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Amid pandemic, GSIS plans to offer educational loans for members

Katrina Hallare - Inquirer.net 05/30/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The chairman of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) on Friday revealed that the agency is planning to offer educational loans to its members amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. During the joint virtual…

Tropical Storm Ambo now over waters of Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur

Katrina Hallare - Inquirer.net 05/16/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Storm Ambo maintained its strength while crossing the coastal waters of Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur, the state weather bureau said Saturday. In its 8 a.m. weather update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical…

OWWA chief defends Mocha Uson for visiting quarantined OFWs in Batangas

Katrina Hallare - Inquirer.net 04/30/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Hans Leo Cacdac, the administrator of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWAA), defended on Wednesday Deputy Administrator Mocha Uson for gathering overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were quarantined in a resort in Matabungkay in…

Mocha justifies gathering with OFWs in Batangas amid enhanced quarantine

Katrina Hallare - Inquirer.net 04/29/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Deputy Administrator Margaux “Mocha” Uson on Tuesday defended her action of gathering overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) quarantined in a Matabungay, Batangas, resort for the distribution of hygiene kits, among…

Ex-soldier shot dead by police at checkpoint given military honors

Katrina Hallare - Inquirer.net 04/25/2020

MANILA, Philippines — A former soldier shot dead near a quarantine checkpoint in Quezon City was given full military honors, the Philippine Army said Saturday. In a Facebook post by the Philippine Army, the body of retired…

AFP confirms, clarifies Air Force memo on ‘martial law-type’ role

Katrina Hallare - Inquirer.net 04/19/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The spokesperson of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday confirmed the existence of an internal memo to the Philippine Air Force (PAF), where it described a “martial-type role” for the members…

DOH denies concealing number of COVID-19 deaths

Katrina Hallare - Inquirer.net 04/12/2020

MANILA, Philippines —  The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday denied claims that it has ordered hospitals to stop counting the number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) fatalities in a bid to conceal the real number of deaths.…

Diokno to Duterte: OK to make fun of buck tooth, but focus on people’s needs first

Katrina Hallare - Inquirer.net 04/04/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno on Saturday said that while it is okay for him to be the subject of President Rodrigo Duterte’s insults,  the Chief Executive should also focus on the needs of…

Plane going to Japan bursts into flames at NAIA runway

Katrina Hallare - Inquirer.net 03/29/2020

MANILA, Philippines — A Lion Air aircraft exploded and caught fire in the runway of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Sunday night. The flight was on its way to Haneda, Japan, it was carrying a…

Makati Med hits COVID-19-positive Pimentel for ‘irresponsible, reckless’ actions

Katrina Hallare - Inquirer.net 03/26/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Makati Medical Center (MMC) on Wednesday denounced Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel’s “irresponsible and reckless” actions, after the senator tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).   Pimentel admitted that he received the call…

House staff member under investigation for COVID-19 dies

Katrina Hallare - Inquirer.net 03/21/2020

MANILA, Philippines — A Congressional staff member considered as a person under investigation for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) died on Saturday, House Secretary-General Jose Luis Montales said. In a statement, Montales said that the 65-year-old patient, who…

Sarah Lahbati, Richard Gutierrez push through with wedding

Katrina Hallare - Inquirer.net 03/15/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat didn’t stop Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati from pushing through with their plans to tie the knot on Saturday. Earlier this week, Lahbati and Gutierrez announced that they decided to…

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