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“These predatory Chinese companies must be stopped," Hontiveros said. Gov’t told: End projects with ‘predatory’ firms tied with China’s building in West PH Sea August 30, 2020

News Report: Hontiveros files resolution calling for investigation of China companies constructing islands in West Philippine Sea. Senator Riza Hontiveros said some of China's companies with projects in the Philippines are also engaged in the construction of Beijing-occupied islands in the West Philippine Sea. She said contracts with them should be terminated and Philippine officials responsible for them should be punished.

News Report: Former NBI Director Dante Gierran becomes the new PhilHealth president and CEO, regional vice presidents dismissed.

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Under the Section 14 of Republic Act 11223 or Universal Health Care, the President must appoint a Filipino citizen who has at least seven years of experience in the field of public health, management, finance, and health economics. Duterte names NBI's Gierran as new PhilHealth chief
New PhilHealth chief admits he has no public health knowledge, experience September 1, 2020

News Report: COVID-19 positives now over 224,000. Those afflicted with the China virus in the country now exceed 224,000. New cases yesterday were nearly 3,500, the seventh straight day cases are over 3,000.

News Report: Philippines registers lowest number of new cases. After consecutive days of numerous new cases, yesterday, September 3, gave the least new cases, 1,987, of the China virus. According to UP scientists, this is an encouraging flattening of the curve.
The new coronavirus infection in the Philippines jumped past 232,000 on Friday. PH’s virus infection tops 232,000 as DOH logs 3,714 new cases September 4, 2020
Manila cops uncover another case of faking COVID-19 test results
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National Aedes-borne Viral Diseases Prevention and Control Program of the DOH said other diseases such as leptospirosis also saw a significant decrease in cases. DOH: Dengue cases in PH drop by 76% in PH

News Report: China ambassador to the Philippines welcomes Malacanang support for China companies. China's ambassador lauded the government's desire for continuation of projects blacklisted by the US for participation in China's island construction in Pekingese-occupied islands in the West Philippine Sea.

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The project to give Manila Bay a makeover by pouring “white sand” on its shoreline does not have to go through the process of preparing an environmental impact study and obtaining a compliance certificate, the DENR said. No environmental impact study needed on Manila 'beach nourishment' — DENR September 5, 2020
Cebu White Sand sa Manila Bay mas makasasama sa kapaligiran

News Report: White sand on Manila Bay shoreline draws fire. The DENR's deposition of white sand on a section of Manila Bay close to Roxas Boulevard, part of its 320 million peso rehabilitation plan has been widely criticized as a most inappropriate action in a time of pandemic. DENR Undersecretary defended it, saying that the money was allocated prior to the pandemic. However, budgetary requirements were put in the service of the most urgently needed sectors under the Bayanihan to Heal Law.

News Report: New COVID-19 cases fall below 3,000. New China virus cases yesterday numbered 1,388, the third straight day they fell below 3,000. Experts said this is a sign of th flattening of the curve indicated by trends, and say it is a hopeful sign.

3,281 new cases push PHL's COVID-19 total to almost 242k September 8, 2020

Chinese herbal drug added to Cainta COVID response Philippine Daily Inquirer 2020-08-26
The municipal government of Cainta in Rizal province purchased several capsules of a Chinese traditional medicine intended for its coronavirus-infected residents. Mayor Johnielle Keith Nieto said Lianhua Qingwen capsules would be distributed free to patients despite the warning of the Department of Health that the herbal medicine is not an anti-COVID-19 prescription drug.

News Report: 2 Pekingese nabbed for illegal sale of Chinese medicines. Two China nationals were arrested in Paranaque for the sale of Pekingese medicines unregistered with the FDA. Packages of the medicines labeled only with Chinese characters were seized.

News Reports: President grants Pemberton absolute pardon. President Duterte granted Lance Corporal Scott Pemberton, imprisoned for the killing of transsexual Jennifer Laude, absolute pardon, paving the way for his return to the US. Speculations abounded on the reasons, but official sources, quoting Harry Roque, a presidential spokesman, said he did it to be given access to COVID vaccines being developed by the US.
Convicted US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton left the country at 9:14 a.m. today, says Bureau of Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval. September 13, 2020
Duterte to decide on reduced physical distancing in public transport. September 16, 2020

NTC 09-18-2020 DOH: Ang BIDA dumidistansya ng 1 metro! #BIDASolusyon sa COVID-19.

News Report: Reduced physical distancing criticized by health experts. The reduction in physical distancing in public transport has been widely criticized by doctors with expertise in COVID-19. Physical distancing reduction is to 0.75m. Abroad, countries have actually increased the distance to 2 meters in some places because of airborne transmission. They have warned of increases in COVID transmission as a result.
Almost P14 million worth of shabu (crystal meth) was seized during a buy-bust operation in San Carlos City. Nearly P14M shabu seized in Negros Occidental September 22, 2020
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The three men, who were caught with nearly P50 million worth of suspected shabu during a buy-bust operation in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City on September 20, 2020, were allegedly new recruits of the drug group of Rustico Ygot.

News Report: Man arrested in Taguig for rape of mother. Found to be high on drugs.
Comment: This is an especially abominable crime, and as with many crimes, has been attributed to drugs. The government's war on drugs is laudable, but it is sad that only small players are arrested and killed. Big players remain scot-free, and extremely friendly relations are maintained with countries behind the drug problem.
We keep repeating here that despite the almost uniform reduction in crime since the pandemic, drug-related crimes are constantly on the rise and constitute the vast majority of offenses. As can be seen, they include not just drug pushing or trafficking but also other crimes like rape or murder.

News Report: PNP chief orders investigation of prisoner's continued involvement in drug operations from behind bars. He has been reportedly involved in high profile drug seizures in certain parts of the country.

News Report: Manila Bay white sand beach opened. The much-publicized artificial white sand beach near Manila Bay was opened last weekend, an occasion graced by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno. Crowds and lack of physical distancing were noticeable, causing the firing of the Ermita police chief. The Cebu contractor has stopped shipping white sand, causing the DENR to look for new sources.



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