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Strict lockdown extends over the collective National Capital Region or ‘NCR Plus’ for one more week, or until April 11. Malacañang announces this Saturday, April 3, the same day the country recorded over 12,000 new COVID-19 cases.

President Rodrigo Duterte appoints Supreme Court Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo as the new chief justice. Malacañang confirms Gesmundo’s appointment Monday, April 5.

A rare word war between Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and the Chinese embassy in Manila erupts Sunday, April 4. Chinese ships are still in Julian Felipe Reef despite repeated calls by Manila for Beijing to respect its sovereignty.

United States officials rule out terrorism in an attack on US Capitol police Friday, April 2, as media organizations name the suspect as Noah Green of Newport News, Virginia.

South Korea’s LG Electronics on Monday, April 5, says it will completely withdraw its smartphone brand from the market. The decision will leave its 10% share in North America, where it is the number 3 brand. –