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Duterte signed into law a 165.5 billion pesos ($3.4 billion)

Pres Duterte signs $3.4 billion pandemic stimulus package into law

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a 165.5 billion pesos ($3.4 billion) emergency relief measure on Friday to expand healthcare and help businesses after the coronavirus pandemic plunged the economy into recession. Under the new law, the government could [...]

September 12, 2020 News
Cardinal Tagle

Cardinal Tagle positive with Covid-19 on his arrival in the Philippines

The Holy See Press Office on Friday confirmed that Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has tested positive with Covid-19 after a swab test.  “Cardinal Tagle actually tested positive at Covid-19 with a pharyngeal swab carried out yesterday on his arrival in [...]

September 11, 2020 News
Philippines Eases Distancing Rules

Philippines Eases Distancing Rules, Allows More Airplane Passengers

The Philippines has eased distancing rules in public transport, allowing trains and planes to have more passengers amid the region’s worst coronavirus outbreak, the Department of Transportation said. The agency and economic managers’ proposal to increase public transport ridership and [...]

September 11, 2020 News
Filipino nurses group urge Duterte gov’t to lift deployment ban

Filipino nurses group urge Duterte gov’t to lift deployment ban

Non-profit organization Filipino Nurses United today urged the Duterte government to lift its deployment ban on all medical professionals, saying that it is the frontliners’ right to seek better salaries overseas. Jocelyn Andamo, the group’s secretary-general, said in an interview [...]

September 10, 2020 News
Koko Pimentel’s quarantine breach

Justice Dep’t reopens probe into Koko Pimentel’s quarantine breach just now

The Department of Justice has reopened its investigation into Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III’s alleged quarantine breach in March, after receiving additional documents from the Makati Medical Center. In a Sept. 9 order released to the media today, Assistant State Prosecutor [...]

September 10, 2020 News
COVID-19 fund

PH gov’t ‘96%’ done disbursing COVID-19 fund to Pinoys

Are you still waiting for the government’s COVID-19 dole out? The Duterte administration is almost done disbursing the second tranche of its emergency COVID-19 fund, the Department of Social Welfare and Development said today. Spokesperson Irene Dumlao told ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo that they are [...]

September 10, 2020 News
Speak softly and scatter fewer coronavirus particles

Speak softly and scatter fewer coronavirus particles, say researchers

More quiet zones in high-risk indoor spaces, such as hospitals and restaurants, could help to cut coronavirus contagion risks, researchers have said, after a study showed that lowering speaking volume can reduce the spread of coronavirus. In efforts to rein [...]

September 10, 2020 News
PAL Now Operates in Antique Airport

PAL Now Operates in Antique Airport

PAL Now Operates in Antique Airport, 85 LSIs from Manila arrive at Antique Airport April 9, 2020 and 83 Antiquenos on the way to Manila boarded the same plane. This was made possible through the leadership of Gov. Dodod Cadiao and [...]

September 10, 2020 News
chief Duque

DOH expresses support for controversial chief Duque

The Department of Health continues to support its embattled chief Secretary Francisco Duque, whom President Rodrigo Duterte urged in a publicly broadcast briefing to stay in his position. Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in an online presser today that Duque [...]

September 9, 2020 News
Duterte pardons U.S. Marine

President Duterte pardons U.S. Marine jailed for transgender killing

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday pardoned a United States Marine convicted of killing a transgender woman in the country nearly six years ago, sparking condemnation from activists who described the move as a “mockery of justice”. Lance Corporal Joseph [...]

September 8, 2020 News