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No destabilization attempts monitored inside AFP 30-Jul-14, 6:32 AM | Priam F. Nepomuceno, Philippines News Agency

Tropical depression Inday to exit PH Friday, Juan spotted outside PAR 30-Jul-14, 8:23 AM | Philippines News Agency

Sierra Leone's top Ebola doctor dies from virus 30-Jul-14, 1:42 AM | Umaru Fofana and Adam Bailes, Reuters

'PERA MO, BANTAYAN MO' | 10 parts of the P2.6-trillion 2015 budget to examine, especially post-DAP 30-Jul-14, 7:49 AM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Former National Treasurer Leonor Briones says the public must keep a keen eye on how the people's money is spent. Here are the 10 parts in the 2015 budget that every citizen of the republic should monitor and why.

No destabilization attempts monitored inside AFP 30-Jul-14, 6:32 AM | Priam F. Nepomuceno, Philippines News Agency Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala on Tuesday said the military has not monitored any attempt to destabilize the government from within its ranks.

Cardinal Tagle: Vatican announces Pope Francis' PH visit - Jan. 15 -19 29-Jul-14, 8:24 PM | Bernard Testa, InterAksyon.com His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle confirms the Vatican announcement this noon (Rome time) regarding the inclusive dates of Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines.

BUSINESS NEWS

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Grid operator purchases new emergency restoration equipment Grid operator purchases new emergency restoration equipment The National Grid Corp of the Philippines has purchased new equipment for emergency restoration works of downed steel transmission towers and power lines.

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Not mentioned in SONA, Freedom of Information bill must be passed - VP Binay 29-Jul-14, 2:10 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Vice President Jejomar Binay on Tuesday exhorted Congress to pass the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill, saying this would bolster the reforms started by the Aquino administration.

Sulu security breakdown alarms AFP as dead from ASG ambush now 25 29-Jul-14, 3:24 PM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE - 7:12 p.m) The AFP spokesman says the massacre by suspected elements of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) of non-combatants - including women and children enroute to a celebration of the end of Ramadan - is of utmost concern in terms of security, as the number of fatalities rose to 25.

Philippines to propose no action to raise tension in sea disputes 30-Jul-14, 5:31 AM| Manuel Mogato, Reuters The Philippines will propose a freeze on all activity that raises tension in disputed waters in the South China Sea as part of a three-part plan at a regional security meeting next month, Manila's foreign minister said on Tuesday.

EU's Ashton pushes peaceful options in South China Sea rows, backs Mindanao peace 29-Jul-14, 6:38 PM| InterAksyon.com UPDATE 10:56 PM) A ranking European Union official affirmed the EU commitment to pushing for stability in the South China Sea, sustained peace in Mindanao, more effective disaster risk reduction and to expanding economic relations between EU member countries and the Philippines.

LTFRB gives unlicensed trucks-for-hire another month to secure permit 29-Jul-14, 11:03 PM| Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com LTFRB extends by another month moratorium on apprehension of unlicensed trucks-for-hire.

POST-SONA 2014 | PNoy missed out on post-Yolanda risk-reduction efforts - aid groups 29-Jul-14, 3:39 PM| InterAksyon.com International aid groups engaged in rehabilitation and reconstruction work in the wake of super typhoon Yolanda said President Benigno Aquino III missed out on detailing his administration's efforts to rebuild areas devastated by the storm and his 'broader disaster risk reduction policies.'

POST-SONA2014 | Debt watchdog lists 3 gut issues for transformation 29-Jul-14, 7:52 AM| Freedom from Debt Coalition Did DAP reduce debt? Should Congress grant the Executive's plan for emergency powers to avert power outages next year? What major budget reforms must be pursued aside from a supplemental budget?

Shelling kills 20 at UN school as Israel intensifies Gaza assault, Egyptians revise truce plan 30-Jul-14, 4:43 AM| Nidal Al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams, Reuters (UPDATE 3 - 11:48 a.m.) Israeli shelling killed 20 people sheltering at a UN school Wednesday and knocked out Gaza's only power plant Tuesday while Egyptian mediators prepared a revised proposal for halting its war with Islamist guerrillas in the enclave.

 
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