Duterte blames ‘squatters’ for deforestation

MANILA, Nov 18 (Mabuhay) — Following the widespread flooding in several provinces due to Typhoon Ulysses, President Rodrigo Duterte blamed low-income families for deforestation. In a briefing with Cabinet officials on Tuesday night, Duterte said poor communities in farms...

CHED: No to nationwide, Luzon-wide academic break

MANILA, Nov 17 (Mabuhay) — The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Tuesday brushed off calls for an academic break in the country or even in Luzon following the spate of typhoons in the Philippines. CHED chairperson Prospero De Vera III pointed out that the commission...

DepEd unlikely to issue academic freeze, official says

MANILA, Nov 17 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Education will not likely issue an academic freeze following the onslaught of several storms, an official said Tuesday. Several groups called for an academic freeze or break after a series of typhoons ravaged parts of the country...

Russia can make COVID-19 vaccines for Philippines in January 2021

MANILA, Nov 17 (Mabuhay) — Russia can begin the production of COVID-19 vaccines intended for the Philippines as early as January next year if the country is ready to accept them, Manila’s Ambassador to Moscow Carlos Sorreta said Monday. Sorreta made the statement days after...
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Angelica Panganiban defends Angel Locsin vs body shaming in viral module

MANILA, Nov 17 (Mabuhay) — Angelica Panganiban came to the defense of her co-star and close friend Angel Locsin, after the latter became the subject of an Occidental Mindoro education module that called her “obese.” In a photo of the module that circulated online over the...

Philippine COVID-19 cases top 407,000 as new recoveries hit 11,290

MANILA, Nov 16 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines’ coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tally rose to 407,838 on Sunday after the Department of Health (DOH) announced 1,530 new infections. The areas with the highest number of newly reported cases were Cavite with 90, Rizal with 84,...

Gov’t eyes re-greening as long-term solution to flood woes

MANILA, Nov 16 (Mabuhay) — The government is targeting to push tree-planting activities to provide a long-term approach to minimizing serious flooding in the country. In a virtual briefing, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said...

Ivana Alawi shares reason why she’s still single: ‘Takot pa rin sila’

MANILA, Nov 16 (Mabuhay) — Ivana Alawi has been single for a while now but the actress insists she is totally enjoying her life as a single woman. Alawi said she is having fun bonding with her family during this whole period of quarantine and that makes her time worthwhile....

Ronnie Liang completes civil-military correspondence course

MANILA, Nov 14 (Mabuhay) — Nine months after becoming a 2nd Lieutenant Army reservist, singer Ronnie Liang has now completed the Civil-Military Operations (CMO) Officer Correspondence Course. Liang took the Philippine Army course from July until September. “I am grateful to...

Cagayan placed under state of calamity as Ulysses’ floods kill 9

MANILA, Nov 14 (Mabuhay)– The province of Cagayan was placed under a state of calamity on Saturday, Governor Manuel Mamba said. Mamba said the declaration was made by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan due to the widespread flooding that occurred in the province after Typhoon...