Philippines morning news for May 26

Philippines morning news for May 26

Philippines morning news

Philippines Duterte Copies China’s Xi Jinping Playbook Jailing Critics
President Rodrigo Duterte has sparked allegations of copying China’s Xi Jinping by using police to abuse and raise fears among his critics.
— Chiang Rai Times

83 charged over anomalies in COVID-19 subsidy distribution –Duterte s report
A total of 83 officials and individuals have been criminally charged over complaints of alleged anomalies in the distribution of emergency cash assistance to low-income families affected by the COVID-19 crisis, President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest report showed.
— GMA Network

Private hospitals ask Duterte to fire Duque
An umbrella group of private hospitals asked President Duterte on Monday for a “replacement” to embattled Health Secretary Francisco Duque III who is in hot water over his leadership of the government’s coronavirus response.
— Philippine Star

Gov’t boosts testing capacity to 32,000
THE government has boosted its coronavirus testing capacity to 32,100 daily, exceeding its goal of 30,000 samples by the end of the month, the presidential palace said on Monday.
— BusinessWorld

PH coronavirus cases climb to 14,319, deaths at 873
The Department of Health announced 284 more Filipinos were infected with the coronavirus disease, pushing the total number of confirmed cases as of Monday, May 25, to 14,319.
— Rappler

Lawmakers urged to pass stimulus proposals to boost PH economy
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said the sooner the proposed stimulus measures are approved, the better to further cushion the economic impact of the global pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

4,000 OFWs fly home on mercy flights
About 4,000 overseas Filipino workers stranded in Manila were able to return to their provinces via the mercy flights organized by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.
— GMA Network

5% tariff hike to raise P245 billion, but risks studied
THE government is assessing the need to implement a 5-percent increase in tariffs on all products to raise P245 billion immediately for the efforts to fight Covid-19.
— Business Mirror

Duterte: No COVID-19 vaccine? Opening of classes ‘useless’
For President Rodrigo Duterte, it is “useless” to talk about the opening of classes when there is no vaccine yet against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Philippine Daily Inquirer (video)

National government gross borrowings up 5.3% to P656.7 billion in Q1
THE national government’s gross borrowings rose by 5.31 percent to P656.718 billion in the first quarter of the year as the state borrowed more from both domestic and foreign sources.
— Business Mirror

Duterte to LGUs: Let OFWs in, only nat’l gov’t can impose travel restrictions
Only the national government can impose travel restrictions, President Rodrigo Duterte reminded local governments Monday as he ordered them to accept overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) returning to their homes.

PH still in first wave of COVID-19 transmission, Duque tells Duterte
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III late Monday told President Rodrigo Duterte that the Philippines is still in the first wave of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) transmission.
— ABS-CBN News

2.7 million plus workers affected by pandemic
Over 2.7 million workers were affected by business disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19), according to the latest data of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
— Business Mirror

Filipina domestic worker commits suicide in Lebanon – embassy
A Filipina domestic worker has committed suicide in Lebanon at a shelter run by her embassy, consular officials said Sunday, May 24, days after a rights group complained about accommodation at the shelter.
— Rappler

80 Seafarers in Quarantine for 1 Month, Waiting for COVID-19 Test Results
These 80 seafarers are still waiting for their COVID-19 test results 80 seafarers who are in quarantine in a hotel in Quezon City are still waiting for the release of their COVID-19 test results.
— Philippine News

PH ranks 8th in Southeast Asia response to COVID-19
Philippine funds for the containment of the new coronavirus further rose two months after the initial lockdown imposed in mid-March, but it still wasn’t enough to match those of other Southeast Asian countries in terms of spending per person.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

3-month extension of Duterte’s special powers sought
A House leader is seeking a three-month extension of the special powers granted to President Rodrigo Duterte to address the coronavirus pandemic under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Swine fever cure? Philippines interested to join Pirbright Institute’s clinical trial for ASF vaccine
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said it will ask England-based Pirbright Institute to include the Philippines in the clinical trials of its African swine fever (ASF) vaccine.
— Business Mirror

Business groups urge immediate passage of CREATE bill
The Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises Act (CREATE) bill, formerly the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Reform Act or CITIRA, has gained support from business groups.
— Philippine News Agency

Infrastructure spending falls in Q1
INFRASTRUCTURE spending slumped in the first quarter, as public construction activities were temporarily halted in March due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
— BusinessWorld

24 PH hospitals participating in WHO Solidarity Trials
Twenty-four hospitals in the Philippines are participating in the World Health Organization (WHO) Solidarity Trials, an international clinical trial to test the effectiveness of a possible vaccine for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— Philippine News Agency

Amendments to Anti-Money Laundering Act take backseat in House
A MEASURE seeking to amend the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) has been placed on the back burner as Congress focuses on passing measures such as the Philippine Economic Stimulus Act (PESA) and Financial Institutions Strategic Transfer (FIST) Bill which aims to address the economic impact of the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
— BusinessWorld

PHAP warns government of P28 billion revenue loss from price cap
The government stands to lose P28 billion in revenues as a result of price controls on medicine earlier recommended by the Department of Health.
— Philippine Star

Senate bills to boost Philippines healthcare system
Sen. Christopher Go is pushing for more health-related bills to boost the healthcare system as the country moves to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19.
— Philstar

In Philippine slums, heat, hunger take a toll under lockdown
One by one, Michelle Asinto’s six children take the plate of rice doused in soy sauce and eat their share before passing it on.

