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Legality of PAO forensic laboratory questioned once again

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Ex-DOH chief turned Iloilo 1st District Representative Janette Garin, who has an axe to grind against the Public Attorney's Office, says it does not have the mandate to have a forensic laboratory

HOT SEAT. The forensic laboratory of the Public Attorney's Office headed by Persida Acosta is once again under fire. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOH considers UP-PGH findings as primary 'evidence’ on Dengvaxia

Feb 02, 2018 - 8:41 PM

The DOH is willing to share the UP-PGH's findings to the Public Attorney's Office, which is conducting its own exhumation and forensic examination of other children vaccinated with Dengvaxia

DOH-TRUSTED EXPERTS. Doctors Maria Cecilia Lim, Gerardo Legaspi, and Juliet Sio-Aguilar discuss the findings of the UP-PGH panel on 14 Dengvaxia deaths. Screenshots by Rappler

Sotto to Duque: DOH, not PAO, should take lead in Dengvaxia probe

Jan 31, 2018 - 3:05 PM

'Is PAO now a medical group?...Set your foot down and make the DOH the lead in this investigation, especially in scientific investigations,' Senator Vicente Sotto III tells Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

DOUBTING PAO. Senator Vicente Sotto III believes the PAO is not qualified to conduct forensic examinations on the Dengvaxia deaths. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Pangilinan seeks mandatory autopsy of crime victims

Feb 04, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The filing of the bill comes amid the administration s war on drugs which has so far claimed over 7 000 lives

WAR ON DRUGS. A street vendor gunned down in Mandaluyong on December 21, 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

#Pagyanig: Laguna takes part in nationwide earthquake drill

Jun 23, 2016 - 7:52 PM

Laguna is one of the provinces slated to assist Metro Manila in the event of a major earthquake impacting the National Capital Region

EVACUATION. Calamba employees evacuate the building during the earthquake drill. Photo by Maria Garcia.

The wRap Indonesia: Indonesian experts in Saudi, new mammal discovered

Oct 07, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the importance of Indonesia for the Trans Pacific Partnership Indonesia s defense of its haze fighting efforts and Malaysia s sanctions from FIFA

DEAL SEALED. Trade ministers from the twelve Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries participate in the closing press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, October 5, 2015. Erik S Lesser/EPA

Indonesian forensic experts help identify hajj victims

Oct 06, 2015 - 10:28 PM

About 25 Indonesians are still missing from last month s stampede in Mecca

VICTIMS. Members of the Saudi emergency services line up the bodies of some of those killed in a stampede in Mecca. Photo by EPA

German pilots' doctors urge more tests in light of crash

Apr 08, 2015 - 10:27 AM

Pilots doctors association head: We are calling for more frequent and comprehensive laboratory tests for pilots We need to see results that can also show traces of psychotropic drugs and narcotics

An undated handout picture issued by Airbus shows a A320 cockpit. Airbus/Handout/EPA

German regulator says unaware of co-pilot's depression

Apr 05, 2015 - 6:26 PM

The Federal Aviation Office LBA says Germanwings parent company Lufthansa had given it no information about the medical background of co pilot Andreas Lubitz

A picture made available 27 March 2015 shows Andreas Lubitz, co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U9525, running during the Aerportrace in Hamburg, Germany, 13 September 2009. Foto-Team-Mueller/EPA

Alps crash co-pilot acted deliberately – investigators

Apr 03, 2015 - 6:05 PM

UPDATED Authorities have found the second black box which contains technical flight data after a gruelling nine day search in difficult mountain terrain

BLACK BOX. French prosecutor of Marseille Brice Robin holds a press conference to announce the discovery of the second black box. Photo by Cyril Sollier/EPA

Germanwings cockpit lock, solar energy, young innovators | SciTech4u

Apr 02, 2015 - 12:32 PM

Technology – a double edged sword in the Germanwings crash solar energy in PH homes and groundbreaking prototypes from the De La Salle University s Innovations and Technology Fair

Lufthansa chief visits crash area as 'cabin video' emerges

Apr 01, 2015 - 10:58 PM

Meanwhile authorities are set to start gathering the personal belongings of victims at the remote crash site

FACING THE MEDIA. Germanwings CEO Thomas Winkelmann (L) and Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr (R) speak at a press conference as they visit the air crash memorial in Le Vernet, south-eastern France, 01 April 2015. Sebastien Nogier/EPA

Video 'shows cabin chaos' in seconds before Alps crash – reports

Apr 01, 2015 - 8:41 AM

UPDATED French magazine Paris Match and German daily Bild say the authenticity of the video filmed on a mobile phone is unquestionable

This photo taken on September 2, 2014 at Milan Malpensa airport shows the Germanwings Airbus A320, that crashed in France on March 24, 2015. Giorgio Parolini/AFP

Lufthansa says Germanwings co-pilot admitted 'severe depression'

Apr 01, 2015 - 8:27 AM

Lufthansa which owns Germanwings admits the 27 year old Andreas Lubitz had told the company in 2009 about his illness after interrupting his flight training

CENTER OF INVESTIGATION. A picture made available 27 March 2015 shows Andreas Lubitz, co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U9525, running during the Aerportrace in Hamburg, Germany, 13 September 2009. Foto-Team-Mueller/EPA

