Day: August 8, 2020

Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

BEDMINSTER, N.J.  — Seizing the power of his podium and his pen, President Donald Trump on Saturday bypassed the nation’s lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. President Donald Trump signs […]

2 top PhilHealth execs’ illness bared amid corruption probes

MANILA, Philippines — The head and a senior officer of Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) are unlikely to personally appear at the resumption of the Senate investigation of the alleged irregularities and corruption in the state insurer next week after their health conditions were disclosed on Saturday. Sen. Panfilo Lacson, who had questioned PhilHealth transactions […]

Government prepares for prolonged pandemic

MANILA, Philippines — Much as the Philippines would like to knock out COVID-19, which has brought the economy to a recession, the country’s chief economic manager urged prudence in public spending in case of a protracted pandemic. “When Sen. Pacquiao trains for a fight, he prepares for 12 grueling rounds,” Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III […]

Work to save PH eagles won’t stop for pandemic

MANILA, Philippines — Even before the young Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) soared back to her home on Mt. Apo, hundreds of people were already tuned in to her takeoff. Most of them were far from the actual jungles of Mindanao. Some were more than 1,000 kilometers away, in the urban jungles of Metro Manila, awaiting […]

Lawmakers eye creation of Medical Reserve Corps

MANILA, Philippines — There are at least four proposals in the House of Representatives seeking to establish a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) that would enlist “nonpracticing but qualified” medical workers during national emergencies, said House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Saturday. Cayetano said the proposed MRC would be composed of Filipinos with degrees in medicine, […]

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