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Duterte suspends disciplinary cases vs officials until quarantine is lifted

The order does not apply to urgent cases that are "necessary to enable the government to act expeditiously on matters affecting the current public health emergency.".....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarApr 8th, 2020

Duterte suspends proceedings on administrative cases during quarantine

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte suspended proceedings on administrative cases against local officials during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon to stop the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Through Administrative Order 29, the President has set guidelines on the filing of cases, appeals, petitions for review, and other pleadings before the Office of the President, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 8th, 2020

VP, lawmakers ask: Extend quarantine

As the final week of the month-long, Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine approaches, calls are mounting for an extension because the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths continues to rise. Several lawmakers and other officials, including Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, favor adding 15 days to the lockdown, which is scheduled to be lifted […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 6th, 2020

Duterte to LGUs: ‘Stand down’ or face charges

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has ordered local government units (LGUs) to “stand down” and abide by the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine guidelines set by the national government, or risk facing administrative cases. In a video message released early Friday, Duterte told local government officials that they were part of “one republic” and should thus follow the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 21st, 2020

LGUs can& rsquo;t bar returning OFWs

President Rodrigo Duterte warned local government officials he would order the filing of criminal charges against those who would refuse to accept overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) returning to their respective provinces after being cleared of COVID-19 by the Health Department following a 14-day mandatory quarantine......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 27th, 2020

Duterte to local officials: Accept returning OFWs

Saying the right to travel is protected by the Constitution, President Duterte has urged local officials to accept the more than 24,000 returning overseas Filipino workers who have completed quarantine in Metro Manila......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 27th, 2020

COVID-19 cases in Philippines climb to 14,669, deaths at 886

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to make a decision this week on whether or not Metro Manila and other high-risk areas for COVID-19 transmission will shift to more relaxed general community quarantine......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 26th, 2020

Igorot heritage helped keep Team Lakay strong throughout quarantine

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected millions all over the world not just in terms of physical health, but mental health as well.  With home quarantines and restrictions being placed just about everywhere in the world, people have needed to adapt and adjust to essentially living inside a bubble.  Fortunately, some countries have slowly started to ease restrictions and get back on their feet, and the Philippines is one of them.  Since March, the whole of Luzon has been on Enhanced Community Quarantine, but after the May 15 deadline, a number of cities and provinces have transitioned into General Community Quarantine. Restrictions are still very much in place, but slowly, things are starting to move towards a new normal.  Throughout that time, members of Team Lakay have managed to keep themselves safe and in shape with the help of home workouts and committing to daily training regimens.  (READ ALSO: Mark Sangiao pleased to see Team Lakay wards maintain fitness even during quarantine) The Baguio-based mixed martial arts heroes have also managed to keep themselves not just physically healthy, but mentally healthy as well, and they believe that their Igorot heritage has a lot to do with how they’ve managed to keep their well-being in check throughout the pandemic.  “The Igorot people are known to be resilient, self-sustaining, village-oriented, and we are used to simple living,” said Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao. “Even in times like these, people don’t get hungry because we take care of each other. You go out and you’ll see free vegetables stocked out on the road, and we don’t hoard them, we only get what we need so that everyone has something on their tables.” “Remember that during the war, Cordillera was able to sustain themselves because of the strong ties that we have here, coupled with the patience and the resiliency that we have,” he added. (READ ALSO: Team Lakay mentor Mark Sangiao looking forward to re-opening gym once lockdown is lifted) For former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang, obedience has been a key part in staying safe.  “The Igorot people are obedient, we make sure to follow our figures of higher authority, especially our elders.” “We also practice what we call ‘binadang,’ which means helping those in need, which is very important during times like this,” he added. As for former ONE Bantamweight World Champion Kevin Belingon, self-reliance is an important trait among the Igorot people.  “As a proud Igorot, we are taught to be self-reliant and fend for ourselves during trying times. We are also very obedient and respectful to our leaders,” Belingon stated. Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje Eustaquio echoed Belingon’s sentiments about the Igorot people being self-reliant as well.  “Being an Igorot, most especially the genes and the lifestyle that we live has really helped us during this pandemic,” said Eustaquio. “We are very resilient people, we hold our pride high. We can survive and we can adapt on our own,” “We’ve managed to stay strong throughout this period because I believe that the Igorot people are naturally healthy people,” explained ONE featherweight contender Edward Kelly.  ”The Igorots are physically strong because we are very hard workers, and that helps make our immune system strong as well. Having a strong immune system is very important nowadays so that we don’t get sick with the virus,” Kelly added. For ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio, discipline and obedience has been a major part in keeping Baquio and the Benguet province one of the least affected areas.  “The Baguio-Benguet area was somehow one of the places with the least amounts of cases of people that have tested positive for the coronavirus, and I believe that it’s because of how disciplined the Igorot people are,” said Pacio.  “We listen and we take seriously what the government says. We stay at home and we don’t go out, and we make sure that our health and safety is a must,” the champ added......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 26th, 2020

