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PHL files another diplomatic protest vs China

(Eagle News)–The Philippines has  filed another diplomatic protest against China. The protest was filed over a law China passed last week. The law authorizes the Chinese Coast Guard to “undertake all necessary measures, including the use of weapons when national sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction are being illegally infringed upon by foreign organizations or individuals at sea.” The Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan and Vietnam have claims in the South China Sea, which China has claimed […]

PHL COVID-19 cases reach 518,407 with addition of 2,245 cases

(Eagle News) — COVID-19 cases in the country reached 518,407 on Wednesday, Jan. 27, after the Department of Health reported 2,245 additional cases. The DOH said of the total COVID-19 cases, 32,384 or 6.2 percent were active. Of these, 84.5 percent were mild, 9.2 percent asymptomatic, 3.4 percent critical, 2.4 percent severe, and 0.48 percent were moderate. The areas with the most COVID-19 cases reported today were Baguio City and Cebu City with 121 each, […]

DA says unscupulous traders jacking up pork prices by P200 per kilo; recommends price freeze

  (Eagle News) – The Department of Agriculture is recommending the imposition of a price freeze on pork and chicken to prevent a further spike in the prices of these meat products as  investigators found evidence of prices being jacked up by as much as P200 per kilo. In a statement, the department said that it has already recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte to impose a price freeze for pork and chicken – P270 per […]

Pres. Duterte studying recommendation to impose price freeze on pork, chicken, says Sen. Go

    (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte is now mulling the issuance of a price freeze for pork and chicken because of the unexplained rise in the prices of these meat products, according to Senator Christopher “Bong” Go. The senator who is the President’s former aide said that he had already relayed to President Duterte the public’s complaints about the high prices of pork and chicken, and even of fish and vegetables. Go said […]

DFA repatriates over 3,000 Filipinos abroad during the third week of January

(Eagle News) — The Department of Foreign Affairs said it repatriated over 3,000 overseas Filipinos during the third week of January. Of the 3,288 Filipinos abroad repatriated, the DFA said 470 were seafarers while 2,818 were land-based. The DFA said some of those repatriated this week overseas Filipinos with a medical condition, those coming from Singapore and Oman, and a seafarer from Brazil. The DFA also safely brought home an undocumented overseas Filipino from Brunei, […]

PAGASA retires four tropical cyclone names from 2020 list

(Eagle News) — The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration has decommissioned four tropical cyclone names from the 2020 list. PAGASA said the officially retired names are “Ambo,” “Quinta,” “Rolly,” and “Ulysses.” They will be replaced by “Aghon,” “Querubin,” “Romina,” and “Upang” on the 2024 list. According to PAGASA, a tropical cyclone name is decommissioned if it meets at least one of the following criteria: (1) 300 or more deaths (2) P 1 billion […]

PHL Pediatric Society maintains position: Kids should stay home amid raging virus pandemic

Says regardless of community protocols, children should not be allowed to go out   (Eagle News) — The Philippine Pediatric Society (PPS) reiterated its position and recommendation for children to stay inside their homes, and not go out amid the still raging COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Maria Carmela Kasala, Philippine Pediatric Society spokesperson, said that their group is maintaining its position that children should still remain indoors to protect them from being infected by the COVID-19 […]

DFA: 29 more Filipinos abroad positive for COVID-19

(Eagle News) — Twenty-nine new COVID-19 cases have been reported among Filipinos abroad. The Department of Foreign Affairs said the the additional cases pushed the COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos to 13,857. Seventeen additional recoveries pushed the COVID-19 recovery total to 8,845. No additional COVID-19 fatality was reported, which means the COVID-19 deaths among Filipinos abroad remain at 945. The Middle East and Africa are still the regions with the most COVID-19 cases, recoveries and deaths […]

DOTr warns public vs individuals using names of DOTr, LTO officials to solicit money

(Eagle News) — The Department of Transportation has warned the public against individuals posing as representatives of DOTr and Land Transportation Office officials or name-dropping them to solicit money in exchange for favors. In a statement, the DOTr said the DOTr and  the LTO “have not authorized any person, groups of persons, or even the DOTr – LTO personnel to solicit money or other things of value from the public, particularly from (Private Motor Vehicle […]

Czech Republic added to list of countries subject to travel restrictions

(Eagle News) — The Philippine government has added the Czech Republic to its list of countries covered by travel restrictions. In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said foreign passengers coming from the European country within 14 days preceding arrival in the Philippines will not be allowed entry from January 28, starting 12:01 a.m., to January 31. Foreign passengers and Filipinos who have been to the Czech Republic within 14 days preceding arrival in the […]

Pres. Duterte explains why he reversed IATF resolution; says UK variant infecting even kids

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte said that he was just taking precautionary measures when he decided to reverse the earlier resolution of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases on regarding the easing of restrictions for children aged 10 to 14 years in Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) areas. The 75-year old Philippine leader, who is also a doting grandfather, said that it is best to be extra careful especially with the […]

DOH says there is no community transmission yet of UK variant in PHL

Cases can still be linked to each other, says health experts   (Eagle News) — The Department of Health (DOH) said that there is no community transmission yet of the highly infectious B.1.1.7 variant of the COVID-19 virus in the country. DOH officials and heath experts said that the local transmission of the UK variant cases in Bontoc is not considered as community transmission as they can still establish linkages in the reported cases. Dr. […]