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Duterte bans return to danger zones

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered people not to go to the danger zones of Taal volcano for their safety. The President made the remark during the distribution of financial assistance to farmers and fisherfolk in Batangas affected by the volcanic eruption at the Batangas Provincial Sports Complex on Tuesday. Duterte handed more than P7.5 million […] The post Duterte bans return to danger zones appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneJan 15th, 2020

President orders police, military out of Taal Volcano danger zones

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the pullout of police and military personnel from the vicinity of Taal Volcano to avoid further health issues and possible conflict with local residents. Taal Volcano erupted on 12 January, spewing large amounts of ash compelling mass evacuation of local residents. In a speech during the 69th Founding Anniversary Celebration of […] The post President orders police, military out of Taal Volcano danger zones appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJan 29th, 2020

Duterte bans processing applications for Metro Manila ecozones

AS part of his administration’s effort to boost rural development of special economic zones (ecozones) in the countryside, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a ban on the processing of applications…READ The post Duterte bans processing applications for Metro Manila ecozones appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019

Duterte expected to announce new quarantine classifications on Monday

Duterte is expected to return to Manila on Sunday after staying in Davao City for more than three weeks, the longest period of time he stayed in his hometown during the pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 30th, 2020

`Busy’ Rody extends Davao stay

President Rodrigo Duterte is still up to his neck in work while in Davao City and is delaying his return to Manila, presidential spokesman Harry Roque disclosed Thursday. Roque made the remark in response to the query as to when the President is expected to be back in the Palace and address the public anew […] The post `Busy’ Rody extends Davao stay appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 20th, 2020

If Duterte flies out then can’t return?

President Duterte said he did not sneak out on an air ambulance for medical treatment in Singapore over the weekend, but was just in Davao in what his spokesman called “perpetual isolation” with his second family......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 19th, 2020

Public transport ready to return once MECQ is lifted

  BY BEN ROSARIO     All modes of public transportation are fully prepared to go back to operations in the event President Duterte decides to lift the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila and neighboring localities by Aug. 19. This assurance was made to the House Committee on Transportation in a virtual hearing conducted […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 13th, 2020

Stocks recover as investors embrace return to lockdown

Share prices recovered yesterday after Monday’s heavy selloff as investors have embraced President Duterte’s decision to put Metro Manila and nearby provinces back to modified enhanced community quarantine......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

Duterte blinks as frontliners gripe

With COVID-19 cases surging past the 100,000 mark and public health frontliners asking for better handling of the crisis, President Duterte has approved the return of Mega Manila to a strict modified enhanced community quarantine from Aug. 4 to 18......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

Economic recovery takes ‘one step back’

The Philippine economic recovery is taking a step back to curb the surging coronavirus outbreak and fix the fragile health system waging a “losing battle” against the pandemic. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said yesterday that the return of Metro Manila and nearly provinces to a stricter lockdown may take a toll on the drivers of economic rebound in the near-term. But Dominguez said that if the reimposed stricter modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) is correctly implemented, it will have a favorable impact on the nation’s long-term economic prospects. “In the short run, the return to MECQ may negatively affect livelihoods, consumer demand and production. However, if the time is used to boost all our medical resources and prevent further spread of the virus, then the MECQ will be positive for the long haul,” Dominguez said. As this is a new virus, Dominguez explained that nations, including the Philippines, continuously learn to adapt to the challenges posed by the new and uncertain environment induced by coronavirus. “The whole world is learning how to dance with this virus: two steps forward and one step back,” Dominguez said.Earlier, the DOF chief pushed for a shift of Metro Manila and Calabarzon—accounting for about 70 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP)—“as quickly as possible” to the most lenient quarantine status to kickstart the economy. However, President Duterte ordered Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal back under the MECQ from August 4 to 18 following a surge of COVID-19 cases and the appeal of healthcare workers. The two week shift to MECQ for Metro Manila and its adjacent provinces starting today ceased some businesses and public transport, while work and quarantine passes are also reinforced to restrict non-essential movements. Reverting to MECQ is an unwelcome develop for the economic managers as it could derail hopes for a recovery in the third quarter of the year. Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua earlier said the economic impact of the quarantine measures in country was “more severe than expected.”  Days before Metro Maila reverted to MECQ, Dominguez said the local economy had already hit bottom and started to recover from the coronavirus-induced crisis, noting business activities have begun to pick up. The government had gradually eased the tough virus lockdown measures after the economy shrank by 0.2 percent in the first quarter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

