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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).

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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).

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American marine’s pardon could be for ‘broader national interest’  in COVID-19 vaccine, says President’s spokesperson PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON Harry L. Roque said the absolute pardon given...

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DITO says it won’t use telecom infra to obtain classified military info CHINA-BACKED DITO Telecommunity Corp. on Wednesday said it will not use its devices...

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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.

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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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DoF assures PhilHealth getting support to fund universal health care THE DEPARTMENT of Finance (DoF) and its attached agencies have been meeting with officials of...

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PDEA warns: Prescription needed for Chinese medicine Lian Hua Qin Wen capsules THE PHILIPPINE Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Thursday warned people against buying the...

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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...

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Educators join opposition to anti-terrorism law EDUCATORS from various public and private institutions asked the Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional the law which expanded the...

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DoH warns vs posting COVID-19 patients’ names online THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) warned the public against posting names of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients...

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4,284 new COVID-19 cases reported on Sunday THE DEPARTMENT of Health reported 4,284 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases on August 30, bringing the total...

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3,249 new COVID cases recorded, Metro Manila still highest THE DEPARTMENT of Health reported 3,249 confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases on Thursday, bringing the...

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2 top PhilHealth execs resign TWO TOP officials of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) have resigned amid investigations of irregularities marring the state insurer. On Wednesday,...

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Duterte orders newspaper publication of gov’t expenditures PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has ordered government agencies to publish their expenditures and disbursements in newspapers as a...

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Bayanihan II bill expected at President’s desk by Tuesday THE PROPOSED second law covering response measures for the coronavirus crisis is expected to be received...

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Push to amend air passengers’ bill of rights ‘untimely’ THE PUSH to expand the rights of air passengers amid such unforeseen circumstances as the global...

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Industry seeks IATF representation BUSINESSES want to be represented in the government’s task force against the coronavirus. The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) on...

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THE COURT of Appeals has rejected the plea of Maria A. Ressa, founder of news website Rappler, Inc. to travel overseas pending appeal of her conviction for cyber-libel.

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Duterte admits vaccines from China, Russia will not be free PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte has backtracked on his earlier pronouncements that vaccines for the coronavirus...

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GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS have downplayed a survey indicating a 45.5% joblessness rate, representing 27.3 million adult Filipinos, with half of them losing their livelihood during the still ongoing coronavirus crisis.

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Catholic leaders call on gov’t to look at ‘new scientific insights’ for COVID-19 response THE CATHOLIC Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called on the...

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VP Robredo recommends realignment of P29.5-B DepEd budget VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo has recommended that the Department of Education’s (DepEd) P29.5-billion budget for school...

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Drilon calls on PhilHealth officials tagged in alleged corruption to take a leave SENATE MINORITY Leader Franklin M. Drilon called on Philippine Health Insurance Corp....

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THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) warned the public against individuals claiming to be part of the government’s contact tracing team and soliciting personal information that can be used for financial scams.

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Journalist, non-profit groups among latest to file petition vs anti-terrorism law THE CENTER for International Law, Inc., together with a group of law professors, journalists,...

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Task force on PhilHealth probe to build on PACC findings THE TASK force investigating corruption allegations against the Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) Corp. will coordinate...

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Senate to ask PACC, CoA participation in PhilHealth investigation THE PRESIDENTIAL Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) and the Commission on Audit (CoA) will be tapped by the...

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Duterte orders local governments: Pass law that will speed up telecom tower installation PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Sunday directed local governments to pass within...

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Tropical storm Hagupit seen out of Philippine area by Monday morning TROPICAL STORM Hagupit, locally named Dindo, is expected to be out of the Philippine...

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Court suspends transfer of inmates to BuCor facilities THE OFFICE of the Court Administrator has directed courts to suspend the transfer of convicted inmates to...

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Lawyer appeals petition on disclosure of President’s health A LAWYER appealed to the Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling junking the petition to compel President...

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Sotto reassures: Charter change will not be priority in Senate SENATE PRESIDENT Vicente C. Sotto III reiterated during Monday’s reopening of Congress that the Senate...

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Bill granting incentives to pro bono doctors filed in Senate A PROPOSED law that will give incentives to doctors extending free services to indigent patients,...

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Garin files ‘Balik Probinsya’ bill A MEASURE that will promote regional economic development to decongest highly urbanized areas has been filed in the House of...

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THE PHILIPPINE government is still pursuing the early completion of the code of conduct in the South China Sea despite delays in negotiations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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PRISONS FACILITIES managed by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) will not be accepting new inmates until Aug. 31 to prevent coronavirus transmissions.

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LAWYER Floresinda G. Baldo-Digal and accountant Marko Romeo L. Fuentes have been appointed as commissioners for the Energy Regulation Commission (ERC), the Palace announced Monday.

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MORE THAN 300,000 private school students are moving to the public education system when the new academic year starts in August, the Department of Education reported on Thursday.

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THE NATIONAL ID program will receive a higher funding next year to fast-track implementation, Budget Secretary Wendel E. Avisado said on Wednesday, but did not give a specific amount.

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PRESIDENT RODRIGO R. Duterte on Monday bragged that he has brought down “the oligarchy” without authoritarian rule.