Poe to DA: Include galunggong in price freeze, punish profiteering

Inquirer.net 01/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Grace Poe on Monday urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to include galunggong (round scad) in its price freeze, as well as to identify and punish those manipulating prices. Poe issued the call…

IBP to gov’t: Right the wrong and set firm policies vs red-tagging

Tetch Torres-Tupas - Reporter / @T2TupasINQ 01/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The national organization of lawyers has called on the government to “right the wrong and set firm policies against red-tagging” as it disregards due process, rule of law, and weakens the State. “False and…

After AFP’s blooper, Hontiveros asks: Is military not using its intel fund properly?

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 01/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Risa Hontiveros on Monday questioned how the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) utilizes its intelligence fund in light of its recent mistake involving an inaccurate list of University of the Philippines (UP)…

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…

Teen gets 45 years in prison after killing mom over grades

Inquirer.net 01/24/2021

A teenager from Florida, United States, who pleaded guilty to killing his mother has been sentenced to 45 years in prison. Gregory Ramos was 15 when he strangled his mother, Gail Cleavenger in 2018 after an argument over…

Dinagyang Festival held ‘virtually’ for first time

Nestor P. Burgos Jr. - Correspondent / @nestorburgosINQ 01/24/2021

ILOILO CITY—With Ati tribe dancers wearing masks, a stark reminder of the COVID-19 pandemic, Iloilo’s famed Dinagyang Festival was held online for the first time on Sunday in a spectacular pre-recorded video production streamed globally. In the…

First case of pet with COVID-19 confirmed in S. Korea

The Korea Herald/Asia News Network 01/24/2021

SEOUL — A kitten has tested positive for the new coronavirus in the first virus case involving a pet reported in South Korea. “During a recent tracking process involving a mass outbreak, health authorities found that a…

DILG moves road clearing deadline to Feb. 15 to give way for LGU vaccine plans

Consuelo Marquez - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ 01/23/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Saturday said the deadline for road clearing operations was moved to Feb. 15 to allow local government units (LGUs) to prioritize plans for mass…

PGC: Possible PH Covid-19 variant to surface if there are many cases

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

MANILA, Philippines — If there are more coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the country, there is a possibility that a Philippine variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus—the causative agent of the disease—could surface, the director of the Philippine…

Sri Lankan health minister tests positive for Covid-19 after endorsing sorcery

Agence France Presse 01/23/2021

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s health minister, who publicly endorsed sorcery and magic potions to stop surging coronavirus infections in the island, has tested positive and will self-isolate, officials said Saturday. Pavithra Wanniarachchi had publicly consumed…

A year after Wuhan lockdown, China reports small rise in Covid-19 cases

Reuters 01/23/2021

 SHANGHAI – China on Saturday reported a slight increase in new cases of Covid-19 as it marks the anniversary of the world’s first coronavirus lockdown, in the city of Wuhan where the disease emerged in late 2019.…

Everybody determined’ to get Tokyo Games going – Bach

Reuters 01/23/2021

  The entire Olympic movement is united in its determination to ensure the Tokyo Games happen in July and August, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said in a video message to mark the six-month countdown…

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