‘Land of Covid-19’ tag on PH motivated by tourism competition

MANILA, Aug 12 (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Wednesday called for understanding over Thailand’s struggling tourism industry after a Thai newspaper branded the Philippines as “Land of Covid-19” (coronavirus disease 2019) in relation to the return of more than a hundred Filipino...

DOST to lead clinical trials for Covid-19 vaccine from Russia

MANILA, Aug 12 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will lead the clinical trials for a coronavirus virus (Covid-19) vaccine developed and offered to the Philippines by the Russian Federation, the Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday. In a...

Supreme Court to hold oral arguments on anti-terror law

MANILA, Aug 11 (Mabuhay) — The Supreme Court (SC) will conduct oral arguments on the petitions challenging the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. Court spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka said Tuesday that the SC will be hearing oral arguments on the case on the third week of September...

One year not enough to solve ‘systematic’ PhilHealth fraud, Morales says

MANILA, Aug 11 (Mabuhay) — Embattled PhilHealth President and CEO Ricardo Morales on Tuesday said his one year of service in the state health insurer is not enough to stem the deep-seated problem of fraud. “Fraud has always been with the system as it has always been...

Duterte’s dilemma: After Russian vaccine, can I get COVID-19 shots from other countries?

MANILA, Aug 11 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte is facing a “dilemma” on coronavirus vaccine clinical trials, Malacañang said Tuesday after the chief executive volunteered to be immunized with Russia’s newly developed drug. Duterte on Monday night...

PH still asserting sovereign rights vs China — Panelo

MANILA, Aug 11 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines continues to assert its sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea against China amid the prevailing coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said on Monday. In his...

PH logs record 6,958 new Covid-19 cases

MANILA, Aug 11 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported record-high 6,958 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections, raising the overall tally to 136,638. The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by...

PRRD accepts Russia’s CoVid-19 vaccine offer

MANILA, Aug 11 (Mabuhay) — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday accepted the offer of Russia to supply the Philippines with its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines once mass production starts. In a public address in Davao City, Duterte said he is “very happy” by the...

DOH earmarks initial P2.4 billion for purchase of vaccine vs. COVID-19

MANILA, Aug 10 (Mabuhay) — The Department of Health has initially allocated P2.4 billion for the purchase of vaccine against COVID-19 under its proposed budget for 2021, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Monday. “We allocated P2.4 billion for purchase of...

DFA: Number of injured Filipinos in Beirut blasts now at 47

MANILA, Aug 10 (Mabuhay) — The number of Filipinos injured in last week’s deadly blasts in Beirut, Lebanon has increased to 47, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday. An embassy report said there were five more Filipino casualties in the explosion that killed...