Day: July 25, 2020

Queen Elizabeth II joins virtual unveiling of portrait

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has joined in the virtual unveiling of a new portrait commissioned by Britain’s Foreign Office to honor her services to diplomacy. Undated handout photo released Saturday July 25, 2020, by the Royal Communications, showing the unveiling in London of a new portrait of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II by artist Miriam […]

COA flags ‘overpriced’ PhilHealth IT project

MANILA, Philippines — A proposed P2.1-billion information technology (IT) project of Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), supposedly designed to stem fraud and scams devised by some corrupt personnel, was itself fraught with irregularities, government auditors have found. One component of the project flagged as “anomalous” by the Commission on Audit (COA) and PhilHealth’s resident auditors […]

Neowise comet: Worth the wait, once in 6,800 years

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay, Philippines — Shiena Mae Bonagua, 20, likes all things celestial — and seeing the Neowise comet on Friday was a sky-high experience. She has been following astronomy-related pages on social media, so she knew when and how to spot the comet named after a mission of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration […]

13,000 back ‘people’s franchise’ for ABS-CBN

MANILA, Philippines — At least 13,000 people have already signed up to help a volunteer group’s bid to legislate a new franchise for the ABS-CBN television network through a people’s initiative even as six congressmen launched their own move to demand a plenary review of the rejection of the network’s franchise renewal. “We are happy […]

4 years of Duterte: Grip secure, legacy in the balance, say pundits

MANILA, Philippines — Rodrigo Duterte enters the penultimate year of his presidency with supermajorities intact in Congress, incentivized police and military forces, a Supreme Court populated by his appointees, and an opposition that’s lively but scattered. Yet among analysts, there’s a gnawing sense that as his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to falter […]

LOOK: New effigy for new normal

Protesters prepare a video of their diorama that will be posted online during President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City on July 27, 2020. The diorama will serve as this year’s effigy. Its burning will be recorded for the online protest. PHOTO BY […]

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