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Here are the top stories of The Manila Times for Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

READ: 2 faulty rapid test kits flood market

Two antigen products or rapid test kits currently being sold in the market to monitor Covid-19 cases and which were given Product Certifications by the Food and Drug Administration are both a threat to public health and could imperil people’s lives.

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READ: Duque orders probe of antigen test kits

Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd on Tuesday said he would order an investigation to find out why two rapid antigen tests for Covid-19 were approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration despite registering low sensitivity numbers after post-market surveillance by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

READ: DILG orders crackdown on protocol violators

The Department of the Interior and Local Government has ordered a crackdown on violators of health and safety protocols on containing the spread of Covid-19 and urged local government units to lead the campaign.

READ: Firms urged: Reopen to address hunger

Inter-Agency Task Force on Zero Hunger Chairman Karlo Alexei Nograles urged the business community to help the government in addressing joblessness, which had contributed to a rising hunger incidence, by reopening their businesses, investing and employing more workers.

READ: High court votes 9-6 in favor of MORE

Supreme Court justices voted 9-6 in favor of More Electric and Power Corp. in the expropriation case filed by Panay Electric Corp., which supplied power in Iloilo for decades, sources of The Manila Times said.

READ: Unemployment up in January

The number of unemployed Filipinos went up by 200,000 in January, a survey made by the Philippine Statistics Authority showed.

READ: LGUs key to licking Covid variants ‒ WHO

The World Health Organization or WHO believes that the Philippines can still control the spread of new Covid-19 variants through intensified response from local government units or LGUs coupled with minimum public health standards.

READ: Manila starts jabs for elderly

The city government of Manila kicked off the inoculation of senior citizens on Tuesday with Mayor Francisco Domagoso and Vice Mayor Maria Shielah Lacuna leading the event.

In regional news,

READ: 14 Abu Sayyaf members surrender

The Philippine military said 14 Abu Sayyaf members surrendered in Sulu with security officials promising them aid despite the group’s atrocious and violent campaign in the restive region.

In world news,

READ: US virus deaths hit below 1,000/day

For the first time in nearly three and a half months, the United States recorded fewer than 1,000 deaths in a day from the coronavirus on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), according to Johns Hopkins University.

In business,

READ: Meralco slashes power rates for March

The Manila Electric Co. or Meralco announced on Tuesday it would further cut its power rates by P0.3598 per kilowatt hour for a second straight month for March.

And in sports,

READ: Pacquiao-Garcia blockbuster fight looms

Former four-division world champion Mikey Garcia has hinted that the fight between him and Filipino fighting legend and Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao is in the works and is expected to be completed by May this year.

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

Tiglao fusses and fumes about

READ: Drilon and Robredo’s sickening lies on PH vaccination

Fr. Aquino ponders

READ: What does a dialogue between faiths involve?

In The Times editorial, commentary is made about the

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With Aric John Sy Cua, this is Dafort Villaseran reporting. Have a great week!