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HIV/AIDS cases in Capiz double up

By: Felipe V. Celino ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The number of persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in the province of Capiz and Roxas City almost doubled, according to a member of the Sangguniang Panlungsod here. Councilor Cesar Yap, a medical doctor by profession and committee on health chairperson, said that from 65 PLWHAs in the past […] The post HIV/AIDS cases in Capiz double up appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianJan 17th, 2018

WHO urges PH to give more attention to growing number of HIV-AIDS cases

MANILA, Philippines – World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific regional director Dr Shin Young-soo urged the Philippine government to “seriously consider" the growing number of people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV-AIDS). Young-soo said the Philippine numbers are the “ fastest growing ” in the Asia Pacific. “The ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Manila government opens HIV/AIDS center

The Manila city government has inaugurated a health facility as part of its campaign to reduce the rising cases of HIV/AIDS in the city......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

China HIV/AIDS cases surge by 14%

BEIJING, China – The number of people living with HIV/AIDS in China has surged by 14 percent, with most cases transmitted through sex rather than blood transfusions, state media said on Saturday, September 29. More than 820,000 people had AIDS or were HIV-positive at the end of June, up by 100,000 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

Dengue cases in Roxas spike by 189%

ROXAS City Dengue Program Coordinator Mark Atanque said three persons in Capiz have died of dengue infection. Atanque made the revelation during the Roxas City Local Health Board meeting at the Roxas City Hall. The meeting was presided by City Councilor Cesar Yap Jr., committee on health chair, together with City Health Officer Lory Cahilog. […] The post Dengue cases in Roxas spike by 189% appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

Three die of dengue in Capiz

By: Felipe V. Celino ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Dengue has killed three people in Capiz province from January to August 2018. According to Mark Atanque, Roxas City Dengue Program coordinator, one of the victims came from Ivisan town, while two others are from Milibili and Banica villages here. Dengue cases in the province surged by 189 […] The post Three die of dengue in Capiz appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsAug 28th, 2018

Ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort guilty on eight counts – Al Jazeera

US President Donald Trump has been dealt a double blow after developments in two separate cases involving his former close associates. Paul […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2018

Intensify awareness, voluntary testing to curb rise of AIDS cases

HEALTH SECRETARY Francisco Duque III has reiterated that intensified public awareness and voluntary testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) would […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 30th, 2018

High jumper Ukhov among top Russians facing doping cases

MOSCOW --- Some of Russia's best known track and field athletes are facing doping cases, including former Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov. The Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees anti-doping cases in track and field, released details on Friday of 109 cases from around the world in a new transparency drive. Besides Ukhov, the list includes top Russians such as the double world champion shot putter Tatyana Lysenko, Olympic bronze medal-winning long jumper Svetlana Shkolina, and 2014 world indoor triple jump champion Lyukman Adams. The AIU said they are among 13 Russian cases based on evidence uncovered during World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren's...Keep on reading: High jumper Ukhov among top Russians facing doping cases.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

3 out of 5 HIV-carriers worldwide now have access to drugs — UN

Almost three in five people infected with HIV, or 21.7 million globally, took antiretroviral therapy in 2017 -- a new record for anti-AIDS drug access, the UN's HIV/AIDS agency said Wednesday. There were 36.9 million people living with the immune system-attacking virus in 2017, of whom 15.2 million were not getting the drugs they need -- the lowest number since the epidemic exploded, UNAIDS reported. Hailing progress in curbing new infections and deaths, the agency nevertheless lamented the mounting human toll: almost 80 million infections and 35.4 million lives lost since the first cases became known in the early 1980s. Progress made to date risks being halted, even reversed, i...Keep on reading: 3 out of 5 HIV-carriers worldwide now have access to drugs — UN.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 18th, 2018

Team Dumarao paces Mayor’s Cup 2018

THE Dumarao Vice Squad improved its standing in the ongoing 2018 Dumarao Mayor’s Cup Basketball Tournament after blowout victories over Double J Construction and top seed Hercor College Jaguars at the Dumarao, Capiz covered gym over the weekend. Dumarao defeated Double J on Sunday, 97-88. Jefferson Sarmiento erupted with 17 points while Mark Ceniza and […] The post Team Dumarao paces Mayor’s Cup 2018 appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Dengue, leptos deaths reported

THE country has been hit by a double whammy of deadly disease outbreaks. In Cavite, several deaths from dengue fever have been reported and in Metro Manila, leptospirosis cases are on the rise and has killed dozens following the onset of the rainy season which has brought flooding in many….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Capiz town’s most wanted arrested

