The 2021 Blog of DILA
October 21, 2021
Doctors oppose NCR quarantine downgrade
An organization of doctors has asked for a reconsideration of Metro Manila's reclassification to Alert Level 3, which has led to the reopening of theaters and museums. They say that the increased travel and contact will lead to an explosion of COVID-19 cases.
4 Sinos dead in Angeles shabu buy-bust
Four Chinese nationals were killed in a shootout with police officers in a buy-bust operation in Angeles City. Methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) worth P262 million, and weighing 38 kilograms, was recovered, along with firearms.
VCO, 2 medicinal plants, effective against COVID-19
Clinical tests in Santa Rosa, Laguna have found virgin coconut oil to be 60 to 90 percent effective against mild to moderate cases of the China virus. Two medicinal plants, whose Tagalog names are 'lagundi' and 'tawa-tawa,' have also been effective in controlling mild to moderate cases of the disease.
Marcos may lead admin ticket in 2022 - analyst
A respected political analyst said that if Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will not be persuaded to run for president in 2022, the administration will field former Sen. Bongbong Marcos for the presidency in 2022, replacing Sen. Ronald 'Bato' de la Rosa. He will head the Cusi wing of the PDP-Laban, a party originally formed to oppose his father, then-president Ferdinand Marcos, in the 1970s.
Analysts dissect 2022 polls
Political analysts with inside information have provided views on the 2022 presidential elections. Among these are that Vice President Leni Robredo is in touch with Sen. Manny Pacquiao and other political figures on a common opposition ticket. According to one, former Sen. Bongbong Marcos is having discussions with Davao City mayor Sara Duterte Carpio on a common ticket, either Sara-Bongbong or Bongbong-Sara. Another said that former Sen. Marcos should have stuck with the KBL, which has remained loyal all these years, instead of running under the Partido Federalista ng Pilipinas. Another said that the party to watch would be the People's Reform Party, under which former Sen. Marcos ran in 2016 with the late Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago. It fielded a relatively unknown presidential candidate for 2022, but there could be a substitution by November.
Sara, Bongbong meet in Cebu; deny plans for teamup
Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio has met former Sen. Bongbong Marcos in Cebu, but both sides have denied plans to team up in the 2022 presidential elections, but rather only for the presidential daughter's group Hugpong ng Pagbabago to support the former senator's candidacy.
Political analysts have cast doubt on these denials. A well-connected insider has said that Pres. Duterte will be asked to provide a "Solomonic solution" and decide which of the two will run for president and vice president. After the Cebu meeting, the president's daughter met with Sen. Ronald "Bato" de la Rosa, but no details were given.
• Lead Sinovac vaccine scientist in Indonesia dies of suspected COVID-19, media say
Indonesia doctors fell sick, many died after taking Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine: Report -hindustantimes.com/world-news/indonesia-doctors-fell-sick-many-died-after-taking-chinese-made-sinovac-vaccine-report-101624667601232.html
• Marcos has special ties with the CCP. “Bongbong Marcos appears one of few candidates to agree with Duterte’s policy of engagement with Beijing.” -philstar.com/opinion/2021/10/20/2135338/how-detect-chinas-manchurian-candidate
No Cebu meeting yet between Sara Duterte and Marcos Jr. -gmanetwork.com/news/story/808084
Sara: Cebu meet was about how HNP Davao can help Bongbong -gmanetwork.com/news/story/808219
• No need to panic amid reported Delta subvariant —health expert -gmanetwork.com/news/story/807802
400K Moderna doses procured by private sector expiring in November -gmanetwork.com/news/story/807947
• Celtics player Kanter’s comments on Tibet, Xi spark backlash in China -gmanetwork.com/news/story/807953
@EnesKanter Dear Brutal Dictator XI JINPING and the Chinese Government
Tibet belongs to the Tibetan people!
October 10, 2021
Marcos to choose Villar as running mate - insider
A radio commentator well-connected with political personalities said that former Sen. Bongbong Marcos will run for president under the Nacionalista Party, with Secretary Mark Villar as his running mate.
According to the broadcaster, President Duterte was displeased with the questions asked by Sen. Imee Marcos of government officials and Duterte aides during the recent Senate hearings, and asked to which side Sen. Marcos belongs, since he considers the Marcoses allies. He then reportedly called off any tandem between his daughter and former Sen. Bongbong Marcos.
This realignment dashes the expected North-South balance which the Marcos-Duterte ticket represents, and may mean a teamup between Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Sen. Bong Go. The weakening of what would have been the strongest teamup, according to the radio commentator, calls to mind the 1992 presidential elections, in which Defense Secretary Fidel Ramos, previously considered a weak candidate, came from behind to best stronger rivals to capture the presidency.
Villar files candidacy for senator
Secretary Mark Villar filed his candidacy for senator at Sofitel Hotel. He was expected to file his candidacy for vice president of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos.
This was reported by the same broadcaster who said he was going to run for vice president. This has been given various interpretations, among them that there has been a reconciliation between the Marcoses and the Dutertes.
It is still too early to say what the political plans of the officials involved will be, but as one political analyst has said, it is best to wait until the last day for filing candidacies. In the past, substitutions have taken place, including that of now-President Duterte, who substituted for Martin Diño.
Lower COVID-19 cases noted
According to Prof. Guido David of the OCTA Research Group, new COVID-19 cases have dropped by 20 percent in the past five days. The transmission rate has dropped, and ICU and hospital bed capacity for China virus patients has increased.
Last day of filing yields surprises
Sen. Ronald 'Bato' de la Rosa filed his candidacy on the last day for filing candidacies, under the PDP-Laban Cusi wing. Earlier, Vice President Leni Robredo filed her candidacy as an independent, with Sen. Kiko Pangilinan as running mate. Former Sen. Bam Aquino did not run and will act as her campaign manager.
Some of those concerned with opposition prospects have appealed to Manila mayor Francisco 'Isko Moreno' Domagoso to run as the veep's vice presidential candidate to prevent an administration victory.
Previously, Sen. Bongbong Marcos filed his candidacy under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas, without any running mate. Earlier, he said he would want Pres. Duterte to be his running mate, but the president declined to run for the vice presidency, saying he will retire from politics. But he has been quoted as saying that he would consider having Sen. Manny Pacquiao, one of the leading candidates, as running mate.
Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who leads most polls, was earlier expected to run, but ran instead for mayor in Davao City. Now, analysts are speculating that she will substitute for Sen. de la Rosa before the deadline for substitution in November.
