Monthly Archives: August 2020

Pittsburg, CA -- Due to high demand, Ramar Food announces a shortage on their ube (purple yam) supply. Purple Yam has been the popular comfort food for the diaspora and has been enjoyed in several ice cream flavors under Ramar’s Magnolia brand. The all-natural ube supply is experiencing a shortage. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and surges in grocery, the supplies are going to be limited.  “Ube is a winter crop and it was not abundant during the summer season,” explains Jojo...

Filipinos with access to Spectrum TV in the 41 US states where it is available (including California, New York, Hawaii, Nevada and Florida) can now watch GMA international’s linear channels (GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International) via Spectrum TV App. Authenticated subscribers can watch Kapuso programs anywhere and on any device such as Windows, Android, and iOS using the Spectrum TV App which can be downloaded on Google Playstore and the Apple Appstore. Sub...

SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will take special measures to help immigrants affected by the ongoing California wildfires. Anyone who was evacuated or who lost a home as a result of the wildfires, and had an appointment with USCIS, can reschedule by calling the Contact Center at 800-375-5283 or by writing to USCIS, 630 Sansome Street, San Francisco, CA 94111. Those in the burn area who fail to appear for an appointment will be rescheduled...

By Daniel Llanto Vice-president Leni Robredo said Filipinos fighting to survive the corona virus pandemic are losing their "confidence" in government because of President Duterte’s prolonged absence from the public eye coupled with corruption scandals. Robredo said confidence is crucial in helping the economy recover from the COVID-19 crisis. But she warned Filipinos are already losing their trust in the administration as several officials continue to face corruption sc...

By Corina Oliquin MANILA -- In a statement sent to reporters on August 21 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases member and Justice Sec. Menardo Guevarra  appealed to churches and religious leaders  to “save (followers) from self-destruction” in the pandemic. Guevarra’s plea came after he received a call from National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. “regarding the alarming increase in the nu...

By William Casis Sen. Imee Marcos challenged Health Sec. Francisco Duque to make good on his word to support the measure to  permanently  abolish the three percent premium that OFWs pay PhilHealth.  "It’s been said that if you want something done, you’ll find many ways to get to it; if you don’t, you’ll find many excuses. Let’s stand by our OFWs and finally get this done!” Marcos said. Duque expressed his support to Marcos's proposed bill in  last week’...

By Beting Laygo Dolor, Contributing Editor With its broadcast operations stopped after failing to get a renewal of its franchise to operate, ABS-CBN suffered a PHP3.9-billion (US$78-M) loss in the first half of the year. The radio-TV network was already losing advertising revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic when it was forced off the air by the government last May after the House of Representatives blocked its bid for another 25-year franchise to operate. Long co...

By Corina Oliquino MANILA -- Sen. Joel Villanueva quizzed Health Sec. Francisco Duque III on why in seven out of 10 active critical cases, 73 percent failed to get any treatment at medical facilities last August 18 at the Senate Committee of the Whole’s probe into PhilHealth. The data, released on August 17 by the DoH, also showed nearly half of the persons who died from COVID-19 or 1,286 of 2,861 deaths attributed to the coronavirus were never admitted to hospitals. ...

By Macon Araneta  After wrapping up its inquiry in the widespread corruption at PhilHealth, described by Sen. Panfilo Lacson as "mafia", senators recommended the filing of charges against PhilHealth President and CEO Gen. Ricardo Morales (ret.) and other top officials of the state insurer. To be charged along with Morales, Lacson said, are Fund Management Sector Senior Vice-president Renato Limsiaco Jr., SVP and CIO Jovita Aragona and Senior ICT Officer Calixt...

By Daniel Llanto           The commanding general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) called for “political will” instead of fighter jets to protect the Philippine’s rights in the West Philippine Sea against China in an apparent dig at President Duterte’s continued tolerance of China’s aggression in the disputed seas. Lt. Gen, Antonio Parlade Jr., AFP-Solcom commander, said political will, not "floating vessels" nor "fighter jets", is...

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