TODAY'S HEADLINES

EU chief slams China reclamation in disputed waters 27-May-15, 12:04 PM | Philippines News Agency | Kyodo

NBI in Central Visayas files crime raps vs 4 Koreans in 'sex tourism' 27-May-15, 9:35 AM | Eddie O. Barrita, Philippines News Agency

Veloso husband, kids to be placed under witness protection - NBI 27-May-15, 11:20 AM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

Scientists look to party drug Ecstasy as possible autism treatment 27-May-15, 11:51 AM | Philippines News Agency | Sputnik

41 Pinoys on death row abroad, more than 1,000 others jailed for drugs - DFA 27-May-15, 12:22 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

Drilon says BBL passage unlikely in June as 12 senators agree measure 'unconstitutional' 27-May-15, 12:01 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Senate President Franklin Drilon admitted on Wednesday there is little likelihood of passing the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law by Malacanang's June 11 deadline as at least 12 senators agreed that the measure is 'unconstitutional' and needs substantial revision.

41 Pinoys on death row abroad, more than 1,000 others jailed for drugs - DFA 27-May-15, 12:22 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com At least 1,288 Filipinos abroad have been convicted for drug-related charges, including 41 on death row, an official of the Department of Foreign Affairs to the House of Representatives' committee on dangerous drugs Wednesday.

Despite meeting with Poe, PNoy likely to anoint Mar in 2016 - Drilon 27-May-15, 10:31 AM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Despite meeting with Senator Grace Poe, President Aquino will still anoint Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas as standard bearer of the Liberal Party (LP) in 2016, Senate President Franklin Drilon said Monday.

Lawyer asks SC to lift Family Code prohibition on same-sex marriage 26-May-15, 6:32 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com Limiting marriages to man and woman violates the 1987 Constitution guarantees of equal treatment and marital autonomy, a gay lawyer said Tuesday, as he asked the Supreme Court to lift the same-sex prohibition in the Family Code.

China to extend military reach, build lighthouses in disputed waters 27-May-15, 2:27 AM | Megha Rajagopalan, Reuters China outlined a strategy to boost its naval reach on Tuesday and held a groundbreaking ceremony for two lighthouses in disputed waters, developments likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing's maritime ambitions.

Palace reminds Duterte about due process of law 27-May-15, 12:58 AM| Jelly F. Musico, Philippine News Agency Malacanag on Tuesday reminded Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte that due process and rule of law should still prevail in prosecuting criminals.

Veloso husband, kids to be placed under witness protection - NBI 27-May-15, 11:20 AM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com The husband and two children of Filipina death convict Mary Jane Veloso will be placed under the Witness Protection Program to help beef up the cases of drug and human trafficking she filed against her recruiter.

Cebu now on state of calamity as dry spell lingers 27-May-15, 6:30 AM| Philippines News Agency The Cebu Provincial Board (PB) has passed a resolution declaring the entire province under a state of calamity as it tries to address the water shortage brought about by the long dry spell.

Paper outlines China's 'active defense' strategy, says control of seas as vital as control of land 26-May-15, 7:04 PM| PNA/Xinhua China issued its first white paper on military strategy on Tuesday, stressing active defense' and pledging closer international security cooperation. But it highlighted 'threats' to its maritime rights, and said control of the seas was as important as control over land.

No to privatization of Agus-Pulangi Hydro Complex - Misamis Oriental board members 27-May-15, 7:19 AM| Philippines News Agency The provincial board of Misamis Oriental has passed a resolution opposing the privatization of the Agus-Pulangi Hydropower complex in Bukidnon.

Funds for Bangsamoro: P336.9 billion over 5 years 26-May-15, 6:05 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Based on DBM projection, Bangsamoro will get P56.6 billion in 2016; P58.2 billion in 2017; P65.9 billion in 2018; P73.5 billion in 2019; and, P82.7 billion in 2020.

 
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