Posts by ALFI54

    Faced with a looming international investigation into drug war killings, President Rodrigo Duterte told fellow world leaders that he has ordered a review of the conduct of his widely criticized anti-drug campaign.


    “The law applies to all. I have instructed the Department of Justice and the Philippine National Police to review the conduct of our campaign against illegal drugs,” Duterte said in a pre-recorded speech which was played before the 76th United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.


    “Those found to have acted beyond bounds during operations shall be made accountable before our laws,” he added.


    Duterte made this assurance after a pre-trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has authorized the start of the probe into the crimes against humanity cases filed against him in connection with drug war killings.


    Complaints against Duterte for his bloody drug war were filed by several rights groups and sectors critical of his anti-illegal drugs campaign like the Rise Up for Life and Rights, which is composed of drug war victims’ relatives and other rights advocates.


    According to the group, Duterte has violated Article 7 of the Rome Statute for “widespread and systematic attacks in the form of murder of thousands of civilians.”


    Malacañang, for its part, earlier said the ICC’s investigation on the Duterte administration’s war on drugs is unlikely to move forward as the Philippine government won’t cooperate.  


    Read more: https://globalnation.inquirer.…ar-on-drugs#ixzz77G0U8bkK

    The Department of Education (DepEd) has sought the assistance of social media companies to ban online groups used by students to cheat during online classes.


    "We are now exhausting all possible means to put a stop to these activities. We have already sought the assistance of social media companies to ban these groups and prevent similar attempts of academic dishonesty that promote laziness, irresponsibility, and instant gratification," the department said in a statement on Wednesday.


    Some Facebook groups called "Online Kopyahan" (Online Cheating) recently made the news for supposedly allowing students to share answers on modules as classes remain under an online setup due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These groups have tens of thousands of members.

    "Although these (online school) activities are not graded, learners are encouraged to demonstrate what they can and cannot do without feeling obligated to always get it right," DepEd said. "Mistakes are understandable in the learning process, and the learner's capacity to learn from them while striving for excellence is vital to their holistic development," it added.


    DepEd also appealed to parents and teachers to help discourage online cheating.


    The Philippine National Police on Tuesday said it has tasked the Anti-Cybercrime Group to coordinate with DepEd to look into the reports of online cheating.


    https://cnnphilippines.com/new…ban-cheating-groups-.html

    The country’s legal profession was dealt another blow on Sept. 15 when, at around 5 p.m., two motorcycle-riding gunmen fatally shot human rights lawyer Juan G. Macababbad in front of his home in Surallah, South Cotabato. The assassination makes him the 65th lawyer to be killed under the Duterte administration.


    The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) condemned the murder of Macababbad as another attack on jurists “who resist tyranny and defend human rights,” and a clear sign of the pervasive “culture of impunity” that has eroded the rule of law in the Philippines. The Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao (UPLM) lamented that “The culture of impunity pervades with the lack of serious investigation and prosecution over thousands of extrajudicial killings in the country. The legal profession is not spared, and our colleagues have become main targets.” Macababbad was vice chair of UPLM.

    Impunity has been “growing berserk in the country,” said Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate—and the numbers back up that assertion.


    According to the IBP, the number of lawyers killed since President Duterte came into power in 2016 has skyrocketed by 500 percent. Indeed, the number of lawyers and judges killed under the Duterte administration has more than exceeded the total of all prior six administrations, including the 20-year regime of Ferdinand Marcos.

    The Supreme Court issued a rare statement in March condemning the relentless attacks on the bench and the bar, which it said were “no less than an assault on the Judiciary.” And “To assault the Judiciary is to shake the very bedrock on which the rule of law stands. This cannot be allowed in a civilized society like ours. This cannot go undenounced on the Court’s watch.”

    The court’s denunciation, however, has not put an end to the killings.


    Just three weeks before Macabbabad was killed, Cebu-based lawyer Rex Fernandez was ambushed in his car along R. Duterte Street in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City. Again, the killers remain free.


    The serial liquidation of lawyers has had a chilling effect on members of the profession who dread that they might become the next casualty, said Antonio Azarcon, chair of the UPLM. Lawyers must be able to do their work “without fear of reprisal or violence.” Thus, “We call on the government authorities to do their job in resolving the crime. We also call upon the international community to denounce this and many other attacks against Filipino lawyers as this hampers the practice of the legal profession and makes a mockery of the justice system and the rule of law. Stop the killings! Stop the mere counting! Hold them accountable!”


