Month: February 2020

WHO sounds highest alert on COVID-19

ROAD SCREENING Medical workers in protective gear man a coronavirus “drive-through” test facility for motorists in Goyang, Seoul, on Saturday. —AFP SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea reported its biggest surge in new coronavirus cases on Saturday as concerns grew of a possible epidemic in the United States and the World Health Organization raised its […]

Sotto to ask SC to rule on VFA

MANILA, Philippines — Although the Duterte administration has already begun talks with the United States over a new Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), Senate President Vicente Sotto III, along with other senators, intends to ask the Supreme Court next week to rule on whether the president can abrogate a treaty even without the concurrence of the […]

Joma: Reds ready for peace talks

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Philippines — Top communist leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison declared that the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) remains open to the resumption of the stalled peace talks between the government and communist rebels. “The NDFP remains open to peace negotiations with the GRP (government of the Republic of the Philippines),” […]

Kumander Bilog’s new quest for freedom

FOR 29 COUNTS OF MURDER Former CPP leader Rodolfo Salas is escorted to the Manila Regional Trial Court for his Feb. 28 arraignment, which was eventually postponed. —JOAN BONDOC ANGELES CITY, Pampanga, Philippines — Regina and her youngest brother, Jody, are no cyberwarriors, but they have taken to the internet since the police arrested their […]

‘PLA’ IDs add to Chinese slay mystery

MANILA, Philippines — The killing of a Chinese worker for an online gaming company in Makati City was shrouded in mystery on Saturday after the police said they found Chinese military identification cards in the possession of the two suspects, both compatriots of the victim. The case investigator, Staff Sgt. Evelyn Quirante, said Yang Chao […]

Peco accuses Iloilo judge of partiality

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines — The Panay Electric Co. (Peco) accused an Iloilo City judge of partiality in ordering the seizure of the power firm’s assets and turning them over to More Power Electric Power Corp. (More Power), owned by port tycoon Enrique Razon Jr. Lawyer Estrella Elamparo said in a news conference on Saturday […]

DOT postpones mall fest amid COVID-19 threat

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Saturday announced the postponement of the nationwide mall sale portion of the March 2020 Philippine Shopping Festival, saying there was a need to prioritize public health amid the “alarming rise” of coronavirus cases worldwide. The Philippine Shopping Festival was supposed to be part of DOT’s efforts […]

Traffic violator found carrying crystal meth

MANILA, Philippines — What could have been only a traffic violation turned into an antidrug operation on Saturday morning in Quezon City. Cops from the Talipapa Police Station flagged down a man on a motorcycle for not wearing a helmet in Barangay Bahay Toro. But police found out he was carrying more than P100,000 worth […]

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