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Philippines logs 1,353 new COVID-19 cases

(Eagle News)–The Philippines logged 1,353 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, Nov. 25. With the additional cases, the active tally rose to 17945. The Philippines has now logged 4,030,572 COVID-19 cases. The DOH said of the additional cases, Metro Manila logged the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days with 3,510. It was followed by Calabarzon with 1,900; Western Visayas with 1,315; Central Luzon with 1,062; and Central Visayas with 1,027. Recoveries […]

DOH: 14 cases of “more transmissible” Omicron subvariant BQ.1 detected in Philippines

(Eagle News) — The Philippines has detected 14 cases of the more transmissible Omicron subvariant BQ.1, the Department of Health said on Friday, Nov. 25. According to the DOH, based on the latest genome sequencing conducted by the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, and San Lazaro Hospital from October 28 to November 18, 13 were local cases from the Cordillera Administrative Region, Regions 1, 4A, 7, and National Capital […]

Rear Admiral Toribio Adaci, Jr. assumes post as Navy Chief

(Eagle News) — Rear Admiral Toribio Adaci Jr. is the new Flag Officer In Command of the Philippine Navy. Adaci assumed his new post on Thursday, Nov. 24, replacing Rear Admiral Caesar Bernard Valencia who was the acting chief. In his speech, Adaci said under his leadership, the modernization of the Navy’s defense forces would continue. “At the same, time we will raise the aptitude of our personnel according to their fields of specialization by […]

Senate approves proposed P5.268-trillion national budget for 2023

(Eagle News)–The Senate on Wednesday, Nov. 23, approved on third and final reading the proposed  P5.268-trillion national budget for 2023. The Senate budget measure received 21 affirmative votes, no negative votes, and no abstention. In September, voting 289 against three, the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading its  version of the proposed P5.268 trillion proposed national budget for 2023. Senate Finance Committee Chair Sonny Angara said the bicameral conference committee meetings aimed […]

President Bongbong Marcos urges Filipino scientists to stay in Philippines

Gov’t will continue to support you, he says (Eagle News) — President Bongbong Marcos on Wednesday, Nov. 23, urged Filipino scientists to stay in the country and to continue sharing their expertise with the younger generation. The President made the statement during the 2022 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. In urging the country’s scientists to stay,  the President said the government “will continue to […]

Harris says US to fund more capacity-building programs for PHL maritime law enforcement agencies: PCG

(Eagle News) — United States Vice President Kamala Harris said the US will provide additional funding to support the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other Philippine maritime law enforcement agencies, the PCG said. According to the PCG, based on Harris’ speech on board BRP Teresa Magbanua on Tuesday, Nov. 22, this was to increase the concerned agencies’ capacity, counter Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, enhance their monitoring systems and upgrade their equipment. “To the […]

US VP Harris visits Philippine island near China-claimed waters

  Puerto Princesa, Philippines | AFP | by Allison JACKSON US Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday visited a Philippine island near waters claimed by China to show support for the longtime US ally and counter Beijing’s growing influence in the region. Harris is the highest-ranking US official ever to visit the western island of Palawan, the closest Philippine landmass to the Spratly archipelago in the hotly contested South China Sea. Beijing claims sovereignty over […]

US VP Harris to visit Philippine island near China-claimed waters

PUERTO PRINCESA, Philippines (AFP) – US Vice President Kamala Harris will travel Tuesday to a Philippine island near waters claimed by China to show support for the longtime US ally and counter Beijing’s growing influence in the region. Harris will be the highest-ranking US official ever to visit the western island of Palawan, the closest Philippine landmass to the Spratly archipelago in the hotly contested South China Sea. Beijing claims sovereignty over almost the entire sea […]

US VP Harris on South China Sea: Armed attack on PHL “would invoke US mutual defense commitments”

(Eagle News) — United States Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday, Nov. 21, said an armed attack on “the Philippines, armed forces, public vessels or aircraft in the South China Sea would invoke US mutual defense commitments..” In her courtesy call on President Bongbong Marcos, Harris said this was “an unwavering commitment that we have to the Philippines” as she noted the Philippine and US alliance remained an “enduring” one. In fact, she said the […]

Philippines accuses China of seizing object in disputed waters

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — The Philippine navy on Monday accused the Chinese coastguard of “forcefully” seizing a floating object that its troops had just recovered in disputed South China Sea waters. A senior Filipino navy official made the allegation on the eve of a visit by US Vice-President Kamala Harris to a nearby Philippine island aimed at boosting ties amid China’s growing regional clout. A Chinese coastguard vessel on Sunday “blocked” a Filipino rubber boat […]

SC: Almost 92 percent completed 2022 bar exams

(Eagle News) — Almost 92 percent completed the 2022 bar exams, the Supreme Court said. According to the SC, 9,183 out of 10,006 bar examinees, in particular, completed the tests on Sunday afternoon. The resulting 91.77% attendance rate was lower than the 9,190 or 91.84% who took the tests on the third day. Meanwhile, 9,184 out of 10,006 or 91.78% of applicants were present on Sunday morning. The 2022 bar exams were held last Nov. […]

VP Harris to meet Philippines’ Marcos in effort to boost ties

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) – US Vice President Kamala Harris will meet Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos on Monday during a visit to the Southeast Asian nation aimed at boosting ties between the longstanding allies. Harris is the highest-ranking US official to visit Manila since Marcos took power in June. The trip is part of US efforts to remove any doubt about its commitment to the Asia-Pacific as China expands its clout in the region. Relations between the […]