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Grief grips Asian Americans after California mass shootings

  • January 27, 2023

MONTEREY PARK, United States — Asian Americans were reeling Tuesday after two mass shootings in California targeting members of their community left 18 people dead -- with the alleged gunmen in both cases being older men of Asian descent.

Myanmar opium farming booming after coup — UN

  • January 27, 2023

BANGKOK, Thailand — Opium poppy production in Myanmar ramped up dramatically following the 2021 military coup, the UN's drugs office said Thursday, as political and economic turmoil drove farmers to cultivate the crop.

Meta says Trump to be allowed back on Facebook, Instagram

  • January 26, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Social networking giant Meta announced Tuesday that it would soon reinstate former US president Donald Trump's accounts on Facebook and Instagram with "new guardrails," two years after he was banned over the 2021 assault on the Capitol.

'Not the time' for austerity as global growth slows: UN

  • January 26, 2023

UNITED NATIONS, United States — A pessimistic growth forecast for 2023 should not lead to "short-term thinking or knee-jerk fiscal austerity" that could worsen inequality or threaten development goals, the UN said Wednesday in a report.

Vaccine misinformation spawns 'pure blood' movement

  • January 25, 2023

WASHINGTON, United States — Vaccine skeptics blocking transfusions for life-saving surgeries, Facebook groups inciting violence against doctors and a global search for unvaccinated donors -- Covid-19 misinformation has bred a so-called "pure blood" movement.

N. Korea locks down capital over 'respiratory illness': report

  • January 25, 2023

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea has ordered a five-day lockdown in the capital over "respiratory illness", a report said Wednesday, in what appears to be the first citywide restrictions since the country declared victory over Covid-19 in August 2022.

Kremlin says Western tanks would 'burn' in Ukraine

  • January 25, 2023

MOSCOW, Russia — The Kremlin said Wednesday that if Western countries supply Ukraine with heavy tanks they will be destroyed on the battlefield, as Kyiv awaits a decision from Berlin on deliveries of Leopard 2 tanks.

Race on to replace Ardern as New Zealand PM

  • January 20, 2023

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Jacinda Ardern's shock resignation sparked a push on Friday for New Zealand to choose its first Maori prime minister, as a small pack of candidates emerged for the top job.

Chinese turn to traditional remedies to fight Covid

  • January 20, 2022

BEIJING, China — As Covid-19 rips through China's vast population, making millions sick and fuelling a shortage of drugs, many are turning to old-school traditional medicines to battle the aches and pains of the virus.

Ukraine minister among dead in helicopter crash

  • January 19, 2023

BROVARY, Ukraine — Ukraine's interior minister was among more than a dozen people killed in a helicopter crash Wednesday outside Kyiv, with allies promising in Davos they are set to provide "heavier weapons" to the war-battered country.

International tourist arrivals doubled in 2022: UN

  • January 18, 2023

MADRID, Spain — International tourist arrivals doubled in 2022 over the previous year, and should reach near pre-pandemic levels in 2023 thanks to the lifting of travel restrictions, especially in China, the UN's tourism body said Tuesday.

Plane with 72 people on board crashes in Nepal

  • January 16, 2023

KATHMANDU, Nepal — An aircraft with 72 people on board crashed in Nepal on Sunday, Yeti Airlines and a local official said, in the latest aviation disaster to hit the Himalayan nation.

UN decries 'intolerable' loss of 5 million children in 2021

  • January 12, 2023

UNITED NATIONS, United States — An estimated five million children under the age of five died in 2021, the United Nations said Tuesday, urging health care investment in underserved communities around the globe to avoid this "immense, intolerable and mostly preventable loss of life."

Lula slams far-right 'terrorism' as Brazil clears protest camps

  • January 10, 2023

BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazilian security forces cleared protest camps Monday and arrested 1,500 people as President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva condemned "acts of terrorism" after a far-right mob stormed the seat of power, unleashing chaos on the capital.

Ph Consulate in NYC supports Fil-Am nurses on strike

  • January 10, 2023

The Philippine Consulate General in New York on Tuesday expressed support for the calls of Filipino-American nurses employed in two hospitals in New York who joined the strike for better wages and working conditions.

Bolsonaro supporters storm seat of power in Brazil

  • January 9, 2023

BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazilian security forces mounted a massive operation Sunday after hundreds of supporters of far-right ex-president Jair Bolsonaro stormed Congress, the presidential palace and the Supreme Court in what President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva condemned as a "fascist" attack.

Biden visits US-Mexico border for first time as president

  • January 9, 2023

EL PASO, United States — President Joe Biden went to the US-Mexico border on Sunday for the first time since taking office, visiting an El Paso, Texas entry point at the center of debates over illegal immigration and smuggling.

China insists Covid data 'transparent' after WHO criticism

  • January 6, 2023

BEIJING, China — China on Thursday insisted it had been transparent with the international community about its Covid data, as it hit back against World Health Organization criticism that its tally of virus deaths was understating the true scale of its outbreak.

Asian markets rise on 2023 outlook hopes, oil prices bounce

  • January 5, 2023

HONG KONG, China — Asian markets rose Thursday, led by Hong Kong after the city's traders extended an impressive start to the year thanks to optimism over China's reopening and officials there making key policy changes to encourage investment.

