NEP Enhances Global Centralised Production Network with Second-Generation, All-4K Andrews Hub Upgrade

SYDNEY, Dec. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NEP Australia, a Broadcast Company of NEP Group, the leading media technology partner of content producers worldwide, announced the launch of its second-generation Andrews Hub, capable of supporting all-4K HDR broadcasts through the largest set of facilities worldwide built for Tier 1 live sports coverage. First opened in 2017, the […]

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Junshi Biosciences and Coherus Announce Positive Interim Overall Survival Results of CHOICE-01, a Phase 3 Clinical Trial Evaluating Toripalimab in Combination with Chemotherapy as First-Line Treatment for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Junshi Biosciences and Coherus to meet with US FDA to discuss 1L NSCLC BLA supplement submission SHANGHAI, China and REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Dec. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Shanghai Junshi Biosciences Co., Ltd. (“Junshi Biosciences”, HKEX: 1877; SSE: 688180) and Coherus BioSciences, Inc. (“Coherus”, Nasdaq: CHRS), today announced positive results of an interim analysis of overall survival from the […]

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Over 400 vie for world skills tilt in China

Over 400 people have joined this year’s national skills competition, for a chance to participate in the World Skills Competition in China next year, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) announced Monday. Participants from across the country will showcase their talents until December 16 in the competition to be held at the TESDA Central Office in Taguig City, as well as its offices in Cordillera Administrative Region, Regions 2(Cagayan Valley), 3 (Central Luzon), 4-A (Calabarzon), and 7 (Central Visayas). “This started with provincial skills competition, then moving to…

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Each LGU should have evacuation center: Go

The chair of the Senate committee on health and demography on Monday underscored the importance of evacuation centers as temporary shelters of disaster-hit villagers nationwide. Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said in a statement evacuation centers in every city, municipality and province will ensure the safety and welfare of families who are affected by natural or man-made calamities. In a video message delivered to 355 victims of fire and landslide in Talisay City, Cebu, who recently received government aid, Go reiterated his call for the passage of Senate Bill No.…

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Close to 550 towns, cities tagged as initial election hotspots

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has identified 488 towns and 58 cities as potential election hotspots for next year’s national and local elections. Brig. Gen. Michael John Dubria, head of the PNP Directorate for Intelligence, said in a news briefing Monday the data is still up for verification and subject for validation with their military counterparts. The election hotspot list has four categories — Green, Yellow, Orange, and Red but Dubria did not disclose specific towns and cities and their respective categories. He said only 3 percent out of the…

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Agusan Norte braces for ‘Odette’

The provincial government of Agusan del Norte convened on Monday its Provincial Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) to prepare for the possible impact of an incoming weather disturbance in the province. The weather condition, which has developed into a tropical depression (TD), is still outside the Philippine area of responsibility at 1,760 kilometers east of Mindanao as of 11 a.m. Monday. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the tropical cyclone is expected to enter the country by Tuesday evening (December 14) and will be…

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UNFPA exec lauds initiatives to end violence vs. Bangsamoro women

An official of the United Nations in the Philippines has urged every Bangsamoro to once and for all end violence against women (VAW). “It is crucial that women, girls, men, and boys are allies engaged in meaningful conversations about changing norms, beliefs, and practices that are harmful to women and girls,” United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) country representative Dr. Leila Joudane said in a statement released here Monday. Joudane was the guest of honor during the culminating program of the 18-day campaign to end violence against women in adjacent Sultan…

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Sara vouches for Davao QR’s edge in ‘ayuda’ payout

Mayor Sara Z. Duterte is hopeful that the next local administration would continue using the Safe Davao Quick Response (DQR) system for future gifts or “ayuda” (social services) from the government to Dabawenyos. In a radio interview Monday, she said that the mechanism would be much easier and allow a smooth flow on the distribution process. “The DQR will also be our e-wallet for Dabawenyos, and the hard plastic card will also serve as the senior citizen’s ID and the PWD (persons with disability) ID,” Duterte added. She said that…

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4Ps members in N. Ecija grow high-value crops

