TODAY'S HEADLINES

PH to Indonesia: Use Mary Jane as state witness in case vs drug rings 28-Apr-15, 11:21 AM | Marlene Alcaide, News5 and Radyo ng Bayan | Interaksyon.com

Pinoy DNA expert was stopped from probe of Laude murder as US NCIS took over crime scene 28-Apr-15, 8:59 AM | Ruben A. Veloria, Philippines News Agency

Mary Jane, 8 others in isolation cells awaiting execution 28-Apr-15, 12:11 PM | Fergus Jensen and Jane Wardell, Reuters

10 reminders from POEA to avoid illegal recruitment 28-Apr-15, 8:26 AM | InterAksyon.com

VIDEO| How Indonesia executes convicts by firing squad 28-Apr-15, 6:45 AM | Cheryl Cosim, News5

Veloso recruiter surrenders to Ecija police, says she fears death threats 28-Apr-15, 2:09 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com UPDATE3, 4:26 P.M.-Saying she feared for her life, the recruiter of Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso, whom she blames for setting her up to be a drug mule after promising her a job as a maid in Malaysia, has surrendered to authorities, just hours before Veloso's possible execution in Indonesia.

PH to Indonesia: Use Mary Jane as state witness in case vs drug rings 28-Apr-15, 11:21 AM | Marlene Alcaide, News5 and Radyo ng Bayan | Interaksyon.com (UPDATE - 1:50 p.m.) President Aquino talks to the Indonesian foreign minister regarding a proposal to make Mary Jane Veloso state witness against international drug syndicates, in a move that the Philippines says will boost the two ASEAN neighbors' common interest to fight the scourge.

PHOTOS | Vigils held around the world, Manny Pacquiao joins pleas for Veloso's life 27-Apr-15, 9:08 PM | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com From people as diverse as Manny Pacquiao to One Billion Rising founder Eve Ensler, expressions of empathy and sympathy were strong across the globe for the plight of overseas Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso, who was convicted of drug smuggling in Indonesia, but says she was set up by a recruiter.

Chinese actions 'may undermine peace' in S. China Sea - ASEAN 27-Apr-15, 8:16 AM | Agence France-Presse Chinese island-building efforts "may undermine peace, security, and stability" in the disputed South China Sea, said a statement by Southeast Asian leaders meeting for a summit on Monday.

JONAS BURGOS, 8 YEARS | 'End our suffering of not knowing' - Edita to PNoy 28-Apr-15, 10:01 AM | Edita Burgos, mother of Jonas Burgos Today, April 28, 2015, marks the eighth year since activist Jonas Burgos, son of press freedom icon Jose Burgos Jr., was abducted from a Quezon City mall. His mother writes President Benigno Aquino III.

Japan can now deploy forces if US threatened under new defense cooperation rules 28-Apr-15, 9:27 AM| Jo Biddle and Dan De Luce, Agence France-Presse The United States and Japan unveiled new rules for defense cooperation Monday in a historic move that will give Japanese forces a wider global role amid concerns over China's rising sway.

Netizens tweet Widodo: 'Have mercy on Mary Jane' 28-Apr-15, 11:56 AM| Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com Despite the impending execution of Filipinas Mary Jane Veloso, which could happen as early as Tuesday afternoon, netizens have refused to give up hope and continue to flood the Twitter account of Indonesian President Joko Widodo with pleas for mercy.

10 reminders from POEA to avoid illegal recruitment 28-Apr-15, 8:26 AM| InterAksyon.com With the looming execution of Mary Jane Veloso, 30-year-old mother of two who was a victim of human trafficking, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration re-released its 10 reminders against illegal recruitment.

'Migrant smuggling in Asia increasingly complex and dynamic' - UN 28-Apr-15, 8:49 AM| InterAksyon.com The United Nations said the smuggling of migrants has become a 'significant threat to Asia,' with the illicit trade 'leading to deaths and human rights abuses' even as it rakes in an estimated $2 billion a year for criminal groups.

LP executive: UNA win will be punishment for the nation 28-Apr-15, 2:07 PM| Lira Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Caloocan Representative Edgar Erice of the Liberal Party's political affairs and suffrage cluster says: 'If God will punish us, He will give us UNA, but if he will bless us, He will give us Mar-Poe.'

HISTORY | Why should the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade Route be on World Heritage List? 28-Apr-15, 10:35 AM| InterAksyon.com The Philippines and Mexico are pushing to put the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade Route on the World Heritage List and gave several compelling arguments.

 
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