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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France reports 441 new coronavirus deaths, total now 7,560

Published April 5, 2020, 5:12 AM By Agence France-Presse France on Saturday reported 441 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, lower than the record number of 588 the previous day. This brought the total to 7,560 deaths since the epidemic began, top health official Jerome Salomon told reporters. Of these, 5,532 died in hospital Related Posts…
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130 Hong Kong police to be quarantined after colleagues infected with COVID-19

Published April 5, 2020, 5:12 AM By Agence France-Presse About 130 of Hong Kong’s frontline riot police officers will be sent to quarantine camp after two of their colleagues were confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus, a police source told AFP late Saturday. People wearing face masks, amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus, commute…
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Turkey coronavirus deaths pass 500: health minister

Published April 5, 2020, 5:12 AM By Agence France-Presse Turkey’s death toll from coronavirus topped 500, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Saturday, while the number of cases reached nearly 24,000. Most of Turkey’s cases have been registered in the country’s economic capital Istanbul. The official figures released by Koca showed 76 more people had…
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Spain to extend lockdown, as deaths down for second day

Published April 5, 2020, 5:11 AM By Agence France-Presse Spain’s prime minister announced Saturday an extension of the country’s lockdown to combat the coronavirus, saying the measures are “bearing fruit” as the number of deaths fell for a second day in a row. A nationwide 15-day state of emergency was first announced on March 14…
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Greece extends virus lockdown by three weeks to April 27

Published April 5, 2020, 5:11 AM By Agence France-Presse Greece on Saturday announced a three-week extension to its coronavirus lockdown to April 27 as it reported nine more deaths. “Difficult weeks lie ahead… If we relax our efforts, the virus will destroy us,” Nikos Hardalias, deputy minister for civil protection, told a daily briefing. The…
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Transport of seeds hampered by various LGU checkpoints

MANILA, Philippines — Despite repeated appeals from national agencies to local government units (LGUs) to allow the movement of all goods and services related to food production, the country’s biggest seed organization reported that the transport of seeds continued to be hampered in various checkpoints, thereby delaying the start of the planting season. The Philippine…
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Faces of the News: Andrew Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has gained a great deal of political capital this week as he displayed clarity of thought in dealing with the coronavirus epidemic that has so far affected 102,863 in the state, more than a third of all 278,459 cases in the United States. Many Americans have begun calling him “crisis…
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Land Bank grants reprieve for PUV borrowers

The Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) has granted a 30-day grace period for all loans under its speed public utility vehicle (PUV) program. The bank announced the provisions as in line with the implementing rules and regulations of the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act. Under new conditions, those who availed of loans under…
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17 Pinoys in UK, Ireland contract COVID-19

At least 17 Filipinos in the United Kingdom and Ireland got sick with COVID-19, Philippine Ambassador Antonio Lagdameo said during the Laging Handa online news conference on Saturday. Ten of the 17 lived in the United Kingdom and four of them have died but the seven others are in Ireland. Lagdameo said there were 33…
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Fr. Johnny Go: ‘Don’t give up. Like Him, get up’

“The question on all our minds is: Will our bodies, like the Lord’s, like the over 400,000 as of today’s global count of confirmed COVID-19 (new coronavirus disease) cases, also take a fall?” writes Fr. Johnny Go, SJ, in the Third Station of the Cross, “Jesus falls,” in “The Way of the Cross in a…
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Leila de Lima’s lessons from three-year quarantine

Social (now physical) distancing. Flatten the curve. Self-quarantine. These are just some of the terms that have become ubiquitous as a result of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Globally, there have been 45,693 deaths and 900,306 cases (as of April 3) recorded in 206 countries or areas due to this pandemic. Experts say that cases…
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Sen. Migs Zubiri’s wife recounts lessons from the COVID-19 ordeal

The one person I knew who had been monitoring the coronavirus situation from the start was my husband Miguel. As soon as China announced it in the news, he began reading up on it and monitoring its rapid spread. He started calling for government preparations and practicing the recommended hygiene measures very early on. But…
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‘We may never understand why God had to take them both’

Doctors, we often forget, are human, too. Nurse Mavinelle “Mavs” Amoncio recalls the last days of Dr. Helen Tudtud in a heart-wrenching Facebook post. Last week, social media reeled from the news of the deaths of the doctor couple in Cebu City, who died of new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a few days apart from each…
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PH is the setting of next ‘Gundam’ anime

