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 2020-04-02 09:44 

Manila Bulletin

Malaysia reports 208 new coronavirus cases, total over 3,000...

Malaysia reported 208 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, taking the total to 3,116, the highest in Southeast Asia....

 2020-04-02 09:43 

Manila Bulletin

Indonesia's coronavirus infection rises to 1,790: official...

Indonesia confirmed 113 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, taking the total in the Southeast Asian country to 1,790, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said....

 2020-04-02 09:42 

Inquirer.net

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ADB plunks in P254M in grant to keep food on PH poor's tables during COVID-19 quarantine...

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has provided the Philippines—its host country—a P254 million grant to put food on the table for at least 55,000 families in Metro Manila stuck at home for a Luzon-wide quarantine against COVID-19. In a statemen...

 2020-04-02 09:41 

Philippine Star

WATCH: COVID-19 survivors, patients join Star Magic artists in new music video...

In time for the upcoming Holy Week, the new inspirational music video also includes Bible passages and messages of hope from COVID-19 patients and survivors....

 2020-04-02 09:41 

ABS-CBN

9 huli sa pagsusugal sa gitna ng enhanced community quarantine...

LAOAG CITY - Siyam na katao ang naarestong nagsusugal sa magkahiwalay na operasyon ng pulisya sa lungsod sa kabila ng ipinatutupad ng enhanced community quarantine sa Luzon....

 2020-04-02 09:34 

Cebu Daily News

NBI-7 arrests 2 for selling overpriced thermal scanners...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas have cracked down on online sellers of overpriced medical product and arrested two men in two separate operations in Cebu City on Thursday afternoon, April 2,...

 2020-04-02 09:33 

Manila Bulletin

Angry Wuhan next-of-kin seek answers over virus handling...

Zhang took his elderly father to a Wuhan hospital for a surgical procedure in January, just as coronavirus was consuming the central Chinese city. Within days, his father was dead of the contagion....

 2020-04-02 09:27 

ABS-CBN

'Outraged' minority senators condemn PACC official's call to probe Robredo's COVID-19 relief drive...

The Presidential Anti-Crime Commission's (PACC) should "stop adding to the failures" of the Philippines in responding to the coronavirus crisis, minority senators said Thursday, hours after the agency urged authorities to probe Vice President ...

 2020-04-02 09:25 

Manila Bulletin

'Give aid to the poor ASAP', senators urge DSWD...

"Let us spare our fellow Filipinos this unnecessary procedure. Our kababayans are getting hungry and desperate for help. They lost jobs. Give the aid ASAP (as soon as possible)."Members of the Senate minority bloc on Thursday questioned the need f...

 2020-04-02 09:24 

Cebu Daily News

BREAKING: COVID-19 death toll exceeds 100; now at 107...

MANILA, Philippines — Deaths in relation to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Philippines have soared beyond the 100 mark and is now at 107, the Department of Health announced on Thursday. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque said in his virtual press ...

 2020-04-02 09:23 

Philippine Star

Funds for social amelioration released to agencies 'within 24 to 72 hours' DBM...

There will be no delay in fund releases, Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado said....

 2020-04-02 09:23 

Manila Bulletin

Activists slam China's use of bear bile in virus treatment...

China has approved the use of bear bile to treat coronavirus patients, angering activists and raising fears it could undermine efforts to stop the illegal animal trade which is blamed for the emergence of the new disease sweeping the globe....

 2020-04-02 09:22 

Manila Standard

COVID-19 Tracker: PHILIPPINES...

COVID-19 Cases: PHILIPPINES as of April 2, 2020; 4:00 PM....

 2020-04-02 09:20 

Manila Bulletin

China county in lockdown as fears grow over second wave of virus...

A Chinese county of around 600,000 residents has gone into lockdown after a woman who visited the area tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring concerns over a second wave of domestic infections....

 2020-04-02 09:17 

Manila Bulletin

Masks are everywhere in Asia, but have they helped?...

The use of face masks in Asia during the coronavirus outbreak has been far more widespread than in the West, where governments have urged people to reserve supplies for frontline medical staff, so have they helped limit infections?...

 2020-04-02 09:15 

ABS-CBN

'Dami pang trabaho': Robredo shrugs off PACC commissioner's call for probe on her efforts...

With a hair flip, Vice President Leni Robredo shrugged off a government official's call to investigate her relief efforts for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic....

 2020-04-02 09:15 

Manila Bulletin

DOH: PH's confirmed cases of COVID-19 now 2,633; 322 new, 107 deaths, 51 recoveries...

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reported that 11 more patients with COVID-19 have died, increasing the death tally to 107....

