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Duterte’s tough stance on China may signal end of friendly ties

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte gave his most forceful defense of a 2016 United Nations (UN) ruling favoring the Philippines in a sea dispute with China, in a move that could signal the end of friendly ties with its neighbor, analysts said.

Duterte defends drug war at United Nations

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Wednesday defended his deadly war on drugs before the United Nations (UN), accusing some groups of trying to “weaponize” human rights to discredit him.

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Lawyer says SALNs, lifestyle checks ‘weaponized’ RECORDS OF public officials’ assets have been “abused” and “weaponized” for politics, an analyst said following Ombudsman Samuel R....

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PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte will likely approve the health department’s recommendation of setting a price cap on RT-PCR testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Regional Updates (09/22/20)

PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte defended the artificial white sand project along Manila Bay and praised Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu for the rehabilitation program.

Pag-IBIG Fund to miss 2020 housing loan target

THE Home Development Mutual Fund, better known by its Pag-IBIG Fund branding, said it does not expect to achieve its loan target this year due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Regional Updates (09/21/20)

THE COMMISSION on Higher Education (CHEd) said at least P1 billion is needed to fund three state universities, one in the Visayas and two in Mindanao, that will potentially offer a medicine program, its chairman said on Monday.

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PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte will be attending and addressing, both for the first time, the United Nation’s (UN) General Assembly that starts Tuesday, with human rights among the topics of his speech.

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TWO FILIPINO SURVIVORS of a cargo ship that sank off Japan arrived in the Philippines on Saturday and will be getting cash aid from government as well help in finding new employment, according to the Labor department.

DoLE aid program could benefit 700,000 more

THE labor department estimates that it can add 700,000 more beneficiaries to its informal worker emergency employment program if given funding of P5 billion. In a...

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Back to 1m distancing in public transport until Duterte decides PHYSICAL DISTANCING in public transport is reverting to a minimum of one meter after the...

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MEDICAL EXPERTS supported the reduction of physical distancing in public transportation and recommended rules on avoiding the spread of coronavirus while opening the economy.

Regional Updates (09/16/20)

Albay representative bats for pili nut industry dev’t A BICOL Region representative wants a dedicated fund to develop the pili nut industry for increased domestic...

Duterte approves corruption charges vs PhilHealth officials

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the filing of criminal charges against top officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) for corruption.

Coronavirus infections hit 269,407; metro had most deaths, says DoH

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 3,544 coronavirus infections on Tuesday, bringing the total to 269,407.

DILG says 89 village officials suspended for cash aid anomaly

THE DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has suspended 89 village officials pending their probe for corruption involving state subsidies to the poor amid a Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Duterte takes a jab at pharmaceutical firms for ‘reservation fee’ on COVID-19 vaccine PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte took a jab at pharmaceutical companies from “western...

Duterte approves corruption charges vs PhilHealth officials

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the filing of criminal charges against top officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) for corruption. In a...

Health groups buck plan to relax social distancing measures

A GROUP of medical societies has opposed a government decision to relax social distancing rules in public utility vehicles, which it said could lead to a fresh spike in coronavirus infections.

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THIRTEEN HOSPITALS have been given final approval for participation in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) solidarity trial on treatments for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

DoT, Concentrix team up for job placement

THE Department of Tourism (DoT) has teamed up with Concentrix Philippines to offer tourism workers who lost their jobs due to the pandemic with over 10,000 work openings in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry.

US marine who killed Pinoy transgender sent home; lawyer says he...

THE PHILIPPINES on Sunday deported a US marine convicted in 2015 for killing a Filipino transgender and whom President Rodrigo R. Duterte had pardoned.

DoLE offers free online courses to seafarers for Sept 14, 2020

THE DEPARTMENT of Labor and Employment (DoLE) will launch free online courses to Fillipino seafarers to boost their knowledge and skills on safety, among other subjects.

Regional Updates (09/13/20)

SEVERAL FACILITIES for patients and healthcare workers are now being rushed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Bacolod City after the local government sought the national task force’s help in addressing the rising number of coronavirus cases.

DoH says no conditions set to access US vaccines

PHL COVID-19 cases hit 250,000 The Philippines will have access to potential COVID-19 vaccines being developed by US firms without any strings attached, the Department...

IATF eases distancing rules for commuters

Distancing rules in public transport have been eased, allowing jeeps, buses, trains, and planes to carry more passengers amid the region’s worst coronavirus outbreak,...

PHL to resume polio, measles immunization despite COVID-19 pandemic

The government will soon resume its polio and measles immunization program for children despite the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The Inter-Agency Task Force...

BJMP pushes for law placing provincial jails under its control

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) on Friday said that it supports the measure of lawmakers to place provincial jails under BJMP’s...

Duterte signs Bayanihan II into law

President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday signed the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan II), which provides a P165.5 billion fund to boost...

Business group pushes for satellite access liberalization

THE BUSINESS sector is appealing to President Rodrigo R. Duterte to issue an order that will ease the licensing requirement on satellite access to speed up the delivery of internet services, especially outside major urban areas.

Virus infections near 250,000

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 3,821 coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 248,947.

Gov’t may ease ban on health workers’ deployment — Roque

THE GOVERNMENT is studying a proposal to relax its deployment ban for health workers by allowing those whose contracts were signed as of August to leave the country.

Regional Updates (09/10/20)

Quarantine facility THE DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways turned over on Sept. 10 these 40-footer container vans that have been converted into a quarantine...

Regional Updates (09/09/20)

Solons want probe on Manila Bay ‘white sand’ project A GROUP of lawmakers filed a resolution on Tuesday calling for an investigation on the Department...

Regional Updates (09/08/20)

DENR’s Manila Bay ‘white sand’ project violates at least five laws — NGOs SEVERAL NONGOVERNMENT organizations (NGOs) claimed that the dumping of crushed dolomite or...

Gov’t to ban home quarantine as coronavirus cases near 242,000

THE GOVERNMENT is looking at enforcing aggressive isolation measures and prohibiting home quarantine for coronavirus patients to bring down the infection rate further, according to Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., chief enforcer of the state’s anti-COVID-19 efforts.

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COOPERATIVES NATIONWIDE have contributed a total of P1.3 billion for assistance programs relating to the coronavirus pandemic, benefitting both their members and non-members.

House clears San Miguel’s airport city plan in Bulacan

THE House of Representatives approved on final reading a bill that will grant San Miguel Aerocity, Inc. the authority over the construction and management of an airport and an adjacent “airport city”  in Bulacan.

Gov’t cites curve flattening as coronavirus cases top 238,000

LOCAL coronavirus infections have slowed, according to the chief enforcer of the government’s anti-virus efforts.

Duterte pardons US marine convicted for sex worker’s killing

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has pardoned a US marine whom a Philippine court convicted in 2015 for killing a transgender Filipino sex worker in a case that had ignited anti-American sentiment in the former US colony.

More than 190,000 workers displaced by COVID-19 crisis

More than 190,000 workers from 10,177 businesses have been displaced by the coronavirus pandemic, the Labor department said in its latest report.

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THE SECOND law covering measures for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response will be signed not later than mid-September, Palace Spokesperson Harry L. Roque said on Monday.

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New police chief to focus on drug trade high-value targets THE NEW police chief, Lt. Gen. Camilo P. Cascolan, will be focusing on the capture...

Senate committee recommends charges vs top PhilHealth execs

THE SENATE committee that investigated the alleged widespread corruption in the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has recommended the filing of criminal and administrative charges against those involved in irregularities, including top ranking officials. 

Regional Updates (09/01/20)

Bacolod revives quarantine pass, border checkpoints THE BACOLOD City government is reviving the quarantine pass requirement from September 3 to 15 to restrict the movement...