Philogen announces publication of PET clinical data with proprietary ultra-high affinity FAP-targeting small molecule ligand (OncoFAP)

Philogen announces publication of PET clinical data with proprietary ultra-high affinity FAP-targeting small molecule ligand (OncoFAP) Translational studies performed at the European Institute for Molecular Imaging and the Department of Nuclear Medicine (University and University Hospital of Münster) show rapid and selective tumor uptake of OncoFAP with unprecedented selectivity against healthy organs in cancer patients […]

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Amlan International Continues APEC Region Expansion by Kim Huang Appointed Regional Technical Services Manager

Kim Huang CHICAGO, Jan. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Amlan International, a global leader in natural, mineral-based feed additives for poultry and livestock, has broadened their technical capabilities in the Asia Pacific (APEC) region with the appointment of Dr. Kim Huang as regional technical services manager. Kim will play an important role in expanding the […]

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Zenas BioPharma แต่งตั้ง Dr. John Orloff ให้ดำรงตำแหน่งกรรมการบริษัท

บอสตันและเซี่ยงไฮ้ จีน, Jan. 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — วันนี้ Zenas BioPharma บริษัทชีวเภสัชภัณฑ์ระดับโลกซึ่งมีความมุ่งมั่นที่จะเป็นผู้นำด้านการพัฒนาและการรักษาโดยใช้ภูมิคุ้มกันบำบัด ได้ประกาศแต่งตั้ง Dr. John Orloff ให้ดำรงตำแหน่งกรรมการบริษัท ทั้งนี้ Dr. Orloff ได้เข้าร่วมเป็นคณะกรรมการบริษัท Zenas ด้วยประสบการณ์ความสำเร็จกว่า 25 ปีในการเป็นผู้นำองค์กรด้านการวิจัยและการพัฒนาระดับโลกในด้านการรักษาโรคต่าง ๆ รวมถึงโรคแพ้ภูมิตัวเอง “เรามีความยินดีเป็นอย่างยิ่งที่ได้ต้อนรับ Dr. Orloff ในฐานะกรรมการบริหารของ Zenas” Lonnie Moulder ผู้ก่อตั้งและประธานกรรมการบริหารของ Zenas กล่าว “ความเป็นผู้นำและความเชี่ยวชาญที่ครอบคลุมด้านการวิจัย การพัฒนา รวมถึงกิจการด้านการแพทย์และการกำกับดูแลของ Dr. Orloff เป็นสิ่งที่มีคุณค่าอย่างยิ่ง เนื่องจากเรากำลังพัฒนากลุ่มผลิตภัณฑ์ด้านการรักษาที่ทันสมัยโดยใช้ภูมิคุ้มกันบำบัด ตลอดจนขยายกลุ่มผลิตภัณฑ์ของเราอย่างต่อเนื่องในการพัฒนาธุรกิจ” “ผมมีความยินดีที่จะได้ร่วมงานกับทีมผู้บริหารของ Zenas และกรรมการบริษัทท่านอื่น ๆ ในขณะที่บริษัทกำลังเร่งพัฒนากลุ่มผลิตภัณฑ์ด้านภูมิคุ้มกันที่มีประสิทธิภาพ” Dr. Orloff กล่าว “ผมหวังว่าจะได้มีส่วนร่วมในการพัฒนาอย่างต่อเนื่องของบริษัท ในขณะที่บริษัทมุ่งมั่นที่จะดำเนินภารกิจในการจัดหายาที่ใช้นวัตกรรมใหม่ให้กับผู้ป่วยที่จำเป็นต้องใช้ยาดังกล่าว” […]

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Defense college’s Matatag class reunites to aid ‘Odette’ victims

