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3 Negros Occidental gov’t workers have COVID-19

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BACOLOD CITY —- Three more employees of the Negros Occidental provincial government have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said the newly infected personnel were from the offices of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and the Bids and Awards Committee at the Capitol, and the administrative office of the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.

At least 19 close contacts of the patients were swabbed for the COVID-19 test.

Diaz said a five-day closure of the provincial Capitol in Bacolod City has been recommended.

The three new COVID-19 cases bring to eight the number of provincial government employees who…

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Palace gives self pat on the back for ‘good job’ in containing virus transmission

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MANILA, Philippines — Malacaang on Wednesday insisted that government has done a “good job” in containing the community transmission of COVID-19 despite having a high population density among Southeast Asian countries.

The Philippines, which has an estimated 106 million population, now has the highest number of COVID-19 infections in Southeast Asia with nearly 140,000 cases.

“We do the best that we can. Number one, we recognize that there is continuing community transmission and I’d like to point out that we’ve actually done a good job at containing it somehow given that we have the highest population in Southeast Asia, and I’m talking about Metro Manila in particular,” Roque sai…

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Cops will face sanctions if found negligent in handling Echanis’ remains — Banac

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MANILA, Philippines — The police officers who have moved the remains of peace talks consultant Randall “Ka Randy” Echanis will face sanctions if there will be negligence found, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said Wednesday.

Banac said the proper identification of Echanis’ body should be settled first before turning over the remains to his relatives or family.

“Kailagan lamang i-settle, once nasettle na ito, kaagad na ire-raise na sa pamilya… Mahirap sa kalagayan ng PNP na kung sakali mag-claim later na Manuel Santiago, na pamilya niya, at ni-release ng PNP yung sa isang pamilya na si Randy Echanis. Mananagot din ang PNP sa kapabayaan, so pro…

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Around 380K private school learners transfer to public schools – DepEd exec

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MANILA, Philippines — Around 380,000 students have transferred from private institutions to public schools for the upcoming school year in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according to an official of the Department of Education (DepEd).

During Wednesday’s hearing of the Senate basic education committee, DepEd Undersecretary Nepomuceno Malaluan said the enrollment rate for private schools will likely not reach the level that it was last year.

Based on the latest figures from DepEd, over 1.56 million students have enrolled in private schools as of Wednesday morning. During the previous school year, there were over 4.3 million enrollees in private institution…

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Morales: Even Superman can’t resolve PhilHealth mess

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MANILA, Philippines — “Kahit si Superman paupuin mo dito, baka hindi n’ya kaya.”

(Even if you let Superman lead here, he might not be able to handle it.)

Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales has this to say as he explained Wednesday that it is not easy to fix alleged irregularities in the state insurance firm.

In an interview with ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo, Morales reiterated that PhilHealth is currently investigating 20,000 cases of alleged fraudulent transactions that involve P4.5 billion funds, as the firm faces separate investigations on corruption allegations.

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COVID-19 cases at the House of Representatives now 42

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MANILA, Philippines — Coronavirus disease cases at the House of Representatives have now reached 42 after two more personnel tested positive for the virus, Secretary-General Jose Luis Montales confirmed Wednesday.

Montales said the first new case is from the House committee on rules who reported for work from July 20 to August 5 and got tested after experiencing some symptoms including loss of sense of smell and decreased sense of taste.

The second case, meanwhile, is from the Grounds Maintenance Group who reported for work from July 20 to 30.

Montales said the second case came in close contact with a colleague who was earlier confirmed to be COVID-19 positive.

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Cartel member arrested in 2018 YouTube commentator killing

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MEXICO CITY — Prosecutors in southern Mexico said Tuesday they have arrested an alleged lieutenant of a drug gang for the 2018 murder of a YouTube commentator in Acapulco.

The Guerrero state prosecutors office said the suspect had once been the second in command of the Independent Cartel of Acapulco. The office identified the man only by his first names, Edgar Sal, in keeping with anti-incrimination rules.

The victim, Leslie Ann Pamela Montenegro, was known by her YouTube persona as “Nana Pelucas.”

