Philippines to receive first COVID-19 vaccines, start inoculations next week

‘Nation of one kidney’: Scarred by poverty, more Afghans turn to illicit organ trade KABUL: When Fateh Shah and his two brothers sought to escape a debt trap a couple of years ago, he says they were left with two options: To either commit a crime to pay off their lenders or to sell their kidneys. […]

Two dead in shootout between Philippine police, narcotics agents

Two Philippine police officers were killed and one injured in an attack with a narcotics enforcement squad, following a bungled entrapment operation outside a busy shopping mall in Metro Manila, raising more questions over the continuing deadly drug war of President Rodrigo Duterte. The attack on Wednesday evening also injured three agents of the Philippine […]

Philippines to probe use of illegal COVID-19 vaccines

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1614154537431121500 Wed, 2021-02-24 07:47 MANILA: The Philippines health ministry said on Wednesday it will investigate the illegal use of unauthorized COVID-19 vaccines, after a presidential adviser admitted to receiving shots of a Sinopharm vaccine smuggled into the country. Ramon Tulfo, a celebrity radio and television host and special envoy […]

Women linked to Abu Sayyaf suicide bombings arrested in Sulu

At least nine women, including the three daughters of the acting Abu Sayyaf Group leader, have been arrested in a series of raids, the Philippines military said on Tuesday, as the government steps up efforts to go after armed fighters accused of carrying out a string of deadly bombings in the southern province of Sulu. […]

Thousands flee as south Philippines storm submerges homes

MANILA: More than 53,000 people were forced to flee their homes over the weekend after heavy rains brought by Dujuan, the Philippines’ first storm of the year, flooded several parts of the country, particularly its southern region. Officials said more than 400 houses were destroyed by the storm, a few of which were swept away by […]

More than 5,000 flee homes as storm hits southern Philippines

Tropical storm Dujuan was packing maximum winds of up to 65km/h as it moved northwest over the southern Philippines. More than 5,000 people have fled to temporary shelters in the southern Philippines as tropical storm Dujuan brought heavy rains, submerging dozens of villages, the country’s disaster risk reduction and management agency said. Two regions were […]

Virus kills 239 in one day in Philippines

article author:  Reuters AFP Author:  Sat, 2021-02-20 22:06 MANILA, WELLINGTON: The Philippines’ Health Ministry on Saturday reported 239 new coronavirus deaths, the second-highest daily increase in casualties since the pandemic started, and 2,240 infections. Main category:  World Tags:  Coronavirus . Source link

Philippines police raid targets displaced Indigenous students

Rights groups, activists and academic institutions have condemned Philippine authorities following a raid targeting Indigenous Lumad students who sought shelter at a Catholic university after being forced from their homes because of fighting between the military and communist rebels. Monday’s roundup, which the government insisted was a “rescue operation”, is seen as part of President […]

6.0-magnitude quake hits southern Philippines

Author:  AFP article author:  AFP ID:  1612677349560182200 Sun, 2021-02-07 05:04 MANILA: A strong earthquake hit the southern Philippines on Sunday, though there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, the US Geological Service and local officials said. The 6.0-magnitude quake struck at 12:22 p.m. (0422 GMT) with an epicenter plotted two kilometers (1.2 miles) […]

Philippines Vaccine Scandal

How the consequences of a 2016 dengue vaccination drive caused controversy and led to lasting fears among Filipinos. . Source link

Alarm raised over Chinese ship intrusion in Philippine waters

A Chinese survey ship, which entered Philippine waters for the second time over the past year without authorisation, has left the country, but observers are increasingly alarmed over the intrusions, amid confusing statements on why it was in the country’s seas. Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr confirmed the incident through social media on […]

Renewed push for peace in Philippines as more fighters look to lay down arms

MANILA: Hundreds of local militants from Daesh-inspired groups in the southern Philippines are considering giving up their weapons to live everyday lives, even as the government continues to register gains in its anti-terror programs, Al Hajj Murad Ebrahim, chief minister of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), said on Friday. “We are trying […]

