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Apple's updated Android 'Switch' campaign explains why people move to iPhone

Apple and Android may forever be locked in a fight for mobile domination, but they take very different approaches to their quest for market share. On the one hand, there are more than 2 billion active Android devices in use around the world. On the other, Apple makes gobs of money from selling just a handful of handsets.

But like the PC wars of the 90s, Apple isn’t content with such a slim slice of the market. While it has had a Move to iOS app in the Play Store for a while now, Apple is now taking the fight directly to Android users with a new campaign devoted to switching.

Head over to the iPhone tab on Apple.com and you’ll see a new box in the middle of the page. Called “Why Switch,” it declares that “Life is easier on the iPhone,” and offers 10 questions potential switchers might be asking:

  1. Will it be easy to switch?
  2. Is the camera as good as they say?
  3. Why is the iPhone so fast?
  4. Will iPhone be easy to use?
  5. How does iPhone help protect my personal information?
  6. What makes Messages so great?
  7. Can I get help from a real person?
  8. Can I switch at an Apple Store?
  9. What about the environment?
  10. Will I love my iPhone?

And finally, it asks, “Are you ready to switch?” while offering links to purchase all five of the phone models. The site also promotes Apple’s trade-in policy, boasting up to $260 in credits.

There is also a series of videos on Apple’s YouTube channel to highlight many of the points, including speed, ease of switching, and privacy. It’s unclear whether Apple plans on taking the campaign beyond the web, but it’s not too hard to see a TV or print campaign accompanying the site.

Earlier this year, Google unveiled its own switching site, coinciding with a new transfer tool that synced your contacts, calendar entries, and photos through Google Drive. It’s similar in practice to Apple’s Move to iOS app, but doesn’t require the installation of app you won’t need after the transfer is finished.

Apple ran a highly successful switcher campaign in the early 2000s, which used real people to tell stories about why they moved to a Mac. While Tim Cook has said upwards of 30 percent of new iPhone buyers are making the switch from an Android phone, Apple hasn’t previously launched an ad campaign targeted at Android.

Flip the switch: It’s no secret that Apple is looking for signs of growth. While the upcoming iPhone 8 will surely boost sales in the holiday quarter, Apple still needs to generate excitement during the rest of the year, which has proven difficult due to a steady stream of rumors and flagship competitors from the likes of LG and Samsung. But a new switcher campaign could be just what the doctor ordered.



Trump arrives in Italy to meet Pope Francis, Italian leaders

ROME, Italy - U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Italy on Tuesday ahead of meetings with Pope Francis and Italian leaders, on the third leg of his first international trip since taking office.

Trump's meeting with the head of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics on Wednesday comes after the pair sparred at a distance on issues including migration, climate change and Islam.

Air Force One arrived from Israel at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport, where Trump and his wife Melania were greeted by Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano.

The pair were then driven to the central Rome residence of the U.S. ambassador - a post to which Trump is yet to name anyone. They had no official engagements on Tuesday evening.

Trump is due to spend less than 24 hours in Italy before flying to Brussels for talks with European Union and NATO chiefs. He will return to Italy on Thursday for a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialised nations in Sicily.

Officials from the other six nations have been alarmed by some of Trump's statements including his support for trade protectionism, criticism of climate change policies, and anti-migrant rhetoric.

Around 100 mainly U.S. expats voiced their own concerns in a square in Rome on Tuesday evening, chanting, "Love trumps hate", "Education not deportation" and "Trump, you're fired".

The former real estate tycoon started his tour of the Middle East and Europe in Saudi Arabia on Saturday. He has spent the last two days in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

The White House hopes the ambitious multi-nation trip, which ends on May 27, will shift focus away from domestic controversies and on to foreign policy.

After his encounter with the pope, Trump will hold brief talks with President Sergio Mattarella and Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. Melania Trump is due to visit a Vatican-owned children's hospital while Ivanka Trump will meet victims of human trafficking and the Sant'Egidio community of activist Catholics.

