Items filtered by date: Tuesday, 31 October 2017

‘KUNG WALA, SUSPEK NA KAMI’ | Watch: Passengers of Grab driver Maquidato thankful there was CCTV camera

File photo of Grab driver-partner Gerardo 'Junjie' Maquidato Jr.
MANILA, Philippines — The three passengers of Gerardo “Junjie” Maquidato Jr. are thankful that there was a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera in the area where they got off before the Grab driver-partner was slain in Pasay City Thursday night.

Otherwise, the passengers could have been pinned as suspects as there would be no other evidence to support their claim that they had nothing to do with Maquidato’s death.

According to alias “Jon,” one of the three aircon technicians who booked the silver Toyota Innova car driven by Maquidato from their workplace in San Juan to Doña Noneng Street in Pasay, a policeman allegedly forced him to admit to the crime, claiming that the other passenger already did.

“Sabi ng pulis na isa.. umamin ka na, umamin na ‘yong isa,” said Jon in an interview with News5 on Tuesday, Oct. 31, after he and his companions were invited by the Pasay police to execute affidavits and clear their names of involvement in the killing.

“Sabi ko, wala naman kaming kasalanan…ba’t ako aamin [I said, we didn’t do anything wrong so why would we admit to it],” he added.

The second aircon technician alias “Ron,” said they were lucky that the village where they live has a CCTV camera, otherwise they would already be considered as suspects.

“Pasalamat din sa barangay namin na may CCTV..kung wala, p’wede talaga kaming maging suspek,” Ron said.

It was past 9 p.m. of Oct. 26 when Maquidato was last seen alive while he was driving the car on Noneng Street with his three aircon technician-passengers, based on the CCTV footage.

The video shows the car stopping to unload the three passengers. The first passenger is seen getting off the vehicle before it is driven again by Maquidato and the car stops again to unload the two other passengers, who alight from the Innova and walk.

The footage then shows the vehicle leaving Brgy. Noneng, also capturing its plate number TV 7169.

According to the third passenger, alias “Bobby,” he and his co-workers were able to talk to Maquidato while he was driving them home.

“Maayos naman, mabait, mahinahon magsalita. Hindi ko nga in-expect na ‘yon mangyayari sa kanya…after na ibinaba kami n’ya kami, tinuruan ko pa s’ya kung saan dadaan,” said Bobby.

[He was okay, he was kind and spoke calmly. I wasn’t expecting that would happen to him…I even taught him where to go after he unloaded us.]

Bobby said that when Maquidato heard them speaking in Bisaya, he joined them in their conversation and asked them where exactly in the Visayas did they come from. Bobby said Maquidato told them he was a Boholano.

Bobby noticed that Maquidato was texting somebody before he unloaded them. “May naririnig akong text, sa cellfone na ginamit, sa Waze, parang may nare-receive s’yang messages. Hindi ko lang pinapansin.”

Daniel Recasio, captain of Pasay’s Brgy. 39, Zone 5, said he knew the three aircon technicians, whom he described as “kind people.”

“Mga nagtatrabaho ‘yan d’yan sa mga aircon…Mga mababait naman ‘yan,” he said.

WATCH NEWS5’S VIDEO REPORT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiBVvO2Mjx0&feature=youtu.be

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CHANGE IS POSSIBLE | Majority of Pinoys have hope for drug users – SWS poll

'Graduates' of a drug rehabilitation program initiated by the local government of Capas, Tarlac. (InterAksyon file by Jess Malabanan)

MANILA, Philippines — More than half of all Filipinos disagree with the often heard claim that “persons who use drugs or are involved in the illegal drug trade do not have the capacity to change anymore” but the split in opinion was narrower on the question on whether it is right to kill such people.

The latest poll of the Social Weather Stations, part of its Third Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey, also showed 65 percent of respondents disagreeing with the idea of giving cash rewards to policemen for every drug suspect they kill.

But whichever question was asked, SWS said, “public satisfaction with the national administration’s campaign against illegal drugs hardly varied” among respondents with different opinions, with those disagreeing with the premises presented giving “very good” net satisfaction ratings to the anti-drug campaign and mostly “good” to President Rodrigo Duterte and the administration, while those who agreed or were undecided rated all three mostly “very good.”

