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KUWTT: Vaccine rollout gathers pace | Mar 04, 2021

Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Thursday, March 4, 2021. READ: Vaccine rollout gathers pace THE vaccination program against Covid-19 is seen to pick up its pace as vaccines reach more provinces and more doses are flown in, public offic
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KUWTT: Vaccine rollout gathers pace | Mar 04, 2021

Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Thursday, March 4, 2021. READ: Vaccine rollout gathers pace THE vaccination program against Covid-19 is seen to pick up its pace as vaccines reach more provinces and more doses are flown in, public officials said. They also cited growing public acceptance of the Sinovac […]

LISTEN: Times Radio UK interviews The Manila Times on PH Covid situation

Times Radio in the United Kingdom interviews Manila Times Health Reporter Red Mendoza on the Covid situation in the Philippines at 7:50 a.m. on March 4, 2021 (Manila time). 
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LISTEN: Times Radio UK interviews The Manila Times on PH Covid situation

Times Radio in the United Kingdom interviews Manila Times Health Reporter Red Mendoza on the Covid situation in the Philippines at 7:50 a.m. on March 4, 2021 (Manila time). 

AstraZeneca vaccines arriving – Palace

The first batch of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine from the Covax Facility will arrive in the country on Thursday, Malacañang said on Wednesday. “This is to confirm that the Philippines is set to receive 487,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines tomorrow,
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AstraZeneca vaccines arriving – Palace

The first batch of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine from the Covax Facility will arrive in the country on Thursday, Malacañang said on Wednesday. “This is to confirm that the Philippines is set to receive 487,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines tomorrow, March 4, 2021, 7:30 p.m. as part of the first round of allocated doses from the […]

Vaccine rollout gathers pace

The vaccination program against Covid-19 is seen to pick up its pace as vaccines reach more provinces and more doses are flown in, public officials said. They also cited growing public acceptance of the Sinovac vaccine. On Wednesday, the inoculation of more h
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Vaccine rollout gathers pace

The vaccination program against Covid-19 is seen to pick up its pace as vaccines reach more provinces and more doses are flown in, public officials said. They also cited growing public acceptance of the Sinovac vaccine. On Wednesday, the inoculation of more health workers continued, with one big private hospital joining the vaccine rollout. Vaccine […]

LandBank expands student loan coverage

STUDENTS of legal age can now directly tap the government-owned Land Bank of the Philippines’ loan program that aims to cover the purchase of electronic gadgets needed for online learning. In a statement on Wednesday, the LandBank said students of legal ag
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LandBank expands student loan coverage

STUDENTS of legal age can now directly tap the government-owned Land Bank of the Philippines’ loan program that aims to cover the purchase of electronic gadgets needed for online learning. In a statement on Wednesday, the LandBank said students of legal age are now eligible to apply for its enhanced I-STUDY (Interim Students’ Loan for […]

SSS eyes more online services 

GOVERNMENT-owned Social Security System (SSS) plans to add more services in its online platforms as more members are shifting from manual to electronic transactions. “In the pipeline this year, we will be working on adding more processes and online service
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SSS eyes more online services 

GOVERNMENT-owned Social Security System (SSS) plans to add more services in its online platforms as more members are shifting from manual to electronic transactions. “In the pipeline this year, we will be working on adding more processes and online services for the convenience of all our members,” SSS Vice President Normita Doctor announced during an […]

Rape suspect falls after 23 years in hiding

THE long arm of the law finally caught up with a rape suspect after he was arrested in Pangasinan on Tuesday by combined elements of the Quirino police and regional intelligence. Hiding from the law for 23 years, Eddie Cariño was arrested at 5:10 a.m. in Bar
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Rape suspect falls after 23 years in hiding

THE long arm of the law finally caught up with a rape suspect after he was arrested in Pangasinan on Tuesday by combined elements of the Quirino police and regional intelligence. Hiding from the law for 23 years, Eddie Cariño was arrested at 5:10 a.m. in Barangay Palenae in Urdaneta City in Pangasinan, Gen. Debold […]

AstraZeneca vaccines to arrive in PH on March 4

FOLLOWING a delay, the first batch of British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca’s vaccines from the Covax facility will finally arrive in the Philippines on March 4, Malacañang and Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said in separate statements
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AstraZeneca vaccines to arrive in PH on March 4

FOLLOWING a delay, the first batch of British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca’s vaccines from the Covax facility will finally arrive in the Philippines on March 4, Malacañang and Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said in separate statements. “This is to confirm that the initial shipment of Astra Zeneca vaccines is set to arrive tomorrow. Details to follow,” […]

Customs seizes P200-M in smuggled cigarettes 

SOME P200 million worth of illegal cigarettes and related paraphernalia were seized  anew  by intelligence operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) in two separate operations in Manila and Bataan province as the bureau intensifies its all out war against c
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Customs seizes P200-M in smuggled cigarettes 

