Killing of environmentalists dramatically rises; indigenous communities hardest hit 21-Apr-15, 5:28 AM | Imelda V. Abano,

JOB VACANCIES | Govt targets filling up 87,000 positions in 2015 21-Apr-15, 7:41 AM | Philippines News Agency

Bohol is high on agenda of Spain - Ambassador Calvo 21-Apr-15, 6:42 AM | Philippines News Agency

Asia, Africa to mark summit that forged post-colonial path 21-Apr-15, 7:02 AM | Sam Reeves, Agence France-Presse

China driving fishers out of Panatag, blocking supplies to Ayungin - AFP chief Catapang 20-Apr-15, 9:30 AM | Jaime Sinapit, | With a PNA report UPDATE 7:47p.m.- China continues to assert its power in the South China Sea, driving out Filipino fishermen from Panatag Shoal (also known as Scarborough) and blocking supplies to Philippine Navy personnel at Ayungin in Spratlys, AFP chief of staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr. said Monday.

Philippines sounds alarm on China 'aggression' as US war games begin 20-Apr-15, 1:42 PM | Mynardo Macaraig, Agence France-Presse Philippine military chief General Gregorio Catapang released what he said were satellite photos of intense recent Chinese construction over seven reefs and shoals in the Spratly archipelago of the flashpoint South China Sea.

OIC leader backs Mindanao peace process, hopes other armed groups will, too 20-Apr-15, 4:42 PM | Jelly F. Musico, PNA | With Ernie Reyes, UPDATE 7:35 P.M- The secretary general of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation aired the support of the 57-member countries' group for the peace process in Mindanao, hoping the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will draw support not only from Congress but from the Filipino people.

BAWAL NA ANG R&R | After Laude slay, no more bar-hopping for US soldiers in this year's Balikatan 21-Apr-15, 1:47 AM | Video report by JV Arcena, News5 The 2014 murder of Filipino transgender Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude allegedly by U.S. Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton case has taken its toll on the American military men taking part in this year's Balikatan exercises with Philippine armed forces and the local economies of Olongapo City and Subic.

Draft BBL will violate PNP charter - House ad hoc panel chair 20-Apr-15, 5:29 PM | Philippines News Agency Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the House Ad Hoc committee on Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), on Monday said the proposed BBL will violate the Philippine National Police (PNP) charter.

Senators probing CA justices for bribery will be usurping SC powers - IBP head 20-Apr-15, 6:01 PM| Brian Maglungsod, Senators conducting an inquiry into bribery allegations made by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV against two Court of Appeals (CA) justices would be usurping the power of the Supreme Court, according to the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

VP Binay eyes personal appeal to Widodo for Veloso case; NUPL flying to Jakarta, too 20-Apr-15, 3:47 PM| | With a report by Brian Maglungsod UPDATE 7:15 P.M.-Vice President Binay is flying to Indonesia on April 22 for the Asian-African Summit in Bandung, but will use the trip to make a personal appeal to President Joko Widodo to spare the life of Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso. The NUPL is also filing a second petition for review.

GRABENG INIT! | Brace for hotter days ahead, heat index in NCR may hit 39C; Tuguegarao over 40C 20-Apr-15, 8:12 PM| Brace for hotter days ahead as the scorching April sun you're experiencing now is not yet the worst summer temperature.

TUKSO RAW? HK politician under fire for accusing Pinay maids of seducing male employers 20-Apr-15, 9:35 PM| Agence France-Presse A senior Hong Kong politician is under fire after she accused some Filipina domestic helpers of seducing their male employers, in comments branded "racist" and "offensive" by critics.

Senators, OFW groups ask Ombudsman to stop implementation of MIAA integrated terminal fee 20-Apr-15, 8:28 PM| Ernie Reyes, The petitioners cite the Ombudsman Act of 1989 that empowers it to direct any government-owned or controlled corporation with original charter to stop and correct any form of abuse.

DND, DILG reiterate support for BBL, back constitutionality while voicing concerns 20-Apr-15, 2:14 PM| Tricia Aquino, The military tells the House Committee tackling the Bangsamoro Basic Law's provisions on public order and safety that its mandate is deemed intact, but the interpretations should be read in light of the 1987 Constitution.

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