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Aquino, Garin face charges over Dengvaxia mess

(Eagle News) — Charges have been filed against former President Benigno Aquino III and his Health Secretary Janette Garin over the Dengvaxia mess. Former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Augusto Syjuco filed the mass murder and plunder charges against the former high-ranking officials before the Ombudsman on Thursday. The filing comes a day after Aquino said in a Senate panel inquiry that he understood Dengvaxia to have undergone all the necessary processes when the […]

Amid Dengvaxia mess, Ejercito says he believes former President Aquino acted in good faith

(Eagle News) — For Senator JV Ejercito, former President Benigno Aquino III acted in good faith when he ordered the procurement of the controversial dengue vaccine Dengvaxia. He said in an interview that in his opinion, Aquino gave the directive “to avert dengue outbreak in the future.” “But it’s the other officials who might have taken advantage and did not give him an extensive report that includes the risk, if there was,” Ejercito said, noting […]

Signal No. 2 up in some areas as Tropical Storm “Urduja” moves westward

(Eagle News) — Tropical Storm “Urduja” continued to move westward on Thursday night, bringing rains over Eastern Samar. In its 8 p.m. advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said as of 7 p.m., the center of “Urduja” was estimated at 85 kilometers east southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. The tropical storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kilometers per hour, […]

President Duterte tours Pakistani Navy ship

(Eagle News) — President Rodrigo Duterte made a tour of the Pakistan Navy Ship ‘Saif’ docked in Manila on Thursday. The President was welcomed by  officials of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Philippines and the Pakistan Navy led by H.E. Aman Rashid, Pakistan Ambassador to the Philippines, Pakistan’s Defense Attaché Commodore Jawad Ahmed, and Pakistan Navy Commanding Officer Captain Shahzad Iqbal, upon his arrival at Pier 15, Port Area. Joining the President were Executive […]

Aquino slams VACC’s Topacio; says lawyer’s accusations vs him, other former gov’t officials not backed up by proof

(Eagle News) — Former President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday slammed lawyer Ferdinand Topacio after he recommended that he and several of his officials be investigated for plunder over the Dengvaxia mess. “Siyempre, gusto (kong) sabihin alam mo, sinisiraan mo reputasyon namin. Pwede ka (ma)slander, hindi ka covered ng parliamentary immunity. Magbibitaw ka (ng salita), ganun na lang e,” Aquino said in a press conference after attending the Senate hearing on the snafu. According to […]

PAGASA: Tropical Storm “Urduja” to make landfall in E. Samar on Friday morning

(Eagle News) — Tropical Storm “Urduja” is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar on Friday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said. In its 5 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said the center of “Urduja” as of 4 p.m. was estimated at 85 kilometers east southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. The tropical storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kilometers per […]

“Magnificent 7” to challenge martial law extension in Mindanao before SC

(Eagle News) — The so-called Magnificent 7 group in the House of Representatives is set to file a petition questioning the second extension of martial law in Mindanao. “We are definitely filing a petition before the Supreme Court…I hope this time the Supreme Court will see that there is no factual and constitutional basis for the extension of martial law in Mindanao,” Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said in a press conference on Thursday. According to […]

Ubial: Garin’s husband, Iloilo Rep. Garin, and Cebu Rep. Garcia “pressured” me into continuing, expanding dengue program

(Eagle News) — Former Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial on Thursday said the husband of former Health Secretary Janette Garin pressured her into placing additional budget into Dengvaxia. “You have to put additional budget for the dengue vaccine to continue this para naman di maprejudice ang first and second (shots) mo,” Ubial quoted Iloilo Rep. Oscar Garin as saying during the 2016 budget deliberations. Ubial added that Cebu Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia had “insisted” that the vaccination […]

Communist leaders Tiamzons, Silva ask Manila court to deny gov’t plea for their re-arrest

(Eagle News) — Communist leaders Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, and another have asked the Manila Regional Trial court not to cancel their bail despite the government’s termination of peace talks with their group. In a joint comment filed with Branch 32, the Tiamzons and Adelberto Silva asked that “in the alternative, that the resolution on the motion be deferred so as not to render moot and academic the efforts and overwhelming calls toward the resumption […]

Aquino defends apparent haste with which money for purchase of Dengvaxia was released

We didn’t want to expose the public to a risk that could have been prevented, he says (Eagle News) — Former President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday defended the apparent haste with which the money for the purchase of Dengvaxia was released. Speaking before the Senate blue ribbon committee inquiry into the Dengvaxia mess, Aquino said this had to be done so as not to “expose the public to a risk that could have been […]

Gordon says Sanofi asked to meet with him but he refused

(Eagle News) — Senator Richard Gordon on Thursday revealed he was “approached” by Sanofi so they could have a meeting with him. “But I’m sorry, I’m not going to meet with them. It’s not advisable and not timely to do so knowing what I read,” Gordon said, apparently referring to the reports of bribery and false claims, among others, that have hounded Sanofi in other parts of the world. He said the French ambassador also […]

VACC urges Senate to probe Aquino, others for plunder over Dengvaxia mess

(Eagle News) — The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption on Thursday recommended the investigation of former President Benigno Aquino III and other former high-ranking government officials, among others,  over the allegedly anomalous purchase of Dengvaxia. VACC general counsel Ferdinand Topacio said former President Benigno S. Aquino III, former Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, former Health Secretary Garin, former Undersecretary Boy Gako, former Undersecretary Kenneth Hartigon-Go, Undersecretary Lilibeth David, Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo, Undersecretary Carolina Vidal-Taino, Assistant Secretary Lyndon […]