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Flight Attendant, Christine Dacera, Found Dead

 A 23 years old flight attendant was found unconscious in an empty bathub on City Garden Grand Hotel at Makati City on January 1, 2021. Christine Dacera, a Philippine Airlines flight attendant was then rushed to a Makati Medical Center by three of her friends and a hotel staff but was later declared dead on arrival.


The hospital later diagnosed the cause of death as ruptured aortic aneurysm.

Christine Dacera Rape Case


What is a ruptured aortic aneurysm?


We all know what's the word ruptured means, it is means something had broken, cracked or burst. For aortic aneurysm, check the brief explanation below from mayoclinic.org.


An abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlarged area in the lower part of the major vessel that supplies blood to the body (aorta). The aorta runs from your heart through the center of your chest and abdomen.


The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body, so a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can cause life-threatening bleeding.



Initial Police Report


Initial report from the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) said that Dacera was sexually abused.


Colonel Harold Depositar, the Makati City police chief said that the flight attendant had lacerations and sperm in her genitalia as well as bruises, contusions and scratches on her arms and legs.


"Meron siyang mga pasa, meron siyang mga contusions sa both knees and then meron siyang abrasions… pero isa lang ‘yun na mahaba. Meron definitely sexual contact," - the police chief said during a media interview.


With these initial findings, 11 persons have been charged of provisional charge of rape with homicide. All suspects are the ones whom Dacera celebrated the new year's eve with within the two adjacent hotel rooms in Makati City.




Was Christine Dacera Drugged?


Dacera being drugged is one of the elements of case that is yet to be determined by the police authorities as the toxicology report along with the autopsy findings are awaiting to be finalized by experts.


The suspects were charged with "provisional" rape because the prosecutor office is yet to receive the official autopsy and toxicology report yet. Despite of lack of official medical reports, the Philippine National Police (PNP) had already announced that the case had been marked as "solved" by declaring that the flight attendant was a victim of "rape-slay".


Read below excerpt from the official facebook page of the Philippine National Police entitled "POLICE SOLVE NEW YEAR RAPE-SLAY OF FLIGHT ATTENDANT"


<blockquote>In report to DILG Secretary Eduardo M Año, PNP Chief, Police General Debold M Sinas said the rape-slay of Christine Angelica Dacera is solved with the arrest and indictment of three suspects."</blockquote>


Meanwhile, the victim family's spokesperson, Brick Reyes, told media on a press conference that the Dacera family was convinced that Christine was drugged and sexually abbused.


"Sino ba talaga ang nag-sexually assault kay Christine? Sino ba talaga ang nag-spike ng drinks niya with drugs? Sino ba talaga ang immediate cause ng pagkamatay niya?" - the spokesperson said.


Reyes further said that they do not believe that Christine had died on natural causes, and that the ruptured aortic aneurysm finding by the hospital was not the actual cause of death and that the initial medical report does not reflect the injuries on parts of her body.


"They say she died of natural causes, of ruptured aortic aneurysm, which appears in the certificate of death but which does not include all the injuries she sustained," Reyes said.




Who are the suspects?


The PNP had disclosed the names of the 12 suspects, namely:


The three persons below are already in the custody of the police.


1.) John Pascual Dela Serna III - 27 years old

2.) Rommel Daluro Galido - 29 years old

3.) John Paul Reyes Halili - 25 years old


The nine persons below remain at large.


4) Gregorio Angelo de Guzman

5.) Louie de Lima

6.) Clark Jezreel Rapinan

7.) Rey Englis

8.) Mark Anthony Rosales

9) Jammyr Cunanan

10.) Valentine Rosales

11.) a certain Ed Madrid

12.) a certain Paul




Philippine Airlines Statement


The employer of ill-fated Christine Angelica Dacera, Philippine Airlines (PAL), had called for "truth and justice" regarding to the case of one of their flight attendant.


"Our desire is for the truth to come out in the interest of justice," - the statement of the PAL said, released on Tuesday.


Christine Dacera served as a flight attendant of PAL Express, the Philippine region brand of the airlines.


"PAL Express mourns the tragic death of Cristine Dacera last January 1 during New Year revelry in Makati City," - the statment added.


The airline officials further said that they are "extending full support to the flight attendant's family at this most difficult time".




