Posts by Schokoprinz

    das habe ich schon vor 6 Wochen gesagt, gut dass die Schlaumeier es endlich auch gerafft habe, sie können halt alles essen aber nicht alles wissen....

    No alternative but to reopen economy amid spike in new COVID-19 cases — Palace

    MANILA, Philippines — While saddened by the spike of new coronavirus cases recorded, Malacañang said the government has no alternative but to reopen the economy.

    The Philippines recorded 2,434 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, raising the total number of cases nationwide to 44,254.

    “Marami po ang kinabahan sa ulat na ito, maging kami ay nalungkot noong una naming narinig ito (Many got nervous upon hearing this, and we were also saddened by it),” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Monday in an online briefing.

    “Ang tingin ko po, wala naman tayong alternatibo kundi magbukas po talaga ng ekonomiya… Kung hindi pa po natin mabubuksan, e baka mamaya buhay nga tayo pero mamamatay tayo dahil wala tayong hanapbuhay,” he added.

    (I think we don’t have an alternative but to really open the economy. If we do not reopen, we may be alive but we will die because we do not have livelihoods.)

    Most areas in the country are either under general community quarantine (GCQ) or modified GCQ where most businesses are allowed to resume operations at a limited capacity.

    The lone area under the strictest lockdown measure or enhanced community quarantine is Cebu City.

    Roque said the government is looking at the balance between health and economy, noting that most of the new cases are mild.

    “Habang tumataas ang numero, tignan po natin ang mga datos. Ang mabuting balita po, kung matatawag ninyong mabuti yan, karamihan po ay asymptomatic o di naman kaya mild yung kaso ng nagkakasakit,” he said.

    (While the numbers are increasing, let’s look at the data. The good news is, if you can call this good news, many are asymptomatic or mild cases.)

    Nonetheless, Roque said the government is not ruling out the option of returning to stricter quarantine.

    “Hindi ko naman sinasabi yan dahil kapag lumala talaga, at nawalan tayo ng critical care capacity, o di kaya yung kanyang case doubling rate ay bumalik sa dati na napakabilis, wala po tayong alternatibo,” Roque said.

    (I’m not saying this but if it worsens and we lose our critical care capacity or the doubling rate returns to what it was before which was really fast, we don’t have an alternative.)

    “Pero yun nga po ang ating pinapakiusap sa ating mga kababayan, pag tayo po ay bumalik sa mas striktong quarantine, baka wala na po tayong hanapbuhay na puwedeng gawin,” he went on.

    (But that’s our appeal to our countrymen, if we return to stricter quarantine, we may lose our livelihoods.)

    warum sollten sie das Land verlassen? wegen einer vor Kompetenz nur so strotzenden Regierung? wegen hervorragender Rechtsstaatlichkeit und einer beispielhaften Infrastruktur? oder doch nur wegen des GröPaZ und seiner unschlagbaren Diplomatie?

    PEZA to investors: Please don't leave Philippines

    MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is fighting to keep major foreign investors to stay, as the coronavirus pandemic prompts some businesses to leave due to unbearable losses.

    "Please don't get out, don't transfer," appealed Philippine Economic Zone Authority Director General Charito Plaza in a virtual briefing on Tuesday, July 7.

    Plaza did not go into detail, but said there are some small companies, mostly facility and service providers, that have started to close shop due to lack of raw materials and have lost their buyers.

    She said PEZA is doing everything it can to prevent the exit of bigger players.

    "With the world recession, there might be export companies that will consolidate their resources.... They have to stop or close other branches in the world and concentrate their resources in countries which are investor-friendly, where the cost of doing business is low," Plaza said.

    She also noted the high cost of doing business in the country, red tape, and the proposed rationalization of tax incentives as major factors that have discouraged investors. (READ: 'Noisy naysayers' vs Citira bill proven wrong by numbers, says DOF)

    "We must create an impression that investing in the Philippines will cost them less, will protect and respect their investments because the laws are stable and will not be changed every time we change administration," Plaza said.

    She also noted that while the country has a young workforce, a quality needed by business process outsourcing companies, the Philippines' weak internet infrastructure and connectivity may hinder prospects.

