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Grace Poe signs Koko report; VP dismayed, denies allegations went unanswered 29-May-15, 5:27 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com

Two Filipinos win in prestigious HIPA photography awards 29-May-15, 9:30 PM | Text by Tricia Aquino | Photos by Bernard Testa | Lifestyle Section, InterAksyon.com

Myanmar blasts UN for being 'singled out' over migrant crisis 29-May-15, 1:06 PM | Agence France-Presse

Hotel with Filipino workers hit by car bomb in Baghdad; 10 die in attacks but no OFW casualties 29-May-15, 2:44 PM | InterAksyon.com The Philippine Embassy on Friday reiterated its call for Filipinos to leave Baghdad after 10 people were killed and almost 30 others wounded in car bomb explosions that targeted two prominent hotels in the Iraqi capital, including one that employs a number of Filipinos.

US hopes Chinese island-building will spur Asian response 29-May-15, 4:29 AM | David Alexander, Reuters | With Reuters video report by Paul Chapman By releasing video of Beijing’s island reclamation work and considering more assertive maritime actions, the United States is signaling a tougher stance over the South China Sea and trying to spur Asian partners to more action.

K to 12 BOOST | We are ready for change, no turning back - PNoy 29-May-15, 3:26 PM | Gerard dela Pena, News5 | InterAksyon.com President Benigno Aquino III turned the tables Friday on critics of the K to 12 program, insisting the education system was prepared for the reform that he said is key to long-term economic progress and human development.

VIDEO, SCHOOL BUS SHORTAGE AVERTED | LTFRB halts order to replace units 15 years and older 29-May-15, 9:50 PM | Mon Gualvez, News5 Acknowledging concerns not just of the school bus operators but also parents left with no quickly available alternative service, regulators have granted school bus operators a one-year reprieve within which to replace units that are 15 years and older.

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.

Grace Poe signs Koko report; VP dismayed, denies allegations went unanswered 29-May-15, 5:27 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Senator Grace Poe signs the Blur Ribbon sub-committee report on the matter of the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building 2, saying she did so after finding that the accusations against then Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay had remained unrebutted.

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.

DEAFENING SILENCE | Suu Kyi sidesteps Rohingya migrant crisis for political pragmatism 29-May-15, 11:47 AM| Kelly Macnamara, Agence France-Presse Aung San Suu Kyi was once an unassailable champion of Myanmar's powerless. But her refusal to speak up for a persecuted Muslim minority at the heart of a migrant crisis has cast doubt over her moral force - and even earned a gentle rebuke from fellow Nobel laureate the Dalai Lama.

'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.

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.

FOI bill in line for plenary debate, but will it open up SALNs to scrutiny? 29-May-15, 12:44 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Advocates have heightened their push for the passage of the Freedom of Information bill by the House of Representatives with the measure ready to be tackled in plenary. But will an FOI law truly allow access to such information as the SALN of public officials?

 
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