Casual meeting. President Aquino welcomes former US President William “Bill” Clinton at the Premier Guest House. Clinton is here to talk about globalization in a lecture titled “Embracing Our Common Humanity” at the Manila Hotel.

MANILA — President Benigno Aquino III and former US President Bill Clinton yesterday spent an hour getting to know each other and discussing Aquino’s plans for the Philippines.


Alert level stays. Farmers harvest rice stalks at the foot of Mount Bulusan in the province of Sorsogon. The volcano has spewed ash for the past two days and while Phivolcs has recorded fewer volcanic earthquakes for the past 24 hours, the alert level No. 1 remains.

MANILA — The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) yesterday reiterated its call to the public to avoid venturing into the permanent danger zone around Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon province, even if there were less volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours.
The threat for ash explosions still exists since the volcano is still at an "abnormal" state, said Phivolcs director Renato Solidum.
He said alert level No. 1 is still up.

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.

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.

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