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  • Big PH Navy ships need home—Bacordo
    by dmorcoso on February 26, 2021 at 10:23 am

    MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Navy said it needs to have its own docking area for its biggest vessels. In recent years, the Navy acquired more vessels for its fleet, including former US Coast Guard cutters Del Pilar-class ships BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PS-15), BRP Ramon Alcaraz (PS-16) and BRP Andres Bonifacio (PS-17); landing docks BRP Tarlac The post Big PH Navy ships need home—Bacordo appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Indonesia authorizes private COVID-19 vaccination scheme
    by Reuters on February 26, 2021 at 10:15 am

    The scheme, which will be one of the few private vaccination programs in the world, has drawn some criticism from health experts who warn it could worsen inequity

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    by Beatrice Go on February 26, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Made by women and for women, Adidas delivers a new line of activewear that is perfect for all shapes and sizes

  • Umano'y pekeng dentista tiklo sa entrapment sa Cavite
    by ABS-CBN News on February 26, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Nag-ugat ang pag-aresto sa suspek sa reklamo ng naging pasyente ng nasabing pekeng dentista sa bayan ng Silang.

  • China-donated vaccines to arrive in Philippines on Sunday: embassy
    by Xinhua on February 26, 2021 at 10:07 am

    The ambassador of China to the Philippines said the donation of vaccines is another testament to the solidarity and friendship between the two countries. MANILA, Feb. 25: The 600,000 doses of Sinovac-made vaccine CoronaVac donated by China will arrive in the Philippines on Sunday, the Chinese embassy said on Thursday. “A friend in need is

  • Mabuhay town vice mayor shot dead in Zamboanga Sibugay
    by ABS-CBN News on February 26, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Police said Vice-Mayor Restituto Calonge was having a conversation with 2 others in Poblacion at 3 p.m., when they were attacked by an armed assailant.

  • Xi declares “complete victory” in eradicating absolute poverty in China
    by Xinhua on February 26, 2021 at 10:04 am

    — Over the past eight years, the final 98.99 million impoverished rural residents living under the current poverty line have all been lifted out of poverty. — Combined with poverty-reduction results since the late 1970s, China is responsible for over 70 percent of the global reduction in poverty over the period. — Xi said the

  • Subic firm caught illegally selling computers
    by dmorcoso on February 26, 2021 at 10:04 am

    SUBIC BAY FREEPORT –– Two employees of a manufacturing company here were caught illegally selling some P404,000 worth of laptops and monitors in an entrapment operation on Wednesday, said officials of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). In a statement, Gerardo Johnson, officer-in-charge of the agency’s law enforcement department, said the Optical Media Board’s Enforcement The post Subic firm caught illegally selling computers appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • For UNICEF, COVID-19 vaccine not a prerequisite for reopening schools
    by Arra Perez, ABS-CBN News on February 26, 2021 at 9:59 am

    "We think that and would recommend that we move immediately in terms of opening in low-risk areas and taking an incremental approach and, of course, putting the mitigation measures in place," a UNICEF PH official says

  • Two rights groups quit Hong Kong as security law sends shudders through NGOs
    by kadraneda on February 26, 2021 at 9:56 am

    HONG KONG —  At least two political rights groups advocating democracy have quietly quit Hong Kong and moved overseas, unnerved by a national security law that has fanned fears over the erosion of freedoms under China’s rule, sources told Reuters. In the past, China-focused rights groups had valued the wide-ranging autonomy, including freedom of speech The post Two rights groups quit Hong Kong as security law sends shudders through NGOs appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Makabayan bloc disputes Senate report on red tagging probe
    by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News on February 26, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Solons of the Makabayan bloc at the House of Representatives disputed Friday the findings of a Senate panel that probed into the alleged "policy of the state" to link activists and dissenters to the communist movement.   

