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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6 evacuation centers turned into quarantine hubs in C. Luzon

TEMPORARY COVID-19 FACILITY. One of the six evacuation centers constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Central Luzon that are being readied for use as temporary holding facilities for Covid-19 patients. These facilities are located in Talavera in Nueva Ecija, Dingalan in Aurora, Mexico and Lubao in Pampanga, and Castillejos and Botolan…
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RMSC quarantine area ready to house Covid-19 patients

QUARANTINE AREA. Photo shows a quarantine area for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients inside the Ninoy Aquino Stadium of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate. The sports venue has been converted into a 120-bed quarantine facility. (Photo courtesy of NTF against Covid-19) MANILA – The Ninoy Aquino Stadium (NAS) inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex…
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Duterte ‘agrees’ with Remulla’s appeal to include middle class in emergency aid

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said he agreed with Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla’s claim that middle-class families would also need the government’s emergency subsidy during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter to Duterte, Remulla described the pandemic as ” a time of crisis for everyone” and “not just the poorest of…
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Duterte ‘inclined’ to extend Luzon-wide quarantine until April 30

MANILA, Philippines — The Duterte administration is inclined to extend the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine until April 30 as the government continues to grapple with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte said in a televised address on Monday. “If you really want to know, we have discussed it actually even before this, we…
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Duterte seeks more funds for COVID-19 response as P270B ‘not enough’

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte asked Finance Secretary Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez III on Monday evening to look for more sources of funds, saying that the P270-billion budget the government had set aside for COVID-19 response was “not enough.” In a televised address, he noted that P100 billion for one month or P 270 billion…
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Gov’t to release livelihood assistance grant on or before April 14

MANILA, Philippines — The government will release funds under the Livelihood Assistance Grant (LAG) on or before April 14 which may be used by beneficiaries as capital to start up a new small business to help tide them over the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. President Rodrigo Duterte, in his second weekly report on the…
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Financial aid to LGUs to be released soon by DBM

MANILA, Philippines— A financial assistance for local government units’ (LGUs) measures in combating the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will soon be released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). This was according to President Rodrigo Duterte’s second weekly report to Congress as mandated by the Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan To Heal As…
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City mayors seek DSWD clarification on subsidy guidelines

CLARIFICATION. Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia, national president of the League of Cities of the Philippines, is asking the Department of Social Welfare and Development to issue an official statement on the guidelines for the release of government financial assistance amid the Covid-19 crisis. The LCP is “deeply concerned of the growing perception through the…
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11 Covid-19 patients recover in Central Visayas

RECOVERED COVID-19 PATIENTS. Department of Health (DOH-7) Regional Director Jaime Bernadas (left) answers queries from Cebu media in a press conference last March 24, 2020. Bernadas said on Sunday (April 5, 2020) that the number of patients from Central Visayas who have recovered from Covid-19 rose to 11 after four individuals were tested negative. (PNA…
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Over 12K private workers in C. Luzon to get cash aid from DOLE

AID TO PRIVATE WORKERS. A total of 12,615 workers from the private sector in Central Luzon will receive P5,000 financial assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. This is under the DOLE’s Covid-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP). (Photo courtesy of DOLE Region…
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2 Covid-19 patients die in Lucena

LUCENA CITY — Two of the 13 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Quezon province have died, according to information released by the Provincial Information Office on Monday. The two mortalities are a 55-year-old male from Candelaria town, with history of travel to Laguna; and a 79-year-old male from Unisan town who had traveled to Lucena.…
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Monitoring of cops with Covid-19 continuous: PNP

PNP chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa. (File photo) MANILA – The Philippine National Police on Monday assured continuous monitoring of police officers who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). PNP chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa said the number of Covid-19 cases in the police force has reached 19, with two deaths and two cases of…
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1st Covid-19 death recorded in Bicol as 4 patients recover

