Junshi Biosciences Announces Two Additional Indications for Toripalimab Included in China’s National Reimbursement Drug List

–the only anti-PD-1 monoclonal antibody in the NRDL for melanoma and nasopharyngeal carcinoma SHANGHAI, China, Dec. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Junshi Biosciences (HKEX: 1877; SSE: 688180), a leading innovation-driven biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel therapies, announced today that the company’s product toripalimab continues to be included in Category […]

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Luxury Portfolio International เผยแพร่รายงานสถานะอสังหาริมทรัพย์ระดับหรู ประจำปี 2022

ผู้ขายอสังหาริมทรัพย์ระดับหรูมีจำนวนเพิ่มขึ้นทั่วโลก ผู้ซื้อบางรายแสดงความกลัวว่าตนเองจะตกกระแส (FOMO) และความยั่งยืน ‘มีความสำคัญอย่างยิ่ง’ สำหรับผู้ซื้อที่ร่ำรวยทั่วโลก รายงานฉบับล่าสุดประกอบด้วยข้อมูลจากกลุ่มผู้มีรายได้สูงสุด 1-5% แรกใน 20 ประเทศ ซึ่งเป็นตัวแทนของประชากรที่ร่ำรวยเกือบ 32 ล้านครัวเรือน นิวยอร์ก, Dec. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Luxury Portfolio International® (LPI) ซึ่งเป็นเครือข่ายนายหน้าอสังหาริมทรัพย์เพื่อการอยู่อาศัยระดับหรูชั้นนำระดับโลก มีความยินดีที่จะนำเสนอ รายงานสถานะอสังหาริมทรัพย์ระดับหรู ประจำปี 2022 (State of Luxury Real Estate Report หรือ SOLRE) การศึกษาดังกล่าวประกอบด้วยข้อมูลจากกลุ่มบุคคลที่มีรายได้สูงสุด 1% ถึง 5% แรกใน 20 ประเทศ และกล่าวถึงหัวข้อต่าง ๆ ที่สำคัญสำหรับตลาดอสังหาริมทรัพย์เพื่อการอยู่อาศัยระดับหรูทั่วโลก สิ่งสำคัญที่สุดก็คือ รายงานของ LPI แสดงให้เห็นเทรนด์ที่โดดเด่นอย่างต่อเนื่องในเกี่ยวกับการซื้อบ้านซึ่งเริ่มขึ้นในช่วงไตรมาสที่ 3 ของปี 2020 และยังคงดำเนินต่อไปตลอดปี 2021 ซึ่งแสดงให้เห็นว่าความต้องการอสังหาริมทรัพย์ระดับหรูยังคงสูงอยู่ […]

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Constellation Brands to Report Third Quarter Fiscal 2022 Financial Results; Host Conference Call January 6, 2022

VICTOR, N.Y., Dec. 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today it will report financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended November 30, 2021, on Thursday, January 6, 2022, before the open of the U.S. markets. A conference call to discuss the financial […]

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Bombardier Marks Dual Celebration – NetJets Accepts First Global 7500 Business Jet as Bombardier Delivers 1,000th Global Aircraft

NetJets’ leader receives the key to the Global 7500 Delivery of industry’s longest-range business jet marks the first of 20 Global 7500 aircraft to join the NetJets fleet  Global 7500 aircraft continues to garner significant interest from customers who value features such as the largest and most unique cabin, innovative technology, unparalleled performance and the […]

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ITA Airways Reaches Agreement with the Trade Unions and Signs the New National Collective Labor Agreement

Alfredo Altavilla, Executive President of ITA Airways ROME, Dec. 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The agreement reached today between ITA Airways and the trade unions is the result of a negotiation between the parties, carried out in compliance with their respective positions and with a collaborative spirit with the aim of protecting the Company’s workers […]

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The Secret Order of Lumiiis Announces Official Trailer Release Date With 12 Days of Dingles NFTs

Starting December 2nd, Secret Pirates will feature a new Dingle from its non-fungible token (NFT) series each day up to December 14th, #DingleDay and the release of The Secret Order of Lumiiis trailer. Featured Image for Lumiii TORONTO, Dec. 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Secret Pirates Entertainment Inc., creators of Lumiii franchise – the decentralized edutainment […]

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Sophi.io คว้ารางวัลในงาน WAN-IFRA Digital Media Awards Worldwide 2021