MECQ delays pro leagues’ return to training

  BY JONAS TERRADO     The planned return of teams’ practices in the professional level suffered a setback after the government decided to re-impose a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila and nearby provinces beginning Tuesday. President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday approved the recommendation of the Department of Health and Inter-Agency Task […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2020

Solons to gov’t: Heed the plea of medical workers

Lawmakers expressed all-out support on Sunday (August 2) to the appeal made by Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Medical Associationto shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), even as they sought a change in leadership in the Department of Health (DOH) and other agencies handling the country’s response against COVID-19. (JANSEN ROMERO / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Albay 1st District Rep. Edcel Lagman, Anakalusugan partylist Rep. Michael Defensor, Bayan Muna partylist Rep.  Carlos Isagani Zarate, and Quezon City  2nd District Rep. Precious Hipolito Castelo called on the government to heed the plea of the medical experts and frontliners for more stringent health protocols in critical areas. “While both the health and economic crisis wrought by  the still ravaging COVID-19 pandemic must be both effectively addressed, the relief and recovery of the people’s health must be prioritized. Lives lost are forfeited forever but businesses lost can be redeemed,” Lagman said in a statement.“We must learn from the bitter lesson experienced by other countries like Japan which prematurely reopened economic, leisure and domestic travel activities only to be besieged later by a resurgence of the viral contagion,” he stressed.  Defensor, chairperson of the House Committee on Public Accounts, said, “If our leading doctors are prescribing it, then as good patients, we are all for Mega Manila’s brief return to an ECQ.” “Our sense is, our public health system is on the verge of collapse, and the momentary return to an ECQ will buy everybody more time to gird for a longer battle against the coronavirus disease,” he said. He said once the government gives in to the appeal, the COVID-19 National Task Force should take that opportunity to fix the lack of hospital staff due to doctors, nurses and other personnel getting infected and still recovering, or undergoing routine seclusion after possible exposure; expand the bed capacities of makeshift hospitals and quarantine facilities; and improve case-finding and the isolation of suspected cases. Defensor said the government should also step up contact-tracing and quarantining; upgrade public transportation options and safety; strengthen workplace protection; build up enforcement of and public compliance with self-protective measures such as the wearing of face masks and face shields, handwashing as well as social and physical distancing; and increase financial and livelihood support to distressed households. Zarate said they are one with our frontliners in demanding a reprieve from the overwhelming cases of COVID-19, particularly in the National Capital Region. “Reverting back to ECQ or whatever level of lockdown is useless or will be for naught if the primary recommendation of frontliners like free mass testing, pro-active contact tracing, isolation and treatment will not be seriously implemented by the government,” he said in a statement. For her part, Castelo said, “Let us listen to them. They are the ones on the frontline. Indeed, after five months of fighting this pandemic, they are exhausted physically, emotionally and mentally.” She laments that several doctors and nurses have died and many others have fallen sick while battling COVID-19. “Our medical workers are asking for a short time to recuperate. Let us give it to them,” she said. In a radio interview, Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said the government should strike a balance between the economy and health of the Filipinos, but it should be tilted somehow, in favor of health amid the appeal made by physicians to shift Mega Manila back to a 15-day ECQ. He asked the DOH to come up with “a system, a policy, or even perhaps a strategy” to reinforce the country’s health system by augmenting the medical force.  In a separate statement, Assistant Minority Leader and ACT Teachers Representative France Castro said the Inter Agency Task Force for COVID-19 should be headed by medical experts instead of generals who have done nothing but to impose military solutions to combat a public health crisis.  “Our frontliners are already pleading to the Duterte administration to implement a comprehensive medical plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The government needs to listen and take concrete actions with the demands of our healthcare workers,” she said.   “It is high time that medical experts lead in the fight against COVID-19 instead of military generals. Medical experts who will not twist data and try to sanitize the numbers. We need medical experts who use science and not allow an entire population to be used as guinea pigs in a failed response and inadequate policies for public health safety.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Retired US Navy officer proposes ship repair facilities in Subic

