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Lanao del Sur town mayor, 3 others survive ambush in Cagayan De Oro

MANILA, Philippines — The mayor of Lumbaca Unayan town in Lanao del Sur and his three companions were hurt after unidentified gunmen riding tandem on a motorcycle, shot them in Cagayan de Oro on Wednesday morning. In its initial report, the Police Regional Office 10 identified the victims as 60-year-old Somerado Guro, the mayor of…
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San Juan launches pop-up bike lanes

Published June 3, 2020, 3:58 PM By Dhel Nazario San Juan City launched on Wednesday its pop-up bike lanes as part of the new normal coinciding with the World Bike Day. Mayor Francis Zamora said the bike lanes were set up in cooperation with EDSA Evolution, to protect the frontliners and the rest of the…
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Beware of illegal sale of free learning materials, charging of webinar fees — DepEd

Published June 3, 2020, 3:56 PM By Merlina Hernando-Malipot The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday, June 3, issued a stern warning to those illegally selling its modules and learning materials online, as well as to those who collect charges for webinars that are supposedly free. DepEd Undersecretary for Administration Alain Pascua said that there…
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AirAsia resumes flights at Clark on June 5

Published June 3, 2020, 3:54 PM By Donna Rempillo CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga – AirAsia is set to gradually resume its services from Clark International Airport (CRK) starting on June 5, following the national government’s directive to ease the community quarantine in Metro Manila and several other parts of the country. The Inter-Agency Task Force…
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PhilHealth sets new benefit package for COVID-19 testing

Published June 3, 2020, 3:50 PM The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) announced the new rate of its benefit package for COVID-19 testing. The adjustment resulted from its continuing consultation with stakeholders and infectious disease experts, increased availability and affordability of testing kits in the market, and increased number of qualified facilities to do SARS-CoV-2…
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PNP deploys vehicles to assist stranded commuters

      THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday has started deploying buses and troop carrier trucks to assist commuters who struggle to get a ride considering the limited public transport systems allowed under general community quarantine (GCQ). Major General Dionardo Carlos, head of the PNP Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR), said 12…
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Pulong distributes face shields, food packs in Davao City

Published June 3, 2020, 3:49 PM By Ivy Tejano DAVAO CITY – The office of first district Rep. Paolo “Pulong” Duterte distributed more than 800 face shields to public markets here on Wednesday, June 3. Davao City 1st district Rep. Paolo Duterte(Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN) In a statement, Dutere’s office distributed the face shield…
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75 returning OFWs, local stranded individuals in Bacolod finish quarantine

Published June 3, 2020, 3:47 PM By Glazyl Y. Masculino BACOLOD City – Seventy-five returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and local stranded individuals (LSIs) were sent home last week after they were able to complete their mandatory 14-day quarantine here. (Photo courtesy of Councilor Cindy Tan-Rojas via Glayzl Masculino / MANILA BULLETIN) All the 22…
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New PDEA-2 director assumes post

Published June 3, 2020, 3:43 PM By Liezle Basa Inigo  CAGAYAN – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 2 Office has a new Director in Joel Balingan Plaza. (PDEA via Liezle Basa Inigo / MANILA BULLETIN) Prior to his appointment, Plaza was PDEA National Capital Region director. “As I assume my post as regional…
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Malacañang approves appointments of 26 prosecutors for DOJ

Published June 3, 2020, 3:43 PM By Jeffrey Damicog Malacañang has approved the appointments of 26 prosecutors at the Department of Justice (DOJ). Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday, June 3, revealed the names of the new appointments. This is the second set of appointments at the DOJ made by Malacanang within a week. Just…
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Metro Cebu doing well under GCQ – PRO-7 head

Published June 3, 2020, 3:40 PM By Calvin Cordova CEBU CITY — The top official of the Police Regional Office Central Visayas (PRO 7) said Metro Cebu has been generally peaceful since the implementation of the general community quarantine (GCQ). Police Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro observed how disciplined the Cebuanos were when it came…
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31 residents in Brgy. Baclaran, Parañaque test positive for COVID-19

Updated June 3, 2020, 3:38 PM By Jean Fernando Thirty one residents of Barangay Baclaran in Parañaque City tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This was after the city government initiated rapid testing during a three-day calibrated lockdown two weeks ago. Dr. Darius Sebastian, chief of CESU, reported that 31 out of 754…
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Protesters return to the streets as Trump decries ‘lowlifes’

WASHINGTON — Undeterred by curfews, protesters streamed back into the nation’s streets Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump pressed governors to put down the violence set off by George Floyd’s death and demanded that New York call up the National Guard to stop the “lowlifes and losers.” But most protests passed peacefully, and while there…
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6 more Cebu cops test positive for COVID-19

