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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

June 24, 2009 Major News Stories

Cebu fisherman dies in rough seas

A fisherman died after strong waves, caused by typhoon "Feria" caused his boat to slam into rocks in Bantayan Island on Tuesday morning, an official said.

'Feria' on track to hit MM, W. Luzon

Binabayo na ngayon ng bagyong Feria ang ilang bahagi ng Visayas at Timog Katagalugan habang tinatahak nito ang direksyon ng Metro Manila at Kanlurang Luzon. Itinaas na ang signal number two sa Metro Manila at ilang probinsya. 

Hailstorm, tornado hit Batangas towns

Senator, party OK after emergency landing

Senator Francis Pangilinan and his companions were safe after their helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in Daet town, Camarines Norte province on Tuesday due to bad weather.

Hailstones rain on Parañaque villages

Hailstones the size of corn kernels, rained briefly across two villages in Parañaque City on Tuesday afternoon, residents said.

RP's A (H1N1) cases swell to 473

Dead woman with A1H1 House staff--solon

The woman who died with H1N1 virus was an employee of the House of Representatives, and two or three more employees of the chamber have been tested positive for the deadly flu, said South Cotabato Representative Arthur Pingoy, chairman of the committee on heath.

Nograles shuts down House due to H1N1

Speaker doubts jet set solons spread H1N1

Speaker Prospero Nograles said it would be "stretching it too far" to speculate if jet-setting lawmakers were behind the spread of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus in the House of Representatives.

Iloilo solon on self-quarantine

A lawmaker went on self-imposed quarantine on Tuesday following confirmation that a House of Representatives employee who died of a heart attack was infected with the A(H1N1) virus.

7-month-old baby has H1N1, on tight watch

The Department of Health (DoH) is giving special attention to a seven-month-old Filipino infant, who is so far the country's youngest Influenza A(H1N1) patient.

More Metro schools suspend classes

Five more schools in Metro Manila suspended classes after its students or employees were confirmed to have the Influenza A(H1N1) virus, school officials said.

Ateneo school class under quarantine

An entire class in the Ateneo Grade School has been placed on quarantine after one of its students tested positive for the Influenza A(H1N1) virus late last week.

QC 5th grader has H1N1 – city official

A male fifth grade student in Quezon City's Lagro district tested positive for the Influenza A(H1N1) virus, forcing the suspension of classes in his school on Tuesday, a health official said.

'Low-level' H1N1 outbreak in Metro – DoH

The Department of Health declared a "low-level" community outbreak of the Influenza A(H1N1) virus in Metro Manila, where roughly 70 percent of the 473 confirmed cases of the disease are located.

DepEd plans for missed school days

Plano ng DepEd na magdaos ng make-up classes o kaya ay habaan pa ang school year oras na magkulang ang araw ng pasok ng mga naapektuhan ng A (H1N1) flu.

Lahat ng paaralan isara muna!

Upang hindi na madag  dagan ang mga estudyan teng nagkakasakit ng AH1N1, iginiit kahapon ni Senator Richard Gordon na isara na lamang muna lahat ng eskuwelahan sa bansa at i-adjust na lamang ang school calendar.

Rich countries battle for flu vaccine supply

The race for the still unavailable vaccine against Influenza A(H1N1) virus is on. Affluent countries have made advanced orders for the sought-after vaccine, but the Philippines appears to be dilly-dallying, even after the death of a 49-year-old Filipina who became the first A(H1N1)-related fatality in Asia.

DOH lists risk groups, self-medication

In the wake of the first A(H1N1)-related death, the Department of Health (DOH) said it will give out a list of people at high risk for A(H1N1) and cautioned anew the public against self-medication.

SONA: Arroyo's swine song?

The A(H1N1) pandemic and government"s response to it will be a key part of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo"s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 27.

Countdown to end of Arroyo term set

Leftist and religious groups have set a Manila-wide protest rally on June 30 to start the countdown to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's last year in office.

Palace unfazed by probe on Glo trips

Malacañang welcomed Tuesday the prospect of a Senate investigation into the expenses incurred in President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo"s foreign trips.

Estrada urged to drop 2010 bid

Efforts are underway to convince deposed President Joseph Estrada to drop his bid to reclaim his post and instead help unite the opposition, Bayan Muna partylist Representative Teodoro Casiño said here Tuesday.

Why Glo can run without resigning

Poll automation on hold 

Posibleng maatraso ang pirmahan ng kontrata para sa election automation! Kahit kasi ilang beses nang tinitiyak ng Comelec na magiging maayos ang automation, may duda pa rin ang ilang senador.

P5-milyon reward sa loose firearms

Karagdagang P5M reward ang inilabas ng pama halaan para sa sinumang makapagbibigay ng impor masyon para masamsam ang mga cache o imbakan ng mga armas.

Murder vs. suspects in killing of Osorio

THE Department of Justice has resolved to file a murder case against the two men earlier charged for killing a government prosecutor.

Cops in Failon case protest suspension

One of six police officials found guilty of grave misconduct decried as "unacceptable" their suspension and relief from their posts over their alleged mishandling of the case of broadcaster Ted Failon's wife, who died in a suicide.

Failon camp receiving death threats

The family of broadcaster Ted Failon has been receiving death threats days before the National Police Commission suspended and replaced several police officers for mishandling their investigation into the death of Failon's wife, his lawyers said on Tuesday.

RP to deploy 336 UN peacekeepers to Syria

The Philippines will be sending 336 troops to join the United Nations peacekeepers in the Golan Heights in Syria in what is going to be its biggest overseas deployment in almost a decade, the Philippine mission to the UN in New York said on Tuesday.

Thousands stranded in Thai train strike

Train worker strikes in Thailand halted services nationwide and stranded hundreds of thousands of passengers for a second day Tuesday, the state railway said.

Iran braces for more protests

Iran was bracing for pro-government student protests against the British embassy in Tehran on Tuesday as the world voiced increasing alarm at the violent crackdown on opposition demonstrators.

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