Philippines morning news for May 25

Philippines morning news for May 25
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City’s poorest helping to feed Valenzuela City amidst coronavirus pandemic (video + gallery)
Ensuring that every person has sufficient to eat during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns has been a significant challenge for many governments, with not all managing to achieve that goal.
— AEC News Today (video)

Marawi, 3 years on: 120,000 still displaced, now vulnerable to COVID-19
Three years since gun-toting terrorists besieged the city of Marawi in Lanao del Sur, more than 120,000 residents are still displaced from their homes, leaving them vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic .
— Rappler

BSP seeks relief for banks hobbled by bad loans
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is pushing for the passage of a law that would help banks and other financial institutions survive the surge in bad debts amid the economic fallout brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.
— Philippine Star

Cease and desist order issued vs. unregistered Fabunan drug
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a cease and desist order against the unregistered Fabunan antiviral injections which are considered as cure for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), an official of the Department of Health (DOH) said Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Zamboanga City village on lockdown
Barangay Mercedez in this city has been placed on lockdown after a barangay health worker tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.
— Philstar

COVID-19 cases in PHL breach 14000 mark; recoveries climb to 3249
The number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases in the country has reached 14035 after the Department of Health reported 258 additional cases.
— Eagle News

Proposed 2021 budget set at P4.335 trillion
The Department of Budget and Management is proposing a P4.335 trillion cash-based budget for next year, with the government set to realign its priorities in light of the “new normal” environment brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.
— Philippine Star

8 raped daily during quarantine – PNP
An average of eight people a day have fallen victim to sexual assault in the country during the community quarantine.
— Philippine Star

PH to join Covid-19 vaccine trials by last quarter of 2020
Malacañang on Sunday said it expects the Philippines to join clinical trials for a vaccine against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) by the last quarter of 2020.
— Philippine News Agency

Lorenzana: Possible to put Metro Manila under GCQ on June 1
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Saturday, May 23, that Metro Manila will more likely be placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) by June 1.
— Rappler

LOOK: Magnitude 5.4 earthquake damages supermarket in Baler, Aurora
A magnitude 5.4 earthquake jolted Aurora province Saturday morning, May 23, sending products falling off the shelves and damaging structures of a grocery story in Baler town.
— Rappler

ABS-CBN employees petition House to grant network new franchise
ABS-CBN employees started a petition on Friday, May 22, urging the House of Representatives to renew the media giant’s franchise.
— Rappler

Downgrade of Metro Manila quarantine seen
Quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila could be further loosened starting June 1 as the country pursues a phased return to economic activity after nearly three months of lockdown due to the new coronavirus pandemic.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Pinay who jumped from shelter in Lebanon dies from her injuries
A FILIPINO household service worker who was taken in by the Philippine Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, as a ward at the POLO shelter on May 22 and reportedly jumped the next morning from a room she was sharing with two other OFWs died of her injuries on Sunday.
— Business Mirror

Union groups decry ‘sabotage’ of online petition for ABS-CBN franchise renewal
THE ABS-CBN Rank and File Employees’ Union and the ABS-CBN Supervisory Employees’ Union on Sunday denounced the massive attack done by trolls to sabotage their online signature campaign to bring the Lopez-owned broadcast network back on-air.
— Business Mirror

2 kids dead, 4 others wounded in explosion in Maguindanao
Two children died while 4 others were injured in a blast near a market in the village of Kitango, Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao around 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, according to a report from the local police.
— ABS-CBN News

Gov t to use ICT tools to combat hunger amid pandemic –Nograles
The government will use information and communications technology (ICT) tools in efforts to combat hunger after a survey found that some 4.2 million Filipinos experienced involuntary hunger amid the coronavirus pandemic, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Sunday.
— GMA Network

GOCC subsidies surge to P36.15 billion in 1st quarter
Subsidies extended by the government to state-run corporations almost quadrupled in the first quarter due mainly to increased support to the National Electrification Administration and Light Rail Transit Authority.
— Philippine Star

