Philippine military’s joint forces train to retake island

Frances G. Mangosing, Joanna Rose Aglibot 09/21/2019

  MANILA, Philippines — Combined forces from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Saturday practiced retaking a remote island captured by an enemy, featuring the Philippine Marine Corps’ newly-acquired amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs). The AFP…

Ensure dictators have no place in free country, Robredo urges Filipinos

Neil Arwin Mercado - Inquirer.net 09/21/2019

  MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo on Saturday called on Filipinos to ensure that no dictator will be put in power in view of the 47th anniversary of the declaration of martial law. “Higit sa…

Duque: Vaccine scare, ‘anti-vaxxers’ among causes of polio resurgence

Katrina Hallare - Inquirer.net 09/21/2019

MANILA, Philippines — One of the reasons for the re-emergence of polio in the country was due to the vaccine scare caused by the controversy on the use of dengue serum Dengvaxia, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III…

Nograles: Gov’t working to address polio resurgence

Darryl John Esguerra - INQUIRER.net 09/20/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles assured Friday that the government will do everything to address the re-emergence of polio after the Department of Health (DOH) announced its return in the country for the first time…

PNP suspends hunt for GCTA-freed convicts

Cathrine Gonzales - INQUIRER.net 09/20/2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) suspended on Friday its crackdown on convicts believed to have been erroneously released under the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law, after the Department of Justice (DOJ) spotted errors…

Active PNP exec is ‘protecting cops’ involved in drug trade–Drilon

Christia Marie Ramos - INQUIRER.net 09/20/2019

MANILA, Philippines — An active ranking official of the Philippine National Police (PNP)  appeared to have been protecting his subordinates involved in the alleged illegal drug trade. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said that this was disclosed…

Civil effects of Church-decreed annulments sought in Senate bill

Maila Ager - INQUIRER.net 09/20/2019

MANILA, Philippines— A bill that seeks to recognize the civil  effects of Church-decreed annulment  of marriage has been revived  in the Senate. The proposal is contained  in Senate Bill No. 1059  filed by Senate  Majority Leader  Juan…

PNP deploys tracker teams to rearrest Rolito Go

Catherine Gonzales - Inquirer.net 09/20/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Police teams are now hunting down Rolito Go, who was convicted for the road rage killing  of a Dela Salle University (DLSU) student in 1991, and who was reportedly included in the rearrest list…

P15B eyed to prop up local rice prices

Melvin Gascon, Ronnel Domingo - Inquirer.net 09/20/2019

Fifty-four congressmen on Thursday filed a joint resolution seeking P15 billion more to allow the National Food Authority (NFA) to help farmers adversely affected by the rice tariffication law. Joint House Resolution No. 18 also seeks to…

Polio epidemic: DOH confirms resurgence in Philippines

Krissy Aguilar - INQUIRER.net 09/19/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Nearly two decades after the Philippines was declared polio-free, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed Thursday the resurgence of polio in the country as it recently recorded its first case of the potentially deadly…

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