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Dingdong Dantes marks son Sixto’s 1st birthday amid COVID-19 crisis: ‘I found hope through you’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 13:14
MANILA, Philippines---As the world settles into the new norm of self-isolation and minimal socialcontact, Dingdong Dantes expressed that despite the fears he has for his son, Sixto, the boy gives him the strength and courage to remain hopeful in such dire times. As his family celebrates Sixto'sfirst birthday on Thursday, Dantes penned for his son a heartfelt open letter, which he took to Instagram to share with his fans. "It is day 33 for us here on lockdown and day 365 for you on Earth. Normally, we would gather all our relatives and friends to celebrate this special day with you, just like how your mother and I had done it when we reached the same milestone. Though as toddler...

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Palace: Filipinos should be ashamed as PH tops with most COVID-19 cases in SEA

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 13:14
MANILA, Philippines --- Filipinos should be ashamed for showing a lack of discipline and for violating the guidelines of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine. Returning presidential spokesman Harry Roque said this Thursday after the Philippines topped other Southeast Asian countries in terms of confirmed COVID-19 cases despite the lockdown of Luzon. "Ang dami pong pasaway sa atin. At dahil po diyan number one na naman po tayo sa Asean sa dami ng COVID-19. Nakakahiya po yan!" Roque said in a virtual press briefing. "Itigil niyo na po ang pagiging pasaway, manatili po kayo sa inyong tahanan," he added As of Wednesday, data shows the Philippines has the most number of CO...

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Only COVID-19 negative OFWs will be allowed back to Western Visayas

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 13:12
MANILA, Philippines --- Only overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who will test negative for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) will be allowed back to Western Visayas. The Western Visayas Regional Task Force COVID-19 of the Regional Disaster Risk and Management Council issued Resolution No. 12 series of 2020, detailing the guidelines on the mandatory testing of OFWs prior to their travel to the region. Salient points of the resolution were shared by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Western Visayas regional office in a Facebook post on Wednesday. Under the resolution, OFWs are required to submit their COVID-19 real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction te...

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Governor fires back at Trump: Testing is a quagmire

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 13:10
President Donald Trump says he wants the states to handle coronavirus testing, but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) says that the states can't handle it because they don't have the capabilities nor the supplies.
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Senators seek Duque’s ‘immediate resignation’ over ‘failure’ in handling COVID-19 crisis

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 13:05
MANILA, Philippines --- Senators are seeking the "immediate resignation" of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III over his performance in handing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis gripping the country. Fourteen senators filed Senate Resolution 362 on Thursday which cited Duque's alleged "failure of leadership, negligence, lack of foresight, and inefficiency in the performance of his mandate as the secretary of the Department of Health (DOH) resulting in poor planning delayed response, lack of transparency, and misguided and flip-flopping policies and measures in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic that endangered and continue to endanger the lives of our healthcare professiona...

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COVID-19 tally: Quezon now has 41 cases

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 13:05
LUCENA CITY---Three more COVID-19 cases were recorded in Quezon on Thursday (April 16), raising the province's tally to 41. The Quezon Public Information Office (QPIO), citing data from the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), said the three new cases were found in Tayabas City and the towns of Calauag and Lopez. On Wednesday (April 15), the number of cases in the province was 38. But the number of carriers has gone down because of the recovery of three patients and the death of six others. In the health office's tally, Lucena as 13 cases; Tayabas, 6; Candelaria, 3; Unisan and Pagbilao, 2 each; Sariaya, Calauag, Sampaloc, Pitogo, Real and Lopez, 1 each. Edited by TSB...

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Some in US right-wing media egg on protests against stay-at-home orders

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:51
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Probable COVID-19 patient in Palawan dies pending test result

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:49
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY ---- A patient considered a probable coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case died Wednesday evening, bringing the total number of casualties in the province to four. Dr. Mary Ann Navarro, the provincial health officer in a press statement early Thursday, said the local health authorities had yet to receive the result of the confirmatory test. "One probable COVID-19 patient died last night (Wednesday) in the province but the result of his swab test from Research Institute for Tropical Medicine is still pending," the statement said. The patient's son, who sought anonymity, said they have yet to decide how the remains would be handled. "I am still waiting for th...

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OVP says it is ‘constantly coordinating’ with DOTr on free rides for frontliners

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:45
MANILA, Philippines --- The Office of the Vice President (OVP) has been in constant coordination with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) since its announcement that its free shuttle service for health workers will only run until April 14. Usec. Philip Francisco Dy, the Vice President's chief of staff said this on Thursday, citing news articles that "may have led to speculations regarding the end of the free shuttle service of the Office of the Vice President." "We wish to emphasize that our Office has been in constant coordination with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) since announcing that the OVP's free shuttle service will only be until April 14," he said in a stateme...

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Sotto to DTI: What happened to the price freeze?

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:44
MANILA, Philippines --- Despite the price freeze imposed on essential items amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said unscrupulous retailers and sellers still continue to jack up the prices of their products. In a statement on Thursday, Sotto reprimanded the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for supposedly not keeping its eye out on price freeze violations. "Anong nangyari sa price freeze? Sa SRP (suggested retail price)? Bakit hindi ito nasusunod? Anong ginagawa ng DTI? Bakit hindi nila ito nabantayan," he said in a statement on Thursday. (What happened to the price freeze. To the SRP? Why aren't these being followed? What is...