Massive security precautions have been taken in Rome, with the areas around the presidential palace, Vatican City, the American ambassador's residence and the U.S. embassy temporarily closed to traffic.  Reuters

92 AFP personnel test positive for illegal drugs, dismissed from service

At least 92 uniformed and civilian personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who tested positive for illegal drug use have been discharged or dismissed from the service since the start of the Duterte administration, the Department of National Defense said Tuesday.

In a statement, the DND said that among those removed from the service in 2016 were a military officer, 64 enlisted personnel, 14 civilian active auxiliaries (CAAs), and four civilian employees while nine enlisted personnel were discharged in 2017.

It said that a total of 30,974 military officers, enlisted personnel, and civilian employees of the AFP were subjected to drug testing in 2016 and an additional 1,821 were tested in 2017. 

The DND monitors the AFP in the conduct of anti-illegal drug operations in support to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police. It also supports the Inter-Agency Task Force for the establishment of Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Centers with the setting up of rehabilitation centers in certain military reservations.

To ensure that the DND is at the forefront of the administration’s thrust against the proliferation of illegal drugs, it conducted Tuesday a department-wide orientation seminar workshop for a drug-free workplace with the theme, “A Drug-Free Defense is a Credible Defense,” at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. 

Resource speakers from PDEA, Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), Department of Health (DOH), Civil Service Commission (CSC), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) discussed the Global and National Drug Situation; Government Efforts, Programs and Activities on Drug Prevention and Control; Treatment and Rehabilitation; Guidelines for a Drug-Free Workplace; and the Reintegration and Transformation Program of the National Government.

Earlier this year, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana signed a memorandum with DND-Proper and its bureaus directing the implementation of the guidelines for a drug-free workplace as part of the DND-Wide Implementing Plan for Calendar Year 2017.

The memorandum includes the conduct of mandatory drug test as a pre-employment requirement; random drug test for personnel; advocacy, education and training programs and activities; display of messages for a drug-free workplace; and physical fitness programs.  Amita Legaspi/RSJ, GMA News


Russians won’t interfere in PHL affairs, Pinoy envoy says

Russians do not want to impose their will on another country like the Philippines just as much as they don't want others to meddle in their own affairs, Ambassador to Russia Carlos Sorreta told reporters in Moscow on Tuesday.

Sorreta briefed the media after President Rodrigo Duterte arrived in the Russian capital to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and for an official visit.

The comments were also made in the wake of the Duterte administration's decision not to accept grants from the European Union due to supposed conditions imposed by the EU.

“They basically respect a country’s decision on what to do. For example, on human rights, which is a big issue for Western countries, we have had our ambassadors there summoned and given the views of the host country," Sorreta said.

"Let me tell you I’ve never been summoned about that,” he added.

The EU was one of the foreign groups that expressed concern over the thousands of extrajudicial killings blamed on Duterte's war on drugs.

“So, they don’t want to interfere, just as they don’t like and hate it when other countries interfere in Russia’s affairs," Sorreta said.

"They think that sovereign states are capable of making decisions for themselves and will benefit or suffer by those decisions. But never should an external state interfere in the sovereign affairs of the Philippines or Russia,” he added.

Sorreta said Russians followed a policy of non-interference.

“They just want to be friends with us. They don’t want to make enemies for us or tell us who not to be friends with, unlike other countries. So, they just want a good relationship, a very respectful one," Sorreta said.

"Right now, they want to start heavily on the economic then eventually on security but not on strategic security, just defense cooperation,” he added.

The President arrived at the Vnukovo-2 Airport in Moscow on late Monday evening (early Tuesday morning in Manila).

His official events will begin on Wednesday. He was joined not only by Cabinet officials but also by his family: partner Cielito “Honeylet” Avanceña and their daughter Veronica or Kitty as well as his youngest son Sebastian or Baste. —NB, GMA News


Maute group takes over Marawi hospital; cop killed, 5 soldiers hurt in firefight

At least five soldiers were hurt in a firefight in Marawi City after alleged armed members of the Maute group took over a government hospital there.

