The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) sought and got the help of courier service firms in preventing the smuggling of narcotics through parcel delivery. He said that since 2013, the PDEA had conducted 102 mail and parcel interdiction operations, through random K-9 sweeps and parcel screening in cargo terminals nationwide. He said at the meeting between the PDEA and courier firms’ representatives that several measures were proposed to prevent the use of parcel for drug smuggling. PDEA, he said, planned to acquire 100 more dogs next year to add to its K-9 force of 52 dogs and 57 handlers nationwide. Aquino also asked courier service companies to allot a secure room for PDEA agents to inspect parcels suspected of containing narcotics.
Responding to that interest and increase in use, WHO has, in recent years, gathered more robust scientific evidence on therapeutic use and side effects of cannabis and cannabis components. 180, or the proposed Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, which seeks to legalize medical marijuana, has been passed by the health committee of the House of Representatives. The WHO report contradicts the statement on Nov. 7 by 16 medical organizations led by Philippine Medical Association and the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila. The statement said: “We strongly oppose medical cannabis legalization since this will expose our citizenry to unnecessary harm and the risk of poor health outcomes.”Responding to the medical groups’ statement, Isabela Rep. Rodolfo T. Albano III, principal author of the medical cannabis bill, “called on the authors of the statement not to mislead, confuse and alarm the public by making false, unfounded accusations.”Albano pointed out that “the bill explicitly provides that the Department of Health, in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration, shall be the principal regulatory agency for the use of medical cannabis. During the TWG meeting, the spokesperson, Dr. Leonor Cabral-Lim (chair of the Department of Neurosciences at the UP-Philippine General Hospital) raised the issue that UP NIH be the exclusive center of research for medical cannabis.
BAGUIO CITY — It was an almost freezing start for Misa de Gallo (dawn Masses) here when the early morning temperature plunged to 11.5 degrees Celsius at 5 a.m. on Saturday. From 14.2 degrees Celsius on Wednesday and Thursday, the mercury dropped to 12.5 degrees Celsius on Friday morning. The lowest temperature recorded in Baguio was on Jan. 18, 1961, when the mercury plummeted to 6.3 degrees Celsius. Congress in a special joint session on Wednesday voted to allow President Duterte to extend military rule in Mindanao for another year. On May 23, President Duterte imposed military rule in Mindanao after the Maute terrorist group attacked Marawi City.
LIBREVILLE, Gabon — Two Danish nationals were wounded Saturday in a knife attack in Gabon’s capital apparently committed in retribution for “US attacks against Muslims”, a minister said. The two men, who were reporters for the National Geographic magazine, were stabbed while shopping in a popular tourist area, said defense minister Etienne Massard. “According to the first testimonies at the scene, the assailant, a 53-year-old Nigerien man, shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (“God is Greatest”) during the attack. The two victims were sent to a hospital in the capital Libreville, one in a serious condition, government spokesman Alain-Claude Bilie By Nze told AFP. Massard said the government was treating the attack as “an isolated act” and said an investigation had been launched.
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Assistant Communications Secretary Mocha Uson came to the defense of President Duterte’s granddaughter Isabelle Duterte after netizens slammed her predebut photo shoot inside the Malacañang Palace. Uson, in a Facebook post, said it was her personal view that there was nothing wrong with what Isabelle did. ADVERTISEMENT“First of all, were any public funds spent because his granddaughter had her picture taken in Malacañang? If there was none, it is not wrong for the President’s granddaughter to have her picture taken there. Uson, who got her Palace post for being a die-hard Duterte supporter, also said anybody who enters Malacañang for the first time will surely have his or her picture taken there.
“If we’re going to talk of command responsibility, I think President Aquino has liability,” Ejercito said in a radio interview Saturday. “I have to be honest, I am not a fan of President Aquino. But his integrity, President Aquino is still honest. “Being a (health) secretary does not make you an expert on those subject matters,” he added over DZBB radio on Saturday. The FEC, which was against mass dengue immunization and wanted a small pilot test instead, is composed of experts in pharmacology, toxicology, clinical epidemiology, pharmacy, clinical medicine, public health, health economics, health social science, law and medicine.
The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza) has broken up the online gaming duopoly of two master licensors and revoked the registration of 164 business processing (BPO) firms providing support services to offshore gaming operators in a bid to eradicate illegal online gaming operations in the agency. In a press statement, Ceza administrator and chief executive officer Raul Lambino said the agency made the move as part of the major reforms to eradicate illegal online gaming operations and level the playing field in the economic zone. Malacñang released the directive early this year to strengthen the fight against illegal gambling and clarify the jurisdiction and authority of government agencies in the regulation and licensing of gambling and online gaming facilities. The separate supplemental agreements recently signed between Ceza and FCLRC and NCGAC would inevitably pave the way for the entry of new players, said Lambino, who took the Ceza helm in late July. Each of the supplemental agreements signed on Nov. 20 provides that “regulatory functions and powers over all gaming operators, land-based and offshore, shall be the exclusive authority of Ceza.”
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s saint-making office has updated its rules governing the use of relics for would-be saints, issuing detailed new guidelines Saturday that govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be obtained, transferred and protected for eventual veneration. Bodily relics are an important part of Catholic tradition, since the body is considered to be the “instrument” of the person’s saintliness. But in 1963, the Vatican explicitly allowed cremation as long as it didn’t suggest a denial of faith about resurrection. The new instructions only cover the so-called “first class” of relics from the actual body of the saintly candidate. The church also recognizes second- and third-class relics, such as clothes and other materials that came into contact with the would-be saint’s body.
