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China sends missiles to contested South China Sea island —Taiwan
TAIPEI/WASHINGTON - China has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to one of the disputed islands it controls in the South China Sea, Taiwan and US officials said, ratcheting up tensions even as US President Barack Obama urged restraint in the region. Taiwan defense ministry spokesman Major General David Lo told Reuters the missile batteries had been set up on Woody Island. The island is part of the Paracels chain, under Chinese control ...
Bureau of Corrections demolishes 2-story ‘mini-mansion’ in Bilibid
The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has dismantled a two-story posh structure owned by two inmates inside the New Bilibid Prison’s (NBP) Maximum Security Compound. NBP Superintendent Richard Schwarzkopf said the two-story structure which was once a “mini-mansion” was owned by Tom Chua, a Chinese drug lord and Ben Marcelo who is serving a sentence for kidnap-for-ransom. The two have been moved to Building 14, inside NBP’s Maximum Security Compound ...
Supreme Court ends oral arguments on Poe's disqualification case
MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ended the oral arguments on the disqualification case against Sen. Grace Poe. The oral arguments, involving the two petitions of Poe requesting the high tribunal to abolish the decision of the Commission on Elections en banc to disqualify her from the presidential race, reached the fifth round before it was terminated. During the fifth day of the oral arguments, SC Chief Justice Maria Lourdes ...
Ballot printing halted for a day due to 'minor correction'
A minor correction spotted on the ballot surface has delayed for a day the printing of the official ballots that will be used in the May 9 elections. In an interview, Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andres Bautista said Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago's political party, People's Reform Party, was not indicated beside her name in the ballot face used at the start of printing on Monday.
Marcos refusal to apologize over martial-law abuses means non-acceptance, says Robredo
The refusal of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos to apologize over martial-law abuses shows no acceptance of the wrongdoings committed by his father’s administration. This was the response of vice presidential bet Rep. Leni Robredo when asked whether the younger Marcos should apologize over the martial law abuses. “Hindi maitutuwid ang kasalanan ng nakaraan kung walang acceptance,” Robredo said during a multi-sectoral forum at the University ...
Mark Lapid vows to push for law legalizing same-sex marriage
TALISAY CITY, Philippines – Koalisyon ng Daang Matuwid senatorial candidate Mark Lapid said he would file a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in predominantly Catholic Philippines if he wins in the upcoming election. Lapid, a Roman Catholic, said the rights of the members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community should be respected by the state. “I am for same-sex union and marriage. We’re not even talking of religious issues here.
At least 50,000 OFWs affected by oil crisis
At least 50,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in the industrial section of Saudi Arabia will be affected by the current energy crisis in the Middle East by March 2016 based on the account of a migrant group protecting the rights of workers abroad. In an initial study by Migrante-KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), that primarily affected are workers of Saudi Oger Ltd. and Bin Laden Co., two of the biggest contractors hired by the Saudi government ...
President Aquino meets Disney, other business execs
MANILA, Philippines – After participating in the United States-Association of Southeast Asian Nations Leaders Summit in Sunnylands, California, President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday met with executives of Walt Disney International. During his meeting with Disney executives, Aquino discussed the possible investment opportunities with Walt Disney Chair Andy Bird and Vice President for global public policy Jim Flippatos.
Retiring Pacquiao opens door to Mayweather rematch
General Santos, Philippines — Philippine boxing great Manny Pacquiao has opened the door to a lucrative rematch with Floyd Mayweather, telling AFP he still intends to retire after his next fight but that a comeback is possible. The 37-year-old announced in January that his upcoming bout against American Timothy Bradley would be his last so he could concentrate on Filipino politics. However, following a high-energy training session in his hometown ...
LGBT group accepts Pacquiao's apology, but ...
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group Ladlad has forgiven Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao for comparing gays to animals, but said it would never forget such disparaging remarks. In an interview Wednesday, Ladlad chairman Danton Remoto noted that it was the second time Pacquiao, a senatorial candidate in the May elections, issued a public statement offensive to the LGBT community.
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