TODAY'S HEADLINES

MILF to turn over 75 high-powered weapons next year: Ferrer 18-Dec-14, 5:22 AM | Ben Cal, Philippine News Agency

Clinton vs Bush, again? Is US democracy becoming a family affair? 18-Dec-14, 3:36 AM | Agence France-Presse

HRW Dispatches: Uniting against the Pakistan school massacre 18-Dec-14, 4:47 AM | Zama Coursen-Neff, Human Rights Watch

US rejects PH bid for Pemberton custody; embassy checks out Olongapo Hall of Justice, city jail 17-Dec-14, 4:56 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com | JV Arcena, News5, with PNA reports (UPDATE 4 - 11:54 p.m.) Invoking the VFA, the US formally rejected the Philippine request to acquire custody of Joseph Scott Pemberton, the Marine charged for the murder of transgender woman Jennifer Laude. The Philippine government, speaking through DFA, said it was dismayed by Washington's stand.

Commuters give riding MRT3 a grade of 'conditional failure,' as Abaya snubs Senate probe 17-Dec-14, 11:07 AM | Veronica Uy and Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE, 11:42 a.m.) Passengers gave their riding experience on the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) a grade of "conditional failure," with one describing it a disaster and another saying it is a failure in safety and ease, a report of the Senate Committee on Public Services said.

Reds announce truce for Xmas, New Year's and papal visit 17-Dec-14, 7:58 PM | InterAksyon.com Communist rebels on Wednesday declared three brief ceasefires, for Christmas, New Year's and the visit in January of Pope Francis.

'I was mistaken for a waiter, valet driver': Obama speaks on America's persisting racial biases 18-Dec-14, 6:08 AM | Agence France-Presse Barack and Michelle Obama revealed their experiences of racism in a wide-ranging interview with celebrity weekly People Magazine published Wednesday.

Pakistani pupils recall narrow escapes, carnage in Taliban slaughter 17-Dec-14, 5:34 AM | Mehreen Zahra-Malik, Reuters It began like any other morning in Pakistan's Army Public School in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Students pored over their books. Teachers ruffled through their notes and gave lectures.

SINOLO ANG MIC | Singer-convict should have shared use of music equipment in NBP - DOJ 17-Dec-14, 10:07 PM| Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com Music recording equipment that authorities seized Monday at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) would not have caused trouble to a high-profile inmate - serving time for heading a notorious bank robbery gang - if the equipment were put there for common use of inmates, and not a single person only.

PRISON SCANDAL SOLUTION? Sen. Chiz seeks top-to-bottom revamp of Bureau of Corrections 17-Dec-14, 8:03 AM| InterAksyon.com How can the Department of Justice, which has supervisory control over the Bureau of Corrections, solve the prison scandal that exposed various disallowed items in the national penitentiary during Justice Secretary Leila de Lima's surprise visit?

SQUATTER NO MORE | Philippine Children's Medical Center now owns NHA lot 17-Dec-14, 8:43 PM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com NHA has accepted the legal opinion issued by DOJ nullifying the 2013 sale of the lot to Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

3 cops tagged in Cebu lawyer's slay missing from Crame holding center; arrest warrants unserved 17-Dec-14, 6:51 PM| Philippines News Agency The warrant of arrest for three police officers accused in the ambush-killing of Cebu lawyer Noel Archival remain unserved after they could no longer be found in their last assignment in Camp Crame, officials at the Central Visayas office of the NBI said Wednesday.

Pope mobile to be open, accessible the same way Francis wants Church to be 16-Dec-14, 3:56 PM| Tricia Aquino, InterAksyon.com White and open is the two popemobiles are described by the Church, locally made by a manufacturer that wishes to remain anonymous.

CELL PHONE EVIDENCE | Raps vs taxi driver nixed as video shows cop aggressor; driver still detained 17-Dec-14, 2:52 PM| Jeff Caparas, News5 The taxi driver detained since Friday (Dec. 12) after arguing with a policeman at NAIA 3 failed to secure his liberty Tuesday afternoon despite the dismissal of the direct assault and other charges against him by the officer.

 
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