TODAY'S HEADLINES

INC crowd swells near EDSA Shrine as vigil moves over from DOJ compound 28-Aug-15, 2:12 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com | with Maricel Halili and Roices Naguit, News5

STATEMENT | Time to end all enforced disappearances 28-Aug-15, 10:51 AM | Ban Ki-Moon, secretary general, United Nations

G Liner bus company taps PLDT for GPS monitoring devices 28-Aug-15, 9:09 PM | Cassandra Lee, InterAksyon.com

INC crowd swells near EDSA Shrine as vigil moves over from DOJ compound 28-Aug-15, 2:12 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com | with Maricel Halili and Roices Naguit, News5 (UPDATE 4 - 11:48 p.m.) A vigil by protesting members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) entered its second day on Friday, with the main body of the crowd moving over to gather near EDSA Shrine in the evening.

Can a traffic czar solve the mess? Expanded PNR trains, ferries also pushed 28-Aug-15, 3:10 PM | InterAksyon.com | JV Arcena, News5 UPDATE 4:12 P.M.- The Management Association of the Philippines wants President Aquino to appoint a 'traffic czar' for Metro Manila's perennial traffic woes. The Palace soft-pedalled on the odd-even option to reduce cars on the road; and VP Binay urged expansion of trains, ferry systems.

Comelec, Smartmatic firm up contract for 23,000 OMRs; eye source code contract 28-Aug-15, 3:59 PM | Jet Villa, InterAksyon.com The Commission on Elections looks set to firm up a review and certification contract for the source code software of optical mark reader machines.


BUSINESS NEWS

VIDEO | Customs Chief Lina clarifies balikbayan box issue with OFWs VIDEO | Customs Chief Lina clarifies balikbayan box issue with OFWs “Today is not about collecting revenues. This day is about assuring OFWs that we are listening and we will make sure that we move forward…

G Liner bus company taps PLDT for GPS monitoring devices G Liner bus company taps PLDT for GPS monitoring devices The installation of GPS devices is in line with a government move to require such gadgets in buses and prevent accidents.

Philippines to halt sugar exports amid strong domestic demand Philippines to halt sugar exports amid strong domestic demand Production for the 2015-2016 crop year is expected to approximate domestic demand.

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VIDEO, NOT JUST ABOUT MONEY | Migrante says Zero Remittance Day a preview of OFW vote 28-Aug-15, 1:33 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com | Video Report by Dale de Vera, News5 UPDATE2, 11:10 PM-The 'Zero Remittance Day' protest does not only underscore the OFW sector's economic importance but is also a preview of the clout it can wield in 2016 elections, Migrante said. The Senate, meanwhile, was urged to 'codify' the President's order vs random balikbayan box checks.

VIDEO | Zero Remittance Day 'unnecessary'? Govt made it inevitable - Migrante 28-Aug-15, 1:32 PM | InterAksyon.com Migrante-Middle East took issue Friday with a DFA official's description of the Zero-Remittance Day as 'unnecessary,' stressing that the novel protest had to be carried out to signal to the administration the OFW sector's outrage over undue burdens on them, such as the recent balibayan box fiasco.

US plans more Asia-Pacific drills to counter China reclamation 26-Aug-15, 7:57 PM| Reuters The United States plans to increase the number of military and humanitarian drills it conducts in the Asia-Pacific as part of a new strategy to counter China's rapid expansion in the South China Sea, the Philippine military said on Wednesday.

Aquino, Thai PM discuss trade, security and education 29-Aug-15, 12:25 AM| Jelly F. Musico, PNA President Benigno Aquino III and Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha met on Friday with hopes of strengthening cooperation in trade and investments, security and people-to-people ties.

VIDEO | Traffic scheme for LRT 2 extension construction goes on dry run 29-Aug-15, 7:30 AM| Gerard de la Pena, News5 The alternative routing system designed to ease the expected traffic congestion once construction of the Light Rail Transit Line 2 extension begins next months will undergo a dry run on Saturday.

Lumad decry airborne 'abduction' of 14 in Bukidnon but military says operation targeted 'NPA' 28-Aug-15, 8:22 AM| InterAksyon.com Indigenous people's organizations in Bukidnon decried what they called the 'abduction' of 14 of their leaders and members from a hinterland village of Kitao-tao town even as northern Mindanao media reported a massive military operation that netted suspected members of the New People's Army.

VIDEO | Strafing of broadcast journo Taberna's coffee shop meant as warning? 28-Aug-15, 9:41 AM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com | Video Report by Ivy Bernardo, News5 (UPDATED, 11:15 P.M.) Police probers and broadcast journalist Anthony Taberna see the strafing by unknown men of his newly opened coffee shop in Quezon City Friday morning as meant to send him a warning, and Taberna said it could be any one of the parties he has criticized in his daily show.

Philippines seeks 'real-time' U.S. help in disputed South China Sea 27-Aug-15, 8:41 PM| Reuters The Philippines seeks assistance from the United States for 'real-time' monitoring of developments in the South China Sea, amid China's rapid expansion in the area.

 
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