implemented in June 2020. “We thank the Office of the President for making affordable medicines a significant…

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Walk-ins welcome in 2nd round of 3-day massive vax drive

The public will be welcome to walk in and get inoculated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in any government vaccination site during the second round of the three-day “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” drive. In an interview at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1, National Task Force Against Covid-19 special adviser, Dr. Teodoro Herbosa, said the program, scheduled from December 15 to 17, would have dedicated areas for those who have a scheduled appointment and walk-ins. “Walang pauuwiin during the national vaccination days na hindi nabakunahan. So, kapag pumunta sila…

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New nurses to boost PH Army’s Covid-19 response

The Philippine Army (PA) Nursing Service’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic response efforts got a much-needed reinforcement with the arrival of 83 enlisted provisional staff. In a statement Thursday night, Army spokesperson Col. Xerxes Trinidad said the pinning and donning of ranks ceremony for these new nurses took place at the Army General Hospital at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City last December 7. “Army nurses formed part of AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) medical teams deployed to various public and private hospitals that were previously overwhelmed due to the Covid-19…

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Gov’t ready to welcome 100K OFWs amid Omicron: Lacson

Senator Panfilo Lacson on Friday said the national government is ready for the arrival of the 80,000 to 100,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) despite the threat of Omicron variant of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Reports said this number of OFWs are coming home this December either for vacation with their families or part of the repatriation flights organized by the Philippine government. Lacson, who is in Cebu along with Senate President Vicente Sotto III, lauded the national government’s success in containing the Covid-19 which resulted in the drop of the…

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Mabalacat City tops 70% Covid-19 population protection mark

This city has attained its target to ensure population protection against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) since last month. “We have already achieved herd immunity. As an indication, we have been experiencing low to zero Covid-19 infections since the month of November. Labing-siyam na araw po na wala tayong bagong kaso at halos recoveries po ang ating naitatala (For the past 19 days, we have not had new cases. What we have recorded are mostly recoveries),” Mabalacat City Covid-19 Response Integrated System chief implementer, Dr. Jose Antonio Rivera, said in…

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Portugal included in PH’s Covid-19 ‘red list’

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has placed Portugal on the “red” list for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) which means travelers from this country are barred from entering the Philippines due to the high risk of infection. In a virtual press briefing on Friday, Cabinet Secretary and acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said the IATF-EID approved Resolution No. 153 on Thursday, which provides for the escalation of Portugal to the red list of countries/territories/jurisdictions effective 12:01 a.m. of December 12 until December 15. Nograles…

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New Meycauayan East Service Road opens to public

The new Meycauayan East Service Road was formally opened to the public on Friday. The PHP294-million new service road, which connects Barangay Libtong in Meycauayan City and Lawang Bato in Valenzuela City, will ease both northbound and southbound traffic in the cities. Using a portion of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) right-of-way, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) constructed the 1.2-km., two-lane service road as an alternative route for those traveling between the cities of Meycauayan and Valenzuela, bypassing MacArthur Highway. NLEX Corp. vice president Donna Faylona-Marcelo said…

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23 cities now have population protection vs. Covid-19: DILG

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said Friday 23 cities in the country have reached population protection against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “I would like to correct that it is not yet herd immunity but population protection because more than 70 percent of the target population (priority groups) were already vaccinated. Herd immunity is based on actual population,” Año said in a message to reporters. He said the country still needs to vaccinate individuals in other local government units (LGUs) to attain protection for…

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SEC approves AREIT shelf offering, Cityland commercial papers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the public offerings made by AREIT, Inc. and Cityland, Inc. In its meeting on December 9, the commission en banc resolved to render effective the registration statements of AREIT for a PHP15-billion debt securities program, and Cityland for PHP500 million worth of commercial papers, subject to the companies’ compliance with certain remaining requirements. AREIT may issue the bonds in one or more tranches within three years. The first tranche will comprise up to PHP3 billion of fixed-rate bonds due 2023. The real…

