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'MAY QUORUM' | Much more than 3 senators tagged in Napoles' draft affidavit - Ping 23-Apr-14, 2:29 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com The draft affidavit Janet Lim Napoles handed to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Monday names enough senators allegedly involved in the pork barrel scam to constitute a 'quorum,' Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Secretary Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday.

China, more than 12 countries, including PH, sign 'Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea' 23-Apr-14, 3:50 PM | Agence France-Presse China, the United States, Japan, the Philippines and more than a dozen other Asia-Pacific countries have signed a naval agreement aimed at ensuring miscommunication between ships at sea does not escalate into conflict.

MAY QUORUM NGA | De Lima admits Janet named not just 3 senators, but won't disclose others now 23-Apr-14, 6:16 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com Under pressure to disclose all those named by pork barrel queen Janet Lim Napoles in their meeting last Monday, Justice Secretary de Lima admitted that not only the three opposition senators had been tagged, but insisted it would be reckless for her to reveal the other names without validation.

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Philippines slaps anti-dumping duty on Turkish flour Philippines slaps anti-dumping duty on Turkish flour The Philippines will impose higher tariffs on Turkish wheat flour in the next four months after Manila discovered that Ankara was shipping the product here…

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Clash mars PH launch of internationally coordinated protests vs Obama Asia trip 23-Apr-14, 3:23 PM | InterAksyon.com | Photos by GEL FRANCISCO, InterAksyon.com Filipino militant groups launched Wednesday a series of mass actions against what they called the 'US imperialist agenda in Asia,' just as United States President Barack Obama was set to arrive in Japan on the first leg of his East Asia tour that will also include the Philippines.

SC stands by Cybercrime Law ruling; media group 'appalled' 23-Apr-14, 3:22 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE - 4:41 p.m.)Two months after it declared the Cybercrime Law constitutional, the Supreme Court dismissed on Tuesday several motions for reconsideration filed by media and militant groups as well as members of the academe on the ruling, particularly the provisions on cyber libel.

Better work conditions at call centers soon? DOLE, IT-BPAP to ink 2-year voluntary action plan 23-Apr-14, 8:40 AM| InterAksyon.com In a move to address labor issues in the call center sector, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz and the Information Technology-Business Processing Association of the Philippines are scheduled to sign on Friday a landmark partnership agreement and a two-year joint action plan for its workers.

TV5 dares DSWD chief: own up to spoiled goods mess, prove footage 'manipulated' 23-Apr-14, 5:36 PM| InterAksyon.com Secretary Corazon 'Dinky' Soliman should simply take accountability for the messy storage and distribution of relief goods at a warehouse identified as a DSWD hub in Tacloban City instead of accusing media of manipulating footage, TV5 said in a statement Wednesday.

ON EARTH DAY | Jimmy Carter urges US, China leadership on climate 23-Apr-14, 9:11 AM| Mariette Le Roux, Agence France-Presse Former US president Jimmy Carter on Tuesday urged his country and China, two of the world's biggest fossil fuel polluters, to take the lead on halting climate change.

Disaster fund similar to Chiang Mai Initiative needed in Asia -- ADB report 22-Apr-14, 9:07 PM| Likha Cuevas-Miel, InterAksyon.com The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today said countries in the region should put up a disaster fund similar to the multi-currency swap facility that Asean, China, Japan and Korea established in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s.

GALLERY | 4 years and 5 months after, justice still elusive for Ampatuan 58 23-Apr-14, 8:42 PM| InterAksyon.com MANILA, Philippines -- Four years and five months since the worst incident of electoral violence in recent Philippine history and the single deadliest attack on the press ever, justice continues to elude the 58 victims of the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre.

Doctors Without Borders photo exhibit documents decades of emergency aid delivery 23-Apr-14, 6:17 PM| Text by Tricia Aquino | Photos by Bernard Testa | Lifestyle Section, InterAksyon.com On its 30th year doing humanitarian work in the country, the NGO mounts a photo exhibit showing the willful dedication of its volunteers.

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