    Alarming figures

    As of January to May, PEZA investments plunged by almost 75% due to the virus crisis, from P117.5 billion to just P29.5 billion. (READ: PH economy to contract by up to 3.4%, higher debt seen in 2020)

    There were only 113 approved investments during the period, much lower than the 540 during the same time last year.

    Around 700 or 22% of PEZA locators have temporarily stopped operations due to the pandemic, primarily due to heavy transportation and accomodation costs. This has affected over 386,000 workers.

    Despite the lower growth rates, PEZA approved 26 new projects this year worth P13.1 billion. These projects are expected to employ almost 20,000 workers.

    President Rodrigo Duterte recently approved 12 new economic zones, mostly located in Luzon. –

    hier macht jeder was er will und niemand hält sich an die Regeln, der eine Mops feiert illegal Geburtstag und der andere belästigt Delphine und alle Schlaumeier wollen auch noch ihre Fotos publizieren...

    Roque: No quarantine protocols violated in visit to Subic marine park

    MANILA, Philippines — After drawing flak for visiting Ocean Adventure in Subic Bay amid coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quarantine restrictions, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque apologized to those who were offended by his trip but assured that no health and other protocols were violated.

    In now-deleted photos posted by Ocean Adventure, Roque was seen in the waters with the dolphins, while another photo showed Roque without a face mask while in a conversation with two persons.

    Although the post was already taken down, netizens were able to save copies of the photos and questioned Roque’s actions on social media.

    “Hindi po ako bumibisita doon, taga doon po ako…I’m trying to wrap up ‘yung mga negosyo ko noong wala pa ako sa gobyerno na hindi ko naman magawa noong sarado pa ang Bataan,” Roque said.

    (I am form the area, looking after my business which I had before I joined government service, something I could not do when Bataan was still on lockdown)

    “Wala pong nalabag pero kung meron pong mga na-offend paumanhin po,” he said.

    (No rules were violated, but I apologize to those who felt offended)

    In an interview on dzMM TeleRadyo on Thursday, Roque explained that he passed by the theme park on his way to his farm in Bataan.

    He added that he was considered an authorized person outside residence or APOR as he was given permission to travel due to his agri – business.

    The Palace official earlier drew flak after he congratulated the Philippines for “beating” the prediction of researchers from the University of the Philippines (UP) that the country would have 40,000 COVID-19 cases by the end of June.

    wenn alle anderen so damit beschäftigt sind sich Kohle die ihnen nicht gehört einzusacken kann das Land froh sein dass sich zumindest einer bzw eine etwas kümmert...

    Robredo sends team to Cebu City for COVID-19 response

    A four-person team from the Office of the Vice President (OVP) left on Thursday for Cebu City to augment government efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

    cebu.jpg(OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

    Vice President Leni Robredo said her office would start its COVID-19 response operations, dubbed as Bayanihan Sugbuanon, in Cebu City this week.

    “Our team for BayanihanSugbuanon leaves for Cebu today, where they will lead the OVP COVID-19 response operations. Sending them off with lots of prayers and a sense of pride over our young, dynamic team—parating handa, basta para sa bayan,” she said in a tweet.

    “We’d also like to thank everyone who is volunteering for our response operations in Cebu! Details on the initiatives will be out soon, once our team has assessed the most urgent needs in the area,” Robredo added.

    She made the call for volunteers to help in the city’s response against the public health crisis following the spike of COVID-19 cases there.

    The strictest enhanced community quarantine is extended until July 15 in Cebu City, the new hotspot for the coronavirus infections.

    Cebu City has so far recorded 5,494 COVID-19 cases with 169 deaths and 2,723 recoveries.

    Jill Campo-Javiniar, head of Robredo’s flagship Angat Buhay program, said the OVP will adopt the initiatives it has implemented in Metro Manila to help Cebuanos in need amid the pandemic.

    “They (OVP team) will first assess and meet with our volunteers and finalize plans. But we are happy that so many responded to our call for help,” she told Manila Bulletin.

    Robredo’s office and its private partners have distributed personal protective equipment to hospitals and offer free shuttle service and dormitories for health workers and other frontliners.

    Just recently, they also launched the Oasis Project that provides temporary shelters for medical frontliners and app-based delivery service for small market vendors and tricycle drivers.

