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The Philippines is sending its nurses to the frontline underprotected. Now medics are dying, others risk spreading the virus

Every day, Filipina nurse April Abrias walks six miles to monitor 30 patients who are suspected to have the novel coronavirus in a rural province north of the Philippines' capital, Manila.

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DTI backs businessmen’s proposal to gradually lift Luzon lockdown

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez on Wednesday supported businessmen’s proposal for a gradual lifting of the Luzon lockdown from mid-April, which would see more people in essential industries go back to work.President Duterte imposed the lockdown on the entire island of Luzon in mid-March, keeping half of the country’s population at home and temporarily shuttering most industries, to fight the new coronavirus, which has killed more than 42,000 people and sickened over 851,000 others across the globe since it emerged in China last December.Called “enhanced community quarantine,” the lockdown ends at midnight of April 12.‘More essential’ businessesSpeaking i

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Weeks after Davao derby, President’s pal says he has no COVID-19

DAVAO CITY, Davao del Sur, Philippines —A close friend of President Rodrigo Duterte earlier rumored to be in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital here allegedly for coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) after having been exposed to a cockfighting derby broke his silence to tell the world he was well.Davao businessman Sammy Uy said he was merely on quarantine after having been in contact with a suspected person under investigation (PUI).“I would like to thank everyone who reached out and expressed their concern to me and my family,” Uy said in a message posted on the group account of the Davao United Gamefowl Breeders Association (Dugba). “I am aware that messages have been g

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Market up 1.64% as investors welcome Bayanihan Act

The local stock barometer advanced to the 5,400 mark yesterday as domestic investors made up for the slack in foreign appetite alongside lingering concerns on the coronavirus pandemic.The main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) recouped 87.29 points, or 1.64 percent, to close at 5,408.52. Trading sentiment across regional markets was mostly sluggish.Local investors welcomed the enactment of Republic Act No. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, that granted special powers to President Duterte in addressing the COVID-19 public health crisis. The law also mandates a social amelioration program that provides for an emergency subsidy of P5,000 to P8,000 to 18 million low i

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DoF: Bayanihan law orders loan-payment extension

Lenders must give their borrowers a one-month extension to pay their obligations without additional charges under Republic Act 11469, or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act,” the Department of Finance (DoF) said on Wednesday. “All covered institutions shall implement a 30-day grace period for all loans with principal and/or interest falling due within the […]

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Govt incapacity putting PH’s future at risk

MORE than two weeks into the national emergency that has put most of the country under lockdown and completely paralyzed the economy, what we should have heard in President Rodrigo Duterte’s late-night address on Monday was a clear statement that the government fully understands the breadth of the crisis and, if it does not have […]

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Covid-19 issuances to extend statutory deadlines

The coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is greatly affecting all of us. To contain or manage the pandemic, the government imposed an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) covering Luzon, which we hope would end on April 12. Due to the serious threat to health, safety, security and lives of our people, Congress passed Republic Act 11469, […]

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Longer quarantine looms

The enhanced quarantine period may be extended in some areas as the government adopted a “carrier-centric” approach aimed at detecting, isolating and treating coronavirus patients, a Cabinet official said on Wednesday. Presidential peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said the possible extension would observe “a balance between ensuring the health and safety of residents, while looking after the […]

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No massive forced quarantine for PUMs, PUIs: DOJ chief

Manila, April 1 -- Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday belied reports of a massive forced quarantine for persons under monitoring (PUMs) and patients under investigation (PUIs) for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

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Duterte warns against harming health workers, orders police to protect them

President Duterte has warned against harming the country's health workers battling the coronavirus pandemic, saying he has ordered the police to hunt down those behind the attacks and take revenge.

