DOST expects VCO trial results will be released 2nd week of November

MANILA, Oct 17 (Mabuhay) — Results of the clinical trials on the efficacy of virgin coconut oil (VCO) against the coronavirus disease 2019 are expected to be released by the second week of November, the Department of Science and Technology said Saturday. “After today ay ia-analyze na ‘yung data. Siguro second week of November alam […]

17.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

PhilHealth won’t pay Red Cross unless MOA issues settled — Gierran

MANILA, Oct 17 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will not pay its debt of almost P1 billion to the Philippine Red Cross until all legal issues regarding their memorandum of agreement are settled amid the COVID-19 pandemic. New PhilHealth President Dante Gierran said he would not pay due to questions regarding the […]

17.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte approves lifting of oil exploration moratorium in WPS

MANILA, Oct 16 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation of the Department of Energy (DOE) to lift the suspension of petroleum activities in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). “I thank the President for approving the DOE recommendation. We need to explore so we may address the country’s energy security,” DOE Secretary Alfonso […]

16.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Travel agencies, tour operators now allowed in GCQ areas

MANILA, Oct 16 (Mabuhay) — Travel agencies, tour operators, reservation services, and other related activities are allowed to operate in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) at limited capacity starting Friday. This came after the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) issued Memorandum Circular 20-53 dated October 14 that re-categorizes the said travel and tourism-related […]

16.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Gov’t allows resumption of non-essential outbound travel of Filipinos

MANILA, Oct 16 (Mabuhay) — The government’s COVID-19 task force has lifted the restriction on non-essential outbound travel of Filipinos, Malacañang announced on Friday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the policy will be effective on October 21. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF) earlier suspended the implementation of this policy. […]

16.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Palace assures Covid-19 vaccine’s affordability

MANILA, Oct 16 (Mabuhay) — Even if the government could not provide free coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines to all Filipinos, Malacañang on Thursday said it is confident that the vaccines would be affordable to many Filipinos. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark after President Rodrigo Duterte said it would be “ideal” for every Filipino […]

16.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DOJ completes IRR of anti-terror law

MANILA, Oct 15 (Mabuhay)– Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Wednesday said the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 (ATA) has been approved on schedule by the Anti Terrorism Council (ATC). “The ATC has approved today (Wednesday) the IRR of the ATL crafted by the technical working […]

15.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

3 potential COVID-19 vaccines to have clinical trials in Philippines — Palace

MANILA, Oct 15 (Mabuhay) — At least three potential vaccines against COVID-19 are set to have clinical trials in the Philippines, according to presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday. “Meron po tayong tatlo na magkakaroon tayo ng clinical trials,” Roque said. “Kasama na po dyan ang Russia at tsaka ‘yung sa China, at kung hindi […]

15.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DPWH’s Villar: Foreign workers employed in infra projects due to required technical skills

MANILA, Oct 14 (Mabuhay) — Public Works Secretary Mark Villar on Wednesday said foreign nationals are being employed in the country’s infrastructure projects because of the required technical skills they possess. During a Senate hearing on the proposed P666.47-billion budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for 2021, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan […]

14.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Isko warns of Covid-19 ‘2nd wave’ as figures in US, Europe rise

MANILA, Oct 14 (Mabuhay) — Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso on Tuesday warned the public of the possibility of a ‘second wave’ of the coronavirus, citing the rising number of infections in Europe and the United States. “I hope we don’t experience what is happening in Europe as what is being reported by international […]

14.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

AFP chief Gapay says situation in South China Sea remains volatile, uncertain

MANILA, Oct 13 (Mabuhay) —  Armed Forces chief General Gilbert Gapay on Tuesday described the situation in the South China Sea as “volatile and uncertain.” During an online forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), Gapay explained that the situation in the region has been uncertain because of the continuous aggressive actions […]

13.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Clark Airport’s new terminal building to open in January

MANILA, Oct 14 (Mabuhay) — The new passenger terminal building (PTB) of Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga is now finished, with only interior fittings left to be installed before its doors open to the public in January next year. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the airport expansion […]

13.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DepEd prepares for limited face-to-face classes

MANILA, Oct 13 (Mabuhay) — An Education official said Monday the Department of Education (DepEd) is preparing for the limited face-to-face classes in areas with no reported coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections. “At the moment, there are no face-to-face classes but the DepEd is really preparing for it,” DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali said in a […]

13.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

2.4M Filipino children susceptible to measles — DOH

MANILA, Oct 12 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) said that 2.4 million Filipino children are vulnerable to contracting measles, thus the department is targeting to vaccinate them. “Kapag tiningnan po natin iyong ating datos, ang nakalagay po sa amin 2.4 million na mga bata na nagkukulang o vulnerable sila ngayon para magkaroon ng […]

12.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

WHO hopes Philippines can tap up to 4k volunteers for Solidarity Trial

MANILA, Oct 12 (Mabuhay) —  The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday expressed hope that the Philippines will increase the number of participants for the WHO-sanctioned COVID-19 vaccine trial scheduled to begin later this month. At the Laging Handa briefing, WHO Representative to the Philippines Rabindra Abeyasinghe said the Philippines is currently looking at around […]

12.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

US extends $213M grant to assist Philippines in poverty reduction, good governance

MANILA, Oct 12 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines has scored a $213-million grant (equivalent to P10.8 billion) from the United States to finance poverty reduction and good governance programs, the Department of Finance (DOF) announced Monday. According to the DOF, the grant for the Economic Growth and Democratic Governance with Equity (EGDGE) Program will be implemented […]

12.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Filipino workers in Canada receive recovery aid

MANILA, Oct 12 (Mabuhay) — The Canadian government has extended its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) recovery assistance to Filipinos who are temporarily working in the North American country, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Sunday. In a report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Vancouver said […]

12.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

13th month pay deferment subject to employer-employee dialogue — Bello

MANILA, Oct 10 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Labor and Employment on Saturday said the deferment of giving 13th-month pay can be agreed upon by the employers and their employees through a dialogue. “Depende yan sa pag-uusap ng management at labor group. Kung papayag ang mga empleyado… depende ‘yan sa usapan nila,” Labor Secretary Silvestre […]

10.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DOST gears up for Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials

MANILA, Oct 10 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), as the lead agency of the Inter-Agency Task Force’s sub-technical working group on vaccine development, is currently preparing for World Health Organization (WHO) Solidarity Trial for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine. In a taped DOST report aired Friday afternoon, DOST Secretary Fortunato […]

10.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

‘Vaccine hesitancy’ has dropped in Philippines, says Duque

MANILA, Oct 10 (Mabuhay) — The apprehensions of Filipino parents to have their children vaccinated have already died down, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Friday. “Kung pagbabatayan natin ang immunization coverage ng polio last year, mukhang ‘yung vaccine hesitancy bumagsak na,” Duque told senators as he defended the proposed P203.74 billion budget of the […]

10.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines now qualified for a more relaxed e-visa to Russia

MANILA, Oct 9 (Mabuhay) — Starting 2021, Filipinos will be able to apply for an e-visa to travel to any part of Russia, its embassy in Manila said. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, the embassy said on its Facebook page, has signed a directive approving a revised and more relaxed pilot visa procedure for the […]

09.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Palace hails Duque for being elected WHO committee chair

MANILA, Oct 9 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Thursday congratulated Health Secretary Francisco Duque III for being elected as chair of World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Western Pacific. In a Palace briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duque’s accomplishment showed that the WHO recognizes his capabilities. “Our congratulations to Secretary Duque and my classmate […]

09.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Stronger ties between PH, Brunei navies seen

MANILA, Oct 7 (Mabuhay) — The relationship between the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) remains strong despite the cancellation of naval exercises due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, an official said. “We would like to assure you that in spite of us not seeing each other face-to-face or physically, […]

07.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Newly-hired healthcare workers can leave PH — POEA

MANILA, Oct 7 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) on Tuesday said newly-hired Filipino healthcare workers (HCWs) with perfected and signed contracts as of August 31 are allowed to leave the country. In Advisory No. 47-B, series of 2020, it said all HCWs whose contracts were crafted and signed as of this new […]

07.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines asks UK to continue protecting Filipino health workers amid COVID-19

MANILA, Oct 6 (Mabuhay) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin has called on the United Kingdom to continue protecting Filipino health care professionals and uphold their well-being months after several of them were reported to have died from coronavirus. In last week’s virtual meeting between Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers and […]

06.10.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Nograles: Philippines not yet ready to accept more foreigners amid COVID-19 pandemic

MANILA, Oct 6 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines is not inclined to accept more foreigners for now amid calls to lift travel restrictions for unmarried foreign partners of Filipinos. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the government is taking “calibrated” steps towards fully reopening the country’s borders for international travel. “Right now hindi pa tayo handa. Hindi […]

06.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte says he never killed anyone, ‘magtanong ka sa pulis’

MANILA, Oct 6 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday claimed that he never killed anyone after saying on several occasions during his administration that he had personally taken lives. Duterte made the statement in a televised address from Malacañang after assuring embattled Health Secretary Francisco Duque III that he would “see to it that […]

06.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

SolGen asks SC to reverse decision favoring foreign contractors

MANILA, Oct 5 (Mabuhay) — The Office of the Solicitor General is asking the Supreme Court to reverse its decision that allows foreign construction firms to secure regular Philippine licenses. In a 29-page motion for reconsideration, the OSG argued that limitations on foreign participation in the contracting industry should be upheld to protect the interests […]

05.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

18,065 new Covid-19 recoveries bring total to over 273K

MANILA, Oct 5 (Mabuhay) — A total of 18,065 new recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) were reported Sunday, pushing the total number of recoveries nationwide to 273,079. In its latest case bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) also reported 3,190 new Covid-19 infections, bringing the total number of active cases to 43,642. Of […]

05.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DFA advises Filipinos to postpone trip to Iraq

MANILA, Oct 3 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday asked all Filipinos traveling to Iraq to cancel their trip amid the recent rocket assaults targeting the Baghdad International Airport and the country’s heavily-fortified Green Zone. “The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advises travelers to Iraq, particularly personnel of international organizations (IOs) […]

03.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Nat’l ID pre-registration in 32 provinces starts Oct. 7

MANILA, Oct 3 (Mabuhay) — The pre-registration for the implementation of the country’s national ID system would be rolled out in 32 provinces on October 7, an official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Friday. The 32 provinces are Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Isabela, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva […]

03.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

49K Pinoy seafarers deployed in September

MANILA, Oct 3 (Mabuhay) — Some 49,000 Filipino seafarers were deployed in September as the seafaring industry gradually reopens amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) said Friday. “Last month, a number of seafarers not below 49,000 were able to board their ships. This is the normal number of seamen […]