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Another accident on Wednesday also injured a truck driver and his assistant after their truck overturned at the rough road. Mayor Eleonor Fajardo told The Manila Times that the DPWH should close the road to prevent loss of lives of motorists. Fajardo said the area also lacks safety signages and warnings, adding that while they already put up such signages, it is the job of the DPWH to oversee the national road in Barangay Nicolas. Police Officer 2 Luis Corpuz Jr. of Magsaysay Police Office said Macayon failed to control the steering wheel after the truck swerved to the right of the road. The truck was traveling to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, from San Vicente, Concepcion in Romblon.
Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr., said the agreement is both “historical and significant” for both provinces. He said the province of Negros Occidental has many things in common with the province of Pampanga, citing food, culture, and even the sugar industry. He added that the new agreement will open Central Luzon to Negros Occidental and vice versa. The coastline of Negros Occidental is 400 kilometers long, making aqua-culture one of the strong suits of the province. Negros Occidental officials are set to visit Pampanga this Sunday using the Bacolod-Clark route for a similar signing of the sisterhood agreement.
LINGAYEN,Pangasinan: Police are investigating the gruesome murder on Friday of an engineer-private contractor of several government projects who once served as barangay chairman of San Carlos City. Fidel Junio, said an unidentified gunman shot Benjamin Benjie Saringan, a native of San Carlos City, while the construction firm he headed on Ramos Street West in Brgy. Saringan, who also served for six years as barangay chairman in a village in San Carlos City was declared dead at the Jesus Nazareth General Hospital. He also said that witnesses have already identified the gunman and his companion who went inside the establishment during the incident. The Department of Interior and Local Government had awarded Saringan as one of the Outstanding Public Officials in Pangasinan several times while he was serving as village chairman in San Carlos City.
International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas is all set for his US debut fight against Mexican Israel Gonzalez on February 3, at the Bank of America Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. “You will see a hungry version of Jerwin in my US debut,” Ancajas (28-1-1 win-loss-draw record with 19 knockouts) told the media in a news conference on Saturday at the Island Cove Resort in Binakayan, Cavite. “He (Gonzalez) is in the top 10 of the IBF and a good test for Jerwin’s US debut. Sultan beat fellow Johnriel Casimero last September 9, in an IBF title eliminator bout in Cebu and became a mandatory challenger of Ancajas. He also mentioned that they are working with ESPN Sports to air Ancajas’ US debut in February.
Record-breaker Marc Bryan Dula and Jordan Ken Lobos bannered the gold medalists in the 127th Philippine Swimming League (PSL) National Series – Long Course Swimming Meet held at the Alcala Sports Complex Swimming Pool in Lucena City. Dula, a Wisenheimer Academy standout, stamped his class in the boys’ 10-year 50m backstroke with a record-breaking feat of 35.80 seconds, resetting his 36.05-second old mark in the National Series. Also making his mark in the competition was Lobos, who topped the boys’ 14-year 50m backstroke in 31.47 seconds, besting silver medalist Lance Lotino (34.56) and bronze winner Christ Andal (35.81). Diliman Preparatory School bets Lee Grant Cabral (boys’ 11-year 50m backstroke, 38.53), Ehm Alavy-Chafi (girls’ 9-year 50m backstroke, 44.72), Paula Carmela Cusing (girls’ 14-year 50m butterfly) and John Salinel (boys’ 9-year 50m butterfly, 44.93) copped gold medals in their respective events. The other first place finishers were Mervier Mirandilla (boys’ 15-over 200m freestyle, 2:09.63), John Rala (boys’ 13-year 200m freestyle, 2:36.53), Yohan Cabana (boys’ 12-year 200m freestyle, 2:19.50), Hannah Halamani (girls’ 6-under 50m breaststroke, 1:44.68), and Heleina Glorioso (girls’ 8-year 50m breaststroke, 1:07.87).
Riding on a good start and a strong finish, Alab Pilipinas seized its breakthrough win with a 78-61 rout of Formosa Dreamers in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) Season 8 on Saturday at the Changhua County Stadium in Taiwan. Alab posted an early 15-point lead then went on a decisive run in the third quarter to score its first victory following a three-game losing skid at start of the season. World Import Reggie Okosa pumped in a huge double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds in the absence of fellow reinforcement Ivan Johnson. Alab banked on height advantage under the basket early to snag a 29-14 lead in the second period. Okosa then went for a two-handed putback slam on Oping Sumalinog’s miss to give Alab a comfortable 68-51 cushion, practically sealing the maiden victory.
Skoda Motorsport has finalized the five drivers who will compete in next season’s World Rally Championship 2 (WRC2), including three who are aged 21 or under. The team is bidding to win the drivers’ title for a third season and the teams’ crown for a fourth in the WRC’s second-tier category. The Norwegian will be joined by Juuso Nordgren, also 21, who debuted with the team in Spain in October as Skoda launched its young driver scheme. Rovanperä won this season’s national title in Latvia, where drivers are allowed to compete at a younger age. Skoda has not confirmed details of their drivers’ programs.
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