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Government agencies, EcoWaste Coalition conduct ‘Iwas-Paputok’ campaign in Manila

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, December 28th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines —By launching a parade, the EcoWaste Coalition has called on the public to avoid using fireworks for the coming new year.

Various government agencies such as the Department of Health (DOH), the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and barangay officials joined the group.

The group urged the public to use alternative noise-producing tools like pots, ukelele, maracas, tambourine and other objects that do not contain poisonous chemicals.

They also appealed to the public to no longer use pyrotechnics.

“Kung sobra-sobra ‘yung pailaw ay talaga namang napakagrabe ‘nung air pollution na nililikha nito (too much fireworks can cause serious air pollution),” said EcoWaste Coalition National Coordinator Aileen Lucero.

“Kaya papansinin mo ‘yung iba nagre-red eye, magkakasipon, biglang uubuhin o kaya mamamalat. Kahit wala namang infection namamalat and worse doon sa mga pasyente natin na may hika na, o kaya may COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) at kahit heart disease,” said Dr. Maricar Limpin, an internist-pulmonologist.

(If you notice, some people will get a red-eye, start having colds and cough or suddenly has a hoarse voice without an infection. Worse if the patient has asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and even heart disease.)

Department of Health Assistant Secretary Maria Francia Laxamana said that there is a need for a more intensified campaign as illegal selling and use of firecrackers still abound.

“Ang DOH kasama din ang PNP at saka ang local chief executive lalo na ‘yung mga barangay natin, kasama natin sa nagmomonitor sa mga maliliit na tindahan na marami pa rin nakakalusot,” said the assistant secretary.

(The DOH, together with PNP and the local chief executive of the barangay, is helping us in monitoring small stores, but many still manage to slip through.)

Police forces are also on maximum deployment from December 31 to January 1.

So far, they are yet to monitor any illegal use of firecrackers or fireworks display.

“Tigilan na ang pagbebenta ng illegal na paputok para din sa mga tao. Minsan kasi parang nagkakasayahan na nakakalimutan na ‘yung security, ‘yung kaligtasan noong iba(Stop the sale of illegal fireworks for the public’s sake. Sometimes in the revelry, the safety and security of others are overlooked.)  ,” said MPD Deputy Police Community Relations P/CInsp. Gary Ocampo. — Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue


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PNP denies death of QC cop linked to Dengvaxia

by UNTV   |   Posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2018

PNP Health Service acting director PSSupt. Ma. Antonietta Langcauon answers question from the media regarding the death of a police allegedly vaccinated with Dengvaxia

MANILA, Philippines —According to the Philippine National Police (PNP), the cop who reportedly died of Dengvaxia did not receive the controversial dengue vaccine.

PNP Health Service acting director PSSupt. Ma. Antonietta Langcauon said that SP02 Vicente Arugay of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 6 was not on the list of Dengvaxia vaccinees.

“We have the lists in Camp Karingal. His name is not there,” said the police officer.

She noted that Arugay was already 50 years old. He is not included in the 9 to 45 years old required age to receive Dengvaxia vaccine.

The doctors of the PNP  said the cause of Arugay’s death was leptospirosis based on the symptoms he showed which include fever, a decrease in sodium and jaundice, which was why he could not talk.

He also suffered bleeding.

“Di tayo pwede mga imbento o gumawa ng istorya to cover up. Wala po kami mapapala dyan,” said the PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.

(We’re not allowed to invent or create a story to cover up. We will not benefit from it.)

Of the 1,548 individuals injected with Dengvaxia inside Camp Crame, none are staying at the PNP General Hospital since March 16.

A utility worker of the PNP GH reportedly died due to Dengvaxia vaccine but the PNP Health Service said the worker died of pneumonia. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue 


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CIDG to submit new evidence vs. Espinosa, et al.

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

FILE IMAGE: Kerwin Espinosa on a Senate hearing

MANILA, Philippines —  Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre has announced that the decision to dismiss the drug charges against big time drug lords Kerwin Espinosa, Peter Lim and others is void.

For this reason, the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) is set to submit additional evidence against the said drug personalities.

CIDG legal division chief PSupt. Joseph Orsos said that although they believe they have a strong case, they will still submit the transcript of the statement of Espinosa during a Senate inquiry where he admitted being a drug dealer and his extrajudicial confession to the PNP-Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG).

“As far as we are concerned, we have already shown that what is stated there is uncontested,” said Orsos.

The extrajudicial confession of Kerwin to the AIDG states that he was distributing illegal drugs while in detention through his men.

He also said he was introduced to other drug lords like Peter Co, Tony Co, and Peter Lim while in detention.

In line with this, the CIDG is confident that the police unit can win against the said drug lords.

“If you will read the resolution, if you scrutinize it, it’s really reversible,” said the legal chief.

However, Orsos said the fiscal have to explain why they have a contradictory decision regarding the case against Sen. De Lima. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue

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DBM wants P1.16-B Dengvaxia refund for vaccinees

by UNTV   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Anti-dengue vaccine: Dengvaxia

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and Department of Health (DOH) target to use the P1.16-billion refund of the Sanofi Pasteur from the unused Dengvaxia vaccine, as the supplemental budget of the government’s program for Dengvaxia vaccinees.

The proposal states the allocation of P131-million for the expenses of health personnel working under the program; P261-million for the distribution of medical kits and more than P768-million for their medical assistance.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said the fund will be allocated to the hospital expenses of several patients.

“As far as I know there’s no limit on the assistance of the in-patient,” said the budget secretary.

Diokno noted the government should assure first that they are among the 870,000 Dengvaxia recipients.

“Yung ang hinahanap namin, baka naman may mga ghost vaccinees pa rin doon di ba,” said Diokno.

(What we are looking for are the legitimate recipients, because there might be ghost vaccines there.)

The DBM is expecting Congress to discuss the proposed supplemental budget upon the resumption of its session in May. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue


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