03.10.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte seeks dialogue, not shutdown of Facebook –Palace

MANILA, Sept 30 (Mabuhay)– Malacañang on Tuesday said President Rodrigo Duterte was not threatening to stop the operation of Facebook in the country when he scored the social media giant for taking down accounts and pages advocating “something” that is good for the people. In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte is […]

30.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Appointment of new apostolic nuncio ‘good news’ for Filipino faithful amid COVID-19 crisis — CBCP

MANILA, Sept 30 (Mabuhay) — The appointment of Archbishop Charles John Brown as the new apostolic nuncio to the Philippines is “very good news” to the faithful amid the crisis brought by the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said on Tuesday. “It is a very good news […]

30.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

Duterte wants Facebook not to ban pages advocating gov’t interests — Palace

MANILA, Sept 29 (Mabuhay)– President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement against Facebook on Monday was an appeal to the social media giant not to ban accounts that promote the interests of the government, Malacañang said Tuesday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said there is currently no scheduled discussion between government and Facebook over the President’s concerns. “Ang sinasabi […]

30.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Boracay reopening allows work resumption for tourism sector

MANILA, Sept 29 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Monday clarified that the reopening of Boracay Island did not mean that the country is already safe from the threat of coronavirus disease (Covid-19). In a virtual Palace briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the reopening of the famous beach island would support tourism industry workers and businesses […]

29.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Covid-19 cases drop due to ‘One Hospital, Oplan Kalinga’

MANILA, Sept 29 (Mabuhay) — The downward trend in the weekly average number of reported new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections may be due to the recalibrated strategies implemented by the government, a health official said Monday. In a virtual media forum, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire noted that the number of […]

29.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte to propose abolishing PhilHealth to Congress

MANILA, Sept 29 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night said he will propose the abolishment of the embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to Congress amid allegations of widespread corruption hounding the state health insurer. “Itong PhilHealth, I am going to propose to Congress to abolish the— Kung i-privatize mo naman, susmaryosep, walang […]

29.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

New Qatar minimum wage law beneficial to OFWs — Bello

MANILA, Sept 28 (Mabuhay) — With a new ‘non-discriminatory minimum wage’, the government of Qatar becomes the first Arab state to introduce a significant labor policy reform covering all its migrant workers, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Sunday. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a press release that the government […]

28.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

Philippines can rally ‘overwhelming majority’ vs China before UN — Carpio

MANILA, Sept 28 (Mabuhay) — Manila can rally an “overwhelming majority” of allies against Beijing if it raises before the United Nations an arbitral ruling that invalidated China’s claims over the West Philippine Sea, retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Monday. President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration has refused to do so over fears that […]

28.09.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

12 provincial bus routes to open in Central Luzon, Calabarzon

MANILA, Sept 28 (Mabuhay) — A total of 12 modified provincial bus routes would be opened in Central Luzon and Calabarzon starting September 30, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced Saturday. Under Memorandum Circular 2020-051, the buses may resume operations provided that they have a valid and existing certificate of public convenience […]

28.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Easing NCR GCQ may lead to COVID-19 surge around Christmas, experts say

MANILA, Sept 26 (Mabuhay) — The country’s number of COVID-19 cases reported daily are on a downward trend but experts from the OCTA research team warned the national government against prematurely downgrading community quarantines particularly in Metro Manila. In its latest report, the OCTA team said that the premature downgrade of the quarantine status in […]

26.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DOT checking more tourist destinations for reopening

MANILA, Sept 23 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Tourism is checking the preparedness of tourist destinations for reopening amid the COVID-19 threat, Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr. said on Wednesday. Bengzon noted that the department is pursuing a gradual resumption of tourism enterprises in the country. “Unti-unti nating binubuksan ang ating tourist destinations. Ang instruction ni […]

23.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

NCR is flattening COVID-19 curve –UP expert

MANILA, Sept 23 (Mabuhay) — Experts from the University of the Philippines on Tuesday said that transmissions of COVID-19 in the country had slowed with Metro Manila flattening the curve of its infections. “The R for the Philippines is .92 and the R for (National Capital Region) is .83. These numbers are below 1 which […]

23.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Thousands of Filipino overseas workers will be brought home, says Duterte

MANILA, Sept 23 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine government aim to continue to bring home thousands of Filipinos working abroad who have been affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, said President Rodrigo Duterte. “The Philippine Government has embarked on an unprecedented repatriation program. More than 345,000 overseas Filipino workers needed to come home then.We have […]

23.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Areas with zero COVID-19 transmission should be classified under new normal — Roque

MANILA, Sept 22 (Mabuhay) — Areas that have registered zero transmission of COVID-19 in a month should be classified under “new normal,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Monday. Roque said his colleagues at the  Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases were receptive to the idea of reintroducing the new normal classification […]

22.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

COVID-19 vaccine may be available in Philippines 2nd quarter of 2021 — DOH

MANILA, Sept 22 (Mabuhay) — The purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines by the Philippine government may only begin in the second quarter of 2021 as foreign manufacturers continue development and trials to ensure their safety and efficacy, the Department of Health (DOH) said. “We need to ensure that all of these vaccines are safe […]

22.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

PH Covid-19 case count up by 3,475; recoveries now over 230K

MANILA, Sept 22 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported 3,475 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the country’s overall tally to 290,190 with only 54,958 active cases. Of the active cases, about 86.6 percent are mild, 8.9 percent are asymptomatic, 1.4 percent are severe, and 3.1 percent are in critical […]

22.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Nurses with contracts as of Aug. 31 now allowed to work abroad

MANILA, Sept 21 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has allowed nurses and other healthcare workers with complete documents as of Aug. 31 to leave and work overseas, Malacañang said Monday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President approved the proposal of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to extend the exemption period for healthcare workers from […]

21.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

PH Covid-19 cases rise by 3,311; recoveries now 229,865

MANILA, Sept 21 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported 3,311 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the country’s overall tally to 286,743 with only 51,894 active cases. Of the active cases, it said that about 86.6 percent are mild, 8.7 percent are asymptomatic, 1.4 percent are severe, and 3.3 percent […]

21.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Palace says worst of Covid-19 is over

MANILA, Sept 17 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Wednesday claimed that the worst of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis is over since the country has been able to improve its healthcare capacity significantly. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque responded to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing that more Filipinos believe that “the worst of […]

19.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

2M local workers, OFWs to get aid from Bayanihan 2 — Bello

MANILA, Sept 19 (Mabuhay) — Close to 2 million Filipino workers including displaced overseas Filipino workers are set to benefit from the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Friday. “With this additional budgetary allocation, we expect to aid 700,000 formal sector workers. We also […]

19.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Palace appeals to public: Give ‘staycations’ amid COVID-19 crisis a chance

MANILA, Sept 14 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Monday appealed to the people to give the government’s latest policy allowing hotels to offer “staycations” a chance as the tourism industry suffered losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a televised briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque defended the new policy amid concerns it may increase the risk […]

19.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte ready to work with Japan’s new PM Yoshihide Suga

MANILA, Sept 18 (Mabuhay) — The Duterte administration is looking forward to working with Japan’s new prime minister Yoshihide Suga to further boost Manila and Tokyo’s bilateral cooperation, Malacañang said on Thursday. “The Duterte Administration is ready to work with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in further strengthening the strategic bilateral cooperation building on the special […]

18.09.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

BI deports 129 foreigners to decongest detention facility

MANILA, Sept 18 (Mabuhay) — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Thursday said it has deported 129 foreigners to decongest its detention center in Bicutan, Taguig City, and reduce the risk of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak. “Total (foreigners): 315. Total deported as of Sept. 15: 129 from BI Warden Facility for Persons Deprived of […]

18.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

Duterte yet to decide on proposal to ease travel ban for nurses — Palace

MANILA, Sept 18 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to decide on the proposal of the Labor department to exempt more nurses from the overseas deployment ban due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Malacañang said Thursday. Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has proposed to expand exemptions to those who had contracts abroad as of August […]

18.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte most likely to extend nat’l state of calamity — Palace

MANILA, Sept 15 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will “most likely” extend the declaration of national state of calamity in the country due to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Malacañang said Monday. In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte will likely extend Proclamation 929 that placed the entire Philippines under a […]

15.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte appeals to Malaysia to help Filipinos ‘in your country’

MANILA, Sept 15 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night appealed to the Malaysian government to help Filipinos “in your country,” despite the “ticklish” issue of Sabah. According to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, 2,000 Filipinos had been repatriated from Sabah, including 400 Filipinos who arrived on Monday. There were still 3,000 Filipinos in Sabah […]

15.09.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

COVID vaccine in exchange for Pemberton? DOH says no such condition set by US manufacturers

MANILA, Sept 11 (Mabuhay) –The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said none of the US-based manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccine asked for the pardon of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton so that the Philippines may be given access to the potential shots that could spell the end of the pandemic. “We have had discussions already […]

11.09.2020 · Filled under: Local News, News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

Philippines’ COVID-19 cases top 245,000 with 3,176 new infections

MANILA, Sept 10 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines’ tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections rose to 245,143 on Wednesday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 3,176 new cases. Metro Manila still recorded the highest number of new infections at 1,327, followed by Batangas with 260, Laguna with 193, Rizal with 176, and Negros Occidental […]

10.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DOH hopes to start Avigan trial in coming weeks

MANILA, Sept 5 (Mabuhay) — The clinical trial for the Japanese antiviral drug Avigan is expected to begin in the next few weeks once the Department of Health (DOH) finalizes the necessary documents for the research. “Hindi pa nauumpisahan ‘yong Avigan trial natin… Atin pong minamadali ang pag-proseso ng mga dokumento, hopefully in the coming […]

05.09.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

2nd Pinoy survivor of missing cattle ship named — DOLE

MANILA, Sept 5 (Mabuhay) –The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Saturday has identified the second rescued Filipino crew member of the capsized Panamanian-flagged vessel Gulf Livestock 1. Citing the report from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Osaka, Japan, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III identified the second survivor as Jay-Nel Rosales, 30, from […]

05.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Pemberton asks Olongapo court to allow his release

MANILA, Sept 5 (Mabuhay) — US Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton on Friday asked the Olongapo City Regional Trial Court (RTC Br. 74) to turn down the motion for reconsideration filed by a relative of victim Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude to stop his release from prison. In a six-page opposition, defense counsel Rowena G. Flores […]

