TODAY'S HEADLINES

Mary Jane Veloso spared as 8 drug convicts are executed in Indonesia: media 29-Apr-15, 1:26 AM | Kanupriya Kapoor, Reuters | InterAksyon.com UPDATED 2:20 A.M.- Eight drug convicts were executed by an Indonesian firing squad early on Wednesday but Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipina who was on death row with the Australians, Nigerians, a Brazilian and an Indonesian, was unexpectedly not among them, local media reports said.

Veloso recruiter surrenders to Ecija police, says she fears death threats 28-Apr-15, 2:09 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com UPDATE3, 4:26 P.M.-Saying she feared for her life, the recruiter of Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso, whom she blames for setting her up to be a drug mule after promising her a job as a maid in Malaysia, has surrendered to authorities, just hours before Veloso's possible execution in Indonesia.

FAREWELL MEETING | Mary Jane wants simple dress, makeup; leaves final requests with sister 28-Apr-15, 10:46 PM | Mon Gualvez, News5 A simple dress, simple makeup, the songs she wants sung. These were among the heart-breaking details that Mary Jane Veloso discussed with her family in the last meeting they were allowed on Indonesia's 'execution island' Tuesday.

PNoy reports 'substantial' progress in pushing united ASEAN stand on South China Sea 28-Apr-15, 8:11 PM | InterAksyon.com President Benigno Aquino III said Tuesday he sees 'very, very substantial progress' in discussions within ASEAN of the South China Sea issues and expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the 26th ASEAN Summit in Malaysia.

China 'extremely concerned' by ASEAN statement on South China Sea 28-Apr-15, 7:49 PM | Reuters China's foreign ministry said on Tuesday that it was 'extremely concerned' after leaders of Southeast Asian countries expressed worry about land reclamation and navigational freedom in the disputed South China Sea.

JONAS BURGOS, 8 YEARS | 'End our suffering of not knowing' - Edita to PNoy 28-Apr-15, 10:01 AM| Edita Burgos, mother of Jonas Burgos Today, April 28, 2015, marks the eighth year since activist Jonas Burgos, son of press freedom icon Jose Burgos Jr., was abducted from a Quezon City mall. His mother writes President Benigno Aquino III.

Netizens tweet Widodo: 'Have mercy on Mary Jane' 28-Apr-15, 11:56 AM| Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com Despite the impending execution of Filipinas Mary Jane Veloso, which could happen as early as Tuesday afternoon, netizens have refused to give up hope and continue to flood the Twitter account of Indonesian President Joko Widodo with pleas for mercy.

10 reminders from POEA to avoid illegal recruitment 28-Apr-15, 8:26 AM| InterAksyon.com With the looming execution of Mary Jane Veloso, 30-year-old mother of two who was a victim of human trafficking, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration re-released its 10 reminders against illegal recruitment.

'Migrant smuggling in Asia increasingly complex and dynamic' - UN 28-Apr-15, 8:49 AM| InterAksyon.com The United Nations said the smuggling of migrants has become a 'significant threat to Asia,' with the illicit trade 'leading to deaths and human rights abuses' even as it rakes in an estimated $2 billion a year for criminal groups.

VIDEO| How Indonesia executes convicts by firing squad 28-Apr-15, 6:45 AM| Cheryl Cosim, News5 How is a death row convict executed by firing squad in Indonesia?

HISTORY | Why should the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade Route be on World Heritage List? 28-Apr-15, 10:35 AM| InterAksyon.com The Philippines and Mexico are pushing to put the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade Route on the World Heritage List and gave several compelling arguments.

 
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