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April, 29, 2016

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Despite their staunch opposition to contraceptives, Philippine Roman Catholic bishops say they fully support Pope Francis' remarks suggesting artificial contraception can be used by women threatened by the Zika virus.
 
Nike drops Manny Pacquiao amid anti-gay comments
Manny Pacquiao's latest disparaging comments about gays have cost him a contract with Nike.
 
Philippines set to sell Marcos jewelry valued at US$21 mil.
The Philippine government has approved the public exhibit and auction of the jewelry collection of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' widow Imelda which international experts have appraised to be now worth at least 1 billion pesos (US$21 million), officials said Monday.
 
The Philippine Congress has run out of time under the current president to pass a Muslim autonomy bill that aims to peacefully settle a decades-long Muslim rebellion in the south, sparking concerns the setback may ignite new fighting, officials said.
 
Emperor Akihito honors Japanese war dead in Philippines
With a mournful bow, Emperor Akihito paid his respects in the Philippines Friday to the largest number of Japanese invasion troops who died outside their homeland in World War II.
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Philippine leader welcomes Japan emperor as ties blossom
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III gave a red-carpet welcome to Japan's emperor Wednesday in a sign of blossoming ties between the two nations, both mired in territorial disputes with China, ................
 
Japan's aging Emperor Akihito travels to the Philippines this week to visit World War II memorials, his latest pacifist pilgrimage which appears increasingly at odds with the government's rightward drift.
 
Web designer Maria Zurbano kisses her 3-year-old daughter goodbye and sets out in the pre-dawn darkness for a torturous commute through the Philippine capital.
 
Philippine court approves pact with US military
The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday declared as constitutional a defense pact that allows American forces, warships and planes to temporarily base in local military camps, in a boost to U.S. efforts to reassert its presence in Asia as China rises to regional dominance.
 
Filipinos raped by Japanese in WWII demand compensation
A group of elderly Filipino women raped by Japanese troops during World War II called for compensation from Japan on Wednesday, following Tokyo's pledge of US$8.3 million for South Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during the war.
 
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