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After joining a multilateral military exercise in Australia, Philippine Navy ship BRP Ramon Alcaraz arrived last Tuesday in Indonesia for a three-day port visit.

Consumer group People Opposed to Unwarranted Electricity Rates (Power) on Wednesday said that the emergency powers asked by President Benigno Aquino III from Congress to solve the looming energy crisis appears “vague, all-encompassing and therefore prone to abuse and corruption.”

After President Benigno Aquino III again floated the idea of term extension through Charter change, Senate President Franklin Drilon said on Wednesday that the upper chamber has no time to dicuss amendments to the Constitution.

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The Philippines should pursue the bilateral negotiations proposed by China to solve the West Philippine Sea dispute, Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said.

Despite the recent criminal activities that victimized Chinese nationals here, the Philippines remains to be among the countries friendliest to the Asian giant, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

Lawyer Howard Calleja is confident businessman Cedric Lee and his friend Zimmer Raz and Deniece Cornejo will be acquitted from the serious illegal detention and grave coercion charges filed by TV host Vhong Navarro.

The Philippines, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, will continue talks with the United States on the grounding of US Navy warship USS Guardian on Tubbataha Reef last year.

Vice President Jejomar Binay will deliver on Thursday his much anticipated public address on the corruption allegations hurled against him.

Before an audience of European officials, President Benigno Aquino III criticized the past administration for taking credit for the economic growth attained by the country during his term.

Chinese media reacted to crimes and supposed threats against Chinese nationals in the Philippines, calling the country a "quasi-rogue" state without any real guarantee of safety of Chinese citizens.

After their heated arguments last week, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago and Ilocos Norte Rep. Rudy Fariñas reconciled during the resumption of the Commission on Appointments (CA) foreign affairs committee hearing on Wednesday.

President Aquino has formally asked Congress for emergency powers that would enable him to address the projected electricity shortage next year.

The proposed P2.606-trillion 2015 national budget includes more than P27 billion in pork barrel funds for lawmakers, a party-list congressman said yesterday.

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