    OVP’s other assistance include free haircut service and locally produced PPEs, free bus rides for locally stranded individuals, extraction and testing kits, among others.Attachments area

    das muss man sich mal auf der Zunge zergehen lassen, da sagt ein Minister dass der Kabinettskollege (Finanzminister) so unfähig ist seine Beamten zu kontrollieren, dass da ein jeder für sich selbst Zahlungen entgegen nehmen darf.....nicht jeder hat die Gabe sich so lächerlich zu machen...

    Locsin: Pogos paid taxes ‘under the table’

    “The tax-evading Pogos did pay out as you must suspect, but under the table which puzzled them,” Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. tweeted on Thursday, referring to Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos), which have threatened to leave the country because of stringent tax measures.

    The Pogos reportedly owe the government some P50 billion in taxes. But in his tweet, Locsin said “a collector whose affiliation to any department was kept a mystery would turn up himself” to pick up the money.

    He did not identify the collector.

    The foreign affair official said China, where gambling is illegal, “will be ecstatic” by the Pogos’ move to exit the Philippines

    dass die den Realitätssinn völlig verloren haben ist jetzt so offensichtlich dass es eigentlich auch die Phantasten und weniger Begabten verstehen sollten...blühende Landschaften ist ja gar nichts gegen das Paradies was hier geschaffen wurde, ein Land wo Milch und Honig fließen...

    For Duterte administration, 'it's been a great 4 years'

    MANILA - "It's been a great four years."

    Malacañang on Thursday trumpeted the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte as he marked the fourth year of his presidency this week.

    Before the coronavirus pandemic, the Philippines was one of the "best performing" economies in the world, which could be attested by the record credit ratings of the country, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said.

    "It’s been a great four years. Mayroon po tayong pagsubok pero dahil mayroon po tayong very sound fundamentals, makakaahon din po tayo dito sa pagsubok ng COVID-19," he said in a Palace press briefing.

    (We have challenges but we have very sound fundamentals. We can rise from the COVID-19 challenge.)

    "It was actually a great performance as far as the economy is concerned," Roque added.

    The President's penultimate year in power, however, faces great economic uncertainty as analysts predict a recession and more job losses.

    For the first time since 1998, the Philippine economy shrank in the January-to-March period due to the pandemic. In April, government data showed that there were 7.3 million jobless Filipinos, which could further balloon as the coronavirus crisis threatens more businesses.

    A Social Weather Stations survey released last month also showed that a record-high number of Filipinos are pessimistic about their quality of life as the coronavirus pandemic left millions jobless and businesses struggling to survive.

    Some 43 percent of Filipinos polled in May said they expected their quality of life to worsen in the next 12 months.

    "Unfortunately, tinamaan po tayo ng pandemya. Pero sang-ayon po sa mga survey din ay talagang overwhelming majority ng ating mga kababayan suportado naman po ang mga aksiyon na ginawa ng ating Presidente," Roque said.

    (Unfortunately, we were hit by a pandemic. But surveys show that many Filipinos approve of the President's actions.)

    Duterte assumed the presidency on June 30, 2016, becoming the oldest and first Philippine leader to come from Mindanao. He won on a promise of change to curb corruption in government and a bloody war on drugs.

    While Duterte has repeatedly been criticized for his off-the-cuff remarks and accused of misogyny and enabling killings, he has enjoyed high public satisfaction ratings throughout his presidency so far.

    "Approved po ang taumbayan sa mga ginagawa ng Presidente kasama na rin po diyan iyong kampanya laban sa pinagbabawal na droga," he added.

    (The public approves the President's actions including his campaign against illegal drugs.)

    A United Nations report last month found that there was "near impunity" in the Philippines' war on drugs, which it said has been marked by police orders and high-level rhetoric that may have been interpreted as "permission to kill."

    The Duterte administration has repeatedly defended its anti-drug campaign, saying those slain in operations had violently resisted arrest, making it necessary for police to defend themselves.

    hier können sich die Versager vom Dienst mal was abgucken wie man es richtig macht, weniger stiehlt und mehr für die Leute tut....

    With no COVID-19 transmission for 36 days, Bangkok now back to ‘normal’

    BANGKOK — “You look good; looking better.”

    That is how we greet each other nowadays after the lockdown. Not only our physical appearances have improved but also the structures in Bangkok, the air quality, and the services.

