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 2021-01-27 18:20 

Manila Standard

PH blasts China's law on SCS...

The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest against China over its law authorizing its coast guard to shoot foreign vessels in areas it claims in the disputed South China Sea, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Wednesday....

 2021-01-27 18:10 

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Incoming AFP chief well-versed in Chinese incursions in WPS...

President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen Army commander Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana as the next chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to succeed General Gilbert Gapay, Malacanang said....

 2021-01-27 18:00 

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Manila-Washington ties seen off to fresh good start...

President Joe Biden has appointed a Filipino-American as acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), an independent agency of the US federal government primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign ai...

 2021-01-27 17:50 

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Daily infections of 2,245 highest in last 3 months...

The Department of Health announced 2,245 new infections of the coronavirus on Wednesday---the highest daily increase since November 8 last year---bringing the Philippines' COVID-19 tally to 518,407....

 2021-01-27 17:40 

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NCR mayors for GCQ retention; Galvez says move 'correct judgment'...

Metro Manila will remain under a general community quarantine (GCQ) in February, Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano said Wednesday....

 2021-01-27 17:30 

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Magalong, wife guests at Tim Yap's 'maskless' party...

With a more contagious COVID-19 variant currently spreading, people have been advised to follow strict health protocols or at least avoid crowded places to prevent further its spread....

 2021-01-27 17:20 

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DOH traces 615 close contacts of UK variant cases...

At least 615 close contacts of 13 COVID-19 cases infected with the UK variant of coronavirus in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have undergone testing, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday....

 2021-01-27 17:10 

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'Dacera died of natural causes'...

Philippine Airlines flight attendant Christine Angelica Dacera died of natural causes, the medico-legal report presented by the police to the Makati City prosecutors office showed....

 2021-01-27 17:00 

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Travelers now face virus test on day 5 of stay...

Starting Feb. 1, travelers arriving in the country will get tested for the novel coronavirus on the fifth day of their stay in the Philippines instead of having two tests as previously required, Malacaang said Wednesday....

 2021-01-27 16:50 

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Ping to PhilHealth: Liquidation not same as audit...

A liquidation is different from an audit, Sen. Panfilo Lacson stressed Wednesday, even as the fate of officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) who were charged over anomalies in the state insurer, is now up to the Office of the Ombu...

 2021-01-27 15:50 

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LGUs to bring agri goods to MM...

The Department of Agriculture has convinced some local government units to transport their agricultural products directly to Metro Manila markets, its head said Tuesday....

 2021-01-27 15:40 

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Binay: Parlade now red-tagging institutions too...

Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict spokesperson Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr. is not only red-tagging personalities, but also institutions when he claimed the country's top universities were recruiting grounds for the New People's Arm...

 2021-01-27 15:30 

Manila Standard

Customs: P10.6b in smuggled goods in 2020...

The Bureau of Customs' campaign against smuggling and other fraud, has resulted in the seizure of over P10.629 billion worth of smuggled goods in 2020....

 2021-01-27 15:20 

Manila Standard

House OKs SSS rate hike hold...

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a bill granting President Rodrigo Duterte the power to suspend the scheduled increases in contribution rates of the Social Security System (SSS) "in times of national emergencies....

 2021-01-27 15:10 

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Senate to study sim card registration...

Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate committee on public services, will create a Technical Working Group to study the proposed measure to remove the expiration of all cellphone load....

 2021-01-27 15:00 

Manila Standard

Aguirre assumes Napolcom post...

Newly minted National Police Commission (Napolcom) Commissioner and Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer (VCEO) Vitaliano N. Aguirre II officially assumed office....

 2021-01-27 14:55 

Manila Standard

Chiz, Villanueva stay on top of senatorial preference survey...

Sorsogon Gov. Francis Escudero and Senator Joel Villanueva continued to hold sway at the latest polling of potential senatorial bets for the 2022 general elections....

 2021-01-27 13:55 

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100 million virus cases worldwide; US seeks to reset COVID fight...

