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Dangerous stones: Myanmar jade traders squeezed between junta troops, rebels

Manila Standard - Fri, 05/11/2021 - 12:05
Myanmar jade traders are running from junta troops and dodging rebel attacks to sell dwindling volumes of the green gemstone, as the billion-dollar industry loses its shine months on from the coup.
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New Delhi wakes to thick blanket of post-Diwali toxic smog

Manila Standard - Fri, 05/11/2021 - 12:00
New Delhi woke up to a thick blanket of toxic smog on Friday after an overnight barrage of firecrackers for the Hindu festival of Diwali in the Indian megacity, despite a ban on selling them.
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NCR eases to Alert Level 2

Manila Standard - Thu, 04/11/2021 - 18:20
Metro Manila will shift to a looser Alert Level 2 community quarantine starting today (Friday) until Nov. 21, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said late Thursday evening, hours after the OCTA Research Group said most areas in the country have returned to a level before the Delta variant surge.
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DILG: 30% of LGUs remiss in jab reporting

Manila Standard - Thu, 04/11/2021 - 18:15
Local government units (LGUs) that fail to consistently submit updated records of their vaccination status will be asked to explain why they should not be sanctioned, the government said Thursday.
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Govt to vax 5M in 3-day nat'l thrust

Manila Standard - Thu, 04/11/2021 - 18:10
The government is eyeing a three-day national vaccination drive this month where all available health workers, pediatricians and dentists will be deployed to do inoculations, including house-to-house campaigns and vaccination by clusters.
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PhilHealth vows to pay debts to private hospitals this month

Manila Standard - Thu, 04/11/2021 - 18:05
Facing a boycott by some private hospitals, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) said on Thursday it aims to settle unpaid claims before December.
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SSS to condone P11B in penalties

Manila Standard - Thu, 04/11/2021 - 18:00
Around 20 percent or some P11 billion in penalties out of the P55 billion arrears by employers and employees in the private sector will be covered by the latest round of condonation program of the Social Security System.
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’Non-filing of ITR, not tax evasion’

Manila Standard - Thu, 04/11/2021 - 17:55
The camp of presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. said Thursday the non-filing of income tax returns was different from tax evasion.
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Ex-DBM exec cited in contempt

Manila Standard - Thu, 04/11/2021 - 17:50
Since he is not covered by President Rodrigo Duterte's Executive Order barring Cabinet members from attending a Senate hearing on the purchase of allegedly overpriced COVID-19 medical supplies, a former Budget Undersecretary was cited in contempt for failing to appear in the Blue Ribbon committee probe yesterday.
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Deaths of drug lords, narco-pols on me—Duterte

Manila Standard - Thu, 04/11/2021 - 17:45
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said the killing of suspected drug traffickers and so-called narco-politicians are on him as the International Criminal Court begins its probe on the thousands of deaths in relation to the government's anti-narcotics campaign.
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PH fifth country with biggest drop in tourist arrivals

Manila Standard - Thu, 04/11/2021 - 17:40
The Philippines emerged as the fifth tourist destination with the highest drop in tourist arrivals since the start of the pandemic until end-2020, a survey done by travel platform Next Vacay showed.
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Law on longer jail time for perjury signed

Manila Standard - Thu, 04/11/2021 - 16:50
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law that would impose a longer jail time for persons who commit perjury and offer false testimony.
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Gen. Carlos: Best fit for the job of PNP Chief?

Manila Standard - Thu, 04/11/2021 - 03:55
A highly-trained police officer. A Tactical Firearms Instructor, Specialist on Protective Security or VIP Security Operations, a Rescue Diver, Motorcycle Chief Master Rider, and a seasoned Skydiver – skills acquired through trainings and rigorous field deployment of a promising leader who now sits in the fourth highest position of the Philippine National Police – The Chief of Directorial Staff (TCDS).
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Slow vax rollout irks Duterte

Manila Standard - Wed, 03/11/2021 - 18:40
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to sanction local government units (LGUs) and their chief executives who do not perform well in hastening the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
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Mayors lift curfew for NCR, except minors

Manila Standard - Wed, 03/11/2021 - 18:30
Curfew has been lifted over Metro Manila starting today, Nov. 4.
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Booster shot for frontliners start Nov. 15

Manila Standard - Wed, 03/11/2021 - 18:20
The government is doing an inventory of the healthcare workers who will receive booster shots against COVID-19, the Department of Health said Wednesday as it plans to start administering the third dose by Nov. 15.
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Vaccine drive for kids below 12 years set next year

Manila Standard - Wed, 03/11/2021 - 18:10
The Philippines is planning to expand next year its pediatric COVID-19 vaccination to include children below 12 years old, a health official said Wednesday.
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Comelec to hear case against Marcos

Manila Standard - Wed, 03/11/2021 - 18:00
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will immediately tackle the petition to cancel the certificate of candidacy (COC) filed against former senator and presidential aspirant Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
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PhilHealth pleads with hospitals for more time to pay

Manila Standard - Wed, 03/11/2021 - 17:50
The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has appealed for understanding during dialogs with hospitals while reconciling their data on the supposed billions in unpaid claims to various medical institutions---but offered no timeline on when the claims would be paid.
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Nations pledge to cut toxic gas emissions to keep greenhouse at bay

Manila Standard - Wed, 03/11/2021 - 17:40
Countries on Tuesday issued a landmark pledge to slash their methane emissions this decade, with US President Joe Biden chiding China’s leader for skipping the make-or-break COP26 climate summit.
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