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DOH stands pat on full refund by Sanofi Pasteur

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) remains firm in its desire to have a full refund of the money paid for the “used” Dengvaxia vaccine by invoking certain provisions of the Civil Code of the Philippines. According to DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, such intention for full refund was contained in his latest letter to …

Federalism is within reach: Puno

MANILA — Former Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Reynato Puno is convinced that the shift of the present system of government from Unitary to Federal is almost within reach. “Itong Federalismo ay halos abot kamay na natin. At ito po kung tayo’y papatnubayan ng ating Maykapal ay mangyayari at mangyayari sa panahon ng ating Pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte. (This …

Navy frigate deal: What we need to know

MANILA — The Senate on Monday, Feb. 19, will start its probe into the alleged controversies surrounding the PHP16-billion acquisition of two Philippine Navy frigates. The investigation by the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, headed by Senator Gregorio Honasan, as well as the Congressional Oversight Committee on the Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization …

We need to speed up federalism: Andanar

MANILA — Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Saturday said the Constitutional revision has to be done quickly to support the push for federalism, as President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends in four years. “We have four years left. We need to speed up the legislation for federalism, so that we could fulfill the …

Palace to Trillanes: Ombudsman can open Duterte bank accounts

MANILA — The Ombudsman has the power to open the bank accounts of President Rodrigo R. Duterte even without the permission of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC), Malacañang said. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this remark following claims of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV that the Ombudsman junked the investigation into Duterte’s alleged ill-gotten wealth because the …

Balding PH coral reefs prompt SOS call

MANILA — Scientists are sounding the alarm on the plight of coral reefs nationwide. They are raising the urgency for sustainably managing Philippine areas with coral reefs to help prevent these beneficial ecosystems’ further degradation and loss. Latest data show the country is losing its coral cover, warned Dr. Wilfredo Licuanan, professor and director at De …

Duterte says PH committed to peace

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte has assured Norway that the Philippines remains committed to peace despite his refusal to resume peace talks with communist rebels, Malacañang said. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this statement after Duterte on Thursday (February 15) met with Idun Tvedt, Norwegian special envoy to the peace process between the Government of …

Lorenzana rebukes HRW for ‘war crimes’ comment

MANILA — The Department of National Defense has lambasted the international group Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) assessment that President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s offer to give monetary rewards for every communist rebel killed encourages “war crimes”. “We disagree with the assessment of HRW that President Rodrigo Duterte’s reward offer of PHP20,000 for every NPA (New People’s Army) …

All aircraft carriers entitled to freedom of navigation: Palace

MANILA — Malacañang has assured anew that all aircraft carriers, including the US Navy carrier, USS Carl Vinson, are entitled to freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea (WPS). “All vessels, including aircraft carriers, are entitled to freedom of navigation in the WPS,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said in a statement. Roque made the …

Bangsamoro commission’s BBL version gets 90% approval

MANILA – The Bangsamoro Transition Commission’s (BTC) version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) has been gaining tremendous support with at least 90 percent of the people on the ground approving its passage, an official of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) said. “I will report that the reception on the …