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Roque reiterates Sinovac-PH agreement already ‘binding obligation’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. on Monday (January 18) reiterated that the vaccine deal between the Philippines and Sinovac is a ‘binding obligation’. This was contrary to...

Roque: Listen to vaccine experts, not social media influencers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. on Monday (January 18) advised the public to trust experts and not social media influencers regarding COVID-19 vaccines. During a press briefing,...

NBI completes forensic examination on Christine Dacera’s body – DOJ

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has completed its forensic examination on the remains of flight attendant Christine Dacera, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Monday....

Vaccine prices circulating online not negotiated prices, DOH clarifies

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday clarified that the prices of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine circulating online were indicative market prices based on the rates...

ASF detected in Visayas Region; DA eyes importation of pork to stabilize prices

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The African Swine Fever (ASF) has been detected in Eastern Visayas, according to the Department of Agriculture. The cases were detected in the municipality of Abuyog, Leyte...

QC gov’t to launch KyusiPass app to boost contact tracing efforts

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City Government is set to launch KyusiPass application to boost its contact tracing efforts. QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said the contact tracing app can help...

South Korean wanted for attempted murder nabbed in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Immigration officers have arrested a South Korean national wanted by authorities in Seoul for attempted murder, the bureau said. In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said...

Parts of Zamboanga City, Jolo town flooded due to heavy rains

Robie de Guzman   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Heavy rains due to a low pressure area (LPA) spotted in the vicinity of Western Mindanao have resulted in flooding in parts of Zamboanga City and Jolo...

Quezon City gov’t readies 10 initial COVID-19 vaccination sites

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government is readying the 10 initial locations where inoculation of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines to its constituents will be held. The designated areas for vaccination...

DFA warns foreigners against ‘travel exemption’ scams

Marje Pelayo   •   January 18, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) warns the public against unscrupulous individuals or groups that are issuing fake DFA travel exemption letters or offering travel exemption services...

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