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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DSWD could have tapped ‘Listahanan’ to hasten aid distribution, says CamSur’s Villafuerte

Published April 6, 2020, 5:06 PM By Ellson Quismorio The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) could have been much faster in distributing cash aid to some 18 million poor families under the P200-billion Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP). Deputy Speaker and Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte(FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN) Thus, reckoned Deputy Speaker…
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Western Visayas eyes 2 more COVID-19 testing centers

Published April 6, 2020, 5:02 PM By Tara Yap ILOILO CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) is screening the capabilities of two more hospitals to host testing centers for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Western Visayas region. Dr. May Ann Sta. Lucia of DOH confirmed to The Manila Bulletin Monday that accreditation was…
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Duterte won’t take another coronavirus test

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte would no longer take another coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test, Malacaang said Monday. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President remains “fit and healthy” and was not exposed to Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ao who tested positive for the virus. “PRRD remains fit and healthy. No need for…
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High-value target arrested in Ilagan City

Updated April 6, 2020, 5:19 PM By Liezle Basa-Iñigo A high-value target, who was listed number 1 in the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) target in the provincial level, was banned in a drug-bust operation in Ilagan City, Isabela. The suspect was identified as Roderick Tagao, 32, a resident of California Homes Subdivision in Ilagan…
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‘Use ‘bottom-up’ approach in cash aid distribution’ — Sen. Lacson

Published April 6, 2020, 4:58 PM By Mario Casayuran Senator Panfilo M. Lacson urged the adoption of a bottom-up approach to ensure the proper distribution of cash grants to needy families. Sen. Panfilo Lacson(Senate of the Philippines / MANILA BULLETIN) He asked for a reconciliation of the substantial differences in government data on who are…
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Patients rush to join studies testing drug for coronavirus

The new coronavirus made Dr. Jag Singh a patient at his own hospital. His alarm grew as he saw an X-ray of his pneumonia-choked lungs and colleagues asked his wishes about life support while wheeling him into Massachusetts General’s intensive care unit. When they offered him a chance to help test remdesivir, an experimental drug…
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19 cops test positive for COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines — There are now nineteen cops who have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Monday. Among the latest cases of COVID-19 in the police force were a 31-year-old female police officer from Laguna province; a 41-year-old police personnel from Cavite province; and a 45-year-old female police…
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Only 5 of 23 detainees who bolted Cavite jailbreak remain at-large

Published April 6, 2020, 4:54 PM By Anthony Giron CAMP GEN. PANTALEON GARCIA, IMUS, Cavite – At least five of 23 detainees who escaped before dawn Sunday from the General Mariano Alvarez (GMA) municipal police jail remained at-large, the Cavite Police Provincial Office (PPO) reported on Monday, April 6. The jailbreak occurred at 4 a.m.…
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Over 6,600 OFWs back home since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak

Published April 6, 2020, 4:54 PM By Roy Mabasa A total of 6,656 distressed overseas Filipinos have been repatriated back to the Philippines following the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (OUMWA) of the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a report on April…
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Thousands of Pakistanis in UAE seek to return home amid coronavirus outbreak

Published April 6, 2020, 4:52 PM By Reuters More than 20,000 Pakistani workers stuck in the United Arab Emirates are seeking to return home, as the Gulf Arab state tightens restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak. The UAE, which has reported 1,799 coronavirus cases and 10 deaths, has gradually increased curbs, including imposing a nationwide…
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PNP creates new task force amid possible extension of ECQ

Published April 6, 2020, 4:51 PM By Aaron Recuenco The Philippine National Police (PNP) has created a new task force that would reinforce the government’s efforts against the COVID-19, in anticipation of the possible extension of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). Philippine National Police (MANILA BULLETIN) PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said the move is…
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PLM pays tribute to fallen doctors, consultant amid COVID-19 pandemic

Published April 6, 2020, 4:48 PM By Richa Noriega and Minka Klaudia Tiangco  The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) paid tribute to their fallen alumni doctors and consultant who passed away amid coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The institution held an online memorial last April 3, Friday, for their fallen alumni doctors, Dr. Israel…
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PH Air Force use recycled materials to make face masks, shields