Washington---More than 100 million COVID-19 cases have now been recorded worldwide, according to an AFP tally on Tuesday, as newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden pledged to ramp up the United States's struggling vaccine program....

 2021-01-27 13:50 

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Peru enters two-week coronavirus lockdown...

Sixteen million Peruvians will enter a two-week coronavirus lockdown covering a third of the country at the end of January, Peru's interim president said Tuesday....

 2021-01-27 13:45 

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Why scientists think UK variant could be deadlier...

Paris---The announcement that the coronavirus strain sweeping Britain could be more deadly as well as more transmissible has raised fresh concerns about the variant that has spread to dozens of countries....

 2021-01-27 13:40 

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Changes to tongue, hands, feet may flag virus: study...

Madrid---Changes to the tongue, the hands or the soles of the feet could give an early indication of COVID-19 infection, Spanish researchers found in a study presented Tuesday....

 2021-01-27 13:35 

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UK sets strict quarantine vs returning citizens...

British citizens returning home from roughly 30 countries deemed at "high risk" from new coronavirus variants could soon have to quarantine in hotels, reports said on Wednesday....

 2021-01-27 06:00 

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Israel foundation connects to isolated Holocaust survivors...

When the face of 86-year-old Holocaust survivor Naomie Lichthaus appeared on their screen, staff at the call centre of Israel's Yad Ezer La-Haver foundation were ready to respond....

 2021-01-27 05:30 

Manila Standard

Hong Kong turns to 'ambush lockdowns' to fight virus...

Hong Kong has begun using "ambush lockdowns" to suddenly close off and test everyone inside neighbourhoods where coronavirus cases have spiked, as a spate of recent outbreaks lay bare the rampant inequality in the wealthy Chinese finance hub....

 2021-01-27 05:00 

Manila Standard

$439M pledged for UN peace fund, far short of goal...

Over three dozen nations have pledged or contributed over $439 million to help secure peace in conflict-stricken states, the United Nations said Tuesday, a sum that falls far short of the hoped-for $1.5 billion....

 2021-01-27 03:30 

Manila Standard

Biden's Commerce pick Raimondo vows toughness on China...

Gina Raimondo, nominated by President Joe Biden for commerce secretary, pledged Tuesday during a Senate confirmation hearing to be tough on China for "anti-competitive" trade practices....

 2021-01-27 03:00 

Manila Standard

Champagne sales lose fizz to virus...

Champagne sales plunged last year as coronavirus lockdowns stymied tourism and shut bars, hotels and restaurants, its trade association said Tuesday....

 2021-01-27 02:30 

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House sends Trump impeachment article to Senate, triggering trial...

The US House of Representatives presented a single article of impeachment to the Senate on Monday accusing Donald Trump of inciting the storming of the Capitol, setting in motion the first-ever impeachment trial of a former president....

 2021-01-27 02:00 

Manila Standard

In locked-down Lebanon, many fear poverty more than virus...

Lebanon may be under a strict pandemic lockdown to stem raging coronavirus rates, but father-of-six Omar Qarhani is still working, desperate to support his family....

 2021-01-27 01:30 

Manila Standard

Alleged Maduro money launderer under house arrest in Cape Verde...

Colombian businessman Alex Saab, who is allegedly close to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and wanted in the US for money laundering, has been put under house arrest in Cape Verde....

 2021-01-27 01:00 

Manila Standard

Germany mulls cutting international air traffic 'to almost zero'...

Germany is considering almost completely halting flights into the country to slow the spread of more infectious strains of the coronavirus, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Tuesday....

 2021-01-27 00:30 

Manila Standard

Swiss drop Russian oligarch's case against art dealer...

Swiss prosecutors confirmed Tuesday they are dropping a case brought by Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev against a top art dealer he accused of swindling him out of hundreds of millions of dollars....

 2021-01-27 00:00 

Manila Standard

Tunisian protesters march on parliament amid cabinet reshuffle...

Tunisian anti-government protesters on Tuesday marched toward the parliament which was guarded by riot police as lawmakers inside held a heated debate on a cabinet reshuffle....

 2021-01-26 23:30 

Manila Standard

Colombian defense minister dies of Covid-19 complications...

