Thousands of Nazarene pilgrims flock to Manila amid COVID worries

Health limits due to pandemic significantly curtailed attendance to annual Philippine procession, which usually attracts more than a million people. Thousands of Catholic pilgrims gathered in the Philippine capital on Saturday to pay homage to the Black Nazarene statue of Jesus Christ,

Duterte defends soldiers who got illegal COVID vaccine from China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has rejected calls for a Senate investigation into the revelation that Filipino soldiers guarding him had already been inoculated with an unauthorised coronavirus vaccine smuggled from China. Duterte ordered the Presidential Security Group (PSG) soldiers late on Monday

Duterte pledged a COVID-free Christmas. Instead, cases soar

Mindanao, Philippines – Shouting at the top of their lungs, more than a thousand residents of Polanco, a small town in the southern Philippines, stood shoulder-to-shoulder at a local park earlier this month to join a Christmas tree-lighting countdown, defying the national