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Rene P. Acosta covers defense, law enforcement and national security for the paper. He had written for a number of publications, including abroad before he joined BusinessMirror. His works had appeared in the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Asia Pacific Defense Forum, both in the US. He took up regional security with the International Visitor Leadership Program, US. He is currently the chairman of the board of the Defense Press Corps of the Philippines which he had headed in 2009.
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With 1,046 more Covid cases, PHL total rises to 16,634

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country rose to 16,634, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Friday. The DOH, clarified that of the total number of 1,046 new cases, only 46 are the "fresh" cases and 1,000 are "late" cases.

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