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  • Philippines calls on ASEAN to urge China to halt land reclamation
    Philippines calls on ASEAN to urge China to halt land reclamation

    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 …

  • Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea
    Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China in South China Sea

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Philippines on Sunday urged its fellow Southeast Asian countries to take immediate steps to halt land reclamation by China in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, warning that failure to do so will see Beijing take "de facto control" of the area. …

  • Philippines urges Southeast Asia to rally to halt China reclamation in disputed waters
    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
    Kerry to see Iranian FM as nuke talks hit end phase

    NEW YORK (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart will meet this week for the first time since they laid out the framework for a nuclear deal earlier this month. …

  • Maximum restraint for Phl troops in West Phl Sea
    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
    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
    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 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
    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 …