BuCor to explain delayed drug purchase

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said the Department of Justice (DoJ) will look into the delay in the procurement of medicines by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) after it was flagged down by the Commission on Audit (CoA). “I will certainly look into this. I’ll wait for the BuCor explanation,” Guevarra said. The Justice chief […] The post BuCor to explain delayed drug purchase appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneSep 29th, 2020

Roque to Congress: Consult Palace on increasing budget for vaccines

Any congressional move to raise the proposed 2021 budget for the coronavirus vaccine should at least be done in consultation with the Executive branch, according to a Palace official.  Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (RESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said while they respect Congress’ wisdom to hike the vaccine budget for the next year, the issue on its funding source must also be addressed. “The power of purse is vested in Congress. We will bow to the wisdom of Congress should they deem it fit to increase the budget for the vaccine, and of course, may pagkukuhanan po iyan (there will be a funding source for that),” he said during a Palace press briefing Thursday. “So we hope that Congress will at least confer with the Executive kung saan nila kukunin iyong pondo para itaas ang budget for the vaccine (on where the funds will be obtained to raise the budget for the vaccine),” he added. Nonetheless, Roque affirmed the administration’s resolve to ensure the country has adequate funds for the vaccine procurement once the life-saving drug becomes available.“We join Congress in our desire that we should have sufficient funds to pay for the vaccine, which according po to (Philippine) Ambassador (to China) Chito (Sta. Romana) is really forthcoming in the near future,” he said.The House of Representatives has reportedly introduced several amendments to its approved 2021 national budget, including a higher budget for the purchase of COVID vaccines to P8 billion.  In the original Palace-backed P4.5 trillion national budget proposal, at least P2.5 billion has been allocated for the COVID-19 vaccination program under the Department of Health’s budget. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez, who leads a small group in charge of amendments to the budget bill, said the additional P5.5 billion to augment the vaccine budget aims to ensure safe and effective vaccine will be available to Filipinos. “This is to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s program to strengthen the country’s health care system. We believe that vaccines play a very crucial role in keeping the population safe and healthy from the pandemic,” the Leyte lawmaker said.  On the part of the Senate, Senator Panfilo Lacson disclosed plans to increase funding for the coronavirus vaccine under the proposed 2021 national budget. Last week, the President said the government has the funds to buy the coronavirus vaccine once it is available but would need more money to vaccinate all Filipinos. Duterte earlier vowed to give priority to the poor, the police and military personnel in the distribution of free vaccines.  He said the country will buy the most affordable vaccine to be sold in the market given the government’s limited resources. .....»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

No conditions in China’s move to prioritize PH as vaccine recipient — Sta. Romana

China has not imposed any condition when it included the Philippines as among the priority nations to gain access to its potential coronavirus vaccine, according to a Filipino diplomat. Amb. Jose Santiago Sta. Romana Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said China instead reminded the country to prepare its cold storage facilities amid the highly anticipated breakthrough in vaccine development. China will hopefully announce its mass production of the coronavirus vaccine before the end of the year or early next year, Sta. Romana said during an online Palace press briefing. “Hopefully, mass production and distribution will happen in the near future, as early as November and December in terms of production. And it will depend on our capability to receive the vaccines in terms of our facilities, in terms of distribution,” he said.  “The prospects are bright in terms of a breakthrough in vaccine,” he added. Sta. Romana made clear that the cold storage facilities for the potential COVID-19 vaccines are not conditions set by China but simply a reminder to ensure effective distribution of the vaccine.  “It’s just a reminder that if you get the vaccine and you don’t have cold chain storage, then it’s useless so you have to prepare,” he said, citing information from Chinese drug companies.  He said even if the Philippines is in the “priority list,” the distribution of the vaccine will be a challenge. He said the vaccines must be stored in “freezing conditions” to keep its efficacy.  “If exposed to tropical weather or to normal weather conditions, the vaccine could lose its effectiveness,” he said.So far, Sta. Romana said the vaccines being developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firms have entered phase 3 of the clinical trials. One of the potential vaccines have been approved for emergency use for health workers and other government frontliners. “The Chinese will make an announcement in the near future and then they’ll start their mass production. And once there is the mass production, then I think there will be distribution. Hopefully, before the end of the year; but surely by the first quarter of next year,” he said.  Asked if China has imposed any condition on the Philippines in exchange for the vaccine supply, Sta. Romana said: “No, not at all. Actually, we’re the ones, our condition is that it should pass our local requirements.” When asked if Beijing has pledged the amount of vaccines and if these will be given to Manila for free, Sta. Romana said the matter would entail more discussion. “I cannot give you a definitive answer right now but definitely in terms of number, you know, how they will do it kasi it depends on the—they’re talking of hundreds of millions in terms of production dito sa China. So, the question is iyong distribution and deployment,” he said. “They’re preparing their manufacturing facilities for the mass production of vaccines the moment approval is announced,” he added. Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado has assured that the government has funds that will be needed for the establishment of the cold storage facilities for the coronavirus vaccines. “Surely, as the sun rises in the east, there will be funds for that because the President will never allow that we will run short of the requirements to make sure that we have the storage facilities for all of these vaccines,” he said in the same online press conference. Last week, President Duterte expressed confidence about the safety of the vaccines being developed by China, citing the Asian neighbor is a modern country. He said the government has funds for the vaccine purchase, adding he was just waiting for China or Russia to contact him. “I’d be glad to open up my sleeves because I am confident with their vaccine,” he added......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 22nd, 2020

