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The Department of Health (DOH) should not wait for the number of deaths caused by oxalic acid poisoning to go up before making a decisive move to regulate the sale of the toxic chemical, a public health watchdog said on Wednesday. Thony Dizon, coordinator of EcoWaste Coalition, said the DOH…

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The old practice of absenteeism at the House of Representatives could be stopped by employing the ‘no work no pay’ policy being done by the capitalists to the workers, a former legislator argued over the weekend. Former Rep. Renato Magtubo, president of the Partido ng Manggagawa (PM), said the problem…

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PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino 3rd is “not willing” to pursue the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to prevent the collapse of the ruling coalition, which will lead to the defeat of Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd, according to top officials of various party-list coalitions on Friday. Obet de Castro, deputy…

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MEMBERS of the House of Representatives have shown no interest in passing “urgent” measures because President Benigno Aquino 3rd has not certified them urgent, Rep. Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna party-list said on Thursday. Colmenares said majority of the members of the House of Representatives do not consider the proposed…

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The 200,000-strong Federation of Free Workers (FFW) over the weekend said it is considering to throw its support behind the presidential bid of Vice President Jejomar Binay or Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte because the two officials are “pro-labor.” Sony Matula, FFW president, said both Binay and Duterte had been…

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THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has failed to capture leaders of drug syndicates in Metro Manila (National Capital Region or NCR) despite continuous surveillance that the anti-drug agency has been conducting in 92 percent of more than 1,700 barangay (villages) in the region. Director Erwin Ogario, chief of PDEA-NCR,…

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The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice on Thursday expressed their disappointment over the decision of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to lift the suspension order on the Environment Compliance Certificate of Semirara Mining and Power Corporation. They claimed that the firm was accountable to the death of…

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Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate wants Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd to explain to the public the source of his campaign ads on television. In the television ads, Roxas explained the supposed correctness and achievements of the Aquino administration’s “Tuwid na Daan” (straight path) and the need for…

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A group of drivers and operators of public transportation on Sunday expressed disappointment with recent oil price cuts, describing them as “extremely low.” George San Mateo, president of the Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper and Operators Nationwide (Piston), over the weekend said oil companies should reduce the prices of…

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Health Alliance for Democracy chairperson Dr. Beng Reyes said transferring the management of government hospitals from the national government to local government units is a complete failure because of poor implementation. Reyes told The Manila Times that the purpose of devolution in public health program, which was to empower the…

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