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  • Easing of Metro Manila quarantine restrictions after July 15 unlikely – Roque
    by Sofia Tomacruz on July 13, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday, July 13, that it was unlikely Metro Manila will be downgraded to a lower quarantine level after July 15, citing recent data that showed the capital region could not yet reopen further.  Roque made the remark in a press …

  • China rejects Philippines’ call to comply with Hague ruling
    by Sofia Tomacruz on July 13, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    MANILA, Philippines – China on Monday, July 13, refused to heed the Philippines’ recent call to comply with the 2016 Hague ruling , once again rejecting the historic award as “illegal and invalid.” The Chinese embassy in the Philippines said it has “taken note” of the statement Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro …

  • AFP renames key positions, military chief gets additional designation
    by Nikko Dizon on July 13, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has renamed key positions and added a new designation for the military chief as part of efforts to make the institution “more responsive to current and future non-conventional threats,” a military spokesperson said on Monday, July 13. The AFP chief …

  • New Anti-COVID czar Magalong to ‘radically’ change PH contact tracing system
    by Sofia Tomacruz on July 13, 2020 at 11:30 am

    MANILA, Philippines – On his first day as the Philippines’ new coronavirus tracing chief Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong said on Monday, July 13, that the country’s contact tracing system, a crucial initiative in efforts to curb the outbreak, will “radically” change in its structure.  “Gusto ko lang pong …

  • Barriers for motorcycle back riders ‘unsafe’ and ‘useless,’ say netizens
    by Iya Gozum on July 13, 2020 at 11:20 am

    MANILA, Philippines – The national government’s task force against the coronavirus has finally approved the request of motorcylists to be able to travel with pillion riders , although for limited types of passengers. Commuters who are on social media have a problem with the task force’s requirement for a barrier to be installed between the driver and the …

  • St Luke’s, Makati Med declare full capacity of COVID-19 beds
    by Bonz Magsambol on July 13, 2020 at 9:26 am

    MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – At least 4 Metro Manila hospitals announced on Monday, July 13, that they had reached full capacity of allocated COVID-19 beds, particularly in the intensive care unit, as cases of the disease continue to rise in the country.  St Luke’s Medical Center  In a …

  • Philippines coronavirus cases climb further over 57,000
    by Sofia Tomacruz on July 13, 2020 at 9:15 am

    MANILA, Philippines – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Philippines climbed further to 57,006 on Monday, July 13, after 836 new cases were reported nationwide. The newly-reported cases include 749 fresh cases and 87 late cases. Fresh cases cover tests results released to patients …

  • Cavite town reimposes liquor ban to prevent coronavirus spread
    by Dennis Abrina on July 13, 2020 at 8:58 am

    CAVITE, Philippines (UPDATED) – Due to the increasing number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Carmona, Cavite, Mayor Roy Loyola has reimposed a liqour ban to discourage gatherings that often become the means for spreading the virus.  Executive Order 30 – which prohibits the drinking, buying, and selling of all kinds …

  • 8th petition vs anti-terror law attacks ‘subjective’ definition of terroristic dissent
    by Lian Buan on July 13, 2020 at 7:59 am

    MANILA, Philippines – Progressive group Sanlakas party list filed on Monday, July 13, the 8th petition against the anti-terror law, focusing its argument on the vagueness and subjectivity of the definition of a terroristic dissent. The petition asked that Section 4 of the law be struck down …

  • Malacañang names 3 more ‘anti-COVID czars’
    by Sofia Tomacruz on July 13, 2020 at 7:56 am

    MANILA, Philippines – In a bid to boost its testing, tracing, and treatment strategy as coronavirus cases continue to increase nationwide, the national government has named 3 more officials as “anti-COVID czars.” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced on Monday, July 13, that Public Works Secretary Mark Villar would …



  • Naya Rivera, Kelly Preston’s deaths; Johnny Depp’s legal battle
    by Associated Press on July 14, 2020 at 7:20 am

    Naya Rivera, who rose to fame on TV show ‘Glee,’ dies at 33 NEW YORK: Naya Rivera, a singer and actor who played a gay cheerleader on the hit TV musical comedy “Glee,” was found dead Monday. She was 33. Rivera’s body was discovered five days after she disappeared on Lake Piru, where her son,

  • OPM icons unite in virtual concert for education
    by The Manila Times on July 14, 2020 at 7:08 am

    The pandemic has brought a major change in the normalcy of everyone’s lives. Nevertheless, very soon, it will be back to school time. So in a bid to make sure no learner is left behind, PLDT Home is holding a free virtual concert for the benefit of students, educators, and schools. The virtual concert billed,

  • WHO says countries taking ‘wrong direction’ on virus
    by Agence France-Presse on July 14, 2020 at 5:58 am

    GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) warned Monday that too many countries were bungling their response to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning there could be no return to normality any time soon. After a daily record of 230,000 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases reported on Sunday, the UN health agency said the pandemic was only

  • China accuses US of sowing discord in South China Sea
    by Associated Press on July 14, 2020 at 5:50 am

    BEIJING: China on Tuesday described a US rejection of its maritime claims in the South China Sea as completely unjustified and accused the US of attempting to sow discord between China and the Southeast Asian countries with which it has territorial disputes. The Chinese Embassy in Washington said that a statement issued by US Secretary

  • 3 arrested, P5.4M ‘shabu’ seized in Las Piñas
    by Jan Arcilla on July 14, 2020 at 5:08 am

