Biden call to Marcos reflects US regard for alliance: DFA

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora  Presumptive President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and US President Joe Biden  MANILA – President Joe Biden’s phone call with presumptive president Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. shows that the United States holds in “high regard” its alliance with the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said. The US president, who called … Continue reading


PH to end Tokyo Olympics as top-performing Asean team

By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno   PH OLYMPIANS. The Filipino athletes who led the Philippines’ successful campaign in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Hidilyn Diaz (upper left) – gold medalist, women’s 55-kg. weightlifting; Nesthy Petecio (upper right), silver medalist, women’s boxing featherweight division; Carlo Paalam (lower left), silver medalist, men’s boxing flyweight division and Eumir Marcial (lower right), bronze … Continue reading


Duterte, Austin renew PH-US alliance

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   President Rodrigo Duterte and US Defense chief Lloyd Austin III (Presidential Photo) MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– President Rodrigo Duterte and United States (US) Defense Secretary Defense Lloyd Austin III believed Thursday that “enhanced communication and greater cooperation” can further boost Manila and Washington’s alliance. During Austin’s courtesy call on Duterte at Malacañan Palace … Continue reading


Japan provides P143-M in scholarships for young Pinoy officials

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora   MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– The Japanese government is providing 329 million yen (approximately PHP143 million) in scholarships for young and “highly capable” Filipino government officials who want to pursue a postgraduate degree in Japan. On Tuesday, Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko and Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. signed and exchanged notes on … Continue reading

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Israeli experts in PH to share Covid-19 best practices

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora   EXPERTS. National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. (left) welcomes three Israeli medical experts at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in Pasay City on Sunday (June 20, 2021). With Galvez is Dr. Avi Ben-Zaken, deputy director of Israel’s Medical Technology and Infrastructure Administration and former … Continue reading


Retiree’s visa holders allowed to enter sans exemption docs

  (File photo) MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced on Saturday that aliens holding the Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV) issued by the Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA) are now allowed to enter the country. In an advisory, BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said following the most recent Inter-Agency Task Force for the … Continue reading

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2.3K new Covid-19 survivors bring Philippine recovery count to 1.17M

By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz   (Infographic courtesy of DOH) MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported 2,382 new recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the country’s total recoveries to 1,173,006 or 93.4 percent of all infections. In its daily Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH also reported 7,450 new cases of … Continue reading

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7-day quarantine for vaccinated individuals in PH approved

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   A quarantine facility in Manila. (Contributed photo) MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – All individuals who have received two coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine shots in the Philippines can leave and enter the country with shorter quarantine period, Malacañang said on Friday. The new rule was contained in the Inter-Agency Task Force for the … Continue reading


President Duterte eyes probe into past admin’s withdrawal of PH ships in WPS

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos  WHOSE PERMISSION. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte talks to the people after holding a meeting with the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) core members at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on Wednesday night (May 5, 2021). Duterte expressed his intent to launch a probe into the Philippines’ … Continue reading