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DOH: Repatriation of Filipinos on board Diamond Princess may be delayed

(Eagle News)–The Department of Health on Saturday, Feb. 22, said the repatriation of Filipinos on board the Diamond Princess may be delayed. In an interview over GMA News TV, Health Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said this was based on a report from the Philippine embassy in Japan that only half of the crew members and some passengers had completed the tests for the novel coronavirus. There are 538 Filipinos on board the ship that […]

Reblocking of some M. Manila roads scheduled until Monday

(Eagle News)–Road reblocking activities are scheduled in parts of Metro Manila until Monday, Feb. 24. The Department of Public Works and Highways said the reblocking in the following roads started at 11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21: SOUTHBOUND: 1. A. Bonifacio Ave. 11th Ave. to Sgt. Rivera St. (3rd lane from sidewalk) 2. EDSA Guzent to Roosevelt Ave. (3rd lane from sidewalk) 3. EDSA approach B of P. Tuazon flyover to approach A. of Boni […]

Lacson: Manner of killing of BuCor legal officer “shows how cheap life has become” in drug war

(Eagle News)–The manner in which Bureau of Corrections legal officer Fredric Santos was killed “shows how cheap life has become in the government’s war on drugs,” Senator Panfilo Lacson said. According to Lacson, this is whether it was ” stage-managed or perpetrated by drug syndicates.” “Either way, it is on the law enforcement agencies to bear the burden of finding the solution to this impunity,” Lacson said. “It is another big challenge to law enforcement […]

497 Filipinos on board Diamond Princess to be repatriated on Sunday

(Eagle News)–Almost 500 Filipinos on board the Japan cruise ship that was quarantined off Yokohama in Japan will be repatriated on Sunday, Feb. 23. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement that 497 Filipinos from the Diamond Princess were expected to be flown in to the Clark International Airport through two chartered flights from the Haneda Airport as their 14-day quarantine for the novel coronavirus ends. He said they would be transferred to the […]

Taal still on alert level 2

(Eagle News)–An alert level 2 remains hoisted over Taal on Saturday, Feb. 22. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said activity in the main crater in the past 24 hours has been characterized by “weak emission of steam-laden plumes rising 50-100 meters high.” The Taal Volcano Network recorded 29 volcanic earthquakes that are “associated with rock fracturing processes beneath and around the edifice.” PHIVOLCS reminded the public that “sudden steam-driven or phreatic explosions, volcanic […]

Northeast monsoon still affects Luzon, Visayas

(Eagle News)–The northeast monsoon continues to affect Luzon and Visayas. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Cagayan Valley, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Aurora, and Quezon will have cloudy skies with light rains as a result. Visayas, Bicol Region, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, and Romblon will have cloudy skies with rains. PAGASA said  Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains due to […]

Murder raps filed vs Sandra Cam, others over vice mayor’s killing

(Eagle News)–Murder charges were filed on Friday, Feb. 21, against Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office board member Sandra Cam over the killing of a vice mayor last year. Also charged for the death of Batuan, Masbate vice mayor Charlie Yuson III before the Department of Justice were her son, Marco Martin Cam; Nelson Cambaya; Junel Gomez; Bradford Solis; Juanito de Luna; and Rigor dela Cruz. Acting as complainants were Yuson’s widow, Lalaine; Charlie, Yuson, Jr., and […]

UPDATED: Israel confirms first case of new coronavirus

JERUSALEM, Undefined (AFP) — Israel confirmed its first case of new coronavirus Friday, in a citizen who flew home from Japan earlier this week after being quarantined on the stricken cruise ship Diamond Princess. “One of the passengers who returned home from the cruise ship in Japan tested positive in a checkup by the health ministry’s central laboratory,” a ministry statement said. A total of 15 Israelis were among the passengers quarantined on board the […]

Cloudy skies, rains forecast in parts of PHL

(Eagle News)–Cloudy skies and rains are expected in parts of the country today. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said  Cagayan Valley, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Aurora, Quezon, and Bicol Region will have cloudy skies with light rains as the northeast monsoon affects Luzon and Visayas. Visayas, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, and Romblon will have cloudy skies with rains on the other hand. PAGASA said Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will […]

Palace: President Duterte not interested in forging military pacts with other countries

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte is not interested in forging military pacts with other countries. This is according to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, who was interviewed on ANC on Friday, Feb. 21. “Tinanong ko siya, ‘Are you open to military forces agreement with other countries? No. For as long as I am President, no,” Panelo quoted the President as saying. Panelo made the remark after the Philippines terminated the Visiting Forces Agreement with the […]

DOJ panel finds probable cause to indict Garin, several others over children’s deaths allegedly due to Dengvaxia

(Eagle News) — A Department of Justice panel has found probable cause to indict  former Health Secretary Janette Garin and several others over children’s deaths allegedly linked to the  administration of the Dengvaxia vaccine under the then-administration’s program. Also to be indicted for reckless imprudence resulting in homicide were nine other DOH officials along with officials of the Food and Drug Administration, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and Sanofi Pasteur, the dengue vaccine manufacturer. […]