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US calls on China, rivals to be calm when sea ruling issued

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The United States called on China and other rival claimants Wednesday, June 22, to exercise restraint when an international tribunal issues a landmark ruling on the South China Sea disputes that Beijing has chosen to ignore.

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Only Filipina WWII US Silver Star recipient dies at 95

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Magdalena Leones in her youth.

SAN FRANCISCO  -- Filipino WWII veterans and her family members mourn the passing of  Cpl. Magdalena Estoista Leones, 95, who entered the history books as the only Asian female to have been awarded the Silver Star in World War II for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States. She died Thursday, June 16.

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‘Are you with us or are you not?’

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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, June 21, said that he recently asked the US ambassador whether Washington would support the Philippines in case of a possible confrontation with China in the disputed South China Sea.

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Incoming AFP chief says Duterte not leading PH to communism

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Lieutenant General Ricardo Visaya, commanding general of the Southern Luzon Command. Inquirer photo

Outgoing Southern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Ricardo Visaya on Monday, June 20, brushed off talk that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is “slowly moving the country to communism.”

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Filipino care home owners to pay workers $718K in back wages

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SAN FRANCISCO – Filipino owners of two residential care businesses will pay 32 workers more than $359,000 in back wages and an equal, additional amount in liquidated damages, for violating US fair labor laws.

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PH fishers pin hope on UN tribunal

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WAITING FOR RULING. A fisherman and his wife fix their nets next to a fishing fleet at the port in Masinloc, Zambales province. A recent incident at the nearby Panatag Shoal is part of a long-running territorial row between the Philippines and China, which sits at the heart of a UN-backed tribunal that is expected to rule in the coming weeks. AFP

INFANTA, Zambales -- Jonathan Almandrez was chased away from the rich fishing grounds of a South China Sea lagoon by a Chinese patrol, something he hopes will stop happening if the Philippines wins an international legal case against China.

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SCOTUS blocks Obama immigration plan; original DACA not affected

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A California-wide advocacy group expressed disappointment at the U.S. Supreme Court’s 4-4 United States v. Texas decision blocking President Obama’s effort to expand DACA and DAPA programs, but stressed that the decision does not affect the original DACA program, which remains available to at least a million applicants.

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Senators pay tribute to Ernesto Maceda

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Former Sen. Rene Saguisag offers his eulogy to the late Senator Ernesto Maceda during a necrological service at the Senate on Thursday, June 23, 2016. Inquirer photo / Grig C. Montegrande

Senators on Thursday, June 23, eulogized the late Senate President Ernesto Maceda for his deep knowledge of legislation and politics, and valuable contributions to nation-building.

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Duterte to release jailed Reds even before amnesty

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Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte will order the unconditional release of several political prisoners as a “gesture of goodwill” by his administration in upcoming peace talks with the communist-led National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), according to his chief peace negotiator.

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Duterte calls CHR chair idiot

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CHR Chair Chito Gascon

DAVAO CITY - “Shut up!” In his characteristic harsh language, presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, May 26, slammed both Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chair Chito Gascon and incoming Sen. Leila de Lima, for calling him out on his previous actuations.

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