Pope Francis to lead ex-pontiff Benedict's funeral

  • January 5, 2023

VATICAN CITY, Holy See — Pope Francis will preside Thursday over the funeral of his predecessor Benedict XVI at the Vatican, an unprecedented event in modern times expected to draw tens of thousands of people.

Chaos as US House adjourns without choosing speaker

  • January 4, 2023

WASHINGTON, United States — The new US Congress was plunged into disarray Tuesday as renegade right-wing Republicans blocked favorite Kevin McCarthy from becoming speaker of the House of Representatives in a series of humiliating votes seen as a rebuke to the party establishment.

Seoul says talks underway over joint nuclear exercises

  • January 3, 2023

SEOUL, South Korea — Seoul and Washington are discussing joint planning and exercises involving US nuclear assets to counter growing threats from the North, South Korea's presidential office said Tuesday, after US President Joe Biden said there would be no such joint drills.

Streaking Nets repel Cavs for ninth straight NBA win

  • December 28, 2022

LOS ANGELES – Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving scored 32 points apiece as the Brooklyn Nets pushed their NBA winning streak to nine games Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) with a 125-117 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

'Blizzard of the century' leaves nearly 50 dead across US

  • December 27, 2022

BUFFALO, United States — Emergency crews in New York were scrambling Monday to rescue marooned residents from what authorities called the "blizzard of the century," a relentless storm that has left at least 25 dead in the state and is causing US Christmas travel chaos.

Asian markets up after China ends travel quarantine

  • December 27, 2022

HONG KONG, China — Asian markets rose on Tuesday after China said it would end quarantine for arrivals, spurring hopes for the revival of the world's second-largest economy and boosting oil which continued its upward surge on fears of Russian production cuts. 

UP Manila grad tops November Dentist Licensure Exam

  • December 20, 2022

Janelle Kirsten Ong Go, a graduate of the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila emerged as the top passer of the Nov. 22 Dentist Licensure Examination, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) said Tuesday.

Mikey Arroyo bats for cheap electricity

  • December 19, 2022

Pampanga 2nd District Representative Juan Miguel ‘Mikey’ Arroyo, who also chairs the House Energy Committee, said he is committed to helping bring down electricity costs by continuing to push for clean, renewable energy.

Argentina wins incredible World Cup final on penalties

  • December 19, 2022

LUSAIL, Qatar — Argentina won its third World Cup in extraordinary style on Sunday, beating France 4-2 in a penalty shootout after Lionel Messi scored twice in a 3-3 draw that featured a hat-trick for Kylian Mbappe as the holders recovered from 2-0 down after 80 minutes.

Lionel Messi: The Greatest?

  • December 19, 2022

For his legions of admirers, the debate about Lionel Messi’s right to be regarded as the greatest footballer in history is officially over.

Gunmen attack Afghanistan hotel popular with Chinese nationals

  • December 14, 2022

KABUL — Armed men opened fire on Monday inside a hotel in central Kabul popular with Chinese nationals, two Taliban sources told Reuters, in the latest violence in Afghanistan as it tries to stabilize after the withdrawal of US-led foreign forces.

Biden signs same-sex marriage protections into law

  • December 14, 2022

UNITED STATES — US President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed into law a bill granting federal protections to same-sex marriage, with a large crowd of guests gathered at the White House to celebrate the legislative milestone.

Singaporean jailed for selling beverages to North Korea

  • December 13, 2022

SINGAPORE, Singapore — A Singaporean man has been jailed for selling nearly $1 million worth of strawberry milk and coffee to North Korea, following other sanctions-busting trades from the city-state that have included sending wine, whisky and perfume to Pyongyang.

France to make condoms free for young adults aged 18-25

  • December 12, 2022

FONTAINE-LE-COMTE, France — French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that condoms would be made available for free in pharmacies for 18- to 25-year-olds in a bid to reduce unwanted pregnancies among young people.

Earthquake jolts CamSur

  • December 7, 2022

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit Camarines Norte on Wednesday, December 7. The tremor was also felt in several Metro Manila areas.

Records that tumbled in 2022

  • December 5, 2022

PARIS — From roasting temperatures to rocketing energy prices and millions of refugees fleeing Ukraine, 2022 was a year of extremes. AFP looks back at some of the records smashed:

Chaos, confusion reign ahead of Twitter layoffs

  • December 5, 2022

Fear and dread spread across Twitter Inc offices on Thursday as 7,500 employees from San Francisco to Singapore feared for job cuts that were planned to hit about half of the staff, according to current and former employees and message board posts shared with Reuters.

BSP warns vs fake employees

  • December 5, 2022

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has warned the public about individuals who claim to be its employees or authorized representatives, maintaining it does not conduct any solicitations.

US Senate votes to protect same-sex marriage

  • November 30, 2022

WASHINGTON, United States - The US Senate passed a landmark bill Tuesday protecting same-sex marriage, as lawmakers from both parties moved to forestall the possibility of the conservative-led Supreme Court taking away this right as it did with abortion.

World’s largest volcano erupts in Hawaii

  • November 29, 2022

Los Angeles, United States — The world’s largest active volcano burst into life for the first time in 40 years, spewing lava and hot ash Monday in a spectacular display of nature’s fury by Mauna Loa in Hawaii.

