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Rival claimants over areas of the South China Sea should build "habits" of cooperation and work on building strong institutions to address "dangerous" maritime disputes, the United States said.

The impeachment complaints against President Aquino filed at the House of Representatives may affect the swift passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, a lawmaker said Wednesday.

A former jeepney barker from this city who is now a supervisor at a business process outsourcing (BPO) company was hailed by President Aquino in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

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Citing the constitutional right that an accused is deemed innocent until proven guilty, Senators Vicente Sotto III and Gregorio Honasan have filed a resolution that would express the Senate’s consent to allow three senators indicted for plunder charges to be detained at the Philippine National Police (PNP) detention facilities in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

The four policemen kidnapped by communist rebels in Surigao del Norte early this month were freed yesterday afternoon.

Two other persons in the ambush in Talipao last Monday have died, bringing to 23 the total number of fatalities in the bloody attack as Muslims celebrate Eid’l Fitr.

A low-pressure area east of Aparri, Cagayan intensified into a tropical depression yesterday and is expected to bring rains over some parts of Luzon and the Visayas in the next two to three days, the state weather bureau said.

The European Union (EU) yesterday rejected anew the use of force in the South China Sea.

Alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles is now temporarily detained in a room at the livelihood center of the Taguig City Jail female dormitory at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig.

Government employees yesterday launched a campaign pressing President Aquino to account for the P178.7-billion Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which they claimed were mostly sourced from their benefits and pension.

A new budget program presumably bereft of pork barrel allocations or elements of the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) is set to be submitted today by Malacañang to the House of Representatives.

A “spiritual typhoon” is heading for the Philippines with the confirmation of Pope Francis’ visit on Jan. 15 to 19 next year, Papal Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto said yesterday.

Quezon City Rep. Winston Castelo yesterday urged the House of Representatives ethics committee to look into the walkout of seven party-list representatives before President Aquino’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday.

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