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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UP-NIH can produce 8K Covid-19 test kits daily: FDA

FDA Director Eric Domingo (File photo) MANILA – The University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) is capable of producing 8,000 test kits for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) daily, Food and Drug Authority (FDA) Director Eric Domingo said Monday. In a radio interview, Domingo said the UP-NIH has stockpiled 26,000 test kits which have…
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Man refuses to leave birthday party amid quarantine, gets arrested

A man was arrested after refusing to leave a “a large birthday party” in Tennessee, United States despite quarantine measures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Police arrived at the event in Memphis after responding to a call about gunshots nearby, as per NBC-affiliate WMC yesterday, April 5. Authorities immediately asked the crowd to leave,…
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Jordan is latest Mideast country to use drones in virus response

Published April 6, 2020, 6:23 PM By Agence France-Presse AMMAN – Jordan on Sunday started to deploy drones to fight the coronavirus pandemic, joining a host of Middle East countries using the technology to enforce curfews, deliver public health announcements and even monitor people’s temperatures. Drones have been used elsewhere in the world to combat…
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Araw ng Kagitingan event canceled, Veterans Week postponed

Published April 6, 2020, 6:16 PM By Richa Noriega The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) announced on Monday that the commemoration activities of Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) have been canceled while the 2020 Philippine Veterans Week have been postponed amid the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. In an advisory, PVAO said the cancellation…
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Bigger, brighter ‘supermoon’ to rise early Wednesday – Pagasa

MANILA, Philippines — A “bigger, brighter” moon will glow in the Philippine sky early Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has reported. A “supermoon” appears when the moon orbits closest to Earth during its full phase. It can be as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an…
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30-day grace period for residential, commercial rent enforced

MANILA – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 20-12, series of 2020 on April 4 granting a 30-day grace period for residential rent as well as commercial rent of the micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) period in Luzon.  “To provide economic relief…
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House leader pushes for strategic reserve of medical supplies

House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel  MANILA – A leader of the House of Representatives on Monday suggested the creation of a strategic national reserve of critical medical supplies in the event of a public health emergency. Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel said an emergency stockpile of life-saving pharmaceuticals, devices, and equipment for healthcare workers is necessary, noting…
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IBP provides free legal aid amid enhanced community quarantine

Published April 6, 2020, 6:09 PM By Richa Noriega The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) is set to provide free online legal aid assistance for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and the entire Luzon. In a Facebook post on Monday, the national organization of lawyers said it will provide…
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Singapore quarantines almost 20,000 foreign workers

SINGAPORE — Singapore has placed nearly 20,000 foreign workers under quarantine in their dormitories after an increasing number in the community were found to be infected with COVID-19. The country has gazetted two foreign dormitories as isolation areas, which means that the thousands of workers living on both sites will not be able to leave…
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Dagupan City records first Covid-19 death

DAGUPAN CITY – An 80-year-old male from Barangay Pogo Chico here is the first casualty in the city due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), authorities confirmed. A statement by the city’s Public Information Office (PIO) said Mayor Marc Brian Lim received the results from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) on April 5. “The…
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US, UK brace for soaring death tolls as pandemic bears down

  LONDON — The United States and Britain braced for one of their darkest weeks in living memory on Monday as the social and financial toll of the coronavirus pandemic deepened. Italy, Spain and France saw signs that they are flattening the pandemic curve, but still reported hundreds of people dying each day. British Prime…
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CHR slams harassment of UE campus journalist: Criticizing gov’t not a crime

  MANILA, Philippines — “Dissent and expression of grievance against government actions and views are not crimes.” The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) stressed this on Monday as it denounced the “repressive actions” against a student journalist allegedly forced by his former teacher to publicly apologize over his critical stand of the government. Joshua B.…
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COVID-19: Miss World PH calls for donations

MAKATI CITY, Philippines—The Miss World Philippines (MWP) organization has joined several other pageant entities in the country in calling for donations amid the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the world. On its official Facebook page, MWP launched the campaign “#OurWorldAsOne: Salute to Frontliners” to collect funds “for the benefit of our unsung heroes: our medical frontliners who…
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No need for PRRD to test anew for COVID-19

Published April 6, 2020, 5:40 PM By Genalyn Kabiling President Duterte will not take another COVID-19 test especially since he remains fit and healthy, Malacañang said Monday. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO) 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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32 peddlers of ‘fake news’ busted by PNP

