NEWS BRIEFS 01 July 2009

First Posted 18:22:00 07/01/2009

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?Shoot-to-kill? order vs boy?s kidnappers

COTABATO CITY, Philippines?Mayor Muslimin Sema on Wednesday issued a "shoot-to-kill order" to authorities tracking down Pentagon kidnap gang members who kidnapped a four-year-old Chinese-Filipino boy on June 25. Charlie Señase

Mindanao fears flood of imported vegetables

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines?Vegetable farmers in Mindanao are worried about the expected influx of cheap vegetables from other countries in the wake of increasing trade liberalization. Jose Victor Santos, president of the Central Mindanao Vegetable Industry and Development Council, said at least seven vegetables that were being locally produced were expected to flood the Philippines with the country?s compliance with global trade laws. Imported vegetables such as onion, garlic, and potato, he said, could be sold at prices lower than those of the local produce because importers would enjoy zero tariff under international agreements. Aquiles Zonio

Belo doc faces raps over botched facial

MANILA, Philippines?The Makati City Prosecutor's Office has ordered the filing of criminal charges against a doctor for allegedly botching a facial procedure on a United States-based nurse. In a recent resolution, second assistant city prosecutor Edgardo Hirang recommended that Doctor Jennifer Roslyn Sison-de Leon of the Belo Medical Group be indicted for reckless imprudence resulting in serious physical injuries.
De Leon, whose case will be handled by the Makati Metropolitan Trial Court, allegedly failed to exercise caution while performing Thermage on Leila Palaganas. Allison Lopez

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