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…

US warns PH, allies vs Huawei over security issues

Ben O. de Vera - Philippine Daily Inquirer 06/22/2020

MANILA, Philippines — As governments around the world reevaluate adoption of 5G networks being rolled out by Chinese tech giants due to security issues, the United States is enjoining its allies, including the Philippines, to consider alternatives…

LOOK: Solar eclipse provides spectacle for families on Father’s Day

Gabriel Pabico Lalu - INQUIRER.net 06/22/2020

MANILA, Philippines – The solar eclipse — which was partially visible in the country — has provided a visual spectacle for some families celebrating Father’s Day on Sunday, despite the ongoing threat posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19)…

Pagasa: Today is 2020’s longest day in PH

Cathrine Gonzales - INQUIRER.net 06/21/2020

MANILA, Philippines — This Sunday, June 21, 2020, is the longest day in the country due to the summer solstice. Daytimes hours are longest during the summer solstice, with this Sunday’s day hours starting at 5:44 a.m.,…

Agusan del Sur frontliners get some pampering

Chris Panganiban - Philippine Daily Inquirer 06/21/2020

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, Philippines — His promise of a just reward for this province’s frontliners for their role in containing the spread of COVID-19 may be a lot of “hot air,” but Gov. Santiago Cane Jr.…

Gatchalian wants DepEd to set up ‘WASH’ facilities in schools

Consuelo Marquez - INQUIRER.net 06/21/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has called on the Department of Education (DepEd) to set up water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) facilities as part of preparations for possible physical classes once a vaccine for COVID-19 becomes…

Tax amnesty on delinquencies extended to Dec 31

Ben O. de Vera - Philippine Daily Inquirer 06/20/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has further extended the ongoing tax amnesty on delinquencies until Dec. 31, giving more time for taxpayers to settle their liabilities from the years 2017 and earlier. BIR on…

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