Filipino Muslims wearing face masks gather for Eid prayer outside the Blue Mosque in Taguig City, Metro Manila. Reuters
President Rodrigo Duterte has a huge following and enjoys strong support among his countrymen in the UAE. This has been reflected in the final and un-official tally of the certificates of canvas (CoC) from the 31-day overseas voting (OV) for Manila’s mid-term legislative/local elections that ended on May 13.
In April, the government imposed a ban on the foreign deployment especially of Filipino nurses to help control the spread of the disease. At that time, the Philippines ranked second in Southeast Asia in the number of infections.
Nations like France and South Korea began resuming face-to-face classes as they got their outbreaks under control, but Philippine authorities see the risk as too great. President Rodrigo Duterte said last month that even if students could not graduate, they needed to stay out of school to fight the spread of the disease.
A father’s leniency nearly killed his 15-year-old son as a result of a traffic accident. The father used to allow his son, who had not reached the legal age, to drive his vehicle on their way back home every day.
The thug did not know that the one he was trying to attack was the world champion in jiu-jitsu Alex Williams, who ended the fight quickly by knocking him to the ground.
Modi said that birthdays will come and go, but I will never forget my 71st birthday because of the nearly 2.5 crore (25m) vaccine jabs, which the country administered, marking a new feat against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Expressing his thanks and appreciation to Majid Al Futtaim following the group’s announcement that 3,000 jobs would be offered for Emiratis, Sheikh Mohammed stressed that there are companies that behave as partners in the country and others that want to use the country only to meet their own interests.