TODAY'S HEADLINES

Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya -newspaper 19-Apr-15, 3:45 PM | Reuters | Agence France-Presse

Greece pressed to move 'urgently' on detailed debt plan 19-Apr-15, 8:46 AM | Paul Handley, Agence France-Presse

IS shows purported executions in Libya of Ethiopia Christians 19-Apr-15, 7:41 PM | Agence France-Presse

Fil-Ams plan to build statue of Jose Rizal in New York 19-Apr-15, 10:16 AM | InterAksyon.com

Balikatan 2015 not deliberately targeting China, says Palace 19-Apr-15, 5:17 PM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com Update 6:10 p.m-The Balikatan exercises involving over 11,000 Fiilipino and US servicemen opens Monday in what analysts note as the 'shadow of China,' but a Palace official said the war games do not deliberately target Beijing, which dismissed concern over its West Philippine Sea reclamation spree.

VIDEO | Dry spell might affect more provinces in May -- Pagasa 19-Apr-15, 6:10 AM | Philippines News Agency | With News5 Video Report UPDATED WITH VIDEO REPORT - The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) sees the dry spell will affect more provinces next month.

Balikatan war games start Monday under China's shadow 18-Apr-15, 10:31 AM | Joel Guinto, Agence France-Presse Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers on Monday will kick off expanded war games, showcasing a deepening defense alliance as alarm bells ring over China.

Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya -newspaper 19-Apr-15, 3:45 PM | Reuters | Agence France-Presse UPDATE 8:35 P.M.- As many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, the second major accident involving refugees in a week. Pope Francis pleaded with world leaders to respond 'decisively' to the tide of people seeking a better life.

OFW exit clearance now separate from PhilHealth, PagIBIG fees collections - POEA 19-Apr-15, 9:03 AM | InterAksyon.com Responding to the clamor of some overseas Filipino workers' organizations, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has separated the issuance of overseas employment certificate(OEC) or exit clearance from the collection of government fees such as PhilHealth and PagIBIG.

OPINION | US Balikatan will not help PH vs China in territorial dispute over West Philippine Sea 19-Apr-15, 9:44 AM| Renato Reyes Jr., Bayan Secretary General As the Philippine-US war games called Balikatan starts, the leftist group Bayan has issued a statement asserting that the US will not come to the aid of the Philippines in case of a shooting war between China and the Philippines. Here, InterAksyon.com posts Bayan's full statement.

Electrical waste reaches new peak at 41 million tons - report 19-Apr-15, 11:05 AM| Agence France-Presse A record amount of electrical and electronic waste hit the rubbish tips in 2014, with the biggest per-capita tallies in countries that pride themselves on environmental consciousness, a report said Sunday.

AFP chief welcomes Jalandoni's call to resume peace talks 18-Apr-15, 6:01 PM| Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang says the proposal is well-taken but the other side should 'show sincerity' by stopping atrocities and criminal acts.

POEA cancels recruiter's license for collecting P110,000 placement fee from a domestic worker 19-Apr-15, 8:05 AM| InterAksyon.com The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has cancelled the license of Jao International Manpower Services for charging placement fees amounting to P110,000 from a household service worker it deployed to Romania.

Japan firm to build 10 vessels for Philippine Coast Guard as part of P7.37-billion loan - DOTC 19-Apr-15, 1:26 PM| Philippines News Agency The DOTC has awarded a project to enhance the Philippine Coast Guard's ability to protect the country's seas, particularly the construction of ten 40-meter multi-role response vessels and their staggered delivery from the third quarter of 2018.

BPO, remittances to keep propping up PH construction, economy, says U.S. think tank 19-Apr-15, 6:09 PM| Philippines News Agency IHS said remittances and BPO income is driving construction and consumer spending.

 
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