After passing PH vaccine panel evaluation, Sinovac seeks FDA OK

China’s Sinovac Biotech has submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines its application to conduct Phase 3 of clinical trials of its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine in the country. FDA Director-General Eric Domingo said Sinovac submitted its application on Thursday, days after it hurdled the evaluation…

85 loose firearms seized in San Juan

Authorities confiscated 85 loose firearms in San Juan since their house-to-house program began in January this year, City Mayor Francis Zamora said Thursday. “Eighty-five loose firearms po ang kanilang [law enforcers] nakalap. Ito ay sa pamamagitan ng Oplan Katok kung saan kinakatukan nila yung bahay kung saan base sa listahan…

2 cops face admin, criminal raps over Caloocan jailbreak

Two police officers are facing criminal and administrative complaints following the escape of 13 detainees from the Caloocan City police detention facility on Thursday morning, police said. “Mayroon silang evasion through negligence, i-pa-file namin iyon. They will be facing criminal charge. After ma-i-file namin yung criminal charge na iyon, susunod…

Budget cut may force Comelec to use refurbished VCMs in 2022 polls

The slash in the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) 2021 budget may force the poll body to use refurbished vote-counting machines (VCMs) instead of buying new ones for the 2022 national elections. This surfaced during a Senate budget hearing Thursday, as discussions revealed that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM)…

Tourist departures remain low despite lifting of restrictions – BI

The number of Filipinos leaving the country for tourism abroad remains low even if the government already lifted flight restrictions and allowed non-essential outbound travel, the Bureau on Immigration (BI) said Thursday. According to the bureau, only 95 Filipinos with tourists visas left for abroad as of Wednesday, October 21.…

COVID cases in Muntinlupa decelerating with case doubling rate of 17.94 days

Muntinlupa logged a case doubling the rate of 17.94 days, which means the COVID-19 cases in the city are “decelerating,” the city government said Wednesday. “As of October 19, the doubling time in Muntinlupa City is at 17.94 days. Doubling time refers to the number of days for COVID-19 cases…

DPWH opens portion of Tagaytay Bypass road

The Maitim and Kaybagal sections of the ongoing four-lane Tagaytay Bypass Road Project in Tagaytay City, Cavite, are now open to motorists, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on Wednesday. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar led the inauguration of the 1.54-kilometer road segment that also features a bike…

 ‘Pastillas scheme’ bribe takers got P40 billion from Chinese – Hontiveros

Corrupt immigration officers have pocketed some P40 billion in bribe money since 2017 by facilitating the entry of Chinese nationals or assisting the departure of trafficked people at the airport, Sen. Risa Hontiveros said in a Senate hearing on Tuesday. Hontiveros said the so-called pastillas scheme generated some P30 billion…