Christine's Family


The mother of Christine, Sharon Dacera, applead to the Philippine president help to solve the case of her daughter.


"Tatay Digong, tulungan niyo po kami. Ordinaryo lang po akong tao. Ma’am [Davao Mayor] Sara Duterte, nanay ka rin. May anak ka rin na babae. That is why I want to come out in the open because I don’t want somebody to be a victim again by this kind of brutality, barbaric," - the emotional mother told reporters during the press conference held on Tuesday.


"Binaboy niyo ang anak ko. Ayokong may mangyari ulit diyan na isang babae na bababuyin niyo ulit. Kaya lalabanan ko ang laban nitong anak ko," - she added.


Sharon said that her daughter dream to take her whole family around the world, the main reason why she became a flight attendant.


"Simple lang kaming tao eh. Kasiyahan lang po sana ng anak ko, na ang dream niya, 'yung kami na magkakasama na kapatid niya, at saka tatay niya, at saka pamilya niya, makatour around the world. Kaya gusto talaga niya maging flight attendant," - the grieving mother said.


On the press conference, Sharon called to all suspects to surrender before the authorities.


"Gusto ko lang manawagan. Lalo na sa mga taong involved doon sa aksidente na nangyari sa anak ko. Kung inosente kayo, lumabas kayo. Kung gusto niyo patunayan na wala kayong kasalanan, lumabas kayo" - the victim's mom said.




City Garden Grand Hotel on the Hook


With the Dacera case being so well-known, the Department of Tourism (DOT) had issued a show-cause order against the City Grand Hotel located at the corner of Makati and Kalayaan Avenues in Barangay Poblacion, Makati City to explain on why it should not be suspended for the possible violations for accepting guests for leisure purposes amid the pandemic.


The show-cause must be submitted to the tourism regulatory body within three days.


It is a known fact that the Makati City is still under the tight quanranteen regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thus, the DOT's show-cause order issuance.


It turned-out that the hotel where Christine Dacera's lifeless body was found is currently used as a quarantine or isolation facility. With this, the DOT had asked the hotel's general manager, Richard Heazon, on why did the establishment continued to accept guests which shouldn't be the case for a declared isolation facility.


Christine Dacera graduated cum laude from the University of the Philippines in Davao City. 




Pfizer Released Ingredients on their COVID-19 Vaccine

Pfizer Inc., an American multinational pharmaceutical corporation had released the ingredients to their COVID-19 vaccine amid fears that a microchip will be planted on human body.


It appears that there are several conspiracy theories that have been circulating online saying that government's true intention on the vaccine is to implant a microchip for them to track the location of its citizens.

pfizer vaccine covid microchip
photo: nbcnews.com


While the widely shared videos has been making viral on the online community, none of the rumors are true.


Zizi Papacharissi, a communication and political science professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said that social media has made it easy to amplify vaccine-related lies.Though companies like Facebook and YouTube have pledged to suppress such misinformation, she said that measures only happens after the materials have already reached viral status.


"Any action they take is retroactive,” she said. “ ... Putting something over it that says, ‘This is possibly misinformation,’ or taking the post down, it’s not really going to help. In fact, it might do the opposite. It might attract even more attention." - the professor said.


Various consipary theory videos have been circulating on various social media websites like facebook, instagram as well as tiktok.


Watch the video below.


https://www.facebook.com/elizabethjohnstonministries/videos/vb.954553357996147/420775795761336/?type=2&theater


Experts said that the video above uses selective editing and misleading text overlays to give the impression that the ApiJect’s radio-frequency identification technology would enable government officials to track the vaccinated population.


In reality, the optional chip that they are talking about is only placed on the syringe label - a fact that the spokespersons for ApiJect and the Department of Health and Human Services had confirmed. The chip will not be injected into the patient's body along with the vaccine nor would it allow the patient to be tracked in any way.


With these, Pfizer released their COVID-19 vaccine ingredients.


In the vaccine, there are one active ingredient called messenger RNA or mRNA. This contains genetic instructions for the corona-virus protein called spike. mRNA, once injected in the body will teach the patient's cells how to make protein that will trigger an immune reponse inside the body. That immune response which produces antibodies will then remain in the body and acts like a memory in our cells and will be activated once the real virus enters the our body.


