S’YA Concept and Caravan Studio Launch NFT Project on Award Wining Short Film Character Roborovski

SINGAPORE, Jan. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Roborovski NFT is based on the award-winning animated short film Roborovski created by Hollywood stars Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Lion, The Green Knight) and Tilda Cobham-Hervey (I am Woman, Hotel Mumbai) co-written by John Collee (Happy Feet) produced by Jomon Thomas (Hotel Mumbai). Set in the backdrop of Marvin’s Pet Shop, a dejected Roborovski hamster goes off on […]

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VietinBank – ธนาคารชั้นนำด้านบริการแลกเปลี่ยนเงินตราต่างประเทศทางออนไลน์ในเวียดนาม

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VietinBank – The Leading Bank in Foreign Exchange Online Services in Vietnam

VietinBank FX-Online HANOI, Vietnam, Jan. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VietinBank has launched FX Online 24/7 service, which allows customers to access foreign exchange (FX) services anytime, anywhere on transaction platforms such as VietinBank eFAST and VietinBank iPay. Favorably positioned with these platforms, VietinBank is viewed as an industry leader in providing FX Online services […]

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14 BIFF surrenders to CIDG in S. Kudarat province

Fourteen members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have recently surrendered to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Sultan Kudarat province, Maj. Gen. Albert Ignatius Ferro, the CIDG national director, announced here Monday. In a press conference, Ferro presented the surrendering BIFF batch that also turned over assorted firearms and explosives. “These BIFF men yielded to personnel of the CIDG and officials of Barangay Tinumigues in Lambayong town of the province around 4:30 p.m. Saturday,” Ferro told reporters here in the press briefing. The group also turned over…

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Viscom chief commends soldiers for continuous ‘Odette’ relief ops

The commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Visayas Command (Viscom) on Monday commended soldiers for continuously delivering relief goods, food packs, hot meals, and other services to typhoon victims, a month after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. In a statement, Viscom said its line units such as Joint Task Forces (JTF) “Storm” and “Spear”, Naval Forces Central (Navforcen), and Tactical Operations Wing Central (Towcen), were able to deploy personnel, transport, and communication assets to assist the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (DRRMCs) in the search,…

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Group provides 10K food packs to ‘Odette’ victims

The Pitmasters Foundation, a group of online cockfighting (e-sabong) operators has distributed 10,000 food packs to communities in Southern Leyte affected by Typhoon Odette. Bernie Tacoy, the founder of BGT Cares Foundation, a group affiliated with Pitmasters, said an additional 3,000 food packs would be sent to typhoon victims in Southern Leyte within the week. Each pack contains rice, canned goods, and powdered milk. “We are also preparing thousands of health kits for the conduct of medical missions in areas badly affected by Typhoon Odette. Our mission is not just…

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PSEi, peso end trade down partly on US tech shares selloff

Both the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) and the peso finished Monday down partly because of the Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. holiday in the United States. Most of the counters in the local bourse closed in the negative territory, with the main index losing 0.52 percent, or 37.51 points, to 7,223.83 points. All Shares followed with a drop of 0.26 percent, or 10.06 points, to 3,845.24 points. Majority of the sectoral gauges tracked the main index, with the Financials declining by 0.80 percent; Property, 0.74 percent; Industrial, 0.55 percent;…

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BrahMos missiles delivery to start within 1 year: Lorenzana

The delivery of the Indian-made medium-range ramjet supersonic BrahMos cruise missiles for the Philippine Navy (PN)’s Shore-Based Anti-Ship Missile System Acquisition Project is expected to start within a year’s time. “First delivery is estimated in one year,” Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a message to the Philippines News Agency over the weekend, when asked for updates on the weapons’ acquisition. Lorenzana said the DND is expected to release and sign the contract with BrahMos Aerospace Private Ltd. in January. “The contract is being finalized. We…

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Monitoring on overpricing continues month after ‘Odette’: DTI-7