    We all took off our masks and started hugging and kissing again. It seemed that we were all back to normal. Before we enter the hotel, our temperature where taken; we registered in the COVID-19 apps and reached out for hand gels.

    As of this writing, the kingdom has zero local transmission for 36 days. All recorded positive cases are from the Thai repatriates coming from abroad and are now in the state quarantine facilities.

    Better normal, right?

    “We need to slow-down,” Gaspar, a journalist from Spain told me.

    I could not agree more. But we have to pay a price for the lockdown caused by COVID-19.

    We were having a sumptuous lunch of Filipino food at the opening of Jeepney Buffet offered by Viva Filipinas Restaurant at Akara Hotel, a five-star hotel in Phayathai District, a five-minute walk to Pratunam District which is the market and tourism hub of Bangkok.

    From the fourth floor of the hotel, I could see the traffic build-up. The city was in a hurry to go back to “normal.”

    Starting over

    On June 15, the curfew was lifted. We are on our way to “the new normal.”

    On June 28, I was finally able to travel to Bangkok from Nakhon Ratchasima (where I am based). I first visited Pratunam District. I know many people there – some are my friends, while others are foreign workers who, like me, were in search of a better life. They are Burmese, Filipinos, Bangladeshis, Indians, Vietnamese, and others. It was Babel.

    The streets were cleaned. Hotels and other establishments were renovated. But some remained closed like the massage parlors, restaurants, and hostels.

    The market square was starting to come alive. There were some stalls selling clothes, but the costumers were visibly thin compared to pre-COVID-19 days. Baiyoke Tower, the landmark of Pratunam, which was very popular with the Chinese tourists has opened its doors to local tourists.

    On July 1, Thailand will finally go back to ‘normal’

    But the ‘normal’ that we used to know will not resume soon. The opening of schools, tourism sites, entertainment venues, and domestic travels are just for locals and foreign workers who never left Thailand during the lockdown.

    It will take another 4 weeks to see if no local COVID-19 transmission will occur. Meanwhile, international commercial flights remain suspended except for repatriations and cargo flights.

    In a report by Thai Enquirer, the Thai economy will have a 5.1 percent decline for 2020 compared to its previous estimation of 4.2 percent. The permanent economic loss of about 4 percent of GDP is also significantly higher than the average due to the effect of COVID-19 on tourism.

    ‘I’d rather stay in Thailand’

    For Erika and Frank, both Filipino migrant workers, COVID-19 has been an eye-opener that migrant workers are dispensable.

    Thailand has been home to more than 17 thousand Filipino workers. When the borders closed, hundreds who went home for a vacation are not able to return due to the travel restrictions set by the Thailand government.


    Toto Inasal owner, Jongkasem Platon (center) with their first dine-in customers after 90 days of lockdown in Bangkok. Photo from Toto Inasal

    Meanwhile, a total of 734 Filipinos including workers who lost their jobs, and tourists were repatriated by the Philippine Embassy on April 24, May 14 and June 29. Another 184 Filipinos were repatriated on June 25, via PH AirAsia chartered flight organized by Bangkok Vista Holidays Company in coordination with Filipino Community Leaders and the Philippine Embassy.

    Erika did not take the opportunity to return home despite losing her job as a receptionist at Coop Hostel in Pratunam District. She worked at Coop Hostel for two years. I used to stay at Coop Hostel when I have to work part-time in Bangkok.

    “Mas okey kasi na kahit walang work dito ay nakakain pa rin naman ng maayos at mas madali rin makahanap ng trabaho dito kesa sa ‘Pinas. Nagaaral na kasi dito yung anak ko ng libre compared sa pinas na marami ka munang babayaran bago makapasok ang bata,” (It’s better here. We can still eat and it is easier to find work compared to the Philippines. My daughter studies here for free. In the Philippines, you need to pay before you can enroll your kid.), Erika said.

    She has found a part-time job in a coffee shop.

    Frank asked me to try his original mixed cocktails. He has been working in Thailand as a bartender for over five years. The bar in Sukhumvit District, where he was working shut down in mid-March.

    He was laid off. Although bars are allowed to open, it does not guarantee that all staff will return to their job for lack of costumers.

    “Last in, first out. I was out,” Frank said.

    Like Erika, Frank did not opt for repatriation.

