Tag: Philippines

Singapore & the Philippines emerge from coronavirus restrictions at the same time, but with big differences

Singapore—Singapore and one of its Southeast Asian neighbours, the Philippines, began easing restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic at the same time at the beginning of June. However, significant differences may be observed in the conditions of the two countries as life goes...

Morning brief: Coronavirus update for May 29, 2020

As of 9 am, May 29, 2020: World count: 5,763,122 cases, 2,389,735 recoveries, 358,235 deaths There are now 5,763,122 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 worldwide. There have been 358,235 deaths from the coronavirus worldwide since the pandemic began. The United States has the highest number of coronavirus cases,...

Trump ‘fine’ with end of Philippines military pact

US President Donald Trump dismissed concerns Wednesday about the Philippines canceling a major military accord, saying the decision would save Americans money. The 1998 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) created a legal framework for the presence of US troops in the Philippines and for organizing joint...

PM Lee’s video on coronavirus goes viral in the Philippines

Singapore—On Saturday, February 8, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong delivered a message about how the novel coronavirus (2019nCoV), which originated in Wuhan has been spreading and has since infected over 40,000 people around the globe, with a death toll of over 900. The government raised...

Filipinos criticise Duterte for slow response to Wuhan coronavirus

Manila – Many anxious Filipinos are questioning their President's sense of urgency in addressing the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) situation in the country. It took Mr Rodrigo Duterte four days after the country's first confirmed case to make an official statement on the epidemic, according...

The Philippines reports first death from Wuhan coronavirus outside China

Singapore — The first fatality from the Wuhan coronavirus outside China was reported in the Philippines on Sunday (Feb 2). According to the World Health Organization, the 44-year-old man, who was confirmed as the second person with the virus in the Philippines, was visiting...

Singaporean rideshare innovator Angeline Tham: Hero or persona non grata in the Philippines?

Manila — Singapore-born Angeline Tham is a hero to thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of Filipino commuters. Unfortunately, with some leaders, she is not nearly as popular, with one Philippine senator even seeking to deport the young mother of one due to controversy...

Signs of life at ‘no-man’s land’ around Philippine volcano

A desolate landscape of ash dunes and bare trees left by the eruption of the Philippines' Taal volcano lay in contrast with a few signs of life at ground zero of the disaster on Tuesday. The island site was buried by massive deposits of ash...

Dispatch from Manila: Life in the shadow of a volcano that could erupt any time

Manila—Life has taken an almost surreal turn after Taal Volcano started spewing ashes on Sunday afternoon, January 12. Toward evening, many parts of the city began to experience ashfall, fine but gritty grey dust that easily gets into your eyes, nose, skin, and hair. We...

Philippines struggles to keep evacuees away from volcano

Philippine authorities were struggling Wednesday to keep thousands of evacuees from returning to homes in areas threatened by a feared massive eruption of Taal volcano. Some 40,000 people have taken refuge in shelters since the volcano let loose a towering burst of ash and jets...