‘Biggest public health scam’: Expert wants legal action over risky vaccine program

via ABS-CBN News – A public health expert on Friday called for legal action on the government’s recently suspended dengue immunization program, after a vaccine maker said the drug poses risks to individuals not previously infected with dengue. In a Facebook post, Dr. Susan Mercado, a former government health undersecretary Read more »

Vaccinated Filipino youth now at risk of getting severe dengue

By Mara Cepeda/rappler.com – Health advocates once again slammed the Department of Health’s (DOH) school-based immunization program after Sanofi Pasteur said its dengue vaccine poses more risk for people who have no prior infection. Dr Anthony Leachon, former president of the Philippine College of Physicians Foundation, said on Thursday, November Read more »

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Apple removes Philippines leader Duterte execution games

via bbc.com – Video games that put the player in the shoes of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as he kills criminals have been removed from Apple’s app store. Popular games with titles such as “Duterte knows Kung Fu: Pinoy Crime Fighter” have disappeared from the company’s digital shop. A drug Read more »

Overseas Filipino Bank to serve immigrants, workers

By Ben O. De Vera/inquirer.net – Soon-to-be opened Overseas Filipino Bank will cater to all Filipinos overseas, whether they are immigrants or contract workers, the Department of Finance said. The bank’s wide coverage will make it “more inclusive,” Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said in a statement. Among the Read more »

Filipinos Aren’t Happy With This White Woman Claiming To Be Filipina

By Kimberly Yam/huffingtonpost.com – A white woman’s self-proclaimed “transracial” identity has sparked discussion ? and some confusion ? among people of Filipino heritage. The woman, who told HuffPost she identifies as transgender and is in the process of legally changing her name to “Ja Du,” recently told a news Read more »

OPINION: Commemorating 637 years of Islam in the Philippines

By Amir Mawallil/abs-cbn.com – November 7 marked the celebration of Sheikh Karimul Makhdum Day. It is remembered for the arrival of Islam in what is now the Philippine archipelago via Tawi-Tawi is as historical as, say, the celebration of the first Holy Mass in Limasawa island on March 31, 1521, Read more »