  • HTAC: Sinovac jabs ‘not yet required’ to get health technology assessment
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 9:50 am

    MANILA, Philippines — The government-based Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) has yet to require the China-donated Sinovac vaccine to undergo evaluation pursuant to the mandate of the Universal Health Care Act (Republic Act 11223). HTAC — an independent advisory body created under the RA 11223 — reviews the cost, ethics, and community impact of drugs The post HTAC: Sinovac jabs ‘not yet required’ to get health technology assessment appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Sta Lucia, Abanse Negrense open PSL beach volley tiff with dominant wins
    by Rappler.com on February 26, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Sta Lucia and Abanse Negrense nail sweeps in Day 1 of the PSL Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup

  • Thrive Through Change: The value of tech in the time of COVID-19
    by Rappler.com on February 26, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Get to see how the combination of technology and human ingenuity is enabling people to help one another and create value amid immense change

  • Ilocos Norte pays tribute to Filipino nurse who died in US due to COVID-19
    by dmorcoso on February 26, 2021 at 9:30 am

    BATAC CITY –– Residents of Ilocos Norte paid tribute to a nurse from this province who died in Los Angeles, California last month due to complications from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Amelia Agbigay Baclig, 63, who hailed from this city, died on Jan. 22 after she tested positive for COVID-19 last Dec. 12, 2020, US The post Ilocos Norte pays tribute to Filipino nurse who died in US due to COVID-19 appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Boeing 777 makes emergency landing in Moscow after engine sensor problem
    by kadraneda on February 26, 2021 at 9:18 am

    MOSCOW — A Rossiya Airlines Boeing 777 cargo plane made an emergency landing at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Friday due to a problem with an engine control sensor, the airline said. The plane was a 15-year-old 777-300ER, according to flight-tracking website FlightRadar24, which means it has General Electric engines. Those are different from the Pratt The post Boeing 777 makes emergency landing in Moscow after engine sensor problem appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Disaster in the Himalayas: How a rare February landslide left over 200 dead
    by kadraneda on February 26, 2021 at 9:13 am

    NEW DELHI — A landslide 20 kilometers west of Nanda Devi, India’s second-highest peak, resulted in a flash flood on February 7 that left more than 200 dead, and swept away two-state hydro-electric projects, according to satellite imagery reviewed by Reuters. Avalanches and flash flooding in the Himalayas are common during summer and monsoon months, The post Disaster in the Himalayas: How a rare February landslide left over 200 dead appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Filipinos invited to study in South Korea through global scholarship program
    by Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News on February 26, 2021 at 9:08 am

    The government of Korea has launched a scholarship program for graduate students who'd like to study in the land of K-dramas and K-pop.

  • NBA suspends Malik Beasley 12 games for rifle incident
    by Reuters on February 26, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Minnesota guard Malik Beasley, who’s averaging 20.5 points this season, will start serving his suspension this weekend

  • An open letter to the entertainment industry
    by Jason Tan Liwag on February 26, 2021 at 8:57 am

    A young gay actor pens an open letter about SOGIE-based discrimination, limited acting opportunities, and the ideological state apparatus that is the entertainment industry

  • PH logs 2,651 COVID-19 cases, highest in over 4 months
    by Bonz Magsambol on February 26, 2021 at 8:57 am

    The number of cases reported is the highest since October 17, 2020, when the country logged 2,673

  • DFA: 7 more Pinay victims of human trafficking in Syria returning home
    by ABS-CBN News on February 26, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Seven more Filipinas illegally hired to work in Syria are flying back to the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs said in a statement Friday.

  • Myanmar police detain Japanese journalist at protest in Yangon, says colleague
    by Reuters on February 26, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato says they are still trying to confirm the incident

  • FALSE: Biden quote threatening to cancel US visas issued in PH
    by Rappler.com on February 26, 2021 at 8:49 am

    There is no proof that Biden threatened to cancel all US visas issued in the Philippines if Duterte cancels the VFA

  • US air strikes on eastern Syria kill at least 17 – sources
    by kadraneda on February 26, 2021 at 8:38 am

    ISTANBUL — United States military airstrikes in eastern Syria killed at least 17, local sources and one medical source said on Friday. The Pentagon has said the strikes were against facilities belonging to Iran-backed militia. There has been no official comment yet by Syria on the attack. The post US air strikes on eastern Syria kill at least 17 – sources appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Gov’t admission of drug war lapses not surprising, says Ateneo rights center
    by ABS-CBN News on February 26, 2021 at 8:37 am

    The Ateneo Human Rights Center said Friday it was not surprised to Justice Secretary Guevarra's admission that lapses were made by law enforcers in the conduct of war on drugs.

