TODAY'S HEADLINES

Unprecedented number of medical staff infected with Ebola - WHO 27-Aug-14, 7:23 AM | Philippines News Agency | Xinhua

Prescription painkiller deaths fall in medical marijuana states 27-Aug-14, 3:42 AM | Kathryn Doyle, Reuters

Cop, businessman tagged in slay of racing champ Enzo Pastor fall 27-Aug-14, 8:48 AM | Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com

President Aquino appoints Hilbay as Acting Solgen 27-Aug-14, 3:11 PM | Philippines News Agency | With Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com

SC junks 'with finality' BIR motion for reconsideration on request for 10-year SALNs 26-Aug-14, 2:39 PM | Brian Maglungsod, InterAksyon.com UPDATE2 - 5:14PM-In a move deepening a cold war of sorts between the Executive and the judiciary, the Supreme Court junked with finality the motion for reconsideration of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares requesting copies of the SALNs of all justices over 10 years.

Grassroots budgeting under Mar masks 'presidential pork barrel' - partylist rep 27-Aug-14, 3:21 PM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com A party-list lawmaker on Wednesday branded as "presidentiable pork barrel" funds appropriated to the office of Secretary Mar Roxas II of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) under the so-called Grassroots Participatory Budgeting Process (GPBP).

DFA cannot monitor Muslim Filipinos going to Iraq, Syria for supposed terror training 27-Aug-14, 7:59 AM | Pots de Leon, InterAksyon.com On reports that Filipino Muslims are being trained by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday admitted that it has no capability to monitor Filipinos going to either Iraq or Syria if they insist on doing so despite the existing deployment ban.

Flood stops MRT-3 operations 27-Aug-14, 3:38 PM | Toni Tamondong, Radyo 5 | Mon Gualvez, News5 (UPDATED - 4:28 p.m.) Flooded tracks forced the suspension of operations of the MRT3 on the stretch from Taft Avenue to Shaw Boulevard stations. The suspension began at 2:05pm.

Impeachment raps vs PNoy 'sufficient in form' 26-Aug-14, 7:48 AM | Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE - 12:33 p.m.) The three impeachment complaints filed against President Benigno Aquino III are sufficient in form, the House of Representatives’ justice committee determined on Tuesday.

80,000 more cops needed to safeguard 100 million Pinoys - Mar 27-Aug-14, 12:49 PM| Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com The Philippine National Police needs 80,000 more personnel to meet the ideal police-to-citizen ratio of 1:500 for a country whose population is now 100 million, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II said Wednesday.

'AKO NGA, SIYA PA?' | Ex-Makati vice mayor: I'm proof VP Binay gained from 'overpriced' building 26-Aug-14, 11:53 AM| Ernie Reyes, InterAksyon.com UPDATE: 2:53PM-Makati vice mayor Ernesto Mercado admitted pocketing funds from the allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 and said if he did so, then Vice President Jejomar Binay, then mayor, would have as well. The Binay camp said Mercado, who gambled heavily, was not a credible witness.

Cop, businessman tagged in slay of racing champ Enzo Pastor fall 27-Aug-14, 8:48 AM| Jaime Sinapit, InterAksyon.com (UPDATE - 3:48 p.m.) A policeman who allegedly shot dead car racing champing Ferdinand 'Enzo' Pastor in June and the businessman he claimed ordered the hit have been arrested, the Quezon City Police District said on Wednesday.

CHECK IT OUT | 5,000 pass initial screening for Customs jobs 27-Aug-14, 4:27 PM| InterAksyon.com Around 5,000 applicants passed the initial screening for the 1,056 vacancies at the Bureau of Customs main office and various collection districts around the country, the agency announced Wednesday.

BECAUSE PNOY TRUSTS THEM | DBM's Abad, DAR's Delos Reyes to remain in Cabinet, says Palace 26-Aug-14, 5:27 PM| Roices Naguit, News5 | InterAksyon.com Butch Abad and Gil delos Reyes will remain in PNoy's Cabinet. This was the statement of Malacanang on Tuesday following a call by an administration lawmaker to fire the secretaries of the Department of Budget and Management and the Department of Agrarian Reform.

SHUNNED | Ice bucket challenge is frowned upon in water-starved south Asia 26-Aug-14, 9:22 PM| Agence France-Presse In India, a 38-year-old woman decided to transform the #IceBucketChallenge into the #RiceBucketChallenge, encouraging social media users to donate a bucket or bowl of rice to someone in need.

 
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