Palace shrugs off as rumor Duterte term extension talks amid renewed Cha-cha push

Darryl John Esguerra 01/07/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has branded as “tsismis” or rumor claims that the latest push for Charter change (Cha-cha) is meant to extend the term of officials, including President Rodrigo Duterte. “Wala pong katuturan iyang mga tsismis…

Xander Ford nabbed over violence against women case

Consuelo Marquez 12/23/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Internet celebrity Xander Ford was arrested in Pasay on Tuesday night over a violence against women complaint filed by his former girlfriend, police said Wednesday. Lt. Col. Magno Gallora, Jr., chief of Moriones police,…

Don’t use trumpets, whistles to welcome 2021, DOH warns public

Dona Z. Pazzibugan, Jerome Aning 12/11/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials have discouraged the use of trumpets and whistles as an alternative to firecrackers in welcoming the New Year. During the launch of the government’s annual anti-firecrackers campaign, an…

DILG OK with videoke, karaoke sessions in households

Darryl John Esguerra 12/10/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) sees nothing wrong with private videoke / karaoke sessions among household members during the holiday season, adding that what it is discouraging are karaoke sessions…

UK-based magazine condemns Cebu resort’s treatment of guest with special needs

Cristina Eloisa Baclig 12/10/2020

  MANILA, Philippines — The woes of the Cebu-based resort over its alleged discrimination of a guest with special needs is not over after a United Kingdom-based Autism Parenting Magazine slammed it for its “unacceptable” treatment of a…

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…

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