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…

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…

‘Good vibes only’

Hyacinth Tagupa - @inquirerdotnet 03/19/2021

Back when COVID-19 wasn’t a thing and the biggest disappointment in our news feeds was the finale of “Game of Thrones,” “good vibes only” was a mantra to ward off unpleasant thoughts and news. But now, over…

The administration’s biggest, most brazen lie

Solita Callas-Monsod - @inquirerdotnet 03/13/2021

The biggest, most brazen lie ever, at least in the history of the current administration, was told by presidential spokesperson Harry Roque in a recent press briefing. Oh, you might say, Reader, smothering your yawn, doesn’t he…

Duterte’s ‘kill, kill, kill’ order vs Reds is legal under IHL, says Palace

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 03/08/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Monday justified President Rodrigo Duterte’s “kill, kill, kill” order against communist rebels, saying such a directive is legal under the International Humanitarian Law (IHL). “Kapag meron po talagang digmaan, sang-ayon sa International…

IATF OKs uniform travel protocols; No more mandatory Covid-19 test, quarantine unless…

Katrina Hallare - Reporter / @KHallareINQ 02/27/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang announced on Saturday that the government’s Covid-19 task force has approved he uniform travel protocols for all local government units (LGUs), with Covid-19 testing and quarantine for travelers no longer mandatory. Presidential spokesman…

Senior citizens’ personal appearance to claim pension no longer required

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 02/19/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senior citizens will no longer be required to personally appear before pension-issuing agencies, their servicing banks and other financial institutions to access their pension by March 1, 2021, Malacañang said Friday. This is after…

Duterte growing impatient over delayed delivery of Covid vaccine — Palace

Krissy Aguilar 02/19/2021

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte himself is already growing impatient over the delay in arrival of Covid-19 vaccines, Malacañang said Friday, February 19, 2021. “Si Presidente, nagsalita na. Siya po mismo naiinip na,” presidential spokesperson Harry…

Palace on 2022 face-to-face campaign:  Wait for Covid vaccination outcome

Daphne Galvez - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ 02/04/2021

MANILA, Philippines — It is still too early to decide whether to ban face-to-face campaigning for the 2022 national elections as the country is yet to start its vaccination program against Covid-19, Malacañang said Thursday. Presidential spokesman…

Lacson takes Roque, Galvez to task on real price tag of Sinovac

Maila Ager - Reporter / @MAgerINQ 01/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Panfilo Lacson turned the tables on presidential spokesman Harry Roque who earlier branded as fake news the reported P3,629 cost of Sinovac’ vaccine for two doses. “We dare ask: Are Secretary Roque and…

Roque: ‘If public won’t trust experts on vaccines, who must they trust? Not comedians’

Darryl John Esguerra - Reporter / @DJEsguerraINQ 01/18/2021

MANILA, Philippines — If the public will not heed experts’ advice on coronavirus vaccines, then who should they trust about it? For presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, definitely not the comedians. Although he did not identify who he was…

Palace admits post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases, says it’s ‘manageable’

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 01/11/2021

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Monday admitted that there was a post-holiday surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, but assured that it is “manageable” and the country remains capable of providing health care…

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