• China says Philippines violating South China Sea code

    China has accused the Philippines of violating a 13-year-old informal code of conduct in the South China Sea with its building work on disputed islets, firing back again after repeated criticism of China's own construction work. China and the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed an agreement in 2002 to refrain from occupying uninhabited reefs and shoals in the sea, and from building new structures that would complicate disputes. In a statement just before midnight …

  • Mineski’s 2015 SEA grand finals to be held in Malaysia

    Twelve teams from seven countries will be participating in this year’s Mineski Pro-Gaming League South-East Asian Grand Finals (MPGL7 SEA Grand Finals), set to take place from May 9-10. For the first time, the finals will be held outside of the Philippines, instead taking place in Selangor, Malaysia as part of the 2015 Selangor Cyber Games. “The decision to move the grand finals from PH to Malaysia came into mind last year, right after the Season 6 grand finals,” said Marlon Marcelo, …

  • SE Asia Stocks-Mostly up; Philippines, Vietnam outperform on financials

    May 5 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets mostly ended firmer on Tuesday, bucking the regional trend on slowing growth in China, while Philippine and Vietnam shares outperformed the region, led by ... …

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    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Sadness and disappointment gripped Filipinos after Manny Pacquiao's defeat in his much-anticipated fight against American Floyd Mayweather Jr. but they still considered the boxing icon a national hero. …

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    The family of a Filipina on death row in Indonesia returned home on Friday with scathing criticism of the Philippine government's alleged mishandling of her case. Mary Jane Veloso's mother said President Benigno Aquino should not be credited for the 11th hour reprieve that saved her daughter from death by firing squad on Wednesday. Indonesian President Joko Widodo stayed Veloso's execution after Aquino asked that she be made a witness against a human trafficking ring that duped her into …

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  • China says Philippines violating South China Sea code Reuters

    China has accused the Philippines of violating a 13-year-old informal code of conduct in the South China Sea with its building work on disputed islets, firing back again after repeated criticism of China's own construction work. China and the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed an agreement in 2002 to refrain from occupying uninhabited reefs and shoals in the sea, and from building new structures that would complicate disputes. In a statement just before midnight …

  • Vocal injury forces Sam Smith to cancel more gigs AFP Relax
    Vocal injury forces Sam Smith to cancel more gigs

    The UK singer had already scrapped a number of shows in Australia at the end of April due to a hemorrhaged vocal chord but treatment means more dates will have to be cut from his tour. …

  • Clinton to call for 'full and equal path to citizenship'
    Clinton to call for 'full and equal path to citizenship'

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton intends to draw an early distinction with Republicans on illegal immigration, pointing to a pathway to citizenship as an essential part of any overhaul in Congress. …

  • EU raises eurozone forecast despite bleaker Greek outlook
    EU raises eurozone forecast despite bleaker Greek outlook

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has nudged up its forecast for economic growth across the 19-country eurozone despite a much gloomier outlook for Greece, which is struggling to get its hands on vital bailout cash it needs to pay off debts. …

  • Saudi king says setting up centre to coordinate Yemen humanitarian work Reuters
    Saudi king says setting up centre to coordinate Yemen humanitarian work

    Saudi King Salman announced on Tuesday the establishment of a centre to coordinate humanitarian assistance for Yemen, and invited the United Nations to join in relief work for the Arab country. "We hope that the United Nations will participate effectively with what this centre will shoulder, including coordinating all humanitarian and relief works for the Yemeni people with the participation of the countries that are supporting the Gulf initiative," he said in a speech at the start of a summit …

  • HSBC bank Q1 net profit edges higher AFP News
    HSBC bank Q1 net profit edges higher

    Scandal-hit global bank HSBC said Tuesday that net profits climbed by almost one percent in the first quarter, aided by a "strong" performance at its investment banking division. During the quarter, HSBC was forced to apologise for "unacceptable" failings at its Swiss division following allegations that the unit helped rich clients hide billions from the taxman. The lender was meanwhile fined late last year by US and British regulators for attempting to rig foreign exchange markets. "Global …

  • Asian bourses reverse gains as IPOs roil China stocks AFP News
    Asian bourses reverse gains as IPOs roil China stocks

    Asian stocks Tuesday reversed early gains, with China's market taking fright and dropping more than four percent as new share issues raised the prospect of a sell-off. …

  • China to lift drug price controls from June 1 AFP News
    China to lift drug price controls from June 1

    The Chinese government said on Tuesday it will scrap long-standing state price controls on most medicines, effective June 1, as part of market-oriented reforms. The government will no longer impose upper limits on retail prices for drugs, government agencies including the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and National Health and Family Planning Commission said in a joint statement. "The reform of drug prices needs to... fully utilise the resource allocation role of the …

  • Adultery site Ashley Madison back in business in S.Korea
    Adultery site Ashley Madison back in business in S.Korea

    The global adultery hook-up site Ashley Madison on Tuesday dubbed further efforts to ban it from South Korea as "futile" as customers greeted its return to the country with enthusiasm. Ashley Madison is "no different than many other communication platforms and to ban us will be a futile attempt if the purpose is to ban infidelity", its vice president Paul Keable told journalists in Seoul. Citing a 1953 statute that criminalises adultery, The Korea Communications Standards Commission blocked …

