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PRRD allays fears against other vaccines amid Dengvaxia mess

PRRD allays fears against other vaccines amid Dengvaxia mess

January 29, 2019, 8:25 pm

MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday urged parents not to let the scare over the controversial anti-dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, stop them from getting their children vaccinated for other infectious diseases. Duterte made this call during the groundbreaking ceremony of the new site of… Read More

No politics involved in Malasakit help desks: DOTr

No politics involved in Malasakit help desks: DOTr

January 29, 2019, 7:48 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Transportation (DOTr) clarified that there is nothing political in the opening of Malasakit Help Desks (MHDs) in major transport facilities across the country. The DOTr said the MHDs are intended to serve as one-stop shops for passenger assistance in airports, seaports,… Read More

IP leaders bare ‘brainwashing’ in Salugpungan schools

IP leaders bare ‘brainwashing’ in Salugpungan schools

January 29, 2019, 7:37 pm

MANILA – Members of the indigenous peoples (IPs) community in Talaingod, Davao del Norte surfaced in a congressional hearing on Monday to disclose alleged abuses committed by teachers of the Salugpungan community schools, as they call on the government for their permanent shutdown. In a hearing… Read More

DOTr stands firm on stiffer penalties vs. traffic violators

DOTr stands firm on stiffer penalties vs. traffic violators

January 29, 2019, 7:37 pm

MANILA -- Imposing stiffer penalties against traffic violators would instill discipline to all road users and make roads safe, an official of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said. “Stiff penalties are not meant to punish, but to exact compliance — to cultivate an atmosphere of… Read More

Deaths due to smoking could be averted with tobacco taxation

Deaths due to smoking could be averted with tobacco taxation

January 29, 2019, 7:33 pm

MANILA -- An estimated 713,000 smoking attributable deaths could be averted by a measure seeking to increase the excise tax on cigarettes, the Department of Health said Tuesday. During the Senate ways and means committee hearing on tobacco tax bills, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the… Read More

Hugpong party to hold first rally next month: Villar

Hugpong party to hold first rally next month: Villar

January 29, 2019, 7:33 pm

MANILA -- Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), the regional party of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, will hold its first-ever rally to kick off the campaign for the 2019 polls in Pampanga on February 12, according to Senator Cynthia Villar. "February 12, Pampanga sponsored by Hugpong ng Pagbabago. That's… Read More

House approves medical marijuana bill on final reading

House approves medical marijuana bill on final reading

January 29, 2019, 6:51 pm

MANILA -- The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed on third and final reading a measure that would allow the use of and research in medical marijuana in the country. House Bill (HB) No. 6517, or the Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, was approved with a vote of 163-5 with three… Read More

PH airports still on 'full alert' after Jolo church blasts

PH airports still on 'full alert' after Jolo church blasts

January 29, 2019, 6:46 pm

MANILA -- All airports in the country are on "full alert" following the Jolo church bombing last January 28, Napoleon Cuaton, head executive assistant at the Office for Transportation Security (OTS), told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Tuesday. Cuaton said the OTS is still evaluating when it… Read More

Jolo blast won't significantly affect PH tourism: Palace

Jolo blast won't significantly affect PH tourism: Palace

January 29, 2019, 6:15 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Tuesday said the recent bombing in Jolo, Sulu won't significantly affect the country's tourism. "In relation to the Philippines, maliit yun. So kung ang mga tourists mo gustong pumunta sa Maynila, sa Cebu, sa Davao, malayo naman dun sa Jolo, pupunta pa rin yang mga yan.… Read More

Duterte orders military to crush ASG after Jolo blast

Duterte orders military to crush ASG after Jolo blast

January 29, 2019, 5:53 pm

MANILA — President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday ordered the military to intensify its offensives against the extremist Abu Sayyaf following the bombing in Jolo, Sulu that killed at least 20 people and wounded 112 others. "I order you to destroy the organization. I’m ordering you now: pulpugin… Read More

Solons urged to 'make public' changes in 2019 budget

Solons urged to 'make public' changes in 2019 budget

January 29, 2019, 5:51 pm

MANILA -- Senator Panfilo Lacson on Tuesday urged members of Congress to make public details of the amendments they proposed in the PHP3.757 trillion national budget for 2019. Lacson made the call in the "spirit of transparency" as he released his own proposed institutional amendments to the… Read More

Senate approves 'Magna Carta of the Poor'

Senate approves 'Magna Carta of the Poor'

January 29, 2019, 5:46 pm

MANILA -- The Senate on Tuesday approved on final reading a measure providing for a Magna Carta of the Poor to ensure that indigent Filipinos are provided with basic services and adequate support. A total of 13 senators voted in favor of Senate Bill No. 2121, while none voted against it. There was… Read More

POEA lifts ban on OFWs’ return to Libya

POEA lifts ban on OFWs’ return to Libya

January 29, 2019, 5:44 pm

MANILA -- Returning Filipino workers are now allowed to go back to their previous jobs in Libya. This comes after the Governing Board (GB) of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) issued a resolution allowing the processing and deployment of returning overseas Filipinos workers… Read More

SC holds oral arguments on ML extension in Mindanao

SC holds oral arguments on ML extension in Mindanao

January 29, 2019, 5:31 pm

MANILA -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard the oral arguments on the petitions challenging the extension of martial law in Mindanao. In his opening statement, Solicitor General Jose Calida stressed that the High Court cannot issue a restraining order stopping the martial law extension because… Read More

PRRD tirades vs. Church have nothing to do with Jolo blast

PRRD tirades vs. Church have nothing to do with Jolo blast

January 29, 2019, 5:29 pm

MANILA — The remarks made by President Rodrigo R. Duterte against the Catholic Church and its members have nothing to do with the twin explosions that happened inside and outside Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo, Sulu on Sunday, Malacañang said on Tuesday. “If you say that the… Read More

PAO recommends fresh raps in another Dengvaxia death

PAO recommends fresh raps in another Dengvaxia death

January 29, 2019, 5:23 pm

MANILA -- The Public Attorney's Office (PAO) has recommended new criminal charges over the death of a student two years ago, shortly after being inoculated with the Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine. In its recommendations submitted to Chief Public Attorney Persida V. Rueda-Acosta, the PAO panel, led… Read More

Tax exemption for small-scale gold miners gets Senate nod

Tax exemption for small-scale gold miners gets Senate nod

January 29, 2019, 4:35 pm

MANILA -- The Senate on Tuesday approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to boost the country's gross international reserves (GIR) by granting tax exemptions to small-scale miners who would sell their gold to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). The chamber approved Senate Bill No.… Read More

Senate approves creation of senior citizen commission

Senate approves creation of senior citizen commission

January 29, 2019, 4:34 pm

MANILA -- The Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved on third and final reading a measure aimed at creating a commission for the elderly. With 12 affirmative votes, zero negative vote, and no abstention, the chamber passed Senate Bill 2159, which seeks to create National Commission of Senior… Read More

Diokno’s call to honor House panel show cause order: Palace

Diokno’s call to honor House panel show cause order: Palace

January 29, 2019, 4:11 pm

MANILA -- Malacañang on Tuesday said that it will leave to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno to decide, whether he will honor the show-cause order issued by the House appropriations committee against him for his failure to show up during a congressional inquiry into the 2019 budget. “That is the… Read More

Security lapses eyed in Jolo blast: Lorenzana

Security lapses eyed in Jolo blast: Lorenzana

January 29, 2019, 4:01 pm

MANILA -- Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Tuesday said lapses in security led to the twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu which killed at least 20 persons and wounded 112 others last January 27. He made this statement after noting that as early as August last year, they… Read More