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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Vietnamese hat seller turns to homemade face shields in virus fight

Updated April 6, 2020, 8:01 PM By Reuters HANOI – For nearly three decades, Quach My Linh has sold hats at Ba Chieu market in Vietnam’s bustling Ho Chi Minh City. But following a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the 42-year-old vendor has turned to making plastic face shields for frontline…
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Germany draws up plans to end lockdown after April 19

Published April 6, 2020, 7:58 PM By Reuters BERLIN – Germany has drawn up a list of measures, including an obligation to wear masks in public, limits on public gatherings and the rapid tracing of infection chains, that officials think should allow life to return to normal after lockdown’s scheduled end on April 19. An…
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DOH records 414 new COVID-19 cases, total in PH now 3,660

Published April 6, 2020, 7:56 PM By Betheena Kae Unite The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines jumped to 3,660 Monday after the Department of Health reported 414 new cases, 11 deaths, and nine new recoveries. The total number of patients who died of the disease is now at 163 while the number…
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PNP gears up for imminent extension of Luzon-wide quarantine

MANILA, Philippines — Even if the government has yet to decide on the extension or expansion of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday it is already preparing for such a probability. According to PNP,among its preparations is the creation of the PNP Administrative Support to COVID-19 Operations Task Force…
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Global coronavirus death toll tops 70,000

Published April 6, 2020, 7:33 PM By Agence France-Presse The new coronavirus has killed more than 70,000 people across the globe, the majority in Europe, according to an AFP tally Monday at 1100 GMT. Out of a total of 70,009 killed in the pandemic, 50,215 are in Europe, according to figures compiled from official government…
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CDO enforces house-to-house survey to track possible COVID-19 carriers

  MANILA, Philippines — The city government of Cagayan Oro has started conducting a “house-to-house survey” to trace and immediately isolate possible COVID-19 carriers. Since April 3, the City Health Office (CHO) has so far checked over 3,000 of the city’s 160,000 households. Of the number, they tracked 53 people with flu-like symptoms and respiratory…
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Police arrest 32 fake news peddlers

      AUTHORITIES arrested 32 persons allegedly involved in the proliferation of false information about the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group said the 32 arrested suspects were charged for violating Unlawful Use of Means of Publication and Unlawful Utterances under Article 154 of the Revised Penal Code as Amended…
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RedDoorz to offer free lodging to health workers in Manila

MANILA — RedDoorz, an online hotel management and booking platform, has forged a partnership with the Department of Tourism and the city government of Manila in providing temporary free accommodation to healthcare workers. Under its “Red Heroes” initiative, RedDoorz aims to provide a place to stay and rest for the front-liners as they attend to…
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Iloilo City gets P7.1-M donation to boost fight vs Covid-19

PREP VS COVID. Iloilo City, through Mayor Jerry Trenas, on Monday (April 6, 2020) receives PHP7.1 million worth of donation from Ilonggo businessmen. The donation included 2,700 testing kits and personal protective equipment. (Photo by Arnold Almacen/City Mayor’s Office) ILOILO CITY – The city government received PHP7.1 million worth of donations from Ilonggo businessmen on…
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Gov’t to do away with ‘red tape, cumbersome rules’ in distribution of Bayanihan cash aid

Updated April 6, 2020, 7:10 PM By Genalyn Kabiling  The government has vowed to remove any cumbersome rules in the distribution of emergency subsidy to low-income families and hold accountable those involved in any anomaly related to it. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles (Photo from Karlo Nograles / Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN) Cabinet Secretary Karlo…
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PM Modi, lawmakers agree 30 percent salary cut as India deals with coronavirus

Published April 6, 2020, 7:03 PM By Reuters NEW DELHI – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top government figures will take a 30 percent salary cut this year, a government minister said on Monday, as the country tackles the coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the economy. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks…
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PRRD will not take 2nd COVID-19 test; remains healthy, symptom-free

Published April 6, 2020, 7:03 PM By Genalyn Kabiling  President Duterte will not take another coronavirus test especially since he remains fit and healthy, Malacañang said Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo(OPS / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President, who has been advised by his doctors to go on home quarantine since last…
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Palo, Leyte cancels ‘Pamalandong’ due to COVID-19

Published April 6, 2020, 7:02 PM By Restituto Cayubit PALO, Leyte – The 46th year reenactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ in this town this coming Good Friday has been cancelled due to the threats posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a report from the office of the mayor said here Monday, April…
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DFA: 6 more Filipinos abroad die from COVID-19; toll now at 55

