Sanofi refunds gov’t with P1.16-B for unused Dengvaxia

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Philippines — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III disclosed on Friday that the drug manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur has already made a refund of more than Php1 billion for unused Dengvaxia vaccines. Duque, in a press conference here after the Provincial Dengue Summit, said Sanofi on Thursday paid the government some PHP1.16 billion out …

SEC to Rappler : Prove politics behind revocation

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chair Teresita Herbosa challenged online news agency Rappler to prove that the cancellation of their certificate of incorporation was  politically motivated. Teresita Herbosa, SEC chairperson claimed “Whoever didn’t get what they wanted from us, maybe they wanted us to say the PDRs were legal, then …

NTC XI wants 30 colorum radio stations to sign off

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — For operating without the necessary government permit, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) XI wants 30 unlicensed or colorum  radio stations in the Davao region to sign off. Among those recommended for closure is a radio station in Davao Oriental reportedly owned by a Congressman. “They operate without the required permit,” says …

Go ready to quit if proven he mediates in the P15.7-billion Navy procurement

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The almost speechless Special Assistant of  President Rodrigo Duterte broke his silence as he  has been dragged in the P15.7-billion Philippine Navy procurement controversy. Secretary Christopher Lawrence  ‘Bong’ Go  said he is willing to quit from service if proven that he facilitated or meddled  in the P15.7-billion  frigate program of the Philippine …

Ombudsman suspends CDO councilor over slapping incident 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Ombudsman ordered a six months suspension  without pay against  Cagayan de Oro City Councilor Zaldy Ocon who was found guilty of Conduct Prejudicial to the Best Interest of the Service. The Ombudsman also found probable cause against Ocon for violation of Article 359 (Slander by Deed) of …

New DoT XI director appeals for a “honeymoon”

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The new  tourism regional director  here appeals to tourism stakeholders to give him a  “honeymoon”. The atmosphere inside the meeting room at the SEDA hotel was lukewarm when Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo introduced  the new director Antonio Fernando Blanco who used to be the  director of DoT in Zamboanga Peninsula. Blanco …

Diño recommends security of tenure for barangay tanods

MANILA, Philippines — Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Martin Diño said on Tuesday he has recommended to DILG Officer-in-Charge Undersecretary Eduardo Año that all members of the Barangay Security Development Office (BSDO) nationwide have a “security of tenure.” In an interview, Diño said that as a former barangay captain in Quezon …