Rody to lead Freedom Day rites

President Rodrigo Duterte will lead the country’s 123rd Independence Day commemoration “outside Metro Manila” on Saturday, Malacañang said on Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardJun 10th, 2021

Lawrence Fajardo enjoys creative freedom in Nerisa

Viva Films has adapted well to the new-normal of producing and distributing narratives. In its pipeline is the sexy drama Nerisa, with Cindy Miranda and Aljur Abrenica as its lead stars. Lawrence Fajardo oversees the mise en scene......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2021

Duterte to lead Independence Day rites on Saturday

President Rodrigo Duterte would lead the Independence Day celebrations outside Metro Manila on Saturday, according to Malacañang. The upcoming rites would be his penultimate Independence Day ceremony as Philippine president. Duterte’s spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque refused to say where the President would spend the day due to security reasons, but he said it would be […] The post Duterte to lead Independence Day rites on Saturday appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 10th, 2021

Rody to visit Region 8, talk to poor

President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to visit today (March 18) Region 8, one of the poorest regions in the country, for the second leg of nationwide meetings with the local chief executives and to lead the implementation of Barangay Development Program in the Visayas......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 17th, 2021

Pope leading rites for 500 years of Philippine Christianity

Pope Francis will lead the Filipino community in Italy in celebrating 500 years since the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines announced yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 4th, 2021

Rody, Leni, Congress, SC spread message of hope

As the Philippines celebrates Christmas amid the continuing threat of the coronavirus 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte joined his countrymen in marking the birth of Christ and to follow the lead of Jesus Christ in helping those in need......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 25th, 2020

Defense chief to lead Bonifacio s 157th birth anniversary rites

PARAnAQUE CITY, Nov. 29 (PIA) -- Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana is set to lead the 157th birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio on Monday, Nov. 30 at 8:00 a.m., at t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 30th, 2020

Peace hopes up in flight disputes  

The South China Sea has long been a major field of contention between the United States and China, with the US actively challenging China’s claim to sovereignty over most of the sea within a nine-dash line, and constantly sending ships and planes into the area asserting freedom of navigation in what it considers international waters. China, however, sees these flights as provocations. The South China Sea is bounded by the Philippines in the east, Vietnam in the west, and Malaysia and Brunei in the south. To the northeast is the East China Sea between China and Japan. Farther north of that is the Yellow Sea between China and North and South Korea. Last month, an international incident in that far-off area came to involve the Philippines — a US surveillance aircraft flying over the Yellow Sea allegedly used codes belonging to Philippine aircraft. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said this is a serious security issue as it could entangle the Philippines in the rising tension between China and US. A report from the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSSPI) said a US RC-1355 reconnaisance aircraft using a code assigned to the Philippines flew over the Yellow Sea between China and Korea. The detected Philippine code could have made China suspicious as the Philippines does not conduct patrol operations over that area. The US pilots may have been trying to test China’s reaction, Esperon said as he expressed his concern. “What could happen is it could implicate or incriminate the Philippine side. We simply have to remind our US counterparts of the implications. The Philippines has sent a communication to the US embassy in Manila. This is something that must be discussed. Nonetheless, we hope this could be settled satisfactorily between the parties,” he said. In a press conference, China’s foreign ministry said, “Since the beginning of this year, US reconaissance aircraft have electronically impersonated civil aircraft of other countries in the South China Sea for more than a hundred times. This threatens the security of China and countries in the region.” The flights over the Yellow Sea near Korea, like the ones over the East China near Japan, and the South China Sea near the Philippines have long been part of US operations around the world as it asserts freedom of navigation and flight over international waters. We hope these two nations will be able to carry on without any incident that may lead to a violent confrontation and we hope they do not unduly involve and endanger any other nation like the Philippines which is friend to both sides......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsOct 18th, 2020

Will Rody keep Sabah promise?

The long simmering dispute on Sabah would not lead to a confrontational war as other drum beaters have projected, the heirs to the Sultanate of Sulu assured on Tuesday. But the renewed campaign for Malaysia to recognize the sultanate as the rightful owner with the heirs bearing ancestral rights to the island should be settled […] The post Will Rody keep Sabah promise? appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