Duterte must share Ressa’s Nobel prize POSTSCRIPT - Federico D. Pascual Jr. - The Philippine Star October 10, 2021 Top Analyst Says Chinese Invasion Of Taiwan Now More Likely -patriotwise.com/top-analyst-says-chinese-invasion-of-taiwan-now-more-likely
We think President Duterte deserves part of the credit for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Emergency Alert Buong Buo ang Malasakit sa Bansa Buong Buhay ang Maialay sa taong bayan Bagong Bukas na Masagana para sa Masa BaBangon Muli ang Pilipinas (V) BBM sa Bansa, BBM sa taong bayan BBM sa Masa. BBM Pilipinas!!! #BBM2022
Katar Lhal @KatarHol5 – Think about it, emergency alerts of the NDRRMC are always delayed yet BBM’s emergency alerts are on time... connect the dots.
Miriam G. Fuentes @MiriamGFuentes1 – So how safe will transmission of election results be? This is really frightening.
Maldita of Manila @DITA_manila – If they can hack or intercept into that Emergency Alert Signal, they can do the same for the Data Transmission during Elections! Let Us All Remember the 7Hr Glitch in the 2019 Elections.
Top Analyst Says Chinese Invasion Of Taiwan Now More Likely -patriotwise.com/top-analyst-says-chinese-invasion-of-taiwan-now-more-likely
September 24, 2021
Sect goes for Bongbong Marcos
A highly influential religious sect known for bloc voting has chosen to support former Sen. Bongbong Marcos, according to a well-connected radio commentator. According to the broadcaster, his mother and sister visited the sect's leader before the former senator himself did. With the known closeness of the former senator to the president, the withdrawal of his daughter from the presidential race, and the reluctance of Sen. Bong Go, his chosen running mate, to run for the highest office, he may yet team up with the former senator. This, plus the support of a certain religious sect, makes former Sen. Marcos the man to beat in 2022 - a friendly Duterte successor.
2022 presidential candidates named
A radio commentator with many contacts in the different sectors and political camps has named the probable presidential contenders in 2022. One contender, Sen. Ping Lacson, who has chosen Senate President Tito Sotto as running mate, has selected former Rep. Ronnnie Puno of the National Unity Party to be campaign manager.
The NUP was earlier behind Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for president, but sinced she decided not to run, it has thrown its support behind Lacson. Another contender, vice president Leni Robredo, will be running because the absence of a candidate from the Liberal Party will marginalize the party. Former Sen. Bongbong Marcos will be running, and he is assembling the political party or coalition which will back him.
Sen. Manny Pacquiao will also be running. He heads the Pimentel faction of the PDP-Laban. However, he has been offered the vice presidency, as a running mate of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos.
Manila mayor Isko Moreno is supposed to still be deciding whether to run for president. He has had talks with vice president Leni Robredo and other political leaders.
Davao City mayor Duterte-Carpio said she will not run, since as Pres. Duterte has said only one from their family will run for a Philippine-wide ('national') position, and she asks people to support her father for vice president. The Hugpong para sa Pagbabago is still trying to convince her to run for president ('hugpong' Cebuano for bunch, 'pagbabago' Tagalog for mutation).
Pacquiao, Domagoso to run for president
Sen. Manny Pacquiao has accepted the nomination of the Pimentel faction of the PDP-Laban to be its presidential candidate in 2022. Manila mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso will also run for president, under the Aksyon Demokratiko party. His running mate will be cardiologist and health advocate Dr. Willie Ong.
In Davao City, mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, who has declined to run for the presidency, has asked the IATF to stop sending Sinovac and Sinopharm to Davao City because of "low acceptability of the people" of these China-made COVID-19 vaccines.
Marcos lauds KBL nomination
Former Sen. Bongbong Marcos applauded his nomination by the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan and praised the party for its adherence to his father's principles. However, he stopped short of accepting it. This has led to speculation about his teaming up with Pres. Duterte under a wing of the splintered PDP-Laban.
This would be a monumental irony, since the PDP-Laban was created to oppose the dictatorship of the former senator's father Ferdinand Marcos ('laban' Tagalog for rumble).
Police power can be used against to compel vaccination - Duterte
President Duterte said that despite their religious or personal beliefs, unvaccinated people pose a threat to public safety, and their vaccination can be compelled.
He also said that government workers should get vaccinated, or leave public service. He did not say anything about compelling immunization with a vaccine they did not believe in.
A survey by SWS showed that 60 percent considered the President's running for vice president following his present term to be unconstitutional. Thirty-nine percent favored his candidacy for the second highest office, while 1% expressed no opinion.
Resistance to Parex gains ground
Opposition to the Pasig River Expressway, a six-way proposed elevated highway running along the Pasig river, is getting more support among various sectors of the community, including environmental, heritage, cultural, health and other sectors.
The project, which San Miguel Corporation expects to complete in five years, which has a projected cost of 95.4 billion pesos, is the subject of petitions calling for its cancellation.
Palafox Associates, which had earlier been identified as a consultant denied that it had anything to do with the project.
Sara maintains prez lead; Sotto overtakes Duterte for veep
Davao City mayor Sara Duterte Carpio maintained a reduced lead in Pulse Asia's September survey of 2022 presidential bets with 20 percent in favor (it was previously 25 percent). She was followed by former Sen. Bongbong Marcos with 15 percent, Manila mayor Francisco 'Isko Moreno' Domagoso, Sen. Manny Pacquiao, Sen. Grace Poe (who has not announced a desire to run), Vice President Leni Robredo, Sen. Panfilo Lacson and Sen. Bong Go.
Among vice presidential bets, Senate President Tito Sotto shot past President Duterte, who previously led the race, with 25 percent against Duterte's 12 percent. They were followed by Manila mayor Domagoso, former Sen. Bongbong Marcos, Sen. Manny Pacquiao and Sen. Bong Go.
Meanwhile Sen. Pacquiao, who is preparing for his presidential candidacy, announced his retirement from boxing.
Sara to run for prez; Duterte to withdraw - insider
A broadcaster with connections in the corridors of power said that President Duterte and his daughter, Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, have agreed that she will run for the highest office, while he will withdraw his bid for vice president.
This comes as new survey results again put her on top of the list of possible presidential candidates, even as the president has fallen behind Senate President Tito Sotto. The president had earlier described Sotto as 'a good man who deserves to be vice president,' in effect an endorsement.
This decision is in line with the earlier presidential statement that only one Duterte will run for 'national' office. The announcement will remain under wraps until the appropriate time, and may be influenced by future poll results. The continuing lead of the Davao City mayor would make her the most likely occupant of the highest office.
It would throw into question the political plans of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos, who according to Pulse Asia survey results is the second most popular (15 percent, in comparison to her 20 percent), as well as the expected endorsement of Marcos for the highest office by a certain powerful religious sect.
The source said that the mayor has gotten in touch with a senator asking him to become her running mate. The senator has not been identified, but if it is former Sen. Marcos, it might mean a modification or reconfiguring of the endorsement by the bloc-voting religious sect.