Before that, the military launched an operation following information from residents that Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon was holed up with members of the Maute group in an apartment in the area.

"We checked it and it turned out that this is the core group of Maute. We launched a surgical operation to neutralize the group who is planning terrorism in Marawi City," said Lt. Col. Joar Herrera, spokesperson for the Army's 1st Infantry Division.

Herrera said five soldiers were hurt in the encounter.

PO1 Hadji Ismael, duty officer at the Lanao Provincial Police Office, said the incident on the hospital started around 2:30 p.m. when armed men attacked the Amai Pakpak Medical Center.

"Kinuha nila yung ospital dito," he said.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos said a policeman, Senior Inspector Freddie Solar, was killed in the clash.

"Diversionary attacks"

Capt. Jo-ann Petinglay, spokesperson of the Armed Forces' Western Mindanao Command, said the sympathizers of the armed group launched diversionary attacks to ease pressure on the core group.

Petinglay said the diversionary attacks included the firing of firearms near a hospital "though these are already contained."

"These are sympathizers who conducted the diversionary attacks to ease the pressure on the target area which is Barangay Basak where the high-value targets from Maute are situated," she said.

The Maute and Abu Sayyaf have an alliance and are both linked with Islamic State, a source of growing concern for President Rodrigo Duterte, who has warned of the expanding influence of the militants in the Philippines.

Senior Supt. Oscar Nantes, provincial police director of Lanao del Sur, confirmed the firefight but was not able to give details yet.

A separate account from Ret. Col. Tatar Boriongan, Lanao Del Sur Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer (PDRMMO), said the clash erupted around 2 p.m. at the lower portion of the Mindanao State University Compound in Marawi City's Basak Malulut village as the Maute group engaged elements of the Philippine Army's First Tabak Division.

Boriongan added that even his own PDRRMO team could not mobilize itself because of reports that the Maute group has put up check points in the area.

Herrera, also the spokesperson of the First Tabak Division, said the army was conducting joint law enforcement operations with local police following reports that Hapilon was conducting community organization work in the town.

"But upon our arrival, we were welcomed with gunfire,” Herrera said.

Boriongan said the PDRRMO still working to get accurate information on any possible civilian casualties. 

Security officials believe Hapilon and a handful of his men left Basilan for Lanao del Sur to get in touch with the Maute Group as part of an effort to establish a caliphate of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Both groups, as well as the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), have pledged allegiance to ISIS. 


— with a report from Ferdh Cabrera and Reuters/RSJ/TJD/KBK, GMA News


Fans beg Justin Bieber to cancel dates as fear grips pop's youth

LOS ANGELES - Fans of Justin Bieber pleaded on Tuesday for his upcoming British tour dates to be canceled, underscoring the potential repercussions to music acts with a young fan base from the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Canadian heartthrob Bieber, 23, is due to play an open air concert at London's Hyde Park in July. But fans flooded social media saying his appearance should be axed for the safety both of fans and the singer himself.

"Cancel Justin's concert in the UK, please! We want him to be safe, please," a person using the handle marhrukhh wrote on the Instagram account of Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun.

Braun also manages Grande, also 23, a former Nickelodeon star whose huge female fan base, many of them tweens, were out in force for her concert in Manchester on Monday night when a suicide bombing killed 22 people and injured dozens.

The "Problem" singer flew to Florida on Tuesday to spend time with her family, People magazine reported. Braun and her record company did not return calls on whether the remainder of her world tour, with stops in London and Europe, would go ahead.

Leanne Murray, 20, who lives in Ireland, has tickets to see Bieber play in Dublin next month. But she said that after Monday's bombing she is contemplating selling them.

"I just don't want what I would hope to be a great night to end in something like last night," Murray, who paid 180 Euros ($200) each for two tickets told Reuters.

"It's frightening to think that it could have been any of us and it really shows that you never know what's around the corner," Murray added.

