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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.

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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.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has opposed the proposal to lower the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility (MACR) from 15 years old to 13 years old.

Typhoon Luis has left four persons dead and damaged more than P409 million worth of agricultural crops after pounding Northern Luzon, officials said yesterday.

Search and rescue operations continued yesterday for the lone remaining missing passenger of the ferry M/V Maharlika 2 that sank off Southern Leyte on Saturday.

President Aquino warned some individuals and groups Monday against getting too excited about the 2016 elections, as he urged Filipinos to continuously exercise their power to shape the government that they wish to serve them.

President Aquino has signed Executive Order 172 declaring the ports of Subic and Batangas as extensions of the Port of Manila during congestion and other emergency situations, such as strikes, lockouts and natural calamities, a Palace official said yesterday.

A long weekend is set in the first week of October.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has assured President Aquino of the European Union’s support for Manila’s peaceful approach to resolving its dispute with China over the West Philippine Sea, particularly through arbitration.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda has ordered the forced evacuation of more than 30,000 residents near the restive Mayon Volcano after state volcanologists spotted a crater glow and raised its alert level from 2 to 3 Monday night.

The Supreme Court has ruled that it has no jurisdiction on a petition seeking a higher fine on the US government and the criminal prosecution of US Navy officers for the damage caused to Tubbataha Reef by US minesweeper USS Guardian last year.

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