BERNADETTE E. TAMAYO

AQUINO CLAIMS

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FORMER President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Thursday said his decision to approve the purchase of P3.5 billion worth of anti-dengue vaccines in December 2015 was based on experts’ initial advise – now proven wrong – that the drug was “safe.” Appearing before a Senate inquiry, Aquino dismissed allegations that the…

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CONGRESS has ratified the Tax Reform and Acceleration Inclusion (TRAIN) bill before it adjourned its session for a month-long holiday break but not without controversy as members of the House of Representatives claimed that a lack of quorum during the voting nullified the ratification. It was not the case in…

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THE Senate is set to ratify this Tuesday the bicameral conference committee report approving the proposed P3.76-trillion national budget for 2018. Sen. Loren Legarda, chairman of the Committee on Finance and Rep. Karlo Alexie Nograles, chairman of the Committee on Finance for the House of Representatives, led their respective groups…

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HEALTH Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd on Monday accused French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur of “mental dishonesty” on the efficacy of its anti-dengue vaccine, thereby placing the lives of hundreds of thousands of children at risk. “I think they have not been forthright from the beginning,” Duque told a Senate inquiry…

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FORMER Health secretary Paulyn Ubial said she had some misgivings in continuing the dengue immunization program using Dengavaxia amid the advice of some experts with regard to its effects, as well as because of some perceived political agenda. “I dilly-dallied. It was intentional because of the issues raised by Dr. (Leonila)…

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Senators want an urgent, detailed briefing from the economic and defense clusters of the Duterte Cabinet to help them determine if there is really a need to extend martial law in Mindanao for one year. Sen. Winston Gatchalian on Saturday said his colleagues raised with Senate President Aquilino Pimentel 3rd…

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THE Philippines, as one of the highly vulnerable countries to climate change, must “pursue justice” in the international arena for the millions of Filipinos whose basic human rights are curtailed because of the effects of severe weather changes. Sen. Loren Legarda noted that “compared to industrialized countries, the Philippines barely…

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