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  • Groups seek probe of Masungi forest rangers shooting
    by besguerra on July 26, 2021 at 8:25 pm

    Environment groups have called for an independent investigation of the attack against two forest rangers in Masungi Georeserve in Rizal province, who were shot by still unidentified assailants on Saturday night. The rangers, who were stationed in Masungi’s reforestation site in Sitio San Roque in Baras town, underwent an operation on Monday to remove the The post Groups seek probe of Masungi forest rangers shooting appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • 2 sangkot umano sa investment scam sa Davao del Sur, tiklo
    by ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Arestado sa Davao del Sur ang dalawang sangkot umano sa operasyon ng illegal investment scheme.  

  • Lalaking nangingisda sa Aklan River, nalunod
    by ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Isang lalaki ang nalunod sa Aklan River matapos mangisda sa Barangay Mina sa bayan ng Lezo sa Aklan Lunes ng umaga.

  • Duterte admits dealing with US in ‘bad faith’ over 2018 return of Balangiga Bells
    by Ronron Calunsod, ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday admitted striking a deal in bad faith with the United States for the return of the historic Balangiga Bells in exchange for a supposed visit to Washington during the presidency of Donald Trump.

  • Dela Rosa agrees to Duterte’s call for probe of cop importing AK-47s
    by Alexander Magno on July 26, 2021 at 5:33 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa agreed on Monday with the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to look into the allegation that a police colonel was behind the illegal importation of AK-47, or Kalashnikov Model 47, rifles. Duterte made the call for a congressional probe of the issue in his final State of The post Dela Rosa agrees to Duterte’s call for probe of cop importing AK-47s appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • 'Pray for salvation,' Duterte says in final SONA as threat of Delta variant looms over PH
    by Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Filipinos to "pray for salvation" from the possible spread of the more virulent Delta variant in the Philippines, saying the country could no longer afford another lockdown should there be a new surge in COVID-19 cases.

  • Duterte’s last SONA a ‘dud,’ but Hidilyn’s win the ‘real thing’ – Hontiveros
    by Alexander Magno on July 26, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Monday described on Twitter President Rodrigo Duterte’s final State of the Nation Address (SONA) as a “dud” while she lauded the effort of Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz to win as the “real thing.” “Hidilyn = ginto [gold]. Pres = tanso [bronze],” the senator said in her tweet. The post Duterte’s last SONA a ‘dud,’ but Hidilyn’s win the ‘real thing’ – Hontiveros appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Total COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad rise to 21,133 with 79 new cases
    by ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    MANILA - The number of Filipinos abroad who have contracted COVID-19 rose to 21,133 as 79 new cases were recorded Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

  • Over 375,000 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrive in PH
    by Alexander Magno on July 26, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — More than 375,000 doses of US-made Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Monday night, the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 said. Of the total of 375,570 government-procured doses, over 51,000 were delivered to Cebu City and 51,000 will be shipped to Davao City on Tuesday. The post Over 375,000 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrive in PH appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Uniformed personnel will not need free legal aid if they act properly – lawyer
    by Alexander Magno on July 26, 2021 at 4:30 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — Uniformed personnel qualified to avail of the free legal aid proposed by President Rodrigo Duterte’ would not need it all if they would just do their jobs properly, Edre Olalia, president of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL), said in a statement issued on Monday. “In principle, everybody including our military The post Uniformed personnel will not need free legal aid if they act properly – lawyer appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • PH detects 84 cases of COVID-19 Delta variant in 4 days
    by ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    The highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant has been detected in more Philippine areas including Metro Manila's most populous city. 

  • Duterte delivers last SONA, says it is not his swan song
    by ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    President Rodrigo Duterte defended his controversial actions and highlighted his accomplishments during his final State of the Nation Address Monday.

  • Former lawmaker from Davao on SONA: ‘I wanted to puke’
    by Dennis Jay Santos, Bobby Lagsa, Frencie Carreon on July 26, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    Not all his fellow Mindanaoans appreciated President Duterte's final SONA

  • Duterte’s final SONA: Triumphs, wishlist, ad libs
    by Alexander Magno on July 26, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte delivered on Monday his final State of the Nation Address (Sona), the longest one in the post-EDSA Revolution era. The presidential chopper landed at the Batasang Pambasa complex in Quezon City just before the  4 p.m. schedule for the event. READ: Duterte arrives at Batasan for final Sona Duterte went The post Duterte’s final SONA: Triumphs, wishlist, ad libs appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte: Marawi rehab ‘race against time’
    by Alexis Romero on July 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    The rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi is now a “race against time,” President Duterte said as he ordered agencies to finish the rebuilding of the city.