05.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

3.7K new Covid-19 cases, new recoveries at 1,088 — DOH

MANILA, Sept 5 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported 3,714 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the country’s total active cases at 67,786. In its daily Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH said the National Capital Region (NCR) reported the highest number of new cases at 1,797; followed by Negros […]

05.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Pemberton not qualified for GCTA — Laude family lawyer

MANILA, Sept 4 (Mabuhay) — A lawyer for the family of Jennifer Laude said Friday that convicted US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton is not entitled to good conduct-based deductions to the time he serves in prison. Rommel Bagares of the Center for International Law said Pemberton is unqualified for good conduct time allowances (GCTA) because […]

04.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

MTRCB chief: Content regulation on Netflix, other streaming platforms only meant ‘post-monitoring’

MANILA, Sept 4 (Mabuhay) — The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) on Friday said it has no intention of stepping over the viewers’ rights by regulating the content of video on demand platforms like Netflix. “The word kasi na regulate they feel we’re curtailing their freedom. No. MTRCB is not a censoring […]

04.09.2020 · Filled under: Entertainment, News, Philippine News ·

Russia says Philippines may manufacture anti-COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V

MANILA, Sept 4 (Mabuhay) –Russia is open to the Philippines producing locally the anti-COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V, an official of its embassy in Manila said on Thursday. Tatiana Shlychkova, Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Russian Embassy in the Philippines, said Russia proposed three options for the Philippines to acquire the vaccine. One […]

04.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

1,987 new Covid-19 cases, recoveries now over 159K

MANILA, Sept 4 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported 1,987 new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infections, raising the overall tally to 228,403 with only 64,207 active cases. The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 91 out of 113 operational laboratories. It reported that […]

04.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Roque deplores court order for Pemberton’s early release

MANILA, Sept 3 (Mabuhay) — Palace Spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday slammed the decision of an Olongapo court to approve the early release of United States (US) Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, who was convicted of killing transgender woman Jennifer Laude in 2014. In a statement, Roque was dismayed by the ruling of Olongapo […]

03.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

2,218 new Covid-19 cases, recoveries now over 158K — DOH

MANILA, Sept 3 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported 2,218 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the overall tally to 226,440 with only 64,207 active cases. The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 102 out of 110 operational laboratories. It reported […]

03.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Palace respects Locsin’s opinion on Deployment ban on nurses

MANILA, Sept 2 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Tuesday said it respects the opinion of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. that the government cannot hold hostage nurses who want to work abroad instead of the Philippines amid the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the remark after Locsin, who […]

02.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines logs 3,483 new COVID-19 cases, total soars to 224,264Philippines logs 3,483 new COVID-19 cases, total soars to 224,264

MANILA, Sept 2 (Mabuhay) — The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tally of the Philippines leapt to 224,264 on Tuesday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 3,483 new infections, marking the seventh straight day in which more than 3,000 new cases were reported. Metro Manila still logged the highest number of new infections at 1,824, […]

02.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Delay hits start of Avigan clinical trials in Philippines

MANILA, Sept 2 (Mabuhay) — The clinical trials for anti-flu drug Avigan did not start as scheduled on Tuesday, September 1, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Wednesday. Vergeire said this was because three hospitals participating in the clinical trials have yet to finish their ethics review on Avigan. “Hindi ito naumpisahan kahapon kasi nagkaroon […]

02.09.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Duterte retains GCQ for NCR; Iligan under MECQ

MANILA, Sept 1 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) to retain Metro Manila and two nearby provinces under general community quarantine (GCQ). Duterte said the provinces of Bulacan and Batangas along with the cities of Tacloban and […]

01.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines’ COVID-19 tally now over 220k with 3,446 new cases

MANILA, Sept 1 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines’ coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tally soared to 220,819 after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 3,446 new infections on Monday, the sixth consecutive day in which more than 3,000 new cases were reported. The five provinces with the highest number of new infections were Metro Manila with 1,900, […]

01.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

POEA extends validity of OFWs’ employment certificates

MANILA, Sept 1 (Mabuhay) — Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) whose overseas employment certificates (OECs) have expired during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) need not to worry. This, after the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) extended the OECs’ validity until government has lifted all the community quarantines to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the […]

01.09.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

PH logs 4,284 new Covid-19 cases; recoveries rise by 22,319

MANILA, Aug 31 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported 4,284 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the overall tally to 217,396 with only 56,473 active cases. The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 100 out of 110 operational laboratories. It reported […]

31.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Lagundi clinical trials get FDA nod — DOST chief

MANILA, Aug 29 (Mabuhay) — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the clinical trials for the local herb lagundi as a mode of adjuvant therapy, the chief of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said on Friday. “It was earlier approved by the DOST, and now the FDA also approved the conduct […]

29.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

4K new Covid-19 infections, active cases nearing 72K — DOH

MANILA, Aug 29 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported 3,999 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the country’s total active cases to 71,745. In its daily Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH said the areas with the highest number of reported infections were the National Capital Region (NCR) with 2,097 […]

29.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

UP experts’ new projection: 330k to 375k COVID-19 cases by Sept. 30

MANILA, Aug 28 (Mabuhay) — The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippine may rise to up to 375,000 by the end of September, according to the newest projection made by experts from the University of the Philippines. In their August 27 forecast report, the UP-OCTA research team said the projected total number of cases […]

28.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines logs 3,249 new COVID-19 cases, total rises to 205,581

MANILA, Aug 28 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines now has 205,581 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,249 new infections on Thursday. Metro Manila still logged the highest number of new cases at 1,584, followed by Cavite with 147, Laguna with 143, Negros Occidental with 140, and Batangas with […]

28.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

After Duterte cancer remarks, Supreme Court urged again to order health disclosure

MANILA, Aug 27 (Mabuhay) — Broadway star and “The Voice” coach Lea Salonga released a new song about holding on to dreams and looking forward to once again pursuing them once the pandemic is over. Titled “Dream Again,” the single was a collaboration among Salonga, and composers Blair Bodine and Daniel Edmonds. “There was this […]

27.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

PH logs 5.2K new Covid-19 cases; recoveries rise to 133K

MANILA, Aug 27 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported 5,277 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the overall tally to 202,361 with 65,764 active cases. The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 95 out of 109 operational laboratories. It reported that […]

27.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DFA chief thumbs down proposed PCG attaché in Beijing

MANILA, Aug 26 (Mabuhay) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has rejected the reported proposal to place an attaché for the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Beijing, saying it would equate to Manila conceding its rights in the West Philippine Sea. Locsin said establishing a separate office for the PCG at the Philippine Embassy […]

26.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Senators wish Duterte good health amid talks of Barrett’s esophagus

MANILA, Aug 26 (Mabuhay) — Several senators on Wednesday wished President Rodrigo Duterte good health after he mentioned about his Barrett’s esophagus, which he said he was told is nearing stage one cancer, during a recent televised address. “We wish the President good health because the country needs him to be in good shape to […]

26.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

BuCor asked to compute Pemberton’s served jail time

MANILA, Aug 26 (Mabuhay) — The Olongapo City Regional Trial Court (RTC) has requested from the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) the computation of the jail time served by US Marine Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton, an official of the Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Tuesday. “BuCor has been asked by the court in (Olongapo) […]

26.08.2020 · Filled under: Local News, News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

PH logs 2,965 new Covid-19 cases; recoveries now 132,396

MANILA, Aug 26 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reported 2,965 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the country’s overall tally to 197,164 with 61,730 active cases. According to the DOH, the additional cases were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 95 out of 109 operational laboratories. Of the […]

26.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

PH Covid-19 cases rise by 4,686; recoveries now 132,042

MANILA, Aug 25 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported 4,686 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the overall tally to 194,252 with only 59,200 active cases. The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 95 out of 109 operational laboratories. It reported […]

25.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

He said authorities are still determining what kind of bomb was used in the incident.

Joint Task Force Sulu spokesman Captain Rex Payot said military forces were assisting local government officials in their COVID-19 response efforts when the blast happened. Police Regional Office – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao chief Police Brigadier General Manuel Abu told GMA News Online that the incident happened in Barangay Walled City at 11:40 […]

25.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Avigan trials in PH still hasn’t started — DOH

MANILA, Aug 24 (Mabuhay) — The clinical trials for the anti-flu drug Avigan as possible treatment for COVID-19 has yet to start in the Philippines for various reasons, a health official said Monday or a week since the experiment is supposed to have begun. “Ang Avigan trial natin, hindi pa sya nag-uumpisa. Supposedly, it was […]

24.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, Science & Technology ·

No present clamor for revolutionary gov’t: Panelo

MANILA, Aug 24 (Mabuhay) — Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Sunday brushed aside efforts of a pro-Duterte group to establish a revolutionary government, saying it will only matter if there is an “overwhelming call” from the public. In a statement, Panelo said the call of a revolutionary government “must come from the people […]

24.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

PH Covid-19 cases rise by 2,378; recoveries climb to 131,367

MANILA, Aug 24 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported 2,378 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the overall tally to 189,601 with 55,236 active cases. The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 99 out of 109 operational laboratories. It also noted […]

24.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Roque on proposal for a revolutionary gov’t: No support from Palace

MANILA, Aug 24 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Monday said it does not support calls for the establishment of a revolutionary government being pushed by the supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte amid the COVID-19 crisis. In a televised briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque maintained that the government is focused on the job of bringing the pandemic […]

24.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines inks €24.5M financing agreement for Bangsamoro development, Marawi rehab

MANILA, Aug 24 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines has inked a €24.5-million financing agreement with the European Union, its third so far this year, to finance initiatives in the Bangsamoro region and assist in the rehabilitation of Marawi City. In a statement released Monday, the Department of Finance (DOF) said the financing agreement (FA) was signed […]

24.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

LGUs should allow entry of returning residents amid COVID-19 — Palace

MANILA, Aug 21 (Mabuhay) — Local government units (LGUs) should allow entry to returning residents in their respective jurisdictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Friday. “In-adopt ng IATF ‘yung national na polisiya na lahat ng local na pamahalaan, lahat ng governors, city and municipal mayors at punong barangays, ay dapat tanggapin […]

21.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines logs 4,339 new COVID-19 cases, total tops 178,000

MANILA, Aug 21 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines now has 178,022 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 4,339 new infections on Thursday, marking the third straight day in which more than 4,000 new cases were reported. Metro Manila, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, still logged […]

21.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Isko closes shops with items labeling Manila ‘province of China’

MANILA, Aug 21 (Mabuhay) — Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso ordered the closure of business establishments selling products with the label “Manila, province of China”. Four business establishments in Binondo, Manila were closed by the Bureau of Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) of Manila led by Levi Facundo and Major Jhun Ibay of the […]