THE most wanted person of Jamindan town in Capiz was arrested morning of July 1, 2018. Joebert Laurente, 37, of Barangay Pangabat, Jamindan, was collared at Agloloway village 9:30 a.m. Laurente is facing a string of criminal cases, which landed him on top Jamindan’s list of most wanted persons. Members of the Jamindan Police Station […] The post Capiz town’s most wanted arrested appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

Mayor says charges are politically motivated

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – “The charges filed against me were purely politically motivated.” This was the reaction of Mayor Receliste Escolin of President Roxas, Capiz in answer to the cases filed against him by former vice mayor Alfonso Golero. Escolin said Golero’s legal actions against him aim to sabotage the projects and improvements he is […] The post Mayor says charges are politically motivated appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

House panel tasks BIR to look into Sereno’s possible tax liabilities

Since the missing Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALN) of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno remain missing, the House committee on justice that has been holding hearings on the impeachment case against the top magistrate in the High Court has directed the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to begin an investigation on the possible tax liabilities of Sereno, owing to her having failed to file her SALNs for 17 years when she was still a law professor at the University of the Philippines (UP). At the resumption of the impeachment hearing to determine probable cause on the complaint filed by lawyer Larry Gadon against Sereno, panel chair Oriental Mindoro Rep. Reynaldo Umali asked BIR deputy commissioner Arnel Guballa to produce a report on or before February 19 Sereno’s tax payments. Among the basis cited by Gadon in his complaint was Sereno’s alleged failure to declare in her SALN from 2010 to 2016 her earnings as one of the private counsels of the government in the expropriation of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 in the Piatco case amounting to P30 million. Based on documents Gadon was able to secure, Sereno reportedly filed her SALN in 1998, 2002 and 2006, even as she was employed as a professor by the UP College of Law from 1986 to 2006.Guballa, who submitted the Chief Justice’s income tax return from 2004 to 2009, said Sereno declared her income as a lawyer from a law office.Asked about Sereno’s income tax payments representing her earnings from the Piatco case, Gubala said they are still in the process of investigating this.“We can answer those questions when we will have conducted a formal investigation,” said Guballa, adding they will try to come up with a proposed deficiency or anything with regard to Sereno’s income in two weeks.“We are still collating information. We can answer those questions when we have conducted a formal investigation,” he said.“We will try our best in two weeks. . . . I will try my best to come up with a proposed deficiency or whatever we can made regarding the income the Chief Justice had made,” Guballa added.Sereno’s camp had said the Chief Justice received the Piatco fee in tranches so the full amount does not appear in her 2010 statement of assets, liabilities, and net worth.The camp of Sereno had a statement explaining that “Chief Justice Sereno has accurately and properly declared all her earnings as government co-legal counsel in the PIATCO cases.”Lawyer Josa Deinla, serves as Sereno’s spokeswoman.Deinla added that the BIR has not served any deficiency assessment notice to Sereno during the years she filed her income tax returns.“This only means one thing: All her income tax filings when she was a private lawyer were accurate and proper,” she said.“We are confident that the plan of the House committee to have the CJ’s ITR filings looked into by the BIR would prove that the Chief Justice had paid the corresponding taxes for the income she earned while in private law practice,” she added.Gadon, in an interview at the sidelines of the hearing, lauded the order of the panel to the BIR saying this would bolster his complaint aganst Sereno.