  • PAGASA dismisses rumors of imminent ‘super typhoon’
    by Helen Flores on July 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration has debunked posts circulating online claiming that a “super typhoon” named “Maria” would hit the country.

  • ‘Free speech sanctuary’ Senate sets more corruption probes
    by Paolo Romero on July 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    The Senate will still pursue in earnest investigations into alleged corruption in government agencies while strengthening its role as a “sanctuary of freedom and justice” and passing measures to alleviate the hardship of Filipinos suffering from the effects of the pandemic, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said yesterday.

  • DOF says P660 billion spent for COVID-19 pandemic
    by Elijah Felice Rosales on July 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    The government has reported spending P660 billion on efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, amid allegations that it is underspending.

  • Coast Guard to receive 2 new vessels in 2022
    by Evelyn Macairan on July 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    The Philippine Coast Guard will receive, by the first half of next year, two 94-meter multi-role response vessels that can withstand harsh weather conditions and conduct sea patrols in the West Philippine Sea and the Philippine Rise.

  • Half of Pinoy families rate themselves poor – SWS
    by Helen Flores on July 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    About half of Filipino families rated themselves as “mahirap” or poor, the Social Weather Stations said in its latest survey.

  • 2022 budget, POGO taxation, Virology Institute top House agenda
    by Delon Porcalla on July 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    With less than a year before the end of President Duterte’s term, the House of Representatives leadership yesterday vowed to pass all the necessary measures for the country to recover from the adverse effects of the pandemic.

  • US defense chief to meet with Duterte
    by Michael Punongbayan on July 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is scheduled to arrive in the Philippines on Thursday for a high-level meeting with President Duterte, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

  • Daily vaccinations drop due to bad weather – DOH
    by Mayen Jaymalin on July 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Fewer people were vaccinated against COVID-19 due to bad weather in the past days, according to the Department of Health.

  • DOH: Many Delta variant cases unvaccinated
    by Mayen Jaymalin on July 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Many of the Delta variant patients recorded in the country are unvaccinated, appearing to prove the efficacy of vaccines against variants of concern, Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said yesterday.

  • Olympic obstacles all worth it as Hidilyn Diaz makes PH history with gold
    by Delfin Dioquino on July 26, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    'Sa totoo lang, kinakabahan ako na baka hindi ko magawa,' says weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz after etching her name in Philippine sports lore

  • SONA 2021: Duterte tiniyak ang pagdating ng COVID-19 vaccines
    by ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Tinuldukan ni Pangulong Duterte ang kanyang huling SONA sa pagtalakay sa mga hamon na dala ng COVID-19. 

  • Kamara inilatag ang mga batas na ipapasa sa huling taon ni Duterte
    by ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Sa pagbubukas ng sesyon, isinulong agad ni House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco ang mga panukalang batas na kanilang uunahin.

  • Filipino netizens erupt with joy after Hidilyn Diaz’s historic Olympic win
    by Rappler Social Media Team on July 26, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Many Filipinos say they got teary-eyed watching Hidilyn Diaz receive the Philippines’ first Olympic gold medal

  • People won’t line up in rain, flood if COVID-19 vaccines are sufficient – activist to Duterte
    by Alexander Magno on July 26, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — People would not have to stand in long lines during rainfall and flooding just to get vaccinated for COVID-19 if there are enough vaccines, Renato Reyes, secretary-general of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said on Monday in reaction to President Rodrigo Duterte’s chiding a local government unit for continuing its inoculation program despite The post People won’t line up in rain, flood if COVID-19 vaccines are sufficient – activist to Duterte appeared first on […]

