Robredo, staff members test negative for COVID-19

Daphne Galvez 10/28/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo has tested negative for the coronavirus after being exposed to a COVID-19 patient, her office said Wednesday. Members of her staff, who were also exposed to the COVID-19 patient, likewise…

13th month pay can’t be deferred – Palace

Julie Aurelio 10/13/2020

  MANILA, Philippines — Even with businesses suffering losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are still legally required to give workers their 13th month pay. Malacañang said on Monday, October 12, 2020, that the law on…

How much should COVID-19 tests cost? DOH surveys market

Tina G. Santos 10/02/2020

The Department of Health (DOH) is doing market surveys to set affordable prices for coronavirus tests, including the real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test that it considers the “gold standard” in determining infection with the COVID-19 agent.…

More Pinoys wear masks vs COVID-19 – SWS

10/01/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Preventive measures against COVID-19 are still being practiced by large majorities of Filipinos, according to a special survey the Social Weather Stations (SWS) held from Sept. 17 to Sept. 20. The survey found that…

Cayetano offers resignation as Speaker of the House of Representatives

Neil Arwin Mercado 09/30/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Taguig-Pateros Representative Alan Peter Cayetano on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, offered his resignation as Speaker of the lower chamber, one day after news broke out that Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco will take over…

DILG says national emergency hotline 911 now operational

Consuelo Marquez 09/30/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine emergency hotline 911 returned to full operations after several of its COVID-19-infected personnel at the National Call Center (NCC) have recovered, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Wednesday,…

Convalescent blood plasma cited for recovery of 429 COVID-19 patients

Daphne Galvez 09/25/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Over 400 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients who received convalescent plasma treatment have recovered, Food and Drug Administration Director General Eric Domingo revealed Friday, September 25, 2020. Of the 526 patients who were given…

Comelec eyes 2-day elections in 2022

Melvin Gascon 09/25/2020

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is preparing to hold the May 9, 2022, over two or more days if the prevailing coronavirus pandemic has not been contained at that time. Bartolome Sinocruz Jr., Comelec executive director, said…

ABS-CBN chairman Gabby Lopez resigns from network, other Lopez-owned firms

Daphne Galvez 09/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Citing “personal reasons,” ABS-CBN chairman emeritus and director Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III tendered his resignation on Thursday, September 24, 2020, the media giant announced. In a press statement, ABS-CBN said Lopez also tendered his…

Gov’t must turn into reality Duterte’s assertion of arbitral award

09/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, said the government should “put into reality” President Rodrigo Duterte’s assertion in the United Nations that the Philippines will not compromise its arbitral…

Think tank Infrawatch PH raises more red flags on Manila Bay project

Gabriel Pabico Lalu 09/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Infrawatch PH, a nongovernment policy think tank, raised more red flags on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, on the government’s Manila Bay rehabilitation project, saying that it lacked an Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC) and was…

Comelec says it’s premature to worry about Duterte ally’s appointment

Gabriel Pabico Lalu 09/22/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has dismissed concerns over President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointment of an ally to the poll body, saying that such worries are premature and are just based on speculations. According to…

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