Cotabato mayor appeals to ‘close contact’ of Covid-19 patients

Mayor Cynthia Guiani-Sayadi has appealed to persons who had close contact with two health front-liners of the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center here, who have tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), to report to health authorities.

Army seizes containers of ammonium nitrate in Agusan Sur

The Army’s 23rd Infantry Battalion seized several containers of ammonium nitrate, a bomb-making material, believed to be owned by the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in a remote area in the Agusan del Sur town of speranza.

Central Luzon LGUs welcome NLEX Candaba Viaduct upgrading

The ongoing upgrading of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Candaba Viaduct, the decades-old elevated highway connecting this town, and the town of Apalit in Pampanga gained support from the public and private sectors in North and Central Luzon.

School opening moved to Oct. 5

With just 10 days before the scheduled opening of schools, President Rodrigo Duterte has decided to move the start of classes for the incoming school year to October 5.

DOST considers fill, finish type for reproducing vaccine

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is considering the local and finish type of manufacturing, should the Philippines be given the opportunity to reproduce vaccines made by other countries, DOST Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara, chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force’s sub-technical working group (TWG) on vaccine development, said Wednesday.

QC court junks petition vs. LTFRB’s GCQ guidelines

A Quezon City court has dismissed a petition for injunction that would restrain the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) from implementing its guidelines on the resumption of limited public transportation in Metro Manila during a general community quarantine (GCQ), the agency said on Thursday.

Duterte to announce new quarantine status in PH on Aug. 17

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to announce the new classifications of community quarantine in the country on August 17, Malacañang said on Thursday.

Drug peddler killed in Nueva Ecija

A suspected drug peddler, who is included in the local police’s watch list, was killed in a shootout with anti-narcotics operatives in Barangay Bantug, Science City of Muñoz in the province on Wednesday night.

San Fernando City logs 18 new Covid-19 cases

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The City Health Office here reported 18 new confirmed coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases as of Wednesday. This brought the total number of cases to 165…

Rise of online shopping nationwide, not just from metro

The increase of online shopping since the implementation of community quarantines to address the rise of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases cannot be attributed primarily to the metropolis but nationwide.

Bicol Region records 40 new coronavirus cases

The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) regional office for Bicol on Thursday reported 40 new cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), bringing the total number of active cases to 431.

Aftershocks possible from magnitude 5.4 Batanes quake

Aftershocks are expected from the magnitude 5.4 quake that hit Batanes on Thursday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.

LRT-1 workers undergo ‘risk-based’ testing for Covid-19

Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), the operator of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1), on Wednesday said it has adopted a limited approach to testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) among its workers, noting that only those suspected of having the disease or those exposed are prioritized for testing.

CA upholds conviction of PDL selling drugs in Batangas jail

The Court of Appeals (CA) denied an appeal filed by a man convicted by a Batangas court of selling drugs while already in jail on a separate robbery charge.

Covid-19 cases in Tarlac climb to 125

TARLAC CITY, Tarlac – Six new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) were reported in this province, bringing the total number of infections to 125 as confirmed by the Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday.

Employers should provide face coverings for workers: Bello

he Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Wednesday wearing of face shields apart from face masks in workplaces will be required beginning August 15, as it tapped employers to provide face shields for their workers.

More checkpoint areas placed in Pangasinan

The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) has placed more checkpoints in different parts of the province to further monitor people going in and out.

DFA assures aid for Pinoys in Lebanon

With protesters taking to the streets for days and the surprised resignation of Lebanon’s government following a deadly explosion in Beirut last week, the Department of Foreign Affairs has intensified its operations to bring home the Filipinos in the country the soonest.

Court clears 2 ex-Makati execs of graft raps

MANILA – The Sandiganbayan has acquitted two former Makati City officials charged along with former Mayor Elenita S. Binay in connection with a PHP72-million government contract in 1990 for furnishing of…

10 Red-front groups’ execs indicted for perjury

MANILA — The Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office has filed perjury charges against 10 other officials of organizations with long-standing links to the Communist Party of the Philippines- New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).…