A woman who was raped or a young girl impregnated by her relative has no right to abort the unborn and must learn to live with the consequences of being a victim, according to Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso. The Aksyon Demokratiko standard-bearer took a hard-line position against abortion during an interview aired on ABS-CBN platforms on Thursday night, saying he was against it even under extreme circumstances involving sexual abuse or incest. ADVERTISEMENTDuring the interview with TV host Boy Abunda, Domagoso compared the situation of rape or incest victims to the poverty he experienced in his youth and how he rose above it, suggesting women or girls should do the same. I forced myself to overcome adversity, so society will recognize me as a decent person,” he said in Filipino. —DJ YapRead Next
January 29, 2022 09:08 UTC
Presidential aspirant Ferdinand Marcos Jr. was a no-show in his scheduled interview with radio station dzBB of the GMA Network on Friday, with his staff citing connectivity issues to explain his absence. Marcos’ staff said he would be available on another date. The radio station, however, said the interview of presidential candidate Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso was already scheduled for that day. The radio station said it would continue to coordinate with Marcos’ camp to find a new date for his interview. On Thursday, Marcos joined his running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte during the opening of their team’s headquarters in Davao City.
January 29, 2022 06:02 UTC
Residents of Ying Kwai House and Ha Kwai House at Kwai Chung Estate were finally set free on Saturday after days of being locked up in their own homes. A man living in Ying Kwai was allowed to leave at about 6am before dawn for he had to go to work. I had no idea how sad it was to be jailed," a man living in Ying Kwai House surnamed Ma said. As for a couple living in Ha Kwai House, their priority was to walk their dog. Meanwhile, the five-day lockdown was declared at Ha Kwai House on Monday (Jan 24) night.
January 29, 2022 04:46 UTC
BEIJING: A Winter Olympics overshadowed by diplomatic boycotts and concerns about human rights, Covid and the safety of Peng Shuai begins next Friday in a vast "bubble" in the Chinese capital Beijing. Warnings about air pollution, government snooping and the environmental impact of a Games, which relies almost entirely on man-made snow, add to the mix. China has been keen to stress that Beijing will take its place in Olympic history, becoming the first city to host both a Summer and Winter Games, and saying the Games will be "safe and splendid." When Washington said it would stage a diplomatic boycott because of rights concerns — with Australia, Britain and Canada among those following suit — China warned that the United States would "pay the price." On Thursday, foreign minister Wang Yi warned his US counterpart Antony Blinken during a phone call to "stop interfering" in the Olympics.
January 29, 2022 04:15 UTC
WB: Lockdowns abroad lead to drop in Philippines tradeThe World Bank said intermediate goods were the key driver of the drop in imports following foreign lockdowns, reflecting supply disruptions in backward global value chain participation. MANILA, Philippines — The imposition of domestic lockdowns at the height of the pandemic in 2020 did not cause a decline in trade, but restrictions from trading partners did, according to the World Bank. In a report, the Washington-based multilateral lender analyzed how international trade on various margins was affected by the Philippines’ own lockdown policies and those of its trading partners. “Our results reveal that domestic lockdown policies did not affect international trade in the Philippines. The researchers emphasized that restrictions on internal movements and international travel controls of trading partners were responsible for the drop in exports.
January 29, 2022 03:07 UTC
Fully vaccinated foreign tourists and travelers on business will be allowed in the country without having to go through government quarantine starting next month, Malacañang announced on Friday. ADVERTISEMENTActing presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said fully vaccinated nationals from countries not requiring visas will be allowed to visit beginning Feb. 10. Unvaccinated passengersOn the other hand, foreign travelers who remain unvaccinated would no longer be allowed to enter the country starting on Feb 16. The fully vaccinated will only be asked to monitor themselves for symptoms for seven days. All travelers from abroad undergoing quarantine on Feb. 1, whether Filipino or foreign, may avail themselves of these testing and quarantine protocols.
January 29, 2022 01:00 UTC
MELBOURNE, Australia: Ash Barty was the crowd favorite at Melbourne Park long before she ended a 42-year drought by reaching the Australian Open final. Now that she's become the first Australian woman into the final here since Wendy Turnbull in 1980, Barty has a good chance to claim her first on a hard court. Barty lost to eventual champion Sofia Kenin in 2020 the last time she reached the Australian Open semifinals. Barty hit 20 winners to only eight for Keys, who was playing in the Australian Open semifinals for the first time since 2015. Barty converted four of her six break-point opportunities and saved the only two break points she faced on her serve against the 2017 US Open champion runner-up.
