PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE -- PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO/ALFRED FRIAS NINE of 10 Filipinos approved of President Rodrigo R. Duterte's performance amid a coronavirus pandemic, according to a poll by Pulse Asia Research, Inc. The tough-talking Philippine leader got a 91% approval rating in the polling firm's September poll, four points higher than in December. Mr. Duterte enjoyed majority approval ratings across ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/MICHAEL VARCAS THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 2,291 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections on Monday, bringing the total to 324,762. The death toll rose to 5,840 after 64 more patients died, while recoveries increased by 87 to 273, 123, it said in a bulletin. Of the total cases, 85.6% were mild, 9.2% did not show symptoms, 3.6% were critical ...

U.S. President Donald Trump attends the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit gala dinner in Manila, Philippines November 12, 2017. -- REUTERS PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte wishes US President Donald Trump, who got infected with the coronavirus, a speedy recovery, according to the presidential palace. Mr. Duterte is a close friend of Mr. Trump, his spokesman Harry L. Roque ...

REUTERS THE Philippines should look at renewable energy sources instead of trying to revive the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, a lawmaker from the province said on Monday. "The trend worldwide is to do away with nuclear energy and turn to renewable sources of energy," Bataan Rep. Geraldine B. Roman said in a Viber group message. The Energy department has ...

Gov't promotes Boracay to help revive tourism PRESIDENTIAL Spokesperson Harry L. Roque spent the weekend in Boracay, one of the country's top tourist attractions, and held his daily press briefing there on Monday in a move to help resuscitate the island's economy. "Minabuti naman po namin na kabahagi ng mensahe ng Presidente na buksan ang ekonomiya, lalung-lalo na ang turismo, ...

BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno THE decision by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Monetary Board to pause its rate reduction moves is "appropriate" because the central bank needs to gauge market conditions as pandemic restrictions approach a seventh month, BSP Governor Benjamin E. Diokno said. "At the moment, we're happy. Our assessment is that a continued pause for further ...

BUSINESS GROUPS are asking for a five-year pause before tax reforms under the proposed Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act (CREATE) bill are applied to current investors. Pending in the Senate, CREATE seeks to lower corporate income tax this year to 25% from 30%, while rationalizing fiscal incentives. The Finance department has repositioned the bill as an economic ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/KRIZ JOHN ROSALES THE two major revenue-generating government agencies surpassed their downward-revised collection targets in the nine months to September, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said. Citing preliminary data, Mr. Dominguez said Monday that the Bureaus of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Customs (BoC) collected a combined P1.82 trillion in the period, beating their lowered P1.682-trillion target by 8.2%. ...

TRANSPORTATION Secretary Arthur P. Tugade said Monday he wants a "single" reloadable payment card that can be used for all modes of transportation by December. AF Payments, Inc., the company behind the smart card for fare payments, which carries the Beep brand, said separately it will be issuing 125,000 free cards to commuters, after rejecting Mr. Tugade's appeal to waive ...

Digital is seen to pave the way for businesses. In fact, based on predictions by market research firm International Data Corp., organizations are expected to increase their spending on digital transformation, aside from investing on data intelligence and analytics. As the COVID-19 has forced companies to integrate digital platforms into their businesses, would this lead to long-term changes? How can ...

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