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READ: PH has ‘overcome’ worst Covid surge
The Philippines has “overcome” its worst coronavirus illness 2019 (Covid-19) surge, which was pushed by the extremely infectious Omicron variant, in accordance with the Division of Well being (DoH). Well being Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire mentioned on Friday every day Covid-19 instances have been slashed by half in simply two weeks. From 6,034 instances on February 4 to 10, it slipped to 2,876 instances on February 11 to 17, Vergeire mentioned. On Friday, the DoH reported 2,232 new Covid-19 instances, a big drop. Omicron had the largest and quickest surge among the many variants, nevertheless it additionally was the quickest to subside, she mentioned.
READ: PNP: Officers cannot participate in poster removing
THE Philippine Nationwide Police (PNP) has made it clear that its personnel is simply licensed to offer safety help, and never participate, within the removing of illegally posted marketing campaign supplies. Photos of policemen serving to groups from the Fee on Elections (Comelec) tear down election supplies posted on the partitions and fences of personal residences in Echague, Isabela have unfold on social media. The Comelec has come beneath hearth for failing to completely clarify its guidelines on the place precisely election supplies might be legally exhibited.
READ: Congressman charged in QC housing anomaly
QUEZON Metropolis Rep. Alfredo Vargas has been charged earlier than the Workplace of the Ombudsman in reference to an allegedly fraudulent housing program initiated by his workplace. Lawyer Rhodora Corpuz filed the grievance on behalf of the five hundred households who claimed to have been swindled by Vargas. In an announcement launched by his workplace Friday, Vargas denied the costs.
READ: Cimatu resigns for well being causes
ENVIRONMENT Secretary Roy Cimatu has resigned from his submit for well being causes, Malacañang introduced on Friday. Appearing Palace spokesman Karlo Alexei Nograles mentioned Atmosphere Undersecretary Jim Sampluna was appointed as officer in command of the Division of Atmosphere and Pure Assets (DENR).
READ: 3 Airmen die in EDSA automobile mishap
THREE members of the Philippine Air Power (PAF) died whereas one other was significantly injured after their automobile by accident hit the concrete limitations alongside EDSA in Quezon Metropolis early Friday morning. The fatalities have been recognized as Airman 1st Class Sabado Angelo, Airman 1st Class Aaron Tabarle and Airman 1st Class Kyle Justine Velasco whereas Airman Second Class Manuel Ognes was nonetheless being handled at a hospital on account of severe accidents, mentioned the preliminary report of the Site visitors Sector 4 of the District Site visitors Enforcement Unit. Investigation confirmed Cognes was driving a Honda Metropolis with license plate NDR-7213 with the three others on board alongside the southbound lane of EDSA coming from the path of P. Tuazon Road and heading towards the path of Ortigas Avenue about 1:59 a.m. The accident occurred on the nook of North Street, Barangay Bagong Lipunan ng Crame.
BUSINESS: PH credit standing retained
Over to enterprise, the Philippines’ investment-grade credit standing of “BBB” has been retained by Fitch Rankings with a damaging outlook, citing the nation’s robust financial and exterior place, in addition to weak structural points. The Philippines’ exterior funds stay a credit score power, Fitch highlighted, with overseas forex reserves of $109 billion on the finish of 2021, solely barely decrease than $110 billion in 2020 and effectively above pre-pandemic ranges, due to proceeds from worldwide borrowing, multilateral sources and an upward adjustment within the worth of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas gold holdings.
SPORTS: Alaska is on the market however are there any takers?
In sports activities, we focus on about what subsequent for the Alaska Aces PBA franchise, after it introduced it was leaving the PBA after over 30 years. This story discusses on who will tackle the group after its proprietor introduced he’ll promote the franchise.
READ: Opinion and editorial
Antonio Contreras and Yen Makabenta are right now’s entrance web page columnists. Contreras notes that the Marcoses by no means left, whereas Makabenta believes the Comelec ought to do analysis earlier than doing any marathon debates.
At the moment’s editorial believes that anti-vaxxer rhetoric must be challenged. Learn a full model on the paper’s opinion part or take heed to the Voice of the Occasions.
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On behalf of The Manila Occasions, that is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a protected weekend forward.