Amid challenges in West PHL Sea, PHL, US reaffirm importance of working closely to enhance Mutual Defense Treaty

(Eagle News)–Both the Philippines and the United States reaffirmed the “importance of working closely to enhance the Mutual Defense Treaty” in light of the “recent geopolitical developments and challenges” in the Asia in the West Philippine Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs said. The DFA said the reaffirmation of the treaty that “has stood strong for nearly 70 years” was made in a conversation between Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. and  U.S. Secretary […]

President Duterte sends his condolences to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte sent his condolences to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family after Buckingham Palace announced the death of Prince Philip on Friday, April 9. “On behalf of the Filipino people, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte extends his deep condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the passing of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” a statement from Malacanang said. “The Philippines and […]

DFA reports 18 additional COVID-19 cases, 45 more recoveries among Filipinos abroad

(Eagle News) — Eighteen more Filipinos abroad have tested positive for COVID-19. The latest Department of Foreign Affairs data showed the additional cases pushed the COVID-19 cases among overseas Filipinos to 17,082. Forty-five more have recovered, also pushing the recovery total to 10122. Two more Filipinos abroad have died due to COVID-19. According to the DFA data, the Middle East and Africa are still the regions with the most COVID-19 cases, recoveries, and deaths among […]

Chinese military accused of chasing Philippine TV crew in South China Sea

  MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — The Philippine armed forces said Friday it was investigating a report that Chinese military boats pursued a civilian vessel carrying Filipino journalists in the disputed South China Sea. A television crew from Philippine broadcaster ABS-CBN was travelling to Second Thomas Shoal in the contested Spratly Islands on Thursday when their vessel was allegedly chased by a Chinese Coast Guard boat and two attack craft. Tensions over the resource-rich sea have […]

PHL reports record-high 401 additional deaths, 12225 more COVID-19 cases

(Eagle News) — The Philippines reported a record-high of 401 additional COVID-19 deaths on Friday, April 9, pushing the COVID-19 death toll to 14520. According to DOH data, 12,225 additional COVID-19 cases also pushed the COVID-19 total to 840554. Thirty-seven duplicate cases were also removed from the total case count. “Moreover, 213 cases that were previously tagged as recoveries were reclassified as deaths after final validation,” the DOH said. Of the total cases, 178351 were […]

Immigration bureau: Foreigners traveling to PHL for emergency, humanitarian reasons can seek travel ban exemption from NTF

(Eagle News) — Foreigners traveling to the Philippines for emergency and humanitarian reasons can seek travel ban exemptions from the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19. Bureau of Immigration Chief Jaime Morente said on Friday, April 9, this was based on a resolution passed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases in March that authorizes only the NTF to approve requests for entry of foreigners who are not exempted from […]

President Duterte pays tribute to COVID-19 frontliners in Day of Valor message

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday, April 9, paid tribute anew to COVID-19 frontliners, likening their valor to the courage of the people who fought for the country’s freedom. “As we continue to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, we take a moment to honor the fortitude displayed by our selfless and dedicated frontliners whose unrelenting commitment in this fight reflects the heroism of the warriors of Bataan that continues to inspire in  us a […]

483 more Filipinos abroad test positive for COVID-19

(Eagle News) — Over 400 more overseas Filipinos have tested positive for COVID-19. According to recently-released Department of Foreign Affairs data, the additional 483 COVID-19 cases pushed the COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad to 17,064. “To date, the total number of countries and territories with confirmed cases among Filipinos abroad remains at 91,” the department said. Seven additional recoveries also pushed the recovery tally to 10,077, while seven more deaths led to an increase in […]

Richard Cambe, Revilla’s former aide, dies of stroke at Bilibid

(Eagle News) — Senator Bong Revilla’s former aide who was convicted of plunder in connection with the alleged misuse of the legislator’s pork barrel fund has died. Bureau of Corrections spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag said Richard Cambe, who was committed at the New Bilibid Prison after his conviction in 2018, died past 6 p.m. on Thursday due to a stroke. “Initial investigation also shows no signs of foul play so far,” Chaclag said. Apart from Cambe, […]

DSWD reports generally orderly cash aid distribution in ECQ areas; says grievance desk available to receive complaints

  (Eagle News) — The payout of cash assistance by local government units to affected low-income residents affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila has been “generally peaceful,” according to the monitoring of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). DSWD spokesperson Dir. Irene Dumlao said that the distribution of cash assistance started on Wednesday, April 7, and has been generally orderly and peaceful.  She said that based on the DSWD’s […]

PHL COVID-19 tally climbs to 828,366 with addition of 9,216 cases

(Eagle News) — COVID-19 cases in the Philippines climbed to 828,366 on Thursday, April 8, after the Department of Health reported 9216 additional cases. According to DOH data, of the total cases, 167279 were active. Of these, 97.6 percent were mild, 1.2 percent asymptomatic, 0.5 percent were critical, 0.5 percent severe, and 0.29 percent were moderate. Recoveries rose to 646968, including the additional 598 recoveries. Sixty additional deaths also pushed the COVID-19 death toll to […]

FDA asks DOH to suspend AstraZeneca use for those below 60 after report on “rare” blood clot links abroad

  (Eagle News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked the Department of Health (DOH) to suspend the use of the remaining AstraZeneca doses in the country for those aged 60 and below following reports of “very rare” blood clot instances following the vaccine administration abroad. FDA Director General Eric Domingo said that he had already gotten in touch witth the DOH regarding this. He said that out of 200 million recipients of […]