Sophi Dynamic Paywall คว้ารางวัลระดับโลกสำหรับกลยุทธ์สื่อแบบจ่ายเงินดีที่สุด โตรอนโต, Dec. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sophi.io ซึ่งเป็นเอ็นจินที่ใช้ปัญญาประดิษฐ์ในการทำงานอัตโนมัติ การเพิ่มประสิทธิภาพ และการคาดการณ์ของ Globe and Mail ได้รับรางวัล Digital Media Awards Worldwide ประจำปี 2021 ของ WAN-IFRA ในหมวดรางวัลกลยุทธ์สื่อแบบจ่ายเงินดีที่สุดสำหรับ Sophi Dynamic Paywall โดยเป็นเอ็นจิน Paywall เฉพาะบุคคลแบบเรียลไทม์ที่วิเคราะห์ทั้งลักษณะและพฤติกรรมของผู้ใช้เพื่อกำหนดว่าเมื่อใดควรขอเงินจากผู้อ่านหรือที่อยู่อีเมล และเมื่อใดที่ไม่รบกวนพวกเขา คณะกรรมการได้เลือก Sophi Dynamic Paywall เป็นผู้ชนะอย่างเป็นเอกฉันท์ โดยผู้ตัดสินท่านหนึ่งแสดงความคิดเห็นว่า “สิ่งที่ Globe and Mail ทำนั้นล้ำสมัยมาก และสิ่งที่ผมชื่นชมมากที่สุดคือพวกเขาทดสอบกับ Paywall เก่าอย่างสม่ำเสมอ ดังนั้นผลลัพธ์เหล่านั้นจึงออกมาอย่างยั่งยืนจริง ๆ” Digital Media Awards Worldwide […]

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Software for 2022 automated polls completed: Comelec

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday said the final version of programs to be used for the Automated Election System (AES) for next year’s elections has been completed. The technical process was conducted by international systems and software testing firm, Pro V&V, headed by its chief executive officer and director Ryan Jackson Cobb in Huntsville, Alabama in the United States. Commissioner Marlon Casquejo witnessed the activity, together with other officials from the Department of Science and Technology, and the Department of Information and Communications Technology. The process involves the…

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Follow vax card policy to avoid sanctions, biz owners told

Mayor Michael Rama on Friday warned of sanctions or even closure against establishments here that fail to ask customers to present their vaccination cards. In a press briefing, Rama said the city is serious in its effort to achieve the desired population protection against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) through the massive inoculation activities down to the barangays, in continuation of the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” massive vaccination drive originally scheduled from November 29 to December 1. “We have issued the other day the directive that would pave the way in opening further…

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WHO urges vaccination to prevent Omicron case surge

An official of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged countries to prepare for a possible surge of cases due to the Omicron variant by getting vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and observing health protocols. In an online media forum, WHO Western Pacific Region director, Dr. Takeshi Kasai said “things are trending in the right direction in the region” as Covid-19 cases and deaths have decreased. However, Kasai said countries – including those that have successfully suppressed the virus – cannot be complacent. “Globally, cases have been increasing…

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Lockdown threats in NCR ‘much lower’ amid Omicron: OCTA

Business activities have picked up since the government placed the National Capital Region (NCR) under Alert Level 2 as both public and private sectors want to give Filipinos a better Christmas season this year. However, the Omicron variant of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) that emerged in November is bringing uncertainties, including another round of lockdown in Metro Manila. Despite the news about the possible impacts of the Omicron variant, OCTA Research fellow Prof. Guido David said threats of another lockdown in NCR are “much lower” given the current state of…

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2 suspects in 2018 rape of minor in Butuan fall

The Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 (Caraga) said Friday two more suspects implicated in the 2018 rape of a 13-year-old girl here have been arrested. Maj. Dorothy Tumulak, PRO-13 public information officer, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the two suspects had gone into hiding for more than three years after the rape incident. Arrested on Thursday afternoon by city police operatives were Karl Adrian Daanoy Flores, 23, and Benjamin Borja Acido, 22, during an operation conducted in Purok 5 Silad, Barangay Mahogany in this city. “The arrest was…

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3 agricultural techs commercialized in Mimaropa

At least three agricultural technologies made through the partnership of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Mimaropa and Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC) are now available in the region. In a taped report aired on Friday, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said the OMSC was “able to successfully commercialize” the following: Liquid Trichoderma in Seaweed Extract: Trichogel; Seaweed Extract Plus; and fruit and vegetable wastes shredding machine. “To ensure that the results of academic research are made available for public use and…