Indonesia drug mule, Licuanan on K-12, Germanwings pilot | The wRap

Mar 31, 2015 - 7:40 PM

Filipina drug mule in Indonesia’s death row was duped Higher education chair Licuanan says extra school years are worth it The Germanwings pilot had suicidal tendencies

Alps crash pilot had suicidal tendencies in past – prosecutors

Mar 30, 2015 - 10:51 PM

UPDATED Meanwhile investigators sifting through the wreckage and hundreds of body parts in the French Alps are forced to resume the hunt on foot as bad weather hampered helicopter flights

CO-PILOT IN QUESTION. A picture made available 27 March 2015 shows Andreas Lubitz, co-pilot of Germanwings flight 4U9525, running during the Aerportrace in Hamburg, Germany, 13 September 2009. Foto-Team-Mueller/EPA

Hunt resumes for Alps plane crash DNA, black box

Mar 30, 2015 - 6:11 PM

Authorities are hoping to identify more DNA strands from the 150 people who died in Tuesday s March 24 crash as well as locate the jet s second black box

HARD CLIMB. A handout photo provided by the French Interior Ministry on 27 March 2015 shows search and rescue workers making their way through debris at the crash site of the Germanwings Airbus A320 in the French Alps, above the town of Seyne-les-Alpes, southeastern France, 26 March 2015. Francis Pellier/Dicom/Ministre Interieur/Handout/EPA

The role of the Airbus cockpit lock in the Germanwings crash

Mar 30, 2015 - 5:19 PM

What role did a plane’s locking mechanism play in the Germanwings plane crash?

DNA from 78 Germanwings crash victims found

Mar 29, 2015 - 9:59 PM

UPDATED Aside from identifying the bodies investigators are searching for a second black box that contains all technical data from the flight

CRASH SITE. Wreckage and debris lie on the mountain slopes after the crash of the Germanwings Airbus A320 over the French Alps, France, 24 March 2015. Thomas Koehler/ Amt/dpa/Handout/EPA

Mexico defends probe of 43 missing students

Feb 10, 2015 - 8:11 AM

The Mexican attorney general s office issued a statement rejecting the poorly defended arguments of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team

SEEKING JUSTICE. Relatives of the 43 Mexican students missing in Ayotzinapa hold pictures during a press conference in Mexico City, Mexico, 09 February 2015. Mario Guzman/EPA

Foreign experts slam Mexico's 43 missing students probe

Feb 08, 2015 - 1:08 PM

Argentine led forensic experts insist the probe must remain open as they list a series of mishaps

In this file photo, forensic experts operate as they search for human remains at a dump site outside Cocula town, Guerrero State, Mexico, 28 October 2014. Rebecca Blackwell/Pool/EPA

Families of 43 missing Mexicans promise protests over holidays

Dec 22, 2014 - 3:29 PM

There is no vacation no Christmas or New Years these days are for struggling

GONE BOYS. Pictures of missing students are posted on one of the tollbooths across the Chilpancingo-Acapulco highway, which were taken over by teachers and students during a protest on October 15, 2014 in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state, Mexico. Yuri Cortez/AFP

Family demands justice after Mexican student's body identified

Dec 08, 2014 - 8:00 AM

If all 43 students are confirmed dead it would rank among the worst mass murders in a drug war that has killed more than 80 000 people and left 22 000 others missing since 2006

SEARCH CONTINUES. In this file photo, forensic experts operate as they search for human remains at a dump site outside Cocula town, Guerrero State, Mexico, 28 October 2014. Rebecca Blackwell/Pool/EPA

One of 43 missing Mexican students identified

Dec 07, 2014 - 7:13 AM

UPDATED The 43 students disappeared in September after gang linked police attacked their buses in the city of Iguala allegedly under orders from the mayor and his wife

Mexican police officers and members of the civil protection remain in the site where a mass grave was found in Pueblo Viejo, in the outskirts of Iguala, Guerrero state, Mexico, on October 5, 2014. Pedro Pardo/AFP

Jack the Ripper identified? DNA says so, claims sleuth

Sep 08, 2014 - 12:03 PM

After extracting DNA from a shawl recovered from the scene of one of the killings Jack the Ripper sleuth Russell Edwards claims the identity of the murderer is now beyond doubt

A visitor watches a black and white projection during a press preview of the 'Jack the Ripper and the East End' exhibition at Museum in Docklands, in London, on May 14, 2008. Carl de Souza/AFP

How DNA forensics could identify lost Nigerian girls

May 08, 2014 - 12:18 AM

Forensic scientists in the United States and Spain say they are ready to help free of charge but they need DNA samples from family members of the lost schoolgirls to get started

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Bomb? Gas? Remember the Glorietta blast?

Jun 02, 2013 - 7:49 AM

The Serendra blast on Friday May 31 is not the first explosion involving an Ayala property

DNA test sheds light on mystery deaths

Jan 14, 2013 - 1:19 PM

A new DNA test can restore at least part of the identity of long dead people who left no trace of their image scientists reported on Monday

Dried squash holds headless French king's blood: study

Dec 31, 2012 - 4:44 PM

Two centuries after the French people beheaded Louis XVI and dipped their handkerchiefs in his blood scientists believe they have authenticated the remains of one such rag kept as a revolutionary souvenir