  • FLASHBACK: The day Hidilyn was shocked over inclusion in oust-Duterte matrix
    by acerojano on July 26, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    (During the early months of 2019, the so-called oust-Duterte matrix hogged the headlines. The alleged diagram appeared to link various people, including then Olympic silver-medallist Hidilyn Diaz to the destabilization efforts. The following is a reposting of INQUIRER.net’s Mark Giongco’s story on May 8, 2019 on Diaz’s reaction to the alleged conspiracy.) LOOK: TV host The post FLASHBACK: The day Hidilyn was shocked over inclusion in oust-Duterte matrix appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Pasig City set to fully vaccinate all target elderly residents by August
    by Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto on Monday said all elderly residents in the city have received at least 1 dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Push for bills on women’s welfare missing in Duterte’s final SONA
    by Michelle Abad on July 26, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    The President, however, laments how some Filipina migrant workers are sexually abused in the Middle East

  • No mention of anti-endo bill in SONA 2021
    by Aika Rey on July 26, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    Ending exploitative contracting practice, President Rodrigo Duterte's campaign promise, is not mentioned during his last State of the Nation Address

  • Hesitancy not a major driver for PH’s low vaccination rates – health expert
    by Pauline Macaraeg on July 26, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    Dr. Renzo Guinto of St. Luke’s College of Medicine says delayed procurement and slow rollout of vaccines are the main causes

  • Hidilyn Diaz to receive P33 million for historic Olympic gold
    by Beatrice Go on July 26, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    Hidilyn Diaz pockets the highest multi-million prize awarded to a Filipino athlete after winning the elusive Olympic gold

  • Over 350,000 more doses of Pfizer vaccine arrive in PH
    by ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    MANILA (UPDATE) - More than 350,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the Philippines on Monday, as the country scrambles against the threat of the more contagious Delta variant.

  • Duterte says final SONA is ‘not my swan song’; to keep batting for pandemic recovery
    by Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday delivered his final State of the Nation Address, which he said was not his "swan song", as he promised Filipinos "nothing less than the full recovery" from the COVID-19 crisis.  

  • Antibodies from Sinovac’s COVID-19 shot fade after about 6 months, booster helps – study
    by Reuters on July 26, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    Chinese researchers reported the findings from a study of blood samples from healthy adults aged between 18-59 in a paper published on July 25, which has not been peer reviewed

  • Hidilyn’s gold outshines Duterte’s last SONA | Evening wRap
    by Rappler.com on July 26, 2021 at 2:30 pm

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  • 'Joke of the Nation Address': Opposition slams Duterte's final 'ramblings'
    by ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    MANILA - Opposition lawmakers and rights advocates slammed President Rodrigo Duterte for what they called "mere ramblings" during his final State of the Nation Address on Monday.

  • Duterte’s broken promises to Visayas, Mindanao
    by Vernise Tantuco on July 26, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Five years since being elected, Duterte – the first president from Mindanao – seems to have forgotten his promises

  • Huling SONA ni Duterte sumentro sa laban vs komunismo, droga
    by ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    Sumentro sa paglaban sa droga at komunismo ang huling SONA ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte nitong Lunes.

  • Longer curfew, liquor ban enforced anew in Cebu cities amid rise in COVID-19 cases
    by ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Effective Monday, July 26, Cebu City will implement a liquor ban in the hopes of trying to curb an increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

  • In last Sona, Duterte tries not to say bad words; spews out at least 4
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — In his final State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte could be observed making an effort not to spew out bad words, as he is known to do in public. During the course of his speech, which spanned for about two hours and 45 minutes, Duterte could be The post In last Sona, Duterte tries not to say bad words; spews out at least 4 appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Habagat to prevail, western Luzon sees light to moderate rains — Pagasa
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Despite the exit of Typhoon Fabian, the southwest monsoon continues to be prevalent as it still brings rain over the western part of Luzon. The post Habagat to prevail, western Luzon sees light to moderate rains — Pagasa appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte warns of possible lockdown if ‘more aggressive’ Delta variant spreads
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — In his final State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte warned of a possible lockdown should the more transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant spreads in the country. “It (Delta) is rampaging now in Indonesia, Thailand, India and many parts of Asia…Western medicine says that it is far more aggressive, The post Duterte warns of possible lockdown if ‘more aggressive’ Delta variant spreads appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte’s final Sona gets mixed reactions from senators
    by jvicente on July 26, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    President Rodrigo Duterte's last and final State of the Nation Address gets mixed reaction from senators. The post Duterte’s final Sona gets mixed reactions from senators appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • PNP notes ‘generally peaceful’ Sona
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) noted a “generally peaceful” State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday. “[Sona] 2021 was generally peaceful without any untoward incident that significantly affected today’s national event,” said PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar. Eleazar added that all mass actions and public assemblies staged by several progressive groups The post PNP notes ‘generally peaceful’ Sona appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte’s last SONA a ‘superspreader’ event of lies, threats, misleading information –...
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 12:50 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte’s final State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday was a “superspreader” event – of lies, threats, empty and failed promises, inaccuracies, and misleading information, all of which were already fact-checked and disproven before, according to the House of Representatives’ Makabayan bloc. Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate blasted the President’s The post Duterte’s last SONA a ‘superspreader’ event of lies, threats, misleading […]

