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12 May
In a DZMM interview, Carlo Montehermozo, the Pangasinan fisherman who asked President Duterte during the 2016 campaign debate in Dagupan about the Scarborough Shoal, called Duterte a "joke" of a president. | @mjaysoncayabyab
@mjaysoncayabyab He was sought by DZMM for his reaction to President Duterte's statement that his 2016 campaign promise to ride a jetski to Scarborough Shoal was a joke and that those who had believed him are stupid. | @mjaysoncayabyab
@mjaysoncayabyab "Eh ang alam nami sir kaming mangingisda, matutulungan sa sinabi ko sa kaniya. Yun pala joke lang pala sinabi niya don. Kaming mangingisda dito, masama loob namin. Joke joke lang sinabi samen noon," the fisherman in Infanta Pangasinan says. | @mjaysoncayabyab
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11 May
Hong Kong officials have dropped a plan to mandate foreign domestic workers be vaccinated against the coronavirus, after it was criticized as discriminatory. | @AP
@AP Officials initially proposed the plan after a foreign domestic worker tested positive for a coronavirus variant in April, with an unknown source of infection.
@AP The plan was dropped after officials assessed public health needs, as well as the legal issues that may arise if they made vaccinations mandatory, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said at a regular news briefing Tuesday.
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11 May
BIKE-THRU LANE 🚲

A biker shared his experience on Saturday at Dunkin’ Philippines' first drive-thru branch located along Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. (Photos courtesy of Henry Tuason Macasiano)
“The experience was overall good. One, we don’t have to park and lock our bikes outside just to buy inside the shop,” uploader Henry Tuason Macasiano told The Philippine STAR.
"Two, the bike table amenity outside also allowed us to eat conveniently, again without having to leave our bikes. And lastly, the al fresco bike table is much safer these days. The guard/staff also disinfected the table after our use," he added.
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11 May
During his visit in Cotobato, Duterte inspected 1,000 assorted firearms and ammunition recovered from operations January to May this year. He was accompanied by 6ID Commander MGen. Juvymax Uy. | @xtinamen
@xtinamen Duterte: BIFF and allied terrorists are waging a war against each other, against local government, against the Armed Forces of the Philippines, this cannot go on... | @xtinamen
@xtinamen Duterte said if he gives an order for an all out offensive, it will be bloody, it will be sad. | @xtinamen
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11 May
Roque says new quarantine classifications may be announced on Friday. | @alexisbromero

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@alexisbromero Roque says Duterte admin not deflecting blame on West Philippine Sea issue, claims the Palace is just answering the allegations of critics. | @alexisbromero

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@alexisbromero Roque: Nalulungkot kami na patuloy na negatibo ang GDP figures at nagagalak at the same time, from -8 e -4 na po ibig sabihin unti-unti na tayong umaahon. | @alexisbromero

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11 May
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque holds press briefing. | @alexisbromero

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@alexisbromero Roque says President Duterte will visit Cotabato today. In an earlier radio interview, Roque says the President will deliver a message to the BIFF, which seized a market in Maguindanao last weekend. | @alexisbromero

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@alexisbromero Roque: Wala pong nakastation kahit sino sa Sandy Cay. | @alexisbromero

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11 May
Authorities in eastern China hunted Monday for the last of three leopards that escaped from a safari park, which faced strong public criticism for concealing the breakout for nearly a week. | @AP
The leopards escaped from Hangzhou Safari Park on April 19 during a handover between zookeepers due to a lapse in operating procedures, officials said at a news conference Monday.
Hangzhou Deputy Mayor Wang Hong said police received calls that leopards were spotted last Thursday and Friday but the safari park denied any had escaped.
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11 May
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed Monday that he has given the go-ahead for that much-missed human contact from May 17 as part of the next round of lockdown easing following a sharp fall in new coronavirus infections. | @AP
Other easing measures included the reopening of pubs and restaurants indoors as well as cinemas and hotels, and allowing two households to meet up inside a home.
However, he stressed that people should exercise common sense given that social contact is the main way the virus is transmitted.
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10 May
HAPPENING NOW: President Duterte addresses the nation.

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@alexisbromero Health Secretary Francisco Duque III reporting the latest COVID-19 data. | @alexisbromero
@alexisbromero Duque says no room for complacency despite improving COVID-19 numbers. | @alexisbromero
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10 May
A personnel at the Philippine Embassy in India died of COVID-19 on Monday as the South Asian country struggles to cope with the surge in transmissions of the deadly disease.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed the death of the Filipino.
“We have one death due to COVID among our personnel in the Philippine Embassy in India,” said DFA Executive Director for Strategic Communications Ivy Banzon-Abalos.
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10 May
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon reiterated Parlade’s continued stay at the body was patent violation of the Constitution. | @PaoloSRomero
@PaoloSRomero Drilon noted the Senate adopted Committee Report 186 that called for Parlade’s removal while proposed Resolution 709, signed 15 senators led by Senate President Vicente Sotto III, sought censure of the loudmouthed general. | @PaoloSRomero
@PaoloSRomero Drilon: We will continue to question his appointment as well as the appropriateness of using P16.4 billion in people’s money for anti-insurgency funds instead of using it to expand the ayuda, subsidize salaries of private sector workers or buy COVID-19 vaccines. | @PaoloSRomero
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10 May
Sen. Panfilo Lacson hits retention of Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade
as NTF-ELCAC spokesman and the appointment of six new talking heads to the body. | @PaoloSRomero
@PaoloSRomero Lacson: Since the time the NTF-ELCAC was created, being the principal sponsor of their annual budget, I have been their most reliable ally in the Senate — until now. | @PaoloSRomero
@PaoloSRomero Lacson: That said, there's no point discussing, much less arguing with people who refuse to listen to reason and adhere to the rule of law. | @PaoloSRomero
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10 May
Hundreds of resort goers who flouted quarantine protocols when they swam in Gubat sa Ciudad resort in Caloocan should isolate themselves for two weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Oscar Malapitan says. | @mjaysoncayabyab
@mjaysoncayabyab Malapitan echoed the stand of Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire who also urged the resort goers to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine. | @mjaysoncayabyab
@mjaysoncayabyab City hall has secured the guest book of the resort to conduct contract tracing of those who violated mass gathering restrictions on Sunday, Mother’s Day. The guest book yielded around 300 resort goers, Malapitan told CNN Philippines this noon. | @mjaysoncayabyab
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10 May
'Dude, pantry, chong!' for mommies!