1Sambayan backs Robredo for president
1Sambayan, the opposition coalition, has endorsed Vice President Leni Robredo as its 2022 presidential candidate. This comes as Dr. Willie Ong, vice presidential running mate of Manila mayor Francisco 'Isko Moreno' Domagoso says that he is willing to move down and run for the Senate. Even now, rumors are circulating at Manila City Hall that Domagoso is talking to the vice president about a common slate.
Just this morning, Sen. Manny Pacquiao filed his candidacy at the Sofitel Hotel, and supporters staged a large rally near Rizal Park. The rally, which had delegations from Manila's different districts, was conspicuous for not following health protocols, causing radio commentators to chide PDP Laban (Pimentel wing) Executive Director Ron Munsayac for the violations.
Leachon warns against lowering of Metro Manila alert level
Former IATF consultant Dr. Tony Leachon said in an interview that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to be careful about downgrading the quarantine status of the NCR because of the smaller number of daily cases and transmission rates. He said that as a doctor, he also checks the transmission rate, which is higher than that recommended by the World Health Organization. Also, he said that many hospitals have reached full capacity.
Again, he said that it is misleading to base figures on the capacity of hospitals' intensive care units (ICUs), since they are the last stage in the process. He said the situation in emergency rooms is what should be looked at first is the situation in emergency rooms, where severe COVID-19 cases are first sent.
• Vaccinees shun Sinovac, wait for other brands -sunstar.com.ph/article/1907584
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Sara Duterte to IATF: Buy more Western COVID jabs, September 20
Mayor Sara asks IATF to stop sending Sinovac and SInopharm -mb.com.ph/2021/09/21/mayor-sara-asks-iatf-to-stop-sending-sinovac-and-sinopharm
• CoronaVac = Sinovac Vaccinated Pasay hospital OIC, 14 others infected but recovering -pna.gov.ph/articles/1135015
Dead Filipino priest tests Covid positive despite two jabs. "Some parishioners questioned the efficacy of Chinese-manufactured vaccines like Sinovac following the priest’s death." -ucanews.com/news/dead-filipino-priest-tests-covid-positive-despite-two-jabs/93449
3 million more Sinovac doses arrive -gmanetwork.com/news/story/804695
• Government crooks feast on COVID-19 crisis, POSTSCRIPT - Federico D. Pascual Jr. -philstar.com/opinion/2021/09/26/2129697
An executive of Pharmally Pharmaceutical applied to work as an assistant to Michael Yang when he was still economic adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte.
8,000 coronavirus disease (Covid-19) test kits worth around P550 million and purchased by the Procurement Service of the Department of Budget and management (DBM) from embattled Pharmally Pharmaceuticals Inc. were put to waste due to expiration. -sunstar.com.ph/article/1908011
Duterte threatens to use police power to compel vaccinations -gmanetwork.com/news/story/804839
• Robredo to Duterte: Don't use military as scare tactic for Eleksyon 2022 -gmanetwork.com/news/story/804656
Manila Mayor Isko Moreno will run for president in 2022 alongside Dr. Willie Ong, a doctor who has a large following on social media -philstar.com/headlines/2021/09/22/2128994
• Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns -reuters.com/business/media-telecom/lithuania-says-throw-away-chinese-phones-due-censorship-concerns-2021-09-21
TikTok is spying on you as well - #PollyBites -youtube.com/watch?v=MZQaJBEzpKc
Why China's Evergrande Crisis Could Be Worse Than the U.S. Crash -bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-09-25/why-china-s-evergrande-crisis-could-be-worse-than-the-u-s-crash
China's growing threat via debt trap diplomacy -livemint.com/news/india/china-s-growing-threat-via-debt-trap-diplomacy-11592410677912.html
Trail of Murdered Journalist’s Reporting Leads from Malta to China -occrp.org/en/thedaphneproject/trail-of-murdered-journalists-reporting-leads-from-malta-to-china
China threatens to nuke Japan over Taiwan -timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/news/china-threatens-to-nuke-japan-over-taiwan/videoshow/84618108.cms
• Philippines ranks last in Bloomberg's COVID-19 resilience report for September -gmanetwork.com/news/story/805045
Palace 'not surprised' by Philippines' worst place ranking: Vaccine inequality to blame -gmanetwork.com/news/story/805111
September 7, 2021
COVID-19 new cases set new record.
New China virus cases announced last August 30 reached 22,366, the highest since the pandemic. Hospitals are exceeding full capacity, as health officials predict further escalation with the highly transmissible delta variant.
Meanwhile, India has approved a new corona vaccine, ZyCoV-D. It is administered not by needle but by a high-pressure jet spray, does not require ultra-low temperatures but can be stored at room temperature, and can be used on children below 18 years old.
Politics heats up.
A day before his arrival from the US, Sen. Manny Pacquio's wing of the PDP-Laban replaced Pres. Duterte as chairman, replacing him with Sen. Koko Pimentel.
Meanwhile, Sen. Bong Go declined his nomination as presidential candidate by the party's Cusi wing, saying he was unworthy of the post. Pundits point to another reason - the involvement of a former aide, a budget undersecretary in pandemic fund irregularities amounting to hundreds of billions of pesos. In the meantime, political advertisements and announcements by various personalities are filling the mass media and cyberspace.
4 Chinese citizens killed in anti-drug operations in Zambales.
Four citizens of China were killed in an encounter with the PNP and the PDEA in Candelaria, Zambales on September 7. Around four billion pesos worth of shabu were recovered. One of the suspects wore a blue PSG shirt, though the Presidential Security Group denied having anything to do with him.
Record set for new COVID-19 new cases.
Yet another was set on Thursday, 22,820. This breaks the record established last Monday, 22,415, and brings up the week's average to 20,000. The crisis in the health sector deepens with more hospitals reaching full capacity, the latest being St. Luke's Medical Center. At the Philippine General Hospital, 13 doctors and other medical personnel resigned because they are exhausted and sick.
The Senate continues its probe of overpriced pandemic deals, which Pres. Duterte has called politically motivated and for the benefit of Senate Blue Ribbon Committee Chair Richard Gordon.
• Could China become the Taliban’s new benefactor?
-atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/could-china-become-the-talibans-new-benefactor FDA Fully Approves Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine -nationalreview.com/news/fda-fully-approves-pfizers-covid-vaccine
Afghanistan: Taliban to rely on Chinese funds, spokesperson says -aljazeera.com/news/2021/9/2/afghanistan-taliban-to-rely-on-chinese-money-spokesperson-says
• India hits a vaccination milestone, giving at least one shot to more than half of its eligible population -nytimes.com/2021/08/27/world/india-covid-vaccination-rate-milestone.html>
• Sinovac vaccine's efficacy vs Delta 'wanes' after 6 months — expert -cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/8/30/sinovac-delta-wanes-six-months.html
• China's Huawei steals trade secrets, spies on Pakistan nationals: Report -livemint.com/technology/tech-news/chinas-huawei-steals-trade-secrets-spies-on-pakistan-nationals-report-11628927922148.html
14 Chinese men face illegal gambling raps in Angeles City -newsinfo.inquirer.net/1481532/14-chinese-men-face-illegal-gambling-raps-in-angeles-city
Special Report: Money trail from Daphne murder probe stretches to China -reuters.com/article/us-malta-daphne-china-specialreport/special-report-money-trail-from-daphne-murder-probe-stretches-to-china
• China suppression of non-Mandarin languages under Xi Jinping
Ethnic Groups Fear More Repression After Chinese President’s Speech on Minorities -rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/ethnic-groups-09032021172409.html
China’s Plans to Dilute Southern Xinjiang’s Uyghur Population Could Constitute Genocide, Scholar Says -rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/population-report-08302021081443.html
China Signals Roll-Back on Minority Languages -hrw.org/news/2021/01/28/china-signals-roll-back-minority-languages
China Imposes Mandarin-Language Teaching on Kindergartens in Ethnic Minority, Rural Areas -rfa.org/english/news/china/language-08062021092956.html
After destroying Tech and EduTech, Jinping is going after English to stop a revolt in China -tfiglobalnews.com/2021/08/08/after-destroying-tech-and-edutech-jinping-is-going-after-english-to-stop-a-revolt-in-china
Banning Mongolian From Kindergartens Part of China's 'Cultural Genocide': Activists -rfa.org/english/news/china/banning-08112021130643.html
Denmark Lifts All COVID Curbs After Successful Vaccination Drive -voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/denmark-lifts-all-covid-curbs-after-successful-vaccination-drive
Record-high 26,303 new Philippine COVID-19 infections push active cases over 185,000 -gmanetwork.com/news/nation/802980 September 11
PNP reports 224 new COVID-19 cases; total now 36,916 -gmanetwork.com/news/story/802964
Doctors' group president says Roque's apology not sincere -gmanetwork.com/news/story/802946
Duterte defends Pharmally, Michael Yang, says he will resign if graft is proven -gmanetwork.com/news/nation/802951
Gordon: Duterte should have resigned ahead of 'PPE exposé' -gmanetwork.com/news/story/802988
FDA Fully Approves Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine -nationalreview.com/news/fda-fully-approves-pfizers-covid-vaccine
August 27, 2021
COVID-19 record new cases tallied.
August 20 registered a China virus count of 17,231. The highest since the beginning of the pandemic. Many hospitals, from Northern Luzon to Southern Mindanao, are running out of space to accommodate new patients. This comes at a time when the country has millions of doses of vaccines.
Former speaker Allan Peter Cayetano has called for a third booster shot for medical frontliners. The question is, a booster of which vaccine? Sinovac, which has been shown to be ineffective against the delta variant here and abroad?
Duterte to run for veep in 2022.
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the PDP-Laban nomination as vice-presidential candidate in 2022. This was announced by Cabinet Sec. Karlo Nograles. Senatorial candidates were also announced: Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta, DICT Sec. Gringo Honasan, chief presidential legal counsel Sal Panelo, Department of Transportation Sec. Art Tugade, and DPWH Sec. Mark Villar.
Sen. Richard Gordon said that the president's decision is unconstitutional.
Duterte backs Go for president - Sara.
Presidential daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio says that her father called her to tell her that he supports the PDP-Laban nomination of Sen. Bong Go for the presidency. She did not say if she will do the same, or if she will run for the same post. An interview with Go on his candidacy revealed that his decision will depend on the Dutertes.
China will soon surpass Russia as a nuclear threat – senior US military official -gmanetwork.com/news/story/801156
Palace: Duterte, Xi discuss vaccine development, production amid COVID-19 pandemic -gmanetwork.com/news/story/801155
Philstar.com - Former DBM exec: 'No explanation’ for buying face masks for P27, shields for P120
Gordon raises Lao's ties to Duterte, Go; Ping cites access to PTV. Drilon asks Lao: How did small firm bag P8.68-billion deal for PPEs, test kits? -gmanetwork.com/news/story/801116
Bong Go tells Duque: You can make 'supreme sacrifice' -gmanetwork.com/news/story/801110
Philippines logs record-high 19,441 new COVID-19 cases -philstar.com, August 29
The Wall Street Journal
The Sinopharm vaccine showed three times the death rate from breakthrough infections than the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, a Bahrain Study showed. Sinopharm Covid Vaccine Seen as Less Effective in Bahrain Study
ZyCoV-D vaccine safe and effective for adolescents -thehindu.com/news/national/zycov-d-vaccine-safe-and-effective-for-adolescents-says-expert/article36155457
August 16, 2021
COVID-19 surge continues.
New China virus cases have exceeded 12,000 for consecutive days, registering a steady increase. This coincides with the entry of the Delta variant, which DOH officials say has spread thoughout the NCR. Despite increased vaccination, the surge has increased concern, especially with many hospitals close to exceeding capacity. The OCTA Research Group says that a two-week ECQ is insufficient to reduce transmission rates.
Manila mayor tests positive for COVID-19.
Manila mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso announced in his social media account that he has tested positive for the China virus. He said that he has mild symptoms and will continue to perform his duties remotely. Mayor Domagoso has been the target of attacks from Pres. Duterte in recent days, for his sexy pictures (from his early acting career), which Duterte said were unbecoming of a public official.
Domagoso was deprived of the power to distribute funds for pandemic victims. Attacks on him follow those on Sen Pacquiao and VP Robredo, prompting some to ask if they are aimed at presidential rivals of Duterte's daughter. At least three congressmen and other public figures have said they will support the mayor if he runs for the presidency.
Presidential advice on vaccination.
In a media briefing, Pres. Duterte said everyone should be vaccinated in order to protect against the COVID-19 pandemic, which he predicts will last for years. He did not say that the most common vaccine, Sinovac, millions of doses of which his government has ordered, has been shown to be ineffective against the China virus here and abroad. This has brought a renewed surge and lockdowns even in China.
Among the most glaring demonstrations of the lack of efficacy of Sinovac is the COVID-19 positive diagnosis of the Manila mayor, who had received two jabs of Sinovac.