    THREE people were arrested and an estimated P5.4 million worth of suspected crystal meth or shabu were confiscated in a drug operation in Las Piñas City, authorities reported on Tuesday. Operatives from Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Southern Police District (SPD) arrested Daisy Usman, Yasmin Balading, and Joselito Castillo at the west side parking





  • ABS-CBN employees expected franchise denial but still hoped for Congress’ ‘change of heart’
    on July 14, 2020 at 4:03 pm

    It was a setup.” Thus said TV host-weather anchor Kim Atienza when Inquirer Entertainment asked his reaction shortly after the announcement of Congress’ decision to deny broadcast network ABS-CBN’s application for franchise renewal on Friday. Atienza believed that the 13-session hearing attended by the Kapamilya network bosses before the House Committee on Legislative Franchises had been a trap. “I knew we were not going to get a ‘yes’ vote from the very start, but I was hoping against hope and I was praying to God that, if it’s His will, the franchise would be given to us. Now, I know that it’s not God’s will,” he explained.A total of 70 lawmakers voted against the network’s bid …Keep on reading: ABS-CBN employees expected franchise denial but still hoped for Congress’ ‘change of heart’

  • Kakai embraces positive outlook after breakdown
    on July 14, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    “I’ve never been the type to wallow in self-pity,” declared comedienne Kakai Bautista, who admitted that the pandemic-related work stoppage since March has changed her plans drastically and kept her from earning income that would have amounted to millions. “I’ve accepted that the events and projects I was supposed to be part of would no longer push through. There’s nothing I can do about that anymore. I got sad for a while, but stopped sulking soon enough. I told myself, ‘May kapalit ‘yan.’ My next move had been to think of ways to make sure I don’t touch my savings,” the comedienne told Inquirer Entertainment.Kakai said the first thing she did was go online shopping. She spruced …Keep on reading: Kakai embraces positive outlook after breakdown

  • After US rejects China sea claims, PH defense chief tells Beijing: Comply with arbitral ruling, heed Unclos
    on July 14, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    MANILA, Philippines—After the United States rejected as illegal most of China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday (July 14) called on the Chinese government to comply with the 2016 arbitral ruling nullifying the Chinese claims and abide by international law. “We urge China to comply with the Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling, and abide by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (Unclos) to which it is a signatory,” Lorenzana said in a statement released a few hours after the US issued its latest statement rejecting China’s claim of owning nearly the entire South China Sea. The US branded China’s ex…Keep on reading: After US rejects China sea claims, PH defense chief tells Beijing: Comply with arbitral ruling, heed Unclos

  • China’s remarks on arbitration ruling an insult to int’l community – Bayan
    on July 14, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — China’s insistence on the alleged invalidity of the 2016 arbitral ruling junking its nine-dash line claim on the West Philippine Sea is an affront to the international community that subscribes to such laws, the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), an activist group, said on Tuesday. Bayan said the Chinese embassy’s response to Manila’s call for respect of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling showed a blatant disregard of international law. China said on Monday, through a tweet by its embassy here that it remained firm in its belief that the “South China arbitration and so-called award are illegal and invalid.” The Chinese embassy made the tweet…Keep on reading: China’s remarks on arbitration ruling an insult to int’l community – Bayan

  • Davao region’s COVID-19 death toll rises by 4 as 45 new cases reported
    on July 14, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    DAVAO CITY—The COVID-19 fatality count in the Davao region grew by four on Tuesday (July 14) when 45 new cases were also reported. In a report, the Department of Health (DOH) said two of the latest fatalities were from Davao City and the other two were from the provinces of Davao Oriental and Davao de Oro. Of the region’s 45 new cases, 38 were from Davao City, President Rodrigo Duterte’s hometown, two from Davao de Oro, two from Davao Oriental and one from Davao del Norte. The DOH said it’s still being checked which of the new patients were stranded persons or overseas Filipino workers returning to their hometowns in Davao. Since the outbreak, local health workers had docum…Keep on reading: Davao region’s COVID-19 death toll rises by 4 as 45 new cases reported

  • De Oro execs hunt husband of infected vendor apparently fleeing tests, quarantine
    on July 14, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    CAGAYAN DEO ORO CITY——Authorities here launched a city-wide manhunt for the husband of a 30-year-old sidewalk vendor who went missing last Sunday, apparently to avoid being quarantined. Mayor Oscar Moreno said the man should have been isolated along with eight of members of his family who had already been confined in city government-run facility. Moreno said the missing man is common-law partner of the 30-year-old vendor who tested positive for coronavirus. “I am not alarmed by the ten family members because they are already in the isolation unit. I am alarmed about this man. We do not know if he is infected or not,” Moreno said. Health officials here issued an appeal to …Keep on reading: De Oro execs hunt husband of infected vendor apparently fleeing tests, quarantine

  • Nine soldiers dead in fighting on Armenia-Azerbaijan border
    on July 14, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Baku, Azerbaijan — At least nine soldiers were killed on Tuesday in the third day of fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia, despite international calls for restraint. The fighting between the arch-foes in the South Caucasus since Sunday is the heaviest in years, raising fears of a major flare-up in the volatile region. Azerbaijan said seven of its soldiers had died on Tuesday, including two senior officers, and Armenia said two of its troops had been killed, its first reported fatalities in the clashes. The ex-Soviet republics have been locked in a simmering conflict for decades over Azerbaijan’s southwestern separatist region of Nagorny Karabakh, which was seized by eth…Keep on reading: Nine soldiers dead in fighting on Armenia-Azerbaijan border