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Duterte orders Red Cross audit

Updated: 12:45 am Sept. 17, 2021President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Commission on Audit (CoA) to look into the books of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), claiming that Sen. Richard Gordon reaped undue benefits for serving as concurrent chairman of the private humanitarian organization.Duterte directed Solicitor General Jose Calida to relay the order to CoA Chairman Michael Aguinaldo.Insisting anew that there were no irregularities in the purchase of medical supplies for the government's Covid-19 response and that no member of his Cabinet has committed any wrongdoing, the President accused Gordon of being the one involved in corrupt practices."I would be… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

7 'tired and weary' NPA rebels surrender

TUGUEGARAO CITY: Seven members of the communist New People's Army (NPA) surrendered to government forces, according to a report from the Northern Luzon Command (NolCom) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines released on Thursday.Maj. Israel Galorio, NolCom public information office chief, said the NPA rebels narrated they are tired and weary from fighting the government forces, and also surrendered high-powered firearms such as five M16 rifles, an M653 rifle and an M14 rifle. They also yielded other war materiel."The rebels are already tired and weary of fighting the government forces who are relentless in their focused military operations," Galorio… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

3 BIFF members yield in Maguindanao

Three members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) surrendered and handed over their firearms to the 92nd Infantry Battalion in Datu Unsay, Maguindanao.They were presented to Brig. Gen. Ignatius Patrimonio, commander of the First Brigade Combat Team, on Tuesday, September 14 at the Old Capitol in Barangay Satan, Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao. Patrimonio identified the former violent extremists as alias Nasser/Abbang, alias Munib and alias Bensar. They were former members of the BIFF Karialan and Bungos factions.They handed over one 7.62mm sniper rifle, one 5.56mm Ultimax sub-machine gun, and one rocket-propelled grenade.During the activity, the local governments of Shariff Aguak,… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

136 infected as Covid hits 2 QC convents

The Quezon City government has launched a massive contact tracing operation after 136 individuals at two Catholic convents in the city tested positive for Covid-19.Placed under special concern lockdown, or SCL, were the Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM) in Cubao and Convent of the Holy Spirit in Barangay Immaculate Conception.Dr. Rolando Cruz, head of the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU), said there were 114 Covid-19 cases at RVM, 50 of them members of the convent staff and 64 were nuns."We are now in the process of looking into the possible cause of the Covid-19 outbreak at the convent,"… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

THE Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) designated an additional testing center in Tacloban City for the conduct of the Agricultural and Biosystem Engineers Licensure Examination (ABLE) on September 29 and 30."Those interested examinees who are already registered may request for change of examination venue to Tacloban City on or before September 17," said PRC in a statement.Examinees may send their request for a change of examination venue to the PRC Tacloban at ro8@prc.gov.ph.As with previous requests for change of testing venue, examinees would have to send a signed request for transfer of examination venue with a scanned copy or picture of… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

THE Department of Education (DepEd) inaugurated 339 newly-constructed school buildings and restored 98 Gabaldon school houses from all over the country prior to the opening of class last Monday, September 13.The simultaneous ceremonial turnover of school buildings were conducted in Kalinga, Apayao, and Baguio, Benguet in the Cordillera Administrative Region; Naval and Biliran in Biliran, Dipolog; Zamboanga Del Norte and Ormoc City, Leyte on Wednesday, September 8.Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the 2,040 newly-built classrooms could help address classroom shortage once face-to-face classes are allowed."Although the conduct of face-to-face classes is not yet allowed, these newly-installed classrooms will be instrumental… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

The European Union has pledged to help protect the Lumad or Indigenous peoples (IPs) from armed and violent conflict in the Philippines by supporting a partnership project between two local nongovernment groups advocating peace in southern Mindanao."The EU is committed to mainstreaming the partnership with indigenous peoples in all of our cooperation in Mindanao and particularly the BARMM," Luc Veron, ambassador of the European Union Mission in the Philippines, said, referring to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.The partners in the undertaking are the Teduray-Lambiangan Women's Organization Inc. (TLWOI) and the Geneva Call-PhilippinesThe project, which will run for one… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

