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DOH to stop administering anti-HIV drugs lopinavir, ritonavir in COVID-19 treatment trials

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) will stop administering to hospitalized COVID-19 patients anti-HIV drugs lopinavir and ritonavir in its trials for the coronavirus disease treatment. This is after the World Health Organization announced it will discontinue its trials of the combination HIV drugs, along with malaria drug hydroxychloroquine after they failed to…
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WHO reports record single-day surge in global Covid-19 cases

COVID-19 CASES. Pedestrians walk past St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in New York, the United States, July 4, 2020. The Covid-19 cases in the US topped 2.8 million, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. (Xinhua/Wang Ying) GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday reported…
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Palace to ‘leave up to SC’ decision on fate of anti-terror law

MANILA, Philippines — Malacaang will leave the fate of the newly-signed anti-terror law up to the Supreme Court. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque on Sunday said the Palace will follow whatever the ruling of the High Court will be on the petitions filed that challenge the constitutionality of the new law. “The Palace will leave it…
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Slay of ex-rebel by ‘NPA’ hitmen in Surigao Sur condemned

BUTUAN CITY – Top officials of the Police Regional Office in Caraga Region (PRO-13) condemned the communist New People’s Army (NPA) for the alleged killing of a former rebel in Surigao del Sur. PRO-13 Public Information Officer Maj. Renel E. Serrano, in a statement Sunday, said Jojo S. Sabelino, 30, was gunned down by two…
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Another Pangasinan town logs first coronavirus case

CONTACT TRACING. The contact tracing team, together with the barangay health emergency team of Natividad, Pangasinan, prepares for contact tracing in Barangay Cacandungan on Saturday (July 4, 2020). The village is where the first Covid-19 case in the town resides. (Photo from the Facebook page of Natividad Mayor’s Office) NATIVIDAD, Pangasinan — A 29-year-old female…
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Anti-terror law abusive, needs cleansing, says Albay lawmaker

LEGAZPI CITY – Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman has labeled the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 or the anti-terror law as “abusive” and urged the Supreme Court to remove the numerous oppressive and unconstitutional provisions on it.   “Despite talk of fairness, no amount of assurance from law enforcement agencies that there would be no abuses because…
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3 OFWs among 5 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in Bataan

COVID-19 UPDATES. Three of the five new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Bataan are overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) based on the report of the Provincial Health Office on Saturday (July 4, 2020). This brought the total number of cases to 233 and active cases to 65. (Photo by 1Bataan) BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Governor Albert…
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Camarines Norte capital records first 2 COVID-19 cases

LEGAZPI CITY—Two electricians who arrived from Metro Manila on June 26, became the first two coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients in Daet, the capital town of Camarines Norte.   The workers, aged 27 and 37, first exhibited symptoms the day after their arrival.   Camarines Norte now has a total of 6COVID-19 cases, according to…
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‘Threat of COVID transmission may bar faithful anew from places of worship’

MANILA, Philippines — The faithful can still be barred from churches and other places of worship despite eased restrictions in general community quarantine (GCQ) areas should there be a “visible threat” of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmission.   Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Sunday said the purpose of allowing 10 percent attendance in religious gatherings…
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Baguio artist tops Miss Philippines Earth 2020 virtual pageant

MAKATI CITY, Philippines — Roxanne Allison Baeyens, an artist from Baguio City, was crowned 2020 Miss Philippines Earth in a virtual competition among 33 aspirants nationwide.   Baeyens bagged the top title in the purely virtual contest that was telecast on GMA 7 Sunday morning. She will be representing the country in the Miss Earth…
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Search and retrieval ops for 14 missing in Occidental Mindoro continue

MANILA, Philippines — Search and retrieval (SAR) operations for fourteen missing persons continued in Occidental Mindoro on Sunday, a week after a Filipino fishing vessel collided with Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship MV Vienna Wood. The Philippine Coast Guard said Sunday its search and retrieval team Mamburao is on the waters off Tayamaan, Mamburao. Meanwhile, BFP…
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PNP rebukes ‘erroneous’ report on Cebu-based journalist

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) lamented the “erroneous” reports by online news site Rappler that a Cebu-based journalist was detained amid the imposition of the strictest enhanced community quarantine measure (ECQ) in Cebu City. “The PNP deplored the disinformation published by online news website Rappler that police front-liners detained a local journalist in…
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DepEd secures NTC’s support for TV, radio-based education

MANILA – Committed to widening the access to education despite the pandemic, the Department of Education (DepEd) secured an ally in the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) to support television and radio-based learning delivery for the upcoming school year. DepEd, through the NTC headed by Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba, has requested television, radio and cable operators to…
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Singaporeans still advised to defer all travel abroad, minister says

JAKARTA — Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakhrisnan has rejected the Indonesian government’s request to reopen the city state’s borders to the tourist areas of Bintan and Batam in Riau Islands, which have been closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Indonesian Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitanphoned Balakhrisnan during the former’s visit…
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Seafarer is La Union town’s first COVID-19 patient

