TODAY'S HEADLINES

PH among nations with biggest risk of online infection — Kaspersky 19-Dec-14, 10:19 AM | Jose Bimbo F. Santos, InterAksyon.com

Nine-month Sin Tax collections surpass goal for entire 2014 19-Dec-14, 10:28 AM | Rain Castro, InterAksyon.com

CHOW BUZZ I 15 holiday savory picks for your last-minute gift-giving and party needs 19-Dec-14, 4:22 PM | By Cyrene de la Rosa | Lifestyle Section, InterAksyon.com

Pemberton booked but not arraigned, to remain detained in Camp Aguinaldo 19-Dec-14, 1:37 AM | Ansbert Joaquin, InterAksyon.com | JV Arcena, Radyo5 (UPDATE 6 - 11:56 a.m.) US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton was presented to the Olongapo regional trial court Friday morning and was booked but his expected arraignment did not push through after the court decided to first hear a motion he filed to suspend proceedings against him.

'FIGHT WITH US' | Open Letter of Filipino Migrants to Pope Francis 18-Dec-14, 4:56 PM | Migrante International 'We call on you to speak in behalf of overseas Filipinos in our quest for a better life. We have experienced first-hand human and labor rights abuses and exploitation. Hear our stories and join us in our fight against modern-day slavery.'

Ping to 'slowly fade away' as Yolanda rehab gets underway 19-Dec-14, 10:15 AM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson said he is preparing to exit his job as head of the Office of the Presidential Assistant on Rehabilitation and Recovery as the implementation of the rehabilitation plan for areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda gets underway.

Military COPDs are 'offensive operations' and will be targeted - Mindanao Reds 18-Dec-14, 5:33 PM | InterAksyon.com Communist rebels in Mindanao called the Community Organizing for Peace and Development program 'part of the offensive military operations of the Philippine Army' and, unless included in the month-long truce declared by the government, will be considered 'legitimate military targets' of the NPA.

US, Cuba announce historic thaw in ties 18-Dec-14, 12:16 AM | Reuters (UPDATED - 8:00 p.m.) The United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, a major policy shift ending decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

Fallout from Bilibid fiasco cuts into political prisoners' visitation rights 19-Dec-14, 8:21 AM| InterAksyon.com The scramble to tighten security measures in jails after the discovery of luxury cells and amenities for privileged convicts at the National Bilibid Prison appears to have cut into visitation rights for political prisoners.

Media seeks unscheduled inspections of massacre suspects' cells in wake of Bilibid fiasco 18-Dec-14, 11:17 AM| InterAksyon.com A major media organization is urging Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to order unscheduled inspections of the detention facilities for those accused of the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre following the recent discovery of luxurious cells at the National Bilibid Prison.

'Days of need, corruption over,' PNoy vows as AFP turns 79 18-Dec-14, 1:09 PM| Thom Andrade, InterAksyon.com President Benigno Aquino III vowed on Thursday that the days when soldiers risked their lives with substandard and inadequate gear because of corruption are over.

PHOTO | Underground workers' group rallies in downtown Manila to mark CPP's 46th 19-Dec-14, 12:35 PM| InterAksyon.com Workers of the Revolutionary Council of Trade Unions and other underground organizations under the National Democratic Front of the Philippines staged a lightning rally in downtown Manila Friday morning to mark the 46th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

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.

Sony hack a 'serious natl security matter' - US 19-Dec-14, 7:55 AM| Michael Thurston and Jerome Cartillier, Agence France-Presse The cyber attack that forced Sony Pictures to scrap a comedy about North Korea is a 'serious national security matter,' the White House warned Thursday, threatening an 'appropriate response.'

 
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