PhiHealth spox: Nearly 80% of hospital claims paid

The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has already paid nearly 80 percent of hospital claims, its spokesperson said Saturday, amid complaints about slow disbursement of claims during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shirley Domingo, also PhilHealth’s Vice President for Corporate Affairs, said the state insurer has already paid P231 billion it owes…

Gierran: PhilHealth not a party to complaints dismissed by Ombudsman

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is not a party to the dismissed complaints involving its officials, the state insurer’s president, and CEO Dante Gierran said Friday. In a statement, Gierran said, “the Ombudsman ruling on the cases filed by some PhilHealth officers against 11 other former…

P720K marijuana seized in Santiago City*/

SANTIAGO CITY––A 24-year-old man was caught with P720,000 worth of dried marijuana and seeds during a buy-bust operation in this city, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency-Cagayan Valley said Thursday, June 17. Narciso Buen Jr., a resident of Divisoria village and an employee of a telecommunications company, yielded six kilos of…

France slams Russian ‘seizure of power’ in Central African Republic

PARIS — France on Friday accused Russia of proceeding with a “seizure of power” in the Central African Republic, acknowledging that the CAR’s cooperation with Russian “mercenaries” had prompted Paris to scale down its military support. The French military earlier this month suspended budgetary aid and military cooperation with the…

“Empathic leadership” helped Alfamart grow to 7th Anniv

Alfamart, the first and only Super Minimart chain in the Philippines, has had quite an admirable rise from obscurity. From the fledgling first store in Trece Martires, Cavite in June of 2014, it has grown to over 1000 stores in a span of seven years. This achievement was the result…

DOH: Logistical problems delay sequencing results for COVID variants

MANILA, Philippines — Logistical problems are delaying the release of genome sequencing results that would identify the latest number of detected COVID-19 variant cases in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) said Friday. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said there is currently a shortage in genome sequencing kits, but…

Davao City records its highest new COVID cases since start of pandemic

MANILA, Philippines — Davao City reported 482 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the highest in the city since the start of the pandemic last year, the OCTA Research said Friday. “This [new cases] is the highest number reported in the city since the start of the pandemic in March 2020…

2 Nigerians, 4 others yield shabu worth P204K in Pampanga bust

MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga – Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) agents arrested two Nigerian men and their four companions who allegedly yielded some P204,000 worth of shabu (crystal meth) in a buy-bust operation here before midnight on Thursday, June 17. In a statement, PDEA-3 information officer Glenn Guillermo identified the arrested…

DILG Soccsksargen director takes over the running of Cotabato town

COTABATO CITY—Interior Secretary Eduardo M. Año has designated the regional director of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the Soccsksargen region to act as caretaker of Magpet town in Cotabato province whose elected officials were quarantined. DILG regional director Josephine Cabrido-Leysa has assumed the role beginning…