Published June 3, 2020, 3:31 PM By Calvin D. Cordova CEBU CITY — Six more policemen here tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Police Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro, chief of the Police Regional Office-Central Visayas (PRO 7), said the six policemen, who belong to the Cebu City Police Office (CPPO), have already…
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Likhaan calls for contributions of Filipiniana literature to build free online library

Published June 3, 2020, 3:31 PM By Gabriela Baron While libraries stay close, Likhaan, the University of the Philippine’s Institute of Creative Writing (UP ICW), is starting an initiative to build a free online Filipiniana library. (Likhaan) UP ICW is calling for contributions of published Filipiniana literature to build a free online library. Collected works…
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UPD sets up quarantine facility in gym

Published June 3, 2020, 3:30 PM By Rizal Obanil The University of the Philippines Diliman UPD has set up a quarantine facility in the gym. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, June 2, on UPD’s official page, it was said that mini-tents with mattresses and beddings were in place since June 1 for “coronavirus disease…
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Senators laud Duterte’s decision to halt termination of VFA

MANILA, Philippines — Several senators on Wednesday lauded the suspension of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) termination, with one lawmaker even underscoring the importance of the military accord between the Philippines and the United States amid Chinese intrusions in Philippine territory. “The President’s change of heart is a welcome development as far as defense and…
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Former exec pleads guilty to bribing son’s way into college

BOSTON — A former technology executive pleaded guilty Tuesday to paying $300,000 to bribe his son’s way into Georgetown University as a tennis recruit — even though the son didn’t play tennis. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston said Peter Dameris, 60, of Pacific Palisades, California, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit…
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Senate reduces standby fund to P140B

Published June 3, 2020, 3:28 PM By Vanne Elaine Terrazola Heeding the advice of government finance managers, senators have reduced their proposed standby fund for COVID-19 response under the “Bayanihan to Recover as One” bill. (Henzberg Austria/Senate PRIB) From P236 billion, the proposed standby fund would now be P140 billion, as they agreed during a…
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P17-M shipment of fake cigarettes from China seized anew at Port of Manila

Published June 3, 2020, 3:28 PM By Betheena Unite  A container filled with counterfeit cigarettes from China was uncovered at the Port of Manila Wednesday, the Bureau of Customs said. Several boxes containing fake Mighty and Marvels cigarettes worth P17.38 million were found in a shipment when Customs agents opened a container consigned to Mvetisery…
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House minority bloc opposes ‘swift passage’ of Anti-Terror Bill

MANILA, Philippines — The minority bloc in the House of Representatives has opposed the “swift passage” of the controversial Anti-Terror Bill, saying that members need more time to study the measure. The lawmakers filed on Tuesday House Resolution No. 944—a copy of which was given to the media on Wednesday—which expresses the opposition of the…
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Filipinos in India generally safe and secure — Bagatsing

Published June 3, 2020, 3:23 PM By Roy Mabasa Philippine Ambassador to New Delhi Ramon Bagatsing Jr. on Wednesday said Filipinos in India are generally “safe and secure” amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), except for a few stranded tourists, students, and seafarers. At the Laging Handa briefing, Bagatsing said the embassy…
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House minority bloc plans to file SC suit vs. ‘unconstitutional’ anti-terror bill

Updated June 3, 2020, 3:23 PM By Ellson Quismorio Citing alleged unconstitutional provisions, House Minority Leader Bienvenido “Benny” Abante Jr. said Wednesday that the bloc will challenge the controversial Anti-Terrorism Bill before the Supreme Court (SC) in the event it gets enacted. Rep. Bienvenido ‘Benny’ Abante Jr. (Facebook / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) “Yan…
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Las Pinas City gov’t continues implementation of curfew

Published June 3, 2020, 3:21 PM By Jean Fernando The Las Pinas City government reminded its residents that curfew hours from 8:00 p.m.. to 5:00 a.m. will remain in the city even Metro Manila was placed under general community quarantine. Mayor Imelda Aguilar reminded the residents not to be lax and must remain vigilant to…
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DND supports suspension of VFA abrogation

Published June 3, 2020, 3:21 PM By Martin Sadongdong The Department of National Defense (DND) on Wednesday, June 3, said it supports the decision of President Duterte to suspend the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, which would have taken effect in August of this year. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana…
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QC tallies 951 COVID-19 recovered patients, out of 2,236

Published June 3, 2020, 3:18 PM By Chito Chavez Fifty-one new novel coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) recoveries were recorded in Quezon City, upping its total to 951 with only one reported death bringing its tally to 182 as of 7 p.m. of June 2, the Quezon City Health Department (QCHD) said. During the same period, the…
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