Weekly Covid-19 growth rate nearly doubles in Metro Manila — OCTA – Manila Bulletin

Metro Manila exceeds August peak with 1,600 new Covid-19 cases. (OCTA RESEARCH FELLOW DR. GUIDO DAVID / TWITTER) The number of new Covid-19 cases in Metro Manila continued to rise, after the Department of Health recorded 1,600 new infections on Sunday Sept. 25, which is higher than the peak of 1,502 cases on Aug. 7, the independent OCTA Research Group said in its latest monitoring. The one-week Covid-19 growth rate in Metro Manila also increased to 25 percent on Sept. 25, which is almost double the one-week growth rate of…

Marcos conducts aerial assessment on ‘Karding’-hit areas – Manila Bulletin

News / National / Marcos conducts aerial assessment on ‘Karding’-hit areas Marcos conducts aerial assessment on ‘Karding’-hit areas President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has conducted an aerial inspection on the areas heavily hit by typhoon Karding on Monday, Sept. 26, to see the extent of the typhoon’s impact. President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. (RTVM Screenshot) Following a situation briefing with key Cabinet members on the aftermath of the typhoon, Marcos said he will fly “to see the level of water” but “will not land” in any area, so as not…

110 families evacuated in Kawit, Cavite due to ‘Karding’ – Manila Bulletin

News / Metro / 110 families evacuated in Kawit, Cavite due to ‘Karding’ 110 families evacuated in Kawit, Cavite due to ‘Karding’ KAWIT, Cavite – The local government unit here evacuated 110 families as Typhoon Karding barreled into the country on Sunday, Sept. 25. According to a Facebook update from Mayor Angelo G. Aguinaldo on Monday, Sept. 26, 85 families or 344 individuals are staying in Binakayan National High School as of 9:29 p.m. on Sept. 25. Ten families were evacuated in Kaingen Barangay Center and three families were taken…

BLACKPINK makes history as ‘Born Pink’ debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200  – Manila Bulletin

BLACKPINK set another record when their second studio album “Born Pink” debuted at No. 1 on the Oct. 1-dated Billboard 200 chart. With this, they are the first female K-pop act to grab the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. They are also the third K-pop group to land at No. 1 on the chart this year after Stray Kids with “Oddinary” and BTS with “Proof.” BLACKPINK (Twitter) “BLACKPINK lands its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Oct. 1) as its second full-length studio album,…

King Charles faces battle to win over UK black community – Manila Bulletin

LONDON, United Kingdom – Queen Elizabeth II’s death earlier this month prompted a flood of tributes — but not from everyone. Britain’s King Charles III Victoria Jones / POOL / AFP In Britain’s black community, many asked: what had she ever done for us? The question gave her eldest son and successor, Charles III, an early taste of what he will have to confront as king, with feelings still running high about the toxic legacy of Britain’s colonial past. At her death, the queen was head of state of 14…

Vargas bill to make universal ‘beep cards’ a reality – Manila Bulletin

A true-blue universal “beep card” will come to fruition for Filipino commuters if and when this measure from Quezon City 5th district Rep. PM Vargas gets enacted. Quezon City 5th district Rep. PM Vargas (Facebook) House Bill (HB) 4913, also known as the “Universal Beep Card Bill”, aims to provide a one-card-fits-all system for public transportation in Metro Manila to address the inconvenience and unnecessary costs of paying for multiple contactless smart cards or beep cards. “By centralizing stored-value payments and transactions into a ‘universal beep card’, we remove barriers…

‘Karding’ crosses Tarlac, heads toward Zambales – Manila Bulletin

(PAGASA) Typhoon Karding (international name: Noru) crossed Tarlac on Monday morning, September 26, and continued to weaken as it headed toward Zambales, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in the 2 a.m. bulletin. PAGASA said Karding was last seen in the vicinity of Mayantoc, Tarlac, and was moving northwestward at 20 kilometers per hour (kph). As it barreled through Central Luzon, the typhoon further weakened with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph. PAGASA…

Most intriguing angles from House #budgetprocess – Manila Bulletin

The power of the purse belongs to the House of Representatives, and for this reason the lower chamber has embarked on a mission to pass the P5.268-trillion proposed national budget for 2023 on or before Oct. 1 this year. The House plenary (Ellson A. Quismorio/ MANILA BULLETIN) The House members have switched to the next phase of the #budgetprocess, which is the sponsorship and debates phase. In this phase, the vice chairmen of the Committee of Appropriations take on the plenary itself as they try to convince their colleagues that…

Looking for Queen Elizabeth II – Manila Bulletin

WALA LANG I’ve bowed before Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd, Morocco’s King Hassan bin Muhammad, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito and Queen Sofia of Spain. Regretfully though, I never saw Queen Elizabeth II in person and the closest I got to British royalty was when Princess Margaret visited Manila in 1980. The state dinner was held in Malacañang and the Princess was late. The British Ambassador shook his head, saying, “Late again!” Margaret sauntered in, practically dragging her handbag with one hand and a bouquet with the other. She was sloshed and at…

Inflation, Trump style – Manila Bulletin

SPEAKING OUT Ignacio R. Bunye The galloping inflation has been very much in the news because of the very negative effects on almost everybody especially the ordinary Juan and Maria. Inflation has forced the US Fed and other central banks to increase their benchmark interest rates making it more expensive to borrow. The increased interest rate on the US dollar has made the greenback a more attractive investment alternative, causing foreign investors in the Philippines to withdraw their “hot money” and park them in the US in search of better…