COVID-hit Roque slams ‘un-Christian’ query on how fast he secured hospital bed

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 04/12/2021

MANILA, Philippines — “Un-Christian” was how presidential spokesman Harry Roque on Monday merely dismissed – and did not answer – a question about how he was able to quickly obtain a hospital room for his COVID-19 treatment when ordinary…

DOH: Media workers part of B priority group for COVID-19 vaccination

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 04/12/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Media workers will be part of the B priority group for COVID-19 vaccination, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday. “Media would be part of the B classification already, together with the other workers…

Golf-playing, motorbike-riding Duterte chills before public address on Monday

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 04/11/2021

MANILA, Philippines — For the second time since his last public appearance two weeks ago, another undated photo and video of President Rodrigo Duterte, this time playing golf and riding a three-wheeled motorcycle, were released by his…

Man arrested after planning to bomb data centers to kill ‘about 70% of the internet’

Ian Biong - @IBiongINQ 04/10/2021

A man accused of planning to bomb Amazon’s data centers in the United States to “kill off about 70% of the internet” has been arrested. Police apprehended Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, after a concerned citizen, whose name…

Poe to IATF: Heed health workers’ plea

Bong Lozada - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ 04/10/2021

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Grace Poe called on the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases to act on the cries of the country’s health workers who are falling ill and risking their lives amid the still unresolved COVID-19…

Duterte negative for COVID-19 in last swab test — Go

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 04/08/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte tested negative for COVID-19 when he underwent his last swab test during the Holy Week, his longtime aide Sen. Bong Go said Thursday. “Regular naman pong nagpapa-swab test si Pangulong Duterte…

PH’s total COVID-19 count surpasses 800,000

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 04/05/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s total COVID-19 caseload exceeded 800,000 after the Department of Health (DOH) logged 8,355 new infections on Monday. The country’s total case count is 803,398, of which 143,726 are considered active. The DOH…

‘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…

April 2021 pharmacy licensure exam to be conducted only in MGCQ areas — PRC

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 04/02/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The pharmacy licensure exam scheduled this month will only be conducted in areas placed under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced Friday. The PRC said this was in compliance…

Taiwan train derails, scores feared dead, injured

Reuters 04/02/2021

TAIPEI — A train derailed in a tunnel in eastern Taiwan on Friday after apparently hitting a truck, with at least 36 people feared dead and more than 72 injured, as rescuers struggled to reach crushed carriages, the government…

‘Someone screamed to distract my mom’s attacker,’ says daughter of Fil-Am hate crime victim

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 04/02/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The daughter of the 65-year-old Filipino-American recently attacked in New York bared that someone had actually stepped in to distract her mother’s attacker. In a recent post on a fundraising site, victim Vilma Kari’s…

No Lenten break in fight vs coronavirus, but ‘even heroes get tired’

Neil Arwin Mercado - Reporter / @NAMercadoINQ 04/02/2021

MANILA, Philippines — During this time in 2019, Jun Ray Mendez was with his family, spending time together bonding, praying, and visiting various churches around Surigao del Sur as part of their Holy Week tradition. This time,…

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