The only notable difference was in the net satisfaction rating among respondents to the question about the cash rewards, where those who disagreed with the notion giving the administration a “very good” rating and those who agreed giving rating Duterte “excellent.”

The non-commissioned survey was conducted from September 23-27 using face-to-face interviews of 1,500 adults with error margins of ±3 percent for national percentages, ±4 percent for Balance Luzon, and ±6 percent each for Metro Manila, the Visayas and Mindanao.

 

To the proposition that “Persons who use drugs or are involved in the illegal drug trade do not have the capacity to change anymore,” a claim Duterte himself has often made, 51 percent of the respondents disagreed (28 percent strongly disagree, 23 percent somewhat disagree), 28 percent agree (13 percent strongly agree, 15 percent somewhat agree), and 20 percent were undecided.

“This gives a net agreement score of moderately weak -23,” SWS said.

“Net agreement that persons who use drugs or are involved in the illegal drug trade do not have the capacity to change anymore was lowest in Mindanao at a moderately weak -28 (22 percent agree, 50 percent disagree), followed by Metro Manila at a moderately weak -26 (30 percent agree, 56 percent disagree), Balance Luzon at a moderately weak -25 (28 percent agree, 53 percent disagree), and Visayas at a neutral -8 (35 percent agree, 43 percent disagree),” it added.

To the proposition, “It is right that persons who use drugs or are involved in the illegal drug trade are killed,” 42 percent of respondents disagreed (23 percent strongly disagree, 19 percent somewhat disagree), 39 percent agreed (20 percent strongly agree, 19 percent somewhat agree), and 18 percent were undecided, for a net agreement score of a “neutral” -3.

“Net agreement that it is right that persons who use drugs or are involved in the illegal drug trade are killed was neutral in all areas: it was +3 (41 percent agree, 38 percent disagree) in Mindanao, net zero (40 percent agree, 40 percent disagree) in the Visayas, -1 (44 percent agree, 45 percent disagree) in Metro Manila, and -8 (37 percent agree, 45 percent disagree) in Balance Luzon,” SWS said.

Asked whether “it is right for policemen to be given cash rewards for every person they kill who are allegedly using illegal drugs or involved in the illegal drug trade,” 65 percent of respondents disagreed (46 percent strongly disagree, 19 percent somewhat disagree), 15 percent agreed (5 percent strongly agree, 10 percent somewhat agree), and 20 percent were undecided, making for an “extremely weak” net agreement score of -50.

Net agreement with this proposition was lowest in in Metro Manila, “at an extremely weak -58 (15 percent agree, 73 percent disagree), and Balance Luzon, also an extremely weak -58 (12 percent agree, 69 percent disagree, correctly rounded),” while in the Visayas this was “a very weak -40 (19 percent agree, 59 percent disagree), and Mindanao … a very weak -39 (17 percent agree, 56 percent disagree).”

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PNP imposes gun ban from November 1 to 15

GUNS PROHIBITED. The PNP imposes a gun ban for the first half of November, which covers Undas and the ASEAN Summit. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has started enforcing its gun ban in Metro Manila and Central Luzon on All Saints’ Day, November 1.

In a phone interview with Rappler on November 1, PNP Spokesman Chief Superintendent Dionardo Carlos said PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa passed a suspension of all permits to carry firearms outside residence (PTCFORs) in late October.

With this directive, firearms owners cannot bring their guns outside their homes.

The ban will last till November 15, or until the conclusion of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila. 

Aside from the National Capital Region, the ban also covers Region 3 or Central Luzon, which includes the following provinces: Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales.

This comes as the country recoils from a 5-month war against homegrown terrorists. For this, Dela Rosa himself urged the public to remain vigilant against terrorist threats during the holidays, when people flock to public places such as cemeteries, transport terminals, and malls.

In October alone, the PNP nabbed two individuals with suspected ties with the Maute Group for illegal possession of firearms and explosives. – Rappler.com

 
 
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De Lima gets highest human rights award from Liberal International

AWARD. The Liberal International has awarded detained Senator Leila de Lima its highest human rights prize. File Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila de Lima has received the highest human rights prize from Liberal International, a global federation of liberal political parties.

