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US, Philippines agree on 5 base locations under EDCA

By Jose Katigbak, STAR Washington Bureau/The Philippine Star – The Philippines has agreed to allow the United States to use five military bases where US troops and supplies can be stationed under a security deal agreed amid rising tensions with China’s excessive claims in the South China Sea. At the Read more »

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Uncomfortable truths about the RCBC scandal

via – The ongoing RCBC money-laundering investigation has evidently become a topic of conversation from New York to Singapore; besides major newspapers in both those cities (and elsewhere outside the Philippines) reporting on the story, I also received phone calls from people in both places eager to discuss the Read more »

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Former Senate President Jovito Salonga dies at 95

via CNN Philippines – Statesman and former Senate President Jovito Salonga passed away due to a cardiac arrest at 2:15 p.m. at the Philippine Heart Center on Thursday (March 10). He was 95. Atty. Bobby Mendoza of the Salonga Law Office confirmed the news to CNN Philippines. Salonga died after Read more »

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Supreme Court allows Grace Poe to run for president

By Fiona Nicolas/CNN Philippines – The Supreme Court threw out petitions questioning Sen. Grace Poe’s candidacy. With 9-6 vote, the high tribunal said the independent presidential candidate is eligible to run for president in May 2016 elections. “Pinaboran ng Korte Suprema ang petisyon ni Senador Grace Poe,” Supreme Court spokesperson Read more »

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Philippines impounds North Korea vessel, to deport crew

By Aurea Calica/The Philippine Star – Responding to the UN Security Council resolution imposing stricter sanctions against North Korea, the Philippines yesterday seized one of its cargo ships that docked in Subic Bay on Thursday. The Philippine government said it would impound the North Korean vessel M/V Jin Teng Read more »

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11 Filipino tycoons back in Forbes’ list of world’s richest

By Chrisee Dela Paz/ – All 11 Filipino tycoons who were featured in the 2015 edition of Forbes World’s Billionaires remained in this year’s exclusive billionaires’ circle, though most of them saw a decline in fortunes. (READ: 10 Filipinos on Forbes ’30 Under 30 Asia’ list) Even the richest man Read more »