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Duterte orders ‘vigorous’ immunization campaign amid measles outbreak

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has directed Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to intensify the government’s immunization program following the declaration of measles outbreak in Metro Manila and in different parts of the country.

“The president ordered the vigorous campaign to complete the immunization for children. I think one of the reasons why we have an outbreak of measles is because of the lack of immunization on the part of children,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.

The Department of Health (DOH) has called on other agencies to help intensify information dissemination regarding the government’s immunization programs.

Apart from Metro Manila, the DOH also declared measles outbreak in Calabarzon region, Central Luzon, and it Western and Central Visayas.

Based on the latest count of the DOH, the number of measles cases has hit 1,674 in the entire country in January 2019 alone.

This is a 550% increase from the mere 20 cases during the same period in 2018.

Currently, the DOH is closely monitoring the situation in Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley, MIMAROPA, and the Bicol region to prevent further rise in number of measles cases.

“We are expanding the outbreak from Metro Manila to other regions as cases have increase in the past weeks and to strengthen surveillance of new cases and alert mothers and caregivers to be more vigilant,” Duque noted. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz / Joan Nano)

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President Duterte attends Hugpong’s thanksgiving party

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

President Rodrigo Duterte at the Hugpong ng Pagbabago Thanksgiving Night at the Peninsula Manila in Makati City on June 24, 2019. Courtesy : (Presidential Photo) Twitter

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday graced the thanksgiving party of Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP), the regional political party headed by his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

The party was held at a hotel in Makati City on Monday night to celebrate the party’s victory in the 2019 Midterm elections.

The HNP supported 13 administration-backed senatorial candidates, nine of whom emerged victorious in the recent elections.

The HNP-backed senators-elect were present at the party as well as losing senatorial bets.

“Kayong lahat po ang reason kung bakit nanalo ang majority sa mga senators na tinulungan po ng HNP,” Sara Duterte said in a speech as she welcomed the party’s guests.

The president and his daughter led the singing during the event, with the chief executive dedicating some songs to Sara, and his former wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman.

Some of the notable attendees at the party were congressmen-elect Martin Romualdez (Leyte), Alan Peter Cayetano (Taguig) and Lord Allan Velasco (Marinduque).

Romualdez, Cayetano and Velasco are three of the aspirants for the House of Representatives’ speakership post. Other contenders are Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez and Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales Jr.

The three were also seen talking with Duterte during Monday evening’s gathering.

A source, who requested anonymity for lack of authority to talk to media, told UNTV News and Rescue that Duterte may only choose among Romualdez, Cayetano and Velasco for his speakership bet.

The president may also announce his candidate before Friday, the source said.

Masbate Representative-elect Wilcon Kho earlier said Duterte may reveal his preferred speakership bet on June 28 as announced during a dinner meeting with several lawmakers at Malacañang on June 18. (with details from Grace Casin)

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Duterte picks Cebu City Police chief as next PCSO general manager

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Cebu City Police Office Director Colonel Royina Garma | Courtesy : RTVM

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he would name Cebu City Police Office Director Colonel Royina Garma as the next general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Duterte announced this during the premiere night of the feature film “Kontradiksyon” at a mall in Mandaluyong City.

The president said Garma, who has been in the police service for more than 20 years, will be replacing Alexander Balutan.

Balutan, a retired military general, resigned last March citing personal reasons for leaving the post.

Duterte appointed Balutan in 2016 but his stint in the PCSO was marred by allegations of improper spending when the agency held a luxurious party at a five-star hotel for its employees and guests in December. (with details from Grace Casin)

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Source: Minor revamp looms in Duterte Cabinet

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 38th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. Courtesy PCOO

MANILA, Philippines – A minor reshuffle is expected to take place soon in the Cabinet of President Rodrigo Duterte, a highly placed source said on Monday.

The source, who requested anonymity for lack of authority to divulge this information to media, said Duterte is mulling over moving some officials amid ongoing evaluation of all departments’ performances.

The source said the revamp may include Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, who may be transferred to the Mindanao Development Authority.

The President may announce the possible Cabinet revamp next month, the source said. (with details from Grace Casin)

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