NTF adviser recommends “localized lockdown” amid Delta variant transmission

  (Eagle News) – The special adviser of the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 strongly recommended the use of “localized” or granular lockdowns that target small areas where there are clustering of COVID-19 cases. Dr. Ted Herbosa said that using “localized lockdowns” is very important as COVID-19 cases rise again in the country. On Tuesday, July 27, the Philippines has in fact again recorded a high number of cases at more than 7,000 cases. […]

Senator Gordon tests positive for COVID-19

(Eagle News) — Senator Richard Gordon has tested positive for COVID-19. Gordon said he was so far asymptomatic. In a radio interview, he said he was staying home. He said he and his wife have  already been vaccinated for COVID-19. “Magtetest siya [his wife] about three days,” he said. Gordon is the sixth senator to test positive for COVID-19. The other senators who tested positive for COVID-19 were Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, Senators Sonny […]

DOH: Daily COVID-19 cases in NCR may reach 11,000 by end of September due to Delta variant

(Eagle News) — Metro Manila’s daily new COVID-19 cases could reach up to 11,000 by the end of September due to the Delta variant. According to the Department of Health, this is based on projections made by FASSSTER, a disease surveillance tool and  based on the assumption the variant was 60 percent more transmissible than the Alpha variant first detected in the United Kingdom. It was also  based on the condition health protocols would not […]

DOH reports 7,186 more COVID-19 cases

(Eagle News)– COVID-19 cases in the Philippines climbed to 1562420 after the Department of Health reported 7186 additional cases. This was the most additional cases reported in the country since June 13. Of the total cases, the DOH said 56477 were active. Of these, 93.8 percent were mild, 1.1 percent asymptomatic, 1.3 percent critical, 2.3 percent severe, and 1.58 percent were moderate. Recoveries rose to 1478625 including the additional 5672 recoveries. The death toll is […]

Sacrifice, exile: how Filipina Hidilyn Diaz made Olympic history

by Daniel HICKS Agence France Presse TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Triumphant weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz will now forget the years of exile, sacrifice, training and nutrition that took her to the Philippines’ first Olympic gold by tucking into her favourite sweet passions, cheesecake and bubble tea. “Yes I will eat a lot tonight,” she smiled as she told AFP of her plans after her final massive 127kg lift eclipsed China’s world record holder Liao Qiuyun in […]

‘So proud’: Hidilyn Diaz hailed for historic Olympic gold

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — With their eyes glued to a television in the southern Philippines, the family of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz yelled “push, push, push!” as she hoisted the bar to win the country’s first Olympic gold medal. “Then we erupted in joy — we were shouting, some shed tears of joy,” Emelita Diaz told AFP Tuesday, a day after watching her daughter’s historic performance in Tokyo — far from her hometown of Zamboanga. “We […]

VP Robredo greets INC on 107th year, wishes Church to continue to be a spring of hope amid pandemic

  (Eagle News) – Vice-President Leni Robredo greeted the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) on its 107th anniversary, and expressed her hope that the Church would continue to be a spring of hope amid the pandemic. In her video greeting, Robredo said that the Church’s celebration in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions do not lessen the joy and importance of the INC’s milestone anniversary. “Isang ligtas, maligaya at mapagpalang 107th anniversary. Pangalawang taon na ito ng […]

President Duterte asks Congress to pass law creating CDC, Virology and Vaccine Institute in PHL

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, July 26, called on Congress to pass a law creating the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, and the Virology and Vaccine Institute in the Philippines. The President made the call during his sixth and final State of the Nation Address made against the backdrop of a pandemic brought about by the COVID-19 virus first discovered in Wuhan, China only in 2019. Earlier, the Department of Health […]

Pres. Duterte greets the Iglesia Ni Cristo on its 107th anniversary, says the INC served as an “inspiration” to Filipinos

(Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte greeted the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) on its 107th anniversary, saying that the occasion is not only a cause for celebration among its members, but for the country since the Church has served as an “inspiration” to Filipinos. “Isang mainit na pagbati sa Iglesia Ni Cristo, sa pagdiwang ng inyong ika-107 anibersaryo. Sa mahigit na isang siglo, ang Iglesia Ni Cristo ay naging inspirasyon sa maraming Pilipino […]

Weightlifter Diaz wins first ever Olympic gold for Philippines

by Daniel HICKS Agence France Presse TOKYO, Japan (AFP) – Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz made history on Monday when she became the first athlete from the Philippines to win an Olympic gold medal. The 30-year-old Rio 2016 silver medallist from the southern city of Zamboanga realised her dream in the women’s 55kg class at the Tokyo International Forum, smashing her personal best to see off world record holder Liao Qiuyun of China who had to settle […]

Pres. Duterte delivers last SONA, enumerates accomplishments but says COVID stalled his dreams for PH

“Never did I imagine that my presidency would not only be judged on how I made good on my campaign promises, but also on how well I led our nation during the global pandemic,” says Duterte       (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte delivered his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, July 26, giving a report on the accomplishments of his administration so far, and what he intends to do […]

President Duterte touts gov’t gains amid challenges in last SONA

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte touted his administration’s accomplishments in his last State of the Nation Address on Monday, July 26, amid the challenges while reiterating the need to sustain the government’s gains even after he steps down as the country’s chief executive in 2022. In his sixth SONA, the President noted the country’s economic gains prior to COVID-19, such that the Philippines was “poised to leapfrog” into the company of the world’s fastest-growing […]