21.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·

Philippines’ COVID-19 tally soars past 173,000 with 4,650 new cases

MANILA, Aug 20 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines’ coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tally soared to 173,774 after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 4,650 new infections on Wednesday, the eighth consecutive day in which over 3,000 new cases were logged. The five provinces with the highest number of new infections were Metro Manila with 3,092, Cavite […]

20.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Solon seeks blacklisting of Chinese beauty product for listing Manila as ‘province of China’

MANILA, Aug 20 (Mabuhay) — PBA party-list Representative Jericho Nograles has called on authorities to investigate and blacklist the Chinese beauty product distributed locally after it listed its Manila address as a “province” of China. Nograles has sent letters to the Department of Trade and Industry and the Food and Drug Administration to complain about […]

Philippines bans poultry importation from Australia due to bird flu

MANILA, Aug 19 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has imposed a temporary ban on the importation of fowls and their byproducts from Australia due to the outbreak of avian influenza or bird flu in the said country. Agriculture Secretary William Dar issued Memorandum Order No. 40 series of 2020 on August 14, a […]

19.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

‘Animated’ Duterte not sick — Palace

MANILA, Aug 19 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte seems to be “animated” and remains to be in very good condition, Malacañang assured the public on Tuesday. In a virtual presser aired on state-run PTV-4, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte having a “lively” public address on late Monday night proves that the 75-year-old President is […]

18.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines’ COVID-19 cases breach 169,000 with 4,836 new infections

MANILA, Aug 19 (Mabuhay) — The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines leapt to 169,213 on Tuesday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 4,836 new infections, marking the seventh straight day in which more than 3,000 new cases were reported. Metro Manila still logged the highest number of new cases […]

18.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

PhilHealth execom is ‘real, bad’ mafia, says regional VP

MANILA, Aug 18 (Mabuhay) — PhilHealth regional vice president Dennis Adre on Tuesday supported the claim that the incumbent executive committee of the state health insurer is the “mafia” behind several alleged irregularities. “In the previous Senate hearings, Board member Alejandro Cabading and Atty. [Thorrsson Montes] Keith categorically stated that the execom is operating as […]

18.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Magnitude 6.6 quake rocks Masbate

MANILA, Aug 18 (Mabuhay) — A magnitude 6.6 earthquake jolted Masbate on Tuesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported. The tectonic quake was located 7 kilometers southeast of Cataingan, Masbate at 8:03 a.m. It had a depth of 21 kilometers. Intensity VII, which Phivolcs describes as “destructive”, was felt in Cataingan. Intensity […]

18.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte places NCR, 4 nearby provinces back to less strict GCQ

MANLA, Aug 18 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday night approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to put Metro Manila and four nearby provinces back to less restrictive general community quarantine (GCQ). In his public address in Davao City, Duterte said aside from […]

18.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Covid-19 cases rise by 3,314; recoveries climb to 112,759

MANILA, Aug 18 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported 3,314 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the overall tally to 164,474. The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 91 out of 105 operational laboratories. Majority of the newly announced cases were […]

18.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte in ‘perpetual isolation’ as precaution vs. COVID-19 — Palace

MANILA, Aug 17 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has been in “perpetual isolation” to keep him safe from COVID-19, Malacañang said Monday. In a televised briefing, Duterte’s spokesperson Harry Roque praised the Presidential Security Group (PSG) for ensuring that the 75-year-old Duterte is protected against COVID-19. “He is in perpetual isolation in the sense that […]

17.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

Adult joblessness surged to record-high 45.5% in July — SWS poll

MANILA, Aug 17 (Mabuhay) — Adult joblessness in the Philippines rose to a record-high of 45.5% in July with half of the unemployed saying they lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic, a recent poll of the Social Weather Stations (SWS) revealed. According to the results of the SWS National Mobile Phone Survey, adult joblessness […]

17.08.2020 · Filled under: Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·

DOH logs 40K new Covid-19 recoveries; new cases rise by 3,420

MANILA, Aug 17 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported 3,420 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the overall tally to 161,253. The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 99 out of 105 operational laboratories. Majority of the newly announced cases were […]

17.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

PH imposes temporary ban on chicken imports from Brazil

MANILA, Aug 15 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has imposed a temporary ban on the import of poultry meat from Brazil as a precautionary measure after the detection of SARS-COV-2, the causative agent of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), in chicken wings imported from the country. The ban was contained in a memorandum […]

15.08.2020 · Filled under: Money & Business, News, Philippine News, World News ·

6.2K new Covid-19 cases; PH total now 153K — DOH

MANILA, Aug 15 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) reported 6,216 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Friday, with the country’s total now reaching 153,660. In its daily Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH said the new infections bring the number of active cases nationwide to 79,813, with the majority of new cases […]

15.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

OFWs affected by Beirut blast get DOLE assistance

MANILA, Aug 14 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Thursday said it has extended assistance to over 20 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were affected by the explosions in Beirut, Lebanon. “(Around) 28 (OFWs were) provided with welfare and relief assistance,” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in a statement. Bello […]

14.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

PH in talks with at least 16 COVID-19 vaccine developers – DOH

MANILA, Aug 14 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health on Friday said the government is in talks with more than a dozen COVID-19 vaccine developers as the country continues to grapple with the fast-spreading disease. “We have about 16 vaccine manufacturers na may different stages ng pag-uusap (that are in different stages of talks),” Health […]

14.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

4,002 new cases bring Philippines’ COVID-19 tally over 147,000

MANILA, Aug 14 (Mabuhay) — There are now 147,526 Filipinos nationwide infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 4,002 new cases on Thursday, the second day in a row in which over 4,000 new infections were reported. The bulk of the newly reported cases still hailed from the epicenter […]

14.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines’ COVID-19 tally tops 143,000 with 4,444 new cases

MANILA, Aug 13 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines’ tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases jumped to 143,749 on Wednesday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 4,444 new infections. The five provinces with the highest number of new cases were Metro Manila with 2,618, Laguna with 233, Cavite with 227, Rizal with 174, and Bulacan […]

13.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Qualifying exams for foreign medical professionals in Sept OK’d

MANILA, Aug 13 (Mabuhay) — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the resumption of the qualifying assessment for foreign medical professionals on September 19. The IATF-EID’s approval was contained in Resolution 62 approved on Wednesday. “The resumption of the Part II of the testing activities for the […]

13.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Sputnik V availability in Philippines seen by April 2021

MANILA, Aug 13 (Mabuhay) — Russia’s anti-COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V could be available for commercial use in the Philippines by April 2021, a Philippine official who recently met with Russian authorities said Thursday. Dr. Jaime Montoya, executive director of Philippine Council for Health Research, was part of a team of Philippine health and vaccine experts […]

13.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

PH, SoKor navies discuss Covid-19 defense in virtual talks

MANILA, Aug 13 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Navy (PN) and the Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN) discussed defense efforts against the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic while keeping operational capabilities on track, in their first virtual “Navy to Navy Talks” (NTNT) on Wednesday. “This year’s talks focused on the sharing of best practices between […]

13.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·
Jake Cuenca responds to netizen’s claim celebrities don’t feel effect of pandemic

Jake Cuenca responds to netizen’s claim celebrities don’t feel effect of pandemic

MANILA, Aug 12 (Mabuhay) — Jake Cuenca did not let a comment of a netizen pass after the latter claimed that celebrities like him are more privileged during this time of the coronavirus pandemic. The comment came after Cuenca disagreed with a statement made by Senator Cynthia Villar about how the local medical community should […]

12.08.2020 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, News, Philippine News ·

PH Covid-19 cases rise by 2,987 to 139,538; recoveries now 68,432

MANILA, Aug 12 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday reported 2,987 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the overall tally to 139,538. The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 74 out of 99 operational laboratories. Majority of the newly announced cases are […]

12.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

US launches P1-B biodiversity project in PH

MANILA, Aug 12 (Mabuhay) — The United States government announced Tuesday a five-year biodiversity project worth PHP1.1 billion or around USD22 million to combat environmental crimes and help the country sustainably manage its natural resources. The Sustainable Interventions for Biodiversity, Oceans, and Landscapes (SIBOL) project, to be implemented by RTI International, is funded by the […]

12.08.2020 · Filled under: Environment, News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

‘Land of Covid-19’ tag on PH motivated by tourism competition

MANILA, Aug 12 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Wednesday called for understanding over Thailand’s struggling tourism industry after a Thai newspaper branded the Philippines as “Land of Covid-19” (coronavirus disease 2019) in relation to the return of more than a hundred Filipino teachers there. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque acknowledged that there is no way to control […]

12.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

DOST to lead clinical trials for Covid-19 vaccine from Russia

MANILA, Aug 12 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will lead the clinical trials for a coronavirus virus (Covid-19) vaccine developed and offered to the Philippines by the Russian Federation, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday. In a message to reporters, the DOH said the DOST is the lead agency […]

12.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

PRRD accepts Russia’s CoVid-19 vaccine offer

MANILA, Aug 11 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday accepted the offer of Russia to supply the Philippines with its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines once mass production starts. In a public address in Davao City, Duterte said he is “very happy” by the news that Russia would provide vaccines free of charge. “Maligayang-maligaya […]

11.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

PH logs record 6,958 new Covid-19 cases

MANILA, Aug 11 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported record-high 6,958 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the overall tally to 136,638. The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 74 out of 99 operational laboratories. Majority of the newly announced cases […]

11.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

PH still asserting sovereign rights vs China — Panelo

MANILA, Aug 11 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines continues to assert its sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea against China amid the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said on Monday. In his commentary show “Counterpoint” aired on state-run PTV-4, Panelo hit critics anew for saying that the Duterte […]

11.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News, World News ·

Duterte’s dilemma: After Russian vaccine, can I get COVID-19 shots from other countries?

