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Metro Manila risks reverting to strict lockdown as cases surge

THE presidential palace on Thursday threatened to put Manila and nearby cities back under a stricter lockdown if cases of the coronavirus that has sickened more than 61,000 and killed about 1,600 people in the Philippines continue to surge.

US lawmakers ask Duterte to repeal anti-terror measure

US LAWMAKERS have asked the government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to repeal the country’s newly signed Anti-Terrorism Law, which they said arms the state to stifle dissent.

Gov’t retracts cop-led house-to-house search

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS on Wednesday clarified the supposed plan to conduct house-to-house searches, to be led by the police, for coronavirus patients with mild or no symptoms and compel them to move to a quarantine facility.

COVID curve now ‘bent’ — Health chief

HEALTH Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said the curve for coronavirus infections in the country has been “bent” as the doubling time for cases is now longer.

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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.

COVID-19 infections near 60,000 — DoH

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 634 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, bringing the total to 57,545. The death toll rose to 1,603 after six more patients died, while recoveries increased by 88 to 20,459, it said in a bulletin.

WHO says no need to admit patients without symptoms

THE World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday urged Philippine hospitals not to admit patients showing mild or no symptoms of the coronavirus to avoid congestion.

Regional Updates (07/14/20)

Cops to face charges over death of 4 soldiers in Jolo shooting THE NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will soon file a case against the...

Hotspots face strict lockdown as COVID-19 cases top 57,000

SOME AREAS of the country might revert to a stricter lockdown this week after coronavirus infections topped 57,000 on Monday, while Manila and nearby cities would probably remain under a general lockdown, the government said on Monday.

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THE CIVIL Service Commission (CSC) has eased the recruitment rules for medical professionals as well as social workers as the country grapples with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

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THE GOVERNMENT should improve strategies in combating cybercrime, especially with the continuing quarantine restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said.

Coronavirus infections near 53,000

The Department of Health (DoH) reported 1,233 new coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total to 52,914. The death toll rose to 1,360 after...

UP COVID-19 test kits approved for use

The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine has validated local test kits for the novel coronavirus, which were now ready for use at selected laboratories,...

Seventh lawsuit vs anti-terror law filed

Labor groups filed the seventh lawsuit against the country’s expanded law against terror. In a 60-page petition, the Center for Trade Union and Human Rights...

COVID-19 infections nearing 52,000 — DoH

THE Department of Health reported 1,395 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, bringing the total to 51,754.

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Iloilo oil spill clean-up almost done — Coast Guard CLEAN-UP operations on the oil spill from a power barge off Iloilo City is almost done,...

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STATE-RUN Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), which covers public sector workers, have launched loan programs for educational needs.

Regional Updates (07/08/20)

Quezon City mayor positive for coronavirus, asymptomatic QUEZON CITY Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” G. Belmonte has tested positive for coronavirus, but is asymptomatic and will...

More than 40,000 inmates freed during 15 weeks of lockdown

THE Philippine government freed more than 40,000 prisoners during a 15-week lockdown amid the threat of a coronavirus outbreak in one of the world’s most cramped prisons.

Philippines to join various trials for COVID-19 vaccines

THE Philippines will join various clinical trials for coronavirus vaccines worldwide to ensure it will get prioritized for supplies once a vaccine is found.

Two more groups ask SC to stop anti-terror law’s enforcement

TWO MORE lawsuits have been filed at the Supreme Court (SC) questioning the legality of an expanded law against terror.

Gov’t lifts ban on leisure travel, with conditions

THE PHILIPPINES has lifted the ban on nonessential overseas travel as part of a plan to reboot the economy by relaxing lockdowns meant to contain a coronavirus pandemic, according to the presidential palace.

DoH says sorry for wrong statement on coronavirus hotspots

THE DEPARTMENT of Health (DoH) on Tuesday apologized for mistakenly identifying some cities in Metro Manila as emerging hotspots for coronavirus infections.

Court orders gov’t to answer anti-terror lawsuit

THE SUPREME COURT has given the government 10 days to comment on four lawsuits seeking to stop it from enforcing an expanded law against terrorism that critics said allows the state to stifle dissent.

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ABOUT P500 million worth of fake luxury goods were confiscated from a warehouse in Manila on July 6 following a complaint filed by the Philippine representative of Louis Vuitton.

Duterte faces 4 suits aiming to void expanded anti-terror law

LAWYERS’ groups and opposition lawmakers asked the Supreme Court on Monday to stop the government of President Rodrigo R. Duterte from enforcing a law expanding anti-terror crimes, saying the measure arms the state to stifle dissent and violate human rights.

MRT-3 closed for 5 days amid outbreak

METRO RAIL Transit System Line 3 (MRT-3) operations will be shut down for five days amid a coronavirus outbreak among staff members, the Transportation department said on Monday.

New COVID-19 infections hit record as lockdowns eased

THE Department of Health (DoH) reported 2,434 new coronavirus infections on Sunday — a record increase — bringing the total to 44,254.

Immigration workers sacked over Wirecard

TWO IMMIGRATION workers were relieved over a false report that the former chief operating officer of German payment company Wirecard AG had entered the country in June before leaving for China.

Gov’t allows bigger religious gatherings

THE GOVERNMENT would allow bigger religious gatherings to test health protocols for the coronavirus before easing the lockdown in many places around the country, according to the Justice department.

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NEARLY 600 overseas Filipinos from Japan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia arrived at the weekend, bringing the total number of repatriations since February to 68,440 as the coronavirus pandemic displaces workers and affects global travel.

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).

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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.