Posts by Andor Cruz

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aaaMANILA, Nov 14- On the final day of the 31st ASEAN Summit, leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations signed a landmark treaty to protect the rights of migrant workers which shall serve as a framework for cooperation in safeguarding the interests and welfare of millions of migrant workers in the region, as reported by ABS CBN News.  The signing of the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers upholds fair treatment of migrant workers with respect to gender and nationality, provides for visitati...

November 14, 2017
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aaaWORLD (Iran) : A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck near the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday night killing 407 and injuring thousands. Skynews reported that the quake, felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast, triggered landslides, making it hard for rescuers to reach some areas. The earthquake was centered about 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja. It was 15 miles deep - a shallow depth that can cause broader damage - and was felt for about 20 seconds in Baghdad, as well as in Turkey, Kuwait and Israel. More than 100 aft...

November 13, 2017
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aaaWORLD ( Hanoi ) : At the start of the meeting in Hanoi on Sunday with Vietnam's president Tran Dai Quang, President Donald Trump says he's prepared to mediate between claimants in the South China Sea dispute, telling Vietnam's president that he's a very good mediator. "If I can help mediate or arbitrate, please let me know," Trump said. He acknowledged that China's position on the South China Sea, nearly all of which is claimed by Beijing, was a problem. "I'm a very good mediator and arbitrator," he said. CNN reports that Trump speaking to ...

November 12, 2017
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aaaMANILA ( Nov 12 ): On Sunday evening, leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and their dialogue partners were in a celebratory mood at the gala dinner for this year's 31st ASEAN Summit hosted by President Rodrigo Duterte together with his common-law wife Cielito Avanceña at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The SMX Complex was lighted by world-renowned giant lanterns from Pampanga. Inquirer reported that 1,300 guests attended the event in which the dinner menu included ensaladang ubod at alugbati (heart of palm an...

November 12, 2017
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aaaBalitang PH ( Manila ) : Its a beautiful big story for the Philippines as their representatives were crowned the winners at two separate international beauty pageants held over the week end. Karen Ibasco was declared the winner of the Miss Earth 2017 pageant held on Saturday night at the Mall of Asia arena in Manila. On the other side of the world, actress Teresita Ssen "Winwyn" Marquez was crowned Reina Hispanoamericana 2017 on Saturday, November 4 (Sunday, November 5 Manila) in Sta Cruz, Bolivia. These newly-crowned beauty queens both gave...

November 5, 2017
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aaaBALITANG PH ( MANILA ) : More than a week after Filipino forces " liberated " Marawi and declared victory over pro-Islamic State militants, security officials on Friday expressed concern about the possibility of threats from lone wolves according to defense department spokesman Arsenio Andolong. As reported by Reuters, skirmishes continued between soldiers and holdouts from the Islamist militant group that seized a lakeside town on the southern island of Mindanao. More than 1,100 people, including 165 troops, were killed in the five-month confl...

November 3, 2017
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aaaWORLD (Seoul, South Korea ) : According to the South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS), a tunnel at North Korea’s mountainous nuclear site was primed for another missile “at any time”, possibly ahead of President Donald Trump visit to Asia, after noting "active movement" of vehicles around a missile research institute in Pyongyang. CNN reported that the NIS information also said Pyongyang will continue to "push for the development of miniaturized, diversified nuclear warheads." This is contained in the report co-written by Rep. ...

November 2, 2017
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aaaWorld (Tokyo) - Super typhoon Lan was bearing down on Japan Saturday, a day ahead of national elections, with experts predicting severe winds and heavy rains as the country goes to the polls, vying for a majority of the 465 seats in the Lower House of the Diet. Japan's Meteorological Agency described it as 'very large' and 'very strong' packing gusts up to 252 kilometres (157 miles) per hour, as per Agence France report.  It would move just east of Okinawa Sunday before grazing the country's coastal areas, possibly directly hitting Tokyo ba...

October 22, 2017
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aaaWORLD  (San Juan) :  Puerto Rico is still in the dark one month after Category 4 Hurricane Maria slammed into the U.S. territory on September 20, the strongest to hit in nearly a century. According to ABC news, it killed at least 48 people, destroyed tens of thousands of homes and left tens of thousands of people without a job.  There's estimated $85 billion in damage across the island.  And it has thrust Puerto Rico's territorial status into the international spotlight, reviving a sharp debate about its political future as the island attem...

October 20, 2017
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aaaMARAWI CITY — President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared Marawi “liberated from terrorist influence,” and it was time to heal the wounded and rebuild the city of 200,000. This comes a day after the top two leaders of the terror group were killed, - Isnilon Hapilon, a leader of the Abu Sayyaf bandit group who was said to be the “emir,” or leader, of IS in Southeast Asia, and Omarkhayam Maute of Lanao del Sur’s Maute terrorist clan. Despite the declaration of victory agaist terror influence, fighting continues. Deputy commander ...

October 17, 2017
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