MANILA, Philippines — Six more Filipinos abroad have died due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday. Thus, the number of overseas Filipino fatalities is now at 55, with the six new deaths reported from the American region and Europe, it noted. “In terms of overall deaths, the…
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Go asks coops to help communities in war vs. Covid-19

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go MANILA – Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Monday appealed to the country’s cooperatives to utilize their Community Development Fund (CDF) to help the communities they serve in responding to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) emergency. “Hinihikayat po natin ang ating mga kooperatiba na gamitin ang kanikanilang community development fund upang…
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PICC, Rizal Memorial Coliseum, World Trade Center to open this week as quarantine facilities

MANILA, Philippines — The Rizal Memorial Coliseum (RMC) in Manila and the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) and World Trade Center in Pasay City are set to open this week as community quarantine facilities during the COVID-19 crisis. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday said efforts to convert RMC to a quarantine facility are…
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PayMaya developer gets $120M local and international investments

MANILA, Philippines — One of the country’s leading financial technology platforms raised over P6 billion from local and international investors as the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic bolsters demand for electronic payments. Voyager Innovations, the technology company behind mobile wallet PayMaya, received fresh funding to the tune of $120 million (P6.1) billion to support its aggressive…
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Angeles City gov’t readies distribution of more food packs

Published April 6, 2020, 6:46 PM By Franco Regala ANGELES CITY – Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. said Monday that he has ordered the preparation of an additional 100,000 food packs to be distributed to indigent Angeleños. Mayor Carmmelo Lazatin readied an additional 100, 000 food packs to be distributed to families in the city’s 33…
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P10-M worth of vitamin C supplements distributed to poor elderly citizens

Published April 6, 2020, 6:46 PM By Donna Rempillo ANGELES CITY – The city government here has distributed P10-million worth of vitamin C supplements for this city’s 25,000 senior citizens in 23 barangays. (Photo by Angeles City CIO | Rodolfo Cabrero of Barangay Sapangbato is teary eyed after he received on April 6, 2020 two…
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In Naples, ‘solidarity’ food baskets abound as pandemic bites

Published April 6, 2020, 6:39 PM By Agence France-Presse NAPLES, Italy – Angelo Picone lowers a wicker basket full of food to the ground on a rope, leaning over his rustic balcony, verdant with pot plants. Solidarity baskets are a godsend for Italy’s growing number of poor during the coronavirus pandemic (AFP Photo/Carlo Hermann/MANILA BULLETIN)…
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Duterte OKs P3.34B for Marawi rehab projects

The Office of the President in March approved P3.34 billion in additional projects aimed at rehabilitating war-torn Marawi City, on top of the money that the Department of Budget and Management’s (DBM) released for educational materials that month. But the projects approved for issuance of special allotment release orders (Saros) as well as those covered…
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With help from celebrities, San Roque protesters post bail

      WITH financial assistance from celebrities, the 21 protesters who were arrested in Quezon City for allegedly inciting a riot over the lack of food aid in violation of quarantine rules were able to post bail Monday, April 6. Among those who contributed for the P15,000 bail set for each of the 21…
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Promptly ‘sort out all kinks’ in cash subsidy program, senators asks Palace

MANILA, Philippines — As the Luzon-wide quarantine enters its fourth week, senators are pressing the executive department to quickly “sort out all the kinks” surrounding the distribution of cash aid to some 18 million low-income households. According to Senator Panfilo Lacson, the national government should reconcile the “wide gap” between the executive department’s projection-based list…
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Shuttered restaurants dish out for Spain’s health workers

Published April 6, 2020, 6:28 PM By Agence France-Presse MADRID – It is midday on Saturday and smoke rises off the grill even though the doors are closed at the Timesburg restaurant in Barcelona. The chefs are making hamburgers, not to be served at tables but packed up and delivered to doctors, nurses and other…
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Army troopers donate two-day food allowance to needy families in Aurora

Published April 6, 2020, 6:24 PM By Franco Regala BALER, Aurora – The Philippine Army’s 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion stationed here donated their two-day food allowance to needy families in Barangay Calabuanan in line with its “Enhanced Adopt-A-Barangay Program-Kapwa ko, Sagot ko” program. Acting Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Reandrew P. Rubio, who initiated the worthy…
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Angara fully recovers from Covid-19

Senator Sonny Angara (File photo) MANILA – Senator Sonny Angara on Monday announced that he has been finally discharged from the hospital after fully recovering from coronavirus disease (Covid-19). “After several days in the ER and the Covid wing, my doctors finally sent me home today — negative for the virus and pneumonia free,” Angara…
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