    “It is easier to find a job in Thailand,” Frank said.

    Reaching out to workers

    Fortunately, Akara Hotel was looking for a bartender. Frank was hired before the visa amnesty for stranded tourists and migrant workers who lost their jobs expires on July 31.

    “As much as possible we did not fire people. It is the time to help each other,” Zenaida Vannaying, the Filipino-Thai owner of Akara Hotel and Bangkok Vista Holidays Company.

    Akara and Bangkok Vista have 80 percent Thai staff and around 20 percent foreign staff.

    Toto Inasal, a Filipino-Thai owned restaurant located in Pratunam, a new player in the small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs), has experienced a drop on sales. However, they did not lay off their four workers. Most of the restaurants in the area, including eat-all-you-can, have been closed since March.

    “Even before the pandemic, we have Grab, Lala Move, and Food Panda delivery services,” Jongkasem Platon, Toto Inasal owner said.

    Toto Inasal hired two additional Thai staff who lost their jobs during the pandemic.

    “We are preparing for increase orders during the reopening of Bangkok. We will also open another kiosk in Onnut, also a known food hub,” Jongkasem said.

    In a survey done by the Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation (MHESI) majority of the SMEs indicated that they experience over 50 percent income drop and laid off their employees to sustain their businesses. Cancellation orders, reduced sales, shortage of working capital, inability to import raw materials are among the challenges facing the industry. SMEs contribute 40 percent of GDP and employ 80 percent of the workforce. Aside from tax relief, the Thai government provided the third stimulus package for SMEs, for SMEs, commercial banks, workers, and the financial services sector worth 58 billion USD to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.

    Smile behind the mask

    Hotels like Akara are offering discounts to attract local tourism. Agoda and are sending freebies and discounts to hotels around Thailand.

    Toto Inasal has dine-in customers at the kiosk. The masseuses are waiting patiently outside their parlors. Street hawkers are selling masks, food, fruits, lottery tickets, and flowers. Buses are plying the streets – some enforce strict social distancing while the non-aircon buses are packed.

    I walk towards the Black Canyon coffee shop at Indra Square where I usually meet friends. It is undergoing renovation, the first probably in a decade. The mannequins at the glass window are not dressed up. Some men and women go inside to continue the renovation.

    Behind their masks, I know, they smile.

    Ich habe im Januar ein 20kg DHL-Paket geschickt, welches auf Nachforschung durch DHL noch beim Zoll in Pasay liegt. DHL ist nicht mehr zuständig, die haben mir einen Matchcode für die Sendung gegeben, mit tel nummer: beim Zoll meldet sich seit Tagen keiner......

    genau bei dem Zoll war ich vor 2 Tagen, schräg gegenüber vom Domestic Airport T4, ein Paket abholen das Anfang März aus HKG verschickt wurde. Wurde halt aufgemacht, habe gut erklaert dass die Ware eigentlich wertlos im Sinne des Zolls ist und gut war, P 112 bezahlt und ab die Post. Da ich ohne Benachrichtigungskarte (hatte keine) da war, hat das ganze so um 30 Minuten gedauert, sonst wohl nur ne Viertelstunde....

    Darf ich fragen auf welcher Basis sie 2013 ein Schengen Visum bekommen hatte? Laut offizieller Geburtsurkunde was sie damals gerade 13 oder 14 Jahre alt!

    Welche Belege gibt es dass sie schon im Februar 1993 geboren wurde?

    ganz genau die Diskrepanz war mir auch sofort aufgefallen, wenn offiziell 1999 geboren ist sie jetzt 21, war aber 2013 erst 14....

    andererseits, wenn 2013 für ein Visum schon das 1993 Geburtsdatum anerkannt wurde, sollte das es doch heute etwas leichter machen...

    natürlich möchte er dass die Kinder heute das bekommen was ihm selbst als Kind vorenthalten wurde....außerdem macht es wohl eine Gehirnwäsche etwas einfacher....

    Duterte signs good manners and right conduct law

    As a subject, Good Manners and Right Conduct was removed when the K-12 curriculum was implemented in 2013. This was only integrated in other subjects.

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, June 25, signed into law a measure requiring Good Manners and Right Conduct (GMRC) and Values Education subjects to be taught from kindergarten to senior high school.

