27 Oct 2020
DUTERTE KEEPS METRO MANILA UNDER GCQ UNTIL NOV. 30
MANILA President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday that Metro Manila's 12
million people would remain under general community quarantine, the third
strictest of 4 lockdown levels, until Nov. 30, even as authorities sought to
revive the pandemic-battered economy.
Batangas, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Tacloban City, Iligan City, Lanao del
Sur will also be under GCQ from Nov. 1 to 30, he said in a taped speech
Mayors of Metro Manila earlier urged to keep the GCQ status next month.
Metro Manila, which accounts for about a third of the gross domestic
product, has been under GCQ since August. The trade department recently
allowed some businesses in GCQ areas to operate at full capacity.
The Philippines is forecast to see a 6.9 percent economic contraction this
year, the World Bank has said, the biggest since the 1980s and worse than
the government's projected 5.5 percent decline.
Its recovery has been constrained by an unrelenting first wave of infections
since March, with more than 370,000 cases, limiting its ability to fully
reopen businesses, and restart domestic and international tourism.
The health department on Monday recorded 1,607 new coronavirus infections
and 62 more deaths.
In a bulletin, the agency said total confirmed cases had increased to
371,630, while deaths had reached 7,039. The Philippines has the
second-highest number of COVID-19 infections and deaths in Southeast Asia
RESIGNATION 'WON'T SAVE YOUR NECKS'; DUTERTE TO PROBE CORRUPTION IN 'ENTIRE
MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday told corrupt government
officials that resignation would not save their necks.
Recently, retired general Ricardo Morales resigned as president and CEO of
state medical insurer PhilHealth, after whistleblowers accused top
PhilHealth officials of pocketing P15 billion in state funds. A total of 43
PhilHealth senior officers also retired or resigned earlier this month.
"Let me remind everybody in this government na your resignation will not
save your neck. Alam mo bakit? You are not allowed to resign if there is a
pending case against you," Duterte said in a taped speech aired Tuesday.
"Mag-resign ka man, di ka mag-report, you will be summoned, subpoenaed not
because you are already out of government, but because for all intents and
purposes you are still a part of government. You are not allowed to resign
to escape liability," he added.
Duterte said he would focus on curbing corruption before his term ends in
"I will concentrate the last remaining years of my term fighting corruption
kasi hanging ngayon, hindi humihina, lumalakas pa lalo.
Para na tuloy naging inutil ang mga opisyal ng bayan, na wala talagang
magawa with the onslaught of corruption," he said.
Duterte had initially formed the task force to investigate the
irregularities in medical state insurer PhilHealth. The panel last month
recommended that charges be
filed against former and current top officials.
"Iyong task force na nabuo ko... this time, we will look into every
department. But upon my request, behest, to focus sa corruption sa DPWH," he
said in a televised speech aired Tuesday.
Duterte said he had "nothing against" DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, who he
said was "one of the hardworking" officials with "many" accomplishments.
"But you know, accomplishments alone, to me, should not suffice," he said.
"It is not his job to be running after crooks, but it behooves upon me to
see to it na itong corruption, mahinto--kung hindi, at least maputol nang
kaunti (this corruption is stopped, or if not curbed even a bit)."
The public should expect "suspension" of officials "in the coming days",
said the President.
"Kung i-suspend kita, may duda ako. Hindi ako mag-suspend ng tao na walang
kasalanan," he said.
Duterte again vouched for Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, as the
latter faced allegations of corruption.
Duque chairs the board of state medical insurer PhilHealth, whose officials
were accused in a Senate hearing of pocketing P15 billion in state funds. A
alleged that Duque was the "godfather" of the PhilHealth mafia.
"Si Duque, walang nanakaw kung pera ang pag-usapan. Maybe some other things,
there might be some other thing pero corruption, pera? Wala," Duterte said
in a taped speech.
Duterte earlier rejected calls for Duque's resignation.
UP TO DUTERTE TO IDENTIFY LAWMAKERS IN DPWH GRAFT
MANILA It would be up to President Duterte to decide whether he would
reveal the names of lawmakers involved in anomalies surrounding some public
works projects, Malacañang said yesterday.
Lets leave that decision to the President, presidential spokesman Harry
Roque said at a press briefing. To my knowledge, the PACC has not submitted
anything to the President as of now.
