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Ex-DOH chief Ona: Implementation of Dengvaxia program a big question mark

The implementation of multi-billion-peso immunization program of the Department of Health (DOH) is a big question mark, said Former Health Secretary Enrique Ona as he faced the Senate blue ribbon committee for the first time on Monday, January 22. Ona slammed the Aquino administration, saying that the Dengvaxia program should not have been implemented the …

Alvarez on zero budget for anti-fedaralism solons: It’s only a joke

MANILA, Philippines — House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said he is only joking when he threatened to give zero budget to local politicians who would oppose the government’s plan of shifting to a federal form of government. In an interview on ABS-CBN News Channel’s Headstart, Alvarez said that his statements during the oathtaking ceremony of Iloilo …

Sanofi OK’d to shoulder cost of cases related to Dengvaxia vaccine

French Pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur agreed on Monday the demand of the Philippine government to shoulder the cost of any death or case which would be proven to be causally related to the Dengvaxia vaccine. Sanofi’s representative Thomas Triomphe said in a joint Senate committee hearing into the P3.5 billion dengue vaccination program that “should …

De Lima asks Facebook: Take down fake news against me

MANILA, Philippines — Detained Senator Leila De Lima on Sunday appeal anew to social media giant Facebook to take down the supposed fake news stories and clips against her as it “mislead the public” and tarnish her reputation. De Lima, an opposition senator and known Duterte critic, said Facebook should “exercise some responsibility” for the …

Philippines says it won’t be embroiled in US China sea spat

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines said Sunday that it won’t get embroiled in a fresh spat between the U.S. and China involving Beijing’s protest of an American warship passing near a Chinese-controlled shoal also claimed by the Philippines. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said that “the United States can take care of its own interest” …

Palace rejects MIASCOR’s appeal to reconsider contract termination

MANILA — Malacanang on Sunday turned down an appeal of aviation services provider MIASCOR since the lease and concession agreement of the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) with MIASCOR has already expired. “There is nothing to appeal as government has no existing contract with MIASCOR Groundhandling Corporation,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque reacted in a press statement. …

Sereno won’t quit despite ‘below the belt’ attacks

MANILA — Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno reiterated that she will not resign from her post and will continue to fight for judicial independence despite the attacks at the ongoing impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives which she described as going ‘below the belt’. Lawyer Jojo Lacanilao, one of Sereno’s spokespersons, said Sunday such attempts …

Revilla asks SC to stop Sandiganbayan hearings on plunder raps

MANILA — Former Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. filed a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) seeking to stop the proceedings at the Sandiganbayan which he claimed as a violation of his rights as an accused in the PHP224.5-million plunder and graft cases filed against him for alleged misuse of his Priority Development Assistance Fund or …

13K migratory birds present in Bataan: 2018 Asian Waterbird census

BALANGA CITY — Some 13,065 migratory birds were present in one day in wetlands in this Bataan city, the Asian Waterbird census recorded on Saturday. There was a slight decrease compared with15,075 birds counted on January 22, 2017. Representatives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Tourism (DOT), and the Wild Bird …

Makati extends deadline for business, realty tax payments

MANILA — The Makati City government has extended the deadline of assessment of business permits without penalty to Jan. 25, and the payment of business and realty taxes to Jan. 31, following the approval by the City Council of City Ordinance No. 2018-001. With this, Mayor Abby Binay urged the city’s business and real property owners …

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