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  • Philippine economic growth slows to three-year low

    Philippine economic growth slows to three-year low

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    Philippine economic growth slows to three-year low

    Philippine economic growth in the first quarter slowed to a three-year low of 5.2 percent, well below forecasts, due to lethargic government spending and weak exports, officials said Thursday. "While growth in the private sector remains robust, the slower than programmed pace of public spending, particularly the decline in public construction, has slowed down the overall growth of the economy," Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan told reporters. "Exports were the other source of the …

  • US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines

    US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines

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    US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines

    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told his Philippine counterpart on Wednesday that Washington's pledge to defend the Pacific nation remains "ironclad" and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea, officials said. In talks in Hawaii with Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine secretary of national defense, the Pentagon chief "reaffirmed" the strong ties between the two countries and discussed territorial disputes in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where Beijing has been …

  • Philippine, Vietnam troops play sports on disputed island

    Philippine, Vietnam troops play sports on disputed island

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    Philippine, Vietnam troops play sports on disputed island

    Filipino and Vietnamese troops played football and tug-of-war on a disputed South China Sea island on Wednesday, officials said, closing ranks as their rival China ramps up construction of artificial islands. The games took place on Philippine-held Northeast Cay, just 2.7 kilometres (1.7 miles) from Southwest Cay which is controlled by Vietnam, where a similar contest was held last year. "It was a navy-to-navy confidence-building engagement," Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez, the Philippine …

  • 2 court fights after failed Atlantic City loan program

    2 court fights after failed Atlantic City loan program

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    2 court fights after failed Atlantic City loan program

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The future of a company that Atlantic City's former mayor gave $3 million by to run a loan program that has yet to make a loan is being sorted out in two courts. …

  • At least 19  killed in Pakistan as gunmen storm buses: officials

    At least 19 killed in Pakistan as gunmen storm buses: officials

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    At least 19  killed in Pakistan as gunmen storm buses: officials

    Unidentified gunmen late Friday stormed two passenger coaches in southwest Pakistan, killing at least 19 people, officials said. "The attackers forced the buses to stop, abducted more than two dozen passengers, and then shot at least 19 dead," said Ismail Ibrahim, a senior official in troubled Baluchistan province. The buses were en route to the port city of Karachi when they were stormed in Mastung district, according to Akbar Harifal, deputy district commissioner. …

Former Senator Maria Anna Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal was born into a very illustrious family.

She is the granddaughter of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos and Senator Vicente Lopez Madrigal and the niece of Senator Pacita Madrigal.

Before her life in public service, Madrigal set up numerous foundations including Books-for-the-Barangay Foundation that shipped more than P2.5 billion worth of books to public schools nationwide.

She also founded the Abad Santos Madrigal Foundation, which empowers women and children through relevant and accessible livelihood programs.

Madrigal entered politics when former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada appointed her as the Presidential Adviser for Children’s Affairs to give poor children an access to his councils in 1999.

Following Estrada’s ouster in 2001, Madrigal worked for numerous youth-oriented foundations until she became undersecretary in the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

She eventually dabbled in acting portraying characters in films depicting the lives of her ancestors until 2003 before winning in the 2004 senatorial race due to an endorsement from actress Judy Ann Santos.

She filed court pleadings to contest the validity of the last will and testament of her late aunt Chito Madrigal-Collantes.

During her first term as senator, Madrigal chaired the Senate Committees on Environment; on Youth, Women, and Family Relations among others.

In 2007, the former senator pushed for a higher sin tax law and passed legislations on Magna Carta for Women Act and Tubbataha Reefs National Park Act.

A year after joining Vice President Jejomar Binay’s Partido Demokratikong Pilipino – Laban ng Bayan, Madrigal accused Senator Manuel “Manny” Villar of exerting his influence as senate president on the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Both senators ran and lost to then Senator and now President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

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  • McCain seeks defence funding to help Asia against China challenges
    McCain seeks defence funding to help Asia against China challenges

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading U.S. senator has proposed that the United States provide hundreds of millions of dollars to help train and equip the armed forces of Southeast Asian countries faced with Chinese territorial challenges. Republican Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the proposal in an amendment to the 2016 U.S. Defense Authorization Act expected to be passed later this year, entitled the South China Sea Initiative. It …

  • US missile cruiser docks at Subic
    US missile cruiser docks at Subic

    A US Navy missile cruiser has dropped anchor in Subic Bay as part of “routine port call,” amid rising tension in the West Philippine Sea stirred by China’s island building activities and other threatening moves by its forces. The arrival of the Ticonderoga-class missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG-67) at the Subic Bay Freeport in Olongapo City yesterday was “just a routine port visit for ship replenishment and routine maintenance of shipboard system,” said Philippine Navy Public Affairs Office …

  • China to US: Help cool down Phl on sea row
    China to US: Help cool down Phl on sea row

    The US should help “cool down” the Philippines and realize that its meddling in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute would only stir tensions, a Chinese newspaper reported. “Washington should know its meddling in the South China Sea has been destabilizing the region. The US has vowed not to take sides in the territorial dispute, which involves China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. …

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