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Arroyo bail denied anew

20 Feb

By Tetch Torres-Tupas

MANILA, Philippines—The Sandiganbayan on Thursday denied another bid of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to post bail on her plunder case for allegedly funnelling money from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) confidential fund for over three years during her presidency.

In a 12-page ruling, the anti-graft court’s first division denied the second bail petition for lack of merit.

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Binay says he didn’t want his name on relief goods, blames supporter

23 Nov

By Danilo Adorador III

SURIGAO CITY, Philippines — Vice President Jejomar Binay is seeing a conspiracy behind the negative posts on social media deriding him as an “epal,” or one who is constantly trying to draw attention to himself.

Vice President Binay has been on the receiving end of social media backlash after photos of relief goods labeled with his name and plastered with the Vice President’s logo became viral. The relief goods are intended for victims of typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

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China bolsters East China Sea claim, warns of ‘defensive measures’

23 Nov

By JOHN RUWITCH

SHANGHAI – China on Saturday bolstered its claim to islands that Japan says it owns, warning that it would take “defensive emergency measures” against aircraft that fail to identify themselves in airspace over them.
Ties between the Asian powers have been strained for months by the dispute over the East China Sea islands, called the Diaoyu in China and the Senkaku in Japan, which are believed to be surrounded by energy-rich waters.
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Egypt declares Turkish envoy persona non grata — Turkey responds in kind

23 Nov

By Susannah Cullinane

(CNN) — Turkey has declared Egypt’s envoy to Ankara persona non grata in response to Cairo’s decision to expel the Turkish ambassador, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign affairs announced Saturday.

The Egyptian government had earlier summoned Turkey’s ambassador to inform him he was persona non grata and to ask him to leave the country, according to state media in both countries.

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Stop blame game – UN exec

20 Nov

by Ritchie A. Horario

EVEN an official of a United Nations agency helping in the relief and rehabilitation efforts in typhoon-ravaged areas is annoyed at the blame game being played by government officials over the slow delivery of basic aid to victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

“In times like this, finger-pointing should not be the name of the game,” said Bernard Kerblat, the representative in the Philippines of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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NO ENTRY: US soldiers stop VP Binay from entering UN relief center?

20 Nov

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by Juan dela Cruz

Here’s another news that Binay’s supporters certainly won’t like. An image of Vice President Jejomar Binay with two Caucasian looking soldiers in an almost awkward gesture of handshake is circulating the Internet. The picture comes with a caption telling the story that the VP “tried to enter the restricted area of (United Nations) UN Humanitarian Relief Centre,” despite UN’s orders.

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Hong Kong holds fast to sanctions for Philippines

14 Nov

HONG KONG – While offers of aid for the Philippines pour in from around the world following the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan, Hong Kong has vowed to press ahead with sanctions on Manila over a 2010 hostage crisis.

The threat has sparked outrage among some Hong Kongers and the city’s Filipino migrant workers, whose homeland is reeling from the impact of the record-breaking typhoon that killed thousands and devastated entire coastal communities.

The United Nations has appealed for $301 million of aid, with the US and Britain among leading donors and China on Thursday stepping up its initially modest response to dispatch rescue materials worth $1.6 million.

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