Philippines morning news for November 27

Philippines morning news for November 27

Philippines morning news

Foreign press report ‘messy’ preview of SEA Games 2019
With advanced events of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games now being played – like football and polo – athletes, officials, and members of the media got their first glimpse of the regional sporting event set to formally unfurl on Saturday, November 30.
— Rappler

China can shut off the Philippines’ power grid at any time, leaked report warns
The Philippines’ power grid is under the full control of the Chinese government and could be shut off in time of conflict, according to an internal report prepared for lawmakers seen by CNN.
— CNN Philippines (video)

Duterte looks to Philippines’ private sector to reboot signature building plan
When Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took office in 2016, he promised US$165 billion in spending to “build, build, build” roads and railways in the Southeast Asian nation.
— South China Morning Post

‘Volunteer’ SEA Games stadium worker fractured skull in fall -doctor
The construction worker who fell off scaffolding at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila had a fractured skull, Ian Cruz reported Tuesday on Balitanghali.
— GMA Network

Senate approves on final reading bill extending 2019 budget
The Senate on Tuesday approved on final reading the measure extending the availability of the funds for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) and capital outlays (CO) under the 2019 budget until Dec. 31, 2020.
— Philippine News Agency

SEA Games 2019 organizers ignored NCMF offer on halal food
Despite repeated reminders and warnings, organizers of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) ignored the advice of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) to ensure that delegates from Islamic countries are served halal food.
— Rappler

Philippine senator urges probe into Chinese ‘threat’ to power grid
A senator in the Philippines urged lawmakers on Tuesday (Nov 26) to investigate China’s access to its power grid, warning of a security threat and possible sabotage due to its stake in the nation’s only transmission firm.

Duterte back in Manila from ‘productive’ ASEAN-ROK meet
President Rodrigo Duterte has returned to Manila after his “productive” participation in the 2019 ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Commemorative Summit in Busan.
— Politiko (blog)

The devil’s in the details: 10 logistical blunders at SEA Games 2019
The lead up to the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) , which formally opens Saturday, November 30, is turning out to be a logistical nightmare.
— Rappler

Solon: Declare 2020 as disaster consciousness year for PH
Albay Rep. Joey Sarte Salceda has recently filed House Resolution 535, asking Congress to declare 2020 as Disaster and Climate Emergency Awareness Year, a call to continuous public caution on dangers brought by increasingly deadly weather events spawned by climate change.

PH, Korea sign ‘early package’ for free trade deal
The Philippines and South Korea signed an “Early Achievement Package” ahead of the conclusion of the free trade agreement by the first half of 2020.

Media center, stadium still unfinished as SEA Games 2019 football begins
The unfinished squash venue inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) was converted Monday, November 25, into a makeshift media center for the advance football games of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
— Rappler

Swine output up in Q3 despite ASF
DESPITE the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in the country that saw countless pigs culled in Luzon and demand for pork products plunge, hog production grew in the third quarter of 2019, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— Manila Times

President Duterte “angry “with reported mishandling of SEA Games preps, food for athletes, says spokesperson
President Rodrigo Duterte is extremely displeased with the various snafus and inconveniences so far encountered and reported by both foreign and local athletes in the 30th Southeast Asian games due to the lack of foresight of SEA Games organizers.
— Eagle News

BIR asked to explain P104 billion collection deficit
Despite the full implementation of tax laws aimed at boosting government coffers, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will be collecting P104 billion less than expected for the year.
— Manila Bulletin

Luzon grid on yellow alert again
THE Luzon grid was placed anew on yellow alert for 11 hours on Tuesday, the 48th this year.
— Business Mirror

Solons in tug of war over local pork ban
LAWMAKERS are in a tug of war on whether local government units (LGUs) should already lift the temporary bans they imposed on the transport and sale of live hogs and pork-related products amid African swine fever (ASF) scare.
— Business Mirror

Comelec vows greater inclusivity for voters as Bangsamoro 2022 elections loom
As the crucial 2022 elections in the Bangsamoro government near, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Monday that it will be revisiting its existing rules and regulations to prevent the exclusion of vulnerable electorates in Mindanao.
— Manila Bulletin

Kasambahay in NCR may get P1,500 wage hike – DOLE
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said at a press briefing Tuesday that the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board – National Capital Region (NCR) has approved the granting of a P1,500 wage increase to domestic workers in Metro Manila.
— Manila Bulletin

