News in Photos

In photos: President Duterte welcomes arrival of another batch of 1 million Sinovac doses in PHL

Total vaccine doses already in the PHL now at more than 2.5 million (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, March 29, welcomed the arrival of another batch of 1 million Sinovac doses under the brand name Coronavac that brought the total number of the Chinese-made jabs delivered to the country at 2 million. The vaccines arrived a month after the delivery of the first shipment of Sinovac doses that were donated by the […]

Israel unearths fragments of 2000-year-old biblical scroll

by Ben Simon Agence France Presse JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel on Tuesday unveiled fragments of a biblical scroll dating back some 2,000 years, in what experts described as the most significant such find since the Dead Sea Scrolls. The artifacts were unearthed during excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in the Judean desert, which spans parts of southern Israel and the occupied West Bank. In a site known as the “Cave of Horrors,” archaeologists […]

Vaccine rollout at New Era General Hospital starts

  (Eagle News) — The vaccine rollout for health frontliners of the New Era General Hospital (NEGH) started Friday, March 5, 2021 as more of the country’s health care workers are assured of vaccines that would protect them from contracting severe cases of COVID-19. The vaccination process starts with the registration of those to be vaccinated, followed by pre-screening before the vaccination itself.  An observation procedure on those vaccinated follows. About a hundred health care […]

In photos: Pres. Duterte leads welcome event for AstraZeneca doses from COVAX facility

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte led Philippine officials in welcoming the arrival of the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine doses donated by the World Health Organization’s COVAX Facility on Thursday night, March 4, 2021. In turn-over ceremonies at the Villamor Air Base, President Duterte thanked the World Health Organization and the various donor countries which made possible the vaccine donations to the Philippines. Also at the ceremony were vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., […]

Pres. Duterte receives his nat’l ID, hopes most Filipinos will get theirs before his term ends

(Eagle News) – President Rodrigo Duterte received his national ID card on Wednesday, March 3, more than a month after he registered for it. In photos released by Malacanang, President Duterte received his national ID from National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) acting secretary Karl Kendrick Chua. He registered for the national identification system on January 21 this year.   The legislation on the Philippine Identification System ID (PhilSys ID) was signed by President Duterte […]

PGH Director is first to get Sinovac shot; FDA chief also gets Chinese-made jab

PHL rollout begins with medical frontliners, testing czar Dizon also gets Sinovac   (Eagle News)  — The director of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), Dr. Gerardo “Gap” Legaspi becomes the first person to be given the Sinovac vaccine in the country, as the Philippines begins is vaccination roll-out to defeat COVID-19. Legaspi said that he is also very thankful that vaccines had already arrived in the country.  He said even his family members will get […]

NASA’s Perseverance rover beams back spectacular new images

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — NASA on Friday released stunning new photographs from Perseverance, including one of the rover being gently lowered to the surface of Mars by a set of cables, the first time such a view has been captured. The high-resolution still was extracted from a video taken by the descent stage of the spacecraft that had transported the rover from Earth. At that moment, the descent stage was using its six-engined […]

News in photos: Troubling scenes in Myanmar as military takes over

  These are just some of the scenes in Myanmar as captured in photos by a stringer of Agence France Presse. The military staged a coup early Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 in Myanmar just as the parliament was supposed to start session. The military detained de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi early Monday — hours before a newly elected parliament dominated by her NLD party was expected to take its seats for the first […]

Indonesian volcano erupts, spewing hot ash three kilometres away

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AFP) — One of the world’s most active volcanoes, Indonesia’s Mount Merapi, erupted Wednesday, belching out huge clouds of smoke and ash that billowed down the sides of its rumbling crater. The volcano, near Indonesia’s cultural capital Yogyakarta, shot hot ash into the air around three dozen times throughout the day. Some of it travelled as far as three kilometres (two miles) away from its peak, Indonesia’s geological agency said. Authorities told residents […]

No crowds, intense security mark scaled-down Biden inauguration

  by Michael Mathes Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Two weeks after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, America reclaimed its citadel of democracy Wednesday with the latest transition of power — but Joe Biden’s inauguration, coming amid unprecedented security threats and pandemic woe, was unlike any other. For one, his twice-impeached predecessor Donald Trump was absent, having fled Washington hours earlier, leaving Vice President Mike Pence to represent the White House in […]

Pres. Duterte inaugurates Skyway stage 3, says he hopes Filipinos’ lives will be better

  (Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte inaugurated the third stage of the Metro Manila Skyway Project (MMSS-3) built to ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila, saying that with the completion of the project he hoped to make life a bit easier for the Filipinos amid the pandemic. “Today, the life of many may not really be very, very comfortable. But ang hiningi ko lang naman komportable lang na buhay. And if this will continue, […]

“Unprecedented:” How Trump supporters breached security and raged inside US Capitol

(Editor’s note)  These photos as taken by Agence France Presse, mostly by AFP photographer Saul Loeb, showed just how supporters of outgoing US President Donald Trump descended on the US capitol on January 6, 2021, breached security and “desecrated” the halls of US Congress, something that had never happened before. These scenes shocked the world, and rocked to the core America’s soul. Below is a story by Agence France Presse on how this day happened, […]