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August 04, 2015, Tuesday
  • CA tells Sen. Trillanes to explain his allegation that 2 CA justices got P 25M each in bribes to stop Makati Mayor Binay’s suspension. 13 minutes ago |
  • DMCI tells Supreme Court that Torre de Manila is outside the boundary of Rizal Park. 14 minutes ago |
  • DMCI tells Supreme Court that it followed all ordinances, rules & guidelines in building Torre de Manila. 20 minutes ago |
  • Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim says the poll body can adjust its calendar of activities & extend campaign period when there is election. 23 minutes ago |
  • LTFRB sues 2 fixers who had long been loitering in the agency’s vicinity & offering fake franchise to applicants. 28 minutes ago |
  • Sen. Chiz Escudero says Comelec should castigate candidates abusing election rules instead of extending the campaign period. 31 minutes ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada has been experiencing light-headedness and acid reflux. 32 minutes ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada will undergo medical check up at Cardinal Santos Medical Center from 6 pm Tuesday until Thursday. 37 minutes ago |
  • Sandiganbayan grants Sen. Jinggoy Estrada’s request for a medical check up at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City. about 1 hour ago |
  • PAGASA says frequent heavy rains in the afternoon in Metro Manila are just due to thunderstorms. about 1 hour ago |
  • PAGASA says there is no weather disturbance currently affecting Metro Manila. about 1 hour ago |
  • Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ is forecast to move west northwest at 20 kph. about 1 hour ago |
  • Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ was located 1,770 kilometers east of Luzon at 2 pm on Tuesday. about 1 hour ago |
  • Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ outside PAR has gustiness of up to 245 kph. about 1 hour ago |
  • Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ outside PAR carries maximum sustained winds of up to 215 kph near the center. about 1 hour ago |
  • Signal Number 3 may be raised over Cagayan when Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ enters PAR on Wednesday morning. about 1 hour ago |
  • Batanes may experience Signal Number 4 when Typhoon ‘Soudelor’ (with local name ‘Hanna’) enters PAR on Wednesday morning. about 1 hour ago |
  • Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos & Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo attend Liberal Party meeting in San Juan today with Mar Roxas. about 1 hour ago |
  • Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos & Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo say no one has asked them to run as Roxas’ vice pres’l bet. about 1 hour ago |
  • Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos says she may run for Congress but she has not made up her mind. about 1 hour ago |
  • Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos says she is not eyeing the vice presidency. about 1 hour ago |
  • Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo says she hopes Sen. Grace Poe will agree to become Roxas’ runningmate. about 1 hour ago |
  • Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo says if ever she will seek a higher post, it may be the senate. about 1 hour ago |
  • Camsur Rep. Leni Robredo says she has no plans of running for vice president. about 1 hour ago |
  • Pampanga to experience power interruptions on Thursday. 6 hours ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada says Binay’s ‘True State of the Nation’ or ‘TSONA’ reflects the real performance of the Aquino gov’t. 6 hours ago |
  • De Lima says DOJ has no evidence that will pin down House members to the alleged BBL payoff. 6 hours ago |
  • House Sgt. At Arms Radovan says their CCTVs store only 5 days worth of videos before these are automatically erased by the system. 6 hours ago |
  • House Sgt. At Arms Nicasio Radovan says CCTVs in Batasan Complex have no recording of alleged BBL payoff last May 25, 26 & 27. 6 hours ago |
  • Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano says Binay should release his ‘true SALN’ instead of delivering a counter-SONA. 6 hours ago |
  • DOTC Sec. Abaya hits back at Binay & says the VP does not understand the root cause of the MRT problem. 6 hours ago |
  • Comelec says the planned extension of campaign period will prevent candidates from abusing the election rules. 23 hours ago |
  • Comelec considers the extension of campaign period for local candidates from current 45 days to 120 days. 23 hours ago |
  • Comelec mulls the extension of campaign period from current 90 days to 120 days for national candidates. 23 hours ago |
  • Abad says Sec. Mar Roxas will step down once Pres. Aquino has found his replacement at the DILG. 23 hours ago |
  • Binay says more Filipinos have become poor & are experiencing hunger after 5 years under the Aquino administration. 23 hours ago |
  • Binay enumerated the alleged dismal gov’t response during the tragedies in Luneta, Zamboanga, Mamasapano & Tacloban during ‘Yolanda.’ 23 hours ago |
  • Abad says Binay had clapped his hands for the Aquino administration when he was part of it for the last 4 years. 23 hours ago |
  • Binay says MRT, BBL and DAP symbolize the huge failures of the Aquino administration. 23 hours ago |
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New anti-smoking laws called

By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Apr. 01, 2013 at 12:01am
Public health advocates called on government on Sunday to impose tough anti-smoking regulations in the country, citing recent findings that mothers who breathe secondhand smoke were likely to have children with behavioral problems.

Diana Trivinio, project manager of NGO Health Justice, said new study showed that 25 percent of children of 646 passive-smoking mothers developed speech and language skills, intelligence and conduct disorders.

“We need 100 percent smoke-free environments to be able to effectively protect our people from second-hand smoke. This is particularly important for the Philippines, which is among the top 20 smoking nations in the world,” Trivinio said.

A study conducted in China by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing on 646 mother and child pairs exposed to second-hand smoke showed 25 percent of the children developed behavioral problems. In contrast, only 16 percent of children of unexposed mothers developed similar problems.

The children of exposed mothers also demonstrated poor performance in tests on speech and language skills and showed intelligence and conduct disorders. Reduced flow of blood and oxygen to the fetus as a result of second-hand smoke altered brain growth and development during pregnancy, according to researchers.

Trevinio said the government should educate and warn people about the dangers of smoking on public health by requiring cigarette manufacturers to carry “picture warnings” on cigarette packs.

She said the “picture warnings” will help the youth realize the dangers of smoking and stop them from developing the dangerous habit, and even encourage smokers to quit.

Emer Rojas, a cancer survivor and President of New Vois Association of the Philippines, said graphic health warnings on cigarette packs should be implemented immediately because of the danger that smoking pose to public health.

“As a former smoker, who almost died because of smoking, I will never stop campaigning so that people won’t experience what I went through because of my smoking,” Rojas said.

Public health advocates want government to require manufacturers to carry more vivid warnings on cigarette packs than the bold letters that says, “Government warning: Cigarette smoking is dangerous to the health.”
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