Development Bank of Mongolia Announces Early Payment Before Maturity on JPY 30 Billion Samurai Bond

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia, May 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mongolian Prime Minister Oyunerdene Luvsannamsrai has instructed the Development Bank of Mongolia (DBM) to explore potential options, including an early payment, to settle its outstanding Samurai Bond obligations. Following this, the Bank says it will be able to further manage its future obligations and improve its […]

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ITA Airways Launches the Summer Season on the French Market With Eleven Daily Flights Between France and Italy at Roadshow Presentation in Paris

A Total of 72 Weekly Flights at the End of July ITA AIRWAYS LAUNCHES THE SUMMER SEASON ON THE FRENCH MARKET WITH ELEVEN DAILY FLIGHTS BETWEEN FRANCE AND ITALY PARIS, May 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Yesterday, at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris, ITA Airways, the new Italian national carrier presented the summer season on […]

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Astronomers reveal 1st image of black hole at center of Milky Way

Astronomers on Thursday unveiled the first image of the “supermassive black hole” at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. “This result provides overwhelming evidence that the object is indeed a black hole and yields valuable clues about the workings of such giants, which are thought to reside at the center of most galaxies,” said the scientists in a release at the headquarters of the European Southern Observatory in Garching, Germany. The image of the black hole, named Sagittarius A*, or (Sgr A*), was captured by a global research team…

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Comelec probes 900 faulty vote counting machines

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will begin this weekend the investigation of the over 900 vote counting machines (VCMs) that encountered issues during the May 9 polls. According to Commissioner George Garcia, the Comelec Steering Committee headed by Commissioner Marlon Casquejo will meet on Saturday with the Comelec Advisory Council (CAC) and the Project Management Office (PMO) to discuss the matter. He said the holding of the meeting is in response to the call of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to investigate why the VCMs did not function during the elections.…

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US vows to solve global woes with Asean

The United States (US) on Thursday expressed enthusiasm about its relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and vowed commitment to the latter’s centrality and inclusivity. Speaking during the first day of the two-day US-Asean Special Summit here, US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo affirmed America’s commitment to the Asean principle as America’s business leaders and Asean leaders explore how to strengthen economic ties and solve global problems together. “Today, now I’m announcing that the United States government’s largest indoor trade mission and business development forum called ‘Trade…

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Sara tells supporters to be humble, reach out to others

To unite the country, presumptive Vice President Sara Z. Duterte called on supporters to be humble and be the first to approach followers of defeated rival candidates. “Let us humble ourselves because we are the winner. We are the ‘Sana all’, we are the Sara All,” she said during her online thanksgiving aired on her Facebook Page Friday. She added: “We have to be magnanimous because we are only 31.5 million. We need them for us to be a 100 percent nation with no division.” Likewise, she urged Filipinos to…

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Gatchalian to vie for Senate presidency

Reelectionist Senator Sherwin Gatchalian bared Friday that he will eye the Senate presidency in the coming 19th Congress. Running fourth in the ongoing partial and unofficial tally, Gatchalian will be on his second six-year term. He said the biggest factor in winning the Senate presidency, currently occupied by losing vice presidential bet Vicente Sotto III, is the support of his colleagues who have different ideas and priorities. “I have talked to some of our colleagues about that and of course, since reelectionist naman ako (I am a reelectionist) and I…

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Over 3K BEIs, poll clerks in Antique to get pay

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will release as early as next week the payroll for 3,020 teachers and 562 non-teaching staff who served as Board of Elections Inspectors (BEIs) and poll clerks, respectively during the May 9 elections. “Our election officers will be informing the teachers and non-teaching staff once we finish processing their payroll so that they could immediately get their honorarium from their respective municipal Comelec offices,” Antique Provincial Election Supervisor Wil Arceño said in an interview on Friday. BEI chairpersons will receive PHP9,000 while poll clerks will…

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Ilocos Norte’s biggest event to serve as thanksgiving for BBM win

A bigger and better arts and music festival in Ilocos Norte is set to be held on May 28 and will feature trending Pinoy pop-rock band, Agsunta. Dubbed “Himala sa Buhangin”, the grandest outdoor arts and music festival is an annual event held every May in honor of the La Virgen Milagrosa Festival, the province’s patroness, provincial tourism officer Aian Raquel said in an interview Friday. Raquel said the festival was originally scheduled for May 14 but they opted to push it back to May 28 to turn it into…

