Mandaluyong courts placed on lockdown

MANILA – The Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court (RTC) has declared a two-week lockdown after a prosecutor tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). In a memorandum issued on Monday, Acting Executive Judge Ofelia Calo said the lockdown will be in effect "beginning June 15, 2020 until June 29, 2020, unless the lockdown is earlier lifted and…

DOF warns public vs. cryptocurrency

MANILA – The Department of Finance (DOF) has warned the public against believing information saying that DOF Secretary Carlos Dominguez III is promoting a cryptocurrency auto-trading program called Bitcoin Revolution.  In a statement Thursday, the department said DOF employees have also seen similar investment schemes illegally using the names of “key Treasury and Finance officials in…

Supreme Court Postpones 2020 Bar Exams Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The Supreme Court of the Philippines has deferred the holding of the 2020 Bar Examinations due to COVID-19 situation.    This announcement was made last April 29 via Bar Bulletin No. 11 Series of 2020 signed by Associate Justice and 2020 Bar Examinations Chairperson Marvic M. Leonen. “The new schedule shall be announced in a…

SC Announces the Release of 2019 Bar Examination Results

The results of the 2019 Bar Examinations will be posted on the Supreme Court website on April 29, 2020 after the High Court's en banc session. This is according to the Notice to the Bar Candidates issued by Deputy Clerk of Court and Bar Confidant Rosita M.R. Nacional, which was posted on the official Twitter…

US Prexy suspends legal immigration for 60 days

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he is halting all legal permanent immigration to the US for at least 60 days, citing a "solemn duty" to protect Americans who have lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic. "By pausing immigration, we'll help put unemployed Americans first in line for jobs as America re-opens," Trump…

BSP bats for SPV-like measure for companies affected by the pandemic

MANILA – Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno on Tuesday pitched a measure similar to the Special Purpose Vehicle (SVP) Act of 2002 to help companies hit by coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. In an online meeting with members of the House of Representatives and government officials Tuesday, Diokno said the government has extended support…

Gov’t won’t tolerate human rights violations

MANILA – Malacañang on Sunday assured the public that the government will not condone any human rights abuses amid the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon and some parts of Visayas and Mindanao. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque gave the assurance following concerns over the supposed human rights violations committed by some local government units…

Gov’t gives incentives to manufacturers of Covid-related products

MANILA – The Board of Investments (BOI) has opened the accreditation for companies manufacturing products that are related to the government’s effort to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. On its Facebook page, BOI said it started to accept accreditation on April 15. Under the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2020-02 of the Department of Finance (DOF)…

Pasig adopts Manila’s anti-discrimination ordinance

MANILA – Pasig City has adopted Manila City's ordinance which punishes any act of discrimination against patients screened for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), healthcare workers, volunteers, and other front-liners amid the virus outbreak. On Saturday, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto posted a copy of the ordinance in his Twitter account, saying the Pasig local government has…