MANILA, Aug 11 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte is facing a “dilemma” on coronavirus vaccine clinical trials, Malacañang said Tuesday after the chief executive volunteered to be immunized with Russia’s newly developed drug. Duterte on Monday night welcomed Moscow’s offer to supply Manila with COVID-19 vaccines, saying he would volunteer to be inoculated in public […]

11.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

One year not enough to solve ‘systematic’ PhilHealth fraud, Morales says

MANILA, Aug 11 (Mabuhay) — Embattled PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales on Tuesday said his one year of service in the state health insurer is not enough to stem the deep-seated problem of fraud. “Fraud has always been with the system as it has always been in all similar health systems in the world. […]

11.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on anti-terror law

MANILA, Aug 11 (Mabuhay) — The Supreme Court (SC) will conduct oral arguments on the petitions challenging the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. Court spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka said Tuesday that the SC will be hearing oral arguments on the case on the third week of September at the earliest. It was not immediately known whether […]

11.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DFA: Number of injured Filipinos in Beirut blasts now at 47

MANILA, Aug 10 (Mabuhay) — The number of Filipinos injured in last week’s deadly blasts in Beirut, Lebanon has increased to 47, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday. An embassy report said there were five more Filipino casualties in the explosion that killed at least 154 people, including 4 Filipinos, and injured 5,000. The […]

10.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

DOH earmarks initial P2.4 billion for purchase of vaccine vs. COVID-19

MANILA, Aug 10 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health has initially allocated P2.4 billion for the purchase of vaccine against COVID-19 under its proposed budget for 2021, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Monday. “We allocated P2.4 billion for purchase of COVID-19 vaccine. We don’t know how much we can be able to procure, pero […]

10.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

US Embassy urges nationals to reconsider travel to the Philippines

MANILA, Aug 10 (Mabuhay) — The United States Embassy in the Philippines on Saturday urged their citizens to reconsider travel to the country due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a travel advisory, the embassy said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a level 3 Travel Health Notice for […]

10.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DOH warns vs. illegal trade of recovered Covid patients’ plasma

MANILA, Aug 10 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) strongly reminds the public against the buying and selling of convalescent plasma of recovered coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients. Studies have shown that it could pose serious risks to patients, who may contract transfusion-transmissible infections (TTIs) such as HIV, hepatitis and malaria. The reminder to […]

10.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

PH Covid-19 tally nears 130K; recoveries rise to 67,673

MANILA, Aug 10 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported 3,109 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, pushing the overall tally to 129,913. The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 82 out of 99 operational laboratories. Majority of the newly announced cases came […]

10.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines reports 3,379 new COVID-19 cases; total at over 122K

MANILA, Aug 8 (Mabuhay) — The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country rose to 122,754 on Friday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,379 new infections of which 2,298 are “fresh” or newly validated and 1,081 are late. This marks the ninth consecutive day where over 3,000 new cases were […]

08.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

400 Pinoys from Lebanon returning to PH — envoy

MANILA, Aug 8 (Mabuhay) — About 400 Filipinos are expected to return home in the coming weeks following the catastrophic twin explosions in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on August 4. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said a flight scheduled on August 16 also seeks to bring home the mortal remains of Filipinos killed […]

08.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

1 in 4 MSMEs closed due to COVID-19 pandemic– trade chief

MANILA, Aug 8 (Mabuhay) — The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered about a quarter of the country’s micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the trade department said Friday, as authorities lined up measures to lift the economy from recession. About 26 percent of 1.5 million MSMEs were “partially or temporarily closed” by the pandemic, 52 percent […]

08.08.2020 · Filled under: Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·

One time, big time lockdown needed to flatten virus curve — Leachon

MANILA, Aug 8 (Mabuhay) — A former adviser to the government task force on COVID-19 response on Saturday said that a one time, big time lockdown is still needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic as infections continued to surge in the country. Dr. Tony Leachon, who left the national task force on pandemic response in […]

08.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DFA spending P15M for repatriation efforts after Beirut blast —Locsin

MANILA, Aug 8 (Mabuhay) — Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. said Saturday that the DFA is paying P15 million from the agency’s funds for chartered flights to repatriate Filipinos affected by deadly and devastating blast in Beirut, Lebanon. In his tweet, Secretary Locsin also said the expected arrival of the chartered Qatar […]

08.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

Philippines’ total COVID-19 cases near 120,000-mark

MANILA, Aug 7 (Mabuhay) — Coronavirus infections in the Philippines reached 119,460 on Thursday as the country’s health department reported 3,561 additional COVID-19 cases. This marks the eighth consecutive day during which over 3,000 new cases were reported. The five provinces with the highest number of new cases were Metro Manila with 2,041, Laguna with […]

07.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DFA chief orders check on Chinese survey vessel near Reed Bank

MANILA, Aug 7 (Mabuhay) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. on Friday instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs (ASPAC) to check on reports that a Chinese survey vessel is currently near Reed or Recto Bank within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone. Reacting to a tweet by Indo-Pacific News […]

07.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Poe wants greater protection, benefits for OFWs

MANILA, Aug 7 (Mabuhay) — Sen. Grace Poe pressed for the immediate passage of a bill that would provide greater protection to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have unjustly or prematurely lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis. Senate Bill No. 1476 or the proposed Act to Further Assist Filipino Migrant Workers will entitle […]

07.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

Palace concerned as economy plunges into recession

MANILA, Aug 7 (Mabuhay)– Malacañang on Thursday expressed concern over the state of the economy which slipped into a recession for the first time in nearly three decades. The economy shrank by a record 16.5% in the April to June period when lockdowns meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 shut down around 75% of […]

07.08.2020 · Filled under: Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·

Palace won’t accept PH has more COVID-19 cases than Indonesia, highest in ASEAN

MANILA, Aug 7 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Friday refused to accept that the Philippines has overtaken Indonesia in the number of coronavirus infections, claiming that the numbers are a result of Manila’s more aggressive testing than Jakarta. The Philippines’ COVID-19 tally of 119,460 cases as of Thursday topped Indonesia’s 118,753, making it the Southeast Asian […]

07.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

August 10 start of Avigan trials in Philippines not yet final, DOH clarifies

MANILA, Aug 7 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) clarified that the August 10 start of clinical trials in the Philippines of the Japanese anti-viral flu drug Avigan is not yet final, saying legal documents have yet to be finalized. “Yung una sinabi namin August 10 tayo mag-start pero hindi pa kasi namin, hindi […]

07.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DFA to intensify efforts to repatriate Pinoys in Beirut — Palace

MANILA, Aug 5 (Mabuhay)– The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will intensify its efforts to repatriate Filipinos in Beirut, Lebanon, Malacañang said Wednesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the assurance after the DFA confirmed that two Filipinos were killed, eight were injured, and 11 went missing in the massive explosion that ripped through Lebanon’s capital. […]

06.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

Philippine economic managers expecting deeper economic slump of -5.5% for 2020

MANILA, Aug 6 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines’ economic managers have revised their economic performance assumptions for the entire 2020, seeing a deeper contraction than earlier projected as they took into consideration the country’s plunge to recession and Metro Manila return to stricter lockdown for two weeks. “The Development Budget Coordination Committee has revised the GDP […]

06.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines’ COVID-19 tally leaps to 115,980, highest in Southeast Asia

MANILA, Aug 6 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines now has the highest number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases across Southeast Asia, overtaking Indonesia, after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,462 new infections on Wednesday for a total of 115,980. Indonesia, on the other hand, has logged 115,056 cases as of Tuesday. The Philippines also […]

06.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

2 Filipinos among dead in Beirut blast — DFA

MANILA, Aug 5 (Mabuhay) — Two Filipinos were killed in the massive explosion that ripped through Lebanon’s capital Beirut, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Wednesday. In a text message, Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Eduardo Meñez said eight Filipinos were also injured during the blast and 11 are missing. “Per latest reports from the […]

06.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·
Alden Richards, Nadine Lustre open to work on a movie together

Alden Richards, Nadine Lustre open to work on a movie together

MANILA, Aug 5 (Mabuhay)– Alden Richards has said he is willing to work again with Nadine Lustre. Alden and Nadine, who are a “fitspiration” to their fans, are co-ambassadors of a health and fitness competition. According to Alden, he has worked with Nadine when she is just starting her career. “During the early stages ng […]

05.08.2020 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, News, Philippine News ·

AFP chief’s proposal to regulate social media illegal and unconstitutional — Drilon

MANILA, Aug 5 (Mabuhay) — The proposal of Armed Forces chief Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay to regulate social media through the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Anti-Terrorism Act is “illegal and unconstitutional,” Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said Tuesday. “There is nothing in the law which would allow enforcers to regulate or control social […]

05.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines logs record-high 6,352 new COVID-19 cases, total up to 112,593

MANILA, Aug 5 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines once again broke its own record for the highest number of new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in a single day after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 6,352 new infections on Tuesday, bringing the total to 112,593. This is the first time that over 6,000 new cases […]

04.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

No shoot to kill order vs. quarantine violators, PNP chief Gamboa assures public

MANILA, Aug 4 (Mabuhay) — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa assured the public Tuesday ensured that there is no shoot to kill order against quarantine violators amid the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and other high-risk areas. “Shoot to kill? Wala naman, baka lang to emphasize things…” Gamboa […]

04.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Health workers’ frustration expected after Duterte lambasted plea for ‘timeout’ — Lacson

MANILA, Aug 4 (Mabuhay)– Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday said frustration can be an expected emotional response from the medical frontliners who got castigated by President Rodrigo Duterte after publicly airing their request for a “time out.” “Kung sa kanila I heard libo ang tine-treat daily at exposed na exposed at maraming namatay sa kanila. […]

04.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Is the Philippines winning the fight vs. COVID-19? DOH says ‘we’re managing cases’

MANILA, Aug 3 (Mabuhay) — The country is still in the thick of the battle against COVID-19 as it prepares its health care facilities and its health workers for a possible increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said on Monday. “Sa tanong kung nananalo ba tayo, nagma-manage po tayo, pine-prepare […]

03.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·
Catriona Gray seeks P10M from tabloid over fake topless photos

Catriona Gray seeks P10M from tabloid over fake topless photos

MANILA, Aug 3 (Mabuhay) — Catriona Gray is demanding P10 million from a tabloid over its “false” allegations about her having nude photos. The former Miss Universe title-holder said local tabloid Bulgar caused “immeasurable damage” to her reputation by publishing an article with an alleged topless photo of hers. In the circulated demand letter, Gray […]

03.08.2020 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, News, Philippine News ·

Philippine COVID-19 cases breach 100,000 with record-high 5,032 new infections

MANILA, Aug 3 (Mabuhay) — The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines breached the 100,000 mark on Sunday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 5,032 more infections, the fourth all-time high in a row, bringing the total to 103,185. This marks the first time during which more than 5,000 new […]

03.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

New Clark Airport terminal building to open before end-2020 — BCDA

MANILA, Aug 3 (Mabuhay) — The new passenger terminal building (PTB) at the Clark International Airport is on track to open by the end of the year and will be fully operational by January next year, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) announced Sunday. In an emailed statement, the BCDA said the building shell […]

03.08.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, Local News, News, Philippine News, World News ·