  • Nauru accused of blocking Facebook to stifle dissent AFP News
    Nauru accused of blocking Facebook to stifle dissent

    The tiny Pacific nation of Nauru was accused Tuesday of blocking access to Facebook to curb criticism of government policies, including its decision to host an Australian-backed camp for asylum-seekers. The government announced a crackdown last week on Internet access in the deeply religious nation of 10,000 people, saying it was aimed at sites displaying pornography which was "not consistent with our faith and values". He said Nauru's current leader, President Baron Waqa, wanted to avoid …

  • Report: Apple reinventing the remote control for next Apple TV AFP Relax
    Report: Apple reinventing the remote control for next Apple TV

    New set top box will boast a touchpad controller for better navigation …

  • Husband of Facebook's Sandberg died on treadmill: official AFP News
    Husband of Facebook's Sandberg died on treadmill: official

    US tech executive David Goldberg, the husband of Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, apparently died after falling on a treadmill and striking his head at an upscale resort in Mexico, authorities said. Goldberg, 47, was the chief executive of online polling firm SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. "They went looking for him and found him in a pool of blood next to a treadmill, apparently after he fell and struck his head at the hotel gym," the official …

  • Uber driver found guilty in Belgium crackdown AFP News
    Uber driver found guilty in Belgium crackdown

    An Uber driver in Belgium was found guilty of breaking taxi laws on Monday, in the first case to land in a Brussels court after dozens of drivers were caught by police posing as clients of the banned service. Uber is banned in Belgium, but operating under the alternative name UberPop, has continued to offer residents of Brussels a cheaper alternative to traditional taxis. The local government in Brussels is largely sympathetic to Uber, and is in the process of drawing up an overhaul of the …

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  • VERA Files: DFA misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue

    VERA Files: DFA misleading public in Sabah for Spratlys issue

    Note Verbale No. 15-1979 sent to Malaysia, the basis of VERA Files’ story, stated that it is reviewing the Aug. 4, 2009 protest (No. 000819) it filed with the United Nations.  The Philippines’ August 2009 protest, contained in two pages, singles out North Borneo or the old name of Sabah. Contrary to what DFA’s comment that putting out the story was a disservice to the country, VERA Files released the story in the interest of the public to help it fully understand the issues involved. More »

  • The Chusueys: Good argument for  family business

    The Chusueys: Good argument for  family business

    At the helm is the patriarch, Henry Chusuey. His wife Ana, twelve years his junior, is the company treasurer. Helping Henry and Ana (“Henann”) expand their empire are their two sons, Alfonso and Hendrick.   Alfonso, 29, is neither an architect nor engineer, but takes charge of construction in all properties while  Hendrick , 25, takes care of sales, marketing, advertising and PR. Henann own the imposing 1400- room Boracay Regency Hotel in the world-famous island. More »

  • PH offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

    PH offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

    The Philippines has offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. The note verbale, a copy of which was obtained by VERA Files, referred to the May 6, 2009 joint submission by Malaysia and Vietnam to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) in which Malaysia claimed an extended continental shelf (350 nautical miles from baseline) that was clearly projected from Sabah. The Philippines has excellent relations with Malaysia. More »

  • Loom bands for a cause

    Loom bands for a cause

    For Melchora Grace Balacdao-Matias, looming bands began as an activity to merely overcome boredom in her new work environment in Kuwait. Little did Matias (Mitz to her friends) know that her loom bands would be of help to some 500 school children in the remote municipality of Bakun in Benguet Province. “My husband and I went to one of the shops in Kuwait and I saw these popular loom bands and I decided to try [doing] it, learning from Youtube how to do the designs,”Matias recalled. She was given the go-signal to make a solicitation letter for her loom bands project that made the rounds of the office. More »

  • What PNoy and Kris Aquino text each other

    What PNoy and Kris Aquino text each other

    OMG. I almost fell off my chair upon reading the text exchanges between President Aquino and his sister, Kris Aquino posted by journalist Cecil Morella in Facebook. More »

  • A novel approach against TB in Maguindanao

    A novel approach against TB in Maguindanao

    Free medicines and half a sack of rice have gone a long way in combatting deadly tuberculosis here. Alarmed at the high TB detection rates in Upi, the local government and the rural health center have resorted to rewarding cured patients, as well as those who take their medicines religiously. “Once mag-negative, i-certify ng medical technologist, maghingi na kay mayor ng half sack (Patients who have been certified cured of TB receive half a sack of rice from the mayor),” said doctor Carmelo Esberto, Upi’s municipal health officer. The reward system has been an effective strategy in persuading those with tuberculosis to take their medication, he added. More »

  • Dancing to a better life

    Dancing to a better life

    From bleak garbage dumps to glamor-filled  dance  floors, Wilbert Aunzo has come a long way. Aunzo was a scavenger and an out –of- school youth  who picked garbage to buy his daily meal of rice and salt .  When he was twelve, he joined a dance camp organized by Edward and Eleanor Hayco and literally danced his way out of poverty and his crime-ridden neighborhood. His dancing prowess qualified him as an athletic scholar, enabled him to graduate high school, become a nine-time national champion, a member of the elite Philippine national team and the grand winner of the World Youth championship in Australia. More »