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PNP reports 1044 COVID-19 cases in its ranks

(Eagle News)–The number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases in the Philippine National Police has breached the 1000 mark. The PNP said the 1044 cases were as of July 10, 6 p.m. Over 400, or 462, have so far recovered. Nine deaths were reported. Suspected cases are at 1364 and probable cases at 651. At least three policemen from Cebu have died due to COVID-19. Cebu is so far the only city that remains under an […]

COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos reach 8803

(Eagle News)–The number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases among overseas Filipinos has breached the 8000 mark, the Department of Foreign Affairs said on Friday, July 10. According to the DFA, total cases reached 8803 after 11 new cases were reported in the Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas. Deaths have reached 594, including the two new ones recorded in Africa. Africa and the Middle East, jointly, are the regions with the most Filipino COVID-19 cases, […]

ABS CBN actors, workers stage indignation rally during House voting on franchise rejection

(Eagle News) — ABS CBN workers and employees, including the network’s actors, staged an indignation rally on Friday, July 10, 2020 during the historic voting of the House Committee on Legislative Franchises that rejected the media network’s application for a new 25-year franchise. Among those who also rallied with them were members of Gabriela, Bayan Muna and other sympathizers supporting the ABS CBN move for another franchise. Ernie Lopez, one of the ABS CBN management […]

How solons voted on resolution denying ABS CBN franchise renewal

(Eagle News) — In a historic vote, majority of the members of the House Committee on Legislative Franchises, including its ex-officio members, voted on Friday, July 10, to adopt the committee technical working group resolution rejecting the ABS CBN franchise renewal application. There were 70 lawmakers who voted Yes to the resolution denying the franchise renewal of the media network, while voting No as they were in favor a franchise renewal. Below is a list […]

COVID-19 cases in PHL reach 52,914 with 1233 cases reported today

DOH reports 286 recoveries, 42 deaths today (Eagle News) — The number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases in the country is nearing the 53000 mark after the Department of Health reported 1233 cases on Friday, July 10. The DOH said of the total 52914 COVID-19 cases, 38324 were active cases. Of the 1233 cases reported today, 848 were fresh cases, or cases where results were given to the patient within the last three days. The […]

DFA: PHL starts coordination with int’l partners for availability of COVID-19 vaccine in country

(Eagle News) — The Department of Foreign Affairs has begun coordinating with international partners to ensure that a COVID-19 vaccine will be available to Filipinos should one be developed. In a statement, the DFA said it has initiated the “coordination and exchanges of information” with different jurisdictions across the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa and Middle East through its foreign service posts. “Based on the gathered information by the Department, collaboration with Philippine […]

President Duterte declares 2020 as year of Filipino health workers

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte has declared 2020 as the year of Filipino health workers. In making the declaration through Proclamation No. 976, the President noted the COVID-19 pandemic “has greatly affected the country and most nations worldwide and has posed a daunting challenge to the country’s health sector,” but health workers “selflessly and tirelessly provide essential, quality and critical care to individuals, families and groups, even in the face of great peril, fear, uncertainty […]

Updated: House committee on legislative franchises rejects ABSCBN franchise renewal

70 voted yes for denial of franchise, only 11 voted for franchise grant   (Eagle News) — With a majority vote of 70 from members of the House committee on legislative franchises, ABS CBN’s franchise renewal has been rejected on Friday, July 10. Only 11 members voted to give the media network a franchise. Voting happened after the technical working group of the House Committee on Legislative Franchises presented the committee resolution on the consensus […]

ICT department proposes P46.6-billion budget for fiscal year 2021

Department says “biggest chunk” for programs aimed at “digital transformation” for the new normal (Eagle News)–The Department of Information and Communications Technology is pushing for its proposed P46.6-billion budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021. In a statement, the department said the “biggest chunk” of the proposal–P22.1 billion—was for its Digital Connectivity and Access programs, particularly the National Broadband Program (NBP), the Free WiFi for All in Public Places and State Universities and Colleges Program, and […]

COVID-19 cases in PHL reach 51754; no deaths reported today

(Eagle News)–The number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases in the country has breached the 51,000 mark–now at 51754–after the Department of Health reported 1395 cases on Thursday. The DOH said no new deaths were reported, with the total retained at 1314. Of the 51754 COVID-19 cases, the DOH said 37627 are active cases. Of the total cases,  1184 were fresh cases, or cases where test results were reported to the patient within the last three […]

Lawmakers to decide on ABS CBN franchise renewal as summation of issues presented

  (Eagle News) – Lawmakers are now set to vote on whether to grant or to deny the application of media network ABS CBN to renew its franchise which expired on May 4 this year. The summation of the issues and evidence raised in the past 12 hearings started Thursday, July 9, considered Day 13 of the hearing conducted by House Committee on Legislative Franchise jointly with the House Committee on Good Government and Public […]

President Duterte designates Sandra Sanchez-Montano as new PHL Commission on Women chair

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte has designated Sandra Sanchez-Montano as chair of the Philippine Commission on Women. Sanchez-Montano, who was commissioner of the PCW representing the science and health sector, replaces Rhodora Bucoy. Several reports said Bucoy had been fired by the President, but the PCW denied this in a statement, saying Bucoy tendered her resignation letter on July 7. The letter, the PCW said, has “yet to be transmitted to our head agency, […]