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The Filipino United Nations peacekeepers locked in a standoff in Golan Heights refused to surrender their weapons even as the Syrian anti-government armed elements demanded them to do so.

State media say a court in Hanoi has sentenced a Philippine man to death for cocaine trafficking.

The pending anti-political dynasty bill at the House of Representatives will not be passed within the term of President Benigno Aquino III, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. admitted on Friday.

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An armed group detained 43 U.N. peacekeepers during fighting in Syria early Thursday and another 81 peacekeepers from the Philippines are trapped, the United Nations said.

Just as President Aquino is rightfully enjoying the respect of magistrates, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said she and her office deserve the same from the Chief Executive.

President Aquino is going on a trip to Europe and the United States next month.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV should be man enough to admit that he bullied a contractor who wanted to testify in favor of the Binay family during the Senate hearing on the allegedly overpriced Makati City parking building, Vice President Jejomar Binay’s new spokesman and Cavite Gov. Jonvic Remulla said yesterday.

The country’s economy grew by 6.4 percent in the second quarter, driven by a strong industry and services sector as well as robust remittances.

Smoke emanating from a southbound train of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) caused a scare among passengers even as Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya took a ride yesterday in an effort to vouch for the safety of the mass transit system.

Shopping mall, banking and property tycoon Henry Sy is still king when it comes to wealth in the country, as he remained perched on top of the Forbes Philippines’ rich list for the seventh consecutive year.

Slain car racer Enzo Pastor’s widow is now a “person of interest” and there is an immigration lookout bulletin for her after she was charged yesterday for the murder of her husband.

For seven years now, Ramon Magsaysay awardee for Emergent Leadership Randy Halasan has been crossing treacherous rivers and trekking mountains to reach the Pegalongan school in the hinterlands of Davao to teach and serve the Matigsalug tribe.

While he is looking forward to stepping down in 2016, President Aquino said it would still depend on the wishes of the people if he would change his mind and seek reelection.