Ph's meat supply dips in Q4

  • November 29, 2022

The meat supply in the country slighly dropped in the fourth quarter of 2022, an Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) official said on Tuesday.

5 killed in Bukidnon Massacre

  • November 28, 2022

Five were killed in the shooting and stabbing incident in Lanpatan, Bukidnon last Sunday, according to police report. 

Walmart manager kills six in latest US mass shooting

  • November 24, 2022

CHESAPEAK, United States A 31-year-old overnight manager at Walmart shot and killed six people at a store bustling with Thanksgiving holiday shoppers before turning the pistol on himself, authorities said Wednesday, in America's second mass shooting in four days.

6 Apple Daily Staff Plead Guilty to Collusion in Hong Kong

  • November 23, 2022

HONG KONG — Six former executives of a now-defunct Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper on Tuesday pleaded guilty to a collusion charge under the National Security Law that has silenced and jailed most opposition voices in the southern Chinese territory.

VP Duterte-Carpio meets VP Harris

  • November 21, 2022

United State Vice President Kamala Harris Philippine Vice President Sara Duterte met for bilateral talks in Manila on Monday, November 2022.

Chinese Coast Guard Seizes Rocket Debris From Filipino Navy

  • November 21, 2022

MANILA — The Chinese coast guard forcibly seized floating debris the Philippine navy was towing to its island in another confrontation in the disputed South China Sea, a Philippine military commander said Monday. The debris appeared to be from a Chinese rocket launch.

VP Harris to Visit Philippine Island in South China Sea Feud

  • November 21, 2022

MANILA — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will underscore America's commitment to defending treaty ally the Philippines with a visit that started Sunday and involves flying to an island province facing the disputed South China Sea, where Washington has accused China of bullying smaller claimant nations.

North Korea Launches Suspected ICBM

  • November 18, 2022

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — North Korea launched a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile, South Korea’s military reported Friday, a day after Pyongyang warned of more aggressive steps in response to increased military activity by the United States and its allies.

Protests Erupt Near APEC Summit in Bangkok

  • November 18, 2022

BANGKOK — Pro-democracy protesters scuffled with riot police Thursday in Bangkok a few hundred meters from the venue for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, where leaders from the U.S., China and 19 other Pacific Rim nations are meeting.

Mega Moon rocket launched

  • November 16, 2022

Spectators cheer as the Artemis I unmanned lunar rocket lifts off from launch pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Tuesday.

Humanity hits 8 billion mark — UN

  • November 15, 2022

UNITED NATIONS, US — A baby born somewhere on Tuesday will be the world's eighth billionth person, according to a projection by the United Nations.

Second hearing on Remulla III drug case held

  • November 11, 2022

The second hearing of the possession of dangerous drugs case against Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin "Boying" Remulla’s son, Juanito Jose Remulla III, was held on Friday in Las Piñas.

Accused middleman denies link to Percy Lapid killing

  • November 11, 2022

Christopher Bacoto, the alleged middleman in the Percy Lapid killing case, on Friday showed up at the Department of Justice (DOJ) to refute the claims of self-confessed gunman Joel Escorial linking him to the killing of the radio commentator.

Meta to layoff 11,000 employees

  • November 10, 2022

Meta, the owner of social media titan Facebook, will lay off more than 11,000 of its staff in "the most difficult changes we've made in Meta's history", CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday.

UP Manila grad tops October 2022 PLE

  • November 10, 2022

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on Thursday released the results of the October 2022 Physician Licensure Exam. Out of 5,958 examinees, 3,826 passed the exam.

Ticao: The Perfect Island Get-a-way

  • July 26, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

Dubbed by many travel vloggers as “The Hidden Gem of the Philippines”, Ticao Island, Masbate is making itself known to travelers and nature lovers. 

Vape bill lapses into law, palace confirms

  • July 26, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Vaporized Nicotine and Non-nicotine Products Regulation Bill or also known as ‘vape bill’ has become a law after lapsing despite it being requested to be vetoed by many.

Marcos delivers first SONA

  • July 26, 2022

President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Batasang Pambansa Complex in Quezon City on Monday, July 25.

HRW urges PBBM to commit to human rights issues

  • July 22, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) deputy Asia director Phil Robertson tells President Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. to “...get the Philippines on the right track by setting out clear priorities and policies to improve human rights in the country,” pertaining to the aftermath of the Duterte administration.

DSWD alerts public about ayuda scams

  • July 22, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has cautioned the public concerning modus operandis people posing as employees of the agency to illegally extort personal information and money.

DOH ‘PinasLakas’ Campaign targets to boost 50% of Filipinos in 100 days

  • July 21, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Department of Health’s (DOH) ‘PinasLakas’ COVID-19 booster drive to be launched on July 26 targets to jab 50 percent of the eligible Filipino population or almost 24 million, according to officer-in-charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire in a media briefing on Wednesday, July 20.

Robredo to resume Bayanihan e-Konsulta

  • July 21, 2022

Amid the rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country, former Vice President Leni Robredo announced the re-launching of her flagship program, Bayanihan e-Konsulta.