  • FALSE: Photos after 2 earthquakes in Japan in February 2021
    by Rappler.com on February 26, 2021 at 8:36 am

    The photos show damage brought about by earthquakes that occurred in April 2016

  • PH posts record-high 2,651 new COVID-19 infections; active cases now at 34K
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 8:29 am

    MANILA, Philippines — The country on Friday reported 2,651 additional infections of the coronavirus disease — the highest number of new Covid-19 cases so far this 2021 — propelling the nation’s total number of cases to 571,327. In its case bulletin at 4 p.m., the Department of Health (DOH) also reported that the total active The post PH posts record-high 2,651 new COVID-19 infections; active cases now at 34K appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte orders NBI to solely probe into PNP-PDEA shootout
    on February 26, 2021 at 8:23 am

    (Updated 4:34 p.m.) President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to be the sole body to investigate the shootout between members of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency which left four dead.

  • Palace: Duterte says only NBI should probe deadly shootout between PNP, PDEA
    by Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News on February 26, 2021 at 8:22 am

    Malacañang on Friday said President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered that only the National Bureau of Investigation should probe the deadly shootout between operatives of the police force and the anti-narcotics agency—two groups he had tasked to lead his crackdown on illegal drugs.

  • #Reinvent Wellness With Globe At Home FB Live event on Feb 27, Saturday 10AM
    by The Manila Times on February 26, 2021 at 8:17 am

    On February 27, enjoy a fun fitness weekend featuring your celebrities at Reinvent Wellness @ Home: A Virtual Fitfest for All! Hop on the Globe At Home Facebook page starting at 10 AM for a day full of exciting and insightful activities that highlight the importance of holistic wellness, which takes into account the overall

  • Russian diplomats leave North Korea on rail trolley
    by kadraneda on February 26, 2021 at 8:08 am

    SEOUL — Eight Russian diplomats and family members — the youngest of them a three-year-old girl — have left North Korea on a hand-pushed rail trolley due to Pyongyang’s coronavirus restrictions. Video posted on Russia’s foreign ministry’s verified Telegram account showed the scene as the trolley, laden with suitcases and women, was pushed across a The post Russian diplomats leave North Korea on rail trolley appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • PH records 2,651 new COVID-19 cases, highest in over 4 months
    by Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News on February 26, 2021 at 8:00 am

    The day's tally is the highest since Oct. 17, when the Department of Health (DOH) announced 2,673 new cases.

  • Philippines reports 2,651 new COVID-19 cases, highest in over 4 months
    by Gaea Katreena Cabico on February 26, 2021 at 8:00 am

    Latest data from the DOH showed that the number of active cases in the country stands at 34,498 or 6% of the total.

  • Duterte: NBI sole agency to probe PNP-PDEA shootout
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 7:59 am

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has authorized the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) as the sole agency to investigate the shootout in Quezon City between elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and agents the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), Malacañang said Friday. “Nagdesisyon po ang ating Presidente na tanging NBI lang po ang The post Duterte: NBI sole agency to probe PNP-PDEA shootout appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte security team's use of unauthorized COVID-19 shots a 'heroism': AFP
    by Jamaine Punzalan, ABS CBN News on February 26, 2021 at 7:52 am

    The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Friday dubbed as an act of "heroism" the use of unauthorized COVID-19 shots by President Rodrigo Duterte's security team, which has again gained attention as the country's vaccination drive lagged.   