Monitoring for violations of commercial establishments on the price freeze order will continue even if a month has already passed after the onslaught of the Typhoon Odette, the Department of Trade and Industry in Central Visayas (DTI-7) on Monday said. In a statement, the DTI-7 said its provincial offices are ramping up their monitoring of establishments across the region to check on the prices and supply of basic necessities and prime commodities (BNPCs). As of January 14, DTI-7 has issued 84 letters of inquiries (LOIs) and 16 notices of violation…

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NBI foils escape try of Espinosa, two others

Unlike the three inmates who managed to escape from the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa on Monday, three high-profile drug convicts at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) detention facility in Manila were not as successful. In a statement on Monday, NBI Officer-in-Charge, Director Eric Distor, said the timely action of his men prevented confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and two others from bolting detention through the hole of a ceiling exhaust fan. The NBI Security and Management Section received information on January 13 that the three tried to escape.…

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1 hurt in ‘rido’-stemmed clash in Basilan

A member of the Moro Islamic Liberation (MILF) was wounded in a clash due to an existing family feud or “rido” in Basilan province, a top military official here reported Monday. Brig. Gen. Domingo Gobway, Joint Task Force (JTF)-Basilan commander, said the firefight broke out around 11:30 a.m. Monday in Barangay Bohe Baka, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan. Gobway identified the group of protagonists as that of Arham Indanan, an MILF member, and Den Dammin alias Tubboh. Gobway identified the injured MILF member as Ellie Asnawie, who belongs to the group of Indanan.…

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Duterte names Torres as new Nolcom commander

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has named Maj. Gen. Ernesto Torres Jr., former Civil Relations Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (CRSAFP) chief, as the new commander of the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom). Torres will replace former Nolcom commander, Lt Gen. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos. In a January 7 letter addressed to Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Duterte said he has accepted the latter’s endorsement to designate Torres as new Nolcom commander. “I wish to inform you that, per your letter-endorsement and in accordance with the recommendation…

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BARMM opens week-long celebration for 3rd founding anniversary

The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) kicked off Monday the week-long celebration of its 3rd foundation anniversary at the Bangsamoro government center in this city. The region had for its theme “Changing People’s Lives, Transforming the Bangsamoro: Celebrating and Sustaining the Gains of Peace and Moral Governance” this year that highlights the breakthroughs of the regional government in achieving peace and development and reforming the Bangsamoro for the past three years. With the observance of strict health standards, a short program was held outside the BARMM main building…

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Use firearms responsibly, PNP chief reminds cops

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Dionardo Carlos, on Monday reminded all their personnel to exercise due diligence in using their issued firearms. This came after a cop shot and killed his own wife and child inside their home in Virac, Catanduanes last January 15. “We are sorry for the loss of lives. It is with sadness that we hear about the circumstances. May this serve as a lesson for our police officers to take precautions and never put the law into their hands. You underwent gun safety training. Use…

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SoCot requires negative RT-PCR results for travelers

The provincial government here is now requiring inbound travelers to present negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results at its border checkpoints. South Cotabato Governor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. on Monday issued Executive Order (EO) No. 01 Series of 2022 that instructed the one city and 10 municipal government units in the province to require RT PCR results taken within three days for the travelers from high-risk countries and areas in the Philippines within Alert Level 3 or higher categories. “For uniformity, the local government units (LGUs) shall adopt quarantine…

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DFA to resume consular ops Jan. 21

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will soon reopen several of its consular offices after a temporary suspension brought by a spike in new Covid-19 cases in the National Capital Region (NCR) and other parts of the country. In a public advisory on Monday, the DFA Office of Consular Affairs (OCA) said several consular offices (CO) and Temporary Off-Site Passport Services (TOPS) will resume beginning January 21. These include the DFA OCA in Aseana Business Park in Parañaque City, the NCR Central, NCR East, NCR North, NCR Northeast, NCR South,…

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Philippine Army assigns 4 officers to ‘Tabak’ division

The Philippine Army has assigned four officers to the 1st Infantry “Tabak” Division, its premier command, while a junior officer was promoted to a higher rank. Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, 1st Infantry Division (ID) commander, welcomed the four officers during the Monday flag-raising ceremony held at the 1ID grandstand in Camp Cesar Sang-an, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. The newly assigned officers to the 1ID were led by Lt. Col. Christopher Cunanan, who graduated on December 16, 2021 from his Command General Staff Course at the Command and General Staff College…