Members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Barangay Conversion, Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija will soon have a sustainable source of livelihood through growing high-value crops even during dry months. This, as the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 3 (DOST-3), in partnership with the Central Luzon State University (CLSU), provided the 4Ps beneficiary group some 30 units of vertical tower hydroponics system with a protective covering that they can use to start growing high-value crops like strawberries, lettuce and basil. DOST officer-in-charge-Nueva Ecija Provincial Science and Technology Director…

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Comelec junks 3 motions to intervene in petition vs. Marcos

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday denied the three motions to intervene on a petition to cancel the certificate of candidacy (COC) of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. In a 13-page order, the poll body’s Second Division junked the motions for intervention separately filed by Rommel Bautista and others; Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. and others; and by the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) in connection with the petition filed by Fr. Christian Buenafe and others. “It shall unduly delay or prejudice the adjudication of the rights of the original…

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Nat’l ID registrants in NegOr reach over 800K

At least 833,474 residents in Negros Oriental have completed the Step 2 registration process for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in the province said. Engr. Ariel Fortuito, PSA-Negros Oriental chief, said in an interview on Monday that the number of registrants as of December 12 represents 96.57 percent of their target of 854,257 for this year. This means that there remain 20,793 individuals for registration until the end of this month, he noted. Fortuito is optimistic they will reach the target on or before December…

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Suspension of 2022 polls tantamount to ignoring Charter: Comelec

The call to suspend the 2022 national and local elections is ignoring the Constitution, an official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Monday. Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said pushing back the scheduled May 9 polls is disregarding the Charter. “When you call for suspension of elections of this magnitude, nationwide and for at least a year, you’re basically saying ignore the Constitution, not hold elections the way the Constitution says it should. The implications of that is the need to amend Constitution. You cannot ignore the Constitution,” he said…

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Sea turtle rescued, freed in Pampanga

A concerned citizen of Lubao town, this province has turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) provincial office here a vulnerable Olive Ridley sea turtle over the weekend. In a social media post on Monday, Laudemir Salac, chief of the DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), said fisherman Nimrod Castro of Barangay San Jose found the turtle caught in his nylon fishing net while sailing along the tributary of Pampanga River, between the boundary of Hermosa, Bataan and Lubao, Pampanga on Saturday. The turtle…

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Baguio City mulls putting up animal adoption center

The city government here is planning to establish an animal care and adoption center to improve its related services in compliance with the animal welfare law. Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, author of the proposed ordinance on the center, said in a phone interview on Monday that the city pound is already congested. “It is already overburdened, the construction of an animal care and adoption center will better achieve the legislative intents of the animal welfare law,” he said. Olowan said Republic Act 8485 as amended by RA 10631, otherwise known…

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Army seeks probe of ex-NPA rebel’s murder in Leyte

The Philippine Army has called on the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the local government unit of Carigara, Leyte to help investigate the murder of a former New People’s Army (NPA) rebel perpetrated by the latter’s comrades. Major Gen. Edgardo De Leon, commander of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division, said execution of former NPA rebels could be a strategy of the communist terrorist group to threaten those planning to surrender to the government and instill fear among people in the community. The official made the call in a press…

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Magnitude 5.5 quake jolts Occidental Mindoro

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted Occidental Mindoro on Monday afternoon, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported. The tectonic quake struck 23 kilometers northeast of Paluan, Occidental Mindoro at 5:12 p.m., based on Phivolcs updated bulletin issued at 6:06 p.m. It had a depth of 104 kilometers. Intensity IV was felt in Calatagan, Batangas; Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. Intensity III was also felt in Batangas City, Lemery, Malvar and Bauan, Batangas; Tagaytay City and Amadeo, Cavite; Quezon City; City of Manila and Pasay City. On the other hand,…

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Shorter interval between primary, booster shots under study

The government is studying the possibility of shortening the interval between primary doses and booster shots, National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Monday. Current guidelines require six months, except for the single-dose Janssen vaccine that needs just three months. “Pinag-aaralan na namin ‘yan (We are now studying that) and we will make some recommendations so that we can expand our vaccination program,” Galvez said in a media interview during a visit at a mall vaccination site in Bacoor City, Cavite. “Pinag-uusapan nga namin…

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Bulls’ Zach LaVine enters into Covid-19 protocols

Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine has entered the NBA’s coronavirus health and safety protocols, insider Adrian Wojnarowski said on Sunday. “The Bulls have nine healthy players for Tuesday’s game vs. Detroit. One of the replacement players, Stanley Johnson, is in protocols. The Bulls need replacements for their replacements,” Wojnarowski tweeted. He added that Chicago could continue to sign players under hardship waiver. LaVine, 26, made 27 appearances during the 2020-21 season, averaging 26.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.2 assists. With LaVine, the Bulls have nine players in protocols, including Coby…

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Davao Region’s Covid-19 recovery tally nears 100K

The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 11 reported on Sunday night eight new cases of Covid-19, with 27 more recoveries bringing down the region’s active cases to 754. In a statement, the DOH-11 said the 99,786 total recoveries correspond to a 95.6-percent recovery rate out of the 104,370 confirmed cases logged since the pandemic was declared in March last year. The agency said this city has the most number of recovered patients at 51,972 followed by Davao del Norte (18,677); Davao del Sur (10,921); Davao Oriental (7,314); Davao de…

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$250-M ADB loan to help boost Covid-19 vaccine supply in PH

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $250-million loan to help the Philippine government secure additional coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine supply to boost the health security of Filipinos and ensure a safe and steady economic recovery. The assistance will allow the government to purchase 40 million additional doses of Covid-19 vaccines for eligible children and booster shots for adults. “The Philippines has continuously enhanced its capacities for testing, tracing, isolating, and treating Covid-19 cases and vigorously pursued Covid-19 inoculation for its population,” ADB Principal Social Sector Specialist for…

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Velasco open to Covid-19 vax procurement by private sector

Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Monday said the national government should start reviewing the policy on Covid-19 vaccine procurement to allow the private sector to purchase directly from manufacturers. Velasco said giving the private sector a much wider role in the inoculation drive would sustain the momentum of the government’s Covid-19 vaccination program in the country and enhance efforts to ensure the rapid and efficient rollout of available vaccines. “Since there is now ample supply of safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines globally, it is time that the national government considers…

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NegOcc opens Capitol Lagoon to visitors of all ages

The Negros Occidental provincial government has opened the Provincial Capitol Lagoon and Park here to visitors of all ages starting Monday as the province remains under Alert Level 2 status amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. In his directive, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson cited the guidelines for nationwide alert level system and his previous order that visitor or tourist attractions such as parks, plazas, public gardens scenic viewpoints or overlooks and the likes are allowed limited operation of up to 70-percent capacity to cater to individuals regardless of vaccination…

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Gov’t did not ‘drop the ball’ in syringe purchase: Duque

Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday corrected the misimpression that the government “dropped the ball again” in the emergency procurement of microsyringes for Covid-19 vaccines. The issue stemmed from a Twitter post by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Saturday afternoon that the government refused an offer of 50 million pieces of syringes. In an interview over People’s Television Network, Duque said the supplier’s price is higher than the budget the government had allotted for the syringes. He also clarified that the microsyringes are not…

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NCR now ‘very low risk’ for Covid-19 with 91 cases per day

The National Capital Region (NCR) is now with very low risk classification for Covid-19 with only 91 new cases reported per day from December 6 to 12, the OCTA Research Group said Monday. “The incidence or average daily attack rate (ADAR) decreased to less than one at 0.64 per 100,000 [individuals] while the reproduction number was very low at 0.39,” an OCTA latest report said. It added that NCR’s positivity rate is 0.9 percent. The 13 local government units (LGUs) in the NCR classified as very low risk include Pateros,…

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OCD-Bicol braces for ‘Odette’

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) in Bicol is now preparing for the possible effects of the approaching tropical cyclone to be named “Odette” once it enters the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR). During a pre-disaster assessment meeting on Monday with concerned agencies, Claudio Yucot, Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Bicol regional director and Bicol DRRMC chairperson, said the region has been placed under a Blue Alert status, thus, preparedness measures have to be in place for the public’s safety. Yucot said all provincial DRRMCs and Naga City…

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DOH logs 360 new Covid-19 cases, 519 new recoveries

The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday logged 360 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the nation’s overall tally to 2,836,803. In its latest case bulletin, the DOH said the active cases dipped further to 11,083 with a relatively lower number of new infections. Among the active cases, 4,292 are mild, 782 are asymptomatic, 399 are critical, 1,948 are severe, and 3,662 are moderate. “Of the 360 reported cases today, 348 or 97 percent occurred within the recent 14 days – November 30 to December 13, 2021,” the DOH said. It…