Bound by a strong commitment to serve and help, the alumni of the Executive Master in National Security Administration (E-MNSA) program have gone to great lengths to showcase the spirit of bayanihan (cooperation), collaboration, and stability. The E-MNSA’s executive “Matatag” (Sturdy) Class-01 alumni reunited in December after their graduation on Aug. 5, 2021 to bring assistance to the families affected by Typhoon Odette. Consisting of high-ranking officials of the national government, private sector, local government units, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the class pooled their resources, donations, and mobilization efforts for…

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DOST 2022 budget lower but 8 attached agencies to get raise

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will get a budget of PHP24.268 billion this year, allowing an increase for eight of its 18 attached agencies, Secretary Fortunato de la Peña reported on Friday. The budget is lower by PHP919.8 million compared to 2021, he said in a taped report aired online. Seventy-seven percent (PHP18.844 billion) is allocated for maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE), while 19 percent or PHP4.5 billion will be for personal services. At least 4 percent or PHP888 million will be used for various capital expenditures,…

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Aid available for workers displaced by Alert Level 3: DOLE

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) assured cash assistance to workers who will be displaced by the implementation of the stricter Alert Level 3 in Metro Manila. “We are prepared for any eventuality because you have given us a good budgetary allocation especially on our program for informal workers, TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced),” Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said in his report to President Roa Rodrigo during the Talk to the People Thursday night. He reported that some PHP50 million was allocated under the Covid-19 Adjustment Measures…

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PRRD inks laws granting Maynilad, Manila Water 25-yr franchises

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed laws granting 25-year franchises to water concessionaires Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and Manila Water Company, Inc. Malacañang announced the development on Friday and released copies of the laws. Signed on Dec. 10, 2021, Republic Act (RA) 11600 grants Maynilad a franchise to establish, operate, and maintain a waterworks system and sewerage and sanitation services in the west zone of Metro Manila, including the province of Cavite. RA 110601 grants Manila Water a franchise to operate in the east zone of Metro Manila and Rizal…

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Economic losses under Level 3 temporary

Placing the National Capital Region Plus back on Alert Level 3 due rising coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases is seen to result in a weekly gross value added (GVA) loss of around PHP3 billion, economic managers said. The inter-agency Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC), in a statement issued on Friday, however, believes that “this is a temporary setback and is a necessary adjustment in view of the new Covid variant.” “As we previously said, we are in a better position to manage possible spikes. We have enough vaccines and funding…

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Vice guv pushes for Nueva Vizcaya as PH’s narra capital

Vowing to plant more “sturdy” trees, Nueva Vizcaya Vice Governor Jose Tomas Sr. is bringing the province into the map as the narra capital of the country. “As a Philippine national tree, narra symbolizes resiliency—which aptly describes my experience in cooperative development and now in public service. Narra wood describes the indefatigable spirit and strength of character of the people,” he told the Philippine News Agency on Friday, a day after he and cooperative member and workers of Tam-an Banaue Multi-Purpose Cooperative had planted 250 narra and cacao trees to…

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Clark Freeport enforces limited gatherings, activities

The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) on Friday started to prohibit large social gatherings and activities in this Freeport until January 31 in response to the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). An advisory issued by the CDC stated that all social gatherings of three or more persons are not allowed within the Clark Parade Grounds, open areas, and other parks in the Freeport. Moreover, only fully vaccinated persons are allowed to do individual physical activities such as walking, jogging, and biking, among others. Other standard health protocols issued by…

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PNP to crack down on black market sellers of essential meds

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said all of its operating units are now mobilized to identify and arrest unscrupulous traders engaged in hoarding and other illegal practices on the sale of essential medicines amid soaring coronavirus cases. “Selling these drugs outside the legitimate pharmacies can really be dangerous to the public. The Food and Drug Administration has already appealed to only buy medicines from FDA (Food Drug Administration)-approved outlets,” PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos said. He added that violators will face appropriate criminal charges according to existing FDA…

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DTI brings discounted goods to ‘Odette’-hit Bohol towns