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PRRD signs laws declaring heritage zones in Cebu, Ilocos Sur

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed into law two measures declaring heritage zones in the provinces of Cebu and Ilocos Sur. Duterte signed both Republic Act 11644 or the “Carcar City Heritage Zone Act” and RA 11645 or an act establishing a heritage zone within the municipality of San Vicente, Ilocos Sur on Jan. 14, 2022. In signing RA 11644, Duterte recognized that the Constitution “mandates the State to conserve, develop, promote, and popularize the nation’s historical and cultural heritage and resources, as well as its artistic creations. The Constitution…

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NegOcc to retain Covid-19 test requirement for inbound travel

The Negros Occidental provincial government will continue to require a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test from inbound travelers as part of the measures to curb further transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson reiterated the policy on Monday, following reports on the appeal of fast craft operators to waive this requirement and instead just enforce a “no vaccination, no travel policy”. “For now, I’d rather be safe and request the RT-PCR test. It’s being followed also by other provinces,” Lacson told reporters. The entire Western…

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Marcos included in final list of candidates for 2022 polls

Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will be part of the final list of candidates for the May 9, 2022 polls, an official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Monday. Comelec – Education and Information Department Director Elaiza David said the name of the former senator will be on the official ballot since other cases against him have yet to be resolved. “Since his cases are still pending and the ballot faces are already ready, we are expecting to see him (Marcos) on the ballot,” she said in…

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Covid-19 remains top threat aside from NPA, terrorists: PRRD

The prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is the top threat to Filipinos aside from terrorists and New People’s Army (NPA), President Rodrigo R. Duterte said on Monday. Duterte made the remark as the country recorded over 37,000 new Covid-19 infections anew. “The number one threat to the Filipino today aside from itong (this) NPA and the terrorists is really the Covid-19 fight,” he said in a prerecorded Talk to the People. Duterte described Covid-19 as a “debilitating sickness.” He admitted that the national government remains concerned over the spike…

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Ticket bought in Leyte wins P142-M lotto jackpot

For the third straight day, another bettor became an instant millionaire after winning the PHP142 million jackpot of the Super Lotto 6/49 on Sunday night. In an advisory on Monday, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said the lucky bettor guessed the winning combination of 02-05-04-31-01-46 with a jackpot of PHP142,679,606. The ticket was purchased in Abuyog, Leyte. The bettor can claim his/her cheque at PCSO’s main office in Mandaluyong City and present the winning ticket and two identification cards. As provided under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion…

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New Manila hospital to quarantine patients in case of surge

To further prepare for a possible surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, the city government of Manila is planning to convert a part of the Bagong Ospital ng Maynila into a quarantine facility. Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said in an interview Monday that the emergency room of the 10-story hospital that is still under construction may be utilized for Covid-19 patients. That is, in the worst-case scenario that the Covid-19 beds of the city’s six district hospitals, 12 quarantine facilities, and the Manila Covid-19 Field Hospital are…

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Bus firm lauds Army for arrest of bomb suspects

The management of the public transport company whose bus was bombed in North Cotabato recently expressed its gratitude to the military Sunday for their efforts in tracking down and neutralizing the suspects. The bombing of the Mindanao Star bus in Aleosan, North Cotabato on January 11, resulted in the injury of seven passengers. According to reports, one of the passengers, a five-year-old boy, died while undergoing treatment in a hospital. “We condemned the attack on one of our buses and hope that the victims will be given justice. At the…

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Dagupan declares weeklong academic health break

Mayor Marc Brian Lim has declared an academic health break and suspension of classes from elementary to senior high school in all public and private basic education schools here from January 18 to 25. In Executive Order (EO) No. 03 issued on Monday, Lim cited the importance of mental health promotion in educational institutions. “The World Health Organization has issued guidance to countries on how to maintain essential services, including mental health services during the prevalence of the pandemic, and recommends that countries allocate resources to mental health as an…

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Davao’s Kalinaw Village offers hope to ex-NPA rebels

