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Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan is Vice President Jejomar Binay’s running mate in next year’s elections, according to sources from the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). After months of scouting for Binay’s potential running mate, party leaders reached a decision following a meeting early Saturday night, a well-placed source told The STAR yesterday.

A gathering last week was not the first time that members of the administration’s Liberal Party (LP) had invited the Playgirls to its public event and earned flak for it.

Pope Francis opened a divisive meeting of the world’s bishops on family issues yesterday by forcefully asserting that marriage is an indissoluble bond between man and woman.

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The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-Nagkaisa (TUCP-Nagkaisa) has called on the national government to draw up contingency plans for about 800,000 to one million agriculture sector workers who stand to lose their jobs within the next six months of an intensified El Niño dry spell.

Losing more than P300 billion from natural disasters and calamities every year, the Philippines is at the forefront of a new global cooperation seeking to reduce financial vulnerabilities to natural catastrophes.

The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay yesterday hit Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II for non-implementation of P42.9 million worth of disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) projects in 17 regions in 2013 during his term as interior secretary.

Despite isolated rain showers and thunderstorms, fair weather is expected throughout the country until Wednesday.

With her only son out as vice presidential candidate of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), Former first lady Imelda Marcos reportedly wants Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to run for president in 2016.

The ruling Liberal Party is expected to proclaim today Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo as its vice presidential candidate for the 2016 elections after three postponements and weeks of speculation on who will be the running mate of LP standard bearer Manuel Roxas II.

Tropical Storm Kabayan (international name Mujigae) left at least two persons dead and 31 others missing in Luzon, disaster management officials said yesterday.

Malacañang commended yesterday the Gilas Pilipinas team for winning the silver medal in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha, China and at the same time urged the valiant basketball players to do better next year.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte has admitted he is under “tremendous pressure” to run for president in the May 2016 elections as the filing of the certificates of candidacy nears.

Former Supreme Court (SC) chief justice Artemio Panganiban yesterday said the electorate should be the ones to decide on the fate of Sen. Grace Poe, whose plan to run for president next year might be affected by questions on her citizenship.