Death penalty for drug convicts has ‘better chances’ of passing in Senate now — Sotto

MANILA, July 28 (Mabuhay) — Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday said the revival of death penalty for drug-related offenses now has a better chance of being passed in the 18th Congress. In a message to reporters, Sotto said the bills seeking to revive capital...

BIR maintains POGOs should pay 5% franchise tax

MANILA, July 28 (Mabuhay) — The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has maintained that foreign-based Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) should pay the 5% franchise tax before they can resume their operations. In a statement, the taxman said the payment of 5%...

843K local workers, OFWs get cash aid — PRRD

MANILA, July 28 (Mabuhay) — More than 800,000 local and overseas workers affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic have benefited from the cash assistance provided by the government, President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Monday. In his 5th State of the...

House to discuss death penalty bills thoroughly –Romualdez

MANILA, July 28 (Mabuhay) — The House of Representatives will thoroughly deliberate the revival of death penalty for drug-related crimes which President Rodrigo Duterte urged Congress to work on during his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA), Majority Leader Martin...

DOH: No second wave of COVID-19 yet despite increase in cases

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) — The second wave of COVID-19 pandemic is yet to hit the Philippines despite the increase in the number of cases in the country, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Monday. Vergeire made the declaration after COVID-19 cases breached...

US military donates P11-M in medical supplies to PH

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) — The United States Army and Marine Corps service members delivered on Monday an additional PHP11.4 million (US$230,600) in medical equipment to hospitals in 11 cities across the Philippines. This new donation brings the total US government...

8 to 9 LSIs gathered at Rizal Memorial Sports Complex tested positive for COVID-19 — official

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) — Around eight to nine locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who gathered at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila over the weekend have tested positive for COVID-19 following rapid tests, a government official said Monday. Hatid Tulong Program...

DOLE says over 100K OFWs back to their homes

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) — More than 106,200 overseas Filipino workers repatriated by the government amid the coronavirus pandemic have been transported to their home provinces, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported Sunday. The latest batch of 2,246...

Duterte should acknowledge shortcomings in COVID-19 efforts in SONA 2020 — IBON

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte should acknowledge the government’s shortcomings in addressing the coronavirus pandemic in his upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA), research group IBON Foundation said Sunday. According to IBON Foundation...

Philippines logs over 2,000 COVID-19 cases for 4th straight day

MANILA, July 27 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tally jumped to 80,448 on Sunday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 2,110 new cases, marking the fourth consecutive day over 2,000 new infections were reported. The five provinces...