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 2020-05-06 10:33 

Manila Bulletin

40,000 more OFWs expected to return home amid coronavirus pandemic...

The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) said at least 40,000 overseas Filipino workers OFWs) are expected to return here in the country....

 2020-05-06 10:29 

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38 more Filipinos abroad test positive for COVID-19...

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday said 38 more overseas Filipinos have been tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while 10 new cases of recoveries and one fatality were reported in the Americas, the Asia Pacific, Europe...

 2020-05-06 10:21 

Manila Bulletin

'Chilling effect' of ABS-CBN shutdown assailed...

As the National Telecommunications Communication (NTC) issued on Tuesday a cease and desist order against ABS-CBN upon the expiry of its legislative franchise, a journalism professor warned of the chilling effect of this event on Philippine mass media cri...

 2020-05-06 10:19 

Manila Bulletin

NTC was only 'doing its job' when it acted against ABS-CBN Sotto...

Senate President Vicente Sotto III, though saddened by the shutdown of television network ABS-CBN, said Wednesday that the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) should not be blamed for issuing the cease-and-desist order (CDO) against the broadcast...

 2020-05-02 21:21 

Manila Bulletin

More than 240,000 coronavirus deaths worldwide: AFP tally...

More than 240,000 people have died of the new coronavirus worldwide with over 85 percent of the deaths in Europe and the United States, according to an AFP tally at 1530 GMT on Saturday based on official figures....

 2020-05-02 21:21 

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Turkey lifts ban on export of medical equipment to fight virus...

Turkey on Saturday lifted restrictions on the export of medical supplies, a move that should facilitate the sale of equipment to western countries where there have been shortages....

 2020-05-02 21:20 

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Central Park hospital to close as New York COVID-19 cases fall...

An emergency field hospital erected in Central Park to treat COVID-19 patients is to close, the group running it announced Saturday, as coronavirus cases continue to decline in New York....

 2020-05-02 21:19 

Manila Bulletin

Japan planning for one-month virus emergency extension: PM...

By Agence France-Presse Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday the government would plan for an approximately month-long extension of a state of emergency declared over the coronavirus pandemic. Abe put in place an initial month-long state of e...

 2020-05-02 21:17 

Manila Bulletin

Poor South Africans get aid amid confinement...

The multi-coloured human chain stretches several kilometres through a township between Johannesburg and Pretoria, past police officers and armoured vehicles....

 2020-05-02 21:16 

Manila Bulletin

France extends virus emergency until July 24...

The French government said on Saturday it will extend a health emergency imposed to fight the new coronavirus by two months, allowing it to keep stringent anti-virus measures in place even after a partial lifting of the country's lockdown....

 2020-05-02 17:44 

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Considering China's actions over COVID-19 is for later, UK minister says...

LONDON - Considering China's actions regarding the novel coronavirus crisis is something that the United Kingdom will look at later but the focus right now is dealing with the immediate impact of the outbreak, a British minister said on Saturday....

 2020-05-02 17:39 

Manila Bulletin

UK shadows Italy as worst hit in Europe: virus death toll passes 28,000...

LONDON - The United Kingdom's COVID-19 death toll rose 621 to 28,131 as of May 1, just short of Italy which has so far had the world's second most deadly outbreak of the disease after the United States....

 2020-05-02 17:35 

Manila Bulletin

Turkey's coronavirus death toll rises by 78 to 3,336: ministry...

ISTANBUL - The number of people who have died from COVID-19 in Turkey has risen by 78 in the last 24 hours to 3,336, with 1,983 new cases of the virus, Health Ministry data showed on Saturday....

 2020-05-02 17:33 

Manila Bulletin

UK did not change criteria to hit 100,000 tests-per-day goal, adviser says...

LONDON - Britain did not change its criteria for recording coronavirus tests to meet its goal to carry out 100,000 tests per day by the end of April, the adviser in charge of the operation said on Friday....

 2020-05-02 16:56 

Manila Bulletin

On North Korean leader's health and whereabouts; an Inter-Korean cooperation against Covid-19 to sustain momentum for peace...

PEACE-MAKER By FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER JOSE C. DE VENECIA JR. For more than a week now, speculations and conjectures abound over the health and whereabouts of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, following his absence at the celebrations marking the 108th birth ...

 2020-05-02 16:52 

Manila Bulletin

DSWD warns public against fake Facebook page...

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has warned the public that the "DSWD" Facebook page that is calling on all Filipino citizens who have yet to receive their emergency subsidies to post their family names and respective barang...

 2020-05-02 16:43 

Manila Bulletin

On medical solutions to COVID-19...

BETTER DAYS By SENATOR SONNY ANGARA With much of the world still under a COVID-19 induced lockdown, the race is on to find a vaccine. More than 100 around the world are now being developed, with six already undergoing clinical trials. Despite this number,...