  • Duterte’s House allies to give ‘one last push’ to priority bills
    by jvicente on July 26, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies in the House of Representatives have vowed a “one last push” to pass his administration’s priority legislative measures as stated in his last State of the Nation Address.  The post Duterte’s House allies to give ‘one last push’ to priority bills appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • We have taken away the misery of public commuting — Duterte
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    President Rodrigo Duterte claimed Monday that the government has “taken away the misery of public commuting” as he touted various infrastructure projects under his term.  The post We have taken away the misery of public commuting — Duterte appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Lacson notes admin falling short of campaign vs drugs, corruption
    by besguerra on July 26, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Sen. Ping Lacson noted how President Duterte admitted how his administration’s war on drugs, anti-corruption drive have “fallen short.” The post Lacson notes admin falling short of campaign vs drugs, corruption appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Anti-Duterte rallies ended peacefully, says PNP
    by tbergonia on July 26, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    MANILA, Philippines—Street rallies times for President Rodrigo Duterte’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) ended peacefully, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Monday (July 26). “SONA 2021 was generally peaceful without any untoward incident that significantly affected today’s national event,” PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said in a statement. There were “no major The post Anti-Duterte rallies ended peacefully, says PNP appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • For selfies, lawmakers, guests crowd around Duterte after Sona speech
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — Apparently eager to get their photo taken with President Rodrigo Duterte, some lawmakers and other guests at the Batasang Pambansa broke physical distancing protocols as they crowd around the Chief Executive after he delivered his State of the Nation Address (Sona). After Duterte’s nearly three-hour-long speech, the President went down to the The post For selfies, lawmakers, guests crowd around Duterte after Sona speech appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte stops, catches breath mid-SONA: ‘Baka dito ako mamatay’
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 11:53 am

    MANILA, Philippines — Towards the end of his almost three-hour last State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte had to stop and catch his breath, and then joke that he just might die right at the rostrum of the Batasang Pambansa’s plenary hall. “I’m just getting my ano… ,” he said The post Duterte stops, catches breath mid-SONA: ‘Baka dito ako mamatay’ appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte: I never accepted gifts while in office
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 11:42 am

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asserted that he never accepted gifts from when he was still Davao City mayor and now that he is Chief Executive. Duterte even said he only owns a watch worth P300,000 as he recalled an incident where he was offered a watch of the luxury brand Patek. The post Duterte: I never accepted gifts while in office appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte hits LGU for letting people queue for vaccines amid rain, flood
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 11:41 am

    President Duterte vented his frustration over an LGU that allegedly left people lining up for COVID-19 vaccines amid heavy rains and floods. The post Duterte hits LGU for letting people queue for vaccines amid rain, flood appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte’s final SONA is also longest in post-EDSA era
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 11:41 am

    MANILA, Philippines — What was first intended to be an hour-long speech for President Rodrigo Duterte’s final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday became the longest in the post-EDSA era. Duterte’s final SONA started at around 4:13 p.m. and ended at around 6:58 p.m., with a total duration of two hours and 45 The post Duterte’s final SONA is also longest in post-EDSA era appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • ‘Nothing personal’: Duterte insists ABS-CBN still have unpaid taxes
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 11:28 am

    MANILA, Philippines — While saying he did not mind the critical stories aired by media giant ABS CBN about him and his family, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday insisted that the news agency still owed the government billions of pesos in unpaid taxes, which is why he “fought” them. “Wala akong problema sa ABS-CBN (I The post ‘Nothing personal’: Duterte insists ABS-CBN still have unpaid taxes appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • World Bank, COVAX unveil plan to speed up vaccine supplies to developing countries
    by evalderrama on July 26, 2021 at 11:10 am

