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Strong quake hits Batangas

(Eagle News)–A strong earthquake struck Batangas on Sunday, May 22. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the quake–initially pegged at a magnitude of 6.1—hit at 5:50 a.m. The epicenter was 21 kilometers northwest of Calatagan. The depth of focus was 132 kilometers. The following intensity and instrumental intensities were reported: Intensity: Intensity III- Quezon City Instrumental Intensities: Intensity IV- Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro Intensity III- Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro; Malolos City, Bulacan […]

Philippines logs Omicron subvariant BA.4 case

(Eagle News)–The Philippines has logged a case of the Omicron subvariant BA.4. According to the Department of Health, the Omicron BA.4, tagged as a variant of concern by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, was detected in a Filipino who flew in from the Middle East on May 4. The DOH said the positive result was based  on a test conducted on the Filipino’s specimen on May 8. The Filipino, the DOH said, […]

NTF: “Long COVID” cases monitored in PHL

(Eagle News)–The Philippines has confirmed “long COVID” cases in the country. According to National Task Force Against COVID-19 adviser Dr. Ted Herbosa, doctors in hospitals have begun to observe these medium- to long-term COVID-19 effects in patients who recover from the virus. According to the World Health Organization, these effects include fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, and breathlessness. Herbosa said patients with long COVID can also experience mental fogginess and heart inflammation. Authoritis said kidney issues were […]

Immigration bureau warns public vs new online modus to solicit money

(Eagle News)–The Bureau of Immigration has warned the public of what it said was a new online modus  perpetrated by unscrupulous individuals who use the names of some of the bureau’s officials. In a statement, the bureau said that the scammer would pretend to be the Immigration bureau chief or another Immigration employee and send unsuspecting victims an email. In the email, the person would pretend to have difficulty sending money to a distressed friend […]

DOH: No monkeypox cases detected in PHL so far

(Eagle News) — No monkeypox cases have been detected in the Philippines so far. The Department of Health issued the advisory following reports of cases in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and other European countries. The DOH said it issued the advisory “in the interest of protecting the general public from both diseases and misinformation.” Citing information from the World Health Organization, the DOH said monkeypox is a viral disease coming from animals […]

PCG: More Filipinos fishing in waters in vicinity of Pag-Asa Island

(Eagle News) — More Filipinos are fishing in waters in the vicinity of Pag-Asa Island, the Philippine Coast Guard said. According to the PCG, around 25 Filipino fishing boats were found fishing in the island’s waters during the deployment of the largest Coast Guard contingent in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) from May 12 to 14. The PCG said Coast Guard personnel checked their conditions and gave them relief supplies and COVID-19 kits during their […]

Bangkok to choose governor as national election looms

  by Rose Troup Buchanan and Thanaporn Promyamyai Millions of Bangkok voters will elect a new governor on Sunday in the first major polls since pro-democracy protests rattled Thailand’s capital, with a former minister ousted in the 2014 military coup leading the race. The poll comes as embattled Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha fights to hold his ruling national coalition together until a general election due within 12 months. The bustling, traffic-clogged metropolis of 10 million […]

‘Chariots of Fire’ and ‘Blade Runner’ composer Vangelis dies aged 79

  by John HADOULIS “Blade Runner” and “Chariots of Fire” composer Vangelis, the Oscar-winning electronic music pioneer whose distinctive musical style defined a generation of film soundtracks, has died aged 79, Greece’s prime minister said on Thursday. According to several Greek media outlets, Vangelis died of the coronavirus in France where he lived part-time, as well as in London and Athens. “Vangelis Papathanassiou is no longer with us,” Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted. “The […]

US supermarket shooting suspect back in court

  The white teenager accused of gunning down 10 Black people during a racist rampage at a supermarket in New York state was back in court Thursday. Payton Gendron, 18, wore orange prison fatigues and a white face mask as he appeared for the pre-trial felony hearing at the county court in Buffalo. He said nothing during the hearing, which lasted just a few minutes. Several of the suspect’s family members were in the courtroom, […]

13 police officials get new posts in PNP minor reshuffle

(Eagle News) — The Philippine National Police has implemented a minor reshuffle, with 13 police officials assigned to new posts. Formally installed to the new positions by PNP Officer-in-Charge, Police Lieutenant General Vicente D. Danao Jr. were the following: PBGEN Emmanuel B Peralta, Acting Director for Information and Communication Technology Management (DICTM); PBGEN Jon A Arnaldo, Acting Director of National Police Training Institute (NPTI); PBGEN Lawrence B Coop, Chief of Supervisory Office for Security and […]

PHL detects local transmission of Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1

(Eagle News) — The Philippines has detected a local transmission of the Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said three new cases were detected in the Western Visayas region, bringing the total number of the subvariant’s cases in the country to 17. She said of the three new cases, one was a returning overseas Filipino from the United States who was fully vaccinated. The remaining two are local cases detected in Iloilo City, […]

PCG’s newest vessel to participate in exercises in Indonesia waters to test marine pollution response

(Eagle News) — The Philippine Coast Guard is set to deploy its newest vessel, BRP Teresa Magbanua, to participate in marine pollution exercises in Indonesia. According to the PCG, the multi-role response vessel (MRRV), which was commissioned several days ago, will participate in the Regional Marine Pollution Exercise 2022, which will also be attended by the Directorate of Sea Transportation (DGST) of the Republic of Indonesia, and the Japan Coast Guard (JCG). According to PCG […]