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 »

Pitoy Moreno, top Filipino fashion designer, dies

via inquirer.net – Foremost fashion designer Jose “Pitoy” Moreno died on Monday afternoon at the Manila Doctors Hospital, where he had been confined for the past few years for debilitating ailments. A medical source said he died of a heart attack. Even in his late 80s, Moreno was a pillar Read more »

SEC cancels Rappler’s license to do business

via CNN Philippines – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is revoking news agency Rappler’s license to do business. In a 29-page decision dated January 11, the SEC cancelled Rappler’s certificate of incorporation and referred its decision to the Department of Justice for “appropriate action.” The decision covers Rappler, Inc., Read more »

Philippines volcano begins spewing lava

By Euan McKirdy/CNN – The Philippines’ most active volcano has begun erupting again, after thousands of people on the main island of Luzon were earlier forced to evacuate. A photo of Mayon volcano published late Monday local time by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) showed lava flows Read more »

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7 Pinoy New Year’s Eve superstitions

By Precious Del Valle/rappler.com – Despite being a predominantly Catholic country, Filipinos love superstitions. Even in this day and age, we can’t seem to shake majority of it off, even though, admittedly, most of them sound ridiculous. (My personal favorite is turning your clothes inside out if you’re lost to Read more »

Duterte backtracks on same-sex marriage, says he supports it

By Alexis Romero/philstar.com – President Rodrigo Duterte Sunday expressed support for same-sex marriage, reversing anew his stand on the issue, which has sparked fierce debates in other countries. Speaking to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Davao City, Duterte said people should not be barred from pursuing Read more »

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