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Netizens speak up about the free mobile disaster alerts law

via – The typhoon season in the Philippines is fast approaching but the law that will allow Filipinos to receive free mobile disaster alerts could not yet be implemented. Republic Act 10639 or the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act mandates major telecommunication companies (telcos) in the country to send Read more »

Businesswoman and alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles reacts upon hearing the Makati City court’s ruling sentencing her to life imprisonment for serious illegal detention of whistle-blower Benhur Luy. Photo credit :Star/Manny Marcelo

Napoles gets life in prison for detaining Luy

By Mike Frialde/The Philippine Star – A Makati City court yesterday sentenced businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles to life imprisonment for the serious illegal detention of pork barrel scam whistle-blower Benhur Luy. Judge Elmo Alameda of the Makati Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 150 also ordered Napoles to pay Luy P100,000 in Read more »

An aerial view of the Chinese-held Johnson South Reef, which is also claimed by the Philippines and Vietnam, in the South China Sea last year. Photo Credit - Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs via

China’s Island-Building Is Ruining Coral Reefs, Philippines Says

By Floyd Whaley/ – China’s island-building activities have destroyed about 300 acres of coral reefs and are causing “irreversible and widespread damage to the biodiversity and ecological balance” of the South China Sea, a spokesman for the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said on Monday. “China has pursued these activities Read more »

World War II veterans stand next to the memorial cross during the 73rd Araw ng Kagitingan rites at Mt. Samat in Pilar, Bataan yesterday. WILLY PEREZ

US Congressional Medal sought for WWII Pinoy vets

By Jose Katigbak/STAR Washington bureau (The Philippine Star) – The Filipino community in the United States marked the 73rd anniversary of the Fall of Bataan, also known as Araw ng Kagitingan, with a call to the US Congress to award Filipino World War II soldiers a Congressional Gold Medal to Read more »

Baby Philippine crocodiles, raised at Melbourne Zoo, are returning to their home country to be released into the wild. (ABC Local: Clare Rawlinson)

Endangered baby crocodiles born at Melbourne Zoo sent to the Philippines to rebuild population

By Clare Rawlinson/ – Seven baby Philippine crocodiles raised in Melbourne will be flown to their home country and released into the wild, in a bid to replenish the endangered species. The one-year-old reptiles were conceived and hatched at the Melbourne Zoo under an international conservation program. The species is Read more »

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The grand carriages of Baliuag: Pomp and pageantry in piety

By Marga Deona/ – Baliuag is not just a town; it is a brand. It is a bus company, a tasty chicken dish, and swardspeak for madness in the vernacular. It is also a place where Lent is more festive than Advent. “Here in Baliuag, Holy Week is Read more »