•They Relied on Chinese Vaccines. Now They’re Battling Outbreaks
•Ravaged by delta outbreak, Southeast Asia shifts away from China’s vaccines -washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/covid-vaccines-delta-china-asia/2021/08/10
•China Refuses to Cooperate on WHO Plan to Trace COVID Origins -newsweek.com/china-refuses-cooperate-who-plan
•China: Delta variant steps up infection rates - CNN reports that the “vast majority” of people with a SARS-CoV-2 infection in the outbreak in Nanjing had already received their vaccination. -medicalnewstoday.com/articles/china-delta-variant-steps-up-infection-rates
•How China Uses TikTok To Spy On You -youtube.com/watch?v=8U12nZQBKck
•Duterte to Isko Moreno -- call boy na mayor - YouTube youtube.com/watch?v=1fSUGEaFHO0
•‘Garapalan’: Duterte abusing powers for political agenda vs Isko Moreno – analyst -rappler.com/nation/elections/experts-say-duterte-using-powers-political-agenda-vs-isko-moreno
•14,749 new cases -gmanetwork.com/news/nation/799420 -August 16
•Philippines records 14,610 new COVID-19 cases; active tally climbs to 106,672 -August 17
•Delta now dominant coronavirus variant, says Genome Center head
•NCR’s 7-day average in new COVID-19 cases up 51% –OCTA
•AstraZeneca vaccine shows longest protection vs. severe COVID-19 infection -gmanetwork.com/news/story/799505
•Philstar.com - Manila Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, who tested positive for COVID-19 on August 8, was discharged from the Sta. Ana Hospital on Thursday while Mayor Isko Moreno “continues to show signs of improvement.” Isko health condition 'improving'
•China says it’s ready for ‘friendly relations’ with the Taliban -gmanetwork.com/news/story/799554
August 7, 2021
Politics in time of pandemic.
Despite the worsening health situation as a result of the Delta variant, politics is in the air. The Cusi faction of the PDP-Laban, having gotten rid of Sen. Manny Pacquiao, plans a Go-Duterte tandem. Meanwhile, Sen. Wynn Gatchalian says he'll run for veep if Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio seeks the presidency. Their tandem is supported by Albay Rep. Joey Salceda.
The Lacson-Sotto team canceled its rally because of health restrictions, though Lacson ads blanket cyberspace. If surveys are to be believed, despite being in separate tickets, the two Dutertes will be occupying the top two offices of the land.
Moreno leaves NUP, joins Aksyon Demokratiko.
Manila mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso has resigned from the National Unity Party, and joined Aksyon Demokratiko, the party of the late Sen. Raul Roco. He joins Pasig mayor Vico Sotto, who ran for office under that party.
•Cusi: Go-Duterte nominated by PDP-Laban council for Eleksyon 2022 -gmanetwork.com/news/story/798271
•Philstar.com -- Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said she rejected Sen. Panfilo Lacson's "unification" plan in the 2022 elections because it involved all aspirants filing their candidacies and then withdrawing to support those with good survey numbers. Robredo on supposed Lacson unification proposal: I can't run and then withdraw
•China pledges 2 billion vaccine doses to world - Xi Jinping -gmanetwork.com/news/story/798278
•Why the Chinese and Russian Vaccines Haven't Been the Geopolitical Wins They Were Hoping For -time.com/6086028/chinese-russian-covid-19-vaccines-geopolitics
•Delta variant challenges China's zero Covid strategy — and raises questions over its vaccine efficacy -edition.cnn.com/2021/08/02/china/china-covid-delta-challenge-mic-intl-hnk
•China sees highest daily figure of COVID-19 patients in current outbreak -reuters.com/world/china/china-reports-124-new-coronavirus-cases-aug-5-vs-85-day-ago-2021-08-06
•Museum of Science’s Body Works Exhibit used Chinese Torture Victims -bluemassgroup.com/2008/05/museum-of-sciences-body-works-exhibit-used-chinese-torture-victims
August 1, 2021
DOH recommends booster shots against Delta variant.
Based on advice from experts in China, the Department of Health advised those who have had two shots of Sinovac an additional booster shot. This comes as evidence accumulates on the ineffectivity of Sinovac against the Delta variant. As a result, neighboring Southeast Asian countries, which are experiencing corona infection and even death from those fully vaccinated with Sinovac, as in Malaysia and Thailand, are making the switch.
Singapore has removed Sinovac from its vaccine program without offending China. The latter is important as China has threatened to bar entry to those not vaccinated with Chinese vaccines.
In the second part of the second year of the pandemic, despite vaccines, concerns increase as the Delta variant spreads. This is why the restricted GCQ over NCR has not been relaxed. In China, where the percentage of vaccinated exceeds the US, a surge in five provinces and 13 cities has called into question the effectiveness of China's vaccines. Another million doses of Sinovac just arrived this week.
Female local execs top survey.
Results of a survey by an independent group had lady local officials leading it. Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, Quezon City mayor Joy Belmonte, and Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia topped the list. The two mayors were followed by Calamba mayor Justin Chipeco, Arnan Panaligan of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, Oscar Moreno of Cagayan de Oro, and Benjamin Magalong of Baguio.
Among governors, Garcia was trailed by Arthur Defensor of Iloilo, Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III of La Union, Marc Douglas Cagas IV of Davao del Sur, and Dennis Pineda of Pampanga. The survey was conducted by RP Mission and Development Foundation.
P1.5-B worth of shabu seized in Bulacan; 1 killed.
A buy-bust operation in Pandi, Bulacan yielded 218 kilograms worth P1,482,200,000.00. The dealer of methamphetamine hydrochloride, a Chinese citizen, resisted arrest and was killed in a shootout. In 2020, a raid in Marilao on a warehouse of a citizen of China led to the seizure of 5.1 billion pesos. The pandemic has intensified drug trafficking, mostly Chinese-operated or of Chinese origin.
P863-M in shabu hidden inside tea packets seized, 3 Chinese nationals nabbed -gmanetwork.com/news/story/797712
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the delta variant of the coronavirus is as contagious as chickenpox and that infections in vaccinated people may be as transmissible as in the unvaccinated. -voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/cdc-covid-delta-variant-may-spread-easily-vaccinated-unvaccinated
Sinovac, the leading vaccine developer and manufacturer in China, has exported some 150 million doses to Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines. -telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2021/07/23/southeast-asia-ending-reliance-chinese-vaccines-delta-variant
China's most serious surge of coronavirus infections in months -ndtv.com/world-news/coronavirus-who-sounds-alarm-as-china-covid-outbreak-spreads-delta-is-a-warning-2499271
China faces worst COVID-19 outbreak since Wuhan; surge of Delta variant in 15 cities -wionews.com/world/china-faces-worst-covid-19-outbreak-since-wuhan-surge-of-delta-variant-in-15-cities-401972
July 21, 2021
Looking back to a better time.
The passing yesterday of former Cebu governor Emilio 'Lito' Osmena makes us recall an era of economic development, local autonomy, and cultural and linguistic freedom. His reforms in Cebu (marketed then as "an island in the Pacific") echoed far beyond his province. It registered in the country and abroad.
Under him, the teaching of Tagalog was stopped in Cebu, and the national anthem was sung in Cebuano. He inspired other language communities to follow his example. As Manila's imperialism is supplemented by the even more insidious one of China, and the pandemic unleashed there ravages the country and the world, one looks back longingly to the better times Gov. Lito Osmena brought.