Dr. Ernie Vera, DOH-Bicol  regional director and Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging and Infectious Diseases chairman. (PNA file photo)  LEGAZPI CITY — The Department of Health (DOH)-Bicol said four new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients in the region have recovered and tested negative of the viral illness. However, one patient has died. Dr. Ernie Vera, DOH-Bicol regional…
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Number of suspect Covid-19 cases in NegOr drops

DUMAGUETE CITY – The number of suspected cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in Negros Oriental has seen a slight drop in recent days, according to authorities here. At a press conference Monday morning by the Inter-agency Task Force on Covid-19, Governor Roel Degamo said he is happy to see the numbers dropping and…
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4Ps beneficiaries in C. Visayas get emergency subsidy

SOCIAL AMELIORATION. A staff of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-Central Visayas supervises the withdrawal of the emergency cash subsidy by Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries in the City of Carcar, Cebu on Saturday (April 4, 2020). Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, on Monday (April 6,…
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Testing times for India in race to head off coronavirus epidemic

Published April 6, 2020, 9:48 PM By Reuters NEW DELHI – India, like a lot of countries plunged into crisis by the pandemic, is struggling to ramp up testing for the coronavirus, but in few places would the odds of containing the disease appear so bleak should domestic transmission start to multiply. A worker wearing…
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PH now has 10 labs for coronavirus testing

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines now has 10 laboratories that can conduct testing for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said that as laboratories that are in full implementation for COVID-19 testing as of 2 p.m. April 6 are the following: -Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City (900…
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Mormon church to open first temple in mainland China

Published April 6, 2020, 9:29 PM By Reuters The Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon church, plans to open its first temple in mainland China at a time when Beijing has been clamping down steadily on religious freedoms. A flag flies at half mask outside the world headquarters…
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Ivory Coast police clash with protesters over coronavirus test centre

Published April 6, 2020, 9:23 PM By Reuters ABIDJAN – Ivory Coast police on Monday clashed with protesters who had begun dismantling a half-built coronavirus testing centre, afraid that people using the facility would spread the epidemic through their district. Residents protest after ransacking a half-built makeshift hospital for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment, as…
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Pakistan police clash with doctors protesting lack of virus protection gear

Published April 6, 2020, 9:19 PM By Reuters QUETTA, Pakistan – Riot police wielding batons used force to break up a protest by Pakistani doctors and medical staff against a lack of gear to protect against coronavirus, arresting dozens of medics who say the government has failed to deliver promised supplies. A police officer detains…
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Police nab ‘doctor’, live-in partner for selling overpriced medical gear

  MANILA, Philippines — Authorities have arrested a woman posing as a doctor and her live-in partner in Cavite province for selling overpriced and unregistered thermal gun scanners and surgical masks made in China. The Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) identified the suspects as Tristan Joy Calip, 35, an event host/organizer and a…
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SMC efforts to help in Covid-19 fight reach P877.8-M to date

MANILA — Donations from San Miguel Corporation (SMC) to the nationwide effort to manage the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on the country has reached PHP877.8 million, including a personal donation of PHP100 million from its president, Ramon Ang. “We are reporting on our progress so that people will be assured that help is…
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More assets vs. Covid-19 with deferment of int'l events: Navy

MANILA – The Philippine Navy’s (PN) decision to defer participation in various international events set for this year will allow its deployment of more assets to help the government’s efforts in mitigating the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “With the deferment of this international gathering, the PN is geared toward maximizing its capabilities…
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PNP forms task force on admin support for front-liner cops

Quarantine checkpoint at the Marikina-Cainta, Rizal boundary. (PNA photo by Joey Razon) MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it has created a task force that focuses on providing administrative support to police officers implementing the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. “Ang aking pinangangasiwaan ngayon yung actual operations para ma-implement lahat ng…
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Cayetano appeals to public: Help COVID-19 patients, don’t discriminate against frontliners

Published April 6, 2020, 9:09 PM By Charissa Luci-Atienza Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano appealed on Monday (April 6) to communities with confirmed COVID-19 cases to exhaust all means to ensure that food and medicine will be delivered to the homes of residents who tested positive for coronavirus disease. House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano (Alan Peter…
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