Barangays to continue assisting in cash aid

Even if President Duterte has tapped soldiers and police for fund distribution, barangay or village officials would still be involved in the giving of aid to sectors affected by quarantine restrictions, Malacañang said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2020

NCRPO chief Sinas may still be held liable for mañanita mess, Palace says

Cases against Police Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas, National Capital Region Police Office chief, will proceed even if President Rodrigo Duterte has justified quarantine violations at a birthday gathering for the senior police official......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 21st, 2020

‘2 million commuters to swarm public transport after ECQ’

Over two million commuters will swarm public transportation facilities in Metro Manila once the enhanced community quarantine or ECQ is lifted, officials warned the public yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 11th, 2020

ECQ could be lifted in some Metro  cities – Año

Some cities in Metro Manila could be placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) next week, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said on Thursday. He said the enhanced community quarantine could be lifted in cities where cases of the Coronavirus disease had gone down. These cities include San Juan and Valenzuela. “There are cities in Manila that may […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 7th, 2020

LGUs ordered: Let in OFWs cleared of virus

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered local government units (LGUs) to accept returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have been cleared of the coronavirus after undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine. In a televised public address aired late Monday night, Duterte told LGU officials that OFWs who are “not a threat to the community” must be allowed to […] The post LGUs ordered: Let in OFWs cleared of virus appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 5th, 2020

ONE Championship s return to Manila, all events in May postponed indefinitely

It looks like ONE Championship won't be returning to Manila this coming May.  As the world continues to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, community quarantines, lockdowns, and travel bans have been imposed on multiple countries across the globe, including Singapore and the Philippines.  As such, ONE Championship has decided to postpone all their scheduled events in May, as announced by ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.  ONE Championship was scheduled to return to Philippine shores on May 29th, which would have featured the return of Brandon Vera for a world title defense against contender Arjan Bhullar.  "All May events for ONE Championship will be postponed until further notice due to the recent COVID-19 developments (border closings and lockdowns) across most countries in Asia," Sityodtong wrote. Our highest priority remains the safety and health of our athletes, officials, staff, fans, and the public during these challenging times. My team and I are working around the clock on multiple options to bring back our events as soon as safely possible. Stay tuned for news!" This comes just weeks after ONE initially announced the postponement of their scheduled closed-door events in Singapore starting April due to the country's "Circuit Breaker" partial lockdown, an attempt to prevent the spread of the deadly virus in the country.  ONE Championship had planned to continue to hold closed-door events in April and May in Singapore.  The number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise in the country however, prompting the government to extend the lockdown from May 4th up to early June.  In the Philippines, while trends point to the a 'flattening of the curve' so to speak, the Enhanced Community Quarantine imposed on Luzon has been extended at least until May 15th.  If the government deems it okay to lift the ECQ by then, it's still highly unlikely that sporting events resume just 14 days later. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 27th, 2020

Duterte to lift lockdown once COVID-19 vaccine is found

The enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and other at-risk regions will be lifted once a working vaccine is developed, according to President Rodrigo Duterte. “I am telling you: The moment this vaccine is out, I will lift it (ECQ) immediately. No need for ceremony. You don’t need to wait as long as there’s […] The post Duterte to lift lockdown once COVID-19 vaccine is found appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 25th, 2020

MPBL Commissioner Duremdes: 'We’re going to finish the season'

The Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season will push through with its stalled division and national finals. MPBL Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes gave this assurance Wednesday to quash speculations the league is going to cancel the remaining games of its third season in the wake of the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic. As to when will be the resumption of the division finals, Duremdes said it will depend on the national government’s decision on easing up restrictions on the staging of public gatherings, including sports events. “We’re going to finish the season, said Duremdes, who is holed up in his hometown of Koronadal, South Cotabato. “We’re just waiting for the clearance of the national government.” President Rodrigo Duterte has yet to announce whether the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), in effect until April 30, will be lifted, extended, or modified. Though the consensus is a modified ECQ will be implemented, Duremdes said there are a lot of issues to be tackled before the MPBL can resume. “First, we need to advice the four teams (San Juan Knights, Makati Super Crunch, Davao Occidental Tigers, Basilan Steel) involved since they are all coming from inactivity and the players need to get back in shape,” said Duremdes. “Then we need to consider the stand of the LGUs (local government units). Other factors to be considered, according to Duremdes, are land travel, resumption of domestic flights, sea travel, and the availability of hotels, restaurants, and game venues. “We can play as soon as the ECQ is lifted but behind closed doors,” said Duremdes. “Hopefully the situation brightens up.” Both the South division finals between San Juan and Makati and the North division finals between Davao and Basilan are tied at 1-1, forging Game 3 deciders. San Juan beat Makati, 76-60, in their series opener but Makati rebounded with a 91-88 victory in Game 2 held behind closed doors at FilOil Flying V Arena in San Juan. Basilan edged Davao, 74-72, in Game 1 in Tagum City, but Davao equalized with an 81-76 triumph in Game 2 held at the jampacked Lamitan City Gymnasium. The division winners will dispute the Lakan Season national crown in a best-of-five series. The Batangas City Tanduay Athletics ruled the inaugural MPBL Anta Rajah Cup participated in by 10 teams, while the San Juan Knights emerged champions of the 26-team Datu Cup. Now boasting 31 teams, MPBL is supposed to open its fourth season on June 12, but it will be moved back owing to recent developments. Like Duremdes, MPBL founder and CEO (chief executive officer) Sen. Manny Pacquiao is also bent on finishing the Lakan Season once the coronavirus gets contained. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2020

Lockdown lessened rate of coronavirus infections in PH – U.P. experts

MANILA, Philippines – Experts at the University of the Philippines (UP) said the Luzon-wide lockdown has helped slow down the rate of coronavirus infections in the country, but the health care system should be prepared for a "surge" in cases once the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is lifted......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2020

Luzon-wide lockdown after April 30 not needed, health experts tell Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – There was a near-consensus among health policy experts consulted by President Rodrigo Duterte that the current Luzon-wide lockdown be lifted on April 30, with only some parts of the region to remain under quarantine. "There was almost a consensus that an ECQ (enhanced ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 21st, 2020

PVL, PSL vow to make unified tournament happen

The dream of a unified tournament that will pit the best teams from the country’s two prestigious club volleyball leagues is looking bright with both camps vowing to make it happen. Officials from the Premier Volleyball League and the Philippine Superliga had a series of meetings since December last year to plot a unified all-Filipino competition that fans have been waiting to see for years. “I’m talking with (PSL) chairman Philip Juico and may mga inaayos pa kami,” said PVL organizer Sports Vision president Ricky Palou. Unfortunately, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic halted the talks with Luzon put under enhanced community quarantine that has been extended until April 30. But both sides are looking forward to come back to the table once the ECQ is lifted. “As soon as the government announces that it is safe to hold sporting events again such as the PBA, or volleyball tournaments such as ours, we will get back to work and get back where we left off in our talks,” said PSL president Dr. Ian Laurel, who once worked with Sports Vision as an analyst for the defunct V-League, which was rebranded as the PVL in 2017. To be finalized are the guidelines and format as well as the duration of the tournament. Also to be settled are the officiating, the number of participating teams and the broadcast. ABS-CBN S+A airs the PVL while TV5 is the broadcast partner of the PSL.    “I cannot say at what percent we are towards our goal kasi there are still things that we need to settle like the officiating, the tournament format among others,” Laurel said. “So I cannot say na talagang on the go na. But I can say that both parties are 100 percent committed on working together.” Initially, both camps are looking to unwrap the tournament around August but with the COVID-19 situation, the project might be pushed back next year. Because of the contagion, the PSL was forced to suspend its ongoing import-flavored Grand Prix while the PVL has yet to begin its Season 4. The PVL is looking to tweak its calendar by holding the Open Conference as its season-opener instead of the Reinforced Conference.    “Initially, dapat this year [ang tournament] but ‘yun nga with how the things are going with the coronavirus and everything baka next year na,” according to Palou. The PVL official added that they have to iron out the number of participating teams. Both leagues currently have eight active club teams each. “PSL wants all the teams involved. I met with the team owners before all of this noong January. The feeling of the team owners ng PVL ay eight teams ay masyadong mahaba ang tournament,” said Palou. “They are looking at a shorter tournament. Maybe 'yung top four teams lang ng PVL and PSL and we will not play each other anymore kasi nga may ranking na rin naman sa mga liga para it will be a shorter tournament,” he added. If the unified tourney pushes through fans will get to witness PVL stars like Alyssa Valdez, Jema Galanza, Myla Pablo, Jia Morado, Maddie Madayag and Bea de Leon go up against Kalei Mau, Ara Galang, Aby Marano, Jaja Santiago, Mika Reyes, Kim Fajardo, Dawn Macandili and Rachel Anne Daquis of the PSL. It will also pit PVL’s top clubs Creamline, PetroGazz, BanKo and Motolite against PSL powerhouse squads F2 Logistics, Petron, Chery Tiggo (Foton) and Cignal. Ultimately, it will be a groundbreaking project for Philippine volleyball fans.     “We want to make it happen for volleyball fans,” said Laurel. “This is for them. This is for Philippine volleyball.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 19th, 2020

