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We're partners with a superpower.
Merely four months after terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, the Philippine government has now realized the country needs it, after all.The whole kerfuffle began back in January when President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to cancel the VFA if ...
 
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Essentially, you could be a terrorist until proven innocent.
On June 1, President Rodrigo Duterte certified as urgent the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. The House of Representatives acted swiftly on its passage, approving the measure on its second reading and rejecting all attempts to introduce amendments to the bill.TOP STORY: Victoria Court ...
 
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The two had earlier exchanged heated arguments.
After clashing with each other in a virtual meeting held on May 20, finance secretary Carlos Dominguez III now wants to educate senator Imee Marcos on Economics 101.The two were involved in a heated exchange last week when Marcos claimed Masagana 99, ...
 
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There appears to be a lag in the reporting of cases by the DOH.
The Department of Health (DOH) has yet to report 7,119 positive cases of COVID-19, according to a study conducted by the University of the Philippines. The study collected data from 36 testing centers around the country."We recommend that the national government continue ...
 
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The IATF has two exceptions to the rule.
In areas under quarantine, all mass gatherings are currently prohibited.But two “essential” exceptions have just been announced by the government: gatherings that provide government services, and gatherings for authorized humanitarian activities.In the omnibus guidelines for community quarantine published in the Official Gazette on May 15, the ...
 
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Plus, more.
Albay Representative Joey Salceda wants to push through with the taxation of digital services, specifically video and music streaming applications, advertisements on social media platforms, and delinquent online shops. Salceda wants to call these new tax measures as “Netflix tax,” “Facebook ads tax,” ...
 
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She was 75.
Former senator Maria Teresa Aquino-Oreta, sister of the late senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino Jr., has passed away. She was 75. It was confirmed by her son, Malabon mayor Antolin "Len Len" A. Oreta lll on Friday morning."On behalf of my family, it ...
 
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With no food, water, and power.
Some 13 nautical miles off Manila Bay, a crew of 13 Cubans and two Spaniards have been stuck on the Spanish ship MV Celanova since February 2.Authorities from the International Workers’ Federation (ITF) only learned of their predicament after a crew member managed ...
 
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China is going into overdrive to restore its reputation.
Magaan na usapan, siksik sa impormasyon at kaalaman. Kilalanin natin ang mga kapatid nating Chinese para sa mas magandang pakikitungo at pagkakaibigan: Wow! China!(Light discussions that are filled with information and knowledge. Get to know our Chinese brothers for better relations and ...
 
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Human Rights Watch also says country may not be fully reporting coronavirus prison deaths.
Almost 10,000 prison inmates have been freed in the Philippines to help stop the continued rise in cases of COVID-19. According to a report in the New York Times, Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said that more than 2,000 of the 9,731 inmates ...
 
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'Build, Build, Build' projects will also resume under the ECQ.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar has announced the partial resumption of the 'Build, Build, Build' projects, according to a department press statement.“[In] areas under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), construction workers accredited by the DPWH will be allowed to work on ...
 
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It was supposed to start in July.
Registration for the national ID system has been moved from July to October because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) official said on April 28."'Yong mass registration natin will start October po. Kung hindi tayo nagkaroon ng COVID-19 then we should start ...
 
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Guidelines for the 'new normal.'
There are areas in the country that will still fall under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), and there are areas that will now fall under General Community Quarantine (GCQ).The following are the areas that will remain under ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine) for two more weeks, or up to ...
 
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Here's what you should do if your schedule is affected.
The U.S. Embassy in Manila has decided to cancel all visa interviews that were scheduled up to May 31.In a Facebook post on April 25, the US. Embassy wrote, "The U.S. Embassy in the Philippines is canceling all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa ...
 
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The Philippines has one of the most comprehensive PPP frameworks in the region.
This commentary is authored by Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research. We are publishing it to help more Filipinos understand the origins and processes of public-private partnerships in the Philippines.A massive infrastructure gap in the Philippines will require substantial investments in ...
 
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Duterte calls for strict discipline with regard to social distancing and curfew.
President Rodrigo Duterte addressed the nation earlier tonight to discuss current issues on the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). He also confirmed he has not gone home to Davao City.  Duterte ordered the police and the military to be ready to take over the ...
 
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All residents will receive aid, regardless if they're not registered voters.
Pasig City is rolling out the largest cash aid relief effort in Metro Manila amid the COVID-19 crisis. In an interview with DZMM, Mayor Vico Sotto announced that the city will augment the cash aid from the national government so that all ...
 
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The number of displaced workers has surpassed one million.
On Sunday, April 12, 2020, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III appealed to employers—especially to big businesses and conglomerates—to continue paying their workers during the enhanced community quarantine, which has been extended to April 30. Bello said, "I once again knock in the ...
 
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You can measure politicians’ trustworthiness by how well their words age.
A couple of months ago, some world leaders were quoted saying coronavirus is not a very serious threat. Then, just the previous week, the same world leaders were recorded saying they had warned everyone about COVID-19 from the very beginning.These are just ...
 
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The producer of a story tweets an apology after TV gaffe.
On April 12, Pasig mayor Vico Sotto posted an Instagram story about a hilarious gaffe made about himself on national TV: a header with his name with a caption that says “Tricycle Operator” instead of “Pasig City Mayor.”His Instagram story has since gone ...
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