Before her death, she had been threatened by a drug gang over her YouTube channel and its commentary on local events in the resort city. She was shot to death by men who walked into…

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Zarate withdraws ‘yes’ vote for ‘Better Normal Bill’

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MANILA, Philippines — Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate has withdrawn his “yes” vote for the passage of the “Better Normal Bill” that was recently approved by the House of Representatives.

In a letter to Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano dated August 11, Zarate formally requested the withdrawal of his support for House Bill No. 6864 or “An Act Establishing Public Health and Environmental Standards and Safeguards for the Better Normal in the Workplace, Public Spaces and Communities Toward a Sustainable Recovery from the Coronavirus Disease-19 Pandemic.”

“While we recognize that none of the old must remain as we face the aftermath of this pandemic, upon further scrutiny and assessmen…

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Health worker’s mom contracts COVID-19 in Olongapo City

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SAN ANTONIO, Zambales —- The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Olongapo City climbed to 62 after a health care worker infected her 61-year-old mother on Tuesday.

Mayor Rolen Paulino Jr. said the patient is from Barangay West Bajac Bajac.

“The patient has a history of fever associated with productive cough and shortness of breathing. She had a prior consultation with a private doctor and was given oral antibiotic and cough suppressant and was sent home,” Paulino said in a statement.

The patient was admitted to a hospital and swabbed on Aug. 9 after her symptoms progressed.

As of Tuesday, the city has 32 active COVID-19 cases, Paulino said.
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Palace: Difficult for Duterte to interfere in probe of Echanis’ death

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MANILA, Philippines— It will be hard for President Rodrigo Duterte to intervene in the probe on the death of peace talks consultant Randall “Randy” Echanis’ as he will just allow the investigation to continue, Malacaang said Wednesday.

This is according to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque who was asked if the President will heed the appeal of Echanis’ wife Erlinda for Duterte to intervene as the family and police fight over the consultant’s remains.

READ: Slain peace talks adviser’s kin, PNP in tug of war for body

“Well, it’s being investigated now. It’s not just a police investigation, it’s the NBI [National Bureau of Investigation] now through the Department of Justice,…

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Proposed free yearly medical check-up for Filipinos okayed by House panel

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MANILA, Philippines — The House committee on health approved Wednesday a proposed measure that would provide free annual medical check-up for Filipinos.

In an online hearing, the committee passed the substitute bill to House Bill No. 4092 or the “Free Annual Medical Check-Up Act of 2019” filed by Anakalusugan Partylist Rep. Mike Defensor.

Under the proposal, the free yearly medical check-up covers all Filipinos and shall include blood sugar and cholesterol tests, which can still be expanded subject to the funds of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).

If approved into law, the duration of availing the free medical check-up shall be for the whole calendar year.

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COVID-19 claims 20th life in Quezon province

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LUCENA CITY —- The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related deaths in Quezon province rose to 20 after another patient died in San Antonio town on Tuesday.

The local government of San Antonio reported on social media that the patient, an 18-year-old female from Barangay Del Valle, died in a hospital outside of the town.

The authorities gave no added details on the fatality.

The COVID-19 cases in Quezon, which is still under the modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), continued to rise with 24 new patients, bringing the total number of carriers to 568, according to the data from the Integrated Provincial Health Office.

At least 248 of them have recovered.

The tally of…

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Tourism competition drives Thai paper to brand PH as ‘land of COVID-19’ – Palace

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MANILA, Philippines — A Thai newspaper’s headline supposedly branding the Philippines as “land of COVID-19” was driven by the fierce tourism competition between the two Southeast Asian neighbors, Malacaang said Wednesday.

According to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, the statement made by a local newspaper, Thai Rath, is “motivated” by the Thai government’s struggle to woo tourists amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We are fierce competitors with Thailand when it comes to tourism. I’m sure that their statement that we are the land of COVID is also motivated by the fact that they are struggling to invite people to come to visit Thailand again,” Roque said in …

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DepEd: Enrollees for SY 2020-2021 reach more than 23 million

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MANILA, Philippines — Over 23 million learners have enrolled in both public and private schools for the upcoming School Year 2020-2021, the Department of Education (DepEd) reported Wednesday, less than two weeks before the reopening of classes on August 24.