Pfizer’s vaccine also contains nine other ingredients. Four of them are lipids that comes together to form a protective bubble around the mRNA 


  • (4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis (ALC-3015); (2- hexyldecanoate),
  • 2-[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide (ALC-0159); 1,
  • 2-distearoyl-snglycero-3-phosphocholine (DPSC);
  • cholesterol.


The vaccine also includes sucrose (sugar) that keeps the nano particles from clumping up when they're on the frozen stage.


The vaccine also contains four salts ingredients: potassium chloride, monobasic potassium phosphate, basic sodium phosphate dihydrate and sodium chloride.


Furthermore, Pfizer’s director of global media relations, Jerica Pitts, said that these ingredients are diluted with water and salt before injections.


None of the said ingredients contains or resemble a microchip.



University of the Philippines - UP Starts Accepting Freshmen - No UPCAT for 2021

The University of the Philippines announced that they will begin accepting applications for the first year students for the academic year 2021-2022 starting next year - January 7, 2021 via an online portal made especially for admissons of applications.


The announcement was made December 18, 2021 - Friday.

university philippines upcat 2021-2022
Photo: goodnewspilipinas.com


For this academic year, the only national university in the country said that the first year applicants will not undergo to the usual UP College Admissions Test (UPCAT). The announcement stated that the decision was made unanimously by the University Councils of all the UP constituent universities due to the health concerns brought by the current pandemic that has been infecting thousands of Filipinos in the country.


Instead of the UPCAT, the highest academic policymaking body of the constituent universities in the UP System had approved a new measure to short-list the first year applicants. According to the statement the applicants will be evaluated according to their high school records and that they will be assessed by academic units in order to qualify for a degree program - if deemed necessary. Hopefuls will be notified for any assesments or other additional requirements during the evaluation period.


Below are the steps in applying to become the first year students of the University of the Philippines for the academic year 2021-2022 as officially released by the university.


Applicants shall accomplish Form 1 (Personal Data Sheet) electronically and upload their photo and electronic signature.


•   High schools shall be requested to log on to the Grades Submission link to accomplish Form 2 (High School Records) on behalf of the applicants. An online survey was sent earlier to high schools using their registered email addresses in the records of the UP Office of Admissions (OAdms).


•   If a high school has not received the email of the UP OAdms, applicants from that school must inform the Office of the school’s current official email address via dataproc.oadms@up.edu.ph to facilitate communications between the UP OAdms and the high school.


While we are in the time of advance technology, UP recognized the possibility that there are applicants that may be experiencing technological limitations, that is why they are currently coodinating with concerned high schools for other alternative modes of applications.


The link for the online submission portal will be made available on the exact day of the start of the application submission which is on January 7, 2021 and will end at February 15, 2021.


For any concerns regarding the online submission of application and to address the spread of misinformation, UP had officially released various way for them to be reached out by the public regarding to any inquiries on the application.



UP Office of Admission


Landline: (02) 8981-8500 local 3827 / 3828 / 3830 / 3831


Cellphone: +63 918 904 9195


E-mail: upcatapplications@up.edu.ph


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UPSystemOfficeOfAdmissions


Bagyong Vicky PAGASA Update - Typhoon

The weather disturbance that the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has been monitoring inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) had developed into a full blown tropical cyclone and was named as Typhoon Vicky or Bagyong Vicky and made landfall on the Philippine soil, specifically at the town of Banganga, Davao Oriental at 2 in the afternoon of December 18, 2020.

typhoon bagyo vicky philippines

Location of Eye of the Typhoon


According to the latest weather bulletin from the weather bureau, the center of the Tropical Depression "Vicky" was estimated based on all available data to be in the vicinity of Esperanza, Agusan del Sur.


Movement


I has been observed that the weather disturbance is moving northwestward, pointing to the archipelagic province of Palawan.


Typhoon Strength


Vicky was known to have a maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 75 kilometers per hour (kph).

typhoon philippines pagasa update


Affected Areas


With this, tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 has been raised in the following areas where Vicky's 30 to 60 kilometers per hour is expected within the next 36 hours.


