Good morning, here's what you need to know today, Wednesday.
- President Rodrigo Duterte criticized Vice President Leni Robredo in his weekly speech last night. Robredo's reply was swift. Duterte also declared a State of Calamity in Luzon due to successive typhoons.
- Do you follow @yourlologab on TikTok? We sat down with him to find out how Gen Z is finding its voice on the social media platform.
- Still Googling for GCash and PayMaya fees that took effect Nov. 1? Here's your cheat sheet.
- Students are calling for a nationwide academic break to help them deal wth the pandemic and the aftermath of typhoons. The Palace says no at such scale.
- Seven bus routes between Metro Manila and Western Visayas are opening today.
- Protocols surrounding dams releasing water during typhoons are being reviewed in the wake of the Cagayan floods. Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro said the government as whole should respond to calamities, mindful of climate change.
- The government is offering small investors (P500 minimum) the chance to invest in Premyo Bonds to help fund its pandemic response. It's also a raffle.
Here's an update on COVID-19 cases as of 4 p.m. on Nov. 17: