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COVID-19 infections near 39,000 as death toll increases to 1,274

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 294 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 38,805.

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HEALTH WORKERS who are at the frontlines of the coronavirus fight may not get cash benefits if they fall critically ill or die from the disease without the passage of the proposed Bayanihan 2 law.

Justice department issues rules on criminal prosecutions for Competition Act violators

THE Department of Justice (DoJ) issued a circular approving the rules implementing the criminal provisions of Republic Act No. 10667 or the Philippine Competition Act (PCA).

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THE DEPARTMENT of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has organized a ship that will bring home 97 Filipino seafarers stranded in another vessel docked in China.

Metro Manila will remain under general lockdown, Duterte says

MANILA and nearby cities will remain under a general lockdown until July 15, while a strict lockdown in Cebu City, where there has been a surge in coronavirus infections will be kept, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said late Tuesday.

ABS-CBN not tax delinquent, says BIR

ABS-CBN Corp., which the regulator ordered closed after its franchise expired last month, had paid all taxes, according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

Regional Updates (06/30/20)

SOME MANILA-bound international flights of Philippine Airlines (PAL) are being diverted to Cebu due to “quarantine processing limitations” at the country’s main gateway in the capital.

Coronavirus cases may top 60,000 by end-July

CORONAVIRUS infections in the country may top 60,000 by the end of July, with about 1,300 deaths, according to experts from the University of the Philippines.

Doctor assignment to Cebu made voluntary

THE GOVERNMENT will no longer force state doctors to go to coronavirus hotspot Cebu City, and will instead seek volunteers, the Department of Health (DoH) said on Tuesday.

COVID-19 cases top 36,000; 1,255 dead

THE DEPARTMENT of Health reported 985 new coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing the total to 36,438.

Court asked to reverse cyber-libel conviction

A JOURNALIST critical of President Rodrigo R. Duterte has asked a Manila trial court to reverse her conviction for cyberlibel.

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SENATORS ON Monday pushed for measures that will create and preserve jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic that has so far left 7.3 million Filipinos unemployed.

Cebu City to get more doctors as health system gets swamped

HEALTH authorities will send doctors to Cebu City, which has reverted to a strict lockdown, to help control a spike in coronavirus infections, according to the Department of Health (DoH).

Regional Updates (06/28/20)

A LAWMAKER is calling for the immediate passage of a bill that will establish a unified cashless collection system in tollroads, which has become more critical for minimizing physical contact as the coronavirus threat lingers.

Game plan for tourism revival is locals-only

Provinces that are reopening their tourist attrcations are focusing on domestic visitors initially, with Boracay only allowing guests from the immediate region, Tourism Secretary...

Thousands of sailors docked in Manila cleared

More than 16,000 FIlipino and foreign sailors from cruise ships anchored at Manila Bay have been cleared of the coronavirus, according to the Bureau...

Regional Updates (06/25/20)

JEEPNEYS WILL first be checked for road worthiness before being granted a permit to resume services, according to Palace Spokesperson Harry L. Roque.

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A COURT in Olongapo City dismissed the inciting to sedition charge against a teacher who was arrested for a social media post offering a P50-million reward to anyone who kills President Rodrigo R. Duterte.

DoJ orders probe of missing $2.1 billion

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe people allegedly involved in the missing 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) of German payment company Wirecard AG.

DoH reports 470 new COVID-19 infections

THE Department of Health on Wednesday reported 470 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total to 32,295.

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THE OVERSEAS Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) on Wednesday asked the Senate for a P5 billion supplemental budget, citing that it is facing the risk of bankruptcy by the end of 2021.

Philippines may start trials for anti-flu drug Avigan in July

THE PHILIPPINES plans to start clinical trials next month of the Japanese anti-flu drug Avigan as a treatment for the novel coronavirus, according to the Department of Health (DoH).

Court says suit vs ABS-CBN moot

THE Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit filed by the Office of the Solicitor General seeking to void the franchise of broadcast giant ABS-CBN Corp. for being moot.

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THE PRESIDENTIAL Palace on Monday said the executive department is collaborating with legislators for the passage of a law that will extend the President’s emergency powers for response measures on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (06/18/20)

MEMBERS of the Philippine Coast Guard’s CCP Complex Station and Auxiliary 101st Squadron have been jointly patrolling the Manila Bay area since the start of lockdown in March, providing security as well as supporting relief operations in the coastal communities.

Ratio of Filipinos who say they are worse off rises to...

EIGHT of 10 Filipinos said they became worse off in the past 12 months, a record number, as the country battles a coronavirus pandemic, according to a Social Weather Stations poll (SWS).

COVID-19 cases near 28,000; palace denies hiding real case data

THE presidential palace on Thursday denied there was a government attempt to lie about the extent of coronavirus infections in the country, as cases neared 28,000.

300 inmates, prison staff positive — DoJ

MORE than 300 inmates and staff of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) have been infected with the coronavirus, the Justice department said on Thursday.

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HEALTH SECRETARY Francisco T. Duque should take a leave of absence while the Ombudsman is conducting an investigation on alleged irregularities in the Department of Health’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a senator said on Thursday.

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THE OFFICE of the Ombudsman has formed two teams to investigate alleged anomalies committed by health officials, including Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, in the government’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

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THE Department of Justice will submit to the Office of the President on Wednesday its comment on the anti-terrorism bill, which will become law with President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s signature.

House to probe delays in coronavirus cash aid

HOUSE of Representative leaders led by Speaker Alan Peter S. Cayetano want to investigate delays in the government’s distribution of cash aid to citizens affected by a coronavirus pandemic.

Opposition Senator de Lima seeks bail, cites weak evidence

A SENATOR critical of President Rodrigo R. Duterte has asked a trial court to allow her to post bail more than three years after her detention, citing weak evidence in her drug trafficking case.

Court issues guilty verdict vs journalist critical of Duterte

A PHILIPPINE trial court convicted a journalist critical of President Rodrigo R. Duterte for cyber-libel, a verdict that could lead to six years in jail and one that critics view as a major setback for democratic rights in the country.

DoH reports 490 new COVID-19 infections

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 490 new coronavirus infections on Monday, bringing the total to 26,420.

Fewer Filipinos die of COVID-19 as local infections near 26,000

FEWER FILIPINOS infected with the novel coronavirus are dying compared with the rest of the world, an academic health expert said on Sunday.

3,000 more returning workers from abroad negative for COVID-19

ALMOST 3,000 more returning Filipinos from overseas have tested negative for the coronavirus, according to the Philippine Coast Guard.

Court to hear ABS-CBN return-to-air plea on July

THE Supreme Court is set to deliberate on July 13 the petition of ABS-CBN Corp. seeking to stop the implementation of the order by the National Telecommunications Commission which directed the media company to go off-air on May 5.

COVID-19 infections may reach 40,000 this month — UP team

CORONAVIRUS infections may reach 40,000 by the end of June based on the rate of transmissions, according to a team of researchers from the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Rallies banned during lockdown — DoJ chief

STREET protesters risk being penalized under public health laws because rallies are banned during the lockdown meant to contain a coronavirus pandemic, the Justice department said on Thursday.

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THE HOUSE committee on agriculture and food will look into the poultry industry’s grievance over the government’s refusal to temporarily stop imports amid oversupply in the market.

Coronavirus cases near 24,000 as local death toll rises steadily

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) reported 740 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, bringing the total to 23,732.

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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) plans to extend the period of its emergency employment program for informal sector workers who lost their livelihood due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

Virus rush to push metro back to strict lockdown

MANILA and nearby cities, where coronavirus cases are mostly concentrated, could revert to a stricter lockdown after June 15 if cases continue to surge, the presidential palace said on Tuesday.

#COVID-19 Regional Updates (06/09/20)

THE United States government donated P54.8 million worth of supplies to the Bureau of Fire’s (BFP) Special Response Units, among the agencies conducting decontamination and response activities for the coronavirus outbreak.