TODAY'S HEADLINES

2015 budget's passage to ruin all reforms, castrate Congress - watchdog alliance 20-Oct-14, 6:04 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

Aquino says US ties above transgender murder 20-Oct-14, 6:54 PM | Agence France-Presse

VIDEOS | Bus hostages turn to social media, recall ordeal in Monday morning crisis at NLEX 21-Oct-14, 12:41 AM | InterAksyon.com | Video reports by Marlene Alcaide and Jeff Caparas, News5

A. Brown affiliate to commission new power plant in Mindanao 20-Oct-14, 5:35 PM | Darwin G. Amojelar, InterAksyon.com

Palo folk stand to lose homes, cultural landmarks, to Pope's visit 20-Oct-14, 8:16 PM | Lottie Salarda, InterAksyon.com (text and photos) What Yolanda failed to do the government may succeed in doing - the destruction of houses and structures, many still being repaired - to widen the highway leading to the seat of the Palo archdiocese in time for Pope Francis' visit.

PNoy: 'Binay asked me to intervene in Senate probe' 20-Oct-14, 12:06 PM | Dexter San Pedro, InterAksyon.com UPDATE 2, 5:42 PM - President Aquino said VP Binay had asked him to intervene in anti-corruption investigations initiated by senators and the Department of Justice. Binay's spokesman explained the context of that request.

Troops find another abandoned Abu Sayyaf camp in Patikul, Sulu 20-Oct-14, 9:58 AM | Thom Andrade, InterAksyon.com Government troops found another abandoned Abu Sayyaf camp in Patikul, Sulu Monday morning, just 'a few hundred meters away' from a larger encampment discovered Sunday, the military said.

DOE: 2015 power crisis an issue of reserves, not supply; negotiated deals for gensets junked 20-Oct-14, 5:21 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Pressed by lawmakers on Monday on the real energy situation in the country that would necessitate emergency powers for President Benigno Aquino III, the Department of Energy (DOE) acknowledged that the scenario in the summer months of 2015 was not as bad, after all.

VIDEO | German fiance attends Laude's wake, silently weeps over Jennifer's brutal death 20-Oct-14, 6:15 PM | Patricia Mangune and Mon Gualvez, News5 Nine days after Jeffrey "Jennifer" Laude was brutally killed in an Olongapo City motel, the victim's German fiance finally arrived in the Philippines to attend Laude's wake.

2015 budget's passage to ruin all reforms, castrate Congress - watchdog alliance 20-Oct-14, 6:04 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com An alliance of budget watchdogs on Monday warned the House of Representatives that passage of the proposed 2015 national budget as it stands - containing lump sum appropriations and redefining the concept of savings - will be tantamount to Congress forfeiting its mandate as keeper of the purse.

Task Force Josie formed to probe disappearance of CamNorte gov's wife 20-Oct-14, 8:42 PM| InterAksyon.com and News5 The wife of Camarines Norte Governor Edgardo Tallado has been missing since October 17, but authorities remain clueless on what could have happened to her. The police has formed Task Force Josie to lead the probe on her disappearance.

LEYTE LANDING RECALLED | PNoy leads rites marking 70th anniversary of pivotal WWII naval battle 20-Oct-14, 12:58 AM| InterAksyon.com President Aquino spearheads Monday rites marking the 70th anniversary of the Leyte Landing of Oct. 20, 1944, a pivotal moment in the effort by the US-led Allied Forces to turn the tide against the Japanese invaders who had occupied the Philippines for over three years.

VIDEOS | Bus hostages turn to social media, recall ordeal in Monday morning crisis at NLEX 21-Oct-14, 12:41 AM| InterAksyon.com | Video reports by Marlene Alcaide and Jeff Caparas, News5 Some bus passengers took to social media to recount what was happening, and also gave their accounts later, as a man described quite unstable held them hostage with a knife as the Everlasting bus they rode neared the Sta. Rita toll gate at NLEX Monday morning.

'Church shouldn't fear change,' says Pope at close of synod divided over homosexuality 20-Oct-14, 7:48 AM| Philip Pullella, Reuters Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges.

OPINION | Joining Islamic State is about 'sex and aggression,' not religion 19-Oct-14, 8:33 AM| Arie W. Kruglanski, Reuters It is easy to look to religion for an explanation of why young men -- and some women -- become radicalized. But it is psychology, not theology, that offers the best tools for understanding radicalization -- and how best to undo it.

 
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