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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
Manila hospitals struggle as virus surges

Manila hospitals struggle as virus surges

Angelo Barrera’s father struggled to breathe from Covid-19 as he was driven around the Philippine capital in search of a hospital bed. After five hours he got on a waitlist, but died before he could get inside.   More contagious [...]

April 9, 2021 Health
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
Meralco hikes April power rate

Meralco hikes April power rate

After two consecutive months of power rate reductions, the Manila Electric Company is doing the opposite for April, due to higher generation cost amid tighter supply in Luzon during the warmer dry season weather. In an advisory, Meralco announced that [...]

April 8, 2021 News
Pangasinan couple shot by soldier

Pangasinan couple shot by soldier

A soldier has been arrested in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan after he shot a woman and her boyfriend on Tuesday night because she allegedly refused to have sex with him. Private First Class Nicho Argos, 27, used his own service firearm [...]

April 8, 2021 News
Andanar warns about ‘fake news’ on Duterte’s health

Andanar warns about ‘fake news’ on Duterte’s health

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar has denied reports that President Duterte allegedly suffered a mild stroke, branding them as fake news. “Huwag magpapaniwala sa FAKE NEWS (Do not believe in FAKE NEWS),” Andanar said in a Facebook post Wednesday, April [...]

April 8, 2021 Health, News
Pandemic more damaging to economy in 2020

Pandemic more damaging to economy in 2020

The economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic last year was greater than originally reported, state statisticians said Thursday.  Gross domestic product (GDP), the sum of all products and services created in an economy, actually shrank at 9.6% on-year for the [...]

April 8, 2021 Business

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