38 new cases of different variants of SARS-CoV-2 detected: DOH

MANILA – A total of 38 new cases of the different variants that mutated from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), have been detected in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday. Of these 38 cases, six were of the B.1.351 (South Africa) variant, 30 of the B.1.1.7 (UK) variant, and …

Sandigan convicts mayor, execs in irregular deals

MANILA – The Sandiganbayan anti-graft court has found a former Mountain Province mayor and other officials guilty of graft in connection with anomalous government contracts in 2009. The anti-graft court’s Third Division, in a decision penned by Associate Justice Ronald B. Moreno dated February 26 and recently made available online, sentenced the accused to up …

Surigao Sur town to open tourist destinations March 1

BUTUAN CITY – After nearly a year of temporary closure due to the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the local government unit (LGU) of Hinatuan in Surigao del Sur is set to open its tourist destinations starting March 1. “This move is yet another attempt at reviving and revitalizing the tourism industry and economy in …

PNP all set to secure transport of Covid-19 vaccines

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) said all systems are in place to secure the speedy transport of the first batch of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech that will arrive in the country on Feb. 28.  “PNP units are fully prepared to perform their assigned duties under the task organization of …

Troops to pay for other vax if they don’t want Sinovac: AFP

MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday said coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) inoculation is mandatory for all of its personnel but they have the option to choose among vaccine brands other than Sinovac at their own expense. “Thus, to get inoculated or not is not an option for the members of the …

Journalists must be prioritized in vaccination: Go

DAVAO CITY – Media practitioners should be considered part of the priority groups for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go said Thursday. In an interview on the sidelines of the distribution of assistance to fisherfolk in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS), Go underscored media’s role in informing the public about …

Just one week, Galvez says of delayed vaccine arrival

MANILA – The delay in the arrival of the coronavirus vaccines from the World Health Organization-led COVAX Facility will take only one week, National Policy Against Covid-19 chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., assured on Friday.  “I think the delay is only for one week,” Galvez, the country’s vaccine czar, said in an interview over ABS-CBN …

PH ready to repatriate Filipinos in Myanmar

MANILA – The Philippines is ready to repatriate Filipinos in Myanmar after its military seized power and arrested the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other top officials of the ruling National League for Democracy party, Malacañang said Monday. In a Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government’s top priority …

Koreans top list of foreigners barred from entering PH in 2020

Over 3,000 foreigners, the majority of them Koreans, have been barred from entering the country last year, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported on Monday. According to BI Commissioner Jaime Morente, a total of 3,044 aliens were denied entry in 2020 as compared to 7,700 who were turned away from the previous year. A large …