The Kalinaw Village – a residential care facility is housing former New People’s Army rebels who wish to undergo reformation and return to the fold of the law. Mayor Sara Duterte, on Monday’s episode of her online show “Sara All For You”, said the village was created as a halfway home for former rebels prior to their return to their families and communities. “Nagka-problema tayo kung saan natin ilalagay, kung saan natin ibibigay ‘yung tulong, ‘yung mga kailangan nila immediately after sila mag-surrender. So eto, meron tayong Kalinaw Village (We…

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World’s 10 richest men’s fortune more than doubled in pandemic

The world’s 10 richest men have more than doubled their collective fortunes – from USD700 billion to USD1.5 trillion – in the first two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, UK-based charity Oxfam said on Monday. Incomes of the 99 percent of the world population have dropped in the same period, and over 160 million people slipped into poverty, according to Oxfam, which released a report titled Inequality Kills. “If these ten men were to lose 99.999 percent of their wealth tomorrow, they would still be richer than 99 percent of…

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P12-M non-food supplies sent to S. Leyte typhoon victims

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has distributed PHP12.03 million worth of non-food items to families affected by Typhoon Odette in the past four weeks, the agency reported on Monday. The items include 3,708 pieces of hygiene kits, 2,667 pieces of kitchen sets, 552 pieces of sleeping kits, 1,900 pieces of collapsible water containers, and 404 rolls of laminated sacks. Abelardo Bibat, DSWD regional information officer said recipients of these non-food items are residents of Limasawa, San Juan, Saint Bernard, Padre Burgos, Anahawan, Bontoc, Sogod, Maasin City, Hinundayan,…

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Region 8 posts ‘highest’ positivity rate on Covid-19 testing

Eastern Visayas posted the highest positivity rate of new Covid-19 cases at 57 percent on Monday as new cases continue to rise since last week, the Department of Health (DOH) said. Of the 610 samples examined by two laboratories in the region, 346 turned positive for Covid-19 or a positivity rate of 57 percent, the highest recorded since the pandemic broke out early 2020, DOH regional information officer Jelyn Lopez-Malibago said. “That means that 57 out of every 100 samples tested are positive for Covid-19. The number of cases has…

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Ex-DavOcc PIO named NCCA executive director

President Rodrigo Duterte has named former Davao Occidental information officer Oscar Casaysay as executive director of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Malacañang announced on Monday. Duterte signed Casaysay’s appointment paper on Jan. 10, 2022 but a copy of the document was released on Monday. “The Palace confirms that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed the appointment of Mr. Oscar G. Casaysay as National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Executive Director,” Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, acting presidential spokesperson, said in a statement. “We wish Executive Director…

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Surigao Norte guv tests positive for Covid-19

Surigao del Norte Governor Francisco Matugas has tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “Despite following strict health protocols, I am informing the people of Surigao del Norte that I tested positive for Covid-19),” Matugas said in his Facebook account on Sunday afternoon. The governor has been active in relief operations in the different towns in the province after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette on December 16 last year. Matugas said he will undergo isolation for a period of seven to 10 days, as advised by his doctor. His wife,…

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Ballot faces for May polls out soon: Comelec

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will soon release the ballot faces for the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections (NLE). Elaiza David, director of the Comelec – Education and Information Department (EID), said there are three ballots with different sizes to be used in next year’s polls. The longest ballot measuring 30 inches will be used in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). The ballots for non-BARMM areas will measure 26 inches while the size of the ballots for the overseas voters will be 25 inches. “The…

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Pandemic not affecting homebuyers payment capacity: property firm

The pandemic has not hampered clients of mid-range residential property developer Haus Talk, Inc. (HTI) in paying their amortization, partly making the company, which issued its initial public offering (IPO) Monday, more bullish in their operations. In a virtual briefing, HTI director and president Maria Rachel Madlambayan said the company is optimistic about its operations since it requires homebuyers to pay 15 to 20-percent equity and are assessed based on their capacity to sustain their payments. “We’re very flexible because we have very different price ranges for our products. So,…

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House OKs discounts in water, electric bills for elderly

