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  • Umano’y miyembro ng Abu Sayyaf arestado sa Sulu
    by ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    Arestado ang isang umano'y miyembro ng Abu Sayyaf Group sa bayan ng Omar, Sulu Linggo ng madaling araw.  

  • Sinas claims none arrested in 'NCR Plus' for not wearing face mask, face shield
    by ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    According to data from Sinas, the PNP didn't arrest anyone not wearing face masks and face shields in public, despite reports.

  • DA chief denies pork kickbacks
    by Bernadette E. Tamayo on April 12, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    AGRICULTURE Secretary William Dar on Monday denied allegations that some groups earned kickbacks from the importation of pork amid the shortage of supply because of the African swine fever (ASF). Dar appeared during the first hearing by the Senate Committee of the Whole on the questionable increased pork importation under the Minimum Access Volume (MAV)

  • 2021 GDP forecast faces downgrade
    by Anna Leah E. Gonzales on April 12, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Quarantine measures in NCR Plus seen taking toll on economy The Interagency Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) might revise downward the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for this year to take into account the impact of the more stringent quarantine measures imposed in the National Capital Region (NCR) and surrounding provinces, collectively known

  • FDI net inflows up by 41% in January
    by Anna Leah E. Gonzales on April 12, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    Net inflows of foreign direct investments (FDI) grew by 41.5 percent to $961 million in January from $679 million a year ago, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said. In a report on Monday, the BSP said the increase was due to the 116-percent expansion in non-residents’ net investment in debt instruments to $535 million

  • Limited religious gatherings allowed
    by Keith Calayag on April 12, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    RELIGIOUS gatherings in areas under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) will be limited to 10-percent capacity. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. revealed the limitation on Monday, a day after announcing that the National Capital Region (NCR), Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite and Laguna, collectively referred to as NCR Plus, will shift to the less stringent MECQ from

  • PSEi opens week slightly lower
    by Faye Almazan on April 12, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    The main index opened the trading week slightly lower as uncertainties remained in the market. The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) slipped 0.41 percent or 26.53 points to 6,518.64, while the wider All Shares shed 0.26 percent or 10.39 points to finish at 3,988.25 on Monday. AAA Equities head of research Christopher Mangun said

  • PH to benefit from energy law in 3 yrs
    by Jordeene B. Lagare on April 12, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    It will take up to three years for the Philippines to fully benefit from the Energy Efficiency Conservation (EE&C) law that was enacted two years ago. Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance President Alexander Ablaza, in a virtual event held Monday, said, “we get to feel the impact of the law down the road in the next three

  • DPWH vows to boost fight vs corruption
    by Jomar Canlas, TMT on April 12, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Monday vowed to intensify efforts to prevent corruption, with Secretary Mark Villar signing a Pledge of Cooperation and Oath of Honesty Manifesto in partnership with the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC). Villar said steps have been taken to curb corruption, such as the setting up of a

  • Matsuyama holds off Schauffele to win historic Masters title
    by Agence France-Presse on April 12, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    AUGUSTA: Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese man to win a major golf championship on Sunday (Monday in Manila), holding his nerve down the stretch to capture the 85th Masters after a dramatic final round. Carrying the hopes of a nation on his shoulders, Matsuyama calmly grinded out clutch pars and struck for crucial birdies

  • Govt completes several projects under BBB
    by Anna Leah E. Gonzales on April 12, 2021 at 4:16 pm

    The government has so far completed several projects under the Build, Build, Build (BBB) program, a cabinet official said on Monday. Presidential Adviser on Flagship Program and Projects and Bases and Conversion and Development Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Vivencio Dizon during a forum organized by the La Camara-The Spanish Chamber of Commerce in

  • Bayanihan 3 approval seen in House
    by Reina C. Tolentino, TMT on April 12, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    A THIRD stimulus package measure could be approved at the committee level in the House of Representatives before Congress resumes session in May. Several versions of Bayanihan 3 have been filed at the House. In a virtual interview on Monday, Albay Rep. Jose Maria Clemente Salceda said the joint House Committee on Appropriations and Committee

  • Duterte vents ire again on De Lima during COVID-19 briefing
    by Alexander Magno on April 12, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Leila de Lima got another tongue-lashing from President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday during his pre-recorded briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic, marking his return to the public eye after he canceled two scheduled appearances last week. Duterte mentioned De Lima several times as he was trying to explain his almost two-week absence. The post Duterte vents ire again on De Lima during COVID-19 briefing appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • FDA: 5 more COVID-19 vaccine brands yet to get EUA in PH
    by Rose Carmelle Lacuata, ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    The Philippine government is still waiting for five more COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers to apply or finish processing their requirements to be granted an emergency use authorization in the country.  

  • Prince Harry remembers grandpa Philip as mischievous, unpredictable character
    by Reuters on April 12, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    Harry's tribute to Philip comes minutes after his elder brother Prince William, second in line to the British throne, hailed his grandfather for his dutiful service

  • 65% of Pinoys say Duterte health a public matter
    by Helen Flores on April 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Six in 10 adult Filipinos believe President Duterte’s state of heath is a public matter, according to a Social Weather Stations survey released last night.

  • PhilHealth to settle 60% of reimbursement claims
    by Sheila Crisostomo on April 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    More than half of the “valid” reimbursement claims of hospitals with the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. will be settled, the Department of Health said yesterday.

  • DOST won’t support study on Ivermectin – Dela Peña
    by Rainier Allan Ronda on April 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    he Department of Science and Technology will not support local research and development on animal anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin in connection with its supposed ability to prevent or treat COVID-19, saying there are already numerous ongoing and completed studies abroad.

  • DOST won’t support study on Ivermectin – De la Peña
    by Rainier Allan Ronda on April 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    The Department of Science and Technology will not support local research and development on animal anti-parasitic drug Ivermectin in connection with its supposed ability to prevent or treat COVID-19, saying there are already numerous ongoing and completed studies abroad.

  • Salceda eyes billions in funding for Philippines economic recovery
    by Delon Porcalla on April 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    The House of Representatives’ main resident economist hinted yesterday that he is trying to find more funding sources from the recession-hit government, in an attempt to speed up the country’s economic recovery from the impact of the pandemic.

  • Palace open to extension of aid distribution
    by Alexis Romero on April 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Malacañang is open to extending the 15-day period for the giving of aid to National Capital Region Plus residents affected by the two-week lockdown but is hopeful that the distribution will be completed soon.

  • Gas price cuts today
    by Danessa Rivera on April 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Oil companies are implementing minimal price cuts on gasoline and kerosene prices today.

  • ‘No’ to nationwide academic break
    by Cecille Suerte Felipe on April 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian disagreed with the proposal to have a nationwide academic break, saying the decision should be left to basic education and higher education institutions.

  • Go pushes 7-point agenda amid MECQ
    by Cecille Suerte Felipe on April 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    A seven-point agenda to help citizens cope better with this difficult episode of the pandemic is being pushed by a senator closest to President Duterte.

  • DTI lists industries allowed to operate
    by Louella Desiderio on April 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) yesterday released the list of industries allowed to operate in modified enhanced community quarantine areas.

  • Duterte on ivermectin: Isn't that medicine for animals?
    by ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 3:48 pm

    President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday clarified what ivermectin is for, noting that it is a veterinary drug.

  • UK opens investigation into lobbying and role of former PM Cameron
    by Reuters on April 12, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    David Cameron says that in his representations to government he did not break any codes of conduct or government rules

  • Duterte on health rumors: ‘Want me to die? Pray harder’
    by Pia Ranada on April 12, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    The President denies having any health condition that impedes his ability to serve as Chief Executive

  • Nasa 500 residente ng barangay sa Makati City hinatiran ng food packs
    by ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    May mahigit sa 100 kaso ng COVID-19 sa Barangay Pio del Pilar, Makati City. Kahit hindi naka-lockdown, marami pa ring residente ang nawalan ng hanapbuhay dahil sa pandemya.

  • Galvez says at least 600 more ICU beds needed in NCR amid COVID-19 surge
    by Gabriel Agcaoili, ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. on Monday said the Philippine government is currently expanding the healthcare facilities in the National Capital Region as coronavirus cases continue to increase.

  • Russian prison threatens to force feed hunger-striking Kremlin critic Navalny – allies
    by Reuters on April 12, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Alexei Navalny's allies say his weight has fallen to 77 kg, a drop of 15 kg since he arrived at the prison facility

  • ‘Gusto ko magmotor’: Duterte says nothing wrong with enjoying his hobbies after work
    by tbergonia on April 12, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte used his return to the public eye to also shut down critics who called out his golf practice and motorcycle ride in the middle of one of the country’s biggest health crisis. In a pre-recorded briefing late Monday (April 12), Duterte initially narrated how his friend, broadcaster and special envoy to The post ‘Gusto ko magmotor’: Duterte says nothing wrong with enjoying his hobbies after work appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • 'Endure prison while we enjoy life': Duterte blasts De Lima anew
    by ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday lashed out again at Sen. Leila de Lima in an expletive-laden talk after she castigated him for his supposed failure to lead amid the COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines.

  • Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force
    by Reuters on April 12, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    The latest Chinese mission involves 14 J-16 and 4 J-10 fighters, as well as 4 H-6K bombers, which can carry nuclear weapons, 2 anti-submarine aircraft and an early warning aircraft

  • DSWD chief admits ‘slow start’ in distribution of aid in ‘NCR Plus’
    by Alexander Magno on April 12, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — The distribution of financial aid to those affected by the lockdown in the so-called National Capital Region Plus had a “slow start,” the Secretary Rolando Bautista of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary admitted Monday. As of April 11, merely 8% of the funds allotted for the program has The post DSWD chief admits ‘slow start’ in distribution of aid in ‘NCR Plus’ appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte wants to ‘waive’ his COVID-19 vaccination slot
    by Pia Ranada on April 12, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    The Philippine leader wrongly claims that people his age or in their late 70s are not in the government's vaccination priority list

  • Filipino seafarers elevated in COVID-19 vaccination priority list - DOTr
    by ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    Filipino seafarers were brought higher in the country’s list of COVID-19 vaccine priority groups as their work is considered crucial in keeping the economy alive, the Department of Transportation said Monday.

  • Would the military allow me to stay this long if I’m inutile? – Duterte
    by Alexander Magno on April 12, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — “Would I last long? Let’s be frank here. Will I last long in this [CURSING] post if I’m inutile? Would the military allow me to govern if that’s how I run things — without me doing anything?” President Rodrigo Duterte said this, speaking in Filipino, in his pre-recorded press briefing on Monday, The post Would the military allow me to stay this long if I’m inutile? – Duterte appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte: No illness now ‘that could prevent me from exercising powers of presidency’
    by postie on April 12, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night assured the public that he can still exercise his duties as the country’s chief executive because he has no illness that could stop him from doing so. He made the remark amid speculations about his health condition, which surfaced due to his long absence from the The post Duterte: No illness now ‘that could prevent me from exercising powers of presidency’ appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Daulah Islamiyah sub-leader killed in Marawi City: military
    by ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    A sub-leader of the Islamic State-linked Daulah Islamiyah was killed in a law enforcement operation in Barangay Guimba in Marawi City early Monday, the military said.

  • PNP says no more arrests of quarantine violators during MECQ
    by Jairo Bolledo on April 12, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    This comes after the recent deaths of two men who were punished by law enforcers for violating enhanced community quarantine rules

  • Duterte says he’ll waive his COVID-19 jab: Unahin ‘yung mabubuhay pa
    by postie on April 12, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday night that he will waive his allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine and suggested that it be given to someone else who still can live. Duterte surfaced on national television via a pre-taped national address after being away from public view for two weeks, sparking speculations over his The post Duterte says he’ll waive his COVID-19 jab: Unahin ‘yung mabubuhay pa appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte: If you want me to die early, you must pray harder
    by ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte hammered his critics again on Monday, days after he was missing from the public eye for nearly two weeks.

  • Senators grill agriculture officials over reduced pork import tariffs
    by ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    The Philippine agriculture secretary came under fire in the Senate where a probe gets underway into the country's pork supply problems. 

  • Lockdown in 'NCR Plus' lowered to 2nd-strictest level
    by ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    The Philippine government issued guidelines for the lowered quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces.

  • Duterte after absence from public eye: ‘Talagang sinadya ko yun’
    by postie on April 12, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte addressed the nation after being away during his two-week absence from the public eye, saying he can go home to Davao City if he wants to. “Noong nawala ako ng ilang araw, talagang sinadya ko yun. Pag kinakalkal mo ako, parang bata, pag lalo mo akong kinakantyawan e mas The post Duterte after absence from public eye: ‘Talagang sinadya ko yun’ appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte: ‘If you want me to die early, pray harder’
    by postie on April 12, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — Appearing on national television via a pre-taped national address on Monday night – after a two-week absence from the public eye, President Rodrigo Duterte told his ill-wishers to “pray harder” if they want him to already die. “If you want me to die early, you must pray harder. Actually, what you intend The post Duterte: ‘If you want me to die early, pray harder’ appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Chinese official denies China-made COVID-19 vaccines have low protection rate
    by ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 1:55 pm

    A Chinese official denies admitting that Chinese jabs have a low protection rate.

  • 65% of Filipinos say Duterte’s health should be made public – SWS
    by postie on April 12, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — Around 65 percent or almost two in three Filipinos believe that President Rodrigo Duterte’s state of health is a public matter and should be published for people to know, a survey released by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Monday showed. SWS said that the number of people who think that Duterte’s The post 65% of Filipinos say Duterte’s health should be made public – SWS appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • One person shot dead in front of Paris hospital – police source
    by kadraneda on April 12, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    PARIS — One person was shot dead and another injured on Monday in front of a hospital in Paris, a police source told Reuters, adding that the attacker had then fled on a motorcycle. The source said the injured person was now being treated inside the hospital, the Henry Dunant, which is also a COVID-19 The post One person shot dead in front of Paris hospital – police source appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • MMDA reiterates implementation of new curfew hours even as PNP says otherwise
    by ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 1:45 pm

    The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Monday reiterated that new curfew hours amid the COVID-19 surge will be implemented starting Monday.

  • Iran blames Israel for Natanz nuclear plant outage, vows revenge
    by kadraneda on April 12, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    DUBAI — Iran on Monday accused arch-foe Israel of sabotaging its key Natanz nuclear site and vowed revenge for an attack that appeared to be the latest episode in a long-running covert war. Iran’s semi-official Nournews website said the person who caused an electricity outage in one of the production halls at the underground uranium The post Iran blames Israel for Natanz nuclear plant outage, vows revenge appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • FALSE: Locsin says Robredo not essential, not a loss to PH
    by Rappler.com on April 12, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    The graphic containing this claim is edited. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr also denies having said the statement attributed to him.

  • Navotas mayor gets first Sinovac dose 'with a heavy heart'
    by Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News on April 12, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    "I have no issue against Sinovac, or any Chinese company for that matter, I have an issue with the Chinese government," the mayor told ABS-CBN News in a text message.

  • Bureau of Immigration warns of new scam targeting former OFWs
    by postie on April 12, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Monday that it recently discovered a human trafficking scheme targeting former Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who wish to work abroad again. According to BI, the newly-discovered scam baits former OFWs whose visas and contracts have expired by giving them new tourist visas to allow them to The post Bureau of Immigration warns of new scam targeting former OFWs appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • What MECQ means for ‘NCR Plus’ | Evening wRap
    by Rappler.com on April 12, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

  • MWSS: No water service disconnection by Manila Water, Maynilad during MECQ
    by postie on April 12, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — The ban on water service disconnection for areas under a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) has been extended until the said quarantine classification ends, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Regulatory Office (MWSS-RO) said. MWSS Chief Regulator Patrick Ty said in a statement Monday that MWSS-RO has directed water concessionaires Manila Water The post MWSS: No water service disconnection by Manila Water, Maynilad during MECQ appeared first on […]

  • 70% of Japanese want Tokyo Olympics canceled or delayed – poll
    by Reuters on April 12, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    Only about 25% of respondents to the poll done by Kyodo News want the Tokyo Olympics to go ahead as scheduled

  • Cebu cops kill drug suspect, seize P20M in ‘brown’ shabu
    by tbergonia on April 12, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    CEBU CITY—A suspect allegedly with links to drug syndicates operating from the New Bilibid Prison was killed and at least P20 million in what police described as “brown” shabu, or crystal meth, was seized in a buy-bust operation in the town of Cordova, Cebu province on Monday (April 12), according to police. Joven Engalan Silong The post Cebu cops kill drug suspect, seize P20M in ‘brown’ shabu appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Another COVID-19 death raises Olongapo toll to 54
    by tbergonia on April 12, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    OLONGAPO CITY—The city saw another COVID-19 death and five new cases on Monday (April 12), according to authorities. Mayor Rolen Paulino Jr., in an advisory, said the new infections hit residents between the ages of 15 and 68 with the elderly suffering from pre-existing health conditions, like hypertension and diabetes. Paulino said all of the The post Another COVID-19 death raises Olongapo toll to 54 appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Illegal driftnet use widespread in Indian Ocean, says Greenpeace
    by kadraneda on April 12, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    NAIROBI — Greenpeace has uncovered widespread use of illegal driftnets in the northwest Indian Ocean, which it says are decimating marine life in what is one of the world’s most ecologically vulnerable fishing grounds. During two weeks at sea, the environmental organization says it filmed seven ships within 20 square miles (50 sq km) using The post Illegal driftnet use widespread in Indian Ocean, says Greenpeace appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Botswana probes deaths of two people who took AstraZeneca shot
    by kadraneda on April 12, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    GABORONE — Botswana is investigating the deaths of two among thousands of people who had been given doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to see if there is any link, the health ministry said. The southern African country has so far administered about 31,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the only vaccine it has started rolling The post Botswana probes deaths of two people who took AstraZeneca shot appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Davao City law: Fake coronavirus test equals criminal cases, jail time, P46,000
    by tbergonia on April 12, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    DAVAO CITY—Mayor Sara Duterte on Monday (April 12) warned individuals who fake coronavirus test results that they face criminal cases, jail time and hefty fines if caught. On her Monday program over Davao City Disaster Radio, Duterte said many people had been faking results of tests for SARS Cov2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, just The post Davao City law: Fake coronavirus test equals criminal cases, jail time, P46,000 appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • 59 COVID-19 cases: Zambales’ new daily record-high
    by tbergonia on April 12, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    SAN ANTONIO, Zambales—The province on Sunday (April 11) logged 59 new cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), its highest single-day tally since the pandemic began in 2020, officials said. Dr. Noel Bueno, provincial health director, said most of the new cases involved workers and residents of the towns of Iba and Botolan. The number of The post 59 COVID-19 cases: Zambales’ new daily record-high appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Spain arrests 20 alleged human smugglers
    by kadraneda on April 12, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Madrid, Spain — Spanish police said Monday they had arrested 20 alleged human smugglers operating through the Ceuta exclave bordering Morocco. They are thought to be responsible for a February shipwreck in which four migrants drowned and are accused of trafficking migrants in rickety boats, each carrying between seven and 10 people, between North Africa The post Spain arrests 20 alleged human smugglers appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Nueva Ecija gun attacks kill 1, wound another
    by tbergonia on April 12, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    CABANATUAN CITY—An online seller was killed while a rice mill owner was wounded in separate gun attacks in Nueva Ecija province last Sunday (April 11), according to police. The slain online seller, Joan Santos, 32, was a resident of the village of Bantug Norte. Police said Santos was driving an improvised tricycle, locally known as The post Nueva Ecija gun attacks kill 1, wound another appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • CHR: Ironic that curfew policy meant to protect people from virus leads to death
    by postie on April 12, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has condemned the killing of an alleged quarantine violator in Calamba, Laguna, citing that it is ironic that curfew measures meant to protect people from COVID-19 is itself causing deaths. CHR spokesperson and lawyer Jacqueline de Guia said that the killing of Ernanie Lumban, who was The post CHR: Ironic that curfew policy meant to protect people from virus leads to death appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Impose social distancing, health rules during aid distribution, ‘NCR Plus’ LGUs told
    by postie on April 12, 2021 at 11:51 am

    MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday enjoined all local chief executives in the “NCR Plus” bubble to strictly enforce basic health protocols such as wearing face masks and social distancing during distribution of aid. In a memorandum dated April 12, DILG said it received reports that a The post Impose social distancing, health rules during aid distribution, ‘NCR Plus’ LGUs told appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Wife of high-ranking terror leader wounded in Marawi City clash
    by tbergonia on April 12, 2021 at 11:16 am

    ILIGAN CITY—The wife of the second highest ranking leader of the terror group Dawlah Islamiyah (DI) had been wounded in a clash with government troops that killed her husband at a village in Marawi City on Monday (April 12). Other members of the terror group are now being hunted following the clash which also wounded The post Wife of high-ranking terror leader wounded in Marawi City clash appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Curfew stays in Bacolod but no transition to GCQ seen
    by tbergonia on April 12, 2021 at 10:59 am

    BACOLOD CITY—The city government will continue to enforce a curfew from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. and was likely to stay on modified general community quarantine as no request has been made to change it. Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he gave orders to police, village officials and Task Force Disiplina, headed by Vice Mayor El The post Curfew stays in Bacolod but no transition to GCQ seen appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Duterte OKs bill dividing Rizal’s 2nd district into three
    by postie on April 12, 2021 at 10:58 am

    MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill that splits the second legislative district of Rizal province into three new districts. Republic Act No. 11533 is set to take effect in the 2022 national and local elections. Under the new law, each district shall be composed of the following municipalities: 2nd The post Duterte OKs bill dividing Rizal’s 2nd district into three appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • BOC not consulted about lowered tariff on imported pork
    by postie on April 12, 2021 at 10:57 am

    MANILA, Philippines — The proposal of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to lower tariff rates on imported pork, which President Rodrigo Duterte eventually approved, did not go through the Bureau of Customs (BOC), senators learned Monday. During a Senate investigation on the food security crisis brought about by the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) The post BOC not consulted about lowered tariff on imported pork appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Coronavirus infections continue to spread in Negros Occidental
    by tbergonia on April 12, 2021 at 10:42 am

    BACOLOD CITY—More government offices and health facilities in Negros Occidental are going on lockdown as COVID-19 cases continued to surge in the province. Mayor Neil Lizares said the new Talisay City Hall would be closed on Monday (April 12) and Tuesday (April 13) while contact tracing and disinfection are underway. An employee assigned to the The post Coronavirus infections continue to spread in Negros Occidental appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Pagasa: If LPA develops into storm, it may enter PAR by weekend
    by postie on April 12, 2021 at 10:18 am

    MANILA, Philippines — The low-pressure area (LPA) east of the country expected to develop into a tropical cyclone may enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by the weekend, state meteorologists said Monday afternoon. Latest weather forecasts from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) showed that the LPA, currently located 1,636 kilometers The post Pagasa: If LPA develops into storm, it may enter PAR by weekend appeared first on […]

  • Prince Harry arrives back in the UK for Prince Philip funeral
    by dlejano on April 12, 2021 at 10:07 am

    WINDSOR, England — Prince Harry, whose explosive interview alongside his wife Meghan plunged the royal family into its biggest crisis in decades, has arrived back in Britain for Prince Philip’s funeral on Saturday. Philip, the husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth who had been at her side throughout her 69-year reign, died at Windsor Castle on The post Prince Harry arrives back in the UK for Prince Philip funeral appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • S.Korea to begin producing Novavax COVID-19 vaccine as early as June
    by dlejano on April 12, 2021 at 9:58 am

    SEOUL — South Korea said on Monday it plans to begin local production of Novavax Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine as early as June, while five domestic companies aim to start late stage clinical trials of their own shots in the second half of this year. The announcements came after President Moon Jae-in hosted a special meeting The post S.Korea to begin producing Novavax COVID-19 vaccine as early as June appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Czech COVID-19 daily tally lowest since September as pupils return to classroom
    by dlejano on April 12, 2021 at 9:58 am

    PRAGUE — The Czech Republic reported its lowest daily tally of new COVID-19 cases since September on Monday, the same day a six-month state of emergency expired and many pupils return to the classroom. The central European country was badly hit by the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Czech government managed to The post Czech COVID-19 daily tally lowest since September as pupils return to classroom appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Vico Sotto frets getting photos of ‘butt vaccination’ from Pasig dwellers
    by postie on April 12, 2021 at 9:55 am

    MANILA, Philippines — Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto has lauded constituents who have received vaccines against the deadly COVID-19. But he fretted over those who may have shared “TMI” (read: too much information) to show proof: photos of butt vaccinations. On Monday, Sotto made a simple request for people to stop sending pictures of their buttocks The post Vico Sotto frets getting photos of ‘butt vaccination’ from Pasig dwellers appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Traffickers seen thriving in Europe as COVID-19 hits victim support
    by dlejano on April 12, 2021 at 9:53 am

    LONDON — Human traffickers across Europe have taken advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to exploit more vulnerable people, while efforts to bring them to justice and support their victims have been disrupted, a European human rights body said on Friday. COVID-19 restrictions and the economic fallout have worsened the outlook for victims of trafficking on The post Traffickers seen thriving in Europe as COVID-19 hits victim support appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Regeneron’s COVID-19 cocktail helps prevent symptomatic disease—study
    by dlejano on April 12, 2021 at 9:48 am

    ZURICH — Regeneron’s COVID-19 antibody cocktail helped cut the risk of symptomatic infections by 81% among people in households where another member had become ill, according to a statement on Monday from its manufacturing partner, Roche. “The subcutaneous administration of casirivimab and imdevimab reduced the risk of symptomatic infections by 81% in those who were The post Regeneron’s COVID-19 cocktail helps prevent symptomatic disease—study appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • India’s daily coronavirus infections are world’s highest but crowds gather for festival
    by dlejano on April 12, 2021 at 9:43 am

    NEW DELHI — Hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees flocked on Monday to take a holy bath in India’s Ganges river, even as the nation racked up the world’s highest tally of new daily coronavirus infections. With 168,912 new cases, India accounts for one in six of all new infections globally, although the figure is The post India’s daily coronavirus infections are world’s highest but crowds gather for festival appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Negros Occidental remains under MGCQ despite rising COVID-19 cases
    by lboniol on April 12, 2021 at 9:42 am

    BACOLOD CITY –– Amid requests for a stricter quarantine status, Negros Occidental will remain under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) until April 30. Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said he was informed that Negros Occidental could not revert to general community quarantine (GCQ) because its COVID-19 infections had not reached the required level for that classification. The post Negros Occidental remains under MGCQ despite rising COVID-19 cases appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Suspect released from jail arrested in Naga City buy-bust
    by tbergonia on April 12, 2021 at 9:37 am

    LEGAZPI CITY—Anti-narcotics agents arrested a suspected pusher and seized some P340,000 worth of shabu, or crystal meth, in a buy-bust operation in Naga City, Camarines Sur province on Monday (April 12). MSgt. Tobias Bongon, Naga City police spokesperson, said the suspect, Guillermo Reapor, 50, was arrested at the village of Tinago around 3 p.m. Authorities The post Suspect released from jail arrested in Naga City buy-bust appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Rollout of eye-scan test for coronavirus targeted by German firm
    by dlejano on April 12, 2021 at 9:32 am

    MUNICH — A Munich-based company hopes to help usher in a new era of coronavirus testing with an eye scan that, it says, takes just three minutes to identify carriers of the disease and has a hit rate of 95%. Semic RF has developed its scanning app with colleagues in the United States and, pending The post Rollout of eye-scan test for coronavirus targeted by German firm appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • SMC opens 2 northbound lanes of Skyway Extension; toll free for now
    by hniitsu on April 12, 2021 at 9:23 am

    MANILA, Philippines — San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has opened two of three lanes of the Skyway Extension’s northbound section and announced that access on this road is free until further notice. SMC President and chief operating officer Ramon Ang on Monday said Skyway Extension’s northbound section that covers four kilometers from Susana Heights to Sucat The post SMC opens 2 northbound lanes of Skyway Extension; toll free for now appeared first on Inquirer News.

  • Philippine Government Failed to Defend Our Rights in the South China Sea
    by publisher@philnews.com on April 10, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    It is not every day that Filipinos can claim to have altered the course of global events. Some say we tend to see ourselves as insignificant. Even a well-intentioned UP professor once compared Filipinos to ants who should stay away from the US-China conflict least they get squashed by the dueling giants. Well, Filipinos are not insignificant. In fact, as plaintiffs in the case brought before the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), we Filipinos had a very significant role to play.

  • Secretary Locsin's Almost Impossible Mission to China
    by publisher@philnews.com on April 3, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin is currently in Beijing to ask the Chinese to order the 200-plus fishing trawlers of its Maritime Militia fleet out of Philippine waters. For weeks now, this unusually large number of trawlers has been anchored by the Julian Filipe Reef. That uninhabited reef is roughly 320 kilometers off the western tip of Palawan and is well within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

  • In 2022, Filipinos Must Choose Their Next President Wisely
    by publisher@philnews.com on March 26, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Filipinos need to choose their leaders wisely. Say what you will about the country's former colonial powers, but the Philippines was way ahead of its neighbors under Spain and the United States. Since Filipinos took over control of their own destiny in 1946, the country has seen a steady decline in its leadership role in Asia. Neighboring countries that were far less developed than we were sixty or seventy years ago have surged past us, leaving us far behind.

  • The Philippines Should Leave ASEAN and Join Quad Instead
    by publisher@philnews.com on March 17, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    It is high time the Philippines packs its bags and bids "adieu" to its timid friends from ASEAN and says "hello" to the Quad. For years this country has spent an inordinate amount of time, money, and resources for an association with little to show the world other than its awkward cross-armed handshake. Now, amid a global pandemic, everyone will at least be spared seeing that utterly silly ritual on TV or plastered across the front pages of newspapers around the region.

  • 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 […]