‘I am no fool’: Lorenzana wants Chinese vessels out of West PH Sea

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 04/03/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Saturday said Chinese ambassador Huang Xilian “has a lot of explaining to do” about the presence of Chinese vessels at the Julian Felipe Reef (Whitsun Reef) and at other…

House approves bill protecting freelancers on final reading

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 03/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines — A bill seeking the protection of freelance workers has been approved on third and final reading in the House of Representatives. During Thursday’s session, 195 members of the lower chamber approved on final reading…

DILG slams COVID vaccination of actor Mark Anthony Fernandez: ‘Madaling gumawa ng excuse’

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 03/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III on Thursday said he does not believe that actor Mark Anthony Fernandez is qualified to be a substitute when it comes to…

COVID-19 hits PDEA chief Villanueva

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 03/14/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Director-General Wilkins Villanueva on Sunday disclosed that he is positive for COVID-19. https://www.facebook.com/wilkins.villanueva/posts/3795045350582478 “As I was preparing for the Senate Inquiry on Monday, I took my RT-PCR at the…

Cop sacked for asking Calbayog court for list of lawyers in ‘communist’ cases

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 03/13/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday relieved a policeman who allegedly requested the Calbayog City Regional Trial Court (RTC) for a list of lawyers representing alleged members of communist groups. In a statement, PNP officer…

3,439 new COVID-19 cases push PH’s total to 591,138

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 03/06/2021

MANILA, Philippines – The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country reached 591,138 as 3,439 new cases were recorded, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Saturday. The newly reported cases mark the highest single-day increase…

Jesuit lawyer, constitutionalist Fr. Joaquin Bernas dies at 88

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 03/06/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Fr. Joaquin Bernas, SJ,  a Jesuit lawyer and one of the framers of the 1987 constitution, passed away early Saturday morning, the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) School of Law said. He was 88.…

NBI forms composite team to probe PDEA-PNP shootout — Guevarra

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 02/27/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has formed a composite team to investigate the shootout in Quezon City between agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and police officers that left four dead,…

IATF OKs uniform travel protocols; No more mandatory Covid-19 test, quarantine unless…

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 02/27/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang announced on Saturday that the government’s Covid-19 task force has approved he uniform travel protocols for all local government units (LGUs), with Covid-19 testing and quarantine for travelers no longer mandatory. Presidential spokesman…

LPA spotted off Mindanao; cool Luzon weather due to ‘amihan’ — Pagasa

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 02/13/2021

MANILA, Philippines — A low-pressure area was spotted off Mindanao, while cool weather is expected in most parts of Luzon due to the northeast monsoon or “amihan”, the state weather bureau said Saturday. In its 4 a.m.…

Ateneo, La Salle, UST, FEU slam allegations of ‘recruitment havens’ for communist rebels

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 01/24/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), De La Salle University (DLSU), University of Santo Tomas (UST)  and Far Eastern University (FEU) on Sunday denounced the allegations of a top military official where he said…

Tony Ferrer, ‘Agent X-44’, passes away at 86

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 01/23/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Veteran actor Tony Ferrer, dubbed as the Philippines’ James Bond, died on Saturday at the age of 86, his daughter confirmed. “On 23 January 2021, our beloved father, friend, and Philippine movie industry treasure…

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