“First we got certifications she did not file her SALNs during her tenure with the UP College of Law. Now, we will get a clearer picture of how she might have avoided paying taxes for her earnings on the Piatco case,” said Gadon.“In fact, the statement of the BIR, CJ Sereno declared her earnings from 2004 to 2009 as income for her practice as a lawyer and not as a professor from a state university which is something she should have to explain, too,” the lawyer added.Gadon also said that the action of the justice committee directing the BIR to investigate the tax payments and tax compliance of Sereno is living proof of the principle that the law should apply to all, even to the highest magistrate of the land. Hearing on CJ’s IT consultantIt was also a time for the justice panel to hear from IT consultant Helen Macasaet, who has been paid hefty consultant fees, with a monthly paycheck much higher than what the Supreme Court justices get paid.Macasaet admitted before the committee that she was paid a hefty P250,000 a month as a consultant of the High Court, which is higher than what SC justices are earning.Macasaet defended her consultancy fee saying it was much lower than what she used to earn in her previous engagements.According to Macasaet, she used to earn P925,000 a month as an IT consultant for the GSIS. The House panel is on its 14th hearing on the impeachment case, this time, to determine if there was probable cause to impeach her.In a press statement issued by Gadon, it said that in the hearing conducted yesterday, it turned out that the IT contract of Macasaet was renewed without bidding despite changes in the terms of reference and increase of the amount of more than double the original contract. “It turned out also that the legal staff of Sereno had the whims and caprices of determining the amount of the increase and the renewals in violation of procurement laws . Worse, these violations and anomalies were done with the express approval of Sereno. Even worse , it turned out that the IT consultant was allowed to work at some point without the contract having been signed yet! All the procedures of procurement were clearly violated by Sereno, Gadon said.GMA Online reported that a court attorney from the office of the Chief Justice also yesterday during the hearing confirmed that it was the head staff of the high magistrate who had introduced the IT consultant allegedly anomalously hired by the Supreme Court.“At the resumption of the House Committee on Justice hearing, court lawyer Michael Ocampo from Sereno’s office admitted that he was the one who submitted the curriculum vitae of IT consultant Helen Macasaet who was allegedly hired by Sereno “with an excessive compensation and without public bidding.”He admitted that he submitted the CV of Macasaet to the BAC when he was requested to do so.But when asked if the court lawyer knew Macasaet personally, he said he did not but was introduced to him by CJ’s chief of staff as an IT expert,” referring to lawyer Oliveros.Oliveros eventually admitted that Macasaet is her friend.Oliveros said she can only recommend somebody’s character. I know nothing about the EISP (Enterprise Information System Plan) and about ICT.Oliveros narrated that Sereno told her that the court’s EISP had been stalled for a while, and the position of the chief of the management information system office was vacant at the time.“The chief justice requested a meeting precisely because she wanted to talk, exchange ideas with Ms. Macasaet regarding the state of the EISP. And after that initial meeting she wanted to meet Ms. Macasaet and introduce her to the person in charge of the EISP which was Atty. Michael Ocampo at the Office of the Chief Justice,” she said.Lawyer Jojo Lacanilao, one of Sereno’s spokesmen said there was nothing irregular in Macasaet’s hiring as IT consultant.“The Supreme Court hired Ms. Macasaet from among three choices through negotiated procurement because her services are highly technical in nature and, therefore, exempted from public bidding under Section 53.7 of the 2009 Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. 9184,” he said in an earlier press statement.The House justice panel is conducting deliberations to determine probable cause in the impeachment complaint lodged against Sereno.    With GMA online report.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

