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Filipina death convict Mary Jane Veloso has lost her last legal recourse to stay the hand of the executioner with the Indonesian court’s rejection of her second appeal for a judicial review of her case.

Trade unions have junked the traditional dialogue with President Aquino and would instead hold a protest to mark Labor Day.

There were only “discussions,” but no lobbying by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. and Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima and two other officials for the transfer of an official of the Bureau of Customs, resigned Customs commissioner John Sevilla said yesterday.

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The Senate and House of Representatives have to consult the executive branch first before Congress approves a measure scrapping the 12-percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on electricity, Malacañang said yesterday.

Tens of thousands of Nepalese huddled in tents desperate for help yesterday, two days after a quake killed more than 3,700 people, making it the quake-prone Himalayan nation’s deadliest disaster in more than 80 years.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is not yet closing its doors on Smartmatic-Total Information Management Corp. in case it decides to enter into a negotiated bid for the refurbishment of 80,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

Officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) will personally and immediately answer the public’s queries posted on the agency’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, even as the bureau’s operation time has been extended to 12 hours or from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

People in Metro Manila should stay indoors on Friday, wear lightweight and light-colored clothing and drink plenty of water as the heat index – the temperature as felt by the human body – may reach 39.9 degrees Celsius on that day.

Members of the Malacañang-backed citizens’ peace council pleaded yesterday before the House of Representatives to approve the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), saying the country can no longer sustain the loss of lives and economic opportunity due to the continuing conflict in Mindanao.

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have for the first time expressed serious concern over China’s massive reclamation activities in the South China Sea.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago is batting for the creation of adult day-care programs and the establishment of centers that will address the needs and provide care for Filipinos living with neurological diseases.

China must honor the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties (DOC) in the South China Sea that it signed with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, President Aquino stressed yesterday as he pointed out Beijing’s “direct violations” of the pact and the need for ASEAN to reach a common stand on the issue.

China appears to be building an airstrip on Zamora (Subi) Reef in the Spratlys archipelago, boosting notions that the Asian superpower is conducting reclamation in disputed areas to display its military might.

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