• Top of the Morning: Neri Naig Shares 'First Photo' of Baby!

    Plus, Nikka Martinez shares her response to negative comments, proposed bill aims to raise cigarette buying age to 21, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  •  1. Neri Naig shares 'first photo' of baby!

    Her 3D ultrasound photo of her unborn baby, that is. In her Instagram caption, the mom-to-be  is flowing with so much love for her first baby with husband, Parokya ni Edgar front man Chito Miranda. She writes: "Lahat ng paghihirap at pagod ni Mommy sa pagbubuntis ay nawawala kapag alam kong safe at healthy ka, anak ko. Lalong lalo na nung nakita ko picture mo, anak ko. Ang sarap lang sabihin ng anak ko." Using the same photo on his Instagram account, Chito writes, "Konting konti nalang makakalaro na kita! Sa ngayon matulog ka muna dyan hehe!" Neri is currently in her third trimester of pregnancy. (abs-cbn.com)


    2. Nikka Martinez shares her response to negative comments




    The mom-of-two posted a screenshot of the harsh comments she recently received (she has since taken it down). Instead of hitting the basher back, she replied with this: "Lord, I am secure with you. Please continue to strengthen me when people try to cause pain and anger. Keep me still in your word so as not to respond to such hurtful words." She wrote on her blog she's gotten used to the online trolls that she knew came with marrying a public figure (she is married to actor Patrick Garcia). She understood she couldn't please everybody and worked on staying true to herself. She did admit though that some comments really hurt. Nikka's message: "Let’s stop the hate. Enjoy life because it is beautiful and there are a million, trillion reasons to be grateful than hateful." (pep.ph)

    3. Proposed bill aims to raise cigarette buying age to 21
    Quezon City Fourth District Rep. Angelina "Helen" Tan, who is a doctor, filed House Bill 885 to amend Republic Act 9211 or "An Act Regulating the Packaging, Use, Sale, Distribution and Advertisements of Tobacco Products." She cited a March 2015 report brief of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academics of the United States that said raising the minimum age of legal access to tobacco products will likely lead to the decrease in the number of minors who smoke. Tan also added that the bill, if passed into law, would improve the health of adolescents and young adults, as a result of the reduced number of youth who suffer from the ill effects of smoking. Currently, anyone 18 years old and above can buy cigarettes and other tobacco products. (spot.ph)


    4. SSS premium contribution to be increased if pension hike law passes
    The Social Security System (SSS) plans to recommend an increase in the member's monthly premium contributions if the proposed P2,000 pension hike is passed into law. "Hindi kami tumututol sa any pension hike... Ang sinasabi lang namin kailangan magkaroon ng funding mechanism, at isa sa option is increasing contribution," SSS president and CEO Emilio De Quiros Jr., said at the SSS Kabalikat Awards last week. He, however, clarified that the government agency can only recommend the increase and it would be up to the Office of the President to approve it. The bill to increase pension funds for retired private sector employees was vetoed by former President Benigno Aquino III. President Rodrigo Duterte has since vowed to approve the re-filed bill to increase the SSS pension when he took office. (gmanetwork.com)


    5. Studies find strong link between Zika and paralysis syndrome
    In a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers analyzed data of Zika patients from Bahia, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Suriname, and Venezuela and found a close association between the increase of Zika patients and the increase in patients with Guillain-Barre syndrome. Guillain-Barre syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that causes gradual weakness in the legs, arms and upper body, and in some cases, temporary paralysis. The cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome increased by 172 percent after the Zika outbreak in Brazil. The same trend can be found in the other countries mentioned. Researchers said, however, that the association doesn't mean Zika causes the paralysis syndrome. (huffingtonpost.com)

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