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

Islamic State shoots dead 20 in Palmyra amphitheater: monitor 27-May-15, 11:57 PM | Sylvia Westall, Reuters

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

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.

Marcos warns Palace: Any attempt to force its BBL version will backfire 27-May-15, 6:01 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, Jr. warns Malacañang against making any attempt to prod the Senate into rushing the passage of the Palace version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law, saying such a move will likely backfire.

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.

ITAGA SA BATO | US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines 28-May-15, 7:30 AM | Agence France-Presse 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.

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.

Cebu now in state of calamity as dry spell lingers 27-May-15, 6:30 AM| Philippines News Agency The Cebu Provincial Board (PB) has passed a resolution declaring the entire province under a state of calamity as it tries to address the water shortage brought about by the long dry spell.

THEY WERE HERE | PH allowed Rohingya to rest on its shores 2 years ago - UNHCR 27-May-15, 2:43 PM| Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com As worldwide alarm grew over images of migrant boats refused sanctuary or towed out to sea by Southeast Asian countries, the Philippines bucked the trend and said it was open to receiving some, if not all, of the refugees, mostly Rohingya fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

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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