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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

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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

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P1.3-B Aussie aid to provide support in PH vaccine rollout

By Joyce Ann L. Rocamora   MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– Australia is allocating about 35.9 million Australian dollars (about PHP1.3 billion) to support Manila in its vaccine rollout, mostly through technical support and capacity-building efforts, its embassy in the Philippines said Friday. The support, initially announced last month after a meeting between senior Philippine government officials and Australian … Continue reading

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DOH confirms UK Covid-19 variant now in Philippines

MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – The Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) on Wednesday confirmed the detection of the B.1.1.7. SARS-CoV-2 variant (UK variant) in the country after samples from a Filipino who arrived from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Jan. 7 yielded positive genome sequencing results. DOH, in a press … Continue reading

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‘Be hopeful of better days ahead,’ Duterte tells Filipinos

By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos   President Rodrigo Duterte (Presidential Photo) MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday encouraged his fellow Filipinos to remain optimistic despite the challenges that confronted them this year. “May we all have a meaningful celebration and let us be hopeful of better days ahead. Maligayang Pasko sa ating lahat (Merry Christmas to … Continue reading

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Christmas is ‘assurance’ from God amid trying times

By Ferdinand Patinio   Apostolic Administrator of Manila, Bishop Broderick Pabillo MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – Despite the series of challenges this year, a Catholic prelate on Thursday said Christmas is an assurance that God is with the people. Apostolic Administrator of Manila, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, said amid the trying times, the birth of Jesus Christ is … Continue reading

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President Duterte renews appeal to public to report corruption in gov’t

PRRD renews appeal to public to report corruption in gov’t By Azer Parrocha   President Rodrigo Duterte (Presidential Photo) MANILA (Philippines News Agency)– President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night reiterated his call to the public to report corruption activities in the government. “Huwag ka lang magbigay ng pangalan. Ang ibigay mo ang opisina at iyong tingin mo magkano … Continue reading

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BI eases entry restrictions for more foreign nationals

BI eases entry restrictions for more foreign nationals File photo MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Saturday said it is implementing changes in travel restrictions soon. This, after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) recently expanded the coverage of foreign nationals allowed to enter the … Continue reading

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President Duterte ‘waited for typhoon to pass’ before flying back to Manila

PRRD ‘waited for typhoon to pass’ before flying back to Manila By Azer Parrocha   TYPHOON BRIEFING. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over a Cabinet meeting to tackle the government’s response to Super Typhoon Rolly on Monday (Nov. 2, 2020). Before the meeting, Duterte conducted aerial inspection of the areas heavily affected by the typhoon. (Screenshot) MANILA – President … Continue reading

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Albay, Catanduanes hardest hit by super typhoon: NDRRMC

Albay, Catanduanes hardest hit by super typhoon: NDRRMC By Priam Nepomuceno   ROLLY’S WRATH. Houses were left destroyed in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Rolly in Barangay San Francisco, Guinobatan, Albay on Monday (Nov. 2, 2020). The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the provinces of Albay and Catanduanes incurred the heaviest damage during the … Continue reading