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Ombudsman raps ex-Albay mayor, 5 others over fertilizer scam 24-Apr-15, 5:05 PM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com

Indonesian NGO urges ASEAN solidarity to save Mary Jane Veloso 24-Apr-15, 8:09 AM | Veronica Uy, InterAksyon.com

Suspected CPP-NPA-NDF leader in Eastern Visayas, wife nabbed in Batangas 24-Apr-15, 2:31 PM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com

SC: Contract for PCOS repair is not for extended warranty but separate and new contract 25-Apr-15, 12:21 AM | Perfecto T. Raymundo, Philippine News Agency

Mary Jane's lawyers file second bid for judicial review as convicted OFW moved to execution island 24-Apr-15, 10:58 AM | InterAksyon.com | Carla Lim, News5 | Reuters (UPDATE 4 - 5:50 p.m.) Lawyers of Mary Jane Veloso filed a second petition for judicial review of her case at 3:50 p.m. on Friday, hours after the Filipina sentenced to death in Indonesia on drug charges was transferred to a maximum security prison along with other convicts facing execution.

Sevilla turns over Customs helm to Lina; Tiangco says P3-B 'pressure' forced Sevilla departure 24-Apr-15, 5:28 PM | Lina Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com | Video Report by Mia Reyes, News5 UPDATED WITH VIDEO-Alberto Lina on Friday returned to the Bureau of Customs he once headed, promising to pursue reforms begun by outgoing Commissioner John Sevilla, who cited 'political pressure.' Rep. Toby Tiangco said Sevilla may have been under pressure to help shore up the LP campaign kitty.

Philippines has worst impunity problem - study 24-Apr-15, 7:34 AM | InterAksyon.com The Philippines has earned the dubious distinction of having the worst record in bringing wrongdoers to justice, according to a study of countries plagued by impunity.

MAMASAPANO | Eyewitness tells NBI of two 'American' dead 23-Apr-15, 6:06 PM | Nonoy Espina, InterAksyon.com The NBI-NPS Special Investigation Team's report recommends following up on the extent of US involvement in the ill-fated Battle of Mamasapano.

Chinese reclamation damage to Philippine coral reefs 600X larger than Tubbataha's - BFAR 24-Apr-15, 9:10 PM | Jelly F. Musico, Philippines News Agency The damage to the coral reefs caused by the Chinese reclamation in the West Philippine Sea is 600 times larger than the damage brought by the USS Guardian on Tubbataha Reef, according to estimates by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

Philippines, Vietnam to hold naval drills, scientific research in South China Sea 24-Apr-15, 2:39 AM| Tessa Jamandre and Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files The Philippines and Vietnam have agreed to conduct joint naval drills and scientific studies amid concerns over China’s intensified reclamations in the South China Sea.

Philippine fishery officials 'disturbed' by China reclamation 24-Apr-15, 1:49 AM| Manuel Mogato and Erik dela Cruz, Reuters Philippine fishery officials on Thursday said they are "disturbed" by China's reclamation work in the South China Sea, which they said threatens a quarter of the country's fish production due to damage being done to coral reefs.

No firing occurred, but Chinese ship did shoo Navy patrol planes off Kagitingan Reef 23-Apr-15, 4:31 PM| Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Thursday officially affirmed that patrolling Philippine Navy planes were NOT fired upon by a Chinese frigate at Kagitingan Reef earlier this week.

Westcom intensifies territorial patrol in WPS 24-Apr-15, 3:33 PM| Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com Vice Admiral Alexander Lopez, commander of the Western Command based in Palawan, says all assets available will be put at his disposal to cover sovereignty and territorial patrol in the Kalayaan Island Group.

SC grants Sandigan chief's request for Napoles to be brought to SB for bail hearings 24-Apr-15, 12:08 PM| InterAksyon.com The Supreme Court en banc granted Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotage-Tang's request for Janet Lim Napoles to be brought to the Sandiganbayan, 'as may be necessary and upon appropriate process issued,' for hearings on her bail application in the plunder and other cases she faces at SB.

ASEAN irrelevant to most residents of region - lawmakers 23-Apr-15, 7:35 AM| Veronica Uy, InterAksyon.com The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is irrelevant to most people living in the region, parliamentarians from member-countries of the bloc said at a dialogue with participants of the ASEAN People's Forum here Wednesday.

 
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