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Filipino lifters perform well at Olympic qualifying tourney

The Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas (SWP) president Monico Puentevella believes the strong performance of Filipino weightlifters at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan will ensure the first-ever medals for the Philippines at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Duterte signs vaccine indemnity law

President Duterte has signed the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021 that creates a National Vaccine Indemnity Fund to cover those who might suffer from any adverse side effects after getting inoculated by a COVID vaccine. 

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PNP, PDEA may have been played by drug syndicate—Dela Rosa

Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa recently aired his suspicion that drug syndicates may have deliberately misled agents of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) that resulted in a deadly shootout.  Dela Rosa stressed he is only theorizing that the PNP and PDEA were played by drug syndicates during Feb. 24 misencounter at the parking …

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Travel protocols eased

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases announced the standardization of rules for travel thereby easing travel restrictions. 

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Corruption deepened poverty in pandemic–UN

The United Nations recently reported that during the pandemic illicit financial flows and tax avoidance led to the deterioration of the condition of the poor. 

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PHL report to UN rights body fans drug war criticism

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra admitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) the President Rodrigo Duterte’s highly controversial war on drugs may have critical flaws in the execution of police operations. 

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BSP forecast economic rebound in 2021

The Philippine economy, battered by the year-long pandemic, faces a positive outlook for 2021 because “essential elements” are in place for a much-needed rebound. 

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MERALCO refunds subject to independent audit – ERC

The government announced it will find a way to ascertain the veracity of the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) refund of billions of pesos to its consumers. So, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is contracting an independent audit team to investigate the refund.

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Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) from DOH exists but government silent on this as it drums up COVID19 vaccination

By Riza R. Lozada A Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) for restricted use of unregistered drug and devices product, a requirement from the Department of Health (DOH), can grant a Specialized Institution (SI) and Specialty Society (SS) the “privilege to avail of an unregistered drug and devices.

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All refunds of Meralco subject of an indenpendent audit — Devanadera

As the government finds way to ascertain the veracity of the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) bid to refund billions of pesos to its consumers, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has announced contracting an independent audit team to investigate the refund.

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