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Brgy 847 in Manila under 2-day hard lockdown starting June 1

MANILA, Philippines — Barangay (village) 847 in Manila will be under a 48-hour hard lockdown starting June 1 after the village recorded more than two confirmed cases of coronavirus disease COVID-19 infections, the city government said Saturday. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno signed Executive Order 24 which enforces a lockdown on Barangay 847 “as the city’s…
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EU urges Trump to rethink cutting funding to WHO

  WASHINGTON — The European Union on Saturday urged U.S. President Donald Trump to rethink his decision to cut American funding for the World Health Organization amid global criticism of the move, as spiking infection rates in India and elsewhere served as a reminder the global pandemic is far from contained.   Trump on Friday…
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Modi says India facing 'long' coronavirus battle: Live updates

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India is facing a “long battle” ahead in its efforts to defeat the pandemic as the country set a new record for daily coronavirus infections. United States President Donald Trump has said the US is “terminating” its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO), saying the agency has not…
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UPCAT 2020 results released

MANILA, Philippines — The University of the Philippines (UP) released on Saturday the list of passers of the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) for the Academic Year of 2020-2021, the university’s Office of the Student Regent said. “UPCAT 2020 results are now out! Iskolar ng Bayan, hinihintay ka na ng UP at bayan! (UP and…
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Waterspouts seen over Laguna de Bay

MANILA, Philippines — Over five waterspouts were seen over Laguna de Bay on Saturday afternoon, the Muntinlupa City government said Saturday. A video from Muntinlupa Councilor Arlene Hilapo, which was shared by the Muntinlupa government’s official Facebook page, show some waterspouts over the lake before vanishing. “5 buhawi sa aplaya Alabang sa Lawa ng Laguna!…
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Romania PM accused of breaking virus rules with birthday drinks

Romania’s Prime Minister Ludovic Orban has been accused of breaking his own government’s coronavirus restrictions after a picture emerged of him smoking and drinking inside his office with several cabinet members. In the smartphone photo, Orban is pictured smoking a cigarette surrounded by four cabinet members, none of whom are wearing masks or practicing social…
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DILG asks LGUs to ramp up efforts during GCQ

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Interior and Local Government asked local officials to ramp up their efforts as parts of the country prepare to shift to general community quarantine (GCQ) amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao said Saturday. Metro Manila will now be under GCQ starting June 1, nearly three months after the enhanced…
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SpaceX launch moving ahead, weather uncertain

  UNITED STATES — SpaceX’s historic first crewed mission to the International Space Station was set to proceed as scheduled on Saturday, NASA said, although uncertainty remained over weather conditions. “We are moving forward with launch today,” NASA chief Jim Bridenstine said in a tweet. “Weather challenges remain with a 50 percent chance of cancellation.”…
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DOH: PH COVID-19 cases reach 17,224 with 252 fresh cases

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has recorded a total of 17,224 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases but only 252 are recent or “fresh cases” of the disease, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday. Of the 17,224, the total reported cases were 590 with 338 “late cases” or backlog data from the DOH. The latest data…
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Iran announces collective prayers to restart nationwide

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani announced Saturday that collective prayers will resume in mosques, even as confirmed new coronavirus infections rise again after a decline. “It has been decided to open the mosques across the country… giving worshippers the chance to perform their daily prayers while respecting the required (hygiene) rules,” Rouhani said in a televised…
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Police, Army stop ICRC convoy on medical evacuation mission

DAVAO CITY—-Three vehicles of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on humanitarian evacuation mission were stopped at a police and Army checkpoint in Lianga, Surigao del Sur on Friday. Captain Al Anthony Pueblas, spokesman of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, said the convoy was “intercepted” in Barangay Payasan at around 10 a.m. “They…
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56-year-old health worker is 74th COVID-19 case in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY—A 56-year-old village health worker coordinator in San Jose town in Camarines Sur became the 74th case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Bicol on Saturday (May 30). According to the Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol, the woman tagged as Bicol#74 was a close contact of a nurse in Naga City. The nurse…
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Mandaluyong gov’t requires tricycle drivers to be tested for COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines — The Mandaluyong government has required tricycle drivers to test negative for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) before they will be allowed back on the city’s streets. In a statement on Friday night, the Mandaluyong Public Information Office (PIO) announced the protocol after more than 200 tricycle drivers tested positive for novel coronavirus, which…
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LOOK: Taguig architect creates new designs for post-COVID jeepneys

It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic will have a long-lasting effect on the country–and the rest of the world–and public transportation will not be returning to what it used to be anytime soon. Even if jeepneys will still not be allowed when Metro Manila enters a general community quarantine (GCQ) period starting June…
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8 health workers in Digos City infected with COVID-19