  • US to release report fingering Saudi prince in Khashoggi murder
    by kadraneda on February 26, 2021 at 7:47 am

    Washington, United States — The US director of national intelligence is expected to release a damning report Friday that fingers Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the brutal murder and dismemberment of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October 2018. The classified report is believed to say that, based on intelligence collected by the CIA The post US to release report fingering Saudi prince in Khashoggi murder appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Health workers still on priority list even after declining Sinovac — DOH advisory group
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 7:45 am

    MANILA, Philippines — Health workers can still avail of other vaccines against Covid-19 even if they have decided to decline the recommended China-made Sinovac vaccine, a member of the Department of Health-Technical Advisory Group (TAG) said on Friday. “Yes definitely, kasi itong vaccine natin, hindi pinagpipilitan. When we rollout ito talagang may consent because it The post Health workers still on priority list even after declining Sinovac — DOH advisory group appeared first on […]

  • National experts recommend use of Sinovac jab for health workers
    by Gaea Katreena Cabico on February 26, 2021 at 7:33 am

    In a briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said members of the NITAG and the department’s Technical Advisory Group have concluded that the Sinovac vaccine known as CoronaVac is safe and will be “beneficial” to medical frontliners.

  • DOT urges domestic tourists to avail of subsidized coronavirus tests
    by ABS-CBN News on February 26, 2021 at 7:22 am

    The Department of Tourism on Friday urged the public to avail of government subsidized tests for the novel coronavirus, which are required for travel to domestic tourism sites.  

  • PH Navy’s 2nd brand new, missile-capable frigate docks in Manila
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 7:08 am

    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Navy on Friday formally welcomed its second brand new missile-capable frigate, which would be christened BRP Antonio Luna (FF-151). The warship recently finished its quarantine period in Subic Bay after arriving from the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea last February 9. Public Works and Highways Secretary The post PH Navy’s 2nd brand new, missile-capable frigate docks in Manila appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • 3,000 kabahayan sa Pagsanjan walang tubig; pagsasara ng pumping station inireklamo
    by ABS-CBN News on February 26, 2021 at 7:01 am

    Tatlong buwan na umanong walang tubig ang ilang bahagi ng Pagsanjan, Laguna dahil sa ilegal umanong pagsasara ng pumping station ng water district, kung saan mahigit-kumulang 3,000 kabahayan ang apektado. 

  • Breaking: IATF OKs Sinovac use for healthcare workers — DOH
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 6:59 am

    MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has approved the recommendation to use Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccine for healthcare workers, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire announced Friday. In a press briefing, Vergeire said members of the IATF approved the recommendation of experts from the National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) and The post Breaking: IATF OKs Sinovac use for healthcare workers — DOH appeared first on […]

  • Advisory group OKs use of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for PH health workers
    by Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News on February 26, 2021 at 6:45 am

    MANILA — The interim National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG) on Friday announced it was recommending the use of the COVID-19 vaccine by Chinese company Sinovac for health workers, despite earlier reservations by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

  • Hong Kong starts coronavirus vaccination drive
    by kadraneda on February 26, 2021 at 6:30 am

    HONG KONG — Hong Kong has kicked off its coronavirus vaccination drive on Friday, as momentum builds for inoculation rollouts across the Asia-Pacific region. Hong Kong said it aims to vaccinate all adults by the end of the year. Similarly, South Korea started its inoculation campaign also Friday with a plan to inoculate 70 percent The post Hong Kong starts coronavirus vaccination drive appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Top Hong Kong university cuts ties with student union over national security concerns
    by evalderrama on February 26, 2021 at 6:28 am

    HONG KONG — The Chinese University of Hong Kong has withdrawn recognition of its student union, saying criticism of the city’s national security law by newly elected union leaders may have been illegal. The move, accusing the union of having “exploited the campus” for “political propaganda,” raises further concern about academic and political freedom in The post Top Hong Kong university cuts ties with student union over national security concerns appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Myanmar police raid protest district as World Bank halts some payments
    by evalderrama on February 26, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Myanmar police launched a crackdown overnight in a neighborhood of the main city of Yangon to break up a protest against a military-appointed official, as the World Bank said it would not process requests for funds made after the Feb. 1 coup. The Southeast Asian country has been in crisis since the army seized power The post Myanmar police raid protest district as World Bank halts some payments appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • DFA Consular office in Cebu closed until March 1 for disinfection
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 6:01 am

    MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said its consular office in Cebu will be temporarily closed until Monday next week to make way for disinfection. Aside from the disinfection in the premises of the consular office in Cebu, other preventive measures will also be implemented to “manage the risks against Covid-19,” the The post DFA Consular office in Cebu closed until March 1 for disinfection appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Health group seeks community-based COVID-19 vaccine info drive to boost public confidence
    by ABS-CBN News on February 26, 2021 at 5:59 am

    A health advocacy group on Friday sought a beefed up information drive about the COVID-19 vaccines to boost public confidence on vaccination. 

  • PH Embassy urges 'utmost caution' among Filipinos in US amid attacks on Asian Americans
    by Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News on February 26, 2021 at 5:54 am

    The Philippine Embassy in the United States on Thursday urged Filipinos to "exercise utmost caution" due to a "rise in attacks on Asian Americans" in various states.

  • House panel set to probe into deadly PNP-PDEA shootout on March 1
    on February 26, 2021 at 5:25 am

    A House panel is set to investigate the shootout between members of the Philippine National Police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Monday.

  • House vote on Cha-cha eyed by March 24
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 5:08 am

    MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives is eyeing to vote on the resolution proposing amendments to the 1987 Constitution on or before March 24, Committee on Constitutional Amendments chairperson Rep. Alfredo Garbin said Friday. “Tatapusin before the break (We will finish it before the break),” Garbin told INQUIRER.net on Friday when asked about the The post House vote on Cha-cha eyed by March 24 appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Septuagenarian dies, 2 seniors contract COVID-19 in San Pablo
    by lboniol on February 26, 2021 at 5:07 am

    LUCENA CITY –– A septuagenarian had died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while two senior citizens are now ill due to the virus in San Pablo City in Laguna province The San Pablo City Anti-COVID-19 Task Force said in its Feb. 25 report posted at 6 p.m. on Facebook, that a 74-year-old woman from Barangay San The post Septuagenarian dies, 2 seniors contract COVID-19 in San Pablo appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • 15 fishers of boat that capsized during Auring’s onslaught rescued
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 4:55 am

    MANILA, Philippines — Fifteen local fishermen whose boat capsized off the coast of Surigao during the onslaught of Tropical Storm Auring last week have been rescued, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said Friday. “According to the boat captain, they encountered big waves that damaged the boat’s outrigger, until it eventually capsized,” the PCG said in The post 15 fishers of boat that capsized during Auring’s onslaught rescued appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • AFP: Troops can refuse Sinovac, but would have to pay
    by Xave Gregorio on February 26, 2021 at 4:41 am

    While all troops are required to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the Armed Forces of the Philippines said Friday that they can choose not to get the Sinovac shots allocated for them, but they would have to pay.

  • AFP aims to vaccinate 100 personnel daily vs Covid-19
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 4:35 am

    MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is aiming to vaccinate 100 of its personnel daily once the Covid-19 vaccines arrive, its spokesperson Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said Friday. “Ang target po natin ay makapagbakuna tayo ng 100 personnel kada isang araw,” Arevalo said in a televised briefing. (Our target is to The post AFP aims to vaccinate 100 personnel daily vs Covid-19 appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Drug suspect slain in Naga City bust
    by lboniol on February 26, 2021 at 4:31 am

    LEGAZPI CITY –– A drug suspect subject to illegal possession of firearms search was killed in a police operation in Naga City, Camarines Sur, on Thursday, Feb. 25. Master Sergeant Tobias Bongon, spokesperson of the Naga City police, said operatives were about to serve a search warrant on Dario Galon at his residence in Barangay The post Drug suspect slain in Naga City bust appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • 2 drug personalities nabbed in Mindoro
    by lboniol on February 26, 2021 at 4:27 am

    CITY OF CALAPAN –– Two suspects in the drug watch list of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Mindoro police were arrested in separate operations on Thursday, Feb. 25, authorities said Friday. The first to fall was Victor Fabila, 30, a mechanic, in a combined operation by the local police and the PDEA The post 2 drug personalities nabbed in Mindoro appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • DOJ approves IRR for scheme allowing BI to receive passenger info in advance
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 4:18 am

    MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Justice (DOJ) has approved the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) allowing the Bureau of Immigration to receive advanced information on flight passengers. Under the advanced passenger information system (APIS), the Bureau of Immigration said it will be able to strengthen the country’s border security as it would be able The post DOJ approves IRR for scheme allowing BI to receive passenger info in advance appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte will attend ceremony for Sinovac arrival — Palace
    by Keith Calayag on February 26, 2021 at 4:10 am

    PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will attend the ceremony for the arrival of Sinovac vaccines this Sunday, Malacanang said on Friday. “It’s in his [schedule],” Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said in a text message to reporters on Friday when asked for confirmation. The Department of Health (DoH) and the National Task Force (NTF) against coronavirus disease

  • NCR shows increasing trend in Covid cases — OCTA
    by Red Mendoza on February 26, 2021 at 4:08 am

    THE National Capital Region (NCR) continues to experience an increase in the number of new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the past week, according to an independent research firm. In its weekly report dated February 25, Octa said that while localized lockdowns may have helped slow down the spread of the infection, the cases

  • Removing PNP’s anti-drug function could weaken war vs drugs – ‘Bato’
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 3:52 am

    MANILA, Philippines — Giving the Philippine Drug Enforcement (PDEA) the sole mandate to conduct anti-drug operations could weaken the Duterte administration’s war against illegal drugs, Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said Friday. “You cannot wage, as desired by the President,…an all-out war against the drug problem dahil kukulangin talaga. Hindi talaga kakayanin ng PDEA sa The post Removing PNP’s anti-drug function could weaken war vs drugs – ‘Bato’ appeared first on […]

  • COVID-19 bed capacity: Five of 150 NCR hospitals under ‘critical’ level — DOH
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 3:42 am

    MANILA, Philippines — Five out of 150 hospitals in Metro Manila were placed under critical level in terms of bed capacity solely for COVID-19 patients, data from the Department of Health (DOH) as of February 24 showed. This figure increased from three recorded as “critical” last Feb. 19, consisting of 149 hospitals. Of the hospitals under “critical” level, only The post COVID-19 bed capacity: Five of 150 NCR hospitals under ‘critical’ level — DOH appeared first on Inquirer […]

  • South Korea kicks off COVID-19 vaccination campaign
    by evalderrama on February 26, 2021 at 3:14 am

    SEOUL — South Korea launched its COVID-19 inoculation campaign on Friday, with shots to be administered in some 200 nursing homes, in an effort that officials call the first step in returning the country to more normal life. The first doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine began to be given at 9 a.m. to nursing home workers The post South Korea kicks off COVID-19 vaccination campaign appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Dutch parliament: China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide
    by evalderrama on February 26, 2021 at 2:51 am

    AMSTERDAM — The Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion saying the treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in China amounts to genocide, the first such move by a European country. Activists and U.N. rights experts say at least one million Muslims are being detained in camps in the remote western region of Xinjiang. The post Dutch parliament: China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Filipinos in US advised to exercise caution as hate crimes vs Asians rise
    on February 26, 2021 at 2:20 am

    In a statement, the embassy said it notes “with concern” the rising number of attacks against Asian Americans.

  • Taal Volcano update: 113 tremors recorded in 24 hours
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 2:01 am

    MANILA, Philippines — A total of 113 volcanic tremor episodes were recorded in Taal Volcano over the past 24 hours, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported Friday. Phivolcs said the volcanic tremor episodes lasted from one minute to 34 minutes. Despite these, Phivolcs said “only weak steam-laden plumes were emitted by fumarolic activity The post Taal Volcano update: 113 tremors recorded in 24 hours appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Parañaque sees arrival of AstraZeneca vaccines in 2021 ‘late second quarter’
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 1:57 am

    MANILA, Philippines — Some 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccines which Parañaque City has secured are expected to arrive in the “late second quarter” of 2021, Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said Friday. “So hopefully, ang target natin dito mga late second quarter, darating po itong AstraZeneca na ito for Parañaque City po,” Olivarez said The post Parañaque sees arrival of AstraZeneca vaccines in 2021 ‘late second quarter’ appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duque willing to receive China-made Covid-19 vaccine, but…
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 1:46 am