PRRD heeds front-liners’ call; reverts NCR, other areas to MECQ

MANILA, Aug 3 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has reverted Metro Manila to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from Aug. 4 to 18 as coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the country exceeded 100,000. In a late-night public address on Sunday, Duterte approved the recommendation of his Cabinet to return to a more stringent quarantine status […]

03.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Doctor urges 2-week NCR ECQ as ‘breather’ for exhausted frontliners

MANILA, Aug 1 (Mabuhay) — The government should again place Metro Manila under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), even just for two weeks, to give health workers a time to recuperate from exhaustion due to the non-stop admission of COVID-19 patients in hospitals, Philippine College of Physicians Vice President Dr. Maricar Limpin said Friday. “Ang […]

01.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DOH supports call of medical groups for proper quarantine enforcement

MANILA, Aug 1 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said it supports the appeal of medical frontline workers to ensure that community quarantine is properly enforced. This was after health frontline workers asked the government to revert to a stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as the coronavirus disease infections continue to rise […]

01.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Metro Manila should be placed under ECQ anew, Sotto and Lacson agree

MANILA, Aug 1 (Mabuhay) — Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Panfilo Lacson both agree that Metro Manila should be placed again under the much stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as the cases of COVID-19 in the country continue to increase. The two senators issued separate statements in response to calls from medical professionals […]

01.08.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines logs 3,954 new COVID-19 cases, 38k recoveries

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — There are now 89,374 Filipinos infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after the Department of Health (DOH) reported a record-high 3,954 new cases on Thursday, 1,320 of which were “fresh” or newly validated and 2,634 were reported late. This marks the first time that new cases breached the 3,000 […]

31.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Gatchalian urges transparency in study of nuclear energy

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Thursday urged the inter-agency committee assigned to study the possible use of nuclear energy to proceed with utmost transparency to the public, saying that nuclear power is a ‘risky’ business. On Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte formed the Nuclear Energy Program Inter-Agency Committee to study the possibility […]

31.07.2020 · Filled under: Environment, News, Philippine News ·

Duterte places Cebu City, keeps NCR under GCQ

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has downgraded the quarantine classification in Cebu City to a less restrictive general community quarantine (GCQ) from a more stringent modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). In a taped public address aired on state-run PTV-4 on Friday morning, Duterte also announced his decision to retain the GCQ status […]

31.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

20 million Filipinos to get free COVID-19 vaccine — Finance chief Dominguez

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay)– At least 20 million Filipinos will be provided with COVID-19 vaccine for free, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said. At a briefing in Malacañang Thursday night and aired Friday morning, Dominguez said the government is capable of financing P20 billion worth of COVID-19 vaccines which are expected to be ready by […]

31.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Palace thanks China commitment for Covid-19 vaccine access

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Thursday thanked China for its commitment to prioritize the Philippines’ request for immediate access to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine it is developing. In a virtual press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque was glad that the mended relationship between Beijing and Manila yields positive results. “Nagpapasalamat po […]

31.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

UP experts project 150k COVID-19 cases by end of August

MANILA, July 31 (Mabuhay) — Experts from the University of the Philippines (UP) said Friday the number of COVID-19 cases in the country may reach 150,000 by the end of August. Almost double the current national case total, the projection reflects the “exponential growth” experts have talked about, Professor Ranjit Rye of the UP OCTA […]

31.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines’ COVID-19 tally tops 85,000 with 1,874 new cases

MANILA, July 30 (Mabuhay) — The number of Filipinos infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) breached the 85,000 mark on Wednesday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 1,874 new cases, bringing the total to 85,486. This marks the 15th straight day during which at least 1,300 new infections were recorded. The five provinces with […]

30.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DFA chief asserts PH Sabah claim; summons Malaysian envoy

MANILA, July 30 (Mabuhay) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Thursday said he would summon the Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines following a Twitter spat with Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein over Sabah. In a series of tweets, the Filipino top diplomat stressed that Manila would never abandon its claim over the territory. “No […]

30.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

No COVID-19 cases yet among Filipinos living in Brazil — ambassador

MANILA, July 30 (Mabuhay)– The Philippines’ foreign service post in Brazil has not recorded a single case of a Filipino who contracted COVID-19, an official said Thursday. Ambassador Marichu Mauro gave the report after Brazil—one of the worst-hit countries by COVID-19—recorded 69,074 new confirmed cases on Wednesday. “Sa awa ng Diyos wala naman po tayong […]

30.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

78 Filipinos test positive for coronavirus in SoKor

MANILA, July 30 (Mabuhay)– The Philippine Embassy in Seoul reported Wednesday that 78 Filipinos were diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in South Korea. In a Laging Handa briefing, Charge d’Affaires Christian L. de Jesus said 34 of the 78 have already recovered and discharged from hospitals. “A total of forty-four are currently under treatment, […]

30.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Death penalty could be abused by rogue police for extortion, Atienza says

MANILA, July 30 (Mabuhay) — Buhay party-list Representative Lito Atienza on Wednesday warned that the proposed restoration of death penalty could be abused by rogue police for extortion. In a forum in Quezon City, Atienza expressed his concern for the public if the death penalty for heinous crimes is reinstated without reforming the police. “The […]

30.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Metro Manila returning to MECQ not a ‘foregone conclusion’ –Palace

MANILA, July 29 (Mabuhay) — It remains to be seen whether Metro Manila will return to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) next month, Malacañang said Tuesday. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the possibility that the government will reimpose a stricter lockdown in the capital region was not a “foregone conclusion” since the case doubling […]

29.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Fight vs. Covid-19 still ‘successful’ — Palace

MANILA, July 29 (Mabuhay) — Despite the spike in confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the country, Malacañang on Wednesday said the fight against the novel coronavirus remains “successful”. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said there are improvements in the government’s Covid-19 response because the country’s mortality rate is “still way below” the global average. […]

29.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

No reason to celebrate, UP’s Covid-19 forecast happened –Palace

MANILA, July 29 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Wednesday said there is no reason to celebrate now, as it admitted that the country would not be able to beat the University of the Philippines’ (UP) prediction that coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections may breach 85,000 by July 31. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque acknowledged that this time, […]

29.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Gov’t debt balloons to record P9.05T as of end-June as borrowing increased due to COVID-19

MANILA, July 29 (Mabuhay) — The national government’s outstanding debt swelled to a record P9.054 trillion, breaching P9-trillion mark, as of end-June as the state ramped up borrowing to support COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, data released by the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) showed Wednesday. The end-June outstanding government debt is 1.8% higher than […]

29.07.2020 · Filled under: Money & Business, News, Philippine News, World News ·

BIR maintains POGOs should pay 5% franchise tax

MANILA, July 28 (Mabuhay) — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has maintained that foreign-based Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) should pay the 5% franchise tax before they can resume their operations. In a statement, the taxman said the payment of 5% franchise tax on POGOs is clearly stated in a memorandum circular issued by […]

DA confirms bird flu in Pampanga egg farm

MANILA, July 29 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Animal Industry (DA-BAI) on Wednesday confirmed the detection of a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) strain, specifically A(H5N6), in a poultry layer or egg-producing farm in San Luis, Pampanga. Using the “one health approach,” the DA-BAI — in tandem with the DA […]

29.07.2020 · Filled under: Environment, News, Philippine News ·

House panel OKs proposed 12% VAT on some digital service providers

MANILA, July 29 (Mabuhay) — The House ways and means panel has approved a bill seeking to impose a 12% Value Added Tax (VAT) on some foreign and local companies providing goods and services via digital and electronic platforms. Still unnumbered, the substitute bill seeks to amend Section 105-A of the National Internal Revenue with […]

29.07.2020 · Filled under: Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·

Death penalty for drug convicts has ‘better chances’ of passing in Senate now — Sotto

MANILA, July 28 (Mabuhay) — Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday said the revival of death penalty for drug-related offenses now has a better chance of being passed in the 18th Congress. In a message to reporters, Sotto said the bills seeking to revive capital punishment have simply not been prioritized in previous years. […]

28.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

843K local workers, OFWs get cash aid — PRRD

MANILA, July 28 (Mabuhay) — More than 800,000 local and overseas workers affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic have benefited from the cash assistance provided by the government, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Monday. In his 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa, Duterte reported that some 843,000 […]

28.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

House to discuss death penalty bills thoroughly –Romualdez

MANILA, July 28 (Mabuhay) — The House of Representatives will thoroughly deliberate the revival of death penalty for drug-related crimes which President Rodrigo Duterte urged Congress to work on during his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), Majority Leader Martin Romualdez said Tuesday. In a statement, Romualdez said the House is ready to take […]

28.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

DOH: No second wave of COVID-19 yet despite increase in cases

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) — The second wave of COVID-19 pandemic is yet to hit the Philippines despite the increase in the number of cases in the country, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Monday. Vergeire made the declaration after COVID-19 cases breached 80,000 as of July 26, Sunday, and after four days straight of […]

28.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

US military donates P11-M in medical supplies to PH

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) — The United States Army and Marine Corps service members delivered on Monday an additional PHP11.4 million (US$230,600) in medical equipment to hospitals in 11 cities across the Philippines. This new donation brings the total US government pandemic assistance to the Philippines to PHP989 million or more than US$20 million. “This […]

28.07.2020 · Filled under: Local News, News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

8 to 9 LSIs gathered at Rizal Memorial Sports Complex tested positive for COVID-19 — official

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) — Around eight to nine locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who gathered at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila over the weekend have tested positive for COVID-19 following rapid tests, a government official said Monday. Hatid Tulong Program lead convenor and Presidential Management Staff Assistant Secretary Joseph Encabo said that the […]

28.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DOLE says over 100K OFWs back to their homes

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) — More than 106,200 overseas Filipino workers repatriated by the government amid the coronavirus pandemic have been transported to their home provinces, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported Sunday. The latest batch of 2,246 home-bound OFWs, who tested negative for Covid-19, took their rides back to their respective provinces […]

27.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte should acknowledge shortcomings in COVID-19 efforts in SONA 2020 — IBON

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte should acknowledge the government’s shortcomings in addressing the coronavirus pandemic in his upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA), research group IBON Foundation said Sunday. According to IBON Foundation executive director Sonny Africa, Duterte should recognize the weaknesses of the administration and ensure that steps are being […]

27.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines logs over 2,000 COVID-19 cases for 4th straight day

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tally jumped to 80,448 on Sunday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 2,110 new cases, marking the fourth consecutive day over 2,000 new infections were reported. The five provinces with the highest number of new cases were Metro Manila with 1,345, Cebu with […]

26.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte to undergo COVID-19 swab test on Sunday — Nograles

