• This Is the Most Dangerous Time During Pregnancy to Have the Zika Virus

    Plus, Jake Ejercito’s lawyer optimistic about joint custody case, see Joel Cruz' third set of twins, and more!
    by Rachel Perez .
  • Zika infection in the first trimester is more likely to cause Birth defects in babies

    A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that Zika infection during the first trimester of pregnancy puts an unborn baby most at risk to develop congenital defects such as microcephaly. Nearly one in 12 children whose mothers were infected with the mosquito-borne virus during the first trimester had Zika-associated birth defects. Among the women who had babies who had Zika-related birth defects, eight percent were infected in the first trimester; five percent were infected in the second trimester, and four percent were infected in the third trimester. The researchers noted, however, the baby developing birth defects caused by Zika is possible at any point in the mother’s pregnancy. Among the 2,549 women who had a possible Zika infection during pregnancy, 120 of them had babies with birth defects. (time.com)

    Jake Ejercito’s lawyer optimistic  about settling joint custody case


    In a statement to Pep.ph, Jake Ejercito's lawyer, Atty. Ferdinand Topacio, said a joint custody case was likely to be settled since Jake and his former partner, Andi Eigenmann, only want the best for their daughter, 5-year-old Ellie. "I am very confident na kung ang dalawang panig ay malamig ang ulo at hindi po nadagdagan, and let’s not add fuel to the fire, magkakasundo po kami sa June 22,” he said. His positive outlook was based on Andi’s statement that she’s open to having joint custody of Ellie with Jake. “Wala naman daw problema sa kanya kung magkaroon ng visitation. Basta lamang po i-acknowledge ni Jake na siya yung ama,” said Topacio, adding that the mere fact that Jake wants joint custody of Ellie is already a statement that she, indeed, is his child. (pep.ph)

    LOOK: Joel Cruz shares photo of his third set of twins

    The perfume mogul’s third set of twins is here! Joel Cruz shared a photo of his third set of twins, Prince Charles and Princess Charlotte, who were conceived via in vitro fertilization with the same Russian surrogate mother of his first two sets of twins. Joel is already a dad to Prince Sean and Princess Synne, both 5, and Prince Harry and Prince Harvey, whom he welcomed in 2015. Prince Charles and Prrincess Charlotte were born on May 24. Despite negative reactions to his road to being a father, Joel stands by his passion. "I have always been passionate in showing my love to them not only because I love them but to show how thankful I am that God gave them to fulfill my dreams of being a father,” he wrote on Instagram. (pep.ph)


    Anti-distracted Driving Act’s new IRR has been finalized 
    The Department of Transportation (DOTr), together with the Land Transportation Office, PNP Highway Patrol Group, Department of Education, and Department of Interior and Local Government, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Automobile Association Philippines and Philippine Global Road Safety Partnership, announced that the new IRR has been finalized and will be published on Tuesday, June 13, and will be effective 15 days thereafter. 

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    DOTr will also hold discussions and demonstrations with enforcers, traffic heads, LGUs and drivers to educate them about the ADDA’s new IRR. All the agencies and group in the meeting were called to intensify the public information campaign to make sure motorists are well-informed about the law. (topgear.com.ph)

    Free Wi-Fi in Edsa starting June 12
    The Presidential Communications Operations Office said via a press release that the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), together with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), is set to launch “high-speed Internet services” on EDSA on Independence Day, June 12. Wi-Fi access in public places is one of the agendas of President Rodrigo Duterte, which he announced during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in 2016. The Internet on EDSA was made possible in part by “providing access points in all MRT stations and in between stations and enhancing infrastructures for cellular services” along the highway. The service is currently being tested today. (inquirer.net)

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