PHL Red Cross gives polio drops to 22,000 kids
A TOTAL of 22,029 children in Metro Manila and Mindanao were vaccinated by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) at the start of the second round of Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio for children ages zero to five years old from November 25 to December 7.
— Business Mirror

Banks’ exposure to MSMEs below 10%
TOTAL exposure of the banking industry to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) remains below 10 percent, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), which has adopted a three-pronged approach to further promote MSME financing.
— Manila Times

No misstep in anti-drug ops by Robredo during ICAD stint –PNP
Vice President Leni Robredo committed no mistake on anti-drug operations her 19-day stint as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), the spokesperson of the Philippine National Police has said.
— GMA Network

Govt allocating P6b to subsidize small rice farmers
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said tariffs in excess of P10 billion collected from rice imports and earmarked annually for the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund will fund a two-year unconditional cash transfer program for small farmers affected by falling palay farmgate prices.

Philippine boosts tourism ties with South Korea
The Philippines further strengthened its tourism ties with the Republic of Korea with the signing of a five-year tourism cooperation program.
— The Philippine Star

Maids’ salary, perks upgraded
The salary of housemaids has been raised to P6,000 a month from P2,500, and they are now also entitled to many benefits under the law, according to the Department of Labor and Employment.

Permits fast-tracked for energy projects
THE DEPARTMENT of Energy (DoE) has certified four new projects as nationally significant, adding to its list of projects that will enjoy a faster permitting process under a law that seeks to ensure energy security in the country.
— BusinessWorld

Duterte invites SoKor President to visit PH
President Rodrigo Duterte has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-In to visit the Philippines “at the soonest mutually convenient opportunity”, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte to get probe report vs. PCSO execs by January
The results of the investigation against the officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will likely be submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte in early January, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

PH football community chips in to address SEA Games concerns
The Philippine football community is chipping in to address some of the concerns hounding the competition in the ongoing Southeast Asian Games.
— Philippine News Agency

President Duterte and President Moon Jae-in vow “strategic partnership” between PHL, South Korea by 2020
President Rodrigo Duterte and South Korean President Moon Jae-in both committed to elevate the level of their countries’ relations to “strategic partnership” by 2020, as the two leaders noted the 70 years of strong bilateral relations and friendship between the two countries.
— Eagle News

Comelec purges close to 600K overseas voters
Close to 600,000 overseas voters have been deactivated for failing to participate in the country’s last two elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) reported on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

DOLE gathers 900 Cebu kids for anti-child labor program
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) in Central Visayas on Monday gathered around 900 children for a community-based intervention program that aims to prevent them from becoming child laborers in Metro Cebu.
— Philippine News Agency

PHL, South Korea sign defense cooperation agreement
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) Minister Wang Jung-hong signed a memorandum of understanding on defense cooperation, according to a report by South Korea’s state-funded news agency Yonhap.
— GMA Network

Over 500 youth attend forum on violence against women, girls
Over 500 millennials and Generation Z members on Monday attended a forum on violence against women and girls organized by the Commission on Women (PCW) and the Inter-Agency Council on Violence Against Women and Their Children held at the Philippine International Convention Center.
— Philippine Information Agency

SC orders Aussie firm to return P707M to PCSO
The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered Australia-based firm TMA Australia PTY Ltd. and its local subsidiary TMA Group Philippines, Inc. (TMA) to return PHP707.2 million representing the assets of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) that were garnished by a court to pay for thermal papers and bets slips made by the former for lotto operations in the country.
— Philippine News Agency

Village chief in La Union shot dead at home
A woman barangay captain in Aringay, La Union, was shot dead inside her house late Tuesday night, November 26.
— Rappler

2016 arbitral ruling allows China to explore untapped resources in the high seas –Carpio
Former Senior Associate Justice and maritime law expert Antonio Carpio on Tuesday said China has actually benefited from the 2016 international tribunal ruling even as it favored the Philippines and denigrated its massive claim in the South China Sea.
— GMA Network

DOJ yet to produce AMLC report implicating De Lima in drug trade –senator’s camp
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has yet to produce the Anti-Money Laundering Council’s (AMLC) report allegedly showing that Senator Leila de Lima received proceeds of the New Bilibid Prison illegal drug trade, the lawmaker’s camp said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Memes already winning in SEA Games 2019
The 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games haven’t officially started yet, but netizens are already winning.
— Rappler

