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South Africa detects a new COVID-19 variant in small numbers and are working to understand its potential implications.

Presidential aspirant and Senator Bong Go expresses some doubts about his presidential bid in a Malacañang meeting with governors.

Senator Richard Gordon hits Michael Yang after the Chinese businessman challenged the Senate blue ribbon committee before the Supreme Court.

Controversial Pastor Apollo Quiboloy red-tags presidential aspirants Vice President Leni Robredo, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Senator Manny Pacquiao, and members of the Makabayan bloc, calling them ‘communist lovers,’ and the lawmakers’ group ‘Kamatayan Bloc.’

Filipino pole vault star EJ Obiena receives offers from ‘multiple’ countries as he plans retirement after the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association or PATAFA accused him of embezzling funds. –