TODAY'S HEADLINES

Balikatan 2015 not deliberately targeting China, says Palace 19-Apr-15, 5:17 PM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com Update 6:10 p.m-The Balikatan exercises involving over 11,000 Fiilipino and US servicemen opens Monday in what analysts note as the 'shadow of China,' but a Palace official said the war games do not deliberately target Beijing, which dismissed concern over its West Philippine Sea reclamation spree.

VIDEO | Dry spell might affect more provinces in May -- Pagasa 19-Apr-15, 6:10 AM | Philippines News Agency | With News5 Video Report UPDATED WITH VIDEO REPORT - The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) sees the dry spell will affect more provinces next month.

Balikatan war games start Monday under China's shadow 18-Apr-15, 10:31 AM | Joel Guinto, Agence France-Presse Thousands of American and Filipino soldiers on Monday will kick off expanded war games, showcasing a deepening defense alliance as alarm bells ring over China.

BUSINESS NEWS

Philippines says auction for portion of former U.S. base failed Philippines says auction for portion of former U.S. base failed Filinvest Land and Megaworld -- both of which qualified for the auction -- submitted no bids.

Another crunch week in Greek bailout saga Another crunch week in Greek bailout saga With Athens yet to produce a program of reforms that is deemed acceptable, there is little confidence they will pull off a deal.

Investors look to earnings for market direction Investors look to earnings for market direction Investors have grown concerned about the impact of a strong dollar on quarterly results, even as they remain leery of missing out on any rally.

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Up to 700 feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya -newspaper 19-Apr-15, 3:45 PM | Reuters As many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, the Times of Malta reported on Sunday.

OFW exit clearance now separate from PhilHealth, PagIBIG fees collections - POEA 19-Apr-15, 9:03 AM | InterAksyon.com Responding to the clamor of some overseas Filipino workers' organizations, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has separated the issuance of overseas employment certificate(OEC) or exit clearance from the collection of government fees such as PhilHealth and PagIBIG.

OPINION | US Balikatan will not help PH vs China in territorial dispute over West Philippine Sea 19-Apr-15, 9:44 AM| Renato Reyes Jr., Bayan Secretary General As the Philippine-US war games called Balikatan starts, the leftist group Bayan has issued a statement asserting that the US will not come to the aid of the Philippines in case of a shooting war between China and the Philippines. Here, InterAksyon.com posts Bayan's full statement.

Electrical waste reaches new peak at 41 million tons - report 19-Apr-15, 11:05 AM| Agence France-Presse A record amount of electrical and electronic waste hit the rubbish tips in 2014, with the biggest per-capita tallies in countries that pride themselves on environmental consciousness, a report said Sunday.

AFP chief welcomes Jalandoni's call to resume peace talks 18-Apr-15, 6:01 PM| Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang says the proposal is well-taken but the other side should 'show sincerity' by stopping atrocities and criminal acts.

POEA cancels recruiter's license for collecting P110,000 placement fee from a domestic worker 19-Apr-15, 8:05 AM| InterAksyon.com The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration has cancelled the license of Jao International Manpower Services for charging placement fees amounting to P110,000 from a household service worker it deployed to Romania.

VIDEO | Son of Ergo Cha owner says he brought water, not toxic chemical to tea store 18-Apr-15, 1:56 PM| Romel Lopez, News5 | additional reporting by InterAksyon.com The son of Ergo Cha milk teashop owner William Abrigo on Friday broke his silence and denied that he had brought toxic liquid to their store in Sampaloc, Manila.

Mary Jane Veloso's sister flies to Indonesia; PH to press for second review of drug mule's case 17-Apr-15, 5:38 PM| Eric B.Apolonio, InterAksyon.com | Carla Lim News5 (UPDATE 2 - 9:34 a.m., February 18, 2015) Marites Veloso, sister of Mary Jane Veloso, flew to Indonesia Friday evening to see the Filipina overseas worker, who is now on death row.

 
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