SOME P200 million worth of illegal cigarettes and related paraphernalia were seized  anew  by intelligence operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) in two separate operations in Manila and Bataan province as the bureau intensifies its all out war against cigarette smuggling. In an after operations report to Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero on  Wednesday, the […]

Senator wants NTC to look at DITO’s financial capacity

SEN. Ana Theresia Hontiveros urged the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to look into the capacity of Dito Telecommunity Corporation to deliver the services it promised as the country’s third telco player. The senator said the NTC should l
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Senator wants NTC to look at DITO’s financial capacity

SEN. Ana Theresia Hontiveros urged the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to look into the capacity of Dito Telecommunity Corporation to deliver the services it promised as the country’s third telco player. The senator said the NTC should look into Dito’s financial capacity as the company is set to start its operations this month. She made the call amid reports that DITO and its parent company, […]

6 dead as Myanmar security forces fire at protesters

YANGON: At least six people were killed as Myanmar security forces fired on pro-democracy protesters Wednesday, after the junta hit half a dozen detained journalists, including an Associated Press photographer, with criminal charges. The country has been in c
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6 dead as Myanmar security forces fire at protesters

YANGON: At least six people were killed as Myanmar security forces fired on pro-democracy protesters Wednesday, after the junta hit half a dozen detained journalists, including an Associated Press photographer, with criminal charges. The country has been in chaos since February 1 when the military launched a coup and detained civilian leader Aung San Suu […]

DepEd scraps plan to shorten schools’ summer break

THE Department of Education (DepEd) scrapped its plan to shorten the summer vacation of students amid opposition from concerned sectors, an official said on Wednesday. Education Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio also clarified that his proposal of shortenin
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DepEd scraps plan to shorten schools’ summer break

THE Department of Education (DepEd) scrapped its plan to shorten the summer vacation of students amid opposition from concerned sectors, an official said on Wednesday. Education Undersecretary Diosdado San Antonio also clarified that his proposal of shortening the school break was “among the many options” of the agency and not an official policy from the […]

St Luke’s president, Covid survivor, gets first Sinovac jab

THE chief executive of St. Luke’s Medical Center led about 100 frontliners from its hospitals in Taguig and Quezon City in getting inoculated with the vaccine manufactured by the Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech on Wednesday. Dr. Arturo Dela
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St Luke’s president, Covid survivor, gets first Sinovac jab

THE chief executive of St. Luke’s Medical Center led about 100 frontliners from its hospitals in Taguig and Quezon City in getting inoculated with the vaccine manufactured by the Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac Biotech on Wednesday. Dr. Arturo Dela Peña, who is also a survivor of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), was inoculated with CoronaVac, […]

Palace: Duterte mulls reversing new ‘special working days’ declaration

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte may reconsider his move of canceling the three reclassified holidays this year if everything will be back to normal in the Philippines, his spokesman said. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. made the statement  after the holiday decla
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Palace: Duterte mulls reversing new ‘special working days’ declaration

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte may reconsider his move of canceling the three reclassified holidays this year if everything will be back to normal in the Philippines, his spokesman said. Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. made the statement  after the holiday declaration drew public criticism, particularly from the labor sector and lawmakers who claimed it would “demoralize” […]

Gov’t eyes distribution of Sinovac doses this week

THE Philippine government is eyeing the distribution of the 600,000 coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines from Sinovac Biotech in the country within the week. Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. made the statement in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel
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Gov’t eyes distribution of Sinovac doses this week

THE Philippine government is eyeing the distribution of the 600,000 coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines from Sinovac Biotech in the country within the week. Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. made the statement in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel on Wednesday. “Ang target namin ngayong linggo madispatch na namin, madistribute na namin lahat ng mga […]

Govt debt rises to P10.3T at end-Jan

The government’s outstanding debt soared to a new all-time high of P10.32 trillion at end-January on bigger domestic obligations, according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr). Treasury data showed on Tuesday that the amount was a 5.4-percent or P532.45-bil
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Govt debt rises to P10.3T at end-Jan

The government’s outstanding debt soared to a new all-time high of P10.32 trillion at end-January on bigger domestic obligations, according to the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr). Treasury data showed on Tuesday that the amount was a 5.4-percent or P532.45-billion increase from P9.79 trillion at end-December. Of the figure, 29 percent was generated from foreign […]

PH seeks release of Suu Kyi

THE Philippines on Tuesday called for the release of Myanmar leaders, including State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, and a dialog among concerned parties to address the worsening political tension in Myanmar. The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeas
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PH seeks release of Suu Kyi

THE Philippines on Tuesday called for the release of Myanmar leaders, including State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, and a dialog among concerned parties to address the worsening political tension in Myanmar. The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) held a special meeting through videoconferencing to seek peaceful solution to the […]

