Timeline Philippines (B) 2021 to present

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2021        Jan 4, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte directed the head of his military detail to ignore a legislative summons, foiling the Senate's attempt to probe his guards for inoculating themselves with an unauthorized COVID-19 vaccine.
    (Reuters, 1/4/21)

2021        Jan 9, In the Philippines more than 400,000 Catholics in Manila celebrated a feast for a centuries-old wooden statue of Jesus Christ, despite health experts warning it could turn into a super-spreader event for coronavirus.
    (Reuters, 1/9/21)
2021        Jan 9, The Philippine government signed a deal to secure the supply of 30 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine Covovax from Serum Institute of India (SII).
    (Reuters, 1/10/21)

2021        Jan 11, It was reported that Philippine mobile wallet GCash has raised more than $175 million in capital from New York-based private equity fund Bow Wave Capital Management.
    (Reuters, 1/11/21)

2021        Jan 15, The Philippines extended by two weeks a ban on travelers from more than 30 territories and countries where a more transmissible COVID-19 variant has been detected, with the restriction also now covering Filipinos who want to come home.
    (Reuters, 1/15/21)

2021        Jan 18, In the Philippines coronavirus infections rose to 502,736, the 2nd highest in Southeast Asia.
    (SFC, 1/19/21, p.A4)

2021        Jan 23, In the southern Philippines security forces killed 12 people during a drug raid in Maguindanao province. One police officer was also killed at a residential compound tied to Pendatun Adsis Talusan, who was suspected of involvement in illegal drug trade. Talusan was among those killed in the gunbattle.
    (SFC, 1/25/21, p.A4)

2021        Feb 18, It was reported that Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte has approved an amnesty program for Muslim and communist rebels who agree to surrender their weapons as they return to normal life.
    (SFC, 2/18/21, p.A3)

2021        Feb 28, The Philippines received its initial batch of COVID-19 vaccine doses of Sinovac Biotech's CoronaVac in a shipment donated by China, a day before its inoculation drive is due to begin. Pres. Rodrigo Duterte, who turns 77 next month, told a news briefing that, though he wants to be vaccinated, his doctor wants a different Chinese brand of vaccine for him.
    (Reuters, 2/28/21)

2021        Mar 1, The Philippines kicked off its vaccination program, with health workers the first to be inoculated. The country has reported 576,352 COVID-19 cases overall, including some with the more infectious British coronavirus variant. It has recorded 12,318 deaths.
    (Reuters, 3/1/21)

2021        Mar 4, The Philippines received its first delivery of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 shots, secured through the vaccine-sharing COVAX facility.
    (Reuters, 3/4/21)

2021        Mar 8, Philippines police said nine people were killed over the weekend in a series of raids against suspected communist insurgents. Six suspects were arrested and nine escaped.
    (SFC, 3/9/21, p.A4)

2021        Mar 14, The Philippines' Department of Health reported 4,899 new coronavirus cases, a day after recording the largest single-day increase in more than six months with 5,000 additional infections. The government said it is on track with its COVID-19 inoculation drive.
    (Reuters, 3/14/21)

2021        Mar 15, Yaphet Kotto (b.1939), African-American actor, died near Manila in the Philippines. His films included "Nothing But a Man" (1964), "Live and Let Die" (1973), "Blue Collar" (1978), "Alien" (1979), "Running Man" (1987) and "Midnight Run" (1988).
    (SFC, 3/17/21, p.A4)

2021        Mar 19, The Philippines reported its highest daily jump in coronavirus cases at more than 7,100. Total infections passed 648,000 with 12,900 confirmed deaths.
    (SFC, 3/20/21, p.A4)

2021        Mar 21, The Philippine defense chief demanded that more than 200 Chinese vessels leave a South China Sea reef claimed by Manila, saying their presence was a provocative action of militarizing the area. He said they were manned by militias. About 220 Chinese vessels were seen moored at Whitsun Reef, which Beijing also claims, on March 7.
    (AP, 3/21/21)
2021        Mar 21, The Philippines said it will expand tighter COVID-19 rules to include four provinces surrounding the capital Manila, and restrict travel to and from these areas for two weeks beginning March 22, as the country battles a renewed surge in infections.
    (Reuters, 3/21/21)

