Another Filipino Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong

A 29-year-old Filipina has tested positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong, according to the Philippine Consulate General, citing information relayed by the Hong Kong Health Department. This brings the number of Filipinos with COVID-19 in Hong Kong to two. The consulate said it immediately spoke with the second patient to ascertain her condition, and that the OFW is in good …

Cavite Barangay Chief Killed in Naga Buy-bust

A barangay chief in Cavite, considered the most wanted drug lord in the Calabarzon Region, was killed in a police operation in Naga City in Camarines Sur province on Thursday. Authorities identified the slain suspect as Bong Pangandag, barangay captain of Datu Esmael in Dasmariñas City, Cavite, who allegedly engaged the police during a buy-bust operation. Police said the suspect, …

Palace to ABS-CBN: Donate the Refund

President Rodrigo Duterte has given ABS-CBN “blanket authority” on what to do with the rejected refund for his unaired campaign ads during the 2016 election, Malacañang said. Duterte on Wednesday accepted the apology of ABS-CBN’s President and Chief Executive Officer Carlo Katigbak over the unaired ads. The President asked the network to donate the 2.6-million-peso refund to charity. The media …

Skyway Welding Caused Fire in Pandacan

“Hot work” conducted by a subcontractor of the Skyway Stage 3 project in Pandacan, Manila, caused the fire last February 1, according to San Miguel Corporation. The Bureau of Fire Protection concluded that metal grinding and welding activities caused a beam to collapse. “Metal embers or welding slag apparently came into contact with cartons and other combustible materials, starting the …

56 Victims of Human Trafficking Rescued in Zamboanga City

The Philippine Coast Guard rescued here last Monday more than 50 victims of human trafficking about to board a commercial vessel bound for Sandakan in Sabah. Lieutenant Commander Jesse Guiniling, chief of the Philippine Coast Guard Zamboanga District Station, said 56 women were about to board the MV Antonia 1 of the Aleson Shipping Lines last Monday night when composite …

Metro Manila Residents Urged to Start Conserving Water

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration urged residents of Metro Manila to start practicing water conservation measures ahead of the dry season as the water level at Angat Dam in Bulacan remains below its standard level. As of 6 a.m. on February 24, Angat Dam’s water level was at 202.08 meters, below its normal high of 212 meters …

Supreme Court Defers ABS-CBN Case to March 10

The Supreme Court has postponed discussions on the case filed against ABS-CBN, leaving the network free to dispute the allegations in public for at least two more weeks. The high court did not act on the quo warranto case lodged by Solicitor General Jose Calida which seeks to nullify the network’s existing franchise weeks ahead of its expiry. The topic …

Reds, Supporters Neutralized in 2019

At least 10,900 New People’s Army guerrillas and their supporters were neutralized in separate military and police operations last year, the Armed Forces of the Philippines reported. Of the number, 142 rebels were killed in armed clashes and in military and police operations. Over 276 were arrested. The rest, including fighters and members of the militia and underground mass organizations, …

South Korea Travel Ban

Filipinos planning to explore South Korea might have to unpack their luggage for now as the government enforced Wednesday a temporary ban on Filipino tourists going there. Malacañang said the interim travel restriction was imposed as a protective measure against COVID-19, cases of which spiked quite rapidly in South Korea in the past few days. But Filipinos residing in South …