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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 […]

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Plane carrying coronavirus medical supplies bursts into flames, 8 killed

A Tokyo-bound plane crashed while taking off from Ninoy Aquino International Airport in the Philippines capital city of Manila on Sunday, killing all eight on board. All passengers on board Lion Air Flight RPC 5880 died after the plane caught fire as it was taking off from the airport, according to Manila’s International Airport Authority. […]

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Manila mall hostage-taker surrenders

A sacked security guard shot one person and took about 30 others hostage at a Manila shopping centre on Monday surrendered to authorities, ending a day-long standoff. The former guard walked out of the V-Mall where he was allowed to speak briefly to the press before heavily armed officers tackled and arrested him. Scores of […]

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Coronavirus Outbreak: Philippines reports first coronavirus death

The Philippines Department of Health said a 44-year-old man from Wuhan city in central Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, had died after developing severe pneumonia. It was the first death out of more than 130 cases reported in around two dozen other countries and regions outside of mainland China. The man who died […]

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Philippines lowers the alert level of Taal Volcano

The Philippines has lowered the alert level at Taal Volcano, two weeks after it began spewing ash, steam and rocks, in a move that could allow many of the more than 376,000 villagers displaced by its activity to return home. A popular tourist destination just south of Manila because of its picturesque setting in the middle […]

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Philippines Taal Volcano: Steam, sulfur dioxide emissions rise drastically

Nearly two weeks since Alert Level 4 was raised for Taal Volcano in Batangas, the period of unrest continues. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in its 8 am bulletin on Saturday, January 25, that “weak to moderate emission of white steam-laden plumes” persisted from the main crater in the past 24 […]

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Philippines Taal Volcano: 467 volcanic earthquakes recorded in past 24 hours

Taal volcano is predicted to erupt in the coming “hours to days” as authorities urge residents to evacuate all areas surrounding the Philippines volcano. The eruption warning arrives after 731 earthquakes rocked the Philippines volcano on Luzon Island since January 12. The current Alert Level for Taal is 4, meaning officials expect a “hazardous explosive eruption is […]