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Heroin use, overdose deaths mounting in US where 500,000 are addicts 08-Jul-15, 2:03 AM | Kerry Sheridan, Agence France-Presse

Negros Oriental free of red tide - BFAR 08-Jul-15, 6:20 AM | Philippines News Agency

Philippines ramps up military spending in face of China threat 08-Jul-15, 5:20 AM | Manuel Mogato, Reuters The Philippines plans to ramp up military spending over the next 13 years, earmarking more than $20 billion to modernize its forces in the face of Beijing's maritime ambitions in the disputed South China Sea, a top air force official told Reuters.

Philippines starts South China Sea case at Hague tribunal 08-Jul-15, 3:24 AM | Agence France-Presse | Toby, Sterling, Reuters The Philippines opened its case against China before an international arbitration tribunal Tuesday, which it hopes will rule in its favor in an increasingly fraught territorial dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea.

Lawmaker vows tough scrutiny of 2016 budget of P3T amid fears funds will fuel campaigns 07-Jul-15, 2:32 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com The Aquino government's last, record-setting P3-trillion national budget proposed for 2016 will face tough scrutiny when it reaches Congress, to ensure funds are not used to influence next year's elections, a party-list lawmaker said.

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10-hour power outage in Isabela, Kalinga; 2-hour brownout in Benguet, Baguio City - NGCP 10-hour power outage in Isabela, Kalinga; 2-hour brownout in Benguet, Baguio City - NGCP Parts of Isabela and the entire Kalinga province will experience a 10-hour outage on July 8 and 9, while parts of Benguet and Baguio City…

Greece given Sunday debt deal deadline Greece given Sunday debt deal deadline European leaders gave debt-stricken Greece a final deadline of Sunday to reach a new bailout deal and avoid crashing out of the euro, after Greek…

Europe pushes Greece for debt plan as euro exit looms Europe pushes Greece for debt plan as euro exit looms European leaders accused Greece at an emergency summit Tuesday of failing to produce concrete proposals for a new bailout to keep it in the euro…

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Monsoon rains intensified by Egay, Falcon may trigger landslides, flash floods - Pagasa 08-Jul-15, 7:24 AM | Rommel Rio, News 5 Rainy weather will persist in some parts of the country on Wednesday as tropical storm Linfa (local name: Egay) and typhoon Falcon continue to intensify the southwest monsoon or habagat, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said.

VIDEO | Suspect-witness Angela Dychioco, CIDG reenact night Sheldon killed ex-wife Tania Dee 08-Jul-15, 9:23 AM | Mon Gualvez, News5 For the first time since she claimed having been shown the body of bank teller Tania Camille Dee by her lover Fidel Sheldon Arcenas, Angela Tinio Dychioco went back to her mother's house in Angeles City Tuesday to reenact before CIDG officers the events of June 27, which happened to be her birthday.

In turnaround, de Lima now says VP Binay cannot be prosecuted for acts as mayor 07-Jul-15, 6:20 PM| Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has made a sudden turnaround from her previous position that Vice President Jejomar Binay is not entitled to immunity from criminal prosecution.

Greece given Sunday debt deal deadline 08-Jul-15, 7:36 AM| Danny Kemp, Agence France-Presse European leaders gave debt-stricken Greece a final deadline of Sunday to reach a new bailout deal and avoid crashing out of the euro, after Greek voters rejected international creditors' plans in a weekend referendum.

Stop Comelec's P12-B OMR leasing project, bishops-led group asks SC 07-Jul-15, 11:25 AM| InterAksyon.com Eight bishops and a priest, a former senator and a lawyer who had challenged the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) asked the Supreme Court Tuesday to stop the Comelec from leasing over 93,000 optical mark readers (OMR), at a cost of over P12 billion, for the 2016 polls.

800 million still hungry and poor despite progress of millennium goals: UN 07-Jul-15, 2:14 AM| Magda Mis, Thomson Reuters Foundation About 800 million people still live in dire poverty and suffer from hunger despite the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) being the most successful anti-poverty push in history, the UN said on Monday.

Gov. Mangudadatu, ready to forgive Andal Ampatuan Sr. for massacre if... 08-Jul-15, 7:57 AM| Dennis Arcon, InterAksyon.com "Kung ang Panginoon nga ay nakakapagpatawad, tao pa kaya?" This was the statement of Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu after it was reported that former Maguindanao Governor and one of the primary suspects in the Ampatuan massacre, Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr., is terribly sick.

VIDEO | Retired US fireman a hero in Ormoc boat tragedy 07-Jul-15, 10:19 AM| Ryan Sorote, News5 A state of mourning was declared in the town of Pilar in Camotes Island wherein nearly 40 residents perished in the sinking of MB Kim Nirvana-B. The number of fatalities may have been more if not for the heroic deeds of a retired American fireman.

 
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