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DFA priority: Peace in disputed sea

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Johnson Reef, called Mabini by the Philippines, at the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea.  AP FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Sunday its priority in the remaining two years of the Aquino administration would be “to ensure the peace in the West Philippine Sea” amid rising territorial conflicts with regional giant China.

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

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

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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 teachers are in Laos, too

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DONNA (right) with the author at Hanuvong Park  fronting the Mekong River which divides Thailand and Laos

Three years ago, this capital city looked like a small municipality in the Philippines with few vehicles and buildings. A different Vientiane welcomed me this time: the main road was now similar to Ayala Avenue in Makati City; new vehicles were on the road; buildings indicated Chinese, Korean, Thai and Japanese investments. Behind those developments, particularly in the education sector, Filipinos can also take their place.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Global Pinoy | Read More »

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Illegal minors: Some came ‘accompanied by a stranger’

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“I was introduced to a man I’d never seen. He held my hand, as I boarded an airplane for the first time.” This is how Jose Antonio Vargas (Jose), a Pulitzer prize-winning Filipino journalist, described his departure for the United States. It was 1993 and he was 12 years old at the time.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »

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Abused, starved and locked out of the house

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Despite the difficult situation of Anna Liza in Saudi Arabia, she still managed to post a message on the Bantay OCW Facebook page. An avid listener and televiewer of the Bantay OCW program, Anna Liza knew this was one site she could go to for help.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Global Pinoy | Read More »

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