RTW Warehouse caught fire in Taytay, Rizal

  • July 20, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

A midnight call alarmed the Bureau of Fire (BFP) Department today, July 20 when a ready to wear (RTW) warehouse in Barangay San Juan, Taytay, Rizal caught fire. 

1.3 million families delisted from 4Ps, says DSWD

  • July 20, 2022

Around 1.3 million families who had ‘graduated’ from extreme poverty will be delisted from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), Social Welfare Secretary Erwin Tulfo said in an interview. 

Magna Cum Laude apologizes for 'plagiarized' speech

  • July 14, 2022

Jayvee Ayen, the Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges Batch 2022 Top 1 and Magna Cum Laude, said it was not his intention to plagiarize the "Lang?" speech of Mariyela Mari Hugo, a Far Eastern University graduate. 

First Family to stay at Bahay Pangarap

  • July 4, 2022

In case you missed it, the First Family has chosen Bahay Pangarap as their official residence, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez said on Friday.

VNL: Germany forfeits match against China

  • June 24, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Chinese team looks forward to their next match after Germany forfeited their supposed game in the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Thursday, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

VNL: Japan remains undefeated, shuts down China

  • June 21, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

Japan dominated the Volleyball Nations League (VNL) as they retained the number 1 spot after defeating China in 4 sets, 19-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-12, Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Albay lawmaker to Bongbong Marcos: Free De Lima

  • June 17, 2022

Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman on Thursday urged President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to free Sen. Leila de Lima who has been detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center in Camp Crame for over five years for drug-related charges.

Malacañang names 8 new National Artists

  • June 14, 2022

Eight new National Artists were announced by the Malacañang Palace, together with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) on Friday, June 10, 2022.

NU outplays UST; rules prelim round

  • June 10, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Lady Bulldogs dominated the preliminary round of UAAP Season 84 Women’s Volleyball Senior Division after whipping Golden Tigresses Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Lady Spikers nose out Ateneo in 5 thrilling sets

  • June 8, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The DLSU Lady Spikers surpassed Ateneo Lady Eagles Tuesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena, earning a twice-to-beat advantage in the final four of the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.

Apple unveils iOS 16

  • June 7, 2022

Apple during the keynote session of its annual worldwide developers conference (WWDC) on June 6 unveiled the iOS 16 for iPhones and iPadOS 16 for iPad line.

SUV driver in Mandaluyong hit-and-run named

  • June 7, 2022

The driver of the sports utility vehicle (SUV) in the hit-and-run incident involving a security guard rendering traffic management duty in Mandaluyong City may face charges, from reckless imprudence resulting in physical injuries as an initial charge to possible frustrated murder, authorities said.

Jury finds Amber Heard defamed Johnny Depp

  • June 2, 2022

The seven-person jury in the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard defamation case has found both parties liable for defamation, but awarding the actor with $15 million in damages, while only $2 million for the actress.

Accreditation of vloggers for Palace briefings eyed

  • June 1, 2022

Lawyer-vlogger Trixie Cruz-Angeles, the incoming Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) chief, is pushing for the accreditation of vloggers to cover Malacañang press briefings or conferences of President-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. 

Akari joins PVL as newest team

  • June 1, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

Akari Lighting & Technology Corporation has officially joined Premier Volleyball league (PVL) as the 10th team in the country’s only professional volleyball league.

LPA spotted near Southern Leyte

  • May 31, 2022

A low pressure area (LPA) near Southern Leyte will bring rains over Visayas and Mindanao, the state weather bureau said Tuesday morning. 

Golden State Warriors enter 2022 NBA Finals

  • May 27, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Golden State Warriors (GSW) earned a ticket in the 2022 NBA Finals following their 120-110 victory in Game 5 on Thursday over the Dallas Mavericks in the best-of-seven series of the Western Conference Finals.

PDEA: 6,248 killed in drug war

  • May 30, 2022

The number of individuals killed during the government’s war-on-drugs has reached 6,248 as of April 30, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said Sunday.

Texas mass shooting victims now at 21

  • May 26, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

Following the recent story in Uvalde, Texas, 19 children and two teachers had already been killed inside Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, Texas Department for Public Safety said.

PAGASA: LPA spotted near GenSan

  • May 26, 2022

A low pressure area was spotted off Mindanao, outside the Philippine area of responsibility, the weather bureau said Thursday morning, May 26. 

PRRD hopes next admin would explore nuclear energy

  • May 24, 2022

Over a month before his term ends on June 30, President Rodrigo Duterte in a pre-recorded statement said he hopes the next administration would explore nuclear energy as an alternative energy source in the country.

Senate OKs bill on permanent birth, death, marriage certs

  • May 23, 2022

Voting 21-0-0, the Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill seeking the permanent validity of birth, death and marriage certificates issued and certified by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the National Statistics Office (NSO).

GWR introduces oldest living man

  • May 18, 2022
  • Bea Grace Pascual

The Guinness World Records on Tuesday, May 17 named Venezuelan Juan Vicente Mora as the world’s oldest living man.

PLDT wants Cojuanco Building removed as Important Cultural Property

  • May 18, 2022

Simultaneous with the celebration of the National Heritage Month, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) announced the Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT) Inc’s petition to remove the Ramon Cojuangco Building as an Important Cultural Property (ICP). 

