TODAY'S HEADLINES

30,000 birthday cards arrive for Down's syndrome man 24-Nov-14, 11:46 AM | Agence France-Presse

US police shoot dead boy, 12, holding replica gun 24-Nov-14, 1:20 AM | Agence France-Presse

70 AboitizPower customers commit to use gensets next summer 24-Nov-14, 12:32 PM | Euan Paulo C. Añonuevo, InterAksyon.com

ON U.S. CALL TO STOP ACTION | Airstrip building in disputed waters 'justifiable' - Chinese general 24-Nov-14, 12:09 PM | Agence France-Presse Beijing on Monday fired back at US criticism of an artificial island project in the disputed South China Sea that could reportedly include an airstrip, with a top general defending it as "justifiable".

Chinese poachers convicted, judge imposes fines or jail time 24-Nov-14, 3:05 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com The convicts were fund guilty by the Palawan Regional Trial Court of violating the Philippine Fisheries Code and the Wildlife Resources Conservation Act.

GREEN SWITCH SPEECH | SM mall's solar-powered project shows the way in energy, says PNoy 24-Nov-14, 3:06 PM | President Benigno Aquino III, Republic of the Philippines President Aquino graced the “Green Switch” Launch of SM Supermalls' Solar Rooftop Project at SM City North EDSA in Quezon City, tagged as the biggest solar-powered mall project in Southeast Asia. Here's his speech.

LADY JUSTICE BLINDFOLDED, BUT RUSHING | Sereno defends court's work in Maguindanao massacre trial 23-Nov-14, 4:52 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno is constantly monitoring the 2009 Maguindanao massacre case, and the Judiciary has thrown its full support for the QC court handling the trial, but the SC chief declined to 'speculate' on whether it can be completed in 2016, when President Aquino's term ends.

Rolling stock of Philippines' only train system up for repairs; PNR turns 122 23-Nov-14, 11:01 PM | Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com | With the Philippines News Agency UPDATE 3:37p.m., Nov. 24- Citing growing ridership in the face of aging infrastructure, the PNR is spending P2.2 billion to repair the rolling stock of the country's only train system, which turns 122 years old Nov. 24.

GLOBAL MEDIA ON MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE | Aquino govt enables environment for impunity 23-Nov-14, 3:02 PM| InterAksyon.com | With PNA UPDATED 9:45PM-An international organization representing over half a million journalists from 134 countries has concluded a mission to revisit the Maguindanao Massacre of 58 persons, and cast much of the blame for the zero convictions, five years after the crime, on the Aquino administration.

Election watchdog assails Comelec for undue preference for Smartmatic 23-Nov-14, 1:22 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com The Commission on Elections has accorded Smartmatic, the vendor of voting machines used in the last two national and local elections, preference in the P1.2-billion project to refurbish the 82,000 PCOS units, an election watchdog said Sunday.

President Aquino orders rebidding of Cavite-Laguna Expressway project 23-Nov-14, 9:29 PM| Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com The President's decision favors San Miguel Corp, which had been disqualified from the auction.

2015 BUDGET | Miriam hits 'minefields' in savings, lump sums 24-Nov-14, 2:33 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago delivers a privilege speech urging a return to the old definition of savings and moving to compel the Department of Budget and Management to submit a compliance document incorporating certain reportorial requirements on lump sums.

After MLQ University, it's St. Scholastica's turn to go solar 24-Nov-14, 9:27 AM| Euan Paulo C. Añonuevo, InterAksyon.com Propmech is putting up the up to 100-kilowatt solar rooftop facility at St. Scholastica's.

THE 'REPRIVATE' OF THE PHILIPPINES | Or why Metro Manila continues to deteriorate 24-Nov-14, 3:35 PM| Jorge Mojarro, Special to InterAksyon.com Jorge Mojarro, a Spaniard doing his PhD research on Filipiniana in the country, writes about the Filipino mindset that keeps him from complaining about the sorry state of affairs of public transportation and other public services.

 
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