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Thailand and Indonesia announced they would switch from doses made in China to Western vaccines -voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/report-china-considering-foreign-booster-shot-improve-efficacy-its-vaccines
COVID cases surge as Delta variant spreads.
Despite lower counts in Mega Manila, the spread of the deadlier Delta variant has been reported in some areas. Davao City is of particular concern, with over 200 cases a day. Iloilo, General Santos and Santa Rosa, Laguna have had mounting numbers. Ormoc City mayor is the latest official to test positive, despite being vaccinated. Health authorities have issued an alert following the entry of the Delta variant.
Nothing has been said about the doubtful effectiveness of much-touted Sinovac, especially in regard to the delta variant, resulting in a surge in countries like Indonesia and Thailand where Sinovac has been dumped.
Oil exploration device found off Pangasinan.
An ocean bottom seismometer (OBS) with Chinese markings was found by fishermen from Pangasinan in the West Philippine Sea. This means that apart from driving Philippine fishermen from traditional fishing grounds, stealing, destroying and contaminating Philippine reefs, a certain country is also conducting oil exploration in waters just a short distance from the Philippine coast.
Ruling party rift intensifies.
The PDP-Laban word war, which began with an allegation of Sen. Manny Pacquiao that there is extensive corruption, has spread far beyond this. A convention called by Energy Sec. and erstwhile vice chair Al Cusi removed Pacquiao as president and put Cusi in the position.
Pres. Duterte has trained his guns beyond Pacquiao and attacked Sen. Koko Pimentel and even his late father, prompting a reaction from the Cagayan de Oro mayor. Sen. Pacquiao is now considering running under the opposition. Meanwhile the political pot boils even more, with Sen. Ping Lacson and Sen. Tito Sotto running as a tandem.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that the party alliances supporting his tandem with Sen. Panfilo Lacson were crafting countermeasures to stop possible meddling by another country in the 2022 elections and influence its results. Lacson-Sotto tandem wary of foreign meddling in next polls -June 23
Their arrogance will be their downfall. In FB's anti-Beijing groups, many are predicting that this overweening pride will be their downfall. Some foreign policy experts are saying that Xi Jinping's unprecedented attempts to consolidate power (including, not just the widely condemned large-scale
imprisonment and total surveillance of Uyghurs in West Turkestan aka Xinjiang, and practically complete suppression of non-Mandarin/Putonghua languages - something never attempted before), are actually because of fear, and point to an impending overthrow of the Chinese Communist Party. Maps of a post-CCP China from the Internet, in which non-Mandarin-speaking parts of China had seceded, have been widely shared.
Exposure of pro-Beijing taipans, this should be the next expose. We've known about one of the biggest, who has long had malls in Red China, and is a partner (dummy?) of China in Transco, a security breach in which a seemingly friendly but actually hostile foreign country has control of the country's electrical supply, something it can turn off at will. Something that has recently been supplemented by the new mobile phone company, Dito, whose establishment is being opposed in many areas because it is a security risk.
The new willingness of Pres. Duterte to run again (with Bong Go), and the announcement by Sara that she is now willing to run for president (something she previously disavowed) points to the chilling possibility of another six years in power, and perhaps looming annexation by Beijing.
July 12, 2021
COVID-19 areas of concern.
Even as new cases taper off in the NCR Plus bubble (Mega Manila; Pasay City has had none for nearly a week), the OCTA Research Group warns that five areas in the rest of the country should cause concern because of rising rates of transmission, reduced hospital facilities and other factors. The places are Davao Cty, Iloilo Cty, Bacolod Cty, General Santos City and Baguio City. It also warned of the lambda variant from Peru which is deadlier and more transmissible than the delta variant. OCTA earlier contested the DOH position on rates flattening. Another problem is the shortage of vaccines, which has caused some Metro Manila cities to stop vaccination.
In an interview, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez said that the shortage of vaccines was due to the fact that Sinovac vaccines were scheduled to arrive later. He said that additional vaccines from Gamalaya and Johnson & Johnson are scheduled to arrive. Over 3 million doses of Johnson & Johnson donated by the US will arrive this month.
In vaccine-related news, Singapore is not including Sinovac jabs in its corona vaccination count.
Sinovac ineffective against Delta variant - Thai study.
A study by leading virologists in Thailand has concluded that Sinovac has little effect on the COVID-19 Delta variant, which was first identified in India and is rapidly spreading through Thailand. Astra-Zeneca was found to be effective against this much more contagious variant, which is expected to become dominant in Thailand by next month. Earlier, at least 10 doctors vaccinated with Sinovac in Indonesia died of COVID-19.
More developments on the political front.
Even as Pres. Duterte expresses an interest to run for VP, he says that 2022 is too early for his daughter, Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to run for the presidency (she has been endorsed by the People's Reform Party of the late Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago). Meanwhile, the president will attend the weekend convention called by PDP-Laban vice-chair Al Cusi, ignorng his expulsion by PDP prexy Pacquiao, now abroad. Expect fireworks.
On West Philippine Sea matters, the news is on reports from US experts based on satellite photos that China is dumping human waste in its occupied WPS reefs. This has courted the ire of environmentalists decrying the damage to marine life, and elicited comments of 'Baboy!' (pig) from Sen. Panfilo Lacson. Not content with defecating in mall fountains, beaches & historic sites, they are now throwing their excrement in reefs they have seized from the Philippines.
Aside from the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines, the Philippines also received 12 million doses of Sinovac, 249,600 doses of Moderna and 180,000 doses of Sputnik V. New Covax shipment brings PH vaccine supply to over 20M doses -July 10
Sinovac vaccine effective, DOH reiterates after inoculated Thai health workers catch COVID-19 -gmanetwork.com/news/story/794994
Thailand’s health ministry said on Sunday more than 600 medical workers who received two doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine have been infected with COVID-19. Hundreds of Thai medical workers infected despite Sinovac vaccinations
In the U.S., the CDC reports 67.5% of adults have received at least one shot of the typical two-shot vaccination regimen and 58.7% are fully vaccinated. US Political Divide on Coronavirus Vaccinations -July 12 voanews.com
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday that returning to in-person learning in schools this fall is a priority. -July 11
5 years after arbitral ruling, China presence in Philippine sea growing -gmanetwork.com/news/story/794748
China vessels dumping human waste in parts of West Philippine Sea, photos show -gmanetwork.com/news/story/795041
July 2, 2021
The end of an era.
With the passing on June 24 of former President Benigno Aquino III, flags are at half mast. The country remains deeply divided, as the government that succeeded him belongs to the other camp. Despite many criticiams, though, he and his administration had the courage to stand up to China and pursue the Philippine case at the International Court of Justice. It is to his credit that the Sinophiles and Sinomaniacs in the present administration dare not contest the awarding to the Philippines of the islands and reefs now occupied by a fascistic and imperialistic country aiming for global domination.
