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Amnesty International hails SC ruling on RH law

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Advocates of the Reproductive Health Law waited for more than a day for the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the RH law, and as the court sat en banc at its summer courthouse in Baguio on Tuesday (April 8), actress Giselle Toengi found time to shoot a selfie with the crowd. This was moments before the court decided that the law was constitutional, and the purple crowd went wild. Some broke into tears. PHOTO BY EV ESPIRITU/ INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

An international human rights group praised the Philippine Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Reproductive Health (RH) Law.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Abu Sayyaf-linked kidnappers trying to slip into Jolo island

Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) 52nd Special Action Company conducting a security check on motorists at a checkpoint in Indanan Village, Sulu province in the Southern Philippines. The Star-Asia News Network

A cat-and-mouse game is playing out between Philippine security forces and Abu Sayyaf-linked mercenaries holding two women hostages who are trying to slip into Jolo island.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘Gov’t must act on climate’

INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The “grim climate forecast for Southeast Asia” made by a recent United Nations report on climate change should prod the government to improve its adaptation and mitigation efforts in the face of calamities like Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” according to three civil society groups.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Mission possible to Ayungin Shoal: Get around China to revisit ‘LT 57’

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HOORAY. Marine Sgt. Rey Sarmiento (R) and Pfc. Ryan Esteban react when the PH supply ship arrives March 29, alongside BRP Sierra Madre, their home for 138  days. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Standing on the bridge of the AM700, our small resupply vessel, Navy Lt. (s.g.) Ferdinand Gato had his eyes on the looming image of a huge rusting ship here on Ayungin Shoal.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Overseas alumni aid new grads

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REY LACHICA, UK-based scientist, receives his own plaque as BPInoy awardee in rites last year.

Graduation rites in schools all over the country this month would not be the same without the generous support of their overseas Filipino alumni.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Global Pinoy,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Friendship Singapore style: P231M for Yolanda victims

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Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam. AFP FILE PHOTO

It was “a small gesture of friendship and solidarity” with a neighbor in need, Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam said of his country’s donation to those affected by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” five months ago.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

AFP: Normal monitoring, no new standoff at Ayungin Shoal

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VERY BASIC Austere accommodations on the BRP Sierra Madre,
the country’s fleet Marine detachment in Ayungin Shoal. PHOTO BY GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

The military on Friday denied a supposed standoff between the Filipino garrison on the BRP Sierra Madre and Chinese coast guards at the disputed Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal) off Palawan province on Thursday night.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Asian leaders see need for unity amid disputes

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. AP FILE PHOTO

Southeast Asian defense leaders pointed to Russia’s recent annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula as one example of why the Pacific nations must be more unified in the face of territorial disputes, US officials said on Thursday at the close of a three-day meeting.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

US: We stand by our allies

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US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel reaffirms his country’ support for the Philippines in its territorial dispute with China. The Philippine flag flies proudly on the deck of the rusting BRP Sierra Madre. AFP and INQUIRER file photos

“There should be no doubt about resolve of the United States. We stand by our allies and we stand by our commitments,” Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel, the top US diplomat for East Asia, told a Senate panel that oversees policy in the region.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Headlines,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Palace ready for China backlash

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LEAVE US ALONE  Activists stage a rally at the Chinese Embassy in Makati City on Wednesday to protest the Chinese Coast Guard’s attempt to stop a Philippine resupply vessel from getting to the BRP Sierra Madre on Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea on Saturday.  RAFFY LERMA

The government is prepared for any backlash from its move to question in the United Nations China’s territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea, but Manila’s ties with Beijing remains the same, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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