Data from DepEd showed that 23.11 million students have enrolled as of Wednesday morning.

This is more than 83 percent of DepEd’s target of over 27 million, which was the number of enrollees last year.

Of the 23.11 million enrollees, more than 21.5 million enrolled in public schools while more than 1.56 million registered in private institutions.

The data includes those enrolled in kindergarten, elementary, junior hi…

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4 drug suspects fall in Camarines Sur, Albay stings

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LEGAZPI CITY —- Police arrested four suspected drug pushers in separate operations in Camarines Sur and Albay provinces on Tuesday night.

Colonel Roderico Roy Jr., director of Camarines Sur police, said Lincoln Garchitorena, 48, who ranked fifth among persons in the police drug watch list in Goa town, was collared in Barangay San Juan Bautista of the town at 8:50 p.m. Recovered from Garchitorena were six sachets of suspected “shabu” (crystal meth).

In Sipocot town, Christian Dinglasan, 29, and Raven Tiempo, 19, were caught after selling a sachet of shabu to undercover police in Barangay South Centro around 10:30 p.m. Confiscated from them was a sachet of shabu worth P500.

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‘Ako ay May Titi’: Children’s book aims to educate boys on genital care

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MANILA, Philippines — Local publishing house Lampara Books has recently published a new children’s book that seeks to educate young Filipino boys on the proper care of their private body parts.

Written by Genaro R. Gojo Cruz with illustrations by Beth Parrocha, the book titled “Ako ay May Titi” also aims to encourage more open discussion on “sensitive” topics such as the penis.

“Ang mga bagay na hindi alam ng mga bata ay hindi nila mapahahalagahan at maiingatan. Tulad ng mga mata na hindi dapat tusukin, at mga kamay na dapat laging hugasan, may mga iba pa tayong bahagi ng katawan na dapat kilalanin at bigyang pansin,” Lampara books wrote.

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Some hospitals upcasing non-coronavirus cases, says PhilHealth

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MANILA, Philippines —The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) said it received several reports that some hospitals are misreporting non-coronavirus cases as such, supposedly in a bid to claim higher reimbursement from the state insurer.

This was bared by PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales Wednesday in an interview with ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo, adding his assurance that the anti-fraud system of PhilHealth will continue to monitor such cases.

“Marami tayong reports ngayon na ‘yung hindi COVID, nirereport na COVID eh. Kunwari naaksidente o na-istroke, nirereport na COVID. Marami tayong nakukuhang balita na ganyan,” he said.

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Palace: Duterte willing to be ‘guinea pig’ for Russia vaccine, but it depends on PSG

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MANILA, Philippines — While President Rodrigo Duterte is willing to be the “guinea pig” for a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) developed by Russia, it will still depend on the permission of the Presidential Security Group (PSG), Malacaang said Wednesday.

The President has volunteered to be first to try Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine to see if it is safe for human use.

“It was perfectly fine for him to offer it because that’s his way of telling the people that ‘I want us to have a vaccine and if I have to be the guinea pig for it, I don’t mind’ because that’s the attitude of the President,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an interview over CNN Philippine…

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Palace on Russia virus vaccine: Good news but has to go through local process

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MANILA, Philippines — While Russia’s development of a vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is welcome news, the vaccine still has to go through a regulatory process in the Philippines before it can be utilized for mass inoculation, Malacaang said Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier announced Moscow has approved and registered a vaccine for COVID-19, which has now infected more than 20 million people and killed more than 738,000 globally.

According to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, the vaccine, which was developed in record time and has allegedly skipped a critical stage of its clinical trials, will have to go through studies of the Food and Drug …

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46 BI employees infected with COVID-19

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MANILA, Philippines — A total of 46 employees of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) so far, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente disclosed Wednesday.

