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Duterte calls for solidarity, peace, aid to the needy

Duterte calls for solidarity, peace, aid to the needy

President Rodrigo Duterte has called on Filipinos to unite and help those who are in need as Muslims commemorate the holy month of Ramadan. The month-long Ramadan of the Muslim faithful begins on Tuesday, April 13.  Duterte said he joins Muslim [...]

April 13, 2021 News
Grocery Operating Hours During MECQ 2021

Grocery Operating Hours During MECQ 2021

From April 12 to April 30, the whole of Metro Manila Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, and Bulacan are now under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ). Under the MECQ guidelines, the curfew starts from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.—this results in longer operating hours of [...]

April 13, 2021 News
Former President Erap Estrada tests negative for COVID-19

Former President Erap Estrada tests negative for COVID-19

Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada is now COVID-19 free, his son ex-Senator Jinggoy Estrada announced today. “We are happy to announce that my dad continues to improve and we expect that he can be transferred to a regular room soon,” [...]

April 13, 2021 Health, News
Lockdown in metro, nearby areas eased from April 12 to 30

Lockdown in metro, nearby areas eased from April 12 to 30

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday eased the lockdown in Manila, the capital and nearby cities and provinces while urging local governments to boost their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Metro Manila would be under a modified enhanced community [...]

April 12, 2021 News
Philippines, US hold joint war games in South China Sea

Philippines, US hold joint war games in South China Sea

The Philippine armed forces will hold joint exercises with hundreds of US soldiers over the next two weeks, its military chief said Sunday, amid growing tensions with Beijing in the South China Sea.  The annual war games between the military [...]

April 12, 2021 News
Multiple victims in Texas shooting, attacker at large

Multiple victims in Texas shooting, attacker at large

Several victims were rushed to hospital after being shot at a business in Texas, just hours after US President Joe Biden called gun violence an “epidemic” and unveiled plans to tackle the crisis. “At approximately 2.30 p.m. we received a [...]

April 9, 2021 News
Maritime Award for saving sinking ship passengers

Maritime Award for saving sinking ship passengers

Filipino coast guard Ralph Ofalla Barajan has just received the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea after saving Siargao Princess passengers in November 2019. Petty Officer Second Class Barajan of the Philippine Coast Guard was awarded during the [...]

April 9, 2021 News
U.S., Philippine top diplomats express concerns over Chinese militia boats

U.S., Philippine top diplomats express concerns over Chinese militia boats

The U.S. State Department said in a statement, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, in a phone call on Thursday, expressed their shared concerns about Chinese militia vessels in South China Sea.   Blinken [...]

April 9, 2021 News
LTFRB to make way for 4,400 more jeeps, buses

LTFRB to make way for 4,400 more jeeps, buses

Here’s some good news for embattled public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers. The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said it will allow some 4,400 additional units of PUVs on roads next week to ferry essential commuters amid the reported proliferation [...]

April 9, 2021 News
NCR can administer 120,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses daily

NCR can administer 120,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses daily

Metro Manila has the capacity to administer 120,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine per day if there is a steady supply of vaccines in the country, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said Thursday. “In NCR (National Capital Region) alone, we [...]

April 8, 2021 News