The House of Representatives on Monday unanimously approved on final reading a measure increasing the discount granted to senior citizens on their monthly electric and water consumption and exempting such bills from value-added tax. With 203 affirmative votes, zero negative votes, and no abstention, the chamber passed on third and final reading House Bill 10568, which would amend Republic Act 7432 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010. The bill proposes to raise the rate of discount granted to senior citizens on their monthly electric and water consumption from…

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DOH-12 eyes 1.2M people on 3rd ‘Bayanihan, Bakunahan’ days

The Department of Health in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) is aiming to vaccinate more than 1.2 million unvaccinated residents of the region, including this city, during the three-day “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” vaccination drive next week. Dr. Aristides Concepcion-Tan, DOH-12 director, told a news conference here Monday that the third massive vaccination rollout will be held from January 24-26, 2022. “We are soliciting again your support in this program as part of the strategy ‘laban sa pandemya’ and hopefully we can reach this target,” Dr. Tan told reporters during a news conference at…

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LeBron apologizes to fans for disappointing LA Lakers season

LeBron James on Monday apologized to Los Angeles Lakers fans for the team’s disappointing play and promised that “We’ll be better.” “#LakerNation I apologize and I promise we’ll be better!” James said on Twitter. Half of the 2021/2022 season already over and the Lakers have a 21-22 win-loss record in the Western Conference, including three straight defeats. The fans have been critical of their superstar guard Russell Westbrook lately for his poor shooting performance. James, on the other hand, averaged 28.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2…

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1 of 3 escaped convicts killed

One of three convicts who escaped from the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Maximum Security Compound early Monday morning was killed by the pursuing teams. Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) spokesperson Gabriel Chagclag said Pacifico Adlawan shot it out with lawmen when he was cornered on a creek along the Muntinlupa–Cavite Expressway near the NBP facility in Muntinlupa City. A 9mm pistol with live bullets and spent shells were recovered near the body of the 49-year-old who was convicted for homicide and illegal drug charges. Some of the cops sustained minor injuries.…

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Shear line brings rains over E. Visayas, N. Mindanao, Caraga

There is a rising possibility for flash floods and landslides in the Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga, the weather bureau said. Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather forecaster Ana Clauren said rains from the shear line can trigger such dangerous events in those areas. “Shear lines can affect the areas in the next four days,” she said Monday. PAGASA said either flash floods or landslides are possible during moderate to at times heavy rainfall. Clauren said the shear line will soon begin affecting Mindanao to a…

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Active Covid-19 cases in PNP top 4K, most cops asymptomatic

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday said many police officers who have contracted coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) are asymptomatic amid the continuing surge in infections among its ranks. “Medyo umakyat yung bilang ng ating mga pulis na na-infect pero marami po asymptomatic and since they are asymptomatic we allow them to do home quarantine for five to seven days tapos iti-test natin. Yung merong mga symptoms yun po ay nilagay sa mga quarantine facilities natin. Nagdagdag tayo ng additional 180 beds nasa training school at badminton court but we…

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Army dismantles NPA group as top leaders surrender

The Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) confirmed on Monday that they have successfully dismantled the New People’s Army’s (NPA) Sub-Regional Committee (SRC) 5, Southern Mindanao Regional Command (SMRC), after 12 of its mostly top-ranking leaders surrendered on January 13. In a press briefing at the 10th Infantry Division (10ID) headquarters here, Lt. Gen. Greg Almerol, the Eastmincom commander, said the surrenderers suffered defeat during an encounter in the hinterlands of Sitio Minalong, Barangay Kahusayan, Kitaotao, Bukidnon. The surrenderers included Ida Marie Montero alias Mandy, Secretary and member of Komiteng Tagapagpaganap/Komiteng Kalihiman…

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Vaccination best defense against emerging variants: Go

As the number of daily Covid-19 infections continues to rise, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go advised all eligible Filipinos to get vaccinated and take their booster shots as well for added protection against coronavirus variants. The Department of Health reported 37,154 new cases on Sunday, another record-high. “Sa mga hindi pa nababakunahan pero kuwalipikado naman, magpabakuna na kayo sa pinakamalapit na vaccination center sa inyong lugar (To those who are not yet vaccinated but are qualified, go to the nearest vaccination center in your area),” Go said in a news release…