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Comelec eyes OT pay for poll workers in areas with faulty VCMs

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is eyeing to give additional honoraria to electoral board (EB) members who rendered overtime work during the May 9 elections due to faulty vote counting machines (VCMs). In a press conference on Friday, Comelec acting spokesperson John Rex Laudiangco said they are waiting for the resolution and final approval of the proposal, which should go through the Commission en banc, for teachers and staff appointed by the Department of Education (DepEd) to EBs. EBs are composed of a chairperson, a poll clerk, and a third…

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No discussion on ROTC yet: Sara spox

The camp of presumptive Vice President Sara Z. Duterte has downplayed the claims of lawyer Bruce Rivera that her priority in the Department of Education (DepEd) would be the mandatory Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). In a statement Monday evening, Duterte spokesperson Liloan, Cebu Mayor Christina Frasco-Garcia said the matter has not yet been discussed. Rivera, who is also a friend of Duterte, said in a May 12 interview that “Inday really wants to, the return of mandatory ROTC, yun talaga (that’s it).” But Frasco clarified that “while VP-elect Sara…

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AFP capable of countering Reds attack in countryside

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is more than ready to counter attacks or violent activities that might be conducted by the New People’s Army (NPA) in the countryside following reports that militant groups will stage protest actions on Friday. “If there are violent activities to be conducted by (the) CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines)-NPA outside of Metro Manila, we are also prepared for them. As you know, we are in two modes, election mode and combat mode. Combat mode is continuous. We are going against all CPP-NPA…

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MMC eyes quarterly review of number coding scheme

The Metro Manila Council (MMC) is eyeing a regular review of the uniform vehicular volume reduction program (UVVRP), commonly called number coding, to ensure its effectiveness in managing vehicular traffic in the National Capital Region (NCR). In a Laging Handa briefing on Friday, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Romando Artes said while the MMC is yet to make another change on number coding, they are eyeing a review of the traffic policy every three months or every quarter of the year. “Mayroon din naman pong panukala na every three months…

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Respect decision of majority in May 9 polls: Lorenzana

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has called on the Filipino people to rally behind the nation’s incoming leaders and work together for the country’s common good. “The election is over. The people have spoken. Let us respect their decision. That is the essence of our democracy,” Lorenzana said in a Facebook post Thursday night. “Let us now rally behind our incoming elected leaders and work together for the common good. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas! (Long live the Philippines!).” Partial and unofficial counts show former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. having a wide…

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Couple yields P1.1-M shabu in Bacolod sting op

Anti-drug operatives of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) seized PHP1.183 million worth of suspected shabu from a couple during a buy-bust at their residence in Purok Kapawa, Barangay Punta Taytay on Friday. Police identified the suspects as Pearl Je-Ann Elera, 26, a high-value individual, and her common-law husband Reigel Troy Quimba, 20. At about 1 a.m., the couple sold a sachet of the prohibited substance worth PHP1,500 to an undercover policeman. Operatives also found in their possession 33 sachets of suspected shabu, weighing about 174 grams, pegged at a…

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PNP denies profiling Comelec demonstrators

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday denied allegations that its operatives are profiling personalities who are attending various protest actions at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Intramuros, Manila. “The PNP has not given any directive to profile any personalities,” PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Roderick Augustus Alba said. He said the duty of PNP personnel deployed to protest rallies is to ensure that the activity is peaceful and protesters would not resort to violence or any untoward incident. “Part of the regular activity of the PNP during…

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C. Luzon cops on full alert vs. poll protest rallies

The Central Luzon police are on alert for possible rallies in protest of election results. Brig. Gen. Matthew P. Baccay, regional director of the Police Regional Office-Central Luzon (PRO-3), said on Friday he has ordered his men to observe maximum tolerance in case there are groups that would push through with their mass action. Baccay said while police personnel are directed to observe maximum tolerance towards protesters, the groups conducting mass protests should also respect the mandate of the government forces to serve and protect. “The Philippine National Police (PNP)…

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Over P1-M shabu seized in Caraga

