The Philippines called on its Southeast Asian neighbours to unite in urging China to halt reclamation of land in the South China Sea, but the call failed to raise widespread support ahead of a regional summit. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas. Its claims overlap with those of Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in filling in land in contested territory …
Estrada files COC as Manila mayor
Former President Joseph Estrada has vowed a landslide win for Manila
mayor in the 2013 polls versus the incumbent Mayor Alfedo Lim.
Estrada on Tuesday filed his certificate of candidacy at the Commission on Elections office in Arroceros Street.
He was accompanied by his running mate and current Manila Vice-Mayor
Isko Moreno, as well as sons Senator Jinggoy Estrada and San Juan Rep.
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- Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea
- Philippines urges Southeast Asia to rally to halt China reclamation in disputed waters
The Philippines on Sunday called on neighbouring Southeast Asian nations to push for an immediate halt to China's reclamation in the disputed South China Sea ahead of a regional summit. China claims 90 percent of the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas, with overlapping claims from Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan. Recent satellite images suggest China has made rapid progress in building an airstrip suitable for military use in contested …
- Girl with leukemia dismissed from school offered return
DETROIT (AP) — The mother of a Michigan girl dismissed from a Catholic school for not meeting academic and attendance standards during leukemia treatments said Sunday that her daughter has been invited back but will attend a public school for now. …
- Kerry to see Iranian FM as nuke talks hit end phase
- Maximum restraint for Phl troops in West Phl Sea
The military has advised its pilots conducting surveillance in the West Philippine Sea to exercise maximum restraint even if they are being bullied by Chinese troops. Armed Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala said all actions of the pilots should be consistent with the declaration of conduct signed by claimant countries. Armed Forces public affairs chief Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc said the Philippines should remain on moral high ground when it comes to the territorial dispute. A …
- MMDA simulates rescue march after quake, tsunami
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) yesterday led the annual rescue march from Quezon City to Manila, giving rescue volunteers a glimpse of possible scenarios if the metropolis is hit by a strong quake or is inundated by a tsunami. Cora Jimenez, MMDA general manager, said 700 volunteer rescuers walked from the Quezon City memorial circle to the Bonifacio monument in front of the Manila city hall to simulate a response-exercise to a magnitude 7.2 earthquake. Renato Solidum, …
- Sereno told: Don’t scold lawyers
To avoid accusations of prejudgment in cases being heard by the Supreme Court (SC), justices must avoid scolding lawyers during oral arguments. Retired SC Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza gave this unsolicited advice yesterday to Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno, who scolded lawyer Sandra Coronel during the oral arguments last April 21 on the preventive suspension case imposed by the ombudsman against Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr. …
- Lawmakers renew appeal for GMA house arrest
Lawmakers called again yesterday on the Sandiganbayan to allow former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to be placed under house arrest due to her deteriorating health and old age. Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, leader of the independent bloc in the House of Representatives, said the continued detention of the 68-year-old Pampanga lawmaker at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City is not improving her health. “It would be a solid proof of true compassion of the Aquino …
- P45 B sought for C. Luzon education program
The regional development council in Central Luzon has approved the proposed budget for national government agencies based in the region, including P45.15 billion for the education program. The council endorsed the budget proposal for 2016, which included P2.6 billion for the Department of Health, P861 million for interior and local government and P793 million for environment and natural resources. The council also approved P302 million for the Department of Labor and Employment, P176 million …