Repatriation of OFWs starts, 76 back in EV
The repatriation of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) has started. As of May 23, some 76 have arrived in Eastern Visayas, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in Region 8 (OWWA RWO 8) told the Philippine Information Agency.
— Philippine Information Agency

Coronavirus gloom spawns physical, mental health troubles
ROBERT REYES, a 39-year-old part-time fitness trainer, used to run outdoors to stay fit. But with various levels of lockdowns in place to contain a coronavirus pandemic that has sickened more than 13,000 in the Philippines, he’s stuck at home.
— BusinessWorld

ERC to penalize erring power distributors
The Energy Regulatory Commission will penalize any power industry player found violating its directives while there is a national emergency due to the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 pandemic.
— Philippine Star

Health workers with COVID-19 increase to 2,369; recoveries now at 1,118
The number of health workers who have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has climbed to 2,369, the Department of Health (DOH) said Sunday.
— GMA Network

Provincial gov’t urges doctors to avoid referring patients to Cebu City
The provincial government of Cebu urged doctors to avoid referring patients to hospitals located in Cebu City to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus .
— Rappler

Lawmaker bats for e-government system
The government, from the national down to local levels, has to keep up or at least cope with the long-time digitization systems of private businesses that have now been highlighted by the global public health emergency crisis, according to a bill filed by Deputy Speaker LRay Villafuerte of Camarines Sur.
— Philippine Star

Philippines to benefit from global trade redirection
The Philippines is likely to benefit from global trade redirection and relocation of production sites as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the still unresolved trade spat between the US and China, according to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno.
— Philippine Star

PH’s first missile-capable warship arrives in Subic
The Philippine Navy greatly boosted its current fleet with the low-key arrival of its first missile-capable frigate, to be christened BRP Jose Rizal (FF150), in Subic, Zambales last Saturday.
— Tempo

Extended payment schemes shackle power generators
The Philippine Independent Power Producers Association Inc. warned of closure or non-investment in the generating sector if payment schemes are further extended beyond the enhanced community quarantine.
— Philippine Star

Filipinos more worried over COVID-19 compared to previous viruses – SWS
A majority of Filipinos showed greater worry about being infected with the novel coronavirus compared to previous viruses such as Ebola, swine flu, bird flu, and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed.
— Rappler

Online petition for ABS-CBN franchise gets 1M signatures in 24 hours
Less than 24 hours were all an online petition by broadcast giant ABS-CBN Corporation’s employees’ union needed to gain one million signatures, an amount it garnered practically overnight.
— Philippine Star

ISIS thrives in Covid-19 shadows in Philippines
Three years after Islamic State-aligned militants seized the southern Philippine city of Marawi, triggering a bloody five-month urban siege, violent extremism continues to flourish in the shadows of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Asia Times

Metal output plunges
The country’s metallic production declined by 11 percent to P25 billion in the first quarter as the limited movement of supplies and workforce affected the output.
— Philippine Star

COVID patient eyes lawsuit
A Pasay City resident who was diagnosed with coronavirus disease 2019 is preparing to file charges against those who shared her test result.
— Philstar

87% of Pinoys worry about family member catching Covid-19: SWS
At least 87 percent of Filipinos are worried that anyone in their immediate family might catch coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), results of the latest survey released by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Sunday showed.
— Philippine News Agency

Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 2,523
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the total number of coronavirus cases involving Filipinos abroad is now at 2,523 as of Sunday, May 24.
— Rappler

PSMID reiterates warning over COVID-19 rapid testing
The Philippine Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID) on Friday reiterated that using rapid antibody tests (RATs) for COVID-19 may lead to “unintended harm” given the high possibility of a false positive.
— GMA Network

FALSE: ABS-CBN ‘jacked up the number of its employees’
Claim: A post that was shared on Facebook on Wednesday, May 6, said that ABS-CBN Corporation may have jacked up the number of its employees from 4,401 to 11,000.
— Rappler