De Lima, member of the Liberal Party (LP), is the second Filipino recipient of the Prize for Freedom award, after former president Corazon Aquino in 1987.

 

According to a statement from the organization, global politicians voted this week to grant the award to De Lima during the 199th Executive Committee meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa. At least 100 liberals from 32 countries were registered to participate in the meeting, the statement added.

Liberal International was one of the first international organizations to campaign for De Lima’s release and has taken the case to the United Nations Human Rights Council and has also rallied parliamentarians across Europe.

Markus Löning, chairman of Liberal International’s Human Rights Committee, said that the senator has been a “flag-bearer” for human rights in the Philippines and beyond.

“Even from inside the prison she keeps fighting for the rule of law and the dignity of individuals. She should immediately be released from pre-trial detention,” Loning, who earlier met with De Lima in detention, said in a statement.

De Lima, the fiercest critic of President Rodrigo Duterte and his bloody drug war, has been detained at the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame since February over drug charges she claimed were fabricated. The Supreme Court earlier ruled against De Lima's petition to nullify her arrest warrant on questions of case jurisdiction, thereby keeping her in jail.

According to LI, the Prize for Freedom is awarded to “a well-known personality of liberal conviction who has made outstanding efforts for the defense of freedom and human rights.”

Previous recipients include the imprisoned Saudi liberal blogger Raif Badawi (2016), Helen Suzman (2002), and Martin Lee (1996). The award was first made in 1986.

While in detention, De Lima has also received other awards including the 2016 Global Thinker Award by Foreign Policy, one of the Top Most Influential People for 2017 by Time Magazine, and one of the notable Women Human Rights Defenders for 2017 by Amnesty International. – Rappler.com

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Undas 2017: Traffic and security situation at cemeteries

RELATIVELY PEACEFUL. Thousands trooped the Carreta cemetery, one of the two most crowded cemeteries in Cebu City, on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Photo by Mars Mosqueda Jr/Rappler 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MANILA, Philippines – While Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald dela Rosa reminded the public to be vigilant against terrorist threats at crowded areas like cemeteries during All Saints' Day, no major incidents have been reported as of Wednesday afternoon, November 1. 

The PNP earlier released a list of items prohibited inside cemeteries, while the The Land Transportation Office came out with road safety tips for those home to the provinces.

Minor incidents in Central Visayas 

In Central Visayas, Undas was relatively peaceful and orderly as of noontime, according to the regional police.

“We are happy that the public is cooperating with the police even with the strict security measures we are implementing in cemeteries,” said Police Regional Office (PRO) VII Director Jose Mario Espino.

So far, no major incidents related to the observance of All Saints’ Day were reported in the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, and Siquijor.

In Cebu City, thousands of people trooped to the major cemeteries – the Carreta and Calamba cemeteries – to visit their departed loved ones. Espino said the relatively good weather prompted more people to visit the cemeteries early.

As of noon time, the police have seized bladed weapons, mostly those used in clearing tombs of weeds and plants, and bottles of alcoholic drinks.

Wanted man arrested in Cebu City

At the Carreta Cemetery, the police arrested a 27-year-old wanted man for carrying an unlicensed .38 caliber revolver inside the cemetery undetected by security personnel manning the entrance.

Waterfront Police Station chief Senior Inspector Jovito Labra said a concerned citizen informed the police about the suspect, Rolito Fernandez, who was seen carrying a .38 revolver inside the cemetery.

Labra said Fernandez, whom they found out has an arrest warrant for robbery, was immediately arrested by authorities.

Aside from deploying hundreds of policemen and security personnel at the different cemeteries in Central Visayas, Espino said policemen have also been deployed in various tourist destinations in the region. 

Security measures at Duterte parents' grave

In Davao City, the police have deployed forces to secure the Davao Roman Catholic Cemetery, also known as the Wireless Cemetery, for President Rodrigo Duterte's possible visit to his parents' grave on Wednesday. 

