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Mayor Labella: ‘Business is hurting in Cebu City’

Cathrine Gonzales - INQUIRER.net 07/02/2020

  MANILA, Philippines – Businesses in Cebu City are “hurting” amid the imposition of enhanced community quarantine in the area to curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019, its mayor said on Thursday. “Business is hurting…

DOH: No scientific evidence ‘tuob’ can kill virus causing COVID-19

Katrina Hallare 06/26/2020

MANILA, Philippines — There is no scientific evidence that the practice of “tuob” or steam inhalation can kill SARS-COV-2, the coronavirus that causes serious respiratory ailment COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) clarified Thursday. In an online press…

Lacson says he’s open to amendments in anti-terror bill once enacted into law

Katrina Hallare 06/25/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson on Wednesday said that the Senate is open to introducing amendments to the anti-terror bill once it is enacted into law. “Definitely. We can introduce amendments or further amend the…

2 PMA cadets, 3 doctors indicted for murder in 2019 death of Dormitorio

Tetch Torres-Tupas, Vincent Cabreza - Philippine Daily Inquirer 06/25/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Baguio City Prosecutors Office has found a basis to file criminal charges against Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadets involved in the 2019 death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio. In a 66-page resolution dated…

DBM: P355 billion spent so far for COVID-19 response

Krissy Aguilar 06/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government has so far spent P355 billion for its response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Wednesday. “Sa kabuuan, as of today, ang nagagastos…

Palace: PH in ‘good shape’ in terms of medical supplies, but Duterte needs emergency powers

Krissy Aguilar 06/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — While the Philippines is in “good shape” in terms of medical equipment for its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response, President Rodrigo Duterte will still need emergency powers to expedite purchases, Malacañang said Wednesday. Presidential spokesperson…

Duterte: No corruption on Duque’s watch

Leila B. Salaverria - Philippine Daily Inquirer 06/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has vouched for beleaguered Health Secretary Francisco Duque III amid an Ombudsman investigation of his handling of the coronavirus response, saying he would stake his reputation that there was no corruption…

Traditional jeepneys likely to be safer from virus spread than air-conditioned ones – Ibon

Gabriel Pabico Lalu - INQUIRER.net 06/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines –  Traditional jeepneys, which have no air conditioning, may be more viable safer for public transportation than modernized, air-conditioned ones during the COVID-19 pandemic, think-tank group Ibon Foundation said in a statement issued last Sunday.…

DOH eyeing July clinical trials of Japanese anti-viral drug

Daphne Galvez 06/23/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health  (DOH) is hoping to start clinical trials for Avigan, an antiviral medication for COVID-19 patients from Japan next month. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Tuesday said the department is…

Palace legal team still reviewing anti-terrorism bill – Duterte

Darryl John Esguerra - INQUIRER.net 06/23/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to get his hands on the controversial anti-terror bill. “My legal [team] is still reviewing it,” Duterte said in a taped meeting with Cabinet officials aired on Monday night.…

Duterte ‘hates’ lockdown, aim to go around country to visit military camps

Krissy Aguilar - INQUIRER.net 06/23/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday said that he would like to go around the country to visit military camps in the coming days — taking, of course, all the precautions against COVID-19 infection.…

4.2M households to receive cash aid this week

Jeannette Andrade 06/22/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Sunday said the payout of the second tranche of cash aid from the social amelioration program (SAP) would be completed within the week. DILG…

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