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DICT launches 6 Tech4ED centers in San Fabian, Pangasinan

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Information and Communications Technology Luzon Cluster 1has launched six centers of Technology for Education, Employment, Entrepreneurs, and Economic Development (Tech4ED) in San Fabian, Pangasinan as part of the preparations for the upcoming school year. In a statement Tuesday, the DICT said the establishment of the centers is also part…
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Quirino province logs 1st COVID-19 case

SANTIAGO CITY —- A villager in Quirino was the first confirmed case of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the province, local officials said. Quirino Gov. Dakila Carlo Cua said the infection came despite health and safety protocols implemented to avoid the virus transmission. “No need to panic. Let us all unite to combat COVID-19 by…
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PhilHealth execs attend Senate online hearing amid medical conditions

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) president and CEO Ricardo Morales on Tuesday attended the virtual hearing of the Senate on the resumption of its investigation into allegations of corruption in the state-run insurance company, despite earlier filing a medical leave due to his health condition. PhilHealth executive vice president Arnel de Jesus…
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Dela Rosa backs Duterte plan to tap ‘well-organized’ military in enforcing quarantine

MANILA, Philippines — Former top cop and now Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa backed President Rodrigo Duterte’s plan to tap state forces to enforce quarantine rules, saying that they are “well-organized” and “better equipped” to do so. “All other [governments] in the world are relying on their police and military in enforcing quarantine protocols because…
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Fingerprints, DNA tests needed to prove Echanis’ killing — cops

MANILA, Philippines — Police on Tuesday said it needs to conduct fingerprinting and DNA tests to prove that it was indeed peasant leader and NDFP peace consultant Randall “Randy” Echanis who was killed inside his home in Novaliches, Quezon City. “Regarding po diyan, kailangan po natin ng proof to prove na siya talaga si Echanis…
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World surpasses 20 million coronavirus cases; WHO warns against despair

PARIS, France — The coronavirus pandemic chalked up another horrific milestone Monday as the world surpassed 20 million recorded cases of infection from the tiny killer that has upended life just about everywhere. The number as of 2215 GMT was 20,002,577 cases, with 733,842 deaths recorded, according to an AFP tally of official sources. In…
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Record-high 7K virus cases should be wake-up call to gov’t — Hontiveros

MANILA, Philippines — After the Philippines logged a record-high daily increase in COVID-19 cases on Monday, Senator Risa Hontiveros implored the government to enforce a “health-heavy response” to the pandemic as she warned that “failure to deliver is deadly.” In a statement on Tuesday, Hontiveros underscored the need for the government to aggressively test, trace,…
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Paralegal team member claiming body of Echanis arrested in QC

MANILA, Philippines — A member of the paralegal team of a wanting to claim the body of National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultant and Anakpawis party-list chairperson Randall “Randy” Echanis was arrested by police in Quezon City on Tuesday. Former Anakpawis congressman and now vice chairman of the party-list Ariel Casilao confirmed that…
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Bolivia protests rattle political truce as military mobilized

LA PAZ — Bolivia’s government said on Monday it had ordered police and military to protect key installations and the transport of medical oxygen after clashes broke out over protests and roadblocks by opposition supporters demanding a quick election. Tensions are brewing as the South American nation heads for a key presidential election on Oct.…
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French expert: Dangerous chemicals remain in Beirut port

BEIRUT — Chemical experts and firefighters are working to secure at least 20 potentially dangerous chemical containers at the explosion-shattered port of Beirut, after finding one that was leaking, according to a member of a French cleanup team. Some of the containers were punctured when last week’s deadly blast ripped through the port and the…
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Powerful ‘derecho’ leaves path of devastation across Midwest

IOWA CITY — A rare storm packing 100 mph winds and with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest on Monday, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power as it moved through Chicago and into Indiana and Michigan. The storm known as a…
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No more funds; let Filipinos return to work – Duterte to doctors seeking longer lockdown