Roque was referring to the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, whose
commissioner Greco Belgica last week claimed that some lawmakers are
exerting influence on the implementation of DPWH projects and the
designation of district engineers.
A report containing details of the irregularities and the names of lawmakers
who may be involved in them would be submitted to Duterte, Belgica said.
DUTERTE WANTS SPEEDY CREATION OF OFW AGENCY STUCK FOR FUNDING WOES
MANILA President Rodrigo Duterte wants Congress to accelerate the passage
of a bill creating a sole agency to handle migrant worker concerns, a
proposal stuck at the Senate over issues of funding and treatment of workers
in agencies bound to get killed by the measure.
Id like to hurry up Congress on this one of my proposals during the
campaign period was the creation of Overseas Filipino (department), Duterte
said in a public address aired Tuesday morning.
The proposal for a stand-alone department for migrant workers is contained
under Senate Bill 202, authored by Senator Christopher Lawrence Bong Go,
Dutertes former aide. It has been pending before the Senate labor committee
since getting filed in July 2019.
Despite getting quick approval at the Lower House, the bills advance at the
upper chamber has been hampered by several issues. Senate President Vicente
Sotto III said issues are yet to be settled among the labor department and
its attached agencies, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)
and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
While Sotto did not go into specifics, the priority legislation would
abolish POEA and OWWA, as well as three other agencies whose functions are
eyed to be performed by the proposed department. With five agencies getting
replaced by one, questions on how workers in these existing departments will
be treated have remained answered.
OCTA RESEARCH: RED CROSS TESTING HALT 'CRIPPLES' ISOLATION, CONTACT TRACING
MANILA Researchers studying the coronavirus outbreak in the country called
on the government to fix the debt row between the Philippine Red Cross and
the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. to effectively manage the health
crisis in the country.
In its latest report, the OCTA Research Group stressed the need for Red
Cross to resume its testing for the government as the humanitarian
organization accounts for about 30% of the countrys total coronavirus
testing capacity and contributes 38% to Metro Manilas screening capacity.
The OCTA Research Group pointed out that the decrease in the number of daily
new cases may not provide an accurate picture of the situation in the
country as the figures do not include significant data from the Red Cross.
The country, for example, reported only 1,607 additional cases Monday. But
the figures showed that samples processed by testing laboratories dipped to
just 15,710, way below the target of 30,000 tests a day.
The halt in the operations of Red Cross resulted in the drop of reported
cases in Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna and Batangas by 40 to 50%, the
researchers said. This stemmed from the state insurers failure to settle
its more than P1 billion debt to the organization.
Among the areas affected by the temporary halt in Red Cross testing include
Quezon City, Manila, Pasig, Makati, Taguig, Pasay, Parañaque, Mandaluyong,
Muntinlupa, San Juan, Pateros, Antipolo, Cainta, Taytay, Imus, Dasmariñas,
General Trias, Bacoor, Batangas City and Calamba.
The analysts projected that the average daily new cases in the capital
region would increase by 200 to 300 if tests of Red Cross are included.
PHILIPPINES AMONG NATIONS FACING DEBT PAYMENT SHOCK NEXT YEAR MOODY'S
MANILA Governments and corporates accumulating large debts this year for
pandemic programs are bound to suffer the negative consequence of expensive
payments starting next year, Moodys Investors Service said on Monday.
The scenario, in turn, threatens to further deteriorate the fiscal house of
Asian economies, but most especially Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the
Philippines where foreign debts accounted for over a third of total
Through 2021, we project a worsening in debt affordability, as measured by
interest payments as a share of revenue, driven by higher debt-servicing
costs associated with the large increases in debt as governments ramp up
stimulus spending amid simultaneously large declines in revenue," Moody's
said of these countries.
Asian governments where budgets have typically been tight binged on debt
this year to ensure cash continue flowing while they control the spread of
pandemic. For now, a weak dollar is cutting costs of these obligations, and
making borrowing more affordable.
But the debt watcher warned the party may be over as soon as the calendar
shifts. Once annual interest payments start falling due early next year, a
strong currency may no longer help governments that embarked on hefty fund
raising this year.