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is bringing basic and prime commodities to communities in Bohol province at discounted prices for residents who are still reeling from the effects of Typhoon Odette. DTI Assistant Secretary Asteria Caberte said in a statement that their provincial office spearheaded a “Diskwento Caravan” activity in the towns of Ubay and Talibon on Friday. Caberte and DTI Bohol provincial director Maria Soledad Balistoy, officials from the two local government units (LGUs), and the police supported the caravan. Caberte cited the support of LGUs in…

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LTFRB modifies some jeep, bus routes to serve NLEX terminal

Several public transport routes from Bulacan province and Valenzuela City going to the National Capital Region (NCR) have been modified by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to serve passengers headed for the North Luzon Express (NLEX) Terminal (NLET). In a Facebook post on Friday, the LTFRB said one of these modified routes is the Monumento – Sta. Maria Bulacan via NLEX public utility jeepney (PUJ) route. “Pinapayagang magbaba at magsakay sa NLET at VGC [Valenzuela Gateway Complex] (It is now allowed to drop off and load passengers…

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Paracetamol, flu meds supply back to normal this weekend: DTI

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said supplies of paracetamol and other flu medicines at drugstores will start to normalize this weekend. Speaking to President Rodrigo Duterte during the Talk to the People Thursday evening, Lopez said manufacturers of these medicines have started to deliver to drug stores since Wednesday. He added that due to the surge in demand for paracetamol and flu drugs after New Year, pharmacies have ordered three times more of their normal orders of these medicines. “Their (drug stores) reported to us that…

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Bicol state university defers entrance test as Covid cases rise

The face-to-face administration of the Bicol University College Entrance Examination Test (BUCET) for schoolyear 2022-2023 has been postponed. In a social media post, the BU administration said the resurgence and incremental growth in the cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Bicol at the start of the year prompted the deferment. “Considering public health and safety, the Office of Admissions, with concurrence from the Office of the State University College (SUC) president IV and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs would like to inform all BUCET…

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PRRD order to restrain unvaxxed people applies nationwide: Palace

President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s order for village chiefs to restrict the movements of unvaccinated individuals shall be enforced nationwide as the country grapples with a sudden spike in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, Malacañang said Friday. In a Palace briefing, acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, said Duterte’s order to “restrain” unvaccinated people who refuse to “stay put” is applicable to all areas of the country regardless of the alert level status. “Sa declaration, pronouncement, at direktiba ni Pangulo, it appears na regardless (of alert level) eh nationwide po…

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Gov’t eyes inoculation of 5-11 age group by February: exec

The national government is looking into the administration of vaccines against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) for children aged five to 11 years by early next month, a health official said Friday. In a Laging Handa briefing, Health Undersecretary and National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) Chair Myrna Cabotaje noted the government is still waiting for the delivery of Pfizer-BioNTech jabs specifically formulated for children. “Ang tinitingnan nating date, earliest first week of February maumpisahan natin ‘yung pagbabakuna ng ating (We’re looking at the first week of February, earliest, to start with…

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NegOcc to require negative Covid-19 test for arrivals by Jan. 9

The provincial government of Negros Occidental will require inbound travelers to present a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result regardless of vaccination status starting January 9. The additional requirement is provided in Executive Order (EO) 21-61-A issued by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson on Thursday night as a measure to curb the possible increase of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the province. “There is a need to amend (sections in EO 21-61) in order to impose restrictions discouraging air, sea, and land travel to the province to prevent…

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Self-test kits for Covid-19 sans FDA approval may be fake: Duque

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday warned the public against the use of self-administered or home Covid-19 test kits that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In a radio interview, Duque noted the kits that are circulating in the market are most likely counterfeit and smuggled. “Malamang hindi aprubado ‘yan kaya hindi ka basta basta dapat bumibili ng mga ganoon, kaya ang utos ko sa FDA, pa-imbestigahan lahat ‘yan para makita kung ‘yan ba ay dumaan sa kanilang pagsusuri at ‘yan ba ay nabigyan…