Touring has been one of the top sources of income for musicians in recent years. The top 10 worldwide tour acts grossed a combined $1.67 billion in 2016, according to music industry publication Pollstar, with Bruce Springsteen bringing in $268.3 million alone.

Pop acts like Taylor Swift, Bieber, One Direction and Grande are also among the top earners. Grande grossed more than $25 million from touring between April 2016-April 2017, according to Pollstar figures, while Bieber grossed $163 million in 2016.

"I can see with parents of young children who might be on the fence anyway about letting their 12-year-old go to concerts, that this going to put them over the edge, and they may say 'you can wait until you're older'," said Ed McPherson, an entertainment litigator and crisis manager in Los Angeles.

"It could impact some of the artists who play to younger people," McPherson added.

Joe Reinartz, news editor at Pollstar, said that although he believes security is already strong at music venues and will no doubt be stepped up, parents would likely be more cautious.

"In the short term, there are going to be concerns for any large gathering where there will be young people, and that doesn't necessarily mean a Justin Bieber show. It means a high school football game, or an event at a fair ground," Reinartz said.

Jim Donio, president of the Music Business Association, said he would be surprised to see musicians cancelling tours because of the attack at the Grande concert.

But he said fans will be more aware and prepared. "Will parents make more informed decisions? Yes, that's possible, so there can be some impact there."  Reuters

Deadliest terror attack in UK since ’05 solidifies Manchester residents

LONDON – A sombre mood pervades the United Kingdom, if not the world at large.

Still reeling from the chaotic turmoil of a yet-to-be-clarified Brexit, Britain has now been devastated by the taking of innocent lives after a terror attack in Manchester.

At 10:33 p.m. on May 22, immediately following’s performance at the Manchester Arena, a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device in the stadium foyer.

Confirmed dead at the arena were 22 people – including children –with over 59 people, half of whom are children, injured by the blast.

This is the deadliest terror attack to hit Britain since the London bombings in July 2005, in which 52 people were killed.

It has also been four years to the day since British Army soldier Lee Rigby was murdered by Islamic extremists in South London.

Devastating events

The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility on Tuesday afternoon, citing the act as revenge for attacks on “Muslim lands.”

The bomber’s identity has been revealed as 22-year-old Salman Abedi, who was born in Manchester in 1994 after his Libyan parents sought refuge during the Gaddafi regime.

Greater Manchester police have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the bombing.

At least 13 people are still missing, including an eight-year-old girl.

In the wake of the attack, the General Election campaign has been suspended.

Manchester spirit

In its darkest hour, Manchester has seen an astonishing outpouring of help, from locals, companies and hotels throwing their doors open, to taxi drivers working through the night, to locals queuing to give blood.

Steve, a homeless man who witnessed the attack and helped survivors until ambulances arrived, gravely described having to pull nails out of the arms of people, as well as “a couple out of [a] little girl’s face.”

AJ Singh, a taxi driver in Manchester who offered free rides to survivors, said, “Some had blood all over them. One person described it as a warzone.”

“[But] we should come out and show whoever’s done this that it doesn’t matter because Manchester, we’re glue, and we stick together when it counts.”

Harun Khan, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, paid tribute to the police and emergency services who worked “valiantly” to save lives on the night of the “horrific” and “criminal” attack, adding: “May the perpetrators face the full weight of justice both in this life and the next.”

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said, “The idea that people just throw their doors open or make their car available to people, it tells you everything about the people of Greater Manchester. It is the best response because it is what the extremists don’t want.”

Social media networks Twitter and Facebook have been invaluable in helping the frantic relatives of missing persons further their search for their loved ones, with netizens expressing solidarity and grief for the victims.

Nearly £500,000 of donations have been raised overnight for the families and loved ones of those affected in the tragic attack on Justgiving.com, organized by the Manchester Evening News.

Processing the senseless evil

That the attacker chose to target a venue filled with children, teenagers and families having fun has been deemed cowardly, repugnant and vile.

Prime Minister May said, “This attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.”

“We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage.”

