Sleepy Philippine Towns Wake Up to Answer World’s Phones

Jennifer Ann Palmares-Fong has come home. Fifteen years after leaving Iloilo in the Philippines for the bright lights of Manila, she and her friends have been lured back as her once-quiet hometown is transformed. “Never in my wildest dreams did I expect there would be these developments mushrooming all over,” Palmares-Fong, 32, said as she prepared to take clients to view a site for new $57,000 condominiums. read more...

Philippines protests Chinese patrols over sea bank

In 2010, the Philippines’ energy department granted Forum Energy a franchise, identified as service contract 72, to explore for seven years 880,000 hectares within the Recto Bank basin, including Sampaguita gasfield, whose potential was discovered in 1976. Article source: http://gulfnews.com/news/world/philippines/philippines-protests-chinese-patrols-over-sea-bank-1.1373492 read more...

Policy delay has Japanese carmakers reviewing Philippine expansion plans

The original government plan includes tax incentives to help rebuild the country’s tiny auto industry and turn it into a major manufacturing hub. To cheaper countries Article source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/375741/economy/companies/policy-delay-has-japanese-carmakers-reviewing-philippine-expansion-plans read more...

Philippines Warns China About Vessels in Disputed Seas

MANILA—The Philippines on Monday warned China that what it described as the frequent presence of Chinese ships in a disputed area of the South China Sea could potentially spark renewed tensions between the neighbors. Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said that Chinese vessels are regularly seen in an area called the Reed Bank, which is potentially rich in oil and natural gas. Chinese vessels&# read more...

Mandatory school lessons on Philippine cinema pushed

Tweets by @sunstaronline Article source: http://www.sunstar.com.ph/breaking-news/2014/08/17/mandatory-school-lessons-philippine-cinema-pushed-360188 read more...

Philippines Protests Chinese ‘Sovereignty Patrols’

The Philippines will file a new diplomatic protest with China complaining about frequent patrols by Chinese ships in the South China Sea, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday. The department’s spokesman, Charles Jose, said the “pattern of illegitimate sovereignty patrols” in the Philippines’ 200-nautical-mile exclusive economic zone were part of China’s efforts to change th read more...

Philippine Muslim self-rule bill due on Monday

MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino will on Monday receive a completed draft Bill to create a Muslim autonomous area, aimed at ending decades of fighting that has claimed thousands of lives, his spokesman said. Receiving the draft Bill would allow Mr Aquino to quickly submit it to Congress so it could be quickly passed into law and implemented before the president’s term ends in mid-2016, read more...

Philippine militants abduct mechanic, kill another

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Suspected Abu Sayyaf militants abducted a chief mechanic and killed his assistant, who tried to run away, in a heavily secured provincial government compound in the southern Philippines, officials said Sunday. About 30 Abu Sayyaf gunmen breached a perimeter wall of the Sulu provincial government compound late Saturday and took chief mechanic Ronald Pelegrin at gunpoint from the read more...

Philippine Train Rolls Onto Busy Street, Hurts 34

A Philippine commuter train rammed through a concrete barrier at the end of the rail line and rolled into a busy intersection on Wednesday, injuring at least 34 people and damaging two vehicles on the street. Rescuers removed injured passengers from the train’s front car after the accident in Pasay city in metropolitan Manila. It caused a huge traffic jam, but the train stayed upright after smashing throug read more...

Philippine militants pledge allegiance to ISIS

Salam vows to alleviate Arsal refugee burden Prime Minister blames part of Arsal’s problems on the large number of Syrian refugees it is hosting, promising… Article source: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Aug-15/267358-philippine-militants-pledge-allegiance-to-isis.ashx read more...

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