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House OKs bill institutionalizing alternative learning system in basic education


MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading on Tuesday the bill which seeks to institutionalize the alternative learning system (ALS) in basic education. With 224 affirmative votes, no negative votes, and no abstention, the lower chamber approved House Bill No. 6910 or the Alternative Learning System Act. The measure institutionalizes ALS as a parallel learning system “to provide a viable alternative to the existing formal education instruction for out-of-school children, youth, and adult learners, including Madrasah and Indigenous Peoples, to develop basic and functional literacy, life skills, and pursue an equivalent pathway to complet…

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Macalintal extols ex-Comelec chair Brillantes


MANILA, Philippines — Atty. Romulo Macalintal remembered his fellow veteran election lawyer and former Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairperson Sixto “Boy” Brillantes Jr., who passed away on Tuesday — days before his 81st birthday. In a statement, Macalintal said that Brillantes was “the most knowledgeable and competent Comelec chairman to ever handle and run the poll body under an automated election system.” Brillantes was named Comelec chief by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino in January 2011. According to Macalintal, Aquino was supposed to appoint him as head of Comelec but turned it down. “I politely declined the appointment and instead recommended Boy to …

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Palace: No to canteen dine-in, common smoking areas in workplaces under MECQ areas


MANILA, Philippines — Dine-in in canteens and common smoking areas are no longer allowed in workplaces for areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), Malacaang said Tuesday. This is among the health protocols set in place by Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez and approved by President Rodrigo Duterte, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said. “Walang dine-in sa mga canteen. Packed food at delivery lamang po,” Roque said in an online briefing. (No dine-in in canteens. Only packed food and delivery are allowed.) “Bawal ang common smoking areas. Pinapayagan lang po ang individual smoking areas or booths in open spaces,” he added. (Common smoking areas are not all…

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Duterte says Russia may give COVID-19 vaccine for free, volunteers to receive first injection


MANILA, Philippines — Russia is willing to provide the Philippines a vaccine against COVID-19 for free, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday as he volunteered to receive the first injection and show the public it is safe for humans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhGppZ5f2LY   “Maligayang-maligaya ako kasi ang Russia, kaibigan natin ito, wala tayong away sa Russia, kaibigan natin. Ang ano nila is magbigay sila ng bakuna. Wala naman silang sinasabi bayaran mo. Ito, tingin ko kay President [Vladimir] Putin, tulong niya sa atin, libre,” Duterte said in a taped address. (I’m so happy because Russia is our friend. They said they will give the vaccine. They are not saying …

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Shooting near White House interrupts Trump’s briefing on TV


WASHINGTON — A uniformed Secret Service officer shot and wounded a man during a confrontation near the White House that led to President Donald Trump being abruptly escorted out of a briefing room during a televised news conference Monday, authorities said. The White House complex was not breached and no one under Secret Service protection was in danger, said Tom Sullivan, chief of the Secret Service Uniformed Division. The name of the man, 51, and his condition were not released by Sullivan. The District of Columbia fire department said the man suffered serious or possibly critical injuries. Sullivan said the man had claimed he was armed, moved aggressively toward the off…

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Some HCIs pay people to pass off as patients to defraud PhilHealth


MANILA, Philippines — Some healthcare institutions (HCIs) are allegedly paying individuals P1,000 each for them to act as patients in order to claim reimbursement for more serious diseases from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri disclosed on Tuesday. https://youtu.be/RSN8SVHx5gs Zubiri said this as he revealed more alleged schemes at PhilHealth during a Senate hearing on alleged irregularities in the state insurance firm. “Some HCIs—this is a true story told me by one of those who are in PhilHealth as one of the investigators—they pay people P1,000 to act as patients in order to claim for more serious ailment…

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Jodi Sta. Maria downplays competition with Iza Calzado


Being in competition with co-star Iza Calzado, whether imagined or real, is something that Jodi Sta. Maria does not revel in. With a laugh, Sta. Maria dodged a question that centered on her and Calzado upstaging each other in “Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin” (What’s yours is mine), their latest teleserye to premiere Aug. 17 on the Kapamilya Channel. The actresses portray friends turned foes in love, wealth and more in the drama series. “Parang siguro wala naman sa amin ‘yon na parang magpagalingan pa,” Sta. Maria said in a mediacon via Zoom last Friday, Aug. 7. “Ako, personally, wala ako sa ganoong klaseng space. Ang gusto ko lang is makapag-deliver nang tama.” (I think maybe it is n…

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5 caregivers of COVID-19 patients in Eastern Visayas get the virus


TACLOBAN CITY —- At least five caretakers of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in Eastern Visayas got infected with the dreaded virus. Data from the Department of Health (DOH) show that the caretakers, who are among the 44 new COVID-19 cases in the region, came from the towns of Lawaan, Eastern Samar; and Villareal in Samar province; and Tanauan in Leyte. In Lawaan, a 38-year-old man got the virus from his 35-year-old wife. In Villareal town, two women, aged 53 and 54, acquired the virus after serving an 82-year-old woman. In Tanauan, a 73-year-old woman infected her 50-year-old daughter. All of them were confined at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVR…

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