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No Omicron case yet in PH: DOH

A health official on Friday said there are still no Omicron variant cases in the country. During an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire reported the government is performing intensive backtracing and re-testing of the individuals who arrived in the country from three African countries. “We are doing our biosurveillance regularly and we’re also doing backtracing, nagre-retrospective sampling din tayo (we’re also doing retrospective sampling,” she said. Screengrab from DOH Zoom Meeting For the period of Nov. 15 to 29, a total of 254 travelers came from South…

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Iloilo City to build P200-M sports center

The local government is building a PHP200 million Iloilo City Sports Center at the Jalandoni Memorial National High School (JMNHS) in Lapuz district here. The ground-breaking ceremony for the project on Thursday was led by Iloilo City Lone District Rep. Julienne Baronda and Executive Assistant to the Mayor Raisa Treñas, representing Mayor Jerry P. Treñas. “As a former varsity player since my younger years, it is my dream to have a world-class facility for our athletes. Iloilo City Sports Center will make us realize that dream. We will produce champions…

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Solon urges BIR to allow OFWs to register TIN online

The chairperson of the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday requested the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to allow overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to apply for their tax identification number (TIN) online and without the need for face-to-face transactions. In a letter addressed to BIR Commissioner Caesar Dulay, Albay Rep. Joey Salceda requested the bureau to consider agency issuances that would allow for a fully-digital process of TIN registration. “I reviewed the National Internal Revenue Code, as amended, and Section 236 (I) of the Code, which requires the TIN…

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Zambo Peninsula marks 93% Covid-19 recovery rate

The Department of Health (DOH) 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) has reported that the region has registered 45,754 recoveries from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) since the pandemic started last year, representing a 93 percent recovery rate. The DOH-9 data showed that as of Friday afternoon, the region has registered 49,118 cumulative cases of Covid-19, with 45,754 recovered cases, 1,150 active cases, and 2,214 deaths. The regional health office said Zamboanga City recorded the highest recovered cases with 20,656, followed by Zamboanga del Sur with 10,802; Zamboanga del Norte, 9,272; Zamboanga Sibugay,…

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Retaliatory attacks seen after DI leader, 4 others slain in clash

Military forces in this province are bracing for possible retaliatory attacks from the Daulah Islamiya (DI) terrorist group following the death of the group’s leader in Mamasapano town. Major Gen. Juvymax Uy, Army’s 6th Infantry Division commander, identified the leader as Asim Karinda alias Abu Azim, touted as DI’s new “Amir” operating in Maguindanao. “Karinda was killed during an encounter with military forces shortly before dawn Thursday,” Uy said. The DI leader and his followers clashed with elements of the 6th Infantry Battalion under the Joint Task Force Central in…

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Shellfish ban up in 5 Eastern Visayas bays

Red tide organisms have remained in five Eastern Visayas bays as frequent rainfall hit several parts of the region in the past weeks, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) reported on Friday. BFAR 8 (Eastern Visayas) Director Juan Albaladejo said the downpour has triggered the runoff of pollutants from the uplands to the sea. “This recurrence of red tide might be due to the series of massive rains. This caused runoff of soil sediments rich in organic load that fertilized the cyst of red tide and triggered the…

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Metro Manila cops to ‘work near home’ for holiday season

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will allow the deployment of police officers near their residences for the holiday season. In a statement on Friday, NCRPO chief, Maj. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr. said this is in compliance with Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos’ promise to let police officers spend more time with their families during the holidays by working at the nearest police station from their homes. “Whatever our CPNP (Philippine National Police chief) will say regarding this, guaranteed that we shall support and make it…

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Wish come true for Ilocos Norte farmers with new agri equipment

Elbert Caluya, a 63 year-old farmer from Barangay Baay, Batac City beams with pride and joy as he gazed and touched for the first time a brand new four-wheel-drive tractor he and members of the Boundary Farmer’s Association Inc. (BAFI) can now call their own. Funded by the Ilocos Norte government through its share in tobacco excise tax, Caluya’s group is among the recipients of 10 units hand tractor and two four-wheeled tractors that were turned over to them in front of the Capitol on Thursday afternoon. “It has been…

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US delivers P26.4-M Covid-19 response equipment to Davao City

The United States government delivered on Friday PHP26.4 million worth of medical equipment, including four vaccine cold storage units for the eight community-based coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cluster clinics that were launched in Davao City. US Embassy in Manila Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava handed over 10 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, four cold storage units, and other medical equipment and supplies to Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte during the clinics’ launch in the city. “As a friend, partner, and ally, the United States is one with you in fighting…

