FAC Press Review - 16 MAY

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MAY 16QC Mayor Belmonte orders probe into spike in COVID-19 cases - GMA

Philippines remains competitive as BPO destination - PHILSTAR

De Lima seeks inquiry on use of public funds to hire ‘troll armies’ - GMA

Up to $8.8 trillion global losses due COVID-19 - TRIBUNE

Pangasinan mayor faces probe for mananita - JOURNAL

Liquor ban retained in Paranaque - JOURNAL

Quezon City eases liquor ban, allows tricycles - PHILSTAR

Workers’ return triggers warning - MANILA STANDARD

Street vendors alive again with modified ECQ - MANILA STANDARD

Meralco explains spike in May bills - INQUIRER

200-M stimulus fund to help Baguio businesses - INQUIRER

Typhoon Ambo leaves 1 dead, extensive damage in Philippine towns - INQUIRER


Army seeks NBI probe of ex-soldier’s slay

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Army seeks NBI probe of ex-soldier’s slayThe 33-year-old Ragos, who was discharged from the service in 2017 and had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), was seen having an argument with Florendo as residents urged the police officers to calm down, citing the ex-soldier’s mental condition. But Ragos reached into his sling bag, prompting Florendo to shoot the ex-soldier twice, fatally wounding him. In statements issued on Thursday, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) chief Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo maintained that Florendo exercised “maximum tolerance” and that he only made a “judgment call” with his life in imminent danger. ‘Evidence has to be secured’ Investigators, Montejo said, found a loaded .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver with a defaced serial number inside Ragos’ bag—a claim strongly disputed by the ex-soldier’s family who said he was unarmed.

Immigration eases rules on Aliens’ Visa

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Corona VirusThe Bureau of Immigration said Friday it will temporarily allow foreign nationals with approved visas but who are still awaiting the release of their Alien Certificates of Registration Identity Cards to leave the country.

The agency says the move is in light of the Enhanced Community Quarantine and Stringent Social Distancing Measures directive from Malacañang. Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente says the regular procedures require departing aliens with approved visas but pending ACR I-Cards to secure a waiver at the agency’s main office. ‘Hospital ships’ Senator Francis Tolentino is urging the Transport department to use vacant passenger ships as “hospitals ships” because of the rising COVID-19 infections, which he says has resulted in overcrowding in the hospitals. He says the agency could initially convert three ships as temporary medical facilities.