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Man who left hotel room and stood on the hallway for 8 seconds fined $3,500 for breaching quarantine

A Taiwanese man who stepped out of his mandatory 14-day Covid-19 quarantine for mere seconds has been slapped with a hefty fine of 100,000 Taiwanese dollars or USD $3,500. According to reports, public health officials in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung have imposed a fine on a Filipino migrant worker when he briefly exited for eight seconds in his […]

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Deaths toll from typhoon climbs to 67 as Philippines faces worst flooding in 45 years

The deaths toll from the deadliest cyclone to hit the Philippines this year has climbed to 67, while many areas remained submerged in a northern region hit by the worst flooding in more than 45 years, officials said on Sunday. President Rodrigo Duterte flew to Tuguegarao province to assess the situation in Cagayan Valley region, […]

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China bars travellers from Britain, France, Belgium, the Philippines and India amid surging cases worldwide

China has blocked the entry of non-Chinese travellers from Britain, France, Belgium, the Philippines and India amid surging coronavirus cases around the world. The restrictions cover those with valid visas and residence permits and take effect in conjunction with a more restrictive testing regime for arrivals from several other countries, drew a frosty response from […]

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Typhoon Goni claims at least 16 lives, damaged 90% of homes while making landfall at Catanduanes

Typhoon Goni, the most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines this year destroyed tens of thousands of homes and killed at least 16 people, officials said on Monday. Catanduanes Island and nearby Albay province on the most populous island of Luzon bore the brunt of Typhoon Goni which was packing maximum sustained wind speeds of […]

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Rooster kills a police officer who was raiding an illegal cockfight in Philippines

A police officer was killed by a rooster during a raid on an illegal cockfight in the province of Northern Samar. Lieutenant Christine Bolok was struck by the rooster’s gaff – a razor-sharp steel blade which is typically attached to the leg of fighting roosters. The blade cut his left thigh, slicing his femoral artery. […]

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$833 Million Visa Scam: 3,000 Chinese nationals expelled for violating stay conditions in Philippines

The immigration department in Philippines announced the deportation of nearly 3,000 “erring Chinese” nationals for violating the conditions of their stay. The announcement is seen as an act of damage control after President Rodrigo Duterte administration officials were accused of selling visas in a multimillion-dollar scheme. Earlier, opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros revealed that in 2017, […]

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Filipinos are angry over death of 3-month-old baby separated from jailed mother

A three-month-old baby died after being separated from her jailed mother despite pleas to keep the pair together has shocked the Philippines. Reina Mae Nasino, a human rights worker, didn’t know she was pregnant when she was arrested last year in Manila. It was only during a medical examination in prison that the 23-year-old found […]

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Coronavirus strain 10 times worse that circulated in Europe and New York detected in Philippines and Malaysia

A mutant form of coronavirus being “10 times more infectious” was Malaysia and the Philippines and could lead to a spike in infections. The D614G variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 has been associated with outbreaks in Europe and New York, and has been present in Singapore since February, according to reports. The variant […]

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Human rights activists shot dead in central Philippines

A human rights activists was killed in central Philippines. Zara Alvarez, former education director of the human rights alliance Karapatan, died on the spot after being shot six times on Monday evening as she was heading home after buying food for dinner. Alvarez was the 13th member of the organisation killed since mid-2016, when President Rodrigo […]

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27 million people placed under lockdown in Philippines amid surge in new coronavirus infections

Over 27 million people in the Philippines were put back in lockdown, after doctors warned a surge in new coronavirus cases could push the healthcare system to collapse. Manila and four surrounding provinces on the island of Luzon have been placed under lockdown for two weeks. The stay at home orders were only lifted in […]

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Philippines capital region of Metro Manila relaxes 76-day lockdown

The Philippines’ capital region of Metro Manila has emerged from a lockdown that began in mid-March – longer even than the 76-day quarantine in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus emerged last year. Manila has moved into a state of general community quarantine (GCQ), which will allow more people to return to work, […]

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Philippines government orders the nation’s biggest broadcaster to go off air

The Philippines’ top broadcaster has gone off air after it was ordered by the media regulator to stop operations. ABS-CBN said it had been told it could continue broadcasting while it waited for Congress to renew its licence, which expired on Monday. But the regulator said it must stop on Tuesday. The channel has in […]