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6 dead in Olongapo epidemic caused by leptospirosis


A bacterial epidemic caused by water contaminated with rat urine has hit a flood-ravaged region in the northern Philippines, killing six people and overwhelming local hospitals, a health official said Wednesday.

Posted: October 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Customs chief: Problem real but not rampant

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Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon.. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon on Tuesday acknowledged as “real” the problem of oil smuggling in the country but he disputed an INQUIRER report which quoted him as having said that it had become rampant during the first two-and-half years of the Aquino administration.

Posted: April 3rd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Cases filed vs oil firms, individuals


The Bureau of Customs (BOC), through its Run After the Smugglers (RATS) campaign, has filed the following cases against oil firms and individuals suspected of oil smuggling and other illegal activities related to the importation of petroleum products.

Posted: April 3rd, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Customs’ RATS targets Customs men in cahoots with smugglers

Deputy Customs Commissioner for Intelligence Danilo Lim. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The Bureau of Customs’ intensified “Run after the Smugglers,” or RATS campaign will also target an undisclosed number of BOC officials and employees who have been making fortunes by conniving with traders in the illegal importation of goods from various parts of the world.

Posted: March 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Rats attack Isabela farms, but execs say damage small

Field rats have been ravaging palay planted in more than 5,000 hectares of farms in Isabela since last week, but agriculture officials said the damage was only minimal as the affected areas represent only 10 percent of the province’s total rice lands.

Posted: January 22nd, 2013 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Cambodian floods spark shortage of rat meat –PM

PHNOM PENH—So many rats have drowned in Cambodia’s worst flooding in over a decade that the cross-border trade in the rodent’s meat has plummeted, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday. “Each year 17 tons (about 37,000 pounds) of rats are exported to Vietnam. This year there is a shortage of rats for export because the [...]

Posted: November 3rd, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Palace orders customs team suspended

Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. FILE PHOTO

Malacañang has ordered the 90-day suspension of an elite Bureau of Customs team of antismuggling operatives for alleged abuse of authority and extortion activities. Suspended were Customs Deputy Commissioner Gregorio Chavez and seven of his men in the Run After The Smugglers (RATS) group following a complaint by  Sanyo Seiki Stainless Steel Corp. The suspension [...]

Posted: October 3rd, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Farmers winning war on rats in Bulacan

CITY OF MALOLOS—Thanks to hunters, and a promise of prizes from the provincial government, Bulacan’s rice farms were saved from widespread devastation by field rats. Farmers, who joined a rat hunting competition launched by Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado in May, killed 106,620 rats and saved about 80 percent of the province’s rice farms from rodents that [...]

Posted: September 15th, 2011 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

3 die of leptospirosis in Davao, 28 others feared afflicted


DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Three of the 31 persons suspected to have contracted leptospirosis since the deadly floods of June 28 in Talomo district here have died, according to a health official. Dr. Cleo Fe Tabada, medical officer of the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit of the Department of Health in Southern Mindanao, said all the [...]

Posted: July 23rd, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »



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