'Restrictions could ruin aviation industry'

Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Maria "Joey" Concepcion 3rd on Thursday reiterated his call to expand mobility for the fully vaccinated Filipinos after major airline groups expressed concern that stringent travel requirements imposed by the government could lead to the crash of the local aviation industry.Concepcion issued the warning after major airline groups sought his help in bringing forward their concerns to the government regarding the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on their businesses.The Go Negosyo founder said the companies asked for increased mobility among vaccinated Filipinos in terms of transportation in order to give them a shot at recovering… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

TARLAC CITY: Determined to pursue the fight against Covid-19, the Sangguniang Panlungsod (city council) decided to use its budget for foreign travel this year to procure supplies to curb the virus.Resolution 8-35-400 was adopted as an offshoot of a letter of Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer Genaro Mendoza to members of the city council requesting realignment of the foreign travel fund under the offices of the legislative department.The legislative department has an available foreign travel fund of P1 million with P500,000 each from the office of the vice mayor and presiding officer and the 12 members of the city council,… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Vaccinated elderly could get severe Covid19

A member of the Vaccine Expert Panel believes that elderly people and those with comorbidities are still vulnerable to severe and critical breakthrough Covid-19 infection.Dr. Rontgene Solante said the decline in "cell-mediated response" among the elderly and persons with comorbidities is the main reason a third, or booster, dose is necessary for these groups.A cell-mediated immune response is a type of reaction induced through the use of T-cells to fight off viruses. It is different from the humoral response which uses antibody molecules to block viral transmission."Even if they are vaccinated, their ability to mount a cell-mediated response with the… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Go backs incentives for those with jabs

SEN. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go has echoed the calls of business owners and franchisees for the government to study the possibility of offering incentives to fully vaccinated individuals."We should carefully study the possibility of providing incentives to vaccinated individuals, such as the easing of the guidelines that are considered safe. Maybe they can be allowed to go out, to work and move around with less restrictions but still compliant with the minimum health standards," the chairman of the Committee on Health and Demography said in Filipino.On September 14, more than 1,000 businesses issued a manifesto lamenting the financial losses and… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

Stay safe, get vaccinated

To be able to go back to normal where one can be free to eat at restaurants, celebrate with family and friends, the City of Makati encourages everybody to be vaccinated by visiting https://www.covid19vaccine.safemakati.com/ [Continue reading at Manila Times]

NKorea's missiles tests major threat - UN

PYONGYANG: The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday gathered behind closed doors for an emergency meeting about North Korea's latest ballistic missile test, which member states consider a "major threat," the French ambassador said.In the past, such meetings - this one called by Estonia and France - have often resulted in a joint statement by European members of the Security Council.But France's ambassador to the United Nations, Nicolas de Riviere, said there was consensus among the group."We all condemned what happened, the tests," he said. "Everyone is very concerned about this situation," de Riviere told several journalists after the 45-minute… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet: Local officials and health authorities have raised concern over a possible "collapse" of the province's healthcare system because of an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases brought by the emergence of the more infectious Delta variant.Gov. Melchor Diclas said the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) was compelled to start using tents that were put in place within the hospital compound just to ensure it will be able to accommodate the rising number of Covid-19 patients being admitted by the hospital daily.He added five district hospitals and the various temporary treatment and monitoring facilities around the province have… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

BACOLOD CITY: The media community in Negros Occidental mourned the sudden passing of four of its members -Jerome Galunan Jr., Rushmore Ubas, Franklin Villanueva and Manuel 'Maui' delos Santos within two days.Galunan, 41, a sports blogger, writer and teacher, who died at 7:10 a.m. on Thursday, was not vaccinated against Covid-19.A few hours later, former Radyo Bandera Sweet FM-Bacolod anchorman Rushmore Ubas succumbed to Covid-19 at the Teresita Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.Galunan was previously a sports editor of the Watchmen Daily Journal.He continued writing sports stories for Sunstar-Bacolod and also worked as an editor for Sportsjourn.com and a… [Continue reading at Manila Times]

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