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Duterte takes ‘full responsibility’ for purchase of medical supplies regardless of cost

President Duterte has taken “full responsibility” for ordering the swift procurement of medical supplies in the early days of the government’s battle against the coronavirus outbreak.

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Duterte gives Duque advice on handling criticism

Embattled Health Secretary Francisco Duque III did not get the pink slip from President Duterte and instead was given some advice on how to deal with criticism Monday night.

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Duterte defends DOH on ‘overpriced’ medical supplies, PPEs

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night stood by the Department of Health (DOH) as he defended the government’s purchase of the alleged “overpriced” medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPEs).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNqCvNH3hj0&feature=youtu.beIn a late-night public address, Duterte bared it was him who order Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to speed up the procurement of the needed medical supplies even if it cost the government.“I gave him the instruction and I admit it in public now,” Duterte said.“Sabi ko sa kanya (I told him), ‘do everything you can’. Sabi niya, ‘there’s so many propositions

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Agencies given a week to send OFWs home

President Rodrigo Duterte gave three government agencies one week to see to it that the repatriated 24,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), who have been lingering in quarantine facilities while waiting for the results of their coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) test, are sent home. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said on Monday that the President gave the […]

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‘Extend Duterte’s emergency powers’

A lawmaker has sought the extension of the emergency powers granted to President Rodrigo Duterte under Republic Act 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal As One Act.” Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez is set to file on Tuesday a bill extending the emergency powers for another three months or up to September. The law that was enacted on March […]

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Duterte consults experts on MECQ lifting

President Rodrigo Duterte would consult Health officials and other experts in deciding whether to lift the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) in the National Capital Region and other areas, Malacañang said on Monday. “IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Energy Infectious Diseases) naman po ang nagdi-desisyon diyan ‘no at alam niyo naman po […]

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Moro leaders condemn Maguindanao incident

MARAWI CITY: Bangsamoro leaders on Monday joined Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Chief Minister Alhaj Murad Ebrahim in condemning the Maguindanao incident that killed two children and injured 14 others. Ebrahim, on the same day, described the mortar shelling by government troops of a terrorist lair on Sunday as “inhumane, evil and wicked.” […]

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Lacson: Anyone but Duque for DoH chief

SEN. Panfilo Lacson on Monday said President Rodrigo Duterte could choose from among the 170,000 medical doctors to replace Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd. The senator made the remark amid reports that the President is scouting for a new secretary of the Department of Health (DoH). “There are at least 170,000 licensed physicians in the […]

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Cycling advocates call for full implementation of 2010 Bike Ordinance in Davao City

Cyclists have become a common sight on the roads in downtown Davao as several offices and establishments re-opened after shifting to a less restrictive general community quarantine (GCQ) last May 16 from nearly six weeks of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to cut the transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection in the community.

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Billionaires’ companies file tax returns despite ECQ

President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s chief economic manager commented the corporations that have heeded the government call to file their income tax returns (ITRs) ahead of the deferred payment deadlines.

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PRRD: 517 PDLs positive for COVID-19

At least 517 persons deprived with liberty (PDLs) have been infected with the coronavirus disease, President Duterte revealed in his ninth weekly report to Congress.

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DAR partners with DSWD for supplementary feeding program

Manila, May 25 -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) will join forces with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to implement the supplementary feeding program (SFP) during the community quarantine period and any other similar emergencies that the country may experience in the future to address hunger and food security among Filipino children.

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DOLE to send home 24K OFWs under quarantine in 3 days

Manila, May 25 -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) vowed to send home around 24,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stuck in quarantine centers in Metro Manila starting Monday upon the instructions of President Rodrigo Duterte.

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Cabinet members serve "at the pleasure" of the President: Palace

Manila, May 25 -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III will only be replaced once President Rodrigo Duterte loses his trust and confidence in him, Malacanang said on Monday.

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PNP to ensure smooth travel of 24K OFWs to their provinces

Manila, May 25 -- Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano on Monday ordered police officers manning quarantine control points (QCPs) not to hamper the transport of the 24, 000 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) going back to their hometowns.

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AFP ships, planes could be used to bring home 24K OFWs

Manila, May 25 -- The national government could utilize ships and planes of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to send the 24,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) stuck in quarantine centers back to their respective provinces, Malacanang said on Monday.

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Follow health, safety rules while restrictions are eased, gov’t urges

The government will continue to gradually reopen the economy but people must take health precautions seriously to avoid getting infected with the coronavirus, Malacañang said Monday.

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Philippine leader answers call of workers begging to go home

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has given his government a week to process some 24,000 repatriated Filipino workers

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Senators seek probe into ‘illegal hospital’ in Clark

Two senators on Monday pressed the government to probe deeper into the case of an illegal makeshift hospital inside the Fontana Leisure Park in Clark Freeport Zone which was recently raided by law enforcers, following reports that Chinese citizens suspected of being infected of COVID-19 were found inside one of its villas.

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DILG facilitates the return of OFWs to their respective provinces, after weeks of being on quarantine in Manila

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on May 25, Monday, ordered police officers manning quarantine control points (QCPs) not to impede the lawful travel of some 24,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) going back to their hometown.

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DOF cites top taxpayers that filed ITRs ahead of deadline

Manila, May 25 -- The Department of Finance (DOF) has cited the country's Top 500 taxpayers as of May 19 that have heeded the government call for corporations and individuals to file their income tax returns (ITRs) ahead of the deferred payment deadlines during the twice-extended lockdown in the country to stop the community transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

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Robredo firm on her take on Marawi rehab delay

Vice President Leni Robredo’s criticism of the delayed rehabilitation of Marawi City is a reminder to the Duterte administration that it needs to do better for Filipinos, her spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said on May 25, Monday.

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Metro downgrade from MECQ to GCQ possible depending on COVID numbers

Downgrading the status of Metro Manila from modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) to general community quarantine (GCQ) may be "possible" if there will be a marked improvement in certain health factors, according to a Palace official.

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Palace gives go-signal for distribution of second tranche of cash aid

MANILA, Philippines — The distribution of the second tranche of the government's social amelioration program to aid low-income families in light of the COVID-19 pandemic may now begin, Malacañang said Monday.https://youtu.be/svusygEMmKYDuring a televised briefing, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said a total of 17 million poor families will benefit under the SAP’s second tranche.“Puwede na pong ipamahagi yung second tranche ng SAP. So kasama na po dyan yung limang milyong bagong pangalan na bibigyan po ng ayuda at yung 12 million na dati nang nakakuha ng ayuda during the first batch,” Roque said.(The SAP’s second tranche can already be distributed. That i

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‘Commendable act’: DOF lauds firms that paid taxes early despite COVID-19 pandemic

The Department of Finance (DOF) on Monday (May 25) lauded the companies that did not wait for extended deadlines to pay their taxes, helping the government raise revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.In a statement, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said companies that paid taxes on original deadlines or in advance exemplified “the bayanihan spirit.”These taxpayers, Dominguez said, “deserve recognition as their early income tax return payments have provided the Duterte administration the much needed funds” for social amelioration, emergency health measures and economic stimulus programs during the pandemic.“We hope that the commendable act of these taxpayers

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