TODAY'S HEADLINES

De Lima orders raps vs ex-Davao del Sur gov, mayor for journalist's murder 29-Aug-14, 9:50 AM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com

CITIZEN MANILA | Tattoo artist Joel Ricafort, 35, and his living canvas 29-Aug-14, 10:32 AM | Text and photos by Bernard Testa | Lifestyle Section, InterAksyon.com

Budget deficit narrows at start of 2H as gov't spending fails to pick up 29-Aug-14, 1:55 PM | Rain Castro, InterAksyon.com The drop in spending belied official commitment to ramp up public spending.

Chief Justice says judiciary will do duty, as PNoy repeats lament over meddling 28-Aug-14, 6:54 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com (UPDATED) Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno said Thursday the judiciary would continue to perform its constitutionally mandated duty even if it may inconvenience other parties and the high court suffers criticism in the process.

Grace Poe braves rush-hour MRT, 2-hour trip from North Ave to Taft, to prep for Senate hearing 29-Aug-14, 1:59 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE 2:20 p.m.) The move was to learn more about the travails of the light-rail commuters in preparation for the Senate hearing on Sept. 1, Monday.

BUSINESS NEWS

Right-of-way violations triggering power interruptions Right-of-way violations triggering power interruptions The grid operator says right-of-way violations like landowners deliberately planting trees along transmission lines are causing power interruptions.

Phoenix completes new port facility in Batangas Phoenix completes new port facility in Batangas Oil firm Phoenix has completed a new port facility in the province, enabling locators in its industrial park to accept more shipments for their business.

BIR shutters David\ BIR shutters David's Teahouse for violations of tax law According to the BIR, David's Teahouse under declared its sales by more than 30 percent.

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MILF vows to combat Islamic State 'virus' in PH 28-Aug-14, 2:01 PM | Agence France-Presse The Moro Islamic Liberation Front has condemned extremist jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and vowed to stop the spread of their 'virus' into the Philippines.

West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000, spread further - WHO 29-Aug-14, 7:43 AM | Stephanie Nebehay and Tim Cocks, Reuters The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect over 20,000 people and spread to more countries, the UN health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak.

New evidence vs Bolante, Lorenzo in fertilizer fund scam case 'will shock the world' - Ombudsman 28-Aug-14, 5:41 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com (UPDATED) Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on Thursday said government prosecutors had found new evidence that would beef up the case against former DA officials Luis Lorenzo and Joc-Joc Bolante involving the alleged plunder of P723-million fertilizer fund during the Arroyo administration.

De Lima orders raps vs ex-Davao del Sur gov, mayor for journalist's murder 29-Aug-14, 9:50 AM| Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE - 10:42 a.m.) Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has ordered the filing of murder charges against former Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas and a town mayor for the killing of a journalist in Digos City in 2010.

585 new HIV cases in July, highest since 1984 - DOH 28-Aug-14, 4:49 PM| Philippine News Agency The Department of Health on Thursday reported 585 new HIV cases last month, the most recorded in a single month since 1984. The July figure brings the total HIV cases this year to 3,399 and is 30 percent more than the 449 recorded in the same month last year.

'GRAVE DANGER' | Invest in AFP to beef up territorial defense, Magdalo solon urges 29-Aug-14, 12:20 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com 'With an Air Force that cannot protect our air space and a Navy that cannot protect our maritime interest, claimant countries have accelerated their creeping occupation of our islands,' Magdalo party-list Representative Ashley Acedillo said.

Sereno on SALN request: SC justices not hiding anything, what else do they need to know? 28-Aug-14, 11:20 PM| Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno on Thursday said magistrates of the high tribunal were not hiding anything when they ruled against the request of the Bureau of Internal Revenue for the copies of their Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth.

PLDT, Rocket Internet hold discussions on mobile commerce gameplan 29-Aug-14, 9:49 AM| InterAksyon.com The two companies are setting up a mobile commerce and payment solutions platform for emerging markets.

 
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