Interior Secretary Eduardo Año confirmed on Tuesday that he tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) after his exposure to several infected persons last March 26.

Año tests positive for coronavirus

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By Prince Golez

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año confirmed on Tuesday that he tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) after his exposure to several infected persons last March 26.

“I wish to make an important announcement. Last March 26, 2020, after learning that four persons I had associated with tested positive for Covid-19, I started my 14-day self-quarantine,” Año said in a statement.

The secretary got tested for the viral disease on March 27 and received the result from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine today.

“I make this announcement to call the attention of all persons I had close contact with to go on self-quarantine and observe any symptoms, in accordance with DOH (Department of Health) guidelines.

“To all those concerned, I am doing fine and have no symptoms. I will continue my quarantine and work from home. The result of my test will not in any way dampen my spirit and energy to do my job,” he also said.

Año likewise advised the public to stay home and observe social distancing during the enhanced community quarantine.

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Drilon: No need for Cha-cha; just amend retail trade liberalization law

Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon on Tuesday said there was no need to change the Constitution once Congress passed key economic measures such as the amendments to the Retail Trade Liberalization Act.

“The immediate passage of this law will remove the steam the powers that Cha-cha train in the House of Representatives,” Drilon said on Wednesday as Senate plenary discussed Senate Bill 1840 or the proposed amendments to Republic Act 8762.

The bill seeks to further relax foreign restrictions by removing investment categories and setting an across-the-board minimum paid up capital investment equivalent of $300,000 in Philippine peso.

“By amending the Foreign Investments Act (FIA), further relaxing retail trade restrictions and amending the public service law, the Philippines will generate up to $30 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) a year,” Drilon said.

“We are all bombarded with questions about the so-called economic charter change. Well, we do not need to be bothered by such talks because we can immediately better the investment climate,” Drilon said.

“The proposed Cha-cha simply seeks to add the phrase ‘unless otherwise provided by law’ to address the so-called economic provisions of the Constitution,” he said.

“What we need now to address the economic slowdown is a concrete solution through the enactment of various economic measures such as the amendments to the Retail Trade Liberalization Act and the Public Service Act,” he added.

Drilon is the principal author of Senate Bill 1840, which is being sponsored by Senate committee on trade chair Senator Koko Pimentel.

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