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17th century map debunks China’s territorial claim

By Carmela Fonbuena/ – The 17th century map of China was a gift from German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Chinese President Xi Jinping during his recent visit to Berlin. But the gift offended many Chinese for it might as well have been Germany’s gift to the Philippines and other Read more »


SC declares RH law constitutional

By Buenas Bernal/ – The Supreme Court (SC) unanimously declared Republic Act 10354 or the reproductive health (RH) law constitutional but struck down 8 provisions partially or in full. SC spokesman Theodore Te said in a press briefing on Tuesday, April 8: “The RH law is not unconsitutional.” An Read more »

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San Francisco certifies Tagalog as 3rd required language in city affairs

via US Bureau – Filipino (Tagalog), the most commonly spoken Filipino language in the Bay Area and the official language of the Philippines, is now a third required language, in addition to Chinese and Spanish, city officials announced April 2 at the Bayanihan Community Center. Mayor Edwin M. Read more »

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Clinton hopes Pacquiao becomes president

via – Manny Pacquiao made his customary appearance on the American late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night, April 2, to promote his fight with Timothy Bradley on April 12. But he wasn’t alone. Former United States president Bill Clinton preceded him on the show Read more »

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Napoles, 3 senators indicted for plunder

via – Six months after it received the plunder complaint against a first batch of 38 lawmakers, government officials, and private individuals involved in the pork barrel scam, the Office of the Ombudsman announced on Tuesday, April 1, announced the filing of charges against 10 of them before the Read more »


Ship evades Chinese blockade

Mission accomplished to resupply, rotate troops in Ayungin Shoal Philippine Daily Inquirer Philippine soldiers aboard a civilian vessel engaged on Saturday in a dramatic nearly two-hour standoff with Chinese Coast Guard ships near the disputed Ayungin (Second Thomas) Shoal claimed by both countries, an incident witnessed by journalists on Read more »