Philippines morning news for July 1

Philippines morning news for July 1

Philippines morning newsPresident Duterte extends GCQ in M. Manila, ECQ in Cebu City until July 15
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night announced the community quarantines to be implemented in various parts of the country until July 15.
— Eagle News

Gov’t deals fresh blow to ABS-CBN with halt orders vs Sky Cable Direct, TVPlus
In the middle of its two-month long battle for a franchise to air, broadcast giant ABS-CBN Corp. was slapped by a new stop order by regulators who bowed down to pressure from lawmakers to stop the network’s digital television and satellite services.
— Philippine Star

Pasig students to get tablets worth P8,000 each
Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto assures all students of the city will get tablets worth around P8,000 each as the opening of classes in August draws near.
— One News PH (video)

COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 30 — Philippines tops 25,000 active cases, nears 10,000 survivors
As of 00:44 GMT June 30 there was 59,707 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 579, or 0.98 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Up to 4 cyclones to hit Philippines this month
Filipinos should brace for up to four tropical cyclones this month.
— Philstar

BSP sees inflation at 1.9% to 2.7% in June
HEADLINE INFLATION likely settled within the 1.9% to 2.7% range in June amid upside risks from higher prices of oil and rice, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said on Tuesday.
— BusinessWorld

9 Mindanao provinces ‘emerging virus hot spots’
The Department of Health (DOH) has identified at least nine provinces in Mindanao as “emerging hot spots” after these reported an increase in COVID-19 cases in the last few days.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Total COVID-19 cases in the PHL reach 37,514 with the addition of over 1k cases
The total COVID-19 cases in the country reached 37,514 with the addition of 1080 cases as total recoveries breached 10,000.
— Eagle News

77 front-liners test positive for Covid-19 in Cebu City; 4 die
The Cebu City Hall on Tuesday flew the Philippine flag at half-mast as a sign of respect to 77 city government workers and front-liners infected with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), of whom four have died.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Grave violations’: Bachelet presents report on Philippines to UN rights council
The Philippine government’s war on drugs has resulted in serious human rights violations, including “widespread and systematic” extrajudicial killings, United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet said Tuesday.
— Philippine Star

25 PH cities chosen to be next ‘digital cities’ by 2025
Some 25 cities in the country will soon have more locally-available jobs in the information technology and business process management (IT-BPM) sector after their identification as “high-potential areas” for transformation into “digital cities” by 2025.
— Philippine News Agency

Government debts swell to P8.89 trillion
The country’s debt pile further swelled to P8.89 trillion in May as the government continued to increase its borrowings both from domestic and international sources to fund its coronavirus response efforts.
— Philippine Star

Success! Roque congratulates Filipinos for supposedly beating COVID-19
We have triumphed over COVID-19, Pinoys. Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque declared this in his daily virtual briefing as the country recorded 36,438 cases yesterday, lower than the 40,000 patients projected by researchers from the University of the Philippines (UP).
— Coconuts Philippines

New ‘digital cities’ seen to attract P70B in investments
A PARTNERSHIP between the government and private sector identified 25 new cities for outsourcing development, as part of efforts to redirect opportunities towards the countryside.
— BusinessWorld

Only 15% of anti-COVID funds liquidated by LGUs
Only about 15 percent of funds given to local government units (LGUs) to support their measures against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been liquidated as of June 25, President Duterte said yesterday.
— Philippine Star

China throws support for Philippines war on drugs, tells UN body to stop prejudice
China on Tuesday threw its support for the Philippine government’s controversial anti-drug campaign and urged the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to stop its prejudices on member countries.
— GMA Network

Filipinos struggle to work from home in internet-challenged country
RAINIER JAY S. UDARBE, 23, has been taking overseas calls from home as a call center agent for an outsourcing company in Makati since the main Philippine island of Luzon was locked down in mid-March to contain a coronavirus pandemic.
— BusinessWorld

Government agencies urged to prioritize mental health concerns
Sen. Bong Go has appealed to government agencies to bolster efforts to extend psychosocial assistance to individuals struggling with mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression and other more serious psychological issues.
— Philippine Star

