Lacson: Corrupt politicians should be held accountable, not idolized

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Panfilo Lacson said corrupt officials should not be given a redemption arc and idolized as they should be held accountable instead for plundering public funds. Lacson said a sense of accountability seemed to have been lost over time, noting that some Filipinos have already been desensitized…

Pangilinan asks gov’t to scrap ‘no vax, no ride’ rule; Lacson urges further study

MANILA, Philippines— Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan on Tuesday asked the government to end its “no vaccination, no ride” policy supposedly intended to curb the spread of COVID-19. “Magiging source lang ng paninikil at pang-aabuso. Hindi solusyon sa COVID-19 ang panggigipit at pananakot,” Pangilinan said in a text message as the…

DOH: Too early to say COVID-19 cases are declining

MANILA, Philippines — It is too early to say that COVID-19 cases are already declining, the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday. DOH Undersecretary and spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire declined to verify the claims of OCTA Research fellow Guido David said that the spread of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila…

COVID-19 virus spread slowing down in Metro Manila, says OCTA Research

MANILA, Philippines — The independent pandemic monitor OCTA Research on Monday said the spread of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila, suspected to be driven by the more transmissible Omicron variant, appeared to be slowing down, but cautioned that data in the coming days would determine if the infection was nearing…

Expert cites need to ‘reimmunize’ whenever there’s new concerning variant

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines may need to “reimmunize” the public every time there is a concerning variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, a vaccine expert said Tuesday. Dr. Mario Jiz, head of the Immunology Department at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and a member of the…

Develop comprehensive mental health package, make meds more accessible — Go

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Tuesday called on the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and the Department of Health (DOH) to develop a more comprehensive mental health package and to make medicines more accessible. “I urge PhilHealth to develop as soon as possible a more comprehensive mental…

Duterte wants Lapulapu statue in Cebu ‘bigger and higher’ than Magellan’s

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wanted a bigger and higher statue of Filipino hero Lapulapu in Cebu than the statue of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan who the native chieftain defeated in the Battle of Mactan. Magellan famously ended his voyage when he was killed following a clash with Lapulapu.…

Comelec may begin printing ballots by January 20 — Jimenez

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday said the poll body will proceed with the printing of ballots on January 20, its spokesperson James Jimenez said. Jimenez said that the ballot printing may begin after the virtual walkthrough to inspect the ballot printers at the National Printing…

Over 1,700 train commuters with no proof of vax were denied rides—DOTr

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Manila public rail system banned more than 1,700 commuter train commuters from getting onto the trains after they failed to show proof of vaccination on the first day of the “no vaccination, no ride” policy on Monday, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Tuesday.…