TODAY'S HEADLINES

Drilon: Usman's death boosts BBL's chances 04-May-15, 1:48 PM | Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com

Palace appoints new Comelec chief, 2 commissioners 04-May-15, 1:47 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

Tropical storm to enter PAR on Wednesday or Thursday - Pagasa 04-May-15, 7:13 AM | Rommel Rio, News 5

Rehab activities to cause more brownouts in Samar - NGCP 04-May-15, 8:11 AM | Philippines News Agency

UNESCO awards press freedom prize to jailed Syria activist 04-May-15, 1:25 AM | Agence France-Presse

AFP certain that Basit Usman is dead. But who killed him? And where is his body? 04-May-15, 9:06 AM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE2, 12:30 p.m.) Both the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) are certain Filipino bomb maker Abdul Basit Usman is dead, but until Monday morning, two things remained unclear: who really killed him and, more important, where his body is.

Palace appoints new Comelec chief, 2 commissioners 04-May-15, 1:47 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com Malacanang has appointed the new chairman of the Commission on Elections and two of its commissioners.

Bangsamoro Basic Law is top agenda in resumption of Congress - Quimbo 04-May-15, 12:10 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) remained the top agenda, which the leaders vowed to finish by June 11, the last day of the second regular session of Congress.

British grandmother prepares for execution in Indonesia 04-May-15, 6:43 AM | Agence France-Presse A British grandmother on death row in Indonesia is writing goodbye letters to her family and believes she could be executed at any time, she wrote in an article on Sunday.

Pangasinan town mayor, vice mayor, 17 others face raps for misuse of excise tax fund 04-May-15, 10:31 AM | Philippines News Agency Nineteen officials of the town of Alcala, Pangasinan were accused of allegedly misusing in 2011 the town's share from the accumulated excise tax from 1997 to 2007 in a case filed last week before the Ombudsman for Luzon.

2 dead, 1 wounded at US Mohammed cartoon contest 04-May-15, 11:54 AM| Agence France-Presse Two suspects who may have been carrying bombs were shot dead Sunday, and a police officer was wounded, outside a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas, organizers said.

Migrant workers in Australia being exploited on farms, factories - report 04-May-15, 11:11 AM| Philippines News Agency | Xinhua Migrant workers in Australia are being subjected to slave-like conditions, sexual propositions, and black market labor gangs on farms and factories supplying the country's biggest food businesses.

Next wonder plant? Govt to research into possible health benefits of Batanes' Arius fruit 04-May-15, 9:31 AM| Jose Bimbo F. Santos, InterAksyon.com A unique fruit-bearing tree endemic to the island province of Batanes called Arius will be the subject of a multi-year research project by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) that seeks to find out its possible health benefits.

Former AFP-CRS chief dies in Laguna car crash 04-May-15, 1:00 PM| Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com A former general and chief of the Civil Relations Service (CRS) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) died Sunday in a car accident in Los Banos, Laguna, a report from the Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association Inc. (PMAAAI) said Monday.

Rehab activities to cause more brownouts in Samar - NGCP 04-May-15, 8:11 AM| Philippines News Agency The National Grid Corporation of Philippines (NGCP) has announced that there will be more scheduled power interruptions in Samar Island this year as the firm continues its restoration and rehabilitation projects.

Myanmar govt ready to finalize nationwide ceasefire agreement - president 04-May-15, 12:41 PM| Philippines News Agency | Xinhua The Myanmar government is ready to finalize the nationwide ceasefire agreement and is waiting for the outcome from the ethnic summit, said Myanmar President U Thein Sein Monday.

 
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