TODAY'S HEADLINES

Philippine, Vietnamese troops play soccer and sing on disputed island 28-May-15, 3:33 AM | Manuel Mogato, Reuters

DFA chief Del Rosario remains richest Cabinet member; Luistro still poorest 28-May-15, 12:41 AM | Jelly F. Musico, Philippine News Agency

Dalai Lama urges Suu Kyi to act on Rohingya crisis 28-May-15, 9:50 AM | Agence France-Presse

More than 1,100 dead from Indian heat wave 27-May-15, 4:12 PM | Vivek Nemana, Agence France-Presse

ITAGA SA BATO | US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines 28-May-15, 7:30 AM | Agence France-Presse | InterAksyon.com (UPDATE - 10:09 a.m.) US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told his Philippine counterpart on Wednesday that Washington's pledge to defend the Pacific nation remains 'ironclad' and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea.

UN Security Council urges end to impunity for attacks on journalists 28-May-15, 11:16 AM | Reuters The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday condemned the frequent attacks against journalists worldwide and demanded an end to the impunity enjoyed by those guilty of violent crimes against members of the press.

Poe admits Mar offered her VP slot, as she and Chiz continue talking on 2016 team-up 27-May-15, 6:26 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Senator Grace Poe said on Wednesday she now has a clearer picture of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas's intention in talking to her recently: to run as his vice president in 2016.

VIDEO | De Lima, Duterte pursue word war over Davao Death Squad 27-May-15, 8:02 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com | Marlene Alcaide, News5 Department of Justice Leila de Lima says Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte should be held criminally liable if it is proven that he has links to the Davao Death Squad.

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.

Opt-in provision seen key to why many lawmakers 'opt out' of BBL 27-May-15, 5:01 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Half of the resistance to the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law could dissipate if the opt-in provision in the bill - allowing for the expansion of the Bangsamoro area five years after BBL's enactment - is removed, Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said Wednesday.

VIDEO | Tension still grips violence-marred Caloocan demolition site; folk score solon's 'betrayal' 27-May-15, 2:15 PM| InterAksyon.com | Video Report by Jeff Caparas, News5 Tension continues to grip the Calaanan compound in Caloocan, a day after violence broke out as informal settlers faced off with SWAT teams, anti-riot police, firefighters using water cannons and a demolition crew. They were given till end of Wednesday to tear down temporary shelters they put up.

Dalai Lama urges Suu Kyi to act on Rohingya crisis 28-May-15, 9:50 AM| Agence France-Presse The Dalai Lama has urged fellow Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do more to help Myanmar's persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority amid a worsening migration crisis.

'HANDS OFF THE PHILIPPINES' | Nationalists to hold June 12 rally for sovereignty 28-May-15, 9:15 AM| InterAksyon.com Amid the increasing tensions triggered by China's aggressive reclamation in the disputed Spratly Islands, nationalist groups are gearing up for a what they envision as a massive rally on June 12 to assert the country's sovereignty.

Economic Cha-cha resolution hurdles 2nd reading in House 27-May-15, 5:43 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com The Resolution of Both Houses No. 1 (Proposing Amendments to Certain Economic Provisions of the 1987 Constitution of the Republic of the Philippines Particularly on Articles XII, XIV and XVI) hurdles plenary debates one year after it was brought to the floor for discussion.

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.

 
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