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Cebu City ramps up booster jabs rollout amid Omicron threat

The city government of Cebu is ramping up the provision of booster shots for the protection of residents against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and its new variant Omicron, as the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) reported a high daily positivity rate (DPR) here. Mayor Michael Rama underscored the efforts for booster shots administration which can be a way to ride out the Omicron threat and the surge in Covid-19 cases in the National Capital Region. “What is important is for us all to adhere to proven health protocols,…

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Local firm eyes manufacture of Covid-19 drug Molnupiravir

A local pharmaceutical company is eyeing the manufacture of Molnupiravir, an oral medicine said to reduce severe symptoms of Covid-19, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said. During President Rodrigo Duterte’s Talk to the People Thursday night, Lopez said if it pushes through, the drug will be more accessible and affordable to Filipinos. “If this will be locally produced, it will be affordable because it will be like generics. So that these antivirus drugs, those that will kill the virus, will be accessible to our countrymen at…

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Lacson, Gatchalian positive for Covid-19

Presidential candidate Senator Panfilo Lacson and reelectionist Senator Sherwin Gatchalian announced Friday that they tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Both are already in isolation. “Following strict health protocols, I went on self-quarantine away from family, friends and the public. So far, I am only experiencing mild symptoms from the virus and this goes to show that the vaccines are effective and working against it. I enjoin everyone to get your booster shots right away,” Gatchalian said in a statement. Lacson’s office announced on Thursday the cancellation of…

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NCRPO recovers 344 firearms issued to erring cops

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has recovered more than 300 firearms under the “Bawi Operations” which led to the recovery of firearms issued to dismissed personnel. Citing a report submitted by the Regional Task Group, NCRPO chief Maj. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., said Friday that the latest operation resulted in the recovery of a Beretta 9mm caliber pistol bearing serial number G42558Z without magazine from a dismissed police officer in Barangay San Antonio, San Pedro City, Laguna on Thursday morning. Danao said the government properties will be turned…

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DOH-11 urge public to ‘catch-up’ on vax to prevent Omicron

With the continuing threat of the Omicron variant, the Department of Health in the Davao Region (DOH-11) urged the public on Friday to catch up with the anti-coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination to boost immunization rates immediately. DOH-11 Assistant Director Lenny Joy Rivera said there is still a need for the unvaccinated to get their jabs despite no case of the variant was recorded in the Davao Region. “Since we don’t have yet (the) Omicron variant in our region, may we request all areas which have lower vaccination rates to…

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Bulacan tightens borders under Alert Level 3

The Bulacan police has started to enforce stricter border control points as the province was upgraded to Alert Level 3 status Thursday night. Col. Manuel M. Lukban, Jr. acting provincial director of the Bulacan Police Provincial Office, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Friday that a total of 112 police officers and force multipliers were deployed to man the 24-hour quarantine control points, 17 for provincial boundaries (Bulacan-Manila, Bulacan-Pampanga, and Bulacan-Nueva Ecija), and seven for North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) exit in a bid to prevent the spread of the…

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AFP chief in isolation after contracting Covid-19

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief Gen. Andres Centino has tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “The AFP confirms that the AFP Chief of Staff, General Andres Centino has tested positive for Covid-19, yesterday (Thursday). General Centino is now in an approved isolation facility within Camp Aguinaldo where he will continue to perform his job, albeit, in quarantine,” military spokesperson, Col. Ramon Zagala said in a message to reporters Friday. Despite this, Centino will remain in full command of the AFP and will be supervising all units in…

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SC implements shifting, WFH arrangements amid rise in cases

The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday announced a reduced on-site work capacity starting January 10. In a memorandum, the high court said the reduction and modified work shifts are needed because of “the recent massive infection of personnel” which “may have been brought about by the reported highly transmissible Omicron variant”. Under the latest scheme eyed to minimize close physical contact, one third of SC’s work force shall be required to physically report on Mondays and Tuesdays, another third on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and the remaining third on Fridays and…

