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‘CPP already helping fight Covid-19 even before Duterte’s truce announcement’

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The Communist Party of the Philippines announced that its forces were already carrying out a mass campaign to fight COVID-19 outbreak even before Malacañang's announcement of a 27-day ceasefire in line with the lockdown.

‘Without mass testing, PH fighting COVID-19 blindly’ — doctors

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Two public hospital doctors, one of whom works at the frontlines, are pushing for mass testing to help curb the onslaught of COVID-19 - a measure the DOH sees no need as of yet.

Lawyers’ group reminds authorities of citizens’ rights amid COVID-19 quarantine

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State security forces violating the rights of detainees, the NUPL said, may be charged with civil, criminal and administrative charges, and violation of Republic Act 7438 or An Act Defining Certain Rights of Persons Arrested, Detained or under Custodial Investigation.

Implement contact tracking in suspected cases sans COVID-19 test — Magalong

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Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong urged health authorities to be “more aggressive” in tracking individuals who came in contact with high probability COVID-19 patients even without the result of the confirmatory test.

Reds say no basis yet to reciprocate government’s unilateral ceasefire

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Jose Maria Sison said the NDFP is not assured and satisfied that the ceasefire announcement is based on national unity against Covid-19, the appropriate solution of the pandemic as a medical problem and the protection of the most vulnerable sectors of the population, including workers, health workers, those with any serious ailments and the political prisoners.

NUJP asks Palace to reconsider media accreditation amid COVID-19 outbreak

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“We are aware that we need to contribute to the resolution of this emergency and we can do it best by doing our jobs as journalists.”

Use tobacco funds for agri relief amid COVID-19 lockdown – Stop Exploitation

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Stop Exploitation urged LGUs in Ilocos to utilize their tobacco excise tax share to provide relief and subsidies to farmers affected by the enhanced community quarantine measure against the COVID-19.

Traders, farmers express concern on longer travel time, unclear guidelines in checkpoints

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Some vegetable traders and a farmer's group expressed their worries regarding the long queue of vehicles in checkpoints and vague guidelines on the passage of trucks following reports that authorities guarding the checkpoints are barring trucks ferrying agricultural food products from entering certain areas and delayed deliveries.

CPP condemns “cold-blooded murder” of comrades in Baguio

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The Communist Party of the Philippines condemned the killing of three of their comrades in Baguio City, saying that they were mercilessly executed by the raiding police and military.

Church, farmers say TF-ELCAC behind red-tagging spree

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Protestant churches and a farmer's group in Ilocos Norte said the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC) is targeting civilian organizations and institutions under the govrenment’s counter-insurgency program, putting the lives of members in danger.

Cordillera has one CoViD-19 positive in Abra

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Abra Governor Joy Bernos confirmed the first case of CoViD-19 infection in CAR. The patient, a former OFW from Manabo, Abra, is being transferred to a Level 2 health facility as per DOH protocol.

CPA cancels 36th Cordillera Day celebration amid CoViD-19 concerns

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The Cordillera Peoples Alliance announced the cancellation of the 36th Cordillera Day celebrations in Kalinga due to the Coronavirus threat. They also slammed the government's campaigns against the organization and the activity.

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ILOCOS REGION

Methodists condemn military harassment of pastors in Ilocos

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The highest policy making body of the United Methodist Church in the country condemned the threat and intimidation against their pastors in Ilocos by members of the 2nd Civil-Military Operations Coy of the 7th ID led by Capt. Rogelio Dumbrique.

CORDILLERA REGION

BGH chief stresses need for PPEs, rest for health workers

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The BGHMC Director stressed the need to protect the hospital's COVID-19 frontline personnel and give them ample rest, while underscoring the need for complete PPEs and medical supplies to combat an anticipated rise in cases in the region.

CAGAYAN VALLEY REGION

Humanitarian aid team blocked by military; file complaints with CHR

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Karapatan Cagayan Valley led the filing of complaints against the 17th Infantry Battalion who blocked their humanitarian mission for Sitio Lagum, Brgy. Lipatan in Sto. Nino, Cagayan.