Philippines ramps up military spending in face of China threat 08-Jul-15, 5:20 AM | Manuel Mogato, Reuters The Philippines plans to ramp up military spending over the next 13 years, earmarking more than $20 billion to modernize its forces in the face of Beijing's maritime ambitions in the disputed South China Sea, a top air force official told Reuters.

Philippines starts South China Sea case at Hague tribunal 08-Jul-15, 3:24 AM | Agence France-Presse | Toby, Sterling, Reuters The Philippines opened its case against China before an international arbitration tribunal Tuesday, which it hopes will rule in its favor in an increasingly fraught territorial dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea.

Lawmaker vows tough scrutiny of 2016 budget of P3T amid fears funds will fuel campaigns 07-Jul-15, 2:32 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, The Aquino government's last, record-setting P3-trillion national budget proposed for 2016 will face tough scrutiny when it reaches Congress, to ensure funds are not used to influence next year's elections, a party-list lawmaker said.

Monsoon rains intensified by Egay, Falcon may trigger landslides, flash floods - Pagasa 08-Jul-15, 7:24 AM | Rommel Rio, News 5 Rainy weather will persist in some parts of the country on Wednesday as tropical storm Linfa (local name: Egay) and typhoon Falcon continue to intensify the southwest monsoon or habagat, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said.

VIDEO | Suspect-witness Angela Dychioco, CIDG reenact night Sheldon killed ex-wife Tania Dee 08-Jul-15, 9:23 AM | Mon Gualvez, News5 For the first time since she claimed having been shown the body of bank teller Tania Camille Dee by her lover Fidel Sheldon Arcenas, Angela Tinio Dychioco went back to her mother's house in Angeles City Tuesday to reenact before CIDG officers the events of June 27, which happened to be her birthday.

In turnaround, de Lima now says VP Binay cannot be prosecuted for acts as mayor 07-Jul-15, 6:20 PM| Brian Maglungsod, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has made a sudden turnaround from her previous position that Vice President Jejomar Binay is not entitled to immunity from criminal prosecution.

Greece given Sunday debt deal deadline 08-Jul-15, 7:36 AM| Danny Kemp, Agence France-Presse European leaders gave debt-stricken Greece a final deadline of Sunday to reach a new bailout deal and avoid crashing out of the euro, after Greek voters rejected international creditors' plans in a weekend referendum.

Yolanda survivors to seek Ombudsman's help over delayed death claims 08-Jul-15, 11:27 AM| Lottie Salarda, Frustrated survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in Palo, Leyte say they plan to file a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman over death claims they filed with the Office of Civil Defense more than a year ago.

'DAPAT TAPOS NA NUNG MAY 2013 PA' | Bicol International Airport 4 years delayed - Salceda 08-Jul-15, 10:18 AM| Rhaydz B. Barcia, Philippines News Agency The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) had given the green light to bid out the P1.71-billion Bicol International Airport passenger terminal building, runway, and site development works, but Albay Governor Joey Salceda is not happy.

Gov. Mangudadatu, ready to forgive Andal Ampatuan Sr. for massacre if... 08-Jul-15, 7:57 AM| Dennis Arcon, "Kung ang Panginoon nga ay nakakapagpatawad, tao pa kaya?" This was the statement of Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu after it was reported that former Maguindanao Governor and one of the primary suspects in the Ampatuan massacre, Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr., is terribly sick.

VIDEO | Retired US fireman a hero in Ormoc boat tragedy 07-Jul-15, 10:19 AM| Ryan Sorote, News5 A state of mourning was declared in the town of Pilar in Camotes Island wherein nearly 40 residents perished in the sinking of MB Kim Nirvana-B. The number of fatalities may have been more if not for the heroic deeds of a retired American fireman.

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