Over 500,000 workers regularized as of 2019 – DOLE
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday, November 26, announced that around 564,000 workers have been regularized by employers as of 2019.
— Rappler

DOLE conducts trainings to address job mismatch
The regional director of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here said they are now conducting skills trainings and capability building programs for job applicants to address job mismatch.
— Philippine Information Agency

PH beach volleyball vies for SEA Games 2019 dominance
As the Philippines vies for a podium finish in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games beach volleyball competition, the country’s bets also hope to gain a spot in next year’s AVC Continental Cup Finals.
— Rappler

Deputy police chief of Talavera kills own mother, injures nephew
The deputy chief of police of Talavera town in Nueva Ecija was arrested here after shooting his own mother and nephew inside their house at Sitio Pader, Barangay Pulung Maragul in Angeles City late afternoon on Monday, November 25.
— Rappler

VP Leni urged to bare her ‘discoveries’ on drug war
Government agencies taking the lead in the anti-drug campaign on Tuesday dared former anti-drug czar, Vice President Leni Robredo to divulge what she discovered during her two-week stint as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD).
— Philippine News Agency

After being fired as anti-illegal drug czar, Robredo questions President Duterte’s sincerity in drug war campaign
Vice President Leni Robredo said she would release whatever she had found out in the three weeks that she had been the country’s anti-illegal drug czar as she vowed to fight the drug war in her own way, questioning even President Rodrigo Duterte’s sincerity in fighting illegal drugs.
— Eagle News

Everything’s under control, says PH football chief
THE Philippine Football Federation has made efforts to resolve issues that hounded the football competitions of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
— Tempo

Cops arrest 22 vape users in Metro Manila
Authorities have so far arrested a total of 22 vape ban violators in public places in Metro Manila, Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) acting chief said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Wage hike looms for domestic helpers in NCR
Domestic household workers (kasambahays) in Metro Manila may get an increase in their salaries soon.
— Philippine News Agency

House to hold accountable those responsible for SEA Games blunders, Velasco assures
Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco, who is expected to assume the House speakership in less than a year, assured on Tuesday that the chamber will hold accountable the officials responsible for the issues hounding the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
— GMA Network

Captain, crew of ship carrying toxic waste face raps for environmental crimes
The Chinese captain and Filipino crew of the ship found carrying 53,000 metric tons of toxic waste into the Philippines now face complaints for environmental crimes, the NBI said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

FALSE: Rizal stadium ‘not part of the official venues’ of SEA Games 2019
Claim: The Rizal Memorial Stadium is not part of the official venues of the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, according to Facebook page Team Philippines.
— Rappler

LOOK: SEA Games 2019 football teams get new buses, media center issues resolved
The 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games football teams have been alleviated of logistical issues as each squad gets a bus to reach the different venues in the regional biennial meet.
— Rappler

POC president Tolentino on SEA Games 2019 mishaps: ‘It’s normal’
Despite the pile of mishaps in 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the president of Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) Abraham Bambol Tolentino said Tuesday, November 26, that these problems are normal during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum.
— Rappler

Early morning fire kills 6 in Bacolod
Six people including a minor were killed after they were trapped in a fire at Java Pension House along Gonzaga-Locsin Street here early Tuesday, November 26.
— Rappler

Singaporean PM Lee helps with Duterte’s ‘star’ in Busan
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on at least two instances helped out President Rodrigo Duterte during the formal ceremonies at the ASEAN-Korea Summit in Busan, causing light moments between the two leaders.
— GMA News

Philippines launches e-payment systems en route to be cash-lite
THERE is a significantly increasing dependency on e-payment systems as the service is proven to be convenient, economical, and safe — in Southeast Asia and around the world.
— Tech Wire Asia

Journalist and Princeton graduate Maria Ressa named Baccalaureate speaker
Maria Ressa, a 1986 Princeton graduate and CEO and executive editor of the Philippines-based online news organization, has been selected as the speaker for the University’s 2020 Baccalaureate ceremony.
— Princeton University

Women’s floorball records 1st PH win
Unknown to most Filipinos, floorball became the country’s early source of pride as the national women’s team tallied the first victory for the Philippines with an 8-1 win over Indonesia in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on Monday, November 25.
— Rappler

Chavit to shooters: Win gold, win P250K
Don’t be surprised if Filipino shooters will deliver big this time.
— Tempo

More than 1K Western Visayas cops promoted
Some 1,147 uniformed personnel of the Police Regional Office in Western Visayas (PRO 6) have been promoted to the next higher rank.
— Philippine News Agency

Win or don’t eat: The Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars
Pool isn’t just a game in the Philippines but a way to make a living, driving a fiercely competitive scene that has produced some of the world’s top players.

