February 2018’s Top Newsmakers


We continue the first quarter of the month with more pressing news, both local and international. Let’s see the top five last month:


Measles outbreaks in PH

The Department of Health declared measles outbreaks in Zamboanga and in Taguig recently and has already responded to both cases. There was one casualty: a six-month-old who had symptoms of the disease prior to death. Health secretary Francisco Duque III stressed the importance of vaccination and urged the public to support and accept vaccines.


Photo from  ABSCBN News

Photo from ABSCBN News

Deployment to Kuwait ban stays

The Philippine government will not lift the current deployment ban for the country of Kuwait, despite the arrest of the killers of Joanna Demafelis last month. Kuwait is a big source of remittances, and some hope to lobby the ban as there are job opportunities there.


Photo from  CNN

Photo from CNN

China names five undersea features in the Philippine Rise

China had its name proposals for five undersea features in the Philippine Rise approved by the International Hydrographic Organization. This is despite the United Nations Commission granting the Philippines full territorial claim to the undersea region in 2012. All five features are within 200 nautical miles of the Philippines.


Photo from  ABSCBN News

Photo from ABSCBN News

Senate probe on the Dengvaxia case continues

The Senate resumed its investigation on the Dengvaxia controversy on February 21. Sen. Ejercito urged the Public Attorney’s Office and the experts from the Philippine General Hospital to work together in resolving the issue.



Barangay polls to commence in May 2018

The Barangay elections set for May 2018 will continue without postponement, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. About 42,000 Barangays across the country will participate in the voting.


International affairs and the Dengvaxia saga were big topics for February. Do you expect these to be pressing issues again in March?