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14 drown, 58 rescued after ferry capsizes in southern Philippines

MANILA (AP) — A small ferry capsized in rough waters in the southern Philippines on Saturday, leaving 14 passengers dead while 58 were rescued, a civil defense official said. The vessel, MB Leonida II, capsized in the waters off Surigao, about 444 miles southeast of Manila, said Blanche Gobenciong of Read more »

Only in the Philippines (Congress that is)

Lanao congresswoman goes ballistic over pork (Star) Dreading the wrath of Allah and feeling “grossly insulted,’’ a Muslim congresswoman slapped and shoved a waitress who served her pancit (noodles) with pork during a dinner at the House of Representatives last Monday. Lanao del Sur Rep. Faysah Dumarpa said she Read more »

Batangas resort wins Oscars of Spa Industry

(via Inquirer) THE FARM at San Benito in Lipa City, Batangas province, has won the second AsiaSpa Baccarat Awards, considered the Oscars of the booming industry in Asia, in what is hailed as a boost to the country’s medical-spa tourism. In a glittering black- and red-themed cocktail evening at Read more »

Philippines victims to finally get Marcos compensation

MANILA (Reuters) – Filipinos imprisoned and tortured and the families of those murdered during the regime of Ferdinand Marcos may finally get compensation after more than 20 years of legal wrangling, an American rights lawyer said on Wednesday.

Barge carrying oil waste sinks in central Philippines

MANILA (AFP) – A barge carrying debris from the Philippines’ worst-ever oil spill has sunk in rough seas off the southern island of Mindanao, officials said. The barge sank on Monday night off Misamis Occidental province carrying 59,000 sacks of rock and sand, oil firm Petron Corp said Tuesday.

Pacquiao finishes Morales with electric third-round KO

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(AP) LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao finished this trilogy with the flair befitting a movie star, knocking down Erik Morales three times on the way to a third-round knockout victory Saturday night in the super featherweights’ third meeting in 20 months.