PHL gov’t inaugurates Ciudad de Victoria interchange ahead of SEA Games opening at PHL Arena
The Philippine government inaugurated on Tuesday, Nov. 26, the P260.8 million Ciudad de Victoria Interchange Overpass and Bypass Road in Bocaue, Bulacan.
— Eagle News

4 Chinese with fake Paraguay passports intercepted at NAIA
Four male Chinese nationals were intercepted for attempting to enter the country using fake Paraguayan passports at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

PACC’s Belgica sued over alleged unlawful participation in NBI raid
Commissioner Greco Belgica of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission was sued for graft and violation of the Revised Penal Code and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Practices for Public Officials on Tuesday over the alleged unlawful use of his office’s resources by participating in a raid on two Bureau of Internal Revenue officials.
— GMA Network

Comelec urged to issue proclamation certificates of Senior Citizens, Duterte Youth party-lists
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and other House leaders are urging the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to release already the Certificate of Proclamations (COP) to the first nominees of winning party-lists Senior Citizens and Duterte Youth.
— GMA Network

FALSE: Leyte-Surigao, Samar-Sorsogon bridges to ‘start construction’ in 2020
Claim: In November 2019, several Facebook groups and pages shared an article saying the proposed Leyte-Surigao and Samar-Sorsogon bridges will start construction next year under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.
— Rappler

UNDP’s Youth Social Innovation Lab Gathers the Best in Filipino Youth Innovation
Youth Co:Lab 2019 recently gathered young innovators from all over the country to develop and pitch ideas for socially inclusive sustainable enterprises.
— BusinessWorld

Velasco expects Cayetano to honor term-sharing deal without Duterte input
Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco expected Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano to honor their term-sharing agreement on the highest position at the House of Representatives without President Rodrigo Duterte having to enforce it.
— GMA Network

DOJ needs 1,000 more prosecutors
The National Prosecution Service (NPS) needs a thousand more prosecutors nationwide, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
— GMA Network

Davao filmmaker recognized at 2019 Emmys for short film inspired by Marawi survivor
Davaoeño advocacy filmmaker Breech Asher Harani was recognized at the 2019 International Emmy Awards for his short film Next to Me.
— Rappler

Bato’s bill on BJMP takeover of all jail facilities gets CHR backing
The Commission on Human Rights has expressed support for the bill filed by Senator Ronald Bato Dela Rosa seeking to transfer the control of provincial and sub-provincial jails to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
— GMA Network

Benefits, career progress top concerns among PH professionals
Employment benefits and career progression, rather than salary, are currently the most important considerations for Filipino professionals who consider moving to another job, recruitment consultancy firm Robert Walters said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Zamboanguita mayor hopeful ELCAC will unite people, gov’t
Zamboanguita Mayor Glenson Alanano is optimistic that the government’s program to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC) in his municipality will help solve the problem on insurgency and address poverty in the barangays.
— Philippine Information Agency

Ex-athletes urge public to unite, support Team PH
Former athletes rallied behind the Team Philippines, urging the public to unite and support the Filipino athletes who will compete in the 30th Southeast Asian Games from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.
— Philippine News Agency

Pasay police searching for 9 missing youths
Pasay City police investigators are reviewing the CCTV footages, particularly along Pasay Rotonda, in a bid to trace the nine youths who have been reported missing in the city.
— Tempo

RDC 6 awards volunteer for services to inmates
An Ilongga was named one of the three awardees of the search for outstanding volunteers (SOV) given by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency, an attached agency of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t fuel marking program reaches Mindanao
The nationwide roll-out of the Fuel Marking Program of the government has reached Mindanao, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

5ID recovers high-powered firearms after encounter with communist terrorists
The recent encounter between the government troopers and the rebels at barangay Ara in Benito Soliven town this province on Nov. 25 resulted to the recovery of high-powered firearms.
— Philippine Information Agency

Erram, Varilla suspended ahead of NLEX-NorthPort sudden death
NLEX will be without Poy Erram and Paul Varilla in its do-or-die quarterfinals game against NorthPort in the PBA Governors’ Cup after the league slapped both players with a one-game suspension each.
— Rappler