Luzon


The northern and central portion of Palawan (Puerto Princesa City, Roxas, San Vicente, Dumaran, Araceli, Taytay, El Nido) including Calamian, Cuyo, and Cagayancillo Islands



Visayas


The southern portion of Leyte (Baybay City, Javier, Abuyog, Mahaplag, Inopacan, Hindang, Hilongos, Bato, Matalom, Palompon, Merida, Isabel), Southern Leyte, the central and southern portions of Cebu (Borbon, Tabuelan, Tuburan, Sogod, Catmon, Carmen, Asturias, Danao City, Compostela, Liloan, Consolacion, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, Cordoba, Balamban, Cebu City, Talisay City, Toledo City, Minglanilla, Naga City, Pinamungahan, San Fernando, Aloguinsan, Carcar, Barili, Sibonga, Dumanjug, Ronda, Alcantara, Moalboal, Argao, Dalaguete, Badian, Alegria, Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Malabuyoc, Ginatilan, Samboan, Santander) including Camotes Islands, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, the central and southern portions of Iloilo (Ajuy, Barotac Viejo, San Enrique, San Rafael, Passi City, Bingawan, Calinog, Lambunao, Janiuay, Banate, Anilao, Dingle, Duenas, Badiangan, Barotac Nuevo, Zarraga, Pototan, Dumangas, Mina, New Lucena, Santa Barbara, Leganes, Iloilo City, Pavia, Cabatuan, Maasin, Alimodian, San Miguel, Leon, Oton, Tigbauan, Tubungan, Guimbal, Igbaras, Miagao, San Joaquin), and the southern portion of Antique (Valderrama, San Remigio, Sibalom, Hamtic, Tobias Fornier, Anini-Y, Bugasong, Laua-An, Patnongon, San Jose, Belison)



Mindanao


Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Davao de Oro, Davao City, the northern portion of Davao del Sur (Santa Cruz, Digos City, Bansalan, Magsaysay, Matanao, Hagonoy), Camiguin, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Cotabato City, North Cotabato, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and the northern portion of Zamboanga del Norte (Baliguian, Gutalac, Kalawit, Labason, Tampilisan, Liloy, Salug, Bacungan, Godod, Sindangan, Siayan, Jose Dalman, Manukan, Sergio Osmena Sr., Pres. Manuel A. Roxas, Katipunan, Dipolog City, Polanco, Pinan, Mutia, La Libertad, Dapitan City, Sibutad, Rizal)

Wearing of Face Shield Has Been Also Required In Public Places

Philippines - The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) had released a new regulation that would require everyone to wear face shield on top of the already required face mask at all times when going out of their residences.


The new measure aims to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that has caused numerous deaths and crippled the national economy.

face shield required philippines mandatory
Photo: arabnews.com


The mandate was announced by the Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque who is also the spokesperson of the IATF. The announcement was made via a televised Palace press briefing On Tuesday, September 15, 2020.


It can be recalled that the wearing of face mask has been required (April 2020) on all public places as soon as the pandemic has been known throughout the country. However, since the number of the cases drastically went up since March 2020, the task force had decided to create a new measure in the hope to lessen the spread of COVID-19 disease.


Before the announcement, the wearing of face shield was only required to individuals who are entering closed spaces like malls and other business establishments. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) also have required commuters to wear face shield on all public transportation starting August 15, 2020.


Harry Roque clarified further that the face shield should cover your faces from the forehead to the chin and anything shorter than that is not allowed, the spokesperson stressed. The length of the face shield was discussed as many Filipinos are wearing a short shield which basically make it just an eye shield and not as a face shield.


As of Monday, December 14, 2020, the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationwide reaches to 450,733 which includes 8,757 deaths and 418,723 recoveries.


With this, we, from Anyare.com went on various business establishment today to check for the price of the HengDe-like face shield. After checking, we found out that prices on the sidewalk vendors ranges from 20-30 pesos a piece, mall price is 50 pesos, 7-11 price is also 50 pesos. Luckily, we found a store which sells various Chinese made stuffs and their face shield's price is only 6 pesos.

Andi Eigenmann's Gender Reveal For 3rd Baby

Andi Eigenmann had published her "gender reveal" on the video sharing website youtube.com via her vlog post entitled "Finally, Our Fun DIY Gender Reveal At Home", which was posted late afternoon on Sunday, December 13, 2020.