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Davao reiterates ban on welcome, send-off in transpo hubs

The city government here on Friday reminded the public about the ban on group welcome and send-off in the city’s airports, seaports, and bus terminals as the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) active cases started to increase anew. “It is not only because of Covid-19 but for reasons of safety and security. Only employees, workers, drivers, and passengers are allowed in these places,” Mayor Sara Z. Duterte said in a statement. In February 2020, the mayor announced the permanent ban on greeters or send-off groups in transportation hubs here.…

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Another P600-K smuggled cigarettes seized in Zambo Peninsula

Security forces have intercepted another shipment of smuggled cigarettes worth PHP590,000, bringing to more than PHP2.4 million the contrabands seized during the past two days in Region 9, authorities said Friday. Brig. Gen. Franco Simborio, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula (PRO-9) director, said the latest batch of assorted smuggled cigarettes shipment was seized on midnight Thursday in Barangay Buenavista, this city. “Before the confiscation, troopers from the Army’s 74th Infantry Battalion’s Bravo Company were conducting a checkpoint in Barangay Curuan when a speeding vehicle passed by and did not stop,” he…

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Bacolod starts master listing kids 5-11 years old for Covid vax

The Emergency Operations Center Task Force (EOC-TF) here has started forming a list of children aged 5 to 11 years old, who will soon undergo vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). As of Friday, the listing is ongoing while mass vaccination continues this week in various sites. “We have been master listing children aged 5 to 11 in preparation for their vaccination. We will just wait for the Department of Health (DOH) to give the go signal,” EOC-TF Executive Director Em Ang and coordinator of the city’s Covid-19 Vaccination Council…

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Village chair, companion hurt in shooting inside Cotabato mosque

A manhunt is underway against two men who shot and seriously injured a village chairperson and his companion while they were praying inside a mosque here on Thursday night. Maj. Rustom Pastolero, city police Station 2 commander, identified the victims as Chairman Amil Sula, 45, of Barangay Rosary Heights 5; and former village councilor Abner Ampaun, 39. “Both sustained gunshot wounds in their bodies,” Pastolero said Sula was praying at 7:10 p.m. inside the mosque along 2nd Road, Don E. Sero Street in the village when the gunmen barged inside…

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PH stocks index, peso weaken on rising Covid cases

Rising domestic coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections continue to have an impact on investors, resulting in the negative close of both the main stocks index and peso on Friday. The Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) ended the week down by 1.05 percent to 7,011.11 points, or 74.41 points. All other counters also ended the week in the red, with All Shares down by 0.85 percent to 3,745.61 points, or 31.97 points. Property led the sectoral indexes after it fell by 1.76 percent. Next were Mining and Oil, 1.70 percent; Industrial,…

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PH completes procurement of 13M Moderna doses

The arrival of 150,540 doses of the Moderna Covid 19 vaccine on Friday, the first shipment to the country this year, completed the government’s procurement of 13 million doses. Seven million doses were also procured by the private sector. Department of Health Undersecretary Dr. Teodoro Herbosa, who inspected the shipment delivered via China Airlines Flight CI701, said the government is also expected to receive lower-dosed Pfizer jabs for the 5 to 11 age group middle of January. He likewise reminded the public that booster shots can already be availed of…

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Angeles City imposes liquor ban as Covid-19 cases rise

The city government here has tightened health protocols by issuing a liquor ban to curb the increasing number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections. An executive order issued by Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. on Friday said residents are not allowed to consume alcoholic beverages in public places. Selling, serving, and/or delivery of alcohol, wine, beer, liquor, and other intoxicating beverages will be strictly prohibited from January 8 to 15. “Due to the rapidly rising number of daily Covid-19 positive cases and growing concerns with the Omicron variant, there is a…

