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Police van plows into protesters outside US Embassy in Manila

By Joshua Berlinger/CNN – Anti-American protests outside the US embassy in the Philippines capital of Manila ended violently on Wednesday when a police van repeatedly plowed into the crowd. 29 people were arrested, police told CNN. They have since been released. 12 people were injured in the protests. Warning: Read more »

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Cebu declares state of calamity over 5,000 dengue cases

By Nestle Semilla/ – The entire province of Cebu has declared a state of calamity due to the rising cases of dengue, which have exceeded 5,000 cases since the start of the year. The declaration was embodied in a resolution passed by the Cebu Provincial Board, even without a Read more »

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Philippines braces for Typhoon Haima

By Katie Hunt/CNN – Typhoon Haima bore down on the Philippines Tuesday, with the country’s northern island of Luzon bracing for strong winds and heavy rainfall that could trigger landslides in the mountainous region, forecasts say. The storm is expected to become a super typhoon — with winds over 150 Read more »

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Bulusan Volcano erupts anew, residents and aircraft warned

via CNNPhilippines – Bulusan, an active volcano in the eastern Philippine province of Sorsogon, erupted again Monday. The volcano spewed a dirty-white grayish ash plume from a vent on its eastern slope at 7:36 a.m., said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). The ash plume was one kilometer Read more »

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House committee passes 100-day maternity leave

By Regine Cabato/CNN Philippines – The House Committee on Women and Gender Equality gave the go signal for a bill expanding maternity leave to 100 days. The issue is not only about workers’ rights, but also nutrition, according to Democratic Independent Workers’ Association (DIWA) Party-list representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar. “Most of Read more »

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DOH Secretary: Philippines lacks 15,000 doctors

By Regine Cabato/CNN Philippines – The Philippines is short of 15,000 doctors to be able to adequately meet the health needs of Filipinos each year, the Health Secretary said Wednesday. “We’re producing only 2,600 a year,” Department of Health Secretary Paulyn Rosell-Ubial told CNN Philippines’ The Source. Ubial, who traveled Read more »