Wage increase granted in NCR, W. Visayas

  • May 17, 2022

In light of the rising prices of basic goods, commodities, and fuel products in the country, the Metro Manila Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board approved a P33 minimum wage hike, the labor department confirmed.

PPCRV to look into alleged '68:32 magic'

  • May 10, 2022

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, a non-partisan, non-profit organization in the Philippines that works and strives for better elections, is looking into the alleged “68:32 magic” or the supposed consistent vote ratio in the partial, unofficial results of the 2022 presidential elections.

Son disowns Loren Legarda for joining UniTeam

  • May 5, 2022

Lorenzo Legarda Leviste disowns her own mother, Antique Rep. and senatorial be Loren Legarda after she joined the senatorial slate of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and presidential daughter Sara Duterte for the 2022 elections. 

US intellectual Chomsky backs Ka Leody, Walden

  • May 5, 2022

In an unprecedented move, American intellectual, social critic, and author Noam Chomsky backs the candidacy of  presidential bet labor leader Ka Leody de Guzman and his running mate, former Rep. Walden Bello.

CHED reviews health insurance policy for students

  • May 4,2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) is now conducting a thorough study regarding the provision of health insurance to students who will participate in the reopening of face-to-face classes in the country. 

INC backs UniTeam

  • May 4, 2022

Like in the previous local and national elections, Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has chosen their candidates for the May 9, 2022 elections.

Marcos Jr. Spox: The debate will never happen

  • April 29, 2022

The debate between rivals Vice President Leni Robredo and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will never happen, Marcos Jr.’s spokesman, Atty. Victor Rodriguez, said in a statement.

Less than 1,000 IMPs receive 2nd booster shot

  • April 29, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The National Task Force Against Covid-19 Medical Adviser Dr. Ted Herbosa said that this past Wednesday, not even 1,000 immunocompromised individuals (IMPs) have received their second Covid-19 booster shot.

SC: BGC, some Makati barangays belong to Taguig

  • April 29, 2022

The 729-hectare Bonifacio Global City, along with some barangays in Makati City, belong to Taguig, according to the Supreme Court, affirming the July 2011 decision of the Pasig Regional Trial Court.

Wage increase pushed in CALABARZON

  • April 29,2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) filed a petition by the Region 4-A Regional Wages and Productivity Board last Tuesday to push for a P428 wage increase for workers in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon (collectively CALABARZON).

PRRD signs Marawi Siege Compensation Act

  • April 28,2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed Republic Act No. 11696 or the Marawi Siege Compensation Act which will be the way to compensate the victims or those affected by the Marawi Siege in 2017, Presidential spokesperson Martin Andanar announced Thursday.

Rice prices rise by P2 per kilo

  • April 28, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

Bantay Bigas Spokesperson Cathy Estavillo announced that the price of rice has increased by P2 per kilo due to the ongoing oil price hike in the country.

David endorses fellow VP bet Sotto

  • April 28, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

Senator Ping Lacson and Senate President Tito Sotto receieved warm welcome from Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez during their recent visit.

BatStateU declared as National Engineering University

  • April 28, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Batangas State University has been declared as National Engineering University under the RA 11694 or the Revised Batangas State University Charter approved by Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Marcoleta ends senate race

  • April 28, 2022

House Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta, known for his efforts to deny the ABS-CBN franchise renewal, has withdrawn from the 2022 senatorial race.

Duterte to skip US-ASEAN summit in May

  • April 27, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

President Rodrigo Duterte turned down the invitation to attend the United States- Association of Southeast Asian Nations (US-ASEAN) meeting in Washington, DC on Tuesday, April 26. 

Local Absentee Voting begins today

  • April 27, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

An estimated 84, 357 soldiers, police, government staff and media personnel who submitted their applications for local absentee voting are scheduled to cast their votes from today, April 27 to April 29, 2022.

Petroleum prices in the country rise anew

  • April 27, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

There has again been a major increase in the price of petroleum products in the country starting yesterday,  April 26, according to the Department of Energy (DOE).

Traders fear return of stricter Covid-19 Alert Levels

  • April 27,2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

Traders in the country now greatly fear the threat of re-enforcement of the stricter COVID-19 alert levels in various parts of the country due to the possible “surge” caused by the relaxation of restrictions. 

Online Precinct Finder launched by Comelec

  • April 27,2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has launched the online Precinct Finder on Friday, April 22, allowing Filipino voters to check their status and voting centers for the upcoming Election 2022.

DOH mulls vaccination of 4th dose in some non-immunocompromised

  • April 27, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Department of Health (DOH) is now focusing on some vaccination sites in Metro Manila that allegedly injected a second coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine booster shot or 4th dose to some individuals who did not have a chronic illness.

P1,000 aid for PWD, seniors proposed

  • April 26, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Anti Crime Terroism Community Involvement Support Partylist is pushing for an increase in the cash assistance for persons with disabilities (PWD) and senior citizens in the country.

LTFRB clarifies “Window Hour Scheme”

  • April 22, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) issued a statement regarding the implementation of the new “window hour scheme” on provincial buses in the National Capital Region, which disappointed many passengers.

