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COVID-19 claims life of dialysis patient in Cabanatuan

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/15/2020 - 15:17
CABANATUAN CITY -- A 78-year-old dialysis patient has become Cabanatuan's third coronavirus disease (COVID-19) fatality, according to an Aug. 14 bulletin from the city information and tourism office. The woman, a resident of Barangay (village) Sta. Arcadia here, tested positive for the virus on Aug. 12. The patient suffered fever and coughs and had difficulty breathing. She had no travel history. This developed as four new confirmed cases were reported before the weekend, among them a 30-year-old nurse, and a 31-year-old sales agent who were both subjected to home quarantine at Barangay (village) Daan Sarile. The other two new patients were a 13-year-old girl and a 15-year-old b...

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Spanish GP: Hamilton fastest ahead of Bottas in 2nd practice

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/15/2020 - 15:13
MONTMELO, Spain --- Mercedes again topped the leaderboard as Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas in second practice Friday for the Spanish Grand Prix. The championship leader finished .287 ahead of Bottas, who had been quicker than Hamilton earlier in first practice. Red Bull's Max Verstappen again looks the only driver capable of challenging the dominant Mercedes and he placed third in both sessions, closing the time gap slightly in the afternoon. "I think it's going to be a very tough race," said Hamilton, whose run of three straight wins was ended by Verstappen last Sunday at Silverstone. Verstappen's win there lea...

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Volunteers rescue pets, search for lost ones in Beirut blast

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/15/2020 - 15:12
BEIRUT --- When the massive explosion tore through Beirut last week, it did not only kill and injure thousands of people and destroy a large part of the city --- it also left scores of animals trapped or lost in the rubble of the Lebanese capital. Animals Lebanon, a Beirut-based group, said it sprang into action within hours of the blast. Since then, dozens of volunteers have been working around the clock to rescue the animals. The group's search and rescue teams have been deployed around the city and have received hundreds of requests by pet owners asking to help track their dogs and cats --- and sometimes even birds --- from the devastation that unfolded after the blast. T...

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Illegal lumber seized in Angeles City

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/15/2020 - 15:11
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- More than 4,000 board feet of lumber, suspected to have been poached from the forests of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges, were seized in Angeles City on Aug. 12, according to a belated report from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The illegally-cut commodity, worth P250,000, were stacked at the compound of Romar's Hardware Store in Barangay (village) Pandan, according to Laudemir Salac, DENR Pampanga director. DENR is unable to determine whether the yakal, tanguile and lauan lumber were smuggled out of the forest during the quarantine, Salac said. The store owner is facing charges for violating the Revised Forestry Code of t...

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Alleged NPA members nabbed in Ilocos Sur for Aug. 8 clash

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/15/2020 - 15:11
FORT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, Palayan City - Two alleged members of the New People's Army (NPA) were arrested on Friday (Aug. 14) in the Ilocos Sur town of Santa Lucia, according to the 7th Infantry Division (7ID) public affairs office stationed in Nueva Ecija.   Joel Sibali Banganan, 37, and Ranny Velle Urbis, 35, were supposedly part of the armed group that engaged soldiers in a firefight at Barangay (village) Suagayan in Santa Lucia on August 8.   Banganan is from Malibcong town in Abra province, while Urbis resides in Barangay Gimud Norte, San Juan town in Ilocos Sur, according to the Army. They were arrested by combined forces deployed by the Army's 81st Infantry Batta...

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ASG subleader Susukan moved to Camp Crame, gets tested for COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/15/2020 - 15:03
  MANILA, Philippines --- Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) sub-commander Anduljihad "Idang" Susukan was transferred early Saturday to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center inside Camp Crame, headquarters of the PNP in Quezon City. The PNP said Susukan arrived at the PNP headquarters at 1 a.m. Susukan was then subjected to the standard documentation procedures and underwent RT-PCR testing for COVID-19. Testing for COVID-19 is now part of the procedures, the PNP said. "Susukan will remain at PNP custodial center pending release of court disposition," the PNP said. The Abu Sayyaf Group sub-commander was turned over to the police with the help of Moro National L...

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Study hints, can’t prove, survivor plasma fights COVID-19

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/15/2020 - 14:54
Mayo Clinic researchers reported a strong hint that blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors helps other patients recover, but it's not proof and some experts worry if, amid clamor for the treatment, they'll ever get a clear answer. More than 64,000 patients in the United States have been given convalescent plasma, a century-old approach to fend off flu and measles before vaccines. It's a go-to tactic when new diseases come along, and history suggests it works against some, but not all, infections. There's no solid evidence yet that it fights the coronavirus and, if so, how best to use it. But preliminary data from 35,000 coronavirus patients treated with plasma offers what Mayo le...

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Farmer’s remains found in Cagayan town, police eye suicide angle

Inquirer Breaking News - Sat, 08/15/2020 - 14:49
PIAT, Cagayan -- The decomposing remains of a 45-year-old farmer was found in Calaoagan village at 10:30 p.m. on Friday (Aug. 14), three days after he was declared missing, police said. Danilo Gregorio left his house on August 11 and had not returned. Police Colonel Ariel Quilang, Cagayan provincial police director said Gregorio's body was found near some grassland by Calaoagan resident Alvin Agpaoa. Police recovered two liquor bottles containing traces of insecticide and a note meant for his five children, which advises them not to quarrel. Investigators said the farmer may have committed suicide.    ...

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