"The President is probably visiting so we've tightened our security there," Senior Police Inspector Maria Theresita Gaspan said in a radio interview on Monday, October 30.

"We've also mounted a security plan from road security down to perimeter security," added Gaspan.

In 2016, his first Undas as president, Duterte nearly failed to pay respects to his parents' grave due to bad weather. 

The President visits the grave of his parents – Davao Governor Vicente Gonzales Duterte and educator Soledad Roa – during All Saints' Day and on their death anniversaries and birthdays.

The President just returned from an official trip to Japan on Tuesday night.

Bookmark this page for updates from various parts of the country. – with reports from Mick Basa and Mars W. Mosqueda Jr/Rappler.com

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Elusive title within Louie Vigil's arm's reach after being drafted by San Miguel

ROOKIE. Louie Vigil says he's ready to help San Miguel's starters catch a breather and reinforce their second shift. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines - After losing two championship battles in college, PBA rookie Louie Vigil can win as many titles as he wants with the San Miguel Beermen.

Vigil, who was picked 17th overall by the Beermen in the 2017 PBA Draft last Sunday, October 19, admitted he was told by his agent that he will be selected as either a late first or early second rounder but would not trade anything now that he is part of a team that won two conference titles last season.

“For me, late ako napick pero blessing in disguise, buti this team chose me,” said the former UST Tigers stalwart.

(For me, I was picked late but this is a blessing in disguise. Fortunately, this team chose me.)

“Kung papapiliin ako ngayon, mas pipiliin ko ‘yung posisyon ko ngayon.”

(If I would choose between being picked early or being picked by the Beermen, I would choose my position now.)

During his career in the UAAP, Vigil and the Tigers suffered finals losses to Ateneo de Manila University in 2012 and Far Eastern University in 2015. In 2014, the 26-year-old, who was not included in the roster due to academic deficiencies, had to watch the Tigers absorb another finals defeat to the De La Salle University.

But with the Beermen, who were a championship short of the grand slam last season, that elusive title is now within Vigil’s reach.

“’Di pa tayo nakakatikim ng championship sa UAAP, that elusive title will always be my dream and ngayong Philippine Cup, if ever na maging part man ako ng team, maging part man ako ng rotation, I will do my best to help my team, I’ll do whatever it takes para makasama ako sa champion.”

(I never won a championship in the UAAP and that elusive title will always be my dream. In the upcoming Philippine Cup, if ever I will be a part of the team, if ever I get to be part of the rotation, I will do my best to help my team and I’ll do whatever it takes to be a champion.)

With Ronald Tubid, who served as Marcio Lassiter’s backup at the shooting guard position, being part of the Kia-SMB trade involving the Picanto’s top pick, Vigil’s chances of getting playing time has been made easier.

But knowing coach Leo Austria’s tendency to give the bulk of minutes to his starting 5, the former NCAA juniors’ MVP has to work his way up the rotation.

“I think I can help them to win more games and rest their starters well. ‘Yun ang pagtatrabahuhan ko ngayon, maging maganda ‘yung second unit ni coach Leo para mahaba ‘yung pahinga ng mga starters.”

(I think I can help them to win more games and rest their starters well. That is what I will work on, to make coach Leo’s second unit productive in order to give the starters rest.) – Rappler.com

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Truck driver kills 8 in New York 'act of terror'

(UPDATED) 11 others are seriously injured in the broad daylight assault and first deadly terror-related attack in America's financial and entertainment capital since September 11, 2001 attacks Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk4w_laHnnU&feature=youtu.be

CRIME SCENE. An investigator takes pictures with his phone near a pickup truck following an incident in New York on October 31, 2017. Don Emmert/AFP

NEW YORK CITY, USA (UPDATED) – A pickup driver killed 8 people in New York on Tuesday, October 31, mowing down cyclists and pedestrians before striking a school bus, in the city's first deadly attack blamed on terror since September 11, 2001.

Eleven others were seriously hurt when the truck driver struck in broad daylight just blocks from the 9/11 Memorial, on the West Side of Lower Manhattan, close to schools as children and their parents geared up to celebrate Halloween.

