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Leni Robredo running for president

Vice President Leni Robredo, after days of intense discernment, announced she will run for president in next year’s elections. She filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) the same day she made the announcement, October 7, the penultimate day for filing of COCs.

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NTC investigates use of emergency alert system for BBM campaign

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is investigating the illegal use of alert notification services that contained text messages favoring presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos because of its pitch for “BBM”. 

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Economy should reopen with caution

Moody’s Analytics, an economic research think tank, reported that the Philippines and other countries in Southeast Asia should re-open their economies with caution due to the prevailing risks from new COVID-19 strains.

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Some Philippine names appear in new offshore data leak – Pandora Papers

Some prominent names in the Philippines emerged in a far-reaching new investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) media consortium, which found that more than a dozen heads of state and government around the world are using offshore tax havens to hide assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

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US reveals nuclear bomb numbers after Trump blackout

The US State Department has revealed the number of nuclear warheads the country stockpiles for the first time in four years, after former president Donald Trump placed a blackout on the information.

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“When I become President…”

Laurencio Jun Yulaga of the Philippine Green Republican Party, a self-proclaimed international scientist and Harvard graduate, who filed his COC for President, claims to have a cure for Covid-19 that Filipinos may find literally shocking. When reporters asked for his platform of government after filing his Certificate of Candidacy with the Commission on Elections, Yulaga said Covid patients just need …

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Surprises at start of filing of candidacies

By Jonathan P. Gesmundo  Certificates of candidacies (CoC) for 18,000 national and local positions – from President to town councilor – are being filed at various Commission on Elections (COMELEC) offices and satellite registration sites nationwide while observing strict health protocols. 

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Cabinet officials barred from attending Senate hearings

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered members of the executive department including cabinet secretaries to ignore any summons issued by the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, chaired by Sen. Richard Gordon, that is investigating highly anomalous purchases of multi-trillion-peso worth of medical supplies integral to the pandemic response. 

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Stop buying smuggled, possibly contaminated vegetables

Metro Manila residents are advised to temporarily stop buying vegetables due to the abundance of smuggled agricultural products and because of possible contamination, according to Agriculture Secretary William Dar. 

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Minors with health issues to get vaccines first

Minors with comorbidities will be vaccinated first when the Department of Health (DOH) begins the COVID-19 inoculation program for children. 

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