DOH turns over 22 ambulance units to 4 Bicol provinces
The Department of Health (DOH) regional office here on Tuesday turned over 22 new ambulance units to four provinces in the region.
— Philippine News Agency

LTO: No applications for student permits to be accepted from July 1 to Aug. 2 in preparation for new system
The Land Transportation Office will not accept applications for student permits starting Wednesday, July 1, to Aug. 2.
— Eagle News

Factory gate prices continue to drop
Factory gate prices continued to decline at a softer pace in May, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported yesterday.
— Philippine Star

PCOO to help promote agri, domestic tourism
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Tuesday committed to help in the promotion of the tourism and agriculture industry in provinces greatly affected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

DA on new swine flu strain: Report pig deaths
Hog raisers should report any unusual pig death after a new strain of swine flu with pandemic potential was discovered in China.
— Philstar

Government eyes P52-billion budget for subsidies, testing, employment, transport services
The government is now eyeing a P52-billion budget to provide subsidies for patient testing, employment and transportation services “to open up the economy” during the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Business Mirror

NTC’s cease and desist orders to affect around 6 million TVPlus, Sky Direct subscribers
Philippine telecom regulators delivered a fresh blow to ABS-CBN as they issue another closure order, this time, for channels that air on the network’s digital TVPlus service.
— ABS-CBN News (video)

PH labs conduct 14.5K Covid-19 tests per day
The country’s coronavirus disease (Covid-19) testing laboratories have performed an average of over 14,500 tests per day in the past week, a health official said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Bato expects Duterte to urge death penalty for drug trafficking in 5th SONA
President Rodrigo Duterte may encourage lawmakers to impose the death penalty for illegal drug traffickers when he lays down his legislative agenda in his upcoming State of the Nation Address (SONA), according to his ally Senator Ronald Bato Dela Rosa on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

PHL-Thailand cigarette dispute still unresolved before WTO
The lack of seating judges in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body is hampering the Philippines’s bid to retaliate against Thailand for its noncompliance with the ruling on their cigarette dispute.
— Business Mirror

DOH guidelines good, local compliance poor, WHO says
While the Department of Health (DOH) has laid down good guidelines in fighting the new coronavirus, the local governments’ poor compliance with these has led to a rise in cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Duterte orders Tugade to remove some NAIA restaurants to accommodate stranded passengers
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night ordered Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade to remove some restaurants at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to provide seats for stranded airline passengers amid the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
— ABS-CBN News

PAL to offer less travel promos – exec
FACED WITH a near-collapse of their industry, tourism stakeholders are appealing to government managers to crack down on the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
— Business Mirror

States reverse openings, require face masks amid virus resurgence
Arizona’s Republican governor shut down bars, movie theaters, gyms and water parks on Monday and leaders in several states ordered residents to wear masks in public in a dramatic course reversal amid an alarming resurgence of coronavirus cases nationwide.
— Business Mirror

P40.4B spent for front-liners
The Department of Health (DOH) has spent over P40.36 billion to hire health-care workers and purchase protective gear, equipment and medicines for its coronavirus response.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Watch exiting POGOs, government warned; foreign workers to lose permits
FOREIGN nationals (FN) employed by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) that will shut down their local operations will automatically lose their work permits.
— Business Mirror

PCG urged to file raps vs captain of Hong Kong cargo ship in sea mishap
AS the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) continues its search and rescue operation for the missing crew of Liberty 5, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) urged the government to take legal action against the Hong Kong flagged cargo vessel’s captain who may be held liable for the sea mishap.
— Business Mirror

ABS-CBN group created over 24,000 jobs in 2019: executive
ABS-CBN Corp and its 16 subsidiaries created over 24,000 jobs in 2019 alone, an official of the media giant told lawmakers Tuesday, as the company makes its case before Congress for a fresh 25-year broadcast franchise.
— ABS-CBN News

Banana volume exports climb 2 percent from January to April but total value dips 6.4% to $618.57 million
The value of the country’s banana exports from January to April fell by 6.4 percent to $618.57 million from $660.52 million last year, preliminary trade data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed.
— Business Mirror