MANILA,July 25 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to undergo COVID-19 swab test on Sunday, July 26, a day before his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Saturday. “Baka tomorrow din siguro,” Nograles said when asked when Duterte will be tested. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said the […]

25.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Gov’t improves market access for Filipino MSMEs

MANILA, July 25 (Mabuhay)– The government, through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has launched different programs to improve market access to micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) during the Duterte administration. In its technical report to the Office of the President, DTI said it has established 37 One-Town-One-Product (OTOP) Philippines stores nationwide. OTOP […]

25.07.2020 · Filled under: Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·

IATF okays PH participation in Covid-19 vaccine global access

MANILA, July 24 (Mabuhay) — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has approved the country’s participation in a global initiative that guarantees access to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines worldwide. “The members of the IATF likewise approved the participation of the Philippines in the Gavi Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access […]

24.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

2,200 new cases push Philippines’ COVID-19 tally to 74,390

MANILA, July 24 (Mabuhay) — The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines leapt to 74,390 on Thursday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 2,200 more infections, 1,314 of which were “fresh” or newly validated and 886 were reported late. This marks the ninth consecutive day where over 1,300 new infections […]

24.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

ADB loans to Philippines to reach record high $4.2B in 2020

MANILA, July 24 (Mabuhay) — Loans of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to the Philippines are expected to reach a record-high $4.207 billion this year, with the lion’s share going to efforts against the coronavirus disease 2019. According to ADB Philippines country director Kelly Bird, the ADB’s 2020 lending program is the biggest so far […]

24.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·

Mt. Bulusan shows signs of potential eruption — Phivolcs

LEGAZPI CITY, July 24 (Mabuhay) — The series of tremors that have been rocking Mt. Bulusan in Sorsogon and the bulging at its edifice are apparent signs that the volcano’s state of restlessness is rising. April Dominguiano, resident volcanologist of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in the province, in an interview on […]

24.07.2020 · Filled under: Environment, News, Philippine News ·

Philippines reimposes non-essential foreign travel restriction for citizens

MANILA, July 23 (Mabuhay)– The Philippines reimposed the restriction on non-essential outbound travel for Filipinos, Malacañang announced Thursday. In a televised briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the government’s COVID-19 task force made the decision since only one health and travel insurance company agreed to provide such service. However, those with confirmed bookings as of […]

23.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

Pacquiao joins roster of PH Army advisers

MANILA, July 23 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Army (PA) on Wednesday welcomed Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao as the newest member of its Multi-Sector Advisory Board (MSAB). The Filipino boxing icon, who is also an Army reserve colonel, took his oath and received his Army Transformation Roadmap pin via video teleconferencing in a ceremony led by […]

23.07.2020 · Filled under: Entertainment, International Stars, News, Philippine News ·

Dingdong’s delivery service app hires, helps out-of-work showbiz workers

MANILA, July 22 (Mabuhay) — Dingdong Dantes’ food delivery service app has been hiring showbiz workers who lost their jobs amid the community quarantine. The riders were given a five-day training with the help of Yes Pinoy Foundation and other agencies. Carlo Kaunes, a stuntman of “Descendants of the Sun,” said he has been feeling […]

Ex-DOH chief says gov’t should be open to criticism over pandemic

MANILA, July 22  (Mabuhay) — A former Philippine health secretary on Tuesday urged the government to take criticisms “constructively” as officials come under increasing pressure to arrest the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country, despite imposing one of the world’s longest lockdowns. A number of individuals have come under fire from authorities for […]

22.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

PH to repatriate remains of 57 more Saudi OFWs next week

MANILA, July 22 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines is set to repatriate the third batch of the remains of 57 more overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from Saudi Arabia next week, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Tuesday. DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the chartered Philippine Airlines cargo flight will arrive in Manila […]

22.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippines’ COVID-19 cases now over 83,000 with 1,678 new infections

MANILA, July 29 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines’ tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases topped 83,000 on Tuesday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 1,678 more infections, bringing the total to 83,673. This marks the 14th consecutive day during which more than 1,300 new cases were reported. The five provinces with the highest number […]

20.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DFA confirms it investigated sexual harassment complaint vs. ex-envoy to Korea

MANILA, July 18 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Foreign Affairs on Saturday confirmed it investigated a sexual harassment complaint filed against the former Philippine ambassador to Korea. The complaint was filed in February this year before the Philippine Embassy in Seoul while the envoy was in Manila for official business. The embassy then forwarded the […]

18.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Lacson to US lawmakers opposing anti-terror law: ‘Shut up, hypocrites’

MANILA, July 18 (Mabuhay) — Senator Panfilo Lacson on Friday questioned the moral ascendancy of some US Congress members to oppose and criticize the Philippines’ anti-terror law. “I wonder how many among those 50 or so members of the US Congress voted in favor of their own country’s Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001… These US Congress […]

18.07.2020 · Filled under: Legal Matters, News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

50k more OFWs expected to be repatriated by end-July — DFA

MANILA, July 18 (Mabuhay) — At least 50,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are expected to be repatriated by the end of July due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy, a Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) official said Friday. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Sarah Arriola made the announcement before the House Committee […]

18.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

124 terrorists killed in 1st half of 2020 — Army

MANILA, July 18 (Mabuhay) — Some 124 terrorists were killed in 279 armed encounters against communist and local terror groups in the first semester of 2020, the Philippine Army (PA) said on Saturday. In a statement, Army commander Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay said 95 others were captured while 422 firearms were seized from these operations […]

18.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

BI ready to impose IATF rule on entry of foreigners

MANILA, July 17 (Mabuhay) — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Friday said it is ready to implement the new resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) allowing the entry of foreigners with existing visas into the country. “We have yet to see the new IATF resolution but […]

17.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

De Lima tells Duterte: ‘Kung pagod ka na, mas pagod kami sa pamumuno mo’

MANILA, July 17 (Mabuhay) — The Filipino people are allegedly getting exasperated over President Rodrigo Duterte’s obliviousness to their needs in the past four years and especially now that there is a pandemic, detained Senator Leila de Lima said Friday as the fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) approaches. “Ginoong Duterte: Kung bukambibig mong […]

17.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

US lawmakers urge Philippine gov’t to repeal anti-terror law

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — At least 45 lawmakers in the US urged the Philippine government to immediately repeal the recently-signed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. In a virtual press conference on Wednesday night (Manila time), Representative Janice Schakowsky of Illinois called the law a new ‘weapon’ to suppress dissent in the Philippines. “We stand together […]

16.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

NCR still under GCQ; Cebu City eases to MECQ

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — After a month of being under the most restrictive enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to a spike in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, Cebu City has eased to a less restrictive modified ECQ from July 16 to 31. President Rodrigo Duterte decided to downgrade the quarantine classification in Cebu City, Presidential […]

16.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

1,392 new cases bring Philippines’ COVID-19 tally to 58,850

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay)– The Philippines’ tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) rose to 58,850 on Wednesday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 1,392 more infections—512 “fresh” or newly validated and 880 reported late. The five provinces with the highest number of new cases were Metro Manila with 708, Cebu with 198, Iloilo with […]

16.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Hold departure order issued vs crew of MV Vienna Wood — PCG spox

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday said its motion to issue hold departure order against crew members of MV Vienna Wood has been granted, spokesman Commodore Armand Balilo said Wednesday. Balilo confirmed to reporters that the respondents of the criminal complaint for reckless imprudence resulting to multiple homicide and […]

16.07.2020 · Filled under: Asian News, News, Philippine News ·

Duterte ‘unlikely’ to call for special session of Congress to pass Bayanihan 2 — Palace

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte will not likely call for a special session of Congress to pass the bill on the country’s COVID-19 recovery program, Malacañang said Wednesday. Duterte’s spokesperson Harry Roque said the proposed measure will be deliberated after Congress resumes session on July 27. “I don’t think we will be […]

16.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Solon proposes to use ABS-CBN frequencies for distance learning

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — A lawmaker has proposed the temporary use by the government of ABS-CBN’s former television and radio frequencies for effective distance learning. Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte filed on Tuesday House Resolution 1044, a copy of which was sent to the media on Wednesday. Villafuerte said the unused frequencies can be tapped to […]

16.07.2020 · Filled under: Entertainment, News, Philippine News ·

Duque claims Philippines has flattened COVID-19 curve then takes it back

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Wednesday claimed the Philippines has succeeded in flattening the curve amid the COVID-19 pandemic, only to take it back later and admitted that the number of cases is still rising. Duque made the pronouncements just two days after over 2,000 new COVID-19 cases were […]

16.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

‘Online barter’ for personal transaction not illegal — DTI chief

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez has clarified his recent statement that ‘online barter’ is illegal, saying exchanges of goods for personal transactions, not as business, is allowed. In a text message Wednesday, Lopez said barter trade is only allowed in three areas in the country — Siasi, Jolo; Sulu and Bonggao, Tawi-Tawi. “Outside […]

16.07.2020 · Filled under: Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·

COVID-19 testing widened further for economy’s reopening — Vergeire

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health has expanded the testing guidelines for COVID-19, now including teachers, as well as workers in tourism, transportation, manufacturing sectors, among other related industries. In a press conference on Wednesday, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergiere said the new guidelines have been already signed by Secretary Francisco Duque III. “[Na]-expand […]

16.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DepEd says ready for coming school year

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Department of Education (DepEd) said Wednesday it was ready to start the coming school year in August, which will see a shift from traditional in-person classes to an unprecedented distance learning scheme. Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the DepEd was ready to start classes based on simulations of distance learning conducted […]

16.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

80k COVID-19 cases in Philippines seen by end of July — UP expert

MANILA, (Mabuhay) –Th e total number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines may breach the 80,000 mark by the end of July, according to an expert from the University of the Philippines Institute of Mathematics on Monday. “Tatama talaga ng 70,000 and higit pa. Ang lower estimate natin ngayon nasa 80,000 na eh, sa end […]

15.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

MIAA: Decision to rename NAIA up to lawmakers

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The decision to rename the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) will be up to lawmakers to decide on, the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) said Monday. According to MIAA general manager Eddie Monreal, the MIAA will defer to the decision that lawmakers will make on renaming the country’s main gateway. “‘Yan po […]

15.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Contact tracers must have ‘investigative mindset,’ Magalong says

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Tracing czar and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong on Monday said contact tracers needed at this time of COVID-19 pandemic should have an “investigative mindset.” At a press briefing, Magalong said contact tracers, especially those conducting interviews among patients, are composed of medical personnel and police investigators. “Ang isa sa mga qualifications […]

