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Duterte’s decision to terminate VFA unchanged—Palace

Krissy Aguilar 06/04/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to change his mind on the abrogation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Malacañang said Thursday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said this as he noted that the termination was…

Minimize bike, laptop price increase DTI asks retailers

Krissy Aguilar 06/02/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Tuesday asked bicycle and computer / gadget retailers and sellers to only impose “reasonable” increases in its prices. DTI Undersecretary Ruth Castelo issued the appeal and…

6,800 COVID-19 tests still awaiting validation — DOH

Krissy Aguilar 06/01/2020

MANILA, Philippines — There are at least 6,800 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests that will be validated in the coming days, the Department of Health (DOH) disclosed Monday. “Ito pong sinasabi natin na mga backlogs, meron po tayo…

Duterte certifies as urgent anti-terror bill

Krissy Aguilar 06/01/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has certified a measure seen to toughen up the government’s anti-terrorism policies. In a letter to Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano Monday, Duterte certified as urgent House Bill No. 6875 which amends…

Duterte still in Davao, will address nation on Thursday – Palace

Krissy Aguilar 06/01/2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to address the nation and meet the members of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for Emerging Infectious Diseases in Davao City on Thursday, Malacañang said. During a televised briefing…

Duterte orders LGUs to help stranded individuals, vows to shoulder their hospital bill

Krissy Aguilar 05/29/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday ordered local government units (LGUs) to extend help to Filipinos and even foreigners who are stranded in their area, adding he would shoulder their hospital bills if needed. “I…

Palace: Gov’t may tap private media companies to air educational content

Krissy Aguilar 05/28/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Private media companies, including ABS-CBN, may be tapped to broadcast educational content by the Department of Education (DepEd), Malacañang said Thursday. Should ABS-CBN secure a legislative franchise, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said he is…

DepEd to conduct ‘remote’ enrollment; parents to select preferred learning modality

Krissy Aguilar 05/28/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Enrollment for the school year 2020 to 2021 in public schools will be done remotely from June 1 to June 30, the Department of Education (DepEd) said Thursday. Students will be contacted by their…

Make issuance of medical certificates free of charge, DILG tells LGUs

Krissy Aguilar 05/27/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Local government units (LGU) have been asked to make free of charge the issuance of medical certificates to stranded individuals, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)  said Wednesday. DILG spokesperson Undersecretary…

Duterte: No COVID-19 vaccine? Opening of classes ‘useless’

Krissy Aguilar 05/26/2020

MANILA, Philippines — For President Rodrigo Duterte, it is “useless” to talk about the opening of classes when there is no vaccine yet against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). In a televised address on late Monday night, the…

Gov’t surpasses goal of conducting 30,000 COVID-19 tests daily – Palace

Krissy Aguilar 05/25/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has met its goal of conducting 30,000 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests per day, Malacañang said Monday. During a televised briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the country can now conduct 32,100…

Duterte fires Office of Civil Defense official – Palace

Krissy Aguilar 05/22/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte had fired an official of the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) due to lack of trust and confidence, Malacañang said Friday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque identified the official as OCD…

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