CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT

NO RECALL YET OF DENGVAXIA, SAYS SANOFI

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NO need to panic over the anti-dengue vaccine as it does not cause the deadly dengue virus, Malacañang said on Monday. In a news conference, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said the “severe” dengue classification that pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur had mentioned involved symptoms that are not deadly. “The good news…

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Malacañang is confident a new budget would be passed this year despite the differences in the versions of the proposed budget of both chambers of the Congress. In a news conference, Palace spokesman Harry Roque said Malacañang believed both houses of Congress would be able to iron out their differences…

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The country will open up its telecommunications sector not only to Chinese companies but also to other foreign investors, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said Saturday. “The best offer would be picked from other offers as well,” Pernia told reporters at the sidelines of the 2017 Philippine Association for Chinese…

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MORE people considered themselves poor in the third quarter of the year, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey. The poll, for which 1,500 adults nationwide were interviewed face-to-face from September 23 to 27, showed that 47 percent of respondents, or an estimated 10.9 million families, considered themselves…

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The Philippines and China have agreed to firm up the “second basket of infrastructure projects” in time for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Manila in 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte’s top economic manager said on Saturday. Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of the 2017 Philippine Association for Chinese Studies…

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THE total number of Filipinos infected by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome or AIDS, could reach more than 142,000 in five years, the Department of Health warned on Friday. If left unchecked, HIV cases could further balloon to 313,000 by 2030, the department said…

CRISIS FEARED AFTER WAR

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Task Force Bangon Marawi chief Eduardo del Rosario on Friday said he was open to extending martial law in Mindanao to secure rehabilitation efforts in Marawi City from terrorist attacks. During the “Bangon Marawi” briefing in Malacañang, del Rosario, citing intelligence reports, claimed members of Islamic State (IS)-inspired Maute terrorists…

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Malacañang on Friday dismissed Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo’s claim that the Duterte administration is using officials of the previous leadership as a “scapegoat” for its shortcomings following the filing of cases against former government executives over the Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) mess. In a statement, Palace spokesman arry…

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