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NEDA chief says another quarantine extension ‘difficult’ to sustain

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 09:44
MANILA, Philippines --- Can the economy still sustain an extension of the enhanced community quarantine? Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia on Thursday admitted that it would be difficult. "Mahirap na siguro. Marami na nagsabi na kailangan may partial opening na (It's difficult. A lot of people are saying that there needs to be partial opening). Dapat lang may (However, there should be) precaution against the resurgence or the relapse of people who had been cured or who were able to avoid the COVID-positive situation," Pernia said in an interview over DZMM. "This has happened already in China, in Wuhan because when they lifted the lockdown, may mga relapses sila. Even Singapore a...

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Neda chief bats for ‘calibrated’ opening of malls

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 09:24
MANILA, Philippines --- As the end of the Luzon-wide lockdown draws near, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia on Thursday said he is in favor of a calibrated or 50 percent opening of shopping malls. But Pernia underscored the need to maintain safeguards against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). "Parang calibrated opening of malls and other areas where we can still have the necessary safeguard against contracting the disease," Pernia said in an interview over dzMM. "Siguro partial also, siguro. For example, SM is really suffering from the closure of malls. They have so many, with 100,000 employees yata so I think siguro 50 percent opening, ganun," he f...

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Third telco preparations on track amid COVID-19 crisis, says DICT

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 09:20
MANILA, Philippines --- The preparations of third major telco, Dito Telecommunity, for commercial operation is on track despite the crisis triggered by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). DICT Undersecretary for Operations Eliseo Rio Jr. said Thursday that the company has not relayed any concerns on possible delay to meet its commitments especially with the enhanced community quarantine being imposed in Luzon until April 30. "Ibig sabihin po nyan is (That means they are) on track sila even with this emergency situation that we are having now. That means (that on) July 8 of this year, 'yung (th...

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COVID-19 claims life of Cavite surgeon

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 09:04
MANILA, Philippines --- Another frontliner in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has succumbed to the disease. Dr. Ronaldo Mateo, a surgeon, passed away last April 5 after losing the battle against COVID-19, the EAC Medical Center in Cavite confirmed in a Facebook post. He was 47. The hospital described Mateo as a "loving husband, proud father, a responsible man, a fighter." "We salute you, Dr. Mateo!" the hospital said in a separate post. https://www.facebook.com/328009114049166/posts/1444234662426600/?d=n In a separate Facebook post, Cavite 4th District Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. said Mateo was one of the pioneering doctors of the Pagamutan ng Das...

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Filipinos in Tripoli told to observe 24-hour curfew

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 08:59
MANILA, Philippines --- The Philippine Embassy in Tripoli advised the Filipino community there to heed the 24-hour curfew imposed by Libya's internationally recognized government to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease. According to the embassy, the curfew would last for 10 days beginning Friday (April 17). "The Embassy would like to inform the Filipino Community in Tripoli that the Presidential Council has approved the recommendations of the Supreme Committee to Confront the Coronavirus Disease imposing a 24-hour curfew for 10 days beginning Friday, 17 April 2020 as part of measures to prevent the spread of the disease," the embassy said in an advisory on Wednesday. ht...

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Apple rolls out cheaper iPhone as pandemic curbs spending

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 08:44
NEW YORK --- Apple is releasing a new iPhone that will be vastly cheaper than the models it rolled out last fall when the economy was booming and the pandemic had yet to force people to rethink their spending. The second-generation iPhone SEintroduced Wednesdaywill sell for as little as $399, a 40% markdown fromthe most affordable iPhone 11unveiled last year. Higher-end versions of the iPhone 11 sell for more than $1,000. Online orders for the iPhone SE will begin Friday, with the first deliveries expected April 24. Even before the pandemic, many people had begun to balk at the substantial price tags for smartphones that weren't that much better than the ones they already owned...

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P8.275 million worth of smuggled cigarettes seized in Zamboanga City

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 08:18
MANILA, Philippines --- Assorted smuggled cigarettes amounting to P8.275 million were intercepted by authorities in Zamboanga City, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported Thursday. Some 300 master cases of smuggled Bravo, Fort, Tradition, LS, Astro cigarettes were found onboard vessel MJ NR 4 in Barangay Lower Calarian in Zamboanga City during an operation conducted by the BOC-Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) Zamboanga Operatives, in coordination with the Naval Intelligence and Security Group-Western Mindanao (NISG-WM) and Naval Special Operating Unit (NAVSOU) on April 14. The operation was conducted following reports that a motorized banca loaded with allege...

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Stimulus checks to bear Trump’s name in unprecedented move

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 08:10
WASHINGTON --- President Donald Trump's name will be printed on the stimulus checks that the IRS will be sending to tens of millions of Americans around the country, an unprecedented move finalized this week. The Treasury Department confirmed the decision in a statement Wednesday. It marks the first time a president's name has appeared on any IRS payments, whether refund checks or other stimulus checks that have been mailed during past economic crises. Treasury said that the decision to add Trump's name will not delay issuance of the paper checks, which will be mailed to people who are not set up to receive direct deposit payments from the IRS. "Economic Impact Payment check...

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