A decorated former United States Navy admiral has discounted the possibility of the reported plan to re-establish an American military base in the Philippines like the facility they used to share in Subic Bay.In an open letter to President Duterte, retired US Navy Rear Admiral Daniel W. McKinnon, Jr. instead suggests it would be a “good business” for the Philippines to embrace the idea of bringing shipyard jobs back to Subic Bay. McKinnon was reacting to the statement made by President Duterte during his State of the Nation Address last week where the latter flatly rejected the reported US plan to return to its former naval base in the Philippines. “I saw in the press that in your recent State of the Nation Address (SONA) you voiced concern about the United States Navy returning to establish a base in the Philippines, like the remarkable joint security facility we used to share in Subic. I believe I can assure you it will never happen,” the retired US naval officer said in his letter dated July 29, 2020.McKinnon, who was stationed at the former US base in Subic, said what can happen is that the US Navy can help re-establish a viable “commercial” ship overhaul and voyage repair, or even ship construction industry on historic Subic Bay. “And why not? It is neither war provocation nor threatening to the Philippine people,” the retired US Navy officer said.If approached to bring shipyard jobs back to Subic Bay under a public-private partnership, the Philippine government should embrace the idea, noting that the Philippines is a 7,000-island archipelago straddling a major artery of world commerce. “Repairing ships transiting that artery is only good business,” he said. He explained that the US Navy, and every sea power, commercial or naval, needs voyage repair.  For decades the Ship Repair Facility (SRF) on the deep-water port of Subic Bay, and a similar facility in the port of Yokosuka in Japan, helped sustain the upkeep of ships far from home. He recalled having attended the opening of Philseco, a commercial ship repair facility at Subic City in 1981. The US bases, however, were closed in 1992 after the Philippine Senate rejected the extension of its tenure.  The facility later became Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction, a commercial bulk cargo ship construction on the Redondo peninsula across the City of Olongapo. “It became of national importance, providing employment to the many skilled Philippine shipyard workers displaced when the US Navy SRF at Olongapo closed in 1992. It was sad to see Hanjin go into bankruptcy and the effect it had on Philippine families,” McKinnon said. In his open letter, McKinnon remembered back in 1968 when his naval ship was undergoing repair in Subic. “I and my friends became tourists. It was wonderful to attend a concert of the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra, visit the historic island of Corregidor, and learn to love ‘pancit’, both ‘canton’ and ‘bihon’. Doctors loved going into the small communities on Luzon providing family health care. Ships, both commercial and military, need voyage repair. Sailors go ashore, become tourists, and make friends.” Upon the closure of the SRF in Subic, the US Navy workload moved to countries like Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, among others. When the first United States military command was established in Singapore in 1991, it became a regional contracting center, not a base.  “It was all about the conduct of business in Asia,” he said. While in Subic Bay, McKinnon was assigned as Director, Shipbuilding and Overhaul Contracts, Naval Sea Systems Command and Commanding Officer, Naval Supply Depot.  He co-founded an organization that provides vocational training to unemployed young men, co-founded a foundation that supported the City of Olongapo hospital and orphanage, and later becoming an honorary citizen of the city.In his military career, McKinnon was a recipient of two Legions of Merit and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal of the US Department of Defense. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

Go backs Rody’s death penalty stance

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Saturday reiterated his support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s renewed call for the return of the death penalty by lethal injection for crimes under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Go manifested his support in response to a privilege speech by Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, the chair of […] The post Go backs Rody’s death penalty stance appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

Duterte: Poor Filipinos first-takers of COVID-19 vaccine once available

Duterte, who is pinning hopes on coronavirus vaccines developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firms, asked the public for patients, saying he hopes the situation would return to normal by December......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 31st, 2020

