South Korea Travel Ban

Filipinos planning to explore South Korea might have to unpack their luggage for now as the government enforced Wednesday a temporary ban on Filipino tourists going there. Malacañang said the interim travel restriction was imposed as a protective measure against COVID-19, cases of which spiked quite rapidly in South Korea in the past few days. But Filipinos residing in South …

Trump Asks $2.5B for COVID-19

The Trump administration is asking the U.S. Congress for 2.5 billion dollars to fight the coronavirus, including more than one billion dollars for vaccines, the White House said. With financial markets falling on concerns that the virus will have a significant impact on the global economy, the Trump administration is eager to show it is prepared to combat the virus. …

COVID-19 Drag to Remittance Growth

The global coronavirus outbreak would affect remittances from overseas Filipino workers this year amid travel bans and restrictions, economists said. Jun Trinidad, economist at Philippine National Bank, said COVID-19 raises complications as travel ban or restrictions obstruct overseas job placements in the first half. Trinidad said deployment of OFWs in the Asian labor markets would be affected in the first …

2nd Batch of Filipinos Return from virus-hit Cruise Ship

The second batch of Filipinos repatriated from the coronavirus-hit cruise ship docked off Japan arrived in the Philippines early Wednesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced. The DFA said the aircraft carrying the 136 Filipino passengers, a two-member DFA team and a five-member team from the Department of Health landed at Clark International Airport in Pampanga at 12:12 a.m. The …

COVID-19: Here’s What We Know So Far

A pneumonia outbreak was first reported in the city of Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province in December 2019. Experts have attributed the outbreak to a novel coronavirus that has since spread across China and the rest of the world. As of 11 p.m. on February 26, there are over 78,000 confirmed cases in China and 3,000 abroad. There have …

Philippines to Hold Month-Long Sale

The Philippines, home to some of the world’s largest malls, will hold a month-long shopping sale this March, a move that could reinvigorate the retail sector hurt by the virus scare. Mall operators like SM Prime Holdings and Ayala Land will participate in the sale. The country’s promotion comes as retail sales are weighed down by the coronavirus that curbed …

Pinoy Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Singapore

One Filipino national tested positive for COVID-19 in Singapore, the Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed Sunday. Citing reports from the Philippine Embassy in the city-state, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Brigido Dulay said this is the first confirmed case involving a Filipino in Singapore. Amid the rapid-spreading coronavirus, Singapore recently raised its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition to orange, meaning the disease …

Vanessa Bryant Sues Helicopter Operator for Deaths

Kobe Bryant’s widow sued the owner and operator of the helicopter that crashed in fog and killed the former Los Angeles Lakers star and their 13-year-old daughter last month. The wrongful death lawsuit filed by Vanessa Bryant in Los Angeles Superior Court said the pilot was careless and negligent by flying in cloudy conditions and should have aborted the flight. …

Car Sales Down 11.8%

Automotive sales registered negative growth in the first month of the year amid the Taal Volcano eruption. The Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines reported that January 2020 sales declined by 11.8 percent to 23,723 units from 26,888 units a year ago. The slump in sales was attributed to the effect of the Taal Volcano eruption to vehicle assemblers …