Colombian Defense Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo died Tuesday of coronavirus complications, the country's president announced. He was 69....

 2021-01-26 23:00 

Manila Standard

Google to drop funding for lawmakers denying election results...

Google said Tuesday it would halt political contributions for lawmakers who voted against certifying the election of President Joe Biden, citing the deadly US Capitol violence earlier this month....

 2021-01-26 22:30 

Manila Standard

Weinstein Co. to pay sexual abuse victims $17 million...

A US bankruptcy judge has approved a $17 million payout to dozens of women who accused jailed movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual abuse....

 2021-01-26 17:30 

Manila Standard

Cordillera new virus hotspot...

The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) will be placed under a general community quarantine (GCQ) from February 1 to 15, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong confirmed on Tuesday....

 2021-01-26 17:20 

Manila Standard

Local Roundup: Rody to get jab on backside Unregistered vax from UAE...

Malacaang on Tuesday said that President Rodrigo Duterte will have his COVID-19 vaccine in private because he's going to be injected in his buttocks....

 2021-01-26 17:10 

Manila Standard

'Trust gov't in COVID fight or follow opposition'...

President Rodrigo Duterte has said the government is seriously addressing the pandemic efficiently through its coordination with local government units and the private sector, saying if ever there are people who want to believe what the opposition says, f...

 2021-01-26 17:00 

Manila Standard

'Fire up recovery with doable bills'...

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III urged lawmakers to help jumpstart the country's recovery by acting swiftly on "doable" priority measures such as long-due reforms in the corporate income tax and fiscal incentives system and easing restri...

 2021-01-26 16:50 

Manila Standard

UP hits military over illegal use of its seal, hues...

Officials of the University of the Philippines Diliman on Tuesday asserted academic freedom as they denounced the red-tagging that followed the end of the accord that kept the military out of its campuses for three decades....

 2021-01-26 16:40 

Manila Standard

Labor union quits Red-tagged group...

The labor union of government social welfare workers has withdrawn from the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (COURAGE) after the latter was tagged as a Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in a recent Senate hearing....

 2021-01-26 16:35 

Manila Standard

PhilHealth says P15B 'liquidated'...

State medical insurer PhilHealth said Tuesday it had "liquidated" most of the P15 billion that former officials were accused last year of pocketing....

 2021-01-26 16:30 

Manila Standard

Rody elevates CA justice Lopez to High Court...

President Rodrigo Duterte has promoted Court of Appeals Associate Justice Jhosep Lopez as the 190th magistrate of the Supreme Court....

 2021-01-26 16:25 

Manila Standard

Senate OKs bills suspending SSS contribution hike...

Separate Senate committees on Tuesday approved proposed measures which seek to suspend the Social Security System contribution hike, but it was unclear if the approvals included provisions for the President to suspend the increase or it will be made throu...

 2021-01-26 14:40 

Manila Standard

Rody mulls over food price freeze...

President Rodrigo Duterte will act on the Department of Agriculture's proposal to impose a price ceiling on pork and other food products in a bid to temper the soaring retail prices of farm commodities, Malacaang said Tuesday....

 2021-01-26 14:30 

Manila Standard

Locsin halts DFA blood money payments to Villavende family...

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Monday ordered the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait to stop the payment of P7.5 million in blood money to the family of slain Filipino worker Jeanelyn Villavende....

 2021-01-26 14:20 

Manila Standard

Salceda files bill to abolish 'cedula', ease registrations...

An official on Tuesday filed a bill seeking to streamlines government processes, abolish the Community Tax Certificate and order that business registration be reduced to one day....

 2021-01-26 14:10 

Manila Standard

BI: 3k Chinese deported in 2020...

The Bureau of Immigration deported last year more than 3,000 aliens who were found to have violated immigration laws....

 2021-01-26 14:00 

Manila Standard

PNP: More evidence in Dacera case...

The police are set to present additional pieces of evidence before the Makati City Prosecutor's Office on Wednesday for the continuation of the preliminary investigation on the death of flight attendant Christine Dacera....

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