Universal Health Care bill to make check-ups free for Filipinos

Senator Sonny Angara on Tuesday has sponsored the Universal Health Care bill, which aims to ensure that every Filipino will have access to appropriate, affordable, and quality health services including free checkups, laboratory tests and medicines. Under Senate Bill 1896, all Filipinos shall be automatically included in the National Health Insurance Program, and all Filipinos shall be entitled to preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services. “We now have an opportunity to institute reforms in PhilHealth, expand its coverage even further, and most importantly, improve the services and benefits…

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Palace wishes LP Senate bets ‘good luck’

Malacañang on Monday wished the Senate bets of Liberal Party (LP) “good luck” after their names were announced by party president and Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan. “Good luck to them. ‘Yun lang (That’s all),” presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a Palace briefing, refusing to say anything more. Panglinan, in a TV interview, named Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano, former Akbayan party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez, LP Vice President for External Affairs Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada, De La Salle University College of Law Dean Jose Manuel…

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Pimentel resigns as Senate president, nominates Sotto

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has stepped down as Senate president on Monday, nominating Majority Leader Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III as his successor. “I will be the one who will nominate Senator Tito Sotto as Senate president,” Pimentel said in a media briefing. In his speech, the outgoing Senate president said he was grateful that he was able to lead the upper chamber, a post his father, former Senate President Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. has held in the past. “I step down knowing that I did my best to…

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Senate report on Dengvaxia mess to be given much weight: Palace

Malacanang on Thursday said the executive branch will give the Senate committee draft report on Dengvaxia mess “much weight” when it decides on the next course of action on the controversial dengue vaccination program of the Aquino administration. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this reaction after the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee draft report found former President Benigno Aquino III, former Health Secretary Janette Gain and former Budget Secretary Florencio ‘Butch’ Abad “criminally liable” for the procurement of Php3.5 billion worth of dengue vaccine. “That’s a report created by a powerful…

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