    Alas, that demand scrunches up against the reality of the dismal state of prosecution and justice in the Philippines. Even the judiciary finds itself at the receiving end of that untenable situation. Supreme Court Administrator Midas Marquez told Malacañang’s legislative liason office on Sept. 13 that of the 34 cases of judges murdered while in the service over the past 22 years, only two have been resolved. In 11 cases, no charges have even been filed in court.


    The Senate has tried to help address the matter through the creation of the Office of the Judiciary Marshals, which aims to help deter attacks against members of the judiciary and also expedite the investigation of pending cases.


    But the office might not get the support and budget it needs to pursue its programs. The Department of Budget and Management cut the judiciary’s budget from P45.31 billion in 2021 to P44.98 billion in the 2022 spending bill submitted to the House of Representatives—a figure far off the P67.27 billion the Supreme Court had sought.


    Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra ordered the National Bureau of Investigation last Monday to investigate and build up the case on Macababbad’s killing. Philippine National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar also directed the Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management to check on the status of other cases over the past five years where lawyers or judges were killed “to expedite the investigation on those which remain unsolved.”


    Yet more statements of resolve, but once again it’s a long waiting game ahead, with Macababbad’s murder likely staying unresolved along with the rest. That inability, or unwillingness, on the government’s part to decisively address the bloodbath stalking the country only further weakens the justice system and brutalizes the citizenry. The killing of public interest lawyers, in particular, leaves defenseless the sectors they serve, such as indigenous peoples, human rights victims, and the poor and marginalized.


    With killers and assassins literally getting away with murder, Filipinos, said NUPL president Edre Olalia, would continue “losing the good guys out there while the bad guys are frolicking and plundering all over.”


    Read more: https://opinion.inquirer.net/1…one-berserk#ixzz77ARabBYj

    President Rodrigo Duterte has criticized the plan of rich countries to administer COVID-19 booster shots to its citizens despite the lack of supply in developing nations.


    In his pre-recorded virtual address aired at the 76th United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, Duterte said “there is a man-made drought of vaccines ravaging poor countries.”


    “Rich countries hoard life-saving vaccines, while poor nations wait for trickles. They now talk of booster shots, while developing countries consider half-doses just to get by. This is shocking beyond belief and must be condemned for what it is – a selfish act that can neither be justified rationally nor morally,” he added.


    He also urged rich countries to fully support UN’s COVAX Facility in order to help struggling nations as vaccines are the key to achieving an end to the pandemic.


    https://cnnphilippines.com/new…ccines-booster-shots.html

    Der Shutter Count Wert gibt die Auslöseanzahl der Kamera aus.


    Generell kann man sagen, je hochwertiger die Kamera ist, umso höher ist das Auslöseteil vom Hersteller konstruiert. So ist der theoretische Wert einer Canon 1DXII (Top DSRL von Canon) bei 400.000 Auslösungen. Einsteigermodelle liegen bei etwa 100.000 Auslösungen aufwärts. Das variiert natürlich. Beim Kauf eines bestimmten Geräte informiert man sich halt im Netz.


    Theoretischer Wert heisst aber nicht, dass das Gerät bei Anzahl X explodiert ... :D ... ist eben nur ein theoretischer Wert, gibt dennoch einen Anhaltspunkt über den Zustand.


    Den Wert kann man je nach Model immer anders auslesen. Einige Modele offenbaren diesen Wert einfach über Exif Auslesung, andere fordern spezielle Apps. Es ist aber kein Hexenwerk. Kamera anschliessen, App öffnen, Wert auslesen.


    Seriöse Verkäufer einer Gebrauchtkamera geben den Wert ungefragt an. In Relation zum Preis muss man dann entscheiden, ob man zuschlägt.


    Ich habe schon Geräte mit unterhalb 10 - 20 K Auslösungen gesehen. Da würde ICH zuschlagen.


