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Malaysian observer here to help gov’t, MILF thresh out differences

Bangsamoro supporters. RICHEL V. UMEL / INQUIRER MINDANAO

The Malaysian facilitator in the peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) arrived Saturday afternoon to observe the meeting between the two peace panels aimed at threshing out their differences over the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the Inquirer has learned.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipino-Indon family also dead

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“THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC,” a good friend posted on Facebook to express love for Budy Gunawan and his family. (From left) Sherryl Shania, 20, Darryl Dwight, 15, and wife Irene Pabellon, from Quezon originally.  FACEBOOK PHOTO

It’s summer break in the Netherlands and the entire family of Irene Pabellon-Gunawan was looking forward to a vacation in the Philippines. But they never got to Manila.

Posted: July 19th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Palace welcomes Japan Charter change to boost military

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Malacañang on Wednesday welcomed the Japanese Cabinet’s reinterpretation of Japan’s pacifist Constitution that will allow the Japanese military to play a more assertive role in the region in the face of China’s aggressive expansionism in the South and East China Seas.

Posted: July 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

West Philippine Sea China’s best shield vs US, paper says

Map showing the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea (south China Sea), including the Spratlys Islands and Scarborough Shoal. AFP

The West Philippine Sea is China’s “natural shield” in the south, which will not only give it a strong defense against the United States, but will also provide food and energy security given the wealth of natural resources in the Reed Bank, according to a strategic assessment paper from the Development Academy of the Philippines.

Posted: June 28th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino backs Abe’s bid to amend Japan charter for stronger military

TOKYO TÊTE-À-TÊTE  President Aquino and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan shake hands during a joint press conference at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Tokyo on Tuesday.  MALACAÑANG PHOTO

President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday expressed support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to expand Japan’s military role amid China’s more aggressive posture in Asia’s disputed waters.

Posted: June 25th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »