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Espenido may face probe for defying PNP gag order

Jeannette I. Andrade 02/20/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police may conduct an internal probe on Lt. Col. Jovie Espenido for publicly discussing his inclusion in President Rodrigo Duterte’s narcolist despite a gag order from PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa.…

Toga out, ‘sablay’ in? DepEd official tackles graduation fashion

Matthew Reysio-Cruz - Inquirer.net 02/20/2020

  MANILA, Philippines — The toga, long at odds with the Philippines’ tropical climate, has persisted as a graduation staple. A new proposal from a Department of Education (DepEd) official, however, may finally change that. In a…

BuCor legal service chief shot dead in Muntinlupa City

Catherine Gonzales - Inquirer.net 02/19/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Corrections’ legal service chief was gunned down in Muntinlupa City on Wednesday. Fredric Anthony Santos was aboard a Toyota Hilux when two gunmen appeared and shot him in front of a…

Gamboa provides PNP regional units names of gambling operators

Catherine Gonzales - Inquirer.net 02/19/2020

MANILA, Philippines — No less than Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa provided regional units of the police force names of illegal gambling operators tipped off by his sources. “I have given the regional directors…

Over 100 Filipino crewmen of quarantined cruise ship nix repatriation

Daphne Galvez - Inquirer.net 02/19/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Around 100 Filipinos crewmen of the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan have opted to remain on board despite government efforts to repatriate them. This was revealed by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on…

Pupils’ problem not literacy but reading comprehension – DepEd

Leila B. Salaverria, Meg Adonis 02/18/2020

The problem in Bicol is not about literacy but about reading comprehension, Education Secretary Leonor Briones said on Monday, as she sought to correct and clarify an Inquirer report saying that some 70,000 students in the region…

Coronavirus cases on Japan ship rise to 355 — health minister

Agence France Presse 02/16/2020

  TOKYO, Japan — The number of people who have tested positive for the new coronavirus on a quarantined ship off Japan’s coast has risen to 355, the country’s health minister said Sunday. The new figures came…

Polio cases still on the rise

Jovic Yee - Philippine Daily Inquirer 02/16/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Despite several supplemental vaccination programs mounted by the Department of Health (DOH) to contain the polio outbreak, the number of kids afflicted with the debilitating disease still continues to rise with a 17th case…

1-year-old boy in Nueva Ecija is 17th confirmed polio case

02/15/2020

MANILA, Philippines — A one-year-old boy in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija is the 17th case of polio in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday. In a statement, the DOH said that the boy had a…

QC court orders arrest of Trillanes, 10 others over ‘Bikoy’ videos

Mariejo S. Ramos, Marlon Ramos 02/15/2020

MANILA, Philippines — A Quezon City court on Friday ordered the arrest of former senator Antonio Trillanes IV and 10 others over the widely circulated “Bikoy” videos that linked President Duterte and members of his family to the…

PAL, Cebu Pacific resume Taiwan flights

Consuelo Marquez - INQUIRER.net 02/15/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Airlines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific announced Friday the resumption of flights between Manila and Taiwan. Both airlines resumed flights after the government decided to lift the travel ban imposed on Taiwan due to the COVID-19…

Ex-SC justice Bersamin named GSIS chair

Ben O. de Vera, DJ Yap - Philippine Daily Inquirer 02/15/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Former Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin, whose tenure in the Supreme Court was marked by a number of controversial decisions that tended to favor the Duterte administration, will take the helm of the Government Service Insurance…

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