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Villanueva’s death a blow to NPA: Eastmincom

The death of the most wanted leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) is a major blow to the communist group and left a huge void in their ranks, the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) said Friday. In a statement, Lt. Gen. Greg Almerol, commander of Eastmincom, said the death of Menandro Villanueva alias Bok was a major breakthrough as it will take the NPA some time to replace him. Villanueva was killed by government troops in an encounter at Barangay Libudon, Mabini, Davao de Oro on Wednesday evening (January 5).…

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Gun ban starts, election hotspots identified in NorMin

The Police Regional Office in Northern Mindanao (PRO-10) on Friday announced its implementation of a gun ban as well as the identification of “hotspots” ahead of the national elections in May. In an interview Friday, PRO-10 spokesperson, PLt. Col. Michelle Olaivar, said the gun ban will be implemented on January 9 based on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution Numbers 10741 and 10728. “(Also included in the) violation of gun ban are bearing of (other) deadly weapons, which can be considered an election offense,” she said. Under Comelec Res. 10728,…

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QC temporarily bans fiesta events, religious gatherings

Activities traditionally done during fiesta celebrations and other religious festivities are temporarily banned in Quezon City amid the rising cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections. In Memorandum No. 02-22 published on Friday, the city government detailed the prohibited activities as well as the exceptions and the guidelines to be followed. “Dahil inaasahan na natin ang mga pagtitipon sa mga piyesta, Chinese New Year at iba pang pagdiriwang sa mga susunod na buwan, minabuti na nating kumilos agad upang maiwasan na ang mass gatherings na posibleng pag-ugatan ng pagkalat ng…

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Poll candidates urged to submit campaign activities

Candidates are directed to submit their campaign activities to be approved by an inter-agency committee as part of the new protocols in the 2022 polls due to the pandemic. Commission on Elections Ilocos Assistant Regional Director, Lawyer Reddy Balarbar, made this same call to all the candidates in the Ilocos Region in a virtual press conference on Friday afternoon. Balarbar said the campaign committee will be composed of the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Department of the Interior and…

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21K Covid-19 vax doses wasted due to ‘Odette’: NVOC

A health official on Friday reported that some 21,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines were wasted in regions devastated by Typhoon Odette in December last year. Health Undersecretary and National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) Chair, Myrna Cabotaje, said they have received reports of vaccine wastage from Iloilo, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, and Caraga. “About 21,000 po ang officially reported to us na hindi na magamit (are officially reported to us that can no longer be used),” she said in a Laging Handa briefing. Cabotaje added that the NVOC is in the…

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Palace belies martial law, total lockdown rumors

Malacañang on Friday denied claims circulating on social media that the government will declare martial law due to a sharp rise in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the country. “Fake news po ito. Wag po tayong magpaniwala sa ganitong uri ng balita (That is fake news. Do not believe in this type of news),” acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said in a press briefing. Nograles was referring to the voice recording of a woman urging the public to stock up on food which is good until…

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Allow gov’t to operate ‘if you can’t help’, Reds told

President Rodrigo Duterte urged the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA), to allow the government to operate amid the pandemic and calamities. “I am directing this [message] to the Communist Party of the Philippines. This time of our national life, we are having a serious problem. If you cannot cooperate, if you cannot help, then, maybe you can stand aside and allow the government to operate,” Duterte told the CPP-NPA during his prerecorded Talk to the People aired Thursday night. This,…

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Covid-19 cases in NegOr double; Omicron watch tightened

The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Negros Oriental has doubled in the last four days as health authorities are tightening border control amid the Omicron variant threat. Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Estacion, in a virtual presser Friday afternoon, said from 24 active cases reported last January 3, the infections are now pegged at 48. Of the currently active cases, this capital city has the highest at 15. Estacion said while there is no Omicron case yet in the province, the people should think of the…

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Distribution of relief packs in Siargao unhampered