Bayanihan 2, return of death penalty among Duterte priority bills

    *By GENALYN D. KABILING*   The proposed Bayanihan 2 law and the return of the death penalty for drug-related offenses are among the 21 priority bills endorsed by President Duterte to the joint session of Congress during his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday. The President has called for the swift […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 28th, 2020

Sharon Cuneta hopes Robredo will run for president in 2022, succeed Duterte

    MANILA, Philippines — Expressing hope that human decency would return in the country, Sharon Cuneta believes Vice President Leni Robredo should run in the 2022 presidential election and succeed President Rodrigo Duterte. Days after being upset and outraged by a netizen who threatened her daughter Frankie Pangilinan, the Megastar made a 45-minute Instagram […] The post Sharon Cuneta hopes Robredo will run for president in 2022, succeed Duterte appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

Metro Manila, Calabarzon need to transition to MGCQ quickly — Dominguez

The head of the government's economic team on Tuesday urged President Duterte to speed up the transition of Metro Manila and CALABARZON region to a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) to allow more people to return to work and avoid deeper economic contraction......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

Overconfidence, complacency led to spike in COVID-19 cases in Cebu – Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — Too much confidence and complacency led to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Cebu, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday in his televised speech. “But really, the danger is there. It’s up to you to decide. If you get infected, then I’m sorry,” Duterte said, speaking partly in Filipino. “Those […] The post Overconfidence, complacency led to spike in COVID-19 cases in Cebu – Duterte appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2020

Cong. Tolentino to lobby return of slashed 2020 PSC budget

Philippine Olympic Committee president and congressman Bambol Tolentino will lobby in the House of Representatives the return of the funds slashed from the national sports agency brought by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Philippine Sports Commission was among the government agencies instructed by the Department of Budget and Management to slice its 2020 budget by more than half. The PSC returned P700 million out of its P900 million budget to be used in the fight against the deadly virus.    PSC’s other source of fund was also severely hit by the health crisis with the dwindling remittance from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation as most of the country put under community quarantine, forcing the agency to do belt-tightening measures including slashing the national athletes’ allowances in half. Tolentino told reporters on Monday via Zoom press conference that PAGCOR has resumed its remittance. “Nag-remit na ang PAGCOR ulit. I don’t know kung mako-cover na ‘yung portion ng month na nabawasan na ang allowances,” he said. However, anticipating that the remittance won’t be enough, Tolentino announced that he will lobby in Congress the return of the diverted PSC budget. “Pero kung ‘di man ma-cover (ng PAGCOR remittance), my announcement is, not as POC president, but as a member of the House of representative, we will try to give back the amount that was taken from the PSC national development fund na ibinalik sa national treasury for the COVID-19 use. Amounting to P700 million,” said the representative of the eighth district of Cavite. Athletes are set to have their allowances cut in half starting July. “So kung ‘yun lang ang kailangan para maibalik o ma-sustain ang mawawala we will try in the House of Representatives I will lobby for it. We will try to return it in this coming second Bayanihan extension act to return the amount given to the national treasury because of the COVID-19,” said Tolentino. “Para lang ‘wag mabasawan o maibalik, para lang complete ang allowances again ng mga athletes.” The lawmaker added the athletes who brought honor and pride to the country including copping the overall championship in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games held in the country deserve to receive full financial support from the government even amid this crisis. “Ang point ko rito kasi baka di alam ni Pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte na tinamaan ‘yung mga national athletes, ‘yung mga allowances. Baka kapag nalaman niya, ‘Huh? After giving pride and glory being overall champion sa SEA Games tapos tatamaan din sila, yung mga frontliners natin sa sports,’” he said. “Pipilitin naming ibalik ang amount na ‘yun,” added Tolentino.      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2020

PRRD Mulls MECQ, 2 Other Options in Metro Manila, Cebu

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is weighing in on three options for the new quarantine classification to be implemented over Metro Manila and Cebu by June 16. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte could retain the general community quarantine (GCQ) classification in both areas, place them in the least strict modified GCQ (MGCQ), or return them […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 16th, 2020