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Duterte may decide on Luzon quarantine extension by April 12-14 — Galvez

Catherine Gonzales - Inquirer.net 04/06/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte may decide within this weekend or early next week whether or not the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) should be extended. “Ang nakikita ko magdedecide ang Presidente between April 12 and…

GSIS allows online submission of pensioners’ proof of life

Ben O. de Vera - Philippine Daily Inquirer 04/06/2020

MANILA, Philippines – Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) pensioners who failed to do their mandatory “proof-of-life” appearance at the start of the year may now do so online. In a statement last Saturday, the GSIS said the…

COVID-19 watch: 5 year-old PUI dies in Albay hospital

Ma. April Mier-Manjares 04/05/2020

LEGAZPI CITY — A five-year-old patient under investigation (PUI) for coronavirus disease 2019  (COVID-19), died on Saturday morning at Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) in Albay. Antonio Ludovice, Provincial Health Office chief, said the patient,…

PH Navy to turn President’s yacht into quarantine facility

Frances Mangosing - Inquirer.net 04/05/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Navy said it has prepared a “feasible plan” to convert the presidential yacht into a floating quarantine facility as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte. The BRP Ang Pangulo (ACS-25) can accommodate up…

Robredo backs lockdown extension

Frances Mangosing - Inquirer.net 04/05/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo said Sunday she will support an extension of the enhanced community quarantine, but underscored that it was “crucial” for the government to explain to the people why it was necessary…

Start mass testing for COVID-19 now, gov’t urged

Melvin Gascon - Philippine Daily Inquirer 04/05/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The planned mass testing of suspected carriers of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) must start immediately, as doing it on April 14 as proposed may already be too late, the Makabayan party list bloc…

‘Not even during martial law’: Palm Sunday marked in front of TVs, PCs

Cathy Cañares Yamsuan, TIna Santos 04/05/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ more than 90 million Roman Catholics will observe Palm Sunday, one of the most important and colorful commemorations in the liturgical calendar, in front of TV sets or personal computers with palm…

Diokno to Duterte: OK to make fun of buck tooth, but focus on people’s needs first

Katrina Hallare - Inquirer.net 04/04/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno on Saturday said that while it is okay for him to be the subject of President Rodrigo Duterte’s insults,  the Chief Executive should also focus on the needs of…

Quest for COVID-19 cure: PGH needs blood samples from recovered patients

Jovic Yee - Inquirer.net 04/04/2020

The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is asking people who have recovered from the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to make blood donations so these can be studied and used to possibly treat other infected patients. PGH spokesperson Jonas…

Mass testing on April 14; but who to test is unclear

Jovic Yee - Inquirer.net 04/04/2020

If the Department of Health (DOH) will have its way, the persons to be included in the “mass testing” for the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) starting on April 14 would only be those who are vulnerable because…

PNP records 2nd death from COVID-19

Melvin Gascon - Philippine Daily Inquirer 04/04/2020

Another Philippine National Police (PNP) officer has died due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), its spokesperson said on Friday. Police Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said the latest casualty, identified only as “PNP-8,” a 48-year-old police officer…

Pangilinan family to pay bail of 21 QC residents nabbed over protest for food

Neil Arwin Mercado - Inquirer.net 04/03/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The family of Senator Francis Pangilinan – as initiated by his daughter Frankie – has offered to pay the bail of the 21 Quezon City residents, who were arrested Wednesday after protesting for food and other assistance amid the…

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