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Aquino’s health chief defends speed of dengue vaccine purchase

Former health secretary Janette Garin (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA) MANILA — Former Health Secretary Janette Garin defended on Wednesday the Aquino administration’s dengue immunization program against allegations of undue haste in the procurement of newly approved vaccines shortly before the May 2016 elections. Garin denied having negotiated the price with …

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Fires force evacuation of 10,000 in 3 French Riviera towns

The charred remains of burnt caravans at a warehouse in La Londe-les-Maures on the French Riviera, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Authorities ordered the evacuation of 10,000 people as fires hopscotched around the Riviera for a third day Wednesday, tearing through the forest of La Londe-les-Maures. (Claude Paris / AP) BORMES-LES-MIMOSAS, …

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Cimatu on Duterte SONA: DENR to act vs destructive mining

Environment secretary Roy Cimatu (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO) MANILA — Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has assured the public that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources under his watch is still “one with the President in his firm desire to rid the country of abusive and irresponsible miners that are concerned …

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Door of promotion still open for Supt. Marcos

Supt.Marvin Marcos. FILE PHOTO Despite controversies hounding his reinstatement to service, Supt. Marvin Marcos could even be promoted in his new assignment. Marcos led the 18 members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Eastern Visayas (CIDG-8) to conduct a raid in a Baybay City jail in Leyte that resulted …

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4 arrested in Dagupan for illegal drugs, guns

Barangay Pugaro, Dagupan City (Wikimapia) DAGUPAN CITY — Police arrested four men, on Wednesday (July 26), on the island barangay (village) of Pugaro here for possession of illegal drugs and guns. Aries Victorio, Jun Victorio, Crispin Garcia and Arnel Quilonio are now detained at the police station here. In a …

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Death toll in building collapse in India rises to 17

Rescuers look for survivors on the second day after a five-story building collapsed in the Ghatkopar area of Mumbai, India, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Building collapses are common in India during the monsoon season from June to September. High demand and lax regulations encourage some builders to cut corners, use …

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Marawi crisis was a lesson for us – Lorenzana

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana The ongoing crisis in Marawi City, which has killed at least 500 people and displaced thousands as the battle rages for two months now, was a lesson learned for the defense department. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana admitted that the Marawi crisis was a failure of intelligence …

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