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N. Korean head’s sister calls Yoon admin ‘faithful dog’, ‘stooge’

The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Thursday lashed out at South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol and his administration for seeking more independent sanctions on Pyongyang.   Kim Yo-jong, vice president director of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea, even called Yoon’s administration a “faithful dog” to Washington as she criticized the South for labeling the North’s military exercise as a “provocation” and pushing to slap additional sanctions on Pyongyang.   “As soon as the U.S. talked about its ‘independent sanctions’ against the DPRK, South Korea parroted what the former said,” she said in an English-language

NCR Covid-19 positivity rate spikes to 9.2%: OCTA

The weekly positivity rate or the number of people testing positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), in the National Capital Region (NCR) increased to 9.2 percent as of November 22. Over Twitter on Wednesday, OCTA Research Group fellow Guido David said the figure marks a 1.8 percent increase from 7.4 percent as of November 15. “Unless these trends do not progress, we could be seeing the start of another wave of infections in NCR, similar to what we saw in June,” he said. As of November 23, the Department of Health reported 703 new Covid-19 infections, bringing the overall

PH removal from Impunity Index ‘only a matter of time’: PTFoMS

It’s only a matter of time before the Philippines is removed from the annual Global Impunity Index of press freedom watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) said Thursday.   In a press statement, the PTFoMS expressed confidence that the efforts of the Marcos administration to safeguard media freedom would come to fruition.   “It is expected that due to the unwavering commitment of President Marcos to protect the rights and safety of journalists, it is only a matter of time before the country is removed from the said index,” the task force

High-ranking intelligence officer quizzed over Itaewon deaths

Police brought in a former high-ranking intelligence officer for questioning on Thursday as part of their widening investigation into the bungled response to the crowd crush in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood.   Park Sung-min, a superintendent general, appeared before a special investigation team in western Seoul as a suspect. A superintendent general is the fourth-highest rank.   He is the highest-ranking police officer among a total of 17 police officers and government officials booked for the police investigation into the deaths of 158 people, mostly those in their 20s, on Oct. 29.   Park is under suspicion of ordering the deletion

Army condemns anew NPA recruitment of minors in Samar

The Philippine Army has renewed its call to the New People’s Army (NPA) to stop engaging minors in their armed struggle against the government.   Maj. Gen. Camilo Ligayo made the appeal on Thursday after a rebel who recently surrendered disclosed there are minor combatants recruited by the communist group.   “Our young people should be in school and protected from all kinds of abuse. Imagine the trauma of a minor engaged in fighting, going hungry for days, lack of sleep and endless hiking for the ideology that has not helped even one NPA to succeed in life for almost

Adaci is new PH Navy chief

Rear Adm. Toribio Adaci Jr. on Thursday officially assumed as the Philippine Navy’s (PN) flag-officer-in-command.   He replaced Rear Adm. Caesar Bernard Valencia, who served in an acting capacity following the retirement of Vice Adm. Adeluis Bordado last September 9.   Adaci, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1989 thanked President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. for his appointment.   “I would also like to thank the Commander-in-Chief and 17th President of the Republic of the Philippines, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. for this tremendous vote of confidence,” he said during the change-of-command ceremony at Naval Station Jose Andrada

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