300 Mandaue policemen take surprise drug test – MCPO chief

Mary Rose Sagarino 02/22/2021

MANDAUE CITY, Philippines — More than 300 personnel of the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) underwent a surprise drug test conducted by the PNP Crime Laboratory 7 on Monday, February 22, 2021. Police Colonel Jonathan Abella, MCPO…

Boholana nurse dies of COVID-19 in UK

Carla Gomez, Leo Udtohan - @inquirerdotnet 02/22/2021

CANDIJAY, Bohol – “I will be back.” This was the promise made by Estrella Bersamen-Catalan to her family while she was taken to the hospital due to back pains a few weeks ago. But the 52-year-old nurse…

Despite EUA, FDA advises vs using Sinovac on healthcare workers, seniors due to low efficacy

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 02/22/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Even though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted China-based drugmaker Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccine an emergency use authorization, it is not recommended to be administered on healthcare workers and senior citizens, who are…

‘Something we’ve never seen’ – Mars rover beams back selfie from moment before landing

Reuters 02/20/2021

LOS ANGELES  – NASA scientists on Friday presented striking early images from the picture-perfect landing of the Mars rover Perseverance, including a selfie of the six-wheeled vehicle dangling just above the surface of the Red Planet moments…

Task Force agrees to PH-wide MGCQ; it’s now up to Duterte

Leila B. Salaverria - Reporter / @LeilasINQ 02/20/2021

The government’s pandemic response managers have agreed to further relax quarantine restrictions nationwide, and it’s now up to President Duterte to approve their recommendation amid calls within his Cabinet to reopen more businesses and put millions of…

U.S. concerned China’s new coast guard law could escalate maritime disputes

Reuters 02/20/2021

WASHINGTON  – The United States is concerned by China’s recently enacted coast guard law and that it could escalate maritime disputes and be invoked to assert unlawful claims, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. China, which…

All patients with Covid-19 ‘mutations of concern’ have recovered — DOH, PGC

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 02/19/2021

MANILA, Philippines — All Covid-19 patients in Central Visayas with the two detected SARS-CoV-2 mutations of concern, only exhibited mild symptoms of the coronavirus disease and have been cleared from quarantine, the Department of Health (DOH) and…

SARS-CoV2 mutations in Cebu? Call it variant of concern, not PH variant, for now — DOH

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 02/19/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The two unknown mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 detected in Cebu should be referred to as “variant of concern” instead of “PH COVID-19 variant”, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday. Dr.…

PNP questions CHR findings on indoctrination of ‘lumad’ children in Cebu

Consuelo Marquez - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ 02/19/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday questioned the assessment made by the Commission on Human Rights’ (CHR) which said that the 19 “lumad” (Indigenous Peoples) children allegedly rescued by police in Cebu were…

Senior citizens’ personal appearance to claim pension no longer required

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 02/19/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senior citizens will no longer be required to personally appear before pension-issuing agencies, their servicing banks and other financial institutions to access their pension by March 1, 2021, Malacañang said Friday. This is after…

Year of Covid plunges Vatican deeper into the red

Agence France Presse 02/18/2021

VATICAN CITY, Holy See  – With donations down 25 percent, revenues from the Vatican Museums slashed 85 percent and millions of euros spent to support struggling tenants, the coronavirus pandemic has left a big hole in Pope…

Human Rights Watch demands release of detained ‘lumad’ in Cebu

Consuelo Marquez - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ 02/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Human rights advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday called on the Philippine government to free the “lumad” (Indigenous Peoples) students and teachers, who were arrested after an alleged “rescue operation” by the…

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