  DAGUPAN CITY – A 35 year-old seafarer from Tubao, La Union tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Saturday. In a statement, Tubao Mayor Jonalyn Fontanilla-Piayas said the patient was swab-tested in Pasay City on July 1. He is the first COVID-19 case in the town. Piayas ordered the lockdown of Purok…
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Indonesia’s Labuan Bajo offers free entry to tourist sites to lure visitors amid pandemic

JAKARTA — With the pandemic continuing to deter people from leaving the safety of their homes, tourist attractions in Labuan Bajo and other areas outside Komodo National Park in West Manggarai regency in East Nusa Tenggarawill offer free entryuntil July 31. Additionally, the administration implemented on Monday an online registration system for tourists seeking to…
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NoCot records first Covid-19 death

The Department of Health-Soccsksargen coronavirus disease 2019 situation report as of July 4, 2020. KIDAPAWAN CITY – The Department of Health (DOH)-Region 12 (Soccsksargen) on Saturday confirmed the first death of a coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patient from North Cotabato province. The patient is an 84-year-old Covid-19 patient from this city who tested positive on…
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Give new anti-terror law a chance: Lorenzana

National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (File photo) MANILA – Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Sunday urged the public to give the “much-needed” anti-terrorism law a chance. “It is a much-needed measure to clothe law enforcement agencies with the necessary power to contain and eradicate terrorists who don’t play by any rules…
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46 new infections bring PNP Covid-19 cases to 861

File photo MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported that 46 more police officers contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the total number of cases among its ranks to 861. As of Saturday evening, the PNP Health Service said that of new cases, 25 are from the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas; 19…
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N. Korea paper calls for following through with Kim’s order for ‘maximum alert’ vs virus

SEOUL — North Korea’s main newspaper called Sunday for carrying out leader Kim Jong-un’s order that the country exercise “maximum alert” against the coronavirus pandemic. Kim issued the order during a politburo meeting Thursday, warning that premature easing of anti-virus measures will lead to an “unimaginable and irretrievable crisis.” The appeal was seen as a…
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Touch The Sky: Kanye West announces 2020 presidential run

WASHINGTON, United States – Kanye West, the entertainment mogul who urges listeners in one song to “reach for the stars, so if you fall, you land on a cloud,” announced Saturday he is challenging Donald Trump for the US presidency in 2020.         “We must now realize the promise of America by…
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Palace expects ‘positive’ results from convalescent plasma study

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque MANILA – Malacañang on Saturday expressed optimism about the study on the convalescent plasma transfusion as treatment for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) would yield “positive results.” “We hope this study will yield positive results and be our country’s contribution to the global effort to develop Covid-19 treatment,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry…
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Taguig designates 'exercise safe zones' amid pandemic

EXERCISE SAFE ZONES. Personnel of the city government of Taguig gives away free masks and drinks to health enthusiasts at the Heritage Memorial Park on Saturday (June 4, 2020). The area is one of the designated “exercise safe zones” where residents can sweat it out under strict monitoring for health and safety protocols. (photo courtesy…
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Two dead, 16 feared dead in Japan heavy rain — media

TOKYO — Two people died and 16 others were feared dead, local media said Sunday after torrential rain in western Japan triggered massive floods and mudslides. A woman and a man in their 80s in different towns in the western Kumamoto region died in mudslides, according to national broadcaster NHK and other Japanese media, although…
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Independence Day marked by division on the streets of Washington

WASHINGTON — Demonstrators chanting “Black Lives Matter” exchange words with activists waving pro-Trump signs outside a fortified White House: America’s Independence Day was marked in Washington on Saturday by confrontation and disunity. As it struggles to contain the coronavirus and reckons with waves of protesters demanding racial justice, the United States is deeply polarized, with…
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Localized thunderstorms bring cloudy skies, isolated rains

MANILA – Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers will prevail over the archipelago due to localized thunderstorms, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Sunday. In its 4 a.m. forecast, PAGASA said the rain showers will mostly be in the afternoon and in the evening. Meanwhile, an Intertropical Convergence…
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Military on heightened alert in Maguindanao after BIFF attacks

COTABATO CITY — The military has heightened its security posture in Maguindanao province following two attacks allegedly perpetrated by Islamic State-linked militants. Lt. Colonel Anhouvic Atilano, speaking for the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said their commander, Major Gen. Diosdado Carreon, has placed all Army units in Maguindanao on heightened alert, ordering the deployment of more…
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Endangered wounded owl found in Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY—An environmental management graduate in Palawan province turned over to the local authorities a wounded adult spotted wood owl (Strix seloputo) on Saturday (July 4) after it was found on the ground in Aborlan town. The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), in a report issued Saturday afternoon, said that a certain Mylene…
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