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Sen. Panfilo Lacson

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HEADLINES/HEALTH

PH ‘dropped the ball’ on Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 — Lacson  

MANILA — Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson lamented the fact that the country missed the chance of acquiring 10 million doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines next month after a government official “dropped the ball” on the deal that Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro ‘Teddy Boy’ Locsin Jr and Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel ‘Babe’ Romualdez negotiated for.

In a cryptic note on Thursday, Lacson tweeted “Instead of aiming at the hoop, he scratched his balls so he dropped the ball even as time was running out. Then, Singapore grabbed and shot the ball. Now, they have the vaccines and we don’t.”

A direct quote: “In July, we passed the ball to him. Instead of aiming at the hoop, he scratched his balls so he dropped the ball even as time was running out. Then, Singapore grabbed and shot the ball.”

Now, they have the vaccines and we don’t.

Lacson continued his rant on Twitter: “I wish you and Babe good luck in your next effort to intercept the ball. Next time, don’t pass it to that doggone ‘sanamagan’ teammate of yours. He keeps dropping the ball. Our people need those vaccines!”

Meanwhile, a significant development, the United Kingdom has started administering Covid-19 vaccines for a week now, targeting the most vulnerable, including carers of residents in care homes for adults, frontline health and social care workers, persons with serious underlying health conditions, and citizens aged 50 and over in what its government calls a list of nine high priority groups.

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 has reached the end of clinical trials and is now being rolled out in multiple countries. Regulatory bodies in the UK, Canada, and the US have granted temporary or emergency use authorization for the vaccine to be given to the public.

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NATION/PROBE

Palace expects speedy probe into NegOr city health exec slay

MANILA – Malacañang is expecting the law enforcers to carry out a speedy investigation into the killing of a city health officer from Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental and her husband last Tuesday.

In a Palace press briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque assured that the killing of city health officer Dr. Mary Rose Sancelan and her husband Edwin is already being investigated by the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Reports showed that Sancelan and her husband Edwin, also employed at the local government unit, were gunned down by still unidentified persons for a still unknown motive late Tuesday afternoon. Sancelan also served as incident commander of Guihulngan’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

NATION/AID

4K low-income families in Soccsksargen get Bayanihan 2 aid

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Nearly 4,000 families in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) have already received financial assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under Republic Act (RA) 11494 or Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2).

Cezario Joel Espejo, DSWD Region 12 director, said Thursday they have so far released around PHP19.6 million in grants to qualified households as part of the continuing rollout of their emergency subsidy program (ESP) for residents affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

He said the ESP was among the assistance programs earlier approved by the national government under Bayanihan 2.

A total of 3,920 household-beneficiaries from parts of the received one-time cash assistance of PHP5,000 each, he said.

NATION/BUSINESS

‘Early birds’ to get 20% cut in real property taxes in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY – The city government is hoping to encourage more real property owners to pay their taxes by offering an early bird discount.

“Real property owners who pay their tax for 2021 on or before the last day of work this year can avail of the 20 percent discount,” said city Treasurer Alex Cabarubbias in an interview on Thursday.

He said several real property owners annually avail of the discount provided for under the local government code but they hope that others will also take advantage of the discount.

The official said that some owners line up to pay their tax as early as the last week of November, which has become their practice to avail of the 20 percent discount.

NATION

Pangasinan residents urged to celebrate holiday season safely

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – With only eight days before Christmas, the Pangasinan Provincial Health Office (PHO) is urging residents to avoid crowd-gathering events, drinking sessions, and even karaoke singing amid the holiday season due to the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

In an interview on Thursday, PHO chief Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa De Guzman said Yuletide celebrations should only be attended by family members.

“We have to avoid conducting reunions, get together, alcohol drinking sessions, and singing in karaoke because of the high probability transmission of the virus,” she said.

She added that respiratory droplets of a person with Covid-19 can also infect other people, which may be possible through singing in karaoke.

SPORTS

IBF champ Jerwin Ancajas, impressed with Eumir win

MANILA — Reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior-bantamweight champion Jerwin Ancajas was so impressed and is convinced that the Tokyo Olympics bound Eumir Felix Marcial is in the mold of another great Filipino world boxing champion.

Ancajas, who holds the IBF junior-bantamweight title since 2016, intently keeps his eye on Eumir who successfully passed his first test fighting in the professional rank with a dominating win over Andrew Whitfield in their 4-round middleweight fight at the Shrine Expo Center in Los Angeles, California.

“Bilib ako kay Eumir,” said Ancajas while watching Eumir’s fight in the television along with other Filipino boxers.

“Nakapag-adjust kaagad siya sa unang round pa lang. Gigil pa siya noong unang round pero nakuha na niya agad ang kalaban sa ikalawang round. Unang laban pa lang niya sa pro eh iyung kalaban niya ay may apat na laban na sa pro,” said Ancajas. (AI/MTVN)

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