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.

Kris Aquino on PNoy endorsing Mar: silence, then, 'I promised Noy I'll keep quiet' 02-Aug-15, 2:37 PM | | With Hannibal Talete, News5 UPDATE 4:48PM-Sought for reaction to her brother's endorsement of Sec. Mar Roxas for 2016, presidential sister Kris Aquino paused for 5 seconds, then said she had "promised" to keep quiet about the matter. She confirmed VP Binay sent flowers to her mom's grave, calling his family still "friends."

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.

CYBER INSECURITY | Smart gadgets from guns to cars ripe for hacking 02-Aug-15, 11:20 AM| Glenn Chapman, Agence France-Presse Hackers are not just after your computer: connected devices from cars to home security systems to sniper rifles are now targets for actors looking to steal or cause mischief.

DAHIL SA EL NINO | Slightly warmer weather seen from August 2015 to January 2016 - Pagasa 02-Aug-15, 1:05 PM| Catherine J. Teves, Philippines News Agency The government-owned weather bureau expects slightly warmer weather in most areas of the country from August 2015 to January 2016 due to drought-driving El Nino.

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.

MOVING FORWARD | ASEAN, China to negotiate Code of Conduct on South China Sea - Malaysia 02-Aug-15, 1:37 PM| Philippines News Agency | Bernama ASEAN and China have agreed to proceed to the next stage of negotiations toward the establishment of the Code of Conduct (CoC) of Parties on the South China Sea.

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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