 2020-04-02 09:11 

ABS-CBN

17 subpoenas issued by NBI over fake news issues amid COVID-19 crisis: official...

The National Bureau of Investigation has summoned 17 individuals for posting misinformation about the new coronavirus (COVID-19) on social media, the chief of its cybercrime division said Thursday....

 2020-04-02 09:10 

Philippine Star

DILG directs Rizal town mayor to explain refusal of Muslim COVID-19 patients burial...

The department said this is "a clear defiance of government guidelines on burial amid the public health emergency situation in the country."...

 2020-04-02 09:09 

Manila Bulletin

President irate over attacks on policemen, frontliners...

"President Duterte is only protecting the welfare of not only the policemen, soldiers and health workers but also other frontliners because if their safety is compromised due to the attempts of some groups to create chaos out of this crisis, we will c...

 2020-04-02 09:01 

ABS-CBN

COVID-19 cases in PH go up by 322; total at 2,633...

MANILA — There are now 2,633 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the Department of Health said on Thursday....

 2020-04-02 09:00 

Philippine Star

Duterte urged to walk back 'shoot them dead' remark...
 2020-04-02 08:58 

ABS-CBN

Pahayag na 'shoot them dead' ni Duterte sa gitna ng COVID-19 crisis binatikos...

Binatikos ng sari-saring grupo ang banta ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte noong Miyerkoles ng gabi na barilin hanggang mamatay ang mga manggugulo sa gitna ng krisis sa COVID-19....

 2020-04-02 08:52 

ABS-CBN

DILG chief sees no Robredo violation of Bayanihan act after PACC official's probe call...

MANILA - Interior Secretary Eduardo Ao said Thursday he sees no violation committed by Vice President Leni Robredo in pursuing relief operations to support the needy amid the lockdown in Luzon to prevent the spread of COVID-19....

 2020-04-02 08:51 

Manila Bulletin

DOH, solon push for sustained vaccination program to prevent more COVID-like diseases in the future...

Immunization, especially among children, is one of the essential services that cannot be hampered despite the current health crisis, a senior health official said....

 2020-04-02 08:50 

Manila Bulletin

Case Closed: Pasig City mayor Sotto's issue on tricycle operations...

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday, April 2, said that the issue on the decision of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto to initially allow tricycles to operate in the city during the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) h...

 2020-04-02 08:48 

ABS-CBN

Go says 'all help welcome' after PACC official calls for probe vs Robredo efforts...

The government should welcome "all those who want to help" to improve the Philippines' fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go said Thursday, after an executive agency official urged authoritie...

 2020-04-02 08:44 

Inquirer.net

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Gov't removes donor tax for imported PPEs, med supplies for COVID-19 fight...

Donations of the now highly valuable personal protective equipment and other medical supplies imported into the Philippines to help in the fight against COVID-19 would not only enjoy tax-free entry but also exemption from donor's tax, the Bureau of In...

 2020-04-02 08:39 

Philippine Star

Robredo accused of 'competing' with gov't efforts against COVID-19...

(Update 2: 2:23 p.m.) The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission is asking the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate Vice President Leni Robredo for actions that they say...

 2020-04-02 08:39 

Manila Bulletin

Las Pias City Mayor Aguilar prepares possible health facility...

Las Pias City Mayor Imelda Aguilar directed the City Health Office last Wednesday, April 1, to double its effort in preparing the Las Pias Drug Rehabilitation Center as a possible health facility for COVID-19 patients of the city....

 2020-04-02 08:34 

Manila Bulletin

Former Kabataan rep Ridon says clear COVID-19 policies for depressed communities necessary...

Former Kabataan Rep. Terry Ridon stressed on April 2, Thursday, the need for government to come up with guidelines pertaining policies in handling the COVID-19 pandemic in depressed communities....

 2020-04-02 08:31 

Philippine Star

COVID-19 task force urges 12-hour operations for supermarkets, pharmacies...

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Thursday urged establishments selling basic necessities to extend their operating hours to 12 hours to ensure that households have enough stock of goods during the quarantine p...

 2020-04-02 08:25 

Philippine Star

Asian Cup 2027 hosting deadline extended over virus...

The Asian Football Confederation extended the deadline for preliminary bids for the 2027 Asian Cup on Thursday after the coronavirus pandemic caused major problems for football administrations....

 2020-04-02 08:25 

ABS-CBN

Solon says DSWD can release COVID-19 crisis cash aid before Holy Week...

MANILA- The Department of Social Welfare and Development could immediately release the government's cash aid to majority of the target 18 million Filipino households affected by the enhanced community quarantine, House Deputy Speaker LRay Villafuerte ...

 2020-04-02 08:19 

Manila Standard

Angry Wuhan next-of-kin seek answers over virus handling...