Authorities have seized more than PHP1 million worth of shabu for the past two weeks during separate operations in this city and Agusan del Norte province. The latest anti-drug operation Thursday evening in the Agusan del Norte town of Carmen resulted in the arrest of three suspects, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Caraga Region (PDEA-13) reported Friday. Backed by local police personnel, PDEA-13 said they arrested Ryan Plaza, Aaron John Bautista, and Jayzer Paul Sapero who yielded 150 grams of shabu worth PHP600,000. “The 50 grams of shabu were…

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Over 21K erring cops dismissed, sanctioned since July 2016

Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge, Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., has assured the police force upholds accountability through quick response to reports of abuse of its personnel as the PNP leadership pursues reforms to make the police organization a more transparent, accountable, and credible organization. Citing PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM) records, Danao said some 5,652 PNP personnel were dismissed from the service, 1,150 were demoted in rank, 10,650 were suspended, 853 were sanctioned with salary forfeiture, 2,491 were reprimanded, 222 were restricted to quarters, and 288…

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Omicron detected in majority of samples sequenced in recent week

The Omicron subvariant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) was detected in the majority or 77.78 percent of the samples sequenced from May 2 to 10, a health official said Friday. In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire disclosed that about 3.17 percent of the specimens sequenced were positive with the Delta variant while the remaining 19 percent had no lineage assigned. “Sa 49 Omicron variant cases, 45 na kaso ay local, dalawang kaso ay foreign nationals, habang patuloy vine-verify ang dalawang kaso kung ito ba ay…

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2 incidents in NegOr tagged as poll violence

The Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO) has convened its Election-Related Incident (ERI) Validation Committee to investigate two incidents involving politicians, the cases of which are now tagged as “suspected” election-related violence. Provincial police director, Col. Germano Mallari, told the Philippine News Agency on Friday that the two incidents are the robbery at the house of incumbent Sibulan Vice Mayor Marcela Grampon Bartoces, a mayoralty candidate, and the shooting incident in the municipality of Basay which identified incumbent Mayor Beda Cañamaque as the target. “The Police Regional Office 7 directed…

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PH records lowest Covid-19 cases average

The number of Covid-19 cases continues to decline nationally, breaching the lowest recorded average prior to the peak of the Omicron variant, a health official said Friday. In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said only 971 new cases or 146 new daily cases were logged nationally for the period of May 6 to 12. “So far, ito ang pinakamababang recorded average ng Covid-19 cases bago po tayo nagkaroon ng Omicron experience kung saan nakapagtala tayo ng 254 new cases per day noong December 18 to 24…

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2 NPA leaders killed in Zambo Norte clash

Some two leaders of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in a firefight with government troops in the hinterlands of Zamboanga del Norte, the military said Friday. Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade (102Bde) commander, said NPA leaders Loreto Dagpin and Rolando Maglasang were killed in a 30-minute clash with government forces around 3:40 p.m. Thursday in Barangay Midatag, Leon Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte. Dagpin was a commanding officer of the defunct Main Regional Guerrilla Unit (MRGU) while Maglasang was a leader of the defunct Guerrilla…

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Catholics mark 105th anniversary of Fatima Apparition

A parish priest has appealed to pray the rosary to end the global pandemic coronavirus-19 (Covid-19), and for peace to reign in the world. This was the appeal made by Fr. Carlos Reyes, parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Mandaluyong City, on the 105th anniversary of the famous Fatima Apparition on Friday. “We are in troubled times and there is a need for us to pray the Holy Rosary daily for the intercession of the Blessed Mother to end the global pandemic coronavirus-19 (Covid-19), and Russia’s invasion…

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DOH to set up Samar hospital to serve 1.2M residents

The Department of Health (DOH) 8 (Eastern Visayas) is eyeing the construction of a 300-bed tertiary hospital in Calbayog City to serve Samar Island’s three provinces, home to 1.2 million people. The DOH has created a technical working group (TWG) tasked to draft the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the new law that establishes the Samar Island Medical Center. DOH-8 Director Exuperia Sabalberino said Friday that the TWG had its first meeting on May 10 to plan, discuss, and prepare the information and documentation necessary to formulate the IRR…

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BFAR awards 160K tilapia fingerlings to IPs in Zambales