Gershon Silins, rabbi for the Manchester Liberal Jewish Community, said:

“It doesn’t make sense to many of us that such an atrocity could be carried out at a concert attended by children and young teenagers. A place usually filled with joy and excitement. And as we wake up today to the news that dozens upon dozens of young lives have been prematurely lost and many more changed significantly, the horror of the situation is incomprehensible.”

Silins added, “For so many families, today is just the beginning of mourning for lives lost, or a new reality of family members irrevocably damaged.”

Mayor Andy Burnham said, “We all feel a sense of abhorrence at the nature of this attack… For individuals to go there and seek to terrorise those children and those young people and their families in that way is the most appalling evil act that I can imagine.”

Finding strength in unity

Manchester and the UK are moving forward with their heads held high.

Prime Minister May said in her statement, “While we experienced the worst of humanity in Manchester last night, we also saw the best.”

“The cowardice of the attacker met the bravery of the emergency services and people of Manchester. The attempt to divide us met countless acts of kindness that brought people closer together. And in the days ahead those must be the things we remember.”

The Queen further expressed her support in a statement followed by a minute’s silence in memory of the victims and said: “I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.”

Mayor Burnham says the city is ready to return to “business as usual” and will hold a vigil for the victims on 23 May in Albert Square.

He said, “Though we are grieving, we are strong and we are together.”

“The most important message we must all send together is that we are united and we will not let them win.”By:  -inquirerdotnet

Duterte says his martial law to be similar to Marcos time

MOSCOW, Russia – The martial law in Mindanao which President Rodrigo Duterte just declared will be no different from martial law during the time of Ferdinand Marcos, the President himself said before flying back to the Philippines.

"Martial law is martial law ha. It will not be any different from what the President, Marcos did. I'd be harsh," said Duterte early morning Wednesday, May 24, according to the Facebook Live video of Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.

He was speaking on board the presidential plane right before it took off for Manila.

"I was asked how I would deal with terrorism. I said I'd be harsh. I told everyone, 'do not force my hand into it,'" he added.

He did not elaborate on this in the short video but did mention the likely timeframe of his martial law declaration.

"How long? Well, if it would take a year to do it then we'll do it. If it's over in a month I'd be happy," he said. 

The Constitution says it should not initially exceed 60 days; any extension has to be approved by Congress.

Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella himself earlier said it would last 60 days. (READ: Martial law 101)

Section 18, Article VII of the 1987 Philippine Constitution says that the President, as commander-in-chief, may “in case of invasion or rebellion, when the public safety requires it” suspend the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus or place the country under martial law. The writ safeguards individual freedom against arbitrary state action.

Constitutional limits

Crafted after the EDSA People Power revolution that ousted Marcos in 1986, the 1987 Constitution highlights the role of other branches of government in the martial law declaration. The provisions are meant precisely to prevent grave abuse and stop another Marcos from tinkering with civil rights.

Thus within 48 hours after its declaration, the President shall submit a report “in person or in writing” to Congress. The declaration can also be revoked by via a vote by Congress, now controlled by Duterte allies.

The Supreme Court may review the basis of its declaration.

Dark period

Duterte is the 3rd Philippine president to declare martial law since 1972, when Marcos declared one – a dark chapter in Philippine history that was marked by abuse, violence and corruption.

On December 5, 2009, then president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared martial law in Maguindanao, also in the southern Philippines, through Proclamation 1959, following the massacre of 58 people – mostly members of the media – in the town of Ampatuan.

But it was short. Arroyo lifted it 7 days later on December 12, 2009 upon the recommendation of the Cabinet. 

Duterte declared martial law Tuesday night after the Maute terrorist group seized the Islamic city of Marawi.

But he's been warning about it. On May 19, he said in a speech, "If I declare martial law in Mindanao, I will solve all the ills of Mindanao."

The military has been running a two-front anti terror campaign in Mindanao – the one against the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) based in Western Mindanao in the islands of Sulu and Basilan, and another against the Maute and its Abu Sayyaf allies in the Lanao provinces in Northern Mindanao.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday that the military operation in Marawi targeted ASG leader Isinilon Hapilon, who was believed to have been spotted in the area.