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Suspects in CDO doc’s slay nabbed

Suspects behind the killing of a hospital executive in this city were arrested by the police early Friday in Misamis Oriental even before they can get their hands on the PHP150,000 transacted fee allegedly promised by a “middle man”. In a radio interview over DXMR-Magnum Radyo, Marjun Abayon Cabug, 39, of San Antonio, Don Carlos, Bukidnon, said a certain Rene Turtosa contacted him and three others for the plan to kill Dr. Raul Winston Andutan, 62, the medical director of the Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital (MRXUH) here. “There was a…

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Japan-funded med equipment turned over to Batangas health unit

he Japanese Embassy in Manila on Friday said some medical equipment has been turned over to the Balete Rural Health Unit in Batangas, which aims to scale up its operations. The provision of equipment worth USD98,880 (approximately PHP5.2 million) is part of Japan’s official development assistance (ODA) under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) and was approved in 2018. It includes the procurement of an automated blood chemistry analyzer and ultrasound machine. Balete RHU is the town’s main public health facility and provides outpatient primary health care…

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2 PCHRD-supported projects now being designed

Two projects supported by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) — one for hip replacement and another for intramedullary nails – are being designed. In a taped report aired on Friday, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said these projects are the development of a cementless hip replacement system and the development of a magnetic distal targeting device for intramedullary nails. The first one aims to develop a cementless total hip replacement system that can be manufactured locally while complying with international…

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BARMM raises tally during massive vax drive

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has managed to increase its daily vaccination rate and achieve at least 40 percent of target, according to Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje on Friday. The region, composed of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi provinces and Marawi City, also extended the three-day massive vaccination campaign to two more days until Friday. Data from the BARMM’s Ministry of Health showed that as of November 26, a total of 676,574 have been immunized out of its 2.9 million target, the lowest achievement…

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GSIs’ liabilities balloon to P9.9-T with new reporting method

Social benefit liabilities of government social institutions (GSIs) like the Social Security System (SSS), the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) have ballooned to PHP9.935 trillion in 2020 from PHP153.59 billion in 2019. This as the GSIs fully complied with the Philippine Financial Reporting Standards (PFRS) 4, said Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III in a briefing Friday. Dominguez said the PFRS 4 is the current and interim accounting standard imposed on insurance entities in the country. “(W)hen an insurance entity receives money…

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Another Ilocos Norte district hospital upgrades facilities

Another government-run hospital in Dingras town, Ilocos Norte is now in a better position to isolate and treat patients with infectious diseases with its new out-patient department (OPD) building and expansion of the secondary clinical laboratory of the Dingras District Hospital. The latest hospital upgrade worth PHP14.4 million sourced from Ilocos Norte government’s 20-percent development fund and an additional PHP5 million counterpart from the Department of Health (DOH), hopes to inspire health workers as the government is doing its best in providing quality medical care to the people. Next to…

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Alert Level 2 ‘prudent’ as Omicron lurks: Palace adviser

Businesses are making the most out of the country’s Alert Level 2 status amid uncertainties over the new coronavirus variant Omicron. Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said retaining the current alert level “will be most prudent” for now. “Alert Level 2 is fine during this time of uncertainty. Many businesses are still doing well. Many businesses are still quite happy now,” Concepcion said during a webinar on Friday organized by Cardinal Santos Medical Center in partnership with OCTA Research and Go Negosyo, the advocacy of the Philippine Center for…

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2 arrested, P7.5-M smuggled cigarettes seized in Zambo City

Operatives of the 2nd City Mobile Force “Seaborn” Company (2CMFC) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) have arrested two persons and seized some PHP7.5 million worth of smuggled cigarettes during a law enforcement operation in this city, a top police official said Friday. Col. Rexmel Reyes, city police director, said the shipment of smuggled cigarettes was intercepted around 10 p.m. Thursday in Barangay Sinunuc. Arrested were Nadzpin Benjamin, 19, and Benhar Mundih, 32, of Lugus and Tapul towns in Sulu, respectively. Reyes said that the 2CMFC and BOC operatives launched…

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Ex-NPA rebels begin new lives with deradicalization program

