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PH won’t fight for Pemberton custody

By Ayee Macaraig/rappler.com – After the United States denied its request, the Philippines will no longer insist on having custody over a US marine charged with murdering a Filipino transgender woman in her own country. The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said it will not send additional requests to Read more »

BILIBID OR NOT? LUXURIOUS QUARTERS IN MAXIMUM SECURITY COMPOUND Justice Secretary Leila de Lima leads a dawn raid on the air-conditioned rooms of powerful convicts at the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Peter Co’s room has a sauna while that of his assistant, Jojo Baligad, boasts of a jacuzzi. Convict Herbert Colangco’s room rocks with a music studio. Photo by Edwin Bacasmas

Drug lords rule New Bilibid Prison

By Kristine Felisse Mangunay, Nancy C. Carvajal/Philippine Daily Inquirer – One has a diamond-studded Patek Philippe watch. Four others have Rolex watches. One of them keeps a life-size sex doll. All have wads of cash in their pockets. They were among the 19 convicts at the national penitentiary in Muntinlupa Read more »

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What Pope Francis will do with families at MOA

300 urban poor to be part of Pope’s encounter with families at Mall of Asia By Caroline Howard/ABS-CBN News Channel – Three hundred individuals from Metro Manila’s urban poor will be part of Pope Francis’ encounter with families at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on January 16 Read more »

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UN exec: ISIS not yet in PHL, but gov’t should remain alert

By Mark Meruenas/GMANews.com – A ranking official of the United Nations on Thursday assured Filipinos that the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has not yet penetrated the Philippines, despite earlier reports that the group was recruiting students in Mindanao. Jean-Paul Laborde, executive director of the UN Read more »

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House OKs special powers for P-Noy

By Paolo Romero/The Philippine Star – Voting 149-18, the House of Representatives approved last night Joint Resolution 21, which seeks to grant President Aquino emergency powers for five months to address the expected power shortage in Luzon next year. The measure would enable the President to deal with the shortage Read more »

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US: China failed to clarify 9-dash line with law

By Ayee Macaraig/rappler.com – The US State Department said China failed to clarify its controversial 9-dash line claim over the South China Sea in a way consistent with international law. The Department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs published a study on Friday, December 5, assessing the Read more »

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