Andi on her video introduction said that "this is the moment that they have all been waiting for" and that she is also excited for that day because she is the one who has been keeping the secret for already quite some time.

andi eigenmann gender reveal youtube


The actress-model initially wanted to reveal the surprise by baking a three blue icing-filled cupcakes for her partner Philmar Alipayo and for her two daughters.


Unfortunately, the icing did not turn out to be as blue as she hoped for due to miscalculation of some ingredients and some preparation mistakes. Though it appeared to be a white icing, she still put it on the cupcakes' fillings.


Even though with the whitish fillings, she still presented it to her family, leaving Philmar and her daughter Ellie confused about the gender reveal.


To amend her icing blunder, Andi just prepared a box with a blue-colored baby clothes in it along with many blue confettis.


Philmar who is besides his two daughters leap for joy after realizing that he was at last going to have a son.


This was also a great news for Andi's oldest daughter as she mentioned in that video that she wanted a baby brother.


"I wanted a boy but I think it's a girl" - Ellie said after Andi asked them for their guesses before giving them the cupcakes.


Watch the full video below:


Bloomberg Reporter, Haze Fan, Arrested By Chinese Police

Chinese authority had arrested their own citizen, Haze Fan, over suspicion of endangering the national security. Chinese police who were dressed in plain clothes apprehended the news assistant from her apartment last Monday over the allegation.


This incident increase international pressure on the Chinese government over concern on the security and rights of foreign media outlets that's operating on their soil.

haze fan bloomberg arrest chinese
Photo: bloomberg.com

Bloomberg, a media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City said that their last contact on Haze Fan had been on 11:30 a.m. on the day of the arrest.


Wang Yi, the China's foreign ministry confirmed the Bloomberg's employee's arrest and the charges on Friday.


"Chinese citizen Ms Fan has been detained by the Beijing National Security Bureau according to relevant Chinese law on suspicion of engaging in criminal activities that jeopardize national security" - the foreign ministry said on the media.


"The case is currently under investigation. Ms. Fan’s legitimate rights have been fully ensured and her family has been notified" - the Chinese official added.


Haze Fan has been on the said media company since 2017 has been credited over numerous global business stories of the company as a news assistant and not as a full pledged journalist. Apparently, Chinese law doesn't allow its own citizen to work as a news reporter on foreign media companies operating on their territory.


Before her Bloomberg employment, Fan had also worked on other foreign media outlets which includes Reuters, CNBS, CBS and Al Jazeera.


John Micklethwait, Bloomberg's editor in chief, described Fan as a "talented and an integral part of the newsroom" and that he assured that the news agency will work as hard as possible to help on her release and her family during these times. Micklethwait also assured the world that the arrest will not change how would they report news from China.


Fan's detention happened months after Chinese authority made an arrest on a high profile television anchor over the same suspicion. Cheng Lei, a Chinese-born Australian television news anchor and business reporter was apprehended by the Chinese authority on August 2020. Since the arrest of the 45 years old prominent anchor, she was not able to make contact with her friends and family members.


Confidence on press freedom on the Chinese territory has been in question over these incidents.


How To Disable HP Laptop Touchpad On Windows 10

If you are using an HP laptop with Windows 10 installed on it, the touchpad sometimes comes annoying especially when you are typing. It doesn't matter whether you have a big or small hands because you would surely accidentally touch the touchpad which causes your cursor to jump around your typing area which would mess your document.


With this, you might be wondering on how to disable the touchpad of your HP laptop under Windows 10. Some even think of a keyboard shortcut to deactivate the touchpad would be a wonderful trick.


hp touchpad fix


Under Windows 7 and Windows 10, you can disable it under the control panel or under the settings.


For Windows 10, you can go to Settings > Devices > Touchpad, there you can switch off the touchpad by toggling the option the topmost switch. You can also auto disable the touchpad when an external mouse is connected on that window.


However, it would be troublesome to drive yourself to this window every time you have typing tasks. For most of us, it's a lot of work, the very reason most of us are looking for a keyboard shortcut.


But we must identify the original problem, which is the cursor jumping on your typing area while you are typing on your keyboard.


