Philippine economy nosedives into recession

MANILA, Aug 6 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine economy plunged further in the second quarter to mark its worst performance on record, bringing the country to a technical recession amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In a virtual briefing on Thursday, the Philippine Statistics Authority...

Philippine economic managers expecting deeper economic slump of -5.5% for 2020

MANILA, Aug 6 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines’ economic managers have revised their economic performance assumptions for the entire 2020, seeing a deeper contraction than earlier projected as they took into consideration the country’s plunge to recession and Metro Manila return...

Philippines’ COVID-19 tally leaps to 115,980, highest in Southeast Asia

MANILA, Aug 6 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines now has the highest number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases across Southeast Asia, overtaking Indonesia, after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,462 new infections on Wednesday for a total of 115,980. Indonesia,...

AFP chief’s proposal to regulate social media illegal and unconstitutional — Drilon

MANILA, Aug 5 (Mabuhay) — The proposal of Armed Forces chief Lieutenant General Gilbert Gapay to regulate social media through the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Anti-Terrorism Act is “illegal and unconstitutional,” Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said...

Philippines logs record-high 6,352 new COVID-19 cases, total up to 112,593

MANILA, Aug 5 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines once again broke its own record for the highest number of new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in a single day after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 6,352 new infections on Tuesday, bringing the total to 112,593....

3,226 new cases bring Philippines’ COVID-19 tally to 106,330

MANILA, Aug 4 (Mabuhay) — There are now 106,330 cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Philippines after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 3,226 new cases on Monday. This marks the fifth day in a row during which new infections breached the 3,000 mark...

Is the Philippines winning the fight vs. COVID-19? DOH says ‘we’re managing cases’

MANILA, Aug 3 (Mabuhay) — The country is still in the thick of the battle against COVID-19 as it prepares its health care facilities and its health workers for a possible increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire said on Monday. “Sa...

Philippine COVID-19 cases breach 100,000 with record-high 5,032 new infections

MANILA, Aug 3 (Mabuhay) — The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines breached the 100,000 mark on Sunday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 5,032 more infections, the fourth all-time high in a row, bringing the total to 103,185....

New Clark Airport terminal building to open before end-2020 — BCDA

MANILA, Aug 3 (Mabuhay) — The new passenger terminal building (PTB) at the Clark International Airport is on track to open by the end of the year and will be fully operational by January next year, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) announced Sunday. In...

Metro Manila should be placed under ECQ anew, Sotto and Lacson agree

MANILA, Aug 1 (Mabuhay) — Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Panfilo Lacson both agree that Metro Manila should be placed again under the much stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) as the cases of COVID-19 in the country continue to increase. The two...