"This was an act of terror and a particularly cowardly act of terror aimed at innocent civilians, aimed at people going about their lives who had no idea what was about to hit them," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Law enforcement sources identified the perpetrator as Sayfullo Saipov, 29. He was arrested in Missouri on a traffic fine last year.

The Uzbek citizen living in Tampa, Florida had recently been staying in New Jersey, where the truck was rented, reports said.

President Donald Trump denounced him as "very sick" and a "deranged person."

Confronting what could be the most serious terror-related incident since taking power less than a year ago, the Republican commander-in-chief announced that he had ordered the Department of Homeland Security to step up his "extreme vetting program" on foreign travelers to the country.

The United States "must not" allow Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists to "return, or enter" the country after being defeated overseas, Trump said, albeit as New York officials declined to link the assailant to a specific group.

Police said he drove a rented Home Depot pickup down a bike and pedestrian lane, where tourists and New Yorkers were out enjoying brilliant fall sunshine, at 3:05 pm (1905 GMT), before colliding with a school bus, wounding two adults and two children.

The suspect then exited the vehicle brandishing weapons that were subsequently identified as a paintball gun and pellet gun, before being shot in the abdomen by a police officer and taken into custody, police said.

'Defeat evil of terrorism'

Television footage showed the mangled wreckage of the pickup truck, bicycles crushed to smithereens and bodies wrapped in sheets and lying on the ground.

Eight people were killed, 6 of them men who died on the spot, and two others pronounced dead in hospital. Eleven other people were taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Five Argentines were among the dead, the Foreign Ministry said. Brussels said a Belgian woman was killed and 3 other Belgians were wounded.

European allies and Mexico's president condemned the attack. "Together we will defeat the evil of terrorism," said British Prime Minister Theresa May. French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: "Our fight for freedom unites us more than ever."

US media said the suspect shouted "Allahu akbar" and police chief James O'Neill confirmed that he made a statement when he exited the vehicle.

"If you just look at the M.O. of the attack, that's consistent with what's been going on. So that along with the statement has enabled us to label this a terrorist event," O'Neill said.

He was later operated on and was expected to survive, US networks reported.

The FBI and New York police urged members of the public to come forward with any information that could assist the investigation, which the mayor said preliminary information suggested was a lone wolf assault.

The attacker struck in TriBeCa, one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the city. In the aftermath of the attack, worried parents and children were seen being evacuated from a nearby public school.

'Little bit crazy'

"There was a smell of gunshots," said John Williams, 22, who arrived at the scene 30 seconds afterward en route to the park. "There was a man lying on the ground. It looked as if he'd been shot."

"When the cops shot him, everybody started running away and it got a little bit crazy right there. So when I tried to look again, the guy was already down," a witness who gave his name only as Frank told local television network NY1.

Heavily-armed police fanned out across the city of 8.5 million, home to Wall Street, Broadway and one of the biggest tourist draws in the United States.

Security was stringent at airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems, with bag searches at Manhattan's Grand Central transit hub and police stationed along a subway platform in Brooklyn.

A planned Halloween parade went ahead as scheduled, albeit under tight security and a large police presence, as State Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the new World Trade Center to be lit red, white and blue "in honor of freedom and democracy."

Tuesday's attack was the first deadly terror-related incident in the US financial and entertainment capital since the Al-Qaeda hijackings brought down the Twin Towers, killing more than 2,700 people on 9/11.

It came 12 months after a pipe bomb exploded in September 2016 in Chelsea, lightly wounding 31 people. An American of Afghan descent, Ahmad Khan Rahimi, was convicted of terrorism on October 16 in relation with that attack.

In May, a US Navy veteran plowed a car into pedestrians in Times Square, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 other people in what de Blasio said was not terror-related.

On May 1, 2010 Pakistani immigrant Faisal Shahzad planted a car bomb in Times Square that failed to explode. He was arrested after boarding a flight to the Middle East and sentenced to life behind bars. – Rappler.com

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Hep B Free – Bay Area program launched to eradicate hepatitis B

A spin-off of San Francisco Hep B Free program to unite the San Francisco Bay Area in the fight against hepatitis B and liver cancer by raising awareness of the single largest health disparity within the Asian American and Pacific Islander community was launched recently in San Mateo County,
Dubbed as Hep B Free – Bay Area, the program also seeks to create a unified voice to encourage screening and vaccination, and improve health outcomes throughout the Bay Area to make the San Francisco Bay Area free of hepatitis B.

