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Meralco warns of higher bills in June 28-May-15, 4:22 PM | Michelle Orosa-Ople, News5

VIDEO | Days before class opening and K to 12 rollout, public schools grapple with usual woes 28-May-15, 11:06 PM | Romel Lopez, News5 | With InterAksyon.com

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

Philippine economy slows sharply in Q1, but NEDA sees growth pick-up on back of infra spending 28-May-15, 10:34 AM | InterAksyon.com | With a report from Gerard dela Pena, News5 (UPDATE 2, 6:20 p.m.) The country's GDP grew by 5.2 percent in the January to March period, slowing from 5.6 percent in the same three months of the previous year and the 6.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. Pulling down growth were services and household spending.

PH, US slam China: Stop reclamations, militarizing disputed sea 28-May-15, 4:55 PM | Jaime Sinapit, Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Officials of the Philippines and United States urge China to stop all its reclamation activities in the West Philippine Sea, especially at the reefs within the municipality of Kalayaan Island Group (KIG), and including incursions into Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal off Luzon.

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.

VIDEO | Days before class opening and K to 12 rollout, public schools grapple with usual woes 28-May-15, 11:06 PM | Romel Lopez, News5 | With InterAksyon.com In many public schools in the country, officials are frenziedly trying to find ways to fill in shortages and lack of resources. But DepEd is unfazed by critics of K to 12 who say the entire system if woefully unprepared, and K to 12 will only leave more students falling through the cracks.

Reynato Puno says BBL cannot guarantee peace in Mindanao 28-May-15, 6:09 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno says only a change in the country's political system can avert a possible crisis that could tear the nation apart if the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law is either passed or rejected.

VIDEO | Treason, sedition charges filed against gov't negotiating panel over BBL 28-May-15, 7:27 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com | With News5 Video Even before it could became law, the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) faces its first legal challenge before a local court, which accused its framers of treason and inciting to sedition.

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.

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.

POEA designates Yemen as 'War Risk Trading Area' 28-May-15, 7:12 PM| Jet Villa, InterAksyon.com Due to the deteriorating security situation there, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has declared Yemen as a 'war risk trading area and its ports under war-like operations.'

Mercado claims more Binay bank accounts, as Senate panel report said to endorse plunder raps 28-May-15, 5:53 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Former Makati Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado discloses that Vice President Jejomar Binay had bank accounts jointly under the names of two trusted aides that he allegedly failed to include in his Statement of Assets and Liabilities Net Worth for 1994 and 1996.

 
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