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Travel Advisory for the Philippines

Updated: March 18.2020
  • Thousands of foreign travellers need to leave the northern Philippines by March 20 or they will be stranded in the region, which has been placed under quarantine.
  • Philippine Airlines has cancelled all domestic flights with immediate effect as a result of the strict quarantine imposed across the island of Luzon.
  • President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire Philippine island of Luzon under an enhanced community quarantine until April 12, affecting some 57 million people.
  • Any public movement would be restricted to only buying food, medicine and other essential items necessary for survival.
  • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced a halt on domestic land, sea and air travel to and from Manila, as well as community quarantine measures.
  • The country has issued a ban on people traveling from South Korea’s North Gyeongsang province, effective today.
  • The Philippines will allow citizens working in Hong Kong and Macau to return to their jobs.
  • Philippine Airlines cancels flights between Manila and Taipei as the government expands travels bans to include Taiwan.
  • The Philippines has suspended its Visa on Arrival service on flights from China. Other visas issued in China remain valid.
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Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:25 am

Duterte tells Filipinos to clean masks with petrol

Stressing that his advice is not a joke, bombastic Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday told his people to use petrol as a disinfectant for protective facemasks. The outspoken leader made a similar remark last week which his spokesman said was a joke, reminding the public that Duterte often says things in jest. But in a televised address yesterday, Duterte declared: “What I said is true. Just go to the gasoline station, and then have some drops, that’s disinfectant. I am not joking. That is true. You think I am just kidding.”

The Philippines has confirmed nearly more than 93,000 coronavirus infections and over 2,000 deaths. It reported Southeast Asia’s biggest daily jump in cases for a second straight day yesterday. Duterte has extended restrictions to quell the virus’s spread and promised “normality” will return by December. Medical experts say his mask cleaning tips are “not recommended”.

The president of the Philippine Medical Association, told Asia One: “You cannot use gasoline as disinfectant. Inhaling it may cause harm and could lead to more problems like respiratory disease,” Health experts recommend soap and water for cleaning reusable cloth masks, and 70% ethyl or isopropyl alcohol for proper disinfection. The first time Duterte suggested using gasoline on masks, opponents blasted him, calling his comments dangerous advice. Senator Risa Hontiveros tweeted: “DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME. FACT CHECK: Gasoline and diesel should not be used in disinfecting.”

In a Cabinet meeting that aired on national television earlier in the week, Duterte told ministers: “We have to ask our police to be more strict. They will be arrested. Catch them. A little shame or put them on notice forever.” “Who wants to be arrested? But if you are brought to the police station and detained there, that would give you a lesson for all time. I have no qualms in arresting people who are not wearing masks. You are transmitting the virus, you are a carrier.” Duterte, who is not a doctor, says people must wear masks at least twice and disinfect “with alcohol or Lysol” between uses. He also advised people to wash their hands with gasoline. “That virus will die, true. If you want to disinfect, look for gasoline and soak your hands, just don’t do it inside your house”

Needless to say: The Philippine people are dealing with the same type of clowns (Duterte) like the USA (Trump) and Brasil (Bolsenaro) while infection rates are rising sharply in these countries. There is no leadership, guidance or relief available for the people of these nations because of the stupidy of their leaders
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Manila lockdown again after increasing Covid-19 Cases

Manila and the surrounding Philippine provinces are heading back into lockdown from tomorrow, for a period of at least 2 weeks. The decision comes as the Philippines’ capital recorded a significant spike of over 100,000 new cases of the Covid-19 virus. Thai PBS World reports that the country’s President, Rodrigo Duterte, is imposing the lock-down on Manila and the adjacent provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan, until August 18.2020 It’s expected that some public transport services will be shut down, along with many businesses in the capital, as tight restrictions on movement are imposed.

The country’s medical workers have been pleading for a renewed lock-down as they struggle to cope with the surge in cases. The country recorded 5,032 new cases yesterday – its largest daily increase. The number of confirmed cases now stands at over 103,000, with 2,059 fatalities. The country is 2nd only to Indonesia for the highest number of virus cases in south east Asia.