CJ’s psych test result of 4 grade confirmed, rules call for her disqualification

Finally, after previous newspaper reports stated that then candidate for the position of Supreme Court chief justice, Lourdes Sereno, then a junior associate justice, obtained a low grade of 4, the second lowest grade, with 1 as the highest and five the lowest. This low grade was the result of her psycological and psychiatric tests, a prerequisite of the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) for every candidate for judiciary posts.These reports have finally been confirmed by a former clerk of court in the Supreme Court Wednesday admitted before the House committee on justice that Chief Justice Sereno obtained the second lowest grade in her psychological test, which under the JBC rules, she should have been disqualified for the top position in the High Court.It has not been explained by the JBC why, despite her low marks and disqualification for the post, Sereno’s name landed in the JBC list that was submitted by then President Benigo Aquino.Aquino also appointed Sereno first from a JBC list, despite her having no bench experience.Aquino did not pick any of the senior SC justices for the top post. Instead, he picked Sereno, then already a junior associate justice who would serve in the SC for at least 20 years.It was speculated then that President Aquino wanted Sereno as Chief Justice, for him to be protected by the incumbent justice.Sereno’s voting record in the SC mainly favored Aquino’s cases while he was president.Lately, her vote still favors Aquino, although hers is always a minority vote.Vidal almost failed to testifyFormer SC clerk of court Vidal almost failed to testify as the hearing dragged until late Wednesday night.It was only after Quezon City Rep. Kit Belmonte called the attention of the panel chair that Vidal had not yet been asked any questions.At that point, panel chair, Mindoro Oriental Rep. Reynaldo Umali asked Vidal regarding the results of Sereno’s psychological test.Although pointing to Sereno as having received the second lowest grade, Vidal, who was also the ex-offico secretary of the JBC at that time being the SC clerk of court then, said there were others who also got ratings of 4.She however said she could no longer recall their identities.This only means that no other candidate for the High Court’s top post made it to the JBC list submitted to Aquino save for Sereno.It will be recalled that the JBC refused to provide the justice panel with the results of the psychological and psychiatric tests of Sereno. Impeachment complainant lawyer Larry Gadon said Vidal’s testimony was a big boost to his case against Sereno as the JBC had earlier rejected his request for copies of psych exam report of the chief justice, citing confidentiality of records under its rules.In his complaint, lawyer Lorenzo “Larry” Gadon said Sereno failed the psychological exam administered by the JBC and under the existing JBC policy, ‘an applicant to any position in the judiciary with a grade of 4 is unfit for the job,’” his complaint stated.There quickly went Sereno’s defense, with the usual claim that such does not constitute an impeachable offense.Everything to Sereno and her defense team is not an impeachable offense, whether she failed to file her Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Networth (SALNs) for 17 years or whether she hired an IT consultant with at first a P100,000 a month negotiated contract, after which, Sereno’s consultant had her pay increased which meant revisions in the contract which pay went on without passing through the usual route.Macasaet’s fees had increased from P100,000 per month during her first six-month contract to over P252,000 per month after it was renewed.The head of the SC’s Management Information Systems Office testified that the continued renewal of the contract of the IT consultant hired by Sereno raised a red flag.IT consultant Helen Macasaet’s six-month contract was renewed for over four years, which enabled her to earn roughly P11 million in total.The point in all this establishes that indeed, Sereno is unfit for the job of chief justice, as she has been found to be breaking too many rules and does things without the nod of the other justices.Sereno claims that all the charges raised by Gadon are not impeachable offenses. A reported psychologically unfit Chief Justice is to be retained in her post and for the next 15 to 20 years or so.The two doctors will be attending the next session.At the same time, Gadon lauded the House panel’s directive to the BIR to probe on Sereno’s possible tax liabilities. “The action of the Justice committee directing the BIR to investigate the tax payments and tax compliance of Sereno is living proof of the principle that the law should apply to all , even to the highest magistrate of the land,” said Gadon.Gadon also cited the case of Sereno’s IT consultant whose contract was renewed without bidding despite changes in the terms of reference and increase of the amount of more than double the original contract. “It turned out also that the legal staff of Sereno had the whim and caprices of determining the amount of the increase and the renewals in violation of procurement laws,” Gadon said.“Worse these violations and anomalies were done with the express approval of Sereno,” he stressed.“Even worse , it turned out that the IT consultant was allowed to work at some point without the contract having been signed yet!” the lawyer said.Gadon stressed that Sereno had violated all known procedures of procurement. The head of the SC’s Management Information Systems Office testified that the continued renewal of the contract of the IT consultant hired by Sereno raised a red flag.IT consultant Macasaet’s six-month contract was renewed for over four years, which enabled her to earn roughly P11 million in total......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Chile s new sexual freedom leads to spike in AIDS cases

  SANTIAGO, Chile – The winds of change are blowing through Chile where a youthful sexual revolution is shattering taboos – but also sparking an explosion of HIV cases that has set off alarm bells in the traditionally conservative Latin American country. Chile has the highest rate of HIV cases in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

Suicide cases alarm Capiz church

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The Catholic Church here is alarmed by the series of suicide incidents that happened in the province of Capiz last week. Msgr. Cyril Villareal, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Capiz, reminded Capicenos of the importance of life. Villareal said the church continues to teach how to protect lives and improve […] The post Suicide cases alarm Capiz church appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

Bill strengthening law on HIV response OK’d

The Senate on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill that seeks to strengthen the 20-year-old law on the government’s response to the rising cases of HIV-AIDS in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

High AIDS cases in Davao

The Davao City Health Office (CHO) reported a total of 2,330 cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) cases, figures that rose since the increase in HIV testing in all business establishments in the city......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Duque tests for HIV to help erase procedure’s stigma

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III had himself tested on Friday for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) in a bid to eliminate the stigma associated with testing ahead of next week's celebration of International AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) Candlelight Memorial Day.   Duque said that with the continued rise in the number of HIV cases in the country, testing and early detection were key in helping combat AIDS, which kills an average of 500 Filipinos each year.   "It is important to know one's HIV status to enable people living with HIV to access treatment, which is now given for free by the Department of Health," Duque said on Friday.   Since ...Keep on reading: Duque tests for HIV to help erase procedure’s stigma.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 12th, 2018