• Claudine Barretto Files Complaint Against Daughter's Online Basher

    Plus, dengue test results may now take only 15 minutes, Anti-Distracted Driving Act implementation starts today (July 6!), and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Claudine Barretto files cyberbullying complaint 

    Claudine Barretto has filed a cyberbullying complaint at the Cybercrime Division of the National Bureau of Investigation against the person Claudine alleges bashed her 2-year-old newly adopted daughter, Quia, online. Last June, Claudine posted a screen capture of the message from an Instagram user who called Quia "panget" and "looks like batang lansangan." 

    The mother of three said she decided to take legal action to prevent it from happening to other people especially kids. "Bata pa, e, two years old pa, e. She cannot talk. She cannot defend herself. God gave her to me, and it’s my duty to defend her and to be a mother to her which I am," Claudine said during a Facebook Live Feed on News5. (pep.ph)

    Dengue test results may now take only 15 minutes -- DOH
    The start of the rainy season means the start of the Department of Health's (DOH) campaign against dengue. And it begins with the national roll-out of the Dengue NS1 Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT), a prick-drop-wait procedure test kit that can confirm dengue in 15 minutes. "Like a pregnancy test kit, the Dengue NS1 RDT yields a positive result for dengue by displaying two lines," the DOH said via a press release. It's crucial to confirm dengue during the infection’s acute phase to help predict the risk associated with the disease. This test kit can, as well as early consultation and intervention, could help save more lives. (DOH on Facebook)

    Anti-Distracted Driving Act implementation starts today, July 6!
    The Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA) has already taken effect, starting today, July 6, 15 calendar days after the government released its revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) last June 21. ADDA was initially enacted on May 19, but it was suspended five days later for its confusing provisions.


    The revised IRR clarified where motorists could mount their smartphones and GPS devices (on the dashboard but not beyond four inches from the surface) and dash cams (best placed behind the rear-view mirror). Hands-free calls are okay, but holding or touching the phone to make a call, send a text, or read messages are banned unless the driver has an emergency. Decorative or religious items on the dashboard are not covered by the law. (cnnphilippines.com)

    Kris Aquino promises to keep mum about love life 
    "The one thing I’ve learned -- deal namin ito ni Bimb -- na that part of my life [love and relationships] is mine. Whether there’s someone or there’s no one, I’m not going to talk about it. O, mature!" Kris told Pep.ph. The Queen of All Media realized that "there’s a portion of your heart, and now, that personal portion, akin na lang yun." Kris also said keeping her heart matters private also helps spare her sons, Josh, 22, and Bimby, 10, from gossip. "My son, especially my 10-year-old, also deserves that [privacy]. Siya ang naa-affect. And talagang nako-color yung judgment niya because nababasa, e, nakikita. So, parang, ayoko talaga," Kris explained. "If the mother can spare him the hurt by keeping quiet, then I shall do that," she added. (pep.ph)

    LOOK: Alfred Vargas and wife Yasmine's prenup shoot in Italy

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    Three weeks to go before their church wedding, the couple shared photos of their prenuptial shoot in Italy. Yasmin told Pep.ph that they chose Milan and Venice as the backdrop for their prenup shoot because she was born and raised in Milan. In fact, she and the actor-turned-public servant visit her family there every year, and it's "one of their favorite places to visit." "When Alf [Alfred] came to Italy nine years ago to meet my family, we went there, and it was very romantic. We have plenty of wonderful memories there," Yasmin shared.

    Yasmine and Alfred married via a civil ceremony seven years ago. They are already parents to two beautiful daughters, Alexandra Milan, 6, and Aryana Cassandra, 5. They are set to renew their vows on July 23 at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila. (pep.ph)

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