    Duterte signed Republic Act 11476 or the GMRC and Values Education Act which institutionalized a comprehensive GMRC and Values Education program in the K-12 curriculum.

    According to the new law, "GMRC shall be taught from Grade 1 to 6 as a separate subject with the same time allotment as other subjects, and shall be integrated in the daily learning activities in the kindergarten level."

    For Grades 7 to 10, Values Education will be taught as a separate subject with the same time allotment as other core subjects. Meanwhile, it will be integrated into the teaching of subjects for Grades 11 and 12.

    GMRC was removed as a regular subject when K-12 curriculum was implemented in 2013. This was only integrated in other subjects.

    "The new law strengthens learners' character development and values formation even as the basic education system enters the new normal because of the COVID-19 pandemic," said Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate Basic Education Committee.

    Pasig City Representative Roman Romulo, who chairs the House Committee on Basic Education and Culture, hailed the passage of the GMRC bill.

    "Through this measure the basic tenets of good manners and right conduct such as caring for oneself, giving concern for others, according proper respect to people, upholding discipline and order, and cultivating sincerity, honesty, obedience, and above all, love for country will once again be inculcated in our youth," Romulo said.

    Below is the copy of the law:

    wenn jemand mal so richtig herzhaft lachen will, hier gibt es was ganz besonders Lustiges, was aber eigentlich sehr traurig ist...

    Palace: PH in ‘good shape’ in terms of medical supplies, but Duterte needs emergency powers

    MANILA, Philippines — While the Philippines is in “good shape” in terms of medical equipment for its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response, President Rodrigo Duterte will still need emergency powers to expedite purchases, Malacañang said Wednesday.

    Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque issued the statement as the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, which granted the President additional powers, is set to expire on Thursday, June 25.

    “For now, we have everything that we need. Of course, we would need to have emergency powers again because it takes forever to comply with the Procurement Act for purposes of emergency medical purchases,” Roque said in an interview over ANC.

    “The most important power we can no longer exercise is the purchase of COVID, medical-related materials. And so far, I think we’re in good shape,” he added.

    Roque said the Philippines already received one million personal protective equipment out of the eight million it placed a bid for.

    Ventilators the government ordered are also being distributed to medical facilities, he added.

    “So I think for the immediate future, I think we already have what we need,” Roque said.

    “I guess the problem will be in the medium term when the equipment we have on storage will be used up,” he went on.

    ‘Stimulus package soon to be agreed on’

    The Palace official also expressed optimism that the Executive branch and both houses of Congress will soon agree on the stimulus package to the economy post-COVID-19 pandemic.

    Roque earlier said Malacañang prefers a stimulus package that the country can afford and does not require “too much borrowing.”

    “I’m confident that time will come that the Executive and both houses of Congress can agree on something and we can then ask Congress to hold a special session,” Roque said.

    Among the bills legislators were tackling before the session adjourned sine die were the proposed P1.3-trillion Accelerated Recovery and Investment Stimulus for the Economy of the Philippines and the P1.5-trillion COVID-19 Unemployment Reduction and Economic Stimulus.

    But Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said the legislature would commit an “unconstitutional act” if it insists on passing the bills since it cannot be funded.

    die Gauner halten zusammen und verpfeifen sich nicht gegenseitig, bis der Druck zu gross wird, dann gibt es wie immer ein Bauernopfer dass befördert wird....

    Duterte vouches for Duque, IATF officials amid Ombudsman probe

    MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has vouched for the integrity of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and other officials in the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) despite an ongoing probe by the Office of the Ombudsman.

    “I just want to tell this to the people, with due respect to the Ombudsman, the Honorable [Samuel Martires]. He is still investigating it. But if I were to be asked, if he were to investigate me, I would tell him that I believe in the honesty and integrity of the people,” Duterte, speaking partly in Filipino, said in a press briefing on Monday night.

    “These people are clean, and I still believe in them. Anyway, that is the situation, I just want the people to know that this people in the government are sacrificing a lot, I’m just appealing to their sense of patriotism and their love for their country, to help me solve these problems,” he added.

    Duque and the Department of Health are facing an investigation in relation to the agency’s response to the COVID-19 pandeic, especially their alleged late procurement of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and the supposed failure to address health workers’ needs.

    Recently, the Ombudsman sought documents in relation to the two issues mentioned.