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Pursuit underway for killers of 2 family members in NoCot

Police are in hot pursuit of two attackers who killed two members of a family in Barangay Bagontapay here Friday afternoon. Major Realan Mamon, town police chief, identified the dead victims as Crizzel Gwyn Orbe Maguad,18, and his minor brother. Another female member of the family, also a minor, managed to escape unhurt from the attack. “The young survivor was able to hide in a certain room and was able to post in the social media asking for help and disclosed that unidentified men entered their house,” the police official…

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’Frost’ in parts of Benguet town won’t affect veggie supply

The frosting phenomenon in parts of Benguet’s Atok town will not affect the Cordillera region’s daily vegetable production, Mayor Raymundo Sarac said on Friday. “The frost in Atok happens in a very small portion of a garden, less than a half hectare, and the vegetables are not completely damaged. The frost does not affect the supply and the prices. No, it will not,” he said. He added that highland vegetables commonly known as “chopsuey” vegetables are also grown by the 12 other towns of the province, including the capital La…

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IATF approves Dec. 29 nationwide mock polls

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the request of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to hold a nationwide mock election on December 29, Malacañang said on Friday. In a press briefing, acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, said the mock polls would help in the preparations for the May 9, 2022 national and local elections. “In order to ensure the safe and effective conduct of the 2022 National and Local Elections, the IATF poses no objection to the request of the…

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PH gets 3.6M more Covid jabs ahead of ‘Bayanihan, Bakunahan’ 2

The latest batch of more than 3.6 million doses of AstraZeneca and Moderna coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine is expected to boost the second round of the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” vaccination drive, an adviser of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 said on Friday. “This will be used for our Bayanihan Bakunahan 2, which is where we’ll hopefully achieve the national herd immunity threshold,” Dr. Teodoro Herbosa said on the sidelines of the arrival of the jabs at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1. The government, he said,…

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CPP-NPA rebels are human rights violators: Army official

he top official of the 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) of the Philippine Army asserted that the true violators of human rights are the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army terrorists. On the occasion of Human Rights Day on Friday, Maj. Gen Benedict Arevalo, commander of the 3ID, said the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Department of Justice, and United Nations are aware of the atrocities committed by these groups. The Armed Forces of the Philippines Center for Law of Armed Conflict has submitted to the CHR 1,672…

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Do not vote for CPP-linked party-list bets: groups

Multi-sectoral groups on Friday reminded the public anew to be critical of and vigilant against party-list organizations that will be joining next year’s elections but have links with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF). On Human Rights Day, members of Liga ng mga Magulang (LPP), Liga Independencia Pilipinas (LIPI), and Yakap ng Magulang, along with parents of children recruited by militant organizations, urged anew the boycott of party-lists belonging to the Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan (Makabayan) bloc, including Kabataan, Anakpawis, Bayan Muna, ACT Teachers and…

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152 ex-commies denounce deceitful CPP-NPA front groups

At least 152 members of New People’s Army (NPA) front organizations here formally turned away from the communist terrorist group on Friday. In a ceremony at the People’s Center and Library here, NPA-affiliate group members pledged their loyalty to the government and joined the Metro Tacloban Integrated Peace and Development Workers Federation. Of the 152 surrenderers, 42 were formerly from Kadamay, 36 Katrabaho, and 26 from Gabriela. The rest belonged to Sagupa, Masanag, Bayan Muna, and Anakpawis. The groups are affiliates of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), a group linked with…

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DFA to cancel unclaimed passports released in 2020 by Jan. 10

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will cancel starting January 10 all unclaimed passports that were scheduled for release in December 2020 or earlier. Those yet to claim their passports may do so until January 7, 2022 (Friday) at the DFA Consular Office where they were processed, the agency said in an advisory Thursday night. Persons who are still unable to claim their passports before January 7, 2022 must file a new passport application after securing a certificate of unclaimed passport from DFA Aseana or at the DFA Consular Office…

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