Duterte: No irregularities in DA’s P 5.6-B purchase of fertilizers
There were no irregularities in the Department of Agriculture (DA)’s purchase of urea fertilizers worth P5.6 billion, contrary to the claim of a farmer’s group.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

The state and condition of Filipino human capital
In the course of Philippine economic development in the last half century, Filipino human capital experienced some improvement.
— Philippine Star

CHR calls on gov’t to scale down harmful rhetoric in war on drugs
Commission on Human Rights commissioner Karen Lucia Gomez-Dumpit on Tuesday called on the government to stop its “harmful” rhetoric from the highest levels of authority in the campaign against illegal drugs.
— GMA Network

ABS-CBN: Digital transmission using Channel 43 ceases on June 30 evening
Media giant ABS-CBN Corp. on Tuesday said it will comply with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) order to stop the operations of Channel 43, which it uses to broadcast ABS-CBN TV Plus programs.
— GMA Network

1,500 Filipinos hit by pandemic come home
ALMOST 1,500 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) have come home amid a global coronavirus pandemic that has sickened 10.4 million and killed more than 508,000 people worldwide, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
— BusinessWorld

Online payments hit 77% of total tax collections, BIR says
AROUND 77% of all taxes collected as of mid-June were coursed through electronic payment (e-payment) channels, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) reported, after the lockdown coincided with income tax season.
— BusinessWorld

No Palace signal yet for special session to pass Bayanihan 2 –Sotto
The Senate leadership has not received any notice yet if President Rodrigo Duterte will call for a special session to pass a second Bayanihan Law aimed at stimulating economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

China ‘shocked’ by PH boat collision, opposes ‘politicization’ of incident
China on Tuesday, June 30, called the recent collision involving a Philippine fishing boat and a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship a tragic incident as it urged parties to refrain from politicizing the incident.
— Rappler

Isko Moreno locks down 31 Manila barangays for 48 hours
Mayor Isko Moreno placed 31 Manila barangays on lockdown starting 12 am Saturday, July 4, until 11:59 pm Sunday, July 5.
— Rappler

DOF: E-filers comprise 58% of total tax filers in 2019
The number of taxpayers who settled their duties online dramatically increased last year, and the figure will likely jump higher this year after the coronavirus pandemic prompts businesses to utilize the government’s electronic payment systems to reduce risks of infection.
— Philippine Star

DOH turns over 22 ambulance units to 4 Bicol provinces
The Department of Health (DOH) regional office here on Tuesday turned over 22 new ambulance units to four provinces in the region.
— Philippine News Agency

PCOO to help promote agri, domestic tourism
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Tuesday committed to help in the promotion of the tourism and agriculture industry in provinces greatly affected by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

Davao Region still in a safe zone for available COVID-19 facilities
The Department of Health Davao Center for Health Development (DOH DCHD) has reported that Region XI is still in the safe zone for available coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) treatment facilities for critical cases and is currently far from reaching full capacity.
— Philippine Information Agency

Rising PH debt still manageable- economist
With people alarmed over increasing debts from loans taken by the government to address budgetary shortfalls and fund social protection programs during the pandemic, an economist doused fears that the country won’t have the capacity to pay for the debts incurred.
— Philippine Information Agency

Filipinos abroad with coronavirus now at 8,474
The Department of Foreign Affairs reported 8,474 Filipinos were infected with the coronavirus overseas, following reports of 7 more Filipinos who tested positive for the disease, as of Tuesday, June 30.
— Rappler

Tip-off from locals leads Army to rebels’ hideout in Iloilo
The Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) attributed the success of locating a hideout of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) at Sitio Lay, Dalije village in Miagao, Iloilo on Monday to the locals who continue to provide valuable information.
— Philippine News Agency

China, Russia disagree with UN rights chief’s report on Philippines
China and Russia–among the countries that the Philippines has been fostering better ties with under its new “independent foreign policy”–slammed the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights on Tuesday, saying the findings were “politicized.”
— Philippine Star

COVID-19 cases within PNP exceed 700 with 77 new infections
The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases within the Philippine National Police (PNP) breached 700 on Tuesday with 77 new infections, bringing the total to 709.
— GMA Network

