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- Are municipal mayors endorsing Mar Roxas for President?
- The Foreign Affairs department says Mohagher Iqbal has a valid Philippine passport.
- Watch Floyd Mayweather workout in front of the media.
MAYORS FOR ROXAS? LET'S NOT TALK ABOUT IT, SAYS LMP CHIEF
Are municipal mayors endorsing Interior Secretary Mar Roxas for president?
At the general assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines or LMP Wednesday,
the league passes a resolution in “support for and encouragement of the leadership and governance” of Roxas.
The resolution describes Roxas as “a man of honor, integrity and unsullied reputation whose character is above suspicion…”
and a “visionary, selfless, competent, motivational” leader.
But LMP president Sandy Javier brushes off speculations, saying it’s too far off.
President Benigno Aquino is also at the LMP event,
but does not say anything in support of Roxas.
He commends the municipal mayors for being the backbone of local governance.
BENIGNO AQUINO III, PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT: Sa pamamagitan ninyo nararamdaman ng ating mamamayan na tumototoo ang gobyerno sa panata nito sa bayan. Kaya ang tagumpay o pagkabigo ng isang administrasyon ay nakasalalay sa pakikipagtulungan ng lokal na unit sa isang pambansang pamahalaan.
(Through you, our fellowmen feel that the government delivers on its promise to the country. The success or failure of an administration depends on the local units’ cooperation with the national government.)
Aquino and Roxas’ political machinery, the Liberal Party, has yet to announce its candidate for the 2016 presidential elections.
DFA: IQBAL CARRIES 'VALID' PHILIPPINE PASSPORT
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario confirms
Moro Islamic Liberation Front chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal carries a Philippine passport.
Iqbal earlier admitted he is using an alias and has "many names."
Philippine laws prohibit the use of an unregistered alias in public documents.
In a TV interview Wednesday, del Rosario says Iqbal carries a valid Philippine passport supported by his personal record.
Del Rosario says he does not know Iqbal’s real name.
TRILLANES: SOURCES 'A1' BUT MUST BE PROTECTED
Senator Antonio Trillanes stands by his bribery allegations against the family of Vice President Jejomar Binay.
The senator faces a libel case filed by the Binays
and possible contempt of court from the justices he accuses of corruption.
Trillanes vouches for the credibility of his sources but refuses to reveal their identities.
Trillanes does not guarantee the sources will face the probe but says, "We will provide them protection. Fear of the Binays is part of the decision.”
The senator is under fire for failing to present evidence the Binay family paid off Court of Appeals justices to issue a decision in their favor.
The Vice President is set to run for president in 2016.
CHINA RECLAMATION MEANT TO 'DEFINE' 9-DASH LINE – PH
The Philippines accuses China of using artificial islands to define the Asian giant's 9-dash line, a border to claim the South China Sea.
The 9-dash line is a U-shaped line China drew to define its territorial claims,
but the Philippines wants to declare it baseless.
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario says the government sees these as -quote-“unilateral aggressive activities on China's part.”
He adds, China’s move undermines the Philippines’ historic case against it.
His comments come after new satellite images showed
China's reclamation efforts in the South China Sea.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino says China's efforts should spark fear around the world.
MAYWEATHER HOLDS MEDIA WORKOUT
Champion boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. shows off his top form during a workout in front of the media.
Mayweather arrives late and starts his public training 2 hours behind schedule.
But as soon as he steps on the ring, Mayweather displays his vaunted speed in his usual punch-mitt routine with his uncle Roger Mayweather,
while his father Floyd Sr. supervises the training.
Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe is confident Mayweather can knockout Pacquiao.
LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO, MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS: He makes a lot of mistakes and Floyd will be able to exploit all those mistakes from the opening bell. I expect we will see a knockout in this fight.
In the Pacquiao camp,
Manny receives another surprise visit, this time from National Basketball Association or NBA star Jeremy Lin.
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