DFA spending P15M for repatriation efforts after Beirut blast —Locsin

MANILA, Aug 8 (Mabuhay) — Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. said Saturday that the DFA is paying P15 million from the agency’s funds for chartered flights to repatriate Filipinos affected by deadly and devastating blast in Beirut, Lebanon. In...

One time, big time lockdown needed to flatten virus curve — Leachon

MANILA, Aug 8 (Mabuhay) — A former adviser to the government task force on COVID-19 response on Saturday said that a one time, big time lockdown is still needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic as infections continued to surge in the country. Dr. Tony Leachon, who left the...

Asean leaders can defeat Covid-19 — Duterte

MANILA, Aug 8 (Mabuhay) — The 10-man Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will become successful in the fight against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) through continued cooperation and collective efforts to arrest the spread of the disease in the region,...

1 in 4 MSMEs closed due to COVID-19 pandemic– trade chief

MANILA, Aug 8 (Mabuhay) — The COVID-19 pandemic has shuttered about a quarter of the country’s micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the trade department said Friday, as authorities lined up measures to lift the economy from recession. About 26 percent of 1.5...

400 Pinoys from Lebanon returning to PH — envoy

MANILA, Aug 8 (Mabuhay) — About 400 Filipinos are expected to return home in the coming weeks following the catastrophic twin explosions in the Lebanese capital of Beirut on August 4. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said a flight scheduled on August 16 also seeks to...

Philippines reports 3,379 new COVID-19 cases; total at over 122K

MANILA, Aug 8 (Mabuhay) — The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country rose to 122,754 on Friday after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,379 new infections of which 2,298 are “fresh” or newly validated and 1,081 are late. This...

DFA chief orders check on Chinese survey vessel near Reed Bank

MANILA, Aug 7 (Mabuhay) — Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. on Friday instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Asian and Pacific Affairs (ASPAC) to check on reports that a Chinese survey vessel is currently near Reed or Recto Bank within the...

Poe wants greater protection, benefits for OFWs

MANILA, Aug 7 (Mabuhay) — Sen. Grace Poe pressed for the immediate passage of a bill that would provide greater protection to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have unjustly or prematurely lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis. Senate Bill No. 1476 or the proposed...

Palace concerned as economy plunges into recession

MANILA, Aug 7 (Mabuhay)– Malacañang on Thursday expressed concern over the state of the economy which slipped into a recession for the first time in nearly three decades. The economy shrank by a record 16.5% in the April to June period when lockdowns meant to prevent the...

Palace won’t accept PH has more COVID-19 cases than Indonesia, highest in ASEAN

MANILA, Aug 7 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Friday refused to accept that the Philippines has overtaken Indonesia in the number of coronavirus infections, claiming that the numbers are a result of Manila’s more aggressive testing than Jakarta. The Philippines’...