A total of 35 former rebels (FRs) finished a four-day deradicalization program with the theme “Bagong Buhay, Bagong Pag-asa Hatid ng Pamahalaan para sa mga Kapatid na Dating Rebelde” at the headquarters of the 903rd Infantry Brigade in Castilla, Sorsogon. Maj. John Paul Belleza, 9th Infantry Division (9ID) spokesperson, said the Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 lectures and livelihood training were part of the government’s program to help FRs blend with the civilized society again. “It was facilitated by the Army in partnership with different local government agencies purposely to…

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Basilan, Tawi-Tawi farmers get livelihood aid from AFP, UNDP

The Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), on Friday distributed farm inputs to boost the livelihood of selected beneficiaries from the provinces of Basilan and Tawi-Tawi amid the pandemic. The selected beneficiaries from Barangay Muslim Area in the municipality of Maluso, Basilan province received assorted farming tools and equipment that included two trailers, a power tiller, a gasoline-powered water pump, a water tank and hose, vegetable seeds, and several gardening tools. Amin Pansulani, barangay chairman of Muslim Area, Maluso, received the farm implements.…

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DOLE-7 eyes digitization of transactions amid Covid-19 threat

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Central Visayas (DOLE-7) will streamline its services through digitization of transactions to lessen physical interaction with the public amid the ongoing threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Lawyer Marion Sevilla, who assumed as an officer in charge of DOLE-7, said on Friday the agency will explore the non-contact type of transactions to ensure the well-being of the employees and the transacting public. “I fervently hope that everyone will keep an open mind for digitization. In that way, we will also be able…

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Nueva Ecija farmers urged to observe planting calendar

The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) urged Nueva Ecija farmers and several adjoining areas to follow the planting calendar set by authorities to ensure efficient water use from dams for proper irrigation. Engineer Rosalinda B. Bote, department manager of NIA-Upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System (NIA-UPRIIS), said on Friday the agency has issued an advisory to farmers on its dry cropping calendar as early as September. To irrigate the farm, NIA initially utilized impounded water from the local dams to pave the way for the dry season cropping from November to…

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NCR ‘very low risk’ for Covid-19: OCTA

The National Capital Region (NCR) is now classified as very low risk for the coronavirus, the OCTA Research Group said Friday. OCTA Research Group Fellow Dr. Guido David, in a Twitter post, said compared were NCR’s data for the week of November 26 to December 2 and last year’s data for the same week. The region’s average new cases per day currently are 138 — 278 infections lower than last year’s report. Meantime, its reproduction number this year is 0.36 and last year it was 0.94. The daily attack rate…

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Duterte needs time to choose successor: Palace

Malacañang on Friday said President Rodrigo Duterte needs more time to decide on who to endorse as his successor after Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, his preferred choice, announced that he was dropping out of the 2022 presidential race. “Si Pangulo (The President) has options, has choices that he has to make and we should give him time to make those options, to make those choice(s), to make those decisions and give him the leeway to make the announcement kung kailan niya iyon gusto gawin (when he wants to do that),”…

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PDLs in Baguio get Covid-19 jabs

No one is left behind in the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination here, including persons deprived of liberty (PDLs). Supt. Mary Ann Ollaging-Tresmanio, Baguio City jail Male Dorm (BCJMD) warden, on Friday said they have completed the jab of all jail personnel while 346 of the 348 PDL population have also been inoculated. Tresmanio said the inoculation of the PDLs and personnel is part of the initiative to protect all occupants of the jail facility from Covid-19. She said they are also preparing for the possibility of having a granular…

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Graft case stretches after appeal filed in wrong court

The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed a suit filed by three former directors of the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) questioning the Office of the Ombudsman that charged them in an anomalous 2004 purchase of PHP6.24 million worth of mobile phones in Iloilo province. In a 17-page decision uploaded on the SC website on November 29, the high court affirmed the Court of Appeals (CA) ruling that denied the petition filed by Ildefonso Patdu Jr., Rebecca Cacatian, and Geronimo Santos, members of the Bids and Awards Committee of the…

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2 Koreans wanted for telco fraud fall in Taguig

Authorities nabbed two South Korean fugitives tagged as wanted telecom fraud suspects in their home country in Taguig City, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, said on Friday. Citing reports from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Carlos said the suspects, Han Juyoung and Kim Sihun, were arrested by CIDG personnel in a condominium unit along 28th Street in Taguig City on Wednesday. Han and Kim are both subjects of a red notice from the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and have a standing warrant of deportation…

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70% of MisOr target population vaxxed with 1st dose