    WASHINGTON — The World Bank and the COVAX global vaccine distribution program unveiled on Monday a financing mechanism to speed the supply of doses to developing countries, where COVID-19 inoculation rates lag far behind those of richer nations. The mechanism allows COVAX to make advance purchases – at more competitive prices – from vaccine manufacturers The post World Bank, COVAX unveil plan to speed up vaccine supplies to developing countries appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte to Congress: Pass laws creating PH’s center for disease control, vaccine institute
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 11:05 am

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Congress to pass measures establishing the Philippines’ Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC) and a virology institute, expressing optimism Filipinos can make vaccines in the future. “We hope to pursue the creation of public entities dedicated to managing emerging diseases. I fervently ask Congress to enact a law creating The post Duterte to Congress: Pass laws creating PH’s center for disease control, […]

  • Who Should Be Malacañang's Next Resident?
    by publisher@philnews.com on July 26, 2021 at 10:57 am

    At this early stage, we think the Lacson-Sotto presidential ticket makes the most sense—for now. We all still need to see who else will run in 2022. As we noted in past editorials, since the 1986 People Power revolution, only one president has stood out as truly qualified to hold the office: Fidel Ramos. No one else had the leadership skills, government experience, and intelligence to be president.

  • Duterte advises successor to declare martial law to rid gov’t of corruption
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 10:56 am

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday suggested that his successor should declare martial law if he or she wants to reform the government and rid it of corruption. The suggestion was made after the President again claimed that nobody could eradicate corruption across the bureaucracy. “Corruption is endemic in government. You cannot stop The post Duterte advises successor to declare martial law to rid gov’t of corruption appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Speaking on pandemic, Duterte jokingly looks for ambulance: Baka meron na ako?
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 10:42 am

    As President Rodrigo Duterte began to tout “how well [he] led” the country during the pandemic, he jested about contracting COVID-19. The post Speaking on pandemic, Duterte jokingly looks for ambulance: Baka meron na ako? appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte admits acting ‘in bad faith’ for return of Balangiga Bells
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 10:41 am

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted acting “in bad faith” when he negotiated with the United States for the return of the Balangiga Bells to the Philippines in 2017. During his final State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, Duterte recounted making a deal with the American soldiers that he would go The post Duterte admits acting ‘in bad faith’ for return of Balangiga Bells appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Another joke? Duterte mulls return of Balangiga bells to keep US away
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 10:39 am

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte raised the possibility of returning the Balangiga bells — which were sent back home to the Philippines by the United States in 2018 — to minimize US interaction with the country. Duterte made the remark during his final State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday, while explaining that The post Another joke? Duterte mulls return of Balangiga bells to keep US away appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte: We can only pray to God amid the COVID-19 pandemic
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 10:26 am

    The Filipino people can only pray to God on what will happen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday. The post Duterte: We can only pray to God amid the COVID-19 pandemic appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Go to war with China over West PH Sea? It will be a ‘massacre’, says Duterte
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 10:22 am

    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will be massacred if it goes to war with China over the West Philippine Sea issue, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday. In his last State of the Nation Address (SONA), Duterte said that the Philippines cannot go to war against China as critics slammed the president over his previous remarks The post Go to war with China over West PH Sea? It will be a ‘massacre’, says Duterte appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • There’s enough oxygen for everyone in Thailand, says exec
    by dlejano on July 26, 2021 at 10:16 am

    BANGKOK — Thailand’s supply of medical oxygen is adequate for the current demand and people should not worry about shortages, Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit said on Monday. He was speaking in response to the fact that people have started hoarding oxygen canisters, fearing shortages now that the number of daily Covid-19 cases has been soaring The post There’s enough oxygen for everyone in Thailand, says exec appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Inactivated vaccine followed by vector vaccine multiplies immunity boost–Thai virologist
    by dlejano on July 26, 2021 at 10:12 am

    BANGKOK — A vaccine cocktail of Sinovac and AstraZeneca has proved very effective, Yong Poovorawan, head of the Center of Excellence in Clinical Virology at the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, has reported. The idea to mix vaccines was considered due to limited doses for mass inoculation and the rise of the Delta strain in The post Inactivated vaccine followed by vector vaccine multiplies immunity boost–Thai virologist appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Bangkok battles rising contagion with rapid antigen tests
    by dlejano on July 26, 2021 at 10:08 am

