In this October 16 photo, former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. accompanies his sister then-Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos in filing her certificate of candidacy for senator in the 2019 midterm elections.
The STAR/Krizjohn Rosales, file
'Unwell' Bongbong Marcos waiting for COVID-19 test results, Imee says
( - March 26, 2020 - 10:57am

MANILA, Philippines (Update 1, 1:44 p.m.) — Former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has undergone a test for COVID-19, his sister, Sen. Imee Marcos said.

Bongbong on Thursday afternoon confirmed Imee’s earlier statement he is “unwell” and said that he is “doing ok and contrary to popular belief, [on self-quarantine].”

The former senator shared a photo of himself holding "The Daily Tribune" newspaper.

Bongbong said that they are still waiting for the results of the COVID-19 test.

“Fortunately, I feel much better and am getting stronger by the day. I have no doubt in my mind that this is partly due to excellent work of the nurses and doctors who helped me during this time,” Bongbong added.

Trip from Spain

News5 reported that Imee confirmed that Bongbong returned from a trip in Spain “unwell.”

Bongbong underwent a test for the novel coronavirus disease two days ago and results have yet to be released.

“Finally got a test two nights ago, getting better at home, (pero) wala pang result,” Imee was quoted as saying.

Marcoses flew to Singapore?

Rumors of Bongbong being intubated at a hospital for a supposed pneumonia diagnosis swirled Wednesday night.

A STAR report dated March 24, meanwhile, said that Imee was advised by her doctors to avoid public gatherings since she has a cough. 

Former Philippine Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Reuben Lista, a conveor of Alyansang Duterte-Bongbong, denied the rumors that Bongbong was airlifted to Singapore.

He also refuted reports that Imee was also unwell and flew to Singapore with her brother,

“Tell them that she is very busy calling on friends and government officers for PPEs, masks, food, money and other needs of front liners and our people,” Lista said.

At least four lawmakers have announced that they tested positive on COVID-19. They are Sens. Miguel Zubiri, Koko Pimentel, Sonny Angara and Rep. Eric Yap (ACT-CIS party-list). — Kristine Joy Patag with report from News5/Meann Los Baños

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May 31, 2020 - 2:59pm

Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound -- the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia -- reopened on Sunday after being closed for more than two months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dozens of worshippers in protective masks were let into the compound before the first prayers of the day, held in a cool and windy night.

Chanting "God is greatest, we will protect Al-Aqsa with our soul and blood", the group gathered in front of the large wooden doors were welcomed by mosque director Omar al-Kiswani, who thanked them for their patience.

It followed a fraught day in annexed east Jerusalem, where the compound is located.

Israeli police on Saturday shot dead a disabled Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed, prompting furious condemnation from the Palestinians.

The religious site, which houses Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, had closed its doors in March as part of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. — AFP

May 31, 2020 - 9:01am

The US recorded 960 coronavirus deaths on Saturday, bringing its total to 103,758 since the global pandemic began, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The country has officially logged 1,769,776 cases of the virus, far more than any other nation, the tracker by the Baltimore-based university showed at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Sunday). — AFP

May 30, 2020 - 8:49pm

The Department of Health reports 590 new cases of the coronavirus disease, bringing the national tally to 17,224.

Of the new confirmed cases, 252 were considered "fresh" and 338 were positive results returned “late.”

There are 88 recoveries 8 deaths, the Health department adds.

May 30, 2020 - 5:35pm

The Department of Health announces that the COVID-19 case bulletin for Saturday, May 30, 2020 will be released around 8:00 p.m.

May 29, 2020 - 9:37pm

The Department of Health reports 1,046 new cases of the coronavirus disease, the highest surge in a day in the Philippines. This brings the national tally to 16,634.

The agency says there are 122 recoveries and 21 new fatalities. 

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