Open Conference to kick off PVL Season 4; opening still up in the air

The Premier Volleyball League will stage the Open Conference as the season-opening tournament of its fourth edition instead of the import-laden Reinforced Conference. League organizer Sports Vision president Ricky Palou bared that taking in consideration the current situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it would be difficult for clubs to fly in foreign players. “Initially, May 30 sana ang opening with the Reinforced Conference but with our current situation with the coronavirus I don’t think we can proceed with that,” he said. “I’m going to propose to the team owners that we will start with the Open Conference instead.” The government put the whole of Luzon under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) since last month to curb the spread of the contagion, which has infected more than two million people and claimed more than 158,000 lives worldwide.    “Kasi with the current situation baka yung mga foreign players mag-hesitate pumunta rito and baka mahirapan na ang mga teams na makakuha ng imports,” said Palou. “We’ll start with the Open Conference muna and if may time pa we can have the Reinforced Conference.” But even the start of the season is still up in the air. The league was supposed to open on May 30 but with the government extending the ECQ until April 30 and the lifting of the lockdown still uncertain with the rising local COVID-19 positive cases, Palou admitted that they would need to push back their schedule. “I don’t think we will be able to open by May 30,” he said. “Naka-quarantine tayo with this coronavirus situation and ang mga teams walang training kasi nga bawal. “And even after this quarantine, I think di rin enough ang time to train kasi teams will need at least a month or two months para makapag-training,” added Palou. “So the opening is still up in the air.” The organizers and clubs are set to meet once the ECQ is lifted. “We cannot say kung kailan kami makakapag-meeting dahil nga dito sa coronavirus and lahat nga ng sports natigil din. Nakakahinayang nga rin yung UAAP. Hopefully, maging maayos na lahat by the end of April,” said Palou.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 19th, 2020

Open Conference to kick off PVL Season 4; opening still up in the air

The Premier Volleyball League will stage the Open Conference as the season-opening tournament of its fourth edition instead of the import-laden Reinforced Conference. League organizer Sports Vision president Ricky Palou bared that taking in consideration the current situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it would be difficult for clubs to fly in foreign players. “Initially, May 30 sana ang opening with the Reinforced Conference but with our current situation with the coronavirus I don’t think we can proceed with that,” he said. “I’m going to propose to the team owners that we will start with the Open Conference instead.” The government put the whole of Luzon under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) since last month to curb the spread of the contagion, which has infected more than two million people and claimed more than 158,000 lives worldwide.    “Kasi with the current situation baka yung mga foreign players mag-hesitate pumunta rito and baka mahirapan na ang mga teams na makakuha ng imports,” said Palou. “We’ll start with the Open Conference muna and if may time pa we can have the Reinforced Conference.” But even the start of the season is still up in the air. The league was supposed to open on May 30 but with the government extending the ECQ until April 30 and the lifting of the lockdown still uncertain with the rising local COVID-19 positive cases, Palou admitted that they would need to push back their schedule. “I don’t think we will be able to open by May 30,” he said. “Naka-quarantine tayo with this coronavirus situation and ang mga teams walang training kasi nga bawal. “And even after this quarantine, I think di rin enough ang time to train kasi teams will need at least a month or two months para makapag-training,” added Palou. “So the opening is still up in the air.” The organizers and clubs are set to meet once the ECQ is lifted. “We cannot say kung kailan kami makakapag-meeting dahil nga dito sa coronavirus and lahat nga ng sports natigil din. Nakakahinayang nga rin yung UAAP. Hopefully, maging maayos na lahat by the end of April,” said Palou.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 19th, 2020