Duterte raises pork tariff, cuts rice import duty

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte signed two executive orders (EOs) on Saturday modifying the rates of import duty on pork products and rice. Upon the recommendation of the National Economic and Development Authority Board, the President signed EO 135 to temporarily reduce the Most Favored Nation (MFN) tariff rates on imported rice and EO 134 …

Sulu Task Force Covid-19 bans Eid’l Fitri gatherings

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Congregational, group prayer, and other public and private social gatherings related to the celebration next week of Eid’l Fitri 2021 have been temporarily suspended in Sulu province. In an executive order on Friday, Gov. Abdusakur Tan, chairperson of the Sulu Task Force coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), imposed a temporary ban on all …

US, PH ‘successfully’ conclude child protection compact

MANILA – A total of 356 child victims of online sexual exploitation have been assisted while 97 traffickers were arrested through the four-year Philippine-United States Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership that successfully concluded this month, the US Embassy in Manila reported Thursday. During the final high-level dialogue on CPC, US State Department’s Office to Monitor …

PRRD sends condolences to Britain’s royal family

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday extended his condolences to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II following the passing of her husband, Prince Philip. “On behalf of the Filipino people, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte extends his deep condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the passing of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, …

Davao City Covid-19 ‘low risk’ area: IATF

DAVAO CITY— The National Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has classified this city as a ‘low risk’ area’ for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Davao City Information Office (CIO) said Tuesday. CIO said the classification released by the IATF on April 3 was based on two indicators: the low …

Public urged to await FDA move on application for Ivermectin use

MANILA – Malacañang on Monday urged the public to wait for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to act on an application for the use of Ivermectin as a potential anti-Covid medication. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this statement after rejecting rumors that President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered the Department of Health (DOH) to authorize the …

Marawi mayor tests positive for Covid-19

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Marawi City Mayor MajulGandamra tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), he announced Sunday. In a statement he issued after the test results came out Sunday night, Gandamra said he got infected with the disease “despite careful and religious observance of minimum health protocols”. “While our guards are lowered down …

Roque completes quarantine, recovers from Covid-19

MANILA – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque has completed his mandatory quarantine and recovered from Covid-19 more than a week after announcing he tested positive for the virus. He himself confirmed the news on his official Facebook page on Thursday. “Salamat kay Dr Du at lahat ng staff ng Summit Hotel Oplan Kalinga Isolation Center. Quarantine …