Cash-strapped start-ups looking to tap large companies for investment
START-UPS struggled during the lockdown because of restrictions on movement and declining cash, and are now looking to companies to partner with and provide investment, QBO Innovation Hub President Rene S. Meily said.
— BusinessWorld

Returning LSIs not to blame for spike in COVID-19 cases in provinces, says DOH
Locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who returned to their hometowns from Metro Manila and other areas cannot be blamed for the spike in COVID-19 infections in the provinces, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

In ABS-CBN hearing, House tackles labor conditions in TV networks
Lawmakers raised questions about the status of contractual workers in ABS-CBN as they continued to deliberate whether to grant the embattled network a legislative franchise so it can resume its broadcast operations.
— Rappler

10 more illegal aliens deported
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has deported 10 more ille­gal aliens detained at its war­den facility in Taguig City.
— Tempo

Market goers, vendors in Dagupan City to undergo random COVID-19 testing
The City Government of Dagupan has stepped up its mass testing to detect possible carriers of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the city.
— Philippine Information Agency

UN rights chief raises anti-terror bill’s ‘chilling effect’ on humanitarian work
United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet called on President Rodrigo Duterte to veto the controversial anti-terrorism bill citing a possible “chilling effect” on humanitarian work in the country.
— Philippine Star

Hong Kong ship did not try to rescue 14 Filipino boat crew after collision – PCG
The Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier Vienna Wood did not attempt to sail away after it collided with the Philippine fishing boat Liberty 5, but it did not deploy its crew to assist the distressed mariners, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) commandant Vice Admiral George Ursabia Jr said on Tuesday, June 30.
— Rappler

2 foreigners held for selling medicines
TWO Chinese nationals have been arrested by National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents in Paranaque City for illegally selling medicines.
— Tempo

Contractual labor legal, but ABS-CBN ready to review worker benefits and policies
Faced with alleged labor violations, ABS-CBN Corp said that it is ready to re-examine its employee benefits and the disparity in worker regularization, the company said at a hearing Tuesday.
— Philippine Star

China offers assistance following collision in waters off Mamburao
China’s embassy in Manila on Tuesday offered assistance to Philippine authorities after 14 Filipino crewmen went missing since their fishing vessel collided with a Hong Kong cargo ship in rough waters off Mindoro Occidental.
— GMA Network

CHR: Duterte’s strong-arm approach contributes to culture of impunity
The Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday, June 30, said the Duterte administration’s overreliance on a strong-arm approach has largely contributed to the culture of impunity in the Philippines.
— Rappler

Father, son die in Pasig fire
A 40-YEAR-OLD man and his 10-year-old son died while three others were injured in a fire that struck a house in Pasig City early Tuesday morning, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said.
— Tempo

PCG head said collision between Hong Kong cargo ship, fishing boat just an accident
The head of Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Tuesday agreed that the collision between a fishing boat and a Hong Kong cargo vessel off the Occidental Mindoro coast was just an accident.
— GMA Network

Post-lockdown: Public relations, events sector eye digital promotions, new models
The public relations and events industry is one of many that’s been badly hit by the pandemic.
— Rappler

‘Further chilling effect:’ U.N. rights chief urges Duterte not to sign anti-terror bill
United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday, June 30, urged President Rodrigo Duterte not to sign the 2020 anti-terror bill into law and instead draft legislation that has enough safeguards against abuses.
— Rappler

Government ‘quite late’ in implementing contact tracing infra — Leachon
A former adviser to the National Task Force against COVID-19 on Tuesday expressed concern over the slow implementation of contact tracing efforts in the country.
— Philippine Star

To avoid ICC, Duterte admin forms panel to probe deaths in police operations
In an apparent move to avoid the International Criminal Court, the Duterte administration has created an inter-agency panel that will reinvestigate the 5,655 deaths in police drug war operations.
— Rappler

‘We have everything we need’: Palace says no need to rush ‘Bayanihan’ 2
There is no need to rush the passage of a bill to revive and extend the Bayanihan Act as the government still has enough resources to respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Malacañang said Tuesday.
— Philippine Star

