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TOO MANY OVERSEAS JUNKETS – DUTERTE

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday fired Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor chairman James Mark Terry Ridon and four other commissioners, saying they rarely conducted hearings and yet found the time for junkets abroad. In remarks at Malacañang, Duterte blasted the commission’s top officials, particularly Ridon, a former student activist,…

JUSTICES TO HOUSE PANEL:

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CHIEF Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno unilaterally decided not to raffle off the request by Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd to remove the cases filed against the Maute group out of Marawi City, violating the Supreme Court’s collegiality, magistrates said on Monday. Associate Justice Teresita de Castro confirmed this before the…

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President Rodrigo Duterte wants Congress to extend martial law in Mindanao, endorsing the proposal of the military and the police not to lift military rule in the South despite the defeat of the Maute terror group that seized some areas in Marawi City in May this year. Ilocos Norte Rep.…

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VACC lawyer: Case may lead to plunder vs Aquino, Garin The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on Saturday said it is set to present a witness—a Department of Health (DOH) insider—before the Senate to testify on the “hasty” procurement of Dengvaxia vaccines. Ferdinand Topacio, VACC’s legal adviser, said the…

WITH TERRORIST TAG

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JOSE Maria Sison may lose his political asylum status once the court declares the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, as terrorist organizations, according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano. Once the court outlawed the CPP, the Philippines can transport Sison…

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POLICEMEN in Ozamiz City seized P112 million worth of drugs believed to have been hidden by the Parojinog family after the killing of former mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Jr. this year. The drugs were confiscated during a series of operations conducted by the police on Wednesday in Misamis Occidental. Inspector Jovie…

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ANTI-CORRUPTION advocates on Wednesday said a 10-year-old girl who died six months after being inoculated with Dengvaxia may have been the first fatality of the dengue vaccine. Dante Jimenez, chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), said his group is gathering cases of children who died or fell…

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THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines has ordered the recall of Dengvaxia, the world’s first anti-dengue vaccine, over concerns that it may put those inoculated with it at risk. The FDA ordered French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur to suspend the sale, distribution and marketing of Dengvaxia and…

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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