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Juan Flavier - Mr. Let's DOH It, People's Senator - quietly passes away 30-Oct-14, 4:18 PM | InterAksyon.com Senator Juan M. Flavier, indisputably one of the most loved, popular, and respected public servants in the post-People Power Philippines, died just past 4 p.m. on Thursday, succumbing to multiple organ failure brought about by pneumonia. He was 79.

Health chief Ona goes on 'health leave,' belying ouster; Garin is OIC 30-Oct-14, 10:55 AM | Dexter San Pedro, InterAksyon.com Health Secretary Enrique Ona, under pressure in recent months from overseeing efforts to keep the Philippines free from such deadly diseases as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERS-COV) and Ebola, has gone on leave, refuting speculation he was being replaced.

BAGSAK | MRT-3's performance 'unsatisfactory, to further deteriorate' - HK experts 31-Oct-14, 12:39 AM | Mon Gualvez, News5 with reports from InterAksyon.com "The overall performance is unsatisfactory." Foreign experts who have come to the Philippines to assess the performance of the National Capital Region's rapid transit system appear to reflect the sentiments of hundreds of thousands of Filipino commuters of the MRT-3.

Cayetano gives Binay spokesmen the boot at Senate inquiry 30-Oct-14, 1:51 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Tagging them as gate crashers, Senate Majority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday moved to have two UNA high officials ejected from the Senate inquiry into the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.

Aquino approves Yolanda rehab plan 30-Oct-14, 12:17 PM | InterAksyon.com (UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.) Ten days before the first year anniversary of super typhoon Yolanda, President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday approved the rehabilitation plan costing P167.9 billion.

HUMAN TRAFFICKERS' MODUS | NAIA renovation works used for new routes to smuggle out people 30-Oct-14, 5:55 PM| Eric B. Apolonio, InterAksyon.com The aborted trip of the 4 women is the latest, said authorities, in an apparent new modus operandi for human traffickers: using the temporary confusion caused by full-blast renovation work at NAIA to find new routes for people smuggling, including having victims dress up as construction workers.

In Guangdong, nervy Chinese ramp up Ebola watch 30-Oct-14, 11:19 PM| Yimou Lee, Reuters Chinese authorities have identified the southern province of Guangdong, home to Asia's biggest African population, as a frontline in their efforts to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from entering mainland China.

Government handing over Angat hydropower plant to Korean company 30-Oct-14, 8:03 PM| Euan Paulo C. Añonuevo, InterAksyon.com K-Water will operate the Angat plant and rehabilitate the dam, which supplies bulk of Metro Manila's water needs.

Sandigan allows opening of pork witnesses' bank accounts, real estate, vehicle, travel records 29-Oct-14, 5:39 PM| Trish Roque, News5 A division of the anti-graft court has upheld its earlier ruling granting the motion of Janet Lim-Napoles' camp to open the bank accounts of main pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy and other witnesses in the purported multibillion-peso anomaly.

TB-diabetes co-epidemic looms, experts warn 29-Oct-14, 9:05 PM| Mariette Le Roux, Agence France-Presse A report warned Wednesday of a looming tuberculosis-diabetes epidemic as the two diseases intertwine in many countries, driven in part by a rise in unhealthy lifestyles.

76.5-M children plunged into poverty in rich countries since 2008 - UNICEF 29-Oct-14, 8:32 AM| Philippines News Agency | Xinhua UNICEF on Tuesday said in a report that 2.6 million more children have sunk below the poverty line in the world's most affluent countries since 2008, bringing the total number of children in the developed world living in poverty to an estimated 76.5 million.

 
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