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CHECKMATE – UNCLOS PCA rules in favor of PHL in West PH Sea row

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague said a UN panel had ruled Thursday (Oct. 29) that it has jurisdiction over the case filed by the Philippine government against China in the South China Sea, dealing Manila a victory in the first-round issue of admissibility.

Dropped kitten on the road saved by woman on motorcycle; instantly adopted afterwards

A woman on a motorcycle saw a kitten drop from a passing truck, helpless and vulnerable on the road, and wasted no time rescuing the kitten after seeing it.

PHL Navy interested to acquire third Hamilton-class cutter

The Philippine Navy (PN) is interested in acquiring another decommissioned Hamilton-class cutter from the United States Coast Guard (USGC).

UPDATE – Remaining Balikpapan ships now sold to PHL Navy

Three more “Balikpapan” class LCHs (landing craft heavies) are scheduled to arrive and be commissioned in Philippine Navy (PN) service by the first quarter of 2016. These ships are the HMAS Balikpapan, HMAS Wewak and HMAS Betano. The Royal Australian Navy decommissioned these LCHs in November 2014.

China threatens force against US warships defying their ‘territory’

“If the US encroaches on China’s core interests, the Chinese military will stand up and use force to stop it,” China warned through its newspaper publication.

FOR THE FIRST TIME – Japanese Emperor, Empress to visit PH early 2016

The Philippines has begun preparations for the first-ever visit of a reigning Emperor of Japan that is likely to be conducted early next year, Malacañang announced on Tuesday, October 13.

Assisted Suicide for terminally ill signed into law in California

Physician-assisted suicide will become legal in California under a bill signed into law on Monday, October 5 by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, despite intense opposition from some religious and disability rights groups.

AN OPEN LETTER TO DAVAO CITY MAYOR RODRIGO DUTERTE: MAN UP!

While checking our mailbox, we came upon an imposing letter, in the light of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘FINAL’ answer of ‘NO’ on running for President of the Philippines. This was not a pleasant letter to read, but we believe it merits publishing.

Japanese hardliner illustrator treads the fine line between paranoia and plausibility, gets flak for it

As a result of the illustration, the artist has been widely condemned for making presumptions, using an image of a little girl, that the Syrian refugees are up to no good, when there are real victims.

5 carnappers shot dead by cops in Quezon City

Five suspected car thieves, all unidentified, were killed in a shootout with anti-carnapping police in Payatas, Quezon City Friday morning. As per report by Inquirer, …