Zhang took his elderly father to a Wuhan hospital for a surgical procedure in January, just as coronavirus was consuming the central Chinese city. Within days, his father was dead of the contagion....

 2020-04-02 08:19 

Manila Bulletin

DILG to issue show cause order against Mayor for refusing to bury two Muslims who died of COVID 19...

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said on Thursday that it will issue a show cause order against a Montalban, Rizal mayor for refusing to allow the burial in their locality of two Muslim Filipinos who died of novel coronavirus dis...

 2020-04-02 08:16 

Manila Bulletin

Ao defends Duterte's 'shoot to kill' order, when law enforcers' lives are threatened...

Coming to the defense of the President, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Ao on April 2, Thursday, maintained that the "shoot to kill order" the Chief Executive gave to the police is within the context of whe...

 2020-04-02 08:16 

ABS-CBN

Call to probe Robredo over relief ops commissioner's 'personal opinion,' not PACC stand: Belgica...

The call of an anti-corruption body official to investigate Vice President Leni Robredo for supposedly competing with government's efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic was just a "personal opinion," his colleague said Thursday....

 2020-04-02 08:13 

Manila Bulletin

Solons say Robredo's aid initiatives helpful...

Opposition lawmakers defended Vice President Leni Robredo after a ranking official of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC)asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to launch a probe against her relief drive for frontline health worker...

 2020-04-02 08:06 

Manila Bulletin

Filipinos in Spain are okay but worried about COVID-19...

Although the overall condition of Filipinos in Spain is generally well, Philippine Embassy in Madrid Charg d'Affaires Adrian Elmer Cruz said on Thursday, April 2, that many are expressing their concern over the staggering number of those infected with...

 2020-04-02 08:06 

Inquirer.net

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Magnitude 4.5 quake hits Negros Occidental...

MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 4.5 quake hit Negros Occidental on Thursday afternoon, the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported. Phivolcs said the quake was recorded at 2:42 p.m., with its epicenter located at 37 kilometers no...

 2020-04-02 08:06 

Philippine Star

DILG: NBI summons to Vico Sotto a 'useless, political distraction' amid COVID-19 crisis...

"So there is really no issue in so far as the DILG is concerned now," DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said....

 2020-04-02 08:05 

Manila Bulletin

DAR proposes distribution of IDs for agrarian reform beneficiaries...

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) has proposed on Thursday the distribution of a total of 352,511 identification cards (IDs) to selected agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) to allow them easy access to the various programs, projects and services be...

 2020-04-02 08:02 

Cebu Daily News

Labella to barangay chiefs: Ensure social distancing...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The incident in Barangay Buhisan on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, should not happen again. This was the pronouncement of Mayor Edgardo Labella on Thursday morning, on April 2, 2020, a day after a video of the distribution of ric...

 2020-04-02 07:58 

Manila Bulletin

'Ensure food supply, ask people to stay home' — Sen. Villanueva...

Senator Joel Villanueva on Thursday appealed to the government to relax its quarantine rules for the food and supply chain sector to ensure food supply and encourage people to stay home due to the current national health emergency....

 2020-04-02 07:57 

Manila Bulletin

Church is not about the building, says Bishop Pabillo...

While its understandable that many miss physically going to church due to the enhanced community quarantine, a Catholic prelate reminded the faithful that the Church is not about the building or structure....

 2020-04-02 07:56 

Manila Bulletin

Rajo Laurel has made and distributed over 900 reusable and disposable PPEs'...

Fashion designer Rajo Laurel is producing "reusable" personal protective equipment (PPEs) for frontline health workers....

 2020-04-02 07:54 

Cebu Daily News

Senior citizens' financial assistance may be delivered house to house...

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella wants the financial assistance for the city's senior citizens to be delivered to their homes. He said this would be the best way to ensure social distancing and protecting the senior citiz...

 2020-04-02 07:54 

ABS-CBN

Leni nais paimbestigahan sa 'pakikipagkompetensiya' sa COVID-19 response ng gobyerno...

Isinusulong ng isang opisyal ng Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, isang opisina sa ilalim ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, ang pag-imbestiga kay Vice President Leni Robredo dahil umano sa pakikipagpaligsahan nito sa COVID-19 response ng pamahalaan....

 2020-04-02 07:50 

ABS-CBN

Mga nagbebenta ng overpriced alcohol at sanitizer, arestado sa Ilocos Norte...

LAOAG CITY - Pitong suspek ang arestado dito sa magkakahiwalay na operasyon sa Ilocos Norte dahil umano sa pananamantala sa kasalukuyang krisis sa pamamagitan ng pagbebenta ng overpriced na alcohol at sanitizer....

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