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FRENCH pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur has agreed to pay back P1.4 billion worth of unused anti-dengue vaccines on the request of the Philippine government. “Sanofi Pasteur has responded positively to the Philippine Department of Health’s (DoH) request that we provide reimbursement for the doses of Dengvaxia that were not used…

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THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has revoked the certificate of incorporation of media entity Rappler allegedly for violating the Philippine Constitution and statutory foreign equity restrictions in mass media. “[T]he En Banc finds Rappler Inc. and Rappler Holdings Corp., a Mass Media entity and its alter ego, liable for…

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MUNTINLUPA Regional Trial Court Judge Juanita Guerrero has decided to inhibit from hearing the drug case against Sen. Leila de Lima. Guerrero’s decision is contained in a four-page order dated January 11, but released on Monday to media by de Lima’s office. De Lima, through her lawyers, filed on November…

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THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) may suspend anew the barangay (village) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections in the whole of Mindanao in 2019 unless the conditions for holding peaceful, orderly and honest elections are met, its spokesman said on Monday. James Jimenez said that the poll body would be holding a series…

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THE National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) raised the blue alert on Mayon after a series of phreatic explosions were monitored from the country’s most active volcano on Monday. NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said a blue alert would mean that all concerned agencies under the NDRRMC would render…

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte received the resignation of Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) chairperson Patricia Licuanan, Malacanang said on Monday. “I wish to announce that the President has received the resignation of CHEd chairperson Licuanan and it will be accepted by the President,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said during a press…

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SENATOR Panfilo Lacson wants a Constituent Assembly (Con-Ass) to be convened to amend the 1987 Charter. Lacson urged fellow senators to adopt Resolution 580 based on Article 17 of the Constitution, which provided options by which the fundamental law of the land may be revised. Aside from a Constituent Assembly,…

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EXILED Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria Sison welcomed President Rodrigo Duterte’s proposal for a “one-on-one” despite the termination of the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Sison was responding to comments by Duterte in a recent…

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NEWLY-appointed Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) Chairman Catalino Cuy is proposing to have the name of the police campaign against illegal drugs changed to erase the “negative connotation” that goes with it. Although he made no suggestions, Cuy said the killings that were associated with the implementation of “Operation Tokhang” have…

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COMMISSION on Higher Education chairperson Patricia Licuanan announced her resignation after a flag-raising ceremony at the agency on Monday morning. Licuanan’s resignation six months before her retirement came amid allegations of excessive foreign travel. Licuanan’s term ends officially in July. Rep. Jericho Nograles of Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) accused…

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