Thursday, August 6, 2020

P15-billion loss in PhilHealth funds tagged as ‘crime of the year’

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The series of anomalies within the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is tagged as the "crime of the year," according to the state insurer's former anti-fraud legal officer Thorrsson Montes Keith. During the Senate Committee...

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...

Gov’t takeover of telcos would give Dennis Uy’s DITO Telecommunity undue advantage

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A government takeover of telco giants Globe Telecom and Smart Communications would give DITO Telecommunity, owned by Davao-based businessman and presidential friend Dennis Uy and state-owned China Telecom, an undue advantage over the market,...

Duterte OKs proposed ₱4.506 trillion national budget for 2021

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The Department of Budget and Department (DBM) confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte approved the proposed ₱4.506 trillion national budget for 2021. The proposal was agreed upon during the president's special meeting with the Development...

Lacson: Billions misused in PhilHealth in previous years

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Senator Panfilo Lacson opened the hearing of the Senate Committee of the Whole hearing on the alleged corruption of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), saying that billions of pesos were misused in the...

Red tape vs telcos more apparent when PH shifted from SMS-heavy to Internet-savvy market...

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Former Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. said that severe red tape imposed by local government units (LGUs) when dealing with telecommunications companies (telcos) became more apparent in 2012....

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...

NPA may get free COVID-19 vaccines once available — Duterte

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Members of the armed group New People's Army (NPA) may avail the national government's free COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available in the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Sunday evening. “If they want to...

Gov’t to revive mothballed Bataan nuclear power plant

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President Rodrigo Duterte eyes for the possible revival of the Bataan nuclear power plant. On July 24, Duterte issued Executive Order 116 asking the Department of Energy (DOE) and other government agencies to suggest...

Name corrupt gov’t regulators who hamper services, Poe tells telcos

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Senator Grace Poe urged telecommunications companies (telcos) to name government regulators who contribute to the delays and inefficiencies of their services, pointing out that the administration should not corner telcos for failing to improve. "We...

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Revival of death penalty might affect attempts to save Filipinos on death row abroad

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If the Philippines would revive the death penalty, the country might lose its "moral ascendancy" in negotiations involving Filipinos facing capital punishment overseas. In his...

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...

P15-billion loss in PhilHealth funds tagged as ‘crime of the year’

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The series of anomalies within the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is tagged as the "crime of the year," according to the state insurer's...