Cebu City: Promised incinerators for PDEA-7 are on the way

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City government has promised that the incinerators for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Central Visayas (PDEA-7) are on its way. Mayor Edgardo Labella said that as early as December 2019, the late Councilor Antonio Cuenco already passed a resolution allotting P2 million for the purchase of incinerators for […] The post Cebu City: Promised incinerators for PDEA-7 are on the way appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2020

FDA warns: Don’t buy these unregistered food products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday warned consumers against the purchase of some food products that were found unregistered through its online monitoring or post-marketing surveillance. Products flagged by FDA include Reno Liver Spread, Baguio’s Special Strawberry Jam, Tsaa Laya’s tea products, KM Foods Tuna Longganisa, the Original Romullo’s Garlic Chips, Special Wana’s […] The post FDA warns: Don’t buy these unregistered food products appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 16th, 2020

BuCor told: Explain whether Pemberton is covered by GCTA

Speaking to reporters after the hearing, lawyer Virginia Suarez said the court also ordered the BuCor to explain whether Pemberton can avail of the benefits of the Good Conduct and Time Allowance law......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 7th, 2020

Stewart, Bird return; Storm beat Liberty in Ionescu s debut

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 18 points, eight rebounds and four steals in her first WNBA game since helping Seattle win the 2018 championship, sending the Storm past the New York Liberty 87-71 Saturday in the season opener for both teams. The 2020 WNBA season, delayed and shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, will be played in a bubble at the IMG Academy. Stewart missed all of last season after tearing her Achilles tendon while playing for her Russian club team in April2019. Jewell Loyd scored 14 points and Sue Bird — who also missed the 2019, because of a knee injury — added 11 points, hitting 3 of 5 from 3-point range, and five assists for Seattle. Sabrina Ionescu had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists in her WNBA debut. Ionescu, the No. 1 pick in April’s draft , was 4-of-17 shooting, including 0 of 8 from 3-point range, and committed four turnovers. Layshia Clarendon led the Liberty with 20 points. Neither team took the court for the national anthem and there was a 26 second moment of silence for Breonna Taylor. Taylor, an African American emergency medical technician, was shot dead in her apartment by Louisville Metro Police officers executing a no-knock search warrant on suspicion of drug possession. No drugs were found. Loyd hit a 3-pointer and then converted a three-point play before Stewart made a layup to make it 34-26 and the Storm led the rest of the way. Jordin Canada scored six points during a 14-4 run to open the fourth quarter that gave the Storm their largest lead when she found Stewart for a 3-pointer that capped the spurt and made it 80-61 with 4:44 to play. New York's Kia Nurse left the game early in the second quarter because of an ankle injury and did not return......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2020

BuCor: Shabu tiangge operator Boratong among COVID-19 fatalities

The Bureau of Corrections yesterday confirmed that convicted drug lord Amin Imam Boratong has died due to the coronavirus disease 2019......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2020

DOJ orders probe into high-profile inmates deaths as BuCor confirms Jaybee Sebastian died of COVID-19

