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  • Rappler Talk Newsmaker: Tarantadong Kalbo on where art meets dissent
    by Rappler.com on July 26, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Artist Kevin Raymundo talks to Rappler reporter Pia Ranada about his 'tumindig' art work and the movement it has inspired

  • US Vice President Harris could visit Vietnam, Singapore in August
    by evalderrama on July 26, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris could travel to Vietnam and Singapore in August, even as details of such a trip are not final yet, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. The coronavirus pandemic is likely to be on Harris’ agenda, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Harris recently visited The post US Vice President Harris could visit Vietnam, Singapore in August appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Brazil health regulator cancels clinical study for Bharat Biotech vaccine
    by evalderrama on July 26, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    BRASILIA — Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Monday said it had canceled a clinical study for the Covaxin vaccine for COVID-19 developed by India’s Bharat Biotech, amid allegations of irregularities in the government’s efforts to buy millions of doses of the shot. Bharat on Friday said it had terminated a memorandum of understanding with the The post Brazil health regulator cancels clinical study for Bharat Biotech vaccine appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • BioNTech aims to develop mRNA-based malaria vaccine
    by evalderrama on July 26, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    BERLIN — BioNTech wants to build on its success in COVID-19 by developing the first vaccine for malaria based on mRNA technology and aims to start clinical testing by the end on 2022, in an attempt to eradicate the mosquito-borne illness. The Mainz, Germany-based company, which developed a COVID-19 vaccine with its partner Pfizer, said The post BioNTech aims to develop mRNA-based malaria vaccine appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Armored vehicle at truck, nagbangaan sa Nagtahan bridge
    by Jekki Pascual, ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    Hindi na nagbigay ng pahayag ang driver ng armored vehicle ukol sa insidente nitong Lunes. Napag-alaman na ito ay sa Presidential Security Group.

  • New York City, California order gov’t workers to get COVID vaccine
    by evalderrama on July 26, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    NEW YORK — Political leaders in California and New York City on Monday ordered government workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or face regular tests, ratcheting up the pressure on reluctant residents in a bid to stem a rise in infections blamed on the Delta variant. New York City will require its more than 300,000 The post New York City, California order gov’t workers to get COVID vaccine appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Biden, Kadhimi seal agreement to end US combat mission in Iraq
    by evalderrama on July 26, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    WASHINGTON — U.S. President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Monday sealed an agreement formally ending the U.S. combat mission in Iraq by the end of 2021, more than 18 years after U.S. troops were sent to the country. Coupled with Biden’s withdrawal of the last American forces in Afghanistan by the The post Biden, Kadhimi seal agreement to end US combat mission in Iraq appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Mahigit 4,000 bakwit sa Quezon City, hindi pa rin nakakauwi
    by Lyza Aquino, ABS-CBN News on July 26, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    May ibang mga lugar kasi na hanggang ngayon ay lubog pa rin sa baha at putik, bunsod ng sunod-sunod na pag-ulan nitong mga nakaraang araw.  

