Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Sunday October 31, 2021.
Government warns Pharmally of unpaid taxes
The government becomes Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corp. Chase after it is proven she failed to pay proper taxes after slumping multibillion-peso contracts to supply the government with pandemic equipment, Malacañang assured the public. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. made the statement after Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon revealed the company paid no income taxes and even claimed over £ 96 million in tax credit. Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the Senate’s Blue Ribbon Committee, also called on the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to “stand up, come out and speak and correct the threat of corruption in our country.” In his virtual press conference, Roque said the government will not tolerate companies with tax debts.
Lacson: Every Filipino owes P120K
Presidential candidate Senator Panfilo Lacson said that every Filipino, even those born today, already owed at least 120,000 pesos. Lacson, speaking in person to attendees of his online Kumustahan and the 3rd What Has Negatively Affected Filipino Health and the country’s economy, he said.
Dilan wins the photojournalism award
The chief of MANILA Times photographer Renato H. Dilan has won the award for the best photo in a competition sponsored by the National Press Club for his 69th anniversary. Dilan’s photo contribution “Lockdown” won in the category “Human Interest” and won a cash prize of 7,000 p.
NCR cases go back to the plateau – OCTA
Dr. Guido David, Senior Fellow of the OCTA Research Group, said Saturday that the number of Covid-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) will continue to decline after a flat trend or plateau. He reported that the current 7-day average for the week of October 23-29 is now 955 cases per day, a drop of only -4 percent, and the current 7-day average is for the past nine Days remained flat despite the backlog and technical errors in the reporting system. David stated that some NCR cities like Valenzuela that are returning to triple digit cases are natural or artificial due to backlog in data reporting. He said that despite the slight increase in cases, the reproductive number of these cities remains below 1, suggesting that the increase will not lead to a possible recovery in cases, with NCR’s current reproductive number at 0.55. David said expanding transport capacity from 50 percent to 70 to 100 percent, at least in the NCR, is possible given the 85 percent vaccination rate in the region. He expresses no concern about the AY.4.2 subline, also known as the “delta progeny,” and says that it has yet to be proven whether it is capable of increased transmissibility, which will destroy the effectiveness of the vaccine power.
Cindy Obeñita from PH wears the Miss Intercontinental crown
CINDERELLA Faye “Cindy” Obeñita was crowned Miss Intercontinental 2021 in a ceremony in Egypt on Friday evening (Saturday in Manila). Obeñita is the second Filipina to win the crown after Karen Gallman in 2018. In a competition with 70 other participants, the 25-year-old Filipino beauty was asked if English skills were an important factor in being Miss Intercontinental.
Hospitals see decongestion of Covid cases – advisors
HOSPITALS across the country are now seeing decongestion regarding Covid-19 cases, but these have been replaced with non-Covid-19 cases, according to a special adviser to the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF). Dr. Teodoro Herbosa said, based on their hospital visits during the Covid-19 vaccinations, most of them have already felt the decrease in the number of cases and vacancies in the Covid wards and intensive care units (intensive care units).
COMPANIES: BSP: No shortage of banknotes, coins
In business life, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) assures the public that there will be a sufficient supply of new banknotes and coins in preparation for the increased demand for foreign currency during the Christmas season. A statement on Saturday said currency demand peaks in October and continues to rise through December each year. Historically, the demand for 1000, 100 and 20 peso banknotes and 20, 5 and 1 peso coins has been higher during the holiday season.
SPORTS: TNT breaks the stranglehold of SMC dominance in PBA
In sports, Talk ‘N Text not only ended its six-year title slump, but the team also grabbed the stranglehold of the dominance of the San Miguel teams in the Philippine Basketball Association. Before the Tropang Giga won the Philippine Cup on Friday night by closing their best-of-seven finals series against the Magnolia Hotshots with a masterful 94-79 win in Game 5, the Tropang Giga stared at the list of champions in the league about the last 11 conferences. No team outside of the SMC squad had won a tournament. In the last five Filipino Cup tournaments, San Miguel Beer dominated by winning four seasons in a row before his reign was ended last year by Barangay Ginebra, who defeated TNT and was then coached in five games by active agent Mark Dickel. The Gin Kings won five imported conferences while the hotshots crept in and took a title in the 2018 Governors’ Cup.
Opinion and editing
Today’s front page columnist is Marlen Ronquillo. He believes the country is content with foreign direct investment “crumbs”.
Today’s editorial focuses on the impact of the South Korean Netflix series Squid Game. Read a full version in the opinion section of the newspaper or hear the voice of the times.
For more news and information, please receive a copy of The Manila times in press, subscribe to it digital edition or sign up www.manilatimes.net. follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and Keep up with the times.
This is the coverage of Paulo Dimaapi.