2021        Mar 24, The Philippine military said its troops have killed at least 16 Muslim rebels aligned with the Islamic State in a series of clashes over the past week in Maguindanao province.
    (SFC, 3/25/21, p.A4)

2021        Mar 27, Philippine officials said Manila and nearby provinces will return to stricter quarantine measures on March 29, as the country battles to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases that has strained hospitals.
    (Reuters, 3/27/21)

2021        Apr 3, The Philippines reported 12,576 new coronavirus infections, putting further strain on the healthcare system. President Rodrigo Duterte extended a strict lockdown in the capital region and adjacent provinces by at least one week to try to contain a renewed surge in infections.
    (Reuters, 4/3/21)

2021        Apr 7, Philippine health authorities allowed the use of Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine for some senior citizens after initially limiting coverage to people aged 18-59 years, as the country battles one of Asia's worst coronavirus outbreaks.
    (Reuters, 4/7/21)

2021        Apr 8, Australia and the Philippines limited use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, while the Africa Union dropped plans to buy the shot, dealing further blows to the company's hopes to deliver a vaccine for the world.
    (Reuters, 4/8/21)

2021        Apr 19, Typhoon Surigae approached  the Philippines prompting the evacuation of more than 100,000 people and leaving one person day.
    (SFC, 4/20/21, p.A4)

2021        Apr 26, The Philippines' Dept. of Health reported 8,929 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country's total to 1,006,428 including 16,853 deaths.
    (SFC, 4/27/21, p.A4)

2021        May 1, The Philippines received its first batch of Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine. With nearly 1.05 million infections and 17,354 deaths, the Philippines is battling one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in Asia.
    (AP, 5/1/21)

2021        May 3, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte (76) received his first dose of Sinopharm's vaccine against COVID-19 to encourage reluctant Filipinos to get inoculated and help stop the spread of the virus.
    (Reuters, 5/3/21)

2021        May 14, In the Philippines Pres. Rodrigo Duterte eased the coronavirus lockdown for Manila and four adjacent provinces, allowing essential businesses and tourist destinations to expand operations.
    (SFC, 5/15/21, p.A5)

2021        May 22, Officials in the Philippines said they investigating reports that some people have been illegally selling COVID-19 shots or their vaccine slots for financial gain, as they reminded the public the vaccines are free.
    (Reuters, 5/22/21)

2021        Jun 3, The Philippine Department of Health concluded its response to a polio outbreak after no cases were detected for 16 months following a massive immunization campaign and surveillance.
    (AP, 6/11/21)

2021        Jun 13, In the Philippines government troops killed four Abu Sayyaf militants in Sulu province. The dead included Injam Yada, a commander blamed for beheadings.
    (SFC, 6/14/21, p.A3)

2021        Jun 14, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte extended partial coronavirus curbs in the capital and nearby provinces until end-June, but placed more areas under tighter quarantine measures because of rising infections and high hospital occupancy. With more than 1.3 million COVID-19 cases and nearly 23,000 deaths, the Philippines has the second highest number of infections and casualties in Southeast Asia, next to Indonesia.
    (Reuters, 6/14/21)

2021        Jun 19, It was reported that the Philippine government has signed a supply agreement for 40 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE in its biggest coronavirus vaccine deal to date.
    (Reuters, 6/19/21)

2021        Jun 21, Philippine Pres. Rodrigo Duterte threatened to order the arrest of Filipinos who refuse COVID-19 vaccinations and told them to leave the country if they would not cooperated with efforts to end the public health emergency.
    (SFC, 6/23/21, p.A5)

2021        Jun 24, Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (61) died of kidney disease arising from diabetes. Aquino led the country from 2010 to 2016.
    (AP, 6/25/21)   

2034        Estimates in 2006 predicted that the population of the Philippines would double by this time.
    (Econ, 2/25/06, p.50)

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