A total of 100 mothers received special items from a community pantry in De La Salle University which include cups of Starbucks coffee, burgers, pastries, and sanitizers, among others. (Photos from Demi Mabansay via Martin Cervantes)
Martin Cervantes, one of the organizers of the "Dude, Pantry, Chong - The Taft Times Community Pantry,” posted on Facebook photos of their Mother's Day Special on Sunday.
"A few days ago, a beneficiary said, 'Sa wakas, makakain din kami ng masarap,' with his regular canned goods and noodles not knowing that we have a big surprise for today," Cervantes wrote in the caption.
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10 May
HAPPENING NOW: Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque conducts a press briefing.

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Roque says President Duterte to deliver public address from Davao City today. | @alexisbromero

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@alexisbromero Roque reacting to latest statement of retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio on the West PH Sea: Ang punto po ng Presidente, huwag niyo sasabihing siya ang namimigay ng teritoryo. | @alexisbromero

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9 May
Sen. Francis Tolentino backs call of the private sector to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory to help the country achieve herd immunity and pull the economy out of recession. | @PaoloSRomero
@PaoloSRomero Tolentino says mandatory vaccination is part of the police powers of the State to protect public health, to secure public safety, and to control the spread of dangerous diseases. | @PaoloSRomero
@PaoloSRomero Tolentino: As long as the vaccination is not done in an arbitrary or oppressive manner, and not beyond what is reasonably required for the safety of all, it (mandatory vaccination) is constitutional. | @PaoloSRomero
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9 May
This youth-led organization in Pangasinan uses a bike as a tool to provide their neighbors with basic medical services.

The initiative started in their own community, but it is now being adopted in 22 barangays. ImageImageImage
"Ang concept po kasi ni Go Bike is mag-train and mag-empower ng mga kabataan para maging community responders and maging first-aider po sa panahon po ng sakuna," President of Go Bike Project Meca Fernandez said.
"Nagbibigay po kami ng free healthcare services po sa mga senior citizen po natin, sa mga buntis, sa mga hindi po nakakalabas po ng bahay," Fernandez added.
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9 May
Several people are seen swimming in a pool at Gubat Sa Ciudad Resort in Caloocan on Sunday amid the COVID-19 pandemic. ImageImageImage
The Greater Manila, which includes the National Capital Region and the provinces of Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna, will remain under modified enhanced community quarantine until May 14, 2021. (Video by Boy Santos/The Philippine STAR)
JUST IN: Caloocan mayor Oscar Malapitan says he has ordered the closure of the Gubat Sa Ciudad resort for operating despite the MECQ. | @mjaysoncayabyab
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9 May
IN PHOTOS: People smoke marijuana joints during a rally demanding the decriminalization of marijuana and in Medellin, Colombia on Saturday. | via @AFP ImageImageImageImage
@AFP They are in support of the national strike against President Ivan Duque's government triggered by a now abandoned tax reform. | via @AFP
@AFP Duque is facing anti-government protests and holding a series of talks with his political foes in search of a way out of the crisis. | via @AFP Image
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9 May
Iraq's heritage battered by desert sun, rain and state apathy

One of the world's oldest churches is crumbling deep in Iraq's desert, another victim of years of conflict, government negligence and climate change in a country with a rich heritage. | via @AFP ImageImageImageImage
@AFP After Pope Francis made a historic visit to Iraq in March, many Iraqis hoped that busloads of tourists would flock to Al Aqiser church southwest of the capital Baghdad. | via @AFP
@AFP But in a country that has been battered by consecutive conflicts and economic crises, the church— like Iraq's numerous Christian, Islamic and Mesopotamian relics — has been left to weather away. | via @AFP
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12 Apr
The Senate committee of the whole starts its probe into the looming food crisis and the alleged multibillion-peso corruption in pork importations. | @PaoloSRomero
@PaoloSRomero Sen. Panfilo Lacson at the start of the inquiry says based on data from the Bureau of Customs and the Philippine Statistical Authority there is no need for massive pork imports and lowering of tariffs as allowed by President Duterte's Executive Order 128. | @PaoloSRomero
@PaoloSRomero Lacson asks whether the importation and lowering of tariffs was done out of the "penchant" and "whim" of the DA. "The bigger question is why or 'magkano?'" | @PaoloSRomero
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