The week was dominated by a word war between Sen. Manny Pacquiao on one hand and Pres. Duterte and officials on the other. The president reacted to a statement by Pacquiao about increased corruption in government, drawing the rejoinder that this has been addresed. Duterte also challenged him to name names, or he would campaign against him. Pacquiao then named the Department of Health (DOH).
Sec. Al Cusi said Sen. Pacquiao, who is party president, should resign from the PDP for fighting Duterte. Sen. Drilon commented that this word war was helping the opposition.
In other political news, Pres. Duterte said he is willing to run as vice president since there are still things which he wanted to accomplish in government. He did not say who he wanted to run with but Sec. Cusi said Sen. Bong Go was the one he trusted most.
The Department of Health has said that it is concerned, and that it will look into reports that Pfizer and AstraZeneca affects the heart and other organs. Nothing was said about Sinovac and Sinopharm, products of a friendly country. Reports from Indonesia revealed that hundreds of medical frontliners vaccinated with Sinovac have contracted the China virus. According to the Indonesian Medical Association, ten doctors given two Sinovac jabs have died of the disease.
Pacquiao in the news.
After a word war with Pres. Duterte's cabinet, Sen. Manny Pacquiao was seen in the company of Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio at a function at the US embassy. The senator continues to hog the political headlines. Sen. Ping Lacson said that he was offered the vice presidential slot in tandem with Sen. Pacquiao. Palace spokesperson Harry Roque advised Sen. Pacquiao to first mature politically before running for the presidency.
In political and pandemic-related news, VP Leni Robredo said she wanted to do COVID-19 vaccinations in Davao City, which has seen a surge in cases, but that it might be given political color. The veep has been with local officials in vaccination activities in other parts of the country, as she was the other week with Manila mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso in a vaccination center in the capital city. The VP will presumably not use Sinovac if she sponsors a vaccination activity in Davao City.
Leachon warns on DOH pandemic assessment.
Former IATF consultant Dr. Tony Leachon said people should not be lulled into complacency by the statement by the Department of Health that the COVID-19 curve is flattening. He said the transmission rate is still high, and most people have not been vaccinated. He said the DOH wanted to increase the number of guests at Pres. Duterte's last State of the Nation Address. All former presidents and former members of Congress are invited, aside from the incumbents.
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Hundreds of Indonesian health care workers who had received the vaccine caught the disease anyway. At least 10 doctors have died despite having been fully vaccinated with two doses of Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine, according to the Indonesian Medical Association. Little peer-reviewed data on the vaccine are available. What information is available suggests that the vaccine is less potent than others, especially against the highly contagious delta variant that was first detected in India. Indonesia is one of dozens of countries where the Chinese company's vaccine makes up a substantial part of the available doses.
Sinovac Vaccine Falls Short of Expectations -voanews.com
Duque: Philippines not out of the woods yet despite low-risk COVID-19 classification
Duque wants stiff penalty for illicit sale of COVID-19 vaccine
Duque: No local cases of Delta COVID-19 variant in Philippines yet -gmanetwork.com/news/nation/793909
PNP COVID-19 cases reach 28,216 -gmanetwork.com/news/story/793907
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Pacquiao adds DSWD, DOE, DENR to his list of ‘corrupt’ agencies
June 22, 2021
Hundreds of vaccinated medical workers get COVID-19 in Indonesia.
Doctors and medical workers vaccinated with Sinovac in the Kudus region of Central Java became positive for the China virus. Most were asymptomatic but dozens were hospitalized with respiratory symptoms and falling oxygen levels. This has caused concern in the Philippines, where there are proposals to remove swab requirements for arriving vaccinated travelers.
In corona-related news, some doctors in the NCR said that contrary to DOH pronouncements, critical COVID-19 cases are increasing, straining hospital facilities to capacity.
There are concerns that the delta variant, which is more serious and spreads more rapidly is a factor, and puts into question the effectiveness of some vaccines.
Number of vaccinated reaches 8 million.
The National Vaccination Overall Authority said the number of instances people have been vaccinated has reached eight million, even as an agreement with Pfizer to supply 40 million vaccines has been reached.
In pandemic-related news, 5,803 new cases were reported on June 20, with the biggest number from Eastern Visayas, mostly in Tacloban City.
3 officials running for the Senate under NPC.
Senate president Tito Sotto said three officials are running for the senate under the Nationalist People's Coalition. They include Antique Rep. Loren Legarda, Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero and Sen. Wyn Gatchalian.
Still in political news, former Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya said that the Sara-Gibo tandem is gathering momentum, with endorsements from Quezon City mayor Joy Belmonte and congressmen from Cebu and Cagayan de Oro.
Sec. Mark Villar has also begun his campaign for the Senate with a jingle in a leading Manila radio station.
Leni-Isko tandem pushed.
Some political leaders are calling for a team-up for the 2022 elections between VP Leni Robredo and Manila mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso. This comes at a time when some Liberals are calling for a single opposition ticket to oppose the administration, and possibly include someone from outside the party in the ticket. Robredo and Domagoso were together at the CCP Complex on June 22, partnering in a vaccination event for transportation workers (pedicab, tricycle and delivery drivers). Neither mentioned political plans.
Sotto files one person one account resolution in Senate.
Senate president Tito Sotto has filed a resolution requiring that all social message account owners be linked to a single identifiable person. This, he said, would prevent trolls from giving fake news, false messages or scams. This is in line with a campaign by pro-administration mediamen with that objective.
The implication of this resolution, which some officials want to become law, are chilling. The power over social media means that the government can use its new power over social media to hunt its enemies and curb dissent.
It brings to mind a lawsuit by WhatsApp against the Indian government, saying that requiring the first person sharing a message to be identified violates privacy. A lawsuit using the new law has caused controversy, with civil libertarians saying that India is moving towards the digital totalitarianism and absence of privacy in China.
The proposed one person one account law in the Philippines makes the country resemble China more closely, demonstrating how lackeys wish to resemble their masters as closely as possible.
June 12, 2021
Reduction in cases, causes for concern.
A total of 4,077 new cases were recorded on June 8, considerably lower than in previous days. But there were many more cases in Mindanao, with those in Davao exceeding Quezon City's. New strains were blamed for the surge. Earlier, escalating cases were noted in Zamboanga City. An additional source of concern was a new variant from India, delta 1, causing deadly symptoms like gangrene.
Essential workers included among vaccination priorities.
A4 workers, workers in key industries, joined A1 to A3 categories (medical and other frontliners, those with comorbidities, etc.) in groups prioritized for vaccination. But few in priority groups have been vaccinated due to vaccination hesitancy. The WHO approval for Sinovac which Malacanang hoped would give legitimacy to China vaccination has not done so.
June 8, 2021
All roads lead to Sara.
