PNP says 'will find ways' to follow SC rules on body cameras despite lack of equipmentMANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police said Tuesday that it will comply with the Supreme Court's rules governing the use of body-worn cameras but acknowledged it does not have enough cameras for its personnel. READ: SC rules requiring body cam in police service of warrants take effect"Our body-worn cameras are not enough but in the spirit of transparency and accountability, I trust that our commanders will find ways to comply with the Supreme Court’s guidelines on the use of body-worn cameras,” he said in mixed Filipino and English. "[The] PNP has taken the initiative to seek the help of the Supreme Court for clear guidelines on the use of body-worn cameras so there is no reason for us not to follow it." PNP protocolsEleazar said the PNP's Directorate for Operations issued a memo containing the general protocols for the use of the cameras on Monday. Eleazar said the rules were already "being implemented now" but added that there were "issues" that the PNP had asked the Supreme Court for clarification on.
MANILA, Philippines — Boxer Nesthy Petecio fell a hairline short of a gold medal after falling to Japan's Sena Irie via unanimous decision at the Kokugikan Arena on Tuesday. Irie took the first and third rounds, 5-0, to escape with the win and the gold medal against the determined Filipina. The Philippines thus continues its search for its first gold medal in Olympic boxing. TRACKER: Team Philippines at the Tokyo OlympicsIrie thus reasserted her mastery over Petecio, whom she holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over. En route to the gold medal match, Petecio had to survive tough tests from four pugs, including World No.
Alexa Ilacad to graduate from college with honorsMANILA, Philippines — Kapamilya actress Alexa Ilacad is set to graduate from college with a General Weighted Average (GWA) of 1.0. In her Instagram account, Alexa posted a photo of her saying she’s also a dean’s lister and will finish a Marketing course. I am over the moon as I type this right now but finally… I AM GRADUATING!” Alexa wrote. Actress Michelle Vito, who also recently graduated from college, congratulated Alexa for her milestone. Other celebrities who congratulated Alexa included Kaye Abad, MJ Lastimosa and Melai Cantiveros, to name a few.
MANILA, Philippines — Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon, a top official of the opposition Liberal Party, debunked assessments that Vice President Leni Robredo has given up a possible presidential run in 2022. ADVERTISEMENT“That is not a fair assessment and that is not a correct assessment of the intention of the vice president,” he added. Drilon said the objective of such meetings was to form a united opposition front against the candidate of the administration. “The objective is to have the strongest presidential candidate against the administration, that is why she has been conducting these meetings. Needless to say, the effort to look for the strongest opposition candidate includes her,” he added.
August 03, 2021 04:07 UTC
Paalam says don't worry, however, as he's simply "hardheaded", and this caused the injury that prompted a stoppage to the match. TRACKER: Team Philippines at the Tokyo Olympics"Umi-istraight ako ng tiyan eh kasi tinatarget ko yung body niya. Kasi magaling siya sa ulo magmove," Paalam told Paolo del Rosario of One Sports after the match. Kasi umi-straight din siya... Matigas lang talaga ulo ko nasugatan siya sa ulo," he added. Paalam gave the Philippines its fourth medal in Tokyo, making the 2021 edition of the Games the largest medal haul for the country in its history.
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MANILA, Philippines — The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party, led by Sen. Nancy Binay, said Tuesday that it is pushing back talks on the 2022 national elections amid the pandemic and rising COVID-19 infections in the country. It added that politics is aggravating a public health issue and hampering the country’s response to the pandemic. “For this reason, UNA has decided to suspend all talks in connection with the 2022 National Elections until further notice so that the Party can help and focus well in fighting the pandemic,” it added. Metro Manila will revert to the strictest form of lockdown for two weeks starting August 6 as COVID-19 infections in the county continue to rise and amid the threat of the more transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus. Lacson and Sotto have also pushed back the official announcement of their 2022 candidacies because of the rise in COVID-19 cases.— Kristine Joy Patag
August 03, 2021 03:07 UTC
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Goodbye reigning champ, hello another Olympic medal: Paalam beats Uzbek to enter boxing semisMANILA, Philippines — Say hello to Carlo Paalam, Olympic medalist. The Filipino pug is assured of at least a bronze medal after a huge win over reigning Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan in the quarterfinals. TRACKER: Team Philippines at the Tokyo OlympicsGiving the Philippines its fourth medal in Tokyo, Paalam thus helped the Pinoy contingent break the record for most medals in one Olympic appearance. He thus gives the Philippine boxing team its third medal, with Eumir Marcial also assured of a bronze. Paalam will face off against home bet Ryomei Tanaka for a chance to clinch a sure silver in the semifinal set Thursday.