In an earlier press conference in Moscow, Lorenzana said that all the usual trappings of martial law would come with Duterte's recent declaration.

"All that should be done under martial law, we will implement – control of movement, searches and arrest of detained people, suspension of writ of habeas corpus," he said.

The President departed from Moscow at around 1:30 am Moscow time. He is scheduled to arrive in Manila at 4:30 pm, Manila time.

As of writing, Malacañang has not yet issued the document bearing Duterte's martial law declaration. – Rappler.com


Senate OKs work-from-home bill on final reading

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate has approved on third and final reading a measure to allow companies to offer a telecommuting program to its employees in efforts to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila and other urban cities.

With 22 affirmative votes, zero negative vote and zero abstention, Senate Bill No. 1363 or the Telecommuting Act of 2017 was passed on Monday, May 22. Senators Joel Villanueva and Cynthia Villar are authors of the measure. 

Telecommuting is defined by the bill as the partial or total substitution of computers or telecommunication technologies or both for the commute to work by employees.

Villanueva, chair of the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development and sponsor of SBN 1363, said the measure is also meant to ensure that home-based workers would have equal pay, leave benefits, and promotion as their counterparts in the office.

It also seeks to lessen the feelings of isolation of home-based workers from their office mates.

The neophyte senator pointed out that while telecommuting had started in the 1980s, especially in the fields of communication and architecture, only a few companies in the Philippines had adopted telecommuting.

He said his committee had looked into the “best practices” in telecommuting to ensure that more employers would adopt the program in their workplace.

Moreover, the proposed law would not be mandatory and instead give the employers the discretion on whether to offer telecommuting to their workers or not.

He, however, clarified that the bill would guarantee that any telecommuting program should not be less than the minimum labor standards set by law. He said that under the bill, employers would ensure that its home-based workers be given the same treatment as their peers in the office. 

Meanwhile, the Senate also passed on third and final reading a bill meant to bring 92 new areas, including six internationally-recognized natural sites, under the protection and management of the country’s landmark National Integrated and Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act.

Also with 22 affirmative votes, zero negative vote, and zero abstention, Senate Bill No. 1444, or the Expanded NIPAS Act of 2017 was passed. The measure was authored by senators Cynthia Villar, Loren Legarda, Francis Escudero, Nancy Binay, Juan Miguel Zubiri, and Joel Villanueva,

According to Villar, sponsor of SBN 1444 and chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, the bill seeks to amend Republic Act 7586 or the NIPAS Act of 1992, in order “to include more areas and to ensure greater protection for all protected areas.”

She pointed out that the NIPAS Act, first enacted in 1992, provides the legal framework for the establishment and management of protected areas in the country.

The senator noted that among the 92 new protected areas, six sites were internationally recognized and classified as ASEAN Heritage Sites: Mount Timpoong-Hibok-Hibok and Mount Iglit-Baco; Malaysia-Philippines Heritage Parks, Turtles Islands Heritage Protected Area; and Ramsar Sites Agusan Marsh, Olango Island and the Las Pinas Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA).

Provisions of the bill include the creation of ‘Protected Area Management Office’ for each of the protected areas, and the rationalization of the existing Protected Areas Management Board (PAMB), which will now include local government officials, indigenous peoples, non-government organizations, academic institutions and women.

The bill also seeks to uphold the recognition of Indigenous Community Conserved Areas. It would also allow the development of renewable energy resources of protected areas, as long as these are “subject to adoption of reduced impact technologies, Environmental Impact Assessment and such development is not detrimental to ecosystem functions and biodiversity.”

She said that the bill was meant to address the worsening cases of habitat loss, destruction and deterioration of many protected areas in the country.

The Philippines has been known as one of the 35 world’s biodiversity hotspots or “regions containing exceptional concentrations of plant endemism, but experiencing high rates of habitat loss”, Villar said.


Azer N. Parrocha, Philippine News Agency


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