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DFA reports another spike in Filipino coronavirus cases abroad

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said another spike in the total number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases among Filipinos abroad was recorded with 57 new infections in Asia and the Pacific and the Middle East. These new confirmed cases bring to 9,873 the overall tally among overseas Filipinos. … Continue reading

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House leader wants plunder raps vs. PhilHealth ‘mafia’

MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– House Committee on Public Accounts chairman Michael Defensor on Wednesday recommended the filing of plunder charges against all officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) involved in the so-called “mafia” that runs various fraudulent schemes. During a joint House hearing on the alleged graft and corrupt practices in PhilHealth, Defensor questioned … Continue reading

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DICT provides free Wi-Fi to IP community in Baguio

MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– An indigenous peoples (IP) community in a remote barangay in Baguio City has received three new Free Wi-Fi sites, enabling access to Internet connectivity and online learning, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said. The three new sites were installed in Barangay Happy Hallow during the first week of August, specifically … Continue reading

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WHO cautions Russia on Covid-19 vaccine

GENEVA (Philippines News Agency/Anadolu) – The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday it is following Russia’s progress in developing a Covid-19 vaccine but cautioned that progress in the fight against the virus should not compromise on safety. Commenting on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s earlier announcement that Russia had registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, at a … Continue reading

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DOST to lead clinical trials for Covid-19 vaccine from Russia

MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will lead the clinical trials for a coronavirus virus (Covid-19) vaccine developed and offered to the Philippines by the Russian Federation, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday. In a message to reporters, the DOH said the DOST is the lead agency in the … Continue reading

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President Duterte accepts Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine offer

PRRD accepts Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine offer By Azer Parrocha   President Rodrigo Duterte MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday accepted the offer of Russia to supply the Philippines with its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines once mass production starts. In a public address in Davao City, Duterte said he is “very happy” by … Continue reading

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Ex-Manila mayor Alfredo Lim dies of Covid-19

Ex-Manila mayor Alfredo Lim dies of Covid-19 By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   Former Manila mayor Alfredo Lim  MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– Former Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim has succumbed to coronavirus disease (Covid-19), his grandson announced on Saturday.  The death of Lim, 90, was confirmed by his grandson, Paul dela Cruz, in a Facebook post. Dela Cruz bade … Continue reading

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BEIRUT EXPLOSION: Two Filipinos killed, eight wounded, 12 missing

Foreigners among victims of Beirut explosion   BEIRUT (Philippines News Agency/Anadolu) – Several countries and organizations have announced the death and injury of a number of their citizens and staff of their diplomatic missions in Beirut massive explosion which has left at least 100 people dead. The Egyptian Embassy in Beirut said in a statement on … Continue reading