DoJ finds liability in  at least 52 cases of anti-drug operations  

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) is about to finish its review of 52 cases of police anti-drug operations wherein administrative charges may be filed, according to Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra.   “We are about to wind up with the review of 52 cases turned over to us by the PNP-IAS (Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service), and if time will permit, we will also […]

Duterte says protocols ‘urgent’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has ordered local government units (LGUs) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to implement existing protocols “with greater urgency and necessity” in the face of the threat posed by the coronavirus Delta variant. “I urge the DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government) and the PNP to implement the existing protocols […]

Editorial: Strategies

It may help if the public understands the strategy that our health care system is implementing amid new threats. The highly transmissible Delta variant, which swamped India’s health care system, has been detected in 16 additional cases, 11 of which were local ones. The local cases came from Northern Mindanao (six), National Capital Region (two), […]

Peso weakens on further Delta variant cases

The peso weakened against the dollar Friday after the government confirmed the detection in the Philippines of more cases of the highly-infectious Delta variant of COVID-19.  The peso ended at P50.235 to the dollar, against its P50.22 close Thursday, according to the Bankers Association of the Philippines’ (BAP).  The peso opened at P50.20, hitting a low of P50.25. Its intraday best was P50.15.  Dollar volume was $841.6 million, down from Thursday’s tally of $1.41 billion.  Week-on-week, the peso weakened from its P50.08 […]

Labs upgraded with US help improve ASF response

IMPROVED LABORATORY facilities that were upgraded with US assistance have helped better contain the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak and the spread of other animal diseases, Agriculture Undersecretary William C. Medrano. He said laboratories have been improved or established via a threat capacity-building program supported by the US Department of Defense’s Threat Reduction Agency. “We […]

Province, tri-cities see double-digit case growth

CEBU Province and the three highly urbanized cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu are all seeing double-digit two-week growth rates in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases based on Department of Health (DOH) 7 case bulletins. Aside from the possibility of a more contagious Sars-CoV-2 variant driving transmission, DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire on Monday, July […]

Kids, 5 and up, may go out in GCQ, MGCQ areas

CHILDREN five years old and above are now allowed to go out in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ), Malacañang announced Friday, July 9, 2021. But they are not allowed in malls and other mixed use indoor/outdoor buildings and facilities, based on Resolution 125 of the Inter-Agency Task Force […]

Editorial: ‘Play it safe’

Viruses and their ninja moves. There are 11 Sars-CoV-2 mutations that governments and public health experts in the world are closely monitoring, but most potentially disastrous is the Delta variant, first identified in India in December 2020. The same variant reportedly caused 10 percent the Covid-19 cases in the US, and is starting to hit […]

Negros Oriental remains under MECQ as province sees surge in Covid-19 cases

THE Province of Negros Oriental, which currently has the highest number of active Covid-19 cases in Central Visayas, at 3,800 as of Tuesday, June 29, 2021, remains under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) status for the period of July 1-15. Dr. Eugenia Mercedes Cañal of the Department of Health (DOH) 7’s Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance […]

U.S. UFO report does not rule out extraterrestrial origin

A U.S. government report on UFOs issued on Friday said defense and intelligence analysts lack sufficient data to determine the nature of mysterious flying objects observed by American military pilots including whether they are advanced earthly technologies, atmospherics or of an extraterrestrial origin. The unclassified nine-page report, released to Congress and the public, encompasses 144 […]