Day: June 19, 2020

3 drug suspects nabbed in Camarines Sur

LEGAZPI CITY — Three suspected drug suspects were arrested in separate police operations in Camarines Sur on Friday night. Colonel Roderico Roy Jr., director of the Camarines Sur police, said in a report that a student identified as Lux Pellosis, 24, was arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay (village) Irayang Solong in Minalabac town […]

Brazil surpasses one million coronavirus cases

The medical team of the Brazilian Armed Forces arrives at the Cruzeirinho village, near Palmeiras do Javari, Amazonas state, northern Brazil, on June 18, 2020, to assist indigenous population amid the COVID-19 pandemic. – The Brazilian Armed Forces launched a program to assist isolated populations in the Amazon to help fight the new coronavirus. (Photo […]

Massive coral bleaching hits Batangas waters

TURNED WHITE Coral enthusiasts sounded the alarm on Friday over the massive coral bleaching in Calatagan town, Batangas province, and in parts of the western coast of the Philippines. Reef Check Philippines documented reefs, as wide as “3 to 7 kilometers” that turned white underwater at a depth of 3 feet to 10 feet (0.9 […]

‘Cebu 8’ seeks dismissal of charges

CEBU CITY—The eight persons arrested at an antiterrorism bill rally at the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu campus on June 5 have asked the court to dismiss the charges against them for lack of legal and factual bases. In a document filed in court on Thursday, the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Cebu and […]

Davao to hire 42,000 displaced workers

DAVAO CITY—The local government here seeks to hire more than 40,000 emergency workers in a cash-for-work scheme that would immediately infuse some P170 million into the local economy and pump prime consumer spending amid a business downturn caused by the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Called “Work for Davao,” the initiative is designed to provide […]

Ombudsman probe: DOH, DBM documents sought

Ombudsman Samuel Martires on Friday said his office ordered the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to submit documents related to its investigation of the alleged irregularities in the government’s response to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The subpoenas directed Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Budget Secertary […]

Bike-hailing firms lobby anew to allow backriding

BRING BACKRIDING BACK Angkas and other bike-hailing companies introduce a wearable plastic shield to address the lack of distancing on bikes. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO As Manila returns slowly back to life, motorbikes remain noticeably absent from the highways as transport regulators continue to ban pillion riders amid the ongoing pandemic. But with public transportation still insufficient […]

Palace urges youth to emulate Rizal

Malacañang has called on the Filipino youth to be “beacons of hope” and emulate the example of the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque also commended the country’s front-liners against COVID-19 for rising up to the challenge, just like what Rizal did more than a century ago. […]

Navy upholds firing of carrier captain in virus outbreak

In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, Capt. Brett Crozier, then-commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), addresses the crew on Jan. 17, 2020, in San Diego, California. (Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alexander Williams/U.S. Navy via AP) WASHINGTON — In a stunning reversal, the Navy has upheld the firing of […]

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