Day: July 20, 2020

Deaths of high-profile NBP inmates raise questions – Sotto

NBP inmate Jaybee Sebastian and Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra (File photos from Philippine Daily Inquirer) MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Vicente Sotto III has “too many unanswered questions” about the death from COVID-19 and cremation of New Bilibid Prison (NBP) inmates, a number of them convicted drug lords, and wants the Senate to investigate the matter. […]

18 infrastructure projects deemed ‘high risk’ amid pandemic

MANILA, Philippines — Eighteen big-ticket “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure projects, including the Metro Manila Subway, the upgrade of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) and the Mindanao Railway, have been flagged as “questionable” and “high-risk” by economists, who warned that the pandemic could “severely impair their long-term viability.” In a working paper, “Overhauling Land Transportation in […]

Medical groups caution against COVID-19 rapid tests

FREE RAPID TESTS Medical workers examine passengers of a jeepney driving through the Quirino Grandstand testing site in Manila on Monday. —MARIANNE BERMUDEZ MANILA, Philippines — Medical groups have expressed concern that the continued use of rapid antibody tests is further driving coronavirus infections as the people cleared of the COVID-19 pathogen may in fact […]

‘Cat is coming out of the bag,‘ Lagman says of House moves vs ABS-CBN

MANILA, Philippines — “Slowly the cat is coming out of the bag.” That was Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman’s response to the plan of some leaders of the House of Representatives to initiate more punitive actions against broadcasting network ABS-CBN. ADVERTISEMENT The representatives — members of the House legislative franchises committee that rejected ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal […]

Manila opens third COVID-19 testing center

FREE TESTING A man undergoes testing for the coronavirus at the Manila City government’s newly opened walk-in testing facility outside the Ospital ng Sampaloc. Available to both residents and nonresidents, the tests are free of charge. —MARIANNE BERMUDEZ After seeing an “overwhelming demand” for free new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) tests at its two newly opened […]

NCRPO’s eviction of ex-cop’s kin probed

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Archie Gamboa INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / NINO JESUS ORBETA Philippine National Police chief Gen. Archie Gamboa has ordered an investigation of the July 18 confrontation between a group of policemen led by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director Police Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas and the family of a […]

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