PNP GETS P569 MILLION IN NEW VEHICLES, EQUIPMENT
MANILA The national police received P569 million worth of additional
equipment and mobility assetsincluding new jeeps, radios, motorcycles, and
rifleswhich police leadership said would enhance the agency's mobile patrol
"We showcased [on Monday] the P569-million worth of enabling equipment to
fill-up the requirements of PNP units for mobility, firepower, and
communications, which are among the key priorities of our capacity-building,
modernization, and development agenda, Police Gen. Camilo Cascolan, PNP
chief, said in a statement.
With the move, which is part of the newly-minted police chief's
modernization program under PNP P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2030, the police's mobile
forces and high-risk police stations are set to receive 7,700 units Galil
Ace 5.56mm Basic Assault Rifle while the 434 units Digital Handheld Radio
will be given to Metro Manila's police office.
According to Cascolan, the new police motorcycles will significantly enhance
the PNP's operations involving high-speed tactical police response to
street-crimes, particularly those perpetrated by riding-in-tandem suspects.
DOJ JUNKS KIDNAP RAPS VS JOMA, OTHERS
MANILA The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed the complaint for
kidnapping filed against Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding
chairman Jose Maria Sison and other activists over the recruitment of a
student to youth organization Anakbayan.
In a 12-page resolution, DOJ prosecutors junked the charges of kidnapping,
failure to return a minor under Article 270 of the Revised Penal Code and
violation of Republic Act 9851 or the Philippine Act on Crimes Against
International Humanitarian Law, Genocide and other Crimes Against Humanity
against Sison for lack of probable cause.
COTABATO REGIONAL HOSPITAL BAGS GOOD GOVERNANCE AWARD
MANILA The Cotabato Regional and Medical Center (CRMC), a level III apex
hospital catering to the Bangsamoro region and Central Mindanao, was honored
for successfully implementing the first stage of the Institute for
Solidarity in Asia's system for performance governance.
Besides receiving the "Initiated" Status from ISA for the accomplishment,
the CRMC bagged the Silver Trailblazer Award for exceeding the standards of
the Initiation Stage.
Dr. Helen Yambao, chief II of the CRMC Medical Center, presented the
achievements of their institution in a public revalida conducted by ISA on
Oct. 13, 2020. In it, she shared three main challenges of the hospital which
ISA's Performance Governance System aimed to address through a long-term
strategy to become a multispecialty center.
These challenges included a wide catchment area (being the only teaching
training hospital in BARMM and Region XII), the overcrowding of patients and
the lack of capability to provide specialty services.
In response, the hospital's initial strategy aims to build specialty centers
for heart, trauma, cancer care, womens health and neonatology, diabetes,
physical medicine and rehabilitation and mental health by 2022. More
establishments will also be set up by 2028. These centers are being pursued
through major modernization and expansion plans.
NAIA EMPLOYEES SHOULD NOT BE ALARMED OVER AIRPORT REHAB
MANILA The proposed rehabilitation of the Ninoy Aquino International
Airport should not be a cause for alarm for NAIA employees, the Manila
International Airport Authority (MIAA) said yesterday.
MIAA officials, who asked for anonymity, said the governments deal with
Megawide Construction Corp. to rehabilitate the countrys main gateway is
still under evaluation by the National Economic and Development
Authority-Investment Coordination Committee.
Wala pa. There is no contract awarded yet. There is no reason to be
alarmed, a source said.
The source said if the deal pushes through, the NAIA employees would be
absorbed by Megawide based on previous negotiations.
The MIAA made the clarification after it was reported that around 14,000
NAIA employees may lose their jobs amid the planned rehabilitation and
management takeover of the airport.
TYPHOON QUINTA KEEPS STRENGTH AHEAD OF EXIT, HEADS TOWARD VIETNAM
MANILA - Typhoon Quinta (international name: Molave) kept its strength ahead
of its expected exit from the Philippine area of responsibility on Tuesday
morning, the state weather bureau said after the storm left at least 2 dead
and displaced thousands in Luzon.
The country's 17th storm this year was last estimated 305 kilometers north
northeast of Pag-asa Island, Palawan as of 4 a.m., moving west at 25 km per
hour while packing maximum winds of 140 kph and gusts of up to 170 kph,
PAGASA said in its latest weather bulletin.