Morente said that of the 46 cases, nine have already recovered while 37 are still in government-accredited quarantine facilities. No deaths have been reported so far.

The commissioner added that half of those infected are assigned at the BI main office in Intramuros, Manila while the rest are in other areas such as the international airports in Pasay City and Cebu City, and at the bureau’s satellite and extension offices in Metro Manila, among others.

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Russia vaccine claim faces scepticism as nations renew virus battle

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MOSCOW —Russia claimed Tuesday it has developed the world’s first vaccine offering “sustainable immunity” against the coronavirus, despite mounting scepticism about its effectiveness as fears grow over a second wave of infections across the globe.

President Vladimir Putin said the vaccine was safe and that one of his own daughters had received the inoculation, dubbed “Sputnik” after the pioneering 1950s Soviet satellite.

“I know that it is quite effective, that it gives sustainable immunity,” Putin said of the vaccine developed by the Gamaleya research institute in coordination with Moscow’s defence ministry.

Russia’s health ministry said though clinical trials were not ye…

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Tropical depression off northern Luzon may enter PAR as an LPA — Pagasa

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MANILA, Philippines — The tropical depression off northern Luzon may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) as a low-pressure area but will not affect the weather condition in the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Wednesday.

The weather disturbance was last spotted 1,740 kilometers east northeast of extreme northern Luzon, according to Pagasa’s 4 a.m. bulletin.

Moving westward at 20 kilometers per hour (kph), the tropical depression has maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

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New Zealand locks down all nursing homes after virus return

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AUCKLAND —New Zealand locked down nursing homes nationwide Wednesday after a 102-day streak without the coronavirus ended, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the outbreak could force her to postpone next month’s general election.

Ardern said authorities were scrambling to trace anyone who had been in contact with four Auckland residents who tested positive Tuesday, ending the dream run in which the virus had been contained at New Zealand’s borders.

A three-day stay-at-home order for Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest city with a population of 1.5 million, was announced on Tuesday night and went into force at lunchtime on Wednesday.

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Phivolcs records 11 quakes in Taal Volcano in last 24 hours

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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) has recorded 11 volcanic earthquakes in Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours as it maintains an alert level 1 status.

In its 8 a.m. bulletin on Wednesday, Phivolcs said “weak to moderate steaming of fumarolic activity” rising 20 meters high before diving northwest and southwest was observed from vents of the volcano’s main crater.

Alert level 1 means sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic earthquakes, minor ashfall, and lethal accumulations or expulsions of volcanic gas can occur and threaten areas within the Taal Volcano Island.

The Taal Volcano Network has recorded eight vo…

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Global threat of substandard mask amidst pandemic

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As of August 10, 2020, there are 19.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 700,000 deaths and counting. International Monetary Fund (IMF) considered the present circumstances as the “worst recession since the 1930s Great Depression,” according to the Forbes article. Yet despite the threat, the World Health Organization’s most basic advice for defense against […]

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China requires inbound travelers from PH to present COVID-19 negative result certificate

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MANILA, Philippines — Inbound travelers to China from the Philippines are now required to take a nucleic acid test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and present a negative result before they can be allowed to board the aircraft starting August 20.

In an advisory issued by the Chinese Embassy in Manila on Tuesday, it said travelers with inbound flights to China from the Philippines should first secure a nucleic acid test certificate with a negative result within five days prior to their flight.

This requirement, the embassy noted, is in accordance with the earlier announcement of Chinese authorities requiring travelers to mainland China to undergo a nucleic acid COVID-19 test…

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Ed Sheeran, wife Cherry Seaborn expecting first baby—reports

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MANILA, Philippines — English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran and his wife Cherry Seaborn are expecting their first child, reports said.

Seaborn is reportedly in the final stage of her pregnancy, a source close to the couple told online news platform The Sun.

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The couple was said to be rarely seen over the previous months while staying at their home in England’s Suffolk during the lockdown.

It was in December 2019 when Sheeran announced taking a break from touring and social media “to go out and see some more of the world.”

Sheeran and Seaborn were friends in high school. They started dating in 2015.

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