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PHL cheers growing outcry over South China Sea

Manila, Philippines – The Philippines on Sunday hailed  what it termed growing international support for its efforts to counter China’s claims to most of the South China Sea. The comments from a presidential spokesman came as the US Pacific Fleet […]
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Filipino gays find sanctuary in Catholic stronghold

By Joel Guinto Manila, Philippines (AFP) – A gospel serenade of deep baritones echoed through a dim alley in one of Manila’s red light districts on a humid Sunday evening – the joyful sounds emanating from a rare religious outpost […]
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PHL to base jets, frigates near China-claimed waters

Manila, Philippines (AFP) – The Philippines plans to station fighter jets and frigates on a former US naval base facing the South China Sea, where it is engaged in a maritime row with China, a defence official said Monday. They […]
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PHL expects to win UN South China Sea case

Manila, Philippines (AFP)  – The Philippines expects a United Nations tribunal to rule in its favor in an increasingly fraught dispute with China over territories in the South China Sea, a presidential spokeswoman said Saturday. Manila will argue its position […]
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PHL Catholic Church stands firm vs gay marriage

Manila, Philippines (AFP)  – The leadership of the Philippines’ dominant Roman Catholic church stressed its opposition to legalizing gay marriage on Sunday despite last week’s landmark decision by the US Supreme Court. The Philippine government meanwhile affirmed that under its...
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PHL pushes for Japanese arms in face of China dispute

Manila, Philippines (AFP)  – The Philippines said Thursday it wants to acquire defence equipment from Japan, as the two allies strengthen defense ties in the face of China’s increasing assertiveness in the South China Sea. Manila was particularly keen on […]
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Top nightclub apologizes after barring transgender woman

Manila, Philippines( AFP) Wednesday 6/24/2015 – One of the Philippines’ top nightclubs has issued an apology after its bouncers barred a transgender fashion designer from entering, triggering outrage in celebrity circles. The management of the Valkyrie, in an uptown suburb...
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Decrepit PNR trains start issuing delay certificates

Manila, Philippines (AFP)  – The Philippine capital’s decrepit train network will start issuing certificates of delay to tens of thousands who are late for work because of daily breakdowns, the government said Tuesday. With only seven trains for half a […]
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Victims of worst factory fire settle for $3,360

Manila, Philippines (AFP) Tuesday 6/23/2015 – Families of 57 of the dead in the Philippines’ worst factory fire have dropped their claims against the company in exchange for a 151,200-peso ($3,360) settlement, a company lawyer said Tuesday. Families of more […]
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Nine Chinese fishermen freed from PHL jail

Manila, Philippines (AFP) – The Philippines has freed nine Chinese fishermen convicted of poaching endangered sea turtles after they completed one-year jail terms, officials said Wednesday. The nine, arrested in disputed waters in May last year, were jailed after they […]