Shaq Attack: O’Neal ready to rumble in tag match for AEW

Shaquille O’Neal may again absorb some intentional hits in his tag team match this week. The 7-foot-1 basketball Hall of Famer gets his chance to dish out retribution — maybe a slam, a side headlock or a clothesline — when he steps into the ring fo
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Shaq Attack: O’Neal ready to rumble in tag match for AEW

Shaquille O’Neal may again absorb some intentional hits in his tag team match this week. The 7-foot-1 basketball Hall of Famer gets his chance to dish out retribution — maybe a slam, a side headlock or a clothesline — when he steps into the ring for his first match with All Elite Wrestling. “Oh, I’m […]

Garcia: ‘Dream fight’ vs Pacquiao not happening

RYAN Garcia said his “dream fight” against Filipino boxing Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao will not be realized anymore or, at least, in the near future. “To all my fans and supporters, my fight with Manny Pacquiao is not happening right now,R
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Garcia: ‘Dream fight’ vs Pacquiao not happening

RYAN Garcia said his “dream fight” against Filipino boxing Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao will not be realized anymore or, at least, in the near future. “To all my fans and supporters, my fight with Manny Pacquiao is not happening right now,” captioned Garcia on an Instagram post on Tuesday. “I tried my best after getting […]

KZ Tandingan to sing first-ever Filipino Disney song

Singer and rapper KZ Tandingan made history Tuesday afternoon when Disney Studios Philippines named her as their choice to sing what is to become the very first Filipino language Disney song. Titled “Gabay,” the song is a track from the upcoming a
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KZ Tandingan to sing first-ever Filipino Disney song

Singer and rapper KZ Tandingan made history Tuesday afternoon when Disney Studios Philippines named her as their choice to sing what is to become the very first Filipino language Disney song. Titled “Gabay,” the song is a track from the upcoming animated film “Raya and the Last Dragon,” which in turn is inspired by the […]

Duterte to Robredo: You are baiting me 

VICE President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo has an angel’s face but a devil’s mind, President Rodrigo Duterte said as he accused the former of “baiting him.” The President was referring to Robredo’s suggestion that he should get jabbed with th
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Duterte to Robredo: You are baiting me 

VICE President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo has an angel’s face but a devil’s mind, President Rodrigo Duterte said as he accused the former of “baiting him.” The President was referring to Robredo’s suggestion that he should get jabbed with the Sinovac vaccine to encourage Filipinos to get vaccinated. “You are baiting me. Alam mo kung bakit? Nagdududa […]

Indonesia volcano belches huge ash column

MEDAN, Indonesia: An Indonesian volcano erupted on Tuesday morning spewing a spectacular column of ash thousands of meters (feet) into a powder blue sky. Vulcanologists recorded 13 separate blasts as Mount Sinabung leapt to life, belching debris up to 5,000 m
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Indonesia volcano belches huge ash column

MEDAN, Indonesia: An Indonesian volcano erupted on Tuesday morning spewing a spectacular column of ash thousands of meters (feet) into a powder blue sky. Vulcanologists recorded 13 separate blasts as Mount Sinabung leapt to life, belching debris up to 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) above Sumatra. There was no immediate danger to life or property, authorities […]

New cases of UK, South African variants detected in PH  

Thirty new cases of the B117, or the so-called United Kingdom variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) have been detected in the country, alongside the first six cases of the B1351 or the South African variant and two cases with mutations of interes
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New cases of UK, South African variants detected in PH  

Thirty new cases of the B117, or the so-called United Kingdom variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) have been detected in the country, alongside the first six cases of the B1351 or the South African variant and two cases with mutations of interest, the Department of Health said on Tuesday. The new cases were […]

Deal reached to get California children back in classrooms

ELK GROVE, California: The majority of California’s 6.1 million public school students could be back in the classroom by April under new legislation announced Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders. Critics panned the plan as inadequate. Mo
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Deal reached to get California children back in classrooms

ELK GROVE, California: The majority of California’s 6.1 million public school students could be back in the classroom by April under new legislation announced Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders. Critics panned the plan as inadequate. Most students in the nation’s most populous state have been learning from home for the past year […]

‘I’m ashamed of you!’

From the vaccine issue to the matter of cinema reopening, Megastar Sharon Cuenta did not back down with her opinions during her latest catch up with media last weekend. Squeezing in a virtual Q&A even as she was busy with the story conference for her come
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‘I’m ashamed of you!’