    Meine 7DII liegt bei 135 K Auslösungen, da würde ich nicht mehr zuschlagen :happy ... es sei denn beinahe geschenkt. :D


    Der Shutter Count ist nur ein Wert. Ein anderer Wert sind Hot Pixels, gerade bei Nachtaufnahmen nicht unbedeutend. Die Hot Pixels steigen mit dem Alter und sind eigentlich oft nur bei Langzeitaufnahmen sichtbar. Man kann sie am fertigen Bild zwar entfernen, ist aber Zusatzarbeit. Bei neuwertigen Kameras eben weniger ausgeprägt. Bei der Milchstrasse auch nicht weiter schlimm, dann hat das Bild halt ein paar Sterne mehr ... bei Milliarden von Sternen nicht relevant ... :pleased


    LG Alf

    Ich will meine und allgemein Viecher/Natur knipsen und auch Nachtbilder vom Himmel. Unbedingt aber auch videos in ausreichender Qualität.


    ... ich sehe aber bei deinen Bildern oben definitiv nen Unterschied zu Handy Bildern, auch bei den Vorschau Bildern schon. Und da werd ich immer sehr neidisch..

    Also bei Nachtaufnahmen vom Himmel ist es wichtig, dass es lichtstarke Objektive sein müssen, also unter f2. Anders gibt es Lichtstreifen durch zu lange Belichtung, da die Erde sich dreht. Die Formel der max Zeit habe ich zZ nicht im Kopf. Lichstärke und Brennweite sind wichtig, ich weiss nur noch, dass mein 11-16 mm f2.8 bis max 28 Sekunden auf APSC belichtet werden kann.


    In Manila und Umgegend ist es durch die Lichtverschmutzung ohnehin nicht möglich. Das wird nichts. Auf Palawan sieht das schon ganz anders aus.


    Du musst aber auch wissen, dass alle meine Bilder in RAW aufgenommen werden und erst von mir entwickelt werden. Das sind keine out of camera Bilder. Das kostet schon Zeit.


    level4 : ich tippe darauf, dass das Bild mit der Brücke eine Überblendung von 2 verschiedenen Bildern ist ... also eins von der Brücke, dann eins von der Milchstrasse. Das wäre die einfachste Methode.


    LG Alf

    Richtig, die 7DII ist der grosse Bruder der 70D. Wenn ich richtig informiert bin, sind beide Kameras aber nicht mehr in der Produktion. Die 70D wurde durch die 80D, dann durch die 90 D ersetzt. Für die 7DII gibt es kein Ersatz. Warum ich an der 7DII klebe ist die komplette Abdichtung, gut für draussen bei Wind und Wetter und auch im tropischen Klima. Bei schweren Objektiven ab 2 - 3 kg passt das Gewicht der Kamera optimal.


    Die Canon 18-55 & 55-250 STM sind oft im Kit und haben ein exzellentes Preis/Leistungsverhältnis ... kann man nur empfehlen, wenn man damit auskommt. Dazu leicht.


    Als Standardzoom für den Urlaub habe ich das 15-85 mm drauf, zwar etwas teuerer, aber immer noch günstig ... dazu ein 11-16 mm.


    LG Alf

    Jeder hat andere Ansprüche an Kameras und deshalb kann man pauschal nicht antworten. Keine Kamera kann alles, nur die Profigeräte können das Meiste. Also muss man Kompromisse eingehen.


    Wichtig ist aber von vornherein zu wissen, wo man hin will.


    Bei mir sind 2 Gebiete wichtig:

    • Wildlife mit etwa 90 % der Zeit
    • Urlaub 10 % mit Dämmerungs/ Abendbildern. Das schafft aber jede Kamera.

    Daraus resultierte bei mir die Wahl der Kamera, die Canon 7DII, ein Sportgerät mit sehr gutem AF (allerdings nicht einfach). Dieser Sensor hat den Vorteil des Cropfaktors 1.6x. Bei einer Linse von 400 mm ist der Ausschnitt 560 mm vs Vollformat. Für dieses Modell gibt es bei Canon leider noch kein Nachfolgemodel, weder im DSLR Bereich, noch spiegellos.


    Canon, wie auch Nikon, werden den DSLR Bereich leider in den nächsten wenigen Jahren nicht mehr unterstützen. Dann bleibt nur spiegellos übrig. Sony war immer schon spiegellos.