The distribution of relief packs in the different municipalities in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte remained unhampered as support continued to grow from different sectors, both in the government and private sectors. Surigao del Norte First District Representative Francisco Jose Matugas II, in a statement Friday, said the number of relief packs delivered to distressed residents in the island has increased since December 30 last month. From 81,000 relief packs on December 30, the number of deliveries has doubled to 190,000 relief packs as of Friday, Matugas reported. “We have…

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Active Covid-19 cases in Caraga climbs to 100

The Department of Health in Caraga (DOH-13) disclosed Friday an increase in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) active cases in the region. In a report, the DOH-13 said the region has a total of 100 active Covid-19 cases as of Thursday. It said Caraga only had 66 active cases on Monday, but double-digit increases in the succeeding days caused the number of active cases to rise to 100. On Thursday alone, the DOH-13 said 26 new infections were recorded, increasing the cumulative total number of confirmed cases to…

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Cebu Pacific cancels more domestic flights Jan. 8-10

Cebu Pacific (CEB) on Friday announced the cancellation of more domestic flights from January 8 to 10. The airline said this is due to “the move of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to limit the number of arrivals at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).” When asked about this, CAAP spokesperson Eric Apolonio, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that they do not set arrival caps at the NAIA as such restrictions are imposed only by the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Manila International Airport Authority. He,…

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Parties in Marcos DQ cases given until Jan. 9 to submit memoranda

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has given the parties in the two disqualification cases filed against presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr. 48 hours to file their memoranda. Presiding Commissioner Rowena Guanzon ordered petitioners Bonifacio Ilagan, and Akbayan and Marcos to submit through electronic mail (e-mail) their memorandum on Sunday. “Lawyers hereby given 48 hours to file their memorandum. Your 48 hours begin noon today (Friday). You’re to file memorandum via email. And hard copy the next day. If the court received it, it is deemed filed. January 9…

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2 ‘Omicron’ cases tagged in NorMin: DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) in Northern Mindanao (DOH-10) on Friday confirmed that two of the 43 recently recorded Omicron variant cases in the country are constituents of the region. DOH-10 Director Jose Llacuna Jr., in an online conference, said the two patients – a student and a seaman – are residents of this city and nearby Iligan City, respectively. Dr. Stephani Grace Zamora, cluster head for DOH-10’s Regional Epidemiology, Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit (RESDRU), said the Iligan case was a 40-year-old seaman who arrived in the Philippines via…

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Stay away from Quiapo Church, Manila LGU to Nazarene devotees

The city government of Manila has appealed to all replica owners of the Black Nazarene not to go to Quiapo Church as traditionally done. Every year, before and during the January 9 feast day of the Black Nazarene, replicas are brought by devotees from the National Capital Region and neighboring provinces to the minor basilica for the blessing. However, rising coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections placed Metro Manila under Alert Level 3 while the Archdiocese of Manila will not hold physical masses from January 7 to 9 to prevent the…

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NPA in Mindanao on brink of collapse: Army

After a series of neutralization of leaders of the New People’s Army’s (NPA) Southern Mindanao Regional Command (SMRC), an official from the 10th Infantry Division (10ID) said the communist organization is on the “brink of collapse.” Capt. Mark Anthony Tito, the spokesperson of the 10ID, in an interview over SMNI’s “Laban Kasama ang Bayan” program on Thursday, said the SMRC is one of the strongest units of the NPA but if fully dismantled, all other units of the NPA across the country will also crumble. “It is the start of…

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No more massive lockdowns, DTI assures biz sector

There will no longer be hard lockdowns amid the spike in cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), made worse by the more transmissible Omicron variant. In a statement Friday, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) said they were assured by Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) officials that the government will not implement massive lockdowns anymore. Instead, restrictions will be focused on the unvaccinated. Newly elected PCCI officials paid a virtual courtesy call on DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and other trade officials on Thursday. George Barcelon was…

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