TODAY'S HEADLINES

US and Arab allies launch first strikes on Islamic State fighters in Syria 23-Sep-14, 11:34 PM | Phil Stewart and Tom Perry, Reuters

Philippines courting ExxonMobil, Turkish firm to invest in upstream oil, gas exploration 23-Sep-14, 4:27 PM | Euan Paulo C. Añonuevo, InterAksyon.com

Scuffles as Hong Kong students escalate democracy strike 23-Sep-14, 8:27 PM | Agence France-Presse

7 companies qualify as possible manager of Mt. Apo geothermal plants' output 23-Sep-14, 3:43 PM | Euan Paulo C. Añonuevo, InterAksyon.com

AUDIO | Bangsamoro hearing: proponents told to clarify issues on wealth- and power-sharing 23-Sep-14, 6:45 PM | Raul Otieco, Radyo5 | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com

SC sacks Sandiganbayan Justice Gregory Ong over links to Napoles 23-Sep-14, 2:27 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com | With Trish Roque, Radyo5 (UPDATE 3 - 11:40pm.) The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed Sandiganbayan Associate Justice Gregory Ong for gross misconduct and violations of the Judicial Code of Conduct. Ong had been tagged as contact of businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles, the central figure in the PDAF 'pork barrel' scandal.

With P2-B DAP funds unaccounted for, why is Congress willing to let DBM bury DAP secrets? - Tiangco 23-Sep-14, 4:03 PM | InterAksyon.com Unfazed by his Administration peers painting him as a just a troublemaker obstructing the budget process, Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco Tuesday said that from P1.1-2.1 billion in DAP funds remained unaccounted for, and it is clear the DBM will keep stalling on his demands for full documentation.

Pope Francis wants simpler process for annulling marriages 23-Sep-14, 6:29 AM | Reuters Pope Francis has ordered a review aimed at simplifying the Church's procedures for annulments, the Vatican said on Saturday, a move that could make it easier for Catholics to end marriages.

World leaders urged to change course at UN climate summit 23-Sep-14, 1:32 PM | Carole Landry, Agence France-Presse The largest gathering of world leaders on climate change opens at the United Nations on Tuesday amid calls for action to put the planet on course toward reversing global warming.

SC rejects proposal to create 2 special Sandiganbayan divisions for pork barrel cases 23-Sep-14, 2:36 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com UPDATE 6:15PM- The Supreme Court has rejected the creation of two special division of the Sandiganbayan to handle the plunder and graft charges arising from the pork barrel scam.

SM to pull out controversial 'not rape' shirt from shelves after social media uproar 23-Sep-14, 1:53 PM| Tricia Aquino, Photo by Karen Kunawicz on Facebook After a photo of a shirt captioned "It's not rape. It's a snuggle with a struggle" being sold in a mall went viral after being posted online Monday night, mall operators said they pulled out the product and were investigating how it ended up on the shelves in the first place.

BA'T KAMI LANG? | Do lifestyle checks on all govt execs - House leader 23-Sep-14, 12:53 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Any proposal to make lifestyle checks mandatory should cover all government officials, Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said Tuesday.

Ebola cases could hit 20,000 by Nov unless efforts vs outbreak intensified - WHO 23-Sep-14, 12:33 PM| Agence France-Presse The number of Ebola infections will triple to 20,000 by November, soaring by the thousands every week if efforts are not significantly stepped up to stop the outbreak, the WHO warned Tuesday.

PNP PIO cries foul over corruption claims vs Purisima; Poe says chief should bare his SALN 23-Sep-14, 4:17 PM| Jaime Sinapit and Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com UPDATE 7:25PM- The PNP chief is in hot water for allegedly not fully declaring his wealth in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth.

Hacienda Luisita activist gets threats on 42nd year of Martial Law 22-Sep-14, 10:02 AM| InterAksyon.com On the 42nd anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, a poet and activist in Central Luzon got a taste of what life was like for many Filipinos under totalitarian rule.

DAP LIST | Lawmakers who endorsed projects for funding, and sums involved, as culled from DBM 23-Sep-14, 6:04 PM| InterAksyon.com Here's the list of lawmaker-proponents of DAP and the funds assigned to their projects, as culled from DBM site by the office of Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco.

 
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