MANILA, Philippines — While he himself would still want to place the country on lockdown, President Rodrigo Duterte said the government had run out of funds to give cash assistance to Filipinos amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This was the President’s “dilemma” as some doctors asked for an extension of a stricter lockdown due to the…
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Global coronavirus infections pass 20 million

PARIS — More than 20 million coronavirus cases have been now been registered across the world, over half in the Americas, according to an AFP tally of official sources on Monday. At least 20,002,577 cases and 733,842 deaths have now been reported. More than four out of 10 coronavirus cases have been in the United…
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Duterte says he might tap military if public won’t comply with quarantine rules

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has again raised the possibility of using the military to enforce community quarantine if people would continue to disregard health protocols and restrictions placed to avoid widespread coronavirus transmissions.   According to Duterte, the military is not yet part of quarantine operations, but it could be a possibility if…
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White House guards shoot person, briefly evacuate Trump

WASHINGTON —Secret Service guards shot a person, who was apparently armed, outside the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump said just after being briefly evacuated in the middle of a press conference. The president was abruptly ushered out of the press event and black-clad secret service agents with automatic rifles rushed across the lawn…
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Lebanese government resigns after Beirut blast, public anger

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s prime minister stepped down from his job Monday in the wake of the catastrophic explosion in Beirut that has triggered public outrage, saying he has come to the conclusion that corruption in the country is “bigger than the state.” The move risks opening the way to dragged-out negotiations over a new Cabinet…
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50 barangay chiefs face preventive suspension over SAP anomalies – Año

MANILA, Philippines — Fifty barangay officials will be placed under preventive suspension as they face allegations of anomalies in the distribution of cash aid under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP), Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao said Monday. The 50 barangay officials are among the 155 who were the subjects of criminal complaints filed by the Criminal…
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Wife identifies slain NDFP consultant’s body, but says cops took it back

MANILA, Philippines — The wife of slain peasant leader Randall “Randy” Echanis has positively identified and claimed her husband’s body, but she says the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) took it away from the funeral parlor where she had it transferred. In a statement issued on Monday night, Erlinda Echanis said: “I condemn the persistent…
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Group frowns on less strict Metro Manila GCQ as DOH marks highest virus surge

MANILA, Philippines — The Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) slammed on Monday the opinion of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana that Metro Manila could again be placed under a less restrictive general community quarantine (GCQ). The labor group pointed out that on the same day the Department of Health (DOH) had just recorded the country’s single-highest…
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Duterte asks police to ferry contact tracing teams without vehicles

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has asked police offices to help transport government personnel doing contact tracing of possible and confirmed COVID-19 cases. “This has to be financed by government,” Duterte said in his briefing on Monday night. “Contact tracing means that people who are doing the actual tracing will have to travel the…
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Duterte warns corrupt PhilHealth officials: ‘I’ll get you’

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte warned on Monday officials found to be involved in corrupt practices in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) that he would go after them. “Huwag kayong magkakamali. Itong PhilHealth, sabi ko: Yayariin ko kayo. Maniwala kayo,” Duterte said in a taped address aired late at night. “Yung mga inosente…
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Makabayan bloc, groups slam killing peasant leader Echanis, vow to stage protests

MANILA, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives and other activist groups slammed on Monday the killing of peasant leader Randall “Randy” Echanis, a peace consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, and vowed to stage protests in the coming days. Lawmakers belonging to party-lists Bayan Muna, Gabriela, Kabataan, and…
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Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow arrested under security law

HONG KONG — Prominent Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow was arrested late Monday under China’s new national security, a police source and a statement on her verified Facebook account said. “It’s now confirmed that Agnes Chow has been arrested for ‘inciting secession’ under the national security law,” her Facebook account said. A police source…
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More than 100 arrests, 13 officers hurt amid Chicago looting

CHICAGO — More than 100 people were arrested Monday following a night of looting and unrest that left 13 officers injured and caused damage in the city’s upscale Magnificent Mile shopping district and other parts of the city, authorities said. Police Superintendent David Brown said it “was not an organized protest” but instead “an incident…
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