This can easily be prevented by installing a freeware called TouchFreeze.

hp laptop disable touchpad windows 10

TouchFreeze is a free software that would disable the touchpad for about two seconds as soon as it detects keyboard press. 


Go to touchfreeze.net to download the free software.



Angel Locsin Was Called Obese On DepEd's Module

Philippine television and film actress, commercial model, film producer and fashion designer, Angel Locsin, was bothered over the Department of Education's (DepEd)  apology over the body shaming issue on one of its module.

angel locsin obse module


The ABS-CBN star was called as an "obese person" on one the physical education modules made by a teacher named Keith Richard O. Firme from Occidental Mindoro.

"Angel Locsin is an obese person. She, together with Coco Martin eats fatty and sweet food in Mang Inasal fast food restaurant most of the time. In her house, she always watching television (sic) and does not have any physical activities." - the module reads.

The module which was made by the physical education teacher asked on what will happen to the already obese Angel Locsin should she continue her lifestyle.

What do you think will happen to Angel if she continues her lifestyle?

How do lifestyle affects the health of an indivudual?

Above are some of the questions following the fat statement of the teacher.

Below are the actual photo that has been circulating on different social media sites regarding the teacher calling the former FHM most sexiest woman fat.

angel locsin obese module

Below is the photo of Keith Richard O. Firme signing the controversial module.

obese module teacher

Below is the Department of Education Mimaropa Region's apology post from their official facebook page.

Official Statement from the Schools Division Office of Occidental Mindoro regarding the viral post of the SLM involving actress Ms. Angel Locsin. Please be guided.

Posted by DepEd Tayo Mimaropa Region on Friday, November 13, 2020

As of writing, the sorry-post of DepEd already has a one hundred seven reactions, nine comments and forty eight shares.


Meanwhile, the actress called out the department bureau over the DepEd's public apology saying that the agency seems to be unaffected over the teacher's bad conduct.


"I don't mind the insults. Cheap comments do not define who I am. 


I intended to ignore this issue, but when I read deped's statement, aba teka lang. 


What bothers me most is apart from teaching incorrect grammar to the students, DepEd seems unaffected that the said teacher is teaching bad conduct and sowing discrimination among the children. Anong mangyayare sa future kung ang mga kabataan ay tinuturuan ng pambabastos at pangungutya sa kapwa? 


This is the more relevant issue deped, that you should be held accountable and must correct. Sa inyo naka salalay ang pag asa ng ating milyon milyong kabataan. 


The said teacher should apologize to his students and all the students that read the module. 


I am fortunate that I had teachers who value good manners and right conduct. Every child deserves to have teachers like them. "


The actress said on her post, which she said that she will delete the post "later".


Meanwhile, the facebook account of the teacher has been deactivated with the surge of comments.


Governor Plans to Open Bali Indonesia To International Tourist

Bali Indonesia may be open to international tourists before the year ends. This is the news announced by the Bali Governor Wayan Koster after he stated that the central government in Indonesia is currently studying the possibility to open-up their borders to foreign travelers.


Bali province's economy is known to be heavily dependent to tourism since 1980s, in which at present day the province's economy is made up of 80% tourism-related economy.

bali indonesia open international tourist
Photo: travelpulse.com

However, the governor revealed that the talks between higher officials are still in early stage, but the possibility has been considered.


“It is being discussed with the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Ministry of Transportation,” - Koster said.


The governor made the statement on the media amidst the rumor that has been circulating online, particularly on messaging app WhatsApp. The rumors prompted the response from the Bali's own local officials.


As much as the local business owners' anticipations, regional secretary to the Bali administration, Dewa Made Indra, had already prevously clariffed that the easing of borders on international visitors has yet to be final.


“This is not about whether we are willing or not. If we are willing and permitted to open, we would have done it from way before because this is crucial for our economy. But the central government is still evaluating our readiness, so that we don’t open up and it results in [COVID-19] cases escalating. If that’s the case we wouldn’t be benefiting, but incurring losses,” the administrator said.


Bali has been in full operation after it accepts domestc tourists since July but remained closed to foreign visitors amid the global restriction due to the pandemic.


"But the central government is still evaluating our readiness so that we don’t open up and it results in COVID cases escalating." - Koster said.


"If that’s the case we wouldn’t be benefiting, but incurring losses." - the government added.