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 3 (Central Luzon) has extended assistance to indigenous peoples (IPs) in Barangay Carael, Botolan, Zambales by providing them with tilapia fingerlings. In partnership with the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus, BFAR-3 released about 160,000 tilapia fingerlings in a fishpond being operated by the IPs. Zambales provincial fisheries officer Neil Encinares, along with Technology Outreach Station for Fresh Water Species officer in charge Antonio Taduan, led the activity on Friday to ensure the proper disposition of the fingerlings that would serve…

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Sipalay City honors lensman of PH eagle in P1,000 bill

The City of Sipalay in Negros Occidental has paid tribute to its very own Floyd Pison Bermejo, the wildlife photographer who captured the image of the Philippine Eagle featured in the new 1,000-peso banknote. Pison grew up in Barangay San Jose in the southern Negros city and is the son of an employee in the mines of the village. “He started bird-hunting with his father in the mountains of the city for food. Now, he does bird-hunting with a different weapon, a camera,” the city government said in a statement…

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W. Visayas private workers, househelps get wage hike

The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Western Visayas has endorsed to the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) up to PHP450 daily minimum wage for workers in private establishments and PHP500 monthly increase for the salary of “kasambahay” or domestic service workers. “Acting on more than eight petitions for (a) wage increase and after proper study with positions filed by representatives coming from the employers, yesterday the board came into a decision to issue wage orders,” labor department regional director and RTWPB Region 6 chair, Atty. Sixto…

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Father, son tandem topples dynasty in Leyte town

A businessman father and his son defeated another father and son tandem in this year’s elections, ending the 30-year reign of their rivals in Matag-ob, Leyte. Bernie Tacoy, 50, was proclaimed the winner in the mayoralty race while his son, Vincent, 26, will be the new vice mayor. Both are first-timers in holding elective posts. Defeated were incumbent Mayor Michael Torrevillas and son, Vice Mayor Bushi. In 2019, the father and son ran unopposed. This year, they ran for a third and final term. The older Tacoy won with 8,186…

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NEDA trains LGUs for more functions

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) 8 (Eastern Visayas) has been conducting a series of capability-building activities for planning officers to enhance local government units’ delivery of devolved functions due to the Mandanas-Garcia Supreme Court ruling, its chief said Friday. The series of training has been lined up this year by NEDA’s recently reactivated Project Development Assistance Center, established to help local government units prepare good project proposals, NEDA-8 Director Bonifacio Uy said. The first was held from May 2 to 6, with some participating face-to-face and others virtually.…

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8.3% GDP growth to bolster biz confidence despite admin shift

An economist of Juwai IQI Global has seen the country’s 8.3-percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the first quarter of the year as a good launch pad for the next administration to pursue its economic agenda. The chief economist of the Kuala Lumpur-based Juwai IQI Global, Shan Saeed, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the strong GDP growth from January to March this year would keep market confidence afloat despite a transition in administration. “This would bolster the confidence of the government to expand the fiscal side of…

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Abalos to head DILG: Marcos’ spox

Former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. is set to become the next secretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, according to the camp of presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. Abalos resigned from his MMDA post to become Marcos’ national campaign manager. “I would like to announce that Chairman Benhur Abalos has been nominated to lead the Department of the Interior and he has accepted the challenge,” announced Marcos’ spokesperson, lawyer Vic Rodriguez, in a press briefing on Friday. As overall chair…

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Balti Baltazar withdraws from PBA Draft

One of the projected top picks for this year’s PBA Draft has pulled out his name from the event. PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial confirmed on Thursday that six-foot-seven forward Balti Baltazar backed out from Sunday’s draft proceedings as he is set to take his talents elsewhere, at least for a year. He said Baltazar sent a letter that he received earlier in the day formalizing his decision to pull himself out of the draft. “May letter na binigay sa akin kanina na finormal niya na niwi-withdraw niya ang pag-a-apply niya…

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Eastern Samar vendor grateful for winning mayoralty race

For a market vendor to win against a physician in the mayoralty race in Dolores, Eastern Samar is like the biblical account of David and Goliath. For Rodrigo Rivera, 62, his chances of winning the election were very slim without machinery, budget, and support from current village officials. “I asked for help and thanked God. I thanked Him for granting my prayers. This victory is for the people, to provide the services that the people need, a service from the government available to everyone,” Rivera, speaking in Waray, told the…

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