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THE Philippines will contest the naming of five underwater features of the Philippine Rise (Benham Rise) by China, Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella said on Wednesday, as President Rodrigo Duterte warned of war over unauthorized expeditions to the area. Abella said the government raised its objection to the research activity…

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ANTI-crime advocates are urging the government to come up with new policies to ensure the protection of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait, similar to regulations in place in Singapore. In a nine-page recommendation submitted to President Rodrigo Duterte, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) suggested the hiring of…

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A nine-year-old boy who was inoculated with Dengvaxia vaccine six months ago is now fighting for his life at the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center. The grade three pupil from Tondo, Manila received the anti-dengue vaccine on August 30, 2017 under the anti-dengue immunization program of the Department of Health.…

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Rep. Joselito Atienza of Buhay party-list is expected to question former President Benigno Aquino 3rd and former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad when these past government officials testify at a congressional probe of the P3.5-billion anti-dengue Dengvaxia immunization program, which was later found to have adverse effects on children. “I am…

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SENATE Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Sunday bared alleged moves by administration lawmakers to railroad Charter change (Cha-cha) by postponing the May 2018 barangay (village) elections and hold it on a later date simultaneously with the plebiscite on proposed amendments. According to Drilon, the planned railroading is linked to the…

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The Philippines has performed poorly in a variety of international standards designed to measure corruption, making it a substantial risk for companies, a consultancy firm said. According to the Pacific Strategies and Assessments (PAS), the country was ranked 118 out of 137 by the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index…

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THE Senate is not likely to back a bill allowing divorce, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd said on Thursday, a day after a House committee cleared the measure for floor debates. The chances of its passage are slim, Sotto said, noting that no one had even bothered to file…

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THE KUWAITI Ambassador to Manila has said his Gulf nation’s decision to extend an amnesty program for overstaying Filipino workers reflected good relations between Kuwait and the Philippines, amid a row over alleged abuses of Filipino house help. Kuwaiti envoy Musaed Saleh Ahmad Althwaikh said issues involving overseas Filipino workers…

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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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