Duterte attends PNPA graduation in Cavite

  • April 22,2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

Incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte was the guest of honor at the 43rd Commencement Exercises of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) Alab-Kalis' Class of 2022 at Camp General Mariano N. Castañeda in Silang, Cavite on Thursday, April 21.

Isko lambasts Leni anew

  • April 22, 2022

Presidential aspirant Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso is not yet done with his tirades against rival, Vice President Leni Robredo. 

DOH promotes one week vax drive

  • April 21, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Department of Health (DOH) is eyeing for the last week of April to be a seven-day vaccination drive, not only for Covid-19 but for all types of vaccines for Filipinos.

DOH halts inoculation of 2nd booster shots

  • April 20,2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The administration of the second booster shot has been temporarily suspended while experts complete the study, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Couple dies in accident

  • April 19,2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

A motorcycle rider and his girlfriend were killed after their motorcycle collided with a passenger jeepney in General Trias, Sunday night.

DOH warns against vape use

  • April 19,2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Department of Health has expressed concern on the rising number of vape consumers, particularly young people.

DepEd suspends classes near election date

  • April 19, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Department of Education (DepEd) announced on Monday, April 18, 2022 the suspension of classes from May 2 to 13 to give way to all election-related activities and duties, especially of the teachers.

Muslim groups set aside Isko for Leni

  • April 19, 2022

Islamic leaders on Monday dropped their support to presidential aspirant Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and officially backed the candidacy of Vice President Leni Robredo.

Deaf-mute arrested for robbery

  • April 8, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

A man with a hearing and speech impairment was arrested after robbing a police house yesterday morning in Brgy. Burol Main, Dasmariñas City.

Isko shuns Pulse Asia survey results

  • April 8, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

Presidential candidate Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso maintained that he will continue his campaign regardless of the results of the latest presidential survey.

Amadeo Water District receives fake bookings

  • April 8, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Amadeo Water District took to social media to express disappointment as they were victimized by a scammer who pretended to be their employees and ordered fake bookings.

Sara thanks dad for his endorsement

  • April 6, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

Vice presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte thanked her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, for supporting her candidacy.

LPA brings thunderstorm over VisMin,

  • April 5,2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

A Low Pressure Area near Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur will bring scattered rains and thunderstorms over Visayas and Mindanao on Tuesday, April 5.

From Isko to Leni: Ikaw Muna Pilipinas shifts support

  • April 5, 2022

Volunteer group Ikaw Muna Pilipinas (IM Pilipinas) Visayas chapter is shifting support, from presidential aspirant Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso to his opponent Vice President Leni Robredo. 

The tale of two different learning set ups

  • March 31, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Covid-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in human history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion learners in more than 200 countries.

Hackers steal $625-M in major cryptocurrency heist

  • March 3, 2022

In what is now known as one of the biggest cryptocurrency heists in history, hackers steal about $625 million worth of assets from Ronin Network, the blockchain service that supports the popular game Axie Infinity.

Robredo tops Twitter survey

  • March 30,2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

With only more than a month left before the May 9, 2022 elections, social media surveys are becoming more rampant.

New C-295 plane from Spain received by PAF

  • March 29,2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) received on Monday a new C-295 medium transport plane from Spain. The aircraft was welcomed with a water salute, a traditional ceremony.

Singapore to lift restrictions on vaxxed travelers

  • March 25,2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

Singapore will lift the restriction for all vaccinated travelers starting next week, as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong celebrated on Thursday a “major milestone” in the aviation hub’s efforts to live with the Covid-19.

COMELEC resumes “Operation Baklas”

  • March 23, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will resume its "Operation Baklas" or removal of prohibited campaign materials on Friday, as the official 45-day campaign period for candidates for local positions in the May 9 polls starts.

4-day workweek proposed

  • March 22, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The labor department has proposed a 4-day workweek in light of the rising prices of commodities and fuel products.

12,000 daily passenger arrivals expected this summer

  • March 22,2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

As the Philippines continue to loosen travel restrictions, up to 12,000 passengers per day are expected to arrive at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Bureau of Immigration said on Monday.

F2F classes resume

  • March 17, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

As the Philippines slowly transition to the new normal, students are going back to schools.

"RitKen" no more?

  • March 17
  • SAGISAG Interns

Many fans were left wondering if Ken Chan's latest pairing with Bianca Umali meant the end of his love team with Rita Daniela. 

DOH: No COVID-19 Deltacron variant in Ph yet

  • March 17, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

With the release of the new COVID-19 alert level status in some areas, Tuesday, March 15, the Department of Health (DOH) clarified that there have been no recorded cases of the new COVID-19 "deltacron" variant in the country.

Amihan Ends - PAGASA

  • March 16,2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) announced on Wednesday that the northeast monsoon or locally known "amihan" is over— marking the start of the dry season.

Online OJT

  • March 15, 2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

Senior college students have their fair share of struggles in times of the pandemic.

Workers group mulls P750 minimum wage

  • March 15,2022
  • SAGISAG Interns

The Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP), a union of Filipino workers, is seeking an increase in the national minimum wage amid higher prices of commodities.

Marcos Jr. to skip Comelec debate

  • March 15, 2022

Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard bearer former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. will not participate in the forthcoming debate organized by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), his camp confirmed.

