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DOES MEDAL OF VALOR GIVE IMMUNITY TO MUTINEERS?

DOES MEDAL OF VALOR GIVE IMMUNITY TO MUTINEERS?

MANILA, JULY 27, 2006 (STAR) By Jaime Laude - Is the "Medal of Valor" an immunity for mutineers?

The question was raised by military prosecutors over the possible outcome of the trial of two decorated officers implicated in the Feb. 24 failed coup attempt.

This early, military and civilian lawyers apparently realized the prosecution of Marine Col. Ariel Querubin and Lt. Col. Custodio Parcon could be a litmus test for the government in trying the two Medal of Valor awardees for their alleged involvement in the failed coup attempt.

Military and civilian lawyers conceded the two officers enjoy some protection and privilege since they have received the highest award the military can give to any deserving soldier.

Having the highest military combat award, Medal of Valor awardees, under existing laws enjoy enormous protection and privileges offered by the state, which include a P20,000 additional allowance on top…

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PINOY STUDENTS LACK MEDICAL, DENTAL CARE

MANILA, JULY 16, 2006
(STAR) By Sandy Araneta - A huge lack of medical personnel to regularly treat students nationwide was reported yesterday by the Department of Education (DepEd). In a statement, the DepEd said based on recent data, the doctor-to-student ratio was placed at one doctor for every 70,500 students; nurse-to-student ratio, one nurse per 4,830 students; and dentist-to-student ratio, one per 18,000 students. The DepEd said health problems are among the leading causes of poor learning outcomes and dropouts among pupils. Common ailments found among Grades 1 to 3 pupils examined last year included dental caries (82 percent), acute upper respiratory infections (20 percent), pediculosis (17 percent), under-nutrition (14 percent), iron deficiency anemia (seven percent), impacted cerumen (six percent), among other ailments. The DepEd is working with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of the Interior and Local Gover…