ANTI-COVID TASK FORCE STUDYING LIFTING/EXTENSION OF QUARANTINE

Fate of Luzon-wide quarantine up to IATF working group The fate of month-long enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon lies in the hands of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID) technical working group, Cabinet … Continue reading ANTI-COVID TASK FORCE STUDYING LIFTING/EXTENSION OF QUARANTINE

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Año against extension of Luzon-wide lockdown

THE ECONOMY WILL SUFFER Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Monday said extending the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine is not advisable as it would affect the country’s economy. “Hindi advisable na pahabain, magsa-suffer ang economy (It … Continue reading Año against extension of Luzon-wide lockdown

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THE DURIAN BEAT: Jun Bacolod, Covid-19 and acts of compassion and kindness

We need more Good Samaritans and philanthropists By ROGER M. BALANZA There are angels who appear to bring kindness and compassion and help in man’s hour of need. I had this experience as the country staggers from the onslaught of … Continue reading THE DURIAN BEAT: Jun Bacolod, Covid-19 and acts of compassion and kindness

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DUTERTE LOCKED DOWN IN PALACE BY BIRTHDAY, COVID-19

BONG GO: Under self-quarantine until April 7; ‘quarantined’ 75th birthday on March 28 Simula noong mayor pa ng Davao City si Pangulong Duterte, hindi siya nagse-celebrate ng birthday. Nasa bahay lang siya. This has been his tradition. To some extent, … Continue reading DUTERTE LOCKED DOWN IN PALACE BY BIRTHDAY, COVID-19

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DUTERTE FAMILY SAFE despite quarantined presidential guards

PSG on self-quarantine All personnel of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) have been required to undergo self-quarantine starting March 28 until April 10, its head announced on Friday. PSG chief, Col. Jesus Durante’s order came after ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Eric … Continue reading DUTERTE FAMILY SAFE despite quarantined presidential guards

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NOGRALES:No military control, quarantine extension in Luzon

There is no truth to claims that there will be military control and extension of enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Friday. In a radio interview, Nograles branded as “fake news” the rumors circulating on … Continue reading NOGRALES:No military control, quarantine extension in Luzon

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Duterte inks law on special powers to address Covid-19

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law that allows him special powers to step up the government’s fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In a text message sent to reporters early Wednesday morning, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go confirmed that … Continue reading Duterte inks law on special powers to address Covid-19

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Duterte seeks ‘more powers,’ urgent measures vs. Covid-19

President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to grant him “for a limited period and subject to restrictions” authority to exercise powers necessary to meet the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) national emergency amid rising number of cases in the country.“Pursuant to… Read … Continue reading Duterte seeks ‘more powers,’ urgent measures vs. Covid-19

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JOMA SISON: DUTERTE’S UNILATERAL CEASEFIRE A “LIE AND PSYWAR TACTIC”

By ROGER M. BALANZA Jose Maria “Joma” Sison, founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), has dismissed as a lie, the unilateral ceasefire with the  New People’s Army (NPA) rebels declared by President Rodrigo Duterte as government battles … Continue reading JOMA SISON: DUTERTE’S UNILATERAL CEASEFIRE A “LIE AND PSYWAR TACTIC”

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DUTERTE ORDERS LOCAL OFFICIALS: TO STRICTLY IMPOSE ENHANCED QUARANTINE

Issues order as reports reveal some local leaders are lightly taking the COVID-19 protocol. Transcript of President Rodrigo Dutete’s speech::   I want to say something very important to the LGUs. LGU refers to the local government units. We are … Continue reading DUTERTE ORDERS LOCAL OFFICIALS: TO STRICTLY IMPOSE ENHANCED QUARANTINE

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P30M worth of bananas rotting in Chinese ports

BY ROER M. BALANZA     Philippine bananas worth at least US$ 760,000 (P30 million) are rotting in China ports that after being refused entry by the Chinese government for failing to pass quarantine. Reports said some 150 containers were refused entry by Chinese quarantine personnel, citing alleged “scale” insect infestation. In wake of the incident, President Benigno Aquino III directed the Department of Agriculture (DA) to find other export markets for the Philippines’ Cavendish bananas after China imposed more stringent quarantine requirements on the fruit. “We have to look for other export markets. It is important to diversify to ensure … Continue reading P30M worth of bananas rotting in Chinese ports

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