January 2020

Mayor

Sandiganbayan has suspended 90-day suspension of Mayor Datu Sajid Islam Ampatuan of Shariff Saydona Mustapha, Maguindanao pending P98 million graft and malversation charges filed against the mayor. It was created after the anti-graft court granted Sajid’s motion who voluntarily served his 90-day suspension for dignity as provided by Section 13 of the anti-graft law stating that any public prosecutor facing criminal prosecution under the proper information for on any offense

coronavirus

Health spokesman Eric Domingo clarified Friday that there are only 31 suspected cases of a novel coronavirus in the Philippines. The reason for people under investigation is at 56. By 12 noon today, we have two additional people under investigation reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 3. We have 31 people under investigation, including one of which turned out to be a positive and proven caseIn

magnitude earthquake

On Tuesday, a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck the western Caribbean, triggering evacuations as buildings shook across the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and downtown Miami but with no initial reports of significant damage. The epicenter of the quake was at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles (10 km) in the sea between Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and Cuba. The International Tsunami Information Center reported that an earlier tsunami wave danger had

VIVA

Nadine Lustre’s camp said it’s ready to take on VIVA Artists Agency in a court battle — after the management company warned of litigation against the actress for suspected contract breach. Lustre’s camp earlier said that the 26-year-old agreed to part with VIVA, citing Article 1920 of the Philippines Civil Code on the principal’s right to terminate the organization under a contract. Lustre, said her attorneys, will also be “self-managed”

USTH

The University of Santo Tomas Hospital (USTH) said Tuesday that a patient who contracted a 2019 novel coronavirus or 2019 nCoV was admitted to the facility. According to a statement from the USTH Office of the Medical Director posted by Varsitarian, UST’s official student publication, ‘is absurd in circulating social media and text messages of a novel coronavirus patient in USTH.’ The USTH director has confirmed that an established protocol

visas

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday evening ordered the immediate suspension of the issuance of visas in the Philippines to travelers from the Hubei province of China amid the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Dodo Dulay said the order was issued after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of emerging Infectious Diseases proposed the proposal in a resolution. The same resolution also sought travel counselors

China

The number of confirmed cases in the new virus outbreak in China reached 5,974 on Wednesday, reaching the number of people infected in the mainland of the SARS epidemic in 2002-2003. on Wednesday, as death increased to 132. There were 5,327 confirmed cases in mainland China during the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome epidemic. Some experts have praised Beijing for being more reactive and open about the new virus compared to

NBA

As a tribute to his tragic death in a helicopter crash in California, Philippine fans of late NBA star Kobe Bryant have created a special mural at a covered tenement home court in Taguig City. The artists created the mural to pay homage to Bryant and his daughter Gianna, who was also killed in the incident, according to Bam Alegre’s post on Unang Balita Tuesday. They’ve said painting the mural

Taal Volcano eruption

Batangas Representative Vilma Santos-Recto stated that her proposed Taal Commission would make it easier for individuals affected by the Taal Volcano eruption to raise financial aid. Santos-Recto clarified that the 30-billion supplementary budget that President Rodrigo Duterte requested from the Congress to pass, as well as the disaster funds of the local government units affected, were not sufficient to meet the needs of the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.

Wuhan City

There are no plans yet to evacuate Philippines located in Wuhan City, China’s epicenter for the novel coronavirus outbreak Fifty-six people have been confirmed dead, while the new coronavirus strain has caused close to 2,000 people to fall ill across the world. The government can not force Filipinos in the region to return to the Philippines, given their jobs, according to Panelo. Identified in December, the coronavirus outbreak caused concern