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- ASEAN retracts South China Sea statement
Southeast Asian foreign ministers retracted an initial statement that expressed deep concern over actions in the disputed South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). The statement had been released to the Agence France-Presse by the Malaysian foreign ministry, but was later withdrawn for “urgent amendments.” The ASEAN has often struggled to reach consensus on issues involving China.
Read more about the retracted statement.
- Aquino vetoed 80 bills in 6 years
Among all the presidents after martial law, it’s President Benigno Aquino III who vetoed the most number of bills. Aquino rejected 80 bills in 6 years, including the measure for the Social Security System (SSS) pension hike and the Magna Carta for the Poor.
Learn more about the bills that Aquino vetoed.
- DOH: Fabella hospital won’t be demolished
In an interview with Rappler, Health Secretary Janette Garin denied reports that the Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital will be demolished for commercial purposes. “Fabella will not be closed. No employees will be terminated or displaced. It is not a public-private partnership (PPP) project,” Garin clarified.
Check out details of Rappler’s interview with Garin.
- Obama expresses solidarity with gay community
US President Barack Obama expressed solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community following the shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. “You are not alone. The American people and our allies and friends all over the world stand with you,” Obama said.
Here’s the full story on Obama’s latest remarks on the Orlando shooting rampage.
- Clinton wins final Democratic primary
Hillary Clinton won the final Democratic primary held in Washington, DC, officially wrapping up her bid to secure votes for the party’s nomination. The win in the US capital was mostly symbolic, as Clinton already secured the number of delegates needed last week.
Read about the latest developments in the White House race.
- Brazil’s Rousseff wants new elections
Brazil’s suspended president Dilma Rousseff wants to escape impeachment by pushing for new elections. Rousseff, who faces corruption allegations, was suspended from office in May after lawmakers voted to hold an impeachment trial against her. Speaking with foreign correspondents, Rousseff said, “The only way to interrupt the mandate of a president is if the Brazilian people chooses to through a plebiscite.”
Get the latest on the political crisis in Brazil.
- ING raises PH growth forecast
Global financial giant ING Bank raised its growth forecast for the Philippines, citing higher deficit spending and “buoyant” consumer spending. The Netherlands-based multinational raised its forecast to 6.5% from the original 6.2% for this year, and 6.2% – up from a little over 6% – for 2017.
Here’s more on the ING Bank’s revised forecast.
- May 2016 hottest on record – NASA
Statistics from NASA show that temperatures in May broke global records. The Arctic in particular experienced abnormal heat, while Alaska recorded its warmest spring on record by a wide margin. World Climate Research Program Director David Carlson said the El Niño phenomenon is “only partly to blame” and that “abnormal is the new normal.”
Check out this story on the record-breaking temperatures in May.
- Italy’s Osteria Francescana is best resto
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2016 is out, and Italy’s Osteria Francescana took the top spot. Run by chef Massimo Bottura, Osteria Francescana is the first Italian establishment to win the annual accolade.
Find out which restaurants made the list.
- WATCH: ‘Moana’ teaser trailer
Disney has released the teaser trailer for its newest offering, Moana. The movie follows its titular character on a journey to save her people with the help of a once-powerful demigod named Maui.
Watch the teaser trailer here.