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Locsin lauds Manila-Beijing ties on Chinese foreign minister’s third official visit to Philippines
by Bella Perez-Rubio - January 16, 2021 - 5:46pm
The country's top diplomat celebrated what he called the mutual support and growing trust between Manila and Beijing as he welcomed his Chinese counterpart for the third time on Saturday.
Still possible to call off purchase of Sinovac vaccines, Galvez says
by Bella Perez-Rubio - January 15, 2021 - 5:05pm
The government can still choose not to go through with its purchase of 25 million jabs from China's Sinovac, the country's vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Friday during a Senate probe on the national vaccination...
'Shadow of doubt': Galvez accused of contradicting himself on vaccine prices
by Bella Perez-Rubio - January 15, 2021 - 12:43pm
Sen. Ping Lacson on Friday sounded the alarm over the vaccine czar making contravening statements on the prices of the COVID-19 jabs being acquired by the government amid fears that the country is purchasing less...
LIVE: Senate hearing on COVID-19 vaccination program — Day 2
by Bella Perez-Rubio - January 15, 2021 - 9:50am
The Senate Committee of the Whole is set to resume its probe on the government's vaccination program against COVID-19, and Senate President Tito Sotto is hoping it will be the last installment.
Gov't told to prioritize acquiring Pfizer vaccines over unauthorized jabs
by Bella Perez-Rubio - January 14, 2021 - 4:57pm
(Updated 5:55 p.m.) Two senators on Thursday said top officials should focus on acquiring vaccines from Pfizer instead of manufacturers whose jabs have not yet received regulatory approval in the country.
Duterte takes 'full responsibility' for vaccine acquisition amid Sinovac concerns
by Bella Perez-Rubio - January 14, 2021 - 11:36am
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday night defended his government's decision to buy 25 million doses of a Chinese-made vaccine with an uncertain efficacy rate, telling the public that he would take full responsibility...
Gov't urged to call off Sinovac purchase after vaccine shows 50% efficacy in Brazil
by Bella Perez-Rubio - January 13, 2021 - 1:50pm
(Updated 3:37 p.m.) Sen. Francis Pangilinan is calling on the government to cancel its procurement of 25 million doses of coronavirus vaccines from China's Sinovac after it demonstrated an efficacy of 50% in Brazil,...
'More judicious choice' for Napolcom commissioner sought following Aguirre’s appointment
by Bella Perez-Rubio - January 12, 2021 - 5:28pm
Sen. Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday said President Rodrigo Duterte could have chosen someone better than his former law school classmate and frat member to serve as a commissioner for an agency with the power to probe...
'A huge failure': Roque criticized anew for saying public can't be picky with vaccine brand
by Bella Perez-Rubio - January 12, 2021 - 11:38am
(Update 2) "We deserve to be choosy because we need to find the right vaccines for us based on efficacy and safety," Dr. Tony Leachon said
'Mousetrap, waste of time': Some senators oppose charter change talks
by Bella Perez-Rubio - January 7, 2021 - 3:37pm
Senators on Thursday voiced their unwillingness to reboot charter change discussions, citing several uncertainties and more pressing priorities.
Pangilinan tells top officials: Create a group chat, millions of lives are at stake
by Bella Perez-Rubio - December 30, 2020 - 2:01pm
The inoculation of President Rodrigo Duterte's security detail with smuggled vaccines is a continued consequence of the lack of a coherent and equitable game plan to control and manage the pandemic, Sen. Francis...
Lorenzana admits Sinopharm vaccines used by Duterte’s security detail were smuggled
by Bella Perez-Rubio - December 30, 2020 - 10:29am
Amid the continued uproar over the unauthorized inoculation of the president's top men, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Thursday confirmed that the COVID-19 vaccines used by the Presidential Security...
Confusion as Palace contradicts 3 agencies on broader travel ban
by Bella Perez-Rubio - December 29, 2020 - 3:26pm
"If you ask me, is there currently a travel ban? My answer is no. Will there be? Perhaps. Anong detalye? Let's wait for it," presidential spokesman Harry Roque said.
Philippines to ban travel from countries with new COVID-19 variant — Duque
by Bella Perez-Rubio - December 29, 2020 - 11:55am
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the imposition of a travel ban on 20 countries that have registered cases of a new coronavirus variant which experts fear to be more contagious.
'Authorities have lost control of peace and order': Senators seek probe on vigilante killings in 2020
by Bella Perez-Rubio - December 18, 2020 - 12:40pm
"The killings that occurred in the latter half of the year has set a trend of unidentified gunmen killing lawyers, doctors, journalists, and activists in daylight and in public without fear of arrest of apprehension,"...
Duterte's urgency appeal to clear path for contentious OFW department
by Bella Perez-Rubio - December 17, 2020 - 1:45pm
“Certification helps us convince the entire Executive (department) not to give us mixed signals,” Senator Joel Villanueva, chair of the Senate labor committee hearing the bill, said.
Coalition formed to look into alleged abuses, update UN rights panel on Philippine situation
by Bella Perez-Rubio - December 17, 2020 - 1:20pm
A commission composed of civil society groups scattered across the globe has been formed to conduct an inquiry into the human rights violations in the Philippines in response to what they characterize as the severe...
Senate bill sponsored by Marcos would see return to ‘fraud-prone’ polls — election lawyer
by Bella Perez-Rubio - December 15, 2020 - 5:23pm
An election lawyer on Monday warned against a bill at the Senate, sponsored by Sen. Imee Marcos, proposing a "hybrid" election system which would involve manual vote counting at the precinct level. 
After Human Rights Day arrests, HRW says there is ‘damning history’ of cops planting evidence
by Bella Perez-Rubio - December 12, 2020 - 11:56am
The arrests of six trade unionists and a journalist in a single day—  and for the same charge — have been slammed by an international rights watchdog as being highly questionable.
Fact check: Palace says Philippines leads world in number of COVID-19 tests conducted
by Bella Perez-Rubio - December 10, 2020 - 4:49pm
Of the 30 countries worst hit by COVID-19 plus China, where the virus originated, the Philippines is 27th in the rate of tests performed, according to business data platform Statista.
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