‘Too early to declare community transmission of Covid variant in PH’

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

MANILA, Philippines — There is not enough evidence so far of  a local transmission of the Covid-19 variant, health authorities pointed out Saturday. During an online press briefing, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) director Dr. Celia Carlos…

UP president challenges AFP claim on Reds’ campus infiltration

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

MANILA, Philippines — University of the Philippines (UP) president Danilo Concepcion on Saturday said the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) allegation that some of the university’s colleges, units and offices have condoned the “infiltration” of communist rebels lacks…

DOH asks NBI help in tracing 2 unlocated contacts of UK variant patient

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 01/22/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is seeking the assistance of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to find the two still unlocated co-passengers of the Filipino infected with the UK Covid-19 variant. As of…

PNP says Barangay UP Campus a ‘crime hotspot’ in Quezon City

Consuelo Marquez - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ 01/22/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) said Barangay UP Campus is a “crime hotspot” in Quezon City as it ranks 20th in the peace and order indicator in the city since 2016. In a statement…

First UK Covid-19 variant patient tests negative in latest swab — QC gov’t

Consuelo Marquez - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ 01/22/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The first case of B.1.1.7. SARS-CoV-2 variant (Covid-19 UK variant) in the country who is a  Quezon City resident, has tested negative in his latest swab test but will still remain at the quarantine…

Biden orders masks, travel clampdown in new war on Covid-19

Agence France Presse 01/22/2021

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Thursday tightened mask wearing rules and ordered quarantine for people flying into the United States, as he got to work on tackling the coronavirus pandemic on his first full day in…

Age restriction relaxed in MGCQ areas: From 15-65 to 10-65

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 01/22/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government has eased age restrictions in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) as it allowed persons aged 10 to 65 years old to step out of their homes by February 1, 2021,…

CHEd steps into UP-DND row over ‘problematic’ accord, to broker talks

Gabriel Pabico Lalu - Reporter / @GabrielLaluINQ 01/22/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) chair Prospero de Vera said on Friday that the agreement barring unauthorized police and military presence at the University of the Philippines was “destined to be problematic.” De Vera…

After VP feat, Harris likely to get another shot at history-making

Agence France Presse 01/22/2021

WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris smashed through one of America’s highest glass ceilings Wednesday, becoming the first woman, first Black American and first person of Asian heritage to be appointed vice president, blazing a trail in the most…

BREAKING: Magnitude 7.1 quake rattles Mindanao seas; Intensity V felt in GenSan

Gabriel Pabico Lalu - Reporter / @GabrielLaluINQ 01/22/2021

Update MANILA, Philippines — A 7.1 magnitude quake jolted a large part of Mindanao and was felt as far as Zamboanga City at 8:23 p.m. Thursday, sending people out of houses and buildings here, most of them…

Want to do business with PPA? Plant trees first before getting its nod

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 01/21/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Ports Authority is going green. PPA now requires those who want to do business with the agency to plant trees or mangroves before it entertains their papers. On Thursday, the PPA said…

SSS sees P41-B loss in contributions if rate hike delayed

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 01/21/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The state-run pension fund Social Security System stands to lose over P41 million worth of contributions if the scheduled increase in contribution rate is shelved, an official said Thursday. SSS president and chief executive…

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