THREAD: Government officials hold ‘Laging Handa’ briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, other national issues | LIVE

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New AFP Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana: Gusto ko po maramdaman ng taong bayan ang relevance ng ating Armed Forces of the Philippines as we are mandated to serve the people and secure the land. We have to really do our best to make a difference and make things happen
AFP chief Sobejana: Being in the profession of arms, we should strictly adhere to the provisions of the international humanitarian law
RELATED: In going after local terrorist groups, the Armed Forces will follow the rule of law, respect human rights, and adhere to international humanitarian law, says its newly installed Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana
AFP chief Sobejana on publication of erroneous list tagging several UP alumni as members of the the NPA: We should learn lessons from our mistakes. We need to rectify and be deliberate in all our actions
AFP chief Sobejana: Kasama po sa guidance ko is that we have to exercise due diligence. It is hard to get back what you have said
AFP chief Sobejana on probe into Lt. General Antonio Parlade’s threatening messages to a journalist: We have to be deliberate. We give due process

AFP chief Sobejana admits it is difficult to ‘accurately’ identify the enemies of the state
FDA Director General Usec. Eric Domingo says EUA applications of Russian firm Gamaleya and Chinese company Sinovac for their coronavirus vaccines are still pending at the agency
FDA on paused AstraZeneca vaccine rollout in South Africa after a study shows it offers less protection against a new coronavirus variant: Sa ngayon, wala naman pong epekto sa atin dahil hindi pa nakikita ang South African variant sa Pilipinas
FDA warns public against buying coronavirus vaccines: Wala pa pong bakuna (laban sa coronavirus) sa buong mundo na may marketing authorization o iyong maari nang ibenta sa publiko
FDA: Ang bakuna po ay maaari lang ma-access through the government’s (COVID-19) vaccination program
FDA: Libre po ang bakuna at hindi babayaran itong mga ito
FDA on fake coronavirus vaccines: Sa Pilipinas po, wala pa. Nakikipagtulungan po tayo sa PNP, Bureau of Customs, at NBI to make sure na walang makapasok na fake vaccines lalo na ngayon na padating na ang totoong bakuna
FDA: Kapag dumating po kasi ang genuine vaccines, ito rin po ang time na maaaring may sumabay na fake vaccines so we have to be careful. Binabantayan naman po
FDA says they have not started evaluating the EUA application of India-based Bharat Biotech as it has not submitted its Phase 3 vaccine trial results
DOTr Usec. Timothy Batan: Siguradong sigurado na po na masisimulan ang ating Metro Manila subway project dahil andiyan na po ang ating pondo na kailangan natin galing sa Japan
DOTr Usec. Batan: Last week, dumating na po ang una sa 25 na tunnel boring machines na gagamitin natin para sa subway
DOTr Usec. Batan says the Metro Manila subway project costs ₱350 billion, adds 80% of the needed funds will be sourced through loans
DOTr Usec. Batan on loan agreement with Japan for the Metro Manila subway project: Ang terms po ng pautang ng Japan ay 40 years to pay. Mayroon pong 0.1% percent na interest. Mayroon pong grace period na 12 years
DOTr Usec. Batan: Ang partially na maooperate po (ngayong taon) ay ang major components ng (Metro Manila) subway natin
DOTr Usec. Batan: Mayroon po tayong 13 na rail projects sa buong bansa
AFP chief Sobejana on China’s new coast guard law: Iyong pronouncement ng China na their coast guard can open fire to people intruding into the territory— it is very alarming po iyan
AFP chief Sobejana on China’s new coast guard law: I should say it is a very irresponsible statement dahil ang ating kababayan ay hindi pumupunta sa disputed area para makipag-giyera kung hindi maghanapbuhay
AFP chief Sobejana: Ang gagawin natin ay i-increase natin ang ating visibility through the deployment of more naval asset. I want to make clear that our navy presence there is not to wage war against China, but to secure our people
AFP chief Sobejana says 25% percent of the Armed Forces’ population will be prioritized in the initial COVID-19 vaccine rollout, adds their frontline medical workers stand to receive the vaccines first

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