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San Francisco Hep B Free – Bay Area Program Coordinator Richard So announced that what they underscore is that the San Francisco’s Asian and Pacific Islander residents that comprise of 34 percent of the City’s population bear a disproportionate burden of liver cancer and undetected hepatitis B infection.
“In the United States, 1 in 12 Asian Americans is chronically infected with hepatitis B in comparison to 1 in 1000 non-Hispanic Whites. While Asian Americans constitute only 4% of the population in the United States, they comprise over half of the nation’s 1.2-2 million people chronically infected with hepatitis B. This is one of the greatest racial health disparities in the United States. Fortunately, hepatitis B is a vaccine-preventable disease. A safe and effective vaccine has been available since 1982,” shared So. “SF Hep B Free - Bay Area is a new re-branding of SF Hep B Free to unite all Bay Area efforts starting this month. San Mateo County is the first official expansion under this new banner and falls directly under SF Hep B Free leadership. We have a set of metrics we are determined to accomplish in year 1, but we are eagerly planning to surpass that.”

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According to a page devoted on Hepa B by the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University, the first non-profit organization in the United States that addresses the disproportionately high rates of chronic hepatitis B infection and liver cancer in Asians and Asian Americans, “Hepatitis B is a vaccine preventable disease of the liver and leading cause of liver cancer worldwide caused by infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV).”
Its initial HBV infection or acute infection symptoms could be so mild that many people including their doctors may not know they have been infected but could result in an illness with symptoms of fatigue, lost of appetite, dark urine and yellow discoloration of the eyes, lasting for several months and even death from liver failure.
It is estimated that 1 in 30 people worldwide or approximately 240 million individuals is living with chronic hepatitis B which causes 60-80% of liver cancer cases worldwide and without appropriate medical management, as many as 1 in 4 people chronically infected with HBV will die from liver cancer or liver failure, resulting in about 600,000 to a million deaths annually.
The campaign was launched in San Francisco in 2007 to promote collaboration between government, healthcare groups, community organizations and businesses to end viral hepatitis B disease and serves as a model nationally for (1) creating public and healthcare provider awareness about the importance of testing & vaccinating Asian and Pacific Islanders for hepatitis B; (2) promoting routine hepatitis B screenings and vaccinations within the primary care medical community; and (3) facilitating access to treatment for chronically infected individuals.

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“For us, we wish we did not have to be here. Hepatitis B shouldn't be killing people anymore. A vaccine that can prevent liver cancer induced by hepatitis B has been there since 1982, screening is simple and free but must be requested from your health care provider but there is no cure. Treatment of chronic infection does exist in the form of a 1-a-day pill and is affordable with good insurance,” So added. “It is most commonly spread from mother to child at birth if the child does not get the hepatitis B vaccine soon after birth. It can also be spread from sex, and contaminated injection drug equipment, although this is less common.”
So believes that even with the advancement in research for screening of and vaccine for Hepa B, stigma still exists around hepatitis B for it is still seen in many countries outside the US as a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or injection drug disease and associated with promiscuity, unsafe sex and drug use despite the fact that the most common form of transmission is mother to child.
“This stigma that causes fear, shame and discrimination still exists in many cultural circles within the US today. Ignorance of the disease and its method of transmission causes people to fear "catching" hepatitis B by sharing toilets, utensils and living space with an infected person. Furthermore in many Asian Pacific Islander cultures, talking about disease and death is taboo so people remain unaware of the disease,” lamented So. “Education, awareness and engagement are keys for Asian communities including Filipinos. Breaking the silence and the stigma is enormously helpful. In previous efforts, shifting the focus from STDs and drugs to mother to child transmission (which is the biggest cause of infection) was very useful. Getting community members to visit their doctors and get tested is the best way to save lives.”

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