    Wenn Du nicht in den Plakatbereich bei Standardmotiven (> 120 x 90 cm) gehst, reichen Einsteigermodelle auch. Es fehlt halt nur an Komfort, aber geht. Selbst APSC ist den Handybildern weit überlegen, durch die Sensorgrösse. Das sieht man hier im Forum oder bei FB nicht, dafür wurde zuviel Qualität weggerechnet.


    Gerade bei DSLR Kameras bekommt man auf dem Gebrauchtmarkt sehr günstige Geräte, jeder will ja spiegellos. Allerdings muss man akzeptieren, dass die Geräte von den Brands abgeschrieben sind. Man muss darauf aufpassen, das die Kamera möglichst wenige Auslösungen hat d.h. der Verschluss den Geist nicht morgen aufgibt.


    Ich hatte mal die 70D in der Hand und im Gebrauch. Das reicht für den normalen Gebrauch, sogar schon überdimensioniert.


    Bei den Linsen hängt der Preis von der Bauqualität, Schnelligkeit der AF Motoren und natürlich Lichtstärke ab. Consumerlinsen machen aber den Dienst. Wo ich vorsichtig wäre sind Superzooms ab Verhältnis 1:4 z.B. 18-400 mm. Die werden oft extrem weich bei Offenblende im letzten Viertel also beim Beispiel vorhin ab 300 mm. Das mag ich gar nicht.


    LG Alf


    As the country marks the 49th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, Vice President Leni Robredo called on Filipinos to always be reminded of the atrocities under the Marcos regime amid efforts to revise history.


    “Kailangan nating ulit-ulitin, sa bawat pagkakataon, ang katotohanan: Sa ilalim ng rehimeng Marcos, nagdusa ang Pilipino—ninakawan, tinorture, at pinaslang; ginamit ang ngalan para ibaon ang bansa sa utang, at pagbabayaran ang utang na ito hanggang sa mga susunod pang henerasyon,” Robredo said in a statement Tuesday.


    (We should constantly remind ourselves, in every chance we get, of the truth: That under the Marcos regime, the Filipinos suffered, stolen from, tortured, and killed; buried in debt, at made to pay for it until the next generations to come.)


    Robredo issued this call amid what she said are “clear” efforts to revise and erase the truth.

    “Ipinapaalala sa atin ng kasalukuyang situwasyon, kung kailan malinaw ang pagsisikap na baluktutin ang katotohanan ng malagim na kabanatang iyon: Kumukupas ang alaala; kung minsan, nabibili ang plataporma; ang kuwento, nabubura,” Robredo said.

    (We are reminded that in our current situation, when there are clear efforts to revise the truth of that dark chapter: That memories fade; sometimes, platforms are bought, stories are erased.)

    She also warned that money and power may be used to dictate history should Filipinos fail to speak out and use their platforms in favor of the truth


    “Kapag nanahimik tayo— kapag hindi natin pinadaloy ang naratibo sa sari-sarili nating mga espasyo, pera at kapangyarihan ang magdidikta ng kasaysayan,” she stressed.

    (If we don’t speak up—if we don’t cascade the true narrative in our own spaces, money and power will dictate history.)


    “Nasa sistema pa rin ang latak na uri ng pulitikang naghari noon…,” she added.

    (The type of politics that reigned before still exists in our system today…)


    “Diktador si Marcos, at hindi niya napagbayaran nang husto ang krimen niya; katunayan, patuloy ang pagpapakasasa ng kanyang angkan sa kayamanang ninakaw niya mula sa atin,” Robredo said.


    (Marcos is a dictator, and he did not pay for his crimes; in fact, his clan continues to enjoy the wealth stolen from the people.)

    She further emphasized the need to commemorate the day Martial Law was declared in the country.


    This way, Robredo added, Filipinos can use the dark days of the past to face today’s challenges.

    “Kasama ninyo ako sa pagpalag, sa pagbantay, at sa paggiit: Pilipino ang susulat ng kuwento ng Pilipino,” Robredo added.


    I am one with you in fighting back, in keeping watch and in insisting that: Filipinos will write the story of the Filipinos.)


    Read more: https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/…martial-law#ixzz775UyV4zO

    The government plans to offer fill-and-finish service, the last step in the manufacturing process, to COVID-19 vaccine producers by next year.


