Good day. Here are the stories for The Manila Times for Tuesday, October 12, 2021.
A GROUP of doctors and health experts called on President Rodrigo Duterte to allow key government officials to testify in the Senate investigation into the questionable purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers. In its manifesto, the group also urged the Department of Justice (DoJ) to create an “independent panel,” which would investigate claims of corruption in the Department of Health (DoH). The more than 300 physicians, including six former officials of the DoH, who signed the manifesto said the Covid-19 pandemic has allowed “free and unrestrained politicians and people with absolutely no competence in running the country, much less this catastrophic health debacle, to abuse power with impunity, misuse and steal taxpayers’ money and insult their intelligence, feed on the Filipinos’ desperation and helplessness at the time when their plea for true leadership is loudest but has remained unheeded.”
THE government on Monday began to vaccinate the general population against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the inoculation of the general public was launched after the assurance that more than 100 million doses of vaccines will be arriving in the fourth quarter of this year.
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte does not see a landslide victory for the administration candidates for the Senate, given the crowded field in 2022. In a quick catch up with spiritual adviser Apollo Quiboloy in Davao City, Duterte said if they work hard, they could have a good chance of making it.
MALACAÑANG on Monday announced that the new testing and quarantine protocols for passengers from countries, territories and jurisdictions designated as Covid-19 low-risk areas will apply to travelers already quarantined before the new guidelines took effect last October 8. The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases last week issued a resolution shortening the number of quarantine days for individuals fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease.
SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian urged his colleagues to approve his bill that penalizes nuisance political candidates. The senator also raised the need to impose fines on nuisance candidates “for putting the election process in mockery or disrepute.” While the 1987 Constitution guarantees equal access to opportunities for public service, the Supreme Court has clarified that running for public office is a privilege and not a right.
Over to business, foreign direct investment (FDI) net inflows recorded double-digit growth in July as more investments came in, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported on Monday. The central bank, in a statement, said net flows surged by 52 percent to $1.3 billion in July compared to $831 million a year earlier.
In sports, Filipino golf wunderkind Yuka Saso shot 1-under 270 in the fourth and final round of the Cognizant Founders Cup to finish at joint fourth on Monday, October 11 (Philippine time) at the Mountain Ridge Country Club in West Caldwell, New Jersey. Saso totaled 10-under 274 in the tournament, as she pocketed a prize of $138,664 or about P6.9 million to move up to third in the LPGA’s money rankings behind top earner American Nelly Korda and No.2 money maker South Korean Ko Jin Young.
READ: Opinion and editorial
Antonio Contreras and Yen Makabenta are today’s front page columnists. Contreras talks about corrupting the colors of the rainbow, while Makabenta claims the Nobel Peace Prize “stayed true” to its history of controversy.
Today’s editorial discusses the US and Taliban recalibrating relations. Read a full version on the paper’s opinion section or listen to the Voice of the Times.
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On behalf of The Manila Times, this is Aric John Sy Cua reporting. Have a safe Tuesday ahead.