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Thursday, July 2, 2009

July 3, 2009 Major News Stories

DOH to check school for suspected A H1N1

The Department of Health will now be looking into a private school after finding out that 42 students there showed flu-like symptoms but the school did not contact DOH and preferred the cases be tested in a private hospital.  DOH spokesperson Dr. Cora Lou Kintanar said that they will be looking into the issue since they see two concerns regarding the matter. First, the school did not contact them and second is that they had the tests for Influenza A(H1N1) taken in a private hospital that is not accredited to make Polymerase Chain Reaction tests.

Hospital, school 'violated' rules

HEALTH officials yesterday said an exclusive school in Metro Cebu failed to report to them that 42 of its students fell ill with flu-like symptoms.

DOH: No funds to buy A (H1N1) vaccines

Hindi kaagad makakabili ang gobyerno kahit magkaroon na ng bakuna kontra sa A (H1N1) flu!

Arroyo ends quarantine, back in Palace

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo checked out of the Asian Hospital "with a clean bill of health" at 2 p.m. Thursday after nearly two days of quarantine, Malacanang said.

Zamboanga confirms first H1N1 case

Authorities confirmed the first case of Influenza A (H1N1) here Thursday morning but officials at the 9-year-old boy's school said they were not suspending classes yet.

Mobile phone load to have longer shelf life

Bowing to pressure from lawmakers, government regulators were finalizing on Thursday new rules requiring mobile phone companies to treble the shelf life of prepaid credits amid persistent complaints of "vanishing load" from consumers.  According to the new scheme, credits of P10 to P20 will be valid for seven days; over P20 to P30 for 10 days; over P30 to P40 for 14 days; over P40 to P50 for 17 days; over P50 toP60 for 20 days; over P60 to P70 for 24 days; over P70 to P80 for 21 days; over P80 to P100 for 30 days; over Pl00 to Pl50 for 45 days; over Pl50 to P200 for 60 days; over P200 to P300 for 90 days; and over P300 to P600 for 150 days.

Consumers v telcos over 'vanishing loads'

Aquino still fighting--daughter

Former president Corazon Aquino remains conscious, her will to fight colon cancer still "very strong," her youngest daughter said Thursday night.  The Aquinos said they have faith in "God's infinite healing power."  Aquino's hospitalization was "necessary" because of loss of appetite, which was caused by "fluid build-up in her stomach area."

Ex-Senator Sergio Osmena visits Aquino

Former Senator Sergio Osmena III dropped by the Makati Medical Center Thursday noon, not to visit former President Corazon Aquino, but to hear mass to pray for her immediate recovery.

US envoy conveys concern for Cory

The United States expressed concern over the serious health condition of former President Corazon Aquino who is battling colon cancer.

No more treatment for Aquino

Former President Corazon Aquino, who is battling colon cancer, has decided to forgo further chemotherapy or any other medical treatment, her spokeswoman was quoted Thursday as saying.

Palace denies link between FG, TIM

Malacañang on Thursday denied that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had close ties with the Filipino firm that placed the country's election automation in doubt when it suddenly withdrew from a consortium that won in the bidding for the P7.2-billion contract.

Palace to Smartmatic, TIM: Iron out dispute

On the eve of the deadline imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Malacañang appealed Thursday to the feuding partners in a consortium that bagged the P11.3-billion poll automation contract to resolve their differences.

Comelec: 2010 poll automation still priority

Backing out of gov't deal a crime – DoJ 

Backing out of a government project after it has been awarded to a winning bidder makes the supplier criminally liable and open to imprisonment of six to 15 years, Justice Secretary Agnes Devandera said on Thursday.

'Failed poll automation a setback for Glo'

The possible failure of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to computerize the 2010 elections would be a big setback to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's much hyped 10-point agenda laid out in her State of the Nation Address in 2004, an ally in the House of Representatives said.

US expects fair, peaceful RP elections

United States Ambassador Kristie Kenney said Thursday that Washington would like to see the conduct of fair, honest and peaceful elections with rapid results in the Philippines in May 2010, regardless of whether an automated or manual system of counting votes will be used.

PNP identifies 6 election hot spots

Less than a year before the 2010 elections, the Philippine National Police has already identified election "hot spots" where violence is expected to be prevalent because of intense political rivalries and private armies.  Director General Jesus Verzosa named the areas as the provinces of Sulu, Abra, Nueva Ecija, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, and Maguindanao.

Military: Metro bombs, intrigue part of plot

The bomb scare in the capital and the rumored early changing of the guard in the military are part of a "grand plan" to create an impression of "widespread dissent" among the people, the military said.

JPE: Glo 'stupid' if she declares martial law

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo would have to be "tanga" (stupid) if she declares Martial Law to perpetuate herself in power, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said Thursday.

Action vs nursing reviewer in 'leak'

The president and owner of Inress Review Center who allegedly leaked questions in the 2006 nursing licensure examination may now face up to the consequences of his actions after the Court of Appeals dismissed his appeal Thursday.

PMA grad among 10 oustanding students

Arroyo-Obama meeting seen by yearend

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and United States President Barack Obama are expected to have a one-on-one meeting in Washington before the end of the year, US Ambassador to the Philippines Kristie Kenney said on Thursday.

US embassy closed on July 3

The United States embassy and its affiliated offices will be closed to the public on Friday, July 3, in observance of US Independence Day the following day, the embassy said in a brief advisory.

NKorea fires two short-range missiles

North Korea on Thursday fired two short-range missiles off its east coast amid already high tensions sparked by its nuclear test in May, South Korean military officials said.

China wants new global monetary system

The government on Thursday said it wanted a broader global monetary system days before President Hu Jintao was set to leave for the G8 summit, during which the issue of a new reserve currency could be raised.

Serena reaches Wimbledon final

Serena Williams reached her fifth Wimbledon final Thursday with an epic 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 8-6 win over Elena Dementieva where she saved a match point in the longest semi-final in the tournament's history.

Roddick ready to rain aces fave Murray

Andy Roddick is planning to bury Andy Murray under an avalanche of aces in Friday's Wimbledon semi-final.

Pistons sign Gordon and Villanueva

MJ burial plans still mystery; will unveiled

A plant to bury Michael Jackson at his sprawling Neverland ranch fizzled on Wednesday, upsetting fans and leaving details about his funeral undecided.

Jackson DVDs sell like hotcakes 

Kho's mother no-show in libel hearing

Irene Kho, the mother of cosmetic surgeon Hayden Kho, was again a no-show at the preliminary investigation on Thursday of the libel complaint filed against her by actress Katrina Halili.

Imelda throws bash on 80th birthday

Engrandeng selebrasyon ang inihanda ni dating first lady Imelda Marcos para sa kanyang 80th birthday.

Filipino royal guard of King of Spain

Reyes was born and raised in Caloocan.

He is the only Filipino out of the 1,500 elite Royal Guard. The Royal Guard is tagged as the last line of defense of the military in Spain.

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