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US affirms ‘ironclad’ support for Philippines

By Cynthia D. Balana and Nikko Dizon/ – US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin that Washington’s pledge to defend the Pacific nation remained “ironclad,” and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea. Carter met with Gazmin in Honolulu during the Read more »

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Can foreigners own or have interests in Philippine condos?

By Krissel E. Alfonso/ – Ownership of land in the Philippines is regulated by the 1987 Constitution and the Public Land Act, among others. The Constitution provides that except in cases of hereditary succession, only those individuals, corporations and associations allowed to acquire or hold lands in the public domain Read more »

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Supreme Court asked to allow same-sex marriage in PHL

By Mark Merueñas/ – Days before Ireland voted to allow gay marriage, a young Filipino lawyer asked the Philippine Supreme Court to allow same-sex unions. In his 31-page petition filed May 19 but released by the SC on Tuesday, Jesus Nicardo Falcis III asked the tribunal to nullify the portions Read more »

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Jordan Clarkson on his Filipino heritage: ‘It’s why I play’

By Naveen Ganglani/ – As Jordan Clarkson was surrounded by fretting members of the media that were throwing questions every opportunity they could, the theme of the 15-minute conversation quickly veered from talks about the Los Angeles Lakers or Kobe Bryant. Rather than discussions of “the future of Los Angeles” Read more »

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PH open to sheltering 3,000 ‘boat people’

By Paterno Esmaquel II/ – The Philippines on Monday, May 18, said it is open to sheltering up to 3,000 “boat people” from Myanmar and Bangladesh as other Southeast Asian countries rejected these refugees. Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr also denied a newspaper report that said the Philippines “will push Read more »

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Miriam wants garbage returned to Canada

via – Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has filed a resolution urging the government to cite an international agreement to force Canada to take back mountains of garbage illegally exported to the Philippines. In a statement, Santiago said that under the Basel Convention, Canada is responsible for some 50 container vans Read more »