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President Duterte: PHL doors open to refugees

President also calls on UN member-states to fully implement NPT to ensure global security environment (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (Philippine time) called on United Nations member-states to fully implement the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, and reiterated the Philippines’ commitment to helping refugees. In his first UN address, the President also called for a convention against chemical and biological weapons, noting that  “no aspiration nor ambition can justify the […]

President Duterte to UN: PHL committed to protecting human rights

President lambasts “interest groups” that have “weaponized” human rights, reiterates need to address causes of terrorism (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday (Philippine time) reiterated the country’s commitment to protecting human rights, as he lambasted “interest groups” that he said have “weaponized” the same, and called on the need for “open dialogue and constructive engagement” with the United Nations. In his first address before the UN, the President noted the Philippines would continue […]

President Duterte calls on countries to “make good on their commitment” to fight “worsening” climate change

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte called on countries to “make good on their commitment” to fight climate change, as he noted that developing countries such as the Philippines suffered the most. In his first address before the United Nations, the President noted that the “same urgency needed to fight COVID-19” was needed to address the “climate crisis,” which he said has “worsened” and   “has worsened existing inequalities and vulnerabilities from within and between […]

Pres. Duterte tells UN: PHL win in 2016 Arbitral Ruling “now part of int’l law”, affirms claim in South China Sea

  (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte told the United Nations General Assembly that the Philippine government is standing firm in its “commitment in the South China Sea” including the 2016 Arbitral Award which invalidated the “nine-dash line” claim of China on the South China Sea. Speaking during the High-Level General Debate of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), President Duterte said that the Philippines is standing firm on its claim […]

In first UN address, President Duterte reiterates need for universal access to COVID-19 vaccine

Calls for reforms in UN, a  WHO that is “quick to coordinate, quicker to respond” (Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, Sept. 23, reiterated the need for universal access to a vaccine against COVID-19 once it is developed, and called on reforms in the United Nations and other organizations as the world faces a “new normal.” In his first address to the United Nations, President Duterte noted that “once the world finds that […]

COVID-19 cases in PHL breach 291,000 mark with 1635 newly-announced cases

(Eagle News)–COVID-19 cases in the country breached the 291,000 mark on Tuesday, Sept. 22, after the Department of Health reported 1635 cases. The DOH said of the total 291,789, 56097 were active. Of these, 86.4 percent were mild, 9.2 percent asymptomatic, 1.3 percent severe, and 3.1 percent critical. Of the 1635 newly-announced cases, 583 came from Metro Manila, 102 from Cavite, 97 from Iloilo, 67 from Rizal, and 57 from Cebu. The DOH said 88 […]

PHL officials note 47% drop in crime rate since COVID-19 lockdown

  (Eagle News) – Philippine officials noted a sharp drop in crimes since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown in mid-March compared to period before lockdown. Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said that the crime incidents this lockdown period went down by 47 percent compared to the pre-COVID-19 lockdown time. Año said that there were only 16,879 crime incidents in the country since March 17 this year. “Ang ibig pong sabihin ay 47 […]

Pres. Duterte praises Cimatu for Manila Bay clean-up, rehab; hits Leni for always criticizing project

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte congratulated Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu for the rehabilitation, cleaning and beautification of Manila Bay as a portion of the bay area which had been covered with crushed dolomite rocks became an instant attraction for both locals and foreigners. “Let us begin by congratulating Secretary Cimatu. You know I remember that meeting and I think everybody was there when I said, ‘Roy, kaya mong linisin ‘to? And his answer […]

PPA eyeing automation of ticketing systems in all ports by next year

(Eagle News) — The Philippine Ports Authority is eyeing automating the ticketing systems of all ports by next year. In a statement, the PPA said bidding for its Unified Electronic Ticketing System was scheduled before the end of the year. The PPA said the number of the automated ticketing machines installed will depend on the passenger traffic of each terminal, the PPA said. It said the system will also support an integrated vessel booking and […]

President Duterte to health professionals: Stay and serve Filipinos, COVID-19 pandemic “will come to pass”

(Eagle News)–President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, Sept. 21, called on the country’s health professionals to stay if possible, noting that COVID-19 “will come to pass.” The President issued the appeal even after he announced the ban on the deployment of healthcare workers who have complete documentation as of Aug. 31 had already been lifted, which means they can  leave the country to work abroad. The government had only allowed health workers with complete documents as […]

80 more police personnel recover from COVID-19

(Eagle News)–The Philippine National Police has reported  80 additional COVID-19 recoveries within its ranks. With the development, the PNP said the number of total recoveries rose to 4125 as of Monday night. One recovery, the PNP said, has been readmitted. Seventy additional COVID-19 cases pushed to total to 5462. Of these, the PNP said 1320 were active. No additional death was reported, which means the death toll remains at 17. The police are among the […]

COVID-19 cases in PHL reach 290,190 with 3,475 newly-announced cases

(Eagle News)–COVID-19 cases in the country breached the 290,000 mark on Monday, Sept. 21, after the Department of Health reported 3475 additional cases. According to the DOH, of the 290,190 total cases, 54958 were active. Of these, 86.6 percent were mild, 8.9 percent asymptomatic, 1.4 percent severe, and 3.1 percent critical. Of the 3475 additional COVID-19 cases reported today, 2648 or 76 percent, occurred within the last 14 days. Metro Manila  had 1543 of the […]