14.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

DENR promotes plant-based diet to fight climate change

MANILA, July 13 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Saturday urged Filipinos to help fight climate change by switching to plant-based diet, which has been shown to reduce the ecological footprint of human food consumption. In a press release, the DENR, through its Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), has launched a […]

14.07.2020 · Filled under: Environment, News, Philippine News ·

75% of Filipinos in favor of ABS-CBN franchise renewal — SWS survey

MANILA, July 13 (Mabuhay) — A Social Weather Stations poll found that three out of four Filipinos or 75 percent of those polled were in favor of Congress renewing ABS-CBN’s franchise, and over half of those polled considered a non-renewal a major blow to press freedom. The SWS’ National Mobile Phone Survey, taken from July […]

14.07.2020 · Filled under: Entertainment, News, Philippine News ·

Move to kill ABS-CBN’s franchise bid damages trust in gov’t- Archbishop Soc Villegas

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The House franchise committee’s decision to deny ABS-CBN Corp’s bid for a new broadcast license has “damaged people’s trust in the workings of the government,” Lingayen Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said on Saturday. In a statement, the former chief of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said that members of […]

13.07.2020 · Filled under: Entertainment, Multimedia, News, Philippine News ·

FDA approves a total of 204 COVID-19 test kits

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Food and Drug Administration on Friday said it has approved a total of 204 COVID-19 test kits so far. These include 71 polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based test kits, 77 rapid antibody test kits, 51 immunoassay test kits, and five others. The number of COVID-19 cases reached 52,914 on Friday, according to […]

13.07.2020 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, News, Philippine News ·

DOH cautiously accepted forecast of 100k COVID-19 cases by end-August

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health accepts the projection that the COVID-19 cases will reach 100,000 by the end of August but noted the estimate should be interpreted with ‘caution’. In a press conference on Wednesday, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire pointed out that some factors can still affect the scientific models used to […]

13.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Nothing to worry about, Palace says following bubonic plague case in China

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Malacañang assured the public on Thursday that the country’s borders remain closed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic after a case of bubonic plague was recorded in China this week. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Philippines is taking the matter seriously. “Sineseryoso po natin ‘yan. Pero huwag po kayong mabahala kasi […]

13.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

BI division recommends filing deportation case vs. Chinese who hurt cyclist, spat on guard

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — An official of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Saturday said a recommendation has been made to file a deportation case against a Chinese national who recently hurt a cyclist and spat on a security guard. BI National Operations Center spokesperson and chief Melvin Mabulac said the Chinese national identified as Dong […]

12.07.2020 · Filled under: Legal Matters, News, Philippine News ·

DFA, UNDP facilitate 500K masks donation to DOH

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) witnessed the handover of 500,000 surgical masks donated by the Soong Ching Ling Foundation (SCLF) of Beijing, China, through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) last July 8. The surgical masks, valued at 1.2 million Chinese renminbi, were turned over by UNDP Country Representative Titon Mitra […]

12.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

‘Build, Build, Build’ important to revive PH economy

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The government remains committed to implement its ambitious “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program to revive the country’s economy that entered recession due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Malacañang said on Thursday. “Kabahagi pa rin po at importante pa rin ang papel ng ‘Build, Build, Build’ para sa ating recovery mula […]

12.07.2020 · Filled under: Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·

Covid-19 cases exceed 50K; recoveries now 12.5K

MANILA, July 9 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported 2,539 additional coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the total to 50,359. In its case bulletin, the DOH said 617 of the additional cases are “late” or results belatedly reported that were only verified recently, while 1,922 are “fresh cases” or results […]

12.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Actress gets job as waitress in Australia amid pandemic

MANILA, July 9 (Mabuhay) — Rich Asuncion recently opened up about her life in Australia as she hopes to inspire her social media followers to keep moving forward even during challenging times. In a lengthy Instagram post, the actress said she has been working as a waitress amid the pandemic. Asuncion admitted that she had […]

12.07.2020 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, News, Philippine News ·

Duterte to Filipinos: Let’s build ‘better, more prosperous’ PH

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — As the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic continues to grapple the country, President Rodrigo Duterte has enjoined Filipinos to help his administration build a “better and more prosperous” Philippines. Duterte made the call on Wednesday ahead of his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 27. “As we look to […]

12.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

DFA: Philippines begins coordination with international partners for COVID-19 vaccine availability

MANILA, July 10 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday said the Philippine government has started coordinating with various international partners to ensure availability of potential vaccine against the deadly coronavirus for Filipinos. “Based on the gathered information by the department, collaboration with Philippine subsidiaries of vaccine developers, engagement with those overseas for […]

11.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

ABS-CBN franchise lies with Congress not with Duterte admin — DOF

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Issues regarding the franchise of embattled ABS-CBN Corp. are not with the administration but with Congress, according to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, who heads the economic cluster. Dominguez on Wednesday said the franchise issue of ABS-CBN lies strictly with Congress, even as President Rodrigo Duterte earlier threatened to oppose the franchise […]

11.07.2020 · Filled under: Entertainment, Filipino Stars, News, Philippine News ·

Philippines warned vs. new wave of HIV infections amid COVID-19 crisis

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — A new wave of the HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infections might spread in the Philippines if the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to impede country’s access to medical services against  AIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS said. UNAIDS warned that a second wave of the HIV epidemic might occur […]

11.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Pneumonia vaccine indirectly strengthens body vs COVID-19, says expert

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Vaccination against pneumonia helps the body indirectly strengthen itself against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to a pediatric specialist. Dr. John Ong urged the Philippines to continue using the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) 13 as the country grapples with the coronavirus menace. “If you are inoculated for pneumonia, you are indirectly […]

11.07.2020 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, News, Philippine News, World News ·

PH issues temporary moratorium on participation in US EVP

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Philippines has issued a temporary moratorium on the participation of Filipino nationals in the United States Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) amid the current coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. The Philippine Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) Committee, in an advisory, cited the “urgent nature and life-threatening implications” associated with the health crisis that […]

10.07.2020 · Filled under: Local News, News, Philippine News, U.S. News ·

Border security tightened on LSIs sneaking into E. Visayas

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday ordered all police commanders, especially in Eastern Visayas, to further strengthen border control amid reports of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) sneaking into various areas where a travel ban is in effect. Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, commander of the Joint Task Force Covid Shield, said he […]

10.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

PH cannot afford total reopening of economy — Duterte

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Philippines cannot follow other countries’ move to completely reopen the economy amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday. In a taped public address aired on state-run PTV-4 early Wednesday, Duterte said he can only order the gradual reopening of the Philippine economy. “We have to […]

10.07.2020 · Filled under: Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·

Palace calls for conscience vote on ABS-CBN franchise as hearings wrap up

MANILA, July 8 (Mabuhay) — Members of Congress should vote on the ABS-CBN franchise issue according to their conscience, Malacañang said Tuesday as lawmakers wrap up this week their hearings on bills seeking to grant the broadcasting network a fresh 25-year license to operate. President Rodrigo Duterte remains “neutral” on the company’s bid for a […]

09.07.2020 · Filled under: Filipino Stars, News, Philippine News ·

Duterte: PH still grappling against 1st wave of COVID-19

MANILA, July 8 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines is still battling the first wave of COVID-19, President Rodrigo Duterte said early Wednesday, as the country’s coronavirus infections neared 48,000. “Have we arrived at the second wave? I don’t think so. We’re still grappling the first wave,” the President said in a streamed public briefing aired 1 […]

09.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Pope Francis appoints 3 Pinoy priests as ‘missionaries of mercy’

MANILA, July 8 (Mabuhay) — Pope Francis has appointed three Filipino priests as “missionaries of mercy,” according to a report posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website. The new appointees are all from the Diocese of Balanga in Bataan, namely: Fr. Jhoen Buenaventura, Fr. Joseph Quicho and Fr. Jesus Navoa. They […]

09.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

Bulusan alert level remains ‘normal’ despite volcanic activities

MANILA, July 6 (Mabuhay) — Bulusan Volcano is still under normal behavior despite volcanic activities observed in the last 24 hours, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director Renato Solidum Jr. said Sunday. Solidum said seismicity, ground deformation and sulfur dioxide are within background levels, and it has only been in the past two […]

07.07.2020 · Filled under: Environment, News, Philippine News ·

Anti-Terror Council to start crafting IRR

MANILA, July 6 (Mabuhay) — Members of the Anti-Terrorism Council (ATC) are set to meet to review the newly-signed anti-terrorism law to ensure they have a common understanding of the Republic Act 11479 and craft its implementing rules and regulations (IRR). National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., who is also vice chair of the ATC, […]

07.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Philippine COVID-19 tally tops 44,000 with record-high 2,434 new cases

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines breached the 44,000 mark on Sunday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported a record-high 2,434 more infections—1,147 “fresh” or newly validated and 1,287 reported late—bringing the total to 44,254. Total recoveries also rose to 11,942 after 489 more patients recovered […]

06.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

Duterte signs anti-terror bill into law

MANILA, July 4 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a measure that seeks to give the country more teeth to curb terror threats and acts, Malacañang announced on Friday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed in separate text messages that the anti-terror bill is already passed into law. […]

04.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

66,000 stranded OFWs sent back to home provinces since May 15 — OWWA

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Around 66,000 repatriated Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were stranded in Metro Manila due to restrictions implemented amid the COVID-19 pandemic are already in their home provinces. Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said in a forum on Monday that 34,000 of them were seafarers, while 32,000 were land-based […]

03.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News, World News ·

Foreign business travelers may be allowed entry to Philippines under MGCQ– DOT exec

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Business travelers from other countries may be allowed to enter the Philippines once quarantine restrictions have been eased to modified general community quarantine (GCQ), an official of the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Sunday. Tourism Undersecretary Bong Bengzon said that it is the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious […]

03.07.2020 · Filled under: Money & Business, News, Philippine News, World News ·

14 missing after fishing boat collides with Hong Kong cargo ship off Mindoro

MANILA, June 29 (Mabuhay) — Fourteen people were reported missing after their fishing boat collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo vessel off the coast of Occidental Mindoro, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Monday. Among the 14 missing is the fishing boat’s captain and two passengers, the PCG said. The PCG on Monday said […]

03.07.2020 · Filled under: News, Philippine News ·

BSP pegs Q2 economic performance at -5.7% to -6.7%, bringing Philippines to technical recession

MANILA, June 29 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine economy could contract by as much as 6.7% in the second quarter, which would put the Philippines in a technical recession, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno said Monday. According to Diokno, the economy is likely to register an economic performance ranging between -5.7% and -6.7% […]

03.07.2020 · Filled under: Money & Business, News, Philippine News ·
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