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US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told his Philippine counterpart on Wednesday that Washington’s pledge to defend the Pacific nation remains “ironclad” and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea, officials said.

Even while water levels at various reservoirs in the country are approaching or already below critical point as an effect of the weak El Niño phenomenon, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla assured the public that the power industry is stable and sustainable.

Charter change (Cha-cha) still has a long way to go, as far as Malacañang is concerned.

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President Aquino is leaving it up to the wisdom of senators, including the 12 who raised concerns about constitutional infirmities of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), to find out if the administration-backed measure complies with the 1987 Constitution.

Philippine embassy officials in Doha have raised their concern with Qatari authorities over coercion and human rights violations in the alleged forcing of three Filipino workers convicted of spying to provide information and confess to the crime.

Make sure that laws on fire safety are strictly enforced to prevent a repeat of the Kentex tragedy.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II confirmed yesterday that he discussed with Sen. Grace Poe the possibility of running as a team in the 2016 presidential elections.

Two congressmen and two private citizens have filed charges of treason and inciting to sedition against members of the government negotiating panel including former chief negotiator and now Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen, for giving unconstitutional and dangerous concessions to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that could lead to a civil war.

The government will seek Indonesian pardon for convicted drug offender Mary Jane Veloso if she is found to be a victim of drug traffickers, according to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is pushing the approval of bills to rename two provincial roads to honor the memory of President Aquino’s parents.

The military’s multibillion-peso modernization program requires a thorough assessment to make it responsive to the emerging security challenges, the Department of National Defense (DND) said yesterday.

More than 2,000 delegates of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and international media outfits are expected to enjoy the splendid coastline of Bagac town, which faces the West Philippine Sea, as they converge for a workshop in this province next month.

Eight of the resource persons ordered arrested by the Senate finally attended the 21st public hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee into the alleged anomalies involving Vice President Jejomar Binay, but the proceedings turned out to be a review of matters previously presented.

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