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Meralco high bill during ECQ opens scrutiny on the removal of universal charges

The Manila Electric Company (MERALCO, ticker symbol MER) high billing during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) months has led to the government’s scrutiny for the removal of universal charges which are pass-on to consumers and causing higher electric billing monthly, with or without ECQ. Meralco will initially be required to submit documents including purchases from suppliers such as the power …

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Investments registered with BOI reached P84B, from Jan to April 2020

Cumulative investments recorded by the Philippine Board of Investments (BOI) reached Php84.1 billion in the first four months of 2020, reflecting a 71 percent slowdown from last year’s Php286.7 billion in the same period.

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Makati rolls out P5,000 cash aid to 114,828 individuals in a week

By Jinky Jorgio Makati Mayor Abby Binay today said the city government has already rolled out its P5,000-cash assistance to 114,828 qualified individuals, a week after the implementation of the Makatizen Economic Relief Program (MERP). Under MERP, qualified Makati residents are entitled to P5,000 cash assistance as part of the city’s relief efforts to mitigate COVID-19’s economic impact.  “I’m happy …

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Disinfectant spray can be harmful — WHO

Spraying disinfectant on streets, as practised in some countries, does not eliminate the new coronavirus and even poses a health risk, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned. In a document on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces as part of the response to the virus, the WHO says spraying can be ineffective. “Spraying or fumigation of outdoor spaces, such as streets or …

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Return of ECQ possible after crowds troop to malls

Strict lockdown protocols may be reimposed after crowds who filled shopping malls allegedly ignored still prevailing quarantine rules last May 16, first day of easing of protocols, according to Malacanang.

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ABS-CBN provisional franchise recalled by Congress

The House of Representatives has recalled approval of a bill granting ABS-CBN provisional franchise to operate until October 31, 2020, paving the way for debate or amendments when the bill is reintroduced.

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Ardern surges in polls on NZ’s COVID-19 success

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s success in containing coronavirus has driven an extraordinary popularity surge that has put the youthful leader on course for a landslide win in September’s national election.

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Akbayan Party to DILG: Food and financial aid, not charter change!

By Jinky Jorgio Akbayan Party firmly believes the DILG’s pursuit for constitutional reform is an unnecessary luxury amid the COVID-19 crisis. 

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NBI arrests two persons for selling Covid-19 Test Kits

By Jinky Jorgio The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) announced today the arrest of two (2) individuals in Parañaque City for selling COVID-19 test kits which is prohibited under the law.

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Make the rich pay for COVID, scrap EO 13 – youth group

By Jinky Jorgio Earlier on May 2, while president Duterte kept the Filipino people distracted with his regular ramblings against the New People’s Army, Executive Order No. 113 was silently passed implementing the following strange economic measure: a 10% increase in prices of imported petroleum. As a basis for increasing prices, the executive order cited the state of emergency, the …

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