Aquino rejects calls to scrap VFA

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 03:52 p.m.

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III dismissed Monday calls to abolish the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States following the murder of a transgender allegedly perpetrated by an American serviceman in Olongapo City.

"Bakit natin kailangan i-abrograte 'yung VFA? I mean, name me any place that doesn't have crime," the Chief Executive told reporters after the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing in Tacloban City.

Liberia president describes heavy cost of Ebola

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 03:31 p.m.

MONROVIA, Liberia -- Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in her country and has brought it to "a standstill," noting that Liberia and two other badly hit countries were already weakened by years of war.

Appealing for more international help, Sirleaf described the devastating effects of Ebola in a "Letter to the World" that was broadcast Sunday by the BBC.

Kerry seeks Asia's help in anti-Islamic State push

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 03:26 p.m.

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Indonesia for a brief visit aimed at building Asian support for the fights against Islamic State extremists and the deadly Ebola virus.

Highlighting the Obama administration's commitment to the Asia-Pacific region, Kerry led the US delegation to the inauguration of new Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, a reformer who won hotly contested elections in July.

US airdrops arms to Kurds in Syrian town of Kobani

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:39 p.m.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military said Sunday it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani, near the Turkish border. The U.S. said earlier Sunday that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the Kobani area.

8 of 10 Filipinos want Binay to face Senate probe

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:45 a.m.

MANILA -- Nearly eight out of 10 Filipinos believe Vice President Jejomar Binay should answer under oath the corruption allegations raised against him in the Senate.

Results of the September 26-29 survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) released on Monday showed 79 percent of 1,200 respondents want Binay to attend the Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee hearing on the alleged overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2.

2 Koreas exchange gunfire along border

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 08:37 p.m.

SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korean and South Korean troops exchanged fire Sunday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shooting in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said.

South Korean soldiers broadcast warnings and fired warning shots at about 10 North Korean soldiers who were approaching the military demarcation line inside the Demilitarized Zone that bisects the Korean Peninsula, according to a statement from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Pacquiao makes professional basketball debut

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 07:32 p.m.

MANILA -- Manny Pacquiao made his professional basketball debut on Sunday, just a month before he is set to defend his WBO welterweight crown.

Pacquiao started Sunday's game for the newly formed KIA Sorento of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) but played only seven minutes and committed two turnovers in his team's 80-66 win over the Blackwater Elite at Philippine Arena.

'Saintly' make-up transformation pushed

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 06:39 p.m.

A GROUP of Filipino youth launched on Saturday a campaign urging the public to have a "saintly" make-up transformation.

The "Saintify" social media campaign was launched through Facebook page "Kabataang Katoliko," which calls on young people to feature their favorite saint in the popular make-up transformations posted online.

US won’t force Pemberton to attend probe

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 06:33 p.m.

MANILA -- The United States (US) Embassy in Manila said Sunday it is up to Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton if he will show up at the start of the criminal investigation on the killing of a Filipino transgender.

Palace: Donaire to regain boxing championship

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 05:38 p.m.

MALACAÑANG expressed belief on Sunday that four-division boxing champion Nonito Donaire, who lost to Jamaican Nicholas Walters, could bounce back.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. hailed Donaire for fighting well, although he lost to a "better fighter."

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