    The government’s COVID-19 response has been criticized often for various problems — like the lack of mass testing, delays in the provision of social aid, and failure to ban inbound flights earlier.

    DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire speculated that the probe might affect the morale of the department’s workers, but Martires said the investigation should continue and that the Office of the Ombudsman should not be turned into a scapegoat for their possible shortcomings.

    As of Monday, the Philippines has one of the highest cases in Southeast Asia, having 30,682 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 1,117 deaths and 8,143 recoveries.

    und schon wieder die besten Verbrecher-Freunde des GröVaZ die sich an keine Gesetze halten und sich überhaupt nicht benehmen können bzw wollen...

    Illegal Chinese clinic in Parañaque raided

    MANILA, Philippines z— A second underground clinic catering exclusively to Chinese nationals suspected to have contracted the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been found at Multinational Village in Parañaque City.

    The illegal clinic was raided around 1 p.m. on Saturday, more than a week after Mayor Edwin Olivarez ordered local authorities to inspect the gated subdivision upon the request of residents who were convinced many of these facilities continued to operate in the area.

    Their suspicions, they said in a letter to Olivarez, were based on the scores of Chinese nationals who had been spotted frequenting many houses and buildings inside the village.

    Multiple charges

    A Chinese national, Youngchun Cai, who was allegedly managing the clinic found on the third floor of a commercial building on Multinational Avenue, was arrested. The 51-year-old suspect who refused to answer questions from authorities would be charged with violating the sanitation code, Philippine Pharmacy Act and the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

    Seized during the raid were 64 boxes of drugs with Chinese markings that were either in tablet, capsule or liquid form. Used to treat cough, influenza, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and even COVID-19, none of the medicines were approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

    “Instead of treating their patients, they may get killed [because of these drugs],” city health officer Dr. Olga Virtusio said.

    “It cannot be disputed. This establishment is being used as an illegal clinic or illegal hospital,” city administrator Fernando Soriano added.

    Also confiscated were dextrose stands, medical chairs, stethoscopes, sphygmomanometers and 40 plastic bags of medical supplies, including personal protective equipment and face masks.

    On May 29, agents of the National Bureau of Investigation raided a house on Timothy Street inside the subdivision and found a makeshift clinic for Chinese nationals, particularly employees of Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogo).

    Police matters

    Local authorities claimed security officers of the village might be in cahoots with the foreigners while some residents criticized the homeowners board for being reactive to the rise of criminal activities in the area. In a phone interview on Sunday, Multinational Village Homeowners Association Inc. (MVHAI) president Arnel Gacutan said they were fully cooperating with local authorities, but admitted they could not conduct inspections themselves as these were “police matters.”

    “We are one with the authorities and residents in getting rid not just of every illegal Chinese clinic in Multinational, but all of the illegal establishments here,” he added.

    The board is currently deliberating on whether or not to renew MVHAI’s three-year contract with Dura Lex Security and Investigation Agency Inc. set to expire this year.

    “There may indeed be familiarity between our guards and our Chinese residents. We will not condone it if there are wrongdoings committed by the village security, provided the complainants will work with us and show evidence of such,” Gacutan said.

    Residents had expressed concern that the influx of Chinese Pogo residents and illegal clinics in the village would place them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.

    4 confirmed cases

    According to Gacutan, there were four confirmed coronavirus cases in the village although the patients were medical front-liners who were infected at work.“There is no community transmission here in Multinational,” he said.

    Two other similar clinics were earlier found in the city, one at Diamond Bay Tower on Roxas Boulevard and the other on Airport Road in Barangay Baclaran.

    die Schlitzaugen müssen unserem Fentanyl Meister ja richtig Kohle gegeben haben dass der sein Land und seine Leute verkauft und verraten hat...

    Real friends: China will now arrest Filipino fishermen in Panatag shoal

    Chinese state news media have reported that the Chinese Maritime Bureau have announced that they would now arrest any foreign fishing vessels coming to Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) be it Filipinos or Vietnamese fishermen.

    The announcement came as China ramps-up its clout on the resource-rich area which historically and lawfully belongs to the Philippines.

    “The Chinese coast guard and the Chinese Maritime Unit will arrest any foreign fishing vessel illegally entering Zhongsha islands (Panatag). China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea and its adjacent waters, anyone who attempts to violate this law will be dealt severely”, said in a statement by the Chinese Maritime Bureau.

