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Philippines probes sale of passport endorsements

By Paterno Esmaquel II/rappler.com – The Philippine government is investigating the sale of passport application endorsements from government agencies, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday, January 30, as criticism floods the DFA over passport application problems. “Some people are selling endorsements from government agencies. That’s the sad Read more »

Solar Philippines challenges bid for Meralco’s 24/7 power supply

via rappler.com – Solar Philippines is challenging the bid of First NatGas Power Corporation for the 24/7 power supply of the Manila Electric Company (Meralco), coming from the 414-megawatt (MW) San Gabriel gas power plant. The solar producer said in a statement over the weekend that it submitted an offer Read more »

Environmentalist: There’s no reason to fear Great White Shark sighting in Aurora

By Bong Santisteban/rappler.com – Residents of Barangay Lobbot, Dipaculao, Aurora, got a big surprise Wednesday morning, January 24, when they woke and found a dead 17-foot Great White Shark on their beach. Photos of the dead shark posted on Facebook went viral garnering almost 4,000 reactions and 12,000 shares. The Read more »

Philippines formally rejects P380 million in EU aid

By Paterno Esmaquel II/rappler.com – The Philippines formally rejected at least P380 million (6.1 million euros) in aid from the European Union, Ambassador Franz Jessen confirmed Wednesday, January 24. Jessen, head of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, was referring to the EU-Philippine Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA) worth 6.1 Read more »

PHIVOLCS raises alert level 4 over Mayon Volcano

via CNNPhilippines – Authorities on Monday raised the alert level over Mayon to below a notch of the highest warning of a dangerous eruption. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) declared alert level 4 which warns of an imminent hazardous eruption — possibly within days. Level 5 means Read more »

Philippines wants full refund from Sanofi for dengue vaccine mess

By Pia Ranada/rappler.com – Though pharmaceutical company Sanofi Pasteur has agreed to a P1.4-billion refund of unused Dengvaxia vials, Malacañang insists on a full refund of the total P3.5 billion spent on the vaccine. This was announced by Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque on Tuesday, January 16, during a Palace press Read more »