Rody tears Ressa as ‘fraud,’ hails Cabinet for fast response to LSIs

President Rodrigo Duterte has described Rappler chief Maria Ressa as a “fraud” and predicted that, “someday, she would have a taste of her own medicine.”

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He made the remarks in a meeting with his Cabinet and the members of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious diseases in Panacan, Davao City, on Tuesday night

He dared Ressa to expose anything about corruption in his administration, and if she found any evidence he was corrupt, he would resign.

“Go ahead and expose anything about corruption in this government,” Duterte said.

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Passenger safety

President Rodrigo Duterte said the government was “very careful” in ensuring the health and safety of passengers of the Metro Rail Transit-Line 3 or MRT-3.

He made the statement after MRT-3 operations were suspended for five days starting Tuesday following the increasing number of personnel, including ticket sellers, who had tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019.

“We are very careful that even those manning those equipment will not jeopardize or put you in jeopardy while riding the trains,” Duterte said in a taped public address aired early Wednesday.

Food packs

President Rodrigo Duterte thanked the members of his Cabinet for their “prompt response” in assisting locally stranded individuals and sending them back to their respective hometowns.

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“They are really pitiful and it took you just two days to solve the problem,” Duterte said in a televised meeting aired early Wednesday.

He specifically expressed gratitude to Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade for his “fast action” in providing modes of transport for the stranded Filipinos.

Back home

A total of 48,189 returning Filipino workers are back to their respective provinces, Defense Secretary and National Task Force Against COVID-19 chairman Delfin Lorenzana said Wednesday.

HOMEWARD. A family arrives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City to catch their flight leaving the country on Wednesday. PNA
“The first category are those [workers] who voluntarily returned to the country. We have transported 19,791 by land, 23,899 by air and 4,499 by sea,” Lorenzana said on a televised Cabinet meeting.

HOMEWARD. Passengers dutifully queue up and have their temperature checked by security guards. The airport resumed operations after the government task force on the coronavirus crisis lifted restrictions on non-essential outbound travel for Filipinos. PNA
Meanwhile, a total of 75,895 migrant workers who lost their jobs abroad due to the COVID -19 pandemic, and were forced back to the Philippines, were now safely home in their home provinces, Lorenzana said.

Topics: Rodrigo Duterte , Maria Ressa , Rappler , Delfin Lorenzana , Arthur Tugade , Department of Transportation
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