The Department of Justice on Monday confirmed that high-profile inmate Jaybee Sebastian, also a witness in the drug case against Sen. Leila de Lima, died due to COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 20th, 2020

Bantag defends BuCor decision not to release Jaybee Sebastian death info

Bureau of Corrections Chief Gerald Bantag on Monday cited the Data Privacy Act over decision against releasing information on COVID-19 victims among persons deprived of liberty. The BuCor has received criticisms after information on convicted kidnap-for-ransom and drug ring leader Jaybee Sebastian’s supposed death and cremation leaked. Bantag was unable to confirm the deaths of […] The post Bantag defends BuCor decision not to release Jaybee Sebastian death info appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 20th, 2020

Caloocan village chief probed over drug sting

Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan has ordered a barangay captain to explain why the barangay’s ambulance and its driver figured in a drug bust in Manila earlier this week......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 1st, 2020

Duterte clears purchase of rapid test kits sans local FDA approval

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte gave the go signal for the procurement of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) rapid test kits even without approval from the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “I will take the risk, I will order the Health department and everybody…I’m clearing the way by ordering the purchase, tutal walang FDA local but what […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsApr 14th, 2020

SUPER SHOWDOWN: Perps Bright vs UP Bright

Shine bright like a diamond. Safe to say, Bright Akhuetie has done just that in his five-year collegiate career. The Nigerian powerhouse has done just about everything outside of winning a championship as he has been MVP as well as a pillar for the rise of the University of the Philippines in the UAAP. Prior to transferring to Diliman, Akhuetie was just as much of a force in Las Pinas as he had been a member of the NCAA Mythical Team all while being at the forefront of University of Perpetual Help's continued contention. For sure, the 6-foot-8 big man has made a big impact either as an Alta or a Fighting Maroon. If you could choose, however, which version of Akhuetie would you want to have on your side - the new kid on the block once likened to LeBron James or the steady MVP who never let his community down? That is exactly what we try to determine in ABS-CBN Sports' Super Showdown. In studying the player he was and the player he is, we will be comparing them in five categories (offense, athleticism, defense, health, and leadership) with a boxing-style 10-point must system determining the decision. OFFENSE The Akhuetie of today is a more well-rounded offensive weapon than the Akhuetie of yesterday. UP's version has polished post moves and could either back down on defenders or take them off the dribble - and once near the rim, he's pretty much automatic as he made good on 59.2-percent of his inside baskets in UAAP 81. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Statistics used from here on out will be UAAP 81 for UP Bright which was his MVP season while Perps Bright will be based on NCAA 92, his year on the Mythical Team.) Akhuetie has never been much of an outside shooter, but he has become a threat even from the perimeter because he could now make plays for his teammates off the dribble as kickout passes made up most of his 2.3 assists per game. On the other hand, Perps' version, more often than not, relied on overwhelming athleticism for his offense. Back then, he was pretty clearly only newly mined iron that was yet to be forged into a sword. Advantage UP Bright, 10-9 ATHLETICISM Speaking of overwhelming athleticism, however, we would need one play - and just one play - to explain why Perps' Akhuetie wins out here. Yes, that is him taking a beautiful pass from Scottie Thompson and turning it into a thunderous throwdown even with Ola Adeogun right there with him. Just in case you have forgotten, the wide-bodied, 6-foot-8 Adeogun is one of the most intimidating rim protectors collegiate basketball has ever seen - and he was at the wrong end of a poster by Akhuetie. Nowadays, it has become a rare sight for UP's man in the middle to take flight. Advantage Perps Bright, 10-8 DEFENSE In the same way that Akhuetie running right at you is a terrifying thought as a defender, so is Akhuetie standing his ground at the other end. His leaping ability also translated to defense to the tune of 1.7 blocks per game for Perps - as compared to his 0.9 per game for UP. As the years have gone by, valuable experience has allowed Akhuetie to be more of a menace in the passing lanes and his 1.2 steals as a Maroon are way better than the 0.6 he had as an Alta. Still, the Perps version had much quicker feet that let him better stay in front of his opponents - something that the UP version would not be able to say. Advantage Perps Bright, 10-9 HEALTH However, if only Akhuetie's lower body didn't give him a tough time in maroon and green, he would most probably remain an all-around force - as unstoppable on offense as he is immovable on defense. While he didn't miss any games in his two years in UP, he did have to fight through various injuries. Most famous was his troublesome left knee which even delayed tip-off of Game 2 of the Finals by 10 minutes. For comparison, he played all games for Perps from 2015 to 2016 and was not slowed down by any knee or foot pain. Of course, the heavier minutes as a Fighting Maroon - 31.3 as opposed to 27.2 as an Alta - had something to do with that. Still, a fully healthy, full-strength Akhuetie for UP would always be a what if. Advantage Perps Bright, 10-9 LEADERSHIP Akhuetie has always been vocal - from his very first Filoil Flying V Premier Preseason Tournament in Perps to UP's most recent tournament which was the Philippine Collegiate Champions League. While his partnership with Thompson as well as Prince Eze and the Altas' Cinderella run in NCAA 92 when they almost upset eventual champion San Beda University in the semis were all impressive, they still paled in comparison to what he has done for UP. In his first year in Diliman, a 21-year playoff drought and a 32-year Finals absence came to a close. And he helped the Fighting Maroons do so all while being the frontrunner in the race for top individual player and, in the end, became the school's first MVP since Eric Altamirano in the '80s. From Paul Desiderio and Juan Gomez de Liano in Year 1 to Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero in Year 2, Akhuetie has also made sure to tailor-fit his game to his teammates - a telltale sign of maturity. Advantage UP Bright 10-8 FINAL SCORE, 47-46 for Perps Bright.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 31st, 2020

