Sen. Grace to DOTC: Stop MRT fare hike until service improves, safety upgraded 22-Dec-14, 12:21 PM | Sen. Grace Poe on Monday asked the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to defer the "unnecessary and untimely" Metro Rail Transit (MRT) fare increase effective Jan. 4 amid "unmet" public expectations to improve even the basic facilities of the train system.

AWOL Navy officer, last person seen with Marine slain inside camp, hunted 21-Dec-14, 6:38 PM | Thom Andrade, Stressing the man is not yet deemed a suspect, the military is hunting a Navy officer who has gone AWOL a day after he was seen with a female Marine lieutenant who was found dead inside her car in Fort Bonifacio late November.

FREE FOR XMAS | Anti-graft court grants GMA wish for Christmas furlough 22-Dec-14, 11:28 AM | The anti-graft court Sandiganbayan on Monday granted the petition of former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for a Christmas furlough from 10 a.m. of December 23 to 2 p.m. of December 26.

END OF AN ERA | Benitezes resign, hand over PWU to STI group that bailed out school 22-Dec-14, 3:35 PM | Key members of the Benitez Group irrevocably resigned as members and trustees of Philippine Women's University Monday, ceding majority to STI Holdings Inc.

CA upholds DOH rule on 'no approved therapeutic claim' tag on supplements 21-Dec-14, 11:21 PM | Brian Maglungsod, The Court of Appeals has upheld the DOH order requiring the tag "No Approved Therapeutic Claim" on supplements, dismissing a petition filed by the Chamber of Herbal Industries of the Philippines more than four years ago.

SUV driver charged for running over traffic enforcer, leaving him comatose 21-Dec-14, 7:32 PM| Clara Masinag, Charges of Reckless Imprudence Resulting in Serious Physical Injuries and Driving with an Expired Driver’s License were filed by the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office against the driver of a sports utility vehicle who ran over an MMDA enforcer who was manning traffic on EDSA in Cubao, Quezon City.

Communist rebels in Mindanao to free 9 'POWs' 21-Dec-14, 10:01 PM| Communist rebels in Mindanao said they would be freeing all nine 'prisoners of war' whose release has been ordered by the leadership of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

Big corporations take advantage of post-Yolanda rehab, harass disaster victims - Church official 21-Dec-14, 10:11 AM| The public-private partnership framework of the government's rehabilitation program in Yolanda-hit areas are being used by big corporations for their own benefit, said a Church official in charge of helping survivors of the super typhoon recover from the disaster.

GIFT OR CURSE? | Number coding lifted Dec. 23-Jan. 4; MMDA tells folk to brace for traffic jams 21-Dec-14, 4:03 PM| Clara Masinag, Take it as a Christmas gift or a curse: the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is suspending number coding restrictions for two weeks to afford people more mobility in the holidays, but also warns them to plan trips well, given the usual 20-percent rise in traffic congestion.

ISLAMIC STATE SIEGE ENDS | Trapped on Iraqi mountain for months, Yazidis cheer Kurd liberators 21-Dec-14, 5:27 PM| Isabel Coles, Reuters Iraqi Kurdish fighters flashed victory signs as they swept across the northern side of Sinjar mountain on Saturday, two days after breaking through to free hundreds of Yazidis trapped there for months by Islamic State fighters.

TIPS| Make sure Christmas lights are safe – Rescue5 21-Dec-14, 2:57 PM| Karl Angeline S. Ocampo, These Christmas lights may bring joy to our eyes and hearts, but could also come with extra hazards, if the substandard ones are used or if they are installed or used improperly. Indeed, the season for celebration should not end up in tragedy. Here are some tips from Rescue5.

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