 2020-05-02 16:42 

Manila Bulletin

France set to impose 14-day coronavirus quarantine for travellers...

PARIS - Travellers to France, including French citizens returning home, will face a compulsory two-week quarantine and possible isolation when they arrive in the country to help slow the spread of coronavirus, the health minister said on Saturday....

 2020-05-02 16:39 

Manila Bulletin

Austrians let their hair down as coronavirus curbs are relaxed...

VIENNA - Austrians flocked to newly reopened hairdressers, beauticians and electronics shops on Saturday, as they relished the loosening of a seven-week-old coronavirus lockdown, although the move could yet cause a rebound in infections....

 2020-05-02 16:23 

Manila Bulletin

A different pilgrimage...

THE VIEW FROM RIZAL By DR. JUN YNARES This year, Antipolo City will experience a kind of summer that is unheard of. For the first time perhaps in its history, the Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines will see the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors ...

 2020-05-02 16:19 

Manila Bulletin

Spiritual frontliners...

WORD ALIVE By FR. BEL R. SAN LUIS, SVD A reader, Ronald Ricamata, e-mailed me, saying, "In this difficult time, our priests, nuns and seminarians are also frontliners. "Our spiritual frontliners fight against an unseen enemy. They must be acknowle...

 2020-05-02 16:03 

Manila Bulletin

UK hospital trials blood plasma treatment for COVID-19...

LONDON - A top British hospital will use blood plasma treatment for COVID-19 patients as part of a trial that transfuses plasma from recovered people into sick people to give their immune systems a boost to fight the virus....

 2020-05-02 16:02 

Manila Bulletin

Should we be like sheep?...

THROUGH UNTRUE By FR. ROLANDO V. DELA ROSA, O.P. To live as a Christian is difficult and challenging. It demands conviction, not mere conformity. But in our Gospel reading today, Jesus likened his followers to sheep. Comparing us to sheep seems like an in...

 2020-05-02 15:54 

Manila Bulletin

Boris Johnson's son named after doctors who 'saved' PM's life...

LONDON - Boris Johnson and his fiance Carrie Symonds have named their newborn son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas, partly as a tribute to two of the intensive care doctors who they said had saved the British leader's life as he battled COVID-19 complications....

 2020-05-02 15:35 

Manila Bulletin

Mayor Isko encourages constituents to post concerns about relief packages on social media...

Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso has encouraged his constituents to take to social media should they have any concerns regarding the relief packages they receive from their barangay officials....

 2020-05-02 15:29 

Manila Bulletin

Prisoners take guards hostage in Brazil's coronavirus-hit Manaus...

RIO DE JANEIRO - Inmates at a prison in Manaus, a Brazilian city deep in the Amazon that has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, have taken seven prison guards hostage, the local prison authority told Reuters on Saturday, underlining the endemic vi...

 2020-05-02 15:27 

Manila Bulletin

Growing chances more Slovak shops will reopen soon, prime minister says...

PRAGUE - Chances are rising that Slovakia will allow more shops to open next week, Prime Minister Igor Matovic said on Saturday as the number of new coronavirus infections remained low....

 2020-05-02 14:54 

Manila Bulletin

After 3 takes, grade school teacher in Davao City passes bar...

DAVAO CITY - It was a long-cherished dream of grade school teacher Lorenza Cardio Pitulan to become a lawyer. It took her more than 12 years and three tries to pass the bar before she finally succeeded in becoming one of the 2,103 passers out of the 7,685...

 2020-05-02 14:23 

Manila Bulletin

IFRC lauds PH Red Cross' COVID-19 pandemic response...

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) was lauded by an official of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for its efforts to support the country's fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19)....

 2020-05-02 14:19 

Manila Bulletin

Vergeire: Angara "not necessarily" infectious despite testing positive for coronavirus again...

Despite his having tested positive again for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the remnants of the virus in Senator Juan Edgardo M. Angara's body are "not necessarily" infectious anymore....

 2020-05-02 13:39 

Manila Bulletin

De Lima seeks formal inquiry into SAP implementation...

Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima has sought a formal inquiry into the implementation of the national government's emergency subsidy program or social amelioration program (SAP)....

 2020-05-02 13:17 

Manila Bulletin

Navotas grants city's public health workers special risk allowance on top of hazard pay...

The local government of Navotas City will grant its public health workers a special risk allowance on top of the daily hazard pay they are receiving....

 2020-05-02 13:09 

Manila Bulletin

Pangasinan to remain under ECQ until May 15...

DAGUPAN CITY The province of Pangasinan will remain under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until May 15....