January 28, 2022 22:15 UTC
HISTORY looms for the Philippine women's national football team. On Thursday night (Philippine time), the Philippines moved to within a victory away from 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification after scoring a 6-0 conquest over Indonesia in the AFC Women's Asian Cup at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune, India. The victory in itself was historic as the Philippines reached the tournament's quarterfinal round for the first time. Malea Cesar capped the scoring with a goal at the fourth minute of the added time. The Philippines takes on Group A second seed Taiwan in the quarterfinals on January 30 with a slot for the World Cup at stake.
January 28, 2022 22:15 UTC
Philippines OKs Sinopharm, Sputnik Light as COVID-19 vaccine boosterIndviduals get inoculated with AstraZeneca vaccine in a health clinic in Bocobo, Ermita, Manila on Jan. 21, 2022 as part of the government program dubbed as "Resbakuna sa Botika". MANILA, Philippines — Individuals fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese firm Sinopharm may now receive booster shot, the Department of Health announced Friday. The Sinopharm and Sputnik jabs, however, cannot be administered as booster for pregnant women and lactating mothers. Latest government data showed that 58.4 million Filipinos have completed vaccination against COVID-19, while 60.2 million people have received partial protection. The Philippines has reported more than 3.4 million COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, including over 53,000 deaths.
January 28, 2022 21:08 UTC
Philippines reports 18,638 new COVID-19 casesAuthorities ask for vaccination cards from individuals and motorists entering Taguig City during their vaccination checkpoint operation held at Brgy. MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines reported 18,638 new coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 3,511,491. Of these new infections, 98% or 18,281 occured in the last two weeks, according to the Department of Health. The DOH also said that of the total number of infections, 231,658 are still active. It also tallied 68 more fatalities, bringing the death toll to 53,801, while 13,106 more recovered, pushing the total number of recoveries to 3,226,032.
January 28, 2022 21:03 UTC
Fugitive tuna firm exec fallsLawyer Annsley Bangkas, 43, was served an arrest warrant at a subdivision in Barangay Pinagbuhatan at around 1:17 p.m., according to Pasig police chief Col. Roman Arugay. MANILA, Philippines — One of the executives of tuna canning firm Alliance Select Foods International Inc. facing charges for refusing to open ASFII’s corporate records to shareholders was arrested in Pasig City on Thursday. Lawyer Annsley Bangkas, 43, was served an arrest warrant at a subdivision in Barangay Pinagbuhatan at around 1:17 p.m., according to Pasig police chief Col. Roman Arugay. and four other executives of the tuna canning firm, including Bangkas. The charges stemmed from a complaint filed by ASFII’s foreign shareholders Harvest All Investment Ltd., Victory Fund Ltd. and Bondeast Private Ltd
January 28, 2022 19:43 UTC
People relax along White Beach amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, in Boracay Island, Aklan province, Philippines. (Reuters)The Philippines will grant entry to visitors vaccinated against Covid-19 from Feb. 10, its government said on Friday, in an effort to boost a tourism sector decimated by the pandemic. Citizens of 150 countries that have visa-free entry to the Philippines will be allowed to enter. Puyat also said the government will remove quarantine requirements for returning Filipinos from Feb. 1, and for foreign tourists from Feb. 10, but they must be vaccinated and test negative for Covid-19. The Philippines, popular for its white sand beaches and rich marine life, joins other Southeast Asian countries in reopening to tourists to boost jobs and help their economies recover.
January 28, 2022 13:30 UTC
Philippines sets new COVID-19 rules for arriving travelersMANILA, Philippines — The Philippines will enforce new protocols for arriving travelers, Malacañang said Friday as the government suspended its COVID-19 risk classifications for countries and territories. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the Philippines suspended the "green-yellow-red list" system, which is used to classify countries, territories and jurisdictions based on their COVID-19 risk levels. Starting February 1, fully-vaccinated travelers will be required to present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. Upon arrival in the Philippines, they will no longer be required to observe mandatory facility-based quarantine. The new COVID-19 travel protocols were based on the recommendations of the Task Force on COVID-19 New Variants and Sub-Technical Working Group on Data Analytics.
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COVID-19 travel insurance and more: Chinese New Year 2022 must-haves for good health, long lifeMANILA, Philippines — Cebu Pacific is levelling up its safety measure for its passengers to empower tourism again, as it recently upgraded its CEB Travelsure “Basic Protect” insurance product. There’s definitely no wrong answer, but one of the things that we’ve learned during the pandemic is how health greatly impacts our life. LifeFood has products especially made to help with women's concerns like improving hormonal imbalance, skin health, or managing weight. Shop Sanicare today on the official website and on LazMall by Lazada and find gift sets, personal care, home care, and baby care products. Shop Olay’s best-selling skincare products now via via Lazada or Shopee.
January 28, 2022 07:01 UTC