Duterte to promptly suspend, detain officials who will pocket COVID-19 funds
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Duterte to promptly suspend, detain officials who will pocket COVID-19 funds

President Duterte on Monday (March 30) warned officials who will embezzle funds meant for programs to combat coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that they will be promptly arrested and detained. In a taped message aired late Monday night, Duterte said those that will be reported to have misused parts of the P275-billion emergency funds will also…
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Agri chief assures rice supply not a problem
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Agri chief assures rice supply not a problem

Agriculture Secretary William D. Dar assured that the country’s rice supply at the end of March will be enough to feed Filipinos up to the next four months despite the lockdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). “With harvest already coming in, along with the steady arrival of imported rice, we expect no shortage of…
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Duterte pleads to Filipinos: Stay at home
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Duterte pleads to Filipinos: Stay at home

Like a father imploring obedience from his children, President Duterte asked Filipinos to follow the government’s advice to stay at home, as this will make or break the efforts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). “I repeat: Stay at home. Huwag matigas ang ulo. The outcome of this war depends largely…
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Malacanang tells Filipinos to be wary of fake news as Congress grants Duterte special powers

With Congress granting President Duterte the much-needed special powers to better tackle the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-2019), Malacanang asked Filipinos to be on guard against people who are out to sow disorder and undermine government efforts by circulating fake news through social media. “Once again, we urge our countrymen to be wary of…
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UP-NIH just saved the day for Filipinos
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UP-NIH just saved the day for Filipinos

Filipinos should be thanking the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of  Health (UP-NIH) for successfully developing the test kits for the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) just as the world is starting to see a supply shortage amid the spread of the disease to over 100 countries. The announcement made by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…
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Humility produces instant results
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OPINION: Humility produces instant results

Even a giant should practice humility. This was probably the lesson learned by ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ broadcast giant, as the company’s management finally opted to apologize to President Duterte instead of playing hardball with the Chief Executive that has already jeopardized the network’s very existence. During the Senate hearing on the Kapamilya network’s franchise renewal last…
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Let’s #PrayForChina, let’s pray for humanity
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EDITORIAL: Let’s #PrayForChina, let’s pray for humanity

Twitter’s trending topic #PrayForChina since the afternoon of January 31 just showed anew how compassionate and godly the Filipinos are. Yes, every Filipino is afraid of the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD). Some called for a ban against Chinese nationals. Some even cursed and badmouthed the Chinese. Some even used the issue to…
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Curfew in Mecca, Medina extended to 24 hours over coronavirus

Saudi Arabia has recorded 1,885 infections and 21 deaths, the most in the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council [Ganoo Essa/Reuters] Saudi Arabia has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, extending measures to combat the novel coronavirus, while other Gulf Arab states locked down districts with large migrant worker populations.…
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Philippines ambassador to Lebanon dies of COVID-19

The Philippine department of foreign affairs expressed ‘deep sadness’ on the death of Bernardita Catalla [Anthony Wallace/AFP] Beirut, Lebanon – The Philippine ambassador to Lebanon, Bernardita Catalla, a strong defender of the rights of Filipino domestic workers in Lebanon, has died at the age of 62 from complications arising from the coronavirus infection. A statement…
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COVID-19 cases and deaths rising, debt relief needed for poorest nations – WHO

Published April 3, 2020, 12:05 AM By Reuters GENEVA, Switzerland – The head of the World Health Organization voiced deep concern on Wednesday about the rapid escalation and global spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases from the new coronavirus, which has now reached 205 countries and territories. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that his…
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Business bats for selective quarantine

Our goal is to reduce the total number of lives lost – Concepcion Published April 3, 2020, 12:01 AM By Ben Rosario Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion has proposed an extension of two more weeks of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as the country prepares to progress into a “new normal” phase of living, notwithstanding…
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Senate minority bloc deplores ‘early politicking’

Published April 2, 2020, 11:59 PM By Hannah Torregoza “Go away,” opposition senators led by Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon on Thursday told politicians exploiting the country’s precarious situation as it battles the COVID-19 virus to advance their political agenda. Senate of the Philippines (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Drilon and senators Francis Pangilinan and Risa…
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COVID-19 cases in Manila now at 127

  MANILA, Philippines — Eleven new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases have been recorded in Manila, bringing the latest number to 127.   Of the total COVID-19 cases, 19 succumbed to the disease while 10 managed to recover, data from the Manila Public Information showed Thursday.   All areas in Manila have recorded confirmed COVID-19, the…
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SC: No date yet for release of 2019 bar exams results

Published April 2, 2020, 11:18 PM By Rey Panaligan The Supreme Court (SC) has yet to determine and announce the date of the release of the results of the 2019 bar examinations, Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas Bernabe, chair of the bar examinations committee, said on Thursday afternoon (April 2). Supreme Court of the Philippines…
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Manila passes ‘Anti COVID-19 Discrimination’ ordinance

