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Here are the top stories of The Manila Times for Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

Many cases assigned to Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor Leonen have lain dormant, but he has not shown any signs of speeding up the pace.

Read: ‘Sleeping’ cases hound Leonen

Despite the rise in coronavirus disease 2019 or Covid-19 cases in the National Capital Region or Metro Manila, Health Secretary Francisco Duque the 3rd sees no need to place the region under a more stringent lockdown during the Christmas season.

Read: GCQ maintained in Metro Manila during Christmas

On Monday, Merriam-Webster announced that “pandemic” was its two thousand and twenty word of the year.

Read: Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020: Pandemic

In recent years, progress in eliminating malaria has stalled…with more than four hundred thousand people estimated to have died from the disease last year, said the World Health Organization.

Read: Deaths rise as campaign vs malaria loses steam

The government will step up its campaign to end violence against women and urge victims to report the abusers to the…authorities.

Read: Govt steps up drive against women abuse

A group of medical professionals urged Filipinos to limit the holding of Christmas gatherings such as family reunions and large-scale parties and, instead, use other alternative ways of holding these gatherings amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read: Limit Christmas gatherings, public told

Philippine National Police chief General Debold Sinas ordered another revamp that affected over 20 Police officials.

Read: PNP chief orders another revamp

In regional news, Archbishop-Emeritus Antonio Ledesma SJ of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro fears for the fate of a former Ateneo de Davao student leader, who was arrested on November 27.

Read: Ex-NDF peace negotiator arrested

In world news, the top United States disease expert said on Monday that the US may see “surge upon surge” of the coronavirus in the weeks after Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, a tweet from a top Chinese spokesman was denounced by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, demanding that Beijing apologize.

Read: ‘US may see surge of virus cases‘

In business, the national government’s borrowings in October ballooned to over 63 billion pesos, data released by the Bureau of Treasury showed.

Read: Govt borrowings hit P663B in Oct

And in sports, a sudden collapse in the extra period proved to be costly for the TNT Tropang Giga in Game One of the two thousand and twenty Philippine Cup Finals at the Angeles University Foundation Sports and Cultural Center in Pampanga last Sunday night.

Read: Tropang Giga eye revenge vs Gin Kings

Yen Makabenta and Ramon T. Tulfo are the featured columnists on the front page of The Times. Makabenta alleges another AstraZeneca headache, namely that fetal cells from aborted babies were used in vaccine development. Tulfo discloses that some individuals and government officials are using the President’s name in vain.

Read: Another AstraZeneca headache: Fetal cells from aborted babies used in vaccine development

Read: Using the President’s name in vain

In The Times editorial, it begs the question, “Flood summit for a comprehensive disaster response: Will it help?”

Read: Flood summit for a comprehensive disaster response: Will it help?

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With Aric John Sy Cua and EJ Gomez, this is Dafort Villaseran reporting. Have better days ahead!


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