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Stunned Kerry says US won’t abandon typhoon-hit PHL

By Jay Directo TACLOBAN (AFP) – A stunned Secretary of State John Kerry toured a typhoon-devastated Philippine city on Wednesday, pledging more US aid as its Asian ally appealed for international help to fund an $8.17 billion rebuilding plan. “This is a devastation unlike...
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New US ambassador to PH: We help friends in trouble

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — New United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip S. Goldberg promised the US will also be at the forefront of the country’s rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda. In his video message posted on the embassy’s website, Goldberg...
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State of women worsening under PNoy – Gabriela

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — Militant women’s group Gabriela called President Aquino the “number 1 US puppet” and lamented that the state of women under his administration is getting worse. Around a dozen protesters held a picket at the Mendiola bridge in Manila as...
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PH Thanks Washington for Assistance to Typhoon Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy today expressed its appreciation to the United States for its prompt response in support of disaster relief efforts in typhoon-ravaged areas in Mindanao. “Our people are grateful for the assistance extended by the United States to help us...
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3 Filipinos in Louisiana Oil Platform Fire Still in Guarded Condition

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana—Three of four Filipinos who were seriously burned in the explosion and fire that struck the offshore oil platform they were working on in the Gulf of Mexico remain in guarded condition four days after the incident left one Filipino dead and another still...
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“I Am Alive and in Good Health,” Filipino Injured in Louisiana Oil Rig Fire Wants Kin in PH to Know

WASHINGTON, D.C.—“To my relatives, to my family, and to my country, I am alive and in good health. I am burned, but my heart and lungs are healthy.” This was what Wilberto Ilagan, one of four Filipino workers being treated for serious burns they sustained in last Friday’s oil...
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PH Envoy Now in Louisiana to Attend to Oil Rig Victims

NEW ORLEANS—Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. arrived here this morning to personally look into the condition of four Filipino contract workers who are being treated for the serious burns they sustained in Friday’s oil platform fire off the coast of Louisiana that also left one...
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Bayanihan Dazzles Audience in Special DC Performance

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Just hours after going on stage in New York, the Bayanihan, the national dance company of the Philippines, was in Washington D.C. where it kicked off a series of performances with a special show for a group of American diplomats, servicemen and high school...
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‘Sex strike’ for peace in Philippine village – UNHCR

MANILA, September 16, 2011 (AFP) – Women in the southern Philippines brought peace to their strife-torn village by threatening to withhold sex if their men kept fighting, the UN refugee agency reported Friday. The “sex strike” in rural Dado village on the often lawless...