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MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino chided the United States yesterday for voicing concern over the impending review of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) but not finding time to officially alert him of supposed terror threats used to justify travel warnings to its citizens in the Philippines.

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Karen Tayag Vertido

After 14 years of relentless battle to seek justice after claiming to have been raped by her superior, Filipina Davaoeña Karen Tayag Vertido, whose alleged assailant was cleared by a local court, received a belated vindication from the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw).

MANILA, Philippines - Defense and military officials are taking seriously some claims that foreign terrorists have managed to enter the country. The officials also reiterated the country’s readiness to quell any terror plot.
“We will still have to verify these reports. We cannot discount the possibility but we will have to see if we have enough information regarding that,” Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin told reporters on the sidelines of the DND’s 71st anniversary celebrations yesterday. “Everything is being taken seriously,” he added.

MANILA, Philippines - Bulusan volcano in Sorsogon spewed ash again yesterday morning.
Renato Solidum, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) director, said the ash explosion happened at 6:45 a.m. and lasted for around five minutes.
However, there was no indication of a hazardous explosion, he added.

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino wished his former girlfriend Shalani Soledad well yesterday in her venture into show business.
The Valenzuela City councilor is the co-host of comedian Willie Revillame on the TV5 game show “Willing Willie.”

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