Molave is forecast to make landfall in central Vietnam on Wednesday, it
A low pressure area spotted outside PAR at 1,855 km east of Southern Luzon
is likely to develop into tropical depression "Rolly" and enter the country
in the next 48 hours, PAGASA weather forecaster Ariel Rojas told ABS-CBN's
On Tuesday, Quinta will bring moderate to heavy rains over Western Visayas,
Occidental Mindoro, Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, and Kalayaan Islands,
Aurora, Isabela, and Cagayan, PAGASA said.
Zamboanga peninsula, Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and the rest of
Luzon and Visayas will experience light to moderate with at times heavy
rains due to Quinta, it added.
Flooding and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged
rainfall especially in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards.
ENTERTAINMENT & LIFESTYLE
NEW MISS UNIVERSE PH RABIYA MATEO BREAKS SILENCE OVER ACCUSATIONS
MANILA - Rabiya Mateo turned emotional as she addressed the controversy
surrounding her victory in the Miss Universe Philippines pageant over the
In a virtual interview with MJ Marfori of TV5 on Sunday, the beauty queen
from Iloilo tried to hold back her tears as she admitted that people did not
expect her to win the coveted crown.
"To be honest po, maybe I wasn't a frontrunner so people didn't expect me to
win. And now that I have the crown... I'm sorry, I'm being emotional," Mateo
Responding to accusations that she brought her own glam team and had prior
knowledge of the question to be asked to her during the final round of the
pageant, she went on: "They're questioning my capability as a person, as a
candidate... But I know that I did everything and anything that I could
during that night, and ibinigay ko talaga."
"And 'yung mga nagsasabi na the question was given to me that's why I
answered that way, it wasn't given po sa akin," she stressed. "I did
everything that I could because I want to make Iloilo City proud."
While she admitted that the accusations were "painful," Mateo said she
chooses to take the high road and be more understanding of the situation.
"Of course it was painful because there are things na you can settle by
talking with each other... At the end of the day, this is a competition. And
being the bigger person in the picture, I need to understand where they are
coming from," she said.
Mateo was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2020 on Sunday, besting 45
candidates from different parts of the country.
Maria Ysabella Ysmael of Parañaque was proclaimed first runner-up, followed
by Michele Gumabao of Quezon City, Pauline Amelinckx of Bohol, and Kimberly
Hakenson of Cavite.
'FAIR AND SQUARE'
In an interview with ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo on Monday, Mateo
reiterated that she won the Miss Universe Philippines crown "fair and
"Dahil ako ang nanalo, baka 'yung iba they have doubts about my capability,
and hindi natin 'yun maiiwasan. But I know that I played the game fair and
square, and let's just wait for the official announcement and statement of
the Miss Universe Philippines [organization]," she said.
Instead of dwelling on the comments, Mateo said she would rather focus on
proving her bashers wrong by working even harder for the Miss Universe
"Ngayon po mas iniisip ko na lang na may laban pa akong papasukin, at
ipu-prove ko na lang po 'yung self ko sa mga tao... Papatunayan ko na lang
po na hindi po ako 'yung ganoong tao na dini-describe nila."
ABUEVA SHOWS NO RUST IN RETURN AS PHOENIX PUTS AWAY NLEX
As soon as Calvin Abueva stepped into the game, he knew exactly what to do.
Abueva, in his first game back from a 16-month suspension, wasted no time
and immediately made an impressive return as he lifted the Phoenix Super LPG
to a 114-110 victory over the NLEX Road Warriors, in the 2020 PBA Philippine
Cup at the AUF Sports Arena and Cultural Center in Pampanga.
PHOENIX 114 Wright 28, Abueva 21, Perkins 20, Chua 19, Rios 10, Garcia 6,
Heruela 4, Jazul 4, Intal 2, Marcelo 0.
NLEX 110 Soyud 27, Quinahan 18, Ravena 18, McAloney 14, Alas 15, Cruz 8,
Miranda 6, Semerad 2, Ayonayon 2, Varilla 0, Ighalo 0.
Quarter scores: 27-30, 60-58, 86-85, 114-110.
NOTE: PBA postpones NorthPort-TNT game
FOREX $1 = P 48.39
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Success is where preparation and opportunity meet. - Bobby Unser