TODAY'S HEADLINES

PH to Indonesia: Use Mary Jane as state witness in case vs drug rings 28-Apr-15, 11:21 AM | Radyo ng Bayan | Interaksyon.com

Pinoy DNA expert was stopped from probe of Laude murder as US NCIS took over crime scene 28-Apr-15, 8:59 AM | Ruben A. Veloria, Philippines News Agency

Mary Jane, 8 others in isolation cells awaiting execution 28-Apr-15, 12:11 PM | Fergus Jensen and Jane Wardell, Reuters

10 reminders from POEA to avoid illegal recruitment 28-Apr-15, 8:26 AM | InterAksyon.com

VIDEO| How Indonesia executes convicts by firing squad 28-Apr-15, 6:45 AM | Cheryl Cosim, News5

Indonesian court junks second petition for review for Veloso 27-Apr-15, 6:10 PM | Carla Lim, News5 | With Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.com UPDATE2, 11:57 P.M. WITH VIDEO REPORT -An Indonesian court has rejected the second petition for judicial review of the case of Mary Jane Veloso, just hours after President Benigno Aquino III made a last-ditch plea for the Filipino worker's life with President Widodo.

International Court of Justice may hold key to halting Veloso execution - Roque 27-Apr-15, 4:51 PM | Beverly Natividad, News5 The International Court of Justice may yet provide a venue for sparing the life of Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso, who faces execution in Indonesia for drug smuggling, but the Filipino lawyers need the go-ahead of President Aquino to file a case for urgent ICJ intervention.

PHOTOS | Vigils held around the world, Manny Pacquiao joins pleas for Veloso's life 27-Apr-15, 9:08 PM | Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com From people as diverse as Manny Pacquiao to One Billion Rising founder Eve Ensler, expressions of empathy and sympathy were strong across the globe for the plight of overseas Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso, who was convicted of drug smuggling in Indonesia, but says she was set up by a recruiter.

Chinese actions 'may undermine peace' in S. China Sea - ASEAN 27-Apr-15, 8:16 AM | Agence France-Presse Chinese island-building efforts "may undermine peace, security, and stability" in the disputed South China Sea, said a statement by Southeast Asian leaders meeting for a summit on Monday.

VIDEO, EXPERIENCE | Simulator shows what 7.8 magnitude quake, such as that in Nepal, would be like 27-Apr-15, 2:20 PM | Patricia Mangune, News5 The earthquake simulator at the government's Philippine Institute if Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) provides an idea of what such an experience would be like. A man inside the simulator is unable to stand, and the best advice experts give is still the classic 'duck, cover and hold.'

Jokowi 'sympathetic', to ask Indon attorney general on legal issues of Mary Jane case - Coloma 27-Apr-15, 11:49 AM| Marlene Alcaide, TV5 (UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.) A day before the scheduled execution of Mary Jane Veloso, President Benigno Aquino III on Monday made a last-ditch appeal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to spare the life of the overseas Filipino worker. And Widodo appeared sympathetic.

PH, Vietnam seek adoption of ASEAN Code of Conduct in South China Sea 27-Apr-15, 8:05 AM| InterAksyon.com The Philippines and Vietnam will seek the adoption of the ASEAN Code of Conduct in the South China Sea to avoid the escalation of disputes in the area, as China continues to exert its power and influence the crucial trade route.

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.

AVALANCHE! | Viral video shows climbers' horror on Everest base camp 27-Apr-15, 2:33 PM| Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com | Video by Jost Kobusch on YouTube A viral video posted by a German climber on YouTube shows the world the horror that stared climbers at Mt. Everest's base camp when a killer quake struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25.

Peace Council says Bangsamoro Basic Law 'overwhelmingly acceptable' 27-Apr-15, 10:41 AM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE, 11:30 a.m.) The Palace-created Peace Council, which includes Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, gave its stamp of approval to the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), saying it was "overwhelmingly acceptable" and should be passed by Congress.

OPINION | Terrifying implications of cause behind flood of African migrants 27-Apr-15, 11:05 AM| Michael Werz and Max Hoffman, Reuters Climate change is affecting such basic environmental conditions as rainfall patterns and temperatures and is contributing to more frequent natural disasters like floods and droughts. Undermining the rural livelihoods of farming, herding, and fishing, this causes people to migrate.

 
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