Shabu, cash seized from women’s prison in Mandaluyong 

THE Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) on Wednesday seized illegal contraband and cash during its “Oplan Galugad” at the Correctional Institution for Women (CIW) in Mandaluyong City. Seized were abouy P250,000, including P150,000 from convicted Taiwanese drug queen Yu Yuk Lai, crystalline substance suspected to be shabu, pointed objects and jewelry. CIW houses some 3,300 female […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMar 4th, 2020

Bato: Drug lords killed BuCor lawyer

Drug lords at the New Bilibid Prison could be behind the killing of Bureau of Corrections former legal counsel Anthony Fredric Santos, also a witness in the  Good Conduct Time Allowance anomaly said Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2020

DOH sets purchase of anti-viral drug from China

As the number of patients under investigation continued to fall, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Tuesday they intend to buy the first approved antiviral drug to treat the new coronavirus......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2020

PNP jail warden, lawyers told: Explain Princess Parojinog leaving detention sans court knowledge

They are ordered to explain why Parojinog, former vice mayor of Ozamiz City, left the detention facility on Nov. 12, 2018 “without the knowledge of this court,” where she is facing drug possession charges......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 6th, 2020

PNP’s P289-M body cams to be distributed based on ‘drug affectation’

Police officers will soon be using body cameras during anticrime operations with the purchase of P289 million worth of the equipment, the Philippine National Police announced on Friday. In a statement, Police Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa, PNP officer in charge, said an initial 2,696 body cameras will be purchased, which will livestream police operations. “This […] The post PNP’s P289-M body cams to be distributed based on ‘drug affectation’ appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2019

Nanghihinayang : Lacson says Robredo was on right track as drug czar

MANILA, Philippines – The President had given, and the President had taken away, there's no need to explain it, but Senator Panfilo Lacson said he finds it a pity that Vice President Leni Robredo was fired two weeks into her job as drug czar, because he thought she ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2019

Tungod sa gisurrender nga phone ni Yu Yuk Lai, kapin 150 ka sakop sa BuCor giimbistegar

Gipaubos sa imbistigasyon karon ang 158 ka jail officer sa Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) human giangkon ni convicted drug queen Yu Yuk Lai nga usa ka jail officer ang mibaligya kaniya sa gitahan nga cellphone......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2019

Robredo urged to meet kin of ‘tokhang’ victims, stop drug-related killings

“We hope the Vice-President can speak with the families of drug war victims, human rights lawyers, social workers and many others who can explain the legal flaws and utterly problematic framework of the current ‘drug war,’ so that she can work towards stopping the killings of poor people.” The post Robredo urged to meet kin of ‘tokhang’ victims, stop drug-related killings appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsNov 13th, 2019