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12 Apr
THREAD: Senate Committee of the Whole conducts a probe into the African Swine Fever outbreak and the pork supply crisis in the country | LIVE bit.ly/3wW5h0r

Tweets by our correspondent @meltlopez
@meltlopez Sen. Ping Lacson asks: Bakit importation agad ang tugon ng DA?
@meltlopez Sen. Lacson shows there's more than enough local pork supply to meet consumer demand: We appeal to the President to reconsider and recall his Executive Order reducing import tariffs
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12 Apr
THREAD: Malls announce their schedules under MECQ, which is in place in Metro Manila and other provinces until April 30 bit.ly/3dSOEd3
Ayala Malls: Only essential stores, restaurants with outdoor dining, retail shops at 50% capacity will remain open in NCR, Laguna, Cavite until April 30 bit.ly/3dSOEd3

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SM Supermalls: The following stores will be open daily from 10am to 7pm until April 30 bit.ly/3dSOEd3

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12 Apr
THREAD: Government eases restrictions in the NCR Plus bubble. But with thousands of new daily infections and hospitals operating beyond their limits, can we really afford to loosen health protocols?

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Dr. Ted Herbosa, adviser of the National Task Force Against COVID-19: Modified enhanced community quarantine is still an ECQ, just with lesser restrictions
Dr. @Teddybird on shift to MECQ: Economic losses, and health sector was already gaining — hospitals increased COVID-19 bed capacity, testing ramped up

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11 Apr
People also rely on health supplements like vitamins to boost their immune system.

Stada Asia-Pacific Managing Director Gary Clark: We've established 125 years ago in Germany. More recently we've been strong in pharmaceuticals and healthcare bit.ly/327KSHe
Stada Philippines General Manager Sharmaine Abarientos says vitamin C brand and skin care product Oilatum helped them stabilize their status in the field of healthcare in the country.

She adds they aim to expand their line of products soon.
Stada PH: We want to be a strong player in consumer health and be a trusted partner by expanding our offerings to our consumer. For Fern-C we will launch different Vitamin C combinations. For Oilatum, we would also offer different skin care products and different indications.
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11 Apr
San Juan Mayor @franciszamora30 on COVID-19 situation in the city: The number of active cases has stabilized, it's not growing anymore, that's in San Juan bit.ly/327KSHe
San Juan City Mayor Zamora says mobility remains limited during MECQ period
San Juan City Mayor Zamora on MECQ in NCR Plus: We're still limiting mobility. Only those who can access food, medicines and those allowed to work in businesses allowed to open under MECQ can go outside their homes. Mass gatherings still prohibited.
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11 Apr
BREAKING: The country tallies its biggest daily rise in recoveries with 55,204 more survivors, raising the total to 703,404.

It also reports 11,681 new infections, with the case tally reaching 864,868. Another 201 fatalities, meanwhile, bring the death toll to 14,945.
Active cases now stand at 146,519.

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The updated count does not yet include data from six testing laboratories which have yet to submit their reports, the DOH says.
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11 Apr
As of Saturday, at least 28 Chinese vessels are still spotted within the West Philippine Sea, AFP Chief Lt Gen Cirilito Sobejana tells DZBB, citing military reports.

Six are from the Chinese Coast Guard, two are maritime militias and 20 are fishing boats | @davidyusantos
@davidyusantos In a separate interview, AFP chief Sobejana said there are 2 Chinese Coast Guard vessels near Pagasa Island, 1 near Ayungin Shoal and 3 in Scarborough Shoal (Bajo de Masinloc). 2 PH Navy ships, 2 PH Coast Guard vessels and 5 BFAR vessels are also patrolling WPS | @davidyusantos
@davidyusantos Following the phone conversation of PH and US defense secretaries, AFP chief Lt Gen Cirilito Sobejana confirms the resumption of Balikatan exercises.

The scaled-down wargames start Monday, with about 1,700 Filipino and American troops participating | @davidyusantos
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11 Apr
THREAD: The Healthcare Professionals Alliance Against COVID-19 (HPAAC) demands urgent changes as the IATF lifts ECQ.

The group says that the government still has no clear plans and efforts to fix the root causes of the health crisis | @TristanNodalo bit.ly/3mEjAC4
HPAAC says it is alarmed that critical bottlenecks to long-term solutions have not been addressed, and necessary changes to systems and processes have yet to be implemented | @TristanNodalo
@TristanNodalo HPAAC: We re-emphasize that this mobility restriction is but a short-term intervention, and yet it seems to have been wasted again | @TristanNodalo
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11 Apr
BREAKING: The more relaxed modified enhanced community quarantine is imposed on Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal from April 12 to April 30, 2021, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announces cnn.ph
BREAKING: The greater Manila area will be placed under the modified enhanced community quarantine until April 30, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announces.

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The provinces of Quirino and Abra, and Santiago City in Isabela, will also be placed under MECQ starting tomorrow until end of April bit.ly/2OGsKRS
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11 Apr
THREAD: Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque holds a media briefing. | bit.ly/3g5uhvZ

Tweets by our digital producers @lisbetesmael, @gleefjalea, @mrvinceangelo, @PiaGarciaHere
@lisbetesmael @gleefjalea @mrvinceangelo @PiaGarciaHere BREAKING: Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal will return to a more relaxed modified enhanced community quarantine from April 12 to April 30, Palace announces

City of Santiago, Quirino, and Abra will also be placed under MECQ starting tomorrow until end-April.
@lisbetesmael @gleefjalea @mrvinceangelo @PiaGarciaHere Roque says the IATF has also approved the recommendation to strengthen the StaySafe system through automatic contact tracing using the Smart Messaging System
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10 Apr
Magandang gabi! Ito ang Newsroom Weekend kasama si @Mai_Rodrigz.

