Philippines' Mayon volcano 'quietly erupting'
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology warned of a "potential explosive activity within weeks or even days" of the country's most active volcano located on the southernmost tip of Luzon island, raising the alarm over the 2,460-meter volcano to the third level in a five-step warning system, reports Xinhua news agency.
Philippines logs 1,196 new Covid-19 cases, death toll breaches 65k
The Department of Health said the number of active cases dipped to 18,262, while 39 more patients died from Covid-19 complications, taking the country's death toll to 65,034. Metro Manila, the capital region with more than 13 million people, tallied 471 new cases, Xinhua news agency reported.
China bans celebrities with 'lapsed morals' from endorsing products
Regulators said the push was to ensure China's society was "guided by Xi Jinping thought on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era", referring to the sweeping ideology underpinning the rule of the Xi-led Communist party, The Guardian reported.
Marcos Jr. sworn in as Philippines' 17th President
The 64-years-old wearing a native Barong Tagalog formal shirt, took his oath of office as his 92-year-old mother Imelda and family members looked on, reports Xinhua news agency. More than 15,000 police and security personnel have been deployed across the capital for the inauguration. Foreign dignitaries, diplomats, and three former Presidents, Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, attended.
Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to take charge as new President of Philippines
Marcos Jr. won the presidential election in May with 60 per cent of the votes over rival Maria Leonor Robredo. Meanwhile, his running mate Sara Duterte-Carpio, the 43-year-old daughter of Rodrigo Duterte, will be sworn in as the Vide President. The oath taking ceremony will take place in the afternoon at the National Museum in Manila.
Duterte's daughter sworn in as Philippines' vice president
Wearing an emerald green chiffon Filipiniana gown, Duterte-Carpio took her oath of office as her mother, Elizabeth, and her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, standing next to her, watched, Xinhua news agency reported. "We should not, as we could not afford to squander the future of our children. The days ahead may be full of challenges that call for us to be more united as a nation," said Duterte-Carpio, popularly known by her nickname Inday.
Philippines, US begin large-scale joint military drills
The Philippines and the US on Monday began their large-scale annual joint military drills in the Southeast Asian country. The participants in the exercise, codenamed Balikatan 2022, include 3,800 Filipino and 5,100 US military personnel, as well as observers from various armed forces in the region, reports Xinhua news agency.
Jaishankar in Manila, holds talks with Filipino counterpart
This is Jaishankar's first visit to the Philippines as the External Affairs Minister and it comes following the Quad Foreign Ministers' meeting in Melbourne held over the weekend. Taking to Twitter, the Minister said that he held "productive discussions" with Locsin Jr., as "we are entering a new phase of our partnership. Its basis is the mutuality of national security and development aspirations".
Death toll from typhoon Rai in Philippines rises to 144
Bohol province is the worst-hit with 72 deaths, while Negros Occidental reported 18, Cebu 16, Dinagat Islands 10, Southern Leyte six, among others, reports Xinhua news agency. The number of deaths is likely to increase further as local officials are still gathering data from the affected areas.