    Food and Drug Administration Director General Eric Domingo bared the plan during President Rodrigo Duterte’s public address aired Monday night as the President was asking for updates on the possible local production of COVID-19 vaccine.


    “Ang plano po natin by next year, magkaroon po tayo at least nung tinatawag po nating ‘fill and finish’, meaning dadalhin po sa Pilipinas ‘yung bulk product, tapos dito na po natin ire-repackage doon po sa maliliit na vials, ampoules or mga syringes,” Domingo told the President.

    [Translation: Our plan for next year is to have at least what we call ‘fill and finish’, which means the bulk product will be delivered to the Philippines, where it will be repackaged in small vials, ampoules, or syringes.]


    “The year after that, ‘yun na po ‘yung manufacturing ng mas maraming ibang klaseng bakuna po dito,” he added.

    [Translation: The year after that, we aim to manufacture different kinds of vaccine here.]


    The Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Health are spearheading efforts to ensure the country’s self-sustainability when it comes to vaccines, Domingo said.


    https://cnnphilippines.com/new…VID-19-vaccines-2022.html

    President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Department of Health to look into reports of government agencies that COVID-19 tests conducted at the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) produced "false positive" results.


    The President on Monday accused PRC and its chairman, Senator Richard Gordon, of botching reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results, saying he had heard of many false positive cases recorded in the humanitarian organization's testing laboratories.


    Duterte, who has launched an all-out offensive against Gordon and PRC for the lawmaker's investigations into his administration's questionable pandemic spending, claimed that 44 out of 49 hospital personnel who tested positive in their first RT-PCR test taken at PRC's Subic laboratory, yielded negative results when they took the same test in other laboratories.


    He also claimed that 187 out of 213 personnel of the Presidential Security Group and some Department of Finance workers tested positive after taking the RT-PCR test at a PRC laboratory, but came out with negative results in their next confirmatory tests taken in other laboratories after 24 hours.


    Although RT-PCR tests are deemed as the "gold standard," local and international experts say no test is 100% accurate. A study published in The Lancet Microbe showed an infected person's viral load is at the highest five days since the onset of symptoms. It generally goes down as time passes, eventually making it undetectable in RT-PCR tests.


    Duterte did not give a detailed timeline of the tests conducted.


    https://cnnphilippines.com/new…false-positive-cases.html

    At least 10,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed unusable, but it is still at an acceptable range, the Department of Health said on Monday.


    Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the main causes for vaccine wastage in the country are breaches in logistical protocols and unforeseen events, such as typhoons, power outages, and transportation woes.


    Even as vaccine supply remains unstable, the official said 10,000 is a small percentage when compared to the 41.4 million vaccines administered in the country.


    She stressed it is still within the threshold set by the World Health Organization.

    "Ang WHO may sinasabi na 5% wastage which is acceptable for all the countries," she said in a media briefing. "Ang ating sampung-libo ay naandon pa din tayo within the acceptable range."

    [Translation: The WHO says 5% wastage is acceptable for all countries. Our 10,000 wastage is still within the acceptable range.]


    https://cnnphilippines.com/new…-wastage-Philippines.html

    Allerdings bevorzug ich deine Natur+Tieraufnahmen

    Moien Cathbad,


    Ich bevorzuge auch Tieraufnahmen. :D


    Allerdings ist ein solches Event schon beeindruckend. Technik pur.


    Die schwitzenden Kerle machen da schon harte Arbeit. Ich auch, denn ich war komplett platt nach dem Rennen. :Augenbraue ...


    Die Burschen rauschen mit 60 km/h auf der Ebene an Dir vorbei. Das ist nicht so einfach für den Fotographen und das Equipment, die im richtigen Moment auch noch scharf zu erwischen. Dazu liegst Du beinage am Boden um die Gesichter halbwegs im Bild zu haben. Auf der Geraden haben die nur einen Blick für ihren Computer und rasen ins Blinde :happy. Ich hatte schon immer Respekt vor solchen Anstrengungen der Sportler. :pleased


    Selbst beim Warmfahren zählt nur der Computer ... im Anhang Mauro Masnada von Quick Step. Musste 5 Minuten warten, bis der Kerl in die Kamera schaute ...:thumb


    LG Alf



    Vice President Leni Robredo may be a public official, but she’s a very private person.

