Youth leaders abducted by state forces after ‘randomized swab testing’— Anakbayan

Alicia Lucena, who is still missing as of Anakbayan's latest update, is the daughter of NTF-ELCAC agent and Hands Off Our Children frontman, Relissa Lucena......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarApr 20th, 2021

‘Randomized swab testing’ used to arrest 2 activists, youth group says

Alicia Lucena’s phone was then confiscated, denying her the opportunity to contact a paralegal or a lawyer. Bangayan said Lucena’s father arrived at the village hall, accompanied by a staff from the government’s Inter-Agency Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict. The post ‘Randomized swab testing’ used to arrest 2 activists, youth group says appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2021

Youth recruitment

So what might state security forces be able to do now, following the unilateral abrogation by the Department of National Defense of its coordination agreement with the University of the Philippines?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2021

COVID-19 cases in House of Representatives increase to 31

The House of Representatives now has 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up three cases from Saturday’s count of 28, Secretary-General Jose Luis Montales said on Sunday. Among the three new cases confirned by the House official was Deputy Speaker, Basilan lone district Rep. Mujiv Hataman. Hataman had actually revealed his condition over in his social media Saturday but it was only acknowledged Sunday afternoon by the House. Montales, in an advisory to reporters, disclosed about the other two cases:  “The first is from Human Resources Management Service. He reported for work on July 22 and 23. He got tested on July 31 after experiencing cough and colds, fever, and loss of smell and taste.” The secretary-general said the remaining positive case was from the Engineering Department. “He tested positive when he underwent rapid antibody test as part of SoNA (State of the Nation Address) screening protocol. His RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction) test confirmed that he is positive for COVID-19.” Also known as a swab test, the RT-PCR test is said to be far more accurate than a rapid test. Montales said contact tracing on the two House employees is ongoing. It was also during this previous week that another Deputy Speaker, Surigao del Sur 2nd district Rep. Johnny Pimentel, tested positive for COVID-19. He also learned of his infection during the SoNA swab testing on July 26 at Batasang Pambansa Complex. Pimentel, spokesman of ruling party Partido Demokratiko Pilipino–Lakas ng Bayan, was initially included in the very short list of physical attendees for President Duterte’s SoNA last Monday. Like Hataman, Pimentel is currently on home quarantine. Three House employees have so far died from the disease......»»

Category: newsSource: NewsAug 2nd, 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

Recto appeals for free rapid testing for LSIs

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Wednesday appealed for free RT-PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests for locally-stranded individuals before they are sent home. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN) The LSIs, he said, should also be treated as VIPs, or “very important passengers” and have them avail of the COVID-19 swab tests before they are transported back to their home provinces. “These ‘VIPs’ are entitled to the same gold standard of testing, more so that they’ve been lodged in a place that will check all the boxes in the list of a possible outbreak spot,” said Recto. Recto was commenting on the thousands of LSIs crammed at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, brushing aside physical distancing protocols while they wait for their turn to be brought home under the government’s “Hatid Tulong” program. “If we have tested for free those who’ve been on strict quarantine because they’re going to listen to a speech, then all the more we should test exposed individuals who are going home to their loved ones,” he said, referring to the RT-PCR tests conducted for lawmakers and attendees of President Duterte’s recent State of the Nation Address (SONA). “May karapatan din sa peace of mind ang mga komunidad na naghihintay sa kanilang pagdating (Those who have been waiting for them in their communities also have the right to peace of mind),” he pointed out. Recto said the PCR tests will also help prevent the entry and spread of the novel coronavirus in local government units. “A swab test will ensure that the coronavirus will not be hitchhiking to family reunions. Those positive will be flagged from boarding. And spare understaffed and underfunded LGUs and local hospitals from handling a ‘pasa load’ from the national government,” he said. “Kung ngayon, bawal magtransport ng baboy dahil sa ASF at kailangan may certificate na ligtas ang mga ito, tao pa kaya?” he also noted. While saying that he was also “painfully aware” of the shortage on test kits, he lamented the plight of LSIs who have been stranded for months or have resorted to sleeping on streets. Recto said he will defer to the Interagency Task Force of Emerging Infectious Diseases to study and consider the call. Under the Hatid Tulong program, the LSIs must undergo rapid test for COVID-19  and secure medical clearance and travel authority before being allowed to depart going to their provinces. Reports said at least 20 LSIs in the Rizal Stadium have tested positive for antibodies in the rapid tests......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2020

Senators back Cebu’s swab-upon-arrival policy for OFWs

At least five senators have thrown their support behind Cebu's policy of testing Filipinos returning from overseas upon arrival, disputing criticism that it runs contrary to guidelines set by the national pandemic task force......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 10th, 2021