Solons want to postpone August 24 reopening of classes
Lawmakers from the House of Representatives proposed postponing the scheduled reopening of classes on August 24 given the lack of a vaccine for COVID-19 and the inability of some students to participate in online learning.
— GMA Network

BIR eases rules in ITR filing
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has eased the procedure in the filing of income tax returns (ITRs) and paying taxes by allowing them to do the chores at Authorized Agent Banks (AABs) nearest their residence.
— Tempo

Cancer survivor from the Philippines among COVID-19 deaths on NYT front page
With the United States approaching 100,000 coronavirus deaths, The New York Times Sunday commemorated the tragic milestone with a memorial on its front page–in the form of one-line obituaries for 1,000 victims.
— Philippine Star

Drilon wants PhilHealth revamp amid ‘overpriced’ test kits mess
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Sunday called for a reorganization of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) after he flagged the agency over its supposedly overpriced COVID-19 testing packages.
— GMA Network

Filipino Muslims celebrate Eid’l Fitr in homes amid quarantine
Muslims in the Philippines celebrated Eid’l Fitr, the end of the month-long Ramadan, on Sunday quietly in their own homes.
— GMA Network

Bong Go: Rationalize bed capacity in DOH hospitals
As the health crisis brought about by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to challenge the healthcare sector, Sen. Bong Go emphasized the need to make the process of increasing the bed capacity and capabilities of the hospitals run by the Department of Health (DOH) easier and more systematic.
— Philippine Star

GCash app installations double during lockdown
Mobile wallet GCash saw a significant growth in app installations and registrations during the coronavirus pandemic as more Filipinos have turned to cashless transactions.
— Philippine Star

Trapped in lockdown, Manila’s 2nd most wanted arrested in Pangasinan
Authorities arrested on Friday, May 22, the 2nd most wanted fugitive of the National Capital Region (NCR), after he was trapped in a lockdown in Pangasinan.
— Rappler

Plight of stranded OFWs: Gov’t still processing 8,000 certificates
Around 8,000 test result certificates are still being processed and readied for printing to allow overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stuck in quarantine facilities to go home.
— Rappler

Traders vow to buy bulk tobacco leaves
Major tobacco buying firms have committed to buy all tobacco leaves of farmers in most regions to help them secure a stable income as the pandemic has affected trading and delivery of the commodity.
— Philippine Star

Maltreated OFW rescued in Kuwait
The Philippine embassy in Kuwait has rescued an overseas Filipino worker allegedly maltreated by her employers.
— Philstar

IATF allows non-contact sports for GCQ; events may resume in MGCQ
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) has given the green light for the resumption of non-contact sporting activities in areas under a general community quarantine (GCQ) due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

PRRD to study DOST proposal to create a virology institute
President Rodrigo Duterte will study the proposal of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to reactivate the pharmaceutical development unit at DOST-ITDI (Industrial Technology Development Institute) and establish a virology institute in the country, Malacañang said Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

JBC makes Supreme Court stints minimum of 2.5 years
The Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) revised its rules so that the shortest period that a justice can serve on the Supreme Court (SC) bench is two and a half years.
— Rappler

More government agencies, LGUs allowing e-payments
More agencies and local government units are now allowing individuals and businesses to pay taxes, permits and other obligations to the government digitally, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
— Philippine Star

Opposition: Duque compromises govt campaign vs coronavirus
Opposition Senator Franklin Drilon said on Saturday, May 23, that Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has compromised the credibility and efficacy of the government’s campaign to beat the novel coronavirus.
— Rappler

Filipina nurse wounded by artillery fire in Tripoli: DFA
A 60-year-old Filipina nurse was wounded by artillery fire in the outskirts of the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Saturday, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

DOH, DTI remind public on malling guidelines
With the easing of quarantine restrictions in different parts of the country and reports of shoppers flocking to malls the previous week, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Sunday strongly reminded the public and mall operators in the country to strictly implement the official guidelines on mall operations.
— Philippine News Agency



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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

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