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Philippine casino operator Okada Manila lays off over 1,000 staff

MANILA — Philippine integrated resort and casino Okada Manila will retrench more than 1,000 employees next month, citing severe losses triggered by the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.

Okada, along with other casinos in the country, has been closed since mid-March as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the virus known as COVID-19.

“Not having any revenue since the lockdown has been financially draining and caused severe losses to the company, and if this is not addressed, its losses will pile up,” company President Takashi Oya said in a letter to staff on Tuesday.

The Philippines is weighing whether to

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Okada Manila to lay off over 1,000 casino staff

MANILA — Philippine integrated resort and casino Okada Manila will retrench more than 1,000 employees next month, citing severe losses triggered by the ongoing coronavirus lockdown.

Okada, along with other casinos in the country, has been closed since mid-March as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the virus known as COVID-19.

“Not having any revenue since the lockdown has been financially draining and caused severe losses to the company, and if this is not addressed, its losses will pile up,” company President Takashi Oya said in a letter to staff on Tuesday.

The Philippines is weighing whether to

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New South China Sea tensions rattle Manila and Hanoi amid pandemic

MANILA — While sailing toward the Philippine-occupied Commodore Reef in the South China Sea, a Philippine Navy vessel spotted a gray ship and made radio contact. The response was blunt.

“The Chinese government has immutable sovereignty over the South China Sea, its islands and its adjacent waters.”

The gray ship belonging China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy directed its fire control radar at the Philippine vessel, indicating “hostile intent,” according to the Philippine Navy.

The encounter, which ended peacefully and was belatedly disclosed by the Philippine government on Thursday, took place on Feb. 17 while the coronavirus crisis was engulfing China.

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