    BANGKOK — Rapid antigen tests are the latest weapon being deployed by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) in its battle against the wave of Covid-19 infections threatening to swamp the capital. Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said BMA has so far deployed officials to conduct rapid Covid-19 tests on Bangkokians living in six districts. “Antigen test kits The post Bangkok battles rising contagion with rapid antigen tests appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • COVID-19 recovery rate in Olongapo City now at 88 percent
    by besguerra on July 26, 2021 at 10:05 am

    OLONGAPO CITY––The city’s recovery rate from COVID-19 increased slightly from 87 to 88 percent within a week, local virus data showed on Monday, July 26. At least 33 more patients were healed from the viral disease from July 24-25, raising to 2,523 its total number of recoveries. Only 23 new infections were added to the The post COVID-19 recovery rate in Olongapo City now at 88 percent appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Despite quasi-lockdown, virus spread continues across South Korea
    by dlejano on July 26, 2021 at 9:51 am

    SEOUL — Reporting over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for the 19th consecutive day Sunday, South Korea is struggling to contain a stubborn fourth wave of infections even with the stiffest social distancing measures in place. The number of newly confirmed cases in the 24 hours ending Saturday at midnight was 1,487, marking the highest daily The post Despite quasi-lockdown, virus spread continues across South Korea appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Cebu City seeing another surge in COVID-19 cases as some nurses resign
    by lboniol on July 26, 2021 at 9:50 am

    CEBU CITY––Paramedics brought a 58-year-old woman with severe COVID-19 symptoms to a private hospital in Cebu City at 6 a.m. Monday. She was not immediately admitted as she was number 15 on the waiting list. The woman was brought to another private hospital but was also turned down since there was no vacancy. “We brought The post Cebu City seeing another surge in COVID-19 cases as some nurses resign appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte: PH no longer acts in ‘shadows of great powers’
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 9:50 am

    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines no longer acts in the “shadows of great powers,” President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday as he vowed to fight for what belongs to the Filipino people. Duterte said this in his final State of the Nation Address as he assured that the Philippines will be a “responsible member” of the The post Duterte: PH no longer acts in ‘shadows of great powers’ appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte admits: Marawi rehabilitation still ‘not complete’
    by postie on July 26, 2021 at 9:48 am

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte admitted Monday that the rehabilitation of the war-torn Marawi City is still “not completed.” Duterte made the remark in his final State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Batasan Pambansa in Quezon City as he called on the Task Force: Bangon Marawi to fast track the rehabilitation of the The post Duterte admits: Marawi rehabilitation still ‘not complete’ appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Manny Pacquiao Got Knocked Off His PDP-Laban Party
    by publisher@philnews.com on July 18, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Senator and boxing legend Manny Pacquiao just got punked. And many say he had it coming. Pacquiao thought he could have his cake and eat it too. And so, he now finds himself booted out of the ruling political party—the party he hoped would take him to the presidency.

  • Is Leni Robredo the Only One Who Realizes the Philippines Has a Crisis in Education?
    by publisher@philnews.com on July 13, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Vice President Leni Robredo wants the government to declare a "crisis in education." We believe that is the right thing to do. The World Bank (WB) may have issued an apology for its objective assessment of the country's education system—given Education Secretary Leonor Briones and the Duterte administration's hysteria when the report first appeared—but the facts in that report remain true. Compared to other countries, the Philippines ranks at or near the bottom in education.

  • Philippines' Dismal Education Ranking Is Due to DepEd's Mismanagement, Not the World Bank
    by publisher@philnews.com on July 7, 2021 at 3:06 am

    Rather than demand an apology from the World Bank, Education Secretary Leonor Briones should instead resign and admit her inability to raise the country's dismally low education standards. As we noted in a previous editorial, Philippine education is so woefully behind we are now an embarrassment to our Southeast Asian neighbors as well as to ourselves

  • What's Next for President Duterte?
    by publisher@philnews.com on July 3, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Will Philippine President RodrigoDuterte run for the vice presidency in 2022? Will he cancel the elections instead? Or might he find himself out of office and out of power when his term ends next year? These are serious questions with grave consequences for the president.