Good Day! Here are the top stories of The Manila Times for Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

READ: Businesses back 'bakuna bubble'

More than 1,000 business owners and franchisees have rallied behind the call to allow greater mobility for those who have been inoculated against Covid-19 as a way to revive the economy.

READ: NCR under 2nd highest alert level Sept 16-30

The National Capital Region or NCR will be placed under alert level 4, the second highest classification in the new lockdown scheme, from Sept 16 to 30 to stop the further spread of Covid-19.

READ: Pacquiao files P100-M cyberlibel suit vs Quiboloy

World boxing icon Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao filed a P100-million cyberlibel case against Pastor Apollo Quiboloy before the Makati City Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday, September 14.

Meanwhile, in other news...

READ: Times forum tackles RCEP

To highlight the role of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership or RCEP in helping the Philippines and other Asean countries recover from the impact of the pandemic, The Manila Times in cooperation with the Chinese Embassy in Manila, will hold the "China-Asean Relations: Realizing RCEP's potential" forum today, September 15.

READ: Duterte to Cabinet: Face Senate only as I tell you

In his series of attacks against senators, President Rodrigo Duterte directed members of his Cabinet on Monday night to secure his clearance first before attending Senate investigations.

READ: Cavite political clans ready their bets for 2022 polls

Days before the official filing of candidacy in the first week of October, local politicians in Cavite have begun aligning themselves and forging alliances in preparation for the 2022 elections.

READ: DoJ issues lookout order vs Michael Yang

The Department of Justice or DoJ has issued an immigration lookout bulletin order against former Presidential Economic and Business adviser Michael Yang and seven others allegedly involved in the reported overpricing of medical supplies.

In regional news,

READ: Misamis gambling den busted

Authorities arrested 32 people, seized P102,000 worth of betting money and impounded 48 vehicles during a raid in an alleged illegal gambling den in Misamis Oriental, police said on Tuesday.

In world news,

READ: 2 China-made Covid drugs out soon

Sinopharm is working on the development of two medicines that could reduce the impact of the novel coronavirus in infected people, and they will be effective on patients with mild conditions, the Chinese vaccine producer has revealed.

READ: Power hurricane to lash US

"Nicholas" strengthened into a category 1 hurricane on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) as it headed toward landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast, and it was expected to bring heavy rain and floods to coastal areas from Mexico to storm-battered Louisiana.

In business,

READ: Domestic trade up in second quarter

Both in quantity and value, domestic trade increased by double-digits in the second quarter of the year, preliminary data from the Philippine Statistics Authority showed on Tuesday.

And in sports,

READ: Red-hot TNT to test NorthPort's mettle

Alaska and Meralco return to action in the PBA Philippine Cup this week and resume their mission of securing playoff berths, but TNT and NorthPort will open hostilities at the Don Honorio State University in Bacolor, Pampanga today.

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

Tiglao lambasts

READ: Yellows orgasmic over Dick

Fr. Aquino describes

READ: A Church that listens

In The Times editorial,

the Senate inquiry into Pharmally is adjudged to be

READ: Not a helpful investigation

Read all about it.

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With Aric John Sy Cua, Paolo Dimaapi and Christian Maghanoy, this is Dafort Villaseran reporting. Have a great week!