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Archived News Headlines from May 20, 2013 to May 26, 2013
(Please note that some articles may no longer be available from their respective publications)

 

May 26, 2013
Maximum restraint vowed in sea row
Despite China’s latest incursion into Philippine waters and other acts of provocation, Manila is exercising maximum restraint and is sticking to diplomacy in addressing the situation ...
Fatalities in ASG-military clash in Sulu rise; 7 fallen AFP men given full honors
The number of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) brigands killed in Saturday morning's clash in Patikul, Sulu has climbed to five while ...
No need to convene NSC – Palace
Malacañang does not see the need to convene the National Security Council or call a full Cabinet meeting to take up the recent Chinese incursions in the Ayungin Shoal ...
Taiwan protests Philippine ships in disputed waters
Taiwan on Saturday protested to the Philip-pines for sending naval ships to disputed South China Sea islands in the latest diplomatic spat between the two ...
65 sea turtles bound for sale to Chinese poachers seized in Palawan
Operatives from the PNP Maritime Group-Special Boat Unit and the Philippine Navy seized 65 sea turtles in the Palawan ...
GSIS head top earner in 2012
OFFICIALS of government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) led the top earners in 2012 with two ambassadors entering the list, according to a report from the Commission on Audit (COA). In its 2012 ...
Palace promises to support FOI bill
Malacanang promised it will support the reintroduction of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill in the incoming 16th Congress. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail ...
No new Taipeh conditions before nod on PH probe of fisherman's death - Palace
Malacañang denied reports that Taipei had imposed additional conditions before giving clearance to a team from the National ...

May 25, 2013
Twister tears up 38 houses, structures in South Cotabato
A strong tornado tore through an urban village in Polomolok town in South Cotabato on Friday afternoon, damaging some 38 houses and other structures, a local official said ...
12 dead as soldiers clash with militants in Sulu
Twelve people were killed in the Philippines on Saturday as troops clashed with a militant group blamed for the country's deadliest terror attacks, the military said. The fighting ...
Courts helping smuggling thrive
The government’s efforts to curb smuggling are being stymied by legal roadblocks that slow down the prosecution of smuggling cases, a prominent group of businessmen said on Friday. The Makati Business Club ...
NBI forensics team off to Taipei Saturday night
Eight forensic experts from the National Bureau of Investigation are set to leave for Taipei Friday night as part of the continuing investigation into the killing by Philippine ...
NBI probe points to Coast Guard negligence
MANILA, Philippines - Initial findings in the investigation into the fatal shooting of a suspected Taiwanese poacher off Batanes last May 9 indicate criminal negligence ...
Maritime tensions can lead to conflict – DFA
The competing territorial and maritime disputes in Asia can lead to conflict in a region largely considered to have the fastest growing economies in the world, Foreign Affairs ...
Speaker asks Comelec to reconsider disqualification of Senior Citizens party-list
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Saturday called on the Commission on Elections to reconsider its decision disqualifying ...
Erap backs Dan Brown: Not more fun in Manila
MANILA - "Inferno" author Dan Brown has found an unlikely ally in former Philippine president and now Manila Mayor-elect Joseph Estrada. Speaking to radio dzMM ...

May 24, 2013
Fourteen party-list winners proclaimed
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed Friday 14 winners in the party-list elections. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the 14 party-list groups are already ...
Taiwan reporter sacked over Philippine hoax
A reporter in Taiwan has been sacked for fabricating a story about a diner refusing to serve Filipinos amid a diplomatic row over the recent killing of a Taiwanese fisherman ...
China tightens grip on Panatag Shoal - Gazmin
China has continued to erect structures on Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal, also called Bajo de Masinloc for the Zambales town to which the disputed maritime territory belongs ...
We'll fight for our territory, up to the last soldier
Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin rallied the troops yesterday to defend the country’s territory against Chinese incursions “up to the last soldier standing.” Gazmin called ...
Brillantes admits getting P30-M intel funds from PNoy
After questioning the motive of a former poll commissioner who exposed the matter, Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. admitted late Thursday that President Benigno ...
Japan backs PH initiative for arbitral proceedings
MANILA, Philippines - Japan backed yesterday the Philippine initiative for arbitral proceedings to clarify maritime zones and entitlements in the South China Sea ...
Mindanao peace process Aquino’s legacy – UK envoy
Implementing the provisions of the Mindanao peace process before President Benigno Aquino 3rd ends his term in 2016 is “ambitious” but doable if he is committed ...
Saudi signs accord to protect Philippine maids
The Philippines said Monday it had signed a historic agreement with Saudi Arabia that would protect thousands of Filipina maids from being exploited in the Middle Eastern ...

