The Philippines has welcomed to its shores refugees from Afghanistan in the light of the recent takeover of the Taliban in the historically strife-ridden central Asian state.
This feel-good development was only tempered by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) insistence on keeping details of the Afghans’ arrival at a “bare minimum”.
“We stay steady where others waver: tonight we welcome Afghan nationals including women and kids seeking refuge. Our doors are open to those fleeing, conflict, persecution, sexual abuse and death,” DFA Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said.
“The matter is closed. We’re not interested in publicity or thanks,” added the outspoken Cabinet member.
Meanwhile, presidential daughter and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte teased a possible “Plan B” in the May 2022 election set-up of the administration as far as its presidential and vice presidential candidates are concerned.
Under this Plan B, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, the erstwhile nominated standard-bearer of PDP-Laban, will slide down as the party’s vice presidential bet, replacing President Duterte.
But who will become the administration standard-bearer in such a scenario? The plot thickens.
These are among the top stories this busy Thursday afternoon, September 9, 2021.
1) PH COVID-19 Update (Corrected tally for Wednesday, Sept. 8): 17,883 new cases; 20,192 new recoveries
2) Afghan refugees in PH
3) ‘Jolina’/’Kiko’ watch
4) Trillanes talk
5) Sara says
5) Synchronized mall registration day set–Comelec
6) Political Corner
7) Lawmakers’ Corner
8) PRC news
9) Meet ‘Ka Dodoy’, a 2021 Ramon Magsaysay Award winner
10) PNP, AFP Corner
11) Parlade’s new role
12) Senior High Voucher Program application opened
13) Judiciary Corner
14) Business Corner
15) Metro Manila Roundup
16) Provincial Roundup