KUWTT: Obiena wins another gold medal | February 24, 2022

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READ: Obiena picks up another gold medal

IN less than two weeks, pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena won two gold medals in Poland. On Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), Obiena jumped 5.81 meters to dominate the Orlen Copernicus Cup, a World Athletics Indoor Tour event, in Torun, Poland. Obiena matched his performance at 5.81 meters at the 2022 Orlen Cup in Lodz, Poland on February 11, where he also won the gold medal. Obiena, who holds the Asian pole vault record of 5.93m, cleared 5.41m on the first try but needed three attempts to clear the 5.61m mark on his third and final attempt . He cleared the 5.71 meter mark in one jump and the 5.81 meter mark on his third try. This is the fifth tournament for Obiena in 2022. He started the season with consecutive jumps of 5.70 meters before winning the gold medal in Lodz.

READ: LEVEL 1 ALERT IS IN THE SUBWAY

VACCINE Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Wednesday that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) favors downgrading restrictions in the National Capital Region (NCR) to the level of alert 1 most forgiving. Galvez said he supports Metro Manila mayors’ recommendation to lower the alert level to 1. Metro Manila mayors have unanimously agreed to ease restrictions in the NCR , citing the drop in Covid-19 cases over the past few days. The move was welcomed by health experts and the business sector.

READ: Marcos vows to end ‘endo’

FORMER Senator and presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said Wednesday he would end the practice of contracting labor, also known as “end of contract” or “endo.” if elected. The end of the endo was part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s broken campaign promises. Marcos said he would achieve this by prioritizing passage of the security of tenure law. In 2019, Duterte vetoed a bill that would give workers job security. Marcos said Duterte had vetoed the measure to unduly broaden the scope of labor-only contracts, adding that the bill should instead be amended to ensure it would protect workers’ rights.

READ: Pandemic highlights crucial role of HMOs

THE Covid-19 pandemic has led to the harsh realization of the importance of accessible health care, said the Association of Health Maintenance Organizations of the Philippines Inc. (AHMOPI, Executive Director, Carlos Da Silva. He added that Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) have a proven track record Da Silva said at the recent Manila Times online forum titled “A Good Blow for Filipino Health Care”, that the number of individual accounts was now slowly catching up with that of corporate accounts, mainly due to HMOs making their products prepaid or available He said HMO micro-covers were originally created for members of marginalized sectors such as fishermen, farmers and market vendors, but were now popular among the general population who needed health insurance without the tedious paperwork.

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READ: Government plans P250-B borrowing in March

The government plans to borrow 250 billion pesos from local sources next month, according to figures from the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) released on Wednesday. This will be more than the 200 billion pesos forecast for this month and the 160 billion pesos set for March 2022 if the program is followed. Treasury bills (Treasury bonds) were expected to yield 75 billion pesos, while Treasury bonds were expected to yield 175 billion pesos. 25 billion pesos in treasury bills will come from the 91-day duration, 25 billion pesos from the 182-day duration and 25 billion pesos from the 364-day duration. Meanwhile, 70 billion pesos in Treasury bonds will be generated over the seven-year term, 35 billion pesos over the three-year term, 35 billion pesos over the four-year term and an additional 35 billion pesos over the duration of 10 years.

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READ: Magnolia Cannons undefeated for 7th victory

UNBEATEN Magnolia is trying to close in on a top-four berth as they go for their seventh straight PBA Governors’ Cup win. The Hotshots, the only undefeated team in the tournament, are off to their best start ever under head coach Chito Victolero. They will face NorthPort Batang Pier in the main game at 6 p.m. today, February 24, at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. With a 6-0 win-loss record, the Hotshots are in no mood to slow down at this point, especially as several of their key players are still recovering from injuries.

READ: Nadal wins Acapulco opener

ACAPULCO: Rafael Nadal matched his career-best start to a single ATP Tour season with victory on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) in his first game since winning the Australian Open title, reaching the second round of the Mexican Open. The 35-year-old Spanish southpaw beat lucky American loser Dennis Kudla 6-3, 6-2 to book a hard-court date with American Stefan Kozlov in the last 16. The win took Nadal to 11-0 this year, matching his best career start of any season. He also won 11 straight matches to start the 2014 campaign before losing to Swiss Stan Wawrinka in an Australian Open final. Nadal won his men’s record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open last month, breaking the career record of 20 Grand Slam crowns he shared with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

READ: Opinion and editorial

The Manila Times editorial talks about the uncertain outlook facing the PH auto industry in 2022. Read its full version in the Opinion section in print, its digital edition or listen to the voice of the times. Featured columnists on Page One are Yen Makabenta, Antonio Contreras and Edcel Lagman. Makabenta writes about how internet use is a driving factor in the 2022 election; Contreras on the mystery of Batas Pambansa 135; and Lagman on Marcos Jr.’s “presidency” being a betrayal of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

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This is the report by Christian Crow Maghanoy.

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