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Shear line to bring scattered rain showers over Mindanao

The shear line affecting the country will bring scattered rain showers over Mindanao, the weather bureau said Monday. In its daily weather advisory issued at 4 a.m. the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will prevail over Mindanao and flash floods or landslides are likely during moderate to heavy rains. “We do not see a low pressure area inside PAR. Shear line is currently affecting Mindanao,” PAGASA weather forecaster Samuel Duran said. He said the northeast monsoon is affecting Luzon and the…

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55.2 million Filipinos now fully vaccinated

The Philippines has administered 118,944,887 doses of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines nationwide, with 55,195,486 Filipinos now fully vaccinated against the dreaded infection. The latest data from the National Covid-19 vaccination dashboard released Monday also indicated 4,915,091 of the fully vaccinated have received booster or additional doses. The country’s average vaccination rate significantly increased to 797,265 doses in the last seven days, compared to around 300,000 doses during the previous weeks. Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19, previously said the administration of primary…

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Med certificate required for unvaxxed with comorbidities: QC

Quezon City residents who remain unvaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) but with existing medical conditions are exempted from undergoing reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests. Such individuals should be allowed to go to work as long as a medical certificate is presented. “Ang isang unvaccinated na empleyado ay hindi kailangan mag-Covid test kung siya ay may medical condition kaya hindi pwedeng magpabakuna. Kailangan niyang isumite sa kanyang kumpanya ang certification ng kanyang doktor. Dapat ay may contact number ang certification para sa verification (An unvaccinated employee may not…

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Mildly ill but fully vaxxed OK for home isolation: DOH exec

Amid a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Central Visayas, residents here who are asymptomatic or have mild to moderate symptoms are advised to stay at home, especially if they are fully vaccinated or have received the booster jab. Department of Health (DOH)-Region 7 chief pathologist Dr. Mary Jean Loreche said in a presser on Monday that patients who have no severe symptoms or are not critically ill are encouraged to isolate themselves at home. “If you are asymptomatic, close contact, probable or confirmed case, but you are…

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CAAP-Bicol implements ‘no vax, no entry’ policy

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in Bicol on Monday started the implementation of the “no vaccination, no entry” policy at the Bicol International Airport and other satellite airports in the region. In a social media post, CAAP-Bicol said the policy complies with Memorandum No. 02-2022 in areas under Alert Level 3 or higher. “Only fully vaccinated individuals shall be allowed entry unless he or she is qualified to the exemptions given under the said memo,” the advisory read. CAAP-Bicol said the implementation of the policy is imposed…

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4 Omicron cases in Pangasinan recover

Four confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in the province of Pangasinan have recovered, according to the Provincial Health Office (PHO). PHO chief, Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa de Guzman, attributed the surge of Covid-19 cases in the province to the presence of the Omicron variant community transmission. “We are at moderate risk, not in critical, that is why we were placed under Alert Level 3 system to prevent a further surge in cases and we could already place interventions,” she said during the question hour…

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’No vaccine card, no entry’ policy starts in Cotabato City

Authorities here have started implementing a “no vaccination card, no entry” policy for all persons entering the city from adjoining Maguindanao province. Rolen Balquin, city public safety officer, said on Monday that police and members of city inter-agency task force manning entry points in the city’s north and south borders would be asking for vaccination certificates or vaccination cards on coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) upon entry to the locality. “The policy has started Sunday (Jan. 16, 2022),” he said. Balquin said the measure is being imposed to prevent a further…

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Liberalization reforms to help PH growth back to pre-Covid level

Reforms pushing for economic liberalization will help the country to get back to pre-pandemic level, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said Monday. During the webinar of Chinese Filipino Business Club Inc. (CFBCI), Lopez highlighted the importance of the country’s ratification of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) law, enactment of the Retail Trade Liberalization law, and supporting legislative reforms such as the amendments to the Foreign Investments Act and the Public Service Act. He said these reforms…

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