Senator Grace Poe continues her climb up the consciousness of potential voters, the latest SWS survey shows, with her popularity as a "presidentiable" near to closing the gap with the presumptive leading candidate for 2016, Vice President Jejomar Binay, reports Interaksyon.com. Poe gained 10 statistical points - from 21 percent in December to 31 percent by March - among potential voters asked to name a preferred successor to President Benigno Aquino III.
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In a statement hailed by the Philippines, foreign ministers from the world's seven most industrialized countries slammed China's artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea, reports Rappler.com. Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven, or G7, also called for a binding Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.
The Philippine government successfully evacuated 464 Filipinos and nine foreigners from Yemen in four batches by land through the Yemeni-Saudi border starting April 05, reports Muntingnayon.com. The last batch was on April 9 and included 79 Filipinos and six foreigners (four Singaporeans, one Yemeni spouse and one Egyptian spouse). They started their trip from Sana’a in the morning and arrived at Saudi Arabia in the evening of the same day. The group was assisted at the border by a team from the Philippine Consulate General, led by Acting Consul General Leo Tito Ausan Jr.
The Philippine lambanog (palm wine) now finds itself among the top liquors of the world. Lakan Extra Premium Philippine Lambanog, is the first Philippine lambanog brand to be awarded a Gold Medal certification by Monde Selection, one of the most prestigious international quality-certifying bodies in the world, reports Rappler.com.
Philippine Airlines, the nation’s flag carrier, was listed among the world’s most reliable airlines. In a study made by travel website WanderBat, PAL ranked 21st out of 22 most reliable airlines, reports Inquirer.net.
As many as 200,000 boxing fans, including many from Manila, are expected to descend on Las Vegas for the May 2 Floyd Mayweather Jr.- Manny Pacquiao fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Too bad, their chances of watching the fight are pretty slim if they don't have a pricey ticket. MGM has blocked showing the fight in all Las Vegas casinos, except MGM properties, report Inquirer.net.
The Filipino nanny employed by the family "was a virtual slave," tribunal member Catherine McCreary wrote in her decision to award "PN," a mother of two, $55,000 in damages. PN iwas hired as a caregiver for the two children of a couple who brought her to Canada in July 2013. The husband sexually assaulted her and the wife humiliated and abused her in the hotel suite where they stayed while looking for a house. Even the children made fun of her, reports CBCNews.