DIGOS CITY—Eight of the nine cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in this city are health workers, Mayor Josef Cagas disclosed. Cagas, in a statement, said the health workers are employees of the Davao del Sur provincial hospital. From only two, the city’s count of COVID-19 cases increased to nine on Friday. The additional…
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DND welcomes approval of anti-terror bill

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of National Defense, through Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, welcomed the approval through two House committees of a proposed bill that is seen to bolster the government’s anti-terrorism policies despite its controversies. The House Committees on Public Order and Safety and on National Defense and Security adopted on Friday Senate Bill 1083 or the…
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Fresh COVID-19 cases show ‘accurate picture’ of PH situation — DOH

MANILA, Philippines — The recent decrease in the recorded coronavirus disease (COVID-19) “fresh cases” in the country showed an accurate picture of the situation in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire issued the statement after 46 fresh cases were reported by the DOH on Friday. “Kung itong…
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Faster and more MRT-3 trains to serve commuters starting June 1

  MANILA, Philippines — As public transportation in general community quarantine (GCQ) areas is set to resume under a limited capacity, commuters can expect the MRT-3 line to have more trains that will also run faster starting June 1. “Dahilan sa nagawa na ho namin yung ibang mga rail replacement, mae-experience niyo na ho sa…
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CAAP clarifies: Wuhan flight that landed in Manila carried cargo, not passengers

MANILA, Philippines — The Saturday flight that came from Wuhan City in China’s Hubei Province did not carry any passenger but only transported cargo, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) clarified Saturday. “Only cargo flights are allowed to mount (between) China/Philippines/China. Royal Air flight that landed Naia (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) this afternoon…
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Bataan cop gunned down in Nueva Ecija

LICAB, Nueva Ecija —- A 40-year-old policeman was gunned down by an unidentified assailant here on Friday afternoon, the police said. The victim, whose rank was not immediately disclosed, was identified as Rodel Umengan, who was assigned to the Morong Police Station in Bataan but a resident of Barangay Sta. Maria here. Initial investigation said…
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Curfew hours to stay even during GCQ—Roque

MANILA, Philippines — Curfew hours will be maintained even as most areas in the country will be placed under a less stringent general community quarantine (GCQ) on June 1, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Saturday. “They remain,” Roque confirmed in a text message to INQUIRER.net when asked if curfew hours in GCQ areas will be…
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DENR: Environment Month celebrations to be held online

Published May 30, 2020, 6:08 PM By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz For the first time in three decades, the Philippines will be shifting to an all-digital celebration of Environment Month in light of the continuing threat posed by coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Saturday (May 30) said it has…
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Aurora journalist gets threat from alleged NPA rebel

CABANATUAN CITY —- A journalist in Aurora province was allegedly targeted for extortion by a man who claimed to be a rebel group member, police said. Jason Francisco de Asis, 46, a stringer for TV5 and Philippine News Agency (PNA), told the police that a certain “Kumander Dante” of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New…
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NBI assigns investigators to probe firm in overpricing allegations

Published May 30, 2020, 6:07 PM By Jeff Damicog The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has confirmed that investigators have been assigned to conduct a probe against a firm which President Duterte ordered investigated over allegations of selling overpriced test kits and equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) (MANILA BULLETIN) “Nasa…
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South Africa has virus testing backlog of nearly 100,000

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa says it has a backlog of nearly 100,000 unprocessed tests for the coronavirus, a striking example of the painful shortage of testing kits and reagents across Africa as cases steadily rise. “This challenge is caused by the limited availability of test kits globally,” the health ministry said in a statement overnight,…
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Mosques in Iran to resume daily prayers, president says

Updated May 30, 2020, 6:05 PM By Reuters DUBAI – Government employees went back to work in Iran on Saturday and President Hassan Rouhani said mosques are to resume daily prayers throughout the country, even though some areas are seeing high levels of coronavirus infections. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the opening ceremony of…
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Palace: No cash aid to be given in June as PH shifts to GCQ

MANILA, Philippines — There will be no financial assistance to given by the government to low-income families this June as the country shifts to more relaxed quarantine measures, Malacaang said Saturday. “Tong buwan ng Hunyo, dahil lahat na tayo ay nasa general community quarantine (GCQ) na ay wala pong ayuda (This month of June, because…
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Solon slams NGCP for demanding P3.2-B increase in billing

Published May 30, 2020, 6:01 PM By Ben Rosario Deputy Speaker and Laguna Rep. Dan Fernandez has decried as “unsconscionable” the move by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to demand a P3.2 billion increase in its billing for services this year. Congressman Dan Fernandez (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) Fernandez threw this criticism…
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