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PhilHealth directed to sue all involved in dialysis mess

By CATHERINE S. VALENTE, TMT June 08, 2019 President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered state-owned Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to take action against those involved in the alleged misuse of funds for bogus dialysis treatments. Duterte issued the directive following claims by whistleblowers that PhilHealth had been approving questionable claims …

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WHO alarmed over STDs’ spread

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE June 08, 2019 GENEVA: The World Health Organization expressed alarm at the lack of progress on curbing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), while one of its experts warned of complacency as dating apps are spurring sexual activity. The UN health agency said in a fresh report that every …

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House under GMA passes all Duterte priority bills

By GLEE JALEA June 08, 2019 The House of Representatives under Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has passed all of the priority measures under President Rodrigo Duterte’s legislative agenda in less than a year by doing away with “unnecessary investigations in aid of legislation,” her allies said Friday. Speaker Gloria Macapagal …

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Briones urged to back teachers pay hike

By DIVINA NOVA JOY DELA CRUZ June 08, 2019 The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) welcomed Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones’ statement of commitment for the salary increase of public school teachers but urged the executive to show support instead of citing hindrance for the implementation of the …

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Gatchalian to govt: implement 4Ps

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL June 08, 2019 SEN. Sherwin Gatchalian on Friday urged government to expedite the full implementation of the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” (4Ps) Law despite last month’s inflation rate being minimal. Sherwin Gatchalian Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate economic affairs committee, said the implementation of the 4Ps …

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MMDA faces third case on bus ban

By GLEE JALEA June 08, 2019 The Makabayan bloc filed on Friday a petition before the Supreme Court opposing the banning of provincial buses along EDSA. Banning of provincial buses along EDSA. The Makabayan bloc filed a Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition with an application for urgent relief by way …

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China displays latest ballistic missiles

By GLOBAL TIMES June 07, 2019 In a rare move, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force displayed 10 DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles in a recent video, as China reaffirmed the weapon’s capability of attacking medium-to large-sized vessels. The 10 DF-21D missiles can be seen erected into launch positions in …

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Trump reports progress in Mexico talks

By AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE June 07, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump said insufficient progress was made Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) in talks with Mexico on averting the tariffs he threatens to impose unless America’s southern neighbor and key trading partner stems the flow of undocumented migrants into the US. …

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Chairmanships settled by Senate

By JAVIER J. ISMAEL June 07, 2019 A SENATE super majority has firmed up after incumbent and newly elected senators agreed to resolve disputes over committee chairmanships ahead of the 18th Congress’ opening next month. Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd on Thursday said the leadership of almost all of …

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