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Aaron Aquino named new head of Clark International Airport Corporation

(Eagle News)–Aaron Aquino is the new head of the Clark International Airport Corporation. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed Aquino’s new appointment on Wednesday, May 27, a day after Wilkins Villanueva, PDEA chief of Northern Mindanao, broke the news he had been appointed as PDEA director-general, Aquino’s post for over two years. PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon said Aquino had been “relieved” to assume another assignment, but did not specify what this was. In a statement, Presidential […]

PNP launches 24/7 public assistance hotline

(Eagle News)–The Philippine National Police on Wednesday, May 27, launched a hotline for public assistance  during police operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In launching Helpline 16677, PNP chief Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa said the “timely release of information and assistance is urgently needed by our people and the PNP’s helpline will provide just that.” He added the PNP Directorate for Operations would be the communication hub for ECQ and GCQ concerns. The hotline, he […]

President Duterte meets with Army, Air Force officers; thanks them for their service

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, May 26, met with Philippine Army and Philippine Air Force officers at the Malacañang Golf Clubhouse. In his short speech, the President congratulated the officers for their service. “You do it out of passion, for the love of country, because we are all Filipinos and we know where to place ourselves when the time comes..kayo mga sundalo, piloto. Ako naman, by stroke of luck, I became President,” the President […]

Wilkins Villanueva is new PDEA chief; Aaron Aquino “relieved,” to assume another post, PDEA official says

(Eagle News)–Wilkins Villanueva is the new director-general of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon said this was after Aaron Aquino was “relieved” to assume another post “but we are not at liberty to disclose further details.” Aquino served as PDEA chief for almost two years. Villanueva’s appointment paper was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte and was dated May 22. In a statement, Villanueva, who was head of PDEA Northern Mindanao prior to […]

Presidential adviser Ramon Jacinto is new ICT department undersecretary

(Eagle News) — The Department of Information and Communications Technology has a new undersecretary. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday, May 26, confirmed presidential adviser Ramon “RJ” Jacinto has been appointed to the post. He made the confirmation days after President Rodrigo Duterte accepted  Eliseo Rio Jr.’s resignation as undersecretary of the department. Rio in February said he had offered to resign because he was being “sidelined and kept out of the loop for several […]

COVID-19 cases in PHL rise to 14,669 with 350 new cases; recoveries climb to 3,412

(Eagle News) — The number of coronavirus disease 2019 cases in the country has climbed to 14,669, after the Department of Health reported 350 new cases on Tuesday, May 26. The DOH, which had announced the ramping up of COVID-19 testing, did not say where the new cases came from. Recoveries, the agency said, rose to 3412, with the 89 new ones. The death toll is now at 886, including the 13 deaths. The national […]

AFP names next Wescom chief

(Eagle News) — The Western Command (Wescom) will have a new chief. The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday, May 26, said Lt. General Erickson Gloria will assume the post to be left vacant by Vice Admiral Rene Medina who is set to retire. A formal change of command and retirement ceremony is scheduled on Thursday, May 28. According to the AFP, current AFP Inspector General Lt. Gen. Antonio Ramon Lim will replace Gloria […]

Philippine Hospital Association says it is “content” with gov’t response to COVID-19

(Eagle News) — The Philippine Hospital Association is “content with how the government is handling the COVID-19 response,” and is not calling for any “drastic change” in the Department of Health. Dr. Jaime Almora, PHA president, said in an online briefing this was based on a survey conducted among the organization’s members, numbering around 1900. According to Almora, if there’s any clamor,  it has to do with the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) sets, […]

Palace: No face-to-face classes until COVID-19 vaccine locally available

(Eagle News) — Face-to-face classes will not resume until a vaccine against COVID-19 is made locally available, the Palace said on Tuesday, May 26. According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, there will be no physical classes also “habang wala pa tayo sa new normal, yung wala na pong community quarantine.” “Kung hindi talaga dumating ang new normal at hindi mai-lift yung mga community quarantines, hindi naman po ibig sabihin na hindi na mag-aaral ang ating […]

NTC: ABS-CBN petition vs shutdown order “improper,” “premature”

(Eagle News) — ABS-CBN’s petition for certiorari and prohibition is improper because the National Telecommunications Commission’s issuance of a cease and desist order stopping several of its radio and television operations was merely an administrative act, the NTC said. In its comment to ABS-CBN’s petition for certiorari and prohibition against the shutdown order, the commission added that  the filing of the ABS-CBN petition was not the proper recourse since such a petition is available under […]

QC gov’t places 2 “densely populated areas” under special concern lockdown

Looks to extend lockdown in 11 other areas (Eagle News)–The Quezon City government has placed two densely populated areas under a special concern lockdown, and is looking to extend the same in 11 other areas. In a statement, the local government said Assistant City Administrator for Operations Alberto Kimpo identified the two additional areas as Certeza Compound in Barangay Culiat and Alley 2 Homart Road in Barangay Baesa in a letter to  Department of the […]

President Duterte: “Useless” to talk about opening of classes without COVID-19 vaccine

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte early Tuesday, May 26, said it was “useless” to talk about the opening of classes without a vaccine against COVID-19. “Mga bata, ‘wag muna. ‘Yang opening ng classes, that’s a, I will not allow the opening of classes na magdikit dikit ‘yang mga bata,” the President said. “Bahala na hindi makatapos,” he said. He said if there was a vaccine, though, “okay na.” Earlier, the Department of Education said classes would […]