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Philippines cites ASEAN’s role in addressing, managing COVID-19

“Our forefathers’ collective vision of a shared socio-economic development, cultural and community cohesion, and regional peace and stability has never wavered, even with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic that we have all had to endure,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement. (STAR/File) MANILA, Philippines — The …

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Robredo on supposed Lacson unification proposal: I can’t run and then withdraw

This undated photo shows Vice President Leni Robredo giving an address (Facebook/OVP) MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said she rejected Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s “unification” plan in the 2022 elections because it involved all aspirants filing their candidacies and then withdrawing to support those with good survey …

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Terror’s big business

For half a century, the revolutionary movement thrived since its members simply could not walk away from their profitable extortion activities even if many wanted to. Using human rights and other issues raised against the government, the communist movement and its allies, who had hounded the anti-narcotics campaign of the …

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Only discipline will make ECQ work

Each infraction of the protocols creates an opportunity for the virus to move from one host to another and thereby defeat the strategy of containing the disease. Health safety protocols cannot be compromised during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Compliance with protocols like wearing masks, face shields, social distancing and regular …

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Superspreaders

Because of the acute weakness of the country’s contact tracing capability, it is unlikely that the government will be able to trace the thousands of people who scrambled for COVID-19 shots last Thursday at several vaccination sites in the cities of Antipolo, Las Piñas and Manila. What authorities can do …

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Dangerous disinformation

On August 6, the country recorded 10,623 new COVID infections – the highest single-day figure since April 16 at the height of the killer surge, when 10,726 new cases were recorded. There were 247 COVID deaths yesterday – also the highest in a single day since April 9 when 401 …

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The final SONA

It wasn’t his swan song, President Duterte said yesterday of his final State of the Nation Address. Still, he dedicated a significant portion of his SONA in defense of his most controversial campaign promise, the eradication of the drug menace. Into his sixth and final year, the President admitted that …

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