KUWTT: “Only a grand coalition can beat BBM, Sara” | March 22, 2022
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READ: “Only a grand coalition can beat BBM, Sara”
A VICE presidential candidate believes the only way to defeat Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his running mate Sara Duterte-Carpio in the election is for the other candidates to form a grand coalition. Rizalito David proposed the alliance during his closing statement during Sunday’s debate for the vice-presidential candidates organized by the Election Commission. David suggested that he and the six other candidates who participated in the debate meet and decide who to support as a joint team against Marcos and Duterte-Carpio. He called on Duterte-Carpio to attend the next debate so the public could learn about his plans for the country. Marcos and Duterte-Carpio have consistently led the polls by wide margins.
READ: DoLE and CSC return to 4-day work week
The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Monday favored the introduction of a four-day working week as a way to help workers cope with the rising prices for fuel and other commodities. Labor Undersecretary Benjo Benavidez, however, said it was up to private companies to adopt the alternative work schedule. Before it is implemented, workers and employers must first fully understand how the system works, Benavidez said. He noted that many private companies have six working days a week. Employers have two options. They can shorten the six working days to four days and keep normal working hours. Or they can reduce both working days and working hours. He cited a provision of the Labor Code that considers any work beyond eight hours to be overtime and that workers should be duly compensated. But if the employer and employees agree to temporarily implement a compressed workweek, Benavidez said the Supreme Court allows the worker to waive the overtime premium.
READ: PH still very low risk for Covid
The Philippines remains a very low risk for Covid-19, OCTA Research said Monday. OCTA cited data from Johns Hopkins University, Our World in Data and Worldometer showing that as of March 18, the country had an average of 527 Covid-19 cases per day, 22% lower than the average for the previous week. The country’s average daily attack rate (ADAR) is 0.47, OCTA said. ADAR is the seven-day average number of new Covid-19 cases per day per 100,000 population. Four other East Asian countries – Timor-Leste, Taiwan, Cambodia and China – are also classified as very low risk. OCTA said China is experiencing a surge in Covid-19 along with South Korea, Vietnam and Laos, with cases up 362%.
READ: “China’s fully militarized islands”
China has fully militarized at least three of the many islands it has built in the disputed South China Sea, arming them with anti-ship and anti-aircraft missile systems, laser and jamming equipment and warplanes. fighting in an increasingly aggressive move that threatens all nations operating in close proximity, a top US military commander said Sunday. US Indo-Pacific commander Admiral John Aquilino said the hostile actions stood in stark contrast to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s past assurances that Beijing would not turn man-made islands in the disputed waters into military bases. The efforts were part of flexing China’s military strength, he said. There was no immediate comment from Chinese officials. Beijing maintains that its military profile is purely defensive, arranged to protect what it says are its sovereign rights.
READ: PH will offer bonds at $5, $10 and $25
The Philippine government will offer benchmark size dollar bonds in three tranches. Documents shared by a source on Monday showed the Philippines would issue US dollar-denominated 5- and 10-year bonds and a 25-year green bond. The 5-year bonds will mature on March 29, 2027 while the 10-year bonds will mature on September 29, 2032. The 25-year green bonds will mature on March 29, 2047. Documents have shown that price predictions initials are set around the treasury level plus a 125 basis point zone for the 5-year bond, 165 basis points above the treasury zone for the 10.5-year bond and a zone of 4.7% for the 25-year green bond. The proceeds from the 5- and 10-year bonds will be used to finance the general budget, while the proceeds from the green bond will be used to finance assets in accordance with the country’s sustainable financing framework.
READ: Suns rally, top Kings in OT
SACRAMENTO, Calif.: Landry Shamet scored 3 points with 31 seconds left in overtime after missing an open look from beyond the arc and the NBA-leading Phoenix Suns beat the Sacramento Kings 127-124 on Sunday ( Monday in Manila). Suns star Devin Booker scored 19 of his 31 points in the third quarter as the Suns won their fifth in a row to move to 58-14 – nine games ahead of second-placed Memphis for the league’s best record . Shamet finished with 21 points. Center Deandre Ayton had 12 points and 10 rebounds before committing a foul late in the fourth quarter. Backup center JaVale McGee had 14 points before committing a foul in overtime. Davion Mitchell, starting in place of injured point guard De’Aaron Fox, had 28 points and nine assists for Sacramento. Domantas Sabonis had 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists before leaving with an apparent left knee injury in the fourth quarter. The Kings have lost 10 of their 13 games.
READ: Fritz hands Nadal his first loss of 2022
INDIAN WELLS: Taylor Fritz stunned Rafael Nadal 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) on Sunday (Monday in Manila) to win the ATP Indian Wells Masters and end the 21-time champion’s perfect 20-0 run of the Grand Slam to start 2022. Fritz, ranked 20th in the world, won his second career title and his first at the elite Masters 1000 level while denying Nadal a record 37th Masters crown. The 24-year-old American won his biggest triumph despite a right ankle injury so painful when he tested it on Sunday morning that he didn’t think he could play. Nadal had previously said he would skip the Miami Masters next week to give his body a rest and prepare for the clay-court season.
Today’s editorial focuses on the imminent threat of polar warming. Read the full version in the Opinion section on paper and its digital edition or listen to the voice of time. Featured columnists on Page One are Antonio Contreras and Yen Makabenta. Contreras writes about the ill-gotten riches and property taxes of the Marcos; Makabenta recounts how BongBong Marcos captured the imagination of voters and that of his rivals.
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This is the report by Christian Crow Maghanoy.