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Here are the top stories from the Manila Times for Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

READ: Comelec withholds P90M Smartmatic charges

Electoral Commission or Comelec Chairman Saiamen Pangarungan told the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and Popular Participation on Tuesday April 19 that the polling body had decided to withhold a payment of 90 million pula for services of Smartmatic, its automated election technology provider, whose data was allegedly breached.

READ: Incumbents lead Publicus survey in NCR

Pasig City Mayor Victor Maria Regis “Vico” Sotto and Valenzuela Representative Weslie “Wes” Gatchalian were among the candidates for mayor of the National Capital Region or NCR who received the highest preference among voters, according to Publicus Asia’s April 2022 survey.

READ: Business groups: The next leader should pursue the right programs

The next president should continue to implement the reforms started by the Duterte administration and focus on developing the energy, agriculture and education sectors, business groups said on Tuesday.

READ: Late envoy honored for anti-Covid efforts

The Department of Health or DoH paid tribute to the Ambassador of the Philippines to China, Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana, who died Tuesday in Anhui, China, at the age of 74.

READ: Violations of health standards observed during Holy Week

The DoH warned on Tuesday of violations of minimum health standards during the Holy Week holiday period due to mass gatherings and failures to wear masks at holiday sites such as beaches and during religious events. The Health Department has warned that this could lead to an increase in Covid-19 cases.

READ: Garcia sees Marcos landslide victory in Cebu

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia assured survey favorite Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. of a huge victory in her home turf in May.

READ: PAO to hire 400 new lawyers

The Public Prosecutor’s Office or PAO announced on Tuesday that it would hire 400 new lawyers to serve millions of indigent clients across the country, PAO chief Persida Rueda-Acosta said.

In regional news,

READ: 32 NPA rebels neutralized in Negros, Panay Islands

The intensive operations, by the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, resulted in the neutralization of 32 members of the New People’s Army or NPA in Negros and Panay Islands in the first three months of 2022.

In world news,

READ: Explosions hit schools in Kabul; students among the dead

Explosions targeting educational institutions killed at least six people, including students, and injured 11 others on Tuesday in a predominantly Shia neighborhood of the Afghan capital, police said.

READ: Airstrikes hit eastern Ukraine in major offensive

Moscow launched dozens of airstrikes in eastern Ukraine overnight, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday after kyiv accused Russian forces of launching a major new offensive in the Donbass region.

In the business,

READ: R&I retains PH’s credit rating

A Japan-based credit rating agency has maintained the Philippines’ investment-grade credit rating of “BBB+” with a stable outlook, citing the strong rebound in economic growth, solid public finances, rising investment and a firm banking sector.

And in sports,

READ: Ginebra reasserts dominance against Meralco

The Gin Kings are one win away from retaining the PBA Governors’ Cup throne.

Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino are the featured columnists on the front page of The Times.

Tiglao claims

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Prof. Aquino advises

READ: Why study law

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READ: Duterte raises bar for successor on environment

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