Philippines to relax ban on visitors from countries with UK COVID-19 variant

WUHAN, China: World Health Organization experts in Wuhan, China, to look into the origins of the new coronavirus met with their Chinese counterparts Friday and plan later to visit sites in the central city that will be key to their long-awaited fact-finding mission.“First face to face meeting with our colleagues. Correction: facemask to facemask given […]

Dengvaxia controversy haunts Duterte’s COVID vaccine roll out

Dr Gene Nisperos is an associate professor at the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Medicine in the country’s capital, Manila. As a medical frontliner, he is on the priority list for vaccination against the coronavirus when the government releases its the promised first vaccines next month. But Dr Nisperos has grave doubts about […]

Philippine economy shrank at record pace in 2020, outlook gloomy

The Philippine economy shrank at a slower pace in the fourth quarter of last year, helped by higher government spending, but saw a record full-year contraction in 2020 as it grappled with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 8.3 percent in the September-to-December quarter from a year earlier, the […]

US stresses South China Sea support amid China ‘pressure’

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reaffirmed the United States commitment to the support of Southeast Asian nations in a long-running dispute with China over sovereignty in the South China Sea. The new top diplomat for the US made the commitment in a phone call with his Filipino counterpart, Teodoro Locsin, on Wednesday. Locsin had […]

China to conduct South China Sea military exercises

Drills to take place the same week that China complained about a US aircraft carrier group sailing through the waters. China said on Tuesday it will conduct military exercises in the South China Sea this week, just days after complaining that a US aircraft carrier group had sailed through the disputed waters. A notice issued […]

Strong earthquake rattles southern Philippines

No immediate reports of damage and a tsunami warning was not issued after magnitude seven earthquake. A magnitude seven earthquake has struck the southern Philippines but there were no immediate reports of damage and a tsunami warning was not issued. The earthquake hit about 310 kilometres (193 miles) southeast of Davao city on the main […]

The 39-year-old woman breaking barriers in Mindanao

Sha Elijah Dumama-Alba remembers being unable to step out of her home to play with the other children in their neighbourhood on the conflict-ridden southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines. She grew up as part of the Muslim minority on the island, in Cotabato City, a resource-rich marshland between two rivers that is now the […]

Philippines sees ‘close and friendly’ ties with Biden administration

THULASENDRAPURAM, India: A tiny, lush-green Indian village surrounded by rice paddy fields was beaming with joy Wednesday hours before its descendant, Kamala Harris, takes her oath of office and becomes the US vice president.Harris is set to make history as the first woman, first woman of color and first person of South Asian descent to […]

7 Dead in Military Helicopter Crash in Southern Philippines

MANILA — Seven Philippine soldiers, including an air force colonel, died when the helicopter they were flying in crashed in the southern Philippines during a hunt for communist rebels over the weekend. The military said the helicopter, a refurbished UH-1H Vietnam-era craft commonly known as a Huey, was flying Saturday with another Huey on a […]

‘Dead heat’: 2020 tied for warmest year on record, NASA finds

When it comes to the Earth’s global surface temperature, 2020 came in hot — tying 2016 as the warmest year on record, according to a climate analysis published Thursday by NASA and the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Earth’s average temperature was 1.02 degrees Celsius (1.84 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer than the […]

Philippines looks to COVID-19 vaccine rollout in February

MANILA: The Philippines may start rolling out its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination program in February, Carlito Galvez, the country’s vaccine chief, said at a Senate hearing on Monday. The bulk of the vaccine supply for the Philippines, which will come from the US pharmaceutical company Novavax, is expected to arrive later this year. “It is expected that […]

Thousands of Nazarene pilgrims flock to Manila amid COVID worries

Health limits due to pandemic significantly curtailed attendance to annual Philippine procession, which usually attracts more than a million people. Thousands of Catholic pilgrims gathered in the Philippine capital on Saturday to pay homage to the Black Nazarene statue of Jesus Christ, as health restrictions due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic significantly curtailed the attendance […]