Day: May 16, 2020

Obama criticizes virus response in online graduation speech

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama on Saturday criticized U.S. leaders overseeing the nation’s response to the coronavirus, telling college graduates in an online commencement address that the pandemic shows many officials “aren’t even pretending to be in charge.” FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo former President Barack Obama accepts the Robert […]

Cha-cha drive alive amid health crisis

MANILA, Philippines — The coronavirus crisis is not stopping the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) from pushing Charter change (Cha-cha) and it has directed its regional offices and supporters to continue gathering up to 2 million signatures over the next two months to back amendments to the Constitution, the Inquirer has learned. […]

‘Ambo’ leaves Samareños crying for help; 4 dead

BORONGAN, Eastern Samar, Philippines — The mayor of the small town of Jipapad in Eastern Samar province that was severely devastated by Typhoon “Ambo” (international name: Vongfong) raised frantic appeals for help on Saturday, saying his constituents had no more food and clean water. Jipapad, a fifth class municipality with an annual income of not […]

Pandemic forces shift to pedal power

MANILA, Philippines — Seven years ago, Ram Nieves III converted his garage in Cainta, Rizal, into a small shop selling Japanese surplus bicycles, drawing customers who placed their orders on Facebook. Nieves said he would already consider it a “good month’’ if he could sell at least 20 bikes within such a period, since not […]

Infra, education budgets get big cuts

MANILA, Philippines — The budgets for education and infrastructure have been slashed as the government scrambled for funds for dole-outs and medical response to the COVID-19 pandemic gripping the country, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) data showed. The Bayanihan to Heal as One Act allowed President Rodrigo Duterte to realign budget items. ADVERTISEMENT […]

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