International ‘Matilda The Musical’ takes Philippine stage in 2020
The original Royal Shakespeare Company theater production based on the 1988 Roald Dahl novel, Matilda The Musical, is heading to The Theatre at Solaire in 2020 for a March 5 to March 15 run.
— Rappler

2020 NAST, DOST awards now open for nominations
The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) – the highest recognition body on science and technology in the country – is searching for nominees for the various NAST and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) awards for 2020.
— Rappler (media release)

Philippines rescues British couple from jihadists
Philippine soldiers on Monday rescued a British man and his wife from Islamic State-linked jihadists nearly two months after the couple were kidnapped from their beach resort in the nation’s south, authorities said.
— The Asean Post

Duterte upset over kikiam, other SEA Games lapses –Palace
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the lapses could have been avoided had organizers implemented contingency plans such as transferring the athletes to other hotels and standby transport services.
— GMA Network

Firing Robredo as ICAD co-chair ‘good step’: PACC
President Rodrigo Duterte made a “good step” in firing Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo as co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission chairperson Dante Jimenez said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Student leaders, conduit of gov’t in info dissemination
65 student council leaders from three different high schools and colleges here committed to be ambassadors of good news as they fulfill their responsibility of being information volunteers for the government.
— Philippine Information Agency

Depression among kids may lead to suicidal thoughts – DSWD
Parents should watch out for signs of depression among their children, as this may lead to suicidal thoughts even in early age, advices a social worker from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) here.
— Philippine Information Agency

CHR to teachers: Do not back down to Tulfo
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Negros Oriental and Siquijor on Monday called out to teachers not to give in to the likes of now-controversial broadcast journalist Raffy Tulfo who received flak recently for seeking the resignation of a teacher on national TV.
— Philippine News Agency

52 Cebu City ambulant vendors get P900-K aid from DOLE
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) in Central Visayas on Tuesday granted more than PHP900,000-worth of livelihood assistance to 52 ambulant vendors.
— Philippine News Agency

334 Bicol cops promoted to next higher rank
A total of 334 uniformed personnel of the Police Regional Office-5 (Bicol) have been promoted to the next higher rank.They received their new ranks in an oath-taking and pinning of rank ceremony on Monday in front of the PRO5 Grandstand at Camp BGen.
— Philippine News Agency

More than 2K Central Luzon cops promoted
A total of 2,060 newly-promoted police personnel from various units in Central Luzon took their oath at the Police Regional Office 3 Parade Ground here Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Bicol power outages to continue amid pole replacement program
Power outages will continue to hound the region until next year as the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) pursues its pole replacement program in Bicol.
— Philippine News Agency

Ilocos fishermen urged to register vessels
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Maritime Unit (RMU) in Ilocos region is urging fishermen to register their fishing vessels in compliance with the law.
— Philippine News Agency

Indonesia, PHL hold 1st navy-to-navy maritime training
INDONESIA AND the Philippines are holding the first joint Maritime Training Activity (MTA) this week involving naval forces to strengthen security measures in shared maritime borders.
— BusinessWorld

Palawan farmers get irrigation, post-harvest facilities
OVER P200 million worth of irrigation system and post-harvest facilities funded by the Japanese government is seen to benefit more than 1,500 farmers in the towns of Narra and Aborlan in Palawan.
— BusinessWorld

Freed UK hostage and wife say chained, threatened in Philippines
A British man and his wife rescued this week from militant captors in the Philippines’ south say they were chained and threatened with beheading if they didn’t deliver a ransom.

Private and public sector leaders gather for disaster risk reduction and management forum
“Disaster risk reduction cuts across different aspects and sectors of development, and action is urgent. Clearly, we all want to be part of creating solutions,” said Hans Sy, SM Prime Holdings President and National Resilience Council (NRC) Executive Committee Co-Chair for the Private Sector.
— Rappler

House panel OKs proposal mandating rain water facility in Metro Manila dev’t projects
The House Committee on Metro Manila Development on Tuesday approved the substitute bill mandating the establishment of a rainwater harvesting facility in new development projects in the National Capital Region as a proposed solution to the water crisis in the metro.
— GMA Network

BFAR promotes use of natural food in tilapia culture
Fisherfolk may now be able to grow tilapia at lower costs by using naturally available food as supplementary feed to provide extra nutrients to the fish in addition to commercial feeds.
— Philippine News Agency


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