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Meralco warns of higher bills in June 28-May-15, 4:22 PM | Michelle Orosa-Ople, News5

DFA chief Del Rosario remains richest Cabinet member; Luistro still poorest 28-May-15, 12:41 AM | Jelly F. Musico, Philippine News Agency

Dalai Lama urges Suu Kyi to act on Rohingya crisis 28-May-15, 9:50 AM | Agence France-Presse

More than 1,100 dead from Indian heat wave 27-May-15, 4:12 PM | Vivek Nemana, Agence France-Presse

Philippine economy slows sharply in Q1, but NEDA sees growth pick-up on back of infra spending 28-May-15, 10:34 AM | InterAksyon.com | With a report from Gerard dela Pena, News5 (UPDATE 2, 6:20 p.m.) The country's GDP grew by 5.2 percent in the January to March period, slowing from 5.6 percent in the same three months of the previous year and the 6.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. Pulling down growth were services and household spending.

PH, US slam China: Stop reclamations, militarizing disputed sea 28-May-15, 4:55 PM | Jaime Sinapit, Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Officials of the Philippines and United States urge China to stop all its reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea, especially at the reefs within the municipality of Kalayaan Island Group (KIG), and including incursions into Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal off Luzon.

ITAGA SA BATO | US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines 28-May-15, 7:30 AM | Agence France-Presse | InterAksyon.com (UPDATE - 10:09 a.m.) 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.

VIDEO | De Lima, Duterte pursue word war over Davao Death Squad 27-May-15, 8:02 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com | Marlene Alcaide, News5 Department of Justice Leila de Lima says Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte should be held criminally liable if it is proven that he has links to the Davao Death Squad.

Reynato Puno says BBL cannot guarantee peace in Mindanao 28-May-15, 6:09 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno says only a change in the country's political system can avert a possible crisis that could tear the nation apart if the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is either passed or rejected.

Opt-in provision seen key to why many lawmakers 'opt out' of BBL 27-May-15, 5:01 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Half of the resistance to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law could dissipate if the opt-in provision in the bill - allowing for the expansion of the Bangsamoro area five years after BBL's enactment - is removed, Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said Wednesday.

UN Security Council urges end to impunity for attacks on journalists 28-May-15, 11:16 AM| Reuters The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday condemned the frequent attacks against journalists worldwide and demanded an end to the impunity enjoyed by those guilty of violent crimes against members of the press.

Dalai Lama urges Suu Kyi to act on Rohingya crisis 28-May-15, 9:50 AM| Agence France-Presse The Dalai Lama has urged fellow Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do more to help Myanmar's persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority amid a worsening migration crisis.

'HANDS OFF THE PHILIPPINES' | Nationalists to hold June 12 rally for sovereignty 28-May-15, 9:15 AM| InterAksyon.com Amid the increasing tensions triggered by China's aggressive reclamation in the disputed Spratly Islands, nationalist groups are gearing up for a what they envision as a massive rally on June 12 to assert the country's sovereignty.

Economic Cha-cha resolution hurdles 2nd reading in House 27-May-15, 5:43 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com The Resolution of Both Houses No. 1 (Proposing Amendments to Certain Economic Provisions of the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines Particularly on Articles XII, XIV and XVI) hurdles plenary debates one year after it was brought to the floor for discussion.

Mercado: Binay has bank accounts that eluded AMLC freeze order 28-May-15, 5:53 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado discloses that Vice President Jejomar Binay had bank accounts jointly under the names of two trusted aides that he allegedly failed to include in his Statement of Assets and Liabilities Net Worth for 1994 and 1996.

 
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