May 23, 2013
China may be fanning flames of Taiwanese anger with PH - expert
Since the shooting of a Taiwanese boat that killed a 65-year-old fisherman off Batanes on May 9, there has been no confirmed ...
Palace confirms 2 robbery suspects are PSG men
Malacañang confirmed Thursday that 2 men suspected of committing robbery in Quezon City are members of the Presidential Security Group (PSG). Deputy presidential ...
Group agitating distressed OFWs in Saudi Arabia
A group of Filipinos in Saudi Arabia is “agitating” distressed workers who are awaiting repatriation to “sow disorderly conduct” amid the Kingdom’s ...
PH shifting to other tourist markets to fill gap from Taiwanese cancellations
Malacañang said the Department of Tourism will shift its focus to other markets amid reports of cancellation of reservations ...
Lagman reveals Comelec's intelligence funds
Former elections commissioner Gus Lagman turned the tables not just on his erstwhile boss, Chairman Sixto Brillantes, but on the rest of his former colleagues in the poll body ...
4 million Filipino families hungry - SWS
NEARLY four million or 19.2 percent of Filipino families experienced hunger in March, with some saying that they came to a point where they did not have anything to eat at all ...
Sandiganbayan convicts ex-Dapitan City mayor for graft, malversation
The Office of the Ombudsman has won the graft and malversation charges filed against a former municipal mayor of Dapitan City ...
OFWs not letting guard down in Taiwan
Emotions have ebbed in Kaohsiung, the hometown of the Taiwanese fisherman killed in early May. Around 18,000 Filipinos working in in the manufacturing hub and port city ...

May 22, 2013
Philippines files protest vs China's 'provocative, illegal presence' in Ayungin Reef
The Philippine government has protested a 'provocative and illegal presence' of two Chinese surveillance vessels ...
MECO Executive Director Antonio Basilio in hot water
An official of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) in Taipei may have committed a blunder by making Taiwanese officials believe that President Benigno Aquino ...
Amid row with China, PNoy announces $1.8-B military upgrade vs 'bullies'
Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday announced a $1.8-billion military upgrade to help defend his country's ...
Philippines to lose 50,000 Taiwanese tourists in next 6 months
Taiwanese tour agencies have cancelled nearly all tour packages to the Philippines amid tension between the two countries ...
PNoy: I cannot intervene in graft case vs NBN-ZTE whistleblower Lozada
MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday said he cannot intervene in the graft charges against ...
US Senate panel approves immigration bill
A U.S. Senate panel on Tuesday passed a sweeping immigration bill that would give millions of illegal immigrants a path to citizen-ship. The Senate Judiciary Committee ...
Philippines approves three new wind farms
The Philippines has approved three wind farm projects that will generate 208 megawatts, enough to power more than 40,000 middle-class homes, an energy official said ...
Bong Revilla hits Mar Roxas' 'obsession'
Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla slammed Interior Secretary Mar Roxas for supposedly being obsessed in running after his family. "I cannot understand Secretary Roxas' ...

May 21, 2013
Philippine official bungles talks with Taiwan
IF not for the unwelcome interference of a Philippine government official, Taiwan would have accepted the apology issued by Manila over the death of a Taiwanese fisherman ...
JPE allies: Too early to talk about new Senate chief
Amid talks of a looming change in the Senate leadership, two allies of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile believe it is still too early to even talk about replacing him as head ...
Attacks on OFWs in Taiwan isolated - MECO chief
Chairman Amadeo Perez of the Taipei-based Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) on Monday said that the two incidents of attacks on Filipino workers in Taiwan ...
Celebrities, dynasties still dominate polls
The country may have modernized its election system through automation but the attitude of majority of its voters remained unchanged, a veteran lawmaker said over ...
Filipino people gave President Aquino a fresh mandate: Drilon
With the 9-3 victory of Team PNoy in the senatorial race, the Filipino people on Saturday gave President Benigno Aquino a fresh mandate to govern in his three ...
Pinoys urged to stay indoors in Taiwan as 2 OFWs attacked
A task force has been created to check on the situation of Filipino workers following the reported attack on at least two Pinoys in Taiwan as tensions between Manila ...
Cezar Mancao taunts DOJ, NBI with selfies...in front of DOJ, NBI
Just how close are the Department of Justice & National Bureau of Investigation to capturing fugitive murder suspect Cezar Mancao ...
PNoy denies harassing Jun Lozada
Malacañang denied Tuesday NBN-ZTE whistleblower Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada's accusation that the Aquino administration is harassing him. Deputy presidential ...

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