The Philippines is the location of the action in the next “Mobile Suit Gundam” anime. “Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway” will be released in Japan on July 23 by Bandai and animation studio Sunrise and is the latest installment in the iconic Japanese sci-fi franchise’s canonical Universal Century continuity, where the Earth Federation Space Force (EFSF)…
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UK PM Johnson’s pregnant fiance had COVID-19 symptoms but on the mend

Published April 5, 2020, 1:35 AM By Reuters LONDON – Carrie Symonds, the pregnant fiance of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said she had spent the past week in bed with symptoms of the novel coronavirus but after seven days of rest felt stronger and was on the mend. Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson and…
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Ukrainian doctors fly to Italy to help combat coronavirus

Published April 5, 2020, 1:24 AM By Reuters KIEV – Ukraine, which expects a sharp rise of coronavirus cases in the coming weeks, sent doctors to disease-hit Italy on Saturday to assist their Italian colleagues and to gain field experience. Ukrainian medical personnel board a plane, as they depart for Italy amid the coronavirus (COVID-19)…
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Trump says will ask Congress for more small business funds if money runs out

Published April 5, 2020, 1:15 AM By Reuters WASHINGTON  – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday he would ask Congress for more money to make loans to small businesses struggling with the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak if the original $349 billion allocated in a fiscal stimulus bill runs out. U.S. President Donald…
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Italy coronavirus death toll rises by 681, intensive care falls

Published April 5, 2020, 1:01 AM By Reuters MILAN  – The death toll from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy rose by 681 to 15,362, a somewhat lower rise than those seen in recent days, while the number of patients in intensive care fell for the first time, the Civil Protection Agency said on Saturday. Municipal…
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QC report: COVID-19 cases now 500; quarantine measures

Updated April 5, 2020, 1:25 AM By Chito Chavez  Records from the Department of Health (DOH) revealed that the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Quezon City (QC) has catapulted to 500 from the previous 476 as of 7:00 p.m. of April 4. The same DOH data disclosed that the total number of cases…
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 Innovation and ingenuity against COVID-19

Published April 5, 2020, 12:39 AM BETTER DAYS By SENATOR SONNY ANGARA Senator Sonny Angara Clearly, the COVID-19 outbreak is unfolding at a critical juncture in our nation’s history.  Thankfully, in the face of such a gargantuan crisis, Filipinos have reached deep within themselves to find ingenuous ways of rising to the challenge. Indeed, aside…
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PNP assures it understands the President’s order

Published April 5, 2020, 12:38 AM We welcome the reassuring words of Gen. Archie Gamboa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), who said  Thursday  that the PNP will not be out to shoot dead  those  who gather to protest the alleged lack of food in this time of quarantine,  such as in the demonstration…
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Slow burn

Published April 5, 2020, 12:23 AM  THROUGH UNTRUE By FR. ROLANDO V. DELA ROSA,O.P. Fr. Rolando V. Dela Rosa, O.P. The philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote in his Pensees: “Nothing is more intolerable than being unable to do anything, and having no work or diversion. In that situation, we feel nothing, empty, utterly dependent, and insufficient.This…
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Dying rights

Published April 5, 2020, 12:20 AM IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST By DR. JOSE PUJALTE, JR. “Adios, queridoss eres, morir es descansar” (Farewell to all I love; to die is to rest) — Jose Rizal (1861-1896) Philippines national hero “Mi Ultimo Adios” (1896) Dr. Jose Pujalte Jr. Johns Hopkins University is tracking the COVID-19 pandemic (https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html) The…
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Onion-skinned celeb prefers to sulk than promote her project

Resentful Artist (RA) didn’t bother showing up for a promotional event for her headlining project. Surprised by her inexplicable absence, a member of the creative team was left to face the disgruntled members of the press. Later on, the apologetic production staff said RA couldn’t make it to the event because she had an “emergency”…
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Memories of World War II-beleaguered Pangasinan and Gen. Douglas MacArthur; praying for former Senator Heherson Alvarez and wife Cecile

Published April 5, 2020, 12:16 AM PEACE-MAKER By FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER JOSE C. DE VENECIA JR. Jose C. De Venecia Jr. The atmosphere of fear and insecurity brought about by the dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic reminds this columnist of the World War II-beleaguered Pangasinan, my beloved home province. We were five years old when the…
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