No more pain, no more suffering: Student in viral post passes away
Aileen Cerrudo • March 25, 2019 • 5985
No more pain, no more suffering.
Netizens knew 19-year-old Maxine Blanco from a viral post on Facebook. Her boyfriend, Gab Sta. Ana, shared a post of his journey with her: how love blooms and how it continues to bloom despite trials.
Her smile and kind eyes shined in all her photos, proof that she did #LiveLifeToTheMax. Her smile never changed from when she was still in high school, even until she started battling osteosarcoma or bone cancer.
Maxine inspired netizens with her brave spirit. Now, netizens mourn her passing which occurred on Saturday.
Maxine is among the tens of thousands of Filipinos who succumbed to the disease. Cancer is among the top causes of mortality in the country according to the Department of Health (DOH).
“Cancer remains a national health priority in the country with significant implications for individuals, families, communities and the health system,” said the Philippine Cancer Control Program of the DOH.
President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed Republic Act 11215 or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act in February.
It aims to improve essential programs and increase investments for the prevention of cancer, better screening, prompt and accurate diagnosis, and optimal treatment.—Aileen Cerrudo
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy,” according to the post on his official Facebook page.
Fans are devastated to hear the news and has sent countless of condolences and prayers to Boseman’s family and friends.
Facebook Inc. said on Tuesday (June 17) it would affix labels to political ads shared by users on their own feeds, closing what critics have said for years was a glaring loophole in the company’s election transparency measures.
The world’s biggest social network has attached a “paid for by” disclaimer to political ads since 2018, after facing a backlash for failing to stop Russia from using its platforms to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
But the label disappeared once people shared the ads to their own feeds, which critics said undermined its utility and allowed misinformation to continue spreading unchecked.
Facebook introduced a similar labelling approach for state news media earlier this month, but that label also sometimes drops off with sharing and does not appear when users post their own links to those outlets.
The company has been facing demands to do more to combat false viral information before the Nov. 3 presidential election, including by presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who called Facebooks’s chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg on June 11 to reverse his decision to exempt political ads from fact-checking.
Zuckerberg has touted transparency tools in response, arguing that voters should be able to examine statements from would-be political leaders unimpeded.
In a USA Today op-ed on Tuesday, he pledged to display a Voting Information Center at the top of U.S. users’ news feeds. He also said the company would aim to help 4 million people register to vote, double its goal for 2016. (Reuters)
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