ASEAN, China discuss 'hotline' for sea dispute - Philippines 02-Aug-15, 12:20 PM | Agence France-Presse ASEAN and China are discussing setting up a "hotline" in case of an emergency regarding the territorial dispute over the South China Sea, a Philippine official said on Sunday.

Comelec declares bidding for PCOS refurbishment a failure 01-Aug-15, 6:23 PM | Jet Villa, The Commission on Election's SBAC-2 declared the PCOS refurbishment bidding process a failure after two bidders back out while a third bidder was disqualified.

VIDEO, TAPOS NA ANG HELEHELE | VP Binay says the race is on 01-Aug-15, 3:14 PM | JV Arcena, News5 'Today is the day,' so declared Vice President Jejomar Binay, saying that the race is on after DILG Secretary Manuel 'Mar' Roxas is declared the anointed standard bearer of the Liberal Party for the 2016 election by President Aquino

UN urges govt to speed up housing for Yolanda survivors 01-Aug-15, 7:06 AM | Manuel Mogato, Reuters | Joel Guinto, Agence France-Presse (UPDATE - 11:56 a.m.) The United Nations on Friday urged the government to speed up completion of housing for thousands of people made homeless by super typhoon Yolanda nearly two years ago.

UN expert scores govt for plight of refugees from conflict, 'development' 01-Aug-15, 10:17 AM | The United Nations expert on internally displaced persons scored the government for its failure to protect communities displaced or threatened by armed conflict and development' such as mining despite laws and institutions meant to address the problem.

VIDEO | Erap says open to supporting Mar in 2016 polls 01-Aug-15, 9:46 AM| Jay de Castro, News5 Following the endorsement of Interior Secretary Mar Roxas as the administration’s candidate for president, Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said he was also open to the possibility of supporting Roxas in the 2016 elections.

Sandigan Justice scolds gov't prosecutors for dilatory tactics vs Enrile, Reyes 01-Aug-15, 6:11 AM| Sammy F. Martin, Philippine News Agency Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Samuel Martires scolded government lawyers on Friday for employing dilatory tactics to prevent the full-blown trial of detained Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile and his former chief of staff Atty. Jessica Lucila "Gigi" Reyes.

VIDEO | PNoy's dig at presidential aspirants who lack experience: Magsanay muna 01-Aug-15, 4:16 PM| Roices Naguit, News5 In an obvious dig directed at neophyte senator Grace Poe, who is seen as lacking experience, President Aquino said it would be good for possible aspirants to the presidency to have a chance to season up first.

Panay rebel leader Concha Araneta captured 01-Aug-15, 9:43 AM| Jaime Sinapit, Maria Concepcion 'Concha' Araneta-Bocala, 64, secretary general of the Communist Party of the Philippines on Panay island, was arrested in Iloilo City Saturday morning.

Mindanao braces for longer brownouts 01-Aug-15, 11:04 AM| Philippine News Agency Power consumers in North Cotabato and elsewhere in Mindanao are bracing for longer power interruptions until at least mid-August, an electric cooperative said Saturday.

VIDEO | Growing California wildfire destroys homes, forces hundreds to flee 01-Aug-15, 2:39 AM| Curtis Skinner, Reuters A rapidly growing wildfire burned largely unchecked in Northern California's ranch county on Friday after destroying three homes and forcing hundreds of people to flee.

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