Tropical Depression “Caloy” almost stationary over West PHL Sea

(Eagle News) — Tropical Depression “Caloy” is now almost stationary over the West Philippine Sea. According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, the center of Tropical Depression “Caloy” was estimated 375 km west of Iba, Zambales. The tropical depression is packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and a gustiness of up to 55 kph. PAGASA said in the next 24 hours, the monsoon trough and the southwest monsoon […]

Philippine news site Rappler ordered to shut down

MANILA, Philippines (AFP) — A Philippine news site co-founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa has been ordered to shut down, the company said Wednesday, a day before President Rodrigo Duterte — its arch-nemesis — leaves office. Ressa has been a vocal critic of Duterte and the deadly drug war he launched in 2016, triggering what media advocates say is a grinding series of criminal charges, probes and online attacks against her and Rappler. […]

PNP reports 13 more COVID-19 cases

(Eagle News) — Thirteen more COVID-19 cases have been reported among police personnel. According to the Philippine National Police, the additional cases pushed the total PNP COVID-19 cases to 48901. The PNP said there are so far 27 active COVID-19 cases in the PNP. Recoveries are at 48745, with no additional ones reported. The COVID-19 death toll is at 129. Metro Manila and several other areas are under a COVID-19 alert level 1 from July […]

LPA off Zambales develops into tropical depression

Rains expected as TD “Caloy” enhances monsoon trough, southwest monsoon, PAGASA says (Eagle News) — The low pressure area off Zambales has developed into tropical depression “Caloy.” According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, “Caloy” was so far located 395 km west of Iba, and continues to move slowly over the West Philippine Sea. The tropical depression is packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center, and a […]

PNP to set up security control points on roads leading to presidential inauguration venue

(Eagle News)– The Philippine National Police will set up security control points on roads leading to the National Museum, the venue of the inauguration of President-elect Bongbong Marcos. According to the PNP, all vehicles approaching the immediate museum vicinity will be subject to a thorough inspection. PNP Officer-in-Charge Police Lt. Gen. Vicente D Danao Jr. said only persons on the guest list with confirmed attendance will be allowed access to the premises. Guests including the […]

SC junks petitions against Marcos Jr’s candidacy, paving the way for the President-elect’s June 30 inauguration

  (Eagle News) – The Supreme Court dismissed the various petitions questioning the presidential candidacy of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., on Tuesday, June 28, saying he was qualified to run for public office. The decision was issued two days before Marcos Jr’s inauguration as the 17th Philippine president on June 30. The high court also affirmed the previous resolutions issued by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) that had also dismissed for lack of merit […]

Regular Covid-19 testing required for unvaccinated on-site workers in areas under Alert Level 2 and higher

Vaccination required for on-site workers in areas with sufficient Covid vaccines, says IATF (Eagle News) — All on-site workers in establishments located in areas where there are sufficient COVID-19 vaccine supplies need to be vaccinated, according to the updated testing requirements for COVID-19 of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). “In areas where there are sufficient supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, all establishments and employers in the public and private sector shall require their eligible employees who […]

Philippines logs 50 more Omicron BA.5 subvariant cases; total at 93

(Eagle News) — The Philippines logged 50 more cases of the highly-transmissible Omicron BA.5 subvariant, bringing the total cases in the country to 93. According to Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the Philippines also recorded 11 new BA.2.12.1 subvariant cases, pushing the total to 43. and two more BA.4 subvariant cases, bringing the total to four. BA.5  Of the 50 new BA.5 cases,  38 were from Western Visayas, five from Metro Manila, and seven were […]

Metro Manila to remain under COVID-19 alert level 1 from July 1 to 15

Benguet, Ifugao, others under COVID-19 alert level 2 (Eagle News) — Metro Manila will remain under a COVID-19 alert level from July 1 to 15. According to the Palace, the following areas will also be under the alert level for the same period: Abra, Apayao, Baguio City, Kalinga, and Mountain Province in Cordillera Administrative Region, Dagupan City, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and Pangasinan in Region 1 Batanes, Cagayan, City of Santiago, Isabela, Nueva […]

PHL registers 867 more COVID-19 cases

(Eagle News) — The Philippines logged 867 more COVID-19 cases on Monday, June 27. According to Department of Health data, the additional cases pushed the total COVID-19 cases to 3701743. Metro Manila registered the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days, with 3954. This was followed by Calabarzon with 1412, Western Visayas with 690, Central Luzon with 536, and Central Visayas with 367. Of the cities and provinces, Quezon City logged […]

Metro Manila, eight other provinces breach WHO threshold of 5 percent Covid positivity rate

Rizal province with highest Covid positivity rate at 11.9 percent (Eagle News) – Metro Manila’s COVID-19 positivity rate continued to increase, reaching 5.9 percent from 3.9 percent the previous week, according to OCTA Research. Rizal province also reached a high of 11.9 percent Covid positivity rate as of Saturday, June 25. Seven other provinces breached the World Health Organization (WHO) Covid-19 positivity threshold of five percent (5 percent). After Rizal, the areas with the high […]

Pres. Duterte opens Lucena-San Pablo commuter line which is part of PNR Bicol Express

Expresses hope next administration would continue improving PHL mass transport   (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte opened over the weekend a railway line that will eventually connect Metro Manila and the Bicol Region. The 77-year old Philippine leader arrived in San Pablo City in Laguna on Saturday, June 25, to join other officials for the formal launching of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Lucena-San Pablo Commuter Line, which is expected to boost people’s mobility, […]