    But Robredo was gracious enough to give broadcaster Karen Davila a “house tour”, along with a sit-down interview that gave some details about the lady official that the general public may not know.


    The house tour and interview were part of Davila’s latest upload Saturday night, Sept. 18 on her YouTube channel.


    So, what new things did we learn about the person holding the second highest position in the country?


    https://mb.com.ph/2021/09/18/5…y-not-know-about-vp-leni/

    Republic Act 9994 or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 has been in full effect for over 10 years now, providing the elderly a comprehensive range of benefits. One of the perks that’s used quite a lot is the ability to get a 20 percent discount on food items purchased and VAT exemption in restaurants and groceries. Although resources for the law are accessible, more questions have risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially with the popularity of online food sellers. And along with it, reports of abuse and confusion on both sides of the spectrum.


    We spoke to Atty. Gelina Rose Recio-Arugay, senior associate at Follosco Morallos & Herce, to clarify some of the questions we’ve received on our social media pages and shed light on how this particular privilege works during a time like the pandemic.

    Does the senior citizen discount apply to online or home food businesses too?

    According to the law’s Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), the senior citizen discount applies only to restaurants, which is defined as “any establishment duly licensed and with business permits issued by the local government units, offering to the public, regular and special meals or menu, fast food, cooked food and short orders.” The Bureau of Internal Revenue also adds that a restaurant includes “such eating places [that] may also serve coffee, beverages and drinks.”


    So, if these online food businesses are duly licensed and have the necessary local business permits to operate, then it is considered a restaurant. As such, the senior citizen discount must be applied.

    Can restaurants or online food sellers give a fixed amount for a senior citizen’s discount?

    No, as doing so would be a violation of the IRR of RA 9994 and the BIR’s Revenue Regulations 07-2010 (RR 07-10). It should always be 20 percent of the food item(s) or meal(s) bought by the senior citizen.


    The following are considered violations under Rule VII, Article 23 of the IRR:

    • Pegging a maximum amount of food purchase subject to 20% discount and the VAT exemption, and/or posting of notice to that effect;
    • Refusal to grant the 20 percent discount and VAT exemption on takeout/take-home/drive-thru orders, it appearing that the purchase is for the exclusive use and enjoyment of senior citizens;
    • Refusal to grant a discount for credit card payments, subject to Article 8 of the IRR; and
    • Refusal to grant a 20% discount and VAT exemption on delivery orders, it appearing that the purchase is for the exclusive use and enjoyment of senior citizens.

    If these online food businesses are duly licensed and have the necessary local business permits to operate, then it is considered a restaurant. As such, the senior citizen discount must be applied.


    https://fnbreport.ph/17567/sen…sinesses-during-covid-19/

    Concepcion: Airlines seeking Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said the government is exploring ways to make airline operations "viable," as he stressed carriers continue to suffer due to present travel rules.


    Flag carrier Philippine Airlines, and budget airlines Cebu Pacific and AirAsia Philippines met with government officials two days ago to discuss measures aimed at reviving their businesses, Concepcion said during a virtual briefing Saturday.


    "Right now, the mobility of tourism is kinda restricted... We have to make sure our airlines are viable," he said.


    Concepcion warned that if the government will continue to implement stringent travel restrictions, airlines may be forced to shut down their operations.


    If this were to happen, a negative domino effect will hit the tourism sector given the country's archipelagic state, he added.


    "We have no choice but to save our airlines sector," Concepcion said. He also said airlines wanted the quarantine period for incoming travelers to be cut from 10 days to seven days.

    Concepcion earlier called for travel requirements to be eased, especially for domestic trips. Expensive COVID-19 testing and long quarantine periods for international passengers have been considered as problems for travelers.


    On Friday, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said the department is studying the strategy of the Thai government in opening Phuket Island to fully vaccinated foreign tourists while also dropping quarantine rules. "This is the group that we're trying to help kasi (because) they're in danger right now, the way I see it of business viability," Concepcion said.


    Airlines have been bleeding financially, losing billions of pesos in revenues since the pandemic started last year.


    Just this month, PAL sought bankruptcy protection in the US, allowing the flag carrier to continue its operations while under restructuring.


    https://cnnphilippines.com/new…-govt-covid-pandemic.html