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PLDT: Duterte’s threats, intense competition caused overrun | The wRap

PLDT: Duterte’s threats, intense competition caused overrun | The wRap
The wRap highlights: PLDT, Zelenskiy, and Alex Eala

Today on Rappler – the latest news in the Philippines and around the world:

Embattled telco giant PLDT addresses questions about its P48-billion budget overrun. PLDT officials say the overspending occurred at a time when the company faced tirades from then-president Rodrigo Duterte and intense competition in the telco space.

Acting Bureau of Corrections Chief Gregorio Catapang says at least two inmates give sworn affidavits, detailing how suspended BuCor Director General Gerald Bantag allegedly stabbed them.

Budget airline Cebu Pacific welcomes the move of the Manila International Airport Authority to remove the initial security screening at the entrances of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport terminals.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, tells the US Congress the Ukraine war will shape the world for generations and no country can hope to be safe if it stands aside.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces the shortlists for the 2023 Oscars, leaving Philippines’ bet On The Job: The Missing 8 out of the running for the International Feature Film award.

Another Filipino artist makes it on a billboard on New York City’s Times Square! This time it’s Janine Berdin featured on an ad for Spotify’s EQUAL playlist.

Big things are coming for Alex Eala next year, as the Filipina tennis ace sees action in her first-ever professional Grand Slam tournament. — Rappler.com