Cryptocurrency channels targeted in Biden’s fight against ransomware

THE Biden administration plans a fresh campaign against ransomware attacks through sanctions to cut off criminals’ cryptocurrency pipelines, and it urged companies to report extortion attempts and better protect themselves from them. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo told reporters that the sanctions would be imposed on Suex, a cryptocurrency transferring service that’s registered in the […]

3rd batch of cases filed V. Casas in 2021

CEBU City Administrator Floro Casas Jr. is facing criminal and administrative complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas for alleged irregular expenditures and transactions which he entered into on behalf of the City. The case involves the alleged overpriced rentals of vehicles for the City’s free ride service program for health frontliners during the suspension […]

‘Vaccine bubbles’ unfair, costly – business groups

THE private sector is split on “vaccine bubbles” as some business groups on Monday described as discriminatory the proposed measures to allow greater mobility for the vaccinated. In a statement, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) and the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (Philexport) said the proposed measures […]

Peso weakens as gov’t defers lockdown easing

TERM DEPOSIT yields inched up due to faster-than-expected August inflation. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ KRIZ JOHN ROSALES[/caption] THE PESO weakened further against the dollar on Wednesday after the government deferred its plan to ease quarantine measures in Metro Manila and implement granular lockdowns instead. The local currency closed at P50.11 per dollar on Wednesday, shedding 8.5 […]

CA backs SEC’s cease-and-desist order against Planpromatrix

THE Court of Appeals (CA) upheld the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) cease-and-desist order (CDO) against Planpromatrix Online Co. for its unlicensed investment solicitation activities. “In a 17-page decision dated July 19, the CA Special 10th Division affirmed the [CDO] issued by the SEC against Planpromatrix for perpetrating fraud and causing grave injury to the […]

Editorial: Disinformation kills

Verify the information before sharing it. Pausing to check and confirm before sharing information is crucial, especially in a pandemic when correct information shared at the right time saves lives. While misinformation can be due to human error, intentionally spreading information or disinformation is immoral and illegal. A day before enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was […]

Tell it to SunStar: ECQ discriminatory, anti-poor

As Metro Manila braces for another round of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), human rights alliance Karapatan said that the threats on humanitarian efforts such as community pantries and food relief missions against unvaccinated individuals and those who leave their homes if they are not authorized persons outside of residence (Apor) throughout the duration of the […]

Editorial: A race against the pandemic

IT seems the arrival of the delta variant of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on our shores has fast-tracked the government’s vaccination program. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III announced on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, that the number of individuals who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 had breached the 10-million mark the day before. It looks […]

Philippine College of Physicians backs Adventist Hospital cebu

THE Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) has expressed its support for the Adventist Hospital-Cebu after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed allegations of irregularities in Covid-19 claims against the hospital. In its support statement, the PCP said misconstruing doctors in committing fraud is disheartening and demoralizing, considering the emotional, physical and mental stress in […]

NBI, IBP sign agreement to protect lawyers, judiciary members  

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) signed a memorandum of agreement on June 25 to strengthen coordination and communication to prevent further attacks against lawyers and members of the judiciary.   In a news release on Tuesday, the NBI said under the agreement, it committed to “provide timely assistance to lawyers, prosecutors, and […]

Libre: G7 Summit 2021

As of Thursday, June 17, 2021, the World Health Organization recorded 176,693,988 confirmedCovid-19 virus cases with 3,830,304 deaths. In the data tallied by Johns Hopkins University, it was revealed that more people died of the virus in 2021 than in 2020. Of the total deaths, 1.88 million were counted as of Dec. 31, 2020 with […]