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Heroin use, overdose deaths mounting in US where 500,000 are addicts 08-Jul-15, 2:03 AM | Kerry Sheridan, Agence France-Presse

Negros Oriental free of red tide - BFAR 08-Jul-15, 6:20 AM | Philippines News Agency

Stop Comelec's P12-B OMR leasing project, bishops-led group asks SC 07-Jul-15, 11:25 AM | InterAksyon.com Eight bishops and a priest, a former senator and a lawyer who had challenged the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) asked the Supreme Court Tuesday to stop the Comelec from leasing over 93,000 optical mark readers (OMR), at a cost of over P12 billion, for the 2016 polls.

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, InterAksyon.com 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.

35 local bets in 2010 and 2013 face raps for campaign overspending 07-Jul-15, 6:38 PM | Jet Villa, InterAksyon.com At least 35 local candidates in the 2010 and 2013 polls face charges of campaign overspending, the Commission on Elections said Tuesday.

Some Philippine banks too-big-to-fail, but Bangko Sentral won't tell which 06-Jul-15, 11:06 PM | InterAksyon.com The BSP will require D-SIBs to raise their common equity tier one (CET1) by 150-250 basis points of their risk-weighted assets.

In turnaround, de Lima now says VP Binay cannot be prosecuted for acts as mayor 07-Jul-15, 6:20 PM| Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com 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.

Chiz asks Comelec: Drop hybrid poll, go for full automation 07-Jul-15, 2:23 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero expresses misgivings to the so-called "hybrid" elections, which combines manual and automated processes, as a step backwards to a process marred by rampant cheating and other fraudulent election practices in the past.

800 million still hungry and poor despite progress of millennium goals: UN 07-Jul-15, 2:14 AM| Magda Mis, Thomson Reuters Foundation About 800 million people still live in dire poverty and suffer from hunger despite the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) being the most successful anti-poverty push in history, the UN said on Monday.

NAIA on heightened alert for Mers-Cov screening 07-Jul-15, 4:22 PM| Eric B.Apolonio, InterAksyon.com Following official guidance from the Bureau of Quarantine, the Manila International Airport Authority has tightened health alert measures to block the entry of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus.

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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