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MERS Virus Now in Philippines

After a Filipino casualty in the United Arab Emirates, an overseas Filipino worker who recently arrived in Manila was tested positive for the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERS-CoV), reports Health Secretary Enrique Ona said Wednesday the OFW, who is a nurse, had contact with the victim who died in UAE. The male health worker is now quarantined.

US to China: We Will Protect Philippines

In a face-off between the defense chiefs of China and the US, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told his Chinese counterpart that his country does not have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation, reports Inquirer.netHagel said America will protect Japan, the Philippines and other allies locked in disputes with China, as laid out in US treaty obligations.

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