Philippine house ends leadership spat after Duterte budget plea

MANILA, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Philippine lawmakers elected a new house speaker on Tuesday, ending a protracted leadership battle that was threatening to delay passage of a 4.5 trillion pesos ($92.67 billion) budget vital to rebuilding the country’s battered economy.

Lord Allan Velasco replaced Alan Peter Cayetano as speaker with support from 186 of the 299-member lower house, ahead of a four-day special session called by President Rodrigo Duterte to

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2 Philippine tourist spots partially reopen

MANILA, Philippines — Two of the most popular Philippine tourist destinations, including the Boracay beach, have partially reopened with only a fraction of their usual crowds showing up given continuing coronavirus restrictions.



People wearing masks and face shields wait for their turn to pick up student electronic tablets as online classes are scheduled to start next week in the Dona Rosario High School in Quezon city, Philippines, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Public schools will hold online classes using electronic gadgets and educational materials provided to students as the opening got delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)


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People wearing masks and face shields wait for their turn to pick up student electronic tablets as online classes are scheduled to start next week in the Dona Rosario High School in Quezon

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