 2020-05-02 13:06 

Manila Bulletin

Gatchalian commends Bataan's efforts to curb spread of COVID-19...

ORANI, BATAAN — Senator Sherwin Gartchalian personally commended Bataan Governor Albert Garcia on Friday, May 1, for his administration's efforts in curbing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in his province....

 2020-05-02 13:05 

Manila Bulletin

Duterte gov't upholds commitment to freedom of speech, press on World Press Freedom Day...

As Filipino journalists observe World Press Freedom Day on May 3 (Sunday), the Duterte administration reiterated its commitment to uphold the constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of speech and of the press....

 2020-05-02 12:51 

Manila Bulletin

DSWD reports 62.8 percent of SAP target beneficiaries have received their subsidies...

Over 11.3 million poor families, or almost 63 percent of 18 million households targeted to receive cash assistance nationwide, have so far been served by the government's Social Amelioration Program (SAP), the Department of Welfare and Development (DS...

 2020-05-02 12:45 

Manila Bulletin

DSWD sets up new SAP-dedicated text hotline, email address...

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has set up its new text hotline, 0918-912-2813, and the e-mail address, sapgrievances@dswd.gov.ph, to ensure that the snowballing public concerns on the implementation of the Social Amelioration Prog...

 2020-05-02 12:29 

Manila Bulletin

Angara found to be COVID-19-positive again, returns to isolation...

Senator Juan Edgardo "Sonny" M. Angara is back in isolation after having been declared coronavirus disease (COVID-19) free last April 6....

 2020-05-02 12:27 

Manila Bulletin

Drilon, some other senators to physically attend Senate session on May 4...

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon said Saturday (May 2) he will physically attend the scheduled May 4 resumption of the Senate regular session, despite the risk and prohibition of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) banning senior citizens from lea...

 2020-05-02 12:00 

Manila Bulletin

Drilon: Gov't has P1.5-T for COVID-19 crisis, no need to allow POGOs to resume operations...

Senate Minority Leader Franklin M. Drilon said today the national government has P1.5 trillion to address the multi-faceted problems and issues caused by coronavirus disease (COVID-19) without allowing Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) to resum...

 2020-05-02 11:49 

Manila Bulletin

Group calls on Senate to allow De Lima to participate in teleconferenced sessions, hearings...

There is no reason why detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima should be deprived of the option to participate in the online plenary sessions and hearings of the Senate, a prerogative that will be available to all other senators....

 2020-05-02 11:28 

Manila Bulletin

Robredo's office, QC gov't, to launch online platform for vendors...

The office of Vice President Leni Robredo is working with the Quezon City government to provide a platform that will help ordinary vendors reach more customers and sell their products online...

 2020-05-02 11:23 

Manila Bulletin

DSWD provides additional P144.9-M in cash assistance through crisis aid program...

Aside from the emergency subsidies, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), through its Regular Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), has provided P144.8 million in financial assistance to more than 33,000 clients nationwi...

 2020-05-02 11:03 

Manila Bulletin

Iran coronavirus deaths rise by 65 to 6,156...

DUBAI - Iran's death toll from new coronavirus increased by 65 in the past 24 hours to 6,156 on Saturday, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said in a statement on state TV....

 2020-05-02 10:58 

Manila Bulletin

DILG to file charges against barangay officials caught splitting SAP grants...

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Saturday vowed to file charges against barangay chairmen or local chief executives (LCE) caught splitting the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) cash grants intended for single households among ...

 2020-05-02 10:54 

Manila Bulletin

PCSO gives 14 ambulances to LGUs, gov't agencies amid COVID-19 pandemic...

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) donated 14 ambulances to several local government units (LGUs) and government agencies to help in the battle against coronavirus disease (COVID-19)....

 2020-05-02 10:49 

Manila Bulletin

Man dies in Taguig City fire that leaves 30 families homeless...

A man died in a fire that hit a residential area in Taguig City on Saturday afternoon amid the enhanced community quarantine....

 2020-05-02 10:42 

Manila Bulletin

A decade after debt crisis, Greece on verge of virus recession...

By Agence France-Presse Ten years after sinking into its worst economic crisis in living memory, Greece once again faces the spectre of a grave recession in the midst of a global coronavirus lockdown. Though the country has so far been spared the death to...

 2020-05-02 10:04 

Manila Bulletin

OVP, partners to give free haircuts to frontliners in dorms...

Health workers and non-medical frontliners who stay in the dormitories provided by Vice President Leni Robredo's office will get another treat: free haircuts....

 2020-05-02 09:50 

Manila Bulletin

Villanueva urges gov't to extend contracts of healthcare professionals it hired...

Senator Joel Villanueva has proposed to the national government the extension of the contracts of service healthcare professionals it temporarily hired to sustain the country's fight against the COVID-19....

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