Trillanes wants Robredo to lead COVID-19 task force

MANILA – Former Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has urged Malacañang to appoint Vice President Leni Robredo as head of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) if the government wants to successfully win its fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Trillanes said that if Malacañang really wants to flatten the curve, then they should appoint Robredo as the IATF chairman. He believes Robredo can do


MANILA – Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) may be forced to  lay off more employees due to revenue losses in the current imposed travel ban in countries hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. The layoff may depend on how its recovery goes once commercial flights are allowed to resume. According to Philippine Airlines President and COO Gilbert Santa Maria in an ANC interview that revenue losses are nearing $1 billion due


PAMPANGA – Police authorities raided a makeshift medical facility for Chinese Covid-19 patients on Wednesday. The joint operation arrested two Chinese nationals who were operating the facility. Ling Hu, 45, the apparent owner of the outfit, and pharmacist Seung-Hyun Lee, 38 were taken in for questioning for the alleged illegal medical operation at the Fontana Leisure Park inside the government-operated Clark Freeport Zone in the town of Mabalacat. “This illegal


MANILA – Senator Cynthia Villar said that the middle class should not be receiving financial aid from the government amid the COVID-19 pandemic. During the Senate hearing on coronavirus measures on Tuesday, May 19, Villar question the idea that middle-class families should receive assistance from the government’s social amelioration program (SAP). “Yung 18 million is 82%. Bakit bibigyan ‘yung middle eh may trabaho sila, kahit lockdown nagsusweldo sila sa gobyerno


MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) has allocated P18 million for the clinical trials of Japanese anti-influenza drug Avigan on coronavirus patients, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday (May 18). Around 80 to 100 patients are expected to undergo clinical trials. Avigan is an anti-flu medication approved for use in flu outbreaks in Japan. It has also been deployed to treat Ebola in the past. “The DOH, through its Advancing


METRO MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said that if the country can’t stand on its own feet, it might as well choose between becoming a territory of the United States or a province of China The statement comes after Manila has pulled out its Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States. VFA allows Joint training operations of American and Filipino troops in Philippine territory. “ In the Republic


MANILA – Ferocious wind and rain left at least one person dead and over 140,000 evacuees as a powerful typhoon makes landfall in the Philippines on Friday, May 15. Typhoon Ambo (Vongfong) has damaged hundreds of homes and coronavirus isolation facilities in five hard-hit eastern towns yesterday. Governor Ben Evardone of Eastern Samar province, where the typhoon made the first landfall, said that local residents were distraught after their houses were

Philippine Airlines

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine aviation industry on Monday, May 11, are asking lawmakers for financial aid of about P8.6 billion in monthly assistance to sustain operations, as the industry crashed due to the pandemic. Air Carriers Association of the Philippines vice chairman Roberto Lim said at the senate hearing on the resumption of mass transportation, that the industry needed funds would cover P1.3 billion for wage subsidy, P500 million

ABS - CBN shutdown

METRO MANILA – ABS-CBN actor Coco Martin and star of the popular primetime show Ang Probinsyano lashes out at the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and Solicitor General Jose Calida hours after the network has been issued the cease and desist order. The 38-year-old actor couldn’t contain his anger and took it to Instagram where he vented his frustration regarding the current issue of the network “Anong klaseng mga tao ang


MANILA, Philippines – Philippines’ biggest business process outsourcing companies have banded together and rejected Malacanang’s comparison of their operations with offshore gaming firms in the country that has given the go signal to resume operations. Harry Roque said on Friday that the government considered the Philippine offshore gaming operators as part of the BPO industry and approved to resume operations. IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines rejects Roque’s