Zambo City builds P20-M Covid-19 testing laboratory

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A city government-owned testing laboratory for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) will be operational next month to help address the pandemic, a health official said Thursday. Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, city health officer, said Thursday the PHP20-million laboratory that is being built in Barangay San Roque here can perform  300 tests daily. Miravite said …

Netizens, priests slam display of placards at Mass

MANILA – Church officials and netizens on Thursday expressed disapproval over the flashing of protest placards inside a church in Quiapo while mass is ongoing. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino, dean of San Beda Graduate School of Law and also a priest, said in a post that “these people should be arrested”. “The Mass and the Church are …

LTO re-extends validity of vehicle registration amid Covid-19

MANILA – The Land Transportation Office (LTO) on Thursday announced that it has extended the validity of registration for motor vehicles for another 30 days in consideration of delays caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic. In a statement, the LTO said motor vehicles with plate numbers ending in 6 or those scheduled for renewal of …

Duterte declares July 31 as regular holiday for Eid’l Adha

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has declared July 31 as a regular holiday nationwide for the observance of Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice. Duterte signed Proclamation 985, which states that Eid’l Adha should be observed as a regular holiday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed Thursday in separate statements. Eid’l …

Ex-judge to clergy: Focus on fixing Church scandals, not politics

MANILA – Former Sandiganbayan justice and Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairperson Harriet Demetriou on Tuesday called out religious leaders for engaging in politics and urged them to focus instead on reforming the Catholic Church which has been plagued by scandals. “Instead of your non-stop politicizing, criticizing and demeaning the System which includes the judicial power of …

DAR now accepts online filing of agrarian-related cases

MANILA – In compliance with the health protocols under the new normal and as an urgent measure to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is now accepting electronic filing, processing, and completion of legal proceedings in cases under agrarian law implementation (ALI). Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. …

NoCot town seeks P150-M loan for water utility

MAGPET, North Cotabato – The Sangguniang Bayan (SB) here unanimously approved Monday a resolution authorizing the local chief executive to negotiate a PHP150-million bank loan for the improvement of the town-run Magpet Water Works and Services (MWWS) utility. The LGU is set to transact the loan with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) to fund …

Coronavirus cases among PCOO personnel climb to 23

MANILA – The total number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases among employees of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Proper and its attached agencies have already reached 23. In his Viber message to Palace reporters on Sunday, PCOO Assistant Secretary JV Arcena confirmed that the PCOO Proper has 17 confirmed cases with one death. In …

Air Force personnel on chopper crash identified

CAUAYAN CITY — The four people who died on board a Philippine Air Force (PAF) Huey helicopter which crashed at the Cauayan Air Station here on Thursday night have already been identified. The victims were identified as Captain Christopher Cesar Urbano, the pilot in command, and Captain Fiorelio Bernardo, his co-pilot. Their bodies were retrieved …

Manila prelate Pabillo tests positive for Covid-19

MANILA – Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, on Thursday said he has tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). “… l announce that I am positive (for) Covid-19 with the RT-PCR test,” Pabillo said in a statement. Pabillo added that he is now under quarantine and is following strict protocols. “Although …