Really? Duterte volunteers to take part in Russia’s COVID-19 vax trials

President Rodrigo Duterte — if he isn’t joking this time around — said last night in a publicly broadcast speech that he would gladly participate in Russia’s clinical trials for an experimental COVID-19 vaccine. Duterte said that he was “delighted” that Russian President Vladimir Putin is handing out the unapproved vaccines to the Philippines for free. ...

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Senator Bong Revilla tests positive for COVID-19, but Pinoys haven’t been kind

Senator Bong Revilla tests positive for COVID-19, but Pinoys haven’t been kind

Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus shortly after someone from his household and a member of his staff contracted the respiratory...

Quezon City village backtracks on issuing ‘women-only’ quarantine passes after outcry

Quezon City village backtracks on issuing ‘women-only’ quarantine passes after outcry

The village of Old Balara in Quezon City has yesterday issued another directive allowing fathers, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and solo parents to obtain quarantine passes,...

Nancy Binay urges Health Secretary Duque to do some ‘soul-searching’ during MECQ

Nancy Binay urges Health Secretary Duque to do some ‘soul-searching’ during MECQ

Senator Nancy Binay today said that it would be an ideal time for the widely criticized Health Secretary Francisco Duque to do some much needed “soul-searching” as...

Quezon City official blames Rappler for ‘malicious’ spread of own ‘shoot-to-kill’ post

Quezon City official blames Rappler for ‘malicious’ spread of own ‘shoot-to-kill’ post

Rannie Ludovica, the head of Quezon City’s Task Force Disiplina (“discipline”) yesterday blamed news site Rappler for allegedly spreading “malicious...

Top diplomat Locsin stands by controversial ‘Sabah’ tweet despite Malaysia’s fury

Top diplomat Locsin stands by controversial ‘Sabah’ tweet despite Malaysia’s fury

It’s been a while since we last wrote about our Twitter-ranting top diplomat, but as always, Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.’s posts are too crazy to be ignored....

PH senators seek ‘special audit’ of COVID-19 funds amid allegations of overpricing

PH senators seek ‘special audit’ of COVID-19 funds amid allegations of overpricing

Senator Risa Hontiveros, along with several of her colleagues, yesterday filed a resolution asking a government agency to conduct a “special audit” of the Duterte...

Death penalty not proven to stop crimes, Filipino bishops tell Duterte

Death penalty not proven to stop crimes, Filipino bishops tell Duterte

The death penalty has not been proven to prevent people from committing crimes, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said today, shortly after...

Drilon, unwitting star of Duterte’s SONA, says he was fighting for ‘press freedom’

Drilon, unwitting star of Duterte’s SONA, says he was fighting for ‘press freedom’

He was defending press freedom, not ABS-CBN’s owners, Senator Franklin Drilon said yesterday, shortly after President Rodrigo Duterte lambasted the lawmaker in last...

Fury, facepalms, Jesus? Pinoys ride rollercoaster of emotions in Duterte’s SONA 2020

Fury, facepalms, Jesus? Pinoys ride rollercoaster of emotions in Duterte’s SONA 2020

Throughout an hour and 41 minutes on the dot of President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2020 State of the Nation diatribe—er, Address (SONA), Filipinos rode a rollercoaster of...


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