DILG says national emergency hotline 911 now operational

Consuelo Marquez 09/30/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine emergency hotline 911 returned to full operations after several of its COVID-19-infected personnel at the National Call Center (NCC) have recovered, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said Wednesday,…

Convalescent blood plasma cited for recovery of 429 COVID-19 patients

Daphne Galvez 09/25/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Over 400 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients who received convalescent plasma treatment have recovered, Food and Drug Administration Director General Eric Domingo revealed Friday, September 25, 2020. Of the 526 patients who were given…

Comelec eyes 2-day elections in 2022

Melvin Gascon 09/25/2020

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is preparing to hold the May 9, 2022, over two or more days if the prevailing coronavirus pandemic has not been contained at that time. Bartolome Sinocruz Jr., Comelec executive director, said…

ABS-CBN chairman Gabby Lopez resigns from network, other Lopez-owned firms

Daphne Galvez 09/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Citing “personal reasons,” ABS-CBN chairman emeritus and director Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III tendered his resignation on Thursday, September 24, 2020, the media giant announced. In a press statement, ABS-CBN said Lopez also tendered his…

Gov’t must turn into reality Duterte’s assertion of arbitral award

09/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, said the government should “put into reality” President Rodrigo Duterte’s assertion in the United Nations that the Philippines will not compromise its arbitral…

Think tank Infrawatch PH raises more red flags on Manila Bay project

Gabriel Pabico Lalu 09/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Infrawatch PH, a nongovernment policy think tank, raised more red flags on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, on the government’s Manila Bay rehabilitation project, saying that it lacked an Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC) and was…

Comelec says it’s premature to worry about Duterte ally’s appointment

Gabriel Pabico Lalu 09/22/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has dismissed concerns over President Rodrigo Duterte’s appointment of an ally to the poll body, saying that such worries are premature and are just based on speculations. According to…

Stranded folk from Western Visayas may now go home

09/17/2020

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines — Stranded residents from Western Visayas can now go home after the national task force overseeing the government response to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) partially lifted the suspension of travel to the…

Palace on COVID-19 crisis: The worst is over

Darry John Esguerra 09/16/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang believes that the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is over even as the confirmed cases of coronavirus infections in the Philippines continue to increase by thousands on a daily basis. Presidential spokesperson Harry…

Youth, elderly told to defer voter registration as coronavirus  threat lingers

Cathrine Gonzales 09/11/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The commander of the Joint Task Force COVID Shield on Friday, September 11, 2020, discouraged qualified youngsters and the elderly from registering as voters for the May 2022 elections due to the lingering coronavirus…

Pemberton pardon right, fair – Locsin

Dona Pazzibungan 09/10/2020

MANILA, Philippines — In a series of tweets on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. expressed sympathy for former US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton and defended President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to grant the American…

Critics see red in Manila Bay’s ‘white sand’ makeover

Krixia Subingsubing 09/04/2020

MANILA, Philippines — After undergoing a major cleanup and losing much of its technicolor garbage last year, Manila Bay is getting a ”white” makeover. But environmentalists and fisherfolk groups are seeing red instead, questioning the latest project…

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