The Misamis Oriental Provincial Health Office (PHO) on Friday announced the province has inoculated over 70 percent of its target population at least with a first dose of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine. In a Zoom conference, Dr. Jerie Calingasan, the PHO chief, said from March to December 2, the province was able to inoculate 536,487 individuals or around 78.71 percent for the first dose, and 46 percent on the second dose. Calingasan said he hopes to achieve the completion of the second dose of those partially vaccinated before…

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NPA death toll in Army ops in Iloilo town climbs to 9

The death toll in the clash between New People’s Army rebels and government soldiers in Barangay Alimodias, Miagao, Iloilo last December 1 has risen to nine as the military on Friday continued to confirm and identify the fatalities. Major General Benedict Arevalo, commanding officer of the 3rd Infantry Division (3ID), said the latest identified fatality was Joven Ceralvo, alias Lex, the commanding officer of the Southern Front (SF) operational command and at the same time deputy secretary of the SF Committee. The 301st Infantry Brigade in a press statement earlier…

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DND expects arrival of 2 Turkish attack choppers in December

The Department of National Defense (DND) on Friday confirmed that two of the six Turkish-made T129 “ATAK” attack helicopters will be delivered sometime this December. “The first two units of the T129 ‘ATAK’ are expected to be delivered later this month. A DND team is leaving for Turkey for pre-delivery inspection,” DND spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said in a message to the Philippine News Agency. He said the DND team is expected to leave the country by the middle of next week. No other details were immediately available. The six T129…

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CBCP exec lauds gov’t for repatriation of over 800K OFWs

An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant (CBCP-ECMI) has expressed gratitude to the government for its efforts to repatriate overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who were affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. CBCP-ECMI vice chairperson, Bishop Ruperto Santos said on Friday he appreciates the efforts of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for continuing to send back home Filipino workers which have reached a running total of 809,374 as of November 28. “With continuous Covid-19, jobs in foreign lands are…

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More Bacolod residents get protection thru nat’l vaccination days

Mayor Evelio Leonardia has expressed his appreciation to the national government for the staging of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Days dubbed “Bayanihan, Bakunahan”, which led to more Bacolodnons getting protection from coronavirus disease 2019. During the three-day campaign from November 29 to December 1, the city logged a 106.92 percent accomplishment. “More residents are now assured of protection from Covid-19. Thanks to the ‘Bayanihan, Bakunahan’ event and the hundreds of our volunteers. The people of Bacolod are very thankful for your dedication and commitment to keep our communities safe,” the…

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State prosecutors prepare more evidence vs. Ongpin

Government prosecutors will present additional evidence against Julian Ongpin on Tuesday after the La Union Regional Trial Court (RTC) hearing the motion for reconsideration of the junked drug possession charges against the billionaire’s son agreed. San Fernando, La Union RTC Branch 27 Judge Romeo Agacita Jr. ordered a video hearing, Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento told reporters via text message on Friday. “A presentation of evidence on the motion (is) set on December 7,” Malcontento said. The La Union RTC earlier dismissed the criminal case for lack of probable cause to…

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600 solo parents in Iloilo City to get DSWD cash aid

A total of 600 certified solo parents here will receive financial assistance of PHP3,000 each from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). The fund of PHP1.8 million was facilitated by the office of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Iloilo City Lone District Rep. Julienne Baronda said in an interview on Friday. The financial aid was sourced from the DSWD’s Assistance To Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS). “Our office has been receiving messages from our solo parents asking for assistance, so we tried asking help from Sen. Bong Go…

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Why political parties proliferate under the 1987 Constitution?

Around this time of a pre-general election year like 2022, Filipino voters, young and old, become very busy debating and arguing over whom they will choose to lead them as president and vice president for the next six years. At the same time, there is usually an exodus of the so-called “political butterflies” or candidates who can easily change the colors of their attires so they can choose the most flowery political party–normally that of the leading candidates for the top two elective posts in the country. There is another…

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DSWD Region 8 readies over 15K food packs for faster response

The Department of Social Welfare and Development has prepositioned 15,270 family food packs (FFPs) in Eastern Visayas for faster response especially during this typhoon season. Abelardo Bibat, DSWD Eastern Visayas regional information officer, said on Friday they are adding up more stocks in strategic locations in anticipation of more requests for assistance from local government units after disasters. Of the 15,270 food packs, some 9,576 are at the DSWD regional resource operations section warehouse in Palo, Leyte; 3,694 in Northern Samar; 1,000 in Eastern Samar; and 1,000 in Samar. “Recently,…

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