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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.

International Court of Justice may hold key to halting Veloso execution - Roque 27-Apr-15, 4:51 PM | Beverly Natividad, News5 The International Court of Justice may yet provide a venue for sparing the life of Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso, who faces execution in Indonesia for drug smuggling, but the Filipino lawyers need the go-ahead of President Aquino to file a case for urgent ICJ intervention.

Jokowi 'sympathetic', to ask Indon attorney general on legal issues of Mary Jane case - Coloma 27-Apr-15, 11:49 AM | Marlene Alcaide, TV5 (UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.) A day before the scheduled execution of Mary Jane Veloso, President Benigno Aquino III on Monday made a last-ditch appeal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to spare the life of the overseas Filipino worker. And Widodo appeared sympathetic.

BBL constitutional, but no to indefinite 'opt-in' on Bangsamoro expansion - Peace Council 27-Apr-15, 12:58 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com While it found the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) acceptable, the Peace Council created by Malacanang to scrutinize the bill said the provision on the expansion of the Bangsamoro areas after ratification should be removed.

QUAKE MAP | Scenes from Nepal earthquake, as captured by survivors 27-Apr-15, 8:05 AM | Geofeedia, InterAksyon.com Survivors of Saturday's 7.8-magnitude earthquake still managed to post photos of the wreckage on social networking site Instagram for the world to see.

AVALANCHE! | Viral video shows climbers' horror on Everest base camp 27-Apr-15, 2:33 PM| Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com | Video by Jost Kobusch on YouTube A viral video posted by a German climber on YouTube shows the world the horror that stared climbers at Mt. Everest's base camp when a killer quake struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25.

PH, Vietnam seek adoption of ASEAN Code of Conduct in South China Sea 27-Apr-15, 8:05 AM| InterAksyon.com The Philippines and Vietnam will seek the adoption of the ASEAN Code of Conduct in the South China Sea to avoid the escalation of disputes in the area, as China continues to exert its power and influence the crucial trade route.

OPINION | Terrifying implications of cause behind flood of African migrants 27-Apr-15, 11:05 AM| Michael Werz and Max Hoffman, Reuters Climate change is affecting such basic environmental conditions as rainfall patterns and temperatures and is contributing to more frequent natural disasters like floods and droughts. Undermining the rural livelihoods of farming, herding, and fishing, this causes people to migrate.

Indonesia defiant as UN leads condemnation of looming executions of Mary Jane, 7 others 26-Apr-15, 12:11 PM| Agence France-Presse | InterAksyon.com | Carla Lim, News5 UPDATE2, 6:52 PM-Indonesia has signalled it will push ahead with the execution of eight foreign drug convicts, despite a growing wave of global condemnation led by UN chief Ban Ki-moon. VP Binay, back in Manila from Jakarta, and Veloso's lawyer Olalia said Filipinos should not lose hope for her.

Peace Council says Bangsamoro Basic Law 'overwhelmingly acceptable' 27-Apr-15, 10:41 AM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE, 11:30 a.m.) The Palace-created Peace Council, which includes Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, gave its stamp of approval to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), saying it was "overwhelmingly acceptable" and should be passed by Congress.

PLDT spending over a billion pesos on eighth data center 27-Apr-15, 11:51 AM| Cassandra Lee, InterAksyon.com VITRO Clark will serve the disaster recovery requirements of businesses elsewhere.

 
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