KUWTT: Senators link DA ring to pork ‘scam’ Mar 17, 2021

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Here are the top stories of The Manila Times for Wednesday, March 17, 2021.

READ: Senators link DA ring to pork ‘scam’

Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson sought a probe on an alleged syndicate in the Department of Agriculture or DA that stands to gain billions of pesos in tong-pats (padded costs) from the proposed lower tariff rates on imported pork products.

READ: ‘Duterte does not need revolutionary govt’

On Tuesday, Malacañang shot down the proposal for the establishment of a revolutionary government, saying President Rodrigo Duterte does not need it.

READ: Expert sees 10K-11K cases per day

The Philippines may see at least 10,000 to 11,000 coronavirus disease 2019 or Covid-19 cases per day by the end of the month if the current trends remain in the next few days, according to the group that tracks numbers of the pandemic in the country.

READ: More nations drop AstraZeneca jabs

The European Union’s largest countries joined a stream of states halting their rollouts of AstraZeneca jabs on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) over blood-clot fears as the World Health Organization and Europe’s medicines watchdog insisted it was safe to use.

READ:  PH, Novavax sign 30-M supply deal

The Philippines has finally secured 30 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from American drugmaker Novavax, announced vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. on Tuesday.

READ: Court junks petition vs PH withdrawal from ICC

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court junked the petition filed by opposition senators and the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Courts, questioning the Philippine government’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Courts or ICC that was undertaken without the concurrence of the Senate.

READ: Metro minors banned outdoors

Minors will be prohibited from going outdoors beginning today, March 17 as Metro Manila grapples with the surge in Covid-19 cases, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said on Tuesday.

In regional news,

READ: Typhoon victims in Cagayan get aid

Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go sent his team to Amulung, Cagayan on Monday to extend assistance to more than a thousand beneficiaries, affected by the devastating impact of Typhoon “Ulysses” with international name: “Vamco” in November last year.

In world news,

READ: Biden hit over migrants’ exodus

On Monday in the US (Tuesday in Manila), President Joe Biden faced mounting pressure from Republicans over his handling of a surge in migrants, including thousands of unaccompanied children, arriving at the US-Mexican border.

In business,

READ: ‘PH economy to grow 6% in 2021’

BDO Unibank Inc. forecasts a slower economic recovery for the Philippines in 2021 after taking into consideration the surge in coronavirus infections this month.

And in sports,

READ: Gilas resumes ‘Calambubble’ training for FIBA OQT/ACQ

The Season 46 Philippine Basketball Association special Gilas draftees and the core of Ateneo de Manila University make up the Gilas Pilipinas pool at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

Rigoberto Tiglao and Fr. Ranhilio Aquino are the featured columnists on the front page of The Times.

Tiglao advances why

READ: Scholars praise Duterte’s China policy

Fr. Aquino describes the time

READ: Before March 16, 1521

In The Times editorial, rare but well-earned praise is given with

READ: Palawan plebicite a laudable example of democracy in action

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With Aric John Sy Cua, this is Dafort Villaseran reporting. Have a great week!