    MANILA, Philippines — While Health Secretary Francisco Duque III sees no problem with getting himself inoculated with the Covid-19 vaccine from  Sinovac, age restriction may be an issue. In an interview on ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo Friday morning, Duque was asked if he would be willing to receive Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccine to raise public confidence. “Pwede naman… The post Duque willing to receive China-made Covid-19 vaccine, but… appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Sinovac jabs for gov’t execs? On ‘substitution basis’ only, says Duque
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 1:44 am

    MANILA, Philippines — For Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Sinovac vaccines for COVID-19 should only be used on government officials on a “substitution basis” if the intention is to raise public confidence. In an interview, Duque was asked whether any government official has volunteered to be inoculated with the China-made Sinovac vaccines to raise public The post Sinovac jabs for gov’t execs? On ‘substitution basis’ only, says Duque appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte to personally witness arrival of Sinovac vaccines on Feb. 28 — Palace
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 1:20 am

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte will personally witness the arrival of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government on Sunday, Malacañang has confirmed. “It’s in his sched,” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque told INQUIRER.net in a text message on Friday. In a previous online Palace briefing, Roque said the President wanted to personally welcome The post Duterte to personally witness arrival of Sinovac vaccines on Feb. 28 — Palace appeared first on […]

  • New York officials downplay concern over new coronavirus variant
    by ggaviola on February 26, 2021 at 12:56 am

    NEW YORK – Mayor Bill de Blasio’s chief medical adviser on Thursday downplayed the results of two studies showing that a new coronavirus variant found in New York City in November may be more resistant to vaccines now being administered. Dr. Jay Varma said it was premature to infer from laboratory results how effective the The post New York officials downplay concern over new coronavirus variant appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Barbers: No PNP – PDEA shootout if there was proper coordination
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 12:51 am

    MANILA, Philippines — The shootout between the operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) would not have happened if there was proper coordination, Surigao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Robert Ace Barbers said Friday. Barbers, chairperson of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs, stressed that the unfortunate incident The post Barbers: No PNP – PDEA shootout if there was proper coordination appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • U.S. carries out airstrike against Iranian-backed militia target in Syria, officials say
    by ggaviola on February 26, 2021 at 12:44 am

    WASHINGTON – The United States on Thursday carried out an airstrike in Syria against a structure belonging to what it said were Iran-backed militia, two officials told Reuters, an apparent response to rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq. While the strike could be the first retaliatory moves by the United States following last week’s The post U.S. carries out airstrike against Iranian-backed militia target in Syria, officials say appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • House to probe PNP – PDEA shootout on March 1
    by postie on February 26, 2021 at 12:12 am

    MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives’ investigation on the shootout between operatives of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is set on March 1. The investigation will be led by the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs. “The committee has decided to call for a motu propio investigation on The post House to probe PNP – PDEA shootout on March 1 appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Magnitude 4.4 quake rattles Sarangani
    by postie on February 25, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck Sarangani early Friday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported. Phivolcs said the earthquake was recorded at 1:45 a.m. on February 26, with the epicenter located 27 kilometers southeast of Glan, Sarangani. The earthquake, which was of tectonic origin, had a depth of 18 The post Magnitude 4.4 quake rattles Sarangani appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • KUWTT: Covid vaccination starts on Monday | Feb 26, 2021
    by The Manila Times on February 25, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Friday, February 26, 2021. READ: Covid vaccination starts on Monday Barring last-minute hitches, the government’s mass inoculation for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) gets going on Monday. The rollout hinges on the arrival of vaccine doses from Sinovac Biotech on Sunday. In a press

  • HUNGRY BIRDS
    by The Manila Times on February 25, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    Migratory birds look for food in the wetlands of the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area in Las Piñas City on Feb. 25, 2021. The wetlands consist of 175 hectares of mudflats and mangrove forests that serve as a habitat for various species of migratory birds and fishes. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

