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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

bicameral conference

The P4.1 trillion national budget for 2020 moved closer to becoming a law after it was approved on Wednesday by a bicameral conference of senators and congressmen. The bicameral committee reconciled the spending bill’s versions of the House and Senate. Both chambers need to pass the bicameral report before President Rodrigo Duterte can sign it On Dec. 20, the Senate and the House must split. This year’s late passage of


There will be no need to declare martial law in Mindanao as the Senate passes the Anti-Terrorism Act to address issues of terrorism in the South, a senate leader said Tuesday, welcoming the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte not to expand military rule in the region. “I’m sure there will be pros and cons on Mindanao’s problem, but we can assure them we’re going to pass the Anti-Terrorism Act that


Vice President Leni Robredo “was just fine” as the head of the government’s anti-narcotics campaign, an 18-day stint she was dropped from over the weekend, said Monday’s spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte. Immediately after accepting the role on November 6, Robredo declined to try an audience with Duterte and “never introduced” proposals to change the drug war she had opposed, Presidential Speaker Salvador Panelo said. Instead, the Vice President was

President Rodrigo Duterte

This is how Presidential Speaker Salvador Panelo described the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to fire Vice-President Leni Robredo on Sunday, November 24, less than a month after she named her co-chair of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Inter-Agency Committee. Talking to reporters, Panelo said Duterte was clearly “calling the challenge of Robredo” to fire her after the president said that even after the appointment, he did not trust the vice president.

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President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday that he no longer had to issue an executive order to support his verbal ban on the use and importation of e-cigarettes by the public since it was already covered by the law. An incensed Duterte explained that e-cigarettes are already covered by a law regulating the use of nicotine products. He did not, however, mention the specific law. I don’t have to issue an

This image is about illegal drugs a ‘big problem’ in Bicol

Saturday, Vice President Leni Robredo said illegal drugs in her home province of Bicol was “one of the big issues.” Robredo, the co-chair of the anti-illegal drugs inter-agency committee, cited details from her tenure in Congress when she served as chair of the national advisory board of police. Illegal drugs are really one of the big issues. The transshipment area in Naga, Legazpi, in particular. These are big cities, so

This image is about Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo acknowledged on Friday that, according to a report by JP Soriano on “State of the Nation with Jessica Soho,” her home town of Naga City has a “big” drug problem. Asked if the drug problem in her hometown was greater than that in other places, the vice president said they could not be compared as she had no information on it. Last year, in a speech

This image is about Duterte tells Pacquiao to mull

On Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte urged Sen. Manny Pacquiao to carefully focus on any presidential plans. This should be considered carefully by politicians. Manny, I think Manny’s fun, well, it’s good… Feeling tired is the only thing you get out of this job. In the event, the boxer-turned-senator was one of the guests. Duterte reiterated his opposition to any effort to get his wife, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, to

This image is about Chinese passports despite ‘propaganda’ sea map

After Manila’s reversal of a 7-year-old policy opposing Beijing‘s expansive maritime claim, the Philippine immigration office declared on Wednesday that it would start stamping passports of visiting Chinese nationals. Immigration officers have now been directed to put arrival and departure stamps on Chinese passports next to Philippine visas, Commissioner Jaime Morente said in a statement. Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte gave the go signal to stamp Philippine visas on such passports