    “The order will take effect immediately”, they added.

    China is exploiting the pandemic to advance its interest in the West Philippine Sea

    The Philippine government considers China as a real friend but no ‘real friend’ would steal/invade your island in the middle of a crisis right? Well, China ain’t a friend much more of a real friend.

    The Philippines right now is still suffering from the covid pandemic with more than 10,000 cases while China on the other hand is busy moving its forces in the West Philippine Sea in a bid to dominate the area.

    China little-by-little is implementing its military strategies in the West Philippine Sea. China won’t forcefully invade it in a single blow, they would do it gradually in a way that the international community won’t notice nor the Filipino public to cause an uproar on our nationalist sentiments considering that there are thousands of Chinese mainlanders right now working on POGO’s.

    Military analysts call it the salami-slicing strategy, and it works.

    The Philippines with a weak military and a pro-Chinese president is really in bad shape to make any protests or move against any Chinese aggression in the West Philippine Sea. The Philippines should re-evaluate its national security approach. It should call up the United States to increase its presence in the area while the Philippine government should take a massive modernization of its armed and naval forces.

    However, with the lack of funds and the current dilemma on the covid crisis, these aspirations are far fetch to happen. The Philippines is in its own, future Filipinos would surely suffer if China totally controls the entirety of the West Philippine Sea.

    Aside from the oil, gas and natural resources that would be lost, we shall lose too our dignity as a sovereign nation.

    wer hat denn hier von Kuchen gesprochen dass der Krümmel sich meldet....kriegt nichts auf die Reihe aber gibt mehr oder weniger gute Ratschläge....

    Robredo might not work well with IATF members⁠—Bong Go

    MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo might clash with members of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) if she is appointed as head of the COVID-19 task force, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said on Saturday.

    Go also feared that Robredo’s fate as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), where she was fired, could be repeated.

    “Alam naman nating it (IATF) is composed of people and secretaries under the President so mahirap naman po mangyari yung nakaraang yung sa (anti-) drug (committee), yung inappoint po siya, kung di sila magkasundo. Sayang naman yung kanilang panahon,” Go said over DWIZ when asked about his reaction on former senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s dare to Malacañang to let Robredo lead the IATF.

    (We know that the IATF is composed of people and secretaries under the President so it is difficult if the incident during her appointment as anti-drug committee happens again and she might not get along with them. It could be a waste of time.)

    “Mahirap namang i-mix mo kung iba ang kanilang direksyon. Hindi makakatulong sa Pilipino,” the senator, former President’s aide, added.

    (It is difficult to mix them if they have different directions. This won’t help Filipinos.)

    To recall, President Rodrigo Duterte fired Robredo from her post in ICAD due to lack of trust.

    Go also said it is better for Robredo to continue her current efforts in helping Filipinos who continue to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 crisis.

    “Mas makakatulong si VP Leni sa kanyang kasulukuyang ginagawa rather than mamuno sa IATF kasi alam naman nating it is composed of the President’s men and women sa kanyang executive department po,” he said.

    (It is more helpful for Robredo to continue her current efforts rather than leading the IATF because we know that it is composed of the President’s men and women in the executive department.)

    Go also criticized Trillanes, saying Malacañang will not follow his dare to let Robredo lead the IATF.

    “Hindi po uto-uto ang Malacañang (Malacañang is not a fool),” he stressed.

    As the coronavirus disease threat continues to take a blow in the country, Robredo has started campaigns and donation drives to help medical workers and other essential workers.

    For instance, the Office of the Vice President donated personal protective equipment, dormitories and free shuttle services for workers.

    Robredo also began her project to look for laptops and other educational materials to assist students and teachers for distance learning.

    Einfache Antwort: DUTERTE ADMINISTRATION --- Inkompetent und korrupt. :floet

    Kompetenz und Korruption bei der Bande sind umgekehrt proportional, je mehr die Korruption in die Höhe schießt desto tiefer sinkt die Kompetenz...

    deshalb will man auch die Schulen vorerst noch geschlossen halten, man befürchtet dass sogar schon die erfolgreich abgeschlossene Grundschule genügt um das alles zu erkennen...