Sen. Imee Marcos revealed that she and her brother, former Sen. Bongbong Marcos, met with Davao City mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. She did not disclose the subject of their meeting. On June 3, former Defense Sec. Gilbert Teodoro and his wife, accompanied by former Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. visited the mayor on a private plane. The visit was followed by an FB post 'Done deal folks' by Andaya, who said they were destined to be with each other. Albay Rep. Joey Salceda, who describes the Davao City mayor as smart, strong and self-assured, sees GMA in her.
Some Manila newspapers see the Sara-Gibo tandem as the team to beat in 2022. Neither Duterte nor Teodoro, however, have disclosed their political plans.
Political commentators commenting on the 'Sara-Gibo' tandem announced by former Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. said nothing is final, and that the Davao mayor might team up with either Teodoro or former Sen. Bongbong Marcos. Former Sec. Teodoro, they noted, has long been close to the Dutertes and was offered a cabinet post.
Other teamups are those of the Manila mayor teaming up with Sen. Grace Poe as VP and former Sen. Bongbong Marcos and Pres. Duterte. They said it is still early and that substitutions are possible at the last minute. Pres. Duterte was still running at third or fourth shortly before election day.
Teodoro confirms VP bid.
In a radio interview, former Defense Sec. Gilbert Teodoro said that events of the past year have convinced him that he can best serve the country in government service. He said Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio is the most capable for the highest office, and that he has offered to serve as vice president if she runs.
June 2, 2021
Sen. Manny Pacquiao, the president of PDP-Laban, asked members of the national council to boycott a meeting to select its presidential candidate called by Sec. Al Cusi. Sec. Cusi, though, said the meeting has the blessing of Pres. Duterte. He said that the group needs to select only the standard bearer since it will ask Pres. Duterte to run as VP.
In other political news, the current cabinet is espected to be reduced by half by October since many are expected to run for senator including spokesman Harry Roque and secretaries Karlo Nograles and Mark Villar.
Sotto will run only under Lacson.
Senate President Tito Sotto, a leading candidate for vice president, said that he will only run as vice president under Sen. Panfilo Lacson since he is the only presidential contender that he trusts and admires.
May 26, 2021
Fake face shields seized in Paranaque.
Substandard face shields which did not meet standards were found by authorities in a Paranaque warehouse. They had been smuggled from China. The shields were later destroyed.
Dogs trained to detect COVID-19.
Researchers in the UK have trained dogs to spot people with the disease from their characteristic odor, with 95% accuracy. This is way faster than a PCR test, and more accurate than a lateral flow test. This can be used in malls, the LRT/MRT, and other places with large numbers of people entering, and where dogs are already used to detect bombs and explosives.
Hearing on Leonen impeachment set on May 27.
The hearing on Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen was set on M at 27 after the case was referred to the House of Representatives committee on justice by the committee on rules. It stems from his non-filing of his statement of assets, liabilibilites and net worth, and stems from a complaint of Ilocos Norte representative Angelo Marcos Barba.
It will be recalled that during his electoral protest, former Sen. Bongbong Marcos asked for the exclusion of Justice Leonen from the proceedings because he was allegedly biased against him.
House panel to tackle Leonen impeachment on May 27 news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/20/21/house-panel-to-tackle-leonen-impeachment-on-may-27
Lagman, Rodriguez say impeachment complaint vs. Leonen just 'hearsay' -gmanetwork.com/news/story/789073
The House of Representatives’ swift junking of the impeachment complaint speaks of the baselessness of allegations against him, Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen said. - May 27
In other political news, sources have mentioned retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio and Sen. Franklin Drilon as possible opposition presidential candidates. This follows reports that VP Leni Robredo is planning to run for a local position in Camarines Sur. The reason for hesitating to run for national office range from financial ones to the opposition of her daughters.
Panelo says Duterte can run for veep.
Presidential legal advisor Salvador Panelo says that President Rodrigo Duterte can run as vice president if there is a clamor from the Filipino people. According to Panelo, the common good has always been his object ever since he decided to run for president. If he does, he is expected to be the running mate of either his daughter Davao City mayor Sara Duterte Carpio or longtime aide Sen. Bong Go.
Sinovac rejected by employers abroad.
Radio interviews with OFWs have revealed that China-made China virus vaccines are not accepted by many countries and employers abroad. Many seamen vaccinated here have complained that their employers do not recognize the vaccine.
Similarly, a check with the Saudi Arabian embassy revealed that they recognize only four vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Astra-Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
May 21, 2021
Robredo, staff vaccinated.
Vice president Leni Robredo and 18 members of her staff have been vaccinated in Quezon City. In accordance with her attitude towards the Chinese occupation and the China-made virus and their vaccine, she selected an AstraZeneca jab.
In political news, the VP belied assertions by former Sen. Antonio Trillanes that he will be the opposition presidential candidate. She said the opposition has not yet selected a standard bearer, and that she has not yet ruled out running for the highest office or for a local position in Camarines Sur.
DILG orders non-disclosure of vaccine brands.
Secretary Eduardo Ano of the Department of Local Government ordered mayors not to reveal the vaccine brands to be used on constituents until the day of the vaccination. This was supported by most NCR mayors. This follows widespread opposition to China-made China virus vaccines and preference for the newly arrived Pfizer vaccine. Malabon Mayor Toby Tiangco registered dissent, saying that the order can only fuel suspicion and opposition to vaccines.
May 11, 2021
Duterte withdraws from debate.
President Rodrigo Duterte backed out of a debate to which he had challenged retired Supreme Court justice Antonio Carpio regarding who brought about the current crisis with China in the West Philippine Sea. He was advised by his cabinet that it was unseeemly for a sitting president to debate with a private citizen, which the retired justice now is. Instead, he proposed Sec. Harry Roque, whom he described as being knowledgeable in international law. Sec. Roque asked Justice Carpio to name the place and time for the debate.
EcoWaste coalition urges crematorium compliance with pollution control regulations.
The order for corona deaths to be cremated has made crematoriums operate continuously. April has seen a record for daily deaths (over 400). This has led to increased pollution from the practice, leading the EcoWaste coalition to ask for monitoring of the Clean Air Act to protect the health of the living.
The pandemic has led to other health problems. The BBC has reported that divers from environmental groups have found large accumulations of used face masks in Manila Bay.
Defensor thanks FDA for granting ivermectin CPR.
Rep. Mike Defensor hailed the Food and Drug Administration for granting ivermectin a certificate of product registration. This authorization for human use (it was previously for animal deworming) is only as an antihelmintic/antiparasitic and not against COVID-19. He asked for authorization for this purpose as he, according to him, and many others, have benefited from its use.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the DOH will submit an EUA application for Sinopharm before the Food and Drug Administration Monday after the World Health Organization approved the jab for emergency use. DOH to seek emergency use authorization for Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine philstar.com/headlines/2021/05/10/2097188/doh-seek-emergency-use-authorization-sinopharm-covid-19-vaccine