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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Nearly 1,000 stranded Filipino cruise ship workers arrive in PH — DFA

MANILA, Philippines — Nearly a thousand stranded Filipino cruise ship workers were repatriated and arrived in the Philippines on Thursday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. According to the DFA, some 900 Filipino seafarers of the Norwegian Dawn and Star, and MSC Armonia, Meraviglia, Seaside, and Divina Cruise ships from Miami, Florida arrived at…
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COVID-19 task: DOH in search of bigger planes to transport nearly 1M PPE sets

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Health (DOH) is in search of planes bigger than the Philippine Air Force’s C-130 workhorses to transport more quickly the remaining sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) badly needed by health workers on the frontline of the fight against novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said on Thursday…
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DFA: 80 crew members of MV Diamond Princess have recovered from COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines — The 80 Filipino crew members of the MV Diamond Princess, which was docked at the Yokohama port in Japan, have successfully recovered from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Thursday. According to the latest data provided by the DFA, the crew members are part of the 121…
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Gov’t eyes start of massive COVID-19 PUIs, PUMs testing on April 14

MANILA, Philippines — The government is eyeing to start the massive testing of suspectedcoronavirus patients on April 14, National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr. said Thursday. In a press briefing, Galvez, the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process, said they are asking the Department of Health (DOH) to fast track the…
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Police will shoot if protesters resist, turn violent — DILG

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) clarified President Rodrigo Duterte’s “shoot-to-kill” directive against leftists and violators of quarantine protocols, saying that law enforcers will shoot if the violators will fight back. “Such kind of announcement has always a caveat that if a criminal is armed and the lawman’s life…
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Solons denounce PACC, NBI moves vs. Robredo, Vico Sotto

Published April 2, 2020, 8:32 PM By Ben Rosario Administration and opposition congressmen both decried today the move of the Philippine Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) to investigate Vice President Leni Robredo for allegedly soliciting donations aimed at undermining efforts of the Duterte administration to battle the COVID-19 public health threat. Lawmakers believe there is an air…
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Poe pushes gov’t agencies to act faster on aid distribution

Published April 2, 2020, 8:28 PM By Vanne Elaine Terrazola Senators on Thursday underscored the need for the immediate distribution of aid to poor families most affected by the strict quarantine rules to counter the novel coronavirus outbreak. Senator Grace Poe(FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) Senator Grace Poe said concerned government agencies could work round-the-clock so…
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Western Visayas hospitals receive 1.4K sets of PPE

PPE DONATIONS. The Office of Civil Defense in Western Visayas facilitates the distribution of personal protective equipment to Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City on Wednesday (April 1, 2020). Some 1,470 sets of PPE were distributed to 24 hospitals in Western Visayas. (Photo by OCD 6) ILOILO CITY – Twenty-four hospitals in Western Visayas are the…
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ARB groups in north Negros share resources amid Covid-19 crisis

ASSISTANCE. Member-agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB) of the Nazareth Farmworkers Association based in Barangay Purisima in Manapla, Negros Occidental prepare the essential goods and financial assistance distributed to its members and other ARBs in their area on March 26, 2020. Their group is among the organizations in northern Negros that have shared their resources to their members…
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Iloilo LGU eyes consultation by phone amid Covid-19 threat

PREVENTING INFECTION. Persons entering the municipality of Lambunao have to undergo disinfection as part of the measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019. The municipality as of Wednesday (April 1, 2020) has recorded two Covid-19 positive cases with one death. (Photo by Lambunao PNP) ILOILO CITY – The rural health unit (RHU) of the…
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The problem with army enforced lockdowns in the time of COVID-19

Soldiers and police patrol in Khayelitsha, South Africa, as authorities attempt to enforce a 21-day nationwide lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of the new coronavirus [Reuters/Mike Hutchings] There is a sketch doing the rounds on Twitter: Two people standing in the centre of a hallway, back towards one another, each struggling to push a…
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Medical experts from China to arrive in PH over the weekend — embassy

MANILA, Philippines — Twelve medical experts from China are set to arrive in the Philippines over the weekend to assist the government in responding to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the country, the Chinese Embassy in the Manila said. In a statement on Thursday, the embassy said the medical team from China will provide…
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WATCH: Sta. Ana hospital health workers serenade COVID-19 recoveries with Hotdog’s ‘Manila’

MANILA, Philippines — As five people successfully recovered from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the health care workers of Sta. Ana Hospital in Manila made sure that they had a send-off to remember on Thursday. The COVID-19 recovered patients were treated with a performance by the health workers, as they sang a rendition of Hotdog’s hit…
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Asian Hospital reports 11 total COVID-19 recoveries

Updated April 2, 2020, 8:19 PM By Jeffrey Damicog The Asian Hospital and Medical Center (MMC) on Thursday (April 2) said a total of 11 of its patients have recovered from COVID-19. The hospital reported on its Facebook page that as of 5 p.m. of April 1, 11 of its patients “improved or recovered from…
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Death came before COVID-19 test results for man in Tacloban

TACLOBAN CITY–A 51-year old man died at a hospital here on Wednesday (April 1) while waiting for results of tests that would show if he had novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Dr. Gloria Fabrigas, city health officer, said the patient died at 8:52 p.m. due to respiratory failure, citing the death certificate issued by the Eastern…
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DFA: 48 new COVID-19 cases among Filipinos overseas: PH ambassador falls to coronavirus

Published April 2, 2020, 8:03 PM By Roy Mabasa The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday reported 48 new cases of overseas Filipinos afflicted with COVID-19, even as it mourned the lone fatality in the latest tally, that of Philippine Ambassador to Beirut Bernardita Catalla. Department of Foreign Affairs (MANILA BULLETIN) Catalla succumbed to…
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Pro boxers, trainers ask to be included in govt's SAP aid

BAGUIO CITY – Professional boxers and their trainers are appealing to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III that they be included in the social amelioration program (SAP) with all fights either canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. In an open letter to the Secretary sent April…
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PACC not asking anyone to probe Robredo: Belgica

Commissioner Greco Belgica MANILA – The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is not asking any department to investigate Vice President Leni Robredo for supposedly competing with the national government’s efforts to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak. “(The) PACC is not asking anyone to investigate VP Leni Robredo,” its Commissioner Greco Belgica said in a…
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NegOcc conducts province-wide testing of PUIs

Photo courtesy of PIO Negros Occidental BACOLOD CITY – The Negros Occidental provincial government has deployed health personnel on Thursday to take swab samples of identified patients under investigation (PUIs) in various cities and municipalities across the province. A list released by the Provincial Incident Management Team (PIMT) Command Center showed that as of 1…
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Group warns against child abuses during ECQ enforcement

MANILA, Philippines — The Child Rights Network (CRN) warned Thursday on abuse against children while the government enforces quarantine protocols during the COVID-19 crisis. In a statement, the child rights groups called out local government officials’ “drastic measures” to keep residents in their homes. “Enforcement of drastic measures that aim to restrict people’s mobility, such…
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DOH: Three gov’t hospitals designated COVID-19 centers now operating

Published April 2, 2020, 7:50 PM By Analou De Vera The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday said the three hospitals designated as coronavirus disease (COVID-19) referral centers have already begun operations. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the Lung Center…
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Cotabato townsfolk rage against plan to turn hospital into COVID-19 quarantine site

COTABATO CITY–Residents of President Roxas town in Cotabato province barricaded the entrance of a government-run hospital on Wednesday to oppose the provincial government’s plan to convert it into an isolation facility for novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) patients. The protest came after the Sangguniang Bayan passed a resolution opposing the conversion of the New Cebu District…
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DPWH begins conversion of PICC tent into Covid-19 facility

CONVERSION BEGINS. Workers of the Department of Public Works and Highways unload materials for the conversion of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Forum Halls into a temporary facility for Covid-19 patients on Thursday (April 2, 2020). The agency said it eyes to operationalize the facility by next week. (Photo courtesy of DPWH) MANILA –…
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NBI to summon gov't execs over breach of quarantine rules

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte (left) and Senator Koko Pimentel (right). (File photo) MANILA – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Thursday said it is looking to summon various government officials over incidents in relation to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.  In a message to…
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Solon seeks two-week extension of quarantine in Luzon

MANILA, Philippines — Another lawmaker is seeking a two-week extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) imposed in the Luzon region amid the coronavirus pandemic. Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda, who chairs the House committee on ways and means, on Thursday said that a “premature lifting of the ECQ would not be good for…
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Spanish cops bust supermarket ‘bar’ for breaking virus ban

A Tenerife bar owner has been fined for violating Spain’s coronavirus lockdown by serving shoppers at a supermarket next door, police said Wednesday. Like other bars, restaurants and non-essential shops across Spain, his watering hole in Icod de Vinos, in the Canary Islands, was closed on March 14 when Spain declared a state of emergency…
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DepEd Region 1 reports COVID-19-related deaths of two learners

Updated April 2, 2020, 7:28 PM By Merlina Hernando-Malipot  Two Grade 7 learners in the Ilocos Region have died due to complications related to COVID-19, the Department of Education (DepEd)-Region 1 on Thursday confirmed. In a data sheet sent to the Manila Bulletin by Region 1 Chair of Regional Task Force COVID-19 Edilberto Abalos, it…
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