Here’s a Heads Up from reportr on news that you need to know today, July 30.
- Malacanang has spared Metro Manila from a hard lockdown, keeping it under GCQ with heightened restrictions until Aug. 15. Here are the quarantines for August.
- Here’s your guide to ECQ, MECQ, GCQ with heightened restrictions, GCQ and MGCQ for August 2021
- Those in ECQ areas will receive P1,000 ayuda each, maximum of P4,000 per household, Malacanang said.
- The DOH confirmed 97 more cases of the highly contagious Delta variant, bringing the total to 216.
- Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz said she had forgiven Malacanang for adding her name to a “matrix” of alleged anti-government plotters some years back.
- Upon her arrival late Wednesday, Duterte congratulated Diaz and told her to “let bygones be bygones”.
- EXPLAINER: The “sorry, not sorry” to Diaz from Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo underscored the need to verify documents from news sources and underscored the gaslighting phenomenon.
- Diaz said she had nothing but respect for star U.S. gymnast Simone Biles, who withdrew from a team event to protect her mental health.
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NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- ABS-CBN President Carlo Katigbak told shareholders that ex-Kapamilya stars who left after the company’s franchise loss are welcome to return if they wish.
- What about KathNiel and LizQuen? Katigbak said ABS-CBN would give them the best roles it could offer.
- August will likely see up to three tropical storms, PAGASA said, as it warned of more habagat rains.
- Don’t fake vaccine cards. A bill has been filed in the Senate seeking stiffer penalties for forgery of medical documents during health emergencies.
- Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno said free legal aid for troops, as proposed by the President, should not cover those accused of extra-judicial killings.
- Sen. Richard Gordon was admitted to the hospital for further observation after contracting COVID-19.
- A police station commander in Quezon City was fired after he allowed his men to join SONA patrols last Monday without their COVID-19 test results. Scores of them later turned out positive.
- The UK is donating 415,000 AstraZeneca COVID vaccines to the Philippines, part of its broader push to help the rest of the world after securing enough for its own.
- Twitter like Lazada? The microblogging platform is experimenting with e-commerce.
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