July 2020

Philippines over COVID-19

The chief implementer of the national task force COVID-19 Article. Carlito Galvez Jr. admitted on Thursday that prior to the pandemic, the country could not prepare and invest in its health facilities. Galvez added that there are other variables that came into play which is why the situation of the country should not be contrasted with the COVID-19 response of other countries. They see that they were unable, as a

COVID-19 Budget

A host of senators encourage state auditors to conduct a special review of all government spending COVID-19 under the Bayanihan to Recover as One-Act. Senator Risa Hontivers and six other senators gave the call through Senate Resolution No. 479, which urged the Audit Commission (COA) to submit its findings before Congress concluded its deliberations on the proposed national budget for 2021. Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto, Senate Minority Leader Franklin


Invoking public outrage on Monday President Rodrigo Duterte set his sights on the country’s two dominant telecommunications firms and warned them to form or face expropriation by December. Duterte took a shot at the big business once again in his fifth speech to a congressional joint session and said he would take drastic action against PLDT Smart and Globe Telecom if they didn’t boost their services. In a statement released


President Rodrigo Duterte received mixed ratings from lawmakers over the response of his administration to the pandemic of coronavirus disease. Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate said Duterte should get a failed comment about the government’s failure to control the viral disease transmission. Zarate said Duterte could not blame other government offices and officials for treating the pandemic problem as a joke, because the buck stops with him. The president rating

Isko Moreno

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno has turned over P100,000 in tax credit certificates to owners of hotels, motels, dormitories, and apartments who offered free accommodation for medical frontline staff based in the capital city. Isko Moreno stated that the tax credit is a “token of appreciation” for the services given by hotel owners to health workers who have risked their lives to treat patients infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the

President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte has directed an inquiry into suspected anomalies in the procurement of an information management program by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp., which allegedly created a dispute between some officials of the health insurance corporation and its president and chief executive Ricardo Morales. A discussion between Morales and his representatives as well as some Cabinet secretaries last Wednesday witnessed some tense debates about the IT program which lead


According to a survey conducted by Social Weather Stations (SWS), the findings of which is published on Wednesday, an overwhelming 85% of Filipinos are still worried regarding COVID-19 captures.  The survey did not show a significant shift in Filipinos’ interest, relative to a survey conducted last May by SWS. It was carried out from 3 to 6 July via cell phone interviews with 1,555 respondents, all of whom were adult

Manila to a tighter lockdown

The return of Metro Manila to a tighter lockdown system is possible if the number of COVID-19 cases exceeds 85,000 by July 31, said Malacañang Wednesday. Answering a question of whether the nation’s capital area will possibly revert to a stiffer category of quarantine if cases exceed 85,000 by the end of this month. In a recently published report, the University of the Philippines experts is expecting 85,000 infections and

Lagundi as a Supplemental Treatment for COVID-19

By August 1, the Philippines will begin its clinical trials on Lagundi as an additional therapy for patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19)  The experiments have also been licensed by the University of the Philippines Scientific Ethics Board, according to the Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña.  The aim of the study, which will begin on or before August 1 when the FDA clearance is released, is to show whether

Higher Profiles Die from COVID-19 in Jail”

Eight other high profile Current Bilibid Jail prisoners have suffered from COVID-19, sources reported. The detainees or persons deprived of liberty (PDL) are among the 66 occupants of Building 14, the highest-secured facility within the Maximum Security Compound of Bilibid. It holds high-profile criminals, the bulk of which are alleged drug traffickers. Among the eight, six are Chinese and the remaining two are Philippine drug lords. Three of the eight