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The Philippine government said it does not recognize Chinese names for undersea features in Benham Rise, and that this concern has already been relayed to Beijing. Benham Rise is within the Philippines' exclusive economic zone.
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PH rejects Chinese names for Benham Rise features
Malacañang said it has expressed concern over the Chinese names given to some undersea features in Benham Rise. "We object and do not recognize the Chinese names," said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
OFWs with prior contracts can return to Kuwait
The Philippine government's Kuwait deployment ban doesn't cover Filipino workers with prior contracts, clarified the Bureau of Immigration. These workers can return to Kuwait after their vacations in the Philippines.
De Lima supporters call for her release
Supporters of detained Senator Leila de Lima launched "Buwan ni Leila," a month-long series of activities to fight for her freedom. De Lima will mark a year in jail on February 24.
Duterte's top 6 sexist remarks
Being the father of the nation has not changed President Rodrigo Duterte when it comes to using misogynistic language. Rappler takes a look at the President's sexist remarks.
Tropical Depression Basyang heads for Palawan
Tropical Depression Basyang (Sanba) is already 200 kilometers southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, moving west at 23 kilometers per hour. It'll make its 3rd and final landfall there.
Aid reaches cyclone-hit Tonga
Foreign aid has begun reaching Tonga, which was battered by Cyclone Gita. New Zealand and Australia have sent supplies and disaster response specialists.
Ash Wednesday on Valentine's: 'Love expressed by sacrifice'
This year, Valentine's Day coincides with Ash Wednesday. "The 3 keys for Valentine's Day are the same 3 keys for the season of Lent – sacrifice, prayer, and giving," said Archbishop Socrates Villegas.