DOH: Nearly 4.7M Filipinos already vaccinated vs COVID-19

Neil Arwin Mercado 05/28/2021

  MANILA, Philippines — Nearly 4.7 million individuals have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Friday, May 28, 2021. “We were able to vaccinate already almost 4.7 million individuals. We are…

Populist tragedy: India, Brazil, PH

Richard Heydarian - @inquirerdotnet 05/04/2021

Over the past years, from Brazil to India and the Philippines, millions of voters have placed their faith in charismatic strongmen who thrive on apocalyptic rhetoric and who promised to single-handedly address complex 21st-century challenges. Recently, however,…

Catholic priests in the Philippines turn TikTok into virtual pulpit

Agence France Presse 04/25/2021

6 million followers. As the coronavirus pandemic forced places of worship to close across the Catholic-majority country, tech-savvy priests like Fiel Pareja turned the popular video-sharing platform TikTok into a virtual pulpit to connect with young believers.…

‘Might is right’ vs ‘Right is might’

Artemio V. Panganiban - @inquirerdotnet 04/25/2021

By swarming the West Philippine Sea (WPS) with more than 200 militia and coast guard ships and by prohibiting our people from fishing in our exclusive economic zone (EEZ), China is imposing the old adage of “Might…

PH runs out of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses

Cathrine Gonzales 04/05/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country has run out of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday. According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently awaiting additional documents…

PH logs all-time high 7,103 new COVID-19 infections; active cases at 73,264

Gabriel Pabico Lalu 03/19/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country hit on Friday its unprecedented single-day record of new COVID-19 infections with 7,103, driving nationwide active cases to 73,264. In its latest bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) said the total number…

TIMELINE: One year of Covid-19 in the Philippines

Cristina Eloisa Baclig 03/12/2021

MANILA, Philippines—It has been a year since the Philippines recorded its first case of novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and yet the country still continues to grapple with SARS Cov2, the virus that causes it. INQUIRER.net looks back…

Pope Francis to preside Mass for 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines

Daphne Galvez 03/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis will lead the Filipino community in Italy to celebrate 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Wednesday. The CBCP, quoting Fr. Ricky Gente…

PGH director is PH’s first Covid-19 vaccine recipient

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 03/01/2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has given its first Covid-19 vaccine to Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Director Dr. Gerardo “Gap” Legaspi. Legaspi received the vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech on Monday at the PGH. PGH nurse…

Duterte admits eradicating corruption ‘impossible’

Krissy Aguilar 02/25/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Eradicating corruption is “impossible,” President Rodrigo Duterte admitted  in his pre-recorded speech that aired Wednesday night. “I have promised the nation, I said, I would dedicate the remaining months of stay in the Office…

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…

69% of Filipinos believe worst of pandemic is over, SWS survey says

Consuelo Marquez 02/12/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Sixty-nine percent of Filipinos believed that the worst is already behind them with regards to the Covid-19 pandemic, which infected a total of 543,282 people nationwide. In its poll results on Thursday, February 11,…

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