Stay home or go on vacation? Senators want clarity on gov’t policy

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 10/23/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Senators have requested the executive branch to clarify its position on restrictions in terms of the public’s movement amid the pandemic. “May we be clarified about the position of the government if they are…

Consumers threaten FDA with graft charges over e-cigs and heated tobacco rules

Inquirer.net 10/23/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) continues to face backlash from stakeholders who are now threatening to file graft charges before the Ombudsman following the regulatory agency’s admission of receiving funds from foreign vested…

Five PDEA-7 agents probed for alleged staged buy-bust in Dumaguete

Alven Marie A. Timtim 10/23/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Five agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7) will be investigated for being involved in an alleged staged buy-bust operation in June 2020. These agents were once assigned in…

Low LET passers? Those attracted to profession are not ‘best and brightest’

Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQ 10/22/2020

MANILA,  Philippines — One reason why the passing rate in the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) is going down could be because those “attracted” to the teaching profession are “not the best and the brightest.” Runvi Manguerra,…

PH virus response fails to make IMF cut

Ben O. de Vera - Reporter / @bendeveraINQ 10/22/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Although it imposed the longest and most stringent COVID-19 lockdown in the Asia-Pacific region, the delay in mass testing and dodgy contact tracing failed to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the…

DOH reports 14,941 new COVID-19 recoveries; total now at 310,158

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 10/18/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health on Sunday reported 14,941 new recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019, bringing the total of recovered patients to 310,158. In its daily bulletin, DOH likewise reported 2,379 new infections, raising…

Coronavirus survives on skin five times longer than flu — study

Agence France Presse 10/18/2020

TOKYO, Japan — The coronavirus remains active on human skin for nine hours, Japanese researchers have found, in a discovery they said showed the need for frequent hand washing to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The pathogen that…

DOJ releases IRR of anti-terror law

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 10/17/2020

  MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Saturday released the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, almost three months after the controversial law took effect.…

IATF allows cockfighting activities in MGCQ areas

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 10/16/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Cockfighting activities are now allowed to resume in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), Malacañang said Friday. But presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging…

Outbound non-essential travel allowed starting Oct. 21

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 10/16/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has lifted its ban on non-essential outbound travel effective October 21, Malacañang said Friday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Filipinos intending to leave the country must have negative antigen test results, confirmed…

Gov’t relaxes quarantine, persons aged 15 to 65 now allowed out

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 10/16/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Persons aged 15 to 65 years old are now allowed to go out of their homes during community quarantine, Malacañang said Friday. “Persons from 15 to 65 years of age are now allowed to…

DOLE: Employers must release 13th month pay on or before Dec. 24

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 10/15/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Thursday made it clear that all employers are required to release their workers’ 13th month pay on or before December 24. “We will not postpone, we will not…

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