Saturday, August 8, 2020

Malacañang: PH economy can’t afford another lockdown

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Despite President Rodrigo Duterte's approval to put Mega Manila under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) for half a month, the Palace warned that the Philippine economy cannot stand another wave of lockdown. Presidential Spokesperson...

Downside of Duterte’s ‘populist’ stance glaring in his SONA

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While the whole nation expected President Duterte to tackle plans to combat the viral disease in SONA, he used it instead as a platform to air his rants against his critics and political enemies. In...

QC official reprimanded for ‘shoot-to-kill’ threat vs quarantine violators

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Quezon City's Task Force Disiplina Head Rannie Ludovica was reprimanded for a "shoot-to-kill" threat towards quarantine violators. Still, Senator Risa Hontiveros said that she would make sure that he will be held accountable. As Metro Manila...

Medical representatives now included in gov’t COVID containment panel after 5 months of lockdown

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Nearly five months into quarantine, medical representatives from various organizations will now be a part of a technical panel focusing on containing the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic spearheaded by the government. According to Cabinet...

Duterte’s warning vs telcos a diversionary tactic, telco expert says

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President Rodrigo Duterte's warning to telcos due to their "lousy service" is a distraction that diverts attention from his failure to discuss plans to address the COVID-19 crisis, a telco expert said. "Doon sa kaniyang...

‘Tulungan, wag pagtulungan’: PhilHealth chief Morales seeks help to address corruption in agency

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The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has already suffered enough and needs assistance in dealing with the alleged corruption that caused it to lose billions of pesos, according to the state insurer's president and...

Duterte berates medical frontliners for making appeal for timeout public

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Despite his approval granting the request to reimpose modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, President Rodrigo Duterte berated health care workers for raising up the appeal publicly. “There is no...

Putting Metro Manila back under stricter quarantine will be difficult, DTI says

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) believes that reimposing enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila will prove to be difficult. "How can we help our frontliners? They need more support in all aspects....

Medical frontliners urge gov’t to reimpose ECQ in Mega Manila

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Several medical societies urged President Rodrigo Duterte to reimpose the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and nearby provinces from August 1 to 15, due to the overwhelmed healthcare system brought about by...

Duterte might mobilize military reservists to bolster COVID-19 response

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President Rodrigo Duterte might tap the service of military reservists to reinforce the Philippines' response against the COVID-19 crisis. “We might call for mobilization . All of them," said Duterte, adding that his daughter, Davao...

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Gov’t sets P20-billion COVID-19 vaccine budget for 20 million Filipinos

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Confident that China will prioritize the Philippines and a COVID-19 vaccine will be developed by December, the Duterte administration said it has enough funds to...

2-week MECQ may reduce COVID-19 cases to more than 50,000

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Reverting to the two-week modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) might be able to reduce the number of COVID-19 infections to more than 50,000, according...

PNP vows to impose stricter checkpoints under MECQ

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The Philippine National Police (PNP) has ordered more checkpoints in areas under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). All police commanders and units were ordered...