Duterte: No peace talks will succeed unless Reds stop attacks

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared that peace talks between the government and armed rebels won’t succeed unless members of the New People’s Army stop attacking state forces and civilians. In a televised speech on Monday, Duterte lamented over the continuing attacks of the NPA, which serves as the armed wing of the Communist Party of […] The post Duterte: No peace talks will succeed unless Reds stop attacks appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

22 Olongapo cops contract COVID-19

Twenty-two members of the Olongapo police tested positive for COVID following a recent mass swab testing in this city......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 6th, 2021

‘Kill-kill-kill mindset’ caused police officer to kill grandmother, rights groups say

“How many more should die, before it is acknowledged that the system that drives State security forces to kill civilians needs to be changed?” By RAYMUND B. VILLANUEVA Kodao Productions Human rights groups expressed alarm at the spate of killings of civilians by police officers, with Karapatan calling for a system change within State security… The post ‘Kill-kill-kill mindset’ caused police officer to kill grandmother, rights groups say appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2021

There is no Palestine-Israel conflict, only illegal occupation of Palestinian lands

It is dangerous to view the ongoing attacks as a mere “conflict". History would teach us that the ongoing brutal crimes against the Palestinian people are because of the illegal occupation of their lands, ethnic cleansing of their people, and annexation of their territories by Israel state forces. The post There is no Palestine-Israel conflict, only illegal occupation of Palestinian lands appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsMay 19th, 2021

4 BIFF men slain in clash with military

At least four members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters-Karialan faction died during a firefight with government forces in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao on Wednesday, a few days after the Muslim rebels attacked a marketplace in the province, Brigadier General Roy Galido, commander of the 601st Infantry Brigade said state troops recovered four dead bodies belonging to the BIFF, one high powered firearm, and other war materiel......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2021

BIFF bandits terrorize peaceful Maguindanao town

Some 50 members of a local terror group showed force in Datu Paglas town early Saturday, provoking a brief clash with state security forces that sent villagers running for their lives......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 8th, 2021

Action star Steven Seagal gifts sword to Venezuela’s Maduro

Hollywood action star Steven Seagal, known for dropping in on tough guy leaders like Russia’s Vladimir Putin, paid a visit to Venezuela’s leftist president Nicolas Maduro to give him the gift of a samurai sword. The hero of 80s and 90s hits including “Hard to Kill” and “Under Siege” appeared in state-run TV footage on […] The post Action star Steven Seagal gifts sword to Venezuela’s Maduro appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 5th, 2021

OCTA pushes intensified swab test as cases drop

Metro Manila should double its COVID-19 testing capacity to 60,000 a day to handle any sudden upsurge in cases, a researcher tracking the pandemic said Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2021

4 residenteng pumila sa community pantry ni Angel nagpositibo sa COVID-19

APAT sa mga dumalo sa pa-birthday community pantry ni Angel Locsin noong Biyernes, Abril 23, ang nagpositibo sa COVID-19 matapos sumailalim ang mga ito sa libreng swab test. Ayon sa report, kusang nagtungo sa testing center ng Quezon City ang apat na pumila sa pantry ni Angel matapos mabalitaan ang libreng swab test. Matatandaang nanawagan […] The post 4 residenteng pumila sa community pantry ni Angel nagpositibo sa COVID-19 appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 29th, 2021

Joseph Canlas and Pol Viuya are dedicated and selfless leaders – Fil-Am youth

"Leaders like Joseph and Pol have no desire but to see the people of the Philippines live fair and just lives. Their arrest and imprisonments only further show the correctness of their work and the Duterte government's failure to prioritize the true needs of the people during a global pandemic." The post Joseph Canlas and Pol Viuya are dedicated and selfless leaders – Fil-Am youth appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsApr 28th, 2021

Amid threats to life, lawyers continue to fight for justice

"State forces will always be there to call us into submission, to prevent us from performing our sworn duties as lawyers. But I come to realize that there is no other way to stop the rights violations but to fight. Fight the system that breeds them." The post Amid threats to life, lawyers continue to fight for justice appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsApr 27th, 2021

Swab testing on for volleyball tryouts in Subic

Participants in the tryouts for the men’s and women’s national teams in Subic later this week will start undergoing RT-PCR tests starting today in a swabbing facility at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 25th, 2021

NBI nabs 2 for fake swab test service

Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation apprehended two personnel of a fake home swab testing service during an entrapment operation in Quezon City on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 21st, 2021

Quezon City offers online booking for free swab testing

The Quezon City government has expanded its free swab testing initiative by allowing residents to book appointments online......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 18th, 2021