PH’s Maya-2 launched into space: DOST
MANILA – The country’s nanosatellite, Maya-2, was successfully launched to the International Space Station (ISS) early Sunday, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña said.
De la Peña said it was launched together with the nanosatellites of Japan and Paraguay at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Station in Virginia, United States through the S.S. Katherine Johnson Cygnus spacecraft at 1:36 a.m. (Philippine time).
“The DOST is very proud of this achievement. Since DOST started the Philippine Space Technology Development Program in 2014, we have already sent orbiting into space two microsatellites — Diwata-1 and Diwata-2, and the nanosatellite, Maya-1. Maya-2 will soon be deployed from the ISS,” de la Peña said in a Viber message.
The program will now transition into the leadership of the newly established Philippine Space Agency, he added.
“All of us should be proud of the fast progress that the Philippines has made in this area considering that we started only in 2014. There are many aspects of governance which will be assisted by space technologies,” he said.
18 pang bagong UK variant carriers natuklasan
MANILA — Nadagdagan pa ang bilang ng natuklasang kaso ng B.1.1.7 variant o UK variant sa ginawang genome sequencing ng Department of Health (DOH), University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center (UP-PGC), at UP-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH).
Ayon sa DOH, 18 pang kaso ng UK variant ang na-detect mula sa ika-pitong batch ng 757 samples na na-sequence ng UP-PGC nitong February 18 dahilan para umabot na sa 62 ang UK variant carriers.
Iniulat din ng DOH, UP-PGC, at UP-NIH na ang karagdagang sample mula sa Region 7 na kabilang sa huling (6th) genome sequencing batch ay natagpuan na mayroong N501Y at E484K mutations, habang ang 2 sa 80 na sample ng Region 7 na sumunod sa ika-7 batch ay natagpuan din na may parehong pag-mutate kaya nasa may kabuuan nang 34.
Ang 13 kaso ng B.1.1.7 ay mga Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) na pumasok sa bansa sa pagitan ng January 3 hanggang 27,2021.
Lahat ng kasong ito ay nai-tag bilang recovered at ay kasalukuyang iniimbestigahan ng DOH ang pagsunod sa mga isolation protocol at pag-trace ng contact ng ginawa para sa mga ROF na ito.
Recoveries umabot sa 9,737; 1,888 panibagong kaso ng Covid-19 naitala ng DOH
MANILA — Ngayong araw, Linggo, 21 Pebrero 2021, dakong alas-4 ng hapon ay may naitala ang Department of Health na panibagong kaso na 1,888 COVID-19.
Samantala, sa likod naman nito ay mayroon namang malaking bilang ang naitala na mga gumaling na 9,737.
Sa kasamaang palad, ang mga pumanaw ay umabot sa 20 ang bilang.
Sa kabuuang bilang ng mga naitalang kaso sa bansa, 4.7% (26,238) ang aktibong kaso, 93.2% (522,843) na ang gumaling, at 2.15% (12,088) ang namatay.
‘Common sense’ dictates need to back Duterte’s payment demand
MANILA – Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo on Sunday insisted that those criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte’s demand for the United States (US) to pay the Philippines for hosting American troops should allow the chief executive to “strategize” since it was part of his job.
While acknowledging critics’ right to free speech, Panelo said their sentiments would give the US the impression that there is disunity among Filipinos.
He reiterated that the President is the chief architect of foreign policy as mandated by the Constitution and that he can enter into treaties and to make these treaties effective before it goes to Congress for its concurrence.
“Pero during the time na nakikipag-negotiate siya e, prudence and common sense require na yung mga nandiyan sa Senado o yung nandito sa gobyerno ay sumuporta muna kayo kasi nga yung Presidente dumidiskarte, manuevering nga e (But during the time he is into negotiation, prudence and common sense require that those in the Senate and those in the government support the President while he is strategizing, he’s maneuvering),” he said in his Counterpoint program.
Panelo said Duterte is only upholding national interest in asking a higher amount of compensation.
Thousands rescued as floods hit Surigao Sur, neighboring areas
BUTUAN CITY – Thousands of distressed residents were rescued Sunday morning as floods hit different parts of Surigao del Sur due to heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Auring.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 2 was already raised in the provinces of Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte, including the islands of Siargao and Bucas Grande.
TCWS No. 1 was also declared over Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, and Agusan del Sur.
“Auring” is expected to make landfall Sunday evening or early Monday in the areas of Dinagat in Caraga and Homonhon-Leyte areas in the Visayas, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said
In Tandag City, authorities are conducting massive evacuation operations in different barangays as floodwaters started to engulf the area Sunday.
Rebel slain in Lanao Sur as Army retrieves remains of NPA fighter
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – One New People’s Army (NPA) rebel was killed in the hinterlands of Lanao del Sur as Army troopers advanced to exhume and retrieve the remains of an 18-year-old female rebel killed by her comrades two years ago.
Brig. Gen. Jose Maria Cuerpo, commander of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade (103rd IBde) based in Marawi City, said on Sunday troops of the 5th Infantry Battalion (5IB) were securing a composite team for an “exhumation mission” of Hope Capangpangan when they encountered the armed men in a firefight around 4 p.m. on Saturday which lasted for an hour.
Once brought down from the encounter site, the cadaver will be brought to Amai Manabilang town for burial.
“We will give the cadaver a decent burial in Amai Manabilang. We are coordinating with the LGU (local government unit),” Cuerpo said.
Capangpangan, who hailed from Bukidnon, was recruited by the NPA when she was 16.
BOC Port of Clark seizes P6.8-M worth of shabu; claimant arrested
MANILA — The Port of Clark remains consistent in its mandate to protect the country’s borders against the entry of prohibited drugs as it seized two (2) black plastic packs of shabu weighing 1,000 grams and an estimated value of P6.8-million concealed inside an imported Air Fryer from Sha Alam, Malaysia.
The shipment arrived on February 16, 2021 declared as “Air Fryer, Silkware,” was profiled for physical examination and subjected to non-intrusive examination which revealed images of organic substances.
Physical examination led to the findings of two (2) pieces of Frying Pans, and one (1) Air Fryer.
To verify the x-ray image which showed organic substances inside the lid of the air fryer, the Customs Examiner opened the same where he found two (2) black plastic packs containing crystalline substances suspected to be Shabu.
Thereafter, the shipment was subjected to K-9 sniffing, and samples were taken for the conduct of laboratory testing and chemical analysis which confirmed a positive result for the presence of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride or Shabu, a dangerous drug under R.A. No. 9165.