Sara Duterte says she's part of LGBTQ community

  • March 11, 2022

Vice presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio during a meet and greet event with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community members in Quezon City said she’s also part of the group.

Kakampinks pushback against Rep. Boying Remulla

  • March 7, 2022
  • Bea Grace Pascual

Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo slammed Cavite 7th District Representative Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla for alleging that some attendees of the presidential bet’s grand rally on March 4 were paid and were “hakot” crowds. 

ICYMI, Isko says no to reviving BNPP

  • March 4, 2022
  • Bea Grace Pascual

Presidential aspirant Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso is not in favor of reviving the controversial Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) if he wins in the May 2022 elections. 

SolGen wants Comelec-Rappler agreement junked

  • March 1, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

Solicitor General Jose Calida urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to cancel its agreement with online media company Rappler on producing voter education contents in line with the election season.

PH condemns invasion of Ukraine

  • March 1, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

The Philippines has joined the United Nations (UN) in condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement on Monday, February 28.

PH records lowest COVID-19 cases this year

  • February 28, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

For the first time this year, the country recorded less than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in a day, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Monday, February 28.

Marcos Jr., Sara lead OCTA survey

  • February 28, 2022
  • Bea Grace Pascual

The tandem of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and vice presidential bet Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio topped the latest surveys conducted by independent group OCTA Research.

MRT-3 back to 100% capacity on March 1

  • February 28, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

As the national capital region (NCR) shifts to Alert Level 1 on March 1, the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) will be operating at 100 percent passenger capacity, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Monday.

NCR mayors recommend shift to Alert Level 1

  • February 23, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

All mayors in Metro Manila voted to deescalate the region to Alert Level 1 starting this month, Metro Manila Council (MMC) chair Edwin Olivarez confirmed.

PNP helicopter crash leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

  • February 21, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

One police personnel died while two others were hurt after a helicopter of the Philippine National Police (PNP) crashed in Real, Quezon on Monday, February 21.

LRT sets 2 stations as vaccination sites

  • February 21, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

Light Rail Transit (LRT) passengers can get vaccinated at the Recto and Antipolo stations which will be turned into vaccination sites beginning Tuesday, February 22.

Bongbong to Sara: "Ikaw ay adopted na na Ilocano"

  • February 18, 2022
  • Bea Grace Pascual

Presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. during his speech addressed to the crowd in his bailiwick, Ilocos Sur introduced his running mate, vice presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte as an “adopted Ilocano.”

If elected, Pacquiao wants Bro. Eddie as corruption czar

  • February 17, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

If he wins the upcoming national elections in May, presidential aspirant Senator Manny Pacquiao said he will appoint CIBAC party-list chair and religious leader Bishop Eddie Villanueva as corruption czar.

Comelec commences "Oplan Baklas" in NCR

  • February 17, 20227
  • Bea Grace Pascual

The Commission on Elections began tearing down unlawful election materials as the “Oplan Baklas” commenced in the National Capital Region (NCR).

PH preps for repatriation of Pinoys in Ukraine

  • February 16, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is in coordination with the foreign service posts in the Ukraine region on the repatriation of overseas Filipinos who wish to go back home amid the threat of Russian invasion.

Marcos Jr. changes mind, now willing to disclose SALN

  • February 16, 2022
  • Bea Grace Pascual

Presidential aspirant former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is willing to release his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) in public if he wins in the May 2022 poll.

NCR remains under Alert Level 2 until end-Feb

  • February 15, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

Metro Manila is staying under Alert Level 2 until February 28 while seven other areas across the Philippines are placed until Alert Level 3, Sec. Karlo Nograles announced on Monday.

Presidential bets to skip SMNI debate

  • February 14, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

Four presidential candidates have declined the invitation to join the presidential debates organized by SMNI, a media network owned by embattled Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.

Marcos-Duterte still leading in Pulse Asia survey

  • February 14, 2022
  • Bea Grace Pascual

If the election happened in late January 2022, presidential aspirant former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his running mate vice presidential aspirant Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio would have won the race, the results of the latest survey by Pulse Asia show. 

Economists back Robredo’s candidacy

  • February 11, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

Over a hundred economists, including five former chiefs of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), expressed their suppor to Vice President Leni Robredo’s bid for the presidency.

Duterte endorses JV Ejercito’s bid for senate

  • February 9, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

President Rodrigo Duterte endorsed the candidacy of JV Ejercito in the upcoming national elections, calling the senatorial bet a “friend and a partner” of the administration.

DOH lowers price cap for antigen tests

  • February 9, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

The government set a lower price ceiling for rapid antigen test kits, a Department of Health (DOH) circular confirmed on Tuesday, February 8.

Public urged to get updated VaxCert

  • February 8, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

The Department of Health (DOH) encouraged the public to request the new version of their vaccination certificate following updates in VaxCertPH.

Australia opens for vaccinated visitors this Feb

  • February 7, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

Nearly two years after closing its borders, Australia is reopening to fully vaccinated travelers beginning February 21, the country’s Prime Minister Scott Morison announced on Monday, February 7.

Wanted by the FBI: Apollo Carreon Quiboloy

  • February 7, 2022
  • Bea Grace Pascual

To recall, in November 2019, United States prosecutors filed sex trafficiking charges against Quiboloy, alleging that the church leader forced young women into sex on the threat of physical abuse and “eternal damnation.”