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2 women yield P12,370 in meth in Lucena drug bust

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:40
LUCENA CITY -- Police arrested two women in a drug buy-bust operation here on Thursday (April 16). Lt. Col. Romulo Albacea, Lucena police chief, said suspects Helenor Manaog and Mary Rose Abellanida, residents of Dalahican village, sold shabu, or crystal meth, to an undercover police officer at the village. Seized were nine plastic sachets of meth worth at least P12,370. Police said Manaog is on the list of street-level pushers while Abellanida was new in the illegal trade. The women were detained at the city jail and face charges of violating the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. Edited by TSB...

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Menggie Cobarrubias’s wife survives COVID-19: ‘This is a long and difficult road to recovery’

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:40
Menggie Cobarrubias's wife, Gina Jorge Cobarrubias, is now free of coronavirus, but her recovery continues. Gina, 56, announced that she survived the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Facebook Monday, April 13. "Praise the Lord! I am now a [COVID-19] survivor. I would like to thank everybody for their prayers, love and support," she said. "This is a long and difficult road to recovery. I would be needing more prayer warriors to be able to have the [strength] to fight this disease." https://www.facebook.com/gina.j.cobarrubias/posts/3331455876881742 Her son Gino told INQUIRER.net today, April 16, that his mom has tested negative twice for coronavirus, but is still fighti...

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As governments fumbled their virus response, these 4 got it right

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:29
Like a line of dominoes, country after country has been shut down by the novel coronavirus. Despite signs the threat was making its way across the globe, there was a clear pattern of response in many parts of the world -- denial, fumbling and, eventually, lockdown.
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Trump's big show of opening the economy will hide the real story

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:26
President Donald Trump's make America open again campaign will deliver exactly what he wants Thursday -- a victory lap over the coronavirus pandemic that leaves the life and death decisions to others.
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Trump could learn from Merkel about dealing with virus

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:24
President Donald Trump shocked not just Americans but many around the world with his insistence this week that -- at least insofar as reopening his country's coronavirus-wracked economy is concerned -- his "authority is total."
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LOOK: KC Concepcion sends PPE to frontliners in Las Piñas, QC

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:19
Actress KC Concepcion has once again extended her help to hospitals battling the COVID-19 pandemic by sending them sets of personal protective equipment (PPE). The PPE was distributed to Perpetual Help Medical Center in Las Pias and Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City. Each set in Concepcion's donation contained latex gloves, goggles, masks, isolation suits, booties and head covers, as per her Instagram post yesterday, April 15. "God bless our health care workers on the frontline," Concepcion said. "They are fighting hard [and] need our support- they are human too." https://www.instagram.com/p/B-_qG5Nnspb/ Earlier this month, the actress also sent 400 ready-to-eat chick...

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Kellyanne Conway makes false claim on Fox about Covid-19

CNN Top Stories - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:14
In an appearance on "Fox & Friends," White House counselor Kellyanne Conway made a false claim about Covid-19 while discussing President Donald Trump's decision to revoke US funding for the World Health Organization. CNN's Don Lemon sets the record straight.
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Gab Valenciano helps feed over 6,000 families in QC amid quarantine

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:11
Gab Valenciano helped feed over 6,000 families in Quezon City amid the ongoing enhanced community quarantine. Valenciano works with his friends Victor Pring and Dave Valmocina to provide the food to various communities in the city, as seen on his Instagram page yesterday, April 15. The latest area they visited was Barangay Payatas. https://www.instagram.com/p/B-_N58uHvQk/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Prior to the said barangay, they distributed meals to Barangay Bagong Silangan, Plastikan Compound and Barangay Holy Spirit. Valenciano also uploaded moments from their previous visits on his profile. "During this quarantine period, a lot can be said about our current status in society," ...

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Gov’t to public: Stay within your city, don’t be picky in buying essentials

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:10
MANILA, Philippines --- The government is appealing to the public Thursday not to be "picky" in buying essential goods and not to insist on getting supplies from larger supermarkets that are located outside of their localities amid the Luzon-wide lockdown against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. "Kung mamimili lang dahil mamimili ka ng gusto mo kaya gusto mo pumunta sa ibang lugar, sa ibang siyudad kung mahahanap naman sa city mo or sa lugar mo doon nalang," Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a virtual press briefing. "Huwag nalang tayo picky kumbaga," he added. Nograles, who also serves as the spokesperson of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) handling the gov...

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Clinical trials for Singapore’s vaccine project could start in August

Inquirer Breaking News - Thu, 04/16/2020 - 12:07
SINGAPORE -- Many companies and partnerships are in the race to develop a vaccine to stem the spread of Covid-19, with Singapore well in the hunt. Duke-NUS Medical School here and United States-based Arcturus Therapeutics are now conducting pre-clinical studies on a vaccine candidate they have developed. If the vaccine is seen to be safe in animals and if studies suggest that it will be safe in humans, it will be tested next on healthy adults. Professor Ooi Eng Eong, the deputy director of the emerging infectious diseases program at the school, said they hope to start clinical trials as soon as August. Singapore would own the rights to the vaccine here while the US firm would be...

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