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Pres. Duterte honors Tokyo Olympic athletes, also gives P500k reward to 1996 Olympic silver medalist Velasco

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte honored all the Filipino athletes who brought pride to the country in the recent Tokyo Olympics where the Philippines brought home its biggest Olympic medal haul Among those who were honored in Malacanang on Monday, Aug. 24, were weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz who brought the country’s first ever Olympic gold, boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam who brought home two Olympic silver medals, and another Filipino boxer Eumir Marcial who […]

Dixie Fire becomes third-largest in California history

  by Josh EDELSON Agence France Presse Greenville, United States (AFP) — A huge wildfire tearing through northern California became the third-largest in the state’s history Friday, and looked set to continue growing. A long-term drought that scientists say is driven by climate change has left the western United States parched — and vulnerable to explosive and highly destructive fires. The Dixie Fire, which this week razed the Gold Rush town of Greenville, has torched […]

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 […]

Mystery around Haiti leader’s murder intensifies

  by Robenson Geffrard with Daxia Rojas in Washington and Amelie Baron in Paris Agence France Presse PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — A 28-member hit squad made up of Colombians and Americans murdered President Jovenel Moise, Haitian police say, but little is known about who masterminded the assassination and their motives as the investigation pressed on Friday. Seventeen suspected assailants in Wednesday’s pre-dawn attack have been arrested, including 15 Colombians and two Americans of Haitian origin, […]

Pres. Duterte thanks Japan for donating 1M AstraZeneca doses

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Roa Duterte thanked the government of Japan for donating over 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to the country. The additional 1 million AstraZeneca doses from Japan that arrived on Thursday night, July 8, brought the total number of vaccine doses so far delivered to the Philippines at over 18.5 million. President Duterte himself witnessed the arrival of the vaccine doses from Japan, saying this would help the county […]

In photos: White plumes of smoke continue to billow above Taal Volcano

      These photos taken in the morning of July 2, 2021 show plumes of white smoke continuing to billow above the Taal Volcano indicating continuous volcanic activity. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised Taal Volcano’s Alert Level to 3 on Thursday afternoon, July 1, after the first phreatomagmatic eruption at 3:16 p.m, indicating “magmatic unrest.” At 3:16 p.m. on Thursday, a short-lived phreatomagmatic eruption occurred at Main Crater and generated […]

Former Pres.”Noynoy” Aquino laid to rest beside parents’ tombs with full military honors

  (Eagle News) – Former President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III was laid to rest beside his parents’ tombs at the Manila Memorial Park on Saturday, June 26, with full military honors and a 21-gun salute, two days after his death that surprised the nation. It was at around 1:40 p.m. that the urn containing his ashes was put inside the tomb beside the resting place of his mother, former President Corazon Aquino, and his […]

Pres. Duterte gets Sinopharm vaccine against COVID-19

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte was vaccinated on Monday night, May 3, with the first dose of China’s Sinopharm vaccine. In photos and a Facebook live video posted by Senator Chrisopher “Bong” Go, the 76-year old Philippine leader is seen being vaccinated by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III just before 7 p.m. Go said that President Duterte’s doctors chose the vaccine Sinopharm for him. “Ayon kay Tatay Digong, nagpabakuna siya para hindi lang […]

UPDATED: Israel pilgrimage stampede kills at least 44

  MERON, Israel (AFP) — A massive stampede at a densely packed Jewish pilgrimage site killed at least 44 people in northern Israel on Friday, with rescue workers facing chaotic crowds while trying to evacuate the injured. The disaster occurred in Meron at the site of the reputed tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a second-century Talmudic sage, where mainly ultra-Orthodox Jews flock to mark the Lag BaOmer holiday. Closed last year due to coronavirus […]

In photos: Grounds become open crematoriums in India as thousands die daily due to COVID

India reports record-high 360k new infections, over 3,000 deaths on Wednesday   These aerial photos from Agence France Presse show burning pyres of victims who lost their lives due to COVID-19. The virus has now killed more than 3.1 million people worldwide, with India driving the latest surge, recording 360,000 new infections — a global record — and over 3,000 deaths on Wednesday. In the capital of New Delhi, carparks have been converted to crematoriums […]

Sen. Go posts photos of Pres. Duterte jogging, walking inside Palace grounds to dispel rumors he is sick

  (Eagle News) — Senator Christopher “Bong” Go showed photos of President Rodrigo Duterte jogging, walking and riding a big bike on Friday night, April 9, inside the Malacanang compound amid the extended lockdown or Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila and surrounding areas. In his Facebook post, Sen. Go, President Duterte’s long-time aide, posted photos of the 76-year old Philippine leader while he took time to exercise by doing short jogs and walks […]