DOH: More kids below 5 catch COVID-19

  • February 3, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

There is a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases among children younger than five years old, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Wednesday, February 2.

Ph reverts to "moderate" risk for Covid-19

  • February 3, 2022
  • Bea Grace Pascual

The Philippines’ risk status for Covid-19 is now back to “moderate” from the previous high and critical risk classification, a health official announced on Wednesday, February 2.

6 more provinces placed under Alert Level 3

  • January 28, 2022
  • Bea Grace Pascual

Six more provinces in the country have been placed under Alert Level 3 by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

PH detects 618 more Omicron cases

  • January 27, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

The Philippines logged 618 more COVID-19 infections caused by the highly transmissible Omicron strain, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed.

3 more deaths due to Omicron logged in PH

  • January 26, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

The Philippines, on Wednesday, January 26, recorded three new deaths caused by the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed.

FDA approves 2 brands of self-test kits

  • January 25, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

The Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of self-administered COVID-19 antigen test kits from Abbott Panbio and Labnovation Technologies, its officer in charge announced Tuesday.

Marcos Jr. says no to releasing SALN

  • January 24, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

Presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he will not publicize his Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) if he wins the elections, noting that the document might be used for political attacks.

Gordon urges use of saliva test in provinces

  • January 24, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairperson Senator Richard Gordon advised the government to use saliva tests which are more accurate than antigen test kits and cheaper than RT-PCR swab tests.

14 more areas under Alert Level 3

  • January 7, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

More areas across the Philippines will be under Alert Level 3 beginning Sunday, January 9, amid the spike in COVID-19 infections.

Cops to be deployed to quarantine hotels

  • January 6, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

The government ordered the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to deploy police officers to quarantine facilities nationwide to prevent the violation of mandatory quarantine protocol.

Stricter measures placed for unvaxxed

  • January 5, 2022
  • Bea Grace Pascual

As the number of active Covid-19 cases in the country continue to increase, stricter quarantine measure were placed for individuals who have not yet been vaccinated against the disease.

Random COVID-19 test set for LRT, MRT passengers

  • January 3, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) will be conducting random antigen testing to Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) passengers, following the rise in COVID-19 cases in the country, the agency announced on Sunday.

DepEd suspends F2F classes in NCR beginning Jan 3

  • January 3, 2022
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

The Department of Education (DepEd) suspended the conduct of in-person classes in the national capital region (NCR) starting January 3 after the area was placed under alert level 3 amid the rising cases of COVID-19.

PH confirms first Omicron cases

  • December 15, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

The new Omicron COVID-19 variant is now present in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Wednesday, December 15.

Duterte drops bid for Senate

  • December 15, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, December 14, withdrew from the senatorial race in the 2022 national elections.

Bong Go formally withdraws from presidential race

  • December 14, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

Senator Bong Go went to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) office in Manila on Tuesday, December 14, to formally drop his presidential candidacy for the 2022 national elections.

Mark Villar joins Marcos-Duterte slate

  • December 10, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

Former public works secretary and senatorial candidate Mark Villar has been included in Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte’ senatorial slate in the upcoming 2022 national elections.

WHO: Omicron may cause milder disease than Delta

  • December 9, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

Preliminary evidence suggests that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 may increase the likelihood of reinfection, but the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the new variant may cause milder disease than the Delta strain.

PH puts France in Red List

  • December 9, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

France will be placed under the Philippines’ Red List, or a list of countries with high COVID-19 risk, beginning December 10 to 15, Malacañang confirmed on Wednesday.

For the second year, UP will not hold UPCAT

  • December 7, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

The University of the Philippines (UP) will not be administering its annual college admissions test for academic year 2022 to 2023, citing logistical difficulties across its system amid the pandemic.

US announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

  • December 7, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

The United States will not be sending official delegations to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, the White House announced, citing the human rights abuses in the host country’s Xinjiang region.

36.8M fully vaccinated in Ph

  • December 3, 2021
  • Bea Grace Pascual

The National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 reported that there are now 36,869,419 fully vaccinated individuals in the country.

PGH logs no new COVID admission in last 2 days

  • December 3, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

As COVID-19 cases in the Philippines continue to decline, the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) recorded no new coronavirus admission in the last two days, the hospital’s spokesperson said.

28 NCR schools to join pilot F2F classes

  • December 2, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

The Department of Education (DepEd) listed 117 additional schools, including 28 in the national capital region (NCR), that will join the pilot implementation of face-to-face classes.

PH remains at the bottom of resilience ranking

  • December 1, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

The Philippines ranked last in the latest Bloomberg COVID-19 resilience ranking, marking its third month at the bottom of the list which ranked 53 countries across the globe.

No election ads on Google for 2022 elections

  • December 1, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

Google announced that it will pause accepting election advertisements in the Philippines for the upcoming 2022 national elections during the campaign and silence periods from February 8, 2022 to May 9, 2022.

2022 presidential race: Bong Go is out

  • December 1, 2021
  • Hannah Angelique Bacani

Senator Bong Go announced his withdrawal from the 2022 presidential race on Tuesday, November 30, saying his family is against his bid for the national position.