MANILA, Philippines — Police have arrested 32 alleged spreaders of false information on social media, causing panic among the public about COVID-19. The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said its Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) has arrested 24 suspects while its police regional officers and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) arrested eight other suspects. According…
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Bacolod City opens respiratory center for outpatients

RESPIRATORY CENTER. Mayor Evelio Leonardia (left) conducts an inspection of the Bacolod Respiratory Outpatient Center located inside the Bacolod Arts, Youth and Sports Center early Monday morning (April 6, 2020). The facility will be serving patients with respiratory conditions as part of the city’s response to the coronavirus disease outbreak. (Photo courtesy of Bacolod City…
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DOH: Total COVID-19 cases in PH now 3,660; 414 new cases

Published April 6, 2020, 5:32 PM By Betheena Unite 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. Total number of patients who succumbed to the disease is now at 163 while number of recoveries rose to 73. Tags:…
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Hontiveros proposes four-point COVID-19 action plan

Published April 6, 2020, 5:29 PM By Hannah Torregoza Senator Risa Hontiveros said on Tuesday that she and some former health secretaries have drafted a four-point plan as they made an urgent appeal to the government to intensify efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Risa Hontiveros(Czar Dancel / MANILA BULLETIN) Hontiveros said any talk…
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6-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis beats COVID-19

A six-year-old boy afflicted with cystic fibrosis, from Tennessee, United States, has finally tested negative for COVID-19 after contracting the disease last month. Cystic fibrosis is “a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time,” as described by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Joseph Bostain and his mother…
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Angolans defy virus lockdown; better die of this disease than starve

Published April 6, 2020, 5:25 PM By Agence France-Presse LUANDA — It is a cry from the heart and the stomach that is reverberating across African towns and cities reeling under lockdowns and curfews to contain the spread of the coronavirus. (AFP) “How can anyone stay home without anything to eat?” asked Garcia Landu, a…
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DTI imposes 30-day grace period for residential, commercial rent payment

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will impose a month-long moratorium on residential and commercial rent payment for small businesses in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis. In a memorandum dated April 4, the DTI said the 30-day grace period would be counted from the last due date that…
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The Taiwanese tree climber embracing women with a head for heights

At a campground in central Taiwan, a team of women are using ropes to shimmy up a towering seven storey tall Chinaberry tree, fighting their fear of heights and reconnecting with nature. Tree climbing remains somewhat niche in Taiwan but a growing number of women are embracing the challenge thanks to the island’s first international…
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Cans of herbal supplements from US yield weed, the illegal kind, at Clark Freeport

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—At least 14 cans of herbal supplements worth P13 million yielded weed, the illegal kind, instead—marijuana—during inspection by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) last week at the Clark Freeport. Customs officials inspected the cans after realizing that some of the containers’ labels were not sticking properly. The agency turned over the contraband…
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Cops get 30-day reprieve on loan payments

Police officers. (File photo) MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday ordered a 30-day moratorium on salary deductions for loan payments of its personnel from six accredited lending institutions in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. The financial institutions, namely: Armed Forces and Police Savings and Loan Association Inc. (AFPSLAI), Public…
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Pensioners excluded from receiving P5K-P8K aid: IATF

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Carlito Galvez, the chief implementer of the government’s national policy on addressing the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic; and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez (right), make house-to-house delivery of the PHP8,000 cash assistance from the government in Barangay Vitalez, Parañaque City on Friday (April 3, 2020). Some 18 million…
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PRRD OKs special risk allowance for public health workers

President Rodrigo Duterte (File photo) MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday signed an administrative order granting a special risk allowance (SRA) for public health workers (PHWs) assigned on the front lines of the battle against the dreaded coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Under Administrative Order No. 28, national government agencies, government-owned or -controlled corporations, and…
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Cavite governor to Duterte: Include ‘overlooked’ middle class in emergency aid

MANILA, Philippines — Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla has called on President Rodrigo Duterte to include the middle class in the government’s social amelioration program in light of the COVID-19 crisis. In a message addressed to Duterte, Remulla said the ongoing health crisis “is a time of crisis for everyone” and “not just the poorest of…
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COVID-19 forces cancellation of Araw ng Kagitingan rites

MANILA, Philippines — The government has cancelled this year’s celebration of Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) and other events for Philippine Veterans’ Week as COVID-19 continued to menace countries around the world, including the Philippines. The events would be rescheduled after the lifting of the enhanced community quarantine now in place in the whole…
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