Ex-presidential yacht tapped for quarantine

Credit to Author: Dempsey Reyes| Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2020 16:15:12 +0000

Plans are underway to transform the former presidential yacht, the BRP Ang Pangulo, into a quarantine ship for persons suspected of having contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). The vessel can accommodate at least 28 persons under investigation (PUIs) and persons under Monitoring (PUMs), according to VAdm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, Philippine Navy flag officer in […]

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Sen. Go renews appeal: Don’t spread fake news

Credit to Author: Bernadette Tamayo| Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2020 16:14:38 +0000

SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go over the weekend expressed dismay over the continued spread of fake news as the country faces a national health crisis because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Go appealed to the public to ignore fake news and focus instead on helping fellow Filipinos affected by Covid-19. He made the […]

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Govt eyes 15-day lockdown extension

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2020 16:18:40 +0000

The government is studying the possibility of extending the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) by 15 days to sustain its gains from its efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the country, a Cabinet official said on Saturday. Presidential peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the national policy […]

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FDA approves locally made Covid test kits

Credit to Author: Jan Arcilla| Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2020 16:16:22 +0000

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) testing kit developed by the University of the Philippines’ National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH), according to an announcement late Friday. FDA Director General Eric Domingo gave the go signal for the Covid-19 test kit manufactured by Manila HealthTek Inc. “Upon the company’s […]

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Bracing for one-two punch after enhanced quarantine

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2020 16:15:39 +0000

The approach to the final week of the quarantine elicits mixed feelings. There is a sense of relief. Lives and livelihoods were put on hold, but hopefully for not much longer. The lockdown has been a tough blow, but everyone knows that the second punch of the one-two combination will follow — the economic impact. […]

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INC allows conversion of PH Arena into Covid-19 ‘mega facility’

Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2020 06:56:08 +0000

THE Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) has allowed the government to convert the Philippine Arena as a “mega medical facility” to combat coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. INC Executive Minister Brother Eduardo Manalo directed the church to be “all out” in its efforts to prevent the spread of the virus. “Ka Eduardo has told us that […]

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Duterte accuses Diokno, opposition, of black propaganda

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2020 04:56:50 +0000

President Rodrigo Duterte has slammed human rights lawyer Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno and members of the opposition for supposedly resorting to “black propaganda” as the government grapples with solutions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic in the country. In his public address on Friday night, Duterte said Diokno and his […]

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PACC officials serve ‘at the pleasure of the President’ – Belgica

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2020 04:29:41 +0000

All officials of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) serve at the pleasure of the President Rodrigo Duterte, its spokesman said, after the Chief Executive fired one of its commissioners for calling for a probe of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo for supposedly “competing” with the national government’s efforts to combat the coronavirus disease 2019 […]

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Duterte Cabinet members donate salaries to Covid fight

Credit to Author: Catherine S. Valente, TMT| Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2020 04:05:52 +0000

A majority of the members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s cabinet have volunteered to donate their monthly salary to help the government’s efforts in fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, a Palace official said on Saturday. In a virtual press briefing, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles said that Cabinet members even promised to reduce their […]

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PCSO to help cover Covid patients’ treatment

Credit to Author: Darwin Pesco| Date: Sat, 04 Apr 2020 04:02:44 +0000

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said it would help in covering the cost of the treatment for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). According to PCSO General Manager Royina Marzan-Garma, the PCSO is working with PhilHealth to help ensure that Covid-19 patients are assisted in paying for treatment. Earlier, PhilHealth announced that it will shoulder […]

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