US hopes Chinese island-building will spur Asian response 29-May-15, 4:29 AM | David Alexander, Reuters | With Reuters video report by Paul Chapman By releasing video of Beijing’s island reclamation work and considering more assertive maritime actions, the United States is signaling a tougher stance over the South China Sea and trying to spur Asian partners to more action.

Hotel with Filipino workers hit by car bomb in Baghdad; 10 die in attacks but no OFW casualties 29-May-15, 2:44 PM | The Philippine Embassy on Friday reiterated its call for Filipinos to leave Baghdad after 10 people were killed and almost 30 others wounded in car bomb explosions that targeted two prominent hotels in the Iraqi capital, including one that employs a number of Filipinos.

VIDEO | Gang engaged in theft, sale of PNR railroad ties busted 29-May-15, 3:32 AM | Mon Gualvez, News5 A gang engaged in the theft and sale of Philippine National Railways (PNR) railroad ties was busted following an entrapment operation that led to discovery of the stolen items - weighing a total of at least 50 kilograms - in a junk shop in Taguig City.

VIDEO | Days before class opening and K to 12 rollout, public schools grapple with usual woes 28-May-15, 11:06 PM | Romel Lopez, News5 | With In many public schools in the country, officials are frenziedly trying to find ways to fill in shortages and lack of resources. But DepEd is unfazed by critics of K to 12 who say the entire system if woefully unprepared, and K to 12 will only leave more students falling through the cracks.

Reynato Puno says BBL cannot guarantee peace in Mindanao 28-May-15, 6:09 PM | Brian Maglungsod, 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.

VIDEO | Treason, sedition charges filed against gov't negotiating panel over BBL 28-May-15, 7:27 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, | With News5 Video Even before it could became law, the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) faces its first legal challenge before a local court, which accused its framers of treason and inciting to sedition.

Philippine economy slows sharply in Q1, but NEDA sees growth pick-up on back of infra spending 28-May-15, 10:34 AM| | 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.

DEAFENING SILENCE | Suu Kyi sidesteps Rohingya migrant crisis for political pragmatism 29-May-15, 11:47 AM| Kelly Macnamara, Agence France-Presse Aung San Suu Kyi was once an unassailable champion of Myanmar's powerless. But her refusal to speak up for a persecuted Muslim minority at the heart of a migrant crisis has cast doubt over her moral force - and even earned a gentle rebuke from fellow Nobel laureate the Dalai Lama.

'HANDS OFF THE PHILIPPINES' | Nationalists to hold June 12 rally for sovereignty 28-May-15, 9:15 AM| 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.

ITAGA SA BATO | US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines 28-May-15, 7:30 AM| Agence France-Presse | (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.

FOI bill in line for plenary debate, but will it open up SALNs to scrutiny? 29-May-15, 12:44 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, Advocates have heightened their push for the passage of the Freedom of Information bill by the House of Representatives with the measure ready to be tackled in plenary. But will an FOI law truly allow access to such information as the SALN of public officials?

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