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Day: May 12, 2022

PH GDP surpasses pre-pandemic level with 8.3% Q1 growth

The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 8.3 percent in the first quarter of 2022, surpassing pre-pandemic levels, as the full reopening of the economy further perked up consumer spending and business activities. This is a significant reversal from the 3.8-percent contraction in the same period last year. The economy posted a 5.9-percent pre-pandemic growth in 2019. “Growth in the first quarter exceeded the median analyst forecast of 6.7 percent, making the Philippines the fastest growing economy in the East Asia region for the period,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua, reading a joint statement of the government’s

PH logs 109 new Covid-19 cases on May 11: OCTA

The country logged 109 new cases of Covid-19 on May 11, bringing the total tally to 3,687,428, the OCTA Research Group said Thursday. In a tweet, OCTA Research Group fellow Dr. Guido David said the figure is lower but close to the forecast of 120 cases. Citing data from the Department of Health, David said there were 3,328 active cases and no new deaths were recorded. The death toll stood at 60,439. About 418 new recoveries bringing the total number of recovered cases to 3,623,661. Earlier, Dr. Rontgene Solante, Vaccine Experts Panel member, said an uptick in cases is expected

PRRD to continue fight vs. corruption, drugs as private citizen

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will continue his advocacies for good government, anti-corruption, and anti-illegal drugs even as a private citizen, Malacañang said Thursday. Acting presidential spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar made this assurance after Duterte mentioned feeling “patriotic” about soon transferring the reins of government to the newly elected president. “Di namin napag uusapan kung anong preparasyon ang ginagawa ng ating Pangulo para sa kanyang paghahanda na maging isang private citizen but knowing the president but also based sa sinabi niya nung nakaraan, ipagpapatuloy niya ang kanyang advocacy for good government, para labanan ang korapsyon at labanan ang ipinagbabawal

Cops seen tearing up ballots mandated by Comelec

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said police officers seen on the various social media tearing up ballots in a Cotabato precinct are mandated to do so by a Commission on Elections (Comelec) ruling. “We have ‘fact-checked’ video footage circulating on the Internet wherein police officers were shown tearing some election forms. Reports from Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region (in Muslim Mindanao) indicate that the video footage was taken at the Datu Ayunan Elementary School, MB Kalanganan, Cotabato City where PNP personnel served as members of the Special Electoral Board (SBEI). Their designation as SBEI for Clustered Precincts Number

Ateneo forces UAAP finals rubber match against UP

Ateneo denied the University of the Philippines (UP) a grand UAAP men’s basketball championship party on Wednesday night after taking a 69-66 win in Game 2 of their best-of-three finals affair at the Mall of Asia in Pasay. The outcome means the Blue Eagles, the defending champions, and the Fighting Maroons, seeking their first title since 1986, will meet one last time for all the marbles on Friday night at the same venue. Ateneo survived despite UP pulling off yet another second-half showcase to be just three minutes away from ending a long title drought. Down by as much as

Parents, schools urged to guard children vs. NPA recruitment

The Western Visayas Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF6 ELCAC) is calling on parents, guardians, and school officials to make sure children are in schools and not in the streets being brainwashed by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army -National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF). In a statement sent on Thursday, the task force through its spokesperson Prosecutor 2 Flosemer Chris Gonzales also called on barangay officials and community leaders to protect their communities from being infiltrated by the NPA. “Together, we can protect our youth from becoming the next unwitting victim of the CPP-NPA-NDF and

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