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Retired military, police urge united stance on West Philippine Sea ahead of Independence Day
by Bella Perez-Rubio - June 11, 2021 - 1:35pm
Advocates for National Interest (ANI), a group composed of retired police and military officers, on Friday called on Filipinos to "unite and rally to our flag in assertion of our rights in the West Philippine...
NCR Plus: Gyms, non-contact indoor sports venues, museums can reopen
by Bella Perez-Rubio - June 11, 2021 - 9:50am
The Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases has decided to allow more establishments in Metro Manila and nearby areas to reopen, Malacañang announced Friday. 
Duterte touts ‘win-win cooperation' with China amid West Philippine Sea policy criticism
by Bella Perez-Rubio - June 9, 2021 - 6:33pm
President Rodrigo Duterte celebrated the country's "win-win" relationship with China as one that will lead to "greater peace, progress, and prosperity," even as the regional power flouts protests from Manila...
Lacson mulls presidential bid in 2022, says he will only run with Sotto as his VP
by Bella Perez-Rubio - June 8, 2021 - 5:53pm
Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday said he will either retire from politics or seek the presidency again in 2022, this time with Senate President Vicente Sotto III as his running mate. 
Galvez urged to move PDLs up in vaccination priority list
by Bella Perez-Rubio - June 8, 2021 - 4:50pm
A lawmaker on Tuesday urged the official leading the government's coronavirus inoculation program to move up the priority of persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) who are cramped in jails and correctional facilities...
Sinopharm EUA only covers batch donated by China, Palace says
by Bella Perez-Rubio - June 8, 2021 - 1:33pm
Firms looking to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese state-owned Sinopharm in the Philippines still need to wait for emergency use authorization from local regulators, Malacañang clarified...
DND urged to study proposal to restructure AFP with more maritime forces
by Bella Perez-Rubio - June 8, 2021 - 11:21am
"We have filed diplomatic protests several times but we have not been listened to. A stronger maritime defense force sends China a clear message: we will not back down."
Duterte-Duterte tandem a 'final stop' in decades-long rise of dynasties — analysts
by Bella Perez-Rubio - June 4, 2021 - 3:11pm
The prospect of father-daughter rule—unprecedented on the national level—looms large over the Philippines as the 2022 elections approach.
Philippines protests China’s ‘incessant deployment’ of ships to Pag-asa Island
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 29, 2021 - 10:40am
The Department of Foreign Affairs said it fired a protest Friday "against the incessant deployment, prolonged presence, and illegal activities of Chinese maritime assets and fishing vessels in the vicinity of the...
Donated Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccines coming in June — envoy to US
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 28, 2021 - 12:55pm
Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines donated by the US may arrive in the Philippines as early as June, Manila’s envoy to Washington said Friday. 
Senate unanimously approves on final reading bill vs. online sex abuse of children
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 27, 2021 - 4:23pm
Voting 23-0-0, the Senate on Thursday approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to strengthen protections against online sexual abuse and exploitation of children. 
Senate urged to look into labor conditions of delivery riders, 'freelance' workers
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 26, 2021 - 12:40pm
Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday called on the upper chamber to probe reports of unfair working conditions suffered by delivery riders, motorcycle taxi riders, Grab car drivers and others working as freelancer...
Philippines, China resume bilateral talks on South China Sea
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 22, 2021 - 11:35am
After a long postponement, the Philippines and China on Friday resumed bilateral talks on the South China Sea amid growing tensions over the critical waterway. 
Palace denies confusing WPS policy, says no need to convene National Security Council
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 20, 2021 - 4:25pm
There is no need to convene the National Security Council, Malacañang said Thursday as it dismissed calls on the government to come up with a "clear and united" stand on the West Philippine Sea...
‘Severe financial distress’: Hospitals say COVID-19 claims unpaid by PhilHealth since March 2020
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 19, 2021 - 12:56pm
"There is already a decrease in the income of the hospitals from the [lack of] non-covid [cases] and they are treating COVID cases that are not being paid. So it is a compounded problem."
‘Get back to work’: Palace chided for linking vaccination program to 2022 polls
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 18, 2021 - 5:57pm
“The vaccine is meant to save lives, not buy votes," a lawmaker reminded the Palace on Tuesday. 
Jet ski boast was pledge to assert sovereignty in West Philippine Sea — analysts
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 12, 2021 - 1:16pm
Law professor Tony La Viña told Philstar.com that while Duterte's jet ski comment was clearly a hyperbole, it was also a "[promise] to defend our national territory with all the powers of the p...
Jet ski brag got Duterte 'quite a number' of votes too, Lacson points out
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 11, 2021 - 2:02pm
Duterte made the boast at a televised campaign debate and in response to a fisherman asking what candidates could do to protect Filipino fisherfolk from being harassed by China's coast guard.
Philippines to return Sinopharm vaccines to China after Duterte apologizes for getting jab
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 6, 2021 - 11:06am
Frustrated by criticism of his vaccination with a COVID-19 jab not yet approved for the public, President Rodrigo Duterte is now asking China to take back its donation of 1,000 vaccines developed by Sinopharm...
'Checking or profiling?': What personal information cops can ask you for
by Bella Perez-Rubio - May 5, 2021 - 2:57pm
"There is a huge difference between profiling and checking. We check for leaks in your water," Parlade said in a tweet.
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