VATICAN CITY -- The Philippines' Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle and American Cardinals Timothy Michael Dolan of New York and Sean Patrick O'Malley of Boston are among the favorites to succeed Pope Benedict XVI.
Observers believe Tagle, Dolan and O'Malley have the qualities their fellow cardinals would be looking for as they start their search for a new pontiff to guide the two-billion plus Catholic Church.
Cardinals electing the new pope will be looking for a charismatic but tenacious man capable of reuniting a fractious Church, stamping down on scandals and reigniting faith among the young.More >
By DANNY LLANTO
MANILA – To the Philippines, the negative world opinion against China’s occupation and reclamation of areas in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) has softened Beijing’s hardline stance on its maritime disputes with neighboring countries as China declared the completion of its construction activities.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry released a statement last week that they were done with a number of construction activities in the South China Sea amid reports that Beijing has been putting up military garrisons on one of the contested reefs.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Wednesday the international support to Manila’s position on the disputes may have played a role in China’s apparent decision to backtrack on its reclamation binge in the disputed sea.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Former California State Senator Leland Yee pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a felony racketeering charge in an organized crime and public corruption case that brought down the once-popular legislator known for his support for Filipino war veterans, good government and gun control.