The Philippine President has now given the go-ahead to hire an additional 10,000 healthcare workers to bolster the current number of professionals battling the virus. He is also promising additional benefits for medics treating Covid-19 patients. The Philippines started to emerge from lock-down in June after one of the world’s strictest shutdowns aimed at suppressing the Covid-19 virus. Downunder, Australia’s second largest city of Melbourne has just started a 6 week lockdown to try and curtail a recent spike in cases.
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Philippines plummets in to Covid-19 Recession

The Philippines, reeling from Covid-19lockdowns that have destroyed businesses and thrown millions out of work, plunged into recession after its biggest quarterly contraction on record, data showed today. The Philippine Statistics Authority says GDP 16.5% year-on-year in the second quarter as the country endured one of the world’s longest stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the virus that’s devastated economies globally. It follows a revised 0.7% contraction in the first three months of the year and marks the biggest drop in economic activity since records began in 1981 during the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship. It’s the country’s first recession in 3 decades.

The outlook for the archipelago is bleak, with the number of coronavirus infections surging past 115,000 this week – a more than fivefold increase since early June when economy-crippling restrictions were eased. The Philippines is expected to exceed Indonesia in the next few days, to become the country with the highest number of cases in Southeast Asia. According to acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua: “Without doubt, the pandemic and its adverse effect on the economy are testing the economy like never before. But unlike past crises, the Philippines is now in a much stronger position to address the crisis.”

As health workers struggle to cope with the inundation of patients, more than 27 million people in Manila and 4 surrounding provinces on the main island of Luzon, which accounts for more than 2 thirds of the country’s GDP, went back into a partial lockdown for 2 weeks on Tuesday to ease the strain on hospitals. But President Rodrigo Duterte, who was reluctant to tighten restrictions after millions became jobless in the first shutdown, warns the country can’t afford to stay closed for much longer: “The problem is we don’t have money anymore. I cannot give food anymore and money to people,”

The Philippines’ economic woes have been amplified by a drop in remittances from the legions of Filipinos working abroad, who typically send money to their families every month, which fuels consumer spending – the main driver of growth. Remittances fell 6.4% in the first 5 months compared with the same period last year, according to the central bank, as thousands of seafarers, cleaners and construction workers lost their jobs and returned home. Consumer spending in the second quarter plummeted 15.5%, the statistics agency said. “It will be a rough road to recovery as trade-offs between economic recovery and health will remain a big challenge to both the private and public sectors.”
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A slow walk down Fields Ave. and Walking Street on a Saturday Night. I seem so strange and apocalyptic. No one around and everything is closed.
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Philippine president says “kill the drug traffickers”

Philippine police have been ordered to kill those caught trafficking drugs. Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte said publicly during a Cabinet meeting that he wanted a revised crackdown on the country’s drug trafficking. The country’s leader is known for his strong anti-drug and hard-ball stance on drug dealing and trafficking, backed by the national police, where more than 5,700 alleged drug suspects have been killed.

The president gave the order to Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrer, who is a retired army general and former military chief of staff. While the commissioner did not attend the meeting, Duterte reiterated to the Cabinet what he told the commissioner in a previous meeting. The president mentioned he approved the commissioner’s request for firearms, but no one has been killed yet using the new guns, telling the customs officer to “shape up.”

“Drugs are still flowing inside the country through customs … I approved the purchase of firearms and until now you haven’t killed even one? I told him, ‘Shape up’ … I told him straight, ‘Drugs are still flowing in. I’d like you to kill there … anyway, I’ll back you up and you won’t get jailed. If it’s drugs, you shoot and kill. That’s the arrangement.”

The president has a history of threatening drug dealers, but has also denied ordering the extrajudicial killings. More than 5,700 drug suspects were killed during the 4 year anti-drug campaign. Most of the suspects were poor. Duterte claims those killed by police during the campaign threatened the lives of police officers.

Human rights groups got involved and the alleged crimes were reviewed by the International Criminal Court. In independent investigations by human rights groups, they found that some police killings were allegedly covered up by authorities. They say the scene was altered and police officers allegedly placed firearms in the victims’ hands to make it look like they fought back.

Police have responded by saying, if the human rights groups do have evidence of the alleged misconduct, then they should file criminal complaints in court. In 2018, President Duterte placed the military in control of the customs bureau after large shipments of methamphetamine entered the country through Manila. Duterte says he will continue the crackdown in his remaining two years as president.
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