  • BoP posts $752-M shortfall in Jan
    by Mayvelin U. Caraballo, TMT on February 25, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    The country’s balance of payments (BoP) position reverted to a deficit at the start of the year after the government shelled out money to pay its debts, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). Central bank data released on Wednesday showed the gap at $752 million in January, a turnaround from December’s $4.23-billion surplus

  • Credit growth outlook gloomy
    by Mayvelin U. Caraballo, TMT on February 25, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Australia-based ANZ Research offered on Thursday a negative view of bank lending in the country, even after Republic Act 11523, or the “Financial Institutions Strategic Transfer Act” (FIST), was signed. Sanjay Mathur, ANZ Research chief economist for Southeast Asia and India, said in a report that his organization does “not see a quick turnaround in

  • ‘Pandemic leaving some nations behind’
    by Agence France-Presse on February 25, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Washington, D.C.: The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic is leaving many economies lagging behind, increasing the plight of the poor, which was made worse by “uneven” access to vaccines, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila). In a message to the Group of 20 meeting on Friday, IMF Managing Director

  • LTO issues order stopping MVIS for registration
    by Romina Cabrera on February 25, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    The Land Transportation Office has issued an order stopping the private motor vehicle inspection system or MVIS as a requirement for car registration.

  • Health technology assessment sought for Sinovac
    by Mayen Jaymalin on February 25, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    After securing emergency use authorization, China’s Sinovac jab needs to undergo technical assessment and evaluation prior to vaccination, according to the Healthcare Professionals Alliance Against COVID-19.

  • Locsin: No one asked for ‘nurse for vaccines’ trade
    by Mayen Jaymalin on February 25, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. clarified yesterday that the Philippines was not bartering Filipino health care workers for COVID-19 vaccines with the United Kingdom or Germany.

  • Lower power rates seen next month
    by Danessa Rivera on February 25, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    The power rate in the Manila Electric Co. franchise is expected to go down next month mainly due to the refund ordered by the Energy Regulatory Commission.

  • Standing Up for Democracy, in 1986 and 2021
    by publisher@philnews.com on February 17, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    Are the ideals we stood for during the People Power revolution in 1986 gone? On February 22, 1986, Filipinos began amassing along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, near Cubao. They were there to force a dictator from Malacañang and restore freedom and democracy in the country. Next week, we will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of that momentous event in our history. We must pause and ask ourselves: are we still the same country that stopped the tanks and pulled off the first bloodless […]

  • Filipinos Stand with Aung San Suu Kyi and the People of Myanmar
    by publisher@philnews.com on February 2, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    This February, Filipinos will celebrate the 35 anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution. Therefore, it is unacceptable for Filipinos to stand silent as their fellow Southeast Asians in Myanmar lose the rights and freedoms they gained in 2016.

  • Pinoys Can Teach Americans a Thing or Two About Tyrants
    by publisher@philnews.com on January 18, 2021 at 6:52 am

    Ever since American Naval forces led by Admiral George Dewey sailed into Manila Bay in 1898, many Americans saw it their duty to educate the Filipinos. With the arrival of instructors like the Tomasites, a long-standing pattern was set—Americans would teach, and Filipinos would learn. Now, over a hundred years later, it is time to flip that model around and repay the favor.

  • U.S. Capitol Siege Proves How Fragile Democracy Is
    by publisher@philnews.com on January 8, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    Yesterday's riots in the U.S. Capitol jolted many, the world over, to the fact that democracy is indeed fragile and can easily be lost or destroyed. When demonstrators overwhelmed the police and broke into the Senate and House chambers to overturn the November elections results, America came as close to a coup as anyone alive can remember. If America had less robust democratic institutions, things could have easily gone the other way.

  • A Heritage of Smallness by Nick Joaquin
    by publisher@philnews.com on December 27, 2020 at 8:12 am

    It has been 54 years since Philippine National Artist for Literature, the late Nick Joaquin, penned the following article. With few exceptions, the issues he railed against then are still with us today. Sadly, most of our Southeast Asian neighbors are surging ahead economically, while the Philippines slowly gets left behind. We Pinoys must break free from the attitudes and habits that are holding us back and stride boldly into the future, with big plans and bigger dreams. - PNL