  MANILA, Philippines — The local government of Manila on Thursday passed an ordinance punishing those who would discriminate against persons found positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), individuals under monitoring or investigation and frontliners fighting the disease. Mayor Isko Moreno signed Ordinance No. 8624, or the “Anti COVID-19 Discrimination Ordinance of 2020.” The local law…
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Bong Go denounces latest black propaganda on social media

  MANILA, Philippines — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Thursday, April 2, strongly denounced the malicious and false claims that have been circulating around social media. Government agencies and private entities mentioned in the false narratives also condemned the orchestrated black propaganda being spread while the country is already burdened by the COVID-19 health…
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Go says anyone is welcome to help in fight vs COVID-19

      MANILA, Philippines — In saying that anyone should be welcome to contribute in the country’s fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Senator Christopher “Bong” Go told officials who are not helping combat the crisis to just “quarantine your mouth.”   Go, long-time aide of President Rodrigo Duterte, issued this pronouncement after a…
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Thailand imposes nationwide curfew to curb coronavirus

Published April 2, 2020, 10:58 PM By Reuters Thailand will impose a nationwide night curfew from Friday to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the prime minister said on Thursday, adding that people had to adapt to survive. The 10 p.m.-4 a.m. curfew, which will run indefinitely, is the latest measure by the…
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Putin extends Russia’s non-working period up to April 30 over coronavirus

Published April 2, 2020, 10:54 PM By Reuters President Vladimir Putin on Thursday prolonged until April 30 a non-working period declared across Russia to try and stem the spread of the coronavirus. Putin declared this week non-working in a televised address on Wednesday last week. Days later, Moscow announced a partial lockdown, ordering the capital’s…
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Kill the virus, not democracy – EU tells Hungary

Published April 2, 2020, 10:51 PM By Reuters The European Commission told Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday that emergency powers he has assumed to combat the coronavirus outbreak risk upending democracy and must be subject to proper parliamentary and media scrutiny. On Monday, Orban secured an open-ended right to rule by executive decree.…
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India’s stranded migrant workers struggle under virus lockdown

Published April 2, 2020, 10:47 PM By Reuters India’s 21-day lockdown to fight the coronavirus has left hundreds of migrant workers stranded in Mumbai, with no money, little food and even fewer options of leaving their squalid makeshift accommodation soon. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the lockdown, tens of thousands of migrant workers crammed…
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China fears second wave of COVID-19 outbreak

About 600,000 Chinese people have been locked down after new coronavirus infections were reported near Hubei province, where the outbreak began. The discovery in a county in Henan province has further raised fears of a second wave of infections. While in the Philippines, the president has ordered soldiers and the police to shoot anyone who…
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PCG inspects over 2,000 vessels to prevent COVID-19 spread

Published April 2, 2020, 10:36 PM By Betheena Kae Unite More than 2,000 vessels were inspected by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in the past two days to screen onboard crew members in order to ensure that the spread of COVID-19 in watercrafts is prevented. (MANILA BULLETIN) Coast Guard’s Task Group Laban COVID-19 Water Cluster…
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Latest patient brings number of COVID-19 cases in Cebu to 29

      CEBU CITY — Another patient in Cebu City tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in Cebu to 29. In its latest report released on Thursday evening, the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) said the new case involved a 42-year-old man with mild symptoms and is on…
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Vico Sotto replies to NBI, asks for clarification

MANILA, Philippines — Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto on Thursday said he responded to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) through a letter, asking for clarifications on his alleged violations on the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. On Wednesday night, the NBI ordered Sotto to answer his alleged violations on the government’s quarantine protocols. “I…
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Zambo agri office provides vegetable seeds amid Covid-19 crisis

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The city government is distributing vegetable seeds to encourage residents to grow vegetables as a source of food amid the enhanced community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis. City Agriculturist Carmencita Sanchez said the city government has allotted PHP5 million for the program and so far, 1,000 families have…
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GenSan steps up tracking of Davao cockfight attendees

The city hall building of General Santos City. (PNA GenSan file photo) GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Health personnel here have stepped up the tracking of cockfighting aficionados from this city who joined a derby in Davao City last month that has already been linked to at least three deaths due to confirmed infections of the…
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Cotabato City to implement ban on public utility vehicles

The Cotabato City Hall. (PNA Cotabato file photo) COTABATO CITY – Operations of all public transport here will temporarily be suspended starting Friday as two more persons have tested positive of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Rolen Balquin, city public safety officer, said that public utility vehicles prohibited to ply the streets here include jeepneys,…
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Zambo Sur’s 3rd Covid-19 patient is 7-year-old

THIRD CONFIRMED CASE. Dr. Anatalio Cagampang, Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center chief (center), announces on Wednesday (April 1, 2020) that the province has a third confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) based on the result from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. To his left is Zamboanga del Sur Governor Victor Yu and Dr.…
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Fishermen urged not to avoid PCG health protocol screening before and after fishing

Published April 2, 2020, 10:21 PM By Betheena Unite Fishermen were urged not to avoid health protocol implemented by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) before and after their fishing venture. (MANILA BULLETIN) The PCG made the call Thursday after three fishers avoided the Task Group Laban COVID-19 Water Cluster manning off Napindan Channel. “Kinakailangan po…
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