WHO warns of drawn out pandemic as South Africa cases top 500,000

The UN health agency warned that the coronavirus pandemic would be lengthy and could lead to “response fatigue”, as the case count in South Africa topped half a million. Although many Latin American countries have begun relaxing stay-at-home measures, the virus is still spreading quickly across much of the region Six months after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency, the novel coronavirus has killed more than 680,000 people and infected more than 17.5 million, according to an AFP tally. South Africa is by far the hardest hit country in Africa, accounting for more than half of diagnosed infections, although President Cyril Ramaphosa said the fatality rate is lower than the global average. Health authorities had been expecting a surge in cases after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown that was imposed at the end of March. Nigeria on Saturday also announced it would ease a lockdown in the commercial capital Lagos, allowing churches and mosques to reopen next week.  An emergency WHO committee reviewing the pandemic “highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 outbreak, noting the importance of sustained community, national, regional, and global response efforts”. “WHO continues to assess the global risk level of COVID-19 to be very high,” it said in its latest statement. The agency also said the effects of the pandemic “will be felt for decades to come”. Mexico overtook Britain to become the third hardest hit country in virus deaths — after Brazil and the United States — with more than 46,600 fatal cases. Although many Latin American countries have begun relaxing stay-at-home measures, the virus is still spreading quickly across much of the region, which has now recorded more than four million cases and almost 200,000 deaths. Half of them are in Brazil, where President Jair Bolsonaro said he believes “nearly everyone” will catch the virus eventually, after himself recovering from it. The US, the hardest-hit country in the world, has now tallied more than 4.6 million cases and 154,319 deaths. Vaccine race The outlook was bleak in Asia as well, where India and the Philippines reported record increases in new daily infections. “We are waging a losing battle against COVID-19, and we need to draw up a consolidated, definitive plan of action,” said an open letter signed by 80 Filipino medical associations. Japan’s Okinawa declared a state of emergency after a record jump in cases on the islands — many linked to US military forces stationed there. The pandemic has spurred a race for a vaccine with several Chinese companies at the forefront, while Russia has set a target date of September to roll out its own medicine. However, US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said it was unlikely his country would use any vaccine developed in either nation. “I do hope that the Chinese and the Russians are actually testing the vaccine before they are administering the vaccine to anyone,” he said. As part of its “Operation Warp Speed”, the US government will pay pharmaceutical giants Sanofi and GSK up to $2.1 billion for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, the companies said. ‘Day of freedom’ France, Spain, Portugal and Italy all reported huge contractions in their economies for the April-June quarter, while Europe as a whole saw gross domestic product fall by 12.1 percent.  Daily case numbers in Switzerland have crept up again in recent weeks, while Norway recorded its first virus death in two weeks. At least 36 crew members confined to a Norwegian cruise ship have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the operator Hurtigruten said on Saturday.  Despite the resurgence in cases, there have been demonstrations in Europe against the curbs.  Thousands protested in Berlin on Saturday urging “a day of freedom” from the restrictions, with some demonstrators dubbing the pandemic “the biggest conspiracy theory”. In South Korea, the elderly leader of a secretive sect at the centre of the country’s early coronavirus outbreak was arrested for allegedly hindering the government’s effort to contain the epidemic. People linked to Lee Man-hee’s Shincheonji Church of Jesus accounted for more than half of the South’s coronavirus cases in February and March, but the country has since appeared to have brought the virus under control. The pandemic has also continued to cause mayhem in the travel and tourism sectors, with more airlines announcing mass job cuts. Latin America’s biggest airline, the Brazilian-Chilean group LATAM, said it would lay off least 2,700 crew, and British Airways pilots overwhelmingly voted to accept a deal cutting wages by 20 percent, with 270 jobs lost......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2020

No Duterte in today’s Independence Day rites

Don’t expect President Rodrigo Duterte to join today’s Independence Day celebration at Rizal Park, as he wants to avoid drawing crowds that may lead to the spread of the new coronavirus, his spokesperson Harry Roque said on Friday. “The Inter-Agency Task Force allowed only 10 people to join the celebration. The problem is, people will […] The post No Duterte in today’s Independence Day rites appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2020

Freedom Day: As many as 10 may join rites

President Rodrigo Duterte will skip the 122nd Independence Day celebration at the Rizal Park in Manila today, Friday, Malacañang said......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 12th, 2020

Durant drops 49 as Nets turn back Bucks for 3-2 lead

A costly turnover by Giannis Antetokounmpo on the other end — which could've been an easy dunk to cut the deficit to two — doomed the Bucks in a game where they led by as much as 17 points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News3 hr. 28 min. ago

A game of Love and infidelity amid lockdown

As the lead stars of the lockdown-inspired short film Game Over, Julia Clarete and singer-theater actor Joshua Bulot can’t help but share their thoughts on love, infidelity and the ongoing pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News12 hr. 38 min. ago

Political prisoner dies after 16 years in jail

“What kind of government jails a family for 16 years and ignores all appeals for their freedom although the elderly Alegre couple are eligible for pardon and humanitarian release especially at this time of pandemic?” The post Political prisoner dies after 16 years in jail appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2021

Local, foreign business groups back planned Freedom of Information Act

Philippine and foreign business groups are pushing for the passage of the proposed Freedom of Information Act, which seeks to require government agencies to disclose information on matters involving public interest, to strengthen the people’s right to information, and promote transparency......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2021

Freedom and memories

The Philippines celebrated its 123rd Independence Day Saturday, in what is always a thought-provoking occasion......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 13th, 2021

The fiddler on the roof

In his 2016 inaugural address, President Duterte said, “No leader, however strong, can succeed at anything of national importance or significance unless he has the support and cooperation of the people he is tasked to lead and sworn to serve......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 13th, 2021

Jabs an election issue for Rody s choice& mdash;analyst

The government's COVID-19 response may hold back public support for the presidential candidate that President Rodrigo Duterte, whose six-year term expires in June, will endorse in the 2022 elections, a political strategist said on Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 13th, 2021

MAMAMOO& rsquo;s Wheein departs from RBW

South Korean entertainment company RBW confirmed on Friday that MAMAMOO’s lead vocalist, Wheein, has officially ended her seven-year contract with the agency......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2021

Rondina, Pons lead Philippines quest for beach volleyball Olympic slots

Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons, part of the national team that snared two bronze medals in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in Subic, will spearhead the women’s squad that is also composed of Dij Rodriguez, Babylove Barbon and reserves Mer Jauculan and Gen Eslapor......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 13th, 2021