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DOH says COVID-19 cases in NCR have not peaked yet

9:12 am on 20 September 2021, Monday

The Department of Health said the rise in COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila has not reached a peak yet, contradicting an opinion earlier aired by an OCTA researcher. DOH Undersecretary and spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire was reacting to an observation made by OCTA Research fellow Guido David, who tweeted that early indications are that the surge may have already peaked in the NCR. #In60words




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World leaders return to UN this week with focus on

9:01 am on 20 September 2021, Monday

World leaders are returning to the United Nations in New York this week with a focus on boosting efforts to fight both climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, which last year forced them to send video statements for the annual gathering. About a third of the 193 UN states are planning to again send videos, but presidents, prime ministers, and foreign ministers for the remainder are due to travel. #In60words




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3 million more Sinovac doses arrive

7:47 pm on 19 September 2021, Sunday

Three million additional doses of government-procured Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the country on Sunday. The additional supply of vaccines arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal (NAIA) 2 past 6 p.m. The country has so far recorded 2,366,749 COVID-19 cases with 2,151,765 recoveries and 36,788 fatalities. #In60words




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Duterte to address UN General Assembly

7:41 pm on 19 September 2021, Sunday

President Rodrigo Duterte is set to participate in the High-Level General Debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) from September 21 to 27. Duterte will speak on the first day of the High-Level General Debate on September 21, Malacañang said in a statement. The UNGA is the main deliberating organ of the UN where all the 193 member states are represented. #In60words




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Robredo on unification of candidates in 2022 polls 'Kung ako

7:37 pm on 19 September 2021, Sunday

Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said she is ready to file her certificate of candidacy for president if chosen as the bet of a united opposition in the 2022 national elections. Robredo said that given her mandate as vice president, she has been preparing to lead the nation in case she needed to replace the President. Robredo on Friday said she was ready to face former senator Bongbong Marcos.




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Pacquiao accepts PDP-Laban faction's nomination, launches 2022 bid for presidency

7:30 pm on 19 September 2021, Sunday

Sen. Manny Pacquiao on Sunday formally announced his plan to run for president in the 2022 national elections with a promise to rule with integrity, compassion and transparency. He announced his presidential candidacy during his PDP-Laban faction's national assembly in Quezon City. I am a fighter and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring, Pacquiao said. #In60words




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Robredo pays tribute to 'humble, compassionate' Dinky Soliman

4:39 pm on 19 September 2021, Sunday

Vice President Leni Robredo mourned the passing of former Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman. The world has lost another good soul but heaven gained another angel, she said. Soliman, 68, passed away today, September 19. #In60words




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Labor chief Bello pushes more protection for seafarers

4:32 pm on 19 September 2021, Sunday

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III is pushing for the amendment to a 15-year-old maritime convention of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to give global seafarers greater protection while in the high seas. Bello said the existing ILO statute is ambiguous in providing fair treatment and protection to seafarers. #In60words




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Robredo joins calls to extend voter registration for 2022 polls

4:25 pm on 19 September 2021, Sunday

Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to extend voter registration for the 2022 elections by one month or until October 31. She cited the extraordinary circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Comelec earlier announced that it would not extend voter registration despite calls from lawmakers. #In60words




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PH Red Cross opens 21st Bakuna Center in Ilocos Norte

3:53 pm on 19 September 2021, Sunday

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) now has 21 vaccination centers across the country after it established a new Bakuna Center in Ilocos Norte recently to vaccinate more people against coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The humanitarian organization said it opened its 21st vaccination center in Robinsons Ilocos Norte on Sept. 16 to cater to those residing in San Nicholas town, and nearby areas. #In60words




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PNP warns anti-vaccine protesters defying health protocols

3:44 pm on 19 September 2021, Sunday

The chief of the Philippine National Police warned anti-vaxxers and COVID-19 deniers after members of a group called Gising Maharlika held protests to oppose the governments vaccination program and public health protocols. PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said such acts of defiance and irresponsibility put the safety of the public at risk.




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11,000 applicants, so far, for 2020-2021 bar examinations

3:35 pm on 19 September 2021, Sunday

More than 11,000 law graduates have so far applied for the 2020-2021 online bar examinations to be conducted by the Supreme Court (SC) on four Sundays this November. In 2019, a total of 7,685 law graduates took the bar examinations, 8,158 in 2018, and 6,748 in 2017. The online examinations will be conducted in at least 24 testing centers nationwide. #In60words




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