FREEPIK THE Department of Health reported 934 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the lowest since November 4 when it recorded 987. Prior to early November, the last time the daily case record below 1,000 was in mid-July. The country now has a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tally of 436,345. An additional 63 deaths were recorded, bringing the total fatalities to ...

CONFERENCES, workshops and other similar activities are now allowed in areas under the general quarantine level, a move that will help boost the battered tourism sector. "While the pandemic has taught organizers to embrace technology, some gatherings in a physical set-up can now proceed, with health and safety protocols in place. We are optimistic that the country's MICE (Meetings, Incentives, ...

THE Transportation department and the Department of National Defense (DND) on Friday inked a usufruct agreement covering five properties of the latter, which will be partly used for the Metro Manila Subway project. Under the agreement, the DND properties that would be expropriated are the Veterans Memorial Medical Center and Golf Course, the AFP Medical Center (formerly known as the ...

PHILSTAR THE Department of Justice (DoJ)-led Task Force Against Corruption has approved the guidelines on dealing with corruption-related complaints filed against officials of government agencies and local government units, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevara said Friday. With the approval of the guidelines, the task force operations center is expected to process complaints and reports on corruption more efficiently, Mr. Gueverra ...

HUMAN rights group Karapatan on Friday filed criminal and administrative charges against several government officials for allegedly maligning and red-tagging the alliance's officers and members. The complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman names the following: National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr.; General Antonio, Parlade Jr., head of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Insurgency; Overseas Workers ...

Senator Leila de Lima THE Department of Justice (DoJ) on Friday filed a motion asking the court to cite detained Senator Leila M. De Lima and her lawyer in contempt over public statements on trial proceedings. The prosecutors said Ms. De Lima and her lawyer Filibon F. Tacardon violated the sub judice rule, which prohibits parties from discussing trial proceedings. ...

MARIA RESSA, Executive Editor and CEO of Philippine news website Rappler, speaks to the media beside former Rappler reporter Reynaldo Santos Jr. (L) and lawyer Ted Te (R), after being found guilty of cyber-libel, in Manila City Hall, June 15. -- REUTERS A COMMITTEE report on the proposal seeking to give a minimum monthly compensation and additional insurance benefits for ...

Headline inflation quickened to 3.3% in November, as food prices rose. -- Photo by Michael Varcas, The Philippine Star The overall year-on-year increase in prices of widely used goods accelerated to its fastest pace in 21 months in November, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Friday. Preliminary PSA data showed headline inflation at 3.3% last month, picking up from ...

REUTERS/ROMEO RANOCO By Marissa Mae M. Ramos, Researcher The country's manufacturing product contracted for the eighth straight month in October, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Friday. Preliminary results of the PSA's Monthly Integrated Survey of Selected Industries (MISSI) showed factory output, as measured by the Volume of Production Index (VoPI), declined by 11.3% year on year in October. ...

BW FILE PHOTO The outstanding debt of the national government (NG) reached P10 trillion as of end-October, as it borrowed more to fund the country's pandemic response. The Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) said on Friday that outstanding debt jumped 7.03% to P10.028 trillion as of end-October from the P9.369 trillion as of end-September. The October debt stock is also ...