SSS allows online submission of death benefit claims for legal spouses, existing members – Manila Bulletin

The Social Security System (SSS) announced on Monday, Aug. 8, that the dependent legal spouses who are also existing SSS members may now submit their Social Security (SS) and Employees’ Compensation (EC) death benefit claims via My.SSS Portal. (SSS Main Office / File Photo) “The inclusion of death benefit application on our list of online services is part of the digital transformation efforts of SSS to ensure that our services are readily accessible 24/7,” SSS President and CEO Michael G. Regino said. “Applicants are required to enroll their disbursement accounts…

Wang expounds on China’s stance on South China Sea

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday expounded on China’s stance on the South China Sea issue and refuted the so-call concerns the United States has expressed over the issue. He made the remarks at the 12th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Wang said China’s position on the South China Sea issue is supported by abundant historical and legal basis. China has never changed the basis and scope of its position which has seen no excessive claims, Wang said, noting that China…

Sisters’ seaweed chips help local communities and bring recognition to Tawi-Tawi – Manila Bulletin

The Covid-19 pandemic brought the world to a standstill, with many people having to recalibrate their lives as the halt in the economy deprived them of their livelihoods. Some people managed to turn this unexpected setback to success for themselves and their communities, and Mangan by Iman is one of them. Mangan by Iman is a Tawi-Tawi-based social enterprise that produces seaweed chips. It was founded by CEO Dayang Iman Sahali, 25 and her sister Alyssa Sahali Tan, 23, who serves as COO, in July 2020 after the Manila-based sisters…

China continues military drills around Taiwan

Issued on: 08/08/2022 – 07:34Modified: 08/08/2022 – 07:32 Beijing (AFP) – China carried out fresh military drills around Taiwan Monday, Beijing said, defying calls for it to end its largest-ever exercises encircling the democratic island in the wake of a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Beijing has raged at the trip by Pelosi — the highest-ranking elected US official to visit Taiwan in decades — ripping up a series of talks and cooperation agreements with Washington, most notably on climate change and defence. It has also deployed fighter…

Garcia attends first flag ceremony as poll chief

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman George Garcia attended his first flag ceremony as poll chief on Monday, August 8. Comelec Chairman George Garcia (Ali Vicoy/MB) Due to the rain, the flag raising was held at the Comelec Session Hall instead of outside the Palacio del Gobernador building in Intramuros, Manila. In his speech, Garcia again spoke of his desire for the poll body to have its own building. “It has long been our dream for Comelec to have it own building,” he said. Garcia earlier appealed to Congress to give…

‘COBRA’ Recap: Season 2 Episode 5

COBRA airs Sundays at 9:00 pm and is available to stream. Recap the previous episode.  The internet is festering with conspiracy theories, but so are corners seemingly less susceptible to paranoia—like the Prime Minister’s mind. An unflattering magazine profile of his wife Rachel has left him distrusting all journalists, and he’s also beginning to doubt his own advisers. Audrey’s brother Cary is showing more fortitude than the PM in resisting outlandish stories. He lives in Kent, where the water pressure has been low, fueling speculation about poison or “quantum algorithms,” whatever that means,…

Omicron BA.5 subvariant ‘most predominant’ in PH, PGC says – Manila Bulletin

In the past month alone, Omicron subvariant BA.5 has been the “most predominant” sample sequenced by the Philippine Genome Center (PGC), it said on Monday, Aug. 8. Omicron variant of COVID-19 (MB FILE PHOTO) During the Laging Handa public briefing, PGC Executive Director Dr. Cynthia P. Saloma stated that it was “anywhere above 85 percent” of the sequenced samples. According to Saloma, there are only a few cases of BA.2.3 which was the dominant one back in January this year. As of August 5, DOH Officer-in-Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said…

China’s Hainan expands COVID lockdowns to more areas to quell outbreak

China’s Hainan, an island province dependent on tourism, locked down more areas on Monday, Reuters calculations based on state media reports show, as it battles its worst COVID-19 outbreak after seeing very few cases over the past two years. The island in the South China Sea, which recorded just two local symptomatic COVID cases last year, has reported more than 1,400 domestically transmitted infections this month, including 982 symptomatic ones. While that is small by global standards, it is the province’s biggest outbreak since the virus was first reported in…

Fans react to ‘Katips’ star Jerome Ponce watching ‘Maid In Malacañang’ – Manila Bulletin

People aired mixed reactions learning about Jerome Ponce being among those who watched “Maid In Malacañang.” It was made public by Christine Laparan Policarpio, mother of vlogger-model Sachzna Laparan. She uploaded a photo of her with her daughter and Jerome posing in front of a “Maid In Malacañang” poster. “Iyak tawa! Sobrang ganda ng MiM wala akong masabi sa Darryl Yap namaga ang mata ko at grabe yung totoong MGA MAID SILA ANG TOTOONG BIDA! Bidang bida hahaha! And of course thank you Joseph Jerome Porciuncula  sa pag sama,” her…