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Calls mount vs ‘urgent’ anti-terrorism bill

06/03/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Human rights groups and opposition lawmakers on Tuesday made a desperate call to Congress not to approve the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, warning that the measure aimed at crushing terrorism could easily be…

New rules await passengers as flights resume in 8 PH airports

Inquirer Visayas, Julie Aurelio, Leila B. Salaverria 06/03/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Commercial flights are set to resume in at least eight airports in the country this week as the country relaxes travel restrictions, but passengers should brace themselves for more waiting time and a host…

Diesel prices up, gasoline down

06/02/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Pump prices of diesel went up for the fourth week in a row, this time by 25 centavos per liter but those of gasoline went down by 20 centavos as the global market continued…

In remote schools, parents struggle with online enrollment

Michael Jaucian, Tonette Orejas 06/02/2020

MANILA, Philippines — A high school principal in a remote area in Candaba, Pampanga province, held a face-to-face student registration during the first day of enrollment on Monday. Suzette Villamil-Punzalan of Talang High School said she could…

Senate OKs on 3rd reading bill allowing school opening after August

Leila B. Salaverria, Matthew Reysio-Cruz 06/02/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate has approved on third and final reading a measure that would allow the President to move the opening of classes beyond August during times of emergency. The bill’s approval comes amid concerns…

Duterte to work from Davao City home in next few days

Julie Aurelio 06/02/2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will be working from Davao City in the next few days. Malacañang said the President was scheduled to meet with the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases and address the…

New helmet orchid species discovered in Palawan

Romar Miranda 06/01/2020

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan, Philippines —A new species of helmet orchid was discovered in Palawan province, a team of scientists has reported. Identified as Corybas circinatus, the wild orchid is the second of its species found on…

DepEd starts monthlong ‘remote enrollment’ on June 1 amid COVID-19 pandemic

Matthew Reysio-Cruz 06/01/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Tens of millions of public school students can start enrolling for this school year on June 1, as the Department of Education (DepEd) undertakes an unprecedented and monthlong virtual enrollment in K-12 classes against…

No domestic flights allowed yet this week

Dexter Cabalza 06/01/2020

MANILA, Philippines — There are still no domestic flights this week, as the government has told the airlines to stay on the ground despite the loosening of coronavirus restrictions in Metro Manila and other parts of the…

Private schools urged to accept tuition in installment

Julie Aurelio 05/30/2020

President Rodrigo Duterte has appealed to private schools to allow tuition payment on a “staggered” basis as families reel from the economic effects of the new coronavirus pandemic. The President made the call as he endorsed the…

Spanish priest accused of abusing minors sought

05/29/2020

A Vatican diplomat has sought the help of Filipino bishops for information about a Spanish priest accused of abusing minors and believed to have been hiding in the Philippines. Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Pope Francis’ envoy to…

China-led lender OKs $750M loan to PH for COVID-19 response

Ben O. de Vera 05/28/2020

The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) on Thursday (May 28) approved a second loan to the Philippines, worth $750 million, for COVID-19 response. Finance Undersecretary Mark Dennis Y.C. Joven told the Inquirer that the Beijing-based lender…

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