KUWTT: Lawmakers warn vs Covid ‘drugs’ Apr 06, 2021

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Here are the top stories of The Manila Times for Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

READ: Lawmakers warn vs Covid ‘drugs’

Concerns were raised in Congress over the selling of medicines claiming to cure coronavirus disease 2019 or Covid-19 but have not been approved by the government.

READ: WHO expert in Manila to help track variants

A virology expert from the World Health Organization or WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland is helping the Department of Health classify and control the variants of Covid-19 in the country.

READ: Distribution of aid now up to governors, mayors ‒ DSWD

The distribution of financial assistance to families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic is now in the hands of local chief executives.

Meanwhile, in other news…

READ: Gesmundo takes oath as chief justice

Malacañang expressed confidence that Chief Justice Alexander Gesmundo, who took his oath of office on Monday, will uphold the independence of the judiciary.

READ: Johnson and Johnson seeks EUA for vaccine

American drug maker Johnson and Johnson applied for emergency use authorization or EUA for its single-dose vaccine in the country, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

READ: ‘PH will not give up an inch of territory’

Malacañang on Monday assured the public that the Philippine government will not give up an inch of the country’s territory amid the row over the presence of Chinese vessels at the Julian Felipe Reef in the West Philippine Sea.

READ: All Metro mayors to get Covid jabs

Metro Manila mayors have agreed to be immunized against Covid-19, according to Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

In regional news,

READ: CPP-NPA leaders yield in Isabela

Leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army or CPP-NPA in Gamu, Isabela have voluntarily surrendered to the Army’s 86th and 95th Infantry Battalion of the Fifth Infantry Division over the weekend.

In world news,

READ: 87 dead in Indonesia, East Timor floods

At least 87 people are dead and dozens more still missing after flash floods and landslides hit Indonesia and neighboring East Timor, officials said on Monday.

In business,

READ: Fitch Solutions slashes growth estimate for PH

Fitch Solutions has cut its Philippine gross domestic product growth forecast for this year as it sees the continued pandemic-related lockdowns weighing down domestic activity in the near term.

And in sports,

READ: Ancajas all set for 9th title defense

Filipino International Boxing Federation Super Flyweight Champion Jerwin Ancajas is ready for his title defense against Mexican Jonathan Rodriguez at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on April 11 (Philippine time).

Yen Makabenta and Ramon T. Tulfo are the featured columnists on the front page of The Times.

Makabenta exposes

READ: Shocking report on Sinovac vaccinations: Increased Covid cases after using vaccine

Tulfo suggests to

READ: Open churches to Covid-19 patients

In The Times editorial, it is reiterated that

READ: People need convincing justification for unending quarantine

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With Aric John Sy Cua, this is Dafort Villaseran reporting. Happy Easter!