U.N. rights chief: Duterte drug war ‘without due regard for the rule of law’
United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday, June 30, said that President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs has led to serious human rights violations, including extrajudicial killings.
— Rappler

Philippines to UN rights council: Panel to look into deaths in anti-drug operations
The Philippine government has created an inter-agency panel to investigate killings under its brutal drug war nearly four years into the Duterte administration, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told the United Nations Human Rights Council.
— Philippine Star

69 Cebu City Hall employees test positive for coronavirus
At least 69 Cebu City Hall employees tested positive for the coronavirus, Cebu City Hall’s public information office confirmed to reporters on Tuesday, June 30.
— Rappler

DOH says deployment of more doctors to Cebu City voluntary for now
After drawing criticism, the Department of Health (DOH) said the deployment of additional doctors who will aid in Cebu City’s response to the coronavirus outbreak will be done on a voluntary basis for now.
— Rappler

Cimatu recommends ECQ extension in Cebu City due to high death rate
The enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) should remain in Cebu City, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said today, following the continued rise of COVID-19 cases in what has been declared as the new epicenter of the pandemic in the Philippines.
— Coconuts Philippines

DSWD cash aid might be subject to withdrawal fees
As the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) expands its means of conducting cash aid payouts, beneficiaries might have small deductions from their subsidies upon withdrawal.
— Rappler

US embassy in PHL cancels all immigrant, non-immigrant visa interviews scheduled through July 31
The United States embassy in the Philippines has canceled all immigrant and nonimmigrant visa interviews scheduled through July 31.
— Eagle News

‘Far from collateral damage:’ Report shows 122 children killed in Duterte’s drug war
President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent anti-illegal drug campaign claimed the lives of at least 122 children from July 2016 to December 2019, a report by human rights groups found.
— Rappler

Bank exec cites importance of stable business
Being stable allows any company to face the effects of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), a bank executive said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Mati LGU prepares isolation units to address local transmission
City of Mati Mayor Michelle Rabat is banking on the presence of isolation and health facilities to check any possibility of local transmission of COVID-19 along with the people’s adherence to health protocols.
— Philippine Information Agency

SALN filing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
The Civil Service Commission has adopted revised guidelines in the filing and submission of the Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) for the year 2020 and during the state of public health emergency.
— Philippine Information Agency

NUJP slams new ‘determined effort’ to shutter ABS-CBN
“This must not go unchallenged.”
— Rappler

SEC backs ‘social bonds’ to help fund recovery efforts
THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it is encouraging bond issuers to tap the social bond market to help support economic recovery efforts.
— BusinessWorld

LGUs, DOH prepare measures in receiving more ROFs, LSIs
The Department of Health XI bared in the One Davao Virtual Presser held Monday that the Regional Task Force XI against COVID 19 has already discussed and prepared measures as Davao Region expects to receive more returning oversees Filipino (ROFs), and locally stranded individuals (LSIs).
— Philippine Information Agency

Pandemic seen as opportunity for start-ups with urgently needed offerings
THE COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic is an opportunity for start-ups with products that address urgent needs to bypass the usual hurdles and hit the ground running with full government support, speakers at a BusinessWorld Insights online forum said.
— BusinessWorld

DTI warns public on online scams, frauds amid pandemic
In this time of pandemic where online transactions come handy, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here warned the public of unscrupulous sales and offers especially done online or through the use of social media.
— Philippine Information Agency

Capitol launches app for Kapampangan Returning Overseas Filipinos
The provincial government launched Monday an app meant to track and assist all Kapampangan Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs).
— Philippine Information Agency

Army honors soldiers slain by cops in Jolo
The Philippine Army on Tuesday afternoon honored the soldiers killed in Jolo, Sulu on Monday.
— GMA Network

Manila Pride protesters freed, to sue police
The Manila Office of the City Prosecutors (OCP) ordered the release of 20 protesters arrested during the Manila Pride rally last Friday, June 26, pending further investigation.
— Rappler

Musicians, talent managers’ groups call for ABS-CBN franchise renewal
Two organizations in the entertainment industry called for the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise as their presidents gave statements during the House of Representatives’ hearing on the media giant’s franchise renewal on Tuesday, June 30.
— Rappler