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Duterte tells public: Wait for distribution of aid, don’t use force

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDT0PkERGlMMANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night appealed to the public to wait patiently for government assistance during the COVID-19 crisis and refrain from using force.In a surprise taped public address, Duterte admitted that the government was caught off guard by the emergence of the health emergency which he said resulted in a limited supply of relief goods.Nonetheless, he assured that government aid would be distributed “equally.”“Our supply is only so much because we didn’t know it would be that fast [in spreading]. In two days’ time, you’re dead. So we are trying to manage it so that every

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Duterte warns left, troublemakers vs challenging gov’t amid COVID-19 crisis: I will order you shot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDT0PkERGlMUpdated @ 10:58 p.m., April 1, 2020MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night warned leftist groups and violators of the “enhanced community quarantine” in Luzon not to “challenge” the government during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, saying that he would not hesitate to have them shot.“Don’t do anything foolish and go on a riot because I will order you detained and I will let you go after this COVID-19,” Duterte, speaking partly in Filipino, said in a taped speech.“Don’t test the Filipino. Do not try to test it. You know, we are ready for you. Violence or shooting or killing, I will not h

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Gov't targets less Covid-19 deaths, more recoveries: Nograles

Manila, April 1 -- The government is exhausting all efforts to reduce the number of deaths of people infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Wednesday.

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PH has enough rice supply, DA chief says

Manila, April 1 -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) on Wednesday said the country's rice supply remains adequate amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine imposed to contain the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

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Bong Go urges gov’t to expedite release of funds for social amelioration

Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong’" Go on Wednesday urged government to expedite the release of funds to assist Filipinos hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Vico not being singled out – DOJ, NBI chiefs

MANILA, Philippines - Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is not being singled out on the investigation being conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against local government officials who violated Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, both Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and NBI Director Eric Distor said."Pursuant to the President's instruction, the DOJ (Department of Justice) has directed the NBI and its regional offices, as well as all field offices of the National Prosecution Service to monitor the actions of all LGU (local government units) officials and investigate any violation or contravention of guidelines set by the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force

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Villafuerte hits DSWD over delayed release of cash subsidy

MANILA, Philippines — House Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte on Wednesday blasted the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) over alleged “blunders” that delayed the release of the cash subsidy for low-income Filipino families amid the coronavirus pandemic.According to Villafuerte, DSWD committed two “bureaucratic blunders” which delayed the release of Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) funds in accordance to the recently-signed Republic Act No. 11469 or the ‘Bayanihan to Heal as One Act’ which granted a subsidy of P5,000 to P8,000 to families affected by the pandemic.First, Villafuerte said that DSWD should have immediately released the necessary

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‘May na-insecure ba?’ Senators frown on NBI’s move against Vico Sotto

MANILA, Philippines — Senators on Wednesday frowned on the move of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to summon Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto over his alleged violation of the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, with one lawmaker saying that the agency’s action is “unconstitutional.”Senate President Vicente Sotto III pointed out that laws “are never retroactive if detrimental to any accused.”“What are they talking about?” the Senate president said over Twitter.https://twitter.com/sotto_tito/status/1245313348801114113?s=21“NBI will be well advised to be cautious in their interpretation of the law I principally authored. Any so-called violation of (Republi

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April 1: PH cities, provinces with confirmed COVID-19 cases

MANILA, Philippines — The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) contagion in the country continues to increase on a daily basis.The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday afternoon reported 227 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infection in the country to 2,311. Meanwhile, there are now 96 COVID-19 related deaths while 50 managed to recover.INQUIRER.net has identified the cities and provinces in the Philippines that have confirmed cases of COVID-19 based on the patient’s home address as shown by the case tracker of the DOH. Cases not included in this list are still to validation by the DOH.Metro ManilaQuezon City - 397Manila City - 150Makati -

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Fitch unit forecasts lower household spending in PH

Manila, April 1 -- Household spending in the Philippines this year is projected to slow down due to the quarantine measures implemented by the government amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak, a unit of Fitch Group said.

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Duterte orders OCD to consolidate donations

Manila, April 1 -- President Rodrigo Duterte ordered that donated medicines and medical supplies to address the 2019 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) shall be coordinated with and transmitted to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) for consolidation.

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Guevarra: Vico not singled out in NBI probe

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday (April 1) assured the public that Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has not been singled out for a probe being conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

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PACC vows to go after abusive local execs amid health crisis

Manila, April 1 -- orruption Commission (PACC) pledged Wednesday that it would run after erring local officials who will abuse their authority amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in the country.

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DOLE allows firms to defer grant of April holiday pay

Manila, April 1 -- Private sector employers may defer the grant of holiday pay for their employees this April in view of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Wednesday.

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Lenders barred from charging penalties on payments due within ECQ

Manila, April 1 -- All lenders are mandated to implement a 30-day grace period without slapping any penalty for all loans with principal and/or interest payments due within the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from March 17 to April 12, 2020.

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