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MANILA, Philippines – The PBA announced it is temporarily suspending games of its ongoing 46th season starting Wednesday because of the heightened quarantine level in Metro Manila in response to the “unwanted rise of COVID-19 Delta variant infections.”In a statement Tuesday, the league said it supports the government’s decision to place the National Capital Region under General Community Quarantine with heightened restrictions from July 30 to August 5. NCR will be under the much stricter Enhanced Community Quarantine from August 6 to August 20. Related Stories PBA mulls holding games in Batangas to ride out ECQThe PBA earlier bared its intention to hold games in Lipa, Batangas to ride out the ECQ, a plan currently pending approval from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Infectious Diseases (IATF).
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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ unemployment rate was still at 7.7 percent in June, accounting for 3.76 million jobless Filipinos, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The unemployment rate in June was lower than the unemployment rates in April at 8.7 percent, February at 8.8 percent, and January at 8.7 percent. PSA said the employment rate in June remained unchanged at 92.3 percent from May amid the surge of the coronavirus pandemic in the country. “This means that 45.08 million were employed out of 48.84 million Filipinos in the labor force in June 2021,” it added. PSA said the employment rate was likewise higher among men at 93.2 percent than among women at 91 percent.
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MANILA, Philippines — COVID-19 vaccine donations from the United States played a crucial part in the decision to restore the Visiting Forces Agreement, President Rodrigo Duterte said. Duterte had previously threatened to go through with scrapping the decades-old agreement without concessions from the US like vaccine deliveries or some form of payment. Related Stories VFA fully restored after Duterte meeting with Pentagon chief — Lorenzana“We did a 'give and take'. The chief executive made the statement ahead of the delivery of three million Moderna vaccine doses—a donation from Washington—on Tuesday. “I’d like to thank the president of the United States, [Joe] Biden, the government and the people of America for not forgetting us.
August 03, 2021 01:52 UTC
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MANILA, Philippines (Update 1, 10:22 a.m.) — The Philippine Statistics Authority reported that jobless rate was steady in June, but looming harsh lockdowns in Metro Manila could throw a spanner in the works. That translates to unemployment rate of 7.7% in June, unchanged from May. Underemployment rate rose to 14.2% in June to 6.41 million, higher than 12.3% rate chalked up in May. Top of mind reasons for unemployment cited among the 11,081 households surveyed were medical limitations and strict lockdown measures. “If you have very restricted situation, the movement of workers would also be restricted,” Mapa said.
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Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje, also chief of the National Vaccination Operations Center, on Monday said they started distributing Pfizer doses. Cabotaje, in a Viber message, said the full deployment of the four million doses promised to Metro Manila mayors would have to be completed by Aug. 16. The local executives earlier agreed to a lockdown on condition that the national government would provide cash subsidies and four million vaccine doses to NCR. In Malacañang, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Monday that Metro Manila was assured of getting at least 2.5 million vaccine doses during the lockdown. He said Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the official overseeing the government’s vaccine procurement, would try to see if he could increase this to four million doses.
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ADVERTISEMENTAccording to Lacson, DBM officials can use the benefit of telecommunications to complete the national government’s spending plan for 2022. Lacson made the statement following apprehensions that the executive department’s preparations of the 2022 NEP will be delayed by Avisado’s prolonged absence. He’s on medical leave,“ Roque said. Roque said that before Avisado started his leave, he submitted the final NEP or the 2022 proposed budget. Roque, quoting the DBM statement, said Tina Rose Marie Canda, undersecretary for the DBM, would be the officer in charge during Avisado’s medical leave.
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