3 China war vessels park at Panganiban Reef inside PH EEZ

Frances Mangosing - Reporter / @FMangosingINQ 04/01/2021

MANILA, Philippines—Three stealth missile fast attack craft of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy were spotted parked at Panganiban Reef in the West Philippine Sea, a sign of China’s continued expansion of its man-made island there into…

Hate attacker of Filipina in NY nabbed, was on parole after killing his mother

Reuters 04/01/2021

NEW YORK – New York City police on Wednesday arrested a convicted murderer on charges of attacking a 65-year-old Asian woman on a street, an assault captured on a video that went viral amid a rise in…

‘Fight me instead, coward!:’ Pacquiao dares attackers of Asian-Americans

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 04/01/2021

MANILA, Philippines — “Ako labanan mo, duwag! (Fight me instead, you coward!) ” Boxing champ-turned-politician Senator Manny Pacquiao on Thursday issued this challenge to attackers of Filipinos and other Asian-Americans in the United States amid rising anti-Asian…

Gov’t names 7 comorbidities for prioritization in COVID-19 vaccination drive

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 03/29/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government has identified seven comorbidities that will be included in the priority list for the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program. Dr. John Wong, an epidemiologist and member of the technical working group on data…

DOH: Depression a comorbidity, but current COVID vaccine supply reserved for health frontliners

Cathrine Gonzales - Reporter / @cgonzalesINQ 03/26/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday that the quick substitution list (QSL) for COVID-19 vaccination should only include healthcare workers for now, even as it recognized that depression is considered a comorbidity. Health…

Healthcare workers in NCR bubble, Cebu, Davao to get 400,000 Sinovac vaccines

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 03/26/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government will be allocating most of the recently delivered 400,000 vaccine doses of Sinovac BioTech for healthcare workers in areas most affected by new coronavirus variants, Malacañang said Friday. This includes healthcare workers in the…

‘Those ships are not fishing’: Lorenzana doubts China yarn on vessels in PH EEZ

Frances Mangosing - Reporter / @FMangosingINQ 03/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines—Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana cast doubt on China’s claim that Chinese vessels anchored near Julian Felipe (Whitsun) Reef in the West Philippine Sea were fishing boats. “That is their standard line but those ships are not…

Palace to mayors: Don’t skip vaccine line or we lose 44M doses of COVID-19 jabs

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 03/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Thursday cautioned local chief executives not to skip the line in the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program because such a breach of the priority ranking might result in the Philippines losing 44 million…

DILG: Ordinary individuals like Fernandez who jumped vaccine line may be off-the-hook

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 03/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday said it does not see any liability on the part of ordinary individuals, like actor Mark Anthony Fernandez, for skipping the COVID-19 vaccine…

House approves bill protecting freelancers on final reading

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 03/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines — A bill seeking the protection of freelance workers has been approved on third and final reading in the House of Representatives. During Thursday’s session, 195 members of the lower chamber approved on final reading…

Locsin on Pacquiao: Don’t vote for but honor him

Christia Marie Ramos - Reporter / @CMRamosINQ 03/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines — After Senator Manny Pacquiao was criticized for his supposed lack of competence in leading the country due to his absences as a lawmaker, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. zeroed in on the professional…

DILG slams COVID vaccination of actor Mark Anthony Fernandez: ‘Madaling gumawa ng excuse’

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 03/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III on Thursday said he does not believe that actor Mark Anthony Fernandez is qualified to be a substitute when it comes to…

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