Teachers With No Gadgets May Borrow From DepEd – Memorandum
As the start of the classes draws closer, the Department of Education (DepEd) is gearing up for “blended learning”.
— Philippine News

Almost 300,000 families have yet to receive April cash aid – Malacañang
Malacañang’s 14th report to Congress on the government’s coronavirus response revealed that as of Monday, June 29, almost 300,000 families have yet to receive their promised cash aid for April.
— Rappler

Philippine doctors shield families with ‘quarantent’, safe spaces
After taking a job in a hospital’s COVID-19 emergency room, Philippine doctor Jan Claire Dorado planned to move out of the family home to protect relatives from the risk of infection.
— CNA

Bello rejects calls to use OFWs’ OWWA contributions for aid
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Tuesday, June 30, rejected calls that the P18.79-billion trust fund of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) be used to provide aid during the coronavirus pandemic .
— Rappler

SC’s deference to Congress on same-sex union ‘dooms marriage equality’
The Supreme Court’s deference to Congress on the issue of same-sex unions dooms marriage equality in the country, according to a paper published by the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law.
— Rappler

DepEd mulls extending period of enrollment in public schools to July 15
The Department of Education is mulling extending the period of enrollment in public schools in the country to July 15.
— Eagle News

MCHS family council ‘alarmed’ by high number of sexual harassment complaints
The Miriam College High School (MCHS) Family Council Parent Representatives urged the school administration to speed up its investigation on the alleged sexual harassment experienced by several students and alumni from faculty members.
— Rappler

In Baguio, Magalong returns as top investigator – for coronavirus contact tracing
Baguio City got its first COVID-19 scare more than a month into the Luzon-wide lockdown.
— Rappler

232 Army reservists in NegOcc get commendation medals
A total of 232 reservists of the Philippine Army in Negros Occidental received the Military Commendation Medal for their service to the community amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Philippine News Agency

Toyota Motor Philippines to hold ‘Gran Turismo Sport’ tournament
Toyota Motor Philippines will be holding a Gran Turismo tournament for both casual and pro players in July, with a separate category for each.
— Rappler

Comelec: Voter registration suspended until August 31
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday, June 30, extended the suspension of voter registration until August 31, owing to the recent increase in coronavirus cases in the Philippines.
— Rappler

33 former NPA supporters pledge allegiance to the gov’t
A total of 30 members of the Alyansa Dagiti Mannalon iti Ilocos Norte (AMIN), two members of the underground Pambansang Kilusang Magbubukid and a member of the Kabataang Makabayan took their allegiance to the government on June 24 at the covered court of Capangdanan in Pinili, Ilocos Norte.
— Philippine Information Agency

Netizens mock Roque’s congratulating PH for ‘beating’ U.P. experts’ COVID-19 prediction
Social media users on Tuesday, June 30, couldn’t help but take a jab at Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s statement congratulating the country for beating the University of the Philippines (UP) experts’ prediction that coronavirus cases could shoot to 40,000 by the end of June .
— Rappler

Office of Solicitor General on lockdown
The Office of the Solicitor General was placed on lockdown on Tuesday, June 30, after one of its employees tested positive in a rapid test for COVID-19.
— Eagle News

Abby Binay shuts down Skye Bar for violating quarantine protocols
Makati City Mayor Abby Binay ordered Skye Bar in Barangay Bel-Air to close down for violating quarantine rules during the coronavirus pandemic .
— Rappler

Korean, girlfriend arrested for human trafficking in Zambales
A Korean citizen and his Filipina girlfriend were arrested here Monday, June 29, by law enforcers for their alleged involvement in illegal recruitment and human trafficking.
— Rappler

PH Army demands investigation into cops’ killing of 4 soldiers in Sulu
The Philippine Army today insisted that four soldiers who were killed by cops in Jolo, Sulu did not provoke the policemen in any way during their encounter.
— Coconuts Philippines

PH karateka James delos Santos rises to World No. 4 in online kata
National karateka James delos Santos sets a new milestone as he nailed a world No. 4 place in the men’s senior individual online kata rankings.
— Rappler

 

 

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