Published April 6, 2020, 4:45 PM By Martin Sadongdong The shortage in personal protective equipment (PPEs) for frontliners battling the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) prompted Tarlac City-based personnel of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) to create face masks and shields out of recycled plastic bottles and used cloth. (Philippine Air Force / MANILA BULLETIN) Major…
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Sen. Go urges coops to use development fund

Published April 6, 2020, 4:44 PM By Mario Casayuran Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong’’ Go, chairman of the Senate committee on health and demography, on Monday appealed to the country’s cooperatives to utilize their Community Development Fund (CDF) in order to contribute to the government’s efforts to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong”…
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RITM suspends HIV testing to focus on COVID-19 response

Published April 6, 2020, 4:44 PM By Richa Noriega The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) temporarily suspended the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) drug testing to focus on the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response. In an advisory on Monday, the health research facility said it is refocusing on the available manpower and resources to…
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Subic teacher essays children’s COVID-19 experience thru illustration

Published April 6, 2020, 4:42 PM By Donna Rempillo SUBIC, Zambales – Noelynne Joyosa, an elementary school teacher here, has illustrated a children’s awareness book on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic entitled “Kakaibang Araw”. The 20-page story book exemplifies the life of a child whose parents work as frontliners in the battle against the deadly…
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Customs seizes P13.2-M marijuana concealed in cans of meal formula

By Betheena Unite Instead of meal formula, more than 11 kilos of marijuana were discovered concealed in cans of healthy meal formula from California, US at the Port of Clark, the Bureau of Customs said on April 6, Monday. (BOC / MANILA BULLETIN) A total of 11.569 kilograms of marijuana with an estimated value of…
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COVID-19 cases in PH now at 3,660; death toll at 163

MANILA, Philippines — Four hundred and fourteen more individuals have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday. This brought the total of confirmed cases in the country to 3,660 as of Monday. The DOH also recorded 11 more fatalities related to COVID-19, raising the total…
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Israel releases VR tours of Jerusalem’s famous historical sites

Updated April 6, 2020, 5:21 PM By Roy Mabasa Devout Filipino Catholics and pilgrims who may not be able to travel or visit the holy sites in Israel, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), will have the chance to see those places during the Holy Week period in the very comfort of…
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82.7% of almost 23K Covid-19 tests turn out negative

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported that 82.7 percent of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) tests conducted turned out negative. “We have a total of 22,958 tests conducted. Out of this, 16,615 or 82.7 percent turned out negative and 3,414 or 16.9 percent turned out positive,” DOH…
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GenSan allots add’l P102-M for Covid-19 response

General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera. (File Photo courtesy of the city government) GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The city government has allocated an additional PHP102 million as buffer fund for its continuing efforts to address the threats posed by the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19). City Mayor Ronnel Rivera said Monday the funds will be utilized…
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Another oil price reduction set Tuesday

MANILA — Oil companies will implement another price rollback effective Tuesday. Chevron (Caltex), Clean Fuel, Flying V, Petro Gazz, Phoenix Petroleum, PTT Philippines, Seaoil, and Shell will cut gasoline prices by PHP0.35 per liter and diesel by PHP0.70 per liter. Chevron, Flying V, Seaoil, and Shell will also decrease kerosene prices by PHP0.75 per liter.…
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PNP sues 32 Covid-19 fake news peddlers

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said it has sued 32 persons for allegedly spreading false reports and information on the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. In a report submitted to PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa, PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) revealed that 24 suspects were arrested for spreading fake news on social…
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POEA suspends deployment of Filipino health workers

MANILA – The Philippine government has temporarily suspended the overseas deployment of health care workers amid the state of public health emergency in the country due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. In Governing Board Resolution No. 09, series of 2020, dated April 2 but released on Monday, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) approved…
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Campus journalists condemn ‘forced’ public apology

Published April 6, 2020, 4:37 PM By Richa Noriega Groups of campus journalists condemned the alleged forced public apology imposed on astudent journalist from the University of the East (UE)-Manila. Joshua Molo, editor-in-chief of the UE Dawn, was allegedly forced to issue a public apology on Sunday before the barangay officials in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija…
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