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Does gov’t have enough funds for COVID-19 response? Here’s what budget trackers, think tank...

Several independent trackers for the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic claimed that there are still funds contrary to the Palace's remarks. In his recent...

#NotSafeAtHome? Calls for justice for slain peasant leader Randy Echanis

Calls for justice were launched online for slain activist leader Randall “Ka Randy” Echanis and another activist following reports of their deaths and Echanis'...
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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Canadian Prime Minister Justin...

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to have his life story turned into a comic book, as TidalWave Productions adds the "media sensation"...
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Unwanted reply problem solved as Twitter allows users to limit replies

Micro-blogging platform Twitter announced that it is now giving people more control over the conversations. To avoid unwanted replies from getting in the way of...
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DepEd acknowledges mistake on blended learning broadcast content after drawing flak

The education department assured the public that it will continuously polish its television broadcast content before the start of classes after Filipinos noticed that...

‘Keep hopes in check’: Filipinos reminded of hastened approval of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine

Some Filipinos cautioned their fellow citizens to be wary of the newly-approved COVID-19 vaccine of a Russian research institute after scientists raised alarms on...

Philhealth chief goes on medical leave while under probe—why this didn’t surprise many

President Rodrigo Duterte wished the "speedy recovery" of embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corp. President Ricardo Morales, who filed a "medical leave" amid corruption allegations. "The president...

The DOH has no contact tracing team. Here’s why.

(Updated Aug. 15, 2020; 1:21 a.m.) The Department of Health's recent warning against fake contact tracers disclosed that the agency currently does not have...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro calls surging Amazon fires a ‘lie’

BRASILIA — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday angrily denied the existence of fires in the Amazon rainforest, calling it a "lie," despite data produced by...
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Lualhati Bautista thanks Filipino netizens who helped shut down red-tagging commenter

Renowned novelist Lualhati Bautista thanked Filipinos who immediately backed her up after being red-tagged in a Facebook comment by a social media user. The writer...

Explainer: When will a coronavirus vaccine be ready?

Around the world, politicians, drugmakers and regulators offer contradictory outlooks on when a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready. Much depends on what 'ready' means...

Coronavirus found on frozen seafood in China

BEIJING — Authorities in China have found the novel coronavirus on the packaging of imported frozen seafood that arrived from the port city of Dalian, which recently battled...
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DepEd coordinators in Laguna received gaming laptops for school reopening. But why?

The Department of Education Schools Division Office in San Pablo City, Laguna (DepEd SDO San Pablo) on Monday received brand new gaming laptop units from the local government...

New Zealand locks down biggest city after first local case of coronavirus in 102...

WELLINGTON — New Zealand announced on Tuesday it was shutting down its largest city, Auckland, after four new cases of COVID-19 were discovered in the city, the first evidence of...
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‘Mahirap talaga ang magka-COVID’: PGH doctor pens song to seek plasma donation

A doctor from the Philippine General Hospital recently composed a song to seek plasma donations from Filipinos who have recovered from COVID-19. Dr. Jonas del Rosario,...

‘Vaccinated by blood of Jesus Christ’: Doubts arise as tarpaulin attributes vaccine quote to...

An unverified tarpaulin shared on a discussion forum website concerned some Filipinos for attributing a quote about being "vaccinated" by the blood of Jesus...

Russia approves first COVID-19 vaccine, Putin says

MOSCOW — Russia's health ministry has given regulatory approval for the world's first COVID-19 vaccine, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, after less than two months of...
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Duterte has ‘huge trust’ in Russia vaccine, volunteers for trial

MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has lauded Russia's efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine and is willing to participate in trials, as he welcomed...

Sinovac launches late-stage trial for potential COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia

JAKARTA/BEIJING — China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd launched on Tuesday a late-stage human trial involving as many as 1,620 patients in Indonesia for a COVID-19 vaccine candidate that...

Philippine Embassy irked by ‘land of COVID-19’ label of Thai newspaper

The Philippine Embassy in Thailand decried a Thai newspaper's headline about the Filipino teachers who arrived there amid their ongoing struggles to cope with...