Philippines threatens Sanofi with legal action over dengue vaccine
The Philippines plans to sue Sanofi over its dengue fever vaccine in response to the French drugmaker’s warning that the drug could lead to severe infections in some cases, the country’s health secretary said on Thursday.
— The Financial Times
Military urges 1-year martial law extension
THE Armed Forces has recommended to President Duterte a one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao, which is due to end on December 31, so ground units will continue to have teeth in going after terrorists.
More Filipino families experience hunger in Q3 — SWS survey
The number of Filipino families that experienced involuntary hunger in the third quarter of the year rose by half a million, according to the latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).
What’s With the New Philippines-Cambodia Military Pact?
Both countries concluded a new defense agreement as they took stock of ongoing collaboration this week.
— The Diplomat
Calata’s trouble sparks investor activism in the Philippines
In a rare show of shareholder activism and solidarity in the Philippines, minority investors have launched a bid to take over Calata, one of the country’s leading agricultural companies, after it was forced by the authorities to delist for violating disclosure rules.
— Nikkei Asian Review
Philippines becoming more attractive to Chinese firms — report
The Philippines is becoming a more attractive destination for Chinese investments, according to a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit as ties between the two countries that had soured over a maritime dispute continue to improve.
Duterte willing to find ‘acceptable’ way to address PH drug problem
Despite being hell bent on pursuing his bloody campaign against illegal drug trade, President Duterte said he will still look for other ways to address the problem in a manner that is acceptable to everybody.
— Manila Bulletin
DOH eyes indemnity fund for Dengvaxia patients
The Department of Health (DOH) is planning to put up an indemnity fund for children who may be hospitalized after getting immunized with dengue vaccine.
Aquino asked to explain meetings with Sanofi officials
FORMER President Benigno Simeon Aquino III should explain what transpired during his two meetings abroad with officials of Sanofi Pasteur, manufacturer of dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, prior to his approval of its inclusion in the April 2016 mass dengue vaccination.
70 DoF execs to undergo lifestyle check
At least 70 more officials and employees of the Department of Finance (DoF) and its attached agencies will undergo lifestyle checks, an official said on Thursday.
— The Manila Times
Military prepares communist arrest list
Following President Duterte’s order for the arrest of key left-wing personalities and members of progressive groups, the defense and military establishments have completed the list of individuals identified with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).
P112M Parojinog drug stash seized
POLICEMEN in Ozamiz City seized P112 million worth of drugs believed to have been hidden by the Parojinog family after the killing of former mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Jr. last year.
— The Manila Times
Clark development key to plan to disperse industries–Duterte
President Duterte pressed for the fast-tracking of the government’s infrastructure program to spur economic growth in major urban centers outside of Metro Manila.
Cola maker buys more local sugar
Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines (KOF) said its purchases of sugar from local farmers rose 80 percent this year to 2 million bags from 1.1 million in 2016.
Lawmakers set new rates on car tax, bonus exemptions
MEMBERS of the bicameral conference committee on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (Train) have been able to reconcile differences in provisions concerning automobile excise tax adjustments and tax exemptions on the 13th month pay and other bonuses of taxpayers.
— The Manila Times
Gordon asks Ombudsman to probe role of Aquino administration officials in vaccine mess
Senator Richard J. Gordon on Thursday prodded the Office of the Ombudsman to open an independent investigation into the Aquino administration’s rushed purchase of the controversial anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia costing taxpayers P3.5 billion.
Coal tax emerges as big hurdle to TRAIN passage
Leaders of Congress gave conflicting signals on the status of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) bill that the administration is rushing to finalize and enact into law before lawmakers go on their Christmas break next week.
Manila Bay reclamation projects opposed
A coalition of environment advocates staged a picket rally in Malate, Manila on Thursday to oppose the “Horizon Manila” reclamation project and other similar ventures in the historic Manila Bay, citing “environmental hazards that it will cause to the city (of Manila) and the entire National Capital Region.”
— Manila Bulletin
Pres. Duterte says PH remains safe for travelers, conducive for biz
President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday, December 7, that the Philippines continues to be a safe travel spot for foreigners as well as a conducive investment destination.
— Philippines News Agency
9 elementary students fall ill after dengue shots
Nine Grade 6 students of an elementary school here developed fever one after the other over a week after they were simultaneously given anti-dengue vaccinations a few months ago.
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