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June 15, 2009 Major News Stories

A(H1N1) cases in RP climb further to 147

The number of people with influenza A(H1N1) virus in the country has climbed to 147 following the government"s confirmation of 36 new cases on Sunday.  The National Epidemiology Center, an attached agency of the Department of Health, said that three of the 36 new cases were foreigners.

A(H1N1) outbreak declared in NEcija village

The first community-level outbreak of influenza A (H1N1) in the Philippines has been declared by the Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday in a village in Jaen town, Nueva Ecija province.  Dr. Eric Tayag of the National Epidemiology Center, in a text message to ABS-CBN News, confirmed the declaration. He said that there is already a confirmed "community [-level] transmission" of the virus in Barangay Hilera in Jaen.

The declaration was done by the DOH upon the approval of Health Secretary Francisco Duque as 92 contacts of the 11 cases found positive of the virus also exhibited symptoms of the illness, and after two weeks of surveillance.

The 11 confirmed cases in Jaen town are composed of 10 students of Hilera Elementary School and a four-year-old child.

Doctors and local health officials have also been visiting the homes of 57 other students of the elementary school who have exhibited flu symptoms.

Classes in the school are still suspended and local officials have said the suspension could last ten more days.

Officials have also advised students to wear face masks upon resumption of classes.

Dr. Milgrace Santos, Jaen municipal health officer, said regional health directors in the area will meet Monday to discuss how to mitigate the spread of the virus.

College students warned vs. H1N1 spread

Disinfect the school buildings, monitor the dormitories, and inspect even the carinderia (makeshift canteens) or turo-turo (food stalls) around campuses.

Mga estudyante umiwas muna sa mga mall

Schools ready vs. threats

Local lab test to hasten swine flu diagnosis

15 killed as troops, Sayyaf clash in Sulu

Nine government troopers and six Abu Sayyaf bandits were killed in an encounter in the southern province of Sulu on Saturday, a military spokesman.

Slain soldiers given military honors

Military officers led by Maj. Gen. Juancho Sabban, Joint Task Force Comet chief, gave funeral honors to seven soldiers of the Philippine Marines Corps who were killed in a battle with suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) in Indanan town in Sulu province last week.

Blast rocks school in Maguindanao

An explosion hit the fence of Nabundas Elementary School in Barangay Nabundas in Shariff Aguak town in Maguindanao province Sunday early morning.

2 bombs defused in Maguindanao

Italian hostage alive amid clashes

A kidnapped Italian Red Cross worker is still alive following two deadly clashes between his al-Qaeda-linked captors and the government forces engaged in an operation to rescue him in the southern Philippines, the military said today.

Old age, poor health led to Gonzalez' exit

Secretary Raul Gonzalez's advance age and failing health were the main considerations behind his departure from the Department of Justice to serve as chief presidential legal counsel, Malacañang said on Sunday.

GMA to make 17th sortie to Pampanga

Over 1,000 OFWs stranded in Middle East

More than a thousand distressed overseas Filipino workers remain stranded in the Middle East despite the mass repatriation undertaken by the government on Friday, a migrant workers group said on Sunday.

Ahmadinejad defiant as rival protests vote

Arum prefers Cotto as Pacquiao"s rival

Shortly after Miguel Cotto won a split decision over Joshua Clottey to retain his WBO welterweight crown, promoter Bob Arum expressed preference to make the Puerto Rican champ the next opponent for Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao. He said Pacquiao versus Cotto would be a "tremendous fight."

Calderon keeps junior fly title after draw

Ivan Calderon retained his world junior flyweight title after an accidental headbutt forced a stop to his fight against Rodel Mayol and the judges declared it a draw yesterday.


Burger King routs SLR, reaches semis

Burger King played its best basketball on the day Sta. Lucia played its worst. Behind a hot start, the Whoppers destroyed the Realtors in the most lopsided win in nine years, scoring a 120-72 victory in Game 3 of their quarterfinals series Sunday and advancing to the semi-finals of the Motolite PBA Fiesta Conference at the Araneta Coliseum.

Rain or Shine sets semis date with Ginebra

Cebu group eyes Guinness dance record

Police warn Lakers fans 

Police officials here yesterday warned local fans of the Los Angeles Lakers that security efforts will be in place if the team wins the NBA championship today.

Showbiz industry grieves manager's death

The whole local entertainment industry is mourning the death of talent manager Douglas "Tito Dougs" Quijano.

Sen. Roxas goes old school in 'pamahikan'

Senator Manuel Roxas vowed to bring not just the elders of his Araneta-Roxas clan but also a "mambabalagtas" (traditional Tagalog orator) for a traditional "pamanhikan" scheduled for Sunday night at the Parañaque home of his fianceé, broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez.

PMA to release findings on Kho's case

The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) might release the results of its investigation on the sex scandal involving Dr. Hayden Kho Jr. this week.

Chinese-Filipino student tops int'l math tilt

A Chinese-Filipino student from Zamboanga City took home a gold medal in the 2009 International Regions Mathematics competition held in the United States recently, with the Philippine team placing third overall among 16 teams from different countries.  Zheng Rong Wu, from the Zamboanga Chong Hua High School, took home a gold medal as the top scorer of the Philippine team in the two-day contest, held early this month at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Quake jolts General Santos, Davao

An earthquake jolted this seaport city and neighboring Davao City at 1:58 p.m. Sunday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Low pressure area hovers near Visayas

A low pressure area has been spotted off the Visayas, bringing frequent rains in the western sections of the region and Mindanao, the state weather bureau said Sunday.

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