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Vax supplies assured for 2nd ‘Bakunahan’ this week

The government on Monday assured there are enough coronavirus vaccines and ancillary supplies for this week’s second round of the national Covid-19 vaccination drive “Bayanihan, Bakunahan”. Presidential Adviser on Covid-19 Response and testing czar, Secretary Vince Dizon, said the national government, local government units (LGUs), and the private sector have already prepositioned their pooled resources for the December 15 to 17 activities. “Wala tayong problema sa vaccines. Wala din tayong problema sa iba’t-ibang supplies kamukha ng syringes. Kumpleto na (We don’t have problems with vaccines. We also don’t have problems…

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Dinagat Islands now open for fully-vaxxed individuals

Starting December 16, all fully-vaccinated residents and visitors may enter the province of Dinagat Islands without presenting negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results. The measure is contained in Executive Order (EO) No. 12-04 issued by Governor Arlene “Kaka” Bag-ao on Monday. “The whole province is now under Alert Level 2 with only 21 active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as of December 13,” Bag-ao said in the EO. She added that as of Monday, a total of 57,753 residents in the province have been inoculated with the first dose…

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NPA rebel killed in CamSur clash

A New People’s Army (NPA) rebel was killed in an armed encounter between government troops and the communist guerrillas in Barangay Salvacion, Ragay, Camarines Sur on Sunday afternoon. In a statement on Monday, Maj. John Paul Belleza, the 9th Infantry Division spokesperson, said the gunfight lasted for 30 minutes and resulted in the killing of the still unidentified rebel and the recovery of two M16 rifles and a bandolier. “Joint elements of 9th Infantry Battalion (9IB), 92nd Division Reconnaissance Company (92DRC), 1st Camarines Sur Provincial Mobile Force Company, Camarines Sur…

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Palace lauds Beatrice Gomez for top 5 finish in Miss Universe

Malacañang on Monday congratulated Cebuana beauty Beatrice Luigi Gomez, who landed among the Top 5 contestants in the 70th Miss Universe pageant in Israel. “The Palace commends Miss Philippines Beatrice Luigi Gomez for bringing joy to our people and honor to our country at the 70th Miss Universe competition in Israel,” Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a Palace statement. Nograles described Gomez as an “inspiring figure” for her accomplishments even before joining the international beauty pageant. “A member of our armed forces, an athlete, and a…

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Cebu City orders evacuation of residents in coastal villages

Mayor Michael Rama on Monday ordered the evacuation of residents in the riversides and seafront as part of preventive measures as another tropical cyclone approaches — to be given the local name “Odette” once inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). In a briefing, Rama said he was mobilizing the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) headed by Ramil Ayuman to protect the city from the impact of the weather disturbance that may affect Cebu on Thursday or Friday. “Our weather specialists predict that an impending Tropical Cyclone Odette…

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Elderly, immunocompromised remain vax priorities

The government will continue to prioritize senior citizens and persons with comorbidities as it expands the vaccination program with booster shots for more sectors. Presidential Adviser on Covid-19 Response, Secretary Vince Dizon, said Monday the inoculation of the elderly and immunocompromised will always be among the priorities, aside from health workers. “But, since we have enough [vaccine] supply, sabay-sabay na tayo (we can do it simultaneously),” he said in an interview during a mall vaccination activity in Bacoor, Cavite. The government continues to urge Filipinos to avail of the primary…

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Bacolod City gets 3.5-hectare lot donation for medical complex

The city government here is set to receive a lot donation of 3.5 hectares in Barangay Vista Alegre to become the site of a medical complex that will include the Bacolod City General Hospital and new City Health Office building. Mayor Evelio Leonardia on Monday said he has been granted by the City Council the authority to sign a memorandum of agreement with the donors, the Gensoli family. “Allow me to reiterate my heartfelt thanks (to them) for this generous gesture and unwavering commitment to serve their community. We cannot…

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DOH-9 to inoculate over 250K in 2nd round of nat’l vax days

