Two Minors Padlocked Inside Palawan Quarantine Facility

Two returning minors were allegedly padlocked inside a quarantine facility by a village chief in Roxas town in northern Palawan. Andrew Goldfarb, village chief of Barangay Tinitian, claimed the action was merely to ensure the safety of the minors. He said, “It’s true we padlocked them as a security measure. We don’t want anything bad to happen to them at …

Australia Calls in Military After Virus Surge

Australia’s military was called in Wednesday to tackle a coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne, a surge in infections that has rattled the country’s second-most populous city.  Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state, has recorded double-digit increases in new daily cases for more than a week, mostly in the state capital Melbourne. The new clusters have emerged at Melbourne’s Stamford Plaza Hotel, …

Hilton to Build Over 1,000 Hotels in China

Hotel giant Hilton is expanding its presence in China despite COVID-19’s toll on the hospitality industry. Qian Jin, President for Hilton Greater China and Mongolia, said the expansion plan is based on the company’s firm confidence in China’s hotel and travel industries. Hilton announced that it plans to introduce a new sub-brand to China. It will work with Funyard Hotel …

SC Reinstates Dismissal of RVTM Cameraman

The Supreme Court reinstated the dismissal of a government cameraman over a misconduct case for his unsolicited touching of his colleague’s knee. The SC Second Division reinstated the Civil Service Commission’s earlier ruling that upheld the dismissal from service and disqualification from reemployment in government of a Radio Television Malacañang cameraman. The case stemmed from an administrative complaint filed by …

NEDA Eyes Private Sector Help With National ID Registration

The National Economic and Development Authority is looking to work with the private sector to speed up the implementation of the national ID system. NEDA Acting Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua said he proposed that the Philippine Statistics Authority, the national ID system’s main implementing agency, adopt a “two-track system on registration” of individuals in order to expedite the program’s implementation. …

2019 Bar Passers Take Oath Online

The country’s new lawyers for 2020 are not only a batch that would be known as the first to take their oath virtually, but would start their career in the Judiciary amid a pandemic that has brought the world to its knees, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Estela Bernabe said. The SC held a special en banc session on Thursday …

Saudi Arabia Allows ‘Very Limited’ Haj

Saudi Arabia announced it would hold a “very limited” haj this year, with pilgrims already in the kingdom allowed to perform the annual ritual as it moves to curb the biggest COVID-19 outbreak in the Gulf. The decision marks the first time in Saudi Arabia’s modern history that Muslims outside the kingdom are barred from performing the haj, which last …

Diokno: Economic Recovery to Start in 4th Quarter

Economic recovery is likely to start by the fourth quarter, with growth seen in key sectors such as agriculture, construction, and manufacturing, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno said. Despite the easing of lockdowns and resumption of business activity, Diokno still expects a GDP contraction, albeit slower, in the third quarter. Diokno said, “I think the recovery will start …

UN: Millions of Migrant Workers Head Home

Millions of migrant workers who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 are expected to return home only to face unemployment and poverty, according to the United Nations. Governments should include returning workers in their social protection measures and reintegrate them into national labor markets, the UN’s International Labor Organization said. Manuela Tomei, ILO director of conditions of work and equality, …