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THE head of the Senate blue ribbon committee on Wednesday appealed to parents not to lose trust in the immunization program of the government amid the fear and anxiety brought by the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. At the resumption of the Senate investigation of the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia controversy, Sen. Richard Gordon…

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THE head of the Senate blue ribbon committee on Tuesday warned the public against efforts by entities and personalities involved in the Dengvaxia mess to divert attention from the real issue by inciting conflict among health practitioners. Sen. Richard Gordon issued the warning ahead of the resumption of the Senate…

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THE Senate Committee on Ethics dismissed several complaints filed against three members of the chamber during its meeting on Tuesday. The ethics panel, headed by Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd, unanimously backed a motion to junk the ethics complaints filed by former Bureau of Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon against…

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MOBILE phone users may soon have more freedom to switch from one service provider to another without even changing their mobile numbers with the Senate’s passage of the Lifetime Cellphone Number Act on final reading. Authored by Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, Senate Bill (SB) 1636 would soon provide mobile users with…

SENATORS CLEAR DUTERTE AIDE IN FRIGATE DEAL

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SPECIAL Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go on Monday blamed “irresponsible reporting” for generating controversy on the P15.7-billion Philippine Navy frigate project, calling out two media outlets: the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Rappler. Go, who attended the Senate national defense and security committee hearing on the frigate deal, noted…

TO JUSTIFY TAX ON PRIZES

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THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will ask the help of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in justifying the imposition of 20 percent tax on all sweepstakes prizes. PCSO General Manager Alex ander Balutan said the agency will invite tax experts from the BIR to defend the newly imposed…

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THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is determined to implement its unified national online lottery system that will not only improve the handling of lottery games but will also save the agency a lot of money, its general manager, Alexander Balutan, said. The charity agency plans to bid out its…

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SHE may have been laid to rest but parents of Abbie Hedia, suspected to be a victim of Dengvaxia, vowed not to rest until those responsible for administering the anti-dengue vaccine on hundreds of thousands of school children are taken to court. According to Dante Jimenez, chairman of the Volunteers…

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United States Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim met with Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo ahead of the religious group’s celebration of its 50th anniversary of establishing churches overseas. Kim visited Manalo in the INC’s international headquarters at the church’s central office in Quezon City. The meeting…

THE MANILA TIMES ROUNDTABLE

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ILLEGAL gambling operators and their local government protectors are out to discredit the Small Town Lottery (STL) program of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), but the state agency will not allow them to succeed. PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said that despite efforts to dismantle the STL, the agency…

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