Philippines gets Japan support on Spratlys dispute

By Christian V. Esguerra – TOKYO—President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday night secured Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s support for a peaceful resolution of the six-nation dispute over the potentially oil-rich Spratly islands. The maritime issue in the South China Sea, which Manila calls the West Philippine Sea, ranked Read more »

16 dead as Typhoon Pedring strikes Philippines

Manila – Typhoon Nesat smashed into the Philippines Tuesday, leaving at least 16 people dead, with the capital Manila enduring waist-deep floods, blackouts and dramatic storm surges. The Philippines is hit by about 20 major storms annually, many of them deadly, but the government said Nesat was one of the Read more »

Internet voting for overseas Filipinos?

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News – Congressmen mull changes to law to increase absentee voter turnout. MANILA, Philippines – Filipino expatriates from the United States, Australia and Jordan have apparently scored a key point in removing a legal impediment blamed for the low turnout in overseas absentee voting. The Read more »

PAL slashes flights

A week before it spins off its non-core businesses on Oct. 1, flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) said on Saturday that it will temporarily reduce the number of selected domestic flights by 30 percent and international flights by 12 percent.

Questions on Baby Born Over Int’l Waters

Officials were trying Tuesday to ascertain the nationality of a baby born mid-flight, apparently while over international waters, in a passenger jet heading from the Philippines to the U.S. Pregnant Philippines woman Aida Alamillo, 41, was on Philippine Airlines Flight 104 from Manila on Monday when she began to feel Read more »

The Learning

In this surprising and moving documentary, filmmaker Ramona Diaz (director of Imelda) tells a little-known story of public school teachers recruited from the Philippines to assume hard-to-fill teaching posts in American schools. Following her Filipina protagonists to their new country and into the classroom, Diaz renders a powerful group Read more »

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