June 3, 2009 / 1:03 AM / 10 years ago

PRESS DIGEST - Philippine newspapers - June 3

MANILA, June 3 (Reuters) - These are the leading stories in Manila newspapers on Wednesday. Reuters has not verified these stories.

- Eleven of the 21 confirmed cases of H1N1 flu infection in the Philippines have been discharged from hospitals, health officials said. (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER)

- Senator Manuel Villar, who is facing a senate investigation on allegations of conflict of interest, topped the list of presidential contenders for the May 2010 elections in a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations. (THE PHILIPPINE STAR, MALAYA)

- Allies of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the House of Representatives have adopted a measure seeking to convene Congress into a constituent assembly to amend the country’s constitution. (MALAYA, PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER, THE PHILIPPINE STAR)

BUSINESS

- Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Corp (003480.KS) will hire 24,000 more Filipino workers at its Subic and Misamis Oriental plants, the government said. (THE MANILA TIMES)

- Tax collections as a percentage of gross domestic product fell to 11.5 percent in the first quarter of the year from 12.9 percent in the same year ago period. (MALAYA, THE MANILA TIMES, PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER, THE PHILIPPINE STAR)

- American investment banking giant Merrill Lynch has scaled down its economic growth outlook for the Philippines this year to 1.4 percent from 3.1 percent following an anaemic first quarter output. (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER)

($1 = 47.35 Philippine pesos)

Reporting by Karen Lema

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