From the vaccine issue to the matter of cinema reopening, Megastar Sharon Cuenta did not back down with her opinions during her latest catch up with media last weekend. Squeezing in a virtual Q&A even as she was busy with the story conference for her comeback movie with Viva, “Revirginized,” Mega was definitely in her […]

The glam was back at the Golden Globes —

NEW YORK: Glam was back for the Golden Globes virtual, bicoastal awards night Sunday (Monday in Manila) as nominees Zoomed in from around the world and, for Leslie Odom Jr., from his front porch in Los Angeles not far from the action in Beverly Hills. And the
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The glam was back at the Golden Globes —

NEW YORK: Glam was back for the Golden Globes virtual, bicoastal awards night Sunday (Monday in Manila) as nominees Zoomed in from around the world and, for Leslie Odom Jr., from his front porch in Los Angeles not far from the action in Beverly Hills. And they were ready, style wise, as the Globes split […]

San Fernando mayor suspended anew

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) served the order of this Sandiganbayan to suspend the mayor of this city for 90 days, starting March 1, 2021. According to San Fernando City Interior and Local Governmen
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San Fernando mayor suspended anew

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) served the order of this Sandiganbayan to suspend the mayor of this city for 90 days, starting March 1, 2021. According to San Fernando City Interior and Local Government Officer Lily Ann Colisao, the 90-day preventive suspension order was served at the Office […]

China says ‘patriotism’ in Hong Kong means loving the party

EIGHT months after imposing a national security law on Hong Kong, Beijing is moving to tighten its grip over the supposedly highly autonomous region, with China’s National People’s Congress expected to review legislation next week that would ensure that a
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China says ‘patriotism’ in Hong Kong means loving the party

EIGHT months after imposing a national security law on Hong Kong, Beijing is moving to tighten its grip over the supposedly highly autonomous region, with China’s National People’s Congress expected to review legislation next week that would ensure that anyone elected to any office — from district councilors who deal with garbage disposal to the […]

Cerritos residents seek better internet service

Residents of Cerritos Heights, Cerritos Terraces, and Cerritos Hills are demanding better service from their internet provider and are seeking for the installation of fiber-optic connection and landline facility in their subdivision in Molino 4, Bacoor City,
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Cerritos residents seek better internet service

Residents of Cerritos Heights, Cerritos Terraces, and Cerritos Hills are demanding better service from their internet provider and are seeking for the installation of fiber-optic connection and landline facility in their subdivision in Molino 4, Bacoor City, Cavite. The residents filed a petition before the office of the Bacoor City mayor and said that Planet […]

Senators adopt resolutions honoring Pasig mayor

THE Senate on Monday adopted two resolutions honoring Pasig City Mayor Victor Ma. Regis “Vico” Sotto for being chosen as one of the international “anti-corruption champions” by the United States government. The senators adopted Senate
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Senators adopt resolutions honoring Pasig mayor

THE Senate on Monday adopted two resolutions honoring Pasig City Mayor Victor Ma. Regis “Vico” Sotto for being chosen as one of the international “anti-corruption champions” by the United States government. The senators adopted Senate Resolution (SR) 659 filed by Sen. Manuel Lapid, and SR 660 authored Sen. Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Vicente Sotto […]

PH logs 2,037 new Covid-19 cases

As the country rolled out its vaccination program, the Department of Health logged 2,037 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, the fourth straight day that daily cases reached more than 2,000. This pushed the total number of cases at 578,381. Most of the 31,708 activ
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PH logs 2,037 new Covid-19 cases

As the country rolled out its vaccination program, the Department of Health logged 2,037 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, the fourth straight day that daily cases reached more than 2,000. This pushed the total number of cases at 578,381. Most of the 31,708 active cases were mild and asymptomatic. Eighty-six individuals recovered from the virus, […]

EU funds training for young Filipino peacebuilders

Amid recent attacks from violent extremist groups and incidents of conflict exacerbated by Covid-19 and the ongoing recession in the Philippines, a program funded by the European Union (EU) and supported by the Kofi Annan Foundation (KAF) was launched with th
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EU funds training for young Filipino peacebuilders

Amid recent attacks from violent extremist groups and incidents of conflict exacerbated by Covid-19 and the ongoing recession in the Philippines, a program funded by the European Union (EU) and supported by the Kofi Annan Foundation (KAF) was launched with the aim of training young Filipinos to promote peace and prevent violent extremism (PVE). Entitled […]

Widespread corruption main cause of insurgency problem – Pacquiao

SEN. Emmanuel Pacquiao believes that the insurgency problem is rooted on widespread corruption that has denied rural areas the necessary basic services. The senator said the decades-old insurgency problem and corruption had prevented the government from bring
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Widespread corruption main cause of insurgency problem – Pacquiao

SEN. Emmanuel Pacquiao believes that the insurgency problem is rooted on widespread corruption that has denied rural areas the necessary basic services. The senator said the decades-old insurgency problem and corruption had prevented the government from bringing needed infrastructure, quality education and livelihood in affected areas. An Army colonel reservist, Pacquiao said many rural folks, […]

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