All is set for the second round of the National Vaccination Day (NVD) from December 15 to 17 here in the Zamboanga Peninsula (Region 9), a top official of the Department of Health (DOH) announced Monday. Dr. Joshua Brillantes, DOH regional director, said Monday they are targeting to vaccinate some 83,585 individuals daily or at least 250,755 in the entire region during the upcoming vax campaign. The DOH-9 covers the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay, and the cities of Dapitan, Dipolog, Isabela, Pagadian, and…

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‘Misencounter’ may be resolved early 2022: prosecutor

Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento sees the resolution early next year of the complaints arising from the alleged misencounter between the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) anti-drug operatives and officers of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). In a message to the media, Malcontento said his office has consolidated the cases filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and PDEA regarding the February 24 incident at a mall parking lot along Commonwealth Avenue. “There is no resolution yet,” Malcontento said as he explained that the preliminary investigation is “commencing but…

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Raps filed vs. LRTA execs, contractors due to ‘anomalous’ deals

The Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) has filed corruption complaints against some of its current and former officials, engineers, and private contractors involved in the “anomalous” purchase of PHP170.3-million worth of substandard equipment for the LRT Line 2 (LRT-2). In a statement on Monday, the LRTA said included in the complaints filed before the Office of the Ombudsman were Engr. Fernando Quiambao (former LRTA Head Executive Assistant); Antonio R. Laigo Jr. (LRT-2 Operations Department Manager and designated representative to the Procurement Service – Department of Budget and Management (PS-DBM) Bids…

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PRO-9 fetes 6 cops for exemplary performance of duty

The Police Regional Office in Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) awarded medals on Monday to six policemen, including two officers, for exemplary performance of duty. Recipients of the Medalya ng Kadakilaan or the Philippine National Police (PNP) Heroism Medal were Lieutenant Jilbert Escobin and Corporal Jonjie Sabanal of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. Maj. Shellamie Chang, PRO-9 information officer, said Escobin and Sabanal were awarded the heroism medals for the successful arrest of Roman Bondiongan, a high-value target, in an anti-drug operation on November 20 in Purok Sampaguita, Barangay Tenan, Ipil town. Chang said…

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827 police personnel in Caraga promoted

A total of 827 personnel from the Police Regional Office in Caraga (PRO-13) were recently promoted to higher ranks. In a statement Monday, Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat Jr., PRO-13 chief, welcomed the promotion as a manifestation of the dedication of the Philippine National Police personnel in the Caraga Region to their duties and responsibilities as public servants. “As your regional director, we have to keep that level of service going and try to find ways to improve on it whenever we can,” Caramat said. Of the newly-promoted personnel, 54 were…

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SC ruling on ATA another victory in gov’t fight vs. terrorism

The recent decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to uphold the Anti- Terrorism Act (ATA), save for two provisions, was a clear victory for the government as it joins the global crackdown on terrorist organizations. Assistant Solicitor General Angelita Miranda said the government is still waiting for the formal copy of the decision but from all indications, they are satisfied with the ruling of the high tribunal despite the “two minor items that does not diminish the efficacy of the ATA”. “We are not saying we are not going to…

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Land dispute eyed in journo Malabanan’s slay case

The Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) on the fatal shooting of journalist Jesus Malabanan in Calbayog City, Samar on December 8, is looking into land dispute as motive. PNP chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, on Monday said they already have a person of interest but are still determining on whether Malabanan’s job has something to do with the slay. “I talked to the Regional Director, Brig. Gen. Rommel Cabagnot, and he updated me that actually, there is an ongoing case conference of SITG Malabanan as we speak.…

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Special task group to probe Maguad siblings’ slay in NoCot

Authorities formed Monday a special investigation task group (SITG) to look deeper into the killing of the two young siblings in Barangay Bagontapay here on Dec. 10. In an interview, Lt. Realan Manon, town police chief, said the SITG is composed of investigators from the police provincial office, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group – North Cotabato, the Scene of the Crime Operatives, and the local police. Lt. Mary Grace Clua, the head of the CIDG-North Cotabato, will lead the special body. On Dec. 10, three unidentified men (not two…

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Manhunt launched for suspects in shooting of Zambo cop

The Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) has launched manhunt operation to arrest the two suspects who shot and wounded a policeman in this southern port city over the weekend. Col. Rexmel Reyes, ZCPO director, said in a statement Monday that one of the subjects of the manhunt operation was identified as Ian Rodriguez while the other one remained unidentified. Reyes identified the wounded policeman as Staff Sgt. Joseph Robles of the ZCPO’s Station 5, who was shot and wounded by the suspects around 4:40 p.m. Saturday in Purok 3, Barangay…

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SC rules P2.5-M case vs Pampanga institution must proceed

The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) to proceed with the collection case filed by a foundation against a learning institution in Mabalacat, Pampanga. In a recent 14-page resolution written by Associate Justice Ramon Hernando, the SC Second Division remanded back to the Makati court the case filed by the Santos Ventura Hocorma Foundation Inc. (SVHFI) against the Mabalacat Institute Inc. (MII), now known as the Don Teodoro V. Santos Institute. The Makati RTC Branch 150 was directed to continue proceedings to demand rental payments…

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DepEd urged to give teachers special risk allowance

A lawmaker on Monday urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to provide teachers with special risk allowance as the Philippines started its pilot run of face-to-face classes in select areas amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. In filing House Resolution 2410, Marikina City Rep. Stella Quimbo said teachers are clearly at risk of contracting Covid-19, especially now that the DepEd plans to expand face-to-face classes early next year. Quimbo said a risk allowance would allow teachers to spend more on protective equipment and pay for medical bills should they get…

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TESDA hands out scholarship grants in NegOr town

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) on Monday awarded scholarship grants to 100 beneficiaries in Valencia, Negros Oriental during a ceremonial payout in line with the Duterte Legacy caravan. The caravan, which highlights the accomplishments of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte over the past six years, was spearheaded by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), headed by Secretary Martin Andanar. TESDA-Negros Oriental provincial director Joel Villagracia turned over the scholarship grants in cash and in kind to Valencia Mayor Edgar Teves in the presence of the PCOO…

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Palace tells public to be vigilant as ‘Odette’ nears

Malacañang on Monday called on the public, especially those on the path of Tropical Depression (TD) Odette, to stay vigilant and coordinate with local disaster management offices. “We ask everyone, especially those residing in affected areas, to keep up to date with the latest weather advisories and bulletins, to take precautionary measures, and to cooperate with local authorities should there be a need for evacuation or other necessary actions,” Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a Palace statement. He also assured that government is “closely monitoring” the…

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Experiencing Pangasinan via arts exhibit

Three Luzon-based artists truly captured the vibe of the fourth district of Pangasinan in their artworks displayed at the “Anakbanwa” Arts Exhibit at the historical MacArthur House in West Central Elementary School here that is open to the public from December 10 this year to Jan. 31, 2022. Razel Mari, a visual artist and industrial designer, called his artwork “Rooted Birds” which was made of locally-sourced fiber materials in the province. “I was inspired by the mangroves and birds we saw along the way as we drove in the towns…

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PH, Japan renew commitment to ‘deepen’ partnership

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and new Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa reaffirmed the commitment of the Philippines and Japan to “strengthen” strategic partnership. In a statement on Monday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Locsin and Yoshimasa discussed key areas of bilateral cooperation between the two countries as well as mutual challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic and issues in the East and South China Seas in a phone call on December 8. “The phone call provided an opportunity for the two ministers to renew the Philippines’…

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NTF-ELCAC project turns Antique farmers’ dream into reality

The PHP20-million farm-to-market road (FMR) leading to Barangay Bulan-bulan in San Remigio, Antique, funded by the Barangay Development Program (BDP) of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), is set for groundbreaking on Dec. 15. Once completed, the FMR will ease the transport of agricultural goods from the upland village to the town market, according to Provincial Engineer Inocencio Dajao. “Although we will be implementing the project phase by phase but once it is finished, it could already make Barangay Bulan-bulan accessible,” he said in an…

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Stocks, peso close sideways on investors’ wait-and-see stance

Investors’ wait-and-see stance for US data on retail sales and jobless claims, among others, resulted in the sideways close of both the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) and the peso on Monday. The main equities index finished the week’s first trading day up by 0.08 percent, or 5.44 points, to 7,197.61 points. All Shares followed with a 0.06 percent, or 2.36 points, increase to 3,832.79 points. Half of the sectoral counters gained during the day and these are the Financials, 1.07 percent; Property, 1.06 percent; and Mining and Oil, 0.69…

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