US lawmakers urge Philippine gov’t to repeal anti-terror law

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — At least 45 lawmakers in the US urged the Philippine government to immediately repeal the recently-signed Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. In a virtual press conference on Wednesday night (Manila time), Representative Janice Schakowsky of Illinois...

Duterte ‘unlikely’ to call for special session of Congress to pass Bayanihan 2 — Palace

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte will not likely call for a special session of Congress to pass the bill on the country’s COVID-19 recovery program, Malacañang said Wednesday. Duterte’s spokesperson Harry Roque said the proposed measure will be...

Hold departure order issued vs crew of MV Vienna Wood — PCG spox

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday said its motion to issue hold departure order against crew members of MV Vienna Wood has been granted, spokesman Commodore Armand Balilo said Wednesday. Balilo confirmed to reporters that the...

1,392 new cases bring Philippines’ COVID-19 tally to 58,850

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay)– The Philippines’ tally of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) rose to 58,850 on Wednesday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 1,392 more infections—512 “fresh” or newly validated and 880 reported late. The five provinces with the...

ABS-CBN to start laying off workers, downscaling operations August 31

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — Embattled ABS-CBN Corporation will start downscaling its operations and laying off workers by the end of August, following the congressional decision to reject its franchise bid. In a statement released Wednesday evening, the broadcaster will...

NCR still under GCQ; Cebu City eases to MECQ

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — After a month of being under the most restrictive enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to a spike in coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases, Cebu City has eased to a less restrictive modified ECQ from July 16 to 31. President Rodrigo Duterte...

Solon proposes to use ABS-CBN frequencies for distance learning

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — A lawmaker has proposed the temporary use by the government of ABS-CBN’s former television and radio frequencies for effective distance learning. Deputy Speaker Luis Raymund Villafuerte filed on Tuesday House Resolution 1044, a copy of which was sent to...

Duque claims Philippines has flattened COVID-19 curve then takes it back

MANILA, July 16 (Mabuhay) — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Wednesday claimed the Philippines has succeeded in flattening the curve amid the COVID-19 pandemic, only to take it back later and admitted that the number of cases is still rising. Duque made the...

‘Online barter’ for personal transaction not illegal — DTI chief

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez has clarified his recent statement that ‘online barter’ is illegal, saying exchanges of goods for personal transactions, not as business, is allowed. In a text message Wednesday, Lopez said barter trade is only allowed in...

COVID-19 testing widened further for economy’s reopening — Vergeire

MANILA, (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health has expanded the testing guidelines for COVID-19, now including teachers, as well as workers in tourism, transportation, manufacturing sectors, among other related industries. In a press conference on Wednesday, DOH...
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