  • Gov’t failed to spend P63 billion under Bayanihan 2 – Lacson
    by besguerra on July 26, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — The government did, in fact, fail to spend as much as P63 billion under the Bayanihan 2 law, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said on Monday after President Rodrigo Duterte wrongly identified him as one of the lawmakers who had complained that billions of pesos were left undisbursed after the funds for pandemic lapsed The post Gov’t failed to spend P63 billion under Bayanihan 2 – Lacson appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • President tells Congress: Pass key ‘recovery’ bills in final year of term
    by besguerra on July 26, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — Acknowledging the social and economic damage caused by the pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday called on Congress to pass important pieces of legislation in the last months of his term to control the spread of COVID-19 and address the various socioeconomic needs of Filipinos. Speaking at the joint session of Congress The post President tells Congress: Pass key ‘recovery’ bills in final year of term appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Priest’s postmortem confirms virus
    by besguerra on July 26, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — The San Roque Cathedral in Caloocan City has been shut down temporarily since July 25 after one of its guest priests, who had died of cardiac arrest on his way to the church, was confirmed to be positive for COVID-19. In a Facebook post, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Bishop The post Priest’s postmortem confirms virus appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte taunts ICC in last SONA, orders more ‘kills’
    by besguerra on July 26, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — Up to the very end, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to kill. Facing complaints of crimes against humanity in his drug war, Duterte taunted the International Criminal Court (ICC) to put on record his threat to kill drug peddlers, which he said he would do out of love for country. In his last The post Duterte taunts ICC in last SONA, orders more ‘kills’ appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Number of lawyers killed since 2016 soared 500% – IBP
    by besguerra on July 26, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) on Monday appealed to authorities anew to protect members of the country’s legal community, saying the number of lawyers killed has soared by 500 percent since President Rodrigo Duterte came into power in 2016 as compared to the past six administrations. “The IBP grieves and The post Number of lawyers killed since 2016 soared 500% – IBP appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Senate to focus probe on graft-ridden gov’t agencies
    by besguerra on July 26, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — Senate investigations in the remaining months of the 18th Congress will zero in on government agencies that have raised red flags of corruption, including the Departments of Health, Public Works and Highways, Agriculture and Social Welfare and Development, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said on Monday. Sotto said the remaining year of The post Senate to focus probe on graft-ridden gov’t agencies appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • OCTA sees weekly uptrend in Metro Manila COVID-19 cases
    by besguerra on July 26, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — The OCTA Research group on Monday reported a rising trend in the weekly average of new COVID-19 cases in the National Capital Region, or a 47 percent increase between July 19 and 25 compared to the previous week. During the period, there was an average of 954 new cases, compared to 651 The post OCTA sees weekly uptrend in Metro Manila COVID-19 cases appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • ‘Tumindig’ against ‘Duter-Tuko’: Protest art gets fresh verve
    by besguerra on July 26, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — What began as online protest art became mobilized in the streets as President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his sixth and last State of the Nation Address (Sona) before members of the 18th Congress and other guests at the House of Representatives on Monday. It was again raining on that very occasion, but the The post ‘Tumindig’ against ‘Duter-Tuko’: Protest art gets fresh verve appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Business owners seek separate quarantine review for Boracay
    by besguerra on July 26, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines — A group of business operators in Boracay has appealed for a separate evaluation and designation of the local community quarantine status based on specific COVID-19 conditions on the island. “As Boracay becomes increasingly vaccinated, and all entry into Boracay becomes subject to testing, the number of cases can continue to The post Business owners seek separate quarantine review for Boracay appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Groups hit Duterte’s failed promises
    by besguerra on July 26, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    Different groups around the country staged protests, both in online portals or in the streets, on Monday to decry what they described as President Rodrigo Duterte’s failed promises as he delivered his sixth and last State of the Nation Address (Sona). In Davao City, the President’s hometown, militant groups launched five-minute picket protests to remind The post Groups hit Duterte’s failed promises appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Rainy weather to persist until Thursday – Pagasa
    by besguerra on July 26, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — Residents of the Ilocos Region and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan should brace on Tuesday for moderate to heavy rains brought by the southwest monsoon or “habagat,” which is being strengthened by two cyclones outside the Philippines, namely Typhoon Fabian (international name: In-fa) and Tropical Storm Nepartak, said the Philippine Atmospheric, The post Rainy weather to persist until Thursday – Pagasa appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • PAO flagged for advancing pay of contractual workers
    by besguerra on July 26, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Audit (COA) has called out the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) for paying in advance the salaries of its contractual workers. In its 2020 audit report, the COA said PAO paid the salaries of 61 contract of service (COS) workers even without their daily time records to prove the actual The post PAO flagged for advancing pay of contractual workers appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Prices of diesel, gasoline drop after rising for weeks
    by besguerra on July 26, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — Prices of diesel decreased by 60 centavos per liter after rising by a total of P6.25 per liter during a 14-week rally. Pump prices of gasoline also went down, by 70 centavos per liter, following a nine-week series of increases that totaled at P5.25 per liter. Caltex cut prices at 12:01 a.m. The post Prices of diesel, gasoline drop after rising for weeks appeared first on Inquirer News.

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

    MANILA, Philippines — 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 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.

  • 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.

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Egypt locks down Gilas Pilipinas in King Abdullah Cup debut
    by JR Isaga on July 26, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Gilas Pilipinas drops the first of its five straight games in the King Abdullah Cup in Jordan

  • 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

  • '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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.