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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…

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FORMER Quezon City vice mayor Rosario “Charito” L. Planas passed away Wednesday morning. She was 87. “It is with a heavy heart that in behalf of the people of Quezon City, I announce the passing of our dear former vice mayor, Charito Planas,” Mayor Herbert M. Bautista said in a…

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President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday asked for another year to end the drug menace, virtually admitting that he needs more time to curb the “resurgence” of illegal drugs. On the campaign trail, Duterte had promised to eradicate the drug problem within three to six months after getting elected. Speaking before…

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) expects the New People’s Army (NPA) to intensify its recruitment activities to boost the number of its fighters. Col. Edgard Arevalo, AFP public affairs chief, said to counter the NPA recruitment, the military will hold dialogs with students, school heads and local government…


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THE Manila Police District (MPD) will provide 24-hour security to Manila Times’ senior reporter Jomar Canlas who received death threats after he testified at the impeachment proceedings against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno at the House of Representatives. Supt. Erwin Margarejo, MPD spokesman, said the round-the-clock protection would be temporary…

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EL NIDO, Philippines: Environmental activists are being killed in record numbers around the world, with the Philippines one of the most dangerous countries, according to watchdog Global Witness. At least 200 community activists, NGO workers and other civilians on the frontlines of protecting the environment were reported murdered worldwide last…

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THE Commission on Appointments (CA) on Wednesday approved the interim appointment of Gen. Rey Leonardo Guerrero as Armed Forces chief of staff. The panel also approved the promotion of 38 senior military officials. It likewise confirmed the appointment of Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia as Ambassador to Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden;…

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BRUSSELS, Belgium: The European Commission and the British government let out an audible sigh of relief on reaching a deal on Brexit divorce terms. Yet numerous questions remain over Friday’s initial agreement, even before the talks enter a new phase at a December 14-15 Brussels summit. The terms agreed on…

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WASHINGTON: America’s media giants have seen this movie before: Big Tech enters an industry with piles of cash and new ways of doing business, devastating the competition. That’s why Big Media are scrambling for partnerships and tie-ups to bolster their content arsenal in the face of a well-funded onslaught from…

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Hyperthyroidism is so poorly understood that many people, women in particular, actually envy people who have it; because they think that people with hyperthyroidism never become overweight, and that is myth No. 1. “Yes, Hyperthyroidism make you hypermetabolic, but it also makes you eat more. So as long you eat…

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SAN DIEGO, California: Salk Institute scientists say they have developed a safer method of a popular gene editing technology. In a study released on Thursday (Friday in Manila), they demonstrate it reverses illnesses in mice, including diabetes, muscular dystrophy and kidney disease. With further development, the modified technology, known as…

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SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota: Sanford Health is trying fat-based stem cell treatments on orthopedic patients and those with ulcers. Sanford started the two US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved clinical trials — one a month ago and the other earlier this year — using abdominal fat stem cells to heal…

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CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee: Every second matters when treating stroke, and local research to develop a portable diagnostic tool could help detect the problem faster, saving precious time, brain cells and lives. The new device, called the Lucid System, is made by California- based Neural Analytics and uses ultrasound from a robotic…

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Iloilo City government’s budget of more than P2.2 billion for 2018 was approved by the City Council during its regular session on Tuesday. Mayor Jose Espinosa 3rd said the 2018 budget is higher by 10.6 percent compared with the 2017 budget. Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondo, chairman of the appropriations committee said…

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COTABATO CITY: Government doctors continue to provide health services for 342 detainees at the Maguindanao provincial jail here in preparation for their transfer soon to a new jail facility in the town of Buluan. Lynette Estandarte, Maguindanao provincial budget officer, said the inmates were served during a day-long medical mission…

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BAGUIO CITY: The City Council has passed a resolution authorizing Mayor Mauricio Domogan to enter into a tripartite agreement with the Philippine Bamboo Foundation (PBF) and other corporate partners for the conversion of a portion of the former Irisan open dump to an eco-park through the planting of bamboos in…

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Cebu City: The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region (RR) 13–Cebu City recently conducted the Medium Taxpayers Segment (MTS) Forum to orient taxpayers and discuss issues and concerns to maximize tax compliance. Regional Director Aynie Mandajoyan-Dizon said the MTS is composed of the top 500 non-individual taxpayers in the…

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La Trinidad, Benguet: Fifteen students, including four minors, a Nigerian and a Filipino-American student and their driver were intercepted at a checkpoint in Sabangan, Mountain Province, for keeping marijuana bricks, stalks and pulverized marijuana. Policemen were tipped off that a marijuana-loaded white Hi Ace Grandia van with conduction sticker (A2…

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BACOLOD CITY: The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency–Bacolod arrested seven suspects, including a minor, and seized 25 sachets with 30 grams of shabu valued at P150,000 in a raid on Wednesday night on a house in Barangay 2 here. Arrested in what the PDEA called as high-impact operation was Carlos Sonico,18,…

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World

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LONDON: Two men have been charged with a plot to kill British Prime Minister Theresa May and a court hearing on the case is expected on Wednesday, British media reported. Naa’imur Zakariyah Rahman, 20, and Mohammed Aqib Imran, 21, planned to blow up security barriers outside May’s Downing Street office…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The US military plans on staying in Syria as long as necessary to ensure the Islamic State group does not return, a Pentagon official told Agence France-Presse on Tuesday, as the fight against the jihadists winds down. “We are going to maintain our commitment on the ground as…

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TAIPEI: Tributes to Taiwan’s former dictator Chiang Kai-shek will be removed across the island after lawmakers voted in favor of the mandatory axing of symbols of its authoritarian past. The so-called “transitional justice” bill, which was passed late Tuesday, means that streets and schools will be renamed and statues taken…

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SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-In will visit China next week for talks on North Korea and other issues, his office said on Wednesday, amid tentative signs of diplomatic movement after months of high tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile threats. The announcement came as a high-level United Nations representative…

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MOSCOW: Russian lawmakers on Wednesday voted to ban US media labeled as “foreign agents” from accessing the lower house of parliament in response to the US Congress stripping state channel RT of its credentials. The move came a day after Moscow named nine US media outlets including Voice of America…

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THE Philippine National Police (PNP) reshuffled several top officials to fill up vacancies resulting from either retirement or reassignments, its spokesman said on Monday. Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos said the Senior Officers’ Placement and Promotion Board (SOPPB) recommended the reshuffle because Director Manuel Felix, former head of the Integrated Police…

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A CATHOLIC Church leader has expressed apprehension on the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to return the Philippine National Police (PNP) to the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign, warning that it may lead to a resurgence of arbitrary killings of suspected drug pushers and users. Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, chairman of the…

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