The Philippines is just one of the countries searching for a lost Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The plane, carrying 239 passengers, took off at 2 a.m. and was supposed to land at 6:30 a.m. Philippine Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin ordered the mobilization of the Armed Forces Western Command, as well as a surveillance plane and three navy patrol boats.
The Philippines will be submitting a bid to create the largest human gender symbol to Guinness. This morning, more than ten thousand Filipinos formed the symbol for the female. According to Philippine Commission on Women executive director Emmeline Veroza, this was to represent a show of force against violence towards women.