Criminal cases against KAPA active, cease and desist order in force
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has cautioned the public against falling for fake news about the supposed dismissal of fraud charges against Kapa-Community Ministry International (KAPA).
— Philippine Information Agency

144 convicted prisoners granted parole so far –Duterte
In his weekly report to Congress submitted on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte said 144 persons deprived of liberty (PDL) have been granted parole as of May 15. Duterte also said 653 pending applications for parole/executive clemency are still being processed.
— GMA Network

COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos breach 2,600 mark; 34 new deaths reported from Middle East
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported 94 new confirmed COVID-19 cases involving overseas Filipinos, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 2,617 as of Monday, May 25.
— Eagle News

Pres. Duterte gives DOLE, OWWA, DOH a week to facilitate return to provinces of 24k OFWs stuck in quarantine centers
President Rodrigo Duterte gave labor and health authorities one week to facilitate the return of some 24,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are staying in various quarantine centers in Metro Manila.
— Eagle News

Exhaustion could make healthcare workers more prone to COVID-19, doctor says
Exhaustion could make healthcare workers more prone to getting infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a doctor who advocates for mass testing said Monday.
— GMA Network

8 repatriated OFWs gave birth while stranded in quarantine facilities –OWWA
Eight of the almost 100 repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were pregnant gave birth while stuck in quarantine facilities waiting for the results of their coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tests.
— GMA Network

Reports of sexual abuse of children triple during lockdown
Reports of online sexual exploitation of children (OSEC) increased threefold during the coronavirus lockdown, a development that the Department of Justice (DOJ) blamed on telecommunication companies’ alleged failure to block the prohibited materials.
— Rappler

Thorough probe urged into mortar shelling in Maguindanao town that killed 2 minors
Two girls were killed while 14 others were hurt in explosions Sunday in Datu Saudi Ampatuan town.
— Philstar

Thunderstorm advisory raised over parts of Mindanao
A thunderstorm advisory has been hoisted over parts of Mindanao.
— Eagle News

Westmincom takes over command of Task Force GenSan
The Task Force GenSan has been placed under the command of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, effectively making the unit under the control of the military’s Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom).
— Philippine News Agency

Philippine Red Cross to open hotline for COVID-19 results
The Philippine Red Cross will soon add a hotline service which the public can easily access to get their COVID-19 test results, PRC chairman Senator Richard Gordon said Monday.
— GMA Network

DOST’s rewashable face masks ready for commercialization
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Monday, May 25, said that those interested to reproduce their REwear face masks may coordinate with the DOST’s Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI).
— Rappler

Group calls for transparency in jail reports as coronavirus hits Philippine prisons
Government agencies should provide detailed reports on jail conditions as the coronavirus disease 2019 hits the country’s overcrowded prison facilities, an organization said Monday.
— Philippine Star

Some LGUs refuse to accept Davao City residents: Sara
Mayor Sara Duterte said Monday the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Davao Region (LTFRB-11) excluded the city among local government units (LGUs) permitted to resume bus operations because other local governments (LGU) would not grant entry for this city’s residents.
— Philippine News Agency

Up to P5-M grant for researches, technologies under ‘new normal’
Up to PHP5-million grant is at stake for researches and technologies that would help the economy adapt to the new normal after the Covid-19 pandemic, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) announced Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

OFWs quarantined for over a month finally begin heading home
Filipino migrant workers who spent almost two months in quarantine due to unprocessed coronavirus test results finally began heading home to their provinces on Monday.
— GMA Network

Two barangays in Tagaytay city placed under Lockdown
The city government here placed Barangays Calabuso and Mag-asawang Ilat under lockdown after reports of confirmed cases from these areas.
— Philippine Information Agency

Even quarantine passes found sold in Recto
Even quarantine passes have been found being sold in Manila City de facto forgery epicenter: Recto Avenue.
— Rappler

OVP: Gov’t response in Marawi not enough
The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo said the actions taken to rehabilitate the war-torn Marawi was lacking and slow, as many residents are still waiting for the restoration of their homes three years after the siege.
— GMA Network

DFA probing death of Filipino in Lebanon POLO shelter
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday, May 25, said it was investigating the death of a Filipino worker who reportedly committed suicide at a Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) shelter on Sunday, May 24.
— Rappler

Task Force Bangon Marawi chair says criticisms on rehab delay ‘inaccurate, unfair’
Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) chairman Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario on Monday said criticisms on the government’s efforts in rehabilitating war-torn Marawi City were inaccurate and unfair, as operations continue three years after the conflict.
— GMA Network

SWS: Majority of Filipinos wear masks, keep physical distance to prevent spread of COVID-19
Majority of Filipino have taken measures such as maintaining physical distancing and wearing of face masks to guard themselves from the spread of the coronavirus disease, a Social Weather Stations survey showed.
— Philippine Star

134 barangay officials face criminal complaints over cash aid anomalies
More barangay officials are reported to have committed anomalies in the distribution of cash aid from the national government during the coronavirus lockdown.
— Rappler

OVP taps families orphaned by drug war to sew PPE sets
Vice President Leni Robredo has tapped families orphaned by the Duterte administration’s drug war to sew personal protective equipment (PPE) sets for health workers and other frontliners amid COVID-19 pandemic.
— GMA Network

BI to deport Saudi fugitive wanted for fraud
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) intercepted and will deport an alleged Saudi fugitive wanted by authorities in his country for fraud and embezzlement.
— GMA Network

Fuel subsidies, new bus system among DOTr plans for ‘new normal’ transportation
Besides the current health and safety protocols for all public vehicles, the transportation department disclosed its plans of subsidizing fuel and transforming the current buses plying the Metro’s main thoroughfare included in its stimulus package for public transportation as part of its novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response.
— Philippine Star



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