COVID-19 may become ‘seasonal’, UN says

03/18/2021

GENEVA, Switzerland  – COVID-19 appears likely to develop into a seasonal disease, the United Nations said Thursday,March 18, 2021, cautioning though against relaxing pandemic-related measures simply based on meteorological factors. More than a year after the novel…

China unleashes another deadly virus

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 01/28/2021

China has unleashed another deadly virus into the world—this time a legal virus that can only roil even more the seething dispute in the South China Sea. Last week China approved a new law, to take effect…

Duterte to UN: Pandemic pushed PH to boost health systems

Krissy Aguilar - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ 12/04/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses of society, prompting the Philippines to prioritize strengthening its health systems, President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday before the United Nations. “The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of…

UN: Philippines gets P182 million int’l aid for typhoon victims

Frances Mangosing - Reporter / @FMangosingINQ 11/20/2020

MANILA, Philippines — The United Nations (UN) has announced P182 million worth of aid to typhoon victims in the Philippines. The European Union, Sweden, Australia, United States, Germany, and New Zealand were among those that extended assistance…

Stuck at sea: Nations urged to help virus-stranded mariners

09/25/2020

PARIS  — Another COVID-19 problem that the U.N. is trying to solve: how to help more than 300,000 merchant mariners who are trapped at sea because of coronavirus restrictions. Describing the mounting desperation of seafarers who have…

Gov’t must turn into reality Duterte’s assertion of arbitral award

09/24/2020

MANILA, Philippines — Former Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, said the government should “put into reality” President Rodrigo Duterte’s assertion in the United Nations that the Philippines will not compromise its arbitral…

Scarborough Shoal—a redline

Antonio T. Carpio - @inquirerdotnet 07/23/2020

The core issue of the South China Sea dispute is China’s unlawful claim to maritime areas beyond what the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) allows. Under China’s nine-dash line, five Asean coastal…

De Lima among Canadian humanitarian group’s ‘Sheroes of 2019’

Krissy Aguilar - INQUIRER.net 01/06/2020

MANILA, Philippines – For the fourth straight year, detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima has been named as among the “Sheroes of 2019” by a Canadian humanitarian non-profit organization for speaking against President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on…

NCCA encourages LGUs to develop creative economy

Irene R. Sino Cruz 10/15/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Local governments have an important role to play in developing a creative economy. To fuel the creative sector, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) executive director Al Ryan Alejandre said they have…

Vinluan on UNHRC probe: Cops will only draw guns to protect themselves

Alven Marie A. Timtim 07/16/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — “Walang pulis na gustong pumatay!” (No police officer would want to kill!) Police Colonel Gemma Vinluan, Cebu City Police Office director, said this amid the issue of the United Nations Human Rights Council…

UN war crimes convict claims to have taken poison in court

AP 11/29/2017

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The final hearing at a United Nations war crimes tribunal was dramatically halted Wednesday when a former Bosnian Croat military chief claimed to have taken poison. Slobodan Praljak yelled, “I am not a…

UN chief: Human rights, law enforcement needed in anti-drugs fight

Inquirer.net 11/14/2017

United Nations (UN) Secretary General António Guterres rallied regional leaders on the need for effective law enforcement and the respect for human rights in the war against drugs and terrorism. Guterres made the call during the Association…

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