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Here are the top stories of The Manila Times for Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

READ: Sara leads survey for president, VP

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio was the top choice for president and vice president in the noncommissioned survey, conducted by Octa Research, the same group that tracks the country’s coronavirus disease 2019 or Covid-19 cases.

READ: Govt to reopen more industries

The government’s economic team will look for ways to further reopen more industries in areas under general community quarantine in a bid to curb rising unemployment and hunger amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

READ: PH ready for vaccine rollout ‒ Palace

The Philippines is ready to start its vaccination program, Malacañang assured the public on Tuesday, despite delays in the procurement of vaccines against Covid-19.

READ: Saliva-based PCR test study OKd

Research for the use of saliva for reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction or RT-PCR testing for Covid-19 has been approved at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center and will be funded by Go Negosyo.

READ: PH legal gender equality improves

Legal tender equality in the Philippines had improved amid the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new World Bank report.

READ: Tighter border patrol sought vs ASF

Sen. Mary Grace Poe called on concerned agencies to tighten border patrol to prevent the entry of meat products contaminated with African swine fever or ASF.

In regional news,

READ: Calamity-hit families get aid

Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Tuesday visited the town of Pulilan in the province of Bulacan and personally provided food packs and cash assistance to 431 individuals affected by Typhoon “Ulysses” (with international name: “Vamco”) last year.

In world news,

READ: Johnson, Attenborough unite vs climate change

Veteran British naturalist David Attenborough and Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make direct pleas on Tuesday to the United Nations Security Council to take “urgent action” on climate change or face worsening global instability.

In business,

READ: Govt to borrow P160 billion in March

The government looks to raise P160 billion from domestic sources next month, according to a program released by the Bureau of the Treasury on Tuesday.

And in sports,

READ: Alaska Aces trade Manuel to Phoenix

The Alaska Aces have finally parted ways with Vic Manuel as they sent the wantaway forward to the Phoenix Fuel Masters in exchange for Brian Heruela.

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

Tiglao narrates how

READ: Carpio scared SC: ‘Without EDCA, China will soon grab our territories’

Fr. Aquino laments

READ: The bastardization of research

In The Times editorial, it is explained why the

READ: Facebook-Australia squabble has implications for media access

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

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