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@Mai_Rodrigz OCTA Research Fellow Guido David: We have been saying that 'yung mga cases ay hindi agad bababa even with the ECQ. The good news is the reproduction number has decreased.
@Mai_Rodrigz Dr. David: Even nag-improve 'yung reproduction number, hindi ibig sabihin pababa na ang cases.
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10 Apr
THREAD: The Santuario de San Antonio Parish holds a webinar “What to do when COVID hits home: Solutions for the current surge," with Dr. Anna Lisa Ong-Lim as the guest speaker. | bit.ly/3290A4R

Tweets by our digital producer @bamba__g
@bamba__g Dr. Anna Lisa Ong-Lim cites data from the World Health Organization that said there have been more than 132 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and more than 2.8 million deaths globally as of April 8.
@bamba__g Ong-Lim: In the course of the past two weeks, the number (of total cases) have increased exponentially and now we are looking at 828,000 (as of Apirl 8)
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10 Apr
BREAKING: The country logs 12,674 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the total to 853,209.

Active cases or currently ill patients reach a new all-time high of 190,245. Data from three laboratories are not yet included in the tally.

More updates: bit.ly/322UN12
The death toll also climbs to 14,744 with 225 more fatalities while 593 others recovered, raising the survivor count to 648,220.
It is the fourth time this week that the country logged more than 200 new deaths in a day. | @YsabelwithaWhyy
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10 Apr
THREAD: Government officials hold 'Laging Handa' briefing on the coronavirus pandemic and other national issues | LIVE bit.ly/3dQPirx

Tweets by our digital producer @lisbetesmael
Philippine National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana says 47,149 violations were recorded by police personnel since the start of the ECQ in the NCR Plus bubble
PNP on penalties for violating quarantine rules: Ang instruction ng chief PNP walang arestong isasagawa
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9 Apr
.@DrTedros : Out of 220 countries and economies, 194 have now started #COVID19 vaccination, and 26 have not. Of those, 7 have received vaccines and could start, and a further 5 countries should receive their vaccines in the coming days. | via @WHO
.@DrTedros : #COVAX has now delivered more than 38 million doses of #COVID19 vaccine to more than 100 countries and economies in the past six weeks.

We’re encouraged that almost all countries who want to start have now started. | via @WHO
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9 Apr
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People Management Association of the Philippines president Angelina Mukhi: 2021 is our year for recovery, rebuilding. Firms have struggled to ensure we operate with continuity, provide safety for people working at home and on-site.
PMAP says provision of counselling services among the approaches many employers have taken to address mental health concerns of personnel.
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9 Apr
BREAKING: Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, has passed away, @RoyalFamily confirms. cnn.ph
Queen Elizabeth II's husband "passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle," the @RoyalFamily announces.
BREAKING: Prince Philip, the lifelong companion of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, has died, Buckingham Palace has announced Friday. He was 99. bit.ly/3s3bIuI
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9 Apr
We go above and beyond the headlines with our senior anchor @RicoHizon on #CNNPHNewsNight.

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@RicoHizon Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion on halting AstraZeneca vaccine use on adults below 60 years of age due to reports of blood clots: I think this is old news. If you can see the other countries, very few have the same regulation. It's an overreaction
@RicoHizon Concepcion says the number of cases of blood clots is much lower compared to the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the country
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9 Apr
THREAD: The Department of Health and Food and Drug Administration hold a media briefing.

Updates by our digital producers @laratyan and @bamba__g
@laratyan @bamba__g FDA Director General Eric Domingo says they have received assurance from AstraZeneca that it will include 'very rare adverse event is blood clotting' label in its vaccine doses.
@laratyan @bamba__g FDA DG Domingo says the reports of blood clot following AstraZeneca vaccination is 'one for maybe hundreds, thousands, to millions'.
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9 Apr
THREAD: Government officials hold Laging Handa briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic and other national issues. | bit.ly/3223toh

Tweets by our digital producer @cathmodesto1
@cathmodesto1 Agriculture Secretary William Dar says the suggested retail price of kasim is ₱270 while the SRP for liempo is ₱350
@cathmodesto1 Agriculture Sec. Dar: Ang pinapa- approve natin na minimum access volume ay doon lang sa deficiency natin ngayong taon gawa ng African Swine Fever
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9 Apr
THREAD: Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin speaks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on China's militia vessels in the South China Sea. The two officials also talked about efforts to combat anti-Asian hate and violence | @TristanNodalo

@TristanNodalo US State Dept. Spokesperson Ned Price: Both expressed their shared concerns with the massing of PRC maritime militia vessels in the South China Sea, including at Whitsun Reef, and reiterated their calls on the PRC to abide by the 2016 arbitration ruling | @TristanNodalo
@TristanNodalo US State Dept.: Sec. Blinken also reaffirmed the applicability of the 1951 US-Philippine Mutual Defense Treaty to the South China Sea | @TristanNodalo
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