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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DOJ vows fair, prompt action on complaint vs. Pimentel

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III. (File photo) MANILA – The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday assured prompt action on the complaint filed by a lawyer against Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III for allegedly violating quarantine rules amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Speaking to newsmen, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said they had been…
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Solon calls for staggered lifting of Luzon-wide ECQ

Cebu City Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa. (File photo) MANILA – A lawmaker on Monday called for a staggered lifting of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) through the implementation of localized quarantines instead. Cebu City Representative Rodrigo Abellanosa made the appeal to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) saying the ongoing ECQ has brought…
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BAP urges public to be vigilant vs. phishing

MANILA — The Bankers Association of the Philippines (BAP) has urged the public to be vigilant against phishing activities especially now that some people rely on online transactions following the declaration of enhanced community quarantine in most parts of the country. In a statement, the BAP said it has learned that some people have received…
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Caraga now under enhanced community quarantine

ENHANCED QUARANTINE. Following the confirmation of the first case of 2019 coronavirus disease in Caraga Region, Governor Dale Corvera of Agusan del Norte, who chairs the Regional Development Council of Caraga and the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force on Covid-19, announces the declaration putting the entire region under the enhanced community quarantine. Health officials say the…
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Chinese medical team to observe COVID-19 hospitals, quarantine facilities in PH

MANILA, Philippines — The team of Chinese medical experts that recently arrived in the country will go around health care facilities catering to COVID-19 patients. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday said the Chinese specialists will visit COVID-19 referral hospitals, including the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City and Research Institute for…
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READ: Duterte’s 2nd weekly report on use of additional powers vs coronavirus

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has submitted to Congress on Monday the second report on his use of additional powers against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. The weeklyreportis part of the checks and balances measure under the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” which gaveDuterteadditional powers to address the health crisis. A joint…
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COVID-19 PH: Single-parent cops now exempted from frontline duties

MANILA, Philippines — Police officers who are single parents are now excused from frontline duties during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis in the country, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday. At the same time, only one spouse among couples within the PNP will be allowed to be deployed to the frontlines while the…
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‘Don’t bite hand that feeds you’: DENR asks staff to stop posting anti-gov’t views

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is discouraging its employees from posting negative remarks about the government on social media amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. In a memorandum dated April 5, 2020, a copy of which has circulated online, DENR directed its provincial, city, and regional heads to advise their…
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DOH reports 414 new Covid-19 cases

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported 414 new confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, bringing the total number to 3,660. In its 4 pm case bulletin, the DOH also said the number of patients who recovered from Covid-19 climbed to 73 but reported 11 new deaths, increasing the country’s death toll…
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DSWD disburses emergency fund to Region 11 LGUs

DAVAO CITY — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-11) has started downloading the emergency fund under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the government to support workers in the informal sector affected by the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. DSWD-11 Director Grace Subong on Monday said the agency has already downloaded funds to…
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Stocks rise, peso flat vs. USD

MANILA — Philippine stocks ended the week’s first trading day on a positive note while the peso finished flat against the US dollar despite uncertainties because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) gained 4.19 percent, or 223.84 points, to 5,570.81 points. All Shares rose 3.10 percent, or 101.09…
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BTr fully awards T-bills

National Treasurer Rosalia de Leon  MANILA – The Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) fully awarded all three tenors of Treasury bills (T-bills) Monday.  National Treasurer Rosalia de Leon said the rise of interest rates is within-expected range.   Rate of the 91-day debt paper rose to 3.413 percent from 3.024 percent when this tenor was awarded…
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BIR shuts down illegal cigarette maker in Clark ecozone

MANILA — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) said Monday it has padlocked a warehouse illegally manufacturing tobacco products inside the Clark Special Economic Zone in Pampanga where 1.65 million packs of cigarettes supposedly intended for export to Malaysia were seized by its strike team.  In a report to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, the…
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Solons call for ‘staggered lifting’ of lockdown, ECQ extension

MANILA, Philippines — While two congressmen backed the extension of the Luzon-wide community quarantine, a lawmaker from Cebu is appealing for a “staggered lifting” of the lockdown aimed to contain the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In a statement on Monday, Cebu City 2nd District Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa said the country’s COVID-19 inter-agency…
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Duterte to consider expert advice whether to extend or lift ECQ

File photo MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte will be considering expert advice in deciding whether to lift or extend the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to contain the spread of the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19). In a virtual presser on Monday, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Duterte will deliberate on the recommendation made by the…
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DOLE distributes P600-M assistance to nearly 200K workers

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello MANILA – Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello on Monday said almost 200,000 formal and informal workers received PHP600 million cash assistance from the government. In a Laging Handa briefing over PTV-4, Bello said workers affected by the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine to contain coronavirus disease (Covid-19) received one-time…
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DOH: Too early to say if trend of COVID-19 cases in PH going down

MANILA, Philippines — It is too early to tell if COVID-19 cases in the country are on a downtrend, the Department of Health said Monday, as it appealed for more time to determine if the situation is really easing. Health Secretary Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire noted during a virtual press briefing that the government has…
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DFA: Total COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos now 535

Published April 6, 2020, 8:13 PM By Roy Mabasa The Philippines has recorded 10 new cases of Filipinos abroad who have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the latest total number to 535 as of April 6. Based on the latest infographic released by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the 10 new cases involving Filipino…
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Trump sees limits of presidency in avoiding blame for virus

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is confronting the most dangerous crisis a U.S. leader has faced this century as the coronavirus spreads and a once-vibrant economy falters. As the turmoil deepens, the choices he makes in the critical weeks ahead will shape his reelection prospects, his legacy and the character of the nation. The early…
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SoCot hospital for Covid-19 PUIs now fully-functional

Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr., head of the South Cotabato Integrated Provincial Health Office. (PNA GenSan file photo) GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The South Cotabato provincial government opened on Sunday a dedicated hospital that will handle patients with suspected severe symptoms of the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Dr. Rogelio Aturdido, head of the South Cotabato Integrated…
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Zambo jail gives out relief goods to poor families

AID TO POOR FAMILIES. Bureau of Jail Management and Penology personnel assigned at the Zamboanga City Jail distribute food packs to poor families in Barangay Zone 1, Zamboanga City on Sunday (April 5, 2020). The aid seeks to cushion the impact of the enhanced community quarantine imposed to contain the 2019 coronavirus disease. (Photo courtesy…
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CDO pastor nabbed for defying quarantine rules to post bail

ARRESTED. Police officers escort Pastor Alfred Caslam out his church in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday (April 5, 2020) for defying quarantine protocols aimed to contain the spread of 2019 coronavirus disease. The church service was attended by around 500 people, breaching the physical distancing protocol. (Photo by Reynan Baylin/City Information Office) CAGAYAN DE…
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Faithful urged to observe Holy Week via online 'Visita Iglesia'

MANILA – The faithful can observe Holy Week practices through an online Visita Iglesia as the enhanced community quarantine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) remains in effect. Monsignor Pedro Quitorio, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Media Office director, said the online Church activity was introduced nine years ago to cater to Filipinos…
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Duterte won’t need to get retested for Covid-19

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo  MANILA – There won’t be a need for President Rodrigo Duterte to undergo a second round of testing for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), Malacañang said on Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte remains “fit and healthy” and does not exhibit any symptoms of Covid-19 such as colds, cough, fever, sore…
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Gov’t praises health workers days before Day of Valor

MANILA – The government praised health workers anew for working despite the constant threat to their lives posed by the 2019 coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), just days before the country commemorates the Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) on April 9. Cabinet Secretary and Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF)…
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BARMM LGUs use cutting-edge maps for Covid-19 emergency response

The administrative building of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao in Cotabato City. (Photo by BPI-BARMM) COTABATO CITY – Several local government units (LGUs) n Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao are now using thematic overlay maps as graphic indicators for 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) hotspots, among others. The new tools were made possible through…
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PH carriers add wings to PPE deliveries, to get